How did you usemediatechnologies inthe constructionand research ,planning andevaluation stages?
Recording the film Visual capabilities To record our film, we used one standard 5.0 mega pixel digital camcorder. Due to our low budget, this was all that was available. This meant recording the script from different angles with one camera. To prevent obvious stop-starting in our film, we recorded the script fully from numerous angles, so that it looked more professional and natural when edited into one film. When recording we also used a standard tri-pod, this enabled to us to create steady shots and smooth camera movements such as pans and tilts. A key factor in using this camera, was using the ‘zoom’ leaver to full advantage, this created intriguing shots from experimental angles, however we did not use the zoom leaver at all to pan or track in and out.
Recording the film Audio capabilities The low budget filming meant that only the in built microphone to the digital camcorder was available. This limited our audio capability to a certain extent. It meant that certain settings would be unobtainable and that the camera would have to remain a certain distance away from the dialogue in order to pick up any sound. This however, limited our creative control and for that reason we decided to only include particular dialogue (which we enhanced) and to create all the rest of our audio artificially to a higher quality using logic pro 9.0 (which will be demonstrated further on in the slideshow)
Editing the film We uploaded all of our filming clips from the camcorder, onto the computer. From here we could import them to an editing package, where we begin to construct the film. The editing package we used was ‘Adobe premier elements 9’. This was my first time using this editing package and a quick online tutorial prepared me to begin editing our film.
By clicking ‘get media’ it takes me to a Here I can see all the video clips which Ilist of options of where I can see ‘files uploaded from the digital camcorder, and folders’ which leads me to the these files are in the exact format and pop up on the right hand side condition in which they were filmed from the camcorder (raw versions).
Once my raw video clip is selected it From dragging the clip from myappears here in my video selection box selection box into my scene line the clip and has now been imported into the is now part of my timeline making it an adobe editing package. actual scene within my film.
Although the clip has been selected into my scene line, it is still a ‘raw version’ and is therefore in theexact format as it was filmed, meaning that entire clip may not be need, rather just a particular section of the clip. The circle on the left hand side brings attention to a tab. This tab can be dragged to select anexact time within the scene. Once the exact time in which I want to begin or end my scene is found, i can select the ‘cut’ logo as circled on the right hand side this will divide my ‘raw version’ clip into the exactpart of the clip I wish to be in my scene, and once divided the ‘waste’ parts of my clip, that I dont want inmy scene can be deleted (as demonstrated below) leaving me with a ‘modified version’ to be included in my film. KEEP DELETE
By continuously repeating the steps shown in the previous three slides i gathered a sceneline of all the ‘moderated versions’ which I chose to use. I could now arrange them into a particular order in which to display my narrative.
Stop motion In order to create the effect of beer glasses building up in front of the character I usedstop motion. I did this by placing the glasses in front of him one by one with a full beer on the end and in-between placing the beers down, taking a picture of them with a digital camera in exactly the same position i took the previous picture. I then placed the four images in the scene line one after the other and selected the amount of time i wanted each image to remain on the screen for before the next appeared, creating the effect of the glasses building up.
Creating the ident By clicking on the ‘text’ icon as shown above it leads to the screen below. This enabled me toadd text over the top of my footage. On the right hand side the array of fonts are visible, where i could select the most appropriate to my genre of film.
Creating credits By clicking edit then titles and then choosing art-in- motion credits , this provided me with a convention running credit. However this didnt fit either the genre of my film, the ambiance or the rhythm of the music. So I repeated the previous slide on top of a on-running black screen in order for the credits to fit in with the genre of my film.
Effects and transitions By clicking on edit, you are lead to a choice of edits and transitions, here is an example of if I was to select transition, then I would be provided with a list of different transitions which I can select to add to my scene line.
Once a transition or effect is selected I can drag it across between the two scene I wish to transact between or to the scene I wish to add an effect to, as demonstrated by the arrow.
Creating sound I have previously mentioned our audio capabilities. Now i will demonstrate how wecreated artificial sound of a higher quality to fun in unison with our visual footage wecreated on Adobe premier elements. To create the artificial sound we used ‘Logic pro 9’ which is a high quality recording and audio software. We began by laying out anumber of recording tracks in order to create different sounds flowing together at the same time, known as layering.
Specific search bar, as you can see here I searched for a specific ‘traffic’ noise effect Genre browserI then searched through a loop browser in order find the sound effects whichwould work in unison with our visual. By searching through, it is possible to find all different tones of each effect and what would match our film correctly. Specific effects
Once I had selected the sound effects I wished to use, I laid them out in a timeline similar to how I made the visual film previously mentioned. This then created one flowing audio as the individual tracks all played collectively, creating a realistic audio for the running visual. timeline Individual tracks The key technique to making the visual work realistically was perfecting the timing of the sound effects along with the visual film. This meant choppingindividual tracks and running them evenly alongside the visual equivalent. As demonstrated below, the footstep sound effect circled about has been chopped into individual footsteps and ordered to play in exact timing with the actual visual footsteps in the film.Original footstep effects chopped footstep effects
We also used a technique called filtering in order to make the sound more realisticand believable. One example of this is the bathroom scene when the audio changes to an ‘echo’ like bathroom sound on entry, this enhances the verisimilitude. Below demonstrates how i opened the filter programme and was able to alter levels of bass and treble in order to create a muffled sound. Levels of bass and treble