The Meeting-Final Evaluation

In making the short two minute film, a lot of pre-planning had to be done. This consisted of my group first considering the genre we wanted the film to be. Once we had decide on this genre, we worked on creating a shot list, outline script, an equipment list and to outline all the health and safety risks and how to deal with these if we encounter them. Overall, i think the planning stage was one of our weakest points as we had trouble deciding on a final idea as we had a variety of good ideas that we wanted to follow on but all we’re quite different from each other, which made the planning of our production hard to work on with no final idea. After a debate on which we liked, our final idea was based around a man who has a strong fear of the dark and shadows for all of his life and finally encounters the fear in the shadows is his darker self. Aside from the struggle of choice we had and a lack of detail on our shot list, most of the planning went smoothly after this struggle.

Once we had began the main production stage of the project, we expanded upon the detail of our shot list as we moved along the project. Once we began filming on the project, we discovered a small number of difficulties. One of these difficulties was that we had trouble securing a room that fitted our needs for the shoot, but after looking for a suitable room, we were able to find one that satisfied our needs, although it was rather small. This in turn, lead to some difficulty with lighting for a shot that we had planned to have behind the camera lighting all of what was in front of the camera to create the shadows effect on the wall. However, due to the small amount of space behind the camera, a light was not able to fit, which we worked on and were able to use the space underneath the camera and the tripod holding it up. We were able to adjust the stand on the light to be a smaller but suitable size to fit in the gap and get the lighting in the position we wished it to be, making the shot the way we wanted it to be. Another small hiccup we didn’t notice until we reached the post-production stage, where two shots looked more similar to each other than anticipated which made the cut between them look wrong. Apart from that, I believe the overall filming stage went well.

After the footage was recorded, we moved on to producing the audio we needed for the project. We decided to do this separately to the main footage filming as we didn’t like the background sounds that we had in the original footage we recorded. During this stage of production, we first recorded the voice over narration, this was done by the main actor in four stages, these four stages would then be added in at different points of the film. This narration was written by me so I thought a lot on how the narration would fit in with the overall film and if it would tell the story that the film is showing. No general problems occurred when recording but they had to be recorded in a few takes as the actor did mess up some lines, which wasn’t a big problem for us. We also recorded some of the sound effects and foley for the film. We only used a select few sound effects in the final film but we recorded a general range so that we could decide on what we needed when it came to editing. The general murmur of people that can be heard at the begging of the film was recorded in the main area of the college building so that it would pick up the noise of a general people talking to make the shot more authentic. We also recorded the sound of a door closing, a chair sliding and the typing on a keyboard to enhance the sounds of the film. All other assets were prepared by me. The music was simply made on a music editing app called MusicMatch and some of the sounds were also mixed on this app. Other sounds such as the heartbeat and a track of music was found on Youtube and included links to a website to download them for free use.

The final part of the project was the post-production stage. This section was mainly overlooked by one person, but input and feedback from the other two in the group was used throughout. The section began by importing all footage and audio assets into PremierPro. Once this had been done, the footage was added into the timeline and cut down to show only what was needed. For the majority of the footage, this was a simple process that required little effort to complete, Although some of the shots required more effort to edit than others. One of these is two shots which were similar to each other and as it cut between them, the cut didn’t look as clean as it should. There was no time that could be used to re-shoot this  shot, there was little that could be done reduce the roughness of the shots, especially with the little knowledge that we currently have of the software. This lead to a series of fades being used to hide the shot as much as possible, which didn’t leave the film the way we had originally planned it to be. The only other shots that required a large amount of editing to work were the shots were the main actor had to be duplicated to meet each other. Some input was made for the shots to make sure the shot ran smoothly. This shot was recorded twice with the actor coming in from both sides of the camera, without adjusting the cameras position at all. When it came to editing this footage, it was difficult to achieve this effect as the trouble mainly came from attempting to place the mask in a way that didn’t disrupt both shots and we were forced to remove the shadow of the actor on the wall. There was also another effect that had to be used on that shot and this was to correct the colours to make the shots blend as much as possible. This didn’t go as smoothly as we would have hoped but there wasn’t much more we could do with the little time and knowledge of software we had. When thinking about it after producing  the project, this effect would have been better made if we had filmed only one perspective in the room and using a green screen to shoot the other perspective and using colour correction to merge the two shots together to create one.

