Week 7: Work Produced

In this post I will be talking about the different type of colouring and lighting used in some film stills.

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These pictures are from Thunderpants (2002). In the film pretty much everything in Patrick’s home town is a sickly green colour expressing his discontent with life, as you can see in the first picture every car is exactly the same model and colour of green. Late in the film when Patrick is more content with his life, as he feels he’s doing something more worthwhile the colouring is warmer oranges as you can see in the last picture.

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This picture is from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (2012). The red of the mans coat directly contrasts the desaturated grey cliffs behind him. I believe that a lot of the colour has been pulled from the background in the original shot to push more emphasis onto the mans coat. The red of the coat is also quite saturated itself; Wes Anderson has a reputation for these kind of colours. So much so that his style is so recognisable you could know it was a Wes Anderson film just by seeing the colours used. There has almost definitely been some digital colour correction to make the scene look like this.

Lighting Task: 3 Point Lighting and Recreating Images

The key light is what illuminates the subject usually at a 30-40° angle. To lower the intensity of the use a dimmer to turn it down or simply move the light backwards. The fill light fills in the shadows on the other side of the subject; the fill light can be a light or a reflector depending on what light you need. The back light is positioned behind the subject and is there to separate the person from the background to add more depth to the image. you can tell when a back light is in use due to there being a slight light around the edges of a person.

Here is the different pictures of a 3-point lighting setup:

Key light only

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Key and Fill light

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Key, Fill and Back light

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Back light

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Fill and Back light

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Recreating Images

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The photo I choose to try and recreate from the film Titanic (1997) was quite clearly produced in a studio and so creating it outside was always going to be difficult. We put the lights in the positions that we wanted to try and get the shadows for the picture, however due to the day being overcast the light had diffused to the level that there were no shadows cast at all and so it made the photo look nothing like the original. The Director of Photography that set up the original photo has used a harsh light that is the sun as the key light for this photo. He has put the scarf around the woman so that the light reflects off of the bright colour of it, or else the dark colours of Jack and Rose’s clothes would have blended.

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This photo I recreated is from Fight Club (1999) I think that I did a better job with this than the first photo, as the shadows on the face mirror more the original photo in this one. One thing I could have done is move the key light back a little more so that the light is just on the side of his head and not so much on his mouth, eyes and nose. I also think I needed a small amount of back light as well due to his hair being quite lit up around the edges.

 

Week 7: Work Produced

Week 6: Sound Edit

Here is my edit:

I had used audactiy before for sound recording, however I had never used it to use the effects to change the sound of an audio clip. I definitely feel more confident with it now than I used to. I used both avid and audactiy to edit and place the sounds in sync with the video.

I had quite a few problems with this task, as I’ve never tried to build sound on a level like we did it was quite difficult to do it for a first time. One problem was importing around 30-40 audio clips with the name ZOOM001 etc, and so in future I’ll rename all the clips to what they are before I import then so I don’t need to waste time going through every piece of audio and naming them inside avid. I put the sound of an outside air conditioning unit into audacity and turned the pitch right down and it sounded like the humming of a large spaceship which was one of the sounds I was struggling to get, therefore I was very happy that I was able to create this sound by editing it. Another problem I had was when I was editing I was realising more sounds that I hadn’t noticed before, therefore I ended up going on the internet to try and find some of these sounds which wasn’t always particularly successful because it wasn’t tailored for what I need. In future I’ll make sure to watch through the film multiple times in case I’ve missed anything even if the group is going through it as well as they could miss it.

I managed to find a very good sci-fi sound on the internet for the spaceship beam sound, however it needed about 2 seconds before I needed it to. This meant I ended up having to try and loop a section to elongate it. I did manage in the end to get this to work and sound relatively smooth, however it took over an hour for this 2 second clip and for the time limit we had this took a lot of time. Another problem I had was remembering to use the overwrite import tool instead of splice. It meant that when I went back and changed something I’d end up moving everything in front of it forward a few seconds which put the entire thing out of sync. I’d usually notice this much later on and have to manually put everything back in place which was very time consuming.

Week 6: Sound Edit

Week 5: Problems and Solutions

One problem we had this week was exposure and white balance. When filming our screen motion tests some of the shots were massively over exposed even though on the camera it looked fine on the camera when we were filming. In future I now know to check both white balance and exposure whenever I change location, however this didn’t help me with my current footage problem. Therefore I used colour correction to try and make the shots usable and look far better. Here is an example of what I did:

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I think this was a good solution to the problem I had, as I didn’t have time to go out and reshoot the scene.

