Week 4: Feedback and Reflections

Location Recce Sheet

my location recce checklist

This week we looked at location recce and what to look for with health and safety on set. I made a rough list of some of the hazards that I think I could find on a film set and compared them to a professional location recce.

I was absent on the day of the day of shooting the interviews so wasn’t apart of the production. However I was apart of the preproduction stage were we planned the location and worked out how to film audio. We did experience some problems with this such as audio positioning and busy locations, one of the big problems was we weren’t allowed to have people in shot so we had to frame it so there was no one in the background which gave us audio problems which we just experimented until we found a position that picked up both subjects.

Week 4: Feedback and Reflections

Week 4: Word Produced

Location recce

Sound:

  • Is there any unwanted ambient sound?
  • Is there any unwanted background noise?
  • Is there echo?
  • Is there wind?
  • Is there any traffic, planes or trains?

Visual:

  • Are the public in shot?
  • Are unnecessary things in shot?
  • Are there any trains or cars in shot?

 Technical:

  • Are there plug sockets for lights?
  • Is there good natural lighting?
  • Are the lights controllable?

 

Professional Recce Sheet – Location Recce Sheet

The difference between my location recce and the professional one is that there is a lot more things I need to look out for when finding a location. Even the littlest detail can make a difference to the footage such as the type of flooring can effect echo or reverb in the audio. I need to take into account whether or not I need a permit to record in a certain location and if I do need one then I need to find out where or who I can get it from such as the council or the police department.
The professional Recce sheet is a similar layout as mine is but the professional one is in much more detail than mine is as they have talked about each individual aspect that could go wrong however I have grouped them all together which will make it harder to find problems when on location in the future.

 

 

Week 4: Word Produced

Week 4: Problems and Solutions

We planned to shoot a interview in groups based around the college, we experienced a few problems during location recce and while shooting. We planned to film in the sports building as it was quiet when we checked it at first and had good seating and backgrounds, however when we went back there it was a different time so it was louder and there were classes going on so not only was it loud we couldn’t disturb them. We changed location to the LRC and ask if we could film but they ask if we don’t get anyone else in shot so we had to frame so everyone was out of shot. By doing this we had problems with our audio, we couldn’t frame the shot without anyone in it and pickup good quality audio of both interviewer and interviewee at the same time. We had ideas and tried them all but every time the sound man was either in shot or one person was louder than the other due to positioning. Eventually we found places for the microphone and the interviewer and interviewee to sit however we were under time constraints so by the time we were finished setting up we had to go back to class. We should have planned the location better before hand as we changed during the filming stage which wasted a lot of valuable time.

Week 4: Problems and Solutions

Week 3: Feedback and Reflections

Reflections on this week

This week I have been focused on researching aspects of my winter project. I have looked into different interactive platforms and have decided on these three, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I have explained why I chose the ones I did on the ‘problems and solutions blog’ and also explained the advantages and disadvantages of each.
We also did a task that focused on audio as that one of our weak spots and for the task we had to record different sounds that link to word in a list which included nature, technology, education, rhythm and creativity. This task went well and the audio came out clear however there were a few things like the nature sound I used didn’t feel as much like nature as I hoped it would so I could have chosen a different surface to have my subject walk on so that it had a different feel.
Overall my plan for the winter project is the same as last week.

Week 3: Feedback and Reflections

Week 3: Work Produced

We got a list of things to go and record using the Zoom H1, nature, education, technology, rhythm and creativity. The link below is the work I produced.

audio nature ect

We had to find sounds that represented the word given, for nature I had someone walk down a quiet corridor and I recorded their footsteps as that is one of the things that I think of when I think of winter. I could have chosen a better surface to record the footsteps on as it hasn’t got the nature feel I was hoping for, an example of a better surface is gravel because that is more commonly found in nature.

Education I did voices in a class room, I had a perfect location for this and it was easy to source. I could have chosen a better time of day when there were more people around to make the setting more clear in the audio as there is no indication from the dialogue in the recording that they’re in a class room.

For technology I recorded a passing car, this again wasn’t hard to source and was obvious what it was from the recording. However I could have moved away from crowds of people although it wasn’t loud the zoom picked up their voices, I could’ve also ask them to be quiet for a few seconds while I record.

Rhythm I recorded someone tapping on a table which was the quickest thing we could get as towards the end we were running out of time, but it still works well and is relatively obvious to what it is. I could of gone to the music department and ask them to play something if I had more time to record.

