Task: The Scene

The project we have been set for the next two weeks is to produce a One Minute Short film that demonstrates the range of skills I have acquired during this trimester. The theme is Friendship. I am really looking forward to putting together all of the skills I have gained in the past weeks, and putting it all together into a project. I really feel as though I have developed substantially as a creator in these last few months, and this project is going to give me an opportunity to put all of my skills into practise.

In this blog I am going to be researching, planning, production and evaluating my film. I will be going through the pre-production, production and post production process, thinking carefully about each stage. I have been taught in previous weeks how important pre-production is, and how much it can affect the final short film. I will make sure that I have researched and done everything possible before filming to ensure that my film is as successful as possible.

 

What to look for when analysing a scene:

To find inspiration for my own short film, I will first be evaluating a variety of other short films. This will help me in a variety of different ways. For example, I will gain inspiration, and develop my understanding of what works and what doesn’t. This will reduce the chance of having as many problems throughout the making of my short film. I must first consider what elements must be considered hen analysing a scene:

shots:

Image result for film shotsSiede, C. (2015) ‘Mindlessly scroll through this collection of beautiful shots in film’

One thing that must be considered when analysing a scene is the shot and shot composition. The camera movement and angles used in each shot are also really important, and are very important. mise-en-scene is also something that can be looked into. You can consider how an audience would decode each props used in the scene.

 

editing:

editingMr Edwards (No Date) ‘continuity editing’

Editing can change a whole scene dramatically. Important elements to consider can be style, transitions and pace. Is the audience kept interested through the whole scene? is the editing fluid, or how the editor intended it to be?

 

sound

edgy_film_careers_sound1Roman (2010) ‘Recording Sound In The Wind, A Note For Corpus’

Is the sound effective? is the message the they want to put across clear for an audience. What type of sound is being used? Is any Foley sound used accurate to what it is meant to be portraying

 

themes:

filmthemes1-300x300Jeziorksi, M. (2015) ‘Film themes’

for example genre? What is the overall mood of the piece. also, does the piece leave you thinking about something in particular?

 

narrative

narrative-structure-in-film-5-638jpfusco (2013) ‘Narrative Structure in film’

The narrative of the Film is something extremely important to think about when analysing and looking at other Films. Is there a clear beginning, middle and end? What is the narrative structure of the film? all of these questions can really help to gain inspiration, and understand what works and what doesn’t, and what appeals to you as both a creator and as an audience member.

 

Lighting

woman_in_black_21jcatibogdmu (2012) ‘LIGHTING’

the lighting can change the mood of the whole film.  What types of light have been used? For example has the three point lighting rule come into place, with the use of a backlight, key light and fill light? You can also talk about what the lighting may symbolise, and how it helps to convert emotions and develop the film as a whole.

 

Colour

LA LA LAND (2016) Emma Stone as MiaSmith, M. (2016) ‘Best of 2016 (Behind the Scenes): La La Land costume designer breaks down the ‘classic, timeless’ looks’

The final element that I am going to be evaluating is colour. The colour of a production can be anything from extremely saturated and bright, to very dull and muted. Changing the overall mood of the whole production. What colours and tones are used? do these tones give off a certain mood, and help to suggest and convey a certain emotion to the audience? Does the colour work with and convey what the rest of the short film is trying to?

 

Ideas Research:

Now that I have though about what I need to look at when analysing a scene, I will now be watching an analysing a variety of one minute short films. I hope this will help me in a variety of different ways:

  • inspiration for my own project.
  • finding out what works and what doesn’t.
  • understand in more detail how to tell a story in just one minute.
  • to grow in my knowledge as a creator.

 

Special Date | One minute short film:

Analysis

Brughmans, G. (2013)  ‘Special Date | One Minute short film’

  • Shots:

The shots used in this short film are used wisely and affectively, although there is not a huge variety. In my film I hope to use a wider variety of shots to keep the audience interested and simulated the whole time. Although the shots in his film work well for what they are trying to achieve

  • Theme:

This film is supposed to be upbeat and light hearted, with a comedic ending. I think that the film maker has achieved this well, although I think they could have added more layers to the film by adding in and showing more of the actors nerves before the date. But the film in funny, upbeat and light hearted, which I thin his what he was aiming for.

  • Editing:

Lots of jump cuts have been used in this short film. I do think that this has been used really affectively. The jump cuts can represent time passing whilst the boy gets ready. The jump cuts could also reflect his anticipation and anxiety for the evening ahead, which his a really affective way to convey emotions in the short film. It is also a good way to convey a lot of information to an audience in a short amount of time.

One thing I didn’t think was affective was the ending of this short film. The sound cuts out abruptly, which pulls you out of the scene, and it ends abruptly. Apart from that, I think that this short film is edited very affectively.

  • Lighting:

The lighting used in this short film is simple. Lighting isn’t really being used in a specific way to convey any emotions. It is their practically. The lighting is set up to look like normal artificial bathroom lighting, and lighting is used to light up the actor as he goes outside.

  • Colour:

The colours shown throughout this short film are reasonably bright. This conveys happiness and positivity and helps to add to the overall happy and upbeat theme to the production.

