|Humber 2nd Year, Sem 1 Production Art course
(Revised July 26th, 2012)
Introduction to the assignments and course outline
In this course, which will cover both 3rd and 4th semesters, we will be dealing primarily with environmental location design, layout, and storyboarding. I will be giving some lectures on character design but this will not be a graded component of the course.
We will be concentrating on two specific productions utilizing each of the elements listed above. These will be "Frankenstein" and another, to-be-determined.
Each production will require the design of an environment in the form of 2 location designs and a ceiling design, 3 primary props from the location design in the form of a 3/4 view, a plan view and an elevation view, a brief storyboard sequence of roughly 7 - 10 scenes from a given story outline, and 3 layouts.
For the Frankenstein story, we will begin with an establishing shot of the laboratory. This can be a stationary shot or a panning BG, either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. If you want to be really adventurous, try combining two or three directions into one scene. You can also use a truck-in if you want. You will then move through the lab, past all sorts of cool machines, weird scientific equipment, beakers, test tubes and stuff towards the main focal point which will be the mad scientist standing at a table with a large glass tub filled with fluid and a brain! He adjusts some dials and throws some switches (or if you are also designing the "Igor" character, you can show him throwing switches). Cut to various shots of different machines sparking with energy, meters moving, etc. Finally, we show the monster on the table and the mad scientist standing above him with the brain in hand laughing maniacally as he places the brain into the empty skull cavity. He (or Igor) throws one final switch and the energy begins pulsing into the monster's body.
The 1st semester will consist of 15 classes with both lectures and work periods as well as one-on-one with me to look at your work in progress. Here's the class schedule:
These are the componants that are to be included in your final Production Bible:
• 2 Location Designs (worth 20%)
• Your Production Bible is to be printed in booklet form: 8 1/2" x 11" with appropriate binding (i.e. spiral or cerlox binding - staples are not acceptable).
The Bibles will initially be ranked for overall appeal and then graded on individual elements.
Bibles are due the final week of classes - (no extensions... you have 15 weeks).
Critical hand-in dates:
Reviews of your work-in-progress will take place throughout the semester during each class, please follow the schedule outlined above.
Note: If any assignment is not handed in by the deadline (beginning of class) you will be deducted 10%. If it is not ready by the end of class, it will be deducted 20%. If it has not been received by e-mail by 6:00 PM the same day it will be deducted 30% By the next day 6:00 - 50%, and by the third day 6:00 - 100%.