Monday, 2 May 2011

My role within the group

Initially we shared the roles between us, i was in charge of filming and editing and the girls took the other parts like costume, setting, producing and directing. I filmed and pieced together the first edit with input from the girls with what parts they liked the best. When we came to re-filming parts of our first cut, again i filmed and the girls gave input as to where they thought shots would look best.
As filming progressed and we were running short of time i showed Camilla the basics of cutting and piecing together the footage incase she wanted to come and edit some in her free time. As unable to make a filming date Bex and Camilla went out and filmed the bike scene again as this was one of our weaker areas.   They came back with some really nice footage which i put together and added onto the rest of our opening sequence.
As we couldn't quite make up our minds about what titles we liked the best we each took it in turns to edit and create titles. After producing a design for the main title for our film that i thought worked really well we focused on the other smaller titles. Bex, Camilla and yas worked on these producing ones with colour and then ones without. They chose the ones they thought best and added them into our opening sequence.
I was absent for a double lesson in which Camilla changed around the titles after recieving some feedback. She shortened the titles and changed the transitions to something more interesting. She also changed the title design and moved it to the end of the opening sequence, this acted as a closure.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

7. Looking back at the preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

We haven't needed to use any of the preliminary task yet- apart from the opening of a door- as our opening sequence hasn't required any of it. If we were to continue with our film, they would more than likely pop up. Being a Chick Flick there would be conversations and differences between characters in which the shot/ reverse shot would be perfect for. We do not need these shots in out opening sequence as the character doesn't come into contact with other characters.

We have however, used the match on action when opening the door, falling down the stairs and opening the curtains. Although these can be quite tricky to match, the final outcome is very effective.

I have learnt about the 180 rule that applies when two characters are having a conversation. It states the two characters or elements in the same scene must have the same left/right relationship to each other. for example, if the camera crosses the imaginary line it becomes a reverse angle and the scene looks odd.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this project?

1- iTunes
We imported our soundtrack onto iTunes and then transferred it over to premiere.

2- Google
We collected images for research from this.

3- Garage Band 
Our soundtrack was created on this.

4- Blogger
We uploaded everything we did onto our blogs.

5- You Tube 
We used this when researching, we also uploaded all of our cuts onto this for feedback.

6- Facebook
We used this to communicate when planning filming.

The Macs had lots of programmes, many of which i'd never used before. The cameras and tripods were pretty straight forward and we didn't really have any problems with those as i'd used them before.

Adobe Premiere was the main programme we used. We learnt how to import and capture media off of the video cameras, how to cut footage and add in sound, as well as using all the transitions and sound effects. I had never exported media before so i learnt how to do this as well as uploading footage to youtube. 

Camilla used Garage Band when creating the soundtrack for our opening sequence. Camilla and Bex had created lyrics that told the story of Chandler. Camilla used ambient noises and artificial beats that were available when creating the track. After doing this she recorded herself rapping the lyrics and then changed the pitch of her voice to make it more comical. When she had created something she was happy with she exported the track into iTunes ready to use on the final piece. 

we used this website to decide in the rating of our film;

5. How did you attract/ address your audience?

4. Who would be the audience for your media product?

This is Billie Packer, she is 15 years old and lives in Broadstairs, Kent.
She isn't too bothered about her appearance, but likes to make an effort. Most of the time she dresses casually, jeans and t-shirts. She loves to shop and spend time with her friends and family, go to the cinema and read. Her favourite shops are River Island, New Look, H&M and Boots. 
She enjoys films like Mean Girls, Harry Potter, Legally Blonde, Sex and the City, Bridget Jones, Titanic and Love Actually. As well as seeing these at the cinema she also likes to buy them on DVD to watch at home with her friends. She also watches television programmes such as 90210, One Tree Hill, Friends, X Factor and Britain's Next Top Model. Her most popular channels would include E4, Channel 4 and ITV1. 
She likes to listen to music in the charts and regularly listens to Radio 1's chart show. She isn't really into ''dub-step'' or ''rock'' but prefers something she can sing along too. 
I think our film would appeal to Billie as she is quite stereotypical. She enjoys doing girlie things and spending time with her friends, therefore if this film was shown at her local cinema it may appeal to her as it is similar to some of her favourite films. 

3. How does your media project represent particular social groups?

We chose Bex for the Role of Chandler as we thought- although not a ''nerd'' in real life- she would portray the role the best and she is naturally quite outgoing and quirky herself. Some of our inspiration came from Ugly Betty- for example- the hair and the thick rimmed glasses. She is also able to throw together outfits which Chandler appears to do in the opening of our film. Other inspiration came from images of nerds and characters from Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 12 
Lola in the film COATDQ is not very popular and the girls that are popular tend to pick on her. Lola is able to stand up for herself and doesn't take things to heart. Chandler is also a target for the girls in her school that are more popular.