  • sound:

The background music that was used in this production, in my personal opinion, is not totally relevant to the production itself. I feel as if it pulls you out of the film as a whole. The music used is cheery and upbeat throughout the video, and I personally feel as if the editing makes it look like the boy in anxious, which contrasts wit the sound. Although, the ending is intended to be upbeat and funny, and so the music can represent this. Although, they have mixed the more naturalistic Foley sound with the background music affectively, which helped to add layers to the piece.

  • Narrative:

a linear narrative is being used throughout this short film. I think this is something I would like to consider throughout my project. There is a clear beginning, middle and end.

“MISPLACED” 1-Minute Short Film:

Analysis

MrLodiPi (2015) ‘”MISPLACED” 1-Minute Short Film’

  • Shots:

a variety of different shots are used throughout this short film. One interesting element that is put across with the shots, is that as an audience we know where to phone is before the person in the scene. This helps to add the audiences understanding of the scene and what he is looking for.  This helps to add to the mysterious mood to the production.

  • theme:

The theme and mood of this film is mysterious and moody. Each element of the film adds to the mood. For example to background music, lighting and variety of shots.

  • editing:

The editing of this short film  is reasonably fast paced. The shots are quick to help to show and represent that the actor is looking for something. The shots flow well together and are really affective to help to give the impression to an audience that this scene is mysterious and eerie

  • lighting:

The lighting in this short film is moody and dull. The lighting has been well thought out to create a mysterious vibe. The lighting is simple, using lamps around the room to create a really natural, soft lighting. The lighting is well placed and affective.

  • colour:

The colour in this short film is reasonably dull. The lighting has been edited artificially to make the colours dull and subdued to create a mysterious atmosphere. This is really affective as other elements, such as sound and editing, have helped to create this atmosphere even more.

  • sound:

the background music in this scene has really added to the overall mood of the production, giving the audience the impression that this short film is leading up to something. It helps to convey information in short amount of time. Creating a successful story in just a minute can be really challenging if you don’t use each element affectively. I really think that each element of the production has helped to show this.

  • narrative:

a linear narrative is being used throughout this short film. I think this is something I would like to consider throughout my project. There is a clear beginning, middle and end.

Snap! Abstract 1 Minute Film (600D Canon)

Analysis

Blu Fox Films (2013) ‘Snap! Abstact 1 minute film (600D Canon)’

  • Shots:

a variety of interesting shots have been used in this short film. All of the shots were handheld I do think that this was a decision made by the director, as this productions was meant to be abstract, and so some of the hand held cutaways were really affective, giving the production a more abstract and magical feel. I feel like some of the shots could have been made more affective by using a tripod to keep to camera completely still. This because otherwise you do constantly see the camera shaking. The variety of different shots used in this film in definitely something I would like to consider for my final piece.

  • theme:

The theme of this short film in my opinion is supposed to be very bract and magical. It is supposed to be unclear and confusing for the audience, making them think about what they have seen.

  • editing:

The editing of this one minute short is of a reasonable pace, and the audience is kept interested all the way through. There are a variety of different cutaways in this production helps to increase the abstract feels of the piece, as well as showing the area that the film is set in. I think that each shot flows well in one and other, making the production smooth and calm.

  • lighting:

the lighting used in this film is entirely natural. I like the use of natural light at 0:46, as the hard light against her shoulder gives the rest of her body a variety of shadows, which I thin really adds the the film.

  • colour:

The colour in this short film has been edited in post production. In my opinion the colour looks slightly old, with an almost sepia tone to it. This gives the impression that the story is deeper, and delves into the character past.

  • sound:

The sound in this short film is eerie, magical and slightly scary. because horror movie have made us associate innocence and dolls t being scared, the sound to this film does come across slightly similar. The Foley sound of the camera is really crisp and realistic, something I will strive to reach in my short film.

  • narrative:

a nonlinear narrative is used throughout this short film. Like the title, this short film is very abstract, and doesn’t have a clear beginning, middle and end.

 

A Magical Perspective (1 Minute Short Film)

Analysis

JC5 Productions (2016) ‘A magical perspective (1 minute short film)’

  • Shots:

all of the shots in short film has been filmed on a tripod. This gives the clips stability and helps to make sure the audience is paying attention and can unstained in some way what is going on in the shot. There are only 4 shorts in this short film. This shows that you can make something really affective with just a few shots.

  • theme:

I think the theme of this short film was reflection. It was a very thoughtful and interesting piece and it is definitely my favourite piece that I have watched so far. I think over this year I have realised that I definitely have a high appreciation for films about reflection, evaluation and nostalgia, it is a theme that I am really interested in.

  • editing:

There are very few shots in this short film, which is not what I am really looking for within my short film. Saying this though, the editing is very simple and smooth, so as to not distract from the directors vision. I think this is a really positive element that I would like to think about a lot when it comes to my final project.

  • lighting:

the lighting, similarly to the editing, is very simple. I think this is something that I will be using in my project. I don’t want anything to distract from the final moral of my piece.

  • colour:

the colours in the project are reasonably neutral, with the focus on certain object with colour. For example, the green of the cards could suggest the creators envy for those who can simply view films without critically analysing them, or understanding the tricks behind making the film happen. Using colours to show meaning is something that I am really interested in, and I think that I will be interested in doing this when it comes to the props and costumes within my short film.

