I have been asked to use copy, transform and combine to create a short film. In my last blog post I explained what I was intending to copy and how I was going to transform and combine it. The theme I ended up with was ‘alternate realities’. Continue reading “C,T&C Project”
I am making a short film with the only dialogue allowed to be “Hello”. At first, I thought there was not much that I could do with just the word “hello” but after thinking for a bit, I realised that the word “hello” can mean completely different things when said in different ways and by different people in different contexts. Continue reading “Hello Project”
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This has been a busy 3 weeks. I have been experimenting with Transitions, Rolling Shutter and Sound Design. Continue reading “Year 2 – Term 2 – Week 3,4 and 5: Experiments”
I have decided to research and analyse the aspects of my favourite two inspirational media practitioners (Steven Spielberg and Casey Neistat). Continue reading “Year 2 – Term 2 – Week 2: Research Report”
During my life time my values and interests have changed lots and I expect them to carry on changing into the future. Overall I have gained more experiences which has increased number of interests I have and values I have. Continue reading “Year 2 – Term 2 – Week 1: Who am I?”
This week has been interesting. I think the main reason for this is because I get to research my favorite films. It is also interesting to combine different scenes/films/TV shows and make something new.
We have been looking at how everything that happens in films are not original. Ideas are influenced by other films and TV shows as well as our life experiences. By building on this idea I am going to discuss my favorite life experiences films and TV shows. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 10: Copy Transform and Combine (Alternate Realities)”
This week has been enjoyable for me due to being able to pick a show that I liked. I had to choose the first episode of a British TV show. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 8: Feedback and Reflection”
The episode that I will be referencing can be found here: http://www.ewatchseries.ac/link/vidto.me/7751705
I have been looking at Doctor Who and in particular Matt Smiths first full episode – The Eleventh Hour. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 8: Movement Task plus Doctor Who Target Audience Study”
I don’t think I have taken as much away from this week as others. The Ken Loach research I found challenging as I hadn’t watched any of his films and from what I have read I most likely wouldn’t like the type of films he makes. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 7: Feedback and Reflection”
We were given the context of lighting 3 scenes. We were asked to do one scene in which the subject looked like they were near a fire. We were asked to simulate driving in a car. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 7: Lighting Task plus Skins (2007) Target Audience”
We have been learning about the exposure triangle and the importance it holds to the visual look of the film. Exposure is another term for how light or dark your shot is. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 6: The Exposure Triangle plus Target Audience”
As I already knew about the exposure triangle I didn’t really take as much from this week either. I did, however, enjoy taking pictures and testing out the knowledge in a particle sense.
This week has been enjoyable for me. I really enjoy practical work and I really enjoy doctor who and put them together and you get week 5. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 5: Feedback and Reflection”
We had to recreate the scene that we did a contextual study on last week. Mine was a scene from Doctor Who. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 5: Copy Transform Combine Scene 1 (scene recreation)”
I was limited to doctor who as it is the only British TV show that I watch on a constant basis (I watch mainly American TV shows). Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 4: Feedback and Reflection”
Own Choice Contextual Study
We had to choose a British TV show to analyse. I chose a scene from Doctor Who.
Looking into films and/or TV shows to see how they are made is always fascinating for me. Looking at Broadchurch and trying to guess the influences behind the plot was very interesting. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 3: Feedback and Reflection”
I will be trying to understand the first episode of Broadchurch and the context behind it. Continue reading “Year 2 – Week 3: Broadchurch (2013) Contextual Study plus Framing and Composition plus Feedback”
My Rough Edit
I have produced a rough edit (show below) so I can record the voiceover next week and add it to the video. You may notice some of the files are labelled slightly corrupt, corrupt or very corrupt. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 7: 3.1 ~ Extended Project”
This week we have been focusing on the pre-production documentation. This helps to be able to plan the practicality’s of my project.
