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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Prelim Evaluation

My Preliminary Exercise Evaluation

My Preliminary Video

1. Who did you work with and how did you manage the task between you?

Group Photo
I think that it is important to work as a team as one can be more efficient with the quantity of work produced and the speed at which the work is produced.

I worked with Noa Craig and Kristina Gadalin to plan the continuity sequence, film the video and we edited in sub groups, I edited by myself. I also made the script and shoot board but those were based off the ideas that we all had as a group. We all had an equal share in helping with the discussion and story boarding for the planning of the sequence. I did most of the filming as Noa and Kristina were acting in it the sequence. I don’t think that there was one leader throughout but people played to their strengths and were the leaders in the areas that they were confident about.

I think we all worked well as a team and our approach to the project was great. The only thing that I think we could do differently is editing as a group. Unfortunately, Kristina left our school which is why she isn't in the group photo.

2. How did you plan your sequence? What processes did you use? What theories did you try to take into account when planning, shooting and editing?

During a group discussion we made a story board which displayed the order and look of all of the shots, a shoot board so we knew what exactly we were filming and when and we also made a script so the actors knew what they were saying. The story board was useful as we were able to visualise what each shot would look like and make sure that the shots flowed continuously. We also blocked out each shot to make sure it worked and added to the narrative flow.

Story Board

Shoot List


The continuity principles played a heavy part in our video such as:
·         Shot-Reverse-Shot

·         The 180 Degree Rule

·         Match on Action (The green pen)

     We also took these film principles into account:
     The 30 Degree Rule
     The Classic Narrative Pattern

3. What technology did you use to complete the task, and how did you use it?

This is a table showing all of the equipment we used for our continuity sequence.

Canon Legria HFG 30
We used it to shoot the video and to help get the framing right.
Small and portable so it was easy to manoeuvre and get the shots right. Automatic focus meant that it was easier to get the right shot.
Due to the camera being in automatic focus it meant that we were not able to change the subject in focus.
Libec TH-650 HD
We used it to keep the shots steady and to help get the framing right.
Helped correct the framing of shots and helped keep the camera steady.
When it was completley extended it was very big meaning it was hard to get certain shots due to insufficient space for the tripod.
Canon DM-100 Directional Microphone
We used it to improve the quality of our audio.
It reduced background noise and improved the overall audio quality of the video.
Due to the microphone being fixed on the camera, it meant that we could only capture sound from the direction that the camera was facing which was a challenge in the shot-reverse-shot.
Adobe Premiere Pro
We used it to edit our sequence.
We were able to easily edit out videos on the dual monitor, multi track setup/
I don’t see any major cons.
Me filming with the Camera, Microphone and Tripod
Me at the edit suite using Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro

I think the equipment that we used was very much to our advantage and allowed us to go past a lot of the limitations that we had.

4. What factors did you have to take into account when planning, shooting and editing?

The major factors that we had to take into account were the limits of the location and of time.

When planning we had to maximise our time efficiently. This meant that we had to choose our ideas quickly and keep them relatively simple so we could still pull them off with the limitations of location that we had. As we could only use the media department as a setting it meant that we had to keep our ideas simple, consider the lighting, spacing and the challenges of using a classroom setting for our video.

When shooting our video we had to we had to get a lot of shots that needed various set ups out of the way, we knew that this would take a lot of time so we scheduled our time so that we had enough time to do the various shots. Also we were able to get a large number of shots done over a short amount of time with the shot-reverse-shot.

When editing I had to take into account the limitations of time as I only had 1 hour to edit. This meant that I approached the task with a need to work through it quickly and carefully.

5. How successful was your sequence, please identify what went well, and in hindsight, what would you improve/do differently?

Our video matches the guidelines of the brief which were to make a continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening door, crossing a room and sitting down opposite another character. My video follows a girl walking into a room, then speaking to a teacher about not doing homework and then walking out.

The shot-reverse-shot of the teacher and student speaking went well as the sequence flowed very well and worked well to support the narrative flow of the continuity sequence.

The use of the 180 degree rule at the start allowed Kristina's character and the setting to be introduced in a logical way that flowed well, as it showed Kristina moving in the same direction over the 2 shots.

In hindsight, I would have re-shot the two shots needed for the shot-reverse-shot sequence. If we had started filming before Kristina had sat down from both angles then it would have appeared much smoother when it was cut and wouldn’t appear as a jump cut. 


6. What have you learnt from completing this task? Looking ahead, how will this learning be significant when completing the rest of your foundation coursework, do you think?

From this task I have learnt how to effectively and efficiently work in a group and maximise the use of time.

Like I said I think that time management skills are key skills that I have learned from the task, not just when planning but also when shooting and editing. In terms of editing I have also learned how narrative flow can be created easily. Lastly I feel this term has taught me how to film effectively in order to achieve a continuous narrative flow, something that would have helped to avoid the jump cut.

After this experience I feel more confident and ready for the next task which is to to make an opening sequence for a new fiction film. This task will be much bigger as it will feature different locations and more actors but I am really looking forward to starting it.

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