The way things look.
I’ve chosen these five screen grabs mainly for their mise-en-scene and colour grading. Although I don’t intend to have more than one or two actors/actresses if any at all.
I’d like to make a visually beautiful piece that focuses on colour and composition to do this I plan to incorporate Plymouth’s naturally beautiful seafront and landscape, using a green-blue colour scheme.
For lighting I intend to use natural light instead of artificial, much like in the first screenshot where the light reflects off the water behind Eva Green.
For the most part I will shoot long shots and extreme long shots to take in as much of the scenery as possible, the second image is a good example of this.
I’ve chosen the first image from Cracks (2009) simply because I love the way the light reflects off the water and Eva Green’s hair directly from the sun, also this shot includes a body of water.
The second image is from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, I particularly like the composition of this shot, the symmetry and simplicity of it makes it visually stunning, the colours are also beautiful although I plan to go for a more greenish tint myself.
The third image is also from the Life Aquatic, I chose this shot purely for the quirkiness of the camera angle, I’d also like to work some first person shots into my piece.
The fourth image is from Christopher and His Kind, this image has a beautiful camera angle and a sense of tranquility about it, once again a body of water is included which relates to my final piece.
The final shot is from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? This image uses the sky as a background, cutting out any buildings and man made structures, I’d like my piece to be focused on more natural creations as opposed to stone buildings and such. I also rather like the use of thirds in the composition.
The way things look.
(I can’t get it to embed)
This may look like a random video of my hands but actually it was an experiment I did.
I put my camera on a tripod in a room and took one clip (badly focused, sorry) where I put my left hand into the left hand side of the frame, I then stopped recording and did the same with my other hand on the other side. I then put them both into Premier and used the crop tool on the overlay video so it only fills half the screen, I had to shuffle the clips around as there was a little line in the middle where my hand had moved the camera a tiny bit when stopping or starting recording.
This experiment has actually helped a lot as I will hopefully be using this technique a lot in the music video task when the summer is over.
9:30 Review 014: Andre Chocron - My Recurring Dream.
I find this music video absolutely amazing, it’s almost hypnotic. I really like the transitions (Which are obviously the main event of this) but also the choice of actions within the individual clips are equally as interesting. My favourite clip would have to be the underwater one, I’m pretty sure there’s a sneaky cut in the middle because at the beginning things appear to be going forward and at the end the people are clearly swimming backwards. The video fits nicely with the song, I feel they compliment each other well; neither one detracts attention from the other but seem to work on an equal balance together.
My favourite transition would have to be one of the final ones, the one between the skateboarders and the little girl in the hospital. I just love that they’re holding a translucent banner with the faint image of a girl on it. It’s almost definitely been edited on After Effects but this doesn’t make it any less amazing, I just like the way it looks and then transitions into the next scene. (Both scenes are also some of the best scenes in the video in my opinion.)
Three emotive words about the video:
Creative, intriguing and unusual.
Floor plan for “My Recurring Dream.”
Gantt Chart for the Alien foley project
- One block of colour = quiet sound
- Two blocks high of colour = Loud sound
I’ve had a strong interest in writing since I was old enough to read, my father brought me up on Harry Potter, The Hobbit and other high fantasy novels. I was fascinated by the way words could be crafted in a way that creates a whole world inside your mind and have been scribbling little fables ever since. I think I’d be able to bring not only a lot of imagination and creativity to the course but also alternative ideas and an organised kind of logic.
I’ve studied at Plymouth College of Art for one year so far. I feel I’ve worked harder in this past year than ever before; the course is very fast moving and intense, I’ve actually really enjoyed learning about all the different equipment and their uses and even the paperwork has been genuinely interesting. I’m glad I’ve found a place where I truly enjoy my work and am surrounded by a relaxed and amiable atmosphere which allows me to work comfortably and freely. When I started the course I literally knew nothing on how to make a film, I’m now halfway through the course and feel relatively confident in my film making ability, of course there’s always room for improvement and I have a long way to go, but I feel I’ve learnt incredibly fast and have really taken to film making.
