Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 16.25.17.pngThis Map is showing all locations that were used by students to film Going Local


Colour grading

For my second assignment ‘Going Local’ I used colour grading and then used ‘Colour thief’ to show the dominant colours in a screen shot from the short film. I learned the main colours used in action film posters are orange and blue (or teal) as apparently they are the most visually pleasing.

I did some research on the actual meanings of colours from the colour wheel.

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.



Walter Murch


This took 4 people 30 minutes with us working in pairs to order it in such a way. We mostly all agreed on the same story line and both pairs took half of the images. I personally tried to put images together that looked like they could be in the same scene and any images that didn’t fit I referred to other members in the group to see if it fitted with what they have got.

Assignment 2. First complete edit.

Every┬átime I edit a new film, there always seems to be new tedious and challenging things. That just shouldn’t be anywhere near as hard as they are.

For example, I wanted to put some simple text at the end of the film just saying that it was a ‘film by James Reader’

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I’ll have to ask someone to do this for me since every time I input text, It deletes itself. I am still getting used to Adobe Premier, I personally don’t like the programme. It seems to make simple things awkward and hard to do.

I made two edits, this is the second edit where I have slightly improved the colours and changed the contrast.


This is the feed back I got for my going local project. I am happy they liked it.

Previous Filming experiences

In 2015 my school (Coombe Dean) hired Nick Baker, a camera man, and a director to present a short film about life Coombe Dean.

Since teachers knew that I was heavily into filmmaking and had evidence from the english Media work I had produced. My family received an email stating that I was to miss all lessons for two days, and get some hands on experience in creating a professional production.

It was here that I used; reflectors, personally recorded interviews with a boom mic, guided the crew round, carried the equipment and saw what techniques and equipment they use behind the scenes. I was the only student that got picked to help out.

Obviously a student didn’t need to be picked, no students were even aware of a camera crew until they saw them in person and couldn’t be more jealous that I got the chance to assist them.

It took 2 whole days of constant filming to get what they wanted. The crew was also accompanied by a teacher that helped to guide the crew to their next filming location in the school. With over 6 hours worth of film, it was edited into less than 6 minutes.

Walter Stern (director) of bitter sweet vid


Going Local Project

For assignment 2 I’m going be the character in the film. The purpose of this short film is to make people see the contrast in the environment as the camera follows me on a journey from the naturally beautiful rural areas like Mount Edgecumbe to the grey built up urban areas of Plymouth’s city centre.

When creating the shots and planning them on a story board, I would like to pay homage to a few films with one of them being ‘Requiem for a dream’, where I could reenact this shot.



I was thinking of either using this location or somewhere over looking the water to reenact this shot.


I admire the zooming in part of ‘The Bomb run sequence’ from Dr. Strangelove, and so I can pay homage to that in my Going Local film.

Depicting my film location

For my second assignment I am filming a journey from Mount Edgecumbe to the city centre of Plymouth. It’s a silent film with a extremely different and weird soundtrack with the only words being ‘happy birthday’.

The purpose of my film is to try and make people realise that city’s are taking over beautiful countryside and habitats through urbanisation and a growing population.

It’s like a birth of a new beginning as the camera follows me from the beautiful and natural Mount Edgecumbe to a contrasting grey urban area that is Plymouth City Centre.

It’s meant to be moving a slightly emotional as you see how much humans can impact such delicately beautiful areas through pollution and infrastructure.

The following is a picture that I took myself last time I went to mount Edgecumbe.


I took this on my Ipod 5. I enhanced the image so you can really appreciate the; rich, gorgeous colours and scenery around Mount Edgecumbe. It has a deep green and wide range of other fantastic and eye-catching colours.

This a picture I took from Google Images. It shows the grey city centre with a very small range of colours compared to rural areas around Plymouth.

Old Media work

In early 2015 I completed my English media course work. We had to create a completely original film poster and a couple fully original adverts for products we make up. I ended up with an A on my course work and a B overall in the GCSE.

This is the first completely original film poster I made. Being at school however only allowed me to have access to the most basic of editing programmes like Microsoft Word. But I made it as good as I was able to.


I took a picture of it after It was printed, sadly I can’t get the digital copy.