So the script and storyboard are done, but were having a little trouble finding a date for filming when we can combine all the actors, a camera, and the location. It's harder than you might think. However, we think we've found a solution, so we should be able to film this weekend, getting both this
So, after a lot of discussion and seeing the time limits, we decided not to do yahtzee's piece. Instead we decided to do the opening of casino royale, not the chase, the piece between bond and the corrupt section chief. This will also be Tony's individual on editing, as both the action/reaction of the dialogue, the fast, punchy fight and the strange filter over the whole thing will give him a chance to show off. My framing learning should also be done by then, so that should help as well. We'll be working with Dom Neil and Bradley Bolton from our "Why I love movies" project again. Pre
So, for my individual project I decided to do planning and framing a shot, and I'm going to demonstrate this by re-shooting our "Why I love movies" short, as after we talked to our teacher we realised that some bits were pretty dodgy. Now the only thing is to convince the actors that
So work on our next project has begun! For this we have to construct a dialogue scene, using a script from the internet. We're planning on using some adapted poetry by yahtzee croshaw, so that should be fun. Hopefully we'll also manage to get some pre-production done this time as well...
You can find it on our channel,
Or watch it now!
So the self evaluation.
I personally think that this film turned out a lot better than our shootout, for one simple reason :
We had the idea. The basis for the shootout was a throwaway line said by our teacher, but this time we made the idea ourselves, and as such, we grasped the idea a lot better, and this really shows through in the finished product. However, we still had no script or storyboard, all we had was a rough list of what was going to be in it, and this also shows through, especially if you watch more than one take, as tony's lines vary wildly between takes. Another ill-thought out thing was that we failed to plan that I would have to walk backwards, along a winding, uneven path, which is why the footage is quite bumpy. Next time we really need to hone in on pre-production
So, our challenge is to make a 1 minute film on why I love movies.
And we haven't done much in pre-production yet, so we missed the deadline, so we're working on borrowed time. As such, the project is likely to be rushed. Again. Pre production and deadlines, once again, is what we need to work on. Anyway, this time the idea is an original, so hopefully we'll understand exactly what is going on, allowing us more understanding of the premise, and hopefully therefore a better film. We're taking inspiration from that one oak ad, where the bald guy is menacingly walking towards the camera, but adapting it for our own purposes. Hopefully it'll all work out and the finished product will be funny and intelligent. It should be up here by monday, along with whatever preproduction we actually
So yeah. Some dude from Bond uni called Steve came and talked to us about film. And we learnt a hell of a lot. We got told all about premise, and how and shy it is so important, such as in M. Night Shyamalan's films the environment features prominently, and serves as warnings that we should stop messing with the earth, or we will all die horrible painful deaths. Premise can really make a difference to a film, as having the director or writer actually care about the subject matter can infuse the whole film with a passion that you just don't get in other films, so we're gonna have to find things that we care about. And then film them. He also talked to us about ways that shot types can mess with you. To demonstrate this he showed us a scene from grimm where the character was set up to be powerful and confident, and was slowly made to look weaker, until she was eaten be a demon green screen guy in a rubber mask. He also went through all the subversive psychological features, such as how the girl turned into the doll, the disruption of the left to right flow, the sign name, and how the camera, and thus the audience, disconnected from the girl when she took the turn. All of this will come in use when we are called to mess with the users mind next. He also went through an animated film called george, which was pretty cool. The representation in it is amazing, and we had a stint in analysing it, then making our own endings and then the imagery and representation in that. This will help our learning on premise and give us a hand with being creative and writing stories.
So, we made all the deliverables! Yay! Look at them below! Except I was in perth. So we couldn't film. So we couldn't edit. So the video isn't uploaded. Tony and I are gonna film it soon, so we can get that out to you guys. I guess this is one big lesson on deadlines and stuff, and delays. Oh, and that going anywhere is a bad idea, how dare you have a life outside of film!
Today we watched the magnificent seven, a long time ago in the west, and seven samurai. This was all in preparation for our next project, to create a showdown/shoot out with a contemporary twist. On the day we discussed the shot rhythm creating tension, the shot balance, how to build offscreen tension, and the techniques used to do so. We also learnt that the magnificent seven is a blatant copy of seven samurai.
Okay, so due to a desparate lack of internet, I haven't made an update in a while. So, this is the content patch, pretty much me putting up stuff that I missed in no particular order.
Remember that Chase project? Yeah, well we finished it. And here it is! (not on our channel though)
Reflection of learning (Chase Scene)
Throughout the planning of the film there was a major conflict between us and our partner company, Green Eye Films, over why the chase was actually happening, with green eye going for a drug-deal style idea, with us thinking that was a bit stupid and wanting to change to one of our ideas. In the end, we agreed to modify their idea to suit our tastes, and that is what you see in the film. This arguement ate most of our time though, meaning we were not able to deliver many of the deliverables, including the shot list, editing list, camera map, etc, etc, etc. We did learn a lot though, including the importance of proper planning to avoid rushed work, and also to not combine with other companies AFTER you have both formed an idea.
Old Blog entry
UGH. Delays suck. We've only just started filming our chase scene and it's due in 2 lessons. Teaches us to argue about what we should do. I highly doubt the likelyhood of us getting it done, or of getting in all the deliverables.
This was an old project of a storyboard, titled suspicious entry. Sadly, I was away on the day, so Tony had to steal Alex teal as a subject. I still did the planning though :P. There was more shots, but they were lost to the ether.