One of the best things about PCA would be the group projects; it’s the one chance where we can get a whole bunch of people who’re all interested in film together in one big video together, it’s really lovely to feel like a part of a team as we each contribute our individual skills to the project. In this year we’ve learnt such a varied amount of subjects and styles, my favourite would be the slow moving, tension building scenes that lead up to a big reveal, I find it’s a great opportunity to play with harsh lighting and interesting camera angles.
My main interest has always been writing, I’d always enjoyed film but had never looked into the art of creating it, I’m glad both literature and film can be combined into screenwriting. In my free time I tend to watch films, TV shows or read and write, storytelling means everything to me, I think escapism via a good novel or film is a wonderful thing and I hope that one day I can provide my own creation for people to lose themselves in.
I feel I’d be a valuable member of the course because I’m not only creative but can listen and give constructive feedback, I feel this is an important asset because I believe bouncing ideas off other people is the best way to improve imperfections and generally evolve an idea. My aim is to eventually have a few original scripts written and produced and believe I can achieve this if I keep pushing myself to do the best I can.
Holly Keane’s Showreel 2012-2013.
This is my showreel showing some of the work I’ve created during my first year of college.
I tried to choose a song that I felt had a similar atmosphere to the clips I was planning to use (Which was very hard considering we’ve looked at creating tension, awkward silences, post edit effects and other generally quirky stuff.) So I eventually chose a song that had a kind of metronome in the background, this allowed me to cut the video on that beat making the video run smoothly and not look disjointed. I also think the majority of my clips are rather slow moving which makes the intro of the song match it rather well, then the song picks up so I tried to choose some of my faster moving clips, as opposed to simply cutting between clips faster. (Although I feel I should have cut the video directly when the guitars pick up.)
I chose to only use one or two of the class projects because I felt this was a display of my own work, of what I can do mostly by myself (Also I used all the clips in my folder on the D drive, the group ones aren’t in there so I forgot about them…)
I looked at several other people’s show reels before creating my own, my favourite being:
http://vimeo.com/10495769 (Jeff Desom 2010)
I like this video because it’s just so easy to watch, the clips cut smoothly between one another and the pace of the music and video are absolutely perfect. The clips are all very similar; faded colour slow paced and all contain a melancholy atmosphere (Which the music does too)
The job of a screenwriter is to form the foundations of a film, they write the script and generally invent the entire story.
This job doesn’t really have a progression to it, you start and finish the career doing the same thing. The only way to ‘progress’ is to end up working for a large company after working for a lesser known company.
A screenwriter only needs to be creative and a good understanding of their language, having contacts is also a great help if you want to make your life a little easier when trying to get your script accepted.
A scriptwriter’s job is a very unsteady one, you could be commissioned to write one script and then, once that’s done, be out of work again. The best way to have a steady job and write is to write teleplays, the contract is most likely a longer one.
I’d like to be a screenwriter because from a young age I’ve wanted to write novels, since coming to college on a whim I’ve discovered film on a whole new level and definitely want to work within the film industry. That being, I’d still like to create the stories, I love the idea that thousands of people can sit down and watch/read a story written by myself and for a little while be lost in the world I’d created. I think that’s the most rewarding career within film making. (Failing that, I think just being part of the production team would be interesting)
"To expand on this, can you find an existing job vacancy that caters to the role you have researched?"
People don’t tend to advertise for screenwriters (Apart from maybe teleplays who have a small group of people writing a set script for television soaps) A screenwriter has to go out and find work with their pre-written script, although their first script usually won’t get created it will provide a good example to future employers of their creativity and writing style which will make the difference between getting the job and not.
(I did look for Screenwriting vacancies online but didn’t find anything promising.)
In B Flat is a creative “music video” created by Darren Solomon and a number of internet users who helped produce each video.
I wouldn’t call this an actual music video
Today I took the day off college to meet some members of the BBC, they were filming at my friend Emily’s house for a wildlife documentary.
