Filming Schedule: Rough Plan

We are starting to decide when we would like to film our project and so we have come up with a rough outline of when we should film. We are starting by coming up with rough days of when we want to film and then we are emailing the venues where we would like to film.

Monday 23rd October:

We are planning on doing our main filming in Lincoln today. We will be filming in the Cathedral in the afternoon and filming in the city centre in the morning.

Tuesday 24th October:

We want to continue filming in Lincoln today. We will spend the afternoon filming in the Library and in the morning we will focus on finding good poster shots and redoing some shots from yesterday.

Thursday 26th October: 

Today we will be filming in the Kinema In The Woods in Woodhall Spa for our cinema scene, and at night we will be filming at Zucci’s restaurant in Woodhall Spa.

Friday 27th October:

Today we will be filming early in the morning at Skegness Beach. We will also be taking pictures for the poster.

 

All of these timings may change due to no confirmed arrangements from the venues, however we will soon get a response from these places and be able to create a definite filming schedule.

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Review: The Princess Bride

Me and Emilia have decided to create a romance-adventure film for our A2 project, we have never done this type of genre before and it is not something that we would usually watch, however we wanted to challenge ourselves and we feel that creating a romance-adventure would push us out of our comfort zone.

In order to prepare for filming this type of genre I have decided that it would be extremely useful to watch some romance-adventure films and get some inspiration for our own film. The first film I watched was the Princess Bride (1987), this film is a fairytale come to life when a grandfather is reading his sick grandson a book. Overall, I quite enjoyed the film and felt that we could use some of the techniques that they used as they gave a nice effect and really created the romantic effect that we are trying to achieve.

The first thing that I thought was very powerful at creating a romantic effect was the use of a warm colour palette. They used a variety of gold and brown colours in order to create a warm golden look that had a very romantic ambience. We feel as though we could use this because our key scenes (such as the opening and final scenes) will take place in the early morning and at dusk and so we could create this effect using mainly natural light at these times.

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The Princess Bride movie poster

Another thing that we felt related to our film was the fact that when she is kidnapped by the man in black she doesn’t know who he is but it doesn’t make it strange when she finds out it is her true love. With our film we were concerned that it might come across as creepy that this guy is sort of stalking her but we were hoping that it wouldn’t matter once the audience found out that it was her boyfriend. From watching this film I am much more confident that it shouldn’t matter too much that the letters are left mysterious until the end, and hopefully it will add to the romantic feel that we are going for.

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Apart from these features the film doesn’t particularly relate entirely to ours because this film is much more fantasy based, for example our film will not include fighting giant rats. However overall I think it was really useful to watch this and I will watch more similar movies in order to do as much research as possible.

Section 1a – Digital Technology

June 2013

In question 1(a) you need to write about your work for the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units you may refer to other media production work you have undertaken.

1. (a) Explain how your skills in the creative use of digital technology developed over time. Refer to a range of examples from your media production in your answer. [25]

Plan:

Pre-Production

Paragraph 1 – Research

  • When creating our script last year we created a couple of versions that were quite similar to each other and weren’t good quality even when we had finished because we didn’t know exactly how to work the website writerduet.com. For A2 we learnt exactly how to use this website so that we could both have access to the script and make any changes that we wanted. We learnt how to use this site by watching YouTube tutorials and this allowed us to have use of all the functions such as, leaving notes for each other and using video call when we wanted to work on it outside of school. This helped us both know exactly what was going on with our script so that one of us wouldn’t turn up to filming and not know exactly what was happening. As well as this, we decided that it would be useful to hear our script be read out and so we asked the drama group to read it and then we recorded it. At AS we didn’t use the boom pole throughout our filming, however we practiced with it and used it to record this read-through and this gave us the confidence to use the boom-pole throughout our A2 film, and this allowed us to get a much better quality audio that we were confident about using in our film.
  • When creating our storyboards at AS we draw rough storyboards and then created slightly neater ones, finally we animated them by simply showing pictures of them in a slide-show type format. These were useful but for A2 we decided that we could definitely improve upon our storyboard research since they were so useful at AS. We did extremely detailed storyboards showing every single shot, but we decided that it could be shown better through using a website called storyboardthat.com. These show our storyboards in good quality animation with colour and so it is easier to visualise and portray exactly what we want. As well as this we animated the storyboards similar to how we did it last year except this time we used the pre-loaded special effects sounds on FinalCut which were really useful in letting us know how our film would turn out.
  • In AS we created a thriller film and in order to do genre research we did a questionnaire on SurveyMonkey.com. This was useful in knowing what people expected from thrillers however we already knew a bit about thrillers from having watched them and so we didn’t do much further research. For A2 we did a romance-adventure film and it was our first time doing this so we decided to use imdb.com to look up romance-adventure films. We then watched these and compared them against each other to find common themes that we could use. This was extremely helpful because in our final film we have used lots of these common features and so it is clear to see that we have created a romance-adventure film.

