Final FMP Evaluation

Introduction

Thought this project, I’ve been constantly evaluating myself so I know what I need to do and where I could go from each point. I decided to do an overall one at the end of this project to show what I’ve done, what I did well, and what I can do better next time. Last year I did a similar evaluation, which helped me with all my projects including this one, so I’m going to follow a similar structure.

For this project I started with the theme identity, and from there I made the film below which I am extremely proud of.


Research and Analysis

For this project I used a lot of research, primary research and secondary research, which really contributed to my final film. When using research, I used primary research to get my own feedback and see clearly what the audience wants. When using books and websites I tested what they preached and more importantly, looked closely into if it was reliable by looking at the author and the actual website.

I used a broad range of research through this project to make sure that I was always looking at diff rent opinions and ideas. I analysed the sources to help me gain a better understanding of there meaning and importance. I researched looking at films, real life stories and techniques. Analysing the colours, characters, how to film a certain shot, why a story works so well and a lot more. I analysed by breaking them down, especially the films, so I could learn how I can create similar looks or narratives. I focused on certain types of research through my project, like solely researching the narrative of running away and how that can be presented on screen. Just in this section of research I identified a lot of conventions within these films. For example colour schemes, which were mainly natural or bright to represent childhood which I solidified in my own primary research later on in the project. Understanding these conventions were very important for my final film as it helped me understand what an audience wants and what an audience reacts to. Using the colour schemes as an example again, learning that yellows and oranges represent a lot of peoples childhoods made my film a lot more relatable and warming.

I learned a lot of key lessons in researching in my FMP, mainly about what my audience wants and enjoys. This made my film a lot more positive, as I think its easy for a filmmaker to get lost in their ideas and forget about what the audience wants. This influenced my planning a lot, as I looked at what the audience would want to see and be interested in, making my final film more positive to audiences by giving it a clear audience.

If I was going to do this project again, I think I would’ve researched a lot more in the earlier stage of my project when I was stuck between ideas. This is because at the start, I was very unsure where to go from that point and if any of my ideas would work. If I had researched more, I think it would’ve helped me understand which ideas would’ve worked quicker, and start to visualise the best ones. I could’ve developed my research and analysis further by breaking down research I got from book and magazine sources. I think a lot of them where passing quotes that I looked at to help me understand topics more, whereas I think I could’ve gone further into looking into them.


Generation, development, Planning and Preproduction

The planning and preproduction of this project was a very important stage for me. It helped me make my film the best it could be by making sure everything that was in it, the best it could be.

Idea generation

To approach this brief, I started with idea generations. I was instantly drawn to the theme identity, as a lot of my films I have made have been about peoples identity. I started to look at how I could use this theme and wrote them out. We also discussed them as a group, getting feedback off them. This was a really useful process as I began to filter out what ideas, and develop new ones. Whilst doing this process, we also looked at how to come up with ideas and keeping on task. I made mind maps and mood boards mainly to help me visualise these ideas and get feedback on them. I don’t think the brief restricted me that much, apart from the time limit. Last year I went over the time limit in the brief, so I wanted to stay clear of that this year. This meant I wanted a more simple idea that wouldn’t be too complicated. After a lot of backwards and forwards of different ideas, I finally went with the one of the siblings running away.

 

 

After I picked the idea I wanted to work on, I had to think about a lot of factors and challenges that would effect my film. Last year, my primary problem was location. This year I really had to think about how I would make the story interesting and different. There is a lot of running away stories, and I wanted mine to be upbeat and quirky. I knew I would have to focus on narrative, which was a big challenge for me as I do like to focus on the overall look of a film. I had to take into concideration how much time I had for this project and wether I would be able to make a strong narrative as well as a strong visual film. I was worried about this, but I knew if I scheduled my time right and was confident enough in my ideas, I would be able to do it.

A lot of this project and my biggest blog post this year was idea development. A lot went into developing my story and film till I got my final FMP. I kept researching and planning, which made my ideas evolve constantly. One of the first big influences in research that changed my planning was only using one main character. I decided on this because of the research I did supported the idea of using one child to capture an audience and make the film more relatable. I also researched a lot into production design again, but the other side of it. Last year I was looking a lot into blues, this year I was looking at bright colours and the way that colours can stimulate an audience. My plans defiantly adapted as the project evolved as researching throughout was a constant process for me. The script was the main part of my film that kept changing and developing through feedback, analysis and research.

I recorded my planning through my WordPress blog in designated posts. Last year my work was all over the place, so like an actual film document I had clear sections. All my planning is in the Idea / Pre Production Development – FMP blog post. This way you can clearly see my process and where it came from. I created a lot of preproduction documents, that constantly developed which can all be found in the Idea / Pre Production Development – FMP post. These consisted of,

Preproduction brought a lot of value to my film as it it helped me organise and keep on track. Developing the documents and getting feedback was really positive for the project as it made them the best they could be. The planning and scheduling was one of the biggest contributors to why my film was successful as it made me keep on time and get everything done in the project, and also give me time to develop it further and more efficiently.

 


Testing and Development

One of the most important parts of shooting, is the testing. This is where you begin to filter out what is possible and how it can be done.

My key points for testing were shots I hadn’t done before. I wanted to test these as I wanted to see if I could do them, and if they would work within my film. My first test was the shoe throwing shot. I wanted to do this shot because it was a key point in my film, and needed to look good. I wasn’t sure that the shoe would look good on camera, so it needed to be tested. I did some research into what frame rates to use to help me prepare for this shoot, but really I was going off what I knew. I tested the difference in frame rates to see which one would look the best, by continuously throwing the shoe backwards and forwards. This was really valuable to my FMP, because I learnt that by changing the frame rate, would make it stand out a lot in my film and the 25fps made it look natural to the eye.

Tested shots:

 

 

Final shot:

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Another test shoot I conducted was the zoom in shot. This was another shot type I had never filmed before. My main concern over this shot is what the focus would look like and if it would have a comedic effect or not. Again, the test shoot helped me a lot towards my FMP as I found out putting the frame I wanted right at the end of the zoom, helped me get the focus right and not having to try stop in the right place. It also helped me learn how to use the FS700 as I found it had a push auto focus, which I used in my final film.

Tested Shots:

 

 

Final Shot:

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Neither of my test shoots failed enough to change my preproduction or planning, as it actually made me more confident in my actual film and I knew exactly how to film the scenes. In that sense, it did help me a lot when it came to actual filming as its a lot more professional to go in with confidence in what you are doing. Furthermore, it helped me have more valuable time on set with my actors, as I wasn’t experimenting with shot types.

 


Production and Shoot

Organising the shoot

I made schedule to organise my shoots so everything would run smoothly. This was given to everyone and also put up when we were on sets so people would know what to do on the day. Full schedule.

