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7. LOOKING BACK AT YOUR PRELIMINARY TASK, WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE LEARNT IN THE PROGRESSION FROM IT TO THE FULL PRODUCT?
During the early stages of my media course I completed a preliminary task. As I was completely new to the concept of film making and editing, these were set out to teach the importance of and get us to practise the 180 degree rule match on action and shot reverse shot when we were filming. In the preliminary task a lot of my footage is out of focus. From this task I learnt the importance of proper focusing and lighting in creating atmosphere. This task provided good practise in continuity editing but i soon learn that when filming my opening, many of the shots used for continuity video were not needed in the piece.
I have branched out since my beginning task in terms of post production in outlets such as sound a titles. In my preliminary task I used only dialogue and non diegetic music to add effect effect to my scene. The music I chose was not very fitting for the piece. I have now learnt how to fit music that is more appropriate to the piece of film to build tension and create a better atmosphere. In my film opening I used an instrumental piece from YouTube which built tension in my opening.
Since the early stages my confidence in programs like After Effects has increased significantly; as my final film opening required title to fit in within the conventions. I first practiced adding titles to a scene of Mission Impossible III, Lord of the Rings and Serenity. I chose these films so that I could experiment with different types of fonts that I could use in my opening. Previous to this, I had created a title timeline of a film titles. This was extremely helpful to me when planning my sequence of titles. I used the timeline as a template and odered it in a very similar way
We were assigned a mundane task where we filmed a boring routine from many different camera angles to make it look more interesting. This was when I began to experiment with different camera angles and their effects. As can be seen in my first 2 filming tasks, there are very few camera angles featured and the camera seems to remain on one plane throughout and without any motion. In comparison to my final opening the difference in camera movement is large. Also, in my film opening I have used a lot more freehand camera movements and gimbal shots as opposed to using a tripod. I found that using free hand provides a lot more creative flexibility.
As a media student, I have developed my skills since the beginning of the course and this has helped to improve the quality of my product up to a point that I am proud.