Genre Production

Genre Film Production.
One of our projects we had to create a short film based on a genre of our choosing. For my film I decided to base it on the slasher genre as I felt it would be a fairly easy genre for a newcomer to the industry and because we had several nearby locations that lent themselves well to that genre.
For the start of my project I had to create an outline of a story, this was done using storyboards and scripts. The scripts were designed to show who said what lines and the general idea of how they should act and what emotions they should display. The storyboards focused more on how the character should portray their feelings in body language, it also showed the general direction that the director wanted to take the scene.
When I had completed my first draft of the scripts I went over them several times to see how they could be improved, I had to remove scenes and add new ones as I found problems shooting some scenes and had to replace them so that the movie could work. The script also had to be edited during shooting due to some uncooperative cast members, it wasn’t too bad but it did make shooting a little bit more difficult than I would have liked it to be.
Originally for my film, I had planned for one of my friends to take part in the production, however he was unreliable, cancelling and cancelling numerous times. This wasted precious time that I could have used shooting the film. I eventually decided that it would simply be best to cut him out of production entirely as I could not rely on him for filming. With him gone from the picture I had to find someone to take his place, luckily the people in my class were willing to lend a hand and with their help I was able to complete my film.
One thing that I had wanted to do was to shoot my film at night or at least in dark conditions, this was to help set the feeling of this being an actual horror film, unfortunately it was not possible, as I did not have the right equipment to make sure the actors stayed visible in the dark conditions and making the video darker in post would have made it much harder to see when viewing it on the smart board in the classroom.
For my film I needed to gather some props, thankfully because of my chosen genre and my script, I didn’t need as many props as some other people in my class needed. I was able to borrow these props from a classmate as luckily he had brought in exactly what I needed so that he could do his film. Once the filming for his movie was mostly done I was able to acquire three props, a hatchet, a longsword and a battle-axe. These props were meant to be used by both the killer in my movie, more specifically the hatchet and battle-axe were for him to use, while the victims got to use the longsword.
I captured the audio that I needed using a Zoom and Boom. This was so that I could get clear audio that would have as few anomalies and artefacts as possible. Unfortunately the audio from the boom has not come out well, there are noticeable wind like sounds that have been created due to the Boom operator moving the Boom around to much while it was recording. This meant that my film audio was unusable from the boom, luckily the camera audio was still good, so I was able to use that.

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Genre Production

Short Film Evaluation

Recently we had to make a short film for one of our projects. They could be based upon anything, so long as it was possible to record it. We had to gather video and audio ourselves. Once we had completed that we then had to edit it down into a film of at least 5 minutes.

For my film I decided to try and recreate an old slasher/horror film, I gathered up some props, such as a mask for the person who would end up playing the murderer and a fake axe, which I borrowed off of a friend, also for use by the murderer. I also got a fake sword for use by the main protagonist, as well as a battle axe, for use of the villain.

For my actors, I used some friends I had in my class. They did various jobs, from acting in the film to helping record the audio and video. I had to occasionaly swap out people on the sound/video side as they were not always available on the days that I was shooting the film.

Acting went well, the actors all did what they were supposed to and listened to what I had to tell them, sometimes they would ad-lib various parts and this actually worked out much better then I thought it would. The camera and audio people all listened to my instructions they moved to the best locations to get a shot while also keeping the boom out of the picture.

Editing went rather smoothly, it was quite easy to edit as I just had to put the clips in order and then cut out the unnecessary video before syncing up the sound and adding some effects, some of the effects I added were, keyframe fades, transitions, video speed up and slow down and title cards. All of this was done in Adobe Premiere CS6. I also used Adobe Audition a little bit to try and edit the audio, though not to the same extent as Premiere.

I had a few issues when making my film. I found that the actors sometimes had trouble focusing, there were occasions when they’d get a little hyperactive and end up distracted from production, luckily it wasn’t too hard to rein them in again. I also found while editing that a lot of the audio recorded on the boom hadn’t turned out well, this was a serious problem for me as it meant I had to rely on the cameras audio which had a lot of unwanted background noise in it. There were occasions where my actors would be unavailable or where I would be helping someone else with their film. This meant there were periods of time that I was unable to do work on my own project, which hindered me, although not severly. I also had a small issue with the script, it wasn’t a bad script but once filming was done and I got all the footage in premiere, I quickly discovered that I didn’t have enough footage. This meant that I had to go out on another day to shoot some more footage in order to pad out the run time of my film, which took up time that I would have rather used for editing.

Overall I think the project went reasonably well. I was able to accomplish everything that I set out to do and was relatively pleased with how it turned out in the end. there were things that I felt could have been improved, like time management which due to holdups and poor planning, lead to my project being turned in a little later then it should have been, as well as audio which really proved troublesome for me. However there were things that I was really happy with as well. There were several shots in the film that I thought were done well, I was really pleased with how they turned out, such as the shot of Theo running away and then tripping on the cable in the ground. In the end, I think that I did some things quite well, while I could improve upon other things, either way this project has been a valuable learning experience.

Short Film Evaluation

Short Film continued

Today we did more work on our short films. I started the day helping a classmate of mine finish filming for their film, in which I was an actor we had some issues, such as the Camera stopping recording randomly and the Zoom not capturing the sound.In the end we were able to finish shooting.

I spent the rest of the day editing my film, I had some issues as the sound from the Boom didn’t capture properly and instead I had wind sounds in the recording, which I was informed was because of poor handling of the boom. This made syncing difficult as I had to try and find the right sounds with a ton of background noise that kept drowning things out. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to sync it all up properly.

Short Film continued

Film and Podcast I

For our latest project we have to make a short film and podcast, I had what I thought was a really good idea for the short film, although I still am not sure what to do for a podcast. I had planned to start filming this week, however my friend who I was going to film with was only able to come round on the Tuesday, then his bike broke down and he couldn’t come round anymore. He also wasn’t available for the rest of the week nor the week following, so this is quite a set back. Hopefully I’ll be able find a way around this problem.

Film and Podcast I