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Phases of the Process

The video-making process has four phases:

Pre-Production

Each of you will be a member of an acting troupe of four or five. For a few weeks, you will develop your acting skills by rehearsing the first scene of Neil Simon’s Odd Couple, which was a Broadway play, movie, and TV series. I expect you to also see the value of rehearsals for the actors that you will direct for your video. You will also be thinking about casting your video be watching your classmates.

You will at the same time be deciding what to do for your final video, whether to stay with a straightforward, traditional production of the Odd Couple scene or to change/adapt/re-write/satirize or do something entirely different.

The major document — the shot list — and the minor documents — concept, treatment, script — will be publicly available, but I expect that you and I will have a private e-mail discussion about the details. I will also be happy to sit with you to discuss it face to face. During this part of the process, you will be functioning as the producer, director, screen writer, and production designer for your video.

Production

On the day-to-day syllabus, I have left roughly the month of March for this part of the course. Until I read your treatments, I will not be able to schedule these weeks.

What I anticipate happening is a series of scenes being filmed at various locations. To make the best use of everyone’s time and to ensure the best production values, I expect that we will need time outside of the regular class time to do all of the video recording, which means we’re going to have some schedule-juggling to do. But that’s my responsibility, and I’ll keep you posted.

You will be wearing three hats during these weeks.

1) Director: Your classmates will be acting and filming the sequences that you need for your shot list.

2) Actor: You will be acting according to another student’s direction.

3) Crew member: You will be operating a camera or mike boom or otherwise helping out for someone else’s scenes.

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Post-Production: Director’s Cut

By the end of March, you should have most of the media assets that you need to make your video. The moving images, still images, text, audio, music, special effects. Then it’s a question of putting it all together. You have a shot list and treatment to guide you. After I see your treatments, I will know what software to recommend that you use for your video. If you need any help with the software, you and I will work that out individually.

Even though you have a script and treatment, during editing you may still make any change that you think will make this final video better, that is, more interesting, entertaining, attractive, humorous, or wherever your ideas take you. Explore and discover. Have fun!

Post-Production: Editing the Producer’s Cut

The final phase of the process is making the producer (your boss) happy so that your video will get distributed and be popular and make everyone rich and famous. In GEN 230, I’m the executive producer, and I will make the suggestions that you need to follow to improve (from my point of view) the production values and audience appeal of your video.