Evaluation

Finished product

The scene my group shot was scene 7 which is a crucial scene because it involves Justin and Bethany getting together and kissing, followed by a dance scene.

My finished product ended up being quite different to my original ideas because near enough all the scenes ended up being shot in different locations to what was on the storyboard. The skills I have developed during this assignment are how to set up and work with tracks, how to set up and use a boom mic as well as further increasing my continuity awareness. On top of all the technical skills I have also improved on my teamwork skills.

Feedback review

The feedback I got from my peers when they viewed my scene edit was positive, the majority of them thought that the audio fit well with the video and the cuts between the actors seemed natural and fluent. If I was to do this all again I would have captured a wider variety of shots. I would say I have developed various new skills in Final Cut Pro as well as gaining new experience in being a part of a production.

Strengths and Weaknesses

My strengths for this project would be the fact that I was able to work as a team and have a knack for spotting continuity errors. Another strength of mine would be my development of my skills with Final Cut Pro, I was able to sync together audio from other clips.

My only weaknesses for this project would be my quiet nature, as the director I could have spoke a lot more when it came to organising people for shots etc.

Conclusion

Overall I am please with the outcome of my video and the expansion to my skills with Final Cut Pro. I learnt various tricks of the trade when it came to being a part of a production such as working with multiple cameras.

Editing process

Log and transfer

In the sceenshot below I am logging and transferring footage from the server by hitting CMD + SHIFT + 8 and then dropping and dragging the Private folder containing the footage from that day my group was filming. When I selected footage from the Log and transfer window I set in points (I) and outpoints (O) on a selected piece of footage to get a snippet of the footage I desired.

Looping sound

In the screenshot below I am copying and pasting a piece of audio. The reason for this is because you can hear my voice in the footage calling out for the actors to move at certain times and as we didn’t have any other recorded audio of footsteps on the stairwell I had to make use of what we had and loop it. It does sound a bit off but it was the best I could do. Also the clip after the stairwell scene doesn’t have any footstep sounds in it at all so it made the footage seem very odd, I fixed this by pasting in the footstep audio from the previous clip and then making it fade to make it sound like people where walking off.

Syncing audio

In the screenshot below I am throwing in audio from another clip which was recorded with a mic from a second camera. The reason for using audio from another camera is because the audio quality from the first camera was quiet and I think that may be due to the fact that the mic may not have been working properly. In the screenshot I am seen syncing together the audio with the corresponding footage. To help make sure that the footage is in sync, there is a little red tape over the clip that says “-05:23” which means the audio is out of sync with the video by about 5 seconds.

Filming report

Unlike everyone else my group and I only had one scene to shoot which took a good few hours to film. We did come across some minor problems which were easily solved.

Scene 1 – 9am:

In the morning we had to set up all the equipment such as tracks, tripods, boom-pole mics and cameras. Once the equipment was all set up we had to check that it was all working properly which to our luck it was. We then cleared up all the floor space for health and safety reasons, not to forget continuity as well.

Once all the equipment was set up and we was ready to go we ran through a couple of test runs to see how the scene would look in terms of lighting and sound. If the scene looked too bright we would then get reflector discs to help balance the lighting.

During the filming process I had to call out rolling to signal the other camera operators to start filming and then I did a countdown followed by the words ‘action!’. Once the shot had finished I would then shout out ‘cut’, which again signals the other camera operators to stop recording.

When the tracks were in use they had to be moved at a steady pace to ensure that we had a nice smooth shot. The tracks ran past a wall so when using them the camera operator had to be aware of their surroundings to make sure they did not bump into anything. Additionally, various camera techniques were implied such as panning and tilting whilst using both the tripod and tracks.

With the shot where student council walk past Bethany on the stairwell timing was needed. We timed this shot by giving key people queues which we called out once we needed them to move into the shot.

Scene 2 – 10:30am:

Once we were done filming the first scene we carried all the filming equipment over to where the next scene was to be shot which was next door on the balcony. On the balcony we followed the same procedures in terms of setting up all the equipment and clearing up all the floor space.

This location did hold multiple problems when filming, one of which was the reflection on the windows, we had to angle the cameras so that we could not see them in the windows. Another issue we came across whilst filming was ambient noise such as vehicles, people and the wind, the wind issue was easily solved with a wind sock.

Scene 3 – 11:30am:

The third and final scene was filmed in the performing arts theater, this scene was the dance scene and like the other 2 scenes followed the same procedures of setting up equipment and checking that it was all in working order.

The majority of the footage for this scene was shot on tracks. When operating the tracks for this scene, they had to be moved at a slow and steady pace to get a good flowing shot. As the room wasn’t too big for the dance, the dancers had to be careful of the cameras.

There was a continuity error we came across which was the box we used for Justin and Bethany to stand on, for some shots it was there and for others it was not but this problem can easily be handled when it comes to the editing process.

