A Character's Name
A Character's Flaw
2. Write a short story that incorporates all three of these elements.
3. Read your story aloud for the class (optional), opening up class discussion about your character, character development, character flaws, character's motivation, overall believability, etc.
4. Make adjustments to your story based on feedback from discussion before proceeding!
5. Storyboard out your short story, translating your written story into a visual story.
Break down how you personally see the action and dialogue playing out on screen. Consider the use of Long Shots, Medium Shots, Close-up Shots, Extreme Close-up Shots, and Establishing Shots while doing this. Make sure to incorporate a variety to keep viewers engaged.
KEY TERMS (FOR SHOT SELECTION)
MEDIUM SHOT -- A camera shot that frames the subject from their waist to the top of their head.
CLOSE-UP SHOT -- A camera shot that frames the subject from the top of their shoulders to the middle of their forehead; making sure to include the tops of their shoulders. (If the subject is cut off at the neck then it appears they have a floating head, which is distracting to the viewer.)
EXTREME CLOSE-UP SHOT -- A very tight and close-in camera shot that frames just one specific item within the frame. This could be someone's eye, a scar on someone's hand, etc. The ECU draws the viewer's attention and tell them exactly what to pay attention to at that moment.
ESTABLISHING SHOT -- This camera shot tells viewers where the story is placed in space and time. For example, if the show/film takes place in Paris or in the desert in California.