Tuesday 12th september.
In this project we had got given the task of creating a short movie in groups based on the title of ‘Fear’. Instantly our group thought of horror as the genre, so we brain stormed ideas of what we could do for this horror movie. we made a spider diagram of things we personally are afraid. Consisted of things like phobias such as people being afraid of spiders, the dark and hights. so we used all these ideas to think of a story that we could base this movie on. In the end we came up of an idea that a person would be haunted by a mysterious figure at night within his house.
This is all of the things you need to do before filming the movie such as cast list, story boards, crew list, location recce, risk assesments, scrpit, cript breakdown and production scedule. with all of this paper work to do we assigned eachother wihin our group to a diffrent bit of pre-production work. We also decided who was going to do what when amking the movie, Me (acting), Callum (acting), Mitch (camera man) and Finlay (directing).
Wednesday 13th september
We as a group decided to do the filming the next day at Callums house. When college finised we all went down to Callums house. We unpacted the camera equpment and had a little play around with it before actually filming. we discused the story line again so we all know what we were doing and chose where all the shots would be filmed as well as all the diffrent types of shots we should use.
We also wanted to record our own sound effects to get a more real sound within the production. The sounds we needed were a creaking door, floor boards creaking, creepy whispers and somone running down a coridoor. So we all went around the house recording raw sounds to give the production a more real spooky feel. the way we recorded the sounds was by using three diffrent mics which were within the media pack, the clip on mic, the shotgun mic and the zoom mic, once we recorded these sound we picked out which ever one sounded the best and used it for the actual production.
within our production we had different camera angles/shots this is to add more to a scene and to tell a characters emotion within the scene. The types of shots we used were:
First person shot: this is meant to put the viewer in the eyes of the character to make them feel what its like to be him/her.
mid-shot: this is when the camera is focusing mainly on the character and his/her surroundings.
over the shoulder shot: this is to focus on a person or an object the character is facing.
long shots: This is where the camera shows the character and how he/her interacts with their surroundings usually in a wide angle shot.
close-up: This is a detailed shot of the characters face to show important emotions.
when we filmed we had a section within the day and a section at night, within the day all the lighting was all natural. But when it got dark and we had scenes of me coming out of doors in the dark dressed in all black it was harder than we thought. the way we overcame this was by using our phone flashlights to make the room more lit so you could see me, this also made the whole scene look more scary as its a mysterious light coming from a room. Also at the end when were in the car we had a phone light to make me visible in the rear view mirror.
The scenes we wanted to film were how we wanted them to look.
Most of the clips the natural lighting was good.
Some of the clips only took 1 or 2 takes.
Some of the clips went out of focus.
some of the clips the lighting wasn’t great so we couldn’t see some of the key elements.
Tuesday 20th September
Pre-production and Post-production
Withing pre-production and Post-production there are a few diffrent stages you have to do these consiste of:
- cast List- this show who is in your production and who is acting within the film this includes extras.
- Crew List – this is where you write down who is doing what e.g. cameraman, sound guy and who is sorting out the lighting.
- Location Recce – this is a contract someone has to sign to say that its fine for people to shoot their production there, if they dont then you can either be fined or if they get away with filming without a recce sheet then its called ‘gorilla filming’.
- Risk Assessment – this is a peice of paper where you write down all of the possible risks during your production and you have to write down on how you can prevent them from happening.
- Story Board – this a bunch of drawing in chronalogocal order to show the actual storyline of the production, with these drawings there should be a breif description of the scene and the type of camera shot.
- Production Schedule- this is a document where you write down what dya/time your going to do things e.g. 2nd november we are going to film then 8th november going to edit.
- Scrpit- this is self explanatory, this is where you write the dialogue of your production, as well as words write down he charcters emoptions and facial expretions.
there are diffrent things you need to do as a part of post-preduction such as:
- Animations such as transitions between your clips.
- music, wether this is sound effects to background music it comes under post-preduction.
- Editing the clips, such as if a clip is to dark or too bright you can colour correct it to match the others.
- Sound editing, this for example on our production we had some sound effects which were too loud or too quiet so we had to edit the volume of them to make them a level which would suit the scene better.
- And the final stage of post production is the rendering/ exporting of the project, this is allows you to post a copy of your production anywhere and keep it for yourself.