Planning Master Pack
My group and I have managed to fill in the planning master pack
3D Floor Plan using Google Sketchup
3D Plan of Chaz Singh:
I got this screen shot from the main interview with him to then turn it into this is google sketchup
This clearly shows the layout and where everything was including me behind the camera and where he was sitting.
This is the editing. I interviewed three councilors but unfortunately the all audio for the third one wasn’t recorded making it un useable.
I only found this out when editing but I am now aware about how easy it is to make mistakes like that. Luckily I still got some decent shots.
This is the finished product of our documentary
Some audio was lost and had to be cut out
But it was successful in the end
The main meaning and message we wanted to convey when producing this documentary on Chaz Singh was an inspirational and genuine one. We tried to avoid any real biased parts for example; giving the impression that he’s better than every other councilor in Plymouth or something like that. I think we we’re successful with this as we didn’t have the other councilor’s promote him in any way when we interviewed them.
Overall I’m not overly impressed with what I’ve produced. I think it’s fairly boring as it doesn’t go anywhere, there’s no music, the quality doesn’t look great in some shots (I only realized that in post production), it was a mad rush to edit (as the deadline was the day after we filmed) so there’s no color grading, and the topic in all honesty isn’t that interesting. I do however like some of the interview shots and the time lapse shot and I’m glad the editing flows smoothly.
If I could change one thing, it would definitely be getting more interesting establishing shots as they all look the same in one location and they’re literally the least interesting shots. With the editing however I’d definitely would go back and edit in some music and colour grading to make it more interesting and prettier.
I feel I learned to always get more establishing shots and do some research on what music I need to put in there before hand so when it comes to editing its a lot easier and I could have made the final product a bit better as I knew there was such a short time between filming and uploading the finished product. I now know that its crucial to plan everything as well as possible hen you know that you have one day to edit.
This morning we were set a task where we needed to get ourselves into groups of 5-6 and write our group names on the board. Each group was then given an envelope with a random 2-3 minute clip from a film. Prior to this we were shown a silent version of a clip from ‘Big man Japan’ a 2007 film made by Hitoshi Matsumoto.
We had to completely produce all sound for this clip which was a challenge but I managed to make all sorts of sounds out of the random objects available.
Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass.
My inspiration for this was Irwin Allen’s The Swarm and Alfred Hitchcock’s the birds.
I used the sound track from ‘The Swarm’ and used the most exciting and scariest
A micro-documentary differs from a long-form documentary in terms of length, structure, and quite often, purpose.
Most often a micro-documentary will be 2 to 3 minutes in length, though some can be as long as 5 or even 9 minutes. From the standpoint of a narrative arc, you don’t have enough time to establish character, develop conflict, and reveal backstory the way you can in a longer work, therefore, alternative editorial strategies must be considered.
Last Wednesday all first year courses mixed for and hour for an opportunity to display our work to each other. I displayed many pieces of work to the new people that I met.
I personally agree with the feed back I was given and I think that having a group critique is a great idea.
As my group (Ceri, Keiran, Sonny, Sohpia and I) are interviewing Councillor Chaz Singh for our professional documentary we are going to produce. We we’re given the privilege of a tour of the Plymouth Council chambers on monday.
We were asked to creative our own short documentary after being showed a short documentary about scientists. The question for them was; “can science explain everything?”.
The main focus for this task was to go up to random people that happened to be the in the college and ask them what ever question we wanted. We were all in the same groups as we were for our main documentary project. All five of my group decided on the question; “To you, what is the meaning of life?”. As you can see in the scientist documentary, the opening shots are purely showing their initial first reactions and so I really wanted to achieve that with mine.
Aperture is referred to the lens diaphragm opening inside a photographic lens. The size of the diaphragm opening in a camera lens REGULATES amount of light passes through onto the film inside the camera the moment when the shutter curtain in cameraopens during an exposure process.
ISO: International Standards Organization
ISO on a camera stands for International Standards Organization, which is the governing body that sets sensitivity standards for sensors in digital cameras. ISO settings determine how sensitive the camera’s sensor is to light, while taking various types of photos.
