DVD cover editing process

To begin with I had to select a background image which was fitting for the film. In the end I found a picture of a dark field and completely edited it, the only thing that is left of the original image is the grass. The sky is completely custom made, I got a picture of some storm clouds on Google and made them darker with the levels tool (CMD +L). Whilst in the levels tool I adjusted the input levels to make the blacks darker, doing this gave the clouds a deep moody feel. After I had adjusted the levels I then proceeded to use a lightning brush to emphasize that the weather is stormy. Finally I got rid of the original backgrounds sky by selecting the background layer, highlighting the sky with the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and then deleting it (CMD + X).

          

The next thing I changed to the background image was adding silhouettes in the background, I did this by downloading custom brushes of the internet and installing them into Photoshop. As you can see in the picture I downloaded several brushes; birds, trees, lightning and castle ruins. After I had positioned my brushes I then edited Ron-Joy’s face because he had a few spots and blemishes. I did this by using the Spot Healing Tool (J).

The next thing I did to the image was add a mist effect. I produced this effect by creating a new layer (CMD+SHIFT+N), selecting the paint bucket tool (G), setting the colour to white and then filling the new layer in. After this I changed the opacity of the layer to 50%, selected a soft brush with a fuzzy style and then erased the areas where Ron-Joy is stood, adjusting the opacity of the brush to make his legs and left arm fade into the mist.


Once I had the picture done I had to then add text and labels. I got the font I used for the title from the internet and installed it into Photoshop. I went into FX and gave the font a drop shadow to help it stand out against the background.

Once the front cover was completed I then went on to designing the back. What I did to begin with was fill it in black and then placed a picture of bar code. After this I then inserted some pictures from the film and cropped them in the shapes you see. I made these shapes by cutting out the images with the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L). The central image however is 2 separate images. What I did was cut out Ron-Joy from a picture that I had already taken with my group. I then got a picture of a library from Google and positioned it as you see above. Afterwards I made a mask layer and used the gradient tool (G) to make the image fade in from the bottom. I went over the image of Ron-Joy separately with a soft eraser.

For the final touches I wrote a synopsis and added in production credits.

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Shooting Schedule

Week 1 – 5th May 2012

Outside scenes:

Brief:

We will collect all the equipment and actors we need for the outside scenes and film them. These scenes consist of  the jumping off the wall scene, the running scene, the “grinding” scene and the lighter scene. The These shots should take us 30 minutes.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic
Props needed:
  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Lighter
  • Inhaler
  • Check list
Actors needed:
  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Jess Lynch
  • Joe Holman
Time schedule:
11:00am – We will collect all equipment needed and get the actors in their outfits, we will then proceed to set up our equipment at the selected location.
11:15am – We will begin to shoot the scenes. We will be taking a wide variety of shots so we have different shots to use when it comes to the editing process.
11:45 – Filming should be finished by this time, if not we will be making final touches with any shots we have missed or if we have come across any continuity issues when we watch the footage back. Once we have finalised everything we will then pack the equipment away.
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Library scenes:

Brief:

We will collect all the equipment and actors we need for the library scenes and film them. These scenes consist of the opening scene, bullying scene, stranger giving Ron-Joy a drink scene and the telekinesis scene.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic

Props needed:

  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Comic book
  • Chav outfits
  • Check list
  • Bottle
  • Jacket

Actors needed:

  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Sacha Boulton
  • Lora Taylor
  • Sam Shaw

Time schedule:

1:00pm – We will collect all equipment needed and get the actors in their outfits, we will then proceed to set up our equipment at the selected location.

1:20pm – We will begin filming the opening scene which consists of Ron-Joy being bullied and handed a drink by a stranger and the telekinesis scene which will consist of Ron-Joy trying to see if he has telekinesis powers. Just like all our other scenes we will be taking a wide variety of shots for the editing process.

1:40pm – Filming should be finished by this time, if not we will be making final touches with any shots we have missed or if we have come across any continuity issues when we watch the footage back. Once we have finalised everything we will then pack the equipment away.

Classroom scenes (F3.25):

Brief:

We will carry all the equipment we need for the classroom scenes and film them. These scenes consist of Ron-Joy falling out of his chair and him testing to see if he has superhuman strength.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic

Props needed:

  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Chav outfits
  • Check list
  • chair

Actors needed:

  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Corin Pusey
  • Extras (students)

Time schedule:

1:50pm – In the classroom we are only shooting 2 scenes, they should not take us that long to compete.

Corridor (F Block):

Brief:

We will carry all the equipment we need for the Corridor scene and begin to film. We will shoot one scene of Ron-Joy being bullied.

