Transcript of "Looking back at your preliminary task"
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have
learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I personally learn’t a lot from producing a preliminary product to a final. Firstly the
preliminary product had been my first experience of actual film production. We were
only able to use on programme for our preliminary task, which was Adobe Premier Pro.
Within this programme we cut shots easily and merged them together to complete our
film .As this was a preliminary task we had to show what we had learnt in class. This
came in the form of the 180 degree rule, shot-reverse shot and match on action shot. As
displayed in our film examples of these shots were not done as cleverly as the shots we
have included in our final film, which do include the match on action shot. This to me
shows how far we have come and how much we have learnt. Considering our final film
the programmes we were able to use, helped us a lot. Programmes such as Adobe After
effects and Photo shop, enabled us to achieve the effects appropriate to our theme as
well as audience. These include the monochrome filter, the animated logo and titles and
the all important red filter. By using all these programmes collectively we were able to
merge out film together creatively , also imputing title frames and place effects on top of
the initial frames. We experimented with the options available on these software, and
used them to our suiting.
For our preliminary task we learnt how display character profiles through dialogue. we
did this by filming a conversation between a pupil and teacher, set in a situation.
However with our final film we learnt how to show character profiles in a clever way. We
used what we had learnt about mise-en-scene and other films within our genre, to
demonstrate our characters and film genre. This was tricky but far more interesting.
Without the use of dialogue all we had were shots. We had to think far more in depth
then our preliminary task, of how we could achieve this. We researched into films, our
audience and sound to establish what would appeal, what had been done before and
what effect would be created. By the use of effects such as the Polaroid’s- which
reflected character, profile as well as relationship, and use of the red filter- to draw
reference to associated themes, and simply costume and emotion we achieved our main
Our camera work within the preliminary task was very amateurish , by looking back in it
now I can see that. Although this could be down to the fact that it was our first time. I
can see that some of the shots were not compatible, there was often poor lighting and
hardly any consistency. I can definitely see that there is a drastic improvement. I think
we took much more care and used the equipment as best as we saw fit. I also think that
by doing the research we had we identified the type of standard there is to achieve and
ultimately brainstormed ways we too could achieve this. By using the equipment within
the Final film, you can see the difference, of how many of the shots are steadier and
characters are seen properly, and the consistency of the frame filter- monochrome. This
allowed us to produce quality, and not just complete a task.
I also learnt the importance of both teamwork and independent work. We couldn’t see
each other all the time, so we couldn’t rely solely on the time we had a t school. We had
to use Face book- the networking site, heavily to contact one and other to communicate
what we could be doing at home, what research could be conducted, basically to ensure
we each contributed to the film equally. I think the time and care that we took is
represented through our film, as we took time to make it as best as we could, to appeal
to our audience and become a good representation of our genre.
For our preliminary we used quite basic effects, well hardly any. The only effect was the
title. At the time we didn’t have a lot of time, and we weren’t as yet familiar with other
programmes. For the title and ending credits we just used the ”add title” tool on premier
pro. This tool was very basic as we could only change, colour add a fade or the initial
font. We chose a suitable font and settled with it. However the title did not have the best
effect and look very childish. This made the opening look very unprofessional, and didn’t
really go with the film. Thankfully for our Final project we were able to experiment with
different software. These programmes helped use produce effective titles. We could
apply different effects to the text, animate them alter the positioning and so on.
Programmes such as Adobe After Affects collectively with Premier pro proved
wonderful, as we were able to create something to suite us, and make the titles look
We were also able to produce a production logo. This was an important aspect, as it
would be seen on professional films in the industry. Again we used a wider range of
software than we had been able to for the Preliminary task. This importantly was a new
component for us to add to a film as we hadn’t before. We had done research into
production logo’s and had seen what they consisted of and presented. For ours we
wanted to reflect our film and input a bit of each of us. We decided to collaborate each
of our initials for the name and take an original photo for the image. We used photo
shop to alter the image and After Effects to add animation and an appropriate
background. We also used this software for other aspects such as the transitions and
titles. Finally we added our last component of the background music and the voice over.
These factors were new to us but equally added to the film becoming much more
professional and engaging.
In conclusion, by comparing both film openings , I can tell that there is a mammoth
difference skilfully. Within ‘Out’ you can plainly identify faults and it generally, doesn’t
display a message well. However within ‘ A Twisted Obsession’, there is consistency, a
clear message clever camera techniques and brilliant effects. I think this shows how
much we have learnt and how far we have progressed from our first ever project, the
preliminary task. Personally the whole production of the Final product I had anticipated
being great, and each of us within the group had so many ideas of how to make this
product good. By doing the preliminary task, we gained experience and were made aware
of shots to use, what they could achieve and how generally to make a film. This all
helped when we ultimately came to making our final, we saw what we had to improve
and we wanted to do so!