The audio was then added and this was a simple stage to do and only needed the decision of where the assets wanted to be placed as well as cutting them down to the size that we needed them to be. The effort that was needed most for this section was when we decided to blend some of the sound effects together to make the duration of the sound last longer than they were originally. This was to stretch the audio across the whole clip that it was needed to be on. From this point on, little more had to be done regarding the audio as we had it to the standards we wanted it to be. However, there is a section that can be noticed to have no audio other than the sounds of a keyboard being typed on. This means that  it feels as though the shot lacks another sound to accompany the one we had that really should have been there. We were not able to find a suitable sound before the deadline to fill this shot so it is left as it had been created.

After the deadline, we were given an extra three hours to make improvements to the short film we had created. We decided as a group to focus our improvements on the audio and a selection of the cuts we didn’t think we good enough for the final piece upon another inspection. The improvements to the audio started by with recording the ‘Shadow’s’ sounds and then finding some more audio assets suitable for the background. We split the group to work on different parts and I took on the roll of looking for the new audio assets. After an hour, I found audio clips I thought were suitable quiet easily and were free for all uses, to which I downloaded and sent to the main editing computer to be added to the final project.

Before adding in the audio, we worked on the cuts, transitions and the length of some clips to make the shots flow more smoothly and work together better. This editing resulted in the film being cut down to a final time of 2:14. This meant that we couldn’t fulfill the final requirements of a film time of at least three minutes, there was nothing that could be done about this.

When we finally implemented the new audio it was a simple procedure that only created one difficulty for us, which was to fit the tracks in without them overlapping and cutting parts of other audio tracks whilst doing this. This problem was easily dealt with despite taking a large amount of time.

In conclusion, I think the project ran smoothly and we were able to create an effective end product that meet most of the requirements that were set. I worked on my part of the production as effectively as I could and I think I worked well at the standard I did and the role I was taking on, as I completed all the tasks at hand quickly and efficiently.  As far as improvements are, I think we could have maybe made some small improvements to the overall filming and editing, but for a first go at creating a film and using the required equipment and software with little knowledge, this is nothing that can be majorly improved with the amount of knowledge we had at the time. In terms of working as a team, we all had our roles to play and at some times, we all had points where we lacked in our role our at just generally helping but we made up for this later. This said, we did have more arguments and disagreements than positive things but I think this was down to our team and how I don’t think we work well as a production team, as some want what they want rather than discussing with the team first. As a result of this, I will try not to work in this team again on the next project and work with someone that I think I will work better with.

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Employment In The Post-Production and Special Effects Industry.

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Part A

Compositor

Within the industry of post-production and special effects, there are many roles,responsibilities and job opportunities to choose from. One of these roles is being a Compositor. This job consists of working on constructing the final film images by “combining layers of previously-created material”. This includes “rendered computer animation, special effects, graphics, 2D animation, live action and static background plates”. To have this job, it would be a good idea to have some form of degree in an art-related subject. By the time the role is reached, a minimum of two years professional experience would be required, with examples demonstrating artistic talents and and technical skills, also with a vital knowledge of software that is currently used by the industry.

Producer

The main role in all aspects of the film in the industry is the role of the producer. They oversee all aspects of a film’s production, from writing to filming to post-production and editing. Their role is to turn story ideas into films that can make a profit, and then pull together a creative and talented cast and crew. In the special effects stage of the industry, they work fully with the crew to make sure the film is produced how they want it to be made. Their is no specific qualification needed to become a producer, but it is best to get experience as a production assistant or runner.

Editor

The main role in the post-production and special effects industry is the Editor. The Editors are one of the key heads of their department when working on films. They are always responsible for the first assistant editors and on the bigger productions, second assistants and trainees. The editor works closely with the director and producer, making sure that the story flows the smoothly from the begging to the end. Each shot is carefully selected and edited into separate scenes. These are then edited together to create the full final film. The editors work long hours with little social activity outside of work. This time is spent in an editing suite, usually under pressure to finish the film. They are usually employed on a freelance basis, chosen by the producer by their reputation and experience. Editors usual work on TV dramas and Feature Films. The editor and director work closely before the film shoot starts. This is to decide

Changing Employment Opportunities

People within the media have to be multi-skilled. More skills means they can work on more adaptable jobs. Before digital technology, each person had a role in a film, nowadays everyone needs skills in every role to work in the media for example journalists need to have camera and recorder skills as well as a notepad and to also do some layout and design skills too for internet news pages. Filmmakers are now filming, editing and producing in one role. Looking at all skills, everyone has separate jobs they specialise in, but need more skills than just one. also means that some jobs disappear and some are created due to new technology and changing times. people in the industry already have to retrain with new technologies so they understand how its used. SPD-Continual Professional Development. new job roles-website design and development, video website content, more opportunities to create video content. social media videos, apps are a large growth area. anyone has it skills and creativity are important combination of skills. filmmaking used to be complex and costly with a lot of people, but today anyone can make a film using mobile technology. Computer games industry is a growth area.

