[Film-bfad1] [Film-BFA1] Second half of summer semester (+ survey)

Andrew Syder asyder at fsu.edu
Sat Jun 20 11:25:31 EDT 2015


Dear BFA1s,

This coming week is the final week of regular classes before the semester switches gears and moves into doc editing, workshops, and thesis support. I've put together a short survey to assist with scheduling each of you during the second half of the summer, so that you each can pursue what's most interesting to you. Please complete the survey before Monday. It shouldn't take more than a minute. It's very short.

	https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dojRtyBVXanFBeR

Below is a little bit of extra information about the various classes and activities in the second half of the summer, to help you with your survey decisions. Note that if you answer "not sure" for any of the questions, or if you provide answers that seem a little odd or inconsistent, you will be scheduled to meet with a faculty advisor this coming week to discuss your options.


Production Management:

This course with Tony and Jonathan will continue to run for all students throughout the rest of the summer — i.e., both tracks will continue to meet every week, Weeks 8-13, regardless of other activities. Note that the meeting times for this class will change to Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00AM-10:45AM, starting in Week 8.

Documentary Editing:

Track 1 edits their docs in Week 8-10. Track 2 edits their docs in Week 11-13. Aside from the Production Management class, this will be your sole focus during those designated weeks. There will be scheduled lab time and cut screenings throughout the three-week editing period. Ian Weir will be supervising you and will provide more information when you begin editing.

Workshops:

During Weeks 8-10 for Track 2 and Weeks 11-13 for Track 1, all students will be required to participate in at least one of the following workshops:

Animation. This is with Ken and will meet 1-2 days per week on Tuesdays/Wednesdays. He'll be digging deeper into animating and giving you a lot of opportunity to practice your craft. This workshop is pretty much required for anyone planning to make an animated F3 film.

Cine/Imaging. This is with Keith, Ron, and Maribeth, and will meet 1-2 days per week on Thursdays/Fridays. It includes some full-day shoots and some lab time and the workshops tie together what you've been learning in Keith, Ron, and Maribeth's classes this semester. This workshop is highly recommended for anyone planning to shoot a live-action F3 film.

It will be possible to participate in both of these workshops, but be aware that you'll have a pretty full schedule and less time free for other activities if you do that.

Thesis Support:

During Weeks 8-10 for Track 2 and Weeks 11-13 for Track 1, all students will be required to participate in at least four days of thesis support on the upperclassmen's films. These support days will be scheduled on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays across the three week period when you’re available. (Note that there are nine potential days for thesis support open in everyone's schedule. Four days is the minimum requirement for everyone, but you can do more than four days if you want to.) 

Thesis support will come in two basic flavors: 

Animation. This will be providing previz support to the animated thesis films that are currently in development. This will happen on Sunday/Monday of Weeks 9-10 for Track 2 students and Sunday/Monday of Weeks 11-12 for Track 1 students. If you choose this option, you will get the opportunity to work on a couple of different shows, assisting the directors with previz development on their films.

Live-Action. This will be providing on-set support to the live-action thesis productions. If you choose this option, you will cycle through different support positions each day in different departments. The thesis shows being supported will be: (a) Production films that are shooting during the period you are available to work, which is 11bth/13bth/15bth for Track 2 and 17bth/19bth/20bth for Track 1; and (b) ADA live-action films that are shooting test scenes in Weeks 11 and 12. 

Again, it will be possible to participate in both Live-Action and Animation support, but be aware that you'll have a pretty full schedule and less time free for other activities if you do that.


That’s a lot of information. Hopefully it all makes sense, but let me know if you have any questions.

Andrew

Andrew Syder, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
College of Motion Picture Arts
Florida State University










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