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Last Shot of Film Opening…

For our last shot of our 2 minute film opening, Emelia and I would like to tilt the camera upwards in order to reveal the young girl staring at her dead mother and then move further upwards in order to reveal the title of the film in the sky. However, we would like to move the camera as it tilts upwards and so would not be able to do this effectively whilst using a tripod. On the other hand, Emelia and I did not want to try and complete this shot using free hand as the footage would be extremely shaky and unprofessional. If the last shot of our film were to be shaky, it could ruin our whole film opening! In order to get over this problem, our media teacher gave us the idea to make our own prop to help us complete a CRANE SHOT. He gave us the idea to create a sort of see-saw, we would attach the camera on one side of a pole. We would then prop this pole up on something such as a block of wood so that when we pushed down on one end, the camera would rise at the other end. I mentioned this idea to my Dad and asked him to help me make it, he was happy to help. The next morning, he came to me with a new idea. He suggested that I attach my phone camera, using a tripod for iPhones, onto the wheel of a bike. He then suggested that I would turn the bike around so that it is balancing on the handle bars. I could then use the wheel to move the camera smoothly. Here is some footage to show me doing this whilst filming the final shot of our film…

I am happy with how this footage turned out as it is fairly smooth and creates the effect that we had hoped for. Here is one example of a shot whilst using this method…

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Production Log – 14th of January

Last night I, once again, charged up all of the equipment and asked my Dad to clear my SD cards. I also messaged Tom to check that he was still okay to come and film. In a panic last night, I checked the equipment bag to find a partially broken sound recorder and thought that it had been me that broke it! Luckily, my teacher already knew about this and so knew that it wasn’t me! I also could not find the audio cable and thought that I hadn’t checked carefully enough when given the equipment that I had everything, however when telling my sister in a panic, she checked and found it in the front pouch! This morning, I checked all of the equipment once again and began to set it up as filming would take place at my house. I then messaged Emelia, who could no longer come and help film, to run through the new storyline. It then dauned on me that we no longer had a mother figure as my mum had to go to Yorkshire last night… I messaged my close friend about it and she offered to come and play the role, I was so relieved! It also then dauned on me that I would have to teach Tom how to use the sound recorder as I would be busy filming with the camera and couldn’t really do both! At around 10am, Rosie and Tom arrived ready to film. This time around, Rosie was wearing a onesie and had her hair in the same style as before. After a quick introduction to Tom on how to work the sound recorder, I collected various toys and teddies from my room and placed them in the spare room so that it would look more like a young girls bedroom! We were now ready to start filming. After a few shots of Rosie in bed, I noticed that the recordings were not saving onto the SD cards. Luckily, my dad had cleared three more and so I could use these. We then filmed the inside part of the film opening, trying my best to stick to rules and theories such as the 180 degree rule. We then checked that the sound was recording before we went any further, luckily it was! Just before we began the filming of the outside scene, my friend Sally arrived. She let me do her hair and makeup and we packed up a bag of equipment, makeup, clothes and dressing gowns! I then asked Rosie if she could wear her Wellington Boots, but she had forgotten them and so I lent her mine… they fit her perfectly! I am happy with this as they are pink and so fit in with the stereotype for a young girl. After this, I grabbed my bike for our last shot and Sally, Tom, Rosie and I began our walk to a field. It was then when Sally told me about an open field that is surrounded by forest in Woodhall Spa. This sounded perfect and so we made our way to this field. After a really long walk, we had finally got to the field and it was perfect! Here, Sally put on her dressing gown and took off her shoes. We then filmed various shots including establishing shots, close ups and long shots. It was then time to do the final shot. This took a few attempts to get right as I couldn’t hack the smooth movement of the wheel. However, in the end I got a shot that I was happy with. We then filmed some sounds such as leaves crunching and birds cawing to add in in post production. On our long walk home, we stopped off in a sweet shop and I bought Rosie some sweets to say thank you for being so patient and confident! I am really grateful of Tom, Rosie and Sally for coming to help as without them I’d have been rather stuck! In our next lesson, Emelia and I will once again try and upload the sound and footage onto a MacBook and begin the editing process. We will have to be quick and efficient with this as we are fairly behind everyone else!

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Pictures taken at the end of a fairly long day of filming… Sally wore 3 coats in order to try and warm up after lying in the icy grass with no shoes, socks or coat! Tom is holding the sound equipment after a day of playing the role of the sound man and Rosie obviously fairly relieved to be finished… and fairly excited to be going to the sweet shop!