Location report

Having received our objective to film scene 7 for our Glee production, we set out as a group to find suitable locations where we could film. The locations we chose are as follows:

Inside college (corridor):

The first part of the scene will be shot indoors along the corridors, the first part to this scene involves Justin leaving a class and is walking with a group of friends, he then breaks off from them once he sees Bethany. The reason why we chose to use a corridor is because it gives us access to a classroom and it is also quite spacious. The lighting however may not be too great for the shoot, so we may or may not need some artificial lighting to help us.

Outside college (main entrance):

The second part of scene 7 will be shot outside near the main entrance, this part involves Justin and Bethany confessing feelings for one another and kissing. The reasons for why we chose to use this area is because it gives us access to an outside area directly from the corridors, and the outside is again very spacious. The lighting for this area should be fine providing the weather is alright, if not we could see some continuity errors pop up.

Inside college (drama theatre):

The third and final part to scene 7 will be shot in the drama theatre, this part is a dream scene which involves dancers dancing around Justin and Bethany who will be holding hands and lip syncing the lyrics to the song. This area was chosen because the dancers need a clean floor space as they will be lying down on it and sliding across it etc. The theatre is also very spacious and dim lit, this low lighting will help emphasise the dream scene when we get round to editing it.

 

Health & Safety / Risk Assessment

Before we got round to filming we had to go over all the possible health and safety issues in the areas we wanted to film in. In addition to this we needed to go over a risk assessment to better prepare ourselves for when we got round to filming in case anything was to go wrong.

Health & Safety

The scene we was assigned with was relatively short so there isn’t an awful lot of areas that we need to shoot in.

1. Inside college (corridor)

One third of our shots will be taken inside the college along the corridors, the possible hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tracks – Once laid down the tracks are a possible trip hazard, everyone on the shoot should be aware of their presence to prevent falling over them.
  • Tripod – The tripod is again another trip hazard and it must be accompanied by someone at all times to prevent anyone tripping over it.
  • Boom-pole – When the boom-pole is being manoeuvred it could potentially hit or poke someone causing an injury, therefore it is the sound recordists job to be aware of their surroundings once recording.
  • Bags and unused equipment – What ever isn’t being used will be put to one side to prevent trip hazards.

2. Outside college (main entrance)

The second third of our shots will be taken outside of the college around the main entrance, the possible hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tracks – Once laid down the tracks are a possible trip hazard, everyone on the shoot should be aware of their presence to prevent falling over them.
  • Tripod – The tripod is again another trip hazard and it must be accompanied by someone at all times to prevent anyone tripping over it.
  • Boom-pole – When the boom-pole is being manoeuvred it could potentially hit or poke someone causing an injury, therefore it is the sound recordists job to be aware of their surroundings once recording.
  • Bags and unused equipment – What ever isn’t being used will be put to one side to prevent trip hazards.

3. Inside college (performing arts theatre)

The last third of our shots will be taken inside the performing arts theatre, the hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tracks – Once laid down the tracks are a possible trip hazard, everyone on the shoot should be aware of their presence to prevent falling over them.
  • Tripod – The tripod is again another trip hazard and it must be accompanied by someone at all times to prevent anyone tripping over it.
  • Bags and unused equipment – What ever isn’t being used will be put to one side to prevent trip hazards.

Risk Assessment

Things that could potentially go wrong are as follows:

  • We will need to keep track of the lighting for continuity purposes, should there be inadequate lighting we will have reflector discs and polystyrene boards to help reflect light.
  • We will need to check the equipment is working, particularly the boom-pole mics.
  • We will need to keep an eye on the battery life of the cameras, we will bring spares in case a battery does decide to die on us. Also when the cameras are not in use we will switch them off the preserve power.
  • We will need to keep an eye on the memory available, just like the batteries we will have spare tapes ready.

Storyboard

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Roles and Responsibilities

The class as a whole were set the task of working in individual groups to produce a college version of the popular television show Glee. We were all set roles for this production amongst our groups, the roles for my group were as follows:

  • Assistant Director – Joe / Me – I was assigned the role of assistant director, which gives me the authority to organise the scene that my group was shooting.
  • Clapperboard – Rebecca – Rebecca was assigned the role of clapperboard, clapperboards are needed in filming to help sync up audio when multiple cameras are used.
  • Sound Recordist – Jason – Jason was assigned as the Sound Recordist for our group. His role involves using a boompole microphone to record sound, he is also in charge of making sure all the audio fits correctly with the shots.
  • Camera operator – Jordan – Jordan was assigned the role of Camera Operator, his role involves capturing all the shots for the production, using techniques such as panning, tilting and zoom as well as using 3 second prerolls and outrolls.
My role as an Assistant Director allows me to organise each shot by positioning all the actors and equipment accordingly to be suit the storboards we prepared.