If I go back to the start of this semester and thinkhow much I have learnt is amazing.
The amount that I have done is amazing too. I have learned everything from camera work toediting and everything involved in the middle of it too. The first thing weever did was meet the 2nd and 3rd years; for me gettingtips of them was really important. I enjoyed the first session. Here’s an example of a Long shot Here’s an example of a close up The first day whilst nerve racking was really good.The task we were given was shooting eight different shots of one landmark fromdifferent angles and places. We were assigned a third year during this part;I learnt how important it is to not over expose our shots.
When we got theclips back they were too blue. This meant they were poorly white balanced. Fromthat task I leant how to change the white balance on the Panasonic 151’s. So, Ihave learned from that. From on this is a very useful skill that I have takennote from. Also zoom was important somaking sure there was focus with it is important for it too. During this we hadother tasks set for us such as throw a paper airplane and where it lands we hadto put the camera and from this we had to get 20 different shots out of it.
Wehad to do this so that we could practice the 180-degree rule. This is a rulewhich shouldn’t be broken and it is to help make footage look better what the 180-degreerule is when you have an object and imagine there’s a straight line. You can’tmove the cameras over it because if you do you can make the image look odd.Here is a photo to help explain it. I ended up working with Tasha and Meghan onthis particular task. We managed to get a variety of shots ranging fromwildlife, people walking in front of the camera and even people sitting down ona bench whilst not breaking the 180-degree rule.
We used shots such as closeups Close ups are when you can see the object very well so for example a personyou can see the face and the details of the face because it’s so closesometimes you can also see their shoulders and this should fill up the screen. We used longshots too and this is when you can see the whole entire character/object andbackground too which is so important it’s not the same as an establishing shotbut kind of the same. Then we have establishingshots and realized that actually we should have spent more time on these shotsfocusing and making sure the subject was actually focused. So, from this taskparticularly that’s what I learned how important focusing is.
I feel like Ilearnt so much in the workshops. I really enjoyed the lighting workshop wherewe got to use panel lights and Tangstern Lights. I really enjoyed this sessionas I love lighting and enjoy lighting up places etc. I learned how importantshadowing can be to give effect to the actual piece. I felt like this was avery important part in this project because I have always found it hard toactually get lighting good in projects at college. So learning how to golighting correctly was really important to me! One of the key things forlighting is the 3-point lighting.
Its where you have three lights and put themin a certain position. A good websitethat I found information for this is from media college and it helps explain 3-pointlighting. So the first light we have is the Key Light and this is the mainlight in the lighting procedure. This normally is the one that has the biggestimpact in the lighting and helps make it look good. It helps light the objectwell. The next light is the fill light. This light is the one that is placedopposite from the key light.
This is used to help fill the shadow that is madefrom the key light. This light is usually softer and helps to balance outlighting. Then finally you have the back light and this light is normallyplaced at the back of the subject. This stops having so much direct lighting.
The main point for this light is to give definition and help highlight thesubject. It gives a difference from the object and background so it stops itfrom merging together. This helps with the 3D look. From then on, I have learned how to make the balancecorrect to and not have saturated shots or even have bluey shots due to this. Ihave enjoyed learning about lighting and what it entails and how fun itactually is. Using some of the lights we did was great because we got to playwith the colour temperature and how to make a good balance inside and outsidewhich was great to do. Something else that I found really helpful andinteresting was Learning about sound wasvery interesting I enjoyed doing it. I remember being taught about howimportant it is to have a good variety of diagetic and non diagetic sound inour pieces.
Diagetic sound from film sound.org explains that the sound sourceis visible to the audience. So this can be via dialogue. And music from instrumentsthat are in shot etc. Then Non-Diegetic is when the audio can’t be visible onthe screen so like narrator’s commentary and sound effect. We got told how audio is used on the cameraand how to use boom mics and how to connect them correctly once that was doneWe were then tasked to go outside and film a piece to camera involving musicand audio. So for this we filmed someone talking to camera about their life at uniI enjoyed this because we got to have someone using the boom pole and someoneusing the camera filming. We did this outside so lighting wasn’t that importantas much.
