Thursday, 26 February 2009

Most recent filming and feedback

On monday 23/02 me and my group progressed on with another filming session, within this session we aimed to shoot a variety of different shot types, e.g. close ups, POV's etc in order for our thriller opening to be telling the story through camera as currently we were relying solely on actors.

I was pleased with the shots we managed to get completed and how they looked once uploaded onto the computer. All the shots have now been placed in order onto premier and our editing stages are slowly progressing, we are still to add in sound and finalise our titles, tighten up any editing and recieve further feedback from our teacher before our final deadline.

Our piece is starting to look more and more like a thriller but I believe we are still missing some key conventions which should be added in within editing- such as certain transitions etc.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Progress to Date

Although it feels like recently I have made little progress, I have gained numerous amounts of skills and a clear experience as to how time consuming practical production is.

My camera skills have improved significantly, I am now confident in using the camera meaning I am more open to experiment with different shots, whether proving succesful or not.

I am still hindering the skills on software such as premiere pro, my knowledge is limited but I can say that I have obtained the basic skills in order to start editing simply.

I feel that my progress where moving forward to new stages is still at a stand still, communication skills amongst me and the group are lacking and I personally feel dry of new ideas. To overcome this I believe it is essential to recieve help and advice from my teacher, in addition some extra research may be required in order to gain some inspiration to the thriller conventions that would be well suited to my thriller.

Hopefully the editing should start to develop at a faster pace now that we have more footage to work with.


Monday, 9 February 2009

Fourth Filming Session 05/02

With our new plot formed into a new shot list we met at my house to complete our footage.

We experimented with some different shot types, low angles and POV, it was hard to shoot the low angle straight so we discounted this shot however as a group we felt the POV shot worked well in capturing both characters emotion during that specific scene.

Our previous footage lacked any scripting, so it was necessary to write some lines for the characters in the scene with dialogue because the previous shots lacked emphasis because of the poorly strung lines during improvisation.

Due to snowfall during the past week we had to be careful that we didn't capture the snow in any of the new shots in order to continue continuity.

-Feedback from third attempt footage-

After having shown the shots we shoot on the 25/01 to our teacher we recieved some all important feedback:
- Flashback scenes which include Lia (acting as a younger version of Maizie) need to be changed due to lack of realism. Lia has little resemblance to Maizie which would consequently effect our final opening due to the fact that the flashback scenes would fail in portraying Maizie as being younger but rather it would make it look like a completely different person.

In order to overcome this we felt our only option was to change the plot slightly because there was no one we could think of who looked like a younger version of Maizie.

Additional feedback:
Add in an extra shot of Maizie playing with teddy bear (important prop within opening) so that the audience can engage with the main character and her closeness to the teddy bear.

Create a script for the characters for the shots that include dialogue.