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FMP Overview

Posted: November 18, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 15_17, General
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 In this project you will devise a sequence featuring Visual and special
effects, script is, shoot it and design the sound.

You could recover Film and / or TV with this – as long as it meets the
stipulations:

  • The final sequence must be up to 5 minutes long
  • You will have devised, tested and implemented a Visual Effects Sequence
  • You will have devised, tested and Implemented a Special Effects Sequence
  • You will have undertaken Pre Production ( for the effects and for
    the sequence)
  • You will have Directed & Shot the effects sequencesYou will
  • have edited the effects sequences
  • You will have devised the sound design for the effects sequence (and contributed to the overall sequence)

As we progress through the project, you will set further tasks to do
dependent on your chosen direction of study.

 You will need to construct a personal plan to show what you are doing
and how it fits in with the units you are covering.

So, for example…

Task

Unit Criteria

Submission Date

Research Simple VFX
Tests:

  • Get hit by a car (Road Safety Advert)
  • Landing like Hancock / Man of Steel
  • Green screen in a location (including
    shadow!)
  • Crawling out of a TV (The Ring)
  • Lightsabers (Star Wars)

Look at how they were used in the film / TV show

Use at a tutorial to recreate it

Produce a VFX Breakdown to show how you did it

Unit 44, outcome 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 44, outcome 2

13/12/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at professional
SFX / VFX breakdowns: for example –

  • Superman
  • American Werewolf in London
  • Scanners
  • Star Wars (1-7)
  • Lord of the Rings / Hobbit
  • Jurassic Park
  • Avatar
  • Etc

Unit 44, outcome 1

Unit 45, Outcome 1

13/12/16

 

Simple SFX Tests:

  • Zombie makeup (Walking Dead Etc)
  • Broken Arm
  • Black eyes & Scars
  • Flying Helicopter
  • Miniature person in a giant world (The
    Borrowers)

Look at how they were used in the film / TV show

Use at a tutorial to recreate it / use Media Make up professional

Produce a SFX Breakdown to show how you did it

Unit 45, outcome 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 45, outcome 2 & 3

13/12/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

13/12/15


Criteria for Part 1 – submission 13/12/16 and 6/2/2017

Unit 44: Visual Effects for TV and Film

1 Understand visual effects techniques and their
application in audio-visual media products

P1 Learners analyse a range of
visual effects techniques, and their application in digital post-production,
using examples from a variety of audio-visual media products

 

2 Be able to produce pre-production materials for a 2-3
minute audio-visual sequence, containing planning for visual effects

P2 Learners produce
pre-production materials for a 2-3 minute
audio-visual sequence, including:

a) treatment or concept
with planning for a minimum of three different visual effects

b) script
identifying the
planned visual effects

c) storyboard
identifying the planned visual effects

d) relevant recce(s)
and risk assessment(s)

e) production schedule

M1 Learners produce a proficient storyboard for a 2-3 minute sequence, which includes sound, mise en scène, production
directions and the planned visual effects, which are appropriate to the
intention of the 2-3 minute sequence. The storyboard produced is generally of
a good technical standard

 

Unit 45  SPECIAL
EFFECTS FOR TV AND FILM

1
Understand special effects techniques

P1
Learners analyse a range of special effects
techniques and their use in film and TV production using examples from a
variety of audio-visual media products

 

 

2
Be able to plan and test the chosen special effect, and the footage it will
appear in

P2
Learners develop an idea for one special effect from the following list:

  • mechanised prop
  • stunt prop
  • scale model
  • prosthetic makeup
  • pyrotechnics

 

 

 

3
Be able to plan and test a chosen special effect, and the footage it will
appear in

P3
Learners plan one chosen special effect, and the sequence it will appear in,
including:

a) storyboard

b) relevant plans and/or sketches for the chosen special effect

c) mock ups relevant to the chosen special effect

d) detailed risk assessment for the special effect production

e) recce

f ) risk assessment for production of the footage

g) permission to use special effect

h) other relevant legal requirements

i) compliance with relevant health and safety requirements

j) following relevant safe working practices

M1
Learners produce a storyboard that shows relevant camera directions related
to the sequence and chosen special effect. Learners produce detailed
annotated sketches.

