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In today’s lesson with Rob, we watched most of final productions, which were very different from each other and unique in their own way.
I loved watching my class mates productions as I feel like they have reviled a bit of everyone’s personality, showing that everyone has cooperated and worked hard in order to achieve that finishing product.
When we displayed ‘Never Will I Leave You’, the class feedback I received was mostly positive. There were of course things to improve upon, but I believe the hard work for it paid off.
- The production meets its creative intention – I was really happy about this particular thing as I personally found it quite challenging to covey a thought of love and religion in 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Therefore, I am very pleased by the fact that our intention was clear and visible in our opening sequence.
- “It’s interesting how although nothing dramatic happens, you’re still involved, as the characterisation of Ivy and Kristina is quite good” – This has probably pleased me most, as I really wanted the characters to become more believable and to give them life. I think that was done quite well due to the fact that the characters were very much based on the actor’s real personalities. The lines complimented their personalities in real life, as well as within the film, and I am very glad we’ve made that decision ever since the beginning of this project.
- Different camera angles – We did try our best to film the same scene from many different angles, however sometimes unfortunately we were either time pressured or in the wrong place at the wrong times. I have noticed that when we had different angles of the same scene, it was a lot easier to put together and it looked a lot more professional too.
- Use of different camera techniques such as ‘shot reverse shot’ – I didn’t personally consider this aspect when filming, I thought more of what would add to the story and what would make the characters seem more real. Therefore there weren’t that many camera techniques, or they weren’t very complex as I thought a bit more experience is needed before attempting to film in a more difficult and complex way.
- The use of non-diegetic sound as it allowed the audience to focus on the moving image, not particularly on sound.
- Dialogue as not many people did use it – I thought dialogue would give the audience a better sense of the characters, and it was also potentially the clearest way of telling a story. I also really enjoyed writing the script, therefore I think that was a great outcome.
- Jump cuts – Some particular scenes, we couldn’t film from more than one angle, therefore they were quite difficult to edit.
- Different angles of the classroom would have made the scene look a lot more realistic and would have been much more effective. – I totally agree with that, and it’s definitely one of the first things I would like to improve on. When the classroom scene was filmed it was about 5:00pm,as we had to work around the schedule of out actors. It was very difficult to find some extras in order for it to look like an actual classroom. Therefore I limited my framing so that the audience only sees the essential characters in that particular scene. Although it wasn’t the most ideal, it was the only way that scene could of been filmed at that particular time.
- Replace the cross-fade with a back screen
- Never shoot a scene only once and try taking numerous takes rather than one continuous shot. – I believe that if we were to do that there would have been a lot m0re to work with, and will definitely consider it for the next coming project.
I believe this session was really helpful, as myself and Aisha have watched it so many times, to the point where I personally just want to film it all over again. However, it’s great to see it from the audiences point of view, as the product is mainly intended to them.
As I have been working on the title design, I started considering many different aspects in which the title can be effective. As religion is one of our themes I have decided to work around with that and I have managed to create a few different designs.
By asking a number of people around, myself as well as Aisha decided to go with the first design, which will be consistently carried around the film, poster, magazine as well as website.
So far we filmed most of the script quite successfully in my opinion.
We had our first shooting day in Hackney Wick, which was a remarkable place, full of urban buildings and rather artistic graphites. Unfortunately we weren’t very keen on including the graffiti into our film, as we were going for more of a ‘romantic’ place. This is how we came across ‘White Building’, a cafe by the canal, where the view was beautiful and suitable for our intentions.
We have filmed the cafe scene outside, where Ivy got to find out about Kristina’s sexual orientations.
Myself and Aisha are quite impressed by the way the unqualified actors played their role, even though looking back at the footage I strongly believe we should have worked more around facial expressions, in order to make these characters look more realistic and to give meaning to the story itself.
We have managed to also film a classroom scene, which was a bit of a struggle as my partner Aisha couldn’t attend it. Therefore, filming making sure the actors are in the right positions and making sure the sound is okay on my own was very challenging. However, I think the overall achievement wasn’t so bad.
I am very keen on finishing the filming in order to put them all together, as I am very positive towards this project.
Throughout the last few days myself and my team partner Aisha have been planning our shooting.
We’ve discussed things such as costumes and props and have made reflective notes on everything that will be used including the location and the actors. That will be soon uploaded once we have visual examples of what we will be using.
We have passed the script to the actors and ensured that they are feeling comfortable with what they will be acting as they are not professional actors.