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  • How did you use new media technology in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages? Question 4
    • These will be explained in further detail in later slides.
    • To aid us in developing our research, planning and evaluation, we used a variety of ways in using the technology around us.
    • One of the things that we used were still cameras, to capture the images for our script. Other ways in which we used media technology included:
    • Looking at other short films, such as Vincent and Frankenweenie, this was for our secondary research. We took our inspiration mostly from Vincent, spending quite a lot of time looking at how the shots were placed, what dialogue was used, etc.
    • Our primary research involved us gathering information to help us with our final production, to do this we used Microsoft Excel, placing our findings in readable charts and graphs.
    • We didn’t use so much technology in our planning (secondary research), as we hand-wrote the script and drew the storyboards. We did however, take pictures of both to prove our work. We then scanned in these pictures and made them into a 5:09 minute long video using Windows Movie Maker.
    Technology #1
    • These will be explained in further detail in later slides.
    • As we had to gain permission to use music in our film, we used the internet to get in contact with a couple of bands. To do this, we used the popular net-working site MySpace.
    • Using Microsoft Publisher, we were able to create a realistic-looking magazine review.
    • We used a scanner to scan in our storyboards.
    • To create our poster, instead of using the typical program, Microsoft Publisher, we decided to illustrate ours.
    • Obviously, the biggest form of technology that we used were Macs and iMovie’09. With this, we were able to import our film, edit all the clips, use speed-alteration in certain parts and manipulate the shots to seem as though actual powers are being used.
    • Using the Macs, we also created a background track to play through our film using Garageband.
    Technology #2
  • Storyboards
    • We used a scanner to scan in our storyboards onto the computer. This was so we could easily place them into video format using Windows Movie Maker. We decided this would be the easiest way to view them, instead of having to skip through each individual one.
    • The video that we created was a total of 5:09 minutes long, as our film is 4:57 minutes long, it shows that we stuck quite close to our script. The video is only twelve seconds longer than the actual film, this shows the accuracy of our planning.
  • Short Films The main short film that we analysed was ‘Vincent’ by Tim Burton. This short film has proved to be fairly successful as far as short films go. We carefully looked at the dialogue that was used, the ways in which the shots were placed throughout the film and other minor factors such as shot angles and colour scheme. We came to the conclusion that detail is picked extremely carefully, as there is limited time to use. This helped us extremely, as after watching this, we realised that we had to shorten some of the ideas that we had previously had for our film.
    • We used Microsoft Excel to gather our results for our primary research, making a questionnaire to hand out to our potential audience, asking them what superpowers they’d like to see in our production. We created charts and graphs to show what results we found, this helped us get an idea of what people wanted from our short film.
    • We found that flight was the most common answer, regrettably we didn’t have the equipment or media technology to do this power.
    Primary Research
  • Secondary Research
    • We decided to take a different route while doing our secondary research. Instead of using a lot of new media technology, we decided to hand-write the script and draw the storyboards.
    • We did however, use a still camera to take the pictures of the script, to prove that we had done what was asked.
    • Using a scanner, we were able to scan in the storyboards and create a video using Windows Movie Maker. (A separate slide has been created to show this).
  • Music
    • As we had to gain permission to use music in our film, we used the internet to get in contact with a couple of bands. To do this, we used the popular net-working site MySpace.
    • We were able to get in touch with the band ‘Lillix’ to ask them if we could use their song ‘What I Like About You’.
    • The band replied, giving us permission to use their song.
    • We also contacted another, lesser-known band, ‘Heroes in Headphones’. In the end, we didn’t bother using one of their songs, as we could only use limited copyrighted music. We used iMovie’09 to fit the song into our film. We carefully edited the song to fit into the parts of the film that we thought fit perfectly.
  • Ancillary Task #1 – Magazine Review
    • Using Microsoft Publisher, we created a realistic-looking magazine review to promote our short film. We added advertisements and ‘quick news’ stories around the page, as to make the page look as if it has been taken from an actual magazine. Also, this would give readers other things to look at before or after reading the review. We believe this is what would have been done in an actual magazine.
    • We added the page number, to make it look that little bit more realistic.
  • Ancillary Task #2 - Poster
    • We didn’t want to take pictures for our second ancillary task, (creating a poster), so instead, we decided to draw our poster instead and scan it into the computer. We edited the picture digitally in Photoshop, using a graphics tablet. We thought it gave our short film a slight edge, and appeal more the audience. We made the poster look realistic by adding the typical conventions of a DVD poster, such as the ‘credits’ underneath the picture, the ‘20 th Century Fox’ and ‘THX’ logo by using Microsoft Publisher.
  • iMovie’09
    • iMovie’09 was the biggest form of new technology that we used. This was basically where we imported our film, edited and published to Youtube.
    • Using iMovie’09, we were able to add the audio tracks, and fit them perfectly into each place that we wanted them throughout the film. We were also able to alter the speed during our montages, giving us more time to add extra shots and also showing our developing skills using new media technology.
    • Using the Macs proved to be easier than an ordinary PC, they were much quicker, and had the necessary programs that we needed to create our film to the standards that we wished.
    • iMovie’09 proved to be so much better for us than the
    • original iMovie, as it had the feature of speed-
    • alteration, which is definitely what we needed
    • in our production.