WHAT DO I DO?
You are going to show off your abilities in three different film roles. You will submit a film reel with examples of your work in these three roles. No piece is longer than three minutes and at least one must be a complete film. (So the most basic way to do it is to have three pieces of three minutes, each demonstrating ability in one role.)
You also submit a written component - nine pages maximum, three pages per film role, explaining your intentions and how you tried to achieve them.
The film roles available to you are:
One other clearly defined film production role not specified above (see below).
The 'one other' role might be animator, art designer, costume director, illustrator, set designer, SFX artist. It's supposed to cover anything which is slightly outside the other areas, but it must be an established film role. Speak to your teacher if you think this might be applicable to you.
WHAT'S IT WORTH?
SL 40%, HL 25%
HOW AM I ASSESSED?
STRUCTURING YOUR PORTFOLIO
The Three Minute Film
Probably the dominant part of your portfolio is the three-minute film. As well as being excellent practice for the even more ambitious collaborative film in Year 13, it may well decide your actual grade for the portfolio. So it's worth getting a bit ambitious with it. Do whatever you want, of course, but there are some ideas you might want to consider.
You will quickly notice that the starting point for every idea is to WATCH SOME FILMS. Short films are much better in this instance than feature films.
Try these links:
Watch a bunch of them. Be focused (if you want to make sci-fi, search for sci-fi films. This is research, not mindless viewing. Experiment a bit and stretch out a little - by far the biggest problem with student film is that they are tedious and unimaginative. Steal ideas. Steal shots. Just don't steal them all from the same film.
SUPERCHARGE YOUR PORTFOLIO (or finish it at least)
In Year 13, you might find yourself needing to bulk out your portfolio. Use these tasks - two weeks maximum, one minute of film. Remember to check the assessment criteria above and aggressively target the grade you want.