This week I finished editing my short film Commercial Break. Before I started editing I was worried that I didn't get enough shots for the project but I got everything I needed and had extra shots to work with after I had added in everything. I'm very happy about how my project turned out especially because it was my first time working on a short film. Over the course of two days to capture audio I used a boom pole and the second day I used mics on everyone. That made it harder during the editing process to make sure that the audio levels were consistent and that it all sounded the same. The boom pole captured more background noise and the actors didn't sound as clear than when they had the mic on. I was able to cover it up during the editing process by replacing some of the audio taken on the boom pole by replacing it with the audio taken on the mic the second day we filmed.If I could go back and change how I captured audio I would be more consistent with using mics on everyone both days instead of only one day. Overall I'm very proud of how my first short film turned out and I look forward to doing more projects similar to this.
After finishing revising my script and filming I'm ready to start the editing process for Commercial Break. I started filming last week on Tuesday and Friday after school and I was able to finish filming in two days. I used two cameras and rotated them around to get a variety of shots for each page. I'm excited to start editing because I looked at a lot of different short film and used ISM Film to help me with this project and it gave me a lot of information about how to set up different shots and how to edit. This is my first time making a short film or even doing a project this long and I'm worried that I might've forgotten to get a certain shot or that the audio might not sound as good. On Tuesday I ran into trouble picking up sound on the boom pole but I was able to get the mic close enough to the actors without it interfering with the shot. I'm excited to see how my project and the editing process turns out.
For my next video I'm making a short film. The film is about a team of people coming up with ideas for a commercial for a perfume company. A former Ladue student wrote the script and I'm really excited to start filming because I think the script is really funny and I have a lot of ideas about how I can film it to make it funny. I'm getting some of the actors from the theater department to act in the film and I plan on using one of the new conference room in our school to use as the setting. I'm planning on using two cameras to record and then filming the scene multiple times to get different angles like a close up of the person talking and the reaction of the people who are listening and then a wide shot of everyone in the room. I'm also planning on starting to film as soon a possible so I can start editing and putting it all together. I'm excited and nervous because I've never made a video as long as this or worked on a short film.
For my first project I worked with a a partner to create a hype video for the football team to get excited for the 2018 season. This video was really challenging for us because we weren't able to get enough footage and get close enough shots so we could see the plays clearly. It was also hard editing the video because we didn't get enough footage or people were in the way of the shot. We did get a chance to use a lot of effects and made it a fun video. That was the first time editing in a while for me so it gave me a chance to see the different things that I could do with Final Cut Pro and it got me reacquainted with editing. Next time I would make sure that we were close enough to the field or whoever the subject of the video is and that we have enough footage to have a variety of shots. Overall I really enjoyed making this video because it was more creative and fun.
I took this class a few years ago and I really liked being able to create content and the freedom that we had with choosing the projects we worked on. This year I want to make more creative content like music videos, short films and studio production. I also want to explore what else I can do with journalism and film. I think doing something with HEC-TV would be really cool to explore what interests me and to experience the work it takes to make a news package. I'm excited to start working on different projects and see what content I can make with the new studio. I want to study communications in college so I want to create skills that I can carry on with me.
Today in class we watched a video about how to correctly film a video. I learned that you should always film in the 3rd because it makes the video look more appealing and because your eye catches the action better if its in the 3rd. I also learned that you if you move the camera in a different position its important to keep your subject in the same area on the view finder because if you don't it makes the video look confusing on why they switched positions. You should also also manually focus your camera when your doing interviews so the camera doesn't randomly focus on other things during your interview and put your subject out of focus. When doing interviews you should always use a microphone and use headphones so you can hear the person clearly and so you know that the microphone doesn't go out during the interview.
In class we watched 6 of the everybody has a story videos. The first video I watched was about an Elephant and a Dog that were best friends even though most of the elephants and dogs don't like to interact with each other. (Hey) The story was untimely about embracing each others differences and getting past them. (You) In the story the Dog, Bella, was so connected to the Elephant that when she had a spinal cord injury and had to stay inside the elephant stayed close to the office the entire time she was inside instead of going out to play like the other elephants. Bella even lets the Elephant rub her tummy with her foot sometimes because their bond is so strong. (See) The story was trying to teach people that we should work to get past each others differences and if an elephant and a dog can do it then so can the rest of the world. (So) The other video I watched was about a lady, Susan Lee, who use to work in a school cafeteria but now cooks food in her house for other people. (Hey) She invites her friends over and members of her church in to eat for free out of the goodness of her heart. (You) She raised three kids and they all graduated from college. To pay for their tuition Susan started working in a school cafeteria and worked there for 20 years. (See) This story shows how giving back to the community helps everyone and how it can help brighten peoples days.(So)
For this projects we interviewed people about the topic we choose. I choose to do my interview about our girls Track Team. My interview lasted 9 minutes in total and she gave me really good information about why she ran track and she felt about running track while she had injury's. I filmed the interview in our schools weight room because it had a mirror in the background and because it has natural light in the room.
Our next project in class is an interview where we have to interview someone for 3-5 minutes about whatever topic we choose. In class we did a practice interview where everyone got a job in the class to plan the interview, find a location for it, and then write down some key things the person said. We filmed it outside in our schools courtyard and the interview took about 10 minutes. We learned that you shouldn't ask questions that emit only one word or short answers like yes or no questions. We also learned how to set up the camera so that the sun wasn't in the interviewers face so it didn't look like they were squinting on camera. We also learned that sometimes it takes longer to interview people to get them to open up about other topics.
For this project we told a story using only six words. For my story I used bullying as my topic and got help from a few of my friends to star in it. While filming this video I had trouble finding a good spot in our cafeteria to film without other people walking in front of the camera, so I had to film when there wasn't a lunch period. I also filmed it so the camera was in a persons point of view so it was like the person watching the video was getting bullied. While I was editing I used the black and white filter and a blue filter to make it look darker. I also used two audio tracks, one to make it seem like it was in the cafeteria and the other to add a dramatic effect to the video. I had a lot of fun with this project because we got to create our story and make it as creative as we wanted.