MB U6 BP5: Experimentation

For this project, I produced a varied range of experimentation and practices to test my ideas for the final product. Some of these experiments I used in the final piece and some of these didn’t as they didn’t work correctly for the idea that I had in mind.


 

Background Experiment

At the beginning of the project, I produced an idea for the background of the product. This idea was to have the sins and virtues fading in and out as the contents of the sequence rolled on in front of this. This was made simply in After Effects. I first created all the text and placed it at the points I wanted it to be. I then used the Key frames at different points on the timeline of the sequence and adjusted the opacity from 0 to 100 and then back to 0 a few times through the sequence to create the fading effect.

I decided not to use this idea as, although the finished version looks good, I didn’t think it was as good looking as I had originally planned. Also, the text meant that some of the other text that I would have on the video, like the actors names, wouldn’t stand out or be seen because of the text mixing together. This is why I decided on using a plain black background and adding an overlay to the video when appropriate, such as for the titles.


 

Logo

Also at the beginning of the project, I produced an experiment of my logo and what effect it would have at the end of the video. I first created the final logo in Photoshop using the assets I had created earlier on for another purpose but thought that this would be the best fit for them to be used. I then used After Effects to make the logo shrink into shot. I did this by using key frames and setting the point where the logo would reach the center of the screen and be fully seen, then added another key frame and enlarged the logo to be bigger than the screen, which them meant that the logo would shrink down to the size that had already been set when the sequence was played.

I used this logo that I had created in my final product as it worked well and the experimentation turned out to be a success that I had imagined it to be. I put the logo onto a green background that meant I could easily add it onto my video later on, adding in a overlay background since the background example didn’t initially work the way I wanted as this would have been used behind the logo.


Newspapers

This was the biggest part of my experimentation that I spent a few short weeks on. My initial idea was to have newspapers that depicted the story of the series that opening sequence was for. They would include a story line, which would hint at the story line of the episode and also they would interpret and infer the sins, punishments and virtues inside the text. I first created the newspapers using Photoshop and PowerPoint, leaving a space where I intended to include the videos I would record. I then used After Effects to try and add in the recorded videos to the spaces that I had designated. The idea behind them seemed a good idea but when adding in the videos to the newspapers, this idea didn’t seem effective as the videos couldn’t be seen as well.This is what lead to me deciding to scrap the idea and create the newspapers with just still images in the spaces where the videos would have been and then add the videos at the side of the newspapers on the final product to give a visual with the newspapers.I used the full newspapers and added them next to the videos on a timeline to test the quality of the idea. The newspapers had white background originally and these looked odd when put into the video as they had no animation to them whilst the video was moving.

Paper 1

This is what lead me to experiment with another idea I had. I saved all the parts of the newspaper’s as assets and then used the features in After Effects to animate the assets in different ways, allowing them to scroll in and fade out as the sequence went on. I used a black background for these so they blended in with the background I used on the video. I then added these into the sequence I had already created and played the video back. This idea worked better for  the product as the newspapers were now animated and didn’t seem to be in an odd place compared to the rest of the product. The only problem that occurred with these is when exported, the newspapers were sped up and weren’t able to be seen in time as the product quickly moved to the next scene, which is an improvement that could be made.

MB BP7: Evaluation

Planning

At the start of the project, I first produced an action plan and proposal to lay out the way I was going to tackle the project. This included jotting down my first ideas for the project, producing a storyboard and moodboard once I had came up with these ideas. I then worked on planning the rationale of the project, the concept and how I would evaluate my finished project in the end. Once this was planned, I produced an action plan of the timings that I would stick to in order to complete the project within the deadline. I then used these planning documents throughout the production to ensure that I was making the product correctly and within the deadline.

I believe that my planning was somewhat effective for carrying out the project as it helped when it came to producing the product as I needed to keep reminding myself of the ideas and also I needed to keep checking my action plan for the timings that I needed to stick to so that I would finish the product on time. I was a little over the initial deadline when completing the project but I managed to finish within a small amount of time after which was fine. I could have managed my time better for the project by not getting distracted from when I was working and sticking to the action plan a little more than I did.

There was a few constraints to consider when it came to the planning. First of all would be the copyright issues on the song that I would use, as well as the found footage clips of 1940’s Los Angeles that I would also have to use to complete the project. I overcome these by already purchasing the song I was going to use so that the copyright infringement wouldn’t have been to bad. I also used sites that allowed me to download the found footage I needed for free without any of the copyright problems being placed on them.

I believe that I could have planned both my research and production more effectively if I had included more planning documents of how I imagined the product to turn out as it was far from what I had planned due to timing and resource issues. This didn’t effect the product as much as I would have thought as the product still appeared to be a good quality, it was just not how I planned it to work.

