Blog the week: Filming Keirans Zombie FMP

Monday to Wednesday.

I’ve been purely working hard on completing the blog work and behind the scenes for my FMP. This has made me feel exhausted as it feels that I’m just drowning in work at the moment and all my filming is done. I feel like I need an incentive or something to look forward to. That isn’t writing.

Thursday

Over the past couple of months, Keiran (a boy on my course) has been planning a ‘zombie’ themed Final Major Project with about 50 people playing extras as zombies. When I heard that idea I instantly thought that he would change it when he realises that it’s extremely difficult to pull something like that off. However, he didn’t. He kept bothering me to lend him some of the gun props that I have so he could use them in his film. Being nice I agreed to let him use them (as I was acting in the film as well). Keiran then needed more guns which he didn’t have even right up to the actual filming day which was set to be Tuesday the 23rd of May.

He’d planned to film a music video about four survivors of the zombie apocalypse holding off the hordes in a bar. Each character’s outfit and personality were meant to be inspired by a character from another film. For example, my character was meant to have a typical work uniform (black shoes, black trousers, and a white shirt) like Shaun does from ‘Shawn of the Dead’. Now I didn’t think that was a bad idea and after hearing this I was quite excited. Especially after seeing Bridgette practice the blood and wound makeup on Keiran in class. It all looked like it had a lot of potential to turn out very impressive.

However one thing screwed up after another and eventually, the whole thing didn’t happen and was a waste of my time. I took time out of my FMP work to help Keiran prepare for his childish zombie film when I could have been improving mine. The whole plan (if there was one) started falling apart when we couldn’t film on the one filming day, Tuesday the 23rd of May. We couldn’t film on that day as we had to stay in the classroom as Ofsted were there. It was also the only day that was guaranteed by the bar in Torpoint that Keiran could film.

Luckily we all then helped him and arranged to film that Thursday (the 26th of May). We’d all had a tiring week of work and to be honest I wanted to lie in. Not to get up at 7 and carry everything down to college. But I didn’t let that bother me as I honestly didn’t know what to expect! We arranged to meet at 9 outside college. Keiran could then collect the equipment he’d booked out and then we could get the bus to Torpoint where we’d meet Corina and the other actors there. However when we all sprinted to get there on time. There was no sign of Keiran. The stress and frustration then mounted as we couldn’t get hold of him. He ended up being over an hour late when Harry M, Bridgett and Myself were all on time. It was a terrible start and it’s just bad that he’d be late like that when we work so hard to help him.

We then saw Freya try to book equipment out but she said the ERC is closed that day because of exams. At that point, we just sort of went screw it. What can we do now as we couldn’t even get the camera equipment and we were late anyway? This is around 11 o’clock now and but we didn’t get mad at him because I don’t want that to happen to me in the future and everyone give me loads of hate. He’s now rethought his idea and I hope it turns out alright for him.

In conclusion, this has made me feel both angry and upset for him as he obviously didn’t know anything about filming. Or filming with a group of people. The plan was so delicate anyway that one slip up can mean we don’t film. I’m just glad it hasn’t affected my FMP too much and I’ve learned not to work with him again.

Business card design

This afternoon I made this business card for my own personal brand logo I made earlier today.

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I then chose to print off 300 business cards for my business. Unfortunately they give you an option of buying 200 or 400 in quantity so I will order 200, and then a separate order of another 100 business cards. This is because I’m really passionate about having enough business cards to get my company ‘Film Filter’ as well known as possible. I need to be able to advertise as much as I can in order for the chances of people attempting to use my business are higher.

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As you can see above, the price of 200 business cards is £56.39. This means that I’d have to purchase another 100 business cards separately in order to have 300 business cards. I would buy 400 business cards but right now my company doesn’t have the money as it costs.

It has come to my attention that this is better value for money as you save £33.54

Logo design Tuesday 23rd of May 

Apart from making a company in groups earlier this morning, we’ve also now been set a new task. To create our own personal logo and/ or ident. I need to consider the name of my public facing persona. I wanted to think of something smart and something new that I haven’t done before. For example, I’ve already made my own YouTube channel and posted a video since I’ve been a college called Peak Film. I had to design my own channel art and ident for it. This is the result of that.


But for this task I looked up a company name generator to help me think of a professional name.

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After scrolling down the most decent one I saw was ‘FILM FILTER‘. So I’m going to stick with it. I then made a brand logo for it in Photoshop using some images I saved off google images.

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I then made an indent that I edited in Photoshop with the help of Jacob. It took us a whole half an hour to figure it out for ourselves of that which was incredibly difficult to do. This was the first draft.

