Evaluation Question 4:How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
PRELIMINARY SOAP TRAILER: EDEN ROAD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yvY_ANIU sY&context=C2308cADOEgsToPDskJQP4Dk2d4 PKPZ3mSnjQxGMIn groups of four/five, we created trial soap trailers -using script from an actual soap – to get an idea ofhow the camera worked, how the characters areportrayed and to look for good locations to shoot. Wewere very lucky with the weather so all of the shotswere bright enough to be used.It also helped us to figure out the editing software wewould be eventually using for our final product later inthe year.
RESEARCHING THE SOAP GENRE I watched relevant soap programs such as Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks to get an idea of what audiences expect from them. The audience watch soaps to get away from their own lives – they believe that their own lives aren’t so bad after watching others. I also used Google to look up TV magazine covers, plus buying them from my local supermarket to get an idea of what reader’s expect from them.
USING THE MAC’S: iMOVIE I used iMovie to edit my trailer together. By selecting ‘Import…’ and ‘from file’ I could select my clips and insert them into the ‘Project Timeline’ and edit them from there.
…GARAGEBANDPreviously, I had downloaded the track from YouTube: using YouTube Converter(http://www.youtube-mp3.org/), I had converted into the correct format and imported straightinto iMovie to be placed in my trailer.
Using the E4 style guide, I USING PHOTOSHOP: saved the logo as a JPEG and imported it into Photoshop. First I used the ‘Quick Selection Tool’ to delete the excess black around the logo.Using the ‘polygonal lasso tool’, I zoomed in to the image(200%) and carefully cut away the uneven and pixelated edgessurrounding the logo.
USING SLIDESHARE… By uploading PowerPoints, Publisher, a nd Word documents onto ‘slideshare’, I could show what planning and other work I had done. Whilst the file was uploading, I could change the title of the document and choose a category or any tags that it will relate to.I could then embed the document ontomy blog, the same way I could embed mytrailer.
To keep all my work together, and toUSING BLOGSPOT: make my work look as professional as possible, I used ‘blogspot.com’ to log my progress. I created my own blog using my g-mail account. I then chose a design I liked for my background and started posting all of my work I had completed already.I also started to follow theAquinas A2 Media blog so Icould keep up to date. I alsostarted following myclassmates blogs so I could seehow they were progressingand so I could comment ontheir work.
YOUTUBE UPLOAD… Using my YouTube account, I uploaded all four versions of my trailer.
EMBEDDING TO BLOG…Once I had uploaded and savedmy trailer to YouTube, I couldembed it onto my blog. By copying and pasting the HTML, into a ‘New Post’ I could embed my trailer, rather then copying and pasting a link to it.