Week 7: Feedback and Reflections

We had to talk about the use of colour, what it does and why it was used in film stills and then recreate another film still of our choice.

Picking scenes that use colour for a certain reason wasn’t a difficult task as a lot of films use this skill. However I struggled to explain what was happening in the Looper scene. The John Wick scene was a great choice as colour is used for the majority of this scene, I couldn’t find a clip of the scene but I found a still of it which I spoke about and also by using my memory.

We then had to recreate a scene that uses certain lighting to portray meaning. We also shoed images of us setting up three point lighting around a subject then what each individual light in the setup does. The scene I recreated was the line up from ‘The Usual Suspects’ they all have shadows casting up the wall, I recreated the shadow well however did not use enough light as there is a shadow on the nose of the subject which makes it more sinister than its meant to be.

If I was going to do this again I would use more light so that the outcome was less sinister and look more like the original. I would also recreate more film stills to experiment with more skills using light.

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Week 7: Feedback and Reflections

Week 7: Work Produced

For this task I am going to choose stills from films and talk about the colour correction, why it has been used and what effect it might have on the scene.

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This image from the film ‘John Wick’ (2014) shows the character at his wife’s funeral. The scene is very blue and uses this to represent what sort of emotional state the character is in which could be lonely, sad or depressed and this is when you start to see the character transform. It also gives the scene a cold, dark feel which also adds to the characters feelings but also the environment around him as he is at a graveyard everyone else around him is most likely feeling the same way. The character is wearing an all black suit as he is mourning his wife, however this could again be linked to the characters feelings and he continues to wear it in some other scenes during the film. Despite the blue making the scene feel dark it is actually well lit as its in the middle of the day but is gloomy as it is raining. The blue effect could be achieved by using a blue filter during production or by altering the colour in post production.

 

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This scene from ‘Looper’ (2012) uses an orange tint when the character is explaining what will happen as it is a sort of dream sequence. This has the same look as old films and photos which works well as a dream sequence. It is also in slow motion which could represent that the main character is making a big decision and time slows down as he’s making this choice.

 

 Three point lighting task and Scene Recreation task:

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In a group we set up a three point lighting rig shown in the photos above. We used a standard light source for the key light, a reflector as the fill light which needs the key light to work as it reflects the light onto the subject and as we hade a limited amount of lights we used an iPhone torch as a backlight.

three point lighting example

This is the outcome of the whole three point lighting setup. This is a very common setup as it can be used in many ways to brighten up the characters face, it is most commonly used in interviews.

just key light

This is just the key light out of the whole three point lighting setup. This is the main light that illuminates the subjects face, using this on its own creates a strong shadow on the other side of his face which you use the fill light to even it out.

just back light

This is just the back light of the three point lighting setup. This is commonly used to separate the subject from the background to make them stand out more.

 

For the next task we had to recreate the light used in selected scene.

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The scene I chose is from ‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995) where the characters are lined up and there is strong shadows behind them all, we didn’t have as many people as they did so we recreated it uses one actor. There is a few flaws in my recreations such as there is more light in the original, you can tell as in my image there is a shadow on the nose which none of the characters have in the original. A reason for this is that they probably edited in the shadows in post production. The shadow on the nose makes a huge difference to my image as it adds a horror feel to it which is not the films genre.
To make this better I could have added more light to the front of the character to make it overall lighter as my image looks more sinister than its meant to be, and that will also fix the shadow on the nose of my subject to make it look a lot more like the original and less like a horror film and more like the intended genre.

 

Week 7: Work Produced

Week 7: Problems and Solutions

This week we had to write about the lighting and colours used in film stills of our choice, then recreate a still using the same techniques.

A problem I had when writing about the ‘Looper’ still was that I didn’t know how to explain what the effect was so I found the scene on YouTube and watched it a couple of times to understand what the effect was. The scene made it easier to see how the effect was used as it was a character seeing the future as a dream sequence.

When recreating the ‘Usual Suspects scene’ I didn’t use enough light so it looked really dark compared to the original and also had a shadow on the nose which makes it look sinister. I could of used more light such as a three point lighting setup to prevent that shadow and darkness next time.

Week 7: Problems and Solutions

Week 6: Feedback and Reflections

For this task I had to gather lots of Foley sounds to add to a short film without any audio. Actually gathering the sounds was more difficult than editing them into the clip as we had limited sounds as we were in college grounds and couldn’t leave. First we watched the scene and wrote down all the sounds we could hear and next to it ideas for Foley. We managed to get a good amount of sounds for the short film such as a traffic cone hitting the ground was good for when the character hit his head against the wall, and we got a squeak of a chair for the bench and windmill at the start however I did change the sounds in a second attempt of the edit.

