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Evaluation of our Uses of
Digital Technology
Vision
Use of Digital Technology in …
Research- access to information
What is a search engine?
 The definition: A computer program that searches documents,
especially on the world wide web, f...
BFI
 We used the ‘BFI’ statistical yearbook to gather
information and statistics about what particular
genres appear to b...
 One issue with internet
research is the sheer volume of
information that can be found.
This can be overwhelming at
times...
Learning the Best Sites
IMDb
Another site that we used was ‘IMDB’ this is
because it allowed us to recognise how well
film...
Google Images
 One very useful feature of
internet research was being
able to use Google images to
find collections of th...
Rotten Tomatoes
 Is a useful film review website similar
to IMDb.
 A very useful feature of our internet
society is that...
Access to information
‘Wikipedia’
• We used wikipedia to identify key conventions of the psychological thriller
genre in o...
Blogger
“Blogger.com’ is a useful digital blogging site that
allowed us to share information that we have
researched and a...
Blogger
The most valuable aspect of Blogger for us was its
sharing capacity. We were able to find research
resources, post...
Advantages Disadvantages
Information is easy to access Information isn’t always
accurate
Most of the information is free V...
Use of Digital Technology
in…Planning
Blogger was again a particularly
useful tool as it was accessible at
home and in school. Our work was
stored in order of t...
 The use of images and videos on
blogger were helpful, as we could
refer back to our always planning as
they would stay o...
 By using Blogger, it enabled us to be
able to view other groups blog
posts as well as the people within
our groups blog ...
 As with the research stages, we also
used Blogger to make and share
group posts. In these posts we
allocated each indivi...
 Final Cut Express is a digital editing package that allows for non-linear editing and is an
essential tool that we use t...
 In both our practice filming task and real opening sequence, we have been
and will be using LiveType in order to create ...
 When digital camera in order to
take still pictures of two of our
locations so that we could see
how appropriate they we...
Digital Cameras
 We have been using digital camcorders
to film all our practice filming and also
the real coursework.
 T...
 Blogger was a very useful tool that kept
us connected while planning what to do
and what to include.
 Sharing images an...
Use of Digital Technology for
Construction
Final Cut Express
Final Cut Express is a digital editing package and was the most important
tool we used in the constructi...
Editing on Final Cut Express
This was the main editing package we used and the most important use of
digital technology in...
Sound and Image
Here you can see how we put sound and image together. The video clips have
been trimmed and ordered into t...
Building Sequence
The whole sequence was built on the principle of layering – we used a
series of layers on both video and...
LiveType was the
software we used
to create our title
and credits.
LiveType allowed
us a greater range
of fonts and effect...
Final Cut Express for Ident
Use of Final Cut for the Ident
While creating our ident, we learned to use the filters in Fina...
Advantages of using Final Cut Express
• Lots of tools for editing
• Easy to learn and use
Disadvantages of using Final Cut...
Summary – Construction and
Digital Technology
 It is hard to imagine constructing this project without
the benefit of dig...
Use of Digital Technology
for Evaluation
Blogger
Blogger allowed us to present our evaluation work in a variety of
formats and to keep it all together in one acces...
Blogger helped us to organise our
evaluations - posts listed by title –
organized and appear in chronological
order
View a...
Linking Research and Evaluation
Blogger helped us to link our research with our evaluation. For example, we
did a substant...
Comments and Feedback
One of the greatest advantages of digital technology like Blogger is that
we can share our work with...
Variety of Format
We were able to vary the presentation of our
work as Blogger allows us to post work in
almost any media....
Advantages of using Blogger:
• Can view the work of others to get
ideas
• Easily organize work
• Comments give possible
im...
Summary – Evaluation and
Digital Technology
 Overall, digital technology was extremely helpful for us
with our evaluation...
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  1. 1. Evaluation of our Uses of Digital Technology Vision
  2. 2. Use of Digital Technology in … Research- access to information
  3. 3. What is a search engine?  The definition: A computer program that searches documents, especially on the world wide web, for a specified word or words and provides a list of documents in which they are found.  We used ‘Google’ mainly, to find reviews, screen shots and facts about psychological thriller films similar to ours and also to navigate to specific pages quickly on other websites such as ‘Rotten tomatoes’  Filters allowed us to refine results to be more recent/ relevant Digital Search Engines
  4. 4. BFI  We used the ‘BFI’ statistical yearbook to gather information and statistics about what particular genres appear to be successful in both the UK and abroad. A key benefit of digital research (and the internet in general) is the way professional organisations can easily share their research and findings with the wider world, and we can access this for free and from any location we choose.  Also we used the ‘BFI’ yearbook to identify who our target audience was, as it is an excellent collation of statistics from the past year of UK films enabling us to back up our ideas of who watches thrillers in terms of age, gender and so on with some hard evidence..  The ‘BFI’ yearbook also enlightened us on the amount of revenue generated from films which helped us prove our film had marketable potential. Access to Information
  5. 5.  One issue with internet research is the sheer volume of information that can be found. This can be overwhelming at times. For example, YouTube is a massively useful resource for anyone studying film openings, but it can be easy to spend far too much time finding material because there is so much available and there are so many links to follow.  We found similar issues when researching music on copyright sites such as freeplay music. Selection and Volume
  6. 6. Learning the Best Sites IMDb Another site that we used was ‘IMDB’ this is because it allowed us to recognise how well films in our particular genre are doing. We read reviews of recent films such as: ‘Gone Girl’, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Locke’ to understand audience preferences. One way we improved in our use of digital search engines was learning the most relevant sites that are film-specific and run by people with the same interests and concerns us us. Learning to recognise these sites, such as Artofthetitle, in search results helped speed our research considerably.
