6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? It was great to work in a group with people who were at the same standard and skill level as you in terms of production. There was no one to be controlling and possessive of the overall task and we all had the chance to learn and progress together as we had a good working atmosphere. We were able to do this quickly because as soon as one of us learnt something we could pass it on to the other and we were all very supportive of each other’s ideas. It was helpful that one of us was quite technically minded as we had a head start when it came to editing as Aaron had previously made skateboarding videos, this was merely a boost as we all worked together as a team when editing this particular production. Throughout the task we got to watch other groups and watch independent films in class, which helped us to see the way in which technology was depending on. A main part of our production was music and how we used music technology to put the final touch on our piece. Music helped to push the video along and add that secret ingredient to the final piece. We also learnt how important technology is in the preparation to filming as it was very helpful to have it all set up and running before hand. It is easy to have an idea but that idea can easily be postponed if technology isn’t working how it should be, this can be from the correct camera setting to having an empty battery. We used a Canon 550D to film our production in high definition 1080p which is another way in technology can help to define the little details in things and how making something aesthetically pleasing is important to the viewer as it can also be exciting to see a quality image.
This is a screen shot of Blogger which is an online blogging website. Each member of our group have their own blog and we keep it up to date with things we have done involving our production. Blogger is very useful for us as we have our individual space to present our groups work, which allows us to be creative when it comes to showcasing what we can do Blogger has different layout functions including layout designers and picture editors so we can make it ook aesthetically pleasing and suitable to he genre of our production. It is easy to access and during the course of this production project there was lots to learn about online blogging. We have learnt how to split sections up and make it look presentable and easy to navigate with the use of tabs, links and the embedding of videos.
We chose to edit our video on iMovie HD as it is quite an advanced piece of software and it allowed us to edit in our free time whenever we felt like we had a bit of inspiration. This prevented us from having the feeling that we had to do it in set times and allowed the editing process to be more natural to us. There was plenty to learn from iMovie from how to get the best quality from clips and how to edit it in the most suitable way. There was many built in sound effects but we used our own as they sounded quite industry standard and typical. As you can see on one of the pictures there is 5 sub categories to edit from and each have lots of ways to carry out their role, for example if you click on the ‘Media’ tab you can choose from a range of sounds to insert in your piece.
This is a screen shot of the music for the production. It was produced on Cubase, which is a professional music editing program. Aaron created the music by playing in melodies through a midi keyboard and using several plug‐ins to alter the sound and instrument to make it appropriate for the genre. Chords and notes where very selective as they had to set the emotion properly.
This is a picture of Imogen setting up a tripod. We all learnt to do this as a group as using a tripod was necessary for getting those still shots so was a simple skill we all needed to learn. Setting up the tripod is a basic filming skill, which usually takes place in the preparation part prior to filming as you want to have it all setup to the filmers comfort. This is a picture of Eion attaching the camera to the tripod before going on to use the camera. Attaching the camera to the tripod is a simple technique but the camera can be used in many ways. We all learnt to attach it to the tripod and we all had our own ways to use it without and as a team we shared our ideas and techniques. This is a picture of Aaron editing the video. We all had input when editing and our ideas flowed together. With the three of us we were able to come up with fitting sound effects, perfect fonts and smooth transitions. We all learnt to put the video together and shared our skills and techniques. Even though we all shared out skills most of the tasks were shared equally and one of us dominated that particular task, whether it be editing, filming or directing.