Contingency
plans are produced that are related to the footage in which the special
effect will feature

D1
Learners produce a comprehensive storyboard that shows relevant sound and/ or
sound effects related to the sequence and chosen special effect.

Learners
sketches and plans represent the special effect from a number of angles

P4
Learners follow safe working practices to a competent level by:

a) testing possible materials and techniques to ensure that they are feasible
and appropriate for the creation of the special effect

b) ensuring that the special effect is safe for use during the production of the
sequence

 

 

 

Guide to timings for
Production schedule:

 

 

VFX vs SFX:
Research

10, 14/11

Explore VFX
and SFX

11, 21/11

Cardiff Trip Tuesday22

VFX
Introduction

12, 28/11

Explore
Sound

13, 05/12

Further
Testing of VFX & SFX

14, 04/12

Submit
Sequence Analysis for SFX, VFX and Sound

Christmas,

 

Christmas,

 

15, 02/01

 

16, 09/01

Pitch Ideas
for Film

17, 16/01

Work
Experience Week

18, 23/01

Pre Production – Test Shoots

19, 30/01

Pre production

20, 06/02

Complete
Pre production, Go into Production

Half Term,

 

21, 20/02

Rehearsals
/ Filming

22, 27/02

Filming /
Post / sound

23, 06/03

Filming /
Post / sound

24, 13/3

Filming /
Post / sound

25, 20/03

Filming /
Post / Sound

26, 27/03 *f

Filming /
Post / Sound

Easter

 

Easter

 

27, 17/04

Final Mix
down

28, 24/04

 

29, 01/05

Final Film
Submitted: Grading for VFX, SFX & Sound.

30, 8/5

 

31, 15/05

 

32, 22/05

 

 

 

Playlist of VFX & SFX tutorials

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRyTDLRda1o2HGla74xnQZcTBBdfVkO3I

 

SFX vs. VFX: Two Effects Artists Discuss the Differences Between Practical & CGI

http://nofilmschool.com/2014/12/sfx-vfx-two-effects-artists-discuss-differences-between-practical-cgi

 

Watch How the Masters Used to Create VFX for Movies in These ILM Videos

http://nofilmschool.com/2015/01/masters-create-vfx-movies-star-wars-star-trek-ilm

 

The Power of Compositing: 4 Must-Watch After Effects Tutorials

https://www.rocketstock.com/blog/the-power-of-compositing-4-must-watch-after-effects-tutorials/

 

Surface Skin

http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/playlist/vfx/sub_surface_skin/

 

How to Avoid Common Green Screen Mistakes

http://www.surfacedstudio.com/tutorials/common-green-screen-mistakes

 

The Best Film Visual Effects Through the Years

http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/the-best-film-visual-effects-through-the-years/

 

Effects of days past: making Superman fly

https://www.fxphd.com/blog/effects-of-days-past-making-superman-fly/

Task 1: In class –

Find a VFX tutorial online and replicate it. For example –

Simple VFX Tests:

  • Get hit by a car
  • Landing like Hancock
  • Green screen in a location (including shadow!)
  • Crawling out of a TV (The Ring)
  • Lightsabers

Follow the instructions to produce your own version individually or in a small group.

Task 2: At Home –

Define the difference between Special Effects and Visual Effects.

Research into the use of VFX and SFX in a range of a/v media products.

For example:

TV Shows –

Dr Who (TARDIS dematerialisation effect, Dalek guns, explosions, spacecraft flying, prosthetic makeup)

Grandpa in my pocket (shrinking down to a small size)

Game of Thrones (Use of Miniatures, green screen etc)

Films –

Lord of the Rings – How to make a 6ft actor look like a dwarf, walking trees, explosions, etc.

James Bond – Explosions, scale models etc

Adverts –

BMW x5 commercial

Music Videos –

Bad Blood (Taylor Swift) (Explosions, models, makeup)

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/motion-graphics/vfx-taylor-swifts-bad-blood-music-video/

You will find your own 6 examples of SFX and 6 examples of VFX within a range of media products – ie 1 film, 1 TV show, 1 advert, 1 music video etc.

