Transcript of "Steampunk Productions Production Log"
Charlotte BrackenSteampunk Productions Production Log10th September 2012We was assigned for task 1 a different role in which we would do within the group and thenresearched and wrote down in a word document in a small descriptive paragraph what each person’sjob is.11th September 2012Today we have had a meeting with the majority of the team, discussed and decided on when to filmand what times we should film at. We have set dates for booking the equipment and what scenes wewill be filming first.13th September 2012Today we have set up 2 different types of projects for both HD and STANDARD Versions for our shortfilm. We have set up both of these because we have not fully decided whether we will be filming inHD or Standard.14th September 2012Today we went to the location of where the film is set in the second scene at around 5pm andfinished at around 7pm. It took us longer to film than we hoped as the shots we had taken eitherseemed wrong to the director or they had things in the way which was not supposed to be there. Alsorecording the sound was difficult as we had to make sure it was silent and there was no interruptionswithin the recording, yet we managed to get the majority of the shots we need. We will need tocontinue the films to finish all the shots we need as we did not do all the shots we had planned to dowithin the daily production schedule.15th September 2012Today we went back to Liam’s house to record the rest of the film and do the shots we was not ableto do within the time we planned on the 14th, however, we was not able to continue the filming weneeded to do and record as there where complications such members of the team and the actorswhere not there and not able to make it so the recording for the day had been cancelled.
Charlotte Bracken17th September 2012Today I practiced my editing skills as I took 16 pre-recorded shots to create a little sequence ofsomeone making a cup of tea. By cutting them and selecting specific parts of the shots to put intoplace to create a full sequence.18th September 2012Uploading the final practice edit I have completed to YouTube and also writing a brief explanation onwhat I did and how I did it, I have successfully uploaded them both to my task 4 area on to myblogger.20th September 2012Today I have taken the recorded shots me and my production team have taken, and also the audiotracks and synced them together using Adobe Premier. Doing scene by scene and making sure theyare perfect so they are not out of sync, we have noticed that some of the shots we have taken needto be re-filmed.25th September 2012Today I started to complete the editing of footage which I had captured and sync the audio files tothe recorded files. When exporting them, I named then the scene and shot number and then added‘AUDIO SYNCED’ at the end so I know exactly what is what.27th September 2012Today I finished the rest of the editing of synchronization and now I am slowly starting to build up thefootage to make a short film, piecing the bits together to create a sequence. I also booked theequipment ready for use on Friday and Saturday.1stOctober 2012Today I started the credits and title sequence for the beginning of my short film. To do this I started anew project on Adobe After Effects.2ndOctober 2012Today I went through the different animated effects to which ones I liked the best and which oneswould go better with my title sequence to go with my short film.
Charlotte Bracken4thOctober 2012Today I went on the website dafont.com to find a font which would be suited for the title in thesequence which was not easy as there were several which would have worked. But in the end I chosea font called ‘NIBIRU’. In order to get this font, I had to log off my computer and shout Iain to comeover and log on so he then could download the font and put it into the computer which then wouldenable me to use that specific font within After Effect.15thOctober 2012Today I got the new footage that Liam and Carrie had recorded this weekend all over again as one ofthe actresses we had been using could not proceed with the filming as she was unreliable so we thenre-named all of the footage and the audio clips we had taken and recorded to then place them intoAdobe Premier. By doing this I am slowly piecing and synchronizing the audio and the footagetogether to create a scene for the short film which then will be all pieced together to create asequence of the clips which will fit together.16thOctober 2012Today I have been going through all of the clips that Liam and Carrie got and renamed all of theaudio clips and the recorded footage into the correct shots and scenes to make it easier for me tosynchronise the footage with the sound. After renaming them all, I started to sync the audio clips andthe footage together and then export them as a sequence.18thOctober 2012Today I just carried on with the synchronisation of the audio clips and the footage to createsequences and then put the sequences we already had together to see how I can structure the shortfilm together when I have synced all of the pieces together.22ndOctober 2012Again, today I am still synchronising the audio clips and the footage together as there is more scenesand shots than last time. Some of the footage we recorded with the sound are being rather tricky tosynchronize together, however, I have still managed to synchronize them together.25thOctober 2012Today I have finished synchronising all audio tracks with the recorded footage and pieced themtogether to create a rough edit of the short film we are creating. This will enable me to then do anevaluation on the rough edit which I have done and talk about what I can improve or change as Istart to finalize a final edit with the rest of the footage and the title and end credits.
