Tuesday, May 29, 2007

End of the year assignments

Here are the final assignments for the year with the due dates:

All work due by Friday June 8:

Documentary short
Create a short film based on the pitch you wrote earlier in the year (2-5 minutes)

Comedic storyboard
Create a storyboard for your short comedic film (12 frames)

"Del Preston" comedy script
Create a short film pitch based on the Del Preston character from Wayne's World (2 paragaphs)

Comedic short
Create a short film based on the material we discussed in class(2-5 minutes)

Comedic Screenplay
Write an original 3 page screenplay based on the comedy methods we discussed in class (3 pages)

Film portfolio on CD (10 short film clips with titles)
Create a CD of all the work you have done in class

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Leonard Cohen - Democracy

Here's a poem by Leonard Cohen, a terrific writer and musician, for The United States of Poetry series. It's fairly simple but read well and the camera work heightens the pacing.

Matt Cook - The Rulers We Deserve

Here's another fun video poem by Matt Cook for The United States of Poetry series. This one stands on the strength and humor of the poem itself. If you have a poem that's performed well you can find an interesting place to film it and that's it.

Billy Collins - The Dead

Here's another great video poem written by Billy Collins and animated by Juan Delcan. This one is pretty terrific too.

Billy Collins - Forgetfulness

Here's a cool video poem to check out from one of my favorite poets Billy Collins. The short is done really well in it's use of special effects (the poem is one you'll appreciate as you get older).

Welcome Filmmakers

Welcome to the Needles Film Academy a blog for Mr. Needles film classes (and anyone else who loves film). Currently my classes are working on short experimental films based on poetry or short stories so we'll be sharing some resources in the coming weeks.