Film Production – Director’s Journal

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This role requires the student to distribute equal time during each part of the production. The director’s role involves overall control of the artistic and dramatic aspects of the film, guiding the technical crew and actors to transform the script from page to screen.

The director’s commentary should present a complete picture of the production process as well as present the student’s work in his or her chosen role. Among other observations, the artistic and logistic analysis of the finished film will require all students, regardless of their role, to participate throughout the entire production process.  – Film Assessment Clarification Document 2015 (PDF)

Goal

  • Create a journal documenting each stage of film production

Product

  • Create blog posts (3 total) with embedded media evidence for each of three production stages.

Examples

  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Post-production

Explanation

  • Students need to conduct extensive research for the IB Film projects and need experience moving through the workflow of producing films

Production Steps Evidence Requirements

Pre-production Blog Post

Include all of the the following requirements as evidence in your blog post:

  • A clear explanation of the vision or concept behind the film, including the reasons for wanting to make this film
  • A description of the target audience and the intended reaction of this audience
  • Evidence of research into the genre/style of the film
  • Clear influences from other films – be specific and name directors / cinematographers / composers / costume designers, and so on
  • Evidence of consultations with the cinematographer/editor/sound designer—include notes, emails, storyboards, photos, drawings where appropriate Evidence of location scouting
  • Evidence of casting decisions
  • Evidence of permission to shoot at locations
  • Evidence of scheduling with call sheets

Production Blog Post

Include all of the the following requirements as evidence in your blog post:

  • Production notes for each day of shooting—before and after: a set of expectations for the day and a list of what was achieved or not achieved; notes on ways to solve problems
  • Ongoing discussions with key production team members and actors and evidence of instructions to them

Post-production Blog Post

Include all of the the following requirements as evidence in your blog post:

  • Evidence of working with the editor and discussion of decisions made and why
  • Changes between the initial script and the final version, as well as an evaluation and justification of the changes
  • Discussion of reactions to the final cut
  • Evaluation of the film, both technically and artistically. Did it achieve the original vision?

Schedule

  • Week 1
  • Week 2
    • Create a blog post titled, PROJECT NAME Film Production – Director’s Journal
      • Create headings for:
        • Summary
        • Production Notes for Each Day of Shooting
        • On Going Discussions with Film Team
        • What I Learned
    • Film the script
    • Fill in evidence for each heading of the blog post
    • Publish blog post
  • Week 3
    • Create a blog post titled, PROJECT NAME Film Post-Production – Director’s Journal
      • Create headings for:
        • Summary
        • Working with The Editor
        • Changes to The Script
        • Final Cut
        • Original Vision For The Film
        • What I Learned
    • Assist in editing the film
    • Fill in evidence for each heading of the blog post
    • Publish blog post

Film Language Resources

  • Film language research from Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll
    • Cinematic Storytelling book and web site
      • 1. 2-D & 1-D Screen Direction
        • 1. X-Axis (Horizontal)
        • 2. Y-Axis (Vertical)
        • 3. XY-Axes (Diagonals)
        • 4. Z-Axis (Depth-of-Field)
        • 5. Z-Axis (Planes of Action)
        • 6. Z-Axis (Rack Focus)
      • 2. Frame: Composition
        • 7. Directing the Eye
        • 8. Imbalance
        • 9. Balance
        • 10. Orientation
        • 11. Size
      • 3. Shape within the Frame
        • 12. Circular
        • 13. Linear
        • 14. Triangular
        • 15. Rectangular
        • 16. Organic vs. Geometric

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