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Unit 2 topic A.4 planning issues

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Planning

I will have to plan out what scenes and shots we are going to use in the film. I will also have to plan what type of shot I am going to use and what the actors are going to be doing in each of the scenes. I will also have to write out the scripts that the actors are going to say, this may be an issue for planning because the actors will need time to learn their lines and we want to make the script of a high standard so we dont turn viewers away, in doing this we need to allow enough time to wright the scripts with out it being rushed and at a poor quality, that would still fit in the correct time limit.  Another issue will be between the thought process because the righters might have two different ideas and won’t settle on the other persons thoughts.

Cost

we are intending to stick in the budget of 6 million and we are hoping that we have estimated correctly as we think we would spend no more that 2 million if we can help it so we will have some extra money left over for emergency’s if something goes wrong in the filming

Logistics 

http://www.canvas-events.co.uk/venues/311/the-hoxton-basement I will be filming in Mill Hill secondry school wich is in London I have chosen to d the filming in this school because it is near to all of the locations within the M25 that we will be filming.  Mill Hill school has plenty of parking for vehicles, and is a secure site that we can keep the equipment securely overnight when not filming.  We will need to move equipment, to other locations within the M25, but we won’t be moving around on long journeys which can be expensive and takes a lot of time. This also means that the equipment will have less of a chance to get damaged being set up, broken down and transported. Because of the fact that all of the locations are near each other we will have a shorter time scedual because we will have less days waisted on long road journeys.  This also means we can get all of the film footage in a quicker time. Mill Hill location will be big enough to film in as we have rented additional classrooms so we can film in one classroom, and put additional camera equipment in another, and also use them for makeup and dressing rooms if needed. Another location that I will be filming in is disused warehouse in Plumstead, White Hart Road Depot.  This site has plenty of space for vehicle parking, and plenty of space on the set to move around for all the crew. Location that we will be filming in is a warehouse in Plumpstead, outside street scenes in Wandsworth, house and fast food restaurant also near by to Wandsworth.  We will be working with the Wandsworth council film office, the locations to be used will have ample parking for vehicles and the council is very supportive of the filming taking place in their borough.  All the locations are within the M25 and in London.

Resources

the resources that I will need for filming the production is camera equipment, cameras with selection of lenses, camera tracks to run the camera along, a high speed camera to capture the fight scenes that can be played back in slow-motion.  I will also need sound equipment, a sound boom to hear what the actors are saying and additional microphones to pick up sound with out getting in the shoots.  I will need lots of cables to connect this equipment together, monitors to view the action, hard drives to record the sound and video. I may need a portable generator for power supply and to recharge batteries when filming away from a regular source of electricity. Other recourses that I will need is a special effects team to make the film look more interesting and realistic and to better catch more of the quality action. I would also need a a specialist camera crew because they will know how to get the best quality shots.  I would also need lights to make sure it is bright enough for the camera can record with enough detail the action.  The artificial film lights will also be needed to make the scenes look consistent with each other and be naturally flowing when shots are edited together.  Costumes are also required because the actors will not have appropriate clothing for the film and not all of the actors will be wearing the same clothes throughout the film. the resources that we will need for the filming is equipment special effect wires cameras costumes props lights

Legal issues

  There will be legal issues when we film because it was hard to find places that we could film within the local area. The Wandsworth Council film office are very helpful in resolving any local issues and licences. Other legal issues that we are aware of such as the licencing of music for the soundtrack to comply with copyright to the film. For incidental and atmospheric music we may commission a musician to compose additional music. There will also a be situation when we have to get permission to film in the warehouse. We need to get lots of gun shots and explosions and will have to approach the police and owners for permission to do the explosions. We needed to make sure the premises are safe and to get insurance for all the film locations, camera equipment, rental cars, etc  in case of an accidental damage, loss or theft.

Regulatory

In the film there will be violence and scenes of drug dealing, some bad language so I will have to pay close attention to this area.  We are aiming for a BBFC 15 certificate, and no higher.  We might have to cut any scenes that the BBFC say are too distressing or cause offense and would make the film an 18 rating.  There are no sex or nudity scenes scripted in the film that could change the age rating to 18.

Health and safety

To prevent any accidents or hazards we will comply with health and safety requirement.  All scenes will have a risk assessment performed before any filming takes place.  All the equipment is to be stored in the correct and safe way.  On set we shall have fire extinguishers.  All of the fire exits are clearly identified in case of emergencies people can see them clearly. We will also have clearly sign posted the assembly points.  Any height work will require crew to ware safety harnesses, ladder work will require someone to hold and stabilise the ladder. Every one on the sight will have a basic health and safety training course so they know what to do in a case of an emergency.