  • sound:

I really like the sound within this project. The vocals are really clear and crisp, which keeps the audience interested and end entertained. The levels used are also really good, a really good volume that is not too loud and distorted, but loud enough to be heard clearly.

  • narrative:

the narration is the main feature to this short film. It flows well and there is a clear beginning, middle and end.

Time – One Minute Film

Analysis

Twin Entertainment (2015) ‘Time – One minute film’

  • Shots

The shots used here all have a purpose, and all needed to create the sad, emotional response the audience feels for the woman by the end of the film. The constant cutaway to the clock shows that she is always left waiting for something more. The shot showing the woman waiting before her date arrives, and the one of him taking a call when they are together all add to the overall result: that the woman is being treated unfairly.

One of the most affective shots is the zoom that is used to show the females tears as she is in the car. The tears not only show the distressing events that have just transpired, but also in some way are foreshadowing the events that are about to proceed ( the car crash. )

  • Theme

The theme of this short film is romance and how much one person can completely change another. This is reach successful through each step of the production process, from acting to editing to sound and lighting.

  • Editing

The editing of. This video has been really successful. The successful sinking of Foley sound has made the production really exemplary. The shots in this short film are edited to keep a fast pace, keeping the audience interested the whole time. I think that the clips could’ve been put together at a slightly slower pace (although the production is only supposed to be a minute long, so putting the clips together so they seem reasonably fast paced has allowed the director to tell an in-depth story in a short period of time.)

  • Lighting

A variety of different types of light are used in this production. Natural light is being used when the male is in his car and when the female is in hers looking out at the young couple.

When inside, the light that is already in place is being used. Also, i think a key light with a yellow filter is being used just to add a little more light to the actors. No more light is being used like necessary, suggesting that, like the male, only the bare minimum is being put into the relationship.

  • Colour

The bright, simplistic and minimalist white clock against a white was clearly shows that want the woman wants is his time, which is so simple and easy to give. The rest of the film has fairly plain colours, nothing particularly bright that would make the audience think of happiness and positivity. Everything is bland and subdued, representing how plain and boring the man is for leaving the woman alone for so long.

  • Sound

The sound in this short film is by far my favourite from those i have watched and analysed so far. The constant sound of the clock in the background was so affective, add the affect of time passing and the constant feeling that the female is waiting for something more.

The shocking revelation of the car crash at the end is really enhanced by cutting out the background music and added the foley sound of the woman gasping.

  • narrative

a linear narrative is being used throughout this short film. I think this is something I would like to consider throughout my project. There is a clear beginning, middle and end.

Station | One Minute Film

Analysis

Hrdy, L. (2015) ‘Station | One Minute Film’

  • Shot

I really like a lot of the shots in this short film. The cutaway to what we originally think is just the females lower half is actually there to show the purse in the girls hand is really affective and unexpected. I also really like the establishing shot we see at the beginning of ‘Station’, after we see the close up shot of the skateboard wheels rolling. It clearly establishes the area, and is a really nice shot showing the lighting and colour at its full.

  • Theme

The theme of ‘station’ is really interesting. Throughout the whole of the short film we are led to believe that this story is going to be a romance beginning between the two characters. Each element of the production, for example lighting and colour, all lead us to believe that the production is going to end happily. In contrast to this though, it turns out that the male character is just stealing the others purse. This is completely contradictory to what we are led to believe throughout the rest of the film, which is a really interesting and exciting twist.

  • Editing

I really like the editing at the beginning of station, starting with the shot of the wheels moving to show movements and then cutting to an establishing shot of the scene.

One element of the editing that I didn’t think was completely correct was nearer the end when the girl was turning around, thinking that the male character was going to interact with her, she is seen turning her head around more than once. The editor and director could have made this choice to intensify and show the importance of this moment, but I feel it looks slightly choppy and rushed.

  • Lighting

The lighting throughout this one minute short film is entirely natural light. It is very sunny, and so this indicates via pathetic fallacy that this is going to be a happy, upbeat story. This element adds to the shock value of the final outcome of the man actually stealing her purse instead of starting a conversation.

  • Colour

The colour in this film is saturated and bright adding to the illusion that this story is going to be the beginning of a love story. All of these elements add together to make the twist at the end all the more affective.

  • Sound

I personally think that the sound is the weakest part of this production. No Foley sound is used at all, except as the boy is running off with the females purse the steps are heard extremely quietly, but too quietly for an audience member to hear well. I think that the film would have been more affective if Foley sound was layered over the background music, as it would have given the film a lot more depth. For example the skateboard rolling across the ground could be heard to signify it’s movement and to add realism to the project that the audience can relate to.

In my production I think that I will be using Foley sound, as it adds a lot more depth to the film itself, and in my opinion helps the audience to relate more to the scene.

  • Narration

a linear narrative is being used throughout this short film. I think this is something I would like to consider throughout my project.

For My Dad (1- Minute Film)

Analysis

flyingboyfilms (2016) ‘For My Dad (1-Minute Film)’

The final short film i am going to analyse is ‘For My Dad’. I am really interested to see how a story is being told in just a minute about such a huge figure in someones life.

