The first year's latest project was divided into two parts. First, we taught them basic film making techniques and asked them to study a specific movie genre (pulled at random from our 'envelope of destiny'). To complete part one they had to create their own 30 - 60 second long pastiche film of their chosen genre.
To accomplish this they also had to produce a detailed storyboard before they started shooting. Here are some examples:
We then went on to teach them the basics of Adobe After Effects and asked them to create a title sequence to accompany their film. Incredibly they only had three weeks in which to complete this massive challenge.
Did they succeed?... More than in our wildest dreams!
Here's the 'action' film made from the storyboards above:
But hold on a minute... Graphic Designers and Illustrators making films? Are we mad?
No, quite the opposite. As technologies merge (these films were mostly 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.
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...