Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Post Production

Putting our film onto the computer and premiere pro seemed an easy task. We connected the camera up to the computer and imported our film footage, ready to put together and edit. Our filming was spot on and we had all of the shots we needed in order to make our film fit together nicely. Editing did not get too complicated as all we needed to do was cut the beginning and end of the frames in order for it to flow nicely. There were some small errors where some frames were cut too much and the sequence was jumpy, however this was not hard to correct as we had the frames all backed up in order to replace the ones we had cut too much. We also added the jaws theme tune into our film as it fitted well to create the tension of the chase. However, we had to edit it in order for it to fit in perfectly with the action in our film and for the high, intense parts of the music to come in at the action parts. This proved relatively easy, with trial and error we were able to get the music in sync with our footage as we liked. The last part of putting this together was the finishing touches of the titles at the beginning and the end. This finished our film off and we then uploaded it to YouTube. Success!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Production Process

Filming the short film was quite an easy method at our school. My group and I were able to film during lesson time which meant that the majority of the school was quiet and the corridors were empty. We set out on the first lesson with the plan of filming in the English corridor and drama studio. This was ideal as the corridor was perfect for us to film the running sequences and the drama studio is on the same corridor which made it easy for us to film with continuity. We were able to construct our perfect set using the props in the studio which gave us a real head start in the process which also saved a lot of time. The props consisted of portable wall partitions which we used to create an interview room. We also found a cloak which was a perfect addition to one of the characters in our film. We had written out a storyboard in our pre-production to guide us, however we deviated from this quite a lot which was mainly due to filming to suit the set. We also made many changes to our ideas whilst filming which was positive as we were constantly improving on our production. We had no problems using the filming equipment and everyone in the group was involved in the both the acting and being behind the camera which worked really well.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Pre-production process

To begin with, my group and I put together a story board outlining what our film was going to be about. This was to make it easier for us to film as we could follow the story board in order, knowing what to film and what angles to film at. We needed to include shot reverse shot, match on action and the 180 degree rule and by using the story board we were able to plan out where to put these in our film. The story board also enabled us to decide what angles we wanted to film at such as over the shoulder, eye level and establishing shot. Planning our story board only took a very short amount of time (30-40mins) which meant my group and I were able to go straight ahead and film for the remainder of the double lesson. However, having put our story board together, we found it difficult sticking to it and ended up having to improvise when we started to film as it is not very easy to just stick to the story when there are half a dozen different ideas pouring into each of our heads on how to chop and change to improve! Saying this, we did find the storyboard helpful in keeping to the task and including all that we needed to.

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Hi, my name is Lauren Mills, a student at Ringwood School Sixth Form. I am studying Media Studies, English Language, Graphics and Geography. I chose Media because I find all aspects of it very interesting and entertaining. I am a firm T.V watcher and am PASSIONATE about music, although I am not musical at all myself. Media influences my life day in, day out which is why I am excited to enrol myself in this study.
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