I also corrected a prop, character and set list for when we did the shoot in the gregson, as a lot of it was setting up and taking everything down (prop list). Furthermore, this year I made a risk assessment, one in full and one for each shoot. This was important because I had a lot of risks on set and also I had children so to me it was very important they were safe. I didn’t really make a proper one last year, but I wanted to make sure my set was as safe as possible and everyone knew how to be careful. (risk assesmnet tuesday, Risk Assement full)

This planning really helped me in the shoot as it meant that I was more prepared and ready for anything to happen. It also helped me knowing that people were handling themselves with the risks, rather then me having to keep an eye on everything that was happening.

Challenges

I did encounter challenges when I was filming, the main one was weather. We were having clear skies until the week I needed to shoot. The first weather issue I had was on the Monday, where it was tipping it down all morning. To face this, I kept checking the weather forecast and went on a very detailed one. I decided to push my filming back and do it a couple of hours later after making sure everyone was free. The other weather issue I had was on that overnight was raining that week, so I had to find a clear night for sunset. I planned it well and I managed to film on the only night it was clear.

 

 

Another issue I encountered was the first scene I shot, which was the hospital scene, I didn’t take into account how big the set was to the door. This was a rucky mistake, as there was no way that it was going into the room. Luckily I had planned for a plan B location which was good as it meant that I could stay on schedule and keep filming. However, I did learn from this, as I went over my other locations carefully to deicide if they could work with certain conditions, which I did change in my risk assessment.

I think I planned well in my preproduction, as these were the only 2 big challenges I faced when filming. I think that I planned well for problems, especially in my scheduling as I made time to spare in each scene so there was room for mistakes instead of putting a big pressure on it.

Workflow

I think all the planning I did for the shoot helped my workflow a lot, as I knew exactly what was happening on set at all times. It also meant I was very prepared and ready for a lot of problems that could’ve occurred. I think this preparation also helped the crew and actors as it meant they could find out easily what to of from the documents I gave to them. I managed the crew and cast well, by keeping professional and organised. I’ve seen sets where directors are very stressed, so it makes everyone stressed and I’ve learnt from that. Being on top of it all and making sure everyone was comfortable really made the environment better. It made the film a lot more sucessful, esecially the acting side to it, as all my actors felt ready to film. My main priority was the Jake, the actor who played Kevin, was comfortable in front of the camera, which he was.

Not a lot of my plans did evolve or adapt on set. there was only two big ones that I can think of. One was that I had to film the quick zoom in shot through a fence. I think this worked fine because I practiced in the testing stage of how it would work. I think this made the scene looked better in the end, as it gave it a more comedic look. The other change was having the tent in shot for the sunset scene. I think this worked for my benefit as the last shot really works, and I think adding the element of more things in the shot would’ve made it messy and distracting.

I think my preproduction was very up to standard, as it really helped me and my cast have a successful shoot. I made sure I put a lot of detail and time into it, like last year, as each shoot ran a lot smoother from it.


Post Production and Edit

Approaching the edit was now second nature to me. I started off by uploading rushes and logging them, which has always helped me have a cleaner edit. I made a plan of what I was going to do to help me keep on schedule and time as I had deadlines to meet throughout the edit.

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I think the only thing I would have done differently to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of my edit looking back at the planning, would of been trying to get my filming and voice over done sooner. This made my edit take a lot longer and harder to make assesbely edits and rough cuts.

My work flow was based a lot on getting feedback from rough cuts. Once I had exported every rough cut, I made sure to keep getting feedback. I’m not very strong at editing so it was important for me to keep getting the feedback I needed to keep me focused.

Tools and Techniques

I used the same editing tools and techniques I’ve learnt over the last year and making it more efficient by keeping an organised timeline. This was important for me, because I get quite lost in an edit sometimes, so I wanted to make sure everything was labeled and in the right place.

However, I did learn some new techniques. For example, how to fix bad sound in adobe audition. This really helped me make my film more professional  by giving it cleaner sound.

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 09.46.15I also leant how to make overlays so I could get rid of patched or dirt on my lens, which made my shots look a lot more professional.

 

Both these things have helped me as they are both things I’ve struggled with in past edits. Now in future edits I know how to effectively use the skills to fix bad sound and a bad shot.

 

If I was going to do this edit again, I would’ve tried to fix a lot of the problems earlier on. This is because they were very time consuming, so it would’ve been good to get them out of the way. I don’t think my story or idea changed a lot in the edit and I kept to my script throughout. I think in the past, it has change a lot during the editing stage making the quote ‘the edit is the final draft of the script; very accurate which I didn’t completely agree with last year.


Evaluating and Monitoring

Through the project, I recorded all my work in designated blog posts.

  1. Project Proposal – FMP
  2. Idea Generation – FMP
  3. Idea / Pre Production Development – FMP
  4. Testing and Development – FMP
  5. Pitch and Feedback – FMP
  6. Project Diary – FMP
  7. Presentation and Release – FMP
  8. Treatment – FMP
  9. Production – FMP
  10. Post Production – FMP

These clear blog posts helped me keep track of all my work and my workflow,  which is something I struggled with last year as they were in the wrong order. These sections are very similar to what a professional would use to monitor their work flow in a large production folder to give to someone they work for. At each stage and on each blog post I critically reflected on my work I developed and evaluated each section. I did this by constantly looking back on what I had done, and looking at what I had left to do. This election helped me develop my project as I could see where I was going wrong or my mistakes, so I wouldn’t repeat them further a long. It also helped me because when I analysed each step, it helped me understand the ideas more. I think that my work is very connected to my research as it shows a clear understanding of what I learnt, and you can see my process from idea generation, to research, to idea development to my final film. This is clear from the images below.

 


Conclusion

I am extremely happy with my final film. It looks exactly how I imagined, and I think it visually shows who I am as a filmmaker and my style that I wanted to achieve and keep developing. I can see the difference of how professionally it was made from last years FMP, and that makes me very proud to see my development as a filmmaker. This film shows people who I am as a filmmaker as it is an accurate representation of my style, visually and narratively. I want to bring these skills into future projects by developing and keeping the style I have created in this film, as in the bright colours and the shot types. I have also developed my professional skills by publicising my film and talking to people as a professional filmmaker rather then a young filmmaking student. I did this by entering film festivals, talking to people in the film industry, people messaging me about future work and even being on my local radio. This is such an important skill as now I feel comfortable enough to introduce myself as a filmmaker, rather then a film student. I know I have a long way to go by developing these skills, which I can do by gaining more publicity on social media platforms, or connecting with other filmmakers. This is a good thing to set as a goal as it will really help me become a better filmmaker and more confident within myself.

I think this also links into what I have learned about myself as a person. I’ve started to realise that I do have a skill and that I need to have more confidence in that. I can see that this still needs to be developed, but I also see how far I’ve come in a year. So I also believe that my confidence is a characteristic that I still need to develop.

