Blog the week: The Second week of FMP

Tuesday

Today I asked to have a one on one tutorial with Billy as I’m extremely passionate about learning new skills when it comes to FMP and how I can make it as good as possible.  This is my first time learning tracking in after effects.

I really want to become more confident with after effects as it could be used in my FMP


This is the editing so far. I’ve done tracking shots on other programs including Hitfilm 4 Express but it’s good to learn a new editing program.

At the moment I prefer Hitfilm to Aftereffects but that might change as I’m not familiar with all the thing that after effects is capable of.

Rough idea

 

This guy doesn’t age and takes a lot to kill and has been held captive in the world war one bunker

But he escapes

So a squad of troops hired by the top secret agency goes to kill him

But they all die one by one leaving just a one on one fight at the end  
There’s a bunker outside of the city (Heybrook Bay) where the military are keeping a superhuman captive. It’s a top secret investigation and the man captive rapidly heals from damage any other human would die from. However, as soon as the military found out he was different they captured him and the investigation started. They have to find out how this has happened and if the power he holds is safe.

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Blog the week 1: Planing my first ideas for FMP

Throughout the week I’ve purely been thinking about new ideas for my FMP as well as expanding on the one idea I have already. I’m excited to see how this turns out and hope I can pull this off to the best standard possible. My tutors have already said this is going to be “the best work you’ve produced so far” so I really hope I can prove that I can make something impressive.

I’ve now thought of two ideas for my FMP. Both of which I am still not 100% sure about.

Idea 1

My first idea was to have the main protagonist live in a split reality where he never knew which was the true reality. In one reality he would be running from the military and in the other he’d be living a normal life with his family and friends. I’ve had this idea since January and hadn’t thought of a different idea until now.

My inspirations for this idea came from a cool shot from a video game I played recently, ‘Battlefield 1’. Battlefield 1 (also known as BF1) is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield Series developed by DICE and published by EA. The game is set during World War 1 and was released worldwide on October 21, 2016. I’ve really enjoyed this game since it’s been available to play and was extremely hyped for it coming up to its release. This is because I’ve also played other games made my DICE (the creators of the Battlefield franchise) and the trailer looked amazing.

Idea 2

Maybe a short superhero film if possible.

Final Mission progress

I’ve been working on my first proper feature film outside of school and college for over 14 months now as a hobby. It’s a half hour film with the story and script written by me. I’m doing this with my best mates and its now very near completion and so I;m setting up a YouTube channel for it to go on.

I’m still learning loads and improving every time I edit and film. Just yesterday I decided to try and make a poster on Photoshop because if I’m honest I’m just excited to release it. I have made a trailer but I wont properly release it until the channel is finished and set up to the public.

I’m still very new to Photoshop but I am definitely improving.


I took this image of me that was taken last May and did some research on how to remove background and change the lighting with many helpful YouTube videos. There was a lot of trial and error as I’m not that experienced with Photoshop but I ended up with this being the finished product.


Of course I will improve over time but I’m just really passionate about this as it’s my film and I want to be proud of it.

Cinematography for FUTURE project

Last Wednesday Ceri, Christina and I got the bus back to my house to film the opening scene for the film. Although Ben is in a different group he had to come too as Christina and him live in Launston which means it takes them ages to get home and so they were sharing lifts.


We also wanted to film in Launceston but I added up how many hours it takes to get us there and back. Plus if we weren’t getting a lift there by car then it would take at least another 30 minutes to get to Christina’s house from the bus stop. Overall that would take at least 3 hours out of our day and so it wouldn’t be productive in the slightest.

This is a problem that we had to overcome as it’s always hard for Christina to get to filming sessions so we had to work around her availability. This meant that we couldn’t film at any other time so Ceri and I had to make sure we were able to film then. Which also meant cancelling other plans.

I can’t let that bother me though as we worked together and produced an opening scene that I’m happy with and I’m glad we can tick that off the list.

Last Thursday I did a first edit of the scene which is including the first edit of the Kaleidoscope effect. Since then the effects have greatly improved thanks to hours worth off effort at college and research on how it’s edited.

In this project I’ve been the lead director and cinematographer and have been setting up all the shots filmed at both; my house, and crown hill fort. These are some of my favourite shots


We knew that Ceri’s character ‘Rosie’ would have to walk through the hall to find Kosac in the kitchen, but I wanted to add some style to the shot and so I said I’d “try a Birdseye view shot” looking down on her as she walks past.

This is because the shot we had before was way to plain and ordinary and wasn’t really any different to the other shots in the scene. I’m very happy with the result though and both Ceri and Christina liked the idea too.

Overall I’m pleased that my group and I worked together well and helped each other out. We’ve really tried to include everyone’s ideas but I’ve still found it hard to include Teagan quite as much.

We filmed the scene at Crownhill fort yesterday in hope we could get some eerie looking shots that resemble Alcatraz in some way. But Teagan couldn’t make it as she wasn’t in college that day. Luckily the shots we were getting meant we didn’t need anymore people. This is a photo I took on my phone in the tunnels there.


I was the only actor that was needed for this scene as my character ‘Kosac’ was in a dream state travelling from Candy land to Alcatraz (where he sees a dragon) to then wake up in bed at home with Ceri’s character ‘Rosie’ looking after him.

I felt that the Alcatraz scene should only be brief and part of a montage used in between different Kaleidoscopes. Although Ceri disagreed and wanted an ‘intense scene in Alcatraz’ I had to just be blunt and say that just wasn’t going to work. For example; we haven’t got enough actors, we haven’t got a suitable location, we haven’t got many days to film it, and the weather is appalling. Plus a scene like that would need tonnes of planning and I feel it would be an unnecessary waste of time if we used all our time on something that we can’t guarantee will work well.


I took 14 hours of my self study time at home to make the first two edits of the first scene. When it came to editing however I came across some inconvenient issues that I had to overcome. The program I’m using to edit Hitfilm 4 Express, a free editing program that is of course very different to Adobe Premier Pro which I’m used to using at college. I do find it’s better to edit at home though sometimes as it’s quiet and I can work at my own pace with no distractions from the people around me.

The main issue I came across when editing was that all the clips filmed on Ceri’s camera (.MOV) weren’t accepted by the editing program Hitfilm. This meant I had to import all those clips into a different free movie editor that accepted the clips and export it. The problem was that all the clips put together added up to 6 minutes.

This meant I had to spend hours cutting and chopping it down to get the clips I wanted. The irritant part then was some of the audio was bad and some of the clips were missing!.


Overall this project has been exhausting, frustrating, funny, and challenging. The police badges above were made by us last week in Photoshop. They’re not meant to look genuine in the slightest but serve their purpose as they’re briefly used as Christina’s character is the police officer that tranquilizes my character Kosac.

This my second edit of the future that I edited on Thursday. I found with adding some of the ‘typing’ sounds, it messed up the audio for one of the clips but that will be improved when I re-edit it in my self study time. I’ve just made a graph demonstrating the percentage of time spent on each of the aspects when producing

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To make this graph I typed in how many hours have been spent on all aspects of production from this time 5 weeks ago and now and then converted that into percentages as I feel it looks a lot cleaner and more professional.. I will make another final when this production is finished. I find graphs provide more clearer understanding of how much time that has gone into the different elements of film making when producing this.