A great exercise for getting students to think all about time in film, how it’s compressed and manipulated with endless possibilities offered by the medium. Time lapse, jump cuts, ellipses, and even slo-mo are all examples of the possibilities film students can experiment with for this exercise that challenges every student to tell the story of their typical day.
- Show this film [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TKZRc2Cn00] as inspiration, ask your group to think about: How many different shot types and styles are used? How does the film make the best use of these types? Which are your favourite shots?
- Challenge the students to make their own version of this film, giving them 2-3 weeks to complete the exercise.
- Make a proposed freehand shotlist of the events to capture from a typical day.
- Over the course of 2-3 days, take a few minutes at a time to work through and capturing this list, paying particular attention to framing, camera stability and also economy of takes.
- Compile the shots into a 1 minute simple narrative story of the day.
Because of the films’ strict brevity, the entire group should have time to present each of their films in a group session, and discussions can be prompted about editing choices, production difficulties and narrative structure.