Month: May 2016

Proof of 2 Minute project film

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My edit of my 2 minute film.

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This is the tool I used to blur the screen.

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This was how I added text to my edit.

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I used the ultra key to do the green screen and then adjusted the effects around and swapped the files round. I used the pipette tool to click on the part which was to be green screened.

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If you need to render the clips because the screen keeps freezing or buffering, simply hit the space key.

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This was how I made the video shots by using the scale tool.

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Use the razor tool to cut the clips. You would do this if you filmed unnecessary footage or if the person has used ‘um…’ a lot or there was a long pause.

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Once I had finished my project and saved it, I clicked File, Export and media.

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After clicking on export media, this will pop up. You choose the format and preset you want and rename the file. I chose to use H.264 and HD 1080p 25 which means high definition, 1080p are the pixels. This is a progressive scan as opposed to 1080i which is an interlaced scan. Progressive and interlace displays are the two main categories for screens. Put simply, progressive is better because it will minimize picture flickering. A frame of 1080i video consists of two sequential fields of 1920 horizontal and 540 vertical pixels.

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Once you click export, this will pop up, leave it to finish completely and this message will remove itself eventually. Then your video is saved wherever you chose to save it.

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Although the time remaining is no longer displayed, this doesn’t mean the project has finished exporting. Simply wait and the message will eventually go.


Script for 2 minute project

ME: When was the last time somebody broke a promise to you?

INTERVIEWEE 1: My friend, at the time, once told me she would come to London with me. It got to an hour before it was time to leave to get the train, and I received a phone call from her. She told me she couldn’t be bothered to come. It isn’t only the fact she broke her promise, but the fact she just couldn’t be bothered is what really upset me.

INTERVIEWEE 2: Everyday someone breaks promises. In my life, somebody I know told me they would be here to talk to me whenever I needed a shoulder to cry on. But they never were so, in a way, they broke their promise.

ME: Have you, personally, broken a promise?


Me: What do you think is the worst part of someone breaking promises?

INTERVIEWEE 1: I think it’s the hurt and trust you will have in them next time they promise something to you.

INTERVIEWEE 2: The guilt they must feel after breaking their promise and the trust next time they promise something or lie to you.

ME: Are you sure you haven’t broken even a little promise once in your life?

INTERVIEWEE 1: Well if you can include one time I promised my mum I would pay her back £1.50 for a drink, but forgot, then yes I have broken promises.



Moodboard for my 2 minute project

Attached below is my mood board for my two minute project about broken promises.

I decided to use the words truth and lies in my project because I think of them as being closely related to broken promises as, if promises are broken, people will find it hard to trust again so you won’t know if they’re being truthful or telling lies. Pinky promises are what we do when we link little fingers with somebody else’s and this is supposedly meant to be how we trust others not to break their promise.

There are many types of promises. There are solemn promises such as marriage vows or military oaths, legal contracts, enforceable by law. There are fairytale promises, regrettable, problematic at the time they must be honoured. Lastly, there are electoral promises, commitments which will later be shaped by politics and compromise. Both an oath and an affirmation can be a promise. One special kind of promise is the vow.

If somebody breaks a promise, then they are technically lying. This could be a white lie which is a small lie that will not hurt anyone physically and it could be a lie to cover up the truth which may hurt people like: “Does my bum look big in this?” And then you reply with “no” which may be a lie. A black lie is one which can hurt others and has no respect for the other person. Black lies are meant to delude another or to protect yourself and it can change a person’s life choices. However, technically, a lie is still a lie. Christians believe in promises as being an oath that God is a witness within the promise.

In my project, I will be thinking about whether calling a big lie a black lie and a small lie a white lie is socially acceptable in these days.

In a way, the American Dream, was linked to this topic because in reality, the American Dream was a lie.

A clinical psychologist believes that if you give your word on something, then you either have to carry through with it no matter what, or you have to explain it. Rather than saying, “I promise to do this”, she recommends using phrases such as, “I plan on…” and “I’m going to try…”.

moodboard for broken promises

Rationale and Concept meanings

Foxy told us to write a rationale so it was clear for anyone to read our ideas. A rationale is the reason for doing something, for example, we wrote a rationale for our project. We wrote our skills and knowledge as well as what we have previously done like when we learnt about semiotics and the male gaze. Rationale is a an underlying reason – basis.

