In-class workshop 2A

In-class workshop 2A

Stage 1. Generating ideas
References: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Concept-Map

http://tomantosfilms.com/747/generating-story-ideas/
http://www.videomaker.com/article/1615-honing-your-ideas-from-concept-to-finished-treatment

A. What are the themes you are interested in?
(1. Input a few key words) Music

Music Instrument

singer

performer

song/ piece of music

performing venue

Umbrella Revolution

(2. Expand your key words with using hierarchy) mm
(3. How would you generate ideas from the above key words? Can you divergently associate the above key words to formulate a concept? What are the central concept of your work? ) (No less than 100 words)

We have mainly two keywords, they are music and Umbrella Revolution. In order to combine the two keywords, we thought of the recent hot issue which is Kenny G took photo at the Admiralty protestant area, he then denied the idea of supporting occupy central movement earlier so as to convince the Chinese Government and ensure earning income in China.

So we may rewrite the songs sang in the Umbrella Revolution, Kenny G. will be the main actor in the work, he may play other musical instruments. The song may change into different styles and tempo to make the work ironic. The preforming venue might be along the road in Admiralty. Other than Admiralty, we thought of some performing venue in China, for instance the Nest-type Beijing Olympic Stadium (Beijing National Stadium).

B. What is the genre of your work? (Do I want to make a comedy? A documentary? A love story? An abstract video art? Describe how this genre choice would potentially help you to meet your goals?)
(No less than 100 words)

Goals: To arouse people’s attention towards the changing attitude of any people throughout the movement. Most importantly to keep their faith in Umbrella Revolution.

We choose to make a comedy. Comedy genre help us to meet our goals in two ways. To begin with, we hope to ease the tensions for protestants and let them to know about this Kenny G. news at the same time. So our work will express the message in ironic way. We also hope citizens to reflect their attitude throughout the movement, which side to stand for our conscience and our next generation.

We also decided to make a music video to express this comedy work. Music is easy to remember, and helps to unite people. Songs can be repeatedly sang for people to alert people.

 

Stage 2. Writing a synopsis
References: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Screenplay-Synopsis

http://www.writersdigest.com/editors-picks/learn-how-to-write-a-synopsis-like-a-pro

Write a synopsis (with no more than no less than 1 page A4 size paper, 12 font-size, Times New Roman) by borrowing the key points generated  from Stage 1. Outline of the story:

The main actor Kenny C., he felt furious after hearing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (中國外交部)’s speech. So he then took out the shield which is red and yellow from his cabinet. He blew the recorder and perform the piece of work entitled “Utopian Socialism” (社會主義號). He hope to regain his reputation in China, and hope to please the Chinese Government for having a chance to perform in the Nest-type Beijing Olympic Stadium.

Symbols

Kenny G. = Kenny C.

Shield = Captain American’s shield, a protestant was arrested because of wearing the Captain American’s costume

Yellow = Supporting Central Occupation

Red = Radical citizens

Recorder instrument = replace Kenny G.’s saxophone

Nest-type Beijing Olympic Stadium = China

Stage 3. Scriptwriting and Storyboarding
“Your storyboard will should convey some of the following information:

•       What characters are in the frame, and how are they moving?

•       What are the characters saying to each other, if anything?

•       How much time has passed between the last frame of the storyboard and the current one?

•       Where the “camera” is in the scene? Close or far away? Is the camera moving?

Why make a storyboard?

Creating a storyboard will help you plan your animation out shot by shot. You can make changes to your storyboard before you start animating, instead of changing your mind later. You will also be able to talk about your animation and show your storyboard to other people to get feedback on your ideas.”

References: http://accad.osu.edu/womenandtech/Storyboard%20Resource/
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Storyboard

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-Movie-Scripts

What are the main events of the story in the order they will be told?

Do you need to write dialogue for your work?

(Please work on this section together with In-class exercise 2B. Based on your synopsis, write a more detailed script and come up with a storyboard for your work. No less than 1 page A4 size paper, 12 font-size, Times New Roman)

1.     “Outline your story. Begin with a basic flow of your narrative. Focus on the conflict of the story; conflict drives drama.

2.     Write your story in three acts. The pillars of a screenplay are the Three Acts. Each act can operate independently, and when taken together provide the full arc of a story.

3.     Add sequences. Sequences are parts of the story that operate somewhat independently from the main conflict. They have a beginning, middle, and end.

4.     Start writing scenes. Scenes are the events of your movie. They take place in specific locations and always serve to drive story forward. If a scene does not do this, then it should be cut from the script. Scenes that serve no purpose will stick out in the audience’s mind as flaws, and will drag the story down.

5.     Begin writing dialogue. Once you have scenes, you will have characters interacting. Dialogue can be one of the hardest things to write. Each character needs to have its own distinct, believable voice.”

