Question 4; How did you use new media technologies in the construction and research, planning andevaluation stages?Photoshop; For both my film poster and film magazine front cover I used Photoshop, I have hadprevious experience from using these in my AS years, when I created a music magazine. However Iwas able to effectively use Photoshop with greater skill and speed. As well as this I was able to createproducts that rivalled my previous efforts, through utilizing new tools and methods of creation.Though I had already taken the pictures with backgrounds included, I used the blur tool to fade thebackground, allowing the main area of the image, the protagonist to clearly stand out from the rest. Iused the burn tool to smooth the edges and make the image stand out from the background.Another way I used Photoshop was changing the colour saturations and the image effects, I used this alot on my poster, as I wanted to create a more artistic effect, in relation to research and planning I haddone before hand. I also used this to darken the background, allowing for a more scary and horrortheme.Above you may be able to see the paint effect I used, however it is far more visible when you zoom, Iwill add another image to illustrate what I mean.I used layers a lot more than I did previously, allowing me to build the picture up, this was somethingI had learnt late in the production of my AS task and something I had remembered to use early on inthe production stages of my ancillary tasks this year.
Moreover I was able to make and place text easier, filling large areas of space with ease, this method Ihad learnt from analysing magazine covers earlier in the year and frequently in the year before. I fellthis made my magazine seem more professional and more compact. I also made sure I saved mycolours in a swatch, that way I was able to continue using the exact same colours throughout theproduction, keeping my house style neat.iMovie; For the larger part of my film trailer post-production I used this software; I created my traileron an Apple Mac, in my schools computer room. I was somewhat familiar with making quick, shortfutures on this programme, so it didn’t take me long to get acquainted with how it works.
This time however I used a lot more features than I had done previously, I used many tools to changethe contrasts and transitions of each shot, I also made sure I changed the visual effects of the trailer,making the shots look darker and more mysterious. This was rather time consuming, as there was noalternative method other than changing each one individually.However I had issues with importing the audio/ music into the programme, I later did it in Final CutPro, however I will go on to discuss that later. Other tools I used was the title feature, this way I wasable to insert small amounts of text, stationed throughout the trailer, some giving brief glimpses intothe story and what happens in the film. Others where discussing actors and directors.I downloaded other trailers, for example Django Unchained, then cut the production/ distributionlogos off the beginning and then inserted them on the beginning of my trailer, to give it professionallook. In connection with my ancillary tasks, I tried to continue my house style, using bold fonts andwell edited clips and positioning within frames.Final Cut Pro; Because I shot my trailer with no sound, it heavily depended upon a good use ofmusic to help build the tension that would otherwise be built using sound effects. However I wasstruggling to sync my shots with the music, so after I had completed my initial edit, I imported it intofinal cut pro, here I was able to use the cut and sync tools to help me fit the shots with the music. Thismade the trailer flow better and got me some good feedback on my second audience viewing.
Windows Live Movie Maker; I used this software in both pre and post production, I was able toroughly edit clips and build storyboard animatics with ease on my own laptop straight after filming/sketching them. For my storyboard, I used my home printer/ copier to scan my storyboard onto mylaptop, from here I imported them all and arranged them into a video so I could have a clearrepresentation of what my trailer might look like after filming.Furthermore I used this programme to roughly edit some of the shots I had taken after the filmingdates, I assembled them in order so I could see what I was working with, this was useful for when Iedited them in iMovie for the first time, as it removed all the fiddling, I could just get on withinserting transitions etc.HD Video camera; Used to film each scene, including the ‘behind the scenes’ media used on blog. Ihad used these many times before, so it wasn’t anything that I wasn’t use to, I was able to set up withease and create good shots without the hassle of having to learn how to use them for the first time.SD Cards/ Memory cards; used to store the films whilst in production, later uploaded onto acomputer for editing. I had used these before too; however complications with computers meant I hadto use different ports to import video rather than pictures.HD professional photography camera; to take photographs, used in both ancillary tasks and for‘behind the scenes’ footage/ media, this was easy however getting the camera to stay still was hard,because we couldn’t get it to fit on the tripod to we were having to take the pictures by hand.Microphone; Used to capture audio and allow for clearer sound when editing, I hadn’t really usedone before, it was learning curve, even if I didn’t use any of the captured audio in the trailer.Youtube Video/ Audio downloader; I used this to download the videos, like Django Unchainedtrailer and for both sets of music I was going to use in the trailer, it was fast and easy and I’m familiarwith using it.When writing and sharing things on my blog, I used websites like Prezi and Slideshare, they helpedkeep my blog ‘un-cluttered’ and made it easier for viewing and backing up work. I was already use tousing these on my blog; however I had forgotten how to embed them on my posts, so I had to seekassistance from my teacher.Finally I used Blog.com to create my entire blog, if I am to be honest, it’s okay to use but I hate it somuch. I kept loosing work and being cut off from it all together, it would continuously crash and Icouldn’t use any other site because our school internet filter is incredibly strict.