How I changed my idea on the filming day

This was the original script, and although I liked it, I still made some changes on the day of filming.

I wrote the script from home in notes on my iPhone. It took me over 12 hours worth in total over the days I worked on it to get it complete. Once it was finished I send the screen shots to the group chat so everyone could read it and be more prepared. Unfortunately, I ended up finalising it the night before filming! Thankfully this didn’t effect anything and I’m glad I did because I spent enough time on it that every shot was properly planned and everything went smoothly.

One thing I would do if I had the chance would be to go back in time and have the script ready days before filming so people could see it and be more prepared and ultimately lower the overall stress of filming.

While the majority of the film is accurate to the script, it was the ending that changed. Here you see there’s dialogue after Jack gets shot at the very end.


I originally planned for Jack’s character to be ‘dead’ for longer before his head shot wound begins to heal. I changed this on the filming day when I found a rifle scope (like the ones used on a sniper rifle) that was able to go onto Nick’s assault Rifle.


Although the size was different as the scope was meant for an ‘air rifle’ not an ‘airsoft bb gun’ it had to be tied and wrapped around it. Unfortunately, it kept becoming loose and falling off when we weren’t filming causing me to become stressed and agitated. Thankfully I overcame this problem by getting everyone in their positions first (making sure they were ready) while I then helped Nick tie it back on which sped up the process.

The shot where Nick shoots Jack in the head wasn’t originally planned to be a point of view sniper shot. I’d planned and practiced the filming so the shot would be a low-medium shot that’s still close enough that it feels as intense as the actual fight.


It would then just cut to Nick there with smoke coming the barrel of his gun.


After trying that however on the day. I decided it would look cool if we had the camera back where Nick was and zoomed it in like the zoom of the scope. I could then overlay a scope layer on top in post production.

I did debate however not using the sniper scope effect and just staying with my original idea. This is what the end of the fight scene would have looked like if I didn’t overlay the sniper scope in. This is also the first test edit of the official fight. So no effects are added in at this point.

Overall I’m happy with the way it turned out and I do prefer seeing Jack’s head shot through the scope of a sniper. It makes it so much more impressive and I feel makes people appreciate the hard work I’ve put into this project.

Research on silenced pistols. And spy weapons.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do is make an action film in the style of a James Bond movie. I knew that it would be too much of a challenge to make a full on agent film for my FMP but I wanted to include some references. Jack’s character in my FMP ‘The mutant’ has a silenced pistol like James Bond does. As the mutant ‘never misses a shot’ I emulated the ruthless efficiency that James Bond has, showing Jack’s character with the same level of threat and brutality making the film more sinister and really emphasising the danger that’s to come.

Last Thursday I watched the Bond film ‘Goldeneye’. It’s one of my favorites for its unique action and story. I absolutely love Pierce Brosnan playing the character as he fits the role so perfectly. It was the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films that got me interested in the franchise.

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A problem with a silenced pistol prop was neither myself or anyone I knew had one. So I looked online for cheap plastic, brightly colored airsoft ones that I could just spray paint black to make it look realistic. I’ve sprayed the cheaper bright plastic BB guns black before and it seems to work really well so I was confident that if I bought a silenced pistol that’s the right size then it would work fine. This is the one a found online.

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After seeing the price I was actually considering buying that but I didn’t in the end. I actually made a silenced pistol completely from scratch!

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Well, I basically found a light gun controller for my old PlayStation. Didn’t really think anything of it at first. But then put a metal pipe I found next to it that I very luckily found in the garage, (I don’t know it’s original purpose) but asked my parents whether I could use it for making a prop and they said ‘yes’! Now with the all clear, I then made this.


It’s almost like they were meant to go together! I was both shocked and delighted as they fit really well! The only problem was the barrel looks too long which is a shame. But I didn’t let that bother me and superglued them together.

After letting the glue set, I sprayed it up with its first coat.


I unscrewed the handle so I could remove the wood part so I could add that back on when it’s finished. So far I’m happy with my result. I bought a new full can of Black Halfords spray paint to remove the possibility of it running out on me during the painting of what was becoming the silenced pistol.

I wanted to make the prop myself as I’ve seen video tutorials on youtube before on how people have transformed things like ‘Nerf Blasters’ into polished looking props. A video I saw recently which had inspired me to make my own was the video below!

After the paint on my prop had dried. I screwed the wooden handle back on and judged whether I was happy with how it was.


Although I was over the moon with the way it turned out I still wanted to make it as polished as possible, so I added in some finishing touches with the paint.


This is the finished product. Can honestly say that I’m thrilled with the result. It was an incredibly exciting task with the most rewarding outcome. All I can say is I’m proud of myself and I’m grateful for the YouTube tutorials that have inspired my idea. I’ve never managed to do anything like this before my FMP either so it truly was a great new experience.

Next year I hope to do the same or similar.

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.

 

Making props: Classified Folder

As the characters in my FMP are meant to be part of the military. I wanted them to have realistic looking CLASSIFIED files. The only problem was that if I wanted those files in my film then I’d have to make it myself. I’ve never considered myself as a good artist by any means and was pleasantly surprised with the final outcome.

I asked Mum if she had any old brown envelopes I could use. Luckily she said yes so I took it. I ended up using a pencil and a ruler just marking points on the envelope where I’d like the red classified stamp to be placed.


Annoyingly as I’ve never done this before. My first sketch attempt at it was a fail as it was off center and looked terrible I. My opinion. I then had to rub it out and try again, this time I learned where the points were on the page and the size I’d need to draw it as.


After a lot of trial and error, my second sketch was complete. You can see how I’ve adjusted some of the lines as they are darker and didn’t fit as well as I’d like them too. I did this because I kept looking at the image that I got up on my laptop and it didn’t quite match the first time.


Then I borrowed one of my sister’s red colouring pens to fill it in. I then rubbed out the bits of pencil you could see around the edges of the colouring to make it look neater.


Once that was done there were a couple of finishing touches needed as it didn’t look right. It doesn’t look perfect now but as you can see, the Google image is a stamp and that isn’t dead straight or neat either so I wasn’t bothered.

Once I had the envelope and classified stamp sorted, I had to look up some images and text to put in the files which were going to be placed in the folder.


I looked up “MI6 logos”, “classified files” and “CCTV images” so I could then simply put it together in Word and print it off.

It’s not meant to look outstanding as they’re put in the film as a bit of extra detail and the camera won’t focus on them so the viewer won’t necessarily be able to read it. Its purpose is to hint at something bigger, and that was my overall aim with making a short action film as you don’t know any of the characters back story.