<ul><li>I used You Tube during the research stages to find out what was an effective trailer and then in turn what makes a good teaser trailer. I was able to use You Tube due to Web 2.0 which means that now that we are prosumers as well as consumers, which means any one can upload videos and thus enabling me to watch a wider range of trailers as soon as possible and re-watch them whenever I needed to. </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst looking at trailers to see what was effective, I was about to compare the differences between a teaser and theatrical trailer by looking a varying of them both. </li></ul><ul><li>I took some trailers that I found off You Tube and was able to analyse them in depth as I put them as my ‘Favourites’. This gave me more knowledge of the style of trailers and also my choice of genre. </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst constructing my own teaser trailer, I kept re-watching the videos from You Tube to get the same effects for my target audience to recognize. </li></ul><ul><li>Once I could get a final version of my teaser, I could upload it onto You Tube and get quick and easily accessible feedback which helped me improve my own and look at it from an objective point of view. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The main way I took advantage of Blogger.com was to keep track of where my work was going and see where I wanted to head by posting every few days to know what areas I had covered. Due to this, I feel as if Blogger played a key part in how my whole media products came together, not just small elements in it. </li></ul><ul><li>During the research stages I would post up pre-existing texts and use the post to analyse and evaluate what was effective and what I wanted to take from these media products but also state what I wasn’t so keen on and how I wanted to subvert conventions. </li></ul><ul><li>I kept all my planning work on my Blogger account as it seemed logical to have all my thoughts and quick ideas somewhere that was easily accessible and reliable. They were kept in a chronological order which helped me to develop my ideas further in order to make sure I created a more effective promotional package as a whole. </li></ul><ul><li>I could post sections of my media products on Blogger and get other students to ‘follow’ and make comments, thus getting feedback easily and quick. </li></ul>
<ul><li>I used Flickr because it was very easy to upload my pictures and the quality was excellent, I could set my account to private or public to get a selection of people commenting on it and getting as much varied feedback as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>I could also use Flickr to keep track of my photos and see how each version had progressed from the one before. I used Flickr as you could get internet links to share with social networking sites and therefore gaining more awareness and feedback as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>I used Slideshare when doing analyses as it meant I could focus on smaller details yet having the images of what I was analysing next to it. </li></ul>
Cameras: Digital, Video & Flip. <ul><li>I used the video camera to film all my shots for my teaser trailer. I used a HD hand held camera both for ease of use and also because it was the easiest to get hold of on the time scale we had to create the trailer. </li></ul><ul><li>I used my own Fujifilm camera because I was confident in its functions and tools and I knew how to get the photos I wanted. As it was my own, I could go back to the locations of my trailer and take pictures of it whenever I wanted for presentations etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally I used the Flip camera to get audience feeback, I filmed my target audience talking about what they liked/disliked about my products because again it was the easiest way to keep track of everything they were saying to be able to alter my work to best fit my target audience and the effects I was aiming for. </li></ul>
Final Cut Express. <ul><li>I used this program on the Mac because it’s highly professional and sometimes used to for editing together feature films. This convinced me that my trailer would look professional and realistic and fit in with existing media texts at a similar standard. </li></ul><ul><li>Once I started using Final Cut I found it quick and easy to pick up different settings and transitions which gave me confidence. Due to this, I was able to pre-set transitions to better suit my own trailer, such as I changed the colour to dip to colour dissolve to white to create flashes; which is highly conventional in my chosen genre. </li></ul>Computer Programs.
Soundtrack Pro. <ul><li>Sound Track Pro allowed me to automate repetitive audio processing tasks such as removing clicks, adding fades, or normalizing levels. </li></ul><ul><li>It enabled me to open one or more clips onto the editor and analyze and process the audio using a variety of powerful tools. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose this program as opposed to Magic and Garage Band because I wanted more artificial sounds as opposed to music instruments to get the dramatic, tense sounds. </li></ul><ul><li>I found Soundtrack Pro really easy to use because everyone was organized clearly and proper, so I could manage my files easily and could find them within seconds. </li></ul>Computer Programs.
Photoshop <ul><li>I used Photoshop for my film magazine because I had edited my photo on there and I became fluid with using the techniques and tools of the program. It was a lot more difficult as opposed to In Design when it came to putting text in, however I compromised and learnt a lot from the way Photoshop works and how to take advantage of the effects. </li></ul><ul><li>For my magazine, as the picture covered the whole cover, I wanted to make sure it was visually stunning as to fit in with Sight & Sound, so I manipulated it on this software and used many tools to make it as effective as possible, and personally I think I achieved success. </li></ul><ul><li>As I layered different sections of text over the photo and other text, it was easier to do this in Photoshop then any other program, and my confidence with layers has definitely risen. As I wanted a simple approach, I didn’t have to confront myself with the major difficulties of Photoshop, so I feel as if I could of done more, but realistically, in the time scale of things, I did well with what I achieved. </li></ul>
Illustrator <ul><li>I used Illustrator to produce my film poster. I found the program very difficult to use as I didn’t know how to use most of the effects and the things I wanted were not on the program. Hence why I decided to use Photoshop for my magazine. </li></ul>