Week 5: Problems and Solutions

Week 5: Feedback and Reflections

For the past week we have been tweeting on our Twitter accounts to try and gain followers and promote our “Hello” project. In this task we will be looking into the analytics of my Twitter and YouTube accounts and how my views and engagements have changed in the past week. We were using the hashtags #ccfilmsquad and #cchalloproject to promote our films.

Here are the stats for my Twitter account:

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Excluding re-tweets and non related tweets these are the 4 times I posted my “hello” project and a Screen Motion test that we made at college. I got around 25 extra views on my “Hello” project YouTube video from my tweets. I was followed by a professor from a university in America and by a YouTuber with 5k followers. My most successful tweet was the first time I posted my “Hello” project on Twitter and it got 4 re-tweets and 3 likes. I now have 23 followers too and about 6 are not from my college group which is quite successful. I’ve also had 1,078 Twitter impressions since last Wednesday. The ease of use of Twitter was helpful when using the social media and it was probably the best method for promoting our “hello” as they were already done, however due to the length of the video it could have fitted better on Instagram with a short video. I would probably prefer to use something like Instagram during the production process of my next project as well as Twitter. As that is good for posting pictures. I do think though that Twitter is a very good platform to self promote on, as it’s simple and easy to tweet a lot, whereas for Instagram or YouTube it takes time to setup and take a photo or film a video.

I will continue using this Twitter account in the future to post about future projects and things I am doing at college, as I like the social media a lot and think it would be a very useful tool to have and skill to learn about how to utilise Twitter properly. I think this task was very helpful in learning about how to fully utilise my tweets and how to find out about the analytics of my account which I didn’t know about before this lesson.

Week 5: Feedback and Reflections

Week 5: Work Produced

Types of Shots

When would you use each type of shot?

Extreme Close Up: Mainly to show eyes (possibly waking up or pupils reacting to light)

Big Close Up: Show emotion on face

Close up: Show characters reaction to an event/piece of dialogue

Medium Close Up: Conversation with hand movement

Long Shot: Action sequence as full body is seen

Extreme Long Shot: Establishing a scene

Over The Shoulder: Shot reverse shot dialogue scene

Looking into space: An Interview

Moving subject walks into space: Walking scene

Two Shot: Two characters holding hands

Tilted Frame/Dutch angle: To show that something is not right or odd

Low Angle: To show a character is weaker than another

High Angle: To show a character is dominant over another

Practical Task: The Nature of Screen Motion

Here is the Screen Motion video we made:

I think the first shot using the slide came out quite well considering that I had never used a slide before today. The shot had to be cut off short as we attempted a pan to show her walking to the door but it looked very jolty and rough due to the mechanism for turning the camera being too stiff. This was probably because we hadn’t set the slide up properly for what we wanted to do, however we had never used it before so we were learning as we went. We didn’t have time to reshoot it as we had spent nearly half our time getting that one shot. I’ve now learnt that a shot like this complicated and takes a lot of time, as this small project was quite time constrained maybe we should have chosen a less time consuming shot, however it was good practice for next time I use a slide.

I attempted to use screen direction at 0:59 as the actor goes from right to left and then right to left again so that it shows clearly that the actor is going in the same direction. I also chose to use a simple pan

Problems and Solutions: Colour Correction

One problem that we had was the exposure. When we were filming we made sure to adjust the exposure whenever we changed location, however what looked good on the display of the camera did not always resonate onto the computer screen. I used colour correction to try and sort out some of the over exposed shots which was actually quite successful especially the scene in the thumbnail of the video. As the wall was orange in the room, and that made the shot look very orange due to the white balance being slightly off.

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Here is the before and after. I think even though the task was about different types of screen motion, as the shots didn’t come out too well I thought it was a good opportunity to try out some colour correction and see if a shot that over exposed could be made to look relatively normal. Even though it looks a little dark in places I think I did a good job, as I don’t have a lot of prior practice or knowledge. This will help me for my Winter project as I now have more knowledge of how to colour correct and what kinds of things it can do. I also now know the importance of getting the white balance settings correct when filming and only using colour correction for minor tweaks.

 

 

 

Week 5: Work Produced