I was surprised by how similar the BBC’s way of working was to how we work in college, apart from the equipment (Which was a lot more hi-tech.)
It was really interesting to see how they worked first hand, I was also glad to see they were actually human beings; when people say “The BBC” I imagine a huge faceless brand full of serious people doing serious things, so it was really nice to be able to sit down in the garden with tea and biscuits and chat with Michaela Strachan about her days as a kissogram.
The crew were there from about 10:30 - 1:30 and spent about 2 hours of that time filming. I was surprised at the length of time it took to film a two minute segment, it made me realise how long these things really take to film and I now understand why it won’t be on air until September.
Initially, I was slightly worried about meeting people from the BBC; I’d like to end up working there myself and was worried they’d all be really tired and serious about their work, which they were, but in a nice, friendly way.
I found it interesting that they had three people filming and one man doing the sound all simultaneously; one man did the close up shots, one did the general interviewing camera and the other did cut away shots of the surroundings. It was rather amusing to see four men and two women all in one little garage trying to film a bat.
Over all I was pleased with the day, I definitely feel I could do that job and be content with it as my career.
( Making of video )
Havoc, by Andre Chocron, was filmed in an old medicine depot and was shot in 300 frames per second, the standard frame rate per second is 25 in standard film. The entire video was in fact originally 18 seconds long before being sped up to its final 3:34 and there were about 40 people working on this creation.
If I were making this video I would have to think about the fact that the entire clip is only 18 seconds in real time, so everyone has to be exact in their individual roles. This would be especially important for the gymnasts as they have to try and remain in sync without landing on anyone or hurting themselves. I’d also have to make sure all the camera settings were correct; 300 FPS for example.
I’m sure this video had many rehearsals, not with the final take but everyone was rehearsing their own role individually (Or in pairs for the gymnasts) The final piece was done in one shot with no rehearsals (Think of the mess they’d have to clean up if they’d had to do a re-shoot.)
The director used a kind of metronome whilst calling out numbers to ensure everyone was in the right place at the right time.
25/300 = 0.083 - 0.083 x 100 = 8.3 - 100 - 8.3 = 91.7
Final answer = Video was slowed by 91.7%
18 seconds real time, 215 seconds slowed down
Foley is a type of sound effect where sounds are recorded after filming in a silent room with alternative objects to the ones used on set. This technique was designed by Jack Donovan Foley (1891) and is commonly used for several reasons, being that the original audio track was ruined (by background noise or wind) or the microphone didn’t pick up certain, subtle noises (Such as the swishing of clothing or foot steps on carpet). Foley allows the viewer to remain immersed in the film without being distracted by an unintended noise or lack of noise.
This is a perfect visual explanation of how Foley is used and made.
Jack Donovan Foley literally created Foley (As you may have guessed by the name) He created this technique at the very beginning of sound films to compete with Warner Studios (Foley worked for Universal) The microphones used on the actors could only pick up their voices, so Foley decided to re-enact the sound effects as accurately as he could.
This technique is still used because it is the most effective technique we have so far, it works and gives a perfect copy of what we would have heard if we were in the film (and it were real life.)
I chose this video for the bit where the lady talks about how the Sonic Screwdriver is actually just a corkscrew/bottle opener (In sound) I just liked the way it was so simple. For a Sonic Screwdriver to have the same sound as something so mundane I find slightly amusing, also I’m surprised I hadn’t recognised the noise myself.
If you were given the same activity, but you did not have any constraints regarding how you had to film from the aquarium, and did not have any timing constraints set by the college, how do you think your project might have differed?
How do you feel you MANAGED the overall task set for this project (research, planning, and the finished result.) Do you think you could improve on anything, and discuss what you think worked well.
What was it like to produce a video as ‘art’, or for exhibition purposes, rather than something designed as a more familiar narrative driven experience? What were the challenges you had to face?
I found the project enjoyable over all, although felt perhaps a little restricted by the lack of flash photography. The Aquarium is rather a dark place, bar the coloured lights in the tanks (Which on film do not give out very much light at all.) This made many of the shots
Describe the doing of this!