Spring 2020 DVA 1


 Period 3 | Drop Box | Script | Cast & Crew |
 Period 5 | Drop Box | Script | Cast & Crew |
  
Friday
2/28/20 
Classwork - Contribute to the recording of scenes for the class film.
Thursday
2/27/20 
Classwork - Contribute to the recording of scenes for the class film. 
Wednesday
2/26/20
Classwork - Contribute to the recording of scenes for the class film.
 Period 3 Certificates 
Tuesday
2/25/20 
Classwork - Contribute to the recording of scenes for the class film.
 Period 3 Certificates 
 
Monday
2/24/20  
 First Day of the Grading Period  Make sure you have received credit for all of your work.
Classwork - Equipment preparation. Location scouting.
 Period 3 Certificates 
Assignment #15 - Film Production Part 1 - Contribute to the Production phase of the class film project.
  
Friday
2/21/20
 Last Day of the Grading Period 
Classwork - Complete pre-production.  Prepare to record first footage on Monday.
Thursday
2/20/20 
Classwork - Plan and prepare for production.
Wednesday
2/19/20 
Classwork Assignment #14 - Class Short Film - Part 7 - Pre-Production: Contribute to the class project. Tasks: Producer/Assistant/Wardrobe-Props - Script breakdown, check in with all departments. Director/AD - Blocking and shot planning. Actors - Scenes, wardrobe, start memorizing lines. Video and Sound crews - Introduction to equipment.
 DSLR and Sound recorder  | How to set up your new Panasonic GH4 for Filmmaking | GH4 Overview Training Tutorial TASCAM DR-60D Recorder for DSLR Filmmakers | Tascam DR-60D Audio Recorder Review | Beyond the basics of the Tascam DR-60d |
Tuesday
2/18/20
Classwork - Casting and Production crew.
Production schedule: Props, wardrobe, locations. 
Scene recording: Script breakdown. Master shot, coverage. Blocking. 180-degree ruleScene coverage using a variety of shot sizes (master shot, medium shots, close-ups, extreme-close-ups, inserts, reaction shots and cutaways: a shot of something related to but outside the main action of a scene.) and camera angles (dutch tilt, high-angle, low-angle.) See this video for some examples. 
Monday
2/17/20
Presidents' Day Holiday - No School
   
   Friday   
 2/14/20  
Classwork - Select Act 3. Table read. Complete Final Draft.
Thursday
2/13/20
Classwork - Submit the Celtx file of your final script, then complete the following individual assignment: Assignment #13 - Class Short Film - Part 6 - Script Final Draft Choice:
Based upon your reading of all writing teams' scripts, write down: 
1. The names of the authors of the script ending you prefer. 
2. A summary of the third act you prefer to end the class screenplay. 
3. One to two persuasive paragraphs explaining why this should be the ending of the screenplay.
 
 IF TIME  Select and refine Act 3.
 Community Service Opportunity  NCS Wrestling Saturday, February 22, 4-10pm
Wednesday
2/12/20 
Classwork - Complete the screenplay completion and constructive criticism assignments. 
Once your writing team has completed receiving and giving constructive criticism from and to all other writing teams:
1. Send the Celtx file your writing team created (including any changes you have made since receiving constructive criticism) to the class Google Drive Drop Box. Make sure the file name includes the first names of each member of your writing team. 
 
2. Staple your team notes to the back of the script pages you printed from your PDF file, making sure your printed Title Page is on top and has the names of each member of your writing team in the lower left-hand corner.  Turn these papers into the Drop Box on the teacher's desk.
Tuesday
2/11/20
Classwork - Complete constructive criticism of all writing team scripts.
Monday
2/10/20
Classwork - Complete your team's final version of the class film script.
Assignment #12 - Class Film - Part 5 - Constructive Criticism
A. When your team's script has been completed, make sure all spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar is correct. Make sure everyone on your writing team agrees that you have clearly indicated what will be seen on the screen in your action descriptions, and you have written dialogue that tells the story without extraneous words. 
B. Make sure all the names of your writing team appear on the script's title page in the "Act 3" box. When you think your script is the best it can be, use Celtx to create a .PDF file, then print out the pages of the file that you have added to the class-written script. 
C. Exchange your printed copy with another writing team. Once each team has read each other's script, discuss the merits of each script ending. What works well and why? What needs improvement and why? Take written notes of the comments you receive about your script. 
D. Continue sharing your team's script until you have exchanged feedback from all of the other writing teams. 
   
Friday
2/7/20
Classwork - Assignment #11 - Class Film - Part 4 - Screenplay Completion
1. Get assigned to a writing team. 
2. Choose one team member's computer, then download the class's Celtx screenplay file into your Google Drive's folder for this class (Create a FILM folder within your DVA folder.) 
3. Re-name the Celtx file by adding the name of each member of your team after the film's title. 
4. Update the title page by listing the names of every member of your team in the "Script ending by" section.
5. Open the file with Celtx, then work with your group to finish writing the script.

NOTE: Follow the process of using Celtx that has been demonstrated in class. Make sure when your script is done it has 11 to 12 pages. You are writing Act 3 and should follow the three Act dramatic structure.  You may use the synopsis as reference, or come up with your own ending.
Thursday
2/6/20
 OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT!    Opportunities 
Classwork - Continue writing the screenplay for the class short film project. 
 IF TIME  
Script Acts 1 and 2 table read.
Wednesday
2/5/20 
Classwork - Continue writing the screenplay for the class short film project. 
HOMEWORK - Assignment #10 - Open House (tomorrow): If your parent or guardian visits your class and signs in, you will receive extra credit.
Tuesday
2/4/20 
Classwork - Continue writing the screenplay for the class short film project.
Monday
2/3/20
Classwork - Continue writing the screenplay for the class short film project.
   
