Final Film Screenings – Introduction to Film Production

Five student productions screened at Washington 201 to a packed audience. It was the first time many of these filmmakers screened to a larger audience.

For the final project, production teams had the option of doing a narrative fiction or a non-fiction documentary between 5 – 8 minutes. Ideas were pitched to class members and winning ideas were produced. Final films were handed in accompanied by a 1) Final Script; 2) Script Breakdown; 3) Production Schedule; 4) Storyboard; and 5) all releases. Individual Production Journals were also required.

While doing this project, production teams were encouraged to keep a number of things in mind. Most importantly, students were encouraged to make sure the plot, story and characters were revealed visually. The use of light, movement, color and space could help tell their story. Creation of a strong structure (with conflict, drama, story concept, theme) could also enhance their film. Also, they strove to create emotional rich characters that speak using supportive and effective dialogue. In addition to these points, teams were also encouraged to keep technical aspects like framing, composition, clean cuts, pacing, clean sound, appropriate use of music, etc in mind. Authenticity, originality, and creativity were also be taken into account. Documentaries about an individual, organization, event, issue, or idea should be a creative interpretation of reality, focusing on a subject that is unique or interesting in some way.

The End of a Generation. Conceived and produced by: Alanna Wildermuth, Kaitlyn Pendleton, Pratyush Dubey, and Aaron Port. The documentary takes a look at fanaticism, films, and a young generation holding on to changing dynamics in their lives.

Undead Presidents. Conceived, written and produced by: Brian Terrill, Matt Sonnenfeld, Miden Wood, Amelia Bane, and Andy Andrews. There are advantages and disadvantages when you live so close to Colonial Williamsburg.