The other day in my new film school clinic, we did the clinics in classes so I was with all my classmates I chose to start learning about the wireless mic. There are two different wireless microphones, one is the wireless lapel and the other one is the wireless handheld, they were hard to tell because they looked the same. I was already excited to learn about the wireless mic. The one that looked more exciting to me was probably the wireless lapel, because it looked a lot more complicated. The R stands for Receiver and the T stands for transmitter. The Receiver must be clipped to the handle of the camera and plugged into the camera using a cord and two inputs. After this is done, you will need to turn the sound pack on and you are ready to go. Then because the T sound pack is wireless, the transmitter must be clipped onto the belt or the pocket on the person talking. The T sound pack is connected to the small mic which clips onto your collar or whatever you would like to have it on. My group went outside to see how far away I had to be for the camera to stop hearing me. It topped hearing me at about 40 meters. I loved using the wireless mic and can’t wait to use it when I’m making a film in the future.
In this film school clinic we started to learn about Audio Booths. Ms Williamson told us some helpful tips like talk naturally and pretend your mic is a person and your talking in a conversation with someone, speak clearly no one can understand you if you mumble, practice your script before you go in it will sound so much better if you know your script of by heart, good posture that will help speak more clearly, use actions it feels more naturally if you use actions. There are so many more helpful tips but I just chose them, here are some rules that Ms Williamson told us no food around the audio booths, respect the equipment people hate broken equipment, keep the mic and the stand secure the equipment might fall over and break if it is not secure, don’t take to long other people might want to have a go in the booth 5min max, always keep the space tidy, don’t knock on the window while people are in the audio booth because they might be recording and the knock might ruin the film, always use headphones so other sounds won’t distract you. Next we went into the audio booths and used a app called voice recorder so we can tell if we are speaking clearly or not I can’t tell you more info because a few people didn’t do it including me. I loved this session of inquiry and can’t wait use the audio booths in the future.
The other inquiry session we learnt about green screens. First we talked about the lights you must have lights during a year six film and how the lights changes the green screen Mrs Stafford said you can’t leave a shadow because it ruins the scene so you have to have to cameras at a angle and you can’t stand to far back to the green screen because It would leave a shadow so stand 50cm from the green screen because there will be a shadow. It’s very important that you talk to the camera apparently a lot of year sixers made the mistake of look at themselves from the TV.Mrs Stafford said that you can’t wear green clothes because it go right through you will be invisible and red and orange also affect the green screen sometimes, one more thing don’t stand right in the centre of the green screen maybe stand slightly to the right or left. A couple of volunteers preformed in front the screen and we used that footage in a app called premier cc we I loved this session of inquiry because it showed me how to use a green screen and all the lights. My films are going to be much better because we know how to use a green screen.
This inquiry session we learnt about how to download free music Legally at Bensound.com it will be really helpful for our film in the future to set the scene, there was heaps of different genres like action, electronic, happy etc. The teacher Ms Williamson said that if you download illegal music and put in a YouTube video, the video will have been muted, a lot of people have YouTube videos and have illegal music in the background by accident because YouTube detects the sounds or the video might get shut down. If you do so much your YouTube account will completely shut down. Heaps of people downloaded some music [legally] from Bensound I think it will help the whole of year Six.
Today in inquiry we learnt about presentation. To start the teacher showed us someone warm ups, here are some of the warm ups
Red Leather Yellow Leather. At first I could only say one time out of five but now I can say it 4 out of 5.
Unique New York. I could say this easily 9 times out of 10, this was the easiest.
Peter Piper Picked A Peck Of Pickled Peppers. I can not regularly say this 1 out of 5. This is the hardest by far.
After the warmups which where really fun we saw a short video that the past Year Sixers made, Mr Henderson Said he really liked the video except one little bit. It was the eye line she looked down at her script and it stuffed it up. Eye line is very important because it gets the people watching hooked if you lose eye contact it draws away the focus from what your talking about. We chose a partner and had practiced are talking skills, Mr Henderson set up a camera and couple of people started to talk in front of a camera that was connected to the TV. They said the warm ups in and everyone thought they were very good. I loved this session can’t wait to continue and use the shotgun mic in the future.
A couple of days ago I chose to start learning about the shotgun microphone. We started to learn about how to connect a microphone to a camera talked to my group about how to connect the shot gun microphone to the camera. He said that there are a lot of details that are very important because you might damage or break something. You need to remember every step because apparently lots of people forget things. To start with there is a little screw hole that’s on the camera, on the bottom of the mic there is a little bit that you connect the microphone with. Once the mic is connected to the camera, you must plug the microphone into the camera slot. After this you will turn the microphone on, hopefully it will work this is something that a lot of people forget to do Make sure that you have headphones to focus on the person that’s speaking to the mic. Also Mr. Henderson showed us some other mics like the dead wombat it was a massive fluffy thing over the microphone to minuses to the wind and focus on the person talking, and an another protector for a normal microphone because heaps of people drop it and it also minuses wind. Nearing the end of the session, we got into little groups of about 6 or 5. What we had to see was how far can we get before we couldn’t hear the person talking for the shot gun microphone. Our group did really well we got heaps of meters away from the microphone until it would stop hearing you. You had to speak normally like in a conversation.
I learnt so much and I’m definitely going to use this in the future to make a film and heaps of other stuff.
Today in #amaze we looked at different apps to help us make a film. The options were Photoshop, story board and createrria I chose story board. Story board was so fun, you got to choose three backgrounds and characters there were a whole wide range of stuff you choose, also you got to choose the colour this was mine storyboard.
My story is a little boy played some basketball and got bitten by a spider but didn’t realise then went the beach and started to holoseanate weird stuff like a polar bear and a penguin, then he got eaten by a shark, I even added a speech bubble for a shark eating a little boy, this app showed me heaps of cool stuff that I didn’t know of I’m definitely going to use this in the future. I think I’ve showed you enough I love this app because it is so cool and fun you can learn so much all my friends love this app.
After my first Inquiry session I chose filming. We talked about all these things that are crucial bits to a film in every video. Firstly, the shots are probably the of the one most important things in filming. I took some notes here they are. The Frame Border everything around it has to be smaller than the big show that your meant to be looking at otherwise the viewer will not know where to look. The Shots C.U means close up shot, E.C.U, Extreme close up F.S, Full shot M.S Mid E.S establishing shot which is crucial because it sets the scene like a pano. Then probably the another bit of filming the movement, zoom is when you zoom in or out on the actors face. Tracking is when the camera follows the actor so the cameraman does not stay still. A dolly is where the actor and the cameraman move together and the last one a panning is where the cameraman moves the camera left to right like a pano. Now I think the third most important part in filming is the angles there is H.A. High angle A L.A low angle and the last one an O.H. overhead angle Then after that we went outside and tried these things around with the try pod. Everyone had fun and I learnt how to put a camera on a try pod. I love inquiry because I learn so much.
Why make a film? Today was are first lesson of inquiry this in and we focussed on one question. Why make a film? Here are a few examples entertainment, money, education, hobbies etc. You have to have a reason to make a film like a message and just like a book always does, there is no point making a film with no message if a reason is included in a film then there’s heaps of stuff you can write about, like to get a point across or to persuade someone and to teach someone to use something or do something like kick a footy, to work a camera etc. The year six teachers told us heaps of info and showed us some of the past year sixers they all had a message. The year sixers were about showing how to work a camera and a basketball film about not giving up. I learnt heaps I loved this session of inquiry.