Final Cut – Joanna

Rought Cut Feedback

Some of the feedback given was that we need to ‘cut the fat’ off our footage, from this we went and cut any footage that was too long. This made the film more exciting as it moved faster. Peers thought the effects were good for the dreams and said it caused a good contrast to the reality of the footage.

Rough Cut

After receiving some feedback from our 1st animatic storyboard, we decided to do a second one as in the feedback and from our personal opinion, the 1st animatic was too short so we wanted to add some more story.

Shooting Experience

Me and Amelia decided that I would act and she would record the film. We discussed camera angles and settings before hand so that we could set this up before filming, this included who brought what props and costume. We also found willing volunteers to star in our film, such as Anissa Lakhani. Our animatic storyboards were a great help as we used it often to plan our next move, and we could easily look back to clarify what shots we wanted. There is no speech in the film and so no speech scripts were discussed.

Our first day of filming went well for the most part untill the camera ran out of battery, we had planned to take an extra battery, however, as we were using the new HD camera there was not a spare that we could take,  this caused us to stop filming and charge the camera to the next day. This caused extra hardship as we had to check everything for continuity. The rest of the filming was successful and no other problems occured. One success was the ability to film in school and at home with little ineruptions, allowing us to have a variety of settings.

New and Improved StoryBoard

Animatic Feedback

Our first feedback was from our teacher, Mr Dunford, who said our sequence was too short. This can be changed by simply adding another scene. This is a valid point due to the fact it is only 47 seconds and our final piece must be between 2 – 3 minutes.  Other responces from peers have said they like how it ends and slowly transforms the knife into the title of the film, and the use of the quick shots showing the blood on the hands and the different angles of the face. However, they thought that the scene that we placed there as a dream was not clear to others and so an effect over this may help make this clear.

So we plan to add an additional scene and make the dream scene more obvious to the viewer, this should improve our story board and our production.

Risk Assesment and Logistics

Risk Assessments of filming

Camera battery running out: 5 HIGH – The camera battery running out is a major risk as it will stop the filming all together. To prevent this from happening we will make sure the battery has been fully charged, we will also make sure that we either bring spare fully charged batterys whilst filming or take the battery charger, so if we have been filming for a long time we can still continue filming with the spare battery or charger. Obviously, the spare battery will be better because if we can’t find a plug socket we will not ba able to charge the battery.

Actors not showing up: 4 MEDIUM – This can be resolved by telling the actors where and when we will be filming a few days before, then again the day before to remind them and maybe again in the morning so they definitely wont forget.

Camera braking (by dropping etc): 4 MEDIUM – Dropping or any form of damage to the camera can be prevented simply by taking care of the camera when we are filming or when we are setting up a shot or moving from set to set. We will also experiment with the camera before we film so we know how it works just incase there is something on it we don’t know how to work and we accidentally break it.

Forgetting props: 2 LOW – Forgetting props wont be too much of a problem as we don’t need to use lots of them, and the props we do need will already be at the place we will be filming so will be easy to access.

Filming disruptions: 2 LOW – Filming disruptions can be a problem as it can stop us filming. This risk is quite low as before we even start filming, we will make sure out set/place we are filming at wont be too busy or get disrupted. Most of our filming will be in someones home, so the disruptions will be quite low as we can easily control who comes in or out.

Forgetting to put tape in the camera: 2 LOW – This is a risk as we could be recording a shot that we can’t easily do again, then to find out we havent got the shot on film.

Not being able to film where we want: 5 HIGH – To make sure we are able to film where we want to, we will get permission to shoot there, we will also do a walk-through of where we want to film so we know where we need to get shots and if it’s an appropriate place.

Logistics

Before we start filming, we will make sure that we have permission to film where we want so we don’t upset or disrupt anyone. We will also have a walk-through of where we want to film so we get used to the set and to know which places in it we want to film shots it. We will also make a list of all the props, equipment and actors we need so we know what to get for what days we will be filming.

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