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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 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. 


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!