Equipment needed:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Boompole mic

Props needed:

  • Geek outfit
  • Geek glasses
  • Chav outfits

Actors needed:

  • John-Roy Parrott
  • Corin Pusey
  • Lora Taylor
  • Sacha Boulton

Time schedule:

2:10pm – We will set up equipment at the location.

2:15pm – We will begin to shoot the scene needed, as it is only one scene it should not take us long.

2:25pm – We should have finished all our filming by this time and will pack the equipment away. We will then proceed to log and capture what we have filmed.

Roles Report

Director – Joe Holman

The Director has full control of what happens during the filming production, from the positioning of the actors to orders on the emotion he wants to see, and the tone of the actors voices. He will also tell the camera operator the type of shot that he wants to get.

Camera Operator – Sam Shaw

This role includes shooting the scene, choosing the position of the camera and setting up the shot. Additionally, camera operators help with suggestions for the director’s choice of shots and how they can be improved but ultimately he/she will follow orders from the director. This role will also include checking the equipment extensively to ensure that it is in full working order, they will check that the camera has sufficient memory and power to shoot the scene and have spare batteries and tape if needed.

Boom Pole Operator – Lora Taylor

This role includes operating the boom pole, this is used to record the sound because it provides a clearer sound than the microphone that is built into the camera, this role includes making sure that it is recording the sound correctly, it also include holding the boom pole in position while the scene is being shot. Endurance is need for this role because it can be very straining on the arms when holding the boom pole in position for a long period of time.

Continuity – Sacha Boulton

This role is very important because without it there could many very basic mistakes made whilst filming, this role includes ensuring that nothing is out of place in a shot, for example, if an actor is wearing a bag strap on their right arm in one shot and then next shot in the story they have it on the left arm, this would be the sort of thing that continuity will be looking out for during the filming.

Health, Safety & risk assessment

Health, safety & risk assessment

Prior to filming our film trailer, we are required to make an evaluative assessment of each location for possible health and safety risks, as well as any possibilities of equipment being damaged.

1. College Campus (Outside):

A few of our scenes will be shot on the college campus outside the main reception, the possible hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tripod – The tripod is a potential trip hazard and must be accompanied by someone at all times. If someone was to trip over the camera and injure themselves then we would need to find someone who is trained in first aid.
  • People – It might be busy outside so for one scene where Ron-Joy is running we will need to be careful. A potential way of overcoming this problem is by finding an area where there are no people.
  • Rain – It could be raining at the time and some scenes could be a potential slip hazard for our actor. We could overcome this be shooting later on if it stops or film at another location.
  • XLR cable – The microphone cable could be a potential trip hazard whilst filming, just like the tripod. To prevent any injuries from occurring we can wind the cable around the boom pole.
  • Vehicles – There may be moving vehicles whilst filming, we will overcome this problem by filming somewhere away from a road.

2. College Library (Both floors):

The intro and various other scenes will be filmed in the library, the possible hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tripod – The tripod is a potential trip hazard and must be accompanied by someone at all times. If someone was to trip over the camera and injure themselves then we would need to find someone who is trained in first aid.
  • People – It might be busy in the library so for the scenes we are shooting in there we may need to come back at a later time when it is less busy.
  • XLR cable – The microphone cable could be a potential trip hazard whilst filming, just like the tripod. To prevent any injuries from occurring we can wind the cable around the boom pole.

3. College Classroom (F3 25):

A few of our scenes will be shot in the classroom that we usually have our video lesson in, the possible hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tripod – The tripod is a potential trip hazard and must be accompanied by someone at all times. If someone was to trip over the camera and injure themselves then we would need to find someone who is trained in first aid.
  • People – The classroom will be occupied by students so we will need to keep an eye out for any continuity issues that may pop up.
  • XLR cable – The microphone cable could be a potential trip hazard whilst filming, just like the tripod. To prevent any injuries from occurring we can wind the cable around the boom pole.
  • Chair – One of our shots includes Ron-Joy having his chair pulled away as he goes to sit down, to prevent our actor for being injured we will take different shots of the process so it looks like he is falling down where in reality he is actually going to lye down.

4. College Corridor (3rd floor):

A few of our scenes will be shot in the corridors, the possible hazards for this location are as follows:

  • Tripod – The tripod is a potential trip hazard and must be accompanied by someone at all times. If someone was to trip over the camera and injure themselves then we would need to find someone who is trained in first aid.
  • People – The corridor will be occupied by students so we will need to keep an eye out for any continuity issues that may pop up. We could prevent this from occurring by coming back at a later time.
  • XLR cable – The microphone cable could be a potential trip hazard whilst filming, just like the tripod. To prevent any injuries from occurring we can wind the cable around the boom pole.