Bottled Up

When?

28/03/2014

What?

To complete edit of creative film assignment which was designed to bring everything learned from semester 1 in to one video.

Why?

To successfully create a powerful short film which was accomplished by a lot of hard work from cast and crew. Colour grading was completed correctly with all shots matching. During the editing process it was decided to shorten the film and remove the ‘best friend’ due to his theatrical acting which changed the mood and style we wanted. This made the short much more powerful and focused on the relationship which is what was designed from the start.

The ending was also removed and was cut to an earlier shot which finalised the plot more. The short now feels more documentary like and following the development of there relationships without the need of outside influences. It feels more like a personal bubble the audience is peering into.

However it is obvious that some sound needs redoing. A musical score was created but due to the shortness of the feature there was no space to add it. This is a very quite short with the need for dialogue obsolete. Everything is said through posture and body language making it a more powerful film.

This film was successfully made and combined all knowledge of the previous semester, shown through the thought process of the editing stage.

Who?

Laura Humphrey, Jack Fenton, Oliver Jones and Charlotte Morgan.

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72hr Project – Production Meeting 1

When?

26/03/2014

What?

First Production Meeting for the 72hr Project, held in Staffordshire University, Stafford Campus. To discuss progress of the project and what to expect.

Why?

So the crew could meet each other and decide what there focus areas would possibly be. So James Fair can see availability leading up to the project for rehearsals etc and peoples skills and possible groups. To fill out forms for foods, accommodation, travel, potential drivers and hoodies.

To encourage social media sharing and more knowledge of the project and update on the current status of the project.

How?

Attending the meeting on time and discuss with James.

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Who?

James Fair and other 72hr Applicants

Charity Matches

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When?

12/03/2014 and 19/03/2014

What?

Staffordshire University’s Stafford Campus netball team took part in two charity matches to raise money for the ‘Motor Neurone Disease’ and splitting the money raised with Rugby’s charity ‘RFU injured Players charity’. The matches took place on two separate days. For a special extra the Netball girls had to wear the men’s kit and the guys had to wear the women’s kit including skorts. The treasurer of the Netball team had to collect and submit an funding raised and distribute a check to the charity. This will be received shortly.

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Why?

To raise awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease that the netball coach actively fund raises for by actively competing in our sport. The team contributed to the community and research to combat a difficult disease within the UK.

How?

Both matches lasted an hour with all team members competing and donating a pound. The team also sold brownies and held a raffle. A total of £114.55 for the MND and £66.53 RFU injure players charity.Image

Who?

Staffordshire University’s Stafford Campus Netball, Rugby and Frisbee Teams

Talking Lens – Shadowing and Further Work

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When?

10/03/2014 11am, Leeds

What?

Gain a shadowing opportunity in a pre production house.

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Why?

To gain knowledge and insight in to the workings of a pre production house and network with those already working in the film and TV industry. From this network to gain a placement for the following year.

How?

Contact was initially made on 25/02/2014 by email to Amy Dixon who was known to be working a Talking Lens Productions. A reply was swiftly received.

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Contact had been made and an opportunity made available.

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A date for the shadowing was set as well as a task to complete two script reports, to show any skills or abilities. Due to this being an unusual task, advice was given by Peter Rudge on how to go about. A template had also been provided by Talking Lens but it was still had to approach the tasks. The reports were swiftly completed in time for the shadowing and had impressed the company so another task was given to re-write a script.

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This was a fantastic opportunity to work professionally in an area towards a future career.

Shadowing:
Due to Talking Lens being a working pre-production house a disclaimer form was signed at the beginning of the day. However partaking in work was undertook and an interview discovering any script writing abilities was conducted. The day was packed and busy but has given influenced huge enthusiasm to work within the pre production area of the film industry.

Work is continually been given by the company who will also be applied to as a work experience placement.

Who?

Amy Dixon, Raza Mahall and Peter Rudge

‘Bottled Up’ Script and on Set

When?

January 2014 – 5th March 2014

What?

To create a short film 3 – 12 mins long.

Why?

This assignment is designed to use everything learnt in semester 1 and bring it all together. To see how the visual, sonic and editing style of the film reflects the content. To use technology correctly to enhance your footage and narrative this includes camera work, editing style and sound. 

How?

The script was in production for a month due to personality and creative style disagreements. Eventually a decision was made by the director that the film should meet three criteria points: It should be interesting and keep the audiences attention. It should be compatible with the time frame given. And it should be enjoyable to make for crew and cast.  Bottled Up Once this was decided the script was soon completed allowing the appropriate search for actors to continue.

Three platforms were used to search for cast. Social media, old contacts and star now.