  • Shots

The shots in this film are all from different occasions, showing and representing different moments involving her father. Each shot is slightly different, and some are recorded on older cameras. This creates a really positive and nostalgic atmosphere that viewers can strongly relate to.

  • Theme

The theme of ‘for my Dad’ is nostalgia and thankfulness for the woman’s father. As i said previously, i have realised now how much I love to watch films surrounding subjects involving nostalgia and memories. Because of this i found this short very enjoyable to watch.

  • Editing

I think that the editing of ‘for my Dad’ is really well done, each clip flows well into the next, and all of the shots work so well together. In the end a beautiful collection of memories is created.

  • Lighting

The lighting in this short film just depends on where the lighting was at the time of filming. Because the clips weren’t originally going to be made into a short film, not too much focus is made on the lighting except making sure that everyone is clear and able to be seen. Mostly natural light is being used throughout the film.

  • Colour

The colours used throughout the production of ‘for my dad’ are very bright and natural. For example in the two clips at the beginning, that were filmed specifically for the short film, are really natural and bright.

  • Sound

The sound in this one minute short film is really successful. The background Music is soft and doesn’t interfere with the main narration of the production. The audio of the females herself is extremely crisp and clear and there is never any doubt about what she is saying. Overall I think sound is really successful in this short film.

  • narrative

I love the voice over to this film, and the variety of clips that are being used to show her father at different ages. This isn’t something that I would like to use throughout this project, although I am really interested in this film, and really enjoyed it as a passive audience member.

 

Production Research

Now that I have completed my ideas research I have come up with an idea that I think could be really interesting and successful. I will now be thinking about location, props and  costumes that will lend themselves to my filming. I will be taking pictures to demonstrate this.

Locations: 

I will be using my en-suite and bedroom for this project. I have though about where in my house will provide the best source of natural lighting, ad where would help to portray and show my character and their emotions best. I feel like a bedroom is a really personal space where someone can be there true self, and show their true emotions. This is why I have decided to choose this location. Also, because of time constraints this area is the best place for me and my actor to get the best quality footage within the time that we have.

En-suite:

The first location is the en-suite. There are three source of light already that I will be able to use to create a fresh and bright feel, giving the production more professional look. The scene will start in the en suite. The character will be washing their face with water, as if they are trying to calm themselves and soothe themselves to calm from the day they have just had.

My Bedroom:

The other location needed for this film in the desk area in the bedroom. The desk area is a main part of the production, so I have made sure that the lighting that will be available there is of a big quality. The desk and walls a minimalist and simple, and so should not distract from the final moral and story to the film.

Props:

Towel:

The first prop that is seen in this short film is the towel Katie uses to dry her face with. I decided to use a reasonably old towel to show that Katie is not someone who has the money to replace things unless needed. I want the character to be representative of an average person, as I want to relate to the widest target audience possible. The towel I have used is a plain brown colour, this is because I didn’t want it to distract from the overall themes and moral of the film. As well as this, brown is a really muggy colour, showing how the character feels worn out, and tired of her current situation.

 

Pen:

Pens are shown a lot throughout the film. On the desk, two packs of pens are shown tied up neatly with elastic bands. I decided to do this as I was the show the characters creativity, as well as her attention to detail. I hope that this will further explain why the character is so hurt by the fact that her book is destroyed, something she takes so much care over.

The other pen used in this short film is the one used to cross through all of the nasty messages written in the characters book. I want to pick a pen that was thick enough for the audience to clearly see what the character is doing. Although I wanted the audience to be able to see the nasty messages after the character had crossed them out, showing how she can repair something that is broken, but it will never be the same as it once was.

 

School Bag:

I decided to use a rucksack for the characters school bag. I feel like rucksacks are a classic school bag, and I wanted to suggest that the character was in school in this film, as well as leaving it open to the audiences interpretation. The bag has an abstract, space like pattern. I wanted to choose a bag with a pattern, as I wanted it to stand out to the audience compared to her costume. Having a bag that stand out against the costume helps to draw the audiences eye to item, helping them to understand that it will play an important role later on in the film.

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School Books:

As well as the vandalised book I decided to put two other school books into the characters bag. I have chosen to use a notebook and a class book similar to the vandalised one.

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Vandalised Book:

The vandalised book plays an extremely important role in this short film. I have written english notes underneath the vandalisation, showing that the bullies have ruined the characters work as well as her book:

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Desk Items:

I have chosen the desk items very carefully. The plants are there to show nature, and how it is natural to feel worried and scared to grow and pull away from these manipulative bullies. The pastel blue mason jar is to show that that you can feel trapped, and that although everything may seem clear to you, it is not always as simple as it seems.

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Costume:

My character is supposed to be in school or college. I decided not to use a school uniform as the costume as I wanted to try to relate the character to a larger audience. Anyone of any age can experience bullying or manipulative friends. Anyone can feel trapped and lonely and in a cycle that they cannot escape from. Because of this I decided that the costume would be a outfit professional enough for any place of education. I picked a dark blue button up silk shirt, to emphasise the characters sadness and isolation from the rest of the world. I chose to pair this with black jeans.