Analyse the effect (VFC / SFX, how it was done) – hint – it may be easier to find a VFX breakdown on the sequence…

Guide to timings for Production schedule:

 

9, 02/11 Vfx vs SFX:

Selecting an Experiment

10, 09/11 Explore VFX
11, 16/11

Cardiff Trip Tuesday.

Explore SFX
12, 23/11 Further Testing of VFX & SFX
13, 30/11 Submit case studies and test shoots
14, 07/12 Pitch Ideas for Film
15, 14/12  
Christmas, 21/12  
Christmas, 28/12  
16, 04/01 Pre Production
17, 11/01 Pre Production, including VFX & SFX
18, 18/01 Pre Production, including VFX & SFX – Test Shoots
19, 25/01 Pre Production – Test Shoots
20, 01/02 Complete Pre production, Go into Production
21, 08/02 Rehearsals / Filming
Half Term, 15/02  
22, 22/02 Rehearsals / Filming
23, 29/02 Filming / Post
24, 07/03 Filming / Post
25, 14/03 Edit Lockdown, Start Sound recording
26, 21/03 *f Submit Sound Analysis
Easter

28/03

 
Easter 04/04  
27, 11/04 Sound Production
28, 18/04 Planning for Own Production
29, 25/04 Recording
30, 02/05 *m Mixing
31, 09/05 Mixing, conduct focus group
32, 16/05 Submit Sound mix
33, 23/05 Submit all final work

 

Script to Screen Project: Part 1

Posted: November 5, 2015 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 14_16, Creative Media Production
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In this project you will devise a sequence featuring Visual and special effects, script it, shoot it and design the sound.

You could recover Film and / or TV with this – as long as it meets the stipulations:

  • The final sequence must be up to 5 minutes long
  • You will have devised, tested and implemented a Visual Effects Sequence
  • You will have devised, tested and Implemented a Special Effects Sequence
  • You will have undertaken Pre Production ( for the effects and for the sequence)
  • You will have Directed & Shot the effects sequences
  • You will have edited the effects sequences
  • You will have devised the sound design for the effects sequence (and contributed to the overall sequence)

As we progress through the project, you will set further tasks to do dependent on your chosen direction of study.

You will need to construct a personal plan to show what you are doing and how it fits in with the units you are covering.

So, for example…

 

Task Unit Criteria Submission Date
Research Simple VFX Tests:

·      Get hit by a car (Road Safety Advert)

·      Landing like Hancock / Man of Steel

·      Green screen in a location (including shadow!)

·      Crawling out of a TV (The Ring)

·      Lightsabers (Star Wars)

Look at how they were used in the film / TV show

Use at a tutorial to recreate it

Produce a VFX Breakdown to show how you did it

Unit 44, outcome 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 44, outcome 2

11/12/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/12/15

Look at professional SFX / VFX breakdowns: for example –

·      Superman

·      American Werewolf in London

·      Scanners

·      Star Wars (1-7)

·      Lord of the Rings / Hobbit

·      Jurassic Park

·      Avatar

·      Etc…

Unit 44, outcome 1

Unit 45, Outcome 1

11/12/15

11/12/15

Simple SFX Tests:

·      Zombie makeup (Walking Dead Etc)

·      Broken Arm

·      Black eyes & Scars

·      Flying Helicopter

·      Miniature person in a giant world (The Borrowers)

Look at how they were used in the film / TV show

Use at a tutorial to recreate it / use Media Make up professional

Produce a SFX Breakdown to show how you did it

Unit 45, outcome 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit 45, outcome 2 & 3

11/12/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/12/15

 

 

 

 

Workshop 5 – SFX

Posted: March 20, 2012 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 10_12
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10: W/C 19/3/12

SFX

Purpose of SFX

What you see – what you get?

Blog Tasks

o   What are SFX? 

o   When are they used?

o   Why are they used?

o   How are they done?

o   What skills are needed?

o   What equipment is needed?

o   What are the strengths?

o   What are the weaknesses?

o   How can you use these in your design?

o   How successful was your practical task?

o   How has your design changed?