From making my film, to editing to blogging, a number of techologies have been used..
The Video Camera
Using one of the schools video cameras to shoot my opening I have learned a variety of shots and ways to use the camera to my best capabilities. Extreme close ups, mid shots and over the shoulder shots have all become something I can set up and film with ease now.
Extreme close-ups would be used to emphasise a small movement or a reaction shot, such as a twitch of the eye or a shocked expression
I would use a mid-shot if I was trying to convey a reaction that needed both facial and body language to express the emotion.
An Over the shoulder shot is more complex, it requires three or move movements as well as a pan to make more realistic. A tip is to use a tripod, it creates a swifter movement as well as a steady camera.
I used different angles of shots in my opening, with a low tilt creating power on the subject I was filming such as my ‘sweet dreams’ plaque.
Although I did not use this shot in my film I also filmed a birds eye view from the corner of the room as a blunt option to end my film with the character dead on the floor. Being higher up meant that my character looked small and vulnerable compared to the position the audience is viewing her in.
Overall I have adapted myself to the use of the camera borrowed, knowing what it can and cannot do stood free or on a tripod. This has benefited me because I knew the range of shots I could accomplish.
This was also a school rental. I used a tripod in a number of shots to keep the camera steady in order to get maximum quality out of my shots. Although I did run into a few problems with it. I found that it only had a small range of height that it could reach. Such as it couldn’t do the shots of the character on the floor because it wouldn’t go that low, or my birds eye view as it wouldn’t go that high. Also, I couldnt make any interesting and out of the ordinary angles with it. So at these points I had to become creative and create solid structures on which to place my camera on while holding it in the correct angles.
Saves trees! Rather than handing in my work on pieces of paper that I would more than likely lose, all my work has been blogged on this handy little website!
The website helped me keep on top of my research for my film, keeping all topics together and focusing on various directors and films meaning that my film has many aspects of other films encorporated into it.
Finding the time to do a blog isn’t difficult, half an hour to an hour every few days isn’t a difficult amount of time to find, but I found that being on the internet had many things that could help me procrastinate. I’ve began blogging on word processor, as a sort of Diary. To be honest I prefer this because it means I can do it in areas without internet as well as not being interrupted by facebook notifications!
Adobe Premiere Elements
Probably the most confusing piece of technology I’ve ever come across. This is due to all the buttons and ways to edit, cut, crop, transfer and everything else you can do to all clips and pictures!
Putting clips into chronological order and making the continuity perfect wasn’t difficult for my piece but getting the transactions from one clip to the other was certainly one of the most vital things. I needed each clips lighting to reflect the transaction so that each clip flowed well into the next. This meant using ‘fade to white’ on some and ‘fade to black’ on others with a few having a ‘metallic foil’ transaction to add depth and variation.
I also used alot of effects in my piece. Mainly the same ones for each shot in order to create the same visual throughout the opening. Air brushing, shadow highlighting, colour consistency and sharpening were my favourites. It added texture yet perfection to the shots – implying beauty and perfection within death.
www.bbfc.co.uk helped me think realistically about my film and its content. My audience would need to be aware of the contents of my film in order to decide whether its the film for them, their age group, their kids age group and so on and so forth!
Although it takes some time scrawling through the large amounts of dramatic music, I managed to find my music quite quickly and absolutely fell in love with it! Its uncopyrighted and an original piece creating an excitement and ‘buzz’ about my opening.
Most certainly a media students best friends! pictures, videos and references were found via google as well as finding other useful websites to help me with my coursework.