OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate your ability to:

  • Create a suspenseful, character-driven story that incorporates the POV technique
  • Use day-for-night techniques to heighten the mood and ambiance of your video
  • Collaborate with team members in the pre-production, production and post-production phases
  • Create an engaging, well-planned short film

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (Right Click and Save As):

BACKGROUND: Horror/suspense films are unsettling movies that strive to elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres. Horrors also frequently overlap with the thriller genre.  Horror/suspense films deal with the viewer’s nightmares, hidden worst fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. [Via Wikipedia]

ASSIGNMENT: Create a short film that establishes a dark setting and tone.  You must imply that the protagonist(s) is being watched and followed by the antagonist(s) using point-of-view (POV) shots.  Your film must also lead the viewer to make assumptions about the antagonists’ intentions.  Be sure to keep all  shots properly framed and focused (breaking this only wherever creatively needed) and make sure to use controlled color.

PRE-PRODUCTION: With your team, begin thinking about how you want to structure your story.  Remember to use the three act structure that we learned in class — each act will need to be broken down into the main elements as discussed, do not overlook these, they are crucial to creating a dynamic and engaging story!

Create a treatment, shot list and storyboard for your video .  Remember, this is where the bulk of your time is spent.  The more you plan your ideas, camera shots and movement, the better your overall video will be.

  • As always, treatment, storyboards and shot list need to be approved by Mr. Olmedo before equipment is assigned and permission-to-shoot is granted.

PRODUCTION: Have your shot list and storyboards on hand and rock ‘n roll!  Have all props and actors/actresses ready, make sure your locations have been scouted and pre-approved for shooting and, most of all, have fun!

POST-PRODUCTION: Capture your footage, create your opening and closing title sequences, include background music and sound effects, sweeten your audio and be creative!


  • TRT may not exceed 5:00
  • Imply protagonist is being followed by antagonist utilizing POVs
  • Lead viewer to make assumptions about antagonists’ intentions
  • Make use of controlled color
  • Background music and/or sound effects
  • Start on black, end on black.
  • P#_LastFirst_Stalker.mov


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