What have you learnt abouttechnologies from the process of constructing this product?
During our project we used various differenttechnologies , the main and most importantpiece of equipment was the camera. Thecamera was a Sony Handycam and belonged tothe media studies department. When it cameto the day of filming we experienced technicalproblems with the camera and ended up usingMorgans own personal camera which luckilywas also a Sony Handycam. Morgan’s camera isHD so it gave us a good picture quality.Another important piece of equipment was thetripod, this enabled us to film a steady extremelong shot, a steady close up and a panningshot. The tripod we used was borrowed fromschool as we didn’t have our own.
As soon as we had finished filming we began theediting stages straight away. This involved usinganother important piece of technology, the Maccomputers. We only had the choice of using theBlack Mac computer due to the camera we usedhowever this worked out better as we hadexperience on these computers and therefore knewhow to use them effectively. However we didexperience some problems with the blackMacs, this was due to the fact that there is only twoof them compared to the six white Macs, they arealso newer and therefore more students wanted touse them. The software we used to edit was‘Imovie’ , this is a fast and effective programmewhich holds many effects such as transitions. Theediting stages involved things such as dubbing outall of the sound and then putting our own soundeffects back in. we also had the chance to cutclips, speed clips up and slow them down.
Due to the fact that we were not allowed to use copy right soundsor music we had to find a reliable website which offers copy rightfree sound effects. We searched them on Google and came across a website called http://www.freesound.org/ . This offered ussounds that were easily downloadable and quick to find. We used sounds such as ‘natural outdoors’ , this was used throughout the final piece. Another sound we used was ‘Drone’ this was used whenever the Zombie character was seen or insinuated.
When designing our production splash we hadthe option of using a programme called ‘GIMP’this software allows you to design and editpictures and logos. However after exploringour options we decided to design and drawour own production splash , this worked outwell due to the fact both me (Charlotte) andAlice both do AS Art and design. After theproduction splash was designed we took aphotograph of it using Alice’s Iphone, we thenemailed this to Morgans hotmail anduploaded it on to the Mac.
During the whole process of our project we used mycamera. We used it for things such as finding ourlocation, and blogging our recent activities. Thisincluded things such as items we had purchased, andthe progress of our costumes. Another form of technology used was Instagram, this page was used as an update feed of all of our photos. The photos included things such as us using the Macs.One of the forms of technology weused was Twitter, we used this to saywhat we were doing and when, thiswas used mainly for our filming days.