Question 4: How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages? Lyndsay Essex
CamerasDuring production, a Sony Handycam However to film the first evaluation questioncamera was used with a tripod. This answer my own stills camera (GE HZ1500) waswas a video camera, rather than a used, as the camera is designed for stillstills camera to make the recording photographs with an added video-recordingbetter quality, as this was a silent film feature, so the film quality was not as good asthe sound quality wasn’t important. the film itself. However, this wasn’t important as the information within the video itself was the focus.Both of these cameras have a tripod connection for steady filming and also meant Icould film largely without someone holding the camera, and computer connectionsto make uploading to the computer easy.
iPodThroughout the year I have used my iPod tohold multiple example short films of varyinglength and style together in one place, thismeant that I could watch them as I workwith them during the research stage, despitethe school computers blocking the sites Ineeded to watch them, or lacking thesoftware needed to play videos.
Internet The internet was really important in research, planning and evaluation. I researched short films, reviews and film posters on the internet, using search engines and specialised websites like the BBC Film Network site, which is a database of over 300 BBC funded short films. Youtube was useful in researching international short films (Such as short films entered into Cannes Film Festival) and uploading both the finished product and evaluation video. The blog was essential, as all of the work I produced was uploaded to my page.
• Social network sites were used in the research stage, as many short films, such as ‘Sea Wall’, have a Twitter account, with updates about download options and other pieces from the people involved (Writer, actor, director, etc.). Because of these sites, when searching for short films, many of their twitter and Facebook pages appeared in search results.• This film also uses a Tumblr and a Wordpress account as it’s main website, which worked well to reach a large audience of mainly teenagers and young adults, as the ‘reblog’ feature allows certain posts to be spread through the site, and so the film would reach an even wider audience.• This would also be useful for the music aspect, as the band would be advertised at the same time as the film would be. Social Networking.
Sea Wall & Sorry I’m Late - websiteMany Short Films have their own website,featuring the film itself and other videos,interviews and information. If this was a realfilm, a similar website would have been created,as the poster and magazine article give a link tothe website where the film would be released.These were useful in the research stage, inlooking at language used to refer to short films,layouts, colours etc.Both of these examples are quite simple, othershave colour schemes and themes whichcontinue into the films themselves.
The short film itself was made on iMovie, so is for the stop motionopening I linked photos together quickly, and the rest of it’s madeup of clips, it wasn’t all filmed in the same order, and not all filmed Photosmaterial was used in the final production. Photoshop was also used,mostly in the magazine review, there’s an example here of where I anddeleted the background of the photo to use in the magazinereview, to fill a space and use as a, like many articles seem to have, a videosstudio-style photo, taken specially for the article.
MusicI used Garageband to research thedifferent kind of music that would fitthe film style. I listened to the tuneson Garageband, because you canaccess it through iMovie, so it wouldhave been easy to use. I listened tothings to fit the different moods,styles, paces of the clips, and all of itwas acoustic-type, no electricalsounding things with backbeats andstuff, just guitar, piano, and violin.Instead I used a piece recorded onGarageband. I transferred these toiTunes, so that I could access themthrough iMovie and add them to thefilm, to make sure they to fit in withthe film clips.But this wasn’t used in the evaluationstage.
I used the Microsoft Excel in research, butnothing else. This is my Coding Schedule,something I used to look at conventions andthemes in short films, to compare them and seewhat forms and conventions would work well Excelin my film and what I’d be going against.
Conclusion• During the research I used a range of technologies to effectively find various examples of short films to draw ideas from, whether they’re ideas on forms and conventions I would follow to create the desired effect, or those I would go against.• In the production of my piece I combined the film clips I had recorded with editing software and recorded sound to produce a 2 minute piece of a preset genre to appeal to a target audience.• Whilst evaluating my work I used the internet to both display my work and gather information from it, whilst using Powerpoint presentations, videos and blog posts in the evaluations themselves.