Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Shooting Diary

Day 3-
We actually forgot a battery when filming on one of our days which we decided to film, so we opted to choose another day with better weather as well as with charge in our battery. Technically this is our 4th day with worked out to our advantage, meaning we could film our dog walking scene in good weather.
Because we unfortunately were unsuccessful again with the filming of a scene on a previous day, we re-recorded what we could one day three we can also use previous footage which we can edit into our film. This is not a loss because we have enough good footage to edit with; this was especially the fight scene which we didn’t film properly breaking the 180 degree rule.
With re filming the fight scene we realised that we needed to keep the camera fixed when originally we broke the 180 degree rule. This would also be easily done with only 30 minutes dedicated to get enough footage to edit with. This mainly included scenes with the mirror and the fighting scene. We even thought that filming flying objects could highlight what is being thrown. We filmed sections with low angles, and close ups for some more emotion to our shots. This is also used in Alfred Hitchcock’s “psycho” when he uses a mix of shots of the same object to create uncertainty and uncomfortably with most of his scenes including the famous shower scene. We hope to create the same feel for our audience as well as Hitchcock does in his.
On this day of filming we were to film sections with the dog involved. This proved harder than anticipated. Working with animals was difficult, even though Sam’s dog is well behaved and was the perfect looking, scary, big dog for our film but he did get a bit of stage fright and it proved difficult to even make him bark. We first and to make him bark by blowing in his face but also making him face the camera. This was extremely difficult. We tried several attempts also aggravating the dog by showing him some cardboard which he apparently barks at. Again we had to try different techniques and soon he got tired. We were also being watched by an audience who often put him off as well. We shall learn from this so that our other public filming parts are not watched and ruined by other people. We did eventually get some great footage of the dog including some barking. Exact shots we wanted and selected for our film in hope to make it effective for our audiences. The dog can be edited to make our audiences scared as well as uncertain and feel as if with our trippy character. In future we will use the dog again to have a running scene when he chases me to link our scenes together.

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