Dawn til Dusk the Production and Edit

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When?

Filming started 21st October

What?

Needed to shoot, edit, grade and sound design a short film detailing the journey from dawn to dusk. Using the prep work created and detailed in an earlier post. Using the photographs taken earlier they had been analysed to define what would be shot. A shooting regime had been made as well as an edit outline. Equipment was booked out including the Canon 7D which was new to this experience.

Why?

To develop skills in cinematography, grading and sound design to faithfully depict the experience of moving through time.

Cinematography must explore the movement of time and the scale of the area it affects. All visual compositions will be balanced and correct to the rules of composition. Where they break these rules they will be narratively justified. The level of exposure on all images will be correct and continuous within the flow of the film. Under exposure and over exposure can be used at moments when this will realistically capture the light at that moment.

All sound recordings must be original and unique. Only original composed music was to be used. The finished project will use advanced editing and mixing techniques, including: cross-fading, creative processing, dynamic range, compression, equalisation, and other appropriate processes.

The final edit is marked on how well all these elements are brought together. Enhancing and embellishing the story.

How?

Shooting took many days at different times to gather a large variety of footage. To make it visually interesting a few practical measures were undertaken for instance: At 0.14 the tree branch was deliberately dropped by a member of the crew to show movement in the forest and at 0.27 the mist was created by spraying deodorant into the wind to slow the winds movement and create a very unique, visual image.

A number of difficulties was created due to the weather, focus became hard because of the strength of the wind. Rain forced us to wait or stop early but luck ensured that great images were collected anyway.

Being in charge of the cinematography, the composition, colours and movement of what was/is on screen was extremely important with many shots being recaptured until it felt correct. Lighting was very important to get correct as this established the tie of day for the final edit and effected the placement of the footage.

In editing it was felt that some images should be re-ordered and a debate commenced. Only three images were colour graded and it was felt by some of the group that this was unnecessary due to the striking-ness of the images true colour. Each member of the group would have reordered this material differently creating five individual films.

The sound also produced issues. It was decided to have a poem voiced over the top created by one of the members. It was felt that the overall piece may have been edited to fit this. However the marantz refused to connect to the computer, slowing the editing process. A lot was learnt about how to edit sound footage during this production and the application used. However many levels were set too high and the naturalistic sounds can be seen as drowning out the narration of the poem. This was unfortunate although the public seems to have enjoyed the film with the view count still rising.

This was a very enjoyable project in which a lot was learnt and compatible group work. Cinematography skills were vastly improved due to the allowance of freedom by other group members and the discovery of a talent for composition and colour. An understanding of the equipment developed my knowledge further and motivated the confidence to experiment. This was a project enjoyed by everyone involved.

Who?

Max Haynes, Charlotte Morgan, Laura Humphrey and Tharani Mahes.

Developing old work into new

When?

Ongoing

What?

Task is to create a feature length script that could possible be developed into a film once graduated but first to simply develop and idea then a story to develop into a script.

Why?

As part of the Advance Scriptwiriting of level 5 Film Production Technology at Staffordshire University. To develop an understanding of brainstorming and the process of coming up with a successful idea that can be developed to create a successful and captivating script for audiences and filmmakers. To develop research and analytically skills.

How?

To begin this task research of an era of interest was undertaken as this was more motivating and captivating. Looking at films that were of interest was a good basis to begin with as it gave focus to the research. This suggested a period drama around 1980s England due to an interest in ‘This is England’ and ‘Billy Elliot‘, particularity the miner strikes in ‘Billy Elliot’. The style of both films and the language was a particular focus as well as them both being British films.

This interest has been used before in previous work, however it was Art work rather than film. In 2010 during A-level art inspiration from Shane Meadows’ ‘This is England’ directed in 2006 allowed the creation of a 12 hour painting. This film showed the way the ‘skinhead’ has been portrayed and how the ‘cult’ was created not as a racist or violent movement but as a collective community functioning around fashion, music and style. It was a family somewhere to belong. Meadows depicts this change from style to political, showing clearly the minority involved in the process and the change the rest of the ‘skinheads’ suffered. He shows how many do not truly understand the words they are being influenced by for instance the scene of the ‘National Front Meeting’, the man at the meeting uses passionate, motivational and words close to the heart such as ‘Power’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Respect’. He appears knowledgeable by quoting Henry V by Shakespeare. However what he believes is that if people come to Britain to work hard they should be accepted. Meadows uses a documentary feel to focus on peoples reactions making it appear very natural and more of a human reaction. It is a very calm and organised meeting making the reactions all the more sinister as if they are preparing for battle. This political change in society, spurred on by the media was highly interesting and passionate when accounts were reread. This led before a painting to the development of a series of photos in a similar style to the film.

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The style of the images was very important giving not just the boy but the landscape character. This led to the development of other work.

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All this previous work gave a basis for the new script idea, allowing a further interest into the era and culture of that time as well as using other inspiration for a storyline. Again using previous study of the book ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Stienbeck as inspiration to the characters and plot.

Who?

Peter Rudge supports my progress.

Dawn til Dusk finding inspiration

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When?

Set 1 week of prep starting Monday 14th October.

What?

