What was the Prelim about?
The preliminary task involved making a short video using the different camera techniques we have taught as well as adapting the continuity rules in the video. The story line involved a person walking into a classroom having a little chat with the other person and walking out back again. In the time we had to show off everything we have learned from sir for example, using eye-line match to show what the character was looking at. One example from the prelim was that when the main character is opening the door knob we have a eye-line match.
Why were you asked to complete the prelim?
We were asked to complete the prelim in order to get ready for making our thriller. The task checked our overall knowledge about the different use of camera work used for affect as well as the continuity rule in order to present the film professional. In opinion carrying out the prelim task really helped me to gains some knowledge about different camera movement and angle. This helped me to implant my knowledge from the prelim task to my real thriller opening.
What did you learn from the task?
- How to apply the continuity rule in a media product
- How to use different camera work to portray something
- Team work
- editing with final cut pro
- using a camera effectively
- time-how to complete a task within the time limit
- planning- the props, costume and other thing that will be used in the filming process
How did it help you in the thriller opening work?
The prelim task helped us to become organised such as planning. For example, to shoot the prelim task we only had one lesson. In the time given we filmed our filming and the end product turned out really well. That one lesson helped us to be precise about the time while filming and encouraged us to finish the filming int he given time. We also learned some team work technique. For example, when our group were working together, we listened to each others suggestion and discussed every step of the way to create a really good outcome. Thankfully for the thriller task, we had the same group which made us reunite and work together to produce a good piece of opening thriller.
Moreover, the prelim task also helped us understand how the camera work and continuity technique could be implanted in a video successfully. We gained some knowledge about how we can use these technique to create a really good prelim video. We also learned how to use the final cut pro software to help us edit our work to produce a piece work that we wanted. We used techniques such as blade were you can cut unnecessary part in the clip, the trip, were you can trip parts if your video and transition and colour to create affects. We also learned how to add music to go with the whole video.
How difficult it s to make 2 minutes of the film?
It was very difficult to make the 2 minute of the film. Even though the 2 minute sounds very less, the amount if work involved making making that 2 minute perfect and worthy. We shot more than 50 scenes and used the best one to create the opening and the time put in editing was very long. Sometimes the length of the video is 3 minute and this happened to one of the group, we were told to cut some bits so it fits the time structured for the filming.
Preliminary vs Final Product
Similarities between the prelim task and my opening:
- The similarities was that we had to make a 2 min video. The prelim task we did before making the thriller opening was less then 2 min. Both were short video.
- The group was the same. When we made the prelim task we had the same group and for making the thriller opening we had the same group which i was very happy about.
- Used basic technique such as camera work we used for the prelim was the same as the final product but we used the basic technique more often in the final product.
- The editing techniques were the same but again used it more often then the prelim task.
- Group working skill was very similar because we had the same group therefore it was challenging to form that bond again.
- We used the same camera for both product which was very helpful because we didn’t struggle to learn about how to use the camera.
- We used the same editing tool which was final cut pro. This was also helpful as we were pro when it came to editing for the final product.
Differences between my prelim task and final product:
- The preliminary was very straight forward as we had a clear structure where as the thriller opening was a bit challenging due to how long the product was (2 min).
- The story line was differ to the final product. In the prelim task we had a simple story line outlined for us by the teacher. This was easy because we knew what we were doing. But for the final product, we had to decide the story line as well as where and how we were going to film the opening.
- We used more challenging shot types when we were filming the thriller opening such as POV shot.
- Editing was also different because even though we have already had a good understanding of the final cut pro. When it came to editing for the final product we had to use more advanced skills in order to perfect the editing for the final product.
- We used more communication skill in comparison to the prelim task because the filming process for the final product was longer then the prelim therefore we had to use new technology like snap chat and whats-up to plan for our filming.
- The scenery and setting was completely different in comparison to the prelim task as the prelim task took place in school (in doors) where as the final product we did the filming outside school in a charity shop and street.