Thanks to everyone on short film production for being such enthusiasts, it was a good term! hope we could do it all again. Thanks to all the teaching staff you guys made it all possible…with our money but don’t worry its defiantly worth it! I have learnt a lot of process through this whole term, Dawkins and Wynd has been a coffee table book for me. Its been the bible to short film production.
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So here it comes to an end. Short Film Production what high hopes I had for you. It started out rocky for me but things did pick up eventually and my focus was driven back to the task in hand. I have developed as a media professional throughout this whole process. We were under the leadership of a enthusiast. I have learnt something from each individual in my team and even though at one time they were known faces but unknown people, now are individuals I will call for in the near future. It has been a joy an honour and a pleasure to work with such a nice bunch of people. Final Product. A success id say, fellow comrades I salute you. This is it from me Abu Mukid.
The Job Interview Rough Edit, enjoy the raws!
Ben dude its all up to you now! our faith now lies with Ben, it is up to him to make sure the directors vision is put on screen. We left Ben to it and asked him to bring with him the piece to show next week. Hopefully we will not have much to change but if we do im sure Ben will quickly re do anything that wasn’t sufficient enough.
after getting the results back from the feedback session we had these problems to fix,
Faster Editing, Music,Different/Tighter Shots.
Ben needed to make the editing a little faster in some places and iron out a few creases, this will improve the messages power. We dont curently have music but it was sugested in the feedback session, we liked the idea of having music in some parts to create a little more engaging power. Many shots looked distant but we were suggested to have more closer shots. Jambo’s Magic filling beer! that was a problem we had to see if we could iron out even if it meant using another shot, but we will see
Ben will work on this and have a final piece in time for submission.
Day 2: Shooting Today!
Well now to todays filming! I arrived 10 mins late to Ellen Terry which I am sincerely sorry about group! After seeing the office location for the first time I was really chuffed about it. Adam did a fantastic job on accruing the office for the fee of £50. When we arrived at the location I set up my camera and tripod for the final shooting process under clear instructions.
Once the camera was set up and our actors were briefed, the shoot began. We had a few initial problems with reflections that we realised while reviewing some footage on location. I quickly repositioned the cameras and white balanced to make sure we were ready to take another take. The takes were pretty well structured and well acted. A valuable thing I learnt from this shoot it that it pays to hire professional actors, as we were able to finish the filming in half the time planned. This saved time which is money in our world.
While shoot progressed and the cameras allocated to new positions by the director we had a problem with the floor of the office. The floor was really creaky and even slight movement by me the cameraman allowed sound to be captured by my sound engineer Darren. I was instructed to stay still and step away from the camera if no movement was planned for the shot. Other problems we had was with the lighting in the room but a simple draw of the blinds made that problem disappear.
After the shooting script was complete and Adam called Wrap! I was relived as my main burden of capturing the footage with the JVC’s was complete. Now it was up to our editor Ben to show what he could do. From what I have heard Ben is good at his trade and has done other work that backs up his merit. Once the quick cut is done I will let you know what I think of his skills.
Well today was the day that we got to start filming! Our first location was on our doorsteps! The Riley Lounge. This location is well lit and spacious; it has good harmony when it isn’t filled with customers.
When we got to the location I got down to setting the JVC and making sure that the shot was sufficiently lighten. We came to the conclusion while at the scene that lights will not be needed as the lounge was already well lighten and we wanted to create a natural feel.
The tripod was being dodgy; it was our bad luck to get the tripod that has the jerky head. This problem made my job as camera operator harder as the tripod was not help in stabilising shots. I was able to quickly fix this problem with some trust blutac the vibration was reduced with movement and the shot became more fluid in later takes.
The camera settings were a breeze as reading the camera manual the night before on
I was able to remember how the menus were structured which made my work more fluid and what I call FlowMotion.
Overall I was able to take orders from the director with ease and I even had a friend from home observe me while on the shoot. She was impressed with how professionally our team worked and even asked if she could come along to the final shoot. The shoot consisted of me doing the “zoom out” shot 4 times over to get it right and allow for some freedom in the edit.
