This task was necessary in order to produce a website ourselves as it required us to identify the features of a website and allowed us to learn what we will need to include in our product. I chose a well known artist of the genre of music as an example website and have labelled it above.
This is my montage of a typical school day.
What I liked:
What could have been better:
In preparation for my music video, I have learn’t to shoot scenes when available and edit them into order. I found it was also incredibly useful to leave the camera rolling in the case when I need to do a retake of the scene as it cuts down on the number of files and generally makes editing much easier to do.
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 detailed view on everything that occurs in the video. A shot reverse shot is a great way of showing somebody’s reaction to an action or statement and really illustrates their emotion towards it. I have also included an establishing shot to really give an expression of the atmosphere and what situation the actors are in. Although the overall length of each segment is appropriate, their is a scene when she walks towards the door which I feel is a bit short, this was because the continuity in filming was wrong so we had to sacrifice appropriate length for continuity during editing.
I have also learn’t some rules such as the 180 degree rule. The 180 degree rule is to ensure your camera stays behind a 180 degree imaginary line so you don’t confuse the audience by changing the scene too much from different angles, it is also to keep the actors in a certain spot so conversations are easy to follow. I also applied a match on action shot to the video to give a clear indication as to what the main focus of the scene was about and to really get across information. I felt that my match on action was too obscure during the shot and although I got my point across it just felt too focused and slightly ruined the shot for me.
This task has expanded my knowledge on some of the features of Adobe premiere pro. I am able to render videos, cut videos, and flip them. The most important tool for this task is definitely the cutting tool otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to piece the final edit together. Although cutting was a long process it overall gave the video a much better flow and allowed me to edit a conversation smoothly whilst having the freedom of not having to film each individual moment of speech. Rendering was also important and it allowed the video to appear in a high definition quality and prevented it from having any unprocessed areas such as removing stutter from the final edit.
If I was to do this project again I would certainly record much more footage to cover more areas and to fix some problems that post processing cannot fix. This task has highlighted the importance of collecting a lot more footage and to make sure that the scene follows continuity during filming.
The image I have used in my poster is one that I took myself in a previous post.
I am happy with my recreation as the programs were new to me, I didn’t know how to use many features or where they were located. I definitely could improve upon my recreation but I feel it was a good first try on software I am unfamiliar with.
These YouTube links would help me in this task
To reinforce my understanding of the conventional technical design features, I created a lick and stick mock up of what a professional poster looks like. By analysing what is where and why the design features are used I have expanded my knowledge which will able me to create a cover by myself. I noticed that it is very important to design your magazine cover using simplistic methods of just felt pens and post it notes as you have the freedom to choose what you want to be where and nothing is too complicated to redo and change around.
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This is a mood board of 6 photos I picked out. Images gain a completely different meaning depending on the way they are taken, angles bring life to the image expressing hierarchy, colours bring emotion to the image. Each of these images gives off a different story or situation. I chose these images because they all mean something different to each other, and this is beautiful because it is nothing but a still frame yet it can change an onlookers mood or feeling and is great practise for my personal photography skills.
By experiencing this task and completing it my own way has taught me how important certain skills are within the media. I have now been able to learn and understand new phrases and techniques which will help with my magazine image.
My favourite shot out of these would have to be the bottom right one. This image uses the rule of thirds in correlation with my models facial expression, by having the main focus on the far right it leaves the whole left open showing that there is more out there to be understood. A slightly canted angle gives that emotion of confusion or sadness as my model is not quite in line or symmetrical with the world. Also, the location of this image really can tell a story, as it is just outside of an empty doorway next to a concrete wall which gives the meaning that he has his mind on something else rather than where he is.
With a partner I explored the ways in what gives the image its meaning, such as the use of angles and distance to show the features of these aspects. When taking images, distance affects what the audience is able to focus on, a long distance shows a lot more than the main focus which can present isolation as the model is on their own whereas a closeup shot fills the screen with the model and may show importance.
Camera angles aid the production of meaning, a low angle shot makes the model appear more dominant and strong but on the other hand a higher angle shot of the audience viewing the model from above makes the model look weaker and vulnerable. This creates a hierarchy in the scene which adds to the story or situation.
Depth of field is an important feature as it can be used to tell the story of not only the model, but the onlooker. A distant shot of the model from blurred bushes can represent the photographer as somebody mysterious, much like a private investigator who sticks to the shadows. By blurring parts of the image we are also able to get a much better idea of the main focus of the image.
Image “2107” was the most detailed for me as it included many features that worked well together. The model is placed in the middle of the three thirds which emphasises the focus of the image, this is paired up with depth of field through an object which is blurred out to show that it is insignificant rather than the model who is in focus and is significant to the image. Key lighting important and on the models face there is a shaded but also a light part giving an idea that the model has two sides. One image that didn’t particularly look good is image “2118” as the exposure was far too high as some detail is lost in much of the scenery such as the bushes which makes it hard to analyse.
This first image is our representation of what country/western looks like to us. We aimed for quite a rough fatherly look as this is easily shown and is a typical thought when thinking about the country. The class suggested that my character looked quite rough yet laid back due to the strong nature of his clothing and the way he is carrying himself.
This mood board of a country/western setting allowed me and my partner to get a real feel of the genre. A country man is seen to be hard working as they tend to live around open areas and are quite rugged and well built which gives the feeling of a fatherly figure as he is dedicated and protective, whilst being open.
I captured the country feel by looking at famous singers of the genre, and the typical clothing they would wear. The instruments were also an important feature as they are quite earthly and give out a joyous and relaxing noise. A golden/yellow colour scheme is quite a warm and wholesome pallet which really gave me that homely feel and is very comforting.
I took multiple shots of my partner to get a good look at how different perspectives affect the way in which my character may be interpreted. He has been photographed in such a way that his appearance in the contact sheet gives him a stronger feel due to his body language. Lighting is very important for my genre of country as a sharp white look gives out a cold hard feel, and this is wrong. A golden reflector was used to give a warm look and feel with a yellowish tinge to him and the background.
This is the final image I chose because I felt it represented my genre appropriately. My partners body language gives off the expression of confidence and control but it is also a welcoming look as if he is quite protective and not provocative. The use of lighting gave an added effect with the way I have used shadows. There is a mysterious feel as his hat shades the eyes and his clothing is varied in light.