1, 2, 3,4/06/17 – going over some of the blog

I have spent the past four days going over some of my blog, just updating and making sure everything is as good as it could be. I have mostly added stuff to the journal and the evaluation categories as I feel that these are the weakest out of the posts. I have made sure to have proper reflection and to also have more detailed explanation on how to improve my work.

Next I will be adding more to the actual practical skills’ categories, making sure to put more in each one of the pre, production and post sections of the blog. I will spend probably one more day on that. And then I will move to the evaluation of the final cut.

This will probably take a lot of time, I want to spend mainly whole of next week on working on an evaluation. Making sure that it is the best it possibly can be. If I have some left over I will go back over the blog again making sure that everything is good as it could be.

31/05/17 – Final cut finally complete

Today I exported my final cut for the FMP. I didn’t do too many changes from yesterday. Having to only change the amount of camera noise on some of the Sam clips, due to the fact that I lowered them and I don’t think they worked as well as they could of. With not being grainy enough or being too much like HD footage. So after rising them back up I then later cut out the white flash between the two shots of Sam.

I tried to experiment by putting it in different positions and rearranging the clips. However I just went back to the jump cut before hand. With people saying that they prefer the jump cut to the white flash anyway. I don’t feel that this was a waste of time because I feel that it is important to experiment and try out to make sure that something doesn’t work better.

The film I will be submitting for the final cut is linked above, this is the final cut and from this point on I will not be changing anything about the finished film. In reflection I am quite proud of how I managed to finish the final cut a week before the deadline is due. Proving that I can make a good film under time pressures and with being prout as well. Over the next two weeks I will be evaluating the final cut, with adding more to blog posts that might be missing. I am quite relaxed now but it’s important to fall behind in the closing week and an half, due to the fact that the final evaluation is very important. I will also have to get my actor to sign his form, saying that they are happy to be in the film. So then I can place that into the pre production folder, enabling me to hand that in next week.

30/05/17 – More editing, playing the sound through speakers

Today I have made a new rough cut, this cut is practically the finished version of the short film but I might have one or two changes left to do. Here is the link to my new rough cut:

Things that I changed for this edit I was experimenting with the colour correction of the biking scene where Luc is biking up hill. I managed to get the colour all the same for that set of shots, looking like they were taken at the same time. However then some of the shots looked really washed out compared to the rest of the film, looking more shades of grey then shades of colour. So I then decided to add more colour to the shots and lighten it up more. This makes it look worse continuity wise however I feel that it doesn’t matter because it no longer looks washed out.

I then played the beginning of the film on the big screen using the speakers in the classroom, this was to make sure that the audio was probably leveled with everything else. I found out that the shaving shots were a bit too quiet, not being able to hear the shave of the neck or chin. I also found that the poster rip wasn’t as loud as I wanted it to be. Not taking over the music for a brief period. Tomorrow I will try and test the audio out again on the speakers to see if my changes have made a improvement. In reflection I should have done this before as I would know if I needed to re-record any audio for the music video.

whtie flash

The white flash transition I have placed in, something that I am unsure about if it totally works, as it may just look better having a jump cut. I will ask around properly tomorrow, or switch around a few of the clips. So I can still have a the extract times but maybe in a slightly different order. For example having the clip of Luc in between the jump cut. To break up the “awkward,” transition.

26, 27, 28, 29/05/17 – Finishing up missing pieces in the blog

Over the long weekend I spent days going through my blog and finishing up a few posts that need touching up here and there. I went back through my context category made sure that I had everything ticked, making sure that I had enough context. I then later added more to posts that were about problem solving or having to change something in the idea. For example the changing of the actress and the changing of the song. As I felt that these were major changes and needed to be reflection on and explained properly.

harvard refercning screenshot

I later then went back over my blog, making sure that I had proper harvard reference for everything I used. This took a while going in each blog post and checking everything was referenced but is worth, as I don’t want to lose a good grade for that one slip up. In reflection I feel that I should do this as I am making the blog posts, as this would be a lot easier and make the ending stretch a lot less stressful. There is an example of me using my harvard referencing above. I would harvard everything that I used that wasn’t mine, this is from looking at different websites for information, images used to display what I meant and video clips that I would be using in one way or another. I would use a harvard generator I found online, making the whole the same and much quicker and easier.

The link I used is below:

http://www.harvardgenerator.com/

I am now going to finish my film tomorrow and hopefully export it ready for the submission next week on Wednesday. After exporting I will spend the following week and a half to check over my wordpress again, and to do a final Evaluation.

In reflection  I feel that I should do this as I was going on with my blog, not having to do loads at the end of the FMP. Next time I will make sure to always reference the sources at the end of the blog before I post. This will save time and make sure I can look over my coursework at the end of the deadline.

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.

25/05/17 – Playing around with the colour correction, white flash

Today I have been playing with the colour correction shots for the overall music video. Making sure that all the shots are looked how I want them to. I first went over the normal shots of Luc making sure it wasn’t as bright and quite as harsh lighting. Having it more cinematic, in reflection I feel that I won’t shoot at 12pm-3pm as the lighting is really harsh at these times and its difficult to not make the sky completely white.

Colouring correcting the super 8 film effect

I went back over the super 8 film effect, trying to make it more stronger and less able to see that its HD footage. I did by playing around with the curve effects and also experimenting with the colour wheels.

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After changing a few of the effects trying to make it more super 8 effect and less HD footage, this is the end result. (before, after)

Its very hard to see here, but I have made the colour wheels more pink so that the shadows and highlights have a more of a tinter pink to them. Trying to copy the Nikes music video intro. In reflection I feel that this works for the shot where is she is walking away but no so much for the close up, so I might go back and make the effect weaker or remove it all together.

I feel that I should keep comparing the changes I make side by side so I can see which one I prefer. This would help me to make changes in the colour correction and post side of the project. Making sure that the shot isn’t too pink or anything. However I feel that the shot walking away looks really good now.

Having that really colourful film vibe to the shot. Making the colours pop out a lot more than they should do. Having that overexposed feel. However it would be better if I actually shot the footage with the camera being overexposed. As I feel that this looks quite good in the Frank Ocean nikes music video.

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The white flash

Speaking of the walking away shot, I have also placed a white flash in between the jump cut of the shot of Sam walking away. To try and show a reel film change. The effect looked good but not great and not how I imagined it. Not really having that same effect of the film reel. So after experimenting with the keyframes and the opacity I decided to try add some scratches to the white in after effects.

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After adding marks to every frame in after effects, I looked back at the footage to only realise that it looks a lot worse and ruins the whole effect. I decided then if I wanted the full effect of the scratches done properly it was going to take a lot longer than I had and it wouldn’t be worth it. So I am going to see if people like the white flash, if they do I will keep it. But however I am favouring removing it as it just doesn’t look right and not how I want it. However I still have a focus group over this small transition.

In reflection I feel that I underestimated how long this effect was going to take me if I was going to do it properly. With consideration I feel that I should do research in the planning stages of the project for each effect I will be using. Seeing how long they will take each thing to create. Rather than waiting till post to find out how to make the effect. I feel that this would create a greater plan foundation, allowing me to know in advance what will take too long in post.

Meaning I can take stuff out in the pre production phase, rather than waiting to post production to find out that I can’t do a certain effect. I will be making sure that I do this in the future.

Over the weekend I am going to looking over my wordpress, making sure that it fully completed and there is nothing missing. With tuesday being the day I have the final focus group, and I will also test the audio on the classroom speakers, making sure that it is properly leveled and nothing is out of place. If this is both in order I will export my final cut and have it submitted. I am aiming to have the final cut exported by Wednesday next week, 31st of May.