  7. 7. Google Images  One very useful feature of internet research was being able to use Google images to find collections of thumbnails around a key topic which then provided a quick visual reference that could be use to establish ideas for settings, locations, props and so on. For example, we were able to find lots of images relating to murder investigation boards to know how to set out our own. Visual Inspiration
  8. 8. Rotten Tomatoes  Is a useful film review website similar to IMDb.  A very useful feature of our internet society is that it is now so easy to gain an overview of public opinion thanks to the number of audience members who upload, share, comment and review.  It provides many reviews, with an easy to use ratings system, from both critics and the audience, so we could get a good idea of what is enjoyed by our audience and what is not Sharing, Commenting, Reviewing
  9. 9. Access to information ‘Wikipedia’ • We used wikipedia to identify key conventions of the psychological thriller genre in order to have our sequence stay within the boundaries of the genre. • It also provided information on revenue produced by films
  10. 10. Blogger “Blogger.com’ is a useful digital blogging site that allowed us to share information that we have researched and access it at both home and school. This was an easy, accessible way of collating our research and planning activities. It is also backed up in a way that is difficult for paper products and can be accessed by several users from multiple locations. Posts appearing in chronological order give a good idea of the progress of the research and the timescales involved. Digital Blogging Sites
  11. 11. Blogger The most valuable aspect of Blogger for us was its sharing capacity. We were able to find research resources, post them on Blogger and then all comment on them, splitting the work and thinking evenly between the group. Sharing and MultimediaCapacity A further value was being able to present work in different formats. For example, the filmed presentation of our storyboard was a much more effective way of debating this work and getting feedback on it than written formats would have been.
  12. 12. Advantages Disadvantages Information is easy to access Information isn’t always accurate Most of the information is free Very time consuming to find key information Filters are used to make sure that the search results are relevant to what you need Easy to go off topic Gives you related websites at the bottom of the page that will give you more detail Hard to find an original source due to search engines prioritising certain sites over others When you type in a key word you receive all related articles Research Summary
  13. 13. Use of Digital Technology in…Planning
  14. 14. Blogger was again a particularly useful tool as it was accessible at home and in school. Our work was stored in order of the date when we did it so it was easy to find our most recent posts. We could also attach photos and videos and this was very convenient as we could access our planning, such as the storyboards, when we were out filming as we can access Blogger in a version optimised for mobile phones.. Blogger
  15. 15.  The use of images and videos on blogger were helpful, as we could refer back to our always planning as they would stay on the blog. We undertook various practice filming tasks and were able to watch them back and evaluate both our own work and the work of others so that we could learn from mistakes and plan to avoid them in future. Blogger – Multimedia Format
  16. 16.  By using Blogger, it enabled us to be able to view other groups blog posts as well as the people within our groups blog posts. This was very useful, as it developed our understanding if needed. Also, it allowed us to build upon our ideas.  Secondly, we also received comments from our teacher suggesting improvements and corrections. This was helpful, as it allowed us to improve our posts and also strengthened our knowledge. Blogger - Sharing
  17. 17.  As with the research stages, we also used Blogger to make and share group posts. In these posts we allocated each individual in the group a colour and then all commented on a post, exploring all of our different opinions.  These group posts were effective and very useful, as evaluating the research to decide the next step is also a planning activity. This allowed us to express our opinions and preferences; we could come to a final decision collectively. Blogger – Group Posts
  18. 18.  Final Cut Express is a digital editing package that allows for non-linear editing and is an essential tool that we use to edit our films.  Final Cut Express has been essential, as we have learned to edit our footage and enhance it with transitions and effects while maintaining continuity. It is hard for us to imagine now how this could have been done non-digitally, when cuts would be difficult to correct and amendments to footage might be permanent. The main advantage of FCE is that no changes we make are permanent and can be changed and corrected.  At first, we experienced several problems with continuity. However, now that we are confident using FCE we can edit effectively, using transitions and music etc. Final Cut Express
  19. 19.  In both our practice filming task and real opening sequence, we have been and will be using LiveType in order to create credits and titles for our piece. It allows us to customise them to our exact needs and is totally compatible with FCE with the capacity to drag files from one package into the other.  Digital technology becomes increasingly useful where there is compatibility between products. LiveType
  20. 20.  When digital camera in order to take still pictures of two of our locations so that we could see how appropriate they were and start to foresee any potential problems.  This shows how useful combinations of digital technology can be. Digital Cameras
  21. 21. Digital Cameras  We have been using digital camcorders to film all our practice filming and also the real coursework.  The advantage lies mainly in memory and convenience. Modern cameras have a large memory and it is also easy to upload to digital editing packages.  While the cameras have many in- camera editing features, we have not used many of these, preferring to manipulate footage in FCE.
