How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
RESEARCH AND PLANNING
At the beginning of the project I took a great deal more time in
research into similar real media products, both from a variety of
short films and films that I chose that inspired myself.
This led me to using the sites YouTube and Vimeo as my main
source of inspiration for my film this year, and it involved
watching a great deal of media to find something that inspired
me into coming up with an original and interesting idea for the
film I was to be creating
I also however, used other sources, such as Netflix and films on
DVD, to gain inspiration for my own film as well as to use the
conventions of short films and the horror-genre I decided upon
Another aspect of the planning process, was using
Final Cut Pro X in a variety of ways that helped me…
1. To edit together pitch footage for the benefit of
gaining more audience feedback
2. To collate storyboards using a camera and then
editing these pictures into an Animated Storyboard
– allowing to plan ahead for timings and transition
choices, saving time during the editing process
further down the line
3. As well as creating an opportunity (through other
tasks) to become accustomed to the software that I
would have to use all year. Allowing for more
creative freedom later down the line.
The Ancillary Tasks were made using Apple’s Pixelmator
software. This was brand new to me, and I spent a lot of
time becoming accustomed to the software before in
jumped ahead with the creation of the magazine review
page and the film poster I created.
There were a lot of features that were new to me at the
beginning of that part of the project, but I felt that
‘acclimatised’ to the software very quickly and was soon
able to become a lot more creative, whilst drawing ideas
and inspiration from real media products such as Total
Film and Empire.
I’m now going to make this a ‘meta’ slideshow/evaluation answer and describe
the different processes I used in order to create all of the evaluation tasks.
1. The first I used was Prezi – a presentation tool, that I have used more and
more in the last year as a means of getting my ideas across to an audience in
a much more interesting and interactive way, than the conventional
2. The PowerPoint presentation is not without it’s uses though, creating this, I
have used Windows PowerPoint for Mac and then hosted it on
SlideShare.net, allowing a good looking piece of software to deliver a higher
amount of information to the audience.
3. I then also used SoundCloud to create a podcast for another evaluation
question. This was done as easily as using the app for iPhone, recording my
content and then uploading it to SoundCloud, where it can then be
hosted/embedded in a blog post on wordpress.
4. Finally, I also PixelChart to a create an infographic which focuses on the
aesthetics, to bring information to an audience.
All of these are now available on the Blog to see.