Guest speaker from the film industry

Today we had a guest speaker come in from out of college to talk to us about the industry and also about cameras. His name was Gabs and has his own production company where he makes short film, adverts and music videos.

He started by showing us some of his adverts and telling us how he got the job offer and how he went about filming and setting up the for the shot. Saying about how he would assign people to certain jobs for each different shot and also how he would get a brief from the company or organization which he would have to apply to. This is good because of the fact that he have already got practice of this from our projects we have been given from our teacher.

When he was talking about cameras there was a number of topics he covered, one of these were lens. Saying there are two different types of lens, prime and zooms lens. Zoom lens being able to zoom in and out while the prime being fixed at a certain position. The prime lens are each different with each being more zoomed in or less. The zoom covers all of these, however at a lesser quality and also being cheaper.

The next thing he talked about was the f stop. This affected the lighting of a shot. The scale of the f stop could from 1.4 to 22. 1.4 being really open and letting a lot of light in the shot while having it at 22 makes very narrow and having it at very dark and not letting a lot of light in. It also changes the depth of field of the shot. With the higher the number on the f stop makes it have a much longer depth of field while lower has a much shallower depth of field.

The shutter speed is another thing that we learned from the speaker.  Saying that normally the shutter speed should be twice the number that your frame rate is at. For at 25 the shutter speed should be at 1/50. When the number getting bigger the shutter speed gets slower. This is due to the fact that the shutter speed is time for the shutter to closes every second. For example 1/50 means it closes 50 times in one sec.

The iso is also numbered based, meaning higher the number the more light the camera has in the shot, this also means the picture is more gainer. When you have the number lower you have the shot being less exposed to the light and while also getting a much better picture quality.


Rough cut for the creative ambitions

For the creative ambitions I have done a rough cut of what the project was going to be. This will give me the an idea of what I should do to improve on my work. For this project we decided to make the interviews more comedic, making it different and original.

When looking back over my short film I feel that I have made good timing making 3 mins and 30 secs. This means that it is quite lengthy and not too short. For our camera angles I feel that we did quite well having very different shots for each interview whilst having different locations for each person we interviewed. I feel that this increased the production value of the project. I brought this technique over from my Vox Pop thinking it worked quite well, doing it again proves that it was a good idea. I also like the effect of having very shallow depth of field with the shot making the background out of focus and the foreground where the person is being interviewed in focus.

In terms of making the film a comedy I feel that it was good to try something out of my comfort zone however I feel that it doesn’t work quite how we planned it out, this might be due to the fact that we aren’t actors but also didn’t really plan into detail what exactly we were doing.

Overall I thought all of the B roll that wasn’t comedy was good and the interviews, how they were shot, were very professional I feel I should do another edit making it more serious and see how this compares with the other more comedic work.

day 1 and 2 of production of the ambitions documentary

Day 1 of the production


The first day of shooting was us shooting all the b roll and cut aways for the interviews. We did this first due to the fact that we were focusing more on this than the interview due to the fact that we were taking a more comedic approach to the short film and wanted to film this part first so we could get an idea of what to shoot for the interview and what extract questions to ask.

For the B roll we used one of the expensive cameras to show joe wanting to be a camera operator. We also used three point lighting to try and give a more professional look while also using the TV room to shot most of the B roll.


Day 2 of the production


Day 2 we filmed all four of our interviews, each in different locations. This was the easiest of the 2 days due to the fact that we knew what we were doing from the get go and we could get going as soon as we came in on Wednesday morning. This meant we plenty time for filming and also giving some time to get the best result from the interview without rushing it.

Work ambitions – interview project introduction

In this blog post I will be talking about the most recent project we have been set for the course. The task is on work ambitions and we have to interview three to four people asking them what they would like to do when they are older or what they are studying for. We got to chose our groups, our group is me, Joe, Nathan and Conor. We will also be interviewing each other and not anyone from outside the our class or group.

We the first part of our lesson planning and deciding what we were going to do. When we formed the idea that we should have the interview but also have b roll but muted related with what we what to do. We decided to shoot all of the b roll first in the tv studio and also have some in one of the class rooms with the editing. We used a canon 80d and a sony (ASK CONOR WHAT IT IS CALLED.) This meant that we could get different angles at the same time but also have high quality footage to edit and export. We also decided to have some of the b roll with sound and make it comedic, this will make it more interesting to watch also make more interesting and fun for us to film and edit. We also going have a wide variety of interviews due to the fact that Nathan wants to do editing in the future, while Conor wants to be an actor and Joe wants to be a cameraman. Finally having me wanting to be a director.

Barton Fink – final cut evaluation


I have since finished my Barton Fink remake and exported my final cut. This blog post will be evaluating my final cut and seeing what I could improve on my work for future projects that I will be doing.

I feel that the footage that I shoot is good due to the fact that we stuck to the story board and copied the shots whilst still putting our own spin on the work by having the lighting much more darker and focus only on the character’s faces and the objects in shot e.g. the door and the desk. However some of shots of Conor talking wasn’t to high quality causing me to place jump cuts within the conversation, this isn’t a major deal but if I was to do it again I would take more time and have many attempts to get the shot right.

For the audio I feel that we did feel due to almost all of the audio that is in the film I got from sound effects online, I feel that I did well picking the right audio for the right place in time of the short film. However I feel that what I could improve on is that I feel some of the audio doesn’t sound like it is in the other room. If I had more time I would have got the audio into logic pro X and made the audio sound muffled.

Overall I feel that I have done a good edit of the short sequence, and the footage we shot working as team was effective and I feel that we worked and communicated well as group with using the lighting, the production design and operating the high tech camera with the tripod effectively to produce a short film makes sense continuity wise.

Remaking Barton Fink scene task – shooting

In this task we have been assigned we have been asked to work as a small film crew to recreate a scene from the film Barton Fink. Using lighting and proper camera equipment to get the shots right. Our team was Ethan, Tammy, Fin, Conor and Joe. We have since shot the short scene from using storyboards and the script at hand, and someone who saw the film (me) describing how it should be laid out. We also did multiple reshoots so we have a better improved film to work with. We are currently in the editing process of the short film and have not cut the final product. We are all each doing our own edits to the footage.


The problems we faced were with the lighting of the film and getting the proper lighting for the tone. We spent quite a while composing the first shot so that we would have the proper lighting and the proper arrange of the desk and the laptop. I think this task has me taught how to communicate with a group of people to shoot a short film using a high tech camera equipment with three point lighting. This has improved my skills of teamwork within the filming and making a short film from not an original idea.