Friday
1/31/20
Classwork - Refine the selected story synopsis. 
 IF TIME  Assignment #9 - Class Film - Part 3 - Screenplay First Acts:
Write the screenplay for the short film project.
 
Thursday
1/30/20
Classwork - Refine the selected story synopsis. 
 POSTERS 
Wednesday
1/29/20
Classwork - Refine the selected story synopsis. 
Tuesday
1/28/20
Classwork - Make sure your team's story has a title.
 
Assignment #8 - Class Film Story Pitch: 
1. Put the proper heading information on a sheet of paper.
2. For each story idea presented, write down the following:
A: The title of the story.
B: What you like about the story.
C: How you think the story idea could be improved.
3. After all story ideas have been pitched, write down the story idea you would like to see made into a film and why it is your first choice.
 
4. Place the final, corrected version of your team's typed synopsis your 
Google Drive Class Drop Box. Make sure the full name of everyone on your writing team is listed at the top of the document.
Story Selection: Each spokesperson reads their logline, and everyone votes for their favorite story.
 If time  - Refine the selected story synopsis.
Screenplay Resources: | The screenplay template | Adobe Story | Celtx Mac | Celtx PC | 
Celtx, an all in one pre-production system |
Monday
1/27/20
Classwork -  Prepare to pitch your team's story to the whole class tomorrow:
1. 
Type the final draft of your writing team's synopsis.
2. Write a logline for your story idea.
10 Tips for Writing Loglines  | How to Write the Perfect Logline | How to Write a Logline |
3. Choose a member of your team to pitch your story.
4. Have the person chosen practice their pitch to the rest of your team. They will have no more than 3 minutes, so they may not be able to just read your team's typed synopsis.
   
Friday
1/24/20
Classwork - Assignment #7 (continued) - Choose one member of your team's computer and create a Short Film folder within your Google Drive DVA folder.
C. Choose your group’s best idea and write an outline for a three-act story
D. Handwrite a first-draft synopsis for your story that includes:
1 paragraph for Act I
2 paragraphs for Act II
1 paragraph for Act III
E. Review your handwritten synopsis, then improve it by typing the final draft. 
Synopsis Writing References:
| How to Write a Film Synopsis (eHow) | How to Write a Screenplay Synopsis |
Thursday
1/23/20 
Classwork - Producing a short film. 
Production Process | Film & TV Production Roles | 
Motion Picture Rating System Poster | Film Rating Rules | TV Content Ratings |
Story Structure: | Story Structure | Story Elements checklist | Act Climaxes | 
Assignment #7 - Class Film - Story Synopsis
A. Get assigned to a group of 3 to 4 students. 
B. Brainstorm ideas for a short film that can meet the class criteria:
1. Sets limited to existing school locations.
2. Characters limited to students who have signed up as actors.
3. Content must be eligible for a motion picture G rating
C. Choose your group’s best idea and write an outline for a three-act story
D. Handwrite a first-draft synopsis for your story that includes:
1 paragraph for Act I
2 paragraphs for Act II
1 paragraph for Act III
E. Review your handwritten synopsis, then improve it by typing the final draft. 
Synopsis Writing References: How to Write a Film Synopsis (eHow) | How to Write a Screenplay Synopsis | How to Write a Film Synopsis (Pen and the Pad) |
Wednesday
1/22/20 
Classwork - Assignment #4 - Short Film Production Role: What would you like to contribute to the production of a class short film? Fill in the Production Role Preference Form and submit it. You must be logged into your nhusd.k12.ca.us account to be able to use the form.
Assignment #6 - How to Make a Short Film As you watch the video take one full page of handwritten notes.
Tuesday
1/21/20
Welcome! Classwork: Seating. 1st Semester Recap. Introduction to new semester.
Producing a short film. | Production Process |
Assignment #1 - Reserved for Extra Credit: Rarely awarded and only after regular assignments are completed.
Assignment #2 - Good Citizen: You start with full credit (100 points) and only lose credit when you do not behave properly.
Assignment #3 - Class Paperwork. Forms are due this Friday. If you completed these last semester you will receive credit. | Course SyllabusParent/Guardian form | Equipment Responsibility Form | James Logan Release Form |
Assignment #4 - Short Film Production Role: What would you like to contribute to the production of a class short film? Fill in the Production Role Preference Form and submit it. You must be logged into your nhusd.k12.ca.us account to be able to use the form.
Assignment #5 - Computer Account Set-up: Use your school email ID and password to login; Follow the directions in class (most of which are in this handout.) When you are done make sure you have: 
1. Customized your Finder preferences. 
2. Installed your Google Drive account using Google Backup and Sync  and synchronized files. 
3. Added these applications to your Dock: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, LibreOffice, Adobe CC programs: (Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects, and Audition) Audacity, Celtx, Quicktime
4. Set Chrome to "Always Show Bookmarks Bar" and have these saved on the Bookmarks Bar: LoganTV.netLoganTV.net/yaccoJamesLogan.org
5. Set files to open with proper application: LibreOffice (.doc) Quicktime (.mp4 .m4v .mov)
 NOTE  If you have moved to a new computer, make sure everything on your old computer has been synchronized with your online Google Drive.  Your old account will be deleted next Monday. 
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