Media Preliminary Task- Evaluation By Sara El-Batal
What have you learnt about planning?I started with making my own individual idea for the advertisement for either illegal downloading or anti- smoking; two people from our group came up with an idea for anti-smoking and the other for illegal downloading.I chose to do anti-smoking; this is a summary of my idea: The camera will pan through the college (being a hospital) as a point of view shot and then the camera will go into a room to show a person lying on a table. There will be a high angle shot to show the person’s chest and there will then be a flash to show the person’s lungs being all dark and non healthy as this person smokes. Then a healthy person will be running and stops at the camera with a cigarette box and says “Stop smoking, it kills!” and throws the box on the floor in slow motion with a ‘boom’ sound for impact.We came together to discuss the ideas and our group in the end came up with a final idea to do with illegal downloading which was what our task was based on: The camera will have point of view shot speeding through the college turning corners then will zoom to a man and have a close up of a hand turning a door knob and entering a dim light room where a mi5 style agent is sitting working on a laptop. The man approaches him and they shake hands and sit opposite sides of the table. They then exchange a few words about a hacker illegally downloading files off the internet. The man then turns the laptop towards his friend and the camera focuses on the laptop and there will be a tracking system running to find the hacker. There will be effects of the earth spinning and pinpointing a location and then zooming towards that location. There will be a crane shot leading on from the zoom and will continue the zoom onto the hacker. the hacker is then arrested by police in which a x-ray style effect show his heart beating as he knows he’s in trouble and then he’s taken in to custody.From this I have learnt how to come up a final idea from a variety to sub ideas; this allowed each member to participate in the final suggestion and come together with a final idea.
Once we came up with the final decision, our group had to be allocated with different tasks such as a script, story board, a shooting script and a risk assessment.Part of the script: Plot overview Scene 1.P.O.V with hand held camera speeding through the college, turns a corner and a man standing at a door comes into view. P.O.V zooms in to a close up of his hand on the door handle. Man enters room then camera position changes and appears in the room. Shows the man entering pans to him meeting another man and reveals the rest of the room.Agent Mills: [enters room] good afternoon sir.Neo: Aaaa Agent Mills good timing.Neo rises from the chair where he was seated and approaches Agent Mills and greets him with a handshake.Agent Mills: what’s the latest on the hacker?Neo: Step this way.Neo sits back down on the seat he was originally seated on and slides towards a table centered in the room. The camera pans to follow his movement. Agent Mills follows and takes a seat on the opposite side of the table. A wide angle shot shows them seated opposite each other.Neo: he’s been getting sloppy, he hasn’t changed his IP address in a week. I’m attempting to pin point his signal as we speak.From coming up with this script, the group were better organised and understood what they were meant to be doing when it came to filming and the development of creating the short clip.The group had to come up with major decisions such as location to make sure you come up with accurate shots and sounding and we had to come up with the props that we wanted to use and we had to think about the lighting so the actors could properly be seen and see where the best possible access was to get the best sound and where the boom pole should be positioned when filming.
StoryboardThe storyboard was created to help our group come up with pictures of how the shots will look when filming the real thing; the script was mainly used by the camera person (director) and the sound person so they could understand how to position equipment to allow it to come out how the group wanted it.From this, I learnt that during filming I needed this majority of the time as I would forget the positioning of actors and props so this came in handy during the course of filming.
Shooting ScriptThe shooting script allowed the scene to become more clear when it came to the shooting time and place; this helped our group to become more organised with this work. As we had a set amount of time to produce this piece of work, we needed to be aware of our progress as in with the dating and time of the shots.From this, I learned how time management is very essential when it comes to filming and was very important in our case as we had a deadline to meet.
Risk AssessmentA risk assessment is important as they reduce the risks of accidents and ill health to you and your peers that could be very costly both physically and financially; this helped massively as it made our group aware of hazards during filming.From this, I learned the importance of health and safety when it comes to filming and using space outside the classroom.
What have you learnt about using equipment?The different names of the equipment we had to use as the camera, boom pole, microphone, headphones, tripod and the dolly (when needed). We all had different equipment allocated to each person so I was allocated as the sound person; I was able to use the equipment such as the boom pole and microphone, by me using this equipment it allowed me to create a clean and exact sounds from the surroundings during filming. As the boom pole was unsteady during filming, I had to take extra care and hold it with one hand and position it out of the camera when filming; the sound allows the viewers to understand the message being delivered to them from the dialogue been said during the course of the advert,When people in my group had to use the camera and the added equipment, I saw that they learned different techniques with the camera such as zoom, tilt and pan; this allowed us to create a better effect for the advert and allow the audience to be interested while watching; also there were required camera shots such as high angle shot, zoom in and over the shoulder shot which were all completed.
What have you learnt about editing?When editing, we has to use ‘Final Cut Pro’ which had many advantages but also had disadvantages which helped me and the group realise how to improve next time and what we dont need to do in the future while editing; also many of us from the group experienced the same advantages and disadvantages.The advantage that I came across was that there were many effects to choose from to add into our advert which is also known as transitions; this allowed the advert to one look better and allowed me as an individual to know how to edit during the future.The disadvantage that we came across was that we didnt take enough footage of each shot that we needed which we could have used in our advert to copy, cut and replace certain parts of a scene and use some of the sound from other shots. One part this was show was during on of the shots between Agent Mills and Neo which jolted in the middle of the shot which could have been shun from is we took more shots of the same scene.
What have learnt about theory with practice?As I completed the planning before filming process, us as a group was allowed to learn the different stages from identifying the components of mise-en-scene, sound, camera shots and watching videos to help us with this.This helped me to identify the different camera shots to put in the actual filming basis that were then interpreted into the final product and helped during the planning process.