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Evaluation Question 6

Evaluation Question 6- What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product
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Oonagh Turner

on 17 April 2010

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Evaluation Question 6 What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product Since beginning shooting our sequence, i feel that i have personally learnt a significant amount more regarding both ict, and the use of cameras. When we began to film, understanding the camera was the first point in which i learnt about zooming and using a tripod. After finishing shooting, editing was what our group next experienced. This was significant as it enabled us to cut out areas where for example one of our actors may have corpsed. After editing, and learning how to use IMovie, we proceeded to programs and software such as LiveType, garageband and Camtasia, which helped us finalise our product. IMovie Garageband LiveType Survey Monkey and Facebook Camtasia One thing i have learnt regarding technologies is the how the use of Survey Monkey, Facebook, and other internet sites can aid film institutions in reaching their audiences. By using social networking sites, it is possible to understand a specific target audience's views on films. By creating groups and uploading data, film institutions can gain an understanding as to what is significant and important to certain social groups. The experiance has therefore taugh me how to access people's views and opinions. Facebook Facebook is a social networking site that is privately owned by Facebook Inc. Since September 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid e-mail address can become a Facebook use. The age group that we were working with was from 13-18. Therefore this means that it would be the perfect tool to take our research from. To gain an understanding of our audience's perspective, we created a group where we would invite people to join, and therefore gain feedback from their comments. We easily discovered how to create a group on facebook, and this resulted in a large variety of feedback which helped us with our audience research. When searching for our group on facebook, this is what is shown. It indicated how many members we have, and also the reason behind the group. Survey Monkey Another useful tool that we found out how to use quickly and easily was the website Survey Monkey. This tool enabled us to create a survey, which we would place on our Facebook group, and therefore gain knowledge and opinions from those who joined our group. Our group consisted of 24 members, and therefore we gained a lot of feedback from the website. The site made me learn about how the internet is open to everyone and everything. It also taught me how paper is not needed to a significant extent in order to research. This shows the post to our facebook group that connected survey monkey to facebook. This enabled people to easily give us their opinions and views without much effort. This print screen shows the survey that people were asked to complete. Creating a survey was quick and easy. It literally consisted of writing down just the questions we needed feedback on. Camtasia is a program that easily enables anyone with a computer to show what is on the screen. In this way, one can easily annotate using a narration of what has been completed. I used this program within my evaluation to discuss both what institution would be willing to distribute our sequence. Also, i used it to narrate over certain frames that were incorperated within our sequence. How to used the program When double clicking on the icon on the desktop, the first thing thast came up was a list of options. By clicking the option that said 'record the screen', i was able to open a window that would highlight all i wanted to record. This screen demonstrates how simple it was to open the screen that needed to be narrated over, and then just talk into a microphone. When finishing a recording, the stop button indicated what to press. What had just been recorded would then appear automatically after saved. It is possible from this point to progress to producing the clip and placing on a site like youtube. Or alternatively you could edit and crop areas. This highlights the options that you have after producing the film. By uploading to youtube, the embedded code could then be transfered onto a blog, or onto prezi.com. These simple steps enabled me to understand technology more, as well as being able to express through narration why our group decided on certain aspects when creating our sequence. This is the final product of the work done on Camtasia. LiveType is a software program that has been developed by Apple Inc. The purpose of the software is to create animated title sequences. We decided to use the Livetype software in order to create the titles and credits. These could then be transfered to our final cut of filming. Due to our brief, we decided that by creating an animated title sequence, we would not be sticking to our brief. Therefore we used the program simply to add advanced credits and titles to our sequence. The first step of creating our own font was to finish the editing that was involved in creating the final of our sequence. The titles, we learnt, needed to be added at the very end. How to use the program There are various buttons to the right of the main screen which enables you to change the font, the size, the colours and the effect and transition. Also, underneath, there is a timeline, which enables you to change where each credit will be. This program taught me how institutions can change fonts and the writing when concstructing an opening sequence. GarageBand is a software application that allows users to create music or podcasts. It is developed by Apple Inc, and the overall music can be added to films produced on IMovie. Garageband enables users to chose from a variety of ready made short pieces. Then, they can add it together with backing beats, vocals and other sound effects in order to create a final piece of music. There is also a variety of buttons that enable you to change the key, from minor to major, and also enables sound effects, such as "Concrete Jungle". This sound effect was used within our final sequence in order to emphasise the city location. This is the first window that opens up when clicking on the garageband icon. Here, there are a selection of icons that you can click. Each one will open a new window according to the selection made. When we experimented with this software, we selected 'loops' This opened a window that meant we could select a variety of pieces and put them together in order to make a piece of music. We also used piano icon to experiment with a keyboard. As well as making music, the voice icon enables the user to narrate over a bit of footage, and then add it to the piece on IMovie. We used this when Sophie was on the phone, and towards the end, where we needed a scream to suggest to the audience that the character was in trouble. This sequence is where Sophie is on the phone. We used the voice icon to record her conversation on the phone. IMovie was the main piece of software that we used when creating our final piece. This software enabled us to place our footage onto a document, and begin to edit it. From here, we cropped a huge amount of footage, such as actor's mistakes, and many unnecessary clips in order to create our final piece. We also added a voice over, music, and other effects in order to create the final piece. This was the piece of software that we used most throughout the whole sequence. After finishing with the sequence, this was also the program that we felt more comfortable with.
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