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Please complete and return to: Jan Cowan Manx Arts Development Department of Education and Children Hamilton House Peel Road Douglas There is a lot to pack in to just three days of film school! So, using the attached form, we'd like you to complete the storyboard (ages 8-12) or ideas form (ages 13-18) for the film you'd like to make. If the school is over-subscribed, we'll use these storyboards/film ideas as a reference point to ensure the people who are most enthusiastic and interested in film have a place on the course. Name _________________________________________ Age __________ Date of Birth ____________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Postcode ______________ Email Address _________________________________________________ Daytime Telephone __________________________ Evening Telephone__________________________ Cheque for £82.50 (payable to IOM Government) per child per week enclosed herewith Have you previously attended any Summer Film Schools? Will you be attending: (indicate with an X)

 YES / NO

WEEK 1: Ages 8 – 12 years (11-13 August 2014) (To be held at St Ninian’s Lower School)

WEEK 2: Ages 13 – 16 years (18-20 August 2014) (To be held at St Ninian’s Lower School)

Do you have a Digital Video Camera for use at the Film School? (Not essential)

YES / NO

If yes, what is the make and model? ______________________________________________________ What format does it record to? ___________________________________________________________ Do you have a tripod?

YES / NO

Do you have any other equipment? _______________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Equipment is available for use by participants, so don’t worry if you do not have your own.


Dear Parent/Guardian, Please complete, sign and return these forms to: Jan Cowan, Manx Arts Development, DEC, Hamilton House, Peel Road, Douglas by not later than 4th August 2014. Places are strictly limited and if the schools are over-subscribed, the attached story ideas forms will be used to ensure places go to those who show the most aptitude. I give permission for my son/daughter (name) ________________________________________________ to take part in the FILM SCHOOL and I am in agreement that those in charge may give permission for my son/daughter to receive medical treatment in an emergency. I have ensured that he/she understands that it is important for his/her safety and for the safety of the group that any rules and instructions given by those running the course are obeyed. LOCATION SHOOTS: As part of the film-making process it may be necessary for the participants to go offsite. It is necessary to establish permission for children to leave the school site for this activity and/or for the lunch period. Any off-site activity to undertake filming will be kept to a minimum, supervised and every care taken but we require your additional permission for your child to take part in this aspect of the course. Please indicate if you give this permission. PERMISSION TO BE FILMED: Participants may be required to act in each other’s short films. Permission is required for this part of the process. Delete as appropriate: YES / NO for supervised location filming YES / NO for permission to be filmed YES / NO for permission to leave the site for lunch period without supervision YES / NO for permission to leave at the close of day without supervision (A copy of the Child Protection Policy is available on request) ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Any medical condition or medication and/or special instructions ___________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Any behavioural issues ___________________________________________________________________ Emergency contact number for DAYTIME __________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Name (in Block Capitals): ___________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Postcode_______________ Email address _____________________________________________________ Date: ________________ Signed _____________________________________________________________ (Parent or Guardian)


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TUTORIAL: HOW TO DRAW STORYBOARDS

VTKPRODUCTIONS.COM

Kyle van Tonder

A storyboard is a series of sketches, drawings or photographs used to plan and prepare for filming (one may consider storyboards as virtual shoots in this sense). As your filmmaking skills develop and the scope of your films increase you’ll realize more and more that storyboards are a small but essential component of directing and producing a film.

STORYBOARD ADVANTAGES: Storyboards…           

…generally save time on-set. …help to avoid rushed decisions on-set. …helps you improve and get feedback on ideas. …help to give you an idea of how many cameras and camera angles you’ll need. …help you prepare for any special and visual effect shots. …help you to experiment with different angles and techniques. …help to orientate actors and crew members. …helps with the overall pre-production of the film. …can be used as a base for filming. …can help with continuity. …bring your ideas to reality!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:    

Drawing apparatus (pencil, eraser, pen, the usual…) A template (not essential but does speed up the process) Your script / screenplay. Some creativity, inspiration, and motivation.

WHAT TO REMEMBER:    

Large productions hire storyboarding artists to draw for them so don’t worry about how your storyboards look. Most of the time simple stick figures will do the trick. Don’t let storyboards constrain you. You’re scenes will probably only slightly resemble (sometimes not at all) the storyboards. Storyboarding the entire movie (or even scene) is not necessary (as long as you can justify it). Remember; there are no real storyboard standards or rules, only guidelines (just like this). Storyboards come in different styles, find yours and stick to it!