Charlotte Bracken29thOctober 2012Today I uploaded the rough edit of the short film to YouTube and then embed it onto my blog toshow that my rough edit has been done. Then I started to right a brief paragraph on what I could dodifferently or better within the rough edit and what I like the most about it.30thOctober 2012Today we got the equipment to film over half term. We picked up the sound equipment, the boompole, the wind sock, the camera and the tri-pod. These will all be used to film the rest of the scenes inour short film outside.5thNovember 2012Today we recorded the outside scenes of the short film and it took us a while as there was traffic onthe road which took time to get all the scenes done quickly. We also had different shots as there wassomething’s we forgot to keep the same continuity as the actress either put her glasses back on oryou could see her glasses.6thNovember 2012Today we put all of the footage that we had filmed the day before onto the computer then placed thefilmed footage into the E drive where all out work was kept and then renamed each of the audio clipsand the filmed footage to the correct scenes and shots so it will be much easier to synchronize onpremier.8thNovember 2012Today I imported all of the audio clips and filmed footage into premier and then began to synchronizethe audio with the footage and then exported the clip to make a sequence which would help makepiecing of the final edit easier and it would be one item to move other than highlighting all of theclips on the timeline and moving them. This would ensure the synchronization would stay.12thNovember 2012Today I continued to synchronize the footage to the audio clips as there where a lot of them thatneeded synchronizing together in order to create the sequence. Some of the audio clips where not
Charlotte Brackeneasy to match up to the footage or we didn’t record enough sound which made it a slight problem aswe had to cut some of the audio clip we already have, and copy and paste it and make sure that thesound fitted with the rest of the footage.13thNovember 2012Today I have again continued with the synchronization of the audio clips and filmed footage. Doingeach individual sequence building was hard as some of them needed work as before of cutting andcopying and pasting things together to make sure that the sequences sound right.15thNovember 2012Today I had a break from synchronizing the footage with the audio clips and carried on with fixingthe title credits which will go at the start of my short film when the final edit has been fullycompleted.19thNovember 2012Today I started to finish off the final edit of my film and piece all of the sequences together in anorder which will make sense to the audience and to me where the story of the film can be followedeasily and is more understanding.20thNovember 2012Today I chose the ending in what I would like to end my film as we as a production group has filmedtwo different endings which either can be used as they both fit within the story yet each give theshort film a different meaning as you might expect one ending but might not expect the other. Eachof the production team members have chosen their own endings which makes it different fromeveryone else’s.22ndNovember 2012Today, I placed the ending of the short film within the timeline and started to put each of thesequences together in order to form my final short film. After watching it back, I realized some of thesequences where not synchronized and then I had to redo them individually within the time line andthen again export the sequences to finish my final edit.
Charlotte Bracken23rdNovember 2012Today I finally finished piecing all of the sequences together to create the final short film edit, I thenstarted to watch through it to see if it made sense and if any changes were needed to be made andthere was some sequences which needed to be switched round as they seemed out of place or Ilooked confusing.26thNovember 2012Today I started to look at different kinds of edits that I could use within premier that would helpmake it look better and more to the genre which we had set the short film to be. Using effects like‘texturize’ within the short film has given it a little bit of a spooky look and distorted which helps backup the genre of the film. I also added certain audio clips within the short film at certain places. Theaudio clips of one of the actors whispering ‘Tabitha’ and ‘Tabitha come play’ and even a giggle.Analysis27thNovember 2012Today I added more effects like ‘fade to black’ to certain parts of the film where it’s needed, also‘cross fade’. I also added effects to the audio clips to give it a more echoic feel and fading in and outas if its more ghostly then it was before. I also added extra footage we filmed such as the dolls faceand the little girls face and put them in on top of certain sequences yet made the opacity faint.3rd December 2012Today I finished the title credits. During this I had to change the composition time to 15 seconds tomake sure all of the text that was within the title credit on After Effects would work. Spacing it out tomake it readable and making sure it isn’t too long. Then I rendered the title credits and added themto the final edit of my film. I had to make sure it wasn’t too fast for the film and didn’t rush into thebeginning of the short film. I then added some music to the title credits from a sound track within myfolder.11th December 2012Today I started to do the end credits. I then did the same as the title credits and extended the time tomake sure that it all fit on with the effects I used on the writing. After I had done all of this, I renderedthe end credits and them imported them onto premier and added it to the end of my final edit of myshort film. Again I added music to it which I had gotten out of my folder.
Charlotte Bracken13th December 2012Today I exported my final edit of the short film on to YouTube and then added it to my blog. I alsouploaded the production log which I have been writing throughout the process of my short film editsto record the process I have gone through to get where I am now. I then began to start to writ up myfinal evaluation of my final edit which I will then add to the blog.