My next short production task was to create a montage of an average school day.
Before shooting in a pair we created a storyboard pf the possible shot we could take to make this an effective production.
I manually used the zoom on the camera, when she entered the toilet and added a zoom as an after effect in Premier Pro to compare the two. I now understand that software zooms are smoother, and I will use them more frequently than manual ones.
I used the repetition of my actor going to her locker to show the progression of the day, passage of time and repetitiveness of school days. This is a convention of montages.
The speed used defiantly inferred tension and stress.
I learnt how to use my time manage wisely, filming both her entering and leaving the building at the same time, as well as all the locker scenes too. This made sure all my locker scenes were angled the same and I didn’t run out of time.
In Premier Pro I learnt how to add cheery background music, and a school bell ringing sound effect, which I think added to the streamline element of the montage.
If I were do this again I would have tried to used some more interested transitions which are on the software, such as fades, wipes and dissolves.
“A continuity task involving filming and editing a two characters in conversation, with one character who leaves the room’.
This continuity edit assisted me in developing my match-on-action skills (which make the scene more interesting), as well as shot/reverse shot technique (making the scene coherent) and understanding the 180 degree rule (as to not confuse the audience). These are the conventions of continuity edits and helped me create a logical linear story.
During the filming I learnt the importance of blocking scenes with my actors and providing them with positive feed back to encourage them.
We filmed the same scene several times, with a wide two shot, low angle medium shot, and close up reaction shots to enhance the story telling, emphasis their relationship and emotion. I also utilised a tilt and a pan
If I were to do this mini project again I would ensure that my actors knew exactly when to move, so no acts where repeated and the continuity interrupted. I would also instruct my actors to pause longer between the lines so I could more easily edit the clips together.
In the process of piecing this scene together I learnt how to orientate the video editing software Premier Pro. I worked out how to import footage from and to folders to remain organised, select sections with the marker tools, zoom usefully in closer to view the layout easily, precisely trim the clips and add special effects, such as a slow zoom in.