Media Design Project

Spring 2015 - Course MD402 | J. Schmid, M. Youssef

Directing a movie is a very overrated job, we all know it. You just have to say yes or no. What else do you do? Nothing. -Liliane La Fleur, Nine (2009)

Readings


"On what makes a director" by Elia Kazan
http://actioncutprint.com/kazan/

"The Little Prince" by Antoine de St Exupery
http://download.bioon.com.cn/upload/201111/21084046_8501.pdf

Oscar's screenwriting handbook, script samples
http://www.oscars.org/sites/default/files/scriptsample.pdf

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Groups' Timetable


Group 06 | Tue. 08.30h - 12.00h| D5.105
Group 07 | Sun. 08.30h - 12.00h| D5.105
Group 08 | Sun. 14.15h - 17.45h| D5.102
Group 09 | Sun. 08.30h - 12.00h| D5.102
Group 10 | Mon. 08.30h - 12.00h| D5.105
Group 11 | Tue. 12.15h - 15.45h| D5.105

Learning Outcomes

Students will understand the mutual dependence of concept and production processes and will get insights into motivation psychology, team guidance and project management. Developing a broader understanding of communication and concept applicability within a defined production process and relate them to accessible computer tools is a key objective of the course.

The Practical Part

Students will learn to produce a video, photography series, event or any other media product in self responsible teams. At the end of the course students will have produced a small-scaled, fully professional media product.

Course weight

Class work 25% - Assignments 25% - Final project 50%



Syllabus


DATE PRACTICAL TOPIC
1 08.02 - 10.02 Screening students Moving Image final projects Read 3 texts (cf "Readings" above)
2 15.02 - 17.02 Structure of a film, plot outline, synopsis, log line Bring in Project subject, one scene developed, groups/team set up
3 22.02 - 24.02 Ass.#1, Either one scene or a narrative brief Individual Meetings (IMs) for the final project
4 01.03 - 03.03 IMs for the final project
5 08.03 - 10.03 Ass. #2, Full project treatment includes: screenplay/visual aids if applicable (mood boards or visualizations, or audio aids for radio) IMs for the final project
Midterm 15.03 - 17.03 MIDTERM WEEK
6 22.03 - 24.03 IMs for the final project
7 29.03 - 31.03 Ass. #3, Production Schedule Production finalizing, IMs
8 05.04 - 07.04 Shooting
9 12.04 - 14.04 Shooting, IMs
10 19.04 - 21.04 Editing/Postproduction, IMs
11 26.04 - 28.04 Last week of semester, Editing/Postproduction, IMs
(12) 03.05 - 05.05 Hand in of Final project Thursday 07th of May