Month: June 2016

Communication Methods – Sophia

There are many advantages of communication. One method of communication is by social media like Facebook. Advantages of these are that the messages are instantly sent and received. This includes messages, videos and pictures. Another advantage is that this method is pretty cheap. A disadvantage of social media is that there is the risk of cyber bullying. Another disadvantage of social media is that you can be hacked, so you could lose your privacy. Another disadvantage of social media communication is that you need internet to communicate via social media.

The advantages of phoning is that you can get your answers instantly.  Also this method is usually free or very cheap. A disadvantage is that people could be very rude over the phone. An advantage is that it may be harder to ignore the receiver or hang up over the phone as well. Some people have nerves over the phone.

The advantages of communicating verbally by speaking is that it is of course free of charge. Another advantage is that your answers will be instant. This method is probably the simplest because we all do it everyday and it is obviously free of charge. The disadvantage of speaking is that people could be rude face to face and it would be harder to ignore them and to walk away from them. I used this method for my own project when I was developing ideas for my own project of my video installation art. Some people find talking makes them feel anxious, nervous or awkward so this method is harder for some people.

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Evaluation For 2 Minute Project

My project was about broken promises. During pre-production all my paper work was easy to do as the templates were all easily accessible on Learn. I enjoyed pre-production. One minor problem I had with pre-production was when I was making the mood board, the pictures weren’t positioning where I wanted them to be positioned and kept overlapping one another. I then worked on Paint which worked well but then I was working on the Mac’s and it didn’t have my work on it and it didn’t have Paint on the computers. So I had to work on a new document on Word for my mood board. The risk assessment was fairly simple to make as most risks were minor trip hazards.

During production, I didn’t really experience any problems in pre-production as all the SD card, camera, white balance and sound worked well with no problems. I had to adjust the height of the legs the camera was positioned on so that it was in line with the actors. Both the actors turned up and they had good clothing on which would work well with the camera and lighting.

The final part of the project was post production. This includes getting screen grabs and writing evaluations. The editing part of post – production was the most enjoyable because it used the most amount of skills and I found it fun. I enjoyed using the ultra key to apply green screen to my piece. I also enjoyed using the gaussian blur tool because I had never used this before when editing and it made my piece look much more professional.

I used screen grabs during the editing stage of my project to show how I edited each stage of my video and how I exported it, rendered it, used the gaussian blur tool and ultra key tool for green screen.

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Above is a picture of me editing my 2 minute project.

To improve my production work I perhaps should have used more lighting when I was filming to make my work look more professional. I enjoyed blurring parts of the screen and also using green screen.

To improve my piece I could have used a variety of people instead of just two and I should’ve used a exponential fade tool on Adobe Premiere Pro CC to fade out and in the music when the titles were on screen because the music just stopped suddenly and didn’t really fade.

Although I didn’t experience any problems with my SD card, if I do in the future, I need to remember to format the card. I enjoyed using white balance in my piece because I had more knowledge on how to do this from Foxy’s lessons. I got a piece of plain white paper and got Frankie to hold it up whilst I pressed the white balance button on the front of the camera and adjusted the zoom.

I used the new 4k cameras in my video because I had never used them before and I had fun working out how to use it properly. I also enjoyed using the motion and scale tools on Adobe Premiere Pro CC and because I used the 4k cameras, I could change the scale size of the videos and the quality would still be very good.

Applying understanding from Robbie Williams analysis

For my pop promo piece, I didn’t use any different shot types other than wide shot. Robbie Williams tends to have the camera focus on him walking in the shot. This links to my pop promo because in my pop promo we focused mainly on the aeroplane flying. In one shot, we used the shark hat to fly into the camera to cut to another screen. The main process I focussed on in my film was the procedure when I was filming to ensure we hit the criteria with using different shot types. We used green screen to add skills to the final piece instead of using wide, mid and close. Robbie Williams too, uses mostly wide shot in his music videos, however, when something dramatic happens, he uses a close up shot. Robbie uses a lot of mid shots too when he is facing towards the camera singing. A lot of his work is edited to black and white effects, possibly, this is because it adds more effect somehow to the final piece and makes the audience feel more emotional watching it. Whereas in colourful pieces, the audience would feel happy. Whenever Robbie Williams is crying in a music video, the shot will always be a close up, for example in his song of Feel.