When editing it went well to begin with but once I finished the sounds felt a little bit repetitive as we only had a certain range of choice. I decided to try again but this time using some sounds of the internet which worked better than the first one. I also put the Foley sounds that I got into audacity and edited them by lowering and raising the volume and adding echo and other things to make them sound more like space ships etc.

If I was going to this task again I would make sure I get enough sounds to have a variety of choice and wont rush the editing process. I would also edit the sounds before hand so they are all perfect before I begin the edit.

 

Week 6: Feedback and Reflections

Week 6: Work Produced

Sound Task:

For this task we were given the Pixar’s short film ‘Lifted’ (2006) without the audio and was told to build up the sounds using Foley and sounds of the internet that we may need.

The sounds were from all around the college, for example the sound of the space ship was a generator and the sound of the squeaking bench at the start was a chair.

This is the first attempt I did using mostly Foley sound and some sounds off of Google, however I was unhappy with the outcome. I didn’t feel the sounds fitted and I felt I rushed it, so I started again.

I was happier with this one than the first one as I spent more time on it and edit some of the sounds in audacity such as the space ship sound. I slowed the generator noise down which made it deep, then layered it with a high pitched generator noise which resulted in the sound in the video.
I got more sounds of the internet which fit better with the scenes such as the windmill sound at the beginning but still kept some of the original Foley sounds.

If I was to do this again I would spend more time getting sounds and make sure I have every sound I need and that it fits well in order to get the best outcome. I also wouldn’t rush it like I did for the first attempt.

Week 6: Work Produced

Week 6: Problems and Solutions

For this task we had to recorded Foley sounds for a short film with no audio I had a few problems with this such as I was unhappy with my first attempt as the sounds that I got didn’t quite fit with the clip. I think the lack of sounds made the video seem repetitive so to fix this I started again and used a wider variety of sounds off of the internet as well as the Foley sounds I got before hand. This made the edit feel much less repetitive and had an overall better effect than Foley sounds alone.

I felt the sounds weren’t right and didn’t fit properly so I took them into audacity and edited them to sounds more like what they’re supposed to. For example I recorded the noise of a generator which was for the space ship so I lowered the volume of the sounds and added some reverb which made it sound less like a generator and more like a space ship. I also took the same audio and instead of lowering the audio I raised it then did the same with reverb and combined them together to get the outcome in the second attempt.

Week 6: Problems and Solutions

Week 5: Feedback and Reflections

Over the past week we have been given the task of using Twitter and have been promoting our own projects and each others using the hash tag #ccfilmsquad and #cchalloproject. Almost every professional production company has some sort of Twitter account whether its a personal one or a company one, they use it to promote their films, show trailers and even TV programmes. An example of this is Quentin Tarantino’s recent film ‘The Hateful Eight’ they have a Twitter account under the handle (@thehatefuleight) which they post trailers, information and retweet anything to do with their film so people can expect information from them about that specific film. I am going to compare the difference between two students accounts who have been on and off over the past week experimenting with it and I’m going to find out who had a better reaction to their content and how they achieved it.

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This is @Bradley_Films he tweeted four times and each time their was some kind of response from the audience whether it was a like or a retweet, he got 9 retweets overall and 10 likes. He got a lot of impressions on his tweets and even got 511 on one of them. An impression is whenever someone using Twitter comes across and views your tweet it counts as one impression.

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This is @Blackburn_Films he tweeted more times than @Bradley_Film so overall got more responses. he got 9 retweets, 5 replies and 14 likes. he got more amount of impressions in total however @Bradley_Films got more on a single tweet.

@Blackburn_Films had more responses than @Bradley_Films as he was more interactive with his followers as he asked more questions also reached out and spoke to companies which had a big fan base themselves which would explain why was more successful. Reaching out to  a company is a common strategy for getting your work out there, In this situation @Blackburn_Films had a conversation with Dominoes pizza and they followed him. Although the audience of each account is entirely different it could have brought some of their followers over to his account to check out his work.

They both used Twitter to promote their work and get peoples opinions on it, although no one replied on Twitter they followed the link and left a comment on YouTube saying what they liked about the videos and suggested anything that may improve it. They also help each other by retweeting each others work so that both their audiences go over and look at the other persons work.

Week 5: Feedback and Reflections