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Task 2 Description

In this task you are required to create a video version of your recently completed digital stills short story (from task 1). You are to re-create the story using the same framing and compositional concepts applied earlier - but this time you must add relevant camera movement. It is therefore required that you re-write your shot list adding the additional information of camera movement and shot duration. All of the tripod camera movements (i.e. static, tilt, pan) must be incorporated into your short scene as appropriate. Also if your school has access to tracking or steadicam equipment this is a good chance for you to practice some more advanced camera moves.

You will be assessed on all of the knowledge you have learned so far regarding framing, composition, camera angles and varied camera movement. Your finished piece will be approximately 1 minute long so be sure to plan your shot durations accordingly.



A Story Example

A person is sitting at home in front of a computer deep in thought. They do a web search typing 'what should I buy the person who has everything?'.The person patiently waits for the results. It is taking a long time and they look at the clock on the wall obviously getting quite anxious. The page gets painfully close to loading and we see the persons face turn from frustration to confusion as the search results finally appear. It is a blank screen that simply says 'nothing.....but you should buy yourself a new computer'. The person laughs.

Example Basic Shot list

Shot # Shot Description and type Shot Angle/ Movement

Approx
Duration
seconds

 
1 Fade in: Exterior long shot (LS) of a house Tilt from sky down to reveal the house (Eye Level) 7
2 Medium Long Shot (MLS) of a person sitting at a computer (use door frame as foreground element) Tracking shot down the hallway revealing the person on the computer (Eye Level) 5
3 Close Up (CU) of the persons face as they scratch their chin with a thoughtful expression Static tripod shot (Eye Level) 4
4 Extreme Close Up (ECU) of the persons hands as they begin typing Static tripod shot (High Angle) 3
5 Big Close Up (BCU) of the search bar on the computer with the words 'What should I buy the person who has everything?' Static tripod shot (Eye Level) 6
6 Medium Close Up (MCU) of the person sitting at the computer waiting impatiently Static tripod shot (Eye Level) 2
7 Close Up (CU) over the persons shoulder to the computer screen that reads 'loading' Static tripod shot (Eye Level) 4
8 Medium Close Up (MCU) of frustrated hands tapping on the desk, tilt to the frustrated persons face who then looks off screen to clock on wall. Tilt and pan up from hands to face (High Angle to Eye Level) 4
9 Big Close Up (BCU) of a clock on the wall Static tripod shot (Low Angle) 3
10 Big Close Up (BCU) of the persons face looking back at the computer with a shocked and confused expression. Static tripod shot (Eye Level) 3
11 Long Shot (LS) to Big Close Up tracking shot (BCU) of the computer screen which says 'nothing - but you need a new computer' Fast tracking POV shot directly toward screen (Eye Level) 3
12 Medium Close Up (MCU) of the person laughing and shaking their head in disbelief Eye Level 2
13 Medium Long Shot (MLS) of person laughing and shaking their head in disbelief Tracking shot moving out of the room (Eye Level) 5
14 Exterior long shot (LS) of a house: Fade out Tilt from house upwards to the sky(Eye Level) 7


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