F1 Guidelines

Project Specs

  • NO CHILDREN! NO ANIMALS! NO WEAPONS! Any violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action and all infringing shots will but cut from the film. If your film contains anything that could be interpreted as suspicious behavior by an unwitting observer, you must bring it to the faculty’s attention and speak to Tony about informing the police.
  • The project must be no longer than 5 minutes long (exclusive of the opening Film School logo). 4 minutes of the running time is for story content; 1 minute is for titles. In other words, you may not use the 1-minute segment for titles as a way to cram more story points into the film.
  • The project may be an aspect ratio other than the native 16×9, but a case must be made for the aspect ratio chosen.
  • Sound may be added to the FSU Film School logo, but it may not be dialogue or anything needed to propel the narrative. You are not permitted to alter the visuals of the logo without the Dean’s approval.
  • No copyrighted materials may be used unless you have permission to use them or you can make a fair use claim. Creative Commons materials may be used, so long as you respect the conditions of the license and you provide an appropriate credit in the finished film.
  • You are not permitted to act in your own film.

Production Specs

  • Each member of the group must cycle through the crew positions, serving in each no more than once.
  • All projects must be shot on their scheduled day. No splitting of days, pre-shoots, or pick-ups.
  • Each project will have 12 hours to shoot with an hour for lunch. Lunch must be ready and the crew given their time at exactly 6 hours into production. After lunch, there will be exactly 6 hours until the completion of wrap. Wrap is not completed until all equipment is properly packed and the crew is free to leave.
  • Production must occur between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:00 am. There may be no production between the hours of 12:00 am and 6:00 am.
  • The crew must be given 10 hours of turnaround between productions. The start of the next production must not occur before 10 hours has elapsed since the previous production’s completion of wrap.
  • All shooting must take place within the school’s studio zone.
  • Use the camera, sound, lighting, and grip equipment that has been provided. You may add lighting and grip gear of your own devising, but camera and/or sound equipment may be substituted only by the permission of the instructors.
  • Complete and distribute all Production Paperwork according to the instruction of Tony.