When outside we made sure that we had the cables correctly wrappedaround the boom pole correctly and the boom pole controller made sure theydidn’t make any sound whilst moving etc. Afterwe did the main audio we took a few minutes to film a wild track because we gottold that it was another important part in filming and that it was really usefulto cover up any mistakes too. 5-minutefilm So for our 5-minute film we meetup without group firstto choose an idea on what we should film. Our first idea was that we could doit on Christmas then vs now and do some research etc. about it.
During thismeeting we decided who should do what and it was decided that Tasha would bedirector. Megan was to be researcher/writer. Andrew was to be editor and thenCallum should be Camera operator. Then finally my role in this piece was to bethe producer and I was aware what that would involve. I knew I was key to the planning stage but the best wayto describe it is taken from the skillset website about what the role of aproducer should be. “Producershave overall control on every aspect of a film’s production. They bringtogether and approve the whole production team” I realised what I had to do.
So,we had our first idea and told it to Kieron. Butafter talking to Kieron we realized it was totally wrong and just wouldn’t workso after talking to him we decided to come up with some sort of challenge videoand it was actually Tasha who came up with the idea of it. So our second ideawas the Selfie Challenge. It involved two contestants going out taking photosand then the presenter judging them. I found it interesting to plan for this. So,key things in this for my role was the locations on where we should film.Before going out and location scouting I found a website (video maker) on thiswebsite I found tips for location scouting as I was aware on how important itwas to do so. The website told me to follow with the script so make sure whatwas in the scrip was the location that was explained Also scout when you planto film so that you know it should look like that when you film so don’t scoutduring the day when you actually plan to film during the evening because itwill look completely different.
So, we scouted some locations aroundSouthampton because we thought filming in Southampton was also cheap and easyso myself and Tasha went out and did this. We thought we should have somelocations that are popular and well known because it will look good we foundsome good places such as:· Guildhall· MemorialStatue· FootballSign· ChristmasMarket· Christmas treeHereare some photos of some of the locations with the selfies that were takenduring the shoot. During the location scouting we also did the risk assementetc. whilst we were at the locations as we felt that it was an important partto do especially as me being producer. We decided to use myself Tasha and herboyfriend Chris to be in front of the camera So, another part of my role waspresenter too. So once all the pre-planning was done including the script whichMegan did really well she’s always put so much effort into this group a greatasset to our team. We then set a date to film and planned what to film and howto do it which was fun.
The day came andpeople collected equipment and we met where we were to film which was as eastpark. We set the camera up and callum started to set the camera up and thendidn’t actually know how to white balance it etc. so it was left down to me andTasha to do that which was kind of a shame as his role was camera man but itsok.
Once camera was set up we started the intro and do this. During this time,me and Tasha were in front of the camera directing orders and saying ideas aswe were director and producer Tasha did that most of the time. We thought thatwe should film different angles and did the intro a few times so that we couldhave a variety of shots so we had close ups mid shots. I felt like the introwent well. After doing the intro and outro we then followed the contestants toeach place and them taking the photo we got shots of them running and one of my favorite shot is this shot showhere. I like this because you see both contestants crossing each other lookinglike they’re going to different locations and it gives it a kind of competitivefeel to it. This is a good example of an establishing shot too.
So once we hadfilmed our piece it was time for editing and this wasn’t a key part for mehowever the editing was Andrews role. He did really well with the editing butevery time we met for meetings to check it we thought that each time it neededthings to add or remove. We decided that we needed music so there was a kindamontage feel to the edit. So we looked a little at the Kuleshov effect to helpus so kuleshov is when montage editing was introduced and it’s a Russian basedso having that helped make the montage good.
We had a voice over that too toexplain what was going on and that was my responsibility and I recorded it andwas added. We had background noise too. We felt like that because it was anentertainment piece we needed an intro so we had selfies with upbeat musicwhich I did edit and I was happy with how that looked. So overall I feel thatthe filming went well and really enjoyed it. SoHere are some photos from the production itself too: ConclusionThroughoutthis term I feel like I have learned lots and got so much out of it. I havelearned how important white balancing is.
I maybe could have done better inlighting because it did take me a while to understand that and i’m still nottoo sure on it but feel ok about it. I enjoyed doing sound because it wasinteresting to me to make sure levels were good and balanced as well. I havelearned so much recently and feel good with what I have achieved.