On our shoot one problem that I found was that the lounge had too much ambient noise coming from both electrical kitchen equipment and the constant chatter of the punters. This made me loose moral for a moment before I had to re gain control of my emotions. I have a problem with trying to make things perfect, from this shoot I learnt that sometimes you have to just go with what you have as time is more precious and costs money to be worrying about things when it’s too late. Next time I will have to keep in mind that the sound may be different on the day of the shoot to when the location was first observed. Another problem was when the lights in one of the offices cut of at the Riley Lounge killing the shot. We tried to fix the problem but no solution was able to arise as the office was locked and was out of hours. The shoot had to continue!
Our second location was very suited to the pub scene it was literally 2 roads from Ellen Terry, a 3 minute walk. It was quite for us when we got there and the staff were wonderful and let us take control of the whole environment. while the shooting took place I allowed Aaron to take lead an allow me to take some still while the film was being shot. I realised that the shutter from the DSLR was very load in the scenes we had captured. So i decided to make use of the zoom and take photos from a distance. The lighting in the room was dark so i had to play with the Aperture and Shuter Speeds to get a clear beautiful image. Jambo was one of our actors, he came along with a pint and a packet of banter!
Our team worked well together even though we had never spoken to each other before this project. I learnt that I am able to work with people of all kinds of attitudes and opinions. Even though we had many ideological clashes our team was high spirited and worked smoothly under pressure. I learnt that taking orders from people doesn’t make you small; it makes you a bigger person because the instructions are only there to help me succeed and produce a near perfect piece of work. Working with this group has been highly valuable to me, it has helped me open my eyes up to the ability of people and not always wanting to do everything myself. I learnt that the power of 5 brains is defiantly stronger than that of a lone young man from South London also known as “The Gaza”.
The actors have been advertised to work for £6 an hour
LYNN MCCRODDAN – Skype
EVA GRAY – NOT AUDITIONING
NAOMI ELISA – 10:00AM
RUSSEL WESTLEY – 10:10AM
AHMED MUHAMMED – 10:20AM
ROSE ROGERS – 10:30AM
BRYAN WALSH – 10:30AM
Location: TV Studios (Ellen Terry) Adam had booked out the room in order for us to film at 9am.
Well to look the part I dressed smartly and tried to make an professional impact when meeting and greeting out auditionees. Before I the auditions started I set up the JVC 700 (that Adam booked) and made sure that the camera was ready for Aron to take over when the auditions started. We used the 700′s because we wanted to exhibit what the actors where going to be filmed with. Many of the actors have high merits and have been in Hollywood films.
Each actor was asked to run through there part two times over and also have a Q & A session.
Auditions went smoothly and went on very well. The actors were very well presented and were very compliant. We had our eyes on Naomi Elisa and Russlle Westley.
I was surprised to see Jambo coming to audition for a small part as the friend of Daniel.
After the auditions finished and we set our actors on their way with a message from Adam, we looked at the audition videos we had compiled.
All in all it went pretty well and I have been very happy with the whole casting call and how it went. We had a few slip ups on setting up a few camera setting but they were all ironed out before the start of the auditions.
The Technopark was to expensive to hire at first but Adam the man! has managed to hustle it down by 50% which was impressive so good on yaa Adam.
We have begum casting. Adam has been using the sites Mandy and Shooting People. From what i know from Adam the applicants are coming in and Adam is filtering them as he feels appropriate.
So the locations have been decided. the SQ Club, Riley Lounge and the Technopark offices.
Adam first looked for places in Graham Sutherland Building that were appropriate for our office setting. The reception in the student sports centre where also looked into.
The SQ club was a suitable location for the bar scene. It was also confirmed so it is looking promising.
will keep you posted
The camera man. That was my role. A role I am comfortable with. A role I have had a lot of experience in. The JVC’s are cameras i have used before out of uni at the NTV in London. I was familiar with the kit but the tutorial we received from Bex was really helpful. Bex helped me understand the deeper workings of this amazing camera. I was really impressed with how this camera is able to focus on detail magnificently well. The back focus has been a second nature since these sessions.
I have also taken the liberty to read the JVC 700 user manual online where I found many tips and techniques that make working with the camera fairly easier.
I also went and revisited some of the things I learnt about camera work. I researched to see what resolution was needed to get our film to broadcast quality. After reading this article (
) I have come to the conclusion that our short should be filmed at HDV 1080p 25fps.