Remake a Scene


Project goal: To recreate the shots and dialogue of short scene of a movie as closely to the original as possible.

Learning objectives: By the end of this activity, you will be able to:

  1. read a script
  2. read and construct shot lists for a script
  3. annotate a script to indicate shots
  4. using one of the school cameras or your phone, set up and record different shots according to a script and shot list
  5. create a project folder on your C drive within your existing course folder
  6. import recorded shots into your project folder
  7. create a new Premiere Pro project for your scene, and save the Premiere Pro project file (extension pproj) in your project folder on your C drive
  8. import your recorded shots into your new Premiere Pro project
  9. edit your video so that it matches the original as closely as possible regarding shot types, camera movement, and timing
  10. export your video to mp4 format
  11. export your mp4 video to Google Drive, get a shareable link, and submit that link to Google Classroom

Step One

Choose a scene to remake. The instructor will provide you with at least three options (below). You may choose a clip of your own with the teacher's permission, but your clip must include a script. So if you choose a clip and can't find the script for it, you'll have to create the script on your own, and the script has to be in proper format.

Available scenes:

Do you have suggestions for additional scenes? Please let the teacher know. He might be able to find them.

Your remake only has to be at least one minute long with at least 12 shots for a 90, so you can choose which one-minute segment of your selected video to use. In other words, for the above clips, you don't have to remake the entire clip, just a one-minute segment of it. Of course, you are welcome to make longer videos, with the maximum length being five minutes.

Step Two

View your selected scene (or segment of a clip), and watch it a few times taking notice of every shot. Count the shots, then recount.

Step Three

Using one of the shot list templates, create a shot list for your scene. Turn your shot list in on Google Classroom for a grade.

Step Four

Using a copy of your script, make clear, concise notes on the script indicating which shot from your shot list corresponds to which lines or action in the script. Plan your shots. Remember that you don't have to take your shots in sequence. You will be putting everything in order in Premiere Pro, so you can record your shots in any order you like.

Step Five

Transfer your shots from your camera to the project folder in your C drive. Either before or after you transfer, go through the shots and delete any that are clearly not going to be used. Rename the keepers descriptively. You might have more than one acceptable take for a shot.

At this point keep all the usable takes, and name them with numbers or letters (i.e., shot01a.mp4, shot01b.mp4, etc.). You can decide which take to use in your final video once you start editing and seeing what works best.

Step Six

Create a Premiere Pro project and be sure to save the project in your profect folder on your C drive.

Once you have deleted all your duds and renamed all your keepers, import your keeper takes into your Premiere Pro project.

Now start editing your video! Woo hoo!

Step Seven

Once you are done editing your video, export it to mp4 format and upload it to Google Classroom.

Remember to back everything up! Upload your entire project folder to Google Drive for backup. This is something you should do often.


Tutorials to help you with Premiere Pro:

Your done! Congratulations!