In addition to your continuing weekly progress reports reflecting any project-specific instructions and advice given in class (mock up recordings of your pieces!), include a the following in your next progress report, due at class time,
Tuesday, April 19. Progress report is due Tuesday, April 19, but since I emailed you late about this post, you can take until class time Thursday, April 21 if you need.
- Draft a text for titles (title cards and lower thirds) that you will include in your final video of your piece. Instead of setting a minimum, I’ll remind you that your project grade depends on your ability to demonstrate substance that you contributed in your work (whether it’s manifest in demonstrable effort, intricate structure, or clever elegance, etc.—the latter of which is hardest to argue). The amount of substance should be appropriate for a culminating project in a senior level 3-credit course. So: What can you say in your video that makes the substance of your contribution obvious? This will be different for each student, even if you’re working with a classmate to create the project.
- With your text in mind, consider where you need to position cameras to best capture sights that support what you’re saying about your piece, and consider whether you need multiple takes (i.e., more than three camera angles), or if you need some additional shots outside the performance (e.g., panning across something you’ve built for the performance). Update your stage plot (submitted this week) to show camera and microphone placements. Try to get as close as you can while still capturing all you need and while minimizing unnecessary equipment in each shot (i.e., avoid placing one camera where it can be seen with another camera).
- Create an agenda for shooting: Can you really capture it all and demonstrate the substance of your work with three cameras and one performance? Plan extra shots and extra takes with different angles just in case!
- Create an agenda for your rehearsal with Ulrich, preferably 90–120 minutes, on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Imagine if you were to simply start with a run-through, what questions, adjustments, or challenging moments might cause him to stop? Plan to address and work over those areas first, to make the best use of your limited time.
- Finally, send me your requests (first come first served) for rehearsal time blocks with Ulrich. Send me a few preferences as soon as possible via e-mail. Remaining times are:
- Monday (4/25) 1–3 and 5–8,
- Tuesday 11–3:30 and 7–8:30,
- Wednesday 9–11 and 1–8