Assignments

Assignments

  • The student must meet with the instructor every two weeks to communicate updates on the progress of the project. The student will work with the instructor to schedule these checkpoints, preferably right at the beginning of the semester. These checkpoints will include deadlines for scripts, rough cuts, and final cuts of the final project.
  • If the student works for a professional client, then he or she must meet with the client before the semester begins (or within the first ten days) in order to ensure that sufficient time will be dedicated to the project (and that weeks are not squandered waiting to correspond with the client).
  • The student must submit the final cut of his or her video during finals week. All final video assignments must be a) posted on server; b) uploaded to Vimeo and c) with URLs emailed to the instructor of record.
  • Early in the semester, the student will submit a memo/essay that describes the project, gives some detail about the people and locations that will be filmed, offers an outline of the overall project (this may change), and situates his/her work into the chosen genre and subgenre. A Gantt chart or other timeline of work should also be included.
  • At the end of the semester, the student will write a proposal detailing how she or he would intend to market the project, distribute it, send it to specific festivals, and so on.
  • The student will deliver a 25- to 30-minute presentation to the instructor of record and another instructor (whom the student will approach to request participation) from the department of Media and Communication, both of whom will learn about and view the student’s completed project. This presentation will be open to the public.
  • At the end of the semester, the student will submit a press folder usable for festivals, including a press release with a summary of the film as well as key players (on and off camera) in the production; a 30-60 second trailer; and five production stills should also be provided.  Students should also show evidence of possessing the needed release forms.

Grades

Your final grade will be based on the following assignments, which total 100 percent. Point values for each will be determined, and each assignment will be weighted according to the percentages below.

Production meetings 10%
Memo/essay 10%
Rough cut/draft 10%
Final cut/draft 50%
Presentation 10%
Press Packet 10%