 We don’t have any dialogue in this video, but we created Kenny C was singing the popular sing “話你戇鳩怕你嬲”, we recreated it into a music video, we rearranged the musical instrument to match with the lyrics and scenes. We added more elements to make the video funnier. For instance, we recorded the recorder with off keys. Exaggerate and pretend as Kenny G (his curly hair with suit). We made a clean version for publication, we muted the foul language. We used recorder rather than saxophone. More dissolve and overlapping image to make the video even more nostalgic ( the old style to create music video).

 

 

Stage 3a Documentary planning and research process (ONLY apply to groups which are working on a documentary)
What are the aims of your research? What do you want to know/tell your audience by making this documentary? /
What are the locations you want to document? /
Who are the informants? /
How would you get permission to interview/document the informant’s life? /
What are the questions you will ask if your work  involves interview? /
Stage 4 Casting
Who are the main characters in your work? Kenny C, Andy Lau Tak-wah
Who are the actors/actresses? (Provide the names of the actor/actress) Kenny C (played by Charleston Lau), Andy Lau Tak-wah (played by Cheung Yan Man)
Stage 5. Detailed schedule
Plan ahead your shooting and editing schedule. If your work involves multiple locations, break down your schedule into details.
Date Key actions with deadlines
17th November, 2014 Take all shots in Admiralty, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui, groundsel in Taipo
25th November, 2014 Take shots in hostel and in HKIEd
28th November, 2014 Edit the video
30th November, 2014 Combine the video parts
3rd December, 2014 Record the vocal
5th December, 2014 Record instruments (guitar, piano) for the video
6th December, 2014 Add special effects in the video
12th December, 2014 Combine vocal and instruments together
15th December, 2014 Edition for subtitles, view credits
16th December, 014 Final combination
Stage 6. Duties
What are the duties of each of your members? Who is the director? Who is the video editor? Who is the sound recorder?)
Name Key duties
Presented by TEAM 1984
CHARLESTON LAU Written and directed
RAYMOND CHEUNG Assistant Director
CHARLESTON LAU RAYMOND CHEUNG ARTISTS
RAYMOND CHEUNG Director of Photography
CHARLESTON LAU Editor
CHARLESTON LAU Post-production
MIFFY YAN Production Designer
FRANCESCA CHAN

GIGI LI

Script Supervisor
LEO WU Gaffer
CHARLESTON LAU VFX SUPERVISOR
CHARLESTON LAU (Original) Music by

《The First Revolution》

JFung Remix 《榴槤乜乜乜》
David Cheang 《話你戇鳩怕你嬲》
LEO WU Music Supervisor
CHARLESTON LAU Sound Designer
FRANCESCA CHAN Makeup Artist
MIFFY YAN Prop Master
FRANCESCA CHAN Art Director
Stage 7. Revision
After your individual meeting with your course instructor, how are you going to fine-tune the planning of your work? Are you going to change your theme? Are you going to add supplementary shots?
Item to be revised Details with deadlines
More details for the video We remain our theme to be cheesy but with political sense inside the video. There are some supplementary shots for the main character, for example in the beginning of the video, it showed how the character disguised (or get changed) as Kenny G (Kenny C).
Improve the sound in the middle part To show the climax of the music, we added the electric guitar solo from Charleston Lau to present it.
Stage 8.
Describe what you have done for the rough cut and point out what you need to do next. Are you satisfied? What can you improve your work?
(Describe your rough cut)

The rough cut was about Kenny C playing the recorder in Admiralty, Star ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui and groundsel in Taipo. We needed more clues before we started off the song “朋友話你傻豬怕你嬲”.

(Next actions and ways to improve)

So we could add some shootings for the appearance for Kenny C. We could make the close-up shots for Kenny C’s costume as the beginning of the video.

We could also add some wide-shot scene for the video, to increase its convulsion. And to give a better picture for the viewers of the situation in Protestant area.

Stage 9. Revision
After your individual meeting with your course instructor, how are you going to fine-tune the planning of your work? Are you going to change your theme? Are you going to add supplementary shots?
Item to be revised Details with deadlines
Same as stage 7 Same as stage 7
Stage 10. Evaluation
Describe your final work and evaluate your work with no less than 100 words. Did I achieve what I have planned? What would I do if I could re-do this work again?
We paid great effort in the final work, we hoped to satire the people who were still believing the government and at the same time, we used a lighthearted and funny way to satire rather than a very anxiety and serious documentary. We hoped people could get a little relaxation during the continuation of Umbrella Revolution. So we decided to pay effort in costume and settings as well.

We bought a wig and curl it with curler. We bought the recorder (instrument) as well. We hoped to characterize Kenny G lifelike, to keep the production professional.

We learnt how to edit the video, adding music soundtracks, adding subtitles, and to combine them into one video. We added special effects into the video, such as the raindrops, snowy scene and the fire. These made the video more cheesy, it was a way to create the music video in the old days, and we wanted to create this more reminiscence. We could improve the work by using more dissolve and overlapping image to make the video even more nostalgic. Adding some night scenes in Admiralty or in Mongkok would be also a good choice, because dark also gives people sense of blues and searching for hope at the same time, it might be more influent.

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