The initial research and inspirations have helped me evolve my film, which I demonstrated before by looking at the process I have made. More scenes have more connections then others.

Writing over shots:

 

Zoom in Shots:

 

Birdseye:

 

 

And my main influence, colour schemes:

Research:

 

Mine:

 

This film have changed my own understanding of my progression and ambitions, as now I see that I really want to concentrate of fictional stylistic filmmaking. Over this project, I also applied for Manchester Filmmschool, which I will be attending next year. This film helped me realise that I need to keep learning and keep developing as a filmmaker, and that further education is the best option for me.

If I was going to start this project again, there is defiantly things I would do differently. Firstly, I would’ve researched further and got more feedback on my initial ideas. This is because I found this part very tricky and hard to pick which idea to go with. I should’ve had more confidence and gone with what I wanted to do straight away, as that was my main issue. In the future, I need to tell myself to go with my gut and do the style of filmmaking I want to do.

However, looking back, I did everything I could’ve done on this film. I am so proud of myself as I was constantly doing work and I really put my heart and soul into this project, and I think you can see this in my final film. I have loved this project as it’s been very close to my heart, not because of the topics, but because its really represented me as a filmmaker. Leaving college is a very scary thing to do, but in the end its helped me so much I feel confident enough to say that I am a filmmaker, and that this film is the best of me and my work.

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Post Production and Evaluation- FMP

31st June 2017

Logging Rushes

Now I’ve finished most of my filming, the first to any post production process is logging the rushes. I decided to label them as the scene, then the take. This is easier for me because then I can quickly search. I also put them in files where I could easily look for them by name or scene.

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Creating an Editing Schedule

Creating this schedule will help me keep on task with goals and deadlines, so I can get my edit done on time and know what I have left to do.

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1st June 2017

Assembly Edit

For my assembly edit, I put in the logged rushes on premier I started my assembly edit. This is like the first draft, and the first look of what time film will look like and if it will flow well. It is also a crucial stage to get feedback and opinions.

My edit is still missing a lot of footage, so the assembly edit gives me a chance to see what I am missing.

I did a very quick edit, so I knew the order that the film will be in. Its hard to get the exact cuts right because I don’t have the voice over, or the music, which will be my next step.

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Finished assembly edit:

What next

Like I said, my assembly edit is very rough and missing a lot of gaps. I think at the moment it is looking good and I can start to see some sort of a narrative. I want to make sure that I keep on task this week and get the edit finished before the deadline, as I’m not the biggest fan of editing. From this edit I can make a list of all the important things I need to do next.

  1. Find music – I need to get music for my edit so I can start cutting to it. Its hard to see what the pace of my film will be without it, so  this will be the next thing I will do. Also, its a long process so it will be good to get it out of the way.

2nd June 2017

Looking for music

Music is really important in films, it’s sets a tone and atmosphere for the scene. It can also determine how audiences react to your film, as in if it is good or bad.

For my film, I need three lots of music.

  1. Intro through the film
  2. Kevin running away
  3. Credits

These three lots of music are very important, because they will help set the mood for my film and establish a flow. The video below talks about what music to use and how it can help your film. One the main points is how auditory stimulation in movies work. This is very important and relevant to me, because different musics could give my film lots of different moods. If the last sequence was slow piano music, Kevin running away from home could be a bad thing. When its upbeat music, it shows its a very positive thing him running away for freedom.

Introduction Music

For the start music, I want it to be upbeat and happy. This is because my film is light hearted and I want the mood to be set off straight away. I think that I should go with simple music that isn’t too overwhelming because I don’t want the voice over to e lost within it.

“Crowd Hammer” (http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html)

I found this music on incompetech. I thought it could work with my film, but listening to it a few times with my edit I decided it was to eery and dramatic. I need something more light hearted then this, and more in the background.

“Fireflies and Stardust” (http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/music.html)

I quite liked this music when I listened to it as it matched what I was looking for. I think it could be too cheesy, but I tried it with the edit and it does work. I kept looking anyway incase there was anything better, but this one worked well enough.

“Comfortable Mystery 2” (http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?collection=41&Search=Search)

I really liked this piece of music, but when I tried it with the edit it was too slow and made my film more somber and a sad, where I wanted it to be more comedic.
What I chose
I decided to go with ‘Fireflies and Stardust’ as I thought it fit with my film the most. I’m not 100 percent on it however, so I will get feedback on it, and then see what people think.

Running away music

For this part of the film, I want an up beat song that has vocals. I would like it to be loud and pumped up music, to stimulate adrenaline and show how excited he is.

Love won’t let you down  (Allie Farris Love Won’t Let You Down FrostWire Creative Commons Mixtape Vol. 5I ndie-Rock)

I really like this song, and I think the pace would go well with the film. But I think that the singing is too airy, and Im looking for something more adrenaline filled. I also thing that the message doesn’t match my film.

Road Trip (Scott HolmesRoad TripRoad Trip Indie RockPop, Indie-Rock,)

I think this song also works really well with my film, but there aren’t any vocals, so it becomes very repetitive and boring.

Blazing Day (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/MC_Cullah/Cullahnary_School/13_-_Blazing_Day)

I really like this song as I think it matches the pace and style of my film. It is copyright free, all you need to do is name the musician. I think this is the best one I’ve found as it will keep the pace going, and I think it also would be good to use as my final credit song too.

Adventure is out there (Joshua James HuntAdventure Is Out ThereJust Let GoRock, Punk, Indie-Rock)

I considered this song, but its too slow for the pace of my film. I don’t think it gives the adrenaline filled scene I’m looking for.

What I’ve decided

I have decided to use the song ‘Blazing Day’ as I think the pace matches the song, furthermore it is up beat and cheery which is what I wanted. I might use it for the credit song as well and keep up the up beat feel.


8th June 2017

Feedback and Post Production Targets

Yesterday, as a class we went through our draft cuts to give each other feedback. I wrote up all my feedback here: Production Diary

From the feedback, I set myself some targets to help me make my film stronger and develop it further as I get closer to the final cut.

Targets:

  1. Try and balance the colour correcting – I started doing some colour, and these shots worked really well. From the feedback I got people said that I need to try match the colour schemes together so my whole film pops.
  2. Different placement of the text – I got one piece of feedback saying about how the text should be in the same place each shot. I’m going to try this but I wasn’t sure if I can as I don’t think theres one place where it would show up on every shot.
  3. Add sound and music – Once the sound is in, the narrative will be very clear and consistent. Adding the music will give my film a lot more depth and pace, which is something I really need in my edit to show the message of my film.

From these targets, I’m going to carry on editing to make sure that I meet my goals.


