Friday, 18 March 2011

Thursday 10th March - Change of Plan

Thursday 10th March

The ideas and the plot of the film was changing. Michaellas Ideas was to have the man on his own sorting their camera out and sticking pictures of the girls up on his wall. Then a camera flash is to be used. Girls walking in a park laughing and the man is in the background taking pictures. The girl drops her scarf without both of them realising and leaves the park and this will be edited into slow motion as the scarf hits the floor. The man picks up the scarf and sniffs it a camera flash is used again and then it goes back to him in his room looking at pictures and placing the scarf neatly on his table.

Alex's idea was to have the girls tied up and have a person running around the college trying to find them as well has the performance and the stalker piece.

We finally resolved the solution by sticking with the original idea but adding more of an enigma to it something that audience would want to watch more of. We added Alex's idea of the girls being tied up instead of a stalker just taking pictures.
I still feel unsure and worried about the how long we will have to film it. If I keep positive and stay motivated I can bring the groups spirits back up and make sure that we can make this film work.

Wednesday 9th March

Wednesday 9th March

After looking back at the footage I felt let down there wasn’t much we could use, in the process of filming we thought we were doing well but when we got feedback from our teacher it wasn’t our best and that it may need doing again. This put the group’s confidence down and their doubts that the film won’t be done and won’t look good where becoming more and more worrying. This lead to the group changing the idea and the plot of the story which upset me as I am not accustomed to change and I too was disappointed with the feedback but I wanted to resolve this issue and look at how we can make it better and carry on with the idea and keep filming. But the group wanted to do it differently due to the lack of confidence and doubts. I had a plan of action going what I wanted to film and what needed filming and it wasn’t going to plan, ideas and schedules where changing from the rest of the group which put me into doubt and made me worry more. I looked at the footage on and saw that they was little footage to be used but there is still footage that can be used for the film and that was only Michaellas shots.

Tuesday 8th March - Filming Session 1

The Performance of the Girls for the Film

Today we filmed the performance of the girls. It was decided that me and Michaela was to be in the film as the performers. I didn’t mind being in front of the camera. But I found it hard to film and be in the film at the same time. It took me 25-30 minutes to get the stage prepared as well has getting myself ready. It took me at least 30 minutes to get the music to work which wasted valuable filming time. While I was waiting for the music to work, from the help of Kerry and George I started to work on Michaela's shots on the piano I used the following shots

Mid Shot - From the other end of the piano, camera sitting on the piano

Close up Shot - Of Michaela's fingers playing the piano.

Low angle Shot/Tilt - Of Michaela playing the piano

Bird’s Eye View/Tracking shot/Close up - Along the piano Keys of Michaela playing the piano

Close up Shot - Of Michaela playing the piano, front view, so you can see her face and half her body and her playing the piano.

With these variety of shots I can make a more interesting piece of footage, which makes the film less boring with the same styles of shots used in every piece.

When the Music was up and running we had a friend of Michaela's who helped us with the filming of us both as well has a friend of mine called Jennifer.
After Lunch Alex and Shasta came in and we did some more filming, this time Alex was able to film some shots for us so that it made it easier for us to capture.
Within today’s session we took some photos of us and Michaela so we can print them out and use them for the stalkers scene.
I felt today went well, I felt a bit disappointed that the sound and music system to a while to get up and running and we had to keep going back and forth to play the music again. I feel the overall progress was good and we captured good amounts of footage. Next time we shoot for the performance I will make sure that the Stage is ready and the sound and lighting system is up and running before going ahead with the filming session.

 The piano is in place on a slant so we see part of Micaela as well has a good shot of the body of the piano.
 Michaela's Friend helping with the Sound and Music System
The stage is prepared and the camera is in place on the tripod.
 Getting good angle shots of the performance and as well has good shots for the pictures.
 Michaela helping to film the performance piece with just me in the shots.
 Pictures for the stalker and good angle shots for the performance piece.
 Kerry helping with the sound system. She is contacting George to help with the sound.
 The sound and lighting system (lighting system on the left)
 Jennifer helping with the filming getting the right angles, panning and shots for the piece.
 Another shot of the stage and piano. The stage and Piano are placed close together so that we can have some interaction with me and the Michaela by having me sitting on the piano and singing to Michaela to make it more entertaining.
The lighting and sound box at the top.