This week is focused on primary research in order to improve my skills in accordance to my Extended Project (EP). I will also be recapping on what I have learned in particular the subjects that could help me with my EP. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 5: 2.2 ~ Extended Project”
This week I will be researching existing media products practice and ideas. In particular research on short films and films that use voiceovers in the same way in order to get inspiration. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 4: 2.1 ~ Extended Project”
Over this week we have been trying to understand the practicalities of our EP (Extended Project). We have been mainly focusing on the film and TV industry and how it operates.
This week we have been planning and developing three ideas for our extended project. We will make one of our ideas and submit it at the end of the term. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 2: Extended Project Ideas”
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This week we have been doing about visuals and the pre-production behind them. We have evaluated how the pre-production relates to other stages Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 7: Unit 6 ~ Visual Production”
We have been learning about audio and the production process and the 5 main steps of a production. There is the finance then there is the Pre -Production then there is the production and then there is post production and distribution.
We have been learning about audio this week and how to record narrative. This week especially interested me as I have never thought about microphone placement much before. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 5: Feedback and Reflection”
This week we have been learning about microphones and recording dialog. We have learnt the different microphone setups that you can get. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 5: Unit 5 ~ Audio Task”
We are revisiting lighting in class and learning about the different uses of it. At first, we were asked to come up with a few problems we have had with lighting in our past practical projects and the solutions. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 4: Unit 6 Visual Task 4”
We have been learning about terrorism in the UK this week and how to prevent it. According to ltai.info “Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity”. Continue reading “The Prevent Strategy”
This week we have been doing about sound and its importance. We had some first-hand experience at operating different types of microphones and seeing how they work. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 3: Feedback and Reflection”
We were set a task to make a sound clip of the children’s story of Billy Goats Gruff. We were given part of a script and it was our job to create an environment using sound. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 3: Unit 5 ~ Audio Task 3”
This week we have been going into depth about camera movement and story boards. although I learned some interesting things the most helpful part was learning that you can’t cut from a panning shot to a static shot and learning that every camera movement has a beginning middle and end. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 2: Feedback and Reflection”
This week we have been learning about movement and storyboards. We were set a task to create a short sequence of clips that demonstrate different camera techniques. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 2: Unit 6 ~ Visual Task 2”
This week we have been researching social media and how it can be used. I have noticed that in order for a social media platform to take off, it has to offer something new that other social media platforms don’t offer, or don’t do as well. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 1: Feedback and Reflection”
I am going to look into some social media platform, in particular, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and the less well known Ask.fm. I am going to talk about the strengths and weaknesses and the history behind them. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 1: Unit 7 ~ Social Media Report”
This week we have been learning a range of skills. We continued with Avid and syncing the audio to the video. Continue reading “Week 7: Feedback and Reflection”
Freelancing is the most common form of employment in the media industry. Freelancers work for other companies on specific jobs. Continue reading “Week 7: Unit 3 ~ Working Practices, My Career Plan & Timeline – What do you want to be?”
The media industry is responsible for how certain news articles and stories are perceived. Stories and news articles can be manipulated and taken out of context. Continue reading “Week 7: Unit 4 ~ Representation”
What I want to find out
I am going to find out about editing; in particular, I am going to focus on the software and techniques used in the industry. Continue reading “Week 7: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Editing – Plan, research and evaluate”
This week we have been doing a range of things including learning about clapper boards, going into more depth about lighting and researching the research that goes into productions. Continue reading “Week 6: Feedback and Reflection”
In class, we learned about the uses of clapper boards and how they are vital part of the production. Clapper boards help the editors know what clip they are editing and helps them sync the audio from an external microphone. Continue reading “Week 6-7: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Editing – continue with Avid”
This week we have been learning about editing and production research. Something that stuck in my head was that 98% of a production is planning. Continue reading “Week 5: Feedback and Reflection”
Production Research is the research done before a production. It is the most important part of the production as it makes up about 98% of the finished product. Continue reading “Weeks 5-6: Unit 2 ~ Big Research Plan and Project”
We are learning about editing and we have started using Avid Media Composer. We were given a few sample clips of someone surfing and we had to edit them using Avid. Continue reading “Week 5: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Editing – Narrative – building story via continuity editing – Avid”
This week I have been learning about cameras and narrative. I have learnt how to become a Cameraman and I have found out what a Cinematographer was. Continue reading “Week 4: Feedback and Reflection”
What I want to find out
I want to find out the types of camera shots and how they can be used for different purposes. Continue reading “Week 4: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Cameras – Plan, research and evaluate”
How to become a Cameraman
To become a Cameraman you can start off by getting an internship or an apprenticeship. Continue reading “Week 4: Unit 3 ~ How do you become a Cameraman?”