Production

Paragraph 2 – Filming Hardware

  • When filming our AS media project we used a DSLR Nikon D3100 to film our entire project. We used autofocus as we weren’t confident with using manual focus, and we also didn’t think that it was necessary for the thriller type of film that we were going for. However, for our A2 project we watched YouTube tutorials and practiced with a Shoulder Rig that had a manual focus control attached to it. We felt that this would be useful as we wanted to include a variety of focus pulls and use the foreground and background as key parts of our film. This was extremely useful as it allowed us to give the romantic effect that we wanted and also help with the mystery of the film as we were able to keep some parts out of focus until we wanted the audience to see it.

Paragraph 3 – Sound

  • For our AS project we used music and pre-recorded sounds as the basis for our films sound, both diegetic and non-diegetic. However, for A2 we wanted to push ourselves to use as much varied sound as possible from a wide range of different sources.
  • The first place we found sound was from audionetwork.com which is a royalty free music website. Using this site allowed us to get good quality, professional music and this made our film seem more professional and put together as a whole. This site gave us access to thousands of songs so it was easy to pick one that had the biggest effect on the audience, while also keeping with the overall feel of the film.
  • We also made use of the boom-pole throughout filming our A2, which is something we didn’t do much of for our AS. Because we didn’t use it at AS our films sound quality was uneven and didn’t have the right feel for what we were trying to portray in our film. This meant that for our A2 we had to practice with the boom-pole to make sure that we knew exactly how to use it. This paid off in the end because our sound was even and clear throughout our film.

Post-Production

Paragraph 4 – Editing Software

  • For our AS project we used FinalCut to edit our film, we had a basic idea of how to work it and so we were able to cut and insert clips as we liked. However, we felt that for our A2 project we could majorly improve upon these skills and so we watched YouTube tutorials and practiced by editing our Summer Project on FinalCut and we felt more confident with using it. Because we wanted our film so have a focus on colour we wanted to incorporate some colour filters into our film, but we didn’t want them to be harsh and obvious because we felt that that would bring the audience away from the storyline. So we practised with the filters and were able to make a really well coloured film that wasn’t obviously edited.
  • We also used an animation software called Motion which allows you to create moving images. At AS we used this to create idents for our film, however we were unsure on how to use it because we didn’t practice or research it beforehand. This meant that it took us a long time to create anything so we ended up wasting a lot of time and the idents weren’t as good or professional as they could be. For A2 we didn’t want to waste loads of time trying to work Motion and so in order to prevent this we watched tutorials on how to use it. At AS we tried to use the Graphics Board in order to draw with but it ended up holding us back because we weren’t sure of exactly what we wanted our idents to be and so we spent a long time drawing idents by hand, and then deleting them. So in order to prevent this we planned out our idents beforehand and used the Graphics Board properly and this made the process much quicker. Thanks to our planning and research on how to use Motion and the Graphics Board we were able to create much more professional looking idents in a much shorter time frame.

 


1. (a) Explain how your skills in the creative use of digital technology developed over time. Refer to a range of examples from your media production in your answer. [25]

Essay:

During pre-production when creating our script at AS we created one rough copy on paper and then just did one final version on writerduet.com. WriterDuet is a website that allows you to create a script in partnership with another person, however at AS we were unsure of how to use it properly. Although we got a good script we decided that for A2 we could improve upon this and learn the techniques and features that WriterDuet has on offer. In order to learn these we watched YouTube videos that gave advice and tutorials on how to create a professional script on WriterDuet and how to make use of all the extra features that WriterDuet could offer. This was very useful as we discovered that WriterDuet allows you to create notes beside your script that you can leave for the next person. We found this useful when one of us had time to do the script and we could leave notes and allow the other to know where we got up to and if we missed any parts out. As well as being able to leave notes for one another, WriterDuet has a feature that allows you to video call each other and have a discussion whilst you are writing your script. This was extremely useful as it allowed us to be able to work on our script at home and be confident that we both knew exactly what was in the script. This is also sped up our scriptwriting time because we could work on it at home and not have to discuss it or make changes at school.

