7) LOOKING BACK AT YOUR PRELIMINARY TASK, WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE LEARNT IN THE PROGRESSION FROM IT TO THE FULL PRODUCT?
Looking back at the start of media studies I completed the preliminary task and also the continuity task. Back then, I was still trying to figure out the 180 degree rule which I broke in my preliminary task, steading the camera, varying my shots and movements and understanding the editing software.
In my preliminary task which is a task to help us learn about the 180 degree rule and its importance, shot reverse shots and match on action shots. Most of my footage was out of focus or blurry. I didn’t understand the concept of lighting so most of my footage was is quite dark areas as I went out of natural light. I broke the 180 degree rule when my characters were speaking so it looks quite confusing and also I used the cameras microphone so some character dialogue is hard to understand the camera picked up background sounds. However, this task helped me to understand how to use the camera, how to focus my shots and how coming out of natural light effects lighting in the footage quite severely. In the continuity task, I developed an understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere, how to edit and when and where I should add sound. It also helped me understand how continuity works and what good continuity looks like and how it makes the difference compared to bad continuity.
From those two task, I was able to film my mundane task which is filming a boring activity and make it fun and interesting with editing, camera angles and music. At this point I had a better understanding of focusing the camera, how to vary my shots and using the natural lighting to my advantage. When it came to editing the footage, I added music to it which complemented the film, I added slow and fast motion effects on a few shots and I tried to master continuity.
Looking at my final film opening, I think I have come along way since the preliminary task as I developed my camera and editing techniques. In my film I am using a variety of camera angles and duration of shots. I now feel comfortable at doing close up with out my character or props becoming out of focus. I now use a tripod instead of a monopod which I used in my preliminary task, as it provides more stability and my shots are no longer shaky and I can also perform panning or titling camera movements with ease. I am able to use colouration using Mojo and Magic Bullet which is something I would not have been able to attempt earlier in the media course. For my film, I needed to add titles using Adobe After Effects, at first adding titles and understanding another software was a struggle especially when adding titles to three different film and trying to get the font correct to the genre for practice. Now I am able to add titles without becoming too stressed or confused.
To conclude, I think I have definitely developed. I feel I have come a long way since day one of media and I hope to keep improving. I am happy with my film opening and I am happy with how much my editing has improved.