STORYBOARD TERMINOLGY: The following terminology is used in most storyboards to describe the frame composition, angle and setting. They usually appear in the heading of the frame.        

CLOSE-UP SHOT or CU: Subject does not fill frame but is not in full view. E.g. Waist to head. BIG CLOSE UP or BCU: Subject fills screen fully. E.g. Actors face. HIGH CAMERA ANGLE: Camera looks down to subject. E.g. From a crane. LEVEL CAMERA ANGLE: Camera is at same level as subject. LOW CAMERA ANGLE: Looking at subject from below. Makes the subject look significant. LONG SHOT or LS: A shot from maximum distance. ESTABLISHING or EST: Usually makes use of a Long Shot to set the scene. POINT OF VIEW or POV / FIRST PERSON: A shot seen through the characters eyes.

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USING ARROWS: Arrows are regularly used in storyboards as they can drastically save time. An arrow can be used to indicate a single movement instead of drawing up multiple frames.

Typical arrow use in storyboards:

Zooming: By placing a floating box in a frame with arrows you indicate zooming.

Movement: Single arrows are usually used to indicate simple movements.

Panning: Floating boxes with arrows can be used to show panning.

NOTES: It’s usually a good idea to write down any thoughts that come up while you draw your storyboards. These can include anything from sound effects, visual and special effects to acting styles and Make-up. Whatever template you use make sure there is space for notes.

GENERAL TIPS:       

In the end take a chance to look back through your storyboard. At this stage you should realize what needs to be changed… Facial details are not important in storyboards, leave this to the actor… Study the shooting location thoroughly beforehand. You’ll find it easier to compose shoots within your storyboards if you have done this. Think through your scene/s before storyboarding. Don’t be afraid to scratch out. Storyboards are there to make the mistakes beforehand. Drawing storyboards before you shoot a scene is usually preferred. Drawing your entire film in one sitting never works. Don’t forget to enjoy it; if it’s a burden then it won’t be great at all.

TEMPLATES: Provided (on the following pages) are templates which can be used for basic storyboarding. Feel free to print as many copies as you like.

2. Updated 03-01-09. This document is Copyright. Copyright ‚ 2009 Kyle van Tonder and VTK Productions. It may be distributed without modification but this line of text must always appear (this does not apply to the attached templates). You use this tutorial only as a guide and as so at your own risk! VTK Productions, the author or affiliates are not responsible for any damage, costs, etc resulting from this document in any way. This document has been scanned by anti-virus software and at the time was marked to be free of any malicious software. You visit any listed third party sites at your own risk. http://www.vtkproductions.com vtk@vtkproductions.com


Story idea Ages 13 - 18

We have a lot to pack in to just three days of film school! So we'd like you to have story ideas for the films you'd like to make. If the school is over subscribed, we'll use these film ideas as a reference point to ensure the people who are most enthusiastic and interested in film have a place on the course. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking about your story. 1. Describe the characters in the story: For example: How old are they? What do they look like? What do they wear? What is their job, if they have one? Do they have a family?

2. What does the lead character WANT? for example: to find the treasure; to escape; to be loved; to go home; to be rich; to get revenge; to save the world 3. Pick the EMOTION that is driving your lead character: Jealousy, Kindness, Love, Anger, etc 4. What TYPE of film is it (also called the 'genre')? Comedy, Romantic, Scary, Sad, Action / Adventure 5. What HAPPENS in the film (the 'Plot')? To get some ideas for your plot try the news, look through a comic, watch television programmes, other films, or ask your family for interesting things that have happened to them; think of stories you have been told; OR tell a story that has actually happened to you or your friends!

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See if you can explain the outline of what happens in just one sentence, for instance: "A young boy finds an alien who is lost; they become secret friends and together, against all odds, they find a way to get the alien back home." A good place to start is to answer some or all of these questions: 'Who? What? Where? Why? When? How? 6. Where does all this take place? Please remember we are a bit restricted with locations - we are filming in a school and can use the library, the corridors/stairways, the outside (dependent on weather) and possibly one other room. We can use props and design to help make the locations look like somewhere else, but it is easier if you can think about this while writing your ideas down. It may be tricky to make the school look like Space, under the sea, or the Arctic...however, School corridors can quite easily look like a hospital; the computers in the library could look like an office; the outside could be anywhere - do use your imaginations!

If you need to, please use additional sheets of paper


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