Costume Change…

In our original film opening, Emelia and I made a silly mistake when filming. We had Rosie wearing a dress because we wanted to target the stereotypes; however, our first shot includes Rosie waking up and so it did not make sense for Rosie to be waking up already fully dressed! Because of this, we decided to change what Rosie would be wearing in the film opening. Because the film opening is based in the morning, we thought that it would make most sense for Rosie to wake up in her pyjamas.We also wanted to keep it childish and innocent as this makes the ending to the opening even more shocking. At first, we wanted Rosie to wear pink, fluffy pyjamas in attempt to stick to certain stereotypes. However, we didn’t want our film to seem too cliché and so let Rosie pick her favourite pyjamas as this would make her feel more comfortable which we hoped would come across in her acting! The pyjamas that Rosie chose was in fact a onesie. Although this was not what we had initially expected, we were happy with her choice as the onesie actually made her look younger. It is also very common for young children to wear onesies as pyjamas and so we supported her idea. The onesie is blue with snowflakes all over it. This links directly to our colour scheme and the aimed warmth of the film opening! When coming over to film, Rosie had forgotten her Wellington Boots. Luckily, I have some pink/red ones that actually fit her. The pink boots allow us to include the stereotypes that we were previously going to include with the pyjamas. I am happy with how her outfit fits together…

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In our original film, Rosie’s hair stayed in the two pigtails throughout; this helped the continuity of the opening as her hair remained in one position and so we decided to do this again. Rosie also remembered to bring the two purple ribbons and so I tied these in two bows in her hair. The ribbon highlights her innocence which allows the ending to seem even more shocking! We are happy with the costume and hair for Rosie’s character as it adds naïvety and innocence which clashes with the ending; therefore making the audience feel on edge and uncomfortable.

Changes That We Are Going To Make…

In order to improve upon our original film, Emelia and I are going to have to make various changes within our filming.

Firstly, we are altering our storyline. We shall now begin with the young girl waking up and then looking outside of her bedroom window into the icy, isolated film. After this, we shall no longer see her playing with her toys but shall see her go straight towards the stairs. She shall then go downstairs and make breakfast in bed for her Mum. After this, she shall go back upstairs holding the breakfast in bed and go into her Mother’s room. However, when entering the room she shall see that her Mum is not longer in bed. Confused, she shall go downstairs looking for her Mother on the way. When she can not find her, she shall go towards the back door and put on her Wellington Boots. After this, she shall go outside in search of her Mum. We shall then cut to the icy and isolated field and show the young girl walking. After this, we shall show the dead body and tilt upwards to reveal the young girl staring down at her dead Mother and then tilt even further to reveal the title of the film… that we have still not decided upon! We have decided to change the storyline because we wanted to cut out the awkwardness of her playing with her toys. We also think that this makes much more sense and highlights her innocence as she makes her Mum breakfast in bed. We are also no longer showing the mysterious man lingering over the young girl. We have made this decision as the footage that we are making is only the two minute opening and so you do not want to give too much away!

The second major difference to our film opening will be the location. Although we have not decided for definite yet, we know that we have to change location as the previous location is no longer available. However, even if it was I doubt that Emelia and I would film there again as it was awkward, dark and pushed us to rush our filming. We need to film in a space that we have complete control over. The space must also be light and open planned. Because of this, it is most probable that we will film at my own house!

We also intend to film the majority of the opening on the professional cameras as this will give off a much better quality. In order to achieve this, I have ordered two new SD Cards and will check that they work before we begin filming. We plan to film all of the opening on the camera, except from the last shot as we can not attach the expensive cameras to the wheel of a bike!

Although Emelia and I have considered various new additions to our storyline and filming technique, we have also planned to keep various aspects the same. For example, Emelia and I plan to use Rosie Scullion as our main character and will include a dead body! Hopefully, Emelia and I can pull off our reshoot and can reach our high expectations…

 

Production Log – 4th of January

Today, Emelia and I had intentions to start editing our 2 minute film opening. However, we faced various problems…

Firstly, we managed to upload our footage successfully. However, it took a very long time because we had to use DropBox in order to get the majority of the footage off of my phone. Because of this, we had to download each shot individually, one by one. We then attempted to upload our sound recordings. However, we could not find our recordings anywhere on the memory card… In the end, our sound had not recorded due to there being no space on the sound recorder. Although this was a major downfall, Emelia and I thought that we could re make the sound effects in post production due to the lack of them. However, when trying to do so and matching it up to the actions on the screen, Emelia and I noticed that we would need to film again. On the other hand, we did not want to waste our media lessons up until the weekend and so decided to make a rough cut using the footage that we had. Later on that evening, I messaged Tom asking whether or not he and Rosie were free in the upcoming weekend. Unfortunately, due to the late notice, neither of them are free. On top of this, we have just been told that Tom’s Grandma has gone on holiday to Australia for five months and so we will not be able to film at her house in the future meaning that we will have to re shoot the whole film! However, determined not to waste time, Emelia and I have booked out the equipment for the weekend and plan to get as much footage of nature, frost and fields as we can…

