Making a montage

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Above is a montage of a typical school day and a plan of the different shots we planned on taking. This task has taught me the importance of shooting from different angles and distances. This task has also widened my experience with adobe premiere pro, for example I now know how to add different effects such as video transitions.

Strengths

  • I have used a wide variety of angles and distances. For example when a conversation is taking place the camera is straight on. However when the printer is being used, we took it from the side to ensure the view can easily see what is happening rather than them blocking the printer out.
  • I have also used different editions techniques such as match on action; an editing technique where it cuts from one shot to another shot that matches the first shots action. I used this towards the end when he is checking the time on his phone.
  • Finally, my third strength was adding in view transitions. I would add in a video transition when there would be a change in location. Having different shots dissolve into another made my video appear less jumpy.

Weaknesses

  • If I was to do this task again I would ensure that I had a variety of different locations as I only used three, this makes my work appear a bit repetitive and boring.
  • Also I would follow the plan more closely as I did wonder away from it and I believe it deteriorated the overall quality of my work.
  • Finally I would have gathered a lot more footage so I would have more to work with, this is because I struggled editing some shots as I felt they were either to long or to short.

This task has highlighted the importance of ensuring you follow a plan, because if you don’t it will show in the quality of your work. Also I now know how important it is to get lots of footage.

 

Preliminary task and evaluation question

In this task I have used the following camera techniques: shot reverse shot, establishing shots and reaction shots. I used these techniques in order to give a sense of what is going on. For example having a shot reverse shot of the two actors helps to illustrate the frustration and anger she feels towards him for lying about how ‘great’ the present really is, this is emphasised by having a fast cutting speed as it only highlights her irritation. I have also used an establishing shot in order to give the viewer a sense of what is going on. Although there are a few reaction shots/ close ups I feel the work would only have been improved had there been more, as it would have shown what the two characters felt towards one another at any precise moment. For example there could have been a close-up of his face showing how discontent he is with the present.

Also in this task I have learnt the importance of following the rules of continuity such as the 180 degree rule and match on action. Without using the 180 degree rule (ensures the camera stays the same side of the conversation the whole time) your video will lose its continuity and cut to a scene that does not fit.Whilst filming we did accidentally brea the 180 degree rule when she walks out of the classroom and it cuts to her throwing her jumper into the locker. This deteriorated the overall quality of out work. However in an attempt to fix this we flipped the footage so the video runs more smoothly.

Match on action is also very important when it comes to making sure your video flows smoothly. Match on action is when the video cuts from the first shot to another view that matches the first shot. We have used this when she storms out of the room; the first shot shows a close up of her reaching for the door handle ready to storm out, then this cuts to her slamming it from another view.

I have learnt how to use the following tools in premiere pro: rendering the video, cutting the video and how to flip the video. One of the most important tools I used was the cutting tool as it enabled be to cut the video up and adding different shots rather than the entire video being shown from one angle. However, constantly cutting up each piece of footage would make the process overly time consuming, so this was bad easier by being able to crop each video before adding it in. This task has also given me a basic overview of the effects the software offer such as flipping the video. Finally another important tool I have learnt about is the rendering tool. The rendering tool helped improve the flow of the video and made it not appear as jumpy.

If I was to do this project again my main priority would be to collect as much footage as I possibly could, this is due to not having enough reaction shots. The task has highlighted the importance for having as much footage as you can.

My tour poster

Using both Photoshop and InDesign I have created my own tour poster which you can see from clicking on the image above.

Using the images, we took a few weeks ago we were asked to fill a brief, the brief was to create a tour poster surrounding the genre we were given. The tour poster had to include the band’s name, tour name, dates and venues and other information such as where you can by tickets.

Feedback on the Brief

  • Does it fulfill the brief as stated in the blog?
Your comment:

Yes, my poster does fulfil the brief that is posted on the blog. I have the name of both the band and the tour, tour dates and where you can buy tickets as well as various media platforms you can follow the band.

Feedback on colours:

  • Has the design used a consistent colour scheme?
  • Is there a relationship between the colours in the image and the colour of the graphic design?
  • Do the colours seem typical of the genre?
Your comment:  

My poster has used a consistent colour scheme and only has dark colours. The colors also are consistent with my theme with dark grimey colours.

Feedback on typeface:

  • Is all the text legible?
  • Is the typeface well chosen and does it suit the apparent genre?
  • How many typefaces are used in the design?
Your comment:

I only used one typeface in my poster. My type face does go with my theme as it gives a classic rock feel.

Feedback on integration of image and graphics

  • Does the text wrap around the image well?
  • Does the eyeline of the model focus attention?
Your comment:

The eyeline of the image does not draw attention to any of the writing. In the future I should arrange where I put the photo better.

Feedback on image

  • Does the costume reflect a particular genre?
  • Is the body language of the model appropriate?
Your comment:

The facial expression of the model goes well with how rockstars are portrayed to be angry. The leather jacket and the metallic bandana is also consistent with the rock genre.

Feedback on copy

  • Do the words on the page prompt a sense of desire?
  • Is there a clear call and a route to action? (AIDA)
Your comment:  The words on the page do prompt desire. I decided to use alliteration in order to make the tour name memorable.
Feedback on connotations

  • What messages and ideas are being communicated in the text?
  • Do those messages and ideas seem appropriate to the genre and purpose of the text?
Your comment:

The message on my tour poster is conveying that the musician who is losing their mind.

My copy of a professional magazine front page

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Strengths

  • Whilst creating this mock-up cover I believe that I followed the color scheme as accurately as I could, Although it is not perfect it has given me and understanding of how to change colors.
  • I am also happy with my choice of fonts as they are relatively close to the originals magazine.
  • Finally I am happy with how proportional my picture is and if i could have found a full sized images that would have improved my mock up magazine.

Weaknesses 

  • One issue I encounter was how to use which tools, at first I struggled with using aspects such as accessing other shapes, I can change this by using Indesign more and becoming more familiar with the software.
  • Another problem I had was the placing of texts and shapes as mine looks as if the text has been placed quite randomly. To improve this I could look at more magazine covers and see how they placed texts and pictures.
  • My final issue was not with Indesign but it was with Photoshop, when using Photoshop I struggled with cutting out my image and making duplicates of it. This will improve overtime as I use the software more and more.

Here are 3 YouTube tutorials that will help me improve my skills on Indesign and Photoshop

Lick-it and stick mock up

Here are the main conventional technical design features. This task shows how important the main cover star is as they are the ones who draw all the attention to the magazine. The main cover stars are  always the big picture and have a huge main cover line attached to them. From this cover you can tell hat the female is the main vocalist of the band are you are most likely the most recognisable.

The main cover line is the biggest line and goes across the main cover stars, this is to show they are the central focus of this edition of NME. The colour scheme uses quite dark colours other than the word ‘Paramore,’ this is wrote in bright pink which matches the lead singers lipstick, this conveys a clear link between the two.

This task will help me with my own magazine cover as I am now able to see a clear structure. Also I now know how an image has to portray a meaning, but also it needs to be key to the band. Finally this task has taught me the importance of planning out your magazine before creating it, without a plan it will end up being a confusing mess.

 

The camera talks

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Here is the mood board that I created, it shows 9 photos that I captured. I have analysed the images using hashtags.

Three of the images are different angle shots, three are framed shots and three are composition shots. This task helped to show how an image can show different meaning depending on the different techniques you use. For example, if you were to do a high angle shot of a person this would give the impression that they are vulnerable.

A lot of the images show depth and fields. Depth and field is also another way to communicate the meaning. For example, if a person is in the background of an image it may show they are uncomfortable or lonely, this differs to if they were in the foreground of the image. If someone is in the foreground it could convey confidence and a happier vibe.

Technical camera terms

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These two contact sheets show a variety of images we took, the images we took were to demonstrate our understanding of distance, angles and composition. Whilst taking the photos we had to experiment with the aperture and shutter speed of the photos.

The images of the clocks show how different shutter speed have different affects, for example the blurred clock. Someone was waving the clock around, whilst another took a photo with a slow shutter speed causing the image to become blurry. This helps the image have a illusory feel. Whilst we were doing this task I realised using a low aperture is a good way to emphasise the focus.

Before this task I did not have any knowledge of how to use a DSLR camera. This task has taught me how to adjust functions on the camera like shutter speed and aperture. Also, this task has taught me how w things such as angles, distance and composition can be used to convey emotions, for example is you want to show vulnerability a good way to do this is to take a long shot of a person’s back with a blurred background. Another example is if you wanted to show sadness you could have a framed shot of someone looking down. This task has taught me not only are aspects such as facial expression and body language important, but so are angles, distance, composition, aperture size and shutter speed.

 

 

 

 

My images that uses mise-en-scene for meaning

This is the mood board I created to convey how the different elements of mise-en-scene make up the rock genre. With these images, you can see the main article of clothing worn by people in the rock genre is a black leather jackets and tight jeans. Also, you can see that rock stars tend to look unkempt with their long shaggy hair.

The denotations that go along with these images is long unkempt hair, black leather jackets, they tend to wear darker colours, also a lot of rock stars tend to have heavy eye makeup. The connotations that go along with the rock genre is that they are a rebellion, they typically resist societies norms. The makeup is an example of resistance as not only female rock stars have heavy eye makeup but so do the males, something that which is not conventional to what society expects.

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The picture above is of my partner, we tried to create a rock look with the items that were available to us. The look turned out to be fairly accurate however, there we certain parts of the look that didn’t fit in very well with the rock genre, for example the trousers. This is because we were not able to find any that fit in with our theme. We were able to find items that went in extremely well with out genre. Examples being the leather jacket and the long, unkempt hair.

Whilst making the mood board I noticed how rock stars like to accessories their looks, it turns in to a signature item for them to wear, for example Axl Rose always wears bandannas and slash always had on a top hat. They were known to wear these additional accessories, with this idea in mind we added the singular leather glove and a bright gold bandanna. The accessories connote that rock stars enjoy rebelling against conformity and liked being individualistic.

The body language and facial expression is strong and intimidating this connotes a very serious person who demands a presence. The facial expression gives a very threatening and angry vibe to illustrate the god complex so many famous rock stars have.

After further research into how people in the rock genre look and behave, we put together our final costume and decided what the best shots would be, this included looking at camera angles, props and lighting.

For the costume, we went with grey boots, black skinny jeans, black leather jacket, a slayer t-shirt, a single finger-less leather glove, a black shaggy wig and a metallic gold bandanna. We went with a more classic rock look than modern rock looks.

We used 3 different lights in our photos. A key light (the main source of light in our photographs.) We also had a fill light and a back light. We used different lighting for each photo as we needed to highlight different parts at different times. For example, sometimes we needed the face to be slightly shaded so it could come across as mysterious and as if he had a bad attitude. In the shouting photos, the exposure on the face is greater because we wanted to convey arrogance and cockiness so we highlighted the fact he was shouting.

Body language and facial expression was an important aspect that we looked at. We had to use a different range of poses as sometimes rock stars come across as serious and mysterious but other times they are loud and reckless.  Because of this we did a range of the two.

This was our final image. We chose this image because it best portrays the classic rock star. We used high key lighting on the face to highlight how serious he is, also his facial expression shows he has an attitude and that he is annoyed, it conveys a sense of mystery. The pose is to help engage with the audience as everybody knows that it is the universal sign for rock n roll.

Print media that communicates meaning

 

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Here is the deconstruction of this music poster, this task has taught me how all different aspects of a piece of media are important in conveying what the desired purpose is. All the aspects highlights how we subconsciously analyse every piece of media we see. For example we associate different colors with different emotions, so when it comes to a piece of media we look at the different colors used and make an assumption of what it is about, such as yellow for happy and blue for sad. This will help me when I am creating my music magazine because it will give me a good idea of what colors, fonts, language and images to use to fully grasp the attention of my target audience.

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