The Story of Film Episode 1 – Birth of Cinema

Episode 1 – Birth of the Cinema


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

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

Session 6 Production Product



Sound Designer

Intention (SMART Goal)

By March 17 as part of team 2, I will have learned how to use a microphone and other sound equipment effectively to be able to have high-quality production sound for the session 6 projects.


Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)



Ben Burtt was a sound designer for Star Wars. He describes the three main jobs that work with audio, the production recorder, sound editor, and sound mixer. He talks about how he would do some of all three of the jobs that each role is supposed to do. He said that he’d gather the sound effects right after getting the script for the movie.

Training Source(s)


Project Timeline

  • Research how to use the microphone
  • Practice using the microphone
  • Research music composition
  • Record room tone
  • Record on set sound
  • Upload and label sound files
  • Start music composition
  • Gather/record sound effects
  • Record ADR (if necessary)
  • Assist editor with audio


The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)


21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)


Reactions to the Final Version

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

What I Learned and Problems I Solved


Grammar and Spelling



Text Analysis: Up in the Air

IMDB page

Cast and Crew


  • Firing scenes were originally comedic but were rewritten to be more serious.
  • This was done because, at the current time, many people had been fired
  • This was done by having people who had been fired act as the people being fired.


  • They were limited in shooting in the airport
  • They had a set time frame where they could shoot in an actual airport
  • They shot everything during the TSA scenes, cut it down, then saw what they were missing


  • The characters had small things to flirt over, but couldn’t move faster because of this
  • They couldn’t speed the romance without it seeming unnatural
  • They have George and Vera do an improv scene.


  • The Cutout
  • He needed something to do when flying
  • They added the cutout to the movie


  • Boss’s character showed through his objects
  • It helps to show his character
  • They had bought all the items, but don’t focus on it


  • The camera establishes an eye line in the small office scene with a lot of movement
  • The actors move around in the office a lot
  • Planned shots so that the eye line doesn’t change a lot


  • “you can look with your eyes but not with your head”
  • It shows the feeling of Natalie in the scene
  • She only looks with her eyes


  • Dinner/Lunch scenes: should the actors be eating or not
  • It shows how important their conversations are
  • The actors don’t eat their food because what they’re saying is more important


  • Filming on small screens was filmed on big screens
  • Small screens are hard to focus on without it looking pixelated
  • They recreated the texts on a laptop-sized screen


  • Music choice
  • If a song is right or wrong, it will make you feel right or wrong
  • Reitman picks songs while writing


  • Flopping a shot
  • In order to make the scene seem different
  • They mirrored the shot