Production Log – 28th of December

Today is the day! Last night I charged up all of the equipment and checked it all over to make sure that it was all working. I then wiped my SD card so that we could have the full storage space just for our film opening. By this morning, all of the equipment was charged up and ready to go. At around 11am, I made my way to Tom Scullion’s house with all of the equipment, the storyboards, chargers, ribbon for Rosie’s hair plus much more. By the time I arrived, Emelia had also just arrived. We then went through with Rosie’s mum exactly what it was that we needed Rosie to do. After this, we asked Rosie to pick out a couple of her favourite toys and to find her Wellington Boots. We then set off for Tom’s Grandma’s house. Upon arrival, we could tell that Rosie was not going to be shy with her acting! After we had set up all of the equipment, we watched through our animated storyboards. We then decorated the designated room with all of Rosie’s favourite toys so that the room would look more like a young girl’s bedroom. After this, I did Rosie’s hair for her into two high bunchies and tied them off with a ribbon. Not only did this hairstyle exaggerate the stereotype for a young girl, but it kept her hair in place throughout filming. We were now ready to begin filming. At first, I was on camera whilst Emelia did sound. We also asked Tom to do the clapperboard. After filming Rosie getting out of bed, looking out of the window, playing with her toys (very awkwardly) and exiting the room from many angles we moved onto the stairs. The staircase at Tom’s Grandma’s house was fairly spacious which allowed us to film from various angles. It was at this point when the storage on the SD card showed to be full. Confused as to why this was, considering I thought I had wiped the card the night before, we turned to using my iPhone on a tripod. After filming various actions in the kitchen and back upstairs again, Emelia noticed that the light on the sound recorder hadn’t been coming on. Although this worried us, the recorder displayed on the screen that it was recording and so we carried on. After filming Rosie looking around the house for her mother, it was time to go outside. For this shot, Emelia and I wanted to use the dolly. After initial confusion when setting it up, we were once again ready to film Rosie. Firstly we filmed her walking out into the garden and then cut to her walking in a field. Although the continuity of this wasn’t fantastic, it was the best that we could do considering the circumstances with the location! It was after this when Emelia and I noticed that hardly any time had passed. We were rushing our filming as the atmosphere was extremely awkward filming at our friend’s Grandma’s house. Emelia and I felt slightly uncomfortable and also guilty for being loud and filming around her house and so decided to finish here with intentions to film the outside scenes another day. In our next lesson, Emelia and I will upload our footage and sound and will start editing!

Foundation Portfolio in Media

We have recently been introduced to our task for our coursework. This coursework will count for 50% of our overall AS mark. Our task is to “create the titles and opening of a new fiction film to last a maximum of two minutes”. For this aspect to the course, we will be working in twos. I am working with Emelia Rodgers as we get along, work well together and enjoyed working together at GCSE. In order to earn the highest mark that we can, there is going to be a lot of work put into this task. The planning work put into the task fits into the ‘Pre-Production’ category of the project. In todays lesson we went through the various aspects that we will need to include in our pre production planning. There is a lot to think about including…

Form: Firstly we will need to research the form of film openings in order to understand what the task is exactly asking of us. To complete this, we will research the common conventions in existing film openings. Then, we shall watch a few openings and plot the timeline in order to get a sense of what is expected and how to structure it. For example, how much actual film footage to include, how to relate the beginning to the plot of the entire film and of course the various aspects such as idents needed in every film opening.

Genre: Next, we need to search our options. We will look into the many genres out there and choose our favourite. In order to choose successfully, we need to understand the genre features to each. We will also need to know what an audience expects when watching a certain genre in order to base our film around that in attempt to make it as interesting and realistic as possible.

Idea: Once we have our chosen genre, we will need to think of an idea for our film. In order to plan the opening, we will need to plot an entire film. We will also need to come up with a title for our film in this section of the pre production.

Pitch: When we have chosen our genre and come up with an idea/plot we will need to begin the process of creating a pitch. In order to create a professional script, we will need to research the conventions to a pitch. We shall then write the script to a time limit of 30 seconds. We shall then rehearse our pitch so that it will seem thought out, convincing and professional when sharing it with our class, teachers and camera. From this, we will receive feedback, criticism and advice from others in an attempt to perfect our final idea so that we can then move onto the next step…

Script: The next step in the process is to produce a script for our 2 minute opening. We can not, however, just note down what we would like our characters to say. In order to complete this aspect to the highest standard, we will need to once again research the codes and conventions of a genuine, professional script. Once we have produced our script, we will have a read through and receive progressive feedback in order to get it as perfect as we can.

Storyboards: After writing our scripts, we will move onto creating storyboards. First, we will need to (once again) research the codes and conventions to a professional set of storyboards. We shall then hand draw our own set in as much detail as possible. After this, we will find an alternative way of creating storyboards in order to create an animated version. We shall then show these copies to others in order to receive some constructive feedback.

Branding: In order to complete the task successfully, we will need to create everything shown in the film. This includes the logos and idents of companies shown at the beginning. We will use a software called “Motion” for the first time and attempt to create a set of logos and idents to use in our opening in order to make it seem as realistic as possible.

Practical Preparations: The final stage to our pre production preparations are to make sure we have everything ready for filming. We will have to contact and organise some actors and various locations to film in. We will also need to practise the makeup and hair for the film as well as organising costumes and a filming schedule. On top of this, we will have to make sure that we know how to work the equipment properly and organise using it for filming.

Once we have completed all of the pre production work, we will be ready to film. We have been given the Christmas holidays to film footage for our film so that we can begin editing when we return.