Team Assignment 2

Team Assignment 2: Rapid Production

Due Date: Sunday, Oct 14 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > classes > 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Team > 2 > Team Name

  • Produce a 3-4 minute video using the following guidelines and lessons learned to date.

Two rules of this assignment:

1. Your main character must change from the beginning of the story to the end of the story

  • A main character always changes in some way.  This change can be subtle or drastic.  The more subtle it is the more dramatic it may be, the more drastic the more comedic or over-the-top it will be.  But there must be a change.

2. Do not kill your main character.

  • It’s just way too easy to kill off a main character if you don’t know what else to do.  Keeping your main character alive makes things more interesting in confronting conflicts and inventing solutions.  Avoiding easy endings.
3. Sound effects OK, but no dialogue

Pick a main character and a conflict.  Let them lead you into a story.

Main character:

  • Person needs protection
  • Partygoer
  • Person who doesn’t get the hint
  • Cheater
  • Hitchhiker
  • Person who doesn’t feel attractive enough
  • Object of a crush

The Conflict:

  • What is that smell?
  • Where is everyone?
  • Mirror
  • The last one
  • Car won’t start
  • Nobody is watching
  • Shouldn’t have touched it
  • Long walk with an old friend
  • Note on windshield
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Solo Assignment 5

Solo Assignment 5 : Editing

Due Date : Thursday, Oct 11 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > courses > 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Solo > 5 > Team #  > andrewID

Use the visual story guidelines learned in class to edit together a unique piece using one of the following.

Choose one of these editing projects. We have categorized them into experience level, but feel free to go through the footage before you decide :

  • First experience with editing & storytelling: TN Parkour
  • Easy but more storytelling elements: Stranger at the Door
  • More story(scary) with effects: Anesthesia
  • More challenging with Green Screen, VFX: Unleashed

These stock footage files can be found at : \\randon\dfs\stock_media\

Make your edits between 3 – 5 minutes long.

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Team Assignment 1

Retrofit Assignment
Due Date: Thursday Oct 4, 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > classes > 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Team Assignment 1 > Team Name

Retrofit – Recreating a scene shot for shot; (No audio is to be used from the original soundtrack)

For the retro-fit assignment, each team will add their own studio/production company name and their own 10 second logo at the beginning of their video.

Your logo and name will be used in all future assignments.

Analyze the scene screened in class, break it down into:

Text – Dialogue, if any, and shot list

Images – Storyboard with matching dialogue

Schematics – Overhead floor plan with numbered camera set-ups

Create video using the above as guidelines for smooth workflow.

You must hand in: Script/Shot list, Storyboards, Overhead floor plan and Video by the given due date.

Do NOT start shooting until your assigned TA sees your Shot list, Storyboards, and Overhead floor plan.

This paper work doesn’t have to be nicely typed up, we just need to see pieces of drafts and lists that shows that you’re making good decisions before you go into filming your assignment.

Please be aware that the TAs might not be in ETC over the weekend; it is strongly advised that you show us your paperwork before the end of this week. 

Footage can be found in  \\randon > dfs > classes > 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Resources > Team Assign 1_Retro Fit Videos

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Solo Assignment 4

Solo Assignment 4: Visual Rules

Due: Thursday, Sept. 27 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > courses > 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Solo > 4 > Team #  > andrewID

10 (or more) slide PowerPoint

You can download the reference slides HERE

Many video game critiques analyze gameplay and storytelling when reviewing games. Not many address the visual components and how they may or may not increase one’s engagement, other than referring to them as great graphics.

Pick a video game or an animated film and talk about the visual components (as discussed in class). Show and discuss if they work or don’t work as to whether they help tell the story or enhance the gameplay. Make a distinction between using visual imagery to tell the story versus simply pretty, high-quality graphics.

Use the concepts of CONTRAST & AFFINITY, SPACE, LINE, SHAPE, MOVEMENT from in-class lectures to inform your observations.

The deliverable is a PPT of 10 pic/screenshots and brief text to tell us what lesson each pic shows.

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Solo Assignment 3

Solo Assignment 3: 3-Picture Story

Due date: Tuesday, Sept 18 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > courses> 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Solo > 3  > Team > andrewID

Take and compose 3 pictures that tell a story – Beginning, middle (climax), and end.

Submit all three photos in one document (PDF, PPT, JPG).

Photos must be taken away from the ETC.

Remember: Submit your photos to one of the TA’s well before the deadline so you have time to re-shoot any you need to. For this assignment, you may also get feedback from us about your planned story before you shoot your photos.

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Solo Assignment 2

Solo Assignment 2: Space

Due date: Tuesday, Sept 11 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > courses> 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Solo >2> > andrewID

Visual Space Assignment – Photograph at least three examples each of the following visual story components on space:

1. Deep Space (Must use a person)
2. Flat Space (Must use a person)
3. Limited Space (Must use a person)
4. Ambiguous Space (Do NOT use a person)

Photos must be taken away from the ETC.

Remember: Submit your photos to one of the TA’s well before the deadline so you have time to re-shoot any that don’t meet the requirements.

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Solo Assignment 2

Solo Assignment 2: Space

Due date: Tuesday, Sept 12 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details: Submit on \\randon > dfs > courses> 2017_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Solo >2> > andrewID

Visual Space Assignment – Photograph at least three examples each of the following visual story components on space:

1. Deep Space (At least two shots with a person)
2. Flat Space (At least two shots with a person)
3. Limited Space (Must use a person in the shot)
4. Ambiguous Space (Do NOT use a person)

Photos must be taken away from the ETC.

Remember: Submit your photos to one of the TA’s well before the deadline so you have time to re-shoot any that don’t meet the requirements.

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Solo Assignment 1

Solo Assignment 1: Composition Assignment

Due date: Tuesday, September 4 – 11:59:59 PM

Submission Details:

  • Composition Exercise – Photograph at least two examples each of the following different composition principles :
  1. Rule of thirds (Must use a person/animal/object in the shot)
  2. Leading Lines
  3. Patterns
  4. Shapes
  5. Filling the frame (Must use a person/animal/object in the shot)
  6. Frame within Frame 
  7. Balance
  • Make and label folders with the visual principle they demonstrate.
  • Submit on \\\randon > dfs > courses > 2018_semester_3 > visualstory > Assignments > Solo > 1 > andrewID

Photos must be taken away from the ETC.

Remember: Submit your photos to one of the TA’s well before the deadline so you have time to re-shoot any that don’t meet the requirements.

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