I might put it into premier now and make it better though as it still looks unfinished.


 

 

FMP Week 7 blog the week

Monday

We had a talk about Ofsted. We were told to stay in college and not to go out filming when Ofsted were here. I personally thought this was extremely wrong as Ofsted need to see the college for who they really are. This upset me because I could have been one of the people that need to film in one of those days. (Keiran for example). Luckily this didn’t affect me but I still thought it was wrong.

Tuesday

Tuesday we did logos. I was happy with my group as I was with Ceri and Ethan. This is because they’re sensible and together we can get good work done. I’m really into advertising and brand and I took that on the induction course with the degree students a couple weeks ago.

The task for Tuesday morning was to get into groups of 3 or 4 and then get given a fake brand name. We then had to design our own logo for it and company values.

A Logo I designed for our company named “M.O.L.D” was this…


The splatter logo on the right of the page was my design. We wanted something to resemble a splat. Something slightly humorous but serious at the same time. This is purely because the name is MOLD and it doesn’t exactly sound like the most classy company name I’ve heard. With this in mind though, Ethan got up photoshop and started to edit a splat. The problem with this was the fact that it resembled the “Nickelodeon” logo quite a bit.

I was working on a slogan and meaning for our company ‘MOLD’. This is what I came up with.


We couldn’t quite agree on what to go for at first. But then we settled for “Media. Online. Link. Design.” We did this as it sounds really creative and we love how it flows so smoothly and feel others will appreciate this too. This is also because it’s not too long and so memorable.

The first company values that I chose for MOLD was to have the logo to feature blue as we’d want people to see the colour blue and think of ‘trust’. With trust, we promise to be punctual with every one of our clients and will never let them down. Plus the fact that we’re ‘dependent’, and ‘strong’. This is also because other massive companies use blue as their dominant colour in their logo like ‘Facebook’ and ‘HP’.

The second company value is to have the colour green in the logo. This is because we want to be as economical and as environmentally friendly as possible. As a company, we’re also proud to be part of the community and take part in fundraisers for charity. This is to not only just benefit us through advertising but to help the charities grow and benefit from the money we’ve helped raise for them.

The third company value is to be creative and imaginative. In an attempt to make this evident we’ve designed our logo with the text coloured in purple. We wanted this as people would see that and think we’re different and creative as we’re trying to make a statement.

After the hour was up, it was time for group crits for our companies. My group ‘MOLD‘, joined up with another online content producer group ‘ZEN’, along with ‘BY FRAME‘ an animation company.

In conclusion, our company values are;

•Trust

•Growth and environmentally friendly

•Imaginative

This is the PowerPoint Ceri and I made about our company MOLD.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SRPAfGox1i5xZSp_tamDoLFC7XeCJ7kL8o4GasPimUU/edit#slide=id.p3

I really enjoyed this task and it’s a good break this week from the stress of FMP with the editing and publishing constantly. I loved the relief as I haven’t done a task like this before and found I could then go back to working on my Final Major Project feeling refreshed. Since then I’ve managed to get much more detailed blog work done and have almost completed the behind the scenes of my production.

Wednesday

I managed to carry on with editing and evidence more on my blog. This is slowly assuring me that I have done enough.

 

Blog the week: Making the trailer for my FMP

Unfortunately, this post had to be re-written as it got deleted when WordPress crashed on me. I’ve now learned to keep saving as I write and not wait till the post is finished to save it.

This is the thumbnail for my FMP. It’s inspired by the many thumbnails you see for trailers on YouTube. I wanted to emulate that to make my trailer look like it’s a genuine professional film. I didn’t want it to just be seen as a film made by a college student.
They usually have an edited screen shot from the film with a png that says ‘Trailer HD’ and maybe the title of the film as well. So that’s exactly what I did. I prefer it when it’s simple like this as it’s more effective and easy to understand what’s going on.

Problems when editing: Sniper Scope

One of the ending shots of my film is a point of view shot down the scope of a sniper rifle. I knew if I stood further back with the camera but zoomed it in, it would be more realistic when editing the scope in post production.

Before any effects, the picture looked like this.

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I then had to go on google images to search for a sniper scope point of view png. Luckily I found one. I thought for ages that I would have to buy one as every time I saw a detailed awesome looking scope, it costs money, and money is certainly something I don’t have! Although this would have potentially looked better in the end. I’m happy with the image I found as I knew it was easy to work with.

This is what the picture looked like with the image overlayed on top.

