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.

bradleyfilm snippet

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.

blackburnfilms snippet

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.

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Week 5: Feedback and Reflections

Week 5: Work Produced

I am going to give an example for each shot type.

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ECU – Shows reactions and or emotions in the persons eyes.

BCU – Shows reaction and or emotions on the characters face.

CU – This could be used to see the emotion during a dialogue scene.

MCU – This would be used for a more casual dialogue scene.

 

MS –

MLS –

LS – For an fight scene or could be used as an establishing the character.

ELS – This would also be an establishing a character.

 

Two Shot (CU/ MCU / MS) –

Over the shoulder shot – This is used for a conversation between two people with shot reverse shot.

Interviewee looks / talks into space in the frame (and towards the interviewer) – This is used to add the idea he’s still talking to someone.

Moving subject into space –

 

Tilted frame –

Low angle shot (DA / LA) –

High angle shot –

 

For this project we had to experiment with movement and different equipment, we used the steady cam for every scene however the main reason we used it as for the tracking scene down the corridor. The idea of this project was to get from one location to another using the 180 degree rule and rules of composition such as rule of thirds. We were given the location by the vending machine, there was a problem with this location as it was right outside the maths area so was always busy and also the you could hear slight buzzing of the vending machines when recording audio so we moved the dialogue to later on.

I edited the footage to go with the music which is the kill bill theme tune, during the scene when the subject is walking through the corridor I cut the footage at different places. This made the clip overall shorter as it started to drag and it had a nice jumping effect that is in time with the soundtrack. We were inspired by Quentin Tarantino films with the angles and movements so I thought I would try that soundtrack and it worked surprisingly well.

The audio at the beginning and end was recorded separately using a zoom microphone which we had to the side of the camera while the subjects spoke. The reason we recorded it separately was because we wanted to practise syncing audio in Avid.

 

 

Week 5: Work Produced

Week 5: Problems and Solutions

This week we worked as a group and filmed a small video experimenting with movement and was given the task of getting from one location to another. A problem we had with this shoot is that we used the steady cam for the first time and didn’t realised how long it took to set up so missed out on filming for the first half as we had to plan as well. We could of figured out what equipment we were using for the shoot and set up while planning the shots and story now that we know it takes a reasonable amount of time. We also had issues with our location that was given to us however we worked around it and sorted out the problem. All of this is explained in more detail in the ‘Problems and Solutions’ blog.

 

Week 5: Problems and Solutions

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