FOUNDATION PRODUCTION (G321)

The Task

Produce the titles and opening of a new fiction film (maximum 2 minutes)

 What you need to do…

  1. Your 180 degree preliminary exercise
  2. A presentation of the research and planning (20 marks)
  3. The finished video (60 marks)
  4. A written evaluation of the production (20 marks)

All the above to be presented on your blog for the examiner to see online.

Research

This section, should discuss your research into fiction films (and in particular their titles and first 2 minutes) of the same genre as yours. Try to establish a clear pattern and relate it to your own production. When you mention particular films always quote their title, year of release and director.

Talk about the generic conventions of your genre and how they are used to establish the representations in the genre. (See Textual Analysis Checklist for all the possibilities here).

Planning

Pre‐production

This section should include:

  • Your synopsis ( including a description of the characters and involved to enable selection of actors)
  • Your screenplay (scenes, words and actions but not necessarily camera directions)
  • Your shooting script (shot by shot to be used as a check list when filming)
  • A storyboard (based on shooting script to help discuss and frame the shots)
  • A Scene Analysis
  • Research into various possible locations (with descriptions, photos and reasons for choices)

Try to investigate 2 or 3 alternatives even if you have already chosen one. Say why you have chosen your favourite consider all the options (check out the “choosing a location” handout)

  • Research into various possible actors.

Audition 2 or 3 people for each role (include photos) and then say why you have rejected or chosen each one.

  •  Consideration and preparation of mise‐en‐scene. Here you need to consider the elements of your production that will contribute to your representations:

settings (may have been considered under locations)

costumes and props. What is needed and how will these enhance your production.

Production

Prepare for shooting by:

  • scheduling actors rehearsals
  • planning shooting dates and times
  • producing call sheets (who should be where when)
  • ensuring (with checklist) that technical facilities are prepared and available
  • getting necessary permissions.

 

 General Notes

You need to be very sure that your actors and technicians and other helpers* are going to be available when you want to film. Make sure they are aware of your requirements well in advance so they can obtain any permission to miss class, etc. Also make sure they are aware that this is serious work for your A level and that they must behave professionally at all times when filming.

In previous years much time has been wasted because certain individuals haven’t been available when expected.

Be aware and plan for adverse weather or other unforeseen problems which may mean you have to re‐schedule your work.

Preparation is everything. In particular know what you are going to do in advance.
Don’t arrive at filming and make it up as you go along, it will take too long.

Remember……allow 20 minutes for every 2 minutes of filming…..and remember that you will probably film 10 or 20 times the amount of material that you will eventually use, so that means around 30 minutes of film takes. That’s a total of 4 to 5 hours filming over all your locations plus travelling time, breaks, technical problems, etc.  Don’t underestimate how long this is going to take.

Finally, look after your crew and actors ‐ drinks and snacks, etc. should be provided.

 

*You may need help with props, make‐up, costumes, catering, or just carrying things– don’t try to do it all yourself.

 

 

These documents are available to look at or download:

 

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Here are some examples of students work.

 

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