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Chris McNair

Film and TV 2016-2018

The Scene

We have been set a task to make a one minute short film based around the theme of friendship. In order to prepare for this, I have researched other short films on YouTube in order to get inspiration for my short film. Continue reading “The Scene”

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Hello 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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Term 3 – Week 7: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been concentrating on editing. Overall it has bee a successful week and I have produced a rough edit in order to record the voiceover next week. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 7: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 7: 3.1 ~ Extended Project – not finished yet

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 labeled slightly corrupt, corrupt or very corrupt. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 7: 3.1 ~ Extended Project – not finished yet”

Presentation PowerPoint

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Project Proposal

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Term 3 – Week 6: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been doing pre-production paperwork and a presentation. This part is crucial to the production process. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 6: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 6: 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.

Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 6: 3.1 ~ Extended Project”

Term 3 – Week 5: Feedback and Reflection

Reflection

We have been mainly focusing on primary research this week. I feel like this has been a really helpful week. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 5: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 5: 2.2 ~ Extended 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”

Term 3 – Week 4: Feedback and Reflection

Reflection

This week we have been conducting secondary research into our extended project. I have been focusing mainly on researching voiceovers as that is the area in which I am least knowledgeable about. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 4: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 4: 2.1 ~ 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”

Term 3 – Week 3: Feedback and Reflection

Reflection

This week we have been doing a range of things but mainly focusing on the industry and how it works. I think that it is very important to understand the industry you are going into. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 3: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 3: 1.1 ~ 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.

Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 3: 1.1 ~ Extended Project”

Term 3 – Week 2: Feedback and Reflection

Reflection

This week we have been preparing our ideas for our extended project. Although initially I was a bit stuck for ideas when I started thinking about it lots came to my head. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 2: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 2: Extended Project Ideas

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”

Term 3 – Week 1: Feedback and Reflection

Reflection

This week we have been set 2 tasks. We have been set the task of creating a mind map and a timeline. Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 1: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 3 – Week 1: Extended Project Introduction

Click HERE to view my college timeline

Click HERE to see my “Who am I?” mind map

Continue reading “Term 3 – Week 1: Extended Project Introduction”

Term 2 – Week 9: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been editing our 1 minute short film. The hardest part I have found about this part is editing it to exactly 1 minute. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 9: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 2 – Week 8: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been planning for “The Scene”. We have been putting our pre-production knowledge to a practical situation. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 8: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 2 – Week 7: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been learning about the pre-production of visuals. I have rely enjoyed this week as I have found it very interesting. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 7: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 2 – Week 7: Unit 6 ~ Visual Production

 

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”

Term 2 – Week 6: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been learning about the pre-production of audio. Once again another audio week that I get surprised how much goes into it. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 6: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 2 – Week 6: Unit 5 ~ Audio

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.

Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 6: Unit 5 ~ Audio”

Term 2 – Week 5: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Term 2 – Week 5: Unit 5 ~ Audio Task

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”

Term 2 – Week 4: Feedback and Reflection

This week we have been doing lighting. We were building on what we already knew about it and we went into more depth about specific techniques. Continue reading “Term 2 – Week 4: Feedback and Reflection”

Term 2 – Week 4: Unit 6 Visual Task 4

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”

The Prevent Strategy

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”

Term 2 – Week 3: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Term 2 – Week 3: Unit 5 ~ Audio Task 3

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”

Term 2 – Week 2: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Term 2 – Week 2: Unit 6 ~ Visual Task 2

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”

Term 2 – Week 1: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Term 2 – Week 1: Unit 7 ~ Social Media Report

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”

Hello Project: Feedback and Reflection

I have been doing the “Hello Project” over the past 3 weeks and there is a lot I have learned from this project. It was the most interesting thing that I’v done on this coarse so far as it involved a lot of practical work. Continue reading “Hello Project: Feedback and Reflection”

Evidence Document

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Week 7: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Week 7: Unit 3 ~ Working Practices, My Career Plan & Timeline – What do you want to be?

Freelancer

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?”

Week 7: Unit 4 ~ Representation

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”

Week 7: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Editing – Plan, research and evaluate

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”

Week 6: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Week 6-7: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Editing – continue with Avid

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”

Week 5: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Weeks 5-6: Unit 2 ~ Big Research Plan and Project

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”

Week 5: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Editing – Narrative – building story via continuity editing – Avid

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”

Weeks 1-4: Formative Feedback

Week 4: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Week 4: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Cameras – Plan, research and evaluate

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”

Week 4: Unit 3 ~ How do you become a Cameraman?

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?”

Week 4: Unit4 ~ Narrative – different techniques and approaches

A narrative is a story and how it’s told. There are different types of narratives that I will explain later.

Continue reading “Week 4: Unit4 ~ Narrative – different techniques and approaches”

Week 4: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Cameras – using equipment, correct set up, 180 degree rule

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”

Week 3: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Week 3: Unit 3 ~ How do you become a Foley Engineer

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”

Week 3: Unit 4 ~ Mise-en-Scene – what is it, and why do we study it?

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?”

Week 3: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Audio – using equipment, different microphones

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”

Week 3: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Audio – Plan, research and evaluate

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”

Week 2: Feedback and Reflection

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”

Week 2: Unit 4 – Genre – What is Genre

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”

Week 2: Unit 3 ~ Lighting Tech, how to become one?

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?”

Week 2: Unit 2 ~ Research Plan – subject – Lighting – Plan, research and evaluate

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”

Week 2: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Lighting – pictures taken to illustrate white balance.

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.”

Week 1: Feedback

Week 1: Unit 1 ~ Introduction to Framing – taking pictures illustrating shots

Framing

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”

Week 1: Unit 2 ~ Why do we research? – How to produce a research plan and implement it

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”

Week 1: Unit 3 ~ How do you become a Director?

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?”

Week 1: Unit 4 ~ Semiological analysis of key scenes

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”

Induction Week

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”

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