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post #1 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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I need some help from you folks..

I'm putting this here because it seems somewhat appropriate and I know someone will find it.

I have a strange predicament.

For the last two years I was a Film Studies major at one college. I decided I did not like it and decided to transfer to another university across town for Equine Science just to get a degree in something because college isn't really my thing. I am taking my final film course this semester at the first college to finish a minor there. It's Film Theory, which essentially is meant for seniors to take during their capstone project so that they can apply the different theories to their final production projects. Theory, in this case, meaning the ideas and reasoning behind why certain techniques and such are used.

Since I am a Film minor, (mind, also a junior who just transferred and is starting a new major in addition to different 100 level generals) instead of doing my project for this class on how I applied different theory aspects to actual production, I am meant to apply to my major. Yep. I have to apply film theory to horses.

I am at a completely loss. I don't even know how to go about it. The only other two minors are both History and Graphic Communications majors. One is doing an animation and the other is just doing some random history project for it. Both understandable. I talked to my prof about it and he basically told me to contact my Equine advisor because he "had no idea what the Equine program does" as if the Equine professors know what the Film department does. o.O

Sooo yeah. Any suggestions?
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Horses in film through history and their welfare? Films did used to just kill the horse if there was a death scene or war scene. Now in movies like war horse, most of that stuff is CGI'd. Maybe?
Or maybe how horses are trained for movies?
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 01:36 PM
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well start with basics what is film theory?
what does this project have entailed? as in what are the points you must cover

once i know those details i might be able to help lol :)
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Well, could you produce a horse training video? Film a riding lesson and then have the trainer (or yourself) do a voice over explaining what the rider is doing right/wrong?

I know I personally have filmed barrel runs for barrel racers so she could go back and study the film to see how the horse performed and make adjustments to his training. Your films would be 100x better than my little candids...an you could freeze frame and "circle" the problem.

ETA: You could use different methods to highlight your film, this enhancing the "teaching moment" in your movie.

Just a thought. :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 02:37 PM
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How about a film on what goes on behind the camera for the movie horses if you can. Where the audience sees the horse rearing and dancing, show is what is going on out of the frame, aka, the trainer giving cues. Also, it might be fun to show how some horses are taught basic tricks for the camera. I will PM you a lady's name who does this and she ha always been quick to respond when I send her questions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-12-2012, 02:56 PM
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What a WONDERFUL predicament! This is exactly what I am doing with my career in life!

I actually went to USC film school and I am going back home to apply my film knowledge to what I love most - horses. I am crafting several reality TV equine programs to pitch to RFDTV and getting into contact with several trainers throughout the region in need of filming.

You should definitely let us know more about the confines of your assignment. I've taken film theory, and my class was more about the way in which history affects film, film affects history. I would see that being more of a report. Unless you had to produce something visual, which would be a totally different assignment.

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