*The course outline is available in its entirety in the PDF below. It is your responsibility to review this information and print off the appropriate pages when needed. SAVE TREES!
Step 1: LOGOMOTION
Here are some great examples to get you started.
REELY STUDIO LOGO ANIMATION (PHOTOSHOP, PREMIERE)
3D ANIMATED LOGO - PIXAR STUDIOS
STOP MOTION LOGO ANIMATION
AFTER EFFECTS LOGO ANIMATION
Step 2: THE PITCH
So.....the pitch is where it all begins. You might have the best studio equipment in the world, but if you don't have a great concept and the drive see it through, you're destined for doom. Furthermore, your great concept must be pitched successfully so that it's not simply overlooked. A great concept won't necessarily sell itself. Make sure that your idea shines by using all the creative energy that you and your group can muster.
MR. STACHE - BEHIND THE SCENES
Step 3: PRE-PRODUCTION
Okay, you've pitched your idea......
Now you better get that script completed so that you can start your film. The easiest and most efficient way to complete your script and storyboard, is using a program called CELTX.
Pay close attention to the types of shots that are used in some of your favourite movies. Shot selection is very important in film. Simply setting your camera up on a tripod and shooting static scenes will be a very boring way to present your concept to your audience.
- Check out the various types of SHOTS you might consider using in your film.
You're probably not accustomed to watching short films, but you should definitely watch some to get some inspiration for your film.
You can find them on youtube for sure, but you should also check out SHORT OF THE WEEK, and FILMSSHORT.
Here are some really great short films to help you get started.
The Black Hole
The VG Files - Rebecca Robichaud, Ryan Sweanor, Matt Bailey, Jorden Labossiere
Step 4: PRODUCTION
- Once you've starting filling out your production schedule, you can sign out equipment and get started with your shoots.
- Please remember to transfer your video files ASAP to the editing system assigned to your group/camera.
During your production schedule you will be responsible for contributing 1 film related instructrable to the REELY STUDIO group.
You may choose from the suggested categories:
- Production Equipment - Ex. Ball Bearing Jib Arm -Threaded Pipe Steadicam -3d Printed iPhone Skateboard Mount
- Production Techniques - Ex. How to Make a Movie Poster in Photoshop - Time Bomb Prop - Beat up Make-up
You will find an abundance of information on the internet about film-making techniques. You don't have to invent something totally new, but make sure you give credit to the people who you borrow ideas from.
Here are some great resources to start with.
- The Frugal Filmmaker
- Media College
- Indy Mogul
- Film Making Terminology and Definitions
Step 5: POST PRODUCTION
If you're anticipating using Live Action for your opening credits, or bloopers for your end credtis, make sure that you plan the shots that you'll need, and even save the shots you don't think you'll need.
Here are a few great sites that categorize some of the best opening credits in movies and television.
Napolean Dynamite Opening Credits
Wall-E End Credits