Monday, January 5, 2009

Are you awake?

Hi guys,

I thought I would post my piece so Sana could take a look at it. I am still planning on re-editing it and tweaking the color a bit, but I figured I'd just throw up the rough cut for all to see.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2046 Re-enactment

So, it appears I'm on a Wong Kar Wai kick. I found this re-enactment of a scene from 2046 on YouTube and I thought it was kind of interesting, especially since there is no dialogue.

Take a look

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"There's Only One Sun" by Wong Kar-Wai

This is a bit longer, and way more flashy than anything we'd be making, but it's a good example of what you can do in a short space of time. Plus it's so visually appealing...only Wong Kar-Wai could make a commercial for a TV look this beautiful (the video was made for Philips Aurea). 

Link to video

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Proper Script Format


There is no absolute "standard" format used by all professional screenwriters working in the American film industry. Slight variations abound in scripts written by professionals. That said, professional scripts will invariably resemble the formatting guide that follows. Nuances may vary -- margins slightly different, a dash here or there, parentheticals used this way or that -- but overall, professional screenplays fit these guidelines.

Realize that "shooting scripts," the form in which scripts are most often available at libraries and elsewhere, are not the form in which most professional writers submit their scripts. Submission scripts, sales scripts, first draft scripts -- all share certain characteristics: no scene numbers, few if any camera shots designated and sequences written in master scenes.

Your script does not have to mimic the following pages exactly, but it should closely resemble them. If you're confused about which nuances are acceptable and which would push your script into an "out-of-format" category, you would do well to follow these guidelines and eliminate those questionable nuances.

Download SAMPLE


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Most screenwriters (writing narrative scripts) use FINAL DRAFT
[here's a free demo]

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and don't forget our SPLIT SCREEN SCRIPT FORMAT discussed in class

!!! FREE program Celtx will also do the job!

Nice film with Canon HV20

I'm posting this film not for its content but for its appearance, and the quality of its composition. The director gets some great effects using a consumer HD camera with no additional lenses, tin foil for a rain cover and minimal editing.

Our "big" camera: Canon XL2

Canon XL2 Watchdog: about the camera, FAQ, tips, resources, articles

Camera Corner: The XL2

Canon XL2 demo video:

Some stuff shot w/Canon XL2

Videos tagged w/ XL2: various clips

I include the following films for their "look" (form), not the content (I hate slasher action violent films). But, it's important to see what others are doing with the camera we will use in class.

Some links to films shot on the XL2: