Production Skills Evaluation 1

During this process so far, I learnt several skills do with media production, especially with Adobe Premiere Pro.

In the special effects section, we figured a way to get blood squibs in the video. First we went onto YouTube and search for blood splatter green screen effects.

We copy the link and then download the video as a mp4 file via a website.

We then import to Premiere Pro…

However, the clip still has the green screen right behind, so if try to put the clip on top of another clip, this is what we’re going to get.

To get rid of this, we go to effects and search up ultra key…

Insert in the clip’s effect control, select the key colour and the click on the green…

And the green is gone.

The blood is so its mark, so we’re going to move it. We return to effects control, specifically video effects and adjust the scale and position. And voila!

The reason why we added the blood squibs in the first place is that we both feel that it compliments the dark themes the video has. The blood squibs explicitly tells that what the main star is doing and helps to understand why, I feel that many view the video with numbness after a while, due to the repetitive nature of the video. I think it works quite well, so far most of the people who have seen the video viewed with some shock. Although I think most of the shock comes from the fact that blood squibs are used rarely in student’s music video, it wakes the audience to brutal reality which the main star lives in and therefore feel sympathy and understands the main star actions later on.

With positioning it also to possible to “crop” clips down. This is quite useful when the some of the clips aren’t frame that well. Consider the clip below.

Now its cropped down a bit.

A minor change, but potentially important. Now the guards are now lined within the third of rules, this means the audience are more likely to spot them. As our video heavy relies on visual narrative, its important the audience is able to pick up all the important visual clues. The cropping also extends the leading space, so when the main star runs off screen, it will look much better too.By using the rule of thirds, we can easily divert their attention where we want them to. Cropping helps us to do that. For example, in the shot right below, the screen is taken up by the main star’s face on the right and the rifle on the left.

Once cropped, it now look like this.

With the rifle out of the way and the main star’s face on the rule of thirds, it means the attention of the audience is now solely on his reaction. At this point in the story the main star is at the point of return, thinking about desertion. This reaction shot symbolises his feelings toward the matter, and the death of the prisoner which is done via an eyeline match. Hopefully this shot will help the understand what is going to happen next.

Continuing on what I’ve learnt, we applied the scale and positioning to another of our clips, but it happens over period of time as there’s a key frame placed. in other words, it seems as if the clip is zooming in. This is quite useful when you on the day of the shoot you forget to create a zoom in shot. With a zoom in shot, it’s easy to focus attention as well. It also places significance on the object that’s being zoomed in to. For example, a POV shot where the camera zooms onto the last prisoner signifies that the main star has certain feelings toward that prisoner, possibly sympathy.

Although I have learnt a few things, our video lacks the finesse special effects which others have. This is due to the more traditional music video we’re doing, however, I think we should try to experiment more. Having a wider range of skills will help us later in life, its better to start acquiring them now.

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