Research

For my initial research, I chose a sin to look into and then found information on it using a range of different sources, mostly from the internet. This research would then be shared and put together with others so that more research could be made. This then lead to the second part of the research, where by using the research that had been collected and the most useful internet site, I was able to pull all the research together and create a small mind map giving the full outline of the sins, including what they are, the punishments, symbols linked with them and the virtues that combat the sins. These sources were effective in gathering a large amount of research on the sins as they boosted my knowledge and helped me decide how to interpret these facts into my final product.

Once I had gathered my research, I took it all into consideration and decided how I would initially interpret the facts I had found into my final product. This is where I came up with the idea of adding newspapers into the project that would in some way describe the plot of each episode whilst also interpreting the research findings I had made into the final product in some way. This research helped me throughout the production as I was able to keep checking that I was interpreting the correct facts into the production and weren’t making facts up as I went along.

I believe I could have produced more research into the sins as I don’t think my product clearly gave examples of the sins that it should have and this could have been helped if I had produced more detailed research into the sins, especially how they are believed to have effected the 1940’s era so I would have known what more I could have included. Also, more research would have helped my production be created the way that I had planned it to be and not how it turned out.

During the production stage of the project, I produced a small amount of extra research into the sins to make sure that I had all the facts right that I researched from the start. This was so that I could then add them into the newspaper clips when I was creating them without making any mistakes and having to edit the clips again. Apart from this small amount of research, I produced no more throughout the duration of the project.

The Product

I believe the product is fit for the purpose of an opening title for a TV show, that it was initially created for. It includes all the aspects of a regular TV show opening title that supports this idea. It also follows the appropriate codes and conventions of a typical opening sequence to a TV show, which adds to it being fit for the purpose that it was created for. The fitness for purpose could have been improved by possibly creating a better quality product and also editing the sequence a little better than I did.

The overall technical quality of the product I believe was somewhat of a success. I think I captured some of what I originally planned in my final product and I also think that the product came to a good standard the way it is, just not created the way I had planned. I think I could have improved the product overall by creating it the way I had planned to but I now think that the way I was originally going to create the product was also slightly tacky as this is the final product. This could all be improved by trying out using different software to create the final project and also by editing the footage in a different formation so that it doesn’t use constant fades and flashes between each sequence and rather it follows on smoothly.

During the production, I did develop some technical skills whilst I created the product. I worked more on how to use the editing software correctly to produce a good quality product, which is where most of my technical skills were needed. I also improved my skills of recording as I recorded a small amount of footage for the product so that I could have a mix of found and recorded footage in my product.

The target audience for my product would be anyone from the age of 16 and over as the product is based in the 1940’s and includes mature themes throughout the whole product. I think from the small product I created, I think my product would appeal to my target audience if they were to see it as it showcases what the show is about and how the mature theme is included which should appeal to the target audience.

Before the production, I did not produce any audience research because I made the decision that the product would be best suited for a more older and mature audience so I didn’t carry out any audience research for my product as I had this in mind and didn’t need to find anything else out about them.

My final product received some feedback, saying that they believe that I didn’t create the product to the standard that I had hoped due to timing and software issues. I completely agree with this feedback and if I was to create the product again, I would work at it better and complete it to  a better quality.

My final product does adhere to the media law and ethical guidelines as well.

Conclusion

If I was to do this production again, then I would definitely improve all areas of the project. I would plan in more detail so that when it comes to creating the final product, it would run more smoothly as I would have been able to look at the planning documents and be able to build the product more efficiently around the plan so that the final product matches the plan. I would improve the research a little more by looking more into each sin and creating a more detailed piece about each so that it could be interpreted into my project better. I would then use this improved research and planning to improve the overall quality of the final product and also make sure that the product matches with my original ideas.

U6: Production Diary

Week 1-25/01/16

Thursday-28/01/16

planned the assets i would need to create. began to create logo frame and background.

Friday-29/01/16

continue to create background and planned assets

Week 2- 01/02/16

Thursday- 04/02/16

finish assets and upload them to google drive to be worked on at home

Friday-05/02/16

Recorded all needed footage for video ready to edit at home

Saturday- 06/02/16

Added in and edited soundtrack, began to review and gather footage and shortened it to the right length.

Week 3-8/02/16

Monday-08/02/16

Began to put footage together and in the order that i want it to be. Added touch ups to the filmed footage to enhance the color and quality as it was too dark originally.

Tuesday-09/02/16

Pulled all footage in order and in the correct place. Reviewed and produced different versions of the titles with using the assets i created and leaving them out.

Thursday- 11/02/16

Exported all versions and reviewed each of them. Made the decision that the assets make the titles look unprofessional so planned to make changes to initial plan and add the text from the papers later on in college using After Effects.

Week 4-15/02/16

Thursday- 17/02/16

Create the papers for project, export and save to google drive.

Friday- 18/02/16

Continue with papers, export and upload to google drive.