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The male lead roles had plenty of applicants and Pete and David were picked to play father and son. However the female role, all applicants were either too old or too far away as it had been agreed that the crew would pay travel costs. Instead a date for filming was set on the week of 3/3/2014 for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30 start each day. Equipment was also booked and everything was ready to go apart from the girlfriend position. Due to this the Monday was selected to film scenes where the girlfriend wasn’t involved to give us more time to find a suitable actor.

3/3/2014:

Filming began in location 1 however an issue arose regarding the lighting. Different lights had been booked out to what had been expected. None of the crew had had any proper experience at using red head lighting. The crew quickly adjusted but it caused filming time to be much longer than expected. It also meant that these lights had to be plugged in to work, so there was no where to use them in our outside locations.Image

The crew kept the actors up beat by involving them as much as they could.

It was also evident throughout the shoot that we weren’t going to get a female role. This caused some heavy re-scripting on set by director and script writer Ben Gray. A best friend was hastily created instead but this meant many scenes had to be adjusted so the tone of the overall film was not changed. Therefore shooting that day was cut early to re-organize ourselves. Luckily we had planned a back up of a male best fiend and already got in contact with an actor who was available to work the Tuesday and Wednesday. The crew collected themselves and got ready to work again.

4/3/2014:

Tuesday was much more organised and all the majority of the best friend’s and son’s scenes were completed on scheduled. This allowed the crew to relax and work more fluently. There were a lot more location changes of which the travel took up the majority of time, rather than the setting up of items.ImageAgain the actors were very pleasant and worked there hardest alongside the crew to finish a successful day.

5/3/2014:

This was the last scheduled day for filming which meant everything had to be completed. This in turn made it inevitable that we were going to run over but only by an hour.

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Everyone was very tiered which made the crew start to try and rush shots but were forced to slow down when they remembered the editing process which would be harder if production wasn’t completed properly. The actors again were extremely good and in high spirits. Production finished at 19:30 hours on the Wednesday night.

Editing will commence in the following weeks. A lot was learned on this shoot, mainly how to use red head lighting and how to position them. Script writing techniques were highly improved due to the re-scripting under pressure.

Who?

PRE

Director – Emma
Producers – Charlotte and Jack
Scriptwriters – Jack and Ben
Script Supervisor – Emma
Storyboard – Ben and Emma

PRO

Camera Op – Laura
Cinematographer – Emma and Charlotte
Sound Op – Ben
Light Op – Jack
Clapper / Runner – Oliver

POST

Editors – Laura and Charlotte
Editing Supervisor – Emma
VFX/color grade – Oliver
Sound Mix – Jack and Ben

Actors

When?

Always

What?

Finding suitable actors or any film/advert/short.

Why?

Actors are integral to the film making process. Without a good actor, a great story line could fall. The piece relies on the interpretation through the actors. Actors however can be difficult to deal with and often believe they are higher than the director/producer who must get them to do as asked. Actors also have to work long hours on a busy film set and play the waiting game when location is changed and knew sets are set up. Therefore it is very understandable when an actor gets grouchy so it is up to the producer to keep them happy.

How?

There are many sites available to post job opportunities aimed at actors.

ImageStar now was used for many of our shorts including our latest short film ‘Bottled up’.

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And of course the other way to gain actors for your shoot is to have worked with them previously.

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Mitch worked on the 48 hour film project and was very impressed so has offered to work again and collaborate on projects. The newest will be lined up for May 2014. It is also good to advertise through social media sites such as facebook and twitter.

In conclusion, it is important to network with not only other film makers but actors too, so the film has all the best and strongest people completing it.

Who?

Directors, Producers and Actors

President of the Film Society

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19/02/2014 – Present

What?

Following the resignation of the Film Society President the job was passed over to Emma Simms and Simon Picken. This followed a restructure of the whole society committee with Rob Young becoming Chair and Megan Williams is now social secretary. The society has now been split between Stoke and Stafford with Megan Williams being the main correspondent between the two.

Why?

“I want to thank you all for your hard efforts over the last year with the Film Society and most of all for supporting myself. I have decided in the interests of the Society to resign as President. This is not a decision I have wanted to make but one I think is best.”

This decision came very unexpectedly and called for a major restructure and assessment of the society itself. A meeting was called with the union to discuss these issues and to look at the Cannes trip. This decision also caused resentment towards the former president who had refused to discuss issues with the rest of the committee. There was a lot of unanswered questions that had to be sorted before further decisions could be made. However relations with Staffs TV were amended immediately and changes continue to be made.

Who?

Simon Picken, Rob Young, Megan Williams