A narrative is a story and how it’s told. There are different types of narratives that I will explain later.
180 degree rule
The 180 degree rule is a rule where there is an imaginary line called the line of action. Crossing the line can confuse the viewer. Continue reading “Week 4: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Cameras – using equipment, correct set up, 180 degree rule”
This week I have been learning about sound. I have learned about different types of microphones and the different polar patterns they use. Continue reading “Week 3: Feedback and Reflection”
What is a Foley Designer?
A foley designer is someone who adds sounds in post production. Continue reading “Week 3: Unit 3 ~ How do you become a Foley Engineer”
What is mise-en-scene?
Mise -en-scene originated from French theatres and its direct translation is “placing on stage” but in the film industry it means everything in shot i.e. what the camera can see. Continue reading “Week 3: Unit 4 ~ Mise-en-Scene – what is it, and why do we study it?”
There are 3 types of microphones: condenser, dynamic and ribbon. Condenser microphones require an external power source like a battery or a wire and they are sensitive to sound. Continue reading “Week 3: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Audio – using equipment, different microphones”
What is Foley
Foley is adding additional sounds to a film in post production. Foley is used in almost every film. It is heavily used in action films. Foley artists use a Foley stage to produce the effects. Continue reading “Week 3: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Audio – Plan, research and evaluate”
This week, I have learned a variety of skills and increased my knowledge. I have especially found film noir interesting as I had not previously heard of the genre and learning about it has prompted me to watch The Maltese Falcon. Continue reading “Week 2: Feedback and Reflection”
The genre is referred to in films as the type of content in it. A film doesn’t have to be just one genre as it can be a mix of different ones. Sub-genres are less popular genres and usually, branch off the main ones. Continue reading “Week 2: Unit 4 – Genre – What is Genre”
A Lighting Engineer is in charge of most aspects of the lighting. Lighting Engineers work with the director using semiology to create the desired effect. Continue reading “Week 2: Unit 3 ~ Lighting Tech, how to become one?”
What I want to find out
I want to find out about lighting effects in films, in particular, the 1944 – 1954 film genre – film noir. This is because film noir uses lighting techniques to the extreme. Continue reading “Week 2: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Lighting – Plan, research and evaluate”
I have been learning about white balance and the effect it creates. I have also learnt how to correct white balance.
White balance is the measurement of colour temperature. Colour temperature can be blue, white and orange and it is measured in kelvin’s. Continue reading “Week 2: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Lighting – pictures taken to illustrate white balance.”
Today I learnt about different types of shots and camera angles. I took some photos to demonstrate the different effects they create. Continue reading “Week 1: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Framing – taking pictures illustrating shots”
There are two types of research: primary research and secondary research. Primary research is when you conduct your own research like interviews, photos and surveys. Continue reading “Week 1: Unit 2 ~ Why do we research? – How to produce a research plan and implement it”
A director’s job is to oversee the film’s production and to make sure that it meets the vision they have in their head. They work closely with the producer to make the film. Continue reading “Week 1: Unit 3 ~ How do you become a Director?”
Semiology is the study of signs and messages. These range from the use of colours to the uses of lighting to create an atmosphere the audience can understand. The director uses semiology to portray a meaning or a message to the audience. Continue reading “Week 1: Unit 4 ~ Semiological analysis of key scenes”
Chris’ Canterbury College Collage
I have made a collage which represents me. It includes my hobbies and interests, my skills and my personality traits. Some of these pictures are meant to symbolise a deeper meaning and some of them are self-explanatory. Continue reading “Induction Week”