Monday, 5 November 2012

First Years, Third Project - 30 Second Movies

It's only six weeks into the course and already our hardworking first year students have completed three (yes, three!!!) projects.
For their latest brief we asked them to research the basic film making techniques, then study a specific movie genre (pulled at random from a hat*) and then finally create a 30 second visual 'distillation' in film of said genre. Oh; they also had to produce a detailed storyboard before they started shooting any live footage. We generously allowed them two whole weeks in which to complete this massive challenge.

Did they succeed?...

More than in our wildest dreams!

We can't remember a feedback session in which so much excellent work was presented and so many high grades were awarded.

But hold on a minute... Graphic Designers and Illustrators making films? Are we mad?

No, quite the opposite. As technologies merge (these films were all made in Photoshop by the way!?) and, as TV and streaming media expand exponentially, who will be there at the cutting edge, producing well designed, intelligent content? Designers and Illustrators, of course

This project marks the start of a journey for those students who have a strong interest in exploiting video, film and animation as their chosen media. We'll be exploring further aspects after Christmas so stay tuned.
In the meantime; put you feet up, turn down the lights, open a carton of Kia-Ora and scatter popcorn down your front as you enjoy the fruits of their labour...

Kianna and Jenny Make a 30 Second Japanese Horror Movie

Sophie and Adam Make a 30 Second Swash Buckler

Catherine and Eilidh Make a 30 Second Sci-Fi Movie

* The hat was actually an envelope


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