The exposure triangle is a common way of associating the three variables that determine the exposure of a photograph: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. One must balance all three of these to achieve a desired result, an adjustment of one requiring adjustments of at least one of the others
Depth of field:
Depth of field. … In optics, particularly as it relates to film and photography, depth of field (DOF), also called focus range or effective focus range, is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image.
Slow shutter speeds allow more light into the camera sensor and are used for low-light and night photography, while fast shutter speeds help to freeze motion. Examples of shutter speeds: 1/15 (1/15th of a second), 1/30, 1/60, 1/125. Aperture – a hole within a lens, through which light travels into the camera body.
Photographers set their exposure using a combination of shutter speeds and f/stops to get the correct amount of light on the sensor (or film). The shutter speed regulates how long the sensor is exposed to light coming through the lens.
Pros and Cons of lenses:
Standard Zoom: These are the most common type of lenses and practically all the kit lenses bundled with cameras fall into this category. The most popular is the 18mm-55mm lens, which is good for general purpose photography and is commonly used by amateurs and first time photographers. A few years ago, the quality of these lenses was not good enough and earned a bad name for their manufacturers. Realizing this, the camera makers started bundling much better versions that give very decent results.
Zoom: These are long-range lenses, which have longer focal lengths as compared with the standard zoom lenses. The popular lenses are 55mm-250mm, 70mm-300mm, and 75mm-300mm. These lens are used by semi professionals and serious photography enthusiasts to shoot animals and birds.
Wide Angle: These lenses are most popular with landscape and nature photographers. The common wide-angle lenses are 10mm-20mm, 12-24mm, and 11mm-16mm. Another variant of wide-angle lenses are called fish-eye lenses. They give maximum angle of view and in that process distort the view in a circular fashion.
Prime lenses: All the above lens types are used by amateurs, serious hobbyists, and semi-professionals. Professionals however would use prime lenses.
Prime lenses advantages:
The most obvious advantage is image quality. Prime lenses are bought by professionals to obtain the best quality photographs from their camera gear. The general parameters on which the image quality is tested are:
1) Sharpness: Subjective quality of an image indicating clear or distinct reproduction of detail: associated with resolution and contrast. * Hence a sharp lens is an optic capable of giving sharp images.
2) Distortion: a warping or transformation of an object and its surrounding area that differs significantly from what the object would look like with a normal focal length, due to the relative scale of nearby and distant features.
3) Vignetting: In photography and optics, vignetting (“vignette“) is a reduction of an image’s brightness or saturation at the periphery compared to the image center.
4) Chromatic aberration: Chromatic Aberration, also known as “color fringing” or “purple fringing”, is a common optical problem that occurs when a lens is either unable to bring all wavelengths of color to the same focal plane, and/or when wavelengths of color are focused at different positions in the focal plane.
Below is an example of colour fringing.
In all prime lenses, the test results show the highest ranking for the sharpness and lowest values for the other three parameters: distortion, vignetting, and chromatic aberration.
As professional requirements demand the best images that can be used by clients, it is prudent to invest in a prime lens as per the photographic assignments and budget.
Prime lenses disadvantages:
The biggest disadvantage of using a prime lens is the fixed focal length. You will experience the limitations when you start shooting with a prime lens. There is no zoom, which implies that you have to compose the frame by moving further away or by going nearer to the subject.
Another drawback of the prime lens is the price factor. Prime lenses, barring the very basic models, are much more expensive than their zoom counterparts.
The original plan for this exercise was to do a interview mockumentary on spinning chairs however that plan completely changed. This was purely because there was not enough time to make it work or to plan it properly. The people I was working with didn’t want to be on camera either and so unfortunately that limited the ideas.
I ended up suggesting that we produce an advert for the Apple iPhone last minute as we had to produce something and I couldn’t help but feel I was the only one really contributing.
This ended up being rushed and completely improvised but I tried to pull it off as best I could.
After working with Jack, Daisy and Sophia, I’ve realised that I’d get more work done if I was with a different, more productive group.
So far the majority of the small tasks and projects we’ve been set have all featured me on camera. This is because my original group aren’t as confident when being on camera. I feel like I couldn’t use my camera skills and use different techniques properly as a result of this.
I do feel though that if I had worked with a more productive group from the start I could have managed to stick with the original idea and also produce better work on a whole, as it wouldn’t always be me on camera either so I wouldn’t be as limited.
This is the outcome.