Photo Roman: Story from the Len's POV
Lesson Plan Published 9/12/19 Last updated on 2/28/20
Students will be able to tell a story using 12-24 still shots demonstrating proper use and framing of the basic camera shots and angles.
Preproduction (4-5 hours)
- Lecture: Basic camera shots and angles.
- Activity: Create a poster identifying the basic camera shots and angles. Images may be drawn or cutouts.
- Lecture: Framing shots and composition.
- Workshop: Basic camera functions (zoom, focus, enabling grid). Review basic camera shots, angles, and composition.
- Activity: In pairs or in groups, paying close attention to composition, capture still images illustrating the basic camera shots and angles.
- Lecture: Storyboarding.
- Activity: Storyboard Photo Roman
Production (1-3 hours)
- Lecture: Roles and responsibilities.
- In groups, capture shots for Photo Romon. Use props and locations to drive the story. Allow for pick up shots.
Postproduction (3-5 hours)
- Edit photos in Photoshop.
- Organize photos in a timeline adding titles/credits. This may be done in a Photoshop timeline, video editing app, or Powerpoint slides. Alternatively, may compile images in Preview as a single .pdf document.
- In one sentence, what is the story being told?
- Looking at camera position and framing, character action, props and wardrobe, sound; what works in this film? What could you have given more attention to?
- Do the editing cuts reflect story progression? Are there moments when the editing brings you closer to the character(s) or takes you out of the story?
- Thinking about pre-production; writing, shot list and schedule, what could you have done to improve your production?
- What did you learn from doing this directing exercise?
- Reduce leadup activities.
- Challenge students by using an exact amount of shots.
- Add specific lighting chose to Photo Roman
- Add sound effects