Category Archives: Preliminary Tasks

Prelim Montage

For this post I am creating a short montage using 15 or more clips and editing it using premiere pro cc. During this process i should know how to hold a shot steady, frame a shot and use a variety  of distances in my shots.

I started by planning out what shots i wanted to include before finalizing them on a storyboard. I tried to involve a variety of shots and lengths.

Strengths:

  • I used a variety of camera angles
  • I used many different distance shots

Weaknesses:

  • I didn’t use any fades to show time passing
  • I could’ve edited the video to the music slightly better so the screen changes with the beat of the music

Making this montage has taught me the importance of different camera angles and how certain angles can connote different things. This will help we when filming my music video and deciding how to position and work with a camera. I also learnt how to use premiere pro at a basic level and I look forward to learning more about it soon.

 

 

The Camera Talks

#HighAngle #PointOfView #LongWayHome #FeetAreHurting #Autumn #RockyRoad #Bright
#HighAngle #LeadSpace #Alone #Contemplating
#MidShot #Leveled #Journey #MovingForward #Autumn #Artsy
#Framing #Nature #OnMyWay #LongShot #Busy
#DepthOfField #LongShot #HillyJourney #Messy
#DepthOfField #CloseUpShot #Autumn #Peaceful
#RuleOfThirds #Framing #Archway
#RuleOfThirds #OnMyJourney #Quiet
#DepthOfField #Path #RuleOfThirds #Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I selected 9 pictures from my photo shoot that I decided held meaning and had many examples of angles, distance and composition. Images gain a completely different meaning when playing around with these factors, angles can show authority, weakness and emotions. Distance can show loneliness, business and importance. Composition can also show what’s important and what we should focus on in the picture.

By doing the photo shoot myself it helps me understand the importance of angles, distance and composition within media.

My favorite pictures out of these would the the first one and the 6th one. The reason I like the first image is because it really tells the story of being on a journey while having the models point of view. The reason i like the 6th image is because I think I’ve captured depth of field perfectly as the focus is based on the very colourful and autumnal front leaves whereas the blurred background shows the school and trees with their bland colours.

 

 

Technical Camera Terms

 

I took out a camera with a model and started taking pictures using different angles and shots while playing around with the focus and framing of the images. It took a few images to get what I wanted most of the time but I was happy with what I turned out with.

Certain camera angles give certain connotations like a long-shot might show isolation and loneliness whereas a low angled shot would show dominance and authority. this makes a hierarchy that adds the the story per image.

I think that the images that worked best were images “4447” and “4487”. I liked my idea and the concept of image “4447” but it probably could’ve done with more focus on the leaf and a more blurred background but that can be fixed when editing. In image “4487” I loved the play with focus and composition as you can really see the detail of the leaves in the foreground but also has the blurred background of the school and scattered leaves.

One image that didn’t work was image “4459” because the brightness was too low which makes it hard to analyse and the placing of the model could’ve been better too. I also think that the focus in image was wrong and camera angle could’ve been lower for a more dramatic affect.

 

 

My Copy of a Professional Magazine Front Cover

Original music magazine cover
My copy of the NME music magazine cover

When doing a copy of the magazine I struggled to find the exact image but chose one similar even if it didn’t work the best when adding the text. I started this off by editing my image on Photoshop and removing the background. After this I opened up In Design and inserted my image and started adding the text and other details.

Things I thought I did well was the overall layout, finding similar fonts to the original and paying attention to detail like adding in the bar code and date the magazine was issued.

Some things I could’ve done better is the sizing of the text as most of it was too small, edited or chose a different image because the text was completely covering one of the cover starts faces. Finally I could’ve looked over my work at the end and compared it to the original to identify these errors and fix them sooner.

3 things that I found easy using making this poster were the textual things like changing fonts. sizes, colours and background colours on InDesign. Another thing I found fairly simple was cutting out my picture and removing the background of my image on Photoshop. Lastly I thought that organizing and moving around my images and text boxes on InDesign.

3 things that i struggled with creating this poster was re-sizing my image, understanding the toolbar’s and layering images on top of the text boxes. I have uploaded 2 YouTube videos below that I could’ve used to help me when I was stuck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lick & Stick mock-up

All magazine covers have conventional technical design features such as plugs, main cover star, pugs, inserts, masthead, main cover line and captions.

Some of the most obvious design features are the masthead, main cover star and main cover line as they are usually the biggest and what we notice first. When making my own music magazine cover I know that these aspects i will have to focus more on to target my audience, the potential consumers of my magazine.

 

My Image That Uses Mise-en-scene for Meaning

With my partner we were given the genre of hip hop/rap so I dressed my model in the appropriate clothing being baggy and slightly edgy then started the photo shoot, this is how my contact sheet turned out. The reason I picked this item of clothing was because it wasn’t serious or smart and it represented how I wanted my model to look being edgy and slightly humorous.

When taking my images I chose to use natural lighting so I could then edit my pictures how I wanted them to look when using them in future changing the exposure and colours using photoshop.

 

Before starting my photo shoot I created a mood board of different rappers related to my genre and what poses they do and what props they may use.

Hip hop/rap is a genre where most of the artists are portrayed as rough and street-wise, they also are represented as a high authority and aggressive.

 

I think That this image shows the best mise-en-scene because my models head is lifted high, showing his authority and his arms are crossed giving him a more aggressive look. My models costume represents the genre of rap with the blingy glasses and jacket. Also, because my model has his hood up it makes him look more mischievous and secretive like he may be up to something.