Preliminary Brainstorming (Weekly Summary)

This is just a post to go over some of the ideas I have been going over for my final project. I have a good idea of what I want to do and I think I know what types of media I will use also.

The story: I wanted to do a spoof of some of the low budget cheesy horror films you see with a lot of satirical elements. Think Parks and recreation meets The Blair Witch Project. My idea was to have a group of friends (play by my friends and I) go out looking for a ghost in Fredericksburg that is a legend in the area. We will be joined by an expert ghost hunter and go on a hunt for the ghost.

The Breakdown: I wanted to do a video first and foremost. I will film it with my phone which will help give it a low budget feel. I want to do half of the story in video and have the plot transition to where we only use audio. This will help me do a video and audio aspect of the story. I also wanted to make a movie poster for the story which I guess would fall under the design category. I am having trouble thinking of what to do for the fourth media type. I was thinking maybe a “hangover” credit roll where they had pictures of the characters with music in the background. This may work as a visual assignment. Of course, the last part is still up in the air (any ideas!?!).

This is just a post to brainstorm I will get some videos tonight and hopefully make a movie poster to share with everyone for this week as well. Let me know if you have any ideas to help with this assignment!

UPDATE: I’ve been trying to start recording my video and so far I have two clips that I’d like to use. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I will be able to get all of my friends together at once to finish since I have a lot left. If this is the case my back up plan will be to do the life of a physics major. A lot of people are turned off by the idea of studying physics so I think it would be cool to do my project on why it’s actually a great major. I would probably do a video, audio and design assignment. I could interview other majors to get their perspective also. I am not sure what I could do for the last part of the assignment. Hopefully, I will be able to follow through with my first idea since it was a lot of fun! I made a draft of a movie poster for my project. It’s not complete, but it’s a general idea of what I want to do.



8 thoughts on “Preliminary Brainstorming (Weekly Summary)”

  1. This sounds like a really cool idea. I think a mix of Parks and Rec and Blair Witch Project is really clever. I am glad at least you are not finding clowns. You could do a mashup assignment of putting the ghost in random places around campus. It could be like a road map to where you all go around campus. Good luck, and I cannot wait to see it!

  2. Sounds cool! If I was doing a Blair Witchesque assignment I would be sure to employ the “Cinéma vérité” technique. Pretty much where the camera moves as if it is a person. So if the characters are running, the picture is out of focus and quickly moving up and down.

  3. As you plan the story out, you will probably find openings for other media types. If you’re exploring Fredericksburg, a Google Map would work. You might use StoryMapJS ( to organize the story, and connect audio, video, etc to places on the map.

  4. Nice idea! I think it’s a really cool idea to have a section of just audio to tell your story. You could also use some scenes from different movies to help with your story, sort of like a mashup kind of thing.

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