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The first practical thing we ask you to do is to film a chess scene. The purpose of this is to give you a chance to work through the production process and specifically to focus on cinematography skills.



The brief for this task is here. Pretty obviously, it pushes you towards a certain Expressionist or Noir style. That's fine; this is primarily a test of your planning and cinematogaphy skills and that dark, shadowy style is a challenge to pull off well, so if that's what you want to do, go for it. However, IB Film values creativity and independence at least as much as anything else; if you want to do something else, ignore the brief entirely. The only 'rule' is that the narrative incorporates a game of chess.

Brief for chess scene



The criteria for all practical work in IB Film are those found here. We are focused in this particular assignment on:


CRITERION C: Technical and Professional Skils

CRITERION D: Use of Film Language

CRITERION E: Creativity and Originality


More generally, we really want to see students working professionally through the production process: Pre-production, production, post-production. Your teacher will be paying close attention to see who is planning effectively, managing time, getting things done on time and with minimum fuss.



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