I didn’t want the costume to distract from the overall message of the short film, and so I kept the outfit reasonably dark and simple. Aa well as not wanting to distract from the rest of the scene, I also wanted to show and represent the dark time that the character is in when the film begins.

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Documentation:

Now that I have completed my research and I have my I deal in place, I will be continuing my planning by completing all of my documentations. Each step will help to give me more of an understanding of my project, and help to solidify my idea my head. Here are the documents I will be completing to help further my understanding of my idea, and to help make sure each element is suitable for my Film:

  • synopsis
  • script
  • location recce
  • story board
  • health and safety risk assessment
  • full equipment list
  • UAL proposal

 

Synopsis:

My short film is about manipulative friendships, bullying, and getting out of that cycle. The short film starts with the character named ‘Katie’ washing her face with water. She proceeds to dry her face and go to sit at her desk. She looks concerned, hurt and confused. Katie puts her bag on the table and takes out a book that has been vandalised. As she flicks through the book, she see’s bullies have written ‘nerd’, ‘boring’, ‘your are stupid’ and ‘teachers pet’ all over her work. you can hear a voice saying telling her that it is just a joke, and that it is what friends do. You can also hear voices saying the nasty terms that has been written into the book. These voices are ‘Katie’ remembering the terrible things that these manipulative bullies have been saying to her. We then  hear another voice, a girl telling Katie that these people are not worth it, and that they are not true friends. Katie takes pen, and crosses through the words that have been written in her book. WE see that she is now happier, and feel empowered.

The aim of this short film is to show how icons can affect someones life so much, for better and for worse. Manipulative friendships and bullying are all to common, and this short film is to give hope, and to reassure anyone who may be going through this the that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that people always care.

I really want to focus of getting bright and clear shots, and lots of foley sound to enhance the viewers experience of the short film.

Script:

The Script I have created is reasonably simple, as it will work alongside the storyboard I have created. I tried to note down the Foley sound I will be using, as well as the movements that the actor would be making. The script is a way to show exactly what is happening in the scene, and it will work closely alongside the storyboard throughout this project.

 

Storyboard:

I am really happy with how this storyboard has turned out. I made sure to draw arrows and note down the movement of the actor. This Is something i have learned through previous project where I haven’t done this, and the 180 degree rule has been broken. I also think that the storyboard was successful because of the amount of notes that I have written alongside the image to describe each shot. I has bee really useful to be able to understand exactly what is going on in each shot, and it has reduced the needed time of set significantly.

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Location Recce:

The location recce is a really important part of pre production. The location recce will help me to understand and think about any problems that could occur when on location. It will help me to become more aware of my location.

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Heath and Safety Risk Assessment:

I have completed a location recce of the area in which I will be filming in. I have made sure to think about both areas I will be filming in, and evaluating what I will need to do to further control the environment.

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Equipment List:

  1. Camera (Canon EOS 700D)
  2. Tripod
  3. Rode Shotgun Microphone

 

UAL Proposal:

The UAL proposal for this project contains a rational, project concept and evaluation of how i will reflect upon my work. The UAL proposal has helped further my understanding of the aims of my project. It is also really useful to think about how I will evaluate and reflect upon my work, and how this will help me to improve as a creator.

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Production Diary:

Throughout the production of my project I kept a production diary. This live account of the making of the film will help to highlight any problem that I did happen to have throughout the production, as well as keeping track of what I am doing throughout the day.

Thursday:

Thursday was the day that I filmed my production. I had a tight schedule as I had work for the rest of the weekend, and so did my actor. Because of this I told my actor that we would be starting filming at 9am. This meant that we had as much time possible, with the best light possible.

8:45am: 

at 8:45 my actor has arrive. This has given me time to give her instructions, and explain what will be happening throughout the day. I am really glad I have this time with my actor. It has allowed me to make sure she understands, and is fully comfortable and ready for filming.

9:15am:

Filming has now begun. I had a problem with the Tripod. I did not check it before filming was due to begin, and I have now found that one of the legs is very loose, meaning that the first shot looks off centre. as a solution to this problem, I will be using my cousins tripod. This has set back filming for 20 minutes. If I was to do this again I must make sure to check all of my equipment before filming begins.

9:35am:

I have now got my cousins tripod, filming can now commence.

11:45am:

We have currently filmed all of the scenes in the en-suite, as well as the pan to the desk area. Filming is currently going extremely well. The lighting has been really similar throughout the day. We are taking a 20 minute break now and I am going to make sure that the room is tidy and safe to film in.

2:36pm:

We have just encountered another problem. The camera battery just ran out. I don’t have a spare one and so we will have to take a break while we wait for it to charge. I would like to invest in a spare battery, this would help to reduce the chance of this happing when filming in the future.

3:32pm:

We have just finished filming. I am really happy with how filming turned out today. I worked quickly and professionally, making sure that I got all of the shots necessary by using my script and storyboard to keep my on track. We did get distracted at around 3:05pm, as we got off topic and started talking. This wasted time and was not professional. But I realised quickly, and we got straight back to filming. I am now going to look through all of my footage and make sure that I am definitely happy with all of the shots that I have filmed throughout the day.

