The skills I have learnt from doing the FMP

In this blog I will briefly be talking about skills I have developed over the course of the FMP, separating it into sections for the pre, production and post production. I will be talking about how I got better at this skills, and what I did to improve them. I will also talk more in depth about this in the Evaluation.

Pre Production

For the pre production I feel that the number one skill I learnt was problem solving. Managing to change my idea mid planning and come up with a new idea that will fit the project brief. I felt that this experience will prepare me for when I go on into the film industry where I would have to keep changing things to do with film. Due to problems out of my control. Such as budget costs or time pressures.

I feel that this would also help with when I do a second FMP. For example if anything happens where I have to change my idea, I will be able to change my idea quickly to adapt to the situation.

Production

For production I feel that I have learnt new skills such as filming in different frame rates and managing to get to grips with the collating shutter speeds. I had to change the shutter speed to 100 when filming due to the fact that I shooting in 50 fps, this was because I wanted most of the footage to be in slow motion. This will mean if I wanted to film slow motion again I will know what to do, and I won’t have to research it. This also means if I am improvising when filming, I can film something in slow mo on the off hand. Not restricting myself as much when filming.

I also got generally better at working a DSLR. Managing the exposure carefully, making sure that the iso isn’t too high. This means that when I go to filming I can be more efficient at when getting a shot prepared, with it being in different locations with different scenes.

With reflection I feel that this project has given me great practice with how to work a DSLR. Being able to be independent with filming shots and not having to rely on people to help set up the shot, or making sure that I have got the right settings. This will help with future projects, being able to do the job more efficiently and under smaller time periods and bigger pressures. Enabling it to feel more natural when filming.

Post Production

I feel that out of the three post production is the section where I have improved the most in my practical skills. Having to research new effects and also doing colour correction to my work to improve the look and feel.

I have learnt new ways of creating an retro super 8 film, over a HD clip. This will mean in the future I can experiment with this technique more and use it more in my films in the future. I have also got to grips with after effects for the first time, this being the first time I used after effects in a short film. This means that when I use to again I can be more efficient and use to greater effect.

In reflection I feel that experimenting with these effects means that I can now be more confident in trying out new things in the future. Being more efficient and wanting to try more in after effects. Trying to make my films better by trying out new things in after effects that I previously wouldn’t if it weren’t for my FMP.

Next time however I have learnt that I should maybe leave more time, maybe a whole week, for after effects. As its quite time consuming and in order to make it look really good you must spend a fair amount of time on it. Added to this I should also research how long it will actually take to perform the task in the pre production stage. As this would give me a more accurate calendar of what will happen during completing my final major project.

Overall

Overall I feel that this project has made me much more constant in my working, having a much more efficient work ethic towards film making. I feel that my pre production has came along well, giving me practise in how to problem solve when a situation arises. Having to change my idea due to budget or time consecrates. For production I feel overall skill that has developed was being more flexible when coming to filming different locations and different frame rates. Finally for post production; having the skills to experiment more and being more adaptable when wanting to add new stuff into the edit.

Skills that have improved

In this blog post I will be talking about the skills that I have challenged in this project, I will be looking at each section of the making of the film: pre, production and post. What I have done in each stage to put me out of my comfort zone.

Pre Production

For pre production I challenged myself by having to look at research about music videos. This was because I am doing a music video for my final major. This was different from other tasks where I would look at other films as inspiration rather than music videos. I also had to plan out a story I could tell without any speaking, due to the fact that it is a music video.

Production

For production I challenged myself by only having a few filming equipment at my disposal. That being a camera and two tripods. So I had to make the best out of it. With the fact that I didn’t have a big crew either and it was just me filming the scenes. I think that this has shown that I am able to work under pressure as well as making a quality product with relatively cheap equipment. I showed that I can also adapt to the situation, for example filming out of the boot of the car to keep up with the bike shots in the county lines. Rather than ordering experience equipment to keep the shot straight and not shaking.

This showed that I was able to improvise in this situation to still get what I want, but to much more cost effective technique.

Post production

I feel that I have tested myself by having super 8 film effect in my music video, having to adjust the colour wheel and making the colour curves different from the original. I also had to edit to the beat of the song. I have not had to do this before due to the fact that this was the first time that I made a music video. So this was a new rewarding experience to me.

Character profile for my two characters

In this blog post I have created two character profiles for both of my main actors. This describes some of the character’s background and beliefs with also how they act. I wanted to make this so I know more about the character’s so I am able to make a better film because I know more about their head space. I feel that it also provides good context for the character’s to jump from. In reflection I feel that I should have done this early before filming but I feel that doing it now will still be good because I am still editing.

