Tuesday, April 1, 2008

AFI ScreenNation


Another collective website for teenage moviemakers looks to be another positive resource for you budding filmmakers. It is called ScreenNation and I want you to check it out and share some things that you discover for this week's blog post. Visit http://screennation.afi.com/. Create an account, if you can. Browse through the videos. Click on the Challenges link. Any ideas for an entry from you? After your commercials you will have one more final movie project due. This site may give you some ideas. You could also post your previous productions to this site and get feedback from all over the globe. Finally, you should click on the "LEARN" link on the left side of the homepage and watch at least 2 of the teaching videos. Tell us what you learned in this week's blog post.

13 comments:

Kylie said...

umm.. something is up with the blog site ive tried to open it and you have to have a username and password and I couldn't figure it out... so...?

Kylie said...

I think it would be hard to make a video about my friends and I because right now all of our schedules conflict. There wouldn't be a time where we can all just sit down and do what we do best, we're just too busy!However, I do think that it would be something fun to do if we could figure out how to squeeze some time for us in between all of our activities!

I noticed that some of these films weren't very developed and had some bad and shaky camera angles... so I think we should get our videos on here and show them whats up!for informational movies I watched the video about lighting and I thought they explained it very well short and sweet and to the point! It was also very humerus!

DannyLee said...

I really don't know what to do a documentary on at the moment. I could do a documentary on the Mac project from the idea to reality. I think i might do that.

I watched two movies, one on how to use Apple's Motion to create a Light Saber effect, and some sound tips.. the light saber effect was pretty cool to learn... didn't learn anything new about sound ;)

KellyS said...

I litsened to the 10 count video. The movie screen wasn't showing up for me but i did litsen to it so really it was kinda hard to undersstand for me just litsening I also watched the obsession video and I how i take it it must be some sort of documentary but once again now movie screen for me.. so this is a pretty difficult blog, maybe i'm doing something wrong. I'll probably check this out later and hopefulyl i will be able to see the pictures, but I'm not sure how much internet access i will have before the blog is due.. so this was my 1st attempt.

jacquelinep said...

Well first off this those videos are really funny but I did learn that in an interview you have three main shots on a set. Close of of each person and one of both. During an interview that is outside you want to pan over to who ever is talking and you may want to do an over the shoulder so the interviewer looks interested. I also learned that during pre-production you need to care about safety the most and you should figure where, when, and who you are going to shoot.

AmandaH said...

You should make an outline before you make a storyboard so you can more easily organize your ideas.

Also when you are writing a script and you get stuck DON'T TAKE A BREAK like most people would you have to keep writing and pull yourself through it.

I didn't have much time to watch any of the other videos...sorry!

-Amanda-

Brittany said...

When I clicked on the Challenges link, I thought the idea of friends was really neat. My first project was about friends but more of what friends were. I think it would be really neat to do a video on my close friends. My only fear would be that it would have more of a home movie effect and not look professional.

When I clicked on "LEARN" I chose a movie about scriptwriting, something I learned to make it easier to write your script is to start with the dilemma. If you begin in the middle of the scene you can build around it and create the personalities of you characters and build more scenes off of the problem. I also watched a video on Organizing your Edit. From this I learned that the more organized you are when you import your footage the smoother your movie making will go and the better quality it will be.

Tiff said...

I am not sure what I want to do my documentary on, yet. I think friends or maybe family would be a good topic.

I clicked on the learn and watched a video about pre-production. It said that you need to have your story board done, all your lighting and props, and have talked with the talent and showed them the storyboard, before you go to film. I then watched how to organize and make your final project. First, you organize by importing all your film, then you create a rough edited version of your movie, and finally you can add the music and other effects that you want.

Connor said...

Hello!

I learned to question why I am placing the camera in the spot that I am. I learned to not mess with the shot too much, do not move the camera around near as much. Also I learned that you need 3 lights a back light a fill light and a main light. More tips I learned from this site, were to question why the actors are acting in the way that they are and not to let the role of being a director go to your head. Seems like an interesting site.

keshia said...

im not really sure what to do on a documentary yet either... i watched a couple different movies but I really didn't care for them and I'm not sure I really like screen nation either..

MichaelH said...

What Ive learned is that making a movie isn't the easiest thing in the world and that it takes a lot of work to even just make a commercial.

Ciera said...

I was not able to open an account, but I did watch several videos.

I learned that you could develop your ideas and gain feedback by pitching your video plot to the class. They could tell you what wouldn't work, what could enhance the video, or they could point out holes in the script. The learning videos were very helpful, but the videos listed beneath the learning clips, were examples of BAD film making. Several of them were out of focus, shaky, the cuts were not clean, the noise and voices were off... It was just BAD! So, I learned what NOT to do!!!

Katie said...

I think I'm going to agree with Keshia on this one. I didn't really like the site much either and watched a couple videos but didn't really think much of them.