As we still have a few hours, I am now going to record some Foley sound, and the audio I need to create the affect that ‘Katie is hearing the bullies and real friend in her head.

5:17pm:

We have just finished the Foley sound and audio. At first I did have a problem with getting the levels right, but after doing a variety of different test runs and getting the levels to around 12, I am really happy with how the audio turned out.

Today has gone really well. By using my script and storyboard throughout filming I have been able to easily keep track of what shots had been filmed. Doing a locations recce and health and safety risk assessment has reduced the time needed on set, as I have been able to avoid a large variety of problems that I could have faced had it not been for this documentation and planning in preproduction.

 

Monday

 today I helped two other directors to make their short films.

9:00am:

I have got the train to Canterbury and not me, the director and the other actor are getting the bus the Whitstable to film on the beach, and at the directors home.

12:07pm:

we are currently having a break from filming. We got all of the filming done that the Director needed at the beach, and we are almost done at her house. After this, we will be getting the bus back to college, and will then help the final Director to film some remaining shots for her short film.

1:42pm:

We just encountered a problem. The bus that we were intending to catch back to college has broken down. Luckily the Director I am working with already had a solution to any travel problem that we may have. We are now walking and catching a different bus from a different area. This hasn’t set filming back by a huge amount which is a positive.

4:56pm:

We have just finished filming the remaining shots that the second Director needed to film.  I felt as if today was a really productive day, the Directors got all of the shots that they needed, and we are all ready to being editing our short films tomorrow.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday:

Tuesday and Wednesday are editing days. I am really looking forward to editing my short film together as I am really proud of the story and shots that I filmed on Thursday.

TUESDAY:

On Tuesday I important all of my needed footage into Avid Media Composer and began the editing process. I did encounter some problems throughout the day that I made note of. Overall the day was extremely successful, and I managed to edit all of my clips together

10:46am:

A problem I have faced this morning is that I imported all of my shots onto Avid, instead of deleting any of the unwanted ones beforehand. This means that my clips have taken a lot longer than needed to upload onto avid. This has reduced the amount of time that I have to edit. I will make sure to utilise the time that I have left well. In the future I will make sure to look through all of the footage and delete unnecessary clips before importing them into Avid.

12:15pm:

I have decided to take a break from looking at the screen as my eyes were starting to ache. This is definitely something I must remember and take into consideration now, and in the future. My health and safety is very important, and I don’t want to damage my eyes.

2:35pm:

Another problem I have faced is deciding how loud I want my foley sound to be. I think I have decided to make it slightly louder than it would sound in real life, a I was the audience to really feel like they are wit the character in the scene. I want the audience to be able to really feel like every motion is accentuated and important.

WEDNESDAY:

I used today to add any finishing touches to my edit. Like yesterday I did encounter some minor problems that I took note of.

10:26am:

For the last hour I have been thinking about what music a want to use in the background of  my film, it is something that can change to overall mood of the film, and so it must work perfectly for what I want it to portray.

10:37am:

I have decided on background music for my short film. I hope that it will show sadness with a slight note towards happiness and encouragement.

12:01pm:

I have forgotten to render my effects before exporting my final film. Avid Meida Composer struggles to cancel larger exports, and so I will let this export and then render the effects before re exporting. I watched through the footage that I exported when the effects were not rendered. The quality of the visuals were a lot lower than they should be, and the visuals were extremely jumpy. It was definitely a good choice to reexport the footage.

 

THE FILM

“Friendship?” – One Minute Short Film

 

 

Problems and Solutions:

Before answering a variety of questions to help me to evaluate upon my work. I have decided to look through my production diary and identify a variety of problems I happened to encounter throughout the production of my work.

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Visual:

  • Problem: have forgotten to render my effects before exporting my final film. Avid Meida Composer struggles to cancel larger exports, and so, as a solution, I will let this export and then render the effects before re exporting. I watched through the footage that I exported when the effects were not rendered. The quality of the visuals were a lot lower than they should be, and the visuals were extremely jumpy. It was definitely a good choice to reexport the footage.

Audio:

  • Another problem I have faced is deciding how loud I want my foley sound to be. I think I have decided, as a solution, to make it slightly louder than it would sound in real life, as I want the audience to really feel like they are wit the character in the scene. I want the audience to be able to really feel like every motion is accentuated and important.

Interactive:

  • I had a problem with the Tripod. I did not check it before filming was due to begin, and I have now found that one of the legs is very loose, meaning that the first shot looks off centre. as a solution to this problem, I will be using my cousins tripod. This has set back filming for 20 minutes. If I was to do this again I must make sure to check all of my equipment before filming begins.
  • We have just encountered another problem. The camera battery just ran out. I don’t have a spare one and so the solution I have come up with is that we will have to take a break while we wait for it to charge. I would like to invest in a spare battery, this would help to reduce the chance of this happing when filming in the future.
  • A problem I have faced this morning is that I imported all of my shots onto Avid, instead of deleting any of the unwanted ones beforehand. This means that my clips have taken a lot longer than needed to upload onto avid. This has reduced the amount of time that I have to edit. As a solution for next time, I will make sure to utilise the time that I have left well. In the future I will make sure to look through all of the footage and delete unnecessary clips before importing them into Avid.
  • We just encountered a problem. The bus that we were intending to catch back to college has broken down. Luckily the Director I am working with already had a solution to any travel problem that we may have. We are now walking and catching a different bus from a different area. This hasn’t set filming back by a huge amount which is a positive.