Character profile: Luc’s character

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  • Name of the character: Tyler
  • What year the character was born: 1999
  • Age: 17
  • Sex: Male
  • Dress: Casual, hippie
  • Social class: Lower middle class
  • What do they do as a job: No, currently a student
  • Where do they live: Reigate
  • Do they drive a car, what car or transport do they use? They use a mixture of public transport, Bus, train and cab
  • Issues affecting the character: Girlfriend troubles
  • What colour hair? Brown
  • What eyes colour the character has? Brown
  • How do they walk? With a pace, quite quickly. Almost if in a hurry
  • Relationship with other characters Not good, not sure why he just got dumped. Confused about why.
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Salary: Has none is a student
  • Character’s short-term goals in life: Get through college
  • Character’s long-term goals in life: To do something in the film industry

Strengths/Weaknesses

  • Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert
  • How does the character deal with anger? Ripping up posters
  • With sadness? Wanting to be alone
  • With conflict? Taking a step back not getting involved
  • With change? Difficulty, along time to sync in
  • What does the character want out of life? To be happy
  • Is religion or spirituality a part of this character’s life? No he is an atheist

 

Character profile: Sam’s character

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  • Name of the character: Rachel
  • What year the character was born: 1999
  • Age: 17
  • Sex: Female
  • Dress: Stylish
  • Social class: Upper middle class
  • What do they do as a job: No, currently a student
  • Where do they live: Coulsdon
  • Do they drive a car, what car or transport do they use? They just passed their test
  • Issues affecting the character: Not happy with the current relationship she is in
  • What colour hair? Brown
  • What eyes colour the character has? Blue
  • How do they walk? Slow, taking their time
  • Relationship with other characters Not good, breaking up because not happy with the relationship
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Salary: Has none is a student
  • Character’s short-term goals in life: Get through college, later go to University
  • Character’s long-term goals in life: To do something in the music industry

Strengths/Weaknesses

  • Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert
  • How does the character deal with anger? Not every well, resulting in shouting or getting panicked
  • With sadness? Wanting someone there, not being alone
  • With conflict? Resolving the issue there and then
  • With change? Doesn’t really bother her
  • What does the character want out of life? Wants to live to the fullness
  • Is religion or spirituality a part of this character’s life? Not sure and isn’t really bothered or cares.

UPDATED (2nd) – Actors, casting list

For my Seigfried music video I want my main actor to be Luc Seeraj, as I know he will be committed to the filming as he studies film studies and has a passion for filmmaking. He will also be up for filming for a full day and is someone I will get along with when filming. This means I can tell him straight what I want from him. I will also have Luc to help me with the filming, as he has a second camera and a microphone. He would be my second crew member and will help me film the scenes, giving me inspiration and advice on how to film certain shots and scenes.

Luc Seeraj studies at Reigate College, where he takes the film studies at A level.
Contact information: 07854328130

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For the actress I have chosen, Sam Nelson. Sam attends east surrey college studying Music level 3 year 1. This would be good as I am able to get the relatively small crew together at college and with the film location being at college, enables me to get ready and film straight away. Meaning I only have to film for about 10 minutes. She is also very helpful and cooperative which is what I need for my short film, so I can tell someone exactly how I want something done. She is also around the same age as Luc so this would make sense if those two were in a relationship.

Sam Nelson studies Music level 3, year 1 at east surrey college.

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15/05/17 – Location scouting and storyboard for new scene

Today was mainly preparing for the film shoot tomorrow with Sara. This meant doing some location scouting for where I will do the shooting. This is at the winter garden in east surrey college. However with reflection I feel that I may change the location to something just outside the college, as its pretty controlling with when to film due to it being busy.

I then did a storyboard for the scene. I wanted to quickly stretch any shots I had in mind. For when it gets to the shoot I know exactly what to do and won’t be thinking about how to shoot the scene.

I wanted to make this storyboard so I can have a understanding of what I will be shooting, as I had to change the idea. Having the storyboard means that I can now make the shoot a lot easier and also have the shooting go a lot quicker. And not wasting so much time on figuring out what to shoot.

I then spent the rest of the day editing, I have then made a rough cut of what will happen in my film, without the scenes with Sara. However without the Sara scene I am unable to see how long the film is. So I haven’t been able to cut and edit to the rhythm of the song. I will need to edit in the scenes quickly so I can start cutting to the beat of the song, so the visuals have a better flow with the music. And have a proper rough cut of the footage.

I have also seen the time-lapse footage and edited it with the music video. Now seeing it with the film I feel it looks too jarring so I might have to film more of the plants around the woods so it doesn’t just immediately cut to the sun setting. I might add even a fade in between the cuts, so it transitions alot better.