Goal Setting: Collaborative Film Project

CC image Goals Pack by Brian Hillegas at Flickr
CC image Goals Pack by Brian Hillegas at Flickr

Material below was adapted from the 2019 IB Film Teacher Support Material

Before you form core production teams, it is a good idea to identify personal strengths, weaknesses and intentions for the project in order to ensure that you begin with a clear rationale for what you want to get out of the project, and perhaps even clear genres or areas you want to work with.

Blog Post Title and Heading Titles

  • Make a blog post titled, Colllaborative Film Project Goals
  • Create the following headings:
    • Core Film Production Roles
    • Skills and Interests in a Team
    • Filmmaker Goals
    • Core Team Members
  • Complete the tasks in the Content for Goals section
  • Read the rest of this blog post to fully understand the requirements of collaborative filmmaking

Content for Goals

  1. Identify two core film production roles that you think you have the highest level of ability in.
    • List core skills needed for these roles and
    • Write down any areas where you may need to do further research or practice before embarking on the project to ensure you are as accomplished as possible before you start work on the project.
  2. Identify what skills and interests you are looking for in your core production team peers.
    • EXAMPLE: a student who knows they struggle with scheduling might look for someone who is naturally very organized and who might be willing to handle scheduling logistics;
    • EXAMPLE: a student who is determined to make a musical but has limited musical talent may look for someone who is able to compose a soundtrack.
    • This process is intended to help you identify areas where you could use support or areas of interest and should not be a list of criteria to be passed on to another team member.
  3. Identify a list of filmmaker goals
    • You should already have plenty of experience from this in your film portfolio work.
      • This could be role-, subject- or style-based.
    • Consider films you have viewed, filmmakers that have influenced you or styles that have appealed.
    • It is expected that you will draw on other areas of the course in clarifying your intentions. You should come up with a set of goals they would like to achieve in the creation of this project. Students may have more than one goal but they should be able to prioritize their list in order of importance.
  4. Form your core production team.
    • This process can be a stressful experience for some
    • It shouldn’t be a process of picking teams publicly, but rather a process of discussion, negotiation and mutual agreement.

Share your Goals and Areas of Strength with your Group

  • The following are some guiding questions to help them mutually agree a plan for how they will work as a team.
    • In what roles or skills do I feel most confident? Least confident?
    • Are there tasks in my role where I will need support?
    • What aspects of my schedule could become a problem and how can we manage this? For example, if a student is a high-performing athlete or works a part-time job every weekend, this information should be disclosed to the group now so that they can plan accordingly.
    • What is my number one goal for this film?
    • How do I plan to negotiate differences of opinion or conflicts that might arise?
    • How might the cultural context and/or personal contexts of the filmmakers impact their film and its method of production?

Material below was adapted from page 35 of the 2019 IB Film Guide 

Core Production Team Definitions

  • Core production team is a group of students who are fully responsible for defining the scope of original completed films and for ensuring that all creative and logistical aspects of pre-production, production and post-production are carried out successfully
  • Students are required to work collaboratively as part of a core production team of two to four students from within the school community
  • Students can choose to work collaboratively
    • They may choose to work with fellow students from their film class, with students from other film classes in the school, or with students in the school who are not studying film
    • They can also choose to work with a combination of all three options
  • While each student in the group will take on one single film production role (defined below) for each completed film, it is expected that, as members of the core production team, each student will take on numerous other responsibilities and tasks during the project in order to support the cooperative realization of each completed film
  • This flexible and supportive collaboration is central to this course and each student should keep a record of the nature of their collaborations
  • They should reflect on their approaches to team work, problem-solving, time management and conflict resolution as a member of the core production team, and should evaluate the successes and challenges encountered as part of the creative process

Film Production Roles

For the purposes of the IB film course, students are required to experience working in a variety of film production roles. These roles are as follows:

  • Cinematographer – responsible for the camera and for achieving the artistic and technical decisions related to the framed image.
  • Director – responsible for the artistic and logistic aspects of the production, visualizing the script and guiding the other individuals involved in the film in order to fulfill their artistic vision.
  • Editor – responsible for assembling the raw footage, selecting shots and constructing the film in order to meet the artistic vision for the film.
  • Sound – responsible for capturing, creating, sourcing and assembling the audio elements of the film.
  • Writer – responsible for writing the screenplay, for updating the script during production and for supporting others in realizing the artistic intentions for the film.Please note: The “one other clearly defined film production role” that appears in the “Exploring film production roles” syllabus area is not available as an option for this taught area.