Looking back at your preliminary task


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Looking back at your preliminary task

  1. 1. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? I personally learn’t a lot from producing a preliminary product to a final. Firstly the preliminary product had been my first experience of actual film production. We were only able to use on programme for our preliminary task, which was Adobe Premier Pro. Within this programme we cut shots easily and merged them together to complete our film .As this was a preliminary task we had to show what we had learnt in class. This came in the form of the 180 degree rule, shot-reverse shot and match on action shot. As displayed in our film examples of these shots were not done as cleverly as the shots we have included in our final film, which do include the match on action shot. This to me shows how far we have come and how much we have learnt. Considering our final film the programmes we were able to use, helped us a lot. Programmes such as Adobe After effects and Photo shop, enabled us to achieve the effects appropriate to our theme as well as audience. These include the monochrome filter, the animated logo and titles and the all important red filter. By using all these programmes collectively we were able to merge out film together creatively , also imputing title frames and place effects on top of the initial frames. We experimented with the options available on these software, and used them to our suiting. For our preliminary task we learnt how display character profiles through dialogue. we did this by filming a conversation between a pupil and teacher, set in a situation. However with our final film we learnt how to show character profiles in a clever way. We used what we had learnt about mise-en-scene and other films within our genre, to demonstrate our characters and film genre. This was tricky but far more interesting. Without the use of dialogue all we had were shots. We had to think far more in depth then our preliminary task, of how we could achieve this. We researched into films, our audience and sound to establish what would appeal, what had been done before and what effect would be created. By the use of effects such as the Polaroid’s- which reflected character, profile as well as relationship, and use of the red filter- to draw reference to associated themes, and simply costume and emotion we achieved our main aim. Our camera work within the preliminary task was very amateurish , by looking back in it now I can see that. Although this could be down to the fact that it was our first time. I can see that some of the shots were not compatible, there was often poor lighting and hardly any consistency. I can definitely see that there is a drastic improvement. I think we took much more care and used the equipment as best as we saw fit. I also think that by doing the research we had we identified the type of standard there is to achieve and ultimately brainstormed ways we too could achieve this. By using the equipment within the Final film, you can see the difference, of how many of the shots are steadier and characters are seen properly, and the consistency of the frame filter- monochrome. This allowed us to produce quality, and not just complete a task. I also learnt the importance of both teamwork and independent work. We couldn’t see each other all the time, so we couldn’t rely solely on the time we had a t school. We had to use Face book- the networking site, heavily to contact one and other to communicate what we could be doing at home, what research could be conducted, basically to ensure
  2. 2. we each contributed to the film equally. I think the time and care that we took is represented through our film, as we took time to make it as best as we could, to appeal to our audience and become a good representation of our genre. For our preliminary we used quite basic effects, well hardly any. The only effect was the title. At the time we didn’t have a lot of time, and we weren’t as yet familiar with other programmes. For the title and ending credits we just used the ”add title” tool on premier pro. This tool was very basic as we could only change, colour add a fade or the initial font. We chose a suitable font and settled with it. However the title did not have the best effect and look very childish. This made the opening look very unprofessional, and didn’t really go with the film. Thankfully for our Final project we were able to experiment with different software. These programmes helped use produce effective titles. We could apply different effects to the text, animate them alter the positioning and so on. Programmes such as Adobe After Affects collectively with Premier pro proved wonderful, as we were able to create something to suite us, and make the titles look professional. We were also able to produce a production logo. This was an important aspect, as it would be seen on professional films in the industry. Again we used a wider range of software than we had been able to for the Preliminary task. This importantly was a new component for us to add to a film as we hadn’t before. We had done research into production logo’s and had seen what they consisted of and presented. For ours we wanted to reflect our film and input a bit of each of us. We decided to collaborate each of our initials for the name and take an original photo for the image. We used photo shop to alter the image and After Effects to add animation and an appropriate background. We also used this software for other aspects such as the transitions and titles. Finally we added our last component of the background music and the voice over. These factors were new to us but equally added to the film becoming much more professional and engaging. In conclusion, by comparing both film openings , I can tell that there is a mammoth difference skilfully. Within ‘Out’ you can plainly identify faults and it generally, doesn’t display a message well. However within ‘ A Twisted Obsession’, there is consistency, a clear message clever camera techniques and brilliant effects. I think this shows how much we have learnt and how far we have progressed from our first ever project, the preliminary task. Personally the whole production of the Final product I had anticipated being great, and each of us within the group had so many ideas of how to make this product good. By doing the preliminary task, we gained experience and were made aware of shots to use, what they could achieve and how generally to make a film. This all helped when we ultimately came to making our final, we saw what we had to improve and we wanted to do so!