Colour Correcting

A lot of my feedback was to do with the colour correcting so I decided to go through and colour correct a lot of my shots. Colour correction is very important to my film as I looked a lot into colouring the film and the production design. I really wanted these colours to pop out and for the whole film to flow nicely.

(Disclaimer!, I came back later on once all my shots were in and added more colour correction to the shots I filmed so I could make it one blog post)

1 – Opening the card (added later)

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For this shot, firstly it was upside down so I flipped it, but the colours were already nearly there. All I did was up the vibrance to get the final shot

 

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2 – Hospital 

The hospital shot was a lot trickier to colour correct because I wanted the blues to pop, Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 10.57.41.pngand also the colours on the clothes without making it overwhelming. The shot was really dull to start with so increased the vibrance and saturation.

I then selected the blues on the shot and increased them. This meant that the blues on the characters weren’t coming out.

The final shot looks good after colour correcting, but it brings out the patches in the paint. So I want to dd an overlay so you can’t see them.

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3 and 4 – Young Maddie:

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The shot for young Maddie looks really good, but I want to enhance the colours more so they are more obvious and vibrant. I looked at how I could do that, and went into the colour correcting panel.

I decided to start by bringing up the vibrate and saturation to bring out the colours that are already in the scene. I then also looked at the RBG curve so I boosted the light colours, and brought down the shadows.

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This is my final shot that I decided on, Im really happy with the colours and how much they stand out. The autumn colours make it look a lot more aethstetic.

5 – Young Brian

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This shot I really like, but the colours are really dull and boring. I wanted to bring these up and lighten it.

I added the tint again, and mixed up the vibrance and saturation. I also balanced the light and shadows with the RGB curves.

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This is the shot after colour correcting, which I think looks good because it makes the building have the brown and orange tinge to it. Also, this is normally symbolised with back in time shots, so it works well for this scene.

6 and 7 – Brian and Maddie meeting

The main thing for this shot is that the shot is very green. I don’t have much green in the rest of my film so I wanted to bring them down and bring up the other colours. The second shot of Brian is defiantly greener then the first so I need to match them together.

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To do this, I selected the green in the HSL secondary section, which meant I could change the colours of the green.

I went to the other side of the colour wheel to dull it down and make it less green without changing the colour of it completely.

 

 

 

 

This is the colour correction I have done. I think it works, but I still think the shot of Brian is too green compared to Maddie’s. I want to come back to it if I get a chance.

8 – House Number 

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My most boring shot in the whole film is the one of the house number. I want to change the colour of it to make it better and less boring.

 

 

 

9 – Kevins rubix cube

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 10.05.30 I filmed this shot in front of the window, it’s well lit but some of the colours dulled down a lot from the shadows. I want to bring them back up and brighten it up.

To do this I brought up the vibrance like I did with the other shot. I also added a slight highlight tint to make it have the brown tinge that most of my shots have as this is lacking. I also changed the RGB curves, to bring up the shadows on his face and the brightness in the background.

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I think this shot looks really good, but I’ll need to make sure all the shots after match this colour.

12- Tying Knots

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I copy and pasted in the shot colour correction for the one before as the lighting was very similar.

The shoe Shots

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I really like this shot, but the colours are very dull. I increased the vibrance to bring the colours out more.

I also added the red tinge to it. This brought out the colour in the wood and the general shot. This makes it match the prior shots and the colours of the film

 

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Suitcase Shot

I really wasn’t happy with this shot to begin with, I even went so far to say I would reshoot. But I decided to give it a chance in colour correction before I did a reshoot. I added the vibrance and colour, but also looked at the shadows. I changed the RGB curves to change the light and dark in it.

It was much better after the colour correction and I thought it worked a lot better with the other shots.

Photo shot

This shot was a lot harder to colour correct. I made the mistake when shooting to have the photo facing a light as it turned round, so there was a large glare on it. I wanted to bring out the colours and make it slightly darker to make the less obvious.

Map Shot

The map shot was easy to correct, as all I had to do was bring up the vibrance so you could see the colour on the map, apart from that I thought the lighting was fine so I didn’t do anything else to it.

Horizon Shot

 

The horizon shot was really dull when I shot it, but the grass lit up this beautiful golden colour, so I wanted to play with that in post. I made the vibrance and saturation higher and the added a bit more yellow into the shot.


Organising Timeline

to have a good edit, I think its really important to keep your edit organised. I decided at this point, as it was filling up a lot, to go through and colour co-ordinate and label everything like I did at the start of the edit. This meant it was easier to find the right layer or part of the timeline I needed.

 

 


 

13th June 2017

Draft 3 Cut

Whilst taking all my feedback on board and making the adjustments, I finished the third draft of the film. I think I’m very close to finishing, it’s just fine tuning what I have now.

My Notes

  • colour correction opening shot
  • Change frame rate opening shot
  • Sort sound hospital shot
  • Shadows and patches on hopsital shot
  • Wobble on shot 3
  • fade in sound on dog fight
  • colour on rubies cube shot
  • colour number 7
  • wobble on number 7
  • sound Knott and fire
  • wobble on tree
  • font for tips
  • Add sound effects for last sequence
  • Change woo
  • add music for credits
  • organise timeines
  • slight cap sticker and tent
  • Add Kevin on rubies cube sound

Simons Feedback

  • Change voice over – some crackle
  • different music for start – too nice and to big of a contrast between the two pieces
  • Titles for mum and dad?
  • Aspect ratio
  • Add voice over to last sequence

I think the notes I got from myself and Simon are important to fine tune my edit, and make it the best it can be. Its just small details now that will make my film better and more professional.


15th June 2017

Making the changes from feedback

I got feedback from my edit and I needed to use it to make my film better. I decided to write all the important changes that I made.

Music

I really liked my music, but from the feedback I got it didn’t fit in with my film. Simon said I should try find some different music that is more cheesy and quirky.

I found this music, which Simon said he liked more but I didn’t like it. I don’t think it went with the themes of my film at all. From the feedback I got when I added into my film, most people said it didn’t work. I decided to keep looking for different music.

I looked on the same musicians soundcloud to see what else he has done. I wanted some thing more simple so the narrative wouldn’t get lost in the music. I looked at his piano music and found this, which I was really pleased with. The feedback I got from this was much more positive. I think its simplisity worked better then the other music I had tried as it wasn’t overwhelming.

Patches on Hospital Shot

On the shot filmed in the hospital, there are patches on the wall which distracts the overall effect and colour. I wanted to get rid of these in the edit so it will look more effective. To do this, I went onto photoshop and got a screen shot of the shot. From this I filled in the patches with the paint tool. This was a better way of doing it then getting a small square and filling in because the colours matched the paint better.

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After this, I put it into Premier, and used it as an overlay and cropped it to the points where it needs it. This meant that the patches were filled in.