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The problem with this was it looked terrible as if I increased the size of the image to fill the screen, the quality seemed to massively decrease and that was honestly the last thing I wanted. I wouldn’t be able to be happy with the overall result if the sniper scope looked that terrible and distracted the viewer in a negative way from the film I’ve produced. I’m always so anxious about what people think that I make sure the editing is done to the highest standard possible. I work extremely hard on literally all the planning, filming and post production work that I honestly need people to be respectful and appreciate the effort I’ve put in. I can’t say how much I absolutely hate it when I put so much hard work into a film and people just laugh at the mistakes in it. I’ve learned from this however that in the end, it’s actually quite productive as I know what to avoid doing wrong in the future. An example of this is about giving my actors lines that could end up cringey if they don’t act it, or say it how it’s been scripted. People watching will then think of that instead of the impressive parts when they’re later reminded of my film. Although this truly lowered my confidence, I kept improving and so with my FMP. Made the lines shorter and less of them. So far the feedback I’ve got has been very positive so I’m thankful for the criticism early on for the other films I’ve produced.

I tried filling out the black spaces left in the frame with black blocks. This helped a bit and started to inspire me to carry on editing as I’m very impressed by the outcome that came from the practice edit. It was definitely worth testing this as I’ve never edited a ‘point of view’ sniper scope before. It was certainly a thrilling challenge to edit and animate such a and unique image that I’ve created myself. as you can see bellow.

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When that was complete it looked good and you couldn’t see any of the frame apart from what in the sights. This wasn’t good enough though has I wanted a more realistic looking scope with actual sway. Now I could animate the layers one at a time, which takes up a lot of time and effort to get something that won’t necessarily work. Thankfully this editing exercise gave me the confidence to watch tutorials on how to make this in Photoshop as a separate image. So that’s what I did.

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I put together the same simple design as before but then exported that as one image. This meant I could edit and animate it how I want it. Now it took a bit of time figuring out how to make it as in my opinion, I’m hopeless at Photoshop and very rarely use it for that very reason.

Another problem arose however when I put the edited image back into the editing program HitFilm 4 Express. It fitted perfectly but the scope was white!

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The disappointment was so real at this point as I thought I’d finally got it to work! I then had to figure out if there were any blending tools that could make it blend perfectly. Unfortunately, every blending option I tried first didn’t work and I couldn’t find a tool that removes the white background.

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They all seemed to do the opposite! The black was always the colour that got removed until I discovered the blending option ‘Multiply’ which you can see I’ve highlighted in the image above! This worked perfectly and I was then able to size the image accordingly. This is the end result. From what I researched; Multiply is a basic blend mode for darkening and lightening images respectively, which is what I’ve done here with the image bellow.

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I animated the movement ever so slightly as you can see the keyframes in the image above. I did this to make it more realistic to the film it’s inspired by which is American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure.

I’ve done some research into Clint Eastwood and found out that he has achieved success in the Western TV series Rawhide. I found out he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon. In addition to directing many of his own star vehicles, (which I then learned is a film written or produced for a specific star), Eastwood has also directed films in which he did not appear, such as the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the war film Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations, and the drama Changeling (2008). The war drama biopic American Sniper (2014) (which my FMP Engage is inspired by) set box office records for the largest January release ever and was also the largest opening ever for an Eastwood film.

In conclusion, I am very happy with the outcome as its the best way I could have ended my FMP in my opinion and I’m very happy with the progress and how I’ve learned new ways to add effects in post production while experimenting with different programs like Adobe Photoshop, Hitfilm 4 Express, and Adobe Premier.

 

Blog the week: Trying something new 

Monday

Preparing for Ceri’s FMP is truly a unique opportunity. She’s planned to have a dance themed music video inspired by YouTube rewind. It’s a great fun idea but it’ll definitely be a challenge to make happen.


We started with filming Ceri’s ending Credits. That’s me on camera making sure the shots are framed right. I felt using a fig rig was very useful as I needed to do a lot of panning and tracking shots to make it work. I like the fig rig more than holding just the camera as I could get low shots really efficiently.

I was a dancer in her FMP and so we needed to rehearse. With this came a great experience as I had to learn how to dance to the routine from scratch, be aware that the routine changes pretty much every week because Ceri adds to it, and to be a part of a synchronized dance group which I’ve wanted to be in for ages.

Tuesday

I worked hard on research as I really needed to get my idea sorted. I was starting to panic a bit but I knew I’d manage to get it done if I tried. After working with Ceri yesterday I really made me see how well other students are getting on with their projects and so it has inspired me to finish my idea.

Wednesday

Finally starting to get somewhere with my idea and I fee like I’m improving with my blog work.