Evaluation

Evaluation

How is your end product different to your initial storyboard?

My end product is different to my initial storyboard because I had to change and remove some scenes. The first shot we had to remove and change was a cut in shot of Mark’s hand on a door handle, but due to the fact that there is no handle on the door we used we had to change to the shot to a cut in of him holding the door. The second shot we had to remove altogether was a wide shot of Mark in the library whilst the shot itself was taken outside. In addition to removing these shots we also added some that we hadn’t originally put down on our Storyboards, one shot is a point of view shot where we positioned the camera inside a bookshelf and recorded Mark putting the book back in front of the camera. Another shot we added in was a wide shot of mark walking down the stairs in the library.

Are there any technical errors?

There were many errors that we didn’t initially spot until we looked back at the footage. An example of a technical error that we stumbled across was the fact that our camera operator forgot to do a pre roll and out roll at the beginning and end of the footage, and without these pre and out rolls we can’t edit the footage as transition effects would cut into our footage. Our camera operator also forgot to remount the camera on the tripod, thus giving us some shaky shots. Another technical error we stumbled across, which we didn’t notice until we got round to editing was the fact that we used two different computers for the same shot due to the library being busy at the time and because of this, the close up shot of the keyboard in the final footage is different to that of the keyboard in the shots before and after it.

Are there any issues with aesthetics?

The wide shot of Mark stood in the library which was taken outside was scrapped because of sun glare on the windows of the college building, this made the shot far too bright and we could not see Mark at all. As for shots taken indoors we occasionally got people who walked int he way of the camera and to solve this we patiently waited for them to move on or they allowed us to film and waited themselves. Other issues we faced indoors were lighting issues as some scenes such as one scene of the staircase in the library was rather dark and there was a lot of contrast going on because of it.

Which of the pre- production, production or post- production stages did you enjoy the most?

The parts I enjoyed the most when producing this video was doing the actual recording itself because it sets you up with something really challenging and I must admit it can be a bit stressful at times as well. I also enjoyed doing the post production, editing with final cut pro felt refreshing as it’s a new bit of software I have never used before and it also set a challenge. However I didn’t enjoy doing the storyboard because it is hard to come up with ideas on the spot.

 How well did your group work together?

Overall the group got on fine as a whole by working together to find and overcome any problems whilst shooting. However there was the outdoor shot that gave us issues because we couldn’t communicate very well and ended up losing one another and having to finish off the rest of the shot later.

Evidence of contribution

We edited all of our captured footage in a program called Final Cut Pro.

Screenshot 1

In this screenshot I am using a tool called the blade tool which is used to cut up lengthy sections of the video into smaller segments. The shortcut command for this tool is ‘B’.
To select the piece of footage I wanted I pressed play (space bar) and let it roll to the start of the section I wanted, I pressed space again to pause it, zoomed in and out with CMD – or +, and then pressed the left and right arrow keys to pinpoint where the segment I wanted starts, then cut.

Screenshot 2

In this screenshot I am inserting transition effects between segments. In order to do this I firstly had to click between the segments where I wanted the transition effect to go to get an hour glass shape appear between them.
After, I clicked on the Effects tab then went down to Video Transitions and in this case I am using a Fade in and out dissolve.

Screenshot 3

In this screenshot I am adding a Defocus effect to distort the image before revealing who the mystery guest is. In order to achieve this effect I first of all had to click and drag the segment I wanted to edit into the Viewer. Once in there I clicked on the Effects tab in the Browser. In the Effects tab there is a wide array of different effects, in this case I went for the Defocus effect.

In addition to some of the effects I have listed above I had also run into some continuity related errors, for example, because we had to retake a shot that involved a computer, a different keyboard was shown and the monitor in one shot is turned on and in the other it is turned off. To resolve these issues I have had to cut out the close up shot of the computer monitor and with the keyboard shot I have decided to leave it as it is because the error ins’t too noticeable.

Technical contribution

As a group we were set the task of producing a 1 minute video and was each assigned a different role, camera operator, continuity, director and actor. My role personally was director and as the director it was my job to organise the actor(s) and to help organise the composition of each shot. When we got round to shooting we had to set up the tripod and to do this we had to first of all take of the base plate, extend the legs of the tripod to a reasonable height and then screw the camera onto the base plate and re attach it to the tripod.

A lot of our shots took place in the library and in a hallway, these are typically crowded areas. The first shot we took was a wide shot of Mark walking down a hallway and to no surprise the hallway was quite busy at the time so to overcome this issue we had to wait for people to pass on by. When everyone was out of the way Richard the camera operator started a pre roll with the camera and then 3 seconds into the recording I said ‘action’ and when we had the shot I said ‘cut’, followed with a 3 second out roll. The reason for us having pre rolls and out rolls is to prevent any transition effects going into our actual footage.

The library was the hardest part for us to film because it was often quite busy and one of our shots required a computer, we couldn’t find a computer that was available so we had to wait until there was one available. Another tricky shot we had, was when the camera operator and continuity man had to go outside and get a wide shot of our actor though the window, we had to use body language to communicate during this shot. Also, I assisted the continuity man in a lot of shots in spotting any visual errors such as being able to see the camera in reflections for a couple of shots or at one point when our actor didn’t have his glasses on.

Location health & safety report

Location 1: Library

In this location we will be shooting various shots around bookshelves, on the stairs and a few shots near computers.

What could go wrong?

  • We will be an obstruction to passers by and may be interrupted
  • The tripod could be a trip hazard
  • The could be electrical hazards around computers
  • We will be in the way of bookshelves people may want to access

How will I prevent this?

  • Seeing as we will be an obstruction to passers by, to prevent this we will let people past
  • To prevent any trip hazards with the tripod, someone will be stood next to the tripod at all times
  • To prevent any electrical hazards from occurring, the continuity man would check the area around the computer for any potential hazards
  • To prevent being an obstruction to bookshelf access we would let people take what they want quickly

Alternative(s) in place in case I cannot get around the problem (contingency):

If the library is too busy at the time we are shooting then we will have to come back at a later time / date.

 

Location 2: Hallway

In this location we will be shooting various shots in the hallway and at the door that leads to the library.

What could go wrong?

  • We will be an obstruction to passers by and may be interrupted
  • The tripod could be a trip hazard
  • We will be an obstruction to anyone who wishes to use the door to get into and out of the library

How will I prevent this?

  • Seeing as we will be an obstruction to passers by, to prevent this we will let people go past
  • To prevent any trip hazards with the tripod, someone will be stood next to the tripod at all times
  • To prevent being an obstruction to people who wish to use the door, we will let them go past

Alternative(s) in place in case I cannot get around the problem (contingency):

If the corridor is busy with people going to and from lessons we will have to come back at a later time / date.
Also if the library area is too busy then we might have to use an alternative door.

Location 3: Outside (smoking area)

For this location we are only taking one shot

What could go wrong?

  • The tripod could be a trip hazard

How will I prevent this?

  • To prevent any trip hazards with the tripod, someone will be stood next to the tripod at all times

Alternative(s) in place in case I cannot get around the problem (contingency):

If the smoking area is busy then we will have to come back at a later time / date.