Unit 2a understand how to develop ideas for a digital media product

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The product I am creating is a film, so the product would  then fit in with the film sector. The target audience is aimed at 15-20 years old so the film would have to apply to those age groups. The purpose of  the product is to entertain and the service we will be offering to the audience is entertainment. The platforms that would be used in the distribution of the film making  is Blue ray, DVD, Cinema and video streaming.

shutter speed, aperture, depth of field

Shutter speed

The shutter speed is the amount of time in which the shutter opens and closes. The shutter speeds is measured in fractions of a second e.g. ¼, ⅕ or 1/30 of a second. The slower the shutter speed the more light will enter the camera, the quicker the shutter speed, less light enters the camera. You can change the shutter speed to a slower or faster speed depending on what you are going to take a photo of. you normally require faster shutter speeds when taking a picture of fastest action or certain sports sport in bright lighting.  Slow shutter speed letting more light get into the picture, but has the potential risk of ‘camera shake’.  Camera shake is when the shutter slow shutter speed records fractional movements of the camera making the image blurred, or as if the whole image is moving.  Fast shutter speed captures fast-moving objects before it goes away.

Depth of field 

The smaller the aperture (hole) or ‘f stop’ the greater the depth of field which means more of the picture is in focus.  The depth of field is a measure shown on camera lenses of distances that will be in focus in front and behind the item you focus upon.   The larger the aperture the shallower the depth of field. This means things in front or behind the subject will be out of focus.  You can change the depth of field so you can get the background in focus plus the subject and the foreground out of focus.

 
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The ISO number is refers back to emulsion film photography and how light sensitive the film is.  Higher the ISO number the more the camera is sensitive to light, in other words it can take pictures at much lower light levels.  This is useful when taking either photographs where the light is poor or you are taking fast action shots and need to use very fast shutter speeds to freeze the action.
The lower the ISO the less sensitive the camera is to light.  This is useful when photographing images in very bright light such as snow scene or bright sunny days and there is a lot of light reflected.
The ISO numbers go up from 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Each increase doubles the light sensitivity.  The numbers are still used in digital photography and relate to the cameras adjustments and sensitivity to light.
A connected fact about the ISO speed is the quality of the image recorded by the camera.  A high ISO speed will result in a lower picture quality with noise or elements of the image are incomplete giving a grainy image. Slower speeds the image saturates and gives very high quality definition images.
The altering of the ISO settings especially to the fast ISO speeds can give interesting grainy effects, similar to water colours because the image is not fully saturated with colour image.

White balance 

We measure white balance in Kelvin which in other terms is known as the Kelvin scale.  If there are two conflicting colours then that is called a colour cast which will appear in the picture . white balance is when you get un natural light mixed with natural light and disturbs the picture and makes the colour balance un even in the picture. you can create white balance  if you put all of the primary colours with the scam amount of colour and brightness to create a white colour this is used in the camera flash. white balance is also telling the camera what is wight so the camera can function round the different colours.

If you are photographing under artificial light, different types of lighting give different colour effects.  Flourescent tube lighting makes images appear with a cold green hue.  Tungsten light bulbs give an over warm orange hue to images.  If a white balance is performed before you take the shot the camera can compensate for these colour changes.
if you don’t have enough of a certain colour then you can change the colour of the photo causing the picture to look out of place and unnatural.
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evaluation not final unit 9 topic D1 feed back and review /unit 3 topic C4 distribution exhibition and self evaluation

What were your strengths, What went well in the final edit?

The filming was all completed over the planned two days, we had a clear idea of the various shots required that were identified on the storyboard. The members of the team worked hard and well together to produce the film and we all did what we agreed to do. The main editing, sequencing of the footage and overlaying the soundtrack was completed on time. The things that I think went well in the editing is that some of the shots that we used in the music video worked together such as at the start of the video, 1 second in there is a shot showing someone turning on the music which makes the video look more professional and adds character and gives a beginning to the story. It also gives a reason why the music is playing in the video. I also found in the edit that all of the shots flowed really well together and none of the clips look out of place. This also helps to make the video look more professional to watch. The editing process allowed me to try and match the action of the dancers and cut between shots to occur in time with the music.

What didn’t go so well in the final edit?

In the final edit the things that I think didn’t go so well was when some of the camera crew were caught in some of the shots when we were filming the dancers, and we did not have any other suitable footage to replace these mistakes. I also think that in the final edit not all of the shots of the dances were necessary and too long and don’t fit the beat of the music. Needed more of the story line, and less of the dancers.

What are the areas of improvement?

The areas that I could have improved my music video is by finding and adding some different fitting shots of both the dancers and the couple’s story so it flows with the video more easily and effectively. I could have possibly edited the dance sequences to shorter clips so I can synchronize the movements to the beat of the soundtrack and edit contrasting movements to make it more interesting for the audience. I could have included some more establishing shots to set the scene of the story and the places that were filming to show the environment and give more of an atmosphere. I could have picked some better camera shots, angles, or different camera positions so that the camera crew were not caught in the filming of the dancers in the studio. I could have improved the storyline in the film, made some of the storyline footage longer for some of the scenes such as near the end of the film when there is a shot of a burning candle by a tree to make the story more poignant, and reduced the length of the dance sequence.

