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Technologies

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Charlotte Hayes

on 26 February 2017

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Technologies
Search Engine
While doing my research, the search engine on Chrome was very important to helping me find out the information and develop a narrative for my short film. Using google to go onto Youtube, which helped me largely looking at short films (where most are). Youtube contributed to inspiring me and teaching me how to make a short film, the conventions of a short film. Not only did Youtube help me look at short films but showed me a variation of videos which for my initial research helped me to figure out popular genres shown through the 'Trending' page.

Youtube also showed me popular short film genres and how the small audience of short films react to certain genres. This is through the like and dislike buttons, as well the comment section showing peoples views on short films and the audiences personal opinion.


physical technologies
During film making, we not only used computer technology, but physical technologies to help film the short film. During the processed we had set up a range of equipment from Tripods, Dollys and Umbrella lighting. This helped bring a much more professional style/look towards our short film. using the dolly and tripod to have steady moving shots. Filming with a DLRS Canon 6000 camera to get a high resolution on each individual shots. We used an 8g and 16g SD card to save all the footage and keep it for editing. For a prop we used a Instant Max Polaroid Mini to 'take a picture' as a way to trigger a memory for the development of the story.
As well as using physical technologies for my main short film. I also used a DLSR camera to take pictures for my ancillary poster and double page spread. Using umbrella lighting to highlight the faces and have a more realistic movie poster and double page spread pictures.
Wordpress
I was able to access my work easily, using the categories (which i added to each blog post) to find my work fast and easily. Aswell as using tags to make it easier for readers to know what I am blogging about individually.
Wordpress made it simple for me to access my work, as I also had the Wordpress app giving me the ability to work on my laptop and put all my ideas into a draft on my phone, when they came to me. The app has the same layout, allowing to me to post updates and have notifications sent to my phone.
Softwares
There was a variation of softwares which helped me produce a high standard short film, poster and magazine double page spread. Final Cut Pro was the software we used to edit the short film, using the variation of tools available, using the cutting tool to shorten each footage and create jump cuts within our film. We were also able to stabilise shots which shook, making them usable.
During filming, we were unaware of the wonky footage but because Final Cut Pro we were able to crop the footage making it horizontal. As well as using the software to correct mistakes, it helped to add more of a unrealistic affect on the limbo shots, using the 'Glory' filter to enhance the white walls creating a glow around the character Isaac; showing the unrealistic limbo world. Final Cut Pro also was used to make the preliminary video, also used to create mini videos with to help experiment with different filters
When first drafting my short film and ancillary ideas, I had to find a way to document my ideas and development. Using the website Wordpress, I was able to create a blog showing the progression from research to my final drafts. Word press has a lot of widgets and extra buttons to help design my templates for my blog and add layers of how readers can access different parts of my story.
Using the search engine I was able to look more in depth into individual short films that inspired me, using Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes to see ratings, who directed and produced the films. With this information I was able to further my research and discover more short films.
Other video playing flat forms other than Youtube have helped with my research, (Netflix, Amazon Prime ect ect)using them to watch films and short fims with a similar genre to my own work. This helped inspire me and give ideas for the narrative.
Another software I used was Photoshop which helped me create my poster, using this photo editing software to create the digital/computer generated 'artistic cutout' filter on each picture I have taken and then used them photos and put them into one picture with the four pictures I have edited. Using Photoshop to crop the pictures, within some of the images I had to edit the photos using the replica tool to replace the mistakes within the prom shot (the red curtain slightly open).

PicMonkey was another editing software which helped me create my double page spread. I used this software as it was simpler to use for the task for making a double page spread (simpler than Photoshop). This allowed me to have a plain background to work with and add my photos and duplicate an area of my photo to make the image longer. PicMonkey also allowed me to add titles and columned writing.
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