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Lit. and Film

AP Literature and Composition

 Film Project

 Now that you have studied the “ins and outs” of film, it is time for you to put some of your own film-making skills to use. Based on one of the topics below, create a short film (10-20 minutes) with your group that utilizes as many of the film techniques as possible. Also, keep in mind that this film is meant to entertain as well as cover content from this year’s course in AP Literature and Composition.

 The best way to go about this would be to utilize the digital technology that is readily available today such as flip-cams, digital video cameras, and camera phones. All of these devices take pretty quality film and can be easily transferred to most modern computers. You should probably plan time to have access to a computer once you have created your digital files. You can use basic film editing programs such as Microsoft®  Movie Maker or some of the better options offered by Apple™. Make sure that you plan adequate time for your team to work on the film. When you work on these types of projects it is inevitable that they will take longer than anticipated. The earlier you start, the better.

 You might also want to carefully consider the musical score and soundtrack to your piece. As we have learned, music can really enhance the image on the screen. Be sure that the music creates the tone you want it to.

 Other film techniques you might want to consider using are:

Sound effects

Close-up shots

Wide shots

Pan shot

Forced perspective


Flash back




 Have fun, but still take this seriously as your last contribution to the course. ACTION!

 Film Ideas:

A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving AP Literature and Composition with Garcia

 Characters from AP Literature: The Interviews

 AP Literature and Composition: The Musical!

 (insert literary work): The Trailer

 Two Literary Worlds Collide


Double Indemnity Film

You need to download the Veoh Player to view the film in full. Download at your own risk. You can watch the full film without downloading it after school on one of the days I am showing it.


Sample Student Video "Characters from AP Literature: The Interviews"


Citizen Kane Shot 71 from the Shooting Script


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