September 30

Preliminary Task

The preliminary task is a compulsory piece of coursework that all students must complete as part of their Foundation Portfolio. The purpose is to train you in some basic camera and editing techniques, that you will then use and develop in your main production piece.

It’s an opportunity to learn some new skills and whilst it is coursework it doesn’t matter if it goes wrong, as you don’t get any marks for it.

The brief for the preliminary task is:

“A continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue.

This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.”

  • I have used the following camera techniques: High Angle, Mid Shot, Ariel Shot, And an Extreme Close Up.
  • I used these techniques to create a sense of tension and to create a fluent narrative, also to break the 4th wall to contact the audience.
  • I have learnt to use the following continuity editing rules: Match on action, 180-degree rule and shot reverse shot.
  • I used these rules to create a narrative that explains what is happening within the scene and that runs continuously.
  • I have learnt to use the following tools/techniques in Premiere Pro: I used the razor tool, the set in/set out tool and the selecter tool.
  • I used these tools to edit the clips into a full narrative story.
  • If I was to do this project again I would do some things differently such as, carry on using the 180-degree rule and not break at all. In addition, I would also re-film the shot when Lawrence walks in due to the fact we see molly in the background also we break the match on action as Lawrence walks straight in and we don’t get to see him sitting down
September 21

Camera Presentations

In this task we used the app Vine to create and display different camera angles and shots, we will be using these to encode events/narrative in our thrillers.

Canted (Dutch) Angle: This camera angle is deliberately slanted to one side, sometimes used for dramatic effect to help portray unease, disorientation, frantic or desperate action, intoxication, madness,

High Angle: A High angle is used to create a sense of weakness and in some extreme occasions death.

Low Angle: A low angle shot is taken from low down looking up. This connotes, Power, dominance, and strength.

Long shot: A long shot is a shot taken from far away used to show a bigger part of the setting.

Two Shot: A shot used to capture two people in a scene can be used to detail conversation.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately due to the closure of the app Vine the vines we made discussing the different camera shots and angles have been removed, beyond my control. Sorry for any inconvenience.

September 21

The Brief…

The titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.

All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The genre of film which you are going to make is Thrillers.