Another thing that we did during pre-production at both AS and A2 was creating storyboards in order to help with our filming.When creating our storyboards at AS we drew rough storyboards and then created slightly neater ones, finally we animated them by simply showing pictures of them in a slide-show type format. This was a time consuming activity and we never really used them when filming because they weren’t good quality and we never got them exactly accurate to what we wanted to film because our idea kept being tweaked and changed. This is why at A2 we decided to create several different versions of our storyboards so that as we changed and added to our story we could change and add to our storyboards. We used a website called storyboardthat.com which allows you to create clear, coloured animations of your storyboards. This website was extremely useful because it allowed us to have high quality storyboards that we could easily change whenever our story changed. Once we had decided on a set story we could copy these animated ones onto paper and created some animated storyboards. At AS we created these animated storyboards on iMovie. This was fine however the software wasn’t great and it wasn’t as professional or as accurate as we would have liked. As well as this we really wanted to have some extra practice with FinalCut and so for A2 we decided to create our animated storyboards on FinalCut. This allowed our animated storyboards to look more professional and much better quality. It also allowed us to incorporate sound which made our storyboards even more helpful when filming and editing because we knew exactly which shots should line up with what sound.

Another thing we did during pre-production was at AS we created a thriller film and in order to do genre research we did a questionnaire on SurveyMonkey.com. This was useful in knowing what people expected from thrillers however we already knew a bit about thrillers from having watched them and so we didn’t do much further research. For A2 we did a romance-adventure film and it was our first time doing this so we decided to use imdb.com to look up romance-adventure films. We then watched these and compared them against each other to find common themes that we could use. This was extremely helpful because in our final film we have used lots of these common features and so it is clear to see that we have created a romance-adventure film.

During production at AS we used a DSLR Nikon D3100 to film our entire project. We used autofocus as we weren’t confident with using manual focus, and we also didn’t think that it was necessary for the thriller type of film that we were going for. However at A2 we decided that it would be useful for us to learn how to use manual focus as we wanted to include focus pulls in our film because it is typical of romance films. To learn how to do this we watched YouTube tutorials and practiced with a Shoulder Rig that had a manual focus control attached to it. This was useful because it allowed us to use the transitions between foreground and background that we wanted and it gave our film the romantic feel that we were aiming for.

Another thing we created during production was the sound. This was a big problem for us at AS because we were really unsure of how to work the boom-pole and how to get good quality audio. Because of this we used mostly re-recorded sound and it just didn’t have the best effect that it could’ve had if we had recorded the sound properly in the first place. This made us want to try and improve upon the sound as much as possible at A2 and we wanted to push ourselves to use as much varied sound as possible from a wide range of different sources. The first place we found sound was from audionetwork.com which is a royalty free music website. Using this site allowed us to get good quality, professional music and this made our film seem more professional and put together as a whole. This site gave us access to thousands of songs so it was easy to pick one that had the biggest effect on the audience, while also keeping with the overall feel of the film.

During our post-production for our AS project we used FinalCut to edit our film, we had a basic idea of how to work it and so we were able to cut and insert clips as we liked. However, we felt that for our A2 project we could majorly improve upon these skills and so we watched YouTube tutorials and practiced by editing our Summer Project on FinalCut and we felt more confident with using it and wanted to experiment more with some of the different techniques and features that we had never used before. One of the these features was based around the fact that we wanted our film to have a focus on colour and so we decided to incorporate some colour filters into our film, but we didn’t want them to be harsh and obvious because we felt that that would bring the audience away from the storyline. So we practised with the colour filters on FinalCut and were able to get a really nice warm tone that wasn’t too harsh and didn’t distract the audience, but it definitely gave our film the tone that we wanted.

