Hi, I'm an AS Media student, and this blog contains research into the different aspects of film and media, specializing in the Slasher genre. The research has all been put towards the development of my coursework production 'Camp Ivy', which I co-produced with Poppy and Millie. Our coursework has been influenced by the rural locations and mise-en-scene in Friday the 13th and Eden Lake.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Evaluation Q6 - Technologies

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

We have used many technologies throughout the production of our film. Here is a list:
  • HD video camera.
  • Mac softwares; Final Cut Pro, LiveType, Garageband.
  • Blogger.
  • YouTube.
  • IMDb.

Here is a written version of my answer:

To film our opening, we used a HD camera. This meant that the shots were of a higher quality, meaning the production looks more professional. At points, like for the teaser trailer, we used iPhones to film short clips. These shots were shaky and amateur looking, so we only used a small amount of these clips, as we wanted our production, including rough cuts and trailers, to look as professional as possible. 

I personally had never come across this software before so it was a whole new learning experience. Once I was taught how to use the basic tools, it became an easy way to edit videos quickly. We used Final Cut Pro to edit our vodcasts, the teaser trailer, rough cuts and the final cut. The built in effects came in handy, as we used these throughout the entire editing process. An example of one of these effects is the Day into Night effect. This effect was useful when we had footage that was shot in daylight but would have been more realistic at night time. The titles and credits were all done using Final Cut Pro too, which was a simple task to complete. 

We used LiveType to create both our individual idents and our company ident. This software was very difficult to get the hang of at first, as there were many different effects and tools to use, which became confusing at times. However, once we began to use it more often, it became easier to use and was very effective at making our idents look professional. 

We first used Garageband to add sound to our idents. Once we were taught how to add and record soundtracks it became an easy software to use. As well as our idents, we used Garageband to soundtrack our entire film opening. Because there is so much choice, and the option to record your own soundtrack entirely from scratch, it took us a long time to pick out what sounded best and to layer it all up to fit with our opening. 

We have used Blogger to document the research and planning of our slasher opening. It is a useful website which allows us, as a group, to communicate with each other, and embed videos from each other's blogs onto our own. It is easy to enter hyperlinks to other sources on the internet, and upload our work, so that is is organised and all in one place. We created links lists to order our posts, which makes it easier to find particular blog posts, rather than scrolling through the blog archive. 

We all individually created YouTube accounts, which allowed us to upload our vodcasts, teaser trailers, rough cuts and the final cut. By doing this, it allowed us to market our productions to a wider, global audience, and to get feedback and constructive criticism. YouTube also enabled us to research past coursework productions and other videos related to slasher films, to give us more ideas about what to include in our production. We can also share our videos on to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which allows us to gain more feedback.

We used IMDb a lot for research into other slasher films. The website was easy to navigate, and enabled us to look up a range of information about slasher films we were researching. There is a vast amount of information about production companies too, including Indie companies, like ourselves. This allowed us to gain access to useful information about budgets and box office figures. 

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