Creativity was me scratching the noise covers on the microphone, it sounded a lot like some sawing wood, this one was a harder one as it was such an open idea so there was so many other things that I could of done but didn’t.

 

 

 

Week 3: Work Produced

Week 3: Problems and Solutions

twitterI made a Twitter account so that I could test it to see if is what I need to post updates and information about my winter project. There is a problem with using Twitter which is that there is a 140 character word limit, This limits the amount of information that I can post in one blog. I can solve this by either making multiple posts about the same thing or use a different interactive platform such as Instagram.

I have been on Facebook for a while now so know what it can do and after researching into Twitter it is my preferred choice as more people have access to my work on Twitter than they do on Facebook as it is more of a public platform.

I can post text, images and video on Twitter so it has a great variety of ways to promote my project to an audience, such as behind the scenes images and clips and information about progress in the project.

 

instagram

I also made an Instagram account to experiment with it. It focuses on images however it can do videos and you can write text under the images. There isn’t a word count on Instagram therefore if I need to write in more detail about something I would use Instagram rather than Twitter.

Instagram isn’t as public as Twitter but can still be seen by the public if your settings allows it, so I will credit both of the accounts so that people from each account have access to the other.

Instagram will be more reliable when posting behind the scenes images and videos as that is its main focus whereas Twitter does all three but the most commonly used one is text.

 

 

youtube

YouTube is the final Interactive platform that I am thinking about using, this will be where I post my finished project and any clips or trailers for it to receive feedback.

YouTube is another public platform but I will also link the Instagram and Twitter account to it so people from there come and look at the finished project that they have been following on the other two accounts and vice versa.

Any feedback I get will be in the comments section, I could post a trailer before the final project to see feedback to adjust anything if needed or to add any ideas given that I feel are good. All accounts have the same username so that it is easy to find them and are recognizable by people who only have one.

 

 

We had to go out and record sounds that are relevant to the list that we were given which consisted of nature, education, technology, rhythm and creativity. The first problem I had was thinking of things that I could record for each one, I am in a good location to source most of them but am under a time limit. Most of the list are outside so its going to be hard to record audio, I am going to use a wind guard which will stop the microphone picking up wind noise and hopefully create clearer audio overall.
I am using a Zoom H1 which wont be as specific as a shotgun microphone for example as it isn’t directed directly at the source of the sound, but if I find a quiet enough location and good sound then it will be fine.
The finished work is on the Work Produced blog along with an analysis of the it.

 

 

Week 3: Problems and Solutions

Week 2: Feedback and Reflections

Reflections

Three skills that I feel confident in using and have used in past projects are Rule of Thirds, Three point lighting and Avid. I fully understand how to use Rule of Thirds and why it is used, I used it a bit in my ‘Hello’ project and ‘The Chase’. I haven’t used Three Point lighting in any of my projects yet but feel confident in setting one up if I do decide to use it in a future project. I have used Avid for all of my projects and exercises so far and am reasonably familiar with it, I can do a simple edit which is more than what I could do before.

Things that went wrong with my projects were that I feel I chose a dull genre which made the finished project kind of boring, I could have chosen something more exiting with more interesting shots such as Action or Adventure. When filming the ‘Hello’ project we were using an external microphone plugged directly into the camera however we forgot to turn it on so we had no audio, we solved this by filming the audio separately and dubbing it in during post production which actually turned out well.

The main thing I could focus on is audio in general most of the projects that I have done so far have consisted of either none or a little bit of dialogue due to audio problems or just not using any. So I have near to no experience with using audio in a major project so need some practice on that.

Reflections on this week

This week  have been focused on researching different things about interviews and have found out a lot, my plan for the winter project is to interview people so I have looked into the best audio and visual equipment for the job. I have also found some skills which may make the interviews overall more appealing which has changed my idea slightly. I plan to interview people I know rather than the general public that way I have more control over all the aspects of the interview, such as the audio, the framing, the background and their body language. However as now its people I know the answers wont be as natural as if it was the public, to solve this I am not going to tell the people I interview anything about it until they sit down this way it is more in the moment and they don’t have prepared answers.

Feedback

The feedback I got from the class was helpful, they said I shouldn’t tell the interviewee what the questions are about so that I get a better variety of answers or that they seem more natural. I also need to come up with a focus for the questions and what the outcome will be.

 

Week 2: Feedback and Reflections