Pros and Cons Of Working Freelance

working freelance is working for self in own company. a lot of media workers are freelance, not a lot have permanent contracts. many people work on temporary contracts, some are freelancers. run business and work at same time. its hard freelancing. don’t always have job and income. market self, putting yourself out there, portfolio to promote yourself and get work, networking contracts are crucial. look up freelance working in media.doing what people want you to do. do own tax and accounting. sick means no holiday pay.

ad-not tied to a company. don’t have to rely on other people to work. get to choose the work and get all money. company has house style, freelance don’t. find a client to work for. doing what people want you to do. keep client happy.

Working Practises

there are different types of contracts. permanent full-time, only way to leave is to be sacked or you leave, can have shifts, same hours, different time. temporary contract, more flexible, less stability and secure. part time anything from a minimum to a maximum hours, working on a film, hours would are dependable on film and role so would be flexible on hours, where and who work is. more solo work as a compositor so is flexible but a filmmaker has more people to work with. solo work is more a desk job than being at scenes like a filmmaker would. as an editor, the work would be long hours with little social life and often under pressure.

Part B

Personal Career Plan

Which job role or industry/Career?

I would like to work on small movies and also YouTube daily vlogs as well as a small business. This would mean working as a writer, director, producer and editor to achieve this goal.

My skills gap? what skills haven’t I got yet? Skills and work experience I lack in? what qualifications haven’t I got yet?

I have the basic skills but I would like to develop these skills in editing some more. I wouldn’t require any work experience or qualifications to achieve the goal of working on solo projects and working for myself.

Action plan? How I’m going to get to that job that I want to do?

I aim to build on my skills in college and then begin working on small YouTube videos and projects before building my way up to having a successful business running alongside the YouTube channel and short films.

No work experience or qualifications are required so I could start this career at any time.


 

 

Sources: [http://creativeskillset.org]

Compositor: [http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/358_compositor]

Producer: [http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/757_producer]

Editor: [http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles_and_stories/job_roles/2940_editor]

The Meeting Final Idea

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A kid with a fear of the dark and has had it for many years always feels eyes on him in the shadows. He feels the eyes everywhere the shadows are and they are always following him. Whilst he’s working late in college, He feels the eyes coming from all shadows of the room. The lights flicker and all light leaves the room, plunging him into darkness. He panics and feels the shadows coming closer, the eyes moving behind him, stabbing his back like daggers, The breath of the shadow down his neck. He stands, paralysed with fear as the shadow takes one final breath before they both look eye to eye, and he sees that the shadow is actually the dark side of him.

The Meeting Project-Individual Ideas

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This is my first individual idea that I came up with for this project.

There is a young man who has been mute since birth and is always getting bullied for being the geeky and quiet kid that he is and every time he gets more upset and falls in to a state of depression after a while. After a while of staying in the depressed state without being able to tell anybody about it and as the bullying picks up more and more, he decides its time to end it all. After setting his goodbyes to send to the few people who mean something to him after he’s gone, he sets out to the quiet room he planned on the third floor of a building that no one uses at lunch time. Once up their, he sits alone and waits as he planned. Once the time had come, he began to start the way he wanted to end, by using his favourite scarf to finish him. As he sit there with the scarf around his neck, one of his close friends had received the message earlier than scheduled and ran in to him. They pull the scarf from him as tears fall from his eyes and they keep him in his arms to comfort him.

This is my initial idea that contains little or no dialogue at all. This means that the video footage will be the only thing that describes the thoughts and feelings of the character as he goes through his problem. I do realise that this is a dark idea with a mature theme but i think this will be effective and dramatic, whilst working as a serious message about depression, bullying and suicide in the end.

This is my second individual idea that i came up with.

A kid with a fear of the dark and has had it for many years always feels eyes on him in the shadows. He feels the eyes everywhere the shadows are and they are always following him. Whilst he’s working late in college, He feels the eyes coming from all shadows of the room. The lights flicker and all light leaves the room, plunging him into darkness. He panics and feels the shadows coming closer, the eyes moving behind him, stabbing his back like daggers, The breath of the shadow down his neck. He stands, paralysed with fear as the shadow takes one final breath before they both look eye to eye, and he sees that the shadow is actually the dark side of him.

Conclusion and side note.

Most ideas and plots i write contain this mature and dark themes as these are what i find are the most interesting themes to write about, especially when they deal with different issues affecting society in the world. I also have many other ideas that revolve around the theme of darkness and shadows as this is something i find interesting to write about. I do also write more happy but still dark themes sometimes.