  22. 22.  Blogger was a very useful tool that kept us connected while planning what to do and what to include.  Sharing images and plans was important so that we all understood what was going on.  Final Cut Express and LiveType when used together, correctly can provide a very professional final piece.  It is really difficult for anyone of our generation to imagine carrying out this kind of work without using digital technology. We can only imagine the time and difficulty of working without the benefits of the technology we have constant access to. Planning Summary
  23. 23. Use of Digital Technology for Construction
  24. 24. Final Cut Express Final Cut Express is a digital editing package and was the most important tool we used in the construction of our opening sequence as it allows for the manipulation and editing of our footage in professional ways.
  25. 25. Editing on Final Cut Express This was the main editing package we used and the most important use of digital technology in our piece in many ways. We were able to store our clips in the browser and manipulate them as we wanted on the timeline. Any changes we did not like could easily be undone and the clips used again without any permanent changes having been made to the original footage.
  26. 26. Sound and Image Here you can see how we put sound and image together. The video clips have been trimmed and ordered into the correct sequence at the correct times. You can see a grey box that indicates a transition into this part of the sequence – a cross fade. The volume of each audio clip has also been adjusted and audio effects added were ambient sound changes to minimise the audio differences this can cause.
  27. 27. Building Sequence The whole sequence was built on the principle of layering – we used a series of layers on both video and audio timelines to create the whole piece. This was time-consuming and required a lot of precision and readjustment. We had to constantly replay at the starts of lessons to remember where we had got up to and what needed to be done.
  28. 28. LiveType was the software we used to create our title and credits. LiveType allowed us a greater range of fonts and effects for our credits which made them look a lot better in our sequence. Once we created the credits we could easily transfer them to Final Cut Express. LiveType for Credits Had to get font, font colour and size right and also timings of the length of the credits. We also had to make choices about how they appeared / disappeared. Not all digital technology is easy to use – one of the disadvantages is that it is time consuming to learn.
  29. 29. Final Cut Express for Ident Use of Final Cut for the Ident While creating our ident, we learned to use the filters in Final Cut and were able to adjust them across a clip, increasing or adjusting an effect as the clip went on. This was quite a sophisticated use of the package.
  30. 30. Advantages of using Final Cut Express • Lots of tools for editing • Easy to learn and use Disadvantages of using Final Cut Express • Had to work on separate computers to get all of the work done then merge it • Time consuming, a lot of editing requires time and patience Editing on Final Cut Express
  31. 31. Summary – Construction and Digital Technology  It is hard to imagine constructing this project without the benefit of digital technology. We do not have the skills to use cameras that are not digital, and although the editing packages may have taken some time to learn, it is certainly easier to edit this way than in the old style with film. Probably the main benefit has been being able to work on different versions of the same work and being able to constantly undo and start again if needed.
  32. 32. Use of Digital Technology for Evaluation
  33. 33. Blogger Blogger allowed us to present our evaluation work in a variety of formats and to keep it all together in one accessible place.
  34. 34. Blogger helped us to organise our evaluations - posts listed by title – organized and appear in chronological order View and comments system – useful for ideas and improvements Blogger
  35. 35. Linking Research and Evaluation Blogger helped us to link our research with our evaluation. For example, we did a substantial amount of research into target audiences early on. When we came to evaluate this concept, we were able to link the two posts together as shown above so that the two could be read together and the work could be seen as a whole.
  36. 36. Comments and Feedback One of the greatest advantages of digital technology like Blogger is that we can share our work with others very easily and there is easy interaction. We received feedback on a rough cut from a school in Bath which proved very useful.
  37. 37. Variety of Format We were able to vary the presentation of our work as Blogger allows us to post work in almost any media. This meant we could chose appropriate formats for each task. For example, We used a collage of images (contact sheet) to prompt a discussion on use of genre conventions because the montage showed our common themes and ideas. And here a mind map was used to evaluate target audience as it helped structure the comments.  ta
  38. 38. Advantages of using Blogger: • Can view the work of others to get ideas • Easily organize work • Comments give possible improvements Disadvantages of using Blogger • Lack of editing tools compared to the interface of programs such as ‘Word’ • Accidental unsaved work, loss of internet Blogger
  39. 39. Summary – Evaluation and Digital Technology  Overall, digital technology was extremely helpful for us with our evaluation. In fact, this was the only stage of the course where we did not find ourselves turning to old media from time to time, but used digital media virtually throughout. It has helped us share our ideas and produce a series of evaluations that are linked.

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