Thank you GOMA 🙂
The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow’s City Centre was so kind to offer us their Learning Studio for a number of sessions. The Studio is a beautifully light airy space on two levels above the gallery’s dome roof (see pic). Enough room to plan our Halloween films. We first looked at the basic technical vocabulary of filmmaking – from moving pictures – to shots and scenes.
We introduced the most common camera angles – over the shoulder, point of view, two shot, Dutch angle, close-up and medium shots. And the group had to ‘find them’ in iconic movie scenes: the opening scene of Jurassic Park; the stand-off scene from the God, the Bad and the Ugly; the assembly scene in Black Panther; and Indy (aka Harrison Ford) stepping out of the shadows at the start of Raiders of the Lost Arc. They learned hands-on how to use storyboards and how to organise a shooting schedule.
They translated a short script for a Halloween film – about a friend who gets tricked by their best mate in a Halloween mask – into camera angles. And discussed the effective use of each angle to make their scenes more dramatic and ‘scary’. We went out to shoot their film in Glasgow City Centre. See some of the storyboarded shots below. Or watch the two full films here: Film 1 – Film 2.
Some storyboarded shots from the final film:
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