HOW DID YOU USE NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND RESEARCH, PLANNING AND EVALUATION STAGE?
technologies in the construction andresearch, planning and evaluation stage?
Over the years, technology has progressed and proliferated throughout nations, and the film industry especially, has evolved extensively within this timeframe. With this advancement in technology, my group was able to; communicate to external sources to gain feedback, use software efficiently to perfect the integration of our products, research effectively to create innovative and niche products, and distribute our final pieces to reach wider audiences.
Firstly, my partner and I browsedthe internet to access websites suchas ‘IMDb’, which is a movie databasesite, and YouTube, which is a video-sharing site, in order to research thecodes, conventions and genresignifiers of thriller films.This was very useful and efficientas we already had fundamentals tobuild upon, such as knowingwhere certain titles are generallyplaced, how and when is best tointroduce the protagonist, theright background music to use tostrongly represent thriller genresand also help give viewers theemotive feeling you are trying toestablish within your charactersand the certain effects to use tohelp epitomize our thriller genre.
Some of the trailers we looked at include: Leon: The Professional Salt Takenand; Hanna,all of which matched the style and elegance of our hind-sighted trailer.
We then used high quality HD digital cameras to film FCP also enabled us to structure our narrativethe clips that will be included in our trailer. This gave effectively, organise our ideas and developus sharper and clearer material to work with when characterization. For example, to develop theediting. The clarity of our footage enabled us to character of Jeta we had to construct manyprogress with our understanding of how micro different moments for the audience to feelfeatures produce meaning for the audience. emotionally connected to the footage. FCP and the way we had to organise our project, helped us to layout the relevant clips and experiment with the ordering of Jeta’s characterizationAfter we conducted our filming, we then had to within the trailer.import our footage into the Apple Mac’s using afire-wire and begin editing and merging thefootage together in order to create our trailer. Thesoftware we used to edit was ‘Final Cut Pro(FCP)’. In FCP, we were able to create sub-clipsand bins, crop unwanted footage, importaudio, render clips and view the progress of ourwork whilst editing. We were also able to developour understanding of narrative structures throughthe use of FCP. The software helped us organiseour ideas and play around with the narrative. Weedited different versions of the trailer in FCP to In the very first draft we were told that the trailer was following thefind the perfect sequence that would portray our narrative too much, so it was more like a film opening rather than a theatrical trailer. We then impacted on this advice by re-arrangingcharacters the way we planned. different clips to create a fully effective trailer, including a beginning, middle and end of a full movie in just under two minutes.
After we had a general idea of the structure of our trailer, we then began tocreate titles and logos that would appear in the trailer, magazine and poster. These were constructed using a program called, Motion. This is a more advanced software than ‘LiveType’ which is the software we used last year to create our film opening titles. This shows advancement and progressionin my group as we were able to learn to a further level of editing software inorder to make our work a higher standard. ‘Motion’ was expressly created to interlink with ‘Final Cut Pro’ (software we used to edit), which makes it more user-friendly and easy for us to switch between the two applications and integrate work we invented from one software to the other, it provided us with smart motion transitions which we added to our titles and logos to bring out the full effect.
Photoshop was a vital graphic editing application throughout the creation and construction of our ancillary products. It allowed us crop, slice, blur, fade, merge and alter images and texts with numerouseffects. We spent most of our time using this software as it allows users topay attention to detail and invent commercial and life-like products, such as our magazine and poster. As there were many features and tools to utilize in Photoshop, at times, we had to rely on the internet to access YouTube and Google to browse for tutorials on how to navigate the software and deploy specific actions.
GarageBand was the software used tocreate our music. At first, we usedGarageBand’s preset ‘loops’, filtering outthe categories in order to find the perfectinstruments and effects to correlate thegenre and narrative of our trailer. After attempting numerous times to create a musical piece to sync with our trailer, we then found it would be easier and more efficient to download and import copyright free music from the website freeplaymusic.com/, this website enabled us to find a piece of music that creates the right mood and atmosphere that our trailer represents.
To make communication between me and One resource I used to complete my partner more sufficient, we both were unfinished tasks in my spare time at able to use the ‘Blackberry Messenger’ home, was Dropbox. This app allowedservice to full capacity in order to ensure we me to upload my work from my school could; set meeting times, send each-other login to the Dropbox online pieces of work, go through our work and storage, which is then available for me to talk about what to do next all when one or access from my home computer whichthe other was not present. This ensured that then allows me to download the file and we were keeping up with pace and were work on it using the appropriate always in touch to discuss our progress. program.