I think the overall effect makes the shot looks much better, as it looks more thought out and like its actually filmed next to a wall rather then a board.

Fixing bad sound

One of the main issues of my film is the sound from the hospital scene, which is one of the main problems I had during production. I talked to Simon and I found out how to fix the feedback and background noise.  I went onto Adobe Audition, a sound recording app. You can see from the picture below that there was a lot of background feedback.

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I selected the background noise and added it into the extracted section. I then selected the whole clip and changed the settings so it would get rid of any of this noise. From doing this you can see the difference that it made to the wave form.

When I put it into premier it sound a lot better. it got rid of all the feedback and made it a lot cleaner. It defiantly gives the film a more professional feel, just from this one piece of sound.

I did the same thing for my last shot of Kevin shouting into the sunset. There was too much background noise of wind and nature sounds that I didn’t want.


Finalising the Film

I’ve always said, clicking the final export button was one of the hardest parts for me, because I always want to make it better. With the deadline today, I went through carefully and made sure everything was up to my standard.

When I had done this, I exported as Vimeo 1080p and handed in my work.

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Production and Evaluation – FMP

24th May 2017

Today I shot the first part of my production, which was the hospital scene at the start of the film. The set was already hard to work with with I was making it, so I knew that I would have to plan a lot to make the process run as smooth as possible. To help me do this, I started with a schedule.

Below is a copy of my schedule that i made to help me make sure I had everything done throughout the morning, especially because I had a short space of time to do it in.

TIME
8:45 Arrive at college
9:00 Book equipment out
9:30 Book a room
10:00 prepare all document
10:30 Set up location and quick crew meeting
11:15 Start shoot
11:45 Finish shoot
11:50 Pack up & upload rushes

Furthermore, I had made a risk assessment prior to the shoot so I would know what all the potential risks would be, and how I can make the set safe for everyone.

Whilst following this schedule, I checked my equipment list, and got out all the equipment I needed.

After that I went to go book the dark room. I chose to film in the dark room because its a large dark space, so my light wouldn’t reflect. Also, its sound proof, so the dialogue in the scene wouldn’t be interrupted by something and the sound recording wouldn’t have any background noise.

The first problem that occurred was to do with the set. When I went to go put my things in the dark room, I had the sudden realisation that the piece of board wouldn’t fit through the revolving door. This was instantly a problem because I wouldn’t be able to shoot in the space I wanted to, and I was on a schedule. I decided to go to my plan B shooting area, which was the second film room. It has black out blinds so the light wouldn’t be an issue. The only problem was the sound coming from the road outside the windows, but I decided that I would look at that problem after I set up the sound recording equimpment, which became the priority.

As I got my sound recordist, Chantelle, to set up the sound recording equimpment, I started to put up the set. I wanted to do this first, because the posissioing would determine where the rest of my equipment would go. Once I safely secured the set, Edan and Kayla had already started setting up the lights. I made sure that all the light wires were out of the way and on the floor and not hanging down to create trip hazards, as I outlined this in my risk assessment.

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Short evaluation

I think the shoot went really well overall because I got everything done that I wanted and the final rushes looks really good and how I wanted it.  I think that I should of done more location preparing because of the dark room incident, but I knew exactly how to solve the problem. But I still think I should carefully go over the locations again, and see what problems could occur with them. I also think that for my next few shoots I should go over all the planning one again, and go over all the issues that could arise.


29th May 2017

Today was my second lot of shooting, which was the scene where we see teenage Brian and the scene where Brian and Maddie meet. I had organised a schedule to help me through the shoot.

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BUT THE DISTASTER! A storm decided to hit Lancaster the day before, and it didn’t stop raining. I checked the weather and the rain was meant to stop at around one. I decided to change when I was filming and push everything an hour later. This was the right decision to make as it did stop raining, and it was just cloudy for filming.

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When we met, we walked down to the location to start with the 1st part of the shoot, which was the shots of young Maddie and Brian. In both these shots, I needed people in the background, so I brought costumes for them to change into. For the girls, I brought coats to make them look more like a gang and look like they fit in with Maddie’s character.

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I framed this shot in rules of thirds to make sure that it was well proportioned. I decided to light the cigarette to make it look more realistic, and give the shot more depth.

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This shot went well, so I moved onto the next one which was the reverse of the shot but Brian and a dog fight in the background. The problem I had with this was that I could see between peoples legs, so it was obvious nothing was happening. I decided to make the cast sit down and go on there knees. I thought it wasn’t obvious enough what was happening, even if I add the dog noises in. I decided to hand out all my old receipts in my purse and make them wave them like it was money or betting tickets. Another preseason this looked better was because it gave the shot some movement.

I then moved onto the zoom in shot of Brian drug dealing. The first problem I encountered was that since I had been there, a fence had been put up on the side of the road the camera was. I decided to try film it through the fence, thinking it might add more humour to it. I tried it and it did work really well when I changed the focus when I zoomed in, as it was focused on the characters rather than the fence.

After this I packed up, loaded the car, and got a milkshake. I think overall the shoot went really well, even though the location changed slightly and how I had to change the time of the shoot, I think I dealt with all the obstacles well.

Short evaluation

I think the shoot went really well, and like I said, I handled the problems well. I think being organised for this shoot really helped me, and I need to keep this in mind for my other shoots I have left and for my whole project. I think that I took a lot from how last years shoot went and remembered it for this year. One of the examples of this was how I dealt with things going wrong. Last year I didn’t really take into consideration the small details that could go wrong, so this year I planned for error.

I think for my next shoot tomorrow I need to be just as prepared, I think it also helps when I relax. When I’m under pressure I do tend to get things wrong, so I need to keep in mind that whatever the outcome I’ll be proud of this film and not everything runs smoothly.

 


30th May 2017

Day time shoot

Today I shot some more of my film, specifically the indoor shots and the final sequence. For this shoot, I had to be very prepared because I had a lot to do in a short space of time, specifically when I was shooting in the Gregson. I only had 2 hours to film all the bits I needed to. I started the shoot at 2, but I arrived at half one to set up.

The first thing I did was pin up the schedule, prop/set list and risk assessment. This was so everyone knew exactly where and what to do. It was important to put up the risk assessment more then ever, because I had children on set.

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I started off by creating a props table, and an equipment table. This meant that everything was easily accessible to me and the rest of the crew. Whilst some crew members set this up, I decided to start setting up for the first scene on the schedule, which was the one with young Maddie crawling along the floor. For this shot, I had a chair, a blanket, a side table with props on. After I set this up, I got the camera and lights set up to start framing my shot. I used the natural lights for my advantage and used to other lights to help me light the shot.

