Thomas Suarez TED Talk

Thomas Suarez, a very smart, well informed and technologically advanced boy did a TED talk to hundreds of people ‘live’ and through the media about Technology and creating apps. He talked a lot about his experience creating applications and what he had to go through to put his apps somewhere where the world can see them. He made it clear that creating apps isn’t as easy as people thing. For example if you want to play an instrument, pay for music lessons, or if you want to play footy, sign up for a season. Though, with creating an app, you have to go through the whole process of finding a site to do it on get permission to pay the fee allowing you to put your own apps ant the App Store. He explained the process he had to go through in his TED talk to the audience announcing how to do what he did, adding in some humour along the way to really hook in the audience and engage them. When going through his TED talk, Thomas used an Ipad to help him remember what to talk about. He probably didn’t have a word for word script, probably just some key notes and points. He also used the big screen up behind him to get the attention of the audience and to help them understand his thinking. A microphone was used to get his words out loud and clearly so everyone could hear him. One more thing he did was walked around the stage instead of standing still on the spot.

Green screen and Lighting Clinic

This week was our last week of Film school and we only had one final clinic which was about using Green screens and using the right lighting. We did this all together and what we had to do was Copy the footage from the K drive and create a small film of the guy at the Senior school.Green screen blog (003)-2d7dx2a.

The above site is my footage. At the top is my blog.

Shotgun Micraphones

In the second clinic this week with Ms Williamson, we learnt all about Shotgun microphones. What we did was first…

1-     Record using the inbuilt camera microphones

2-     Record with the shotgun, microphones, plugged in, but not turned on.

3-     Record with shotgun microphones, plugged in and turned on (green light)

4-     Playback your reccordings. What difference did you notice?

With the first step, the audio was really windy, and it was hard to hear the actors speaking. The second step was trash because you couldn’t hear anything at all. The third step was the best and the audio was really good  and you could really hear the actors well.

Wireless Micraphones

This week in Film school, Mr Henderson taught us all about wireless microphones. First of all there are two types of wireless mics in our room… The Lapel microphone and the Hand-Held microphone. The lapel microphones are delicate, so you must be extremely careful when your handling them. The lapel microphones sit on the Lapel (Chest) of your jacket or shirt. When you use it you have to take the whole box so you don’t lose any parts of the microphone. When you use the microphones, you must use a tripod. With the two packs, there is an R for Receiver and a T for Transmitter. The R goes on the hand strap and gets connected to the camera with the cable. The T is with the actor and is connected to the microphone cord.

Royalty Free Music

This week in film school our third clinic with Mr Galluccio we learnt all about royalty free music and what music to use and what music not to use. We were told that we weren’t meant to use popular songs on our films and we should steer clear of copyrighted music. We also learnt that adding music to your film increases the level of WOW! We learnt that we should only ever use appropriate music that fits in with the film and to use music that makes you think.


Shotlists And Storyboards

Our second clinic this week, with Ms Williamson we learnt all about shotlists and storyboards. One of the main things that I took away from this clinic is the percentage of time for each of the three stages of making a movie.

Planning- 60%              Production/ Filming- 10%                   Editing- 30%.

Also, another thing we learnt is that creating a storyboard is one of the most important things to do when creating a film. A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your film will unfold, shot by shot. It is made up of a lot of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene and what’s being said.

Editing Clinic

This week in Film school our first clinic, with Mr Henderson we learnt all about editing and using Adobe Premier. The main thing that I took away from this clinic is the percentage of time for each of the three stages of making a movie.

Planning- 60%              Production/ Filming- 10%                   Editing- 30%

On Adobe Premier when you create a film, the top bar should be on ‘Effects’ and it will light up in blue. To add a video hold ALT TAB and select video and then drag into V-1 which stands for Video-1. The same thing with audio but into A-1 which stands for Audio-1. To cut the video, just slide video on V-1,V-2 or V-3. slide from the back of the video and it will cut.

Audio Booth Clinic

In our second clinic this week with Ms Williamson this week, we learnt all about the two audio booths in our classrooms. The main rule is that there is a five minute limit. A few rules are: Have a script in front of you which you have already rehearsed, a maximum of two people in the booth at a time, no food, clean up your mess, leave the mic on the bench on all times, leave the USB on the bench once you’ve finished, make sure the mic and stand are secure, don’t touch the Mic while recording.

Zoom Camera

This week in week two, our first clinic, called ‘zoom cameras’ with Mr Henderson, our class and grade learnt a lot about zoom cameras. Some of the things that we learnt about the actual camera is that it has an incredible microphone. It is less safe as it doesn’t have a hand strap so you have to be careful with it. To activate the mic, you have to press the push button and lift up the mic so it faces the actors. To zoom there are three levels, first you touch the touch screen and icons will come up. Then, slide the magnifying glass to + or to –

Point and Shoot Camera

In Mr Galluccio’s clinic ‘presenting your piece to the camera’ we learnt that there are three key things to do to present to the camera.
1.Plan what to do, what to say and what to act like. For example, you can jot notes, write a script, think about why you are presenting and who to.
2. Rehearse and warm up. Be e ready and don’t go on cold, breathing and voice exercises help too, as does gunshot warm ups help.
3. Eye line to camera. Make sure you always look at the camera otherwise it looks like you are lying, and you don’t know what to say.