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Question 7

  1. 1. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? By Tina Hartnell
  2. 2. Since doing our preliminary tasks my researched has improved greatly. For our preliminary task we did no research into genre as the prelim task did not require a genre. Since the preliminary task we have researched many films in the horror genre allowing us to understand the conventions and then use them in our own way for our own film. We also researched into production, distribution and exhibition companies meaning that we could make our film as close to a real film opening as possible.
  3. 3. Compared to in our preliminary tasks the planning played a huge role in the outcome of our film opening. For our real opening we spent hours finding the location, actors, music and much more. In our preliminary task we used the first actor available to us and most convenient locations, It is clear when you watch the our final film compared to the prelims that the whole film has been carefully and delicately thought out. The prelim helped with the improvement because it made it clear what extent we needed to plan our film opening to to achieve our desired end result.
  4. 4. Doing the prelim task allowed us to practice and choose which camera techniques, shots and composition we wanted to use in the film. In our preliminary task we were required to show certain shots such as a conversation and walking though the door. Despite the fact we used neither of these in our actual film it still helped us to rule them out and to get used to holding and filming with the camera. In our actual opening we used dolly shots and close ups that were a lot clearer and smoother and with out the practice given with the prelim they would not have turned out as well as they did.
  5. 5. In the preliminary task we only had access to the college hand held video camera. Although this gave us good practice with the equipment it showed us that for our real film the shots were far to unsteady and the sound was far to quiet and distant. In our real film opening we chose to use our own camera’s as we had more practice with these and we used tripods and dolly’s to create smooth, steady and interesting shots. To improve the sound we used a proper microphone and recording equipment and recorded in a location that we knew would not create any background sound. Overall without the preliminary task we would not have considered these issues and it would be unlikely that our film would have ended up the way it has.
  6. 6. Since the prelim we changed the editing software to a more advanced one so that we can get the best result for our end film. The preliminary task once again was very useful practice using editing software although we had to make an unrelated video to practice using the new editing software. In completing the prelim we learnt how to cut videos, put them together, add music and export so without this knowledge creating our final edit would have taken much more time than it did and would probably not have turned out as well edited as it did.
  7. 7. Overall since completing the preliminary task we have learnt many techniques in filming, equipment and editing. Mainly we learnt how to use all of the different editing software, camera shots, composition and angles as well as camera and sound equipment. Without first completing the preliminary task our work would not have been created to the quality that it is now. Most importantly we have leant how important planning is from not using much for our preliminary task as this can take more time than the actual film.