The EditorsAfter a brief lesson on iMovie we decided thatWill and Howard would edit our clips as theywere the best in our group at editing andenjoyed using technology such as the AppleMacbooks.
CuttingiMovie uses an easy to use system for cuttingand arranging clips. Will and Howard learn touse this technique from year 13 media students.To cut you must double click the clip, then adjustthe yellow bars to select which part to crop out.
Fit ToolThe fit tool was reallyeffective in our film.The scene wheresomeone runs pastthe window is apivotal moment inour film which wasthe foundation ofbuilding tension. Thefit tool allowed us tozoom in on thewindow toemphasise thisevent.
Choosing the SoundtrackWill sort after the perfect soundtrack to add the desiredsuspense/thriller effect. He used the internet phenomenon‘YouTube’ to find a video with a soundtrack that met the criteria.He messaged the video poster to ask if he could use it for amedia project; the user agreed.
Converting and CuttingOnce given permission Will used the websitewww.youtube-mp3.org to convert the audiofrom the video into a mp3 soundtrack. He thenused the programme ‘Audacity’ to cut thesoundtrack to the correct length for the film.
Applying to the FilmBeing the soundtrack and effects editor Will thenapplied the soundtrack to the video by clicking anddragging the clip into iMovie and moving it to theright places to create a thriller ambience.
Audio EditingiMovie has a tool called ‘fade’ which allows theeditor to fade in or out audio. This wasparticularly useful when Jamie was leaving theTV room to answer the door. We had the cameraplaced next to the TV which picked up theadverts being played clearly and didn’t fit theacting on screen because it cut out suddenly aswe transitioned to the next panning shot. ‘Fade’allowed us to slowly mute the TV whichimproved smoothness and continuity.
Sound EnhancementsIn order to create an ambience of a thriller wedecided to incorporate sound enhancements orselective sounding to increase dramatic effect.Examples of this are the scream as Jamie entersthe loft, the door slamming when Jamie answersthe door and the breathing in the POV shotwhen Jamie approaches the loft.
ResearchWe equally shared our responsibilities of findingresearch and then discussed how we could usewhat we found into our project. We used a twomain varieties of technologies to comprehendthis information. Firstly, we used websites suchas Wikipedia, Google and YouTube from theinternet. Secondly, we watched film extracts andanalysed them.
Internet ResearchWe used a variety of search engines, mediawebsites and statistical information sites to obtainour research. We all had previous experience ofusing these sites which made it easier to findaccurate information. Search engines such asGoogle allowed us to find famous thriller films sowe knew what films to watch and analyse. Mediawebsites such as YouTube allowed us to view somefilm extracts and also find sound effects. Statisticalinformation websites such as Wikipedia allowed usto find well known thriller directors and theirprominant techniques.
Film ResearchWe watched a variety of renowned thrilleropenings in class as a group. We analysed whattechniques were being used and respectablemise-en-scene. Using film research wasadvantageous to our group as it allowed us tothen search reviews of the openings on theinternet. This gave us an superior overview onwhat to incorporate into our project and whatnot to.
CameraWe used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ18 to film ourproject. With relatively no previous experienceswith cameras and filming we decided to chooseJackson as our cameraman. Jackson quickly took tothe aspect of filming and created very steadypanning shots with help from the camerasintelligent auto mode with power O.I.S.(OpticalImage Stabilizer). Despite the steady shots we didfeel the 30 fps (frames per second) we got whenrecording seemed unfocussed and produced slightlag. Another downside to the camera used was thepoor image quality.
TripodWe used a tripod that Jackson already owned toproduce steady and level shots. Jackson hadn’tused a tripod before but once fixing the cameraon found it easy to use. The tripod was valuableto our filming as it allowed us to create steadyshots with minimal camera twitch. Thedownsides to using the tripod was theawkwardness of size and the impractically ofdetaching and reattaching of the camerawhenever we used a POV shot.