Week 5-22/02/16

Thursday-24/02/16

Finish off video by adding in newspaper clips and putting things into correct order.

Friday-25/02/16

Finish off video by adding in titles, export and upload to google drive

MB BP4: Action Plan

“Seven Sins” Action Plan and Timetable

Week Date Week

Beginning

Activity / What you are intending to do – including independent study Resources / What you will need to do it – including access to workshops
1

 

 

30/11/15 Begin to research the sins and produce mind maps on the sins. Computer and internet access
2

 

 

01/12/15 Carry on with mind maps Computer and internet access
3

 

 

14/12/15 Produce storyboards, sketches and mood board for the project Computer and internet access
4

 

 

11/01/16 Produce the proposal for the final idea of the project Computer and internet access
5

 

 

18/01/16 Produce the action plan for the final idea of the project Computer and internet access
6

 

 

25/01/16 Begin to produce the final product

[filming, creating and editing]

Computer and internet access, possibly a camera and green screen room
7

 

 

01/02/16 Produce the final product

[filming, creating and editing]

[Upload screenshots to blog on process]

Computer and internet access, possibly a camera and green screen room
8

 

 

15/02/26 Produce the final product

[filming, creating and editing]

[Upload screenshots to blog on process]

Computer and internet access
9

 

 

22/02/15 Complete the final product and upload to YouTube and link to evaluation blog Computer and internet access
10

 

 

29/02/16 Course Review Week Course Review Week

MB BP3: Project Proposal

 

Section 1: Rationale

The opening sequence to a programme is used to introduce the show to the audience it is aimed at, this should grip the audience in and make them interested to watch the show that the title belongs to. This benefits the audience as it introduces the story line for the first time, using visual hints to allow the audience to realize the genre, story line, theme and messages that are featured in the show and the series. The opening sequence can also promote the actors in the show, so that the audience can see who is in the series, and this adds to their judgment of the show as they have preferences on the actors that are featured within the show, so if they are shown in the titles so the audience can make a judgment beforehand. If the show contains scenes that can only been show after the watershed, the titles will need to reflect this judgment. If the titles are going to be used for promotional purposes of the series pre-watershed, then the titles won’t be able to contain any of the content that isn’t suitable for younger audiences so that it can be used before the watershed turn over.

Project Concept

For this project, I am hoping to create a mystery/drama genre product. This will be set as a 1940’s noire style, meaning the title sequence will have to reflect this. As this is the case, the opening sequence will contain a background of the sins, virtues and punishments flying by in each frame. Then the video will alternate between using old style Polaroids of LA landmarks from the 1940’s, with the actors and crews name next to them, which will be shown on all other frames. The other alternate frame will contain newspapers describing each victim that was killed by the punishment associated with the sin they committed. This will maybe include some moving image shots but will mostly be still images. The final shot will be the Polaroids coming together to create the logo ‘Sins’ hanging on pieces of string, before flashing white and changing to a noire themed logo, such as a blinking hotel light, before the screen blanks out and the episode title appears then fades.

Evaluation

For this evaluation, I am thinking of producing a Vlog and record a short clip of the work I am doing and compile these clips into one video. I am also thinking of producing a short diary of the work process, recounting the things I did to achieve the project and then writing a final evaluation once I have finished. I personally like the second idea of creating a diary because that would allow me to keep track of all the work that I am producing and make sure I’m still on track.

Proposed Research Sources and Bibliography (Harvard Format)

Seven Deadly Sins,. “Sins, Virtues, And Tales”. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.
Dante Alighieri translated by Bookcaps (2013) Dante’s The Divine Comedy: In Plain and Simple English.
Cunningham, L. (2012). The seven deadly sins : a visitor’s guide. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press.
Vost, K. (2015). The seven deadly sins: a Thomistic guide to vanquishing vice and sin. Manchester: Sophia Institute Press.

MB BP2 U6: Planning

First Ideas

Idea 1

  • Show name: Sins
  • 1940’s noire style crime show
  • mysterious killer is picking of gangsters and family of gangsters one by one for the sins they have committed and using the punishments in hell. A new force has been set in place with the best in the business to combat the killer and the peoples sins with the virtues.

 

Produced Work

Storyboard

StoryboardStoryboard 2


Moodboard

moodboard


 

MB BP1 U6: Research

1st Research

This was the first part of research I made on the seven sins. I chose one sin to research and used a variety of sources to pull together all the information I could on the subject. This included what the sin was, Why the sin is committed by people, the punishment that is believed to happen in hell and the symbols that are associated with the sin.

1st Research


2nd Research

7ds

This is the second part of research I conducted about the seven deadly sins, finding out what they are, the punishments in hell and what symbols they are linked with. I also found out some of the virtues that can be combated against the sins. This then gave me a full outline of all seven sins and started to allow me to conduct ideas for the project.