How did you usemedia technologiesin the construction and research, planning andevaluation stages?
Throughout the stages of my production, I had to use severaldifferent technologies. Some of which I was familiar with and some Ihad never used before. I had to use a variety of technologicalequipment from both hardware and software. Some things were quitestraightforward for example using programmes such as AdobeInDesign and Photoshop. These were not a problem as I had knownthe basics of how to function them from last year and I was able touse my skills to create my digipack. However what I found difficultwas how to use a video camera in my primary stages but I managedto soon get the hang of it after practicing to use it for our preliminaryactivity.
Research and PlanningHardwareIn my research and planning section, I used the internet search engines most of the timeto research more into my artist and a few comparable artists. One website I went on wasYouTube, where I was then able to look at a few music videos and that had related toLeyton’s music and begin analysing them. As well as this, we also had the chance touse the school’s video camera where we then filmed our chase sequence for ourpreliminary exercise. This was a good filming experience as we were able to practiceholding the camera and creating different shots through camera handling before goingout to film for our music video. PC’s and MAC’s were also used in the process ofresearch and planning in order for us to get our work done and blogs updated.SoftwareWithin the research and planning of our work, I used Microsoft word a lot. Before puttinganything on my blog, I would type it up in Microsoft word and copy and paste it into apost. The research and planning consisted of creating a treatment that had to be createdon a word document as we kept making several changes to it and drafting it, in order tomake it up to our satisfactory needs. We also used a software on the iMac called ‘FinalCut Pro’. At first I was unfamiliar with this software but soon after we got a handoutguiding us on how to use it and a small tutorial which was very helpful, gaining us theknowledge to function this programme as practice after making our preliminary exercise.
ConstructionHardwareThe construction section was mainly where I put my research and planning into action.Throughout this stage, I used several amounts of hardware. Firstly a video camera tofilm footage of our music video in both the narrative and performance element. We alsoused a still camera to take some photographs of the artist and his friends performing atSouthbank skate park. These photos were what I was later going to use to create adigipack. As we were constantly travelling, each of our groups used a mobile device tocontact each other on, so that we knew when and where to meet. Throughout the editingprocess, we had to use a hardrive to keep all our work on, this was then processed ontoan iMac another piece of hardware used in order for us to create our music video.SoftwareThe software’s that we used throughout the construction stages were Final Cut Pro, aprogramme that we had to use in order to edit our music video. This was a programmethat needed getting used to and the more practice we did, the more we becamefamiliarised with it. We also used Adobe InDesign and Photoshop to create our digipack.First we were to create our CD cover front/back and booklet on Photoshop, then we hadto bring it all together on InDesign to make it look more professional. I think that Iunderstood Photoshop a bit more even though both the programmes were quite similar.
Evaluation ProcessHardwareIn my evaluation process, I used a computer which was vital in orderfor me to answer my four main evaluation questions. As well as this, Iused YouTube to get print screens of my artist Leyton andcomparable artists to show how they relate to each other. As well asthis I used a mobile phone to video some feedback that could be putinto my evaluation.SoftwareThe three main programmes that were utilized in my evaluation werefirstly Microsoft PowerPoint, as this is what I used to do myevaluation on. This was then uploaded on to slide share and put uponto my blog, Secondly Microsoft Excel which I used to create piecharts for audience feedback which would then be placed onto myPowerPoint and lastly Paint which was sometimes used when printscreening pictures which would then be cropped and place into myPowerPoint as well.
Overall, I believe that after using a numerous amount of hardwareand software throughout my production, I am able to have more of anunderstanding on how they function and I have been able to gainmore of an experience when it comes to using a video camera andfilming as well as using programmes such as ‘Final Cut Pro’ that Iwas once unfamiliar of.
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