Practice film, filmmaking

On Thursday Fay set us the task of making a opening scene for a movie. We were put into groups of three based on our favourite genres in film. I was in a group with Jack and Conor. Our idea was to have someone going to meet someone, but have him not there. The main character, played by Jack, then later finds the phone of the person he was trying to meet and then gets knocked out from behind. This task is mainly about preparing for the TV pilot task and getting us back in the groove of filming. This is why we have came up with a simple concept that we could film around college in one day.

On friday we filmed all day. Filming in the car park, the south building and also in the TV studio. I was in charge of recording the sound on an external recorder. Whilst Conor was using his camera to film the shots and Jack was the actor and only cast member. Me recording the sound for this project actually worked out well. Due to the fact that I felt that one of the biggest weaknesses of mine was sound. Now after this project I feel like I am much more experienced in using the sound equipment. Being more comfortable and more knowledgeable.

In terms of how the day went we managed to film everything within the day. The first scene in the car park I feel went the most smoothly, due to the fact that we had really good lighting conditions for filming outside. For the south building I feel that it wasn’t that good, as Conor’s camera was playing up due to the lights. It also took longer than we thought it would. The TV studio went well due to the fact that we had good lighting again, but this time with actual lights. Overall for a started project I feel our filming was more than enough and will come out good in the edit for practice project that we didn’t have that much time to prepare for.

Over my time off I will be doing some editing of the footage I have, I do not have all my footage due to fact I didn’t have my external hard drive. So I will do my rest of my editing on Wednesday, exporting by Thursday.

 

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Analysis of an opening sequence from a film

In this blog post I will be analysing the opening scene of apocalypse now.

In the opening scene we can tell what the genre of the film is. We can tell this from the mise en scene having helicopters in the frame and with the narration talking about Vietnam. This sets up context for the rest of the film. We can also tell it is going to be more of a drama rather than an action filled film, due to the way Martin Sheen is delivering his lines and also the dialogue.

From the opening scene we are given a backstory of the character and the mind set he is currently in. Most the development and context of the situation and the character is done through visuals. Showing from the sequence with the music that he is still thinking about the war. An example of this would be the fan fading in and out between an helicopter. With the fan having the sound of a helicopter going past. With also trying to grab for this gun, showing that the war has affected him and doesn’t know how to switch off.

From the Narration we can tell that he has no sense of where he is, “I’m still only in sihgon.” The narration conforms with the visuals that he is still thinking about the “jungle,” and can’t take his mind of it. The Narration and visuals work very well together, which is something that continues to happen for the rest of the film. I feel that this scene is perfect for an opening scene. Due to the fact the character being development in the first 6 minutes. We know what mindset he is in, what he has done and also what his motivations are as a character. We also have context of the film, that taking place in Vietnam.

The music also plays a great part in the first scene, representing the actual film from one song. This being the slow build up and the chaos of the song right at the end. This represents the film, as the character gets deeper into the jungle the chaos more intense. Collertating with the song building up over the duration of the 7 minutes.

Reflection on the summer and expectations of this college year

Reflection on the summer holidays

In the summer holidays I started to experiment with music production, trying to get to grips with editing music on a laptop from home. This is because I want to branch out more in the creative field and know more in different creative sectors. I also want to able to score my own short films so I won’t have to rely so heavily on other people’s music, or at least be able to have a better understanding of how it’s produced. So when I am in the industry I am able to communicate what I want from the composer with better rapport.

Expectations for this year

My expectations for this year is to improve in all aspects of filmmaking and my film studies knowledge. But if I had to choose improvements, I would want to improve on my sound recording and being actually able to form a team so I don’t have to do every single job. So I could be the director and have someone being the cameraman and another holding the boom. I feel this means I can have more control over the project and don’t have to be doing everything whilst trying to stay organised with time and the amount of shots we have to do.

8,9,10,11/06/17 – The final evaluation, adding the links

Over the four days off I have from college I did some work finishing off my wordpress. This was mainly finishing up the final evaluation, making sure that is was condense as it could possibly be. With also making sure that included that I wanted to for an evaluation. I also then made a word document for links for my wordpress so the examiner can easily get to then.

In reflection of the four days, it was basically just getting everything sorted on the wordpress for when the deadline is due. I wanted to make sure that I had included everything that I needed and put everything into correct categories. I also then made a another category called idea development, this shows some of my creative choices and idea development during the whole project.

This will be the last post most likely, I now just be changing things to wordpress and adding more information for the deadline. Making sure that wordpress is the best it can be for the due date. So I won’t posting anything unless I have to upload something major.

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07/06/17 – Going over the Evaluation with Elena

Today I went over my Evaluation with Elena seeing if I am going in the right direction and doing it the best I can. Elena read though what I have done so far and told me that I was being too descriptive. Saying that I have been talking about the same sort of things I have already talked about in my blog.

Elena then gave me some suggestions of what to say, and then says that I should be more precise and less wordy. I will take this advise on board and then change my evaluation accordingly, with then continue this the rest of the questions and evaluation. This is good as hopefully it won’t take as long as expected.