Time to sink our teeth into our first assigned project.

This one comes from a school called Sheridan College. It’s based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
This project was taken from the “Media Arts” program. http://www.sheridancollege.ca/

Take a series of photographs (all landscape, not portrait) to create a storyboard. You must set-up
your story using a total of eight or less photos.
Each photo must use different composition (framing and type of shot). The camera must follow the 180°
axis rule. Your goal is to establish a location and set up your story.
*If you do not have access to a camera, you may draw each frame.

Storyboarding is the best way to find out if you are correctly representing your script visually.
You may have heard the expression “Shoot it on paper first.” It is a cheap way to produce a first
draft of your film. After your script is written (or you have received one from your writer) you must
put thought into how you will show the images in your head to your audience. What do you want the
audience to see? How will you make your audience feel emotion by stimulating them visually? What
shots will fit into what you are trying to achieve? Take your time and write down what you see in
your head. Do it two or three times. Make sure you don’t miss anything.

Creating a storyboard will allow you to tweak shots and cut out others that are not needed. A
storyboard will also help you plan out what you need to shoot. Try not to waste your time and all
of your actors/crew’s time on set by walking around trying to figure out how to shoot the project.
Shoot it on paper first!
Grab a camera, get out there and try this out. Follow the rules and see what you can learn from making
your own version of this project. When you are all done, post it online so others can help you figure
out where you succeeded and where you need to work out some ideas. Also, post it HERE! We have an
audience that will watch your work and give you feedback.

-Have fun and good luck! 

*This is an example of a storyboard - for our newcomers.
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One of the main goals we have set for this project is to make sure everyone can take part, even those
without proper funding or equipment.

Lots of people set their sights on equipment and programs first. They believe that without the best
programs and equipment they cannot create anything that can compete with everyone else in the market.
This is not true. We know this is not true because we have created content of our own without ANY
equipment whatsoever and put on a television show. You heard us right. No equipment at all. Want to
know how we lit the shot? We flicked the light switch to the ON position. The majority of laptops and
computers now come with a web cam either built-in or attached externally. We literally carried around
an old MacBook and shot whatever it was that we wrote down on scraps of paper. We found an old digital
camera (not HD by a long shot) with no external lenses and used that as well. Those were our “fancy”
shots. This isn’t a grandparent story either. The year was 2009.

 We cannot allow budget restraints to deny everyone a chance at creating something that they care about.
To combat this we have come across a list of FREE ONLINE SOFTWARE. Yes. That last sentence used free,
online and software all together. We will throw a link up to the book we found it in once we get their
blessings.
Pay close attention because this is the first step you will take into joining our project/nation and
participating in a brand-new, exciting and large digital movement.
 *Please note that our production company has purchased all of our own programs and do not personally use 
these listed programs ourselves (Except Celtx. We love that program). We know they have been used on feature 
films and they seem legitimate. If you for any reason encounter any computer issues due to any of these 
programs the issue lies with you and the program creators themselves. *Wipes hands. Now let’s begin.
 
For every piece of mainstream software, there’s a free or open source application that works just as
well, if not better. 

For almost everything pre-production use: 

 -OpenOffice.org  - It’s like Microsoft Word.
 -http://www.celtx.com has a program called Celtx. It’s a full-featured preproduction suite that not
only properly formats script for film, TV, theatre, radio and everything else, but it also has built-in
scheduling and storyboarding tools. 

For almost everything post-production use:

-http://www.blender.org - A program called Blender is a full-featured 3D modeling software. It also
functions as a nonlinear editor. *It was used in SPIDERMAN 2!
-http://www.cinelerra.org – A program called Cinelerra will help you edit your stuff.
-http://www.cinepaint.org – A program called CinePaint allows you to retouch your movie frame by frame
without degrading the quality. *It was used in SPIDERMAN, HARRY POTTER and STUART LITTLE!
-http://www.ardour.org – All about audio here. You can lay down the music and sound for your flick with
this program called Ardour.
-http://audacity.sourceforge.net – another audio program called Audacity.
-http://majorsilence.com/devede – A program called DeVeDe that will burn your movie onto a DVD.
-http://www.gimp.org – A program called GIMP that you can create your movie’s cover art with.
-http://www.inkscape.org – a program called Inkscape that you can create cover art with.
There you go. Our first gift to you. Just look around online for these types of software incase any of
these programs don’t work on your specific platform. 