We also used an animation software called Motion which allows you to create moving images. At AS we used this to create idents for our film, however we were unsure on how to use it because we didn’t practice or research it beforehand. This meant that it took us a long time to create anything so we ended up wasting a lot of time and the idents weren’t as good or professional as they could be. For A2 we didn’t want to waste loads of time trying to work Motion and so in order to prevent this we watched tutorials on how to use it. At AS we tried to use the Graphics Board in order to draw with but it ended up holding us back because we weren’t sure of exactly what we wanted our idents to be and so we spent a long time drawing idents by hand, and then deleting them. So in order to prevent this we planned out our idents beforehand and used the Graphics Board properly and this made the process much quicker. Thanks to our planning and research on how to use Motion and the Graphics Board we were able to create much more professional looking idents in a much shorter time frame.

Shot List

Here is a list of all the shots that we will be filming during our film, we will use this for our filming in order to help us plan what equipment to take with us. We are hoping that this will help us to be more organised and efficient when we come round to filming.

  1. Extreme wide shot – showing the sun rising above the ocean
  2. Wide shot – showing a woman walking her dog along the shore
  3. Pan – following the woman and her dog as they walk
  4. Close up – the dog finds a bottle hidden in the sand
  5. Over-the-shoulder – the woman picks up the bottle and empties it to reveal a note and a map hidden inside
  6. Extreme long shot – the woman is walking back down the beach
  7. Mid two shot – from inside the car, shows her and her dog sat in the car
  8. Low angle shot – from inside the car boot, she opens it and retrieves some items
  9. Mid shot – from inside the house, the woman enters to put the dog inside
  10. Extreme close up – the car tyres coming to a halt
  11. Pan up – aside the car and where we should see the car window, we see a map covering our view
  12. High angle, extreme long shot – showing a cathedral and the woman standing in front of it, looking relatively small
  13. Pan, moving camera – swoops down to follow her enter the cathedral, then tilts up to reveal the inside of the cathedral
  14. Wide shot – showing the woman looking around
  15. Mid shot/pan down and across – the camera starts with a mid shot of the woman then moves to the right and down slightly
  16. Over the shoulder – from behind the body of the teddy bear, looking at the woman
  17. Mid shot – showing the woman and the teddy sat next to each other on the church bench
  18. Over the shoulder – showing the woman holding a note and a map
  19. Mid shot – showing the woman and the teddy sat in the car once again
  20. Wide shot – the woman parks her car and then gets out
  21. Pan/Stead-i-cam/wide shot – the camera pans to follow her walk towards the lift, she goes down and the camera follows her leaving the lift and walking towards the exit. The camera stops at the exit and shows a wide shot of her walking away.
  22. Low angle extreme wide – showing her surroundings, rows of shops either side of her and a river on her right.
  23. Close up – showing the woman’s face looking confused
  24. Close up/tilt – close up on the map so that it covers the whole screen, and then tilt up to show that show is stood outside a cinema.
  25. Close up – showing her feet walking into the cinema, the camera stays close so that we can only have partial sight of where she is.
  26. Mid shot – (also a reaction shot) showing her looking around, trying to look for a clue as to why she is there/where the treasure is.
  27. Wide shot – show her walking to the ticket counter, include in this shot all the cinema-type things (eg; popcorn machine, film posters, etc)
  28. Close up – showing her buying a ticket to a film
  29. Over-the-shoulder shot – show the film ticket
  30. Close up – showing phone – a request to airdrop must be clearly seen
  31. Close up – (reaction shot) showing her face
  32. Extreme wide shot – showing her alone in an empty cinema screen – dim lights
  33. Mid shot – she is sat in her car again
  34. Mid shot– this time from outside the car looking in, as though we are driving beside her
  35. Close up – showing car tyres coming to a stop
  36. Pan – camera pans up to show a huge old building
  37. Crab shot – showing shelves of books
  38. Close up – show her face
  39. High angle shot – showing the woman moving round towers of books
  40. Tracking shot – showing her weaving through book shelves quickly
  41. Pan – when the woman stops, the camera stops and pans to show a book
  42. Wide shot – she is scanning the book out of the library
  43. Mid shot – from inside car
  44. Wide shot – she gets out of her car
  45. High angle shot – the camera is at the top of the hill showing her climbing it from the bottom
  46. Wide shot – she is stood in front of a small shop
  47. Mid shot – she is looking around the shop
  48. Close up – show the coat pocket, she reaches in and finds a map
  49. Mid shot – she is paying for the coat
  50. Close up – show the note
  51. Tracking shot – she is walking back to her car and the camera is following behind her
  52. Wide shot – showing small cafe lit up with lights in the dark
  53. Extreme close up – showing map, map lowers to reveal an engagement ring

 

 

Script: Version 4

After doing our third version of the script we decided to neaten it up and do a fourth version with all the completed dialogue and shots that we would need.

