EVALUATION QUESTION 4:
H O W D ID YO U U SE N EW M ED IA T EC H N O L OGIES IN T H E C O N ST R U C T ION AN D
R ESEAR C H , PL AN N IN G AN D EVAL U AT IO N STAG ES?
I used many different media technologies
throughout my research and
planning, construction and evaluation
stages. These technologies that are used
were vital to me producing products of a
professional standard and working
successfully. I have learnt many new
techniques whilst using these.
I used Photoshop to construct both of my ancillary products
(poster and magazine). The range of tools available helped me
make my final products look professional. I was able to edit text,
images and colours along with many other things. I used this
program for not only making my products but editing the images
for them using adjustments from the menu. I didn’t just use
Photoshop for my poster and magazine, I also used it for my main
product (trailer) and made the inter titles.
FINAL CUT EXPRESS
Final Cut Express was vital to me making my trailer. Using it
taught me a lot more about editing techniques such as fading. I
feel as my project progressed I improved using this programme
and I now feel a lot more confident when using it. It helped me
understand how certain editing techniques and shot types fit in
more with certain genres when I was experimenting and seeing
which shots would work best for a horror trailer.
I used Garage Band in both my research and production stage. It
allowed me to create sound effects and tracks to work with my
trailer. I was able to see what worked and what didn’t as it was
simple to work with and experiment. It made me realise how
many layers of sound are in a trailer (dialogue, asynchronous
sound, synchronous sound and background music) and how
much work goes into sound in trailers/movies.
Dafont.com is a website which allows people to download fonts
to their computer for use on many different areas of software. It
was useful in researching fonts and I also got all of the fonts I
used in my final products from here. I was able to get fonts that
reflected those used on profession products. It also helped me
find fonts that worked well with the horror genre and I could
navigate myself through different fonts using different
subheadings – ‘gothic’ was very helpful when looking for fonts for
I was able to use the iMacs within my college, these were
available all throughout the day so allowed me to finish my
work to a good standard. These had all of the software I
needed to produce my products such as Photoshop and Final
Cut Express and these were of vital importance so the iMac’s
were just as important.
The grab tool on the iMac helped me screen grab throughout the
construction of my products so I was able to track what I had
done and show my progress through this. I was able to show the
progress I was making on Final Cut when making my trailer and
the development of intertitles and photo edits.
POWERPOINT & SLIDESHARE
PowerPoint has helped me to present my work in a different
way other than a blog post. It helped most through my
evaluation questions. It has been helpful to use as I feel I can
include all of the information I need and make it look
presentable and not essay like.
Slideshare allowed me to embed my PowerPoints onto my
blog and it has worked very well for me.
Prezi was another technology that allowed me to present my
work in a different way. I used this in my research and
planning and evaluation stages as I feel it is very effective,
profession and the different layouts ensure that each Prezi is
different and not repetitive. I am able to edit paths myself and
start from nothing so I can completely design my own layout
on this, it is a good way to present work and the voice over
function adds another element to it.
I used Google for many aspects of my work. I used it mostly in
the research and planning stage. It allowed me to research
professional products and look at both images and videos. I
could therefore, once I had found these, compare my work to
YouTube allowed me to look into professional trailers and see
what was typical of my chosen genre. It gave me ideas and
helped in my planning stages. I could watch trailers and see
which shots I could recreate and what would work well for me.
I also uploaded my final trailer to YouTube and then embedded
it into my blog.
VIDEO CAMERA AND TRIPOD
I used a video camera to record my footage for my trailer. I
experimented with shots and tried to replicate some of which I
had seen in professional trailers.
I also used a tripod when filming this allowed me to ensure my
shots were steady. I feel as if all of my shots were handheld
my trailer would not have looked professional.
DSLR CAMERA AND DIGITAL
I used a DSLR camera when taking photographs for my
magazine and poster as I knew these would be extremely
high quality and would reflect that of a professional product
I used a digital camera when shooting footage to capture
setting up and to show setting. I also took photos for my recce
of location with this.
Blogger has been very useful. It has allowed me to keep track of
all of my work and update regular blog posts. My progress has
been recorded through making my products through blogger
and I am able to look back and refer to posts when I need to. It
has made me aware of different ways I can present my work
and has been very helpful.