 

Evaluation:

One of the most important parts of this project is the ability to evaluate upon my  my work. I am always striving to improve and develop as a creator. This project is a perfect way to allow myself to reflect upon and take into account everything that has taken place throughout this project. I have already learnt such a lot from this project, and therefore I am really looking forward to reflecting even further, to help me understand develop even more as a filmmaker and creator.

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  • Describe you project

My film is a film about a girl who is being bullied by manipulative ‘friends’. My film is to show the effect individuals can have on a person, and how just something small can really change someone’s life. The film shows a journey through the change in emotion that the character is having. What I mean by this is that the character goes from feeling upset and embarrassed by the events that occur throughout the day, to empowered and forgiving. This is dues to that one individual that has changed her outlook on her situation. The moral of my film is that you should take care and think about what you are doing before you do it, and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel (no matter how dark life may seem.)

 

  • Explain the pre-production, production and post-production techniques and processes you used to create your media product.

Pre-production:

Pre-production has been an an extremely vital part in the making of my short film. Firstly i completed Ideas Research. I watched an analysed a variety of one minute short films to look for inspiration for my own project. Doing this helped me in a huge variety of different ways. Firstly it helped me to find out what works out what doesn’t. It also helped me to understand in more detail how to tell a story in just one minute and finally helped me to grow my knowledge as a creator.

The next process I went through in pre production was ‘production research.’ Throughout this process I thought about location, props and costumes that would lend themselves to my filming. I took a variety of photos to demonstrate this.

Once I had completed my research and I had my Idea in place, I continued my planning by completing all of the documentations needed. Each step gave me more of an understanding of my project, and helped to solidify my idea my head.  I completed: synopsis, script, location recce, story board, health and safety risk assessment, full equipment list and UAL proposal.

Production:

Throughout the production of my project I kept a production diary. This live account of the making of the film helped to highlight any problems that I happened to have throughout the production of my short film, as well as keeping track of what I was doing throughout the day.

Post Production:

I edited my short film on Avid Media composer. Using this software to edit my Hallo Project has been really helpful. I felt a lot more confident when using this software to edit this short film. I used transitions, looked into colour correction and other effects to help to improve and develop the quality of my overall edit. Editing with avid has been another really positive experience, and I am really looking forward to continuing to improve my skills on the software.

 

  • What were your goals and expectations?

When starting to think about this short film and this project, I had a variety of goals and expectations that I hoped this project would live up to.

Interesting shots:
One of the goals and expectations that I had for this short film was that it would involve a lot of interesting shots. By this I mean that the film wouldn’t be visually boring, and would involve a lot of cutaways and extreme close-ups. This would help to evoke emotion and add layers to the overall project. I truly think that I have managed to achieve this throughout my short film. I used a variety of different shots to make sure that my film was visually interesting and evoked emotions from an audience.

Editing:
Another one of my clear goals and expectations of this project was about editing. Firstly, I wanted to be able to improve my editing throughout the making of the short film, as well as showing improvement from my last short film ‘hello’. I wanted my editing to be smooth and that all of the clips would flow nicely together. I think I have achieved this throughout this short film, and I think that is definitely a clear improvement from my last project. I think in some ways the editing of this project does look slightly choppy, but this is because I was trying to get a whole story and into just one minute. Overall I am really happy with how the edit has turned out.

Foley Sound:
Foley sound is really important to this short film. The goal of the Foley sound in this film was to help to make the audience feel as if they were really in the scene with the character. I made the Foley sound quite a lot louder than it would naturally be in real life. This was to accentuate and help to ensure the audience felt involved and immersed in the scene. I am really happy with how the foley sound for my film has worked out. I did struggle to get the levels of foley sound correct to begin with, but I’m now really happy with the overall product.

Clear message:
I really wanted my film to have a clear message: ‘your actions can have such a huge effect on the individual’s life, and there is always light at the end of the tunnel.’ Using such a large amount of foley sound has helped me to convey and portray this moral to the audience, and I’m really really happy that this message has gotten across to the audience throughout this piece.

Improving as a creator:
The final goal and expectation I would like to talk about is improving as a creator. My overall goal throughout this year as a whole is to improve and grow as a filmmaker and individual. I hope that this project has helped me to, firstly, improve my skills as a filmmaker. I also hope that this project has helped me to understand myself more as an individual and creator. It is interesting to think about what has inspired me to make this particular film, life event up until this moment have had a huge impact on what I create, and so I really think that this film represents a lot when it comes to what I stand for as an individual. I think this project has helped me to develop as an individual, and I’m really excited to continue on my journey as a creator and filmmaker.

 

  • What is challenging, different and interesting about your media product?