Although this is the fourth version we still aren’t sure if its exactly what we want and so our next step is to get a GSCE drama class to do a reading of this version and then give us feedback. We have picked this age group because they are studying drama properly as a GCSE course and they are around our target audience age for our film so we will be able to get an idea of what our target audience might want from the script.

Here is the fourth version of Something Old, Something New:

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Script: Version 2 and 3

For our script we want it to be as accurate and as detailed as possible so we decided to improve upon our rough script by using a website called writerduet.com. This site is used by professional filmmakers and it allows you to collaborate with people who you are writing with in an easy way. When we were making the second version of our script we included all the shots that we know we will be using because this way it will be extremely helpful to us when we our filming. We will were still unsure of exactly what we wanted and so we decided to go over it and add notes by hand so that when it comes to making the final version of our script we can use the third version as help. We haven’t included any dialogue as we are still unsure of exactly what we want because we want it to sound mysterious but not creepy as we are making a light hearted romance film and not a thriller.

Here is our second version of the script with our any dialogue or notes:

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Here is the third version of our script, it is essentially the second version with added notes and details:

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Research Into The Adventure Genre

In order to prepare for creating our final scripts and storyboards I have decided to do some research into the adventure genre to see if there is anything we could do to make our film fit better into that genre’s typical codes and conventions.

Here is my presentation:

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Final Idea

Here is the final idea for mine and Emilia’s film, we might end up changing minor parts but the storyline will remain the same:

Our film starts with our young female protagonist walking her dog along the shore. the dog suddenly finds a bottle which contains a message and a map. The map turns out to be just one piece of a whole map and on it is marked a destination. the girl visits the destination and discovers that it is a cathedral. Upon arriving she discovers a note and on the back of this is another map piece. The note reads ‘Something Old’. the girl travels to the next destination which is on the Brayford and once again discovers a note and map piece that says ‘Something New’. The girl continues her quest and then visits a library (Something Borrowed) and then a blue shop (Something Blue). Once she has visited these places and collected all the notes, she reaches one final location. It is dark out and she discovers a clue which is a trail of lights. She follows this trail and it leads to a beautiful restaurant that is lit up by fairylights. Our final shot will be a pan up to reveal an engagement ring.

This is our final storyline , however we will have much more specific details in the script which we are doing shortly.

 

 

Script Research

In order to write a high quality professional script I have decided to research some scripts from past successful films.

The first script I came across was for Airplane! this was very useful as it contained lots of dialogue, scene changes and descriptive pieces.

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Airplane_script.htm

However, our film isn’t going to have much dialogue and so I wanted to focus on finding a film that didn’t contain much dialogue and was more focussed on scene setting. I founf the script for 127 Hours and this turned out to be very useful in helping me to understand how to lay out a script in terms of the shots and scenery that we would need.

http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~ina22/splaylib/Screenplay-127_Hours.pdf

First Idea Draft

One of mine and Emilias initial ideas was to do a romance-adventure film and we have decided to continue with this idea and develop it into our final film.

We are using the classic wedding phrase “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” as the basis for our whole idea. Not only do we want it to be a romance-adventure film but we also would like to make it a mystery at the star to be able to capture the audiences attention. In order to do this we are going to use a message in a bottle that washes up on the shore when the main actor is walking along the beach. Not only are we changing our genre style, but we also want to challenge ourselves by changing our filming style. For all of our past projects (except our Summer Project) we have always used still shots. For our Summer Project we tried to use moving shots but we didn’t have enough time to be able to do this effectively. We are hoping that we will have more time to practice doing these moving shots in order to widen our range of shots in our final film.

Our film will begin with a female protagonist walking along the beach when she stumbles along a message in a bottle. There is a map attached with different destinations marked with an X. She travels to the location in the city which represents Something Old and discovers a gift which she recognises to be something old. She finds another map and message at this location which leads her to the next destination that represents Something New. At this location she finds another gift and another message that leads her to a destination that represents Something Borrowed. Once again she finds another gift and destination that leads her to somewhere that represents Something Blue, she once again finds another gift that represents something blue. There is one final destination that leads her to a café. It is now dark outside and the café is lit up with fairy lights. Our final shot will show an engagement ring.