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Painting Project:

This assignment consists of a student receiving an approved painting from their professor, then recreating that exact image inside their school.

The students are asked to recreate the mood and look of the painting using advanced lighting techniques as well as props, costumes and sets. Their goal is to recreate the exact position of it’s subjects – paying close attention to lighting, objects, spatial blocking and shadows.

This project is designed to make the student experience what it is like using a storyboard when creating a film. On an actual film set, instead of a piece of random artwork (most storyboard artwork could easily sell at any art auction) the filmmakers must use a series of drawings (known as storyboards) created beforehand to help them plan out exactly what they need to shoot in order to tell their story.

Filmmaking is an expensive process. If you can work out what you need visually on paper, you’ll save precious time and money. You’ll also be able to show your peers the movie before it is shot. If a certain part doesn’t seem to present your idea correctly, you can figure out a way to adjust the scene by adding, subtracting or altering a shot or two. Also, by having a storyboard on hand, you can easily show your cast and crew what you want to visually achieve in your head. It will help you plan out where the actors will stand and move around (referred to as blocking), where the camera will be, and what demands you will require from your location.

It may seem like a lot of work, but on the day that you are shooting your project, you will be glad that you have something to reference while you are running around trying to guide a group of people through a difficult process while trying to not destroy anything or anger anyone in the surrounding area. Also, most filmmakers make the mistake of staying up crazy hours before the shoot begins in a last minute attempt to finish up any work, forcing them to start their project tired and against the ropes. Those drawings made before hand will fill in any blanks that you may not recall on the day.

I’d say this is a great project. The LA Film School certainly has a good head on it’s shoulders. The only thing I’m not sure about is how the project is marked. If the student’s must make an exact replica, thats alright. If they loose marks for changing the image in any way, that’s where the process gets difficult. The majority of storyboards on professional sets often vary when compared to what is actually shot on film. There is a large difference between the set in one’s imagination and the physical set they must use for the movie.

If you’re up for it – try this out on your own time. Since there are no professors here, choose your own artwork and try to recreate that. When you’re all done, post it HERE for everyone to see.

Happy shooting!

Let's take a look at the first assignment "Lost & Found". This one comes from the LA Film School. 

Located in Hollywood California, it was founded by a group of Hollywood professionals in 1999. It is a 
state-of-the-art facility that is recognized by the majority of big names in the industry. Most 
importantly it’s building was used by John Williams to record the score for Return of the Jedi!

This facility is a heavy-hitter among all film schools.  Their projects are quite useful to any 
aspiring director. Each week students are presented with projects that will both challenge their 
passion for creating movies and prepare them for any situation that may arise when they work in the 

The students all give off the impression that some projects are assigned without any warning. For 
example, the school takes its students on a trip and presents them with a quick shooting project that 
requires use of an unknown location. 

First assignment: 

“Lost and Found”
Students are given one week with a crew of 3-4 people to shoot one single continuous scene 
(30 seconds – 1 minute). No editing allowed. You can only use available lighting and minimal dialogue.
The central character must lose something and then find it. 

This project is designed to get the student to think about telling a story in a visual manner. 
The student must learn to use basic camera movements as well as structure a story with little dialogue.

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.