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Friday, 8 April 2011

Evaluation- Question 8- Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it to the full product?

I think that I have learnt a lot more on how to use the software's such as live type and soundtrack pro since the preliminary task. As our prelim didn't not contain any sound at first it made it dull and boring. it has made us realize that without sound, the audience will not be engaged. Honestly, I can say that we rushed through our prelim and it wasn't to a high standard like I believe our final cut is. we didn't co-operate as a group properly as whilst someone was filming somebody could be finding sound. Whereas we just sat around and watched each other film and act. For our final cut, we all contributed with something, when someone was acting and the other was filming, somebody will be finding the sound.

When creating our prelim we didn't really focus on the lighting or the mise en scene and also the shot types. The only shot that we got right was the match cut. one of our 'bad' shots were For example ...
in this shot, this character was meant to look more dominant and superior, this is when we could have used a low angle shot to represent how strong this person is.                                                                                                                                         

we didn't really focus on the lighting perhaps if we did it would have made a difference to the way the audience react. The lighting could have been slightly warm in order to build up tension and as if something is going to happen. In the prelim we were limited to the places we could film in as we weren't allowed to take the cameras out of college yet. If we were allowed to film in the outside environment it would have been better. Even if we filmed inside we should have used professional lighting and turned down the lights in the room.

This is a clip from our final cut. As its clear to see, the lighting is warmer than the lights in our prelim conveying mystery. we focused a lot on shot stypes and as you can only see the back of the character it builds up a sense of mystery.                                                                                                              

An Extra Blog: FIRE!!!!!

P.S (I wasn't really mad, just wanted to make the most of the time i had) :P

Evaluation- Question 7- What have you learned about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

when constructing our thriller I have learnt so much about technology. Firstly before we began with anything practical we was asked to set up our blogger users. Blogger is a really simple website that I thought was really easy to use. With this website you're able to upload: Images, Videos and blog about them, In other words you can talk about them and share information with everyone else on blogger.

The website is when you have reached the homepage you can sign in by typing in your email and password.

To upload a new post...on the the top right hand corner of the page you should find the 'NEW POST' icon, looks like this :

To change the style of the font, size of font, colour, add a text background, a link, upload images, videos and a lot'll find them all here:

So after learning how to use blogger, came the production of our preliminary films. This meant that we had to learn to use the JVC digital tapeless cameras. Along with this came the tripod, our memory
cards, memory card adapter and the hard drive that we used throught creating all our films; the preliminary's and the final cut.

The camera was the most important equipment. As without it no filming could take place. Whilst filming your able to see through the small lens or you could open up the flap on the side of the camera which is a screen that enables you to view your progression whilst filming.

The tripod allows you to have a still camera shot instead of holding it and filming which will be too shaky. However, the legs of the tripod must be open equally otherwise it wont be stable. Also when zooming into something instead of carrying the camera and zooming, Its better if you situate the camera on the tripod and use the zoom. As this will allow the image to be clear and not shaky.

Okay, so once you've finished filming you'll need to get all your shots onto the computer. In our case, we were using the Apple Macs to edit. So, we used the usb adapter and inserted our memory card into it  then put it into the usb slot. As we were given a hard drive that we can store everything in, we had to move everything from the memory card to the hard drive.

Once you've done all that, you can now open up final cut pro. Final cut pro is a software that allows you to put your film in order. you can delete shots and keep the ones you want. so to get your film from the hardrive onto final cut pro, you go to ....

final cut pro icon at the bottom of the screen

Then final cut pro will open up, you'll need to open up your project by going on.....

File - Open

select your project and then click on CHOOSE

,which is on the bottom right hand corner of the tab.

Once it has opened up, you can now start moving around your shots and placing them where you'd want them to be. Once your happy with how it looks you might want to add titles. This is when Livetype comes in. So, live type looks like this....
Livetype Icon, at the bottom of the screen

just like final cut pro you'll have to open up your project.

you'll then see a selection of things you can add onto your film on the right hand side of the page.
As you can see, there are two kind of fonts that livetype provide and the casual fonts that are used everywhere. You choose!

Serif and non serif fonts. A selection you can choose from. and many more.

Once your happy with how it looks you just go on file- save. Then you'll need to use another software, SoundTrack Pro. This software allows you to add sound to your film. Sound is vital as it brings everything together.
So, its this Icon:
Sound track pro. Bottom of screen.

for soundtrack pro, you follow the same steps as livetype and final cut pro to open up your film. there are a selection of sounds you can choose. you just select the sound and drag it onto the time line.  once your happy save and render it so you'll have one whole clip.

From creating my final piece I've learnt a lot about technology. As I have learnt to use many new software's and Ive learnt to use the camera.

By Wala Osman

Evaluation : Question 8

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it to the full product?
(Export some short clips from your preliminary task and compare them with some clips from your final production to demonstrate how you and your skills have progressed)

Me and my fellow groupies. 

"I enjoyed working with you guys, Nick although at times you become such a bully, we did have our laughs. 
And we actually think alike with our ideas, maybe thats why are thriller went pretty well :P
You did a great job in editing and filming, pleasure to work with :) ...(at times)"

"Ahh Wala, I love that you are a girl...hahaha otherwise i'd just be left with Nick on me own :( 
Although it was two against one, Nick would always win...grr! We are such weakling. But you sure are a diva! I loved working with you, I love how we piss Nick off sometimes haha. Great job in sharing your opinions and ideas and helping out with setting up the props. Will miss you!...Executive producer ;)"