Does your finished product meet with the aims of the brief? I

believe we fully meet my brief. We filmed at all the locations and places we planned to use and we filmed all the set pieces we aimed to shoot and decided upon in the brief we started out with. We did not have to go to other locations or improvise because we had not planned enough what we wanted to film. We took into account the health and safety issues that we had identified in the briefing and risk assessment documents. We were aware of our surroundings and any of the possible risks or dangers.

How does your final edit compare to your original ideas?

I used all of the different shots that was written down in the story board.  I also kept the pace of the video fast so the audience didn’t get board of the same shots.  I also included some shots that were not written down on the brief, such as at the start of the video when someone turns on the music pressing play on his stereo, it symbolizes the start of the relationship between the boy and the girl in the story. Originally this shot was supposed to be of someone playing music from his phone, but I thought this was clearer to the audience what the actor is doing.  I used all of the angles of the shots that was written down so the video flowed smoothly and efficiently. The editing of the overall footage to tell the story and the various shots were successfully sequenced in the right order and the overlaying the soundtrack was completed. I thought that I would have enough time to put in some special effects such as a variety of transitions between some of the shots to make the film more visually interesting and appealing. Unfortunately all the editing time was spent on the main footage and there was not enough time for any embellishments.

How do your editing choices and style of edit meet with the brief?

The editing choices of the sequences we completed successfully by using the storyboard to identify the various component clips of footage and then stringing them together in the correct order. The brief did not specify and specific transitions. So I did not miss out any features and I meet my original brief. My final edit compared to my original ideas was successful because I managed to get the timing right for the shots so they are on beat with the music. I have some effective shots.  At the beginning of the video 00:3 is a shot of the music turning on with someone pressing play on the stereo. 1:30 into the video is also effective which is a shot of the dancers feet moving about because it was unusual and stands out in the video compared to some of the other shots. The shots of the dancer’s feet moving about was unusual and stands out in the video. These shots look effective because different angles are used to create these images and capture the movements. They also flow through the video easily and look good. There are some shots that look out of place such as 3:16, the shots of the dancer’s knees which could look effective in other parts of the video but not at that place.

Were there any choices you made during the production process on the day?

There weren’t any choices I had to make during the filming, we made the changes before filming.  We didn’t change the actors and what role they had during the filming of the video. The locations were kept the same to our written brief and we didn’t have to make any changes.  The narrative of the video was also kept the same as the brief and we didn’t have to make any quick last minuet changes to the story line.

What intended meaning have you conveyed to your audience within your edit? How did you achieve this?

The story line of this video is showing that a couple drifting apart from each other and ended in depression and fatal consequences for the boy as he committed suicide.  The meaning is a warning to others, about not jumping to wrong conclusions about your partner. We tried to convey this change of mood with the change of lighting.  The film started very bright and positive, but as the film and story progressed the lighting and atmosphere became darker. The actors were dressed in casual clothing to make them look like a ‘normal’ couple going out for a picnic/walk in the park, opposed to a couple that were out on a ‘formal’ dinner date in a restaurant wearing suits and dresses.  I also used the imagery from the chorus words of the song which suggests the boy is drifting away in waves, separating apart, separating from his girl fiend.  The chorus lines are “Slowly drifting away, wave after wave, wave after wave, slowly drifting”

What comments have your peers made about your work? Positive comments

The positive comments that my peers have made about my work is that they “like the camera work used at the start of the video” “The video was fast moving and kept you entertained. it was interesting to watch the story in the video because you didn’t know what was going to happen next with the couple. Some of the other positive comments that my peers said about my music video is that the sound quality used in the video is really good which makes the video sound really professional.

Negative comments

I could improve the video by adding some special effects and transitions to make the video more look more professional” from the feedback I could improve my work by using more clips of the story towards the end of the video to keep the audience interested. I could also add in some transitions so the video is visually more interesting to look at and of a high standard. The negative comments that my peers have made about my work is that it was lacking a bit of footage towards the end of the video especially on the storyline to fully describe what was happening. Other negative comments made by my peers is the fact that you can easily see the camera crew in the video which makes the footage look unprofessional.

How could you improve your work based on the feedback received?

Based on the feedback I could improve my video by adding in some more footage to improve the focus of the main story. I could make some of the story clips longer so the audience can have enough time to see and clearly understand the storyline of the video, reduce the footage length of the dancers. I could also improve the video by being more careful when I film and collect the shots because not all of the shots may be good enough to use in the final video. I could try re-using some of the footage more than once. Experiment with some transitions between shot sequences.

exam revews

unit 1 digital media sectors and audiences mock exam results were 24 / 50

the areas in the exam I could  improve most on is the word meanings and sticking to the question instead of rambling about something less relevant to the questions

unit 8 media industry in context mock exam results 31/50

the areas in the exam I could improve on most is sticking to the question that is being asked and understanding what some of the key words and terms