Do not let not having enough money for a specific application stand between you and 
producing your film. *Once again, we will post a link to the book that we found this information in
once we receive their blessings.

Happy film making!


Let's get down to business.

First off, welcome to the website! We hope you find this project appealing and join the cause. We are 
going to build a large online community. It's very important that people stay in contact and pass this 
around to anyone that has an interest in entertaining with film. All aspects of film making will be 
represented. Everyone will be given a chance to give tips and hints, showcase their work and possibly 
find work through networking with other people in the community.

Since this website will be the main hub for everything posted, you will need a tour of sorts. 
Everything will be posted in the HOME tab up top.

 
This website enables creators to choose different categories for each post, so we will use those to help
sort out the information. These will include: Informative Books, Project Outlines, Vlogs and Tips.

Since we will be providing actual school projects for you to try out on your own time, they will be 
posted under the Project Outline category. Hopefully these will give you content ideas and help you 
build or enhance your demo reel. 

The Vlogs will be a video diary of our attempts at making these school projects and other projects that
our production company will be attached to. Hopefully you will be able to learn from any mistakes we 
make.

Reading is an important part of film making. When we come across a book with great content that you can use
to make better films, we will share it under the Informative Books category. 

The Tips category will be used for any direct tutorials or lessons. We have connected with many 
established online programs that produce "how-to" tips and will post their videos up every once in a 
while in addition to our own. 

Some people have been asking how they can share their work/projects with the community. Our answer to 
that is the SHARE YOUR SCHOOL PROJECTS tab. It will have a little bit of a guideline that you can 
follow, but feel free to add any additional information you may find helpful to other "students". You 
can also post any project descriptions that have not been mentioned on this site that you enjoy and 
would like others to try out.

 
We're going to keep this fresh and fun. We'll introduce you to different things. We hope you visit us
every week. Share it with your friends. The bigger the community the better the experience will be for
everyone involved. Interact with comments and video responses. Vote on the polls! This whole project is
meant to help everyone learn and replicate an environment where you can be surrounded by others that
have similar interests. 

Thanks for checking us out! 
*We had been debating on whether or not to make this a Vlog or a Blog. Since nobody needs to see Matt's
face in order to learn something, we chose this. Do you feel it's important to have a "host" guide you
along? It's up to you really. Vote on the poll below to make the decision. 


Step one on this journey:  Set up a production company.

We present to you – Durable Mutation Productions.

Things are moving along quite well. The YouTUBE page is up and operational so stay tuned for VLOGS. We will try and find a certain time of the week to stay consistent. The blogs will come in whenever something interesting pops up.

To celebrate the launch of the YouTUBE site, we made a little introductory video to the new production company. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment or voting on the poll.  *You’ll be able to tell which category won yesterday’s poll.


Welcome!

The main goal of this project will be to show fellow hobbyists, students, newcomers and the general public that it is possible to follow your dreams and become a filmmaker. It doesn’t come down to where you live, what school you’ve gone to or how much money you have lying around. It’s about getting out there with a camera (could be yours, or borrowed) and making some magic.

Inspired by Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith, we shall start our own company and educate ourselves by making short digital films and projects.

To add some challenges and deadlines to the project, we will be researching different film school curriculums and will try to complete our own version of their assigned projects without the aid of professors, text books and school studios. We will choose our own reading material that is always available to the public at local bookstores or free online. These projects will be posted online and shown to the general public. Feedback will be noted and some of the projects will be adjusted and re-released in hopes of learning valuable lessons and properly executing what was originally intended. We will be keeping VLOGs as much as possible and blogging on this website to keep everyone up-to-date.

Hopefully by our “graduation” of one or more programs we can land a directing gig without the aid of school-networking or film festivals. If all else fails, we will have made a great demo-reel in the meantime. This project is not meant to belittle any existing school programs or anyone working for/in them. It is an experiment to see if it is possible to become a filmmaking master using public resources, the internet and goodwill.

If you have any aspirations of working in the film industry or if you’d like to see how it all works, follow us on this adventure. Let’s figure it out together.

*Check out the “YOUR school projects” tab and tell me about your school experience.
VOTE on the poll below to help decide how I will personalize these projects!