Group Crits 3: Ceri’s feedback

This is the third analysis of my FMP work. This relates to the other two views and critiques I collected from Callum and Ethan. 

Overall, Ceri’s feedback was useful and the constructive criticism was helpful for when I came to evaluating the project myself. Having said this I would have appreciated more detailed feedback as this would have enabled me to improve my work even more. I’ve taken her advise over the blog work, to use “more detailed explanations” and develop my descriptions more, especially so regarding my “feelings”. Ceri recognised the effort I had put into my project, commenting on how it was “completed to a great standard”, giving me confidence within the film I’ve created and how it will be perceived by a wider audience. I was also very happy to read that she appreciated the research I did into the movie ‘The Raid’, which I used to develop ideas and plans for the fight scene.

Group crits 2: Ethan’s Feedback.

This is following on from the post before where I evaluated Callum’s feedback on my work when we did the group crits last week. This is Ethan’s feedback on my work that I’ve done so far.

In all honestly I found Ethan’s feedback Vague and unhelpful. It appeared very blunt as if he wasn’t taking it seriously when I gave my time and effort to give productive feedback on his work. This is one of the reasons why I didn’t partner up with only one person as I thought the feedback would be more biased and I wanted to obtain a wide variety of opinions on my project. The reason I decided to ask Ethan for his assessment of my work was so he wouldn’t give me biased feedback: as we don’t have a close relationship, which could potentially influence his opinion, which wouldn’t be useful. He didn’t give me any constructive feedback in particular, as oppose to Callum, and the things he thought I executed well was the fact I’ve used “lots of pictures” in my blog.

Group Crits 1: Callum’s feedback

When we did group crits last week. I got into a group of 4 so I could have 3 different people give feedback on my work. This is the feedback I got from Callum on my work I’ve done so far. 

Overall I’m pleased with the feedback as it corresponds to my own evaluation and I agreed with what he suggested. Especially when he said “do more research into bullet holes as you’ve used a fair amount of them”. This is because it’s a good opportunity to provide more evidence of why I did it. He was honest overall and he gave constructive feedback, for example, when he said my research “couldn’t be linked very well” as I added the bullet wounds in didgitally.

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.

Photoshop logo film filter

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.

Planning filming day

I spent the whole two weeks stressing over the script, how I’m going to get my crew to the location, who my actors are, who the cameraman is, what camera equipment I will use, and what clothing the actors will wear. This was making me panic because I know how hard it is to get people together to film, especially as there’s a bigger group of 7 people that need to get there. 

Thankfully two Tuesdays before filming date (Tuesday the 25th of May) my crew and I agreed on next Sunday for filming date (Sunday the 7th). The day after we film Ceri’s FMP. Although filming turned out fine in the end, if I could go back in time I would choose to film on saturday (the 6th of May) as more people would be available. With the filming date set in stone though from Tuesday the 25th I felt I could plan the day accordingly and slowly get less stressed. I kept frantically checking the weather to see if it was good enough and not raining. This was the only filming date I could get and if it was cancelled it would have been a disaster. 

I already knew my location as I’ve filmed there before many times when filming my own separate production ‘The Final Mission” (which is now complete but not published on YouTube yet). This is an earlier edit of a scene from that location. It’s a half hour action film that took me over 16 months to complete. I was happy with the outcome though and I still had all the same props and was still friends with the same actors so I thought I’d make another action related short film while I still could. I also thoughtorly enjoy making these as they’re a real challenge and I know what I’m doing as I’ve had over a years experience tying to get it right, testing out different camera techniques and editing programs. In the end I filmed the whole film on a Canon 760d and edited it all on Hitfilm4 Express. The plan for my FMP was to do exactly that again (providing it all goes smoothly.

As you can see it’s partly outdoors and so we’d need it to be dry, sunny, or atleast cloudy for it to work. I’ve filmed there in the past and it’s rained on me which completely ruined the filming so I was trying to avoid it this time. Unfortunately my camera man (who mainly filmed The Final Mission) said he wasn’t available! This meant I had to improvise persuade Ceri to film my FMP as well as behind the scenes! (Which was her original role).