Category Archives: Video Preliminary Tasks

Prelim Montage

This here is  my montage that I created with my peer Janis. As we had already filmed a montage beforehand in our Film class, we thought we would have a bit more fun with this video and added a simple narrative to it.

Strengths:

  • We used a variety of different shots
  • We told a story within our montage
  • We were able to edit and add sound over the top of our video in Premiere Pro professionally

Weaknesses:

  • Some of the shots were very shaky and unsteady
  • We didn’t use the tripod as much as we should
  • We could’ve captured some more reaction shots

Here is the story board we created:

During this task, I have learnt many skills that will help me when creating my music video. I have learnt what works well and what does not, what looks really effective and what looks silly! I’m very thankful we did this task as I now see what I need to do in order to improve my cinematography skills. 

Prelim Continuity Task

This is mine and Georgi’s final prelim for our continuity edit. The task went really well and Georgi and I enjoyed creating this piece of work. Our actors were very cooperative and were a delight to work with. However, in order to improve I would’ve made a couple of changes to make this piece run even smoother.

I used the following camera techniques to create dramatic effect:

  • Close Ups
  • Extreme Close Ups
  • Two Shots
  • Medium Long Shots
  • Zooms
  • Depth Of Field
  • Pans
  • Over Shoulder Shots
  • Shot Reverse Shots
  • Reaction Shots

These shots allowed for the final video to look more interesting and creative. If the conversation had just been filmed from a medium long shot, it would have been tedious and boring to watch. The variation of shots (Close Ups especially) created tension and engaged the audience a lot more.  I used these techniques to create a sense of tension and made the scene seem way more dramatic than it actually was.

I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rules:

  • The 180 Degree Rule
  • The Establishing Shot
  • The Eyeline Match 
  • The Match on Action
  • Shot Reverse Shot
  • Crosscutting
  • Re-Establishing Shot

I have used these rules to ensure that I had a clean edit. The piece was able to run smoothly and the dialogue made sense. It was clear what the narrative was and the camera was able to present this well. 

To make the scene even more effective, I would’ve filmed an establishing shot like they originally do in Eastenders. I think this would’ve given the audience more of an idea on what was happening in this scene and who was involved. I would’ve also filmed a few more close ups of my character’s faces as this would have captured their facial expressions a  lot better. The point and shoot cameras weren’t brilliant and the quality of the shots were great so advanced cinematography would have to wait until we started to film with the DSLR cameras.

I have learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro:

  • Render Effects
  • Cutting at the exact right moment
  • Copy/Paste
  • Importation of media
  • Fade
  • Adding in text

I used these tools to put my sequence together and made sure it looked like a polished and professional scene. Premiere Pro offered a lot of tools that helped me out Georgi when putting our edit together. I was very happy with what the Software allowed us to do and found the finished edit looked quite good. 

To make the scene even more effective, I would’ve filmed an establishing shot like they originally do in Eastenders. I think this would’ve given the audience more of an idea on what was happening in this scene and who was involved. I would’ve also filmed a few more close ups of my character’s faces as this would have captured their facial expressions a  lot better. The point and shoot cameras weren’t brilliant and the quality of the shots were great so advanced cinematography would have to wait until we started to film with the DSLR cameras.