The first issue came when I did my second shot, which was Young Maddie grabbing the cigarettes. I had a framed prop of Elizabeth the 2nd, which was reflecting a lot of the light. It was mainly coming from the window, so I had to reposition the lights and close the blind. This was an issue because I wanted the light to match the shot before in camera, rather then trying to fix it in post. I repositioned the lights to where the window was, and made sure it didn’t reflect on the picture. I think this worked, even thought I might have to do a bit of editing to the colour in post production.

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I then moved onto the scene where we see Kevin for the first time. I recently changed it in the script to him doing his hair, to him doing a rub cube. This was because I thought it would show his intellegence more, instead of going for a shot where it could show vanity. To change up the shots, I filmed this one in front of the window. I normally avoid this because of the shadows and silhouette in can create. Howeever, I used the lights to light up his face, making it match the outside light. This worked well because we still got the detail of Kevin, without losing the background light. I also added props to the window behind Kevin. I did this to show more of his personality to the audience.

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I then moved onto the string shot, which was simple to film as its just a normal close up. It’s not the most exciting shot in my film, but its effective and tells the story I want too.

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Next was the suitcase and map shot. These were the shots I was most nervous for because of the angle of the camera. As its a Birdseye shot, it needed to be perfectly downwards. I have done this before in past films which went well, but not with a camera this size. I had done my risk assessment prior so I knew not to have Jake below the camera, I also knew to have several people on hand, which made it a lot easier. This ran smoother then I thought, and it helped having the wider lens.

The last shot to film was the shoe shot , which was one of the biggest health a safety points. To make sure that no one was hurt, we threw the shoe into a coat to catch it. Below is the video of how we did the shot (I have no idea what the sound is doing).

 

Short Evaluation

Overall I think the shoot went really well, I kept on schedule which meant everything ran smoothly. I also think because I handled the risks well, it meant that I had a much safer set. I took on board from yesterdays shoot on how I needed to handle everything, including myself as I didn’t let myself get overwhelmed. I have another shoot tonight to prepare for, so I have to make sure that runs just as smooth.


30th May 2017

Evening Shoot

This shoot was for the last sequence and scene for the film. In my opinion, this is one of the most important shots, as its what leaves the audience feeling a certain way. I wanted it to be uplifting and happy, without trying to make it cliché.

We set off at half 7, on schedule, to make sure we could get everything done before sunset. I knew I had to do things in a certain order so the light would be right, and also convenience.

18947214_1355145467905255_1093446192_oI started out with the horizon shot. For this, I wanted the character to be higher then the camera because it gives it more depth and makes it look more adventurous. The location I chose looked ace with the light, as it lit the grass up to a really nice amber colour, which made Jake stand out more.

Then I did the tree shot. This was harder to light because it was in the woods, so the shot18987778_1355145484571920_1543397449_o was darker. I changed the camera settings to match the darkness. I chose a tree right on the edge, to get as much light possible.

I then moved onto the tent shot. When we took the tent out, I realised i made a big mistake, as the poles and pegs weren’t in the bag. Instead of making the tent, I decided that the character Kevin could just be looking at it and finding the corners, which would work the same way, and that the tent wouldn’t be on my final shot. I think doing it this way worked, but not as well as I wanted.

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We then moved onto the final shots. The first think I encountered that the place that I location scouted hid the sun. So we moved further across the field to find where the sun would hit the mountains. The next thing I realised was the light. As we were facing the sun, the camera was absorbing all the light making Jake, or the character Kevin, in shadow/silhouette. I knew I needed a reflector but I didn’t have one, so I had to think on my feet. I decided to try using the white side of the tent as a massive reflector, which actually worked surprisingly well.

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Short evaluation

I’ve filmed a lot outside before, not a lot of my films have been indoors so I knew how to handle the terrain and all the obstacle that come with an outside shoot. I think, like all my prior shoots for this project, went well because of my scheduling and my preparation. I think this shoot was the most important because they all needed to tie together well.


10th June 2017

Recording the Sound

For my film, there is a voiceover running through, so I needed to do sound recording. To record my sound, I used a zoom, shot gun microphone, deadbeat and XLR cable to record the sound. My voice actor, James Read, did a really good job and took direction well. I did each recording a few times in different ways.

One of my mistakes last year wasn’t listen back to it properly when I was still filming, so this time I took my laptop and get listening to them back properly, not just from the zoom. This meant I could rerecord the ones that didn’t sound as good. This gave me a lot cleaner sound in the end as I used trial and error.

Short Evaluation

I think overall I did really well. At the start of this project I wrote that one of my weak points was recording sound, so I made sure I worked on it throughout this project. From what I learnt in last years FMP and thought my second year of college, I learnt a lot more on how to record clean audio, especially voiceovers.

In the future if I record sound again, I would try and get a sound proof room or place to help me record cleaner audio as I had to film in house where the microphone could pick up background noise. Although I managed this well, it would be better to record sound in a better environment.


12th June 2017

Fire Shot

I had to shoot my fire shot later then the rest as my nan was very ill when I was supposed to film it. It was my last piece of filming I needed to do and it was a difficult one.

In this shot I wanted there to be fire, and someone to tip a bucket over it. This came with many risks as the camera is close the fire, smoke and water. When setting up I made sure the camera was a good distance away as I didn’t want ash to get on the lens and ruin the shot, this worked because I had a zoom lens. We only had one try to do the water being thrown, so we practiced a lot without the water.

Short Evaluation

I think the final shot looks really good and what I wanted. However, The hands didn’t really get in, so we can’t tell it is Maddie. In post production I need to look at if it still fits that narrative and it makes sense. As this was my last shoot, it felt really good to finally get it all done. However, I think that in my next project, I will try to get most y filming done in one week. I know this has been an exsetption as my nan fell ill when I was supposed to film, but I learnt that it makes life easier when you film all at once.

 

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Treatment – FMP

Title

Kevin’s Run for Adventure

Genre

Indi-Comedy and Drama

Log Line

Did you ever want to follow your inner instinct to escape to the wild?

Synopsis

A young boy was born on the 5th March 1995 at exactly 10 past 10 in the morning named Kevin Rain. Most parents love there child unconditionally, but sometimes they don’t. From an old tattered book Kevin finds, he decides to follow his inner instinct to run the forest and never look back.

Treatment

The opening scene shows a ladies hands opening up an envelope. Inside is a card that reads ‘CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BABY BOY!’ The voice over then begins to explain that on that day a boy named Kevin Rain was born.

The next couple of shots introduces the parents and there personalities. We see the two parents, Maddie and Brian, in what we can presume is a maternity room. Kevin’s mother is very extravagant and secretive, with a large circular sun hat and big round glasses covering her face. She holds the baby boy with one hand and smokes with the other. Brian, Kevin’s dad, is shabby looking with an undone suit and stubbled face. For the next three shots we get to know the parents through a voice over. We see that they met at a local dog fight when they were younger, and have been together ever since, living in there small house in the city.

