Isaac Covid Film Feedback

Normal Film
With editing evidence


My film is a quick summary of my feelings over Covid with footage of some empty areas in the backgroundl.


Include your logline

Isaac fights against getting used to life during Covid.

Intent / Goals

FOR YOU: My creative goal was to develop a film with a documentary type feel.

FOR THE PROJECT: I wanted the audience to feel how I perceived Covid.


I used the videos recommended to me in schoology.

The most interesting thing I learned was some of the process of creating and editing a film.


Is the movie comprehensive enough?

Does it flow well?

Peer Feedback

Stuart: I really liked your transitions, the “match shot” where you should the 2 roads was cool. I think that it flowed well, and the music added a lot.

Avian: You could add more diverse shots and more public places.

Editing pre-production

  • I noticed they used many cuts to show there was action happening
  • I liked that you could feel the suspense in the clip
  • Why did they decide to use batteries as the plot point for him being revealed as alive?
  • They used fast paced shots to show the action
  • I liked how they used CGI
  • Why did they decide for this scene to be on a race track?

I learned about some editing terms that I never knew about.

Screenwriting notes

  • Don’t use repetition in writing
  • Create two parallel stories
  • Build up each story and switch at the climax
  • Use action lines to set the tone and pace
  • Treat the scene like a funnel (Start with subject end with the point
  • Subplot character (Character forwards protagonist through similar experiences)
  • Use present tense
  • Three C’s (Clear, concise creative) in description and dialogue
  • Make everything meaningful to the character or story

Short film: The dog


This short film is about my dog fighting with her chew toy for power. I added sound effects to give it a narrative of the toy being evil and the two getting into a fight, with my dog coming out victorious. The goal was to give a completely normal event a funny narrative.


  • What could I do to improve my film?
  • Did I achieve my goal?

Peer Comments

Bradley said “Sound design was great!”

Dylan said “Story communicated well”

Jacob said “You did really good with the sound and the transition”

Film Analysis: Ratatouille


I chose to analyze Ratatouille because it is one of the best Pixar films and I felt, since I am familiar with it, it would be easier to look deeper into the film.

Film Analysis

Film TitleRatatouille
DirectorBrad Bird
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?I would change the how it’s revealed that Gusteau is Linguini’s father, because it happens in one scene and there is not much build up or explanation afterwards

Film information can be found at

As you view films, consider how the cuts, camera angles, shots, and movement work to create particular meanings. Think about how they establish space, privilege certain characters, suggest relationships, and emphasize themes. In addition to shot distances, angles, editing, and camera movement, note details of the narrative, setting, characters, lighting, props, costume, tone, and sound.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Who is the protagonist?Remy
2. Who is the antagonist?Skinner
3. What is the conflict?Trying to not fit into the social norm/ learning to deal with new responsibilities
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)Don’t be too quick to judge.
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals)Mostly linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?Remy’s family has to leave their home, Remy gets separated and meets the heir to Gusteau’s restaurant and becomes a chef through him.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
The film encourages reactions through the animations, especially through how food is animated so the viewer can visualize the flavors or smell in the films. atmosphere
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?The setting is realistic, the atmosphere of the setting suggests that the movie takes place in the especially glamouris areas of Paris, showing iconic locations such as: The Eiffel Tower
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?Characters, in the restaurant are made up to look high class because they are in an expansive establishment, but, even so you can see at the begging of the movie Linguini is broke and the way his character dressed out of uniform reflected that.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The lighting portrays mood and feeling in each scene, for example when in the restaurant and with shots of the city, the lighting is very glamorous making Paris look very wealthy, and beautiful. The lighting gets a bit darker when showing the dining area of the restaurant to convey it is a serious location but still portrayed as very fancy.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?The direction of the camera on each characters face can helps cast shadows as well as movement sometimes eluding to how characters feel, the camera might move fast while people are arguing or stressing abut getting orders in the kitchen, but move slow while Remy is tasting food and deep in thought about his flavor experiments.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?The music’s purpose helps show what kind of environment the movie is in, the music is slow and sounds elegant, helping depict the wealthy areas the movie takes place in.
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?Social factors could have influenced this film by how Paris is portrayed, Paris is usually seen as a wealthy, tourist hotspot and the movie depicts that idea very well.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.“Quite so. Written and directed by Brad Bird and displaying the usual meticulousness associated with the Pixar brand, “Ratatouille” is a nearly flawless piece of popular art, as well as one of the most persuasive portraits of an artist ever committed to film. It provides the kind of deep, transporting pleasure, at once simple and sophisticated, that movies at their best have always promised.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times, June 29, 2007.
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.54:43-55:57, I believe this is the best scene to represent the whole film because it involves the core elements of it, such as: visual and audible representation of flavors, music that immerses you into Emile’s and Remy’s thoughts and lighting that somehow still represents France even in an alleyway in the middle of the night
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:Sets up the characters in a way the helps convey the difference between them.
b. Sound Design:Immerses you through the sound of Emile trying the food that Remy gave him
c. Camera Movements/Angles:Slow movement that fluidly progresses the scene and contributes to the feel of it.
d. Light Setup:Immerses you into the description of flavor by blacking out the rest of scene so the viewer focuses more on the description as well as representing the flavors through swirling movements and colors.
e. Soundtrack/Score:adds to the feeling of the scene, making it feel glamorous while Emile tries new flavors while listening to Remy’s description
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?Conveys a message about people being quick to judge others for being different.

Story of Film- Episode 2 – The Hollywood Dream

“Factory Theatre” by kaykaybarrie is licensed under CC BY 2.0

1918-1928: The Triumph of American Film…

…And the First of its Rebels

Film – Week 13 – Changes

“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.”

― Peter Jackson,  Link


This week I finished the second story of film episode and worked on Snake On the Lot


I learned more about how film was developed and I solved the problem of having an overdue assignment

Story of Film – Episode 1 – Birth of the Cinema

“Detailed view of early movie camera” by whatsthatpicture is marked with CC PDM 1.0

Taken from Wikipedia

1895-1918: The World Discovers a New Art Form or Birth of the Cinema

1903-1918: The Thrill Becomes Story or The Hollywood Dream

Film – Week 10 – GTD – Getting Things Done – Part 2

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Teens are overwhelmed, partly because they don’t yet have the skills to manage the unprecedented amount of stuff that enters their brains each day.  – from

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

― David Allen, (GTD) Getting Things Done for Teens: Take Control of Your Life in a Distracting World


This week, I did the blog post and Trello board.


I saw analogy’s and learned about organization and efficiency. combined with the other tools used in this blog post I can stay more organized than I was before.


I learned how to use Trello and solved the problem of having an organization issue.

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