Write a Director’s Statement outlining how you would direct a film based on one of your own original stories that you have devised yourself. Read the MM1 Originality Guidelines attached for how you may be marked down and/or referred for Academic Integrity Review for using other stories or films as the basis of your idea – we want YOUR ideas! (I’ve uploaded my original story, it includes 10 images, so the director’s statement can be written based on that 10 images – file’s name : Origninal_Story_-_10_images.pdf)
Mainly you are assessed on the ability to communicate your vision of a film, encompassing its key elements, from a director’s point of view. You must use what you learned in the lectures about genre, camera, lighting, sound, editing and more to illuminate a story on the cinema screen.
– SUBMISSION FORM: See the attached Word form which you must use to submit your work.
Story: creativity, thematic sophistication and narrative cohesion: 30%
Director’s vision: use of FIVE of casting, genre, locations, production design, camera, lighting, sound, music, editing, special and visual FX: 50%
Engagement and effort: 10%
Presentation incl. spelling and grammar: 10%
The detailed rubric is attached.
WORD LIMIT: Word limit for the entire submission form is 1600 words. This is a creative assessment, we want you to emulate a professional film industry format which values DETAIL and BREVITY in equal measure. As a guide: EACH of the FIVE elements for DIRECTOR’S VISION should be expressed with around 280 words. Normal word limits apply i.e. you may be between 10% above or 10% below the limit for each section.
ORIGINALITY & SCOPE
The story idea you use for this assessment must be YOUR idea, not from another movie, book, folktale or anywhere else. You must read the Originality Guidelines attached.
EXAMPLE: Also attached is an example to show you what we are looking for.
TITLE: What’s a snappy or intriguing title for your film? What will look good on a movie poster?
LOGLINE/TAGLINE: You can choose either a short sentance or phrase that would look good in a movie listing or review site such as “in space, nobody can hear you scream” OR you can use an elevator pitch format such as this “In a (SETTING) a (PROTAGONIST) has a (PROBLEM) (caused by an ANTAGONIST) and (faces CONFLICT) as they try to (achieve a GOAL).” or a simpler version such as “When [a major event happens], [the hero], must [do the main action].”. Experiment with these to find the right fit for your film.
SYNOPSIS & AUDIENCE: Regarding the synopsis – it’s very difficult to compress stories into a small number of words. However, as a filmmaker you are constantly required to do this for pitches and funding applications, so it is good practice. Once you are thinking about the question “what are the KEY elements of my story?”, such as the THEME, then you are doing an exercise that is actually very helpful in understanding your story in its totality, rather than its details. Regarding the audience – who will you market your film to, what age and gender and what distribution avenues are perfect for your film e.g. film festivals/cinema/video on demand/network television/YouTube?
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: What tools in your director’s toolkit can you use to tell your story in an imaginative and engaging way? How will pacing, framing, soundtrack and lighting moods affect your audience? What special FX do you need, if any, and how are they justified by the story? How can you show particular sides of your protagonist’s character through props or locations, without needing any dialogue to explain it? What genre does your film fit into – or what genres does it blend and borrow from, using what generic elements? Use small details to illuminate key elements of your vision, so it reads as if we can see the movie play before our own eyes.