Successfully reported this slideshow.
6. What have you learnt abouttechnologies from the process of constructing this product?
Using new technologiesThroughout the process of designing and making my product, i wasable to use Apple iMacs and a range of software. I have been usingiMacs since i can remember so i was very familiar with using the MACOS X operating system.I have always found that using a mac is the most simplistic yet mostuseful way in creating many things especially when faced with a newworld of mac use: ﬁlm making.The school had chosen to buy Apple iMacs due to the huge range ofsoftware available to be able to make such a product. It is evident thatthis is the case as professional media institutions use a similar set-upwhen in ﬁlm-making. In the next pages i have explained all the newtechnologies that i used in creating my ﬁnal product.
Blogger I used blogger as a way of publishing all my work through posts. The website allows users to fully customize their blog site and edit all of their posts. I had never before used the method of blogging prior to media studies and i felt it is the optimum way to organise and publish your personal posts to the outside world.
Twitter and FacebookTwitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service thatenables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters,known as tweets. It has grown worldwide and now has over 300 million usersas of 2011. I embedded the twitter widget into my blogger website so that mytweets are instantly shown as a news update. I have realised it is now very easyto spread your ideas and views on the internet with just a few clicks as i didnot have a twitter account before. Facebook is also a social networking service and allows users to create a personal proﬁle, add other users as friends and exchange messages. As i already had a Facebook account prior to studying media, i realised all this was very much familiar to me. However, media institutions such as distributors use websites such as Facebook to advertise their ﬁlms for promotional reasons.
Canon 550D For the ﬁlming of my thriller, i used a canon 550d SLR which is bale to take full 1080p HD movies- ideal for a realistic ﬁlm production. As i had never used a digital camera before, it was interesting to see how different settings on the camera affected the outcome of the picture. For example, i changed the exposure on set due to the intense light that i didn’t want in the morning scene. Modern technology is changing all the time and the invention of digital ﬁlming has overtaken mini-DV camcorders and i can now see why.
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Photoshop I used this application when i created my ‘website’ and ﬁlm poster. Without previous knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite i had to learn the basics of editing a photo. For example, adding different layers, colour correction and the use of shapes and text within a photo itself. As well as blogger etc., i found that adobe has made a very powerful modern way of creating movies, images and sound.
Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe Premiere Pro is simply another way to edit raw footage than Final Cut Express. It comes with the Adobe Creative Suit and it allowed me to capture, edit and export my media product. Adobe Premiere Pro is a non-destructive editing technique in which if any problems the original footage is stored digitally hen imported form the camera onto the computer. If i had used ﬁlm reels i would have had to cut and stick the footage in which I would destroy the ﬁlm. Adobe Premiere Pro offers a wide range of effects, transitions and superimposition. I ﬁrst used Premiere Pro when i gathered all my raw footage together and so i could start editing. Without Premiere Pro my media product would have turned out much worse since iMovie is no real competition to the standards of Adobe.
Adobe After Effects Although it looks similar to Premiere Pro, After Effects is effectively completely separate from Premiere. The program is used when detail effects need to be applied as its primary role is being a motion graphics and compositing program. After Effects allows users to animate, alter and composite media in 2D and 3D space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins. I used this particular package when colour correcting all of my footage as i found using this particular programme slightly easier to use rather than using the basics of Premiere Pro.
iMovie Having a iMac made me think that i should use software already built-in the computer instead of having to use Premiere Pro which is only installed on the classroom computers. After all, i had been using iMovie since i can remember and so using it for small projects such as testing out the green screen was relatively easier. I found that iMovie had advanced settings which allowed users to use a green screen effect. Not knowing if i was going to use in my thriller opening, i decided to try how easy it was to do. New technology and the constant drive for ‘ease of use’ is becoming more and more apparent. I also used iMovie for visualizing the storyboard. By taking multiple photos of post-it notes i was able to make a sequence with audio description in the background describing what i intend to do. Asthis is was a simple task to perform i decided iMovie was best for the job as its been renowned for its user-friendliness.
Slideshare and Scoop-it! Slideshare is a way of presenting your Word, Powerpoint or Keynote in a ‘slide’ format. Upon hearing of this programme, i decided it would be ideal for my call sheet when i publish it on my blog website. It allows readers to scroll down in slides to read documents in a very easy way. This changed the old way in which people would send a .doc document to someone else but now it is visually presented instead. A revolutionary website took my attention. Scoop.it! allows users to compose a magazine topic using suitable websites and images based on what your topic is about. Scoopit! enables you to use keywords such as thriller and ﬁlm titles. However there is a second way in which you can publish websites onto your topic. Users can enter URLs and websites can be directly imported onto the topic inseconds. This allowed me to include important websites such as screenonline.org.uk andmakingof.com. Both are useful in determining the history and past conventions of thethriller genre and insight into creating the thriller movies themselves. Users are also able towrite about each post in their topic and customize the post picture to whatever they desire.
Celtx Celtx is a downloadable programme which allows users to plan their pre-production for theatre productions and ﬁlm making. I used the programme to design the sets that i would hope to use. For example, in the image to the right, i decided that i would have one close-up shot placed at position 1. and a wide shot of the room at position 2. The latter gave me a point of view shot (the father observes the empty room). The set was lit up naturally by the sunlight through the window but to ensure there was a substantial amount, i will had another source of light pointing to the bed and across the room.
PreziPrezi is a website which enables users tocreate a revolutionary new stylepresentation. By having a massive cleartemplate, users can create their ownpresentation by simply adding text, images,videos and numerous shapes. Thepresentations are then played in the orderthat the creator chooses them to. Again thisis another website which i was unaware ofand , although relatively new, was verysimple and easy to use. I used thistechnology to answer an evaluationquestion and when i looked into the thrillergenre further. It is now very easy to makeyour own work unique as most things arenow fully customizable including blogger.