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Evaluation Question 7

Evaluation Question 7- Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product

Oonagh Turner

on 17 April 2010

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Evaluation Question 7 Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product The preliminary task was the first stages where we learnt to use the cameras that we were given. We embeded various angles, and techniques, such as shot reverse shot and the 180 degree rule. However, it is evident that only from experience have we gained more ability and independance when using the cameras. Since editing the preliminary task, i feel we have all progressed concerning our knowledge of angles, IMovie, variety and individuality. Knowledge of angles It is evident that from our preliminary sequence to our final sequence, we have developed widely our knowledge of camera angles and shots. When shooting our preliminary task, it only occured to us that camera angles and techniques could be shot from one level, and this limited any variety and individuality we had. The camera angles that were incorperated within the preliminary task included;
Match on action- a shot that records a side of a conversation from both angles.
180 degree rule- A shot that shows the backs of the two people in conversation. This enables the audience to see reactions.
Shot reverse shot- where the audience see a character from another character's perspective. The brief regarding the preliminary task consisted of a simple use and combination of shots, in order to create a short scene. The sequence had to contain a character walking into a room, the use of dialogue between the two characters, and a demonstration of match on action, shot reverse shot, and the 180 degree rule. This brief was simple to create, and only used a variety of shots. Also, as it was set in only one room, we were able to control the camera work and movement. Our brief for the thriller sequence consisted of the titles and opening of a new fiction thriller film, to last a maximum of two minutes. Here we had to incorperate a large variety of camera angles, as well as music, dialogue and titles and credits. This brief was more complicated to create, and incorperated more camera work, mainly due to the fact that it was longer than the preliminary task, but also because our sequence used more locations, settings and scenese. This is one of the first angles within both of the sequences. Within the shot on Naeemah within the preliminary task, it is not framed, and simply shows from head on her face. The frame that shows Monika's face is more framed, by the barrier, as well as the back of Sophie's head. This makes the second frame seem more professional that that of the shot from the preliminary task. Therefore it is evident we have learnt more about framing in order to appear professional. Another comparison of frames is when the camera switches from Naeemah to Oonagh. Here, we have not used any professional equipment in order to switch to the opposing character. Therefore the result is that the use of match on action appears looks amature and unprofessional. Within the final thriller sequence, we have instead paused the camera, and then continued the action when in another position. This gives the effect of having more than one camera, and therefore makes the use of match on action more realistic. Here, the 180 degree rule has been attempted within our preliminary task. The issue with the use of the rule here is that it is not well framed, and again appears unprofessional. However, the viewer can clearly see Naeemah's reaction, which is what the intention of the 180 degree rule is. Therefore it is successful to some extent. The use of the 180 degree rule within the final sequence is a lot more effective. Not only is it more of a close up, which gives the audience a perspective from Sophie's point of view more, but the titles and credits at the corner of the screen focus and frame the frame well. Editing When editing our sequence whilst creating our preliminary sequence, we found it hard to crop the correct shot, and also didn't manage to place one shot in the correct places. Therefore the editing section was more stressful. However, when we focused on the project more, it was clearer as to how we were to work IMovie. We regarded the preliminary task as practise, and when we worked on our final sequence, the editing and cropping became a lot clearer and easier. Editing is a main section that as a group we have all advanced our skills on. When editing in our production logo for our final title sequence, we found that this was something that we had not practised before. However, due to the experience previously gained, we found it easier, as we were user friendly with IMovie. Before, when creating our preliminary task, we would not have been able to complete this, as we were knew to the program, and this is one reason as to why our editing is better within the final sequence. Another area in which we have significantly improved on, is using and experimenting with the effects and transitions available on IMovie. When creating the preliminary task, we did not use any techniques and effects available. However, when creating our final piece, as we were now more comfortable with the software, we were able to use the effects in order to make a specific scene darker. This effect worked well, and there is a significant contrast from the frame without this effect. When we create our preliminary task, it is evident that there were no effects, and this ensured that our sequence looked less professional that our final piece. 180 degree rule Shot reverse shot Pre Production Pre production was the first stage of preperation that we proceeded with after understanding fully the brief we were given. The preparation involved creating a story board, a shooting script, and a dialogue script for our final idea. For the preliminary task, these sections were completed rapidly, mainly due to the short length of the sequence we were to create. We created a short storyboard for our preliminary task, and this only consisted of a small number of frames. When creating the story board for our final sequence, it was a lot more detailed. We also put it onto youtube, and therefore we could watch the sequence easily and repetitively. This sequence had a lot more frames in it, due to the length of our final piece. The second stage of pre production included creating a shooting script. We did not create this for our preliminary task, due to the length of the sequence, however we did for our final sequence. When conjuring up an idea for our preliminary task, we simply wrote down the number of frames we were to have, and where we would incorperate such techniques like shot reverse shot, match on action and the 180 degree rule. When creating the final sequence, we created an actual shooting script. This helped us extensively in indicating where we were to put certain frames. The next stage of pre production consisted of a dialogue script. We decided that we would use a loose plot for our preliminary task, as apposed to a long and complicated story. Therefore we only gave the two characters around 2 lines each. Therefore, there was no need in a full script, unlike in normal full length films. When creating our final piece, we also didn't need a script. This was because we had decided the lines that needed to be added, would be added after the filming using IMoving, or garageband. This was simply easier to do, and meant that we could use the techniques we learnt on garageband. Overall, the pre production stage included a complete contrast with the preliminary task, and with our final piece. It is evident that we have learnt a significant amount between each two sequences, regarding especially our organisation skills. This meant that all group members were working together to create the same desired effect. This was because as we had plotted out each individual shot for example so specifically that we knew exactly what we wished to have as our outcome. Overall, concerning the preproduction stage, there is a clear and evident difference between the planning of the two sequences.
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