Film school reflection

In inquiry this term we have been the first grade to experience film school. I think this was a fantastic experiment because we learnt so much every day on how to make a film. I have enjoyed film school because they made it very fun so it was not boring they added so cool facts that everyone thought was interesting. My favourite clinic was the green screen because it looked so sick and it didn’t look like a green screen at all. I loved every clinic but that was my most favourite. My biggest learning experience was probably how to work the cameras, mics and premier pro, it was really hard for me while we were doing our instructional films because I missed the editing film school session but l learnt very quickly. The mics I had no Idea how to use them but Mr Henderson taught me and I learnt very quickly as well. I never knew how to use the cameras but thanks to the teachers they taught me how to use it probably and how to put on the mics and heaps more. My biggest challenge was to keep up with all the blog posts because we had 2 sessions a week and if you don’t do a blog post and there’s on more clinic tomorrow and you don’t do it, the blog posts keep piling up. Maybe do a PowerPoint instead of a blog post because bog posts are really boring sometimes but PowerPoints are much more fun. If I was a teacher I would change doing as much blog posts and have more sessions of blogging in school times because heaps of people got caught behind and struggle. I would get rid of homework because heaps of people have heaps of other stuff on like sport and they have to stay up late to finish there homework. I have really enjoyed film school and I think the year sixers next year will really enjoy film school. The experiment has worked.

Editing

The other day in film school was my last clinic and hopefully I can get my directors hat. The clinic I did today was the editing clinic. We used the same programming system by adobe as we did for the green screen clinic it was premier pro cc. This is how you edit. First when you start editing you have to make sure that you download your footage on to your desktop before you start editing it. This is because the program will not react to the footage unless it is on your desktop. Then when you have put your footage on to the editing part you need to trim the video how you want it to fit in with music or something else in the film. Next is the scroll bar in time line that is for slotting in different footage in the film to put in film like music, a title or more footage. After that is speed and duration that is for making the footage faster or slower. An example is time laps that is make footage faster. When you use this the time of the film will increase or decrease. Then volume control that is to make the footage louder or softer. You can also mute the footage’s sound so you can just hear the backing track of music. I loved learning about editing and I can’t wait to use it for my films.

Shot list and storyboard

The other day in Inquiry we learnt about shot list and story boards. They are the planning phase of the film, there is a shot list which is a graph with all different columns to do with a film. The teacher told us too watch a video and do part of the shot list. I think I will find the shot list challenging because of the planning and I would probably want to do the film and then keep making films. I can’t wait to do some films and use the planning phase to help me. I learnt that only 15% of the film process is actually making the film and that 25% also that 60% is planning. I loved learning about shot list and story board.

Zoom Camera

The other day in inquiry I chose to start learning about zoom camera. We did the clinics in classes so I was with all my classmates since there were so many camera clinics everyone thought that it was the end of the camera sessions but it there was another camera session which is called a zoom camera. The zoom camera is not a name for the camera so it can zoom in really well. The only bad thing about zooming in is the audio, the audio is not as good. These are the differences to the other cameras they are touch screen, there were a different shape, the audio, the mic is round so it picks up all the sounds around it. Also the wind sock is really good even the teacher went under the fan and you could not hear one little sound of the fan running on full speed. There is no hand strap you need to always have it hooked on to the try pod because if you drop it, it will damage the camera. The hood on the end of the camera prevents the sun spearing into the lens and when you put the camera away you need to put the lens on. This camera is a wide angled lens so that means it will have a wide frame like a go pro. You must have headphones with this camera because it will be easier to hear. The light on the camera will go red if you speak to loud. The mic is on the camera so you don’t need to use the shotgun mic you can use this camera. I found working this camera out challenging but I eventually got there. I learnt many things but this is one of them the camera is touch screen and I have not seen many cameras that are touch screen. I loved this of inquiry I learnt so much about the zoom camera and I’m definitely going to use it in the future for my films.

Wireless Microphone

 

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.

Audio Booths

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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.

Green Screen

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.

Royalty free music

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.

Presentation

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.

Shotgun Mic

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.