Production Project – SESSION 4




Intention (SMART Goal)

By March 2nd, as a part of Team 6, I will have successfully explored visual story structure and movement by using The Visual Story by Bruce Block and the Advanced Story and Operation Control Blog, and will have a successful advanced storyboard, and evidence of BLOCKING choices.


Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Catherine Hardwicke.

Catherine Hardwicke directed the first Twilight movie in 2008. I chose her because she directed one of my favorite movies, and I think her work is exceptional because the storyline is great and the setting blends perfectly together with the characters and the decisions they make it all goes together well and keeps the audience engaged.

Training Source(s)

  • Blocking is where you place your characters into the frame (31 seconds into the video)
  • Three main visual elements when blocking a scene: Space, Shapes, Lines. (42 seconds into the video)
  • Space between characters are important, the closer the character the more important the character is. visual contrast is created. (1:26 in)
  • Film blocking can help two people having a conversation be more exciting. (20 seconds in)
  • Three basic shapes: circles, squares, and triangles. (1:32 in)
  • Shapes come with certain emotional qualities and assumptions, and can be found everywhere around us. ex. actors head is the form of a circle (1:45 in)
  • circles feel safer and inclusive, squares create limited space, Triangles are sharp and aggressive. (1:47 in)
  • Lines create visual tension, for ex. one person standing up (vertical line) and one person laying down (horizontal line). the person who is standing up gives “power”. (3:03 in)
  • By contrasting, you’re blocking by whats being said or done. (3:53 in)
  • Blocking tells us about what the characters are really up to and what they mean, and what is actually going on. (4:16 in)

Project Timeline

  1. brainstorming / collaborating with teammates.
  2. writing script
  3. creating advanced storyboard
  4. shot list
  5. choosing actors
  6. begin filming feb. 24
  7. editing film
  8. final product

Proposed Budget



The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

Skills Commentary


21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

The first time we filmed 2 of our members were gone, so this second time we filmed we thought of a way to include everyone and add more lines and scenes into our film.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

As a director, I communicated with my team and suggested new things when shooting new scenes and worked better to collaborate more with each team member on what could make our film better.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

As a tool, we used The Visual Story by Bruce Block. To edit we used Premiere Pro and to film we used the cameras here provided for us as well as the lighting tools and a stabilizer for a couple of our scenes, and a boom mic.

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

During Session 4, I have learned how to manage and direct a team better and communicate with teammates and collaborate as well as working around obstacles and fitting new things into our film to make it better.

Reactions to the Final Version

Eric, one of the advisors, said mostly positive things about our film, the only thing I can remember is that our film looked like a 70’s type film and was really cool.

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

Grammar and Spelling


Visual Story Structure Research

Seven Visual Story Components

 How is space used in film?Space
Use of depth and distance
 How does line and shape effect the film visually?Line and Shape
Line can be controlled through lighting, more contrast controls lines. Lines/linear motifs can change the intensity of a scene.
Most intense frames are diagnols.
 How can you control
You can control tone by certain lighting and camera and lens adjustments.
What are different types of movement?Movement
Actual movement (occurring only in the real world)
Apparent movement (one stationary object is replaced by another stationary object)
Induced movement (occurs when a moving object transplants movement to a nearby stationary object)
Important when finding movement:
-Camera movement
-Point of attention