I think that my film is challenging, interesting and different. It uses Foley sound to think about the harsh reality of manipulative friendships and bullying. My short film is a simple reflection of an individual’s emotions to a situation, and shows the development and understanding that she feels. She can escape thee dark hole she feels she is in. A lot of projects to do with bullying have a negative ending. I want to change that. People are so used to seeing bullying or manipulative friendships as something that is never ending, something that will always be there. But doesn’t have to be like that. I wanted to show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that an individual can save you from something like this, and you can save yourself from something like this. This is why I really think my film is it different, interesting and challenging. It really does evoke emotion and relate to a wide range of people.

 

  • Who is your ideal target audience ad why should the audience consume your media product?

Target audience is a really important element to consider when making a production. Overall I really wanted my target audience to be as wide as possible. To cater for the largest target audience possible I decided to not specifically state that the character within my production was a school student. She wasn’t wearing school specific clothing and so could relate to someone going to a college or even a workplace. Doing this really does increase my target audience significantly. Unfortunately lots of people go through manipulative friendships, or get teased and bullied. I wanted my film to show and represent that anyone can get through manipulative friendships or bullying, and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. For this reason, I really think my target audience is it a large size, ranging from around the age of a 10 to mid 20s and possibly beyond. My ideal target audience is anyone suffering from the situation involved in my film. I think that creating is a way to help spread a message and a moral, and reaching people who’s lives are affected is what i truly aim to do. As well as this, if i manage to reach someone who is bullying someone in this will, it could help them to realise how much their actions could affect one person. I think that the finished project presents and promotes my idea to your chosen target audience.

  • What is the message of your media product and how did your creative decisions help communicate your message?

I really wanted my film to have a clear message: ‘your actions can have such a huge effect on the individual’s life, and there is always light at the end of the tunnel.’ Using such a large amount of foley sound has helped me to convey and portray this moral to the audience, and I’m really really happy that this message has gotten across to the audience throughout this piece. The goal of the Foley sound in this film was to help to make the audience feel as if they were really in the scene with the character. I made the Foley sound quite a lot louder than it would naturally be in real life. This was to accentuate and help to ensure the audience felt involved and immersed in the scene. I am really happy with how the foley sound for my film has worked out. I did struggle to get the levels of foley sound correct to begin with, but I’m now really happy with the overall product.

 

  • How could you make it better?

Although I am really happy with how my film turned out, there are a variety of different places where I feel as if I could have improved looking back.

lighting:

One of the elements of my project that I feel as if I could work on next time is the lighting. Throughout this project I aimed to create a natural bright lighting, so as to not distract from the overall moral of the film. I feel like I have achieved this is many respects. I didn’t have access to an LED light, so I used a white background on the computer to give the character a soft fill light. The key light is the natural light coming in from the window.

I could have used different colours and filters to portray certain feelings. For example, at the beginning I could have used blue tones to show and represent that the character feels sad and betrayed, I could of then transitioned to a red tone, to show the anger and frustration that the character is feeling. Finally, I could have transitioned to the bright and clear lighting that I was originally going for to show that the character feels free.

Also, when the character sits down at the desk, the natural lighting gets a lot darker. In the next shot the lighting is then a lot brighter again, this pulls the audience out of the scene. Next time, as a solution to this, I would make sure to reshoot if the lighting does happen to change in this way.

slow start and timing:

one of the things that I have learnt throughout this project is that it is really hard to fit a story into just one minute. There is little time for character development and everything has to flow well. I think that my film has a reasonably slow start, and so the ending feels slightly rushed compared with the rest of the film. Overall, I am really excited with how the project has turned out, although, I do think that getting the pace of the film right is something I need to think about a bit more when it comes to my Final Major Project.

editing:

Overall, I am happy with the clean editing this film. I think that the clips flow well together, especially at the beginning. It could be argued that the editing at the end is slightly choppy. I was really trying to cut down all of the clips to make the film one minute long. This means that these end clips are slightly shorter that I would have wanted. I think this is defiantly to do with the pacing of my short film, and I will make sure the think about this in detail when thinking about ideas for my Final Major Project.

Sound:

The final element I have decided to discuss is sound. Overall I am really happy with the sound. I am happy with choice to make the clips slightly louder than they would be realistically in real life. One thing I think I could have improved in this project is fading the sounds in and out slightly. The Foley seems to just cut in and out, and I think that this could be improved by fading the clips in and out slightly. I Also could have added even more Foley Sound to add more layers to my short film.

 

  • What audio/visual/interactive skills have you learned during this project and how can you develop them further for your FMP?

I have honestly picked up and discovered such a large variety of skills throughout this project that I can develop and use within my Final Major project. I have discussed each of these elements a lot previously in the blog, but just some of elements that I have definitely picked up and developed throughout this project that I could use in the final major project are as follows:

  • Foley Sound

I have definitely learnt such a lot when it comes to Foley sound in this project and I am really excited t6o improve even more and use what I have learnt in my fmp.

  • Pacing

one of the things I am going to take into account is pacing and having a clear beginning, middle and end. I think that making this mistake when it comes to pacing in this project will really help me when it comes to my FMP.

  • Documentation

I feel much more confident when it comes to creating and using different documentation to help me through the project.

  • Lighting

Like I talked about previously, one of the elements of my project that I feel as if I could work on next time is the lighting. In my final major project I will be trying to think about this slightly more. Focusing on lighting will help me to add another layer to my final piece.

 

 

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