Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Production Process

Lights, Camera, Action!
Filming around the school over a couple of lessons ment making sure we were in the same clothes, which was a bit of a challenge :) But besides that, working with the camera was alot of fun.
Lauren and Sophie were the two other girls in my group; with Lauren framing each shot on camera and sophie and i attempting to act it. (Lauren also played the anonemous third person who takes the phone at the end). We tried to include a variety of different camera shots including the Shot Reverse Shot and the 180 Degree Rule. As well as including the rule of thirds and also tracking, panning, and match on action.

When editing, i cut the beat of the music into the action of the film, editing the jump over the stares onto the base of the music behind. The music was chosen on a basis of trying to create suspence. Tracking shots and match on action were key through out, and the framing of each shot helped create confusion. During editing i also overlapped the film and music, and at one point i faded out both the music and film to help suggesr a passing of time.

Pre-production Process

Before filming a storyboard had to be made, so that we were clear about what we were filming. In our story boad we looked at different camera angles, time frames, and a variety of different shots. The only issue we had was keeping to our storyboard when filming. It was hard not to include new shots all the time. On the upside, a storyboard does help jog your memory of what your suppost to be doing!

From our brief, we included:
 'Shot Reverse Shot' - This was used for conversations to show the audience who was involved, who was talking to who, and where the speaker was looking at the time.
'180 Degree Rule' - Used also in conversation to show where they are positioned in the room. The idea of the 180 Degree Rule, is to stop confusion about which way they are facing. So all the filming is captured along an imaginary line. The following picture explains..

'Match On Action' - This cuts out some of the movement in an action shot, and only shows the start and the finish. For example if somone was jumping it would show the jump, and then it would cut to the landing. So it skips the falling. Also this creates continuity and allows the viewer to understand what is happening on the screen, helping to convey movement and action.

So after this, we got started on the filming....

Brief of Preliminary Task

My preliminary exercise has been to prepare, create and edit a short film, created by myself and two of my peirs. We are required to include the 180 degree rule, match on action, and also a variety of different camera shots and angles. We have a rough idea of what we want to do, and we plan on shooting a short film about two friends who find themselves close to the edge, when some confidential information gets into the wrong hands. They are forced to race against time to delete and dispose of the evidence. But have they done enough?