The Moving Image

Course MD301 | Ghada Fikri & Hady Bassiouny

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Course Outline

The course is an examination of the artistic elements of the moving picture. The detailed analysis of basic cinema techniques and how they might be creatively manipulated for expressive effect will be combined with the screening of films or film excerpts appropriate to class discussion. This analysis will be reinforced and put into practice through the workshop component of the course, where students will learn how to shoot and edit a short film.

Email: ghada.fikri@guc.edu.eg
Office Hours: Monday 2nd & 4th - Thursday 3rd

INFO SESSION: Nov. 23th @ 2:15PM in H6. Festival student passes will be available!


Happening Film Festivals
The Cairo International Film Festival | 11 Nov - 20 Nov | Schedule
The Panorama of the European Film | 25 Nov - 5 Dec | Event Page

TIMEPLAN

WEEK DATE CLASS MATERIAL ASSIGNMENT
Week 1 14+17/09 PDF:
The Beginnings
VIDEOS:
- Chinese Shadow Puppetry
- The Horse in Motion
- Arrival of a Train
- Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902)
- Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902) (Color)
1. Thaumatrope

2. Moving Image Library
3. Zoetrope Research
4. Watch Memento by Christopher Nolan

Week 2 21+24/09 EID HOLIDAYS -
Week 3 28+01/10 PDF:
Composition and Framing

VIDEOS:
- 9/11 Zoetrope
- Masstransiscope
- Framing

1. Finish Zoetrope
2. 5 Film Stills Task
3. Watch Why Man Creates by Saul Bass and discuss online in 100 words why you create.
Week 4 05+08/10 PDF:
Camera Angles & Movement

VIDEOS:
- The Lunch Date by Adam Davidson
- Apricot by Ben Briand
- Breaking Bad - POV

1. Download Final Cut Pro 7
2. Bring your cameras
3. Storyboard your POV film
4. Watch Citizen Kane by Orson Welles and discuss online in 100 words a scene where the visuals add to the narrative.
Week 5 12+14/10 PDF:
Setting Up Your Camera
1. Film your POV project
2. Bring Final Cut Pro 7
3. Watch أحد سكان المدينة by Adham Elsherif and discuss online in 100 words if you were the filmmaker, what would you have done differently?
Week 6 19+22/10 MIDTERM WEEK -
Week 7 26+29/10 Intro to Final Cut Pro 7
VIDEOS:
Record by Wriggles & Robins
Edit your POV film
Week 8 02+05/11 Screening POV films 1. Choose your team and post it here
2. Make a list individually of 10 things that you know to be true.
Week 9 09+12/11 Inspiration Class
VIDEOS:
- Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...
- Everything is a Remix (Part 1)
- Everything is a Remix (Part 2)
Every team submits 1 folder that includes:
1. Things to be true lists
2. Moving Image libraries
3. Two different written story ideas or concepts (minimum 100 words each)
4. 3-10 Research pages on each idea or concept
Week 10 16+19/11 PDF:
Terminology & Plot
VIDEOS:
Martin Scorsese on Story vs. Plot
+ Consultations
Class goes to the CIFF short films screening
1. Ask questions to know everything about your idea, world & characters
2. Write your story
3. Write your plot
4. Keep your research ongoing
Week 11 23+26/11 PDF:
Pre-production
VIDEOS:
- 3X3 by Nuno Rocha
- Address Is Approximate by Tom Jenkins
- Who’s Who on a Movie Crew
1. Write your film script
2. Location scouting & casting actors
3. Decoupage \ Storyboard
4. Script breakdown \ Shot list
5. Visual references
6. Characters breakdown
Week 12 30+03/12 PDF:
Sound, Lighting & Directing
VIDEOS:
- Pan Intended by Abdul-rahman Salem & Omar Khaled
- Intro to Sound Design
- Lighting for Video
- Lighting Setup Tips
Finalise Preproduction
02/12 VIDEOS:
- Types of Film Cuts
- Constructive Editing
Week 13 07+10/12 - Film Production
Week 14 14+17/12 - Film Post production
Week 15 19+20+21/12 Last minute feedback Finalise Short Film & Pre-production Folder for hand-in
22/12 *Hand-in short films & evaluation*
23/12 SHORT FILMS SCREENING