We then get to know Kevin. We see him reading his favourite book about adventure tips. He practices his knots and fires, in preparation of his future travels, until one day his mum throws a shoe at a fly, which nearly hits Kevin. This is when he decides to run away.

This then starts an upbeat sequence of Kevin preparing himself to run away. With each thing, we see a the tips from the book on the screen, showing why he’s doing each thing. Such as, pack efficiently; set up camp; enjoy nature. Which all leads up to a quite shot of him looking out to sunset. He looks out and give a big ‘woop’, symbolising his freedom and happiness.

 

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Personal Statement

I remember sneaking down stairs to watch films and TV shows that I was banned from seeing. It was only when I talked to my parents about my giant Jurassic Park style dinosaur dreams and my imaginary friend the Doctor that they caught on. It wasn’t till later on that I became fascinated by how the films were created and crafted.

I would love to be part of the Film and TV Production as it’s a practical and gives me the opportunities to better myself as a filmmaker. The independence that is given to the students at Manchester Film School really inspired me,  and it made me see how the skills I could learn will help them go on to be professional filmmakers when they leave the college.

I am suitable for the course as I am committed and passionate about filmmaking and learning more to better myself. I am currently studying Film Production Level 3 at Kendal College. The course has given me key skills that will help me develop as a filmmaker. However, these are only core skills and I want to develop further. We have worked in all areas of production, pre to post, so I am well versed in filmmaking and what it takes to put a film together.

One of my greatest achievements was winning the gold medal at WorldSkills 2016 for Video Moving Image, a national competition for film students. 60 teams entered into the competition, but only 5 were entered into the final. I was in a team of 4, where I took the role of the director and producer. We had three days to plan, pitch and create a 4 minuet promotional film for WorldSkills based on the theme ‘dreams of the future.’ This gave me an insight into what it’s like to be full time filmmakers, as we were filming in a short time period and under a lot of pressure. Furthermore, it helped me work on my organisation skills. I would say I am extremely organised and good at scheduling. Whilst at Worldskills, I was in charge of scheduling our time so we could finish to the deadline. This helped me during college as well, as it helped me handle each project and make sure I met deadlines, balance all my work,

I have been working as a Ju-Jitsu and martial arts instructor for 2 years, and have trained for 10. I reached my level 2 instructor certificate, showing I understand the philosophy and skills of jujitsu. I have taught children from 3-17, making sure that classes are suited to their skills and level. This job has given me the opportunity to develop my team work skills, as I work with a large team of instructors. Furthermore, it’s given me communication skills as I talk to staff, parents and children. This has helped me with my filmmaking as I find it easier to talk to crew and cast professionally.

After the Film and TV course, I want to go into directing political based fiction films as it is the aspect of film that I am most passionate about and enjoy. Being able to send an important message and change people’s perspectives to help other people is the reason I went into filmmaking. I want to take the independent film path, as I love the freedom it can bring. I think the course will give me the knowledge and skills to be able to achieve my goals.

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Presentation and Release – FMP

 24th May 2017

First Box Screening Meeting

Today we had our first meeting planning the box screening. Its important to organise the screening now because it means we have time to get everything ready and prepared.

We talked about what supplies we will need, who to invite at the job roles.

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My job role

My job role for the screening is to make the program for the evening. What we all didn’t like about last years screening was that the 1st years didn’t get a chance to tell the audience which film they did, and a description of the film. There isn’t time for them to all introduce the films, so we decided we could do a program, with pictures of the film and who made them. This means everyone gets the opportunity to show which film is who’s.


10th June 2017

Audience

I wanted to look over my audience again so I can see the best ways of releasing my film. It will also help me see how to promote it and write about it.

Within my presentation feedback, it was said that my audience wasn’t defined enough. Instead I should say a younger audience, with a quirky, indie film, taste. I think this is defiantly what I was going for. If we looking into this exact audience, I can see the best ways to release it.

Social media if probably my strongest platform. Most young people use social media, and its easy to share posts. If I look on my Facebook page stats, I can see that most of the interest in my page is 18-24, which is my target audience. Therefor, I should defiantly post my film on Facebook, trying to get shares and likes, boosting who will see it.

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As my target audience is people that also enjoy indie, quirky films I want to upload it onto Vimeo. This is because Vimeo is a great platform for independent filmmaking and also young filmmakers. Using the tags and themes on Vimeo will help me reach a larger audience.

Furthermore, I should also look at independent film festivals that I can enter my film into. Even if it’s just shown, more people will see it and I can connect to them. This will help me get my name out there and also independent film festivals attract audiences similar to my audience.


13th June 2017

Looking for Festivals

For this project, I want to release my film not only on my professional accounts but into film festival. This will help more people see my film and learn to know me as a professional filmmaker.


13th June 2017

Promotion – Poster

To help promote my film for release, I decided to make a poster for my film to put on social media. To make the poster I took my favourite shot from the film and added detail to it like the title and my name. I wanted to add the fact my nephew was in it too, by saying he was starring in it. This is my final poster:

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I posted it on my professional Facebook, writing the tile and who it is starring. I also mentioned that I’m an award winning filmmaker, not out of vanity, but it will make it more anticipated.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Promotional Trailer

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I decided to make a promotional trailer and post it on Facebook to help gain anticipation for my film, and get more followers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This worked really well for me as I reached a lot of audiences, mainly 18-24 year olds who are my target audience for my film.

 

 

 


Making the Program

My job was making the program for the box screening, which was more difficult then I thought. I wanted it to look professional and fit all of our films on, with who made them.

Final Booklet

Everyone was really impressed with the program, after the 6 drafts! I think it looked very professional and neat, and it made the whole evening look more professional and it helped the first years show who made each film.


The box screening

Today was our final box screening, so we all came into college to start setting up. I had finished my program, so I helped set up the box. We got out the seat set up, and put out 140 chairs, which was how many guests we were getting.

When we got to the screening, I helped seat people and welcome people, as I didn’t have a given job for the actual night.

My speech:

At the screening I have to present my film and say a bit about it.

Hello, I’m Izzy and for this project I made a film looking at production design and character design because I love the way that you can put in colour, costume and sets to make a film more in depth.

I want to say a big thank you to my amazing tutors, who taught me everything I know. A big thank you to my amazing class who have been supportive over the last 2 years. And well done to the first years who have really got some amazing talent, and I can’t wait to see what you do next.

I think the box screening went really well, as I got some really strong reactions of the audiences, including some laughs. The night ran very smoothly, so we put on a very good evening. The next step is to release my film on the internet.


Releasing my film

Today, I decided to release my film to the public. I did this by posting it on YouTube and sharing it on social media.

Description and tags for youtube

This is the description I used for the release of my film. I summed up what it was about, using key words that would help people find it. I also added my links, so if people were interested they could find me.