Tasked in creating a short film lasting 2 mins that documented a day from Dawn til Dusk. However this group decided to use the first week and part of the second week to develop pre-production such as a story outline, storyboard if needed and a shot list. The group decided to focus on a naturalistic day by wishing to film nature.

Why?

By finding and confirming what exactly needed to be filmed allowed a plan to be created on the shooting process. A plan was made about the days of shoot due to travel arrangements, availability and time depending on the part of footage needed for the edit. The photos taken also gave a perspective to look back on a decide where was most appropriate to film.

How?

After confirming some locations a visit was conducted to take photos and decide a course of action on what exactly to film.

Here are some photos taken on the first outing:

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Although the quality is low due to these particular photos being taken via a mobile phone the character of the area comes through clearly, slowing lighting in a darkening part of the day.

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Due to the location there was plenty choice for imagery in both a field and in a wooded area with a small pond near by, this also gave us different lighting opportunities due to an open and enclosed space.

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Although the images aren’t of the greatest quality it still slows the area for use to work with for location. The low cloud and lack of light also effected our photos therefore the shoot needed to ideally be on a cloud-less or clear day but this meant the shoot was very dependent on the weather. As long as it didn’t rain all should have gone to plan.

The first image at the top of this post shows a lot of character and colour making it a very interesting and captivating piece.

Who?

Max Hayne, Charlotte Morgan,  Laura Humphrey and Tharani Mahes

Coverage

When?

Assignment began Monday 7th October and given until midnight 24th October 2013 to complete.

What?

Tasked with developing two 30 second short films using the same material and storyline which we created to convey two different meanings of the same scene. The footage had to be composed, exposed and focused correctly. Marks were also given to a creative response in the brief. This read ‘The idea for this film was to create a drug deal scene that implements two different perspectives for each character. One of the techniques used was to shoot footage from different angles such as shots looking up towards characters faces and ones looking down. This gives the impression of discomfort for the character and the viewer.

In Edit 1, the drug dealer’s face was not shown to give the impression he is a very suspicious character. This idea was taken from a various films such as From Russia With Love(1963), as a way to identify the antagonist of the story.

In Edit 2, the idea was to show both characters to be equal in status following a transaction from buyer to seller.’

Why?

This activity was designed to enable an understanding of the importance in using cinematography to focus on camera angles and give a more in depth ‘feeling’ and understanding of a film to an audience. It also taught the importance of shooting a range of scene from different perspective to give more opportunity in post production. The less footage taken the less options to make a creative edit during post production.

How?

To create these shorts a script was created of the basic story that could be told from two sides, therefore it was decided to have two characters making an exchange of some form. This form is not specified in the action or through dialogue so when edited in post it could be seen as a legal deal or an illegal/dodgy deal. Once the story was developed a story board was created of two different scenario using the same story outline and location. Due to weather conditions this had to be adapted on the day of shooting as an outside location was no longer possible. By repeatedly shooting the action from every angle and zoom available on the day, there was a larger opportunity in post.

The decision for one edit to be more neutral and the other focused on a certain character was made before shooting. Premier Pro was used to edit the film. The first edit focuses on the guy wishing to make the deal. It also shows that he is comfortable and in control of the situation. This was achieved by using mid shots and close ups of the main character and not showing the 2nd character. All the reaction shots are from this main character’s point of view and the audience will feel he is more important and crucial to the story than the second character.

The second edit shows a larger picture of the scene with both characters being shown however by keeping the camera always level with the character sitting down, he appears more in control. This exchange appears much more straight forward than the first. It is also at a slower pace than the previous edit as less reaction shots are needed and more physical action is shown such as the searching of the wallet.

Lighting and sound could be improved within both edits as well as a slower pace in the first. If the edits had been allowed to be longer we would have included the entering of the character however the time given was not long enough to fit this in. Due to a last minuet change in location we diverted from our story board however the timing of mid, wide and close ups remained very similar.

Who?

Other members of the group included Simon Picken, Laura Humphrey, Jack Fenton and Charlotte Morgan.

Netball Team Union Intro

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When?

September 4th 2013

What?

Created the introduction to the Netball team on the Union website’s Netball Stafford page.

Why?

To advertise the club to other students at the university, showing what the club does, is involved in and what it’s like to be involved.

How?

Staffordshire University, Stafford Campus’s Women’s Netball team is a friendly environment, where Stafford University women can come together to learn a new sport and socialise, making lifelong friends and improving on fitness both on and off the court.
No previous ability is required just the enjoyment of trying new things, though previous experience is welcomed and encouraged.
We train twice a week and entered into the BUCS league with a weekly fixture. Last year we were involved in Stafford Campus’ first Varsity against Wolverhampton which we will continue each year, every year. Whenever possible we also organise a series of friendlies against neighbouring teams.
Our aims for this year is to have a coach for the first time, a win in BUCS league, to improve skill and to enjoy ourselves while keeping fit.
To increase the social aspect we encourage the girls to meet every Wednesday evening for a range of activities including; cinema trips, bowling, nights on the town and a casual get together within our SU (Lounge and Legends). We also organise a tour held at some point in the year.
At the end of the year we wish all girls to have a passion for netball, new friends and new confidence!
For more information email us at: stafforduninetballteam@hotmail.co.uk or visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stafforduninetballteam or use the QR code below

Or even better speak to a member of our committee.

Who?

Netball Committee