Saturday, 12 April 2014

Evaluation question 7...

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

I remember my first experience of shooting film/short video, when we were put into groups and asked to film a short continuity editing video. I hadn't taken Media Studies at GCSE so camerawork and cinematography was a brand new experience for me, which I was excited to get to learn about and get comfortable with. I remember thinking that it would be rather simple and easy to do, but it wasn't until we started filming that I then realised, that it was easier said than done, and that planning was a crucial part of the filming process. I didn't fully understand how different shots represented certain things, and that the types of shots and angles you use can tell the story as much as the actual footage and story to the piece.

After shooting all the footage we thought we needed, we took into to the computer and began editing it using a programme called Final Cut Pro. Yet again, this was my first time using this programme so I needed assisting until i felt comfortable enough to use myself, which wasn't long into my first session. I learned how to cut clips and make them sharper, using the tool 'razor' made it easy and simple. 

My group were given the editing techniques 'Match on Action' and 'Shot-Reverse-Shot' to include in our short clip. We included the techniques and used them well within our short clip. In our final title sequence, we used the technique 'Shot-Reverse-Shot', so looking back at it, our first preliminary task was a good starter for us to prepare us for a much bigger challenge, which was our title sequence, and even gave us ideas and techniques that we could use in our sequence, which in our case, we did.

The video clip below is the result of the clips I shot and the editing I done on it using the program Final Cut Pro...

Monday, 7 April 2014

Evaluation question 3...

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Monday, 31 March 2014

Evaluation questions...

As we come to the end of the term, and our Media coursework is coming to an end, we are to evaluate our overall performance and progression on our title sequences. The following questions are the evaluation questions I am going to answer...

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Who would be the audience for your media product?

How did you attract/address your audience?

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Communication/Social Networking outside of school

Throughout the months of preparation and planning for our title sequence, we have done very well as a group to keep in touch over weekends and in out-of-school hours. Mainly via Facebook chat, we have been able to share and work together creating a lot of ideas, that were actual finalised and feature in our final project. During half terms, this allowed us to keep up to date with ideas and also plan when we would meet for filming and a catch-up of planning, ideas and editing.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Class feedback...

In Wednesdays lesson, we had half an hour to tidy up our sequences before having to show them to the two other groups in our class, as well as the teacher and a year 13 student, obviously experienced, for them to give feedback/constructive criticism, to help us notify what we need to improve on in our sequences. After showing the other groups our piece, the feedback we got was very genuine and constructive, and we reacted to it quickly and maturely. We handed out feedback sheets to the our class mates in which they told us what was good, what needed improving and what was missing.

Overall from the lesson, we grew from it and picked up from the places that needed work. From this, we took out the voice over due to many people saying that they didn't quite understand the concept of it and if it made sense. Looking back at it, what they said was true, the voice over and the actual footage gave two completely different messages to what we wanted it to give.
Also, we realised that we didn't give the doctor enough attention to detail for the audience to actually realise that he was a doctor. Therefore, we had to do some last minute shooting to get some footage of the doctor actually showing that he is one. We did this by using some science equipment and shooting in a science room. Hopefully, this would give the audience the right idea of the role the doctor is meant to have.