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I also used tags on youtube so if people searched certain words, it would come up. This is really good for me as it helps a wider audience find my film.

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I released my film on Facebook, as I found during research that this was my best social media platform. This defiantly was a good decision because a lot of people saw my film, or saw the link to it. I encorouged people to like, share and comment, as then more people would see it, so I think this was one of the ways it got more views and likes.

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I can carry on promoting my film by releasing it into festival, and talking about it on the Beyond radio show where I go on and talk about films every now and again.

 

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Project Diary – FMP

16.03.2016

This week we started idea generation (Idea Generation – FMP). This is the first stage of the long process to creating the end idea. We looked over how to create new ideas and the best ways to be productive.

On Wednesday I had to take the day out because I had to go to hospital. I made sure I caught up on the Thursday. We had to start thinking of ideas surrounding the theme we picked.


20.03.2016

This week I’m going to explore ideas, with pros and cons. Also get feedback on ideas and decide on a final one. We are doing this in class, so I’ve scheduled it into my weekly plan. I’ve made a very clear plan this week because I’m missing a day of college to look round a uni.

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15.04.2016

I’ve now started my idea development for my FMP. I decided to look at my idea and get feedback.  I also want explore styles and where I’m going to go from this point. This helps me a lot as it keeps me focused.

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22.04.2017 

Small Evaluation of Project so Far

I decided to do another small evaluation about what I’ve done so far. I’ve explored a lot of styles and films similar to main so I can get inspiration for what my film could be like. This has really helped me because I now know can start to visualise it better.

My next step is to start to get the flow and narrative of my film, and decide what will happen. This is the next step as I want to start developing my idea further, to get closer to finishing my film. I can do this by creating a narrative timeline, like I did last year, and add in parts I want in my film. I would also like to start getting an initial idea of the voice over and script.

One thing I really need to work on is my focus as I keep losing sight of my end goal. I need to stay on top of my work and make sure that I set myself goals and targets. Furthermore, getting feedback on parts of my development will help me understand my audience so I don’t get lost in my own idea. I also think I should do some primary research to see what an audience would be interested in. I can post this on social media so I can get a variety of answers and feedback.


01.05.2017

This week I really want to concentrate on finishing my script, my storyboard and character/location design. I also want to make sure over the next month, I am on schedule and  ready for the deadline. I made a month schedule for May to keep me focused. I have a lot to do, but I know I can do it if I keep going.


10.05.2017

I had a production meeting with Dom, so I can see where I am at and how much I’ve got to go:

Production Meeting Notes – 10/05/17
Script is in final development stage and is ready to be locked in.
Huge amount of work in the development stage exploring all aspects of the film production with critical and reflective writing.
Locations is an area that still needs to be worked on. Plans to go scouting this weekend and take photos to assess suitability of proposed locations.
Feels there needs to be more research on the blog so will work on that next.
Has taken shots from main inspirations (Royal Tenenbaums and Amelie) to help build a storyboard and shot list.
Main stumbling block at the moment is the blue wall for the maternity ward scene. A location needs to be locked in for this and I have suggested using a 8×4 sheet of plasterboard and bring it in.
Most of the shoots aren’t weather dependant so shouldn’t be any major delays in filming schedule.


22.05.17

Today I made a list to make sure I am ready for filming on Wednesday.

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I also went into town today, to start getting costumes, props and the paint. I made a lift of the things to look out for.

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31.05.2017

Today I was scheduled to start doing and finishing the filming for my FMP, but my nan has fallen very ill. So I need to take time off doing my FMP to be with her this week. I need to look over what I have left to do and try schedule my time better.


03/06/17

Feedback

Wow Izzy. To really excel in the FMP, people have to live and breath it and it is clear you are doing so; the amount of work you have produced is very extensive.
The project proposal gives a clear indication of the direction of the project and has a good schedule and bibliography to back it up.
The ideas generation stage is extensive with some great concepts coming through, to really sure up the grade it would be good to see you justifying the ideas more thoroughly and spending a little more time evaluating but this does come in within the development stage more. You have looked at many aspects of the of the production within the development post which is fantastic.
Some areas for development would be to add to the pitch and feedback post, how did this affect the development of the film and narrative?
Also, the production diary could be more evaluative and reflective listing pros and cons and problems you have faced. This would be more valuable than a running diary that lacks evaluation.
The project is looking very strong and with continued focus could hit your predicted grade of distinction. Well done on all your hard so far and I look forward to seeing and reviewing your rough cut on 7th June.
 

7th June 2017

Peer and Tutor Feedback

Today we got feedback from our rough cut, from peers and out tutors. This is a really valuable thing to do as it helps us make our edits and final films better. Its also good to find out what audiences think are the best qualities, so we can enhance and use this more .

My written Feedback

From my feedback, there were a lot of common points people made for strengths and ideas for development.

Written Strengths

Story and narrative:

  • Nice narractive
  • Stunning Narrative
  • Like the drawing on the photo

Production/Character design:

  • Character costumes worked really well and establishes them wonderfully
  • Good costume design
  • Costumes
  • Stunning costumes
  • Amazing costumes
  • Set
  • Amazing location
  • Great use of nature
  • Actors
  • Awesome characters
  • Characters are very clear personality wise
  • The way each character is designed, its so so clear what their characters are, they’re all very individual and unique

Camera work and shots:

  • Loved the packing sequence
  • The traveling/packing sequence is fab
  • Good exposure
  • Lovely framing
  • Love the shots
  • Love the camera work
  • Running Shots
  • Some brilliant shots – very wes Anderson
  • Love the sunset shots!!
  • The shots are set very well
  • The positioning of people in each shot is clearly thought out and makes each sot very well balanced and aethstetically pleasing
  • Good lighting on face in sunset shot
  • Complementay colours use is brilliant
  • Beautiful colour contrast in establisher

 

Written areas for development:

Writing:

  • Subtitles with ‘tips’ I think should be consistent, e.g. in the same place
  • Placing the text in the shots
  • some of the writing on the running away sequence is hard to read

Colours:

  • Maybe tone down the colours in some shots
  • Soften colour correction
  • Mess around with the colour a it to bring out the contrast in more colours

Music/sound:

  •  Tone down music
  • Add sound

Production:

  • Clean lens

Narrative:

  • Narrative needs to be clearer at the beginning
  • Sure it’ll make sense when all together?

 

 

Verbal Feedback

As well as written, we sound recorded the session so we could hear what people had to say:

 

Personal Targets

I decided to set myself some targets from the feedback I got so I can improve my work.

  1. Try and balance the colour correcting
  2. Different placement of the text
  3. Add sound

I found the feedback session really useful as it helped me see what I needed to do, and also give me a boost of confidence. When you watch the same footage over and over, you see so many imperfections you forget whats good.

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