Progression Opportunities within creative media sector

EDITOR

In the UK, the average salary for an Editor is £23,185 per year ranging between £18k and £25k. To be an editor, your responsibilities include receiving a brief and maybe an outline of footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay, assembling raw footage with camera shots recorded or transferred onto video tape before putting on computer, synchronising and storing files onto computer, digitally cutting the files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what is usable, creating a ‘rough cut’ (or assembly edit) of the programme/film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages, reordering and tweaking the content of the footage. The majority of editors work as freelancers and are paid on a contract basis. It’s likely you’ll be able to do standard office hours but it will vary depending on the production. You may have to do some shift work if editing studios are booked at night. When there are deadlines to meet, long hours and overtime may be required. You don’t need a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or degree to be a film or video editor, but it is important that you show commitment and determination to get into the industry.

You’ll need to be able to use specific editing software packages, such as Avid or Final Cut Pro. Knowledge of the latest technology will help you in the media industry. General computer literacy and an aptitude for working with digital equipment to achieve results are also important. You will need such skills as communication skills, ability to work under pressure and to deadlines, time management and organisational skills, keen eye for detail, creativity, passionate interest in film editing, teamwork, patience and concentration, self-motivation, commitment and dedication.

You’ll be expected to have pre-entry experience and will need to show evidence of having worked on film or video production or post-production, preferably an up-to-date and well prepared showreel. You’ll typically start as a runner or trainee before working your way up to a position as an assistant editor and then an editor.

Television Camera Operator

There are 3 main areas when working with a camera. The first is studio which is where you will be given a script which gives the order of shots. Then there’s OB (Outside Broadcast) which is working with a team to film live events such as sporting and ceremonial occasions and music performances. The last is called on location which is where there are likely to be more opportunities for creativity through suggesting shots to the director.

The tasks include assembling the camera, tripod, cables, lights, leads, monitors and headphones, offering advice on how best to shoot a scene, planning shots, practising the camera moves required for pre-arranged shots, studying scripts, finding solutions for practical or technical problems, being prepared to experiment ideas, working quickly,taking responsibility when there’s only one camera operator, up to date with filming methods and equipment, repairing equipment, awareness of health and safety and taking crew, actors and equipment to and from locations.

Working hours are generally unpredictable and long (ten to 14 hours a day) and can include evening, weekend and night shoots.

Camera operators often work on a freelance basis and rates of pay vary according to the type of production. Camera operators can earn an average salary of £35,000 a year. However for someone with low experience, they may earn a lot less.

Excellent hand-eye coordination and good hearing and colour vision are also vital.

Contextual Parameters

For my project, the contextual parameters I came across were the time.The project was 2 minutes long which wasn’t really an issue for me because my project was only 4 minutes anyway including the pauses. I had easy access to the kit because I used the 4k camera which I used after Kitti had finished using it which had no problems. The teaching wasn’t a problem because I had easy access to talk to the teachers if I needed help but I didn’t need help anyway. The resources which I had were alright because I didn’t need many anyway. I had the internet to research anything I couldn’t do like blurring and green screen. I also used the 4k camera, legs and microphone.

Evaluation on 2 minute project

For my two minute project, I decided to use the word Broken. The first thing I thought of when I chose the word Broken was broken promises. I then used this idea to think of a good idea for the topic. I have a huge interest in the interview side of media, interviewing people and filming them. I also love editing and this was a good way to use those skills.

So I decided to film two people and interview them on whether they’ve ever broken a promise before. I also decided that, instead of just interviewing the people on broken promises, I would tell them to lie, so that it is about broken promises in my interview too. I would ask them if they have ever broken a promise in their lives before, in which they’ll reply that they haven’t. But then I will ask them the same question at the end of the interview and they will say they have broken a small promise.

To improve my project, I could have done a few different shot types as opposed to just wide shot. I could have also used more lighting in my project. What went well with my project was the fact the camera was working well. I used white balance and autofocus when I was filming too which all worked well. I also liked how I used green screen when I was filming in the background, so the backgrounds wouldn’t be just plain green and this helped build my skills as well.

I used the blur tool on Premiere Pro CC 2015 when I was adding the questions onscreen to look better than having a black background or a normal screen of the people. I enjoyed working out how to do this. The editing was probably the most fun part of this project because there was always more work and skills that I could add to it.