How did you use media technologies in the construction ofresearch, planning and evaluation stages?
How have media technologieschanged over time?Society has changed massively over time and technology and isstill changing; it has a huge impact and is a major role ofpeople’s lives everyday. The progress of media technologyhas made it possible to make such high quality films as wehave technological convergence. Even from making our filmsat GCSE and A2, you can tell how much media technologieshave progresses in that short space of time, last year we usedAdobe Premier 6.5, mini DV tapes to upload our footage on tothe editing software. However this year we uploaded ourfootage straight from a memory card and used AdobePremier Pro CS5. This saved us a lot of time and made thequality of our film a lot better. Digital technology has made itaccessible and easier for us to make films and CS6 is out now.You can clearly see the extent of how media technology isprogressing everyday.
Websites such as YouTube and Comingsoon.net played a huge role into ourresearch and planning. From these websites we were able to accessevery teaser trailer that has ever been made. ‘The Roommate’ was thetrailer that we had a huge focus on and repeatedly watched it go developideas on how we can take the structure of the storyline but make itoriginal. Google and Wikipedia also played a huge role in our magazineand poster research and planning as we were able to identify the linksbetween the teaser trailer and the print work and take notes of what wehad to do for our work. We also used these websites for our planning andresearch. Such as: the sub genres of a thriller, a typical thriller poster,cover etc.The Internet
We used Ribbet for our production of our magazine and postercovers. Using Ribbet enabled us to change the effects of thepicture to make it more effective such as ‘auto boost’ and‘sharpen’. On Ribbet, we were enabled to add text to ourpictures and change around the font, where we got our“twisted” title from.Ribbet
Slide shareSlide share enabled us to upload our power points on to blogger, instead ofwriting on a word document we thought by using different mediatechnologies would be a better way to show our research and planningstages. Also on slide share, we are able to upload pictures with our text tohighlight our examples. Also, signing up for slide share was easy as onlyone of us had to sign up for it, and we could then copy the links and thenimbed this on each others blog which saved us a lot of time.
Adobe Photoshop CS5Adobe Photoshop CS5 was the program that enabled us to make all ofour print work. On this website, we were able to cut out the images andpaste it in layers, by following the forms and conventions of an Empiremagazine cover and placing the image on top of the magazine masthead. We also had to paste on blocks of colour for our banner at thebottom of our cover, to do this we had to make a background blockcover of red and then white. We also uploaded a blank pug and thescanner code to buy the magazine. For the text, we went back and forthbetween Photoshop and Ribbet. We had some issues with our posteras we couldn’t cut out the imagine and past out the background, inorder to edit both as it didn’t look real; therefore we had to edit thewhole image together, however the poster turned out well.
Adobe PremierAdobe Premier was the software that made it possible for us to edit ourfilms. On this program we were able to take our footage and turn it into athriller teaser trailer. We were also able to follow the typical forms andconventions by cutting all of our shots down a lot shorter, adding voiceedits such as echo’s and screams. We also used a lot of white and black‘fade in’ and ‘fade outs’ which made the shots look like they were flashingon the screen, what a typical thriller teaser would have. We also added ablack and white effect to one of the shots of Amy to emphasize the pastand that it cannot be changed and something dangerous is about tohappen. Adobe Premier also made it possible for us to add music on toour trailer; for our trailer, the music completely transformed it. This gavethe trailer a real thriller feel and a build up of suspense as the trailer goeson. When watching the trailer, you automatically want to see whathappens next which we wanted our audience to feel as well.
Black and White effectThis is an example of the Black and White shot that we used, theshot says “I’ll be your new friend”, after the shot the word ‘friend’repeats afterwards. This emphasizes how this is a shot from thepast and it cannot be changed. Suspense also builds from this shotwhich distinguishes our teaser trailer as a thriller and as we can tellsomething is about to happen.
Fade in whiteThis is another example of our white-dip ‘fade in’, this gives theshot a flash effect, which is important for a teaser trailer as theshots cant be too long as too much of the story would be givenaway. This made a huge impact on the trailer as it gave it a realthriller feel. However, we did have some trouble adding thesetransitions to some shots where they were so short, however wehad to lengthen them on the time line and then add them on.
Slow motionThis was another important shot within our trailer. AdobePremier made is possible for us to slow this shot up. This shotis important in the trailer because the character Amy copiesRhiannah on what she is getting to eat in the café, theemphasis on the shot creates suspense and starts to builddramatic irony for the audience.
Sound effectsWe had some problems at the end of the trailer, as we fastenedthe shot up of Amy grabbing me and holding a knife up to mythroat, however the scream was more humorous than dramatic,therefore we had to take out the scream from myself andimportant a scream that we had on another disk we had and putthis on to the shot. This made the trailer a lot better and more of athriller.
BloggerBlogger has enabled us to keep track of any research and planning we havehad and to put it on our blogs. For example at the start of the year, wedone a lot of research to what actually is a thriller, thriller genres, theforms and conventions of a thriller, analysis of thriller teaser trailers, acampaign on the links between the teaser trailer, magazine cover andposter, the rule of thirds on a magazine cover etc and all of our ideas onour initial idea of our teaser trailer. Blogger reflects the journey that wehave all been through and what it has taken for us to produce our teasertrailer and print work that we’ve got. Blogger also enabled us to use linksto websites and clips from you tube on the blog which has been verybeneficial to us as everything we have put on has been in order and wecan clearly see in just a click of a button away our development stages.
FilmingMedia technologies such as the digital cameras have made it possible for us tohave such high quality footage. The digital cameras have made it easy to filmas they are small and easy to carry around. Because we picked up a lot offilming skills from GCSE and AS from the camera and tripod and had an idea ofwhat type of shots were needed for the trailer. However, what we did do wasexperiment on many more shorts such as: canted angles, high angles shotsetc. The cameras are also stored with memory cards which we used to transferour data which can be put straight in the computer to upload footage. We alsohad tripods that enabled all of the shots to stay still and steady which benefitedthe quality of our film.
EditingTo edit our film, these are the computers that we used within the MediaDepartment. The program that we used to edit our work was AdobePremier; this was already installed on the system which we then used todevelop our film. Media technology such as the computer, speakers andthe memory card holder helped us as a group to essentially make ourfilm in a professional way. Like the filming, it was hard to get used thetechnology and all of the effects that we can add on, however we gotused to the technology the longer we was doing the project anddeveloped a lot of skills. We wouldn’t of been able to make our mediaproducts if it wasn’t down to the media technologies that exist today.