The concept is an idea and a plan of what you are going to do and achieve. It is an abstract idea.

Unit 8 – 2 minute project idea


After studying this course at the College of West Anglia, I have made lots of films in documentary format and interviews. Of the formats I have explored, i have realised that I enjoy making interviews. The area of medium I wish to do is interviews. The past projects I have done like the video installation has helped my skills and knowledge of the project. I will be interviewing two people who will tell me their stories about someone breaking promises, but the camera would be slightly hidden so maybe they won’t lie as much as if they were in view of the camera. From being on this course, I have learnt lots about camera angles, lighting, shadows and editing. I really enjoy editing videos on Premiere Pro CC and before I joined this course I didn’t know anything about it. I will look at more theoretical approaches to this piece by focusing on semiotics which I have never studied before. Semiotics are the study of signs.

Project Concept

For my piece for unit 8, my idea will reflect the keyword ‘Broken’ because it will be about broken promises. I feel this topic would be best for my piece for this unit because many people have experienced broken promises including me. They don’t need to be big promises that were broken, they can just be someone telling me they were going to go to somewhere with me and then decide not to.

I anticipate on producing a piece of work which will focus on reflecting broken promises. I would be interviewing two people of similar ages who would then tell me their experiences of when someone broke a promise to them. The camera will be slightly hidden to, hopefully, make the people tell the truth. I have created a mood board for my idea which has pictures of trust, lies, quotes about breaking promises because they are all closely linked to breaking promises.

The piece will be mostly improvised because they will be talking about their personal experiences on the topic, however, some of it will be scripted because I ask them the question ‘Have you ever broken a promise?’ They reply that they haven’t but by the end of the interview, they admit that they have broken promises. The types of resources I will need will be a microphone, camera and editing software.

I will be filming this piece on the camera legs and panning into their faces every now and then. I will be using Premiere Pro to edit the clips which I am used to and feel comfortable using.


My research will be demonstrated by having mood boards and storyboards as well as using links to some websites. I will split my reflections into two categories: one focuses on the more theoretical aspect of this work (Sophia’s help) and the other will focus more on practical aspects (Foxy’s help).

I will blog about each stage of the project, where necessary, and focus on the key stages such as research, development, planning, pre-production, shooting and editing. I will create a mood board and storyboard. I will use screenshots of each stage which will be annotated with my ideas and any problems I may experience.

I anticipate the biggest challenges I will come across will be using the camera to a professional level and getting the lighting to hide any shadows. I will report all of this in my blog as I come across any problems.

Project Action Plan and Timetable

6th – Proposal and research

11th – Write mood board, storyboard, risk assessment and crew list.

13th – Write narrative (if needed)

20th – Practice using the camera and setting up white balance with some help from Foxy.

25th – Find location and cast members.

27th – Begin filming

1st – Edit the video and take screenshots uploading onto blog.

3rd – Import edit if not done already

8th – Evaluate the shoot

I need to create a storyboard and mood board.

Proposed Research Sources

For my studies for my project, I went onto Google books and searched for interviews. I found a good book on it called about how to interview people and the data you can get from people you interview. It was called Doing Interviews by Steinar Kvale. This helped me with ideas for my video. A book on Google Books called Beautiful Broken Promises by Kimberly Lauren was an exciting read about someone’s recent loss and broken promises from being in a relationship. A really interesting read was called Woman with a Movie Camera: My Life as a Russian Filmmaker which was about how to set up the camera as well as being able to use it for interviews during the 1960’s. This book especially focuses on not stereotyping about women working with cameras. In the section of the book about lessons of television,  it tells you all about the camera shot types and how the interview was shot three times; once in wide shot, once in close up shot and once in mid-shot rather than using three cameras and filming it once to smooth the editing. The story also tells you that they used to clap their hands to start a scene before they used clappers.


I will be thinking whether calling a small lie a white lie and a big lie a black lie is socially acceptable these days.