Monday, 29 November 2010

Technology & Equipment

We used lots of technology in making our film. We used two DV cameras for filming the production although one was set to the ratio 4:3 instead of widescreen so we couldn’t really use this footage in our final film. We also used the homemade steady cam the media department has, which helped with keeping our moving shots and close to the action (including using a hockey stick and some gaffer tape). Jack learned how to use After Effects well for our special effects we would edit into the film.
Premier Pro: This is the program that we used as a base to edit all of our footage and chosen track, we have had previous experience on Premier Pro editing a Romeo and Juliet trailer and a Preliminary exercise as well as my successful As Level project. The software allows you to edit different audio and video on multiple tracks, it is laid out so that your imported files are on the left, the track are at the bottom and the video is on the top right however the only sound we would use is the sound track (piranha- prodigy) and a gun shot . This is a very easy system to use once you’ve had some practice. This 5 second worth is 1 lessons worth of special effects and editing involved.

Camera: The camera we used to film, obviously, the model was a Panasonic GS230 and was very easy to use and operate. However we did encounter a dodgy camera which didn’t capture any footage to a computer and a second camera which chewed the taps which we filmed on. This thing unfortunately kept on setting us back.

Equipment: As well as the camera we also used a lot of extra technical equipment such as a steady cam, tripod, and an additional camera. We used a hockey stick and gaffer tape which I would hold and run with so I was in focus and the back ground is moving. This effect is used in “Placebo-The perfect drug” perfect for our film. The steady cam came in handy when we needed to film action shots because whoever was filming could run alongside the action but the footage wouldn’t appear too shaky whist still being in. We tried to uses a second camera on site on the filming day to film different angles of the scene so instead of filming the scene twice. We also used some props such as a baseball bat and a toy gun (to imitate a real gun.)

Ancillary projects
Adobe illustrator- This is a system where I would design and create a design for the album artwork and the net on which we would print it on. This is a simple programme to use, and one in which I have experience in using last year to show our target audience None of our group has designed a web page before. After looking on the internet researching different methods we could make our web page. We feel that from using MySpace is a simple way out of making a bands web page. “Loud Noises” would be more independent of this and so we decided to use a more professional look by using This looked simple enough to master and if done correctly and with a group effort would look as professional as possible.

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