Planning for Pokemon Go

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Hi everyone,

I have just started the production stage of my Passion Project so I thought I would share with you my planning for this very important part in my Passion Project. The first part of planning for a film is the most crucial part in the whole process. It is a fact that on a scale, 65% of the time is planning or the preproduction stage, 25% is the production stage or filming and getting footage and the remaining is for editing, the post production stage.

My group has decided to use a Shotlist to prepare and organise all the shots, angles, dialogue and settings for each scene. In this, I have used quite a few different angles and shots to get across the message/storyline of Mikayla and I’s film. This is what a filled shot list looks like.

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Some really common good shots are the over the shoulder shot, close ups, still, tracking and panning. An over the shoulder shot is really good if you want more than one hing in the shot like if you need someone to be in a shot but also need scenery or an object than this is a good shot to use because you can have the characters shoulder and head as well as the object or scenery in front of the person or thing.

Close ups are good is you need to show emotion on the persons face or if you need to show detail on an object. You can use them to widen the variety of shots in your film if the time I right and it fits with the rest if the film. A still shot is basically just were the camera is sitting on a tripod or just very still and it stays there and does not move the whole time.

If the camera is moving and kind of following a moving object or person then that is a tracking shot because the camera is tracking and following the thing that is moving. It is usually done with the characters back facing the camera but sometimes it is facing the front.

A pannign shot has the camera moving side to side slowly to show a certain thing or place. You can also have an upwards pan and a downwards pan. They are the same thing but in different directions.

 

I have used all of these shots except for panning at least once in my passion project. They make my films storyline very clear and it really helps using a Shotlist to plan time and make sure our film works and everything is good quality.

 

I will be doing my next post about how the Production/filming goes. I am sure there will be some problems along the way but you can read about that in my next post so for now, bye!

The Geelong College Mystery

In inquiry, we talked about different mysteries like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and things like that. A mystery is just an unsolved problem. People choose whether to believe them or not. All of the year 6’s were put into groups to make our own mysteries for The Geelong College. When we were in groups, we had to make a Teaser trailer and a blurb for our mystery. There were some restrictions, there had to be no violence or death, we had to give evidence without giving it away. It had to be 20 to 30 seconds long and it had to hook the reader to want to know more.

To present the mystery we had to make a teaser trailer with either one short video and a picture, or to put 4 photos into our trailer. We chose 4 photos. In this activity, less is more so it actually puts the message across better if you use less footage and leave it a bit plainer than usual.

When recording our voice over, we were told to use a mysterious voice and act a little because if you have a smile on your face, it comes out in your voice and it ruins the mysterious vibe of the video. If you use a mysterious voice, it will make your video sound a lot better and it will suit your theme.

If I got the chance to do this again, I would have taken better footage in our time frame because we didn’t have much time to spare. We kind of gave it away on our first try because we actually filmed the chickens coming out of the grave. That proves it is true and defeats the purpose of the mystery so we had to use only the photos without the chooks in it. My group ended up using 2 or 3 photos instead of 4. We did have to make a grave and use that because the old ones had got knocked down. Over all it turned out ok. It was really challenging getting the editing done on time so we had to work through a couple of lunches but we got there in the end.

 

The whole experience was really fun and I enjoyed it a lot.

 

 

 

Helpful Hints for Inquiry

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The past few weeks we’ve been introduced to a whole load of exciting new skills to help us in inquiry for the rest of the year. Here are some tips that I’ve learned that I think could help you!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Leading lines, Framing, Rule of thirds, positive and negative space.

Leading lines can create a specific feeling and atmosphere, the lines can split  a photo in half. The types of lines, diagonal, vertical, curved, horizontal and converging. With diagonal lines they will have a more impressive composition if they begin in the corner or edge of your image. Horizontal lines look good when you are taking a photo of the horizon or other things.

Frames draw attention to your subject by blocking out other parts of the scene. By placing an object around the edge of your image you can isolate your subject. It doesn’t have to completely cover the edge of your picture. You can choose to have a blurred frame, more in depth, or a focused frame which gives you more of a detailed image. Make sure your frame has a clear outline and doesn’t blend in with your image. Framing can add clutter to your image and make it feel cramped if used wrong.

You divide your image in a noughts and crosses grid or 3 by 3. The subject should never have their eyes (if they have eyes) in the middle. They should be on the top row. Most cameras have a setting that automatically places a grid on the image so you can take an accurate photo. You can use it to cut out unneeded space or clutter. There is a setting on most cameras that automatically puts a rule of thirds on the screen to help you take more professional photos.

Sometimes referred to as white space. The subject is known as the positive space. He object is positive and everything else is negative space. Negative space should be blank and doesn’t take away attention from the positive space. If provides breathing room so your imagine appears uncluttered and adds up to as more engaging composition. The sky is often used as negative space because it is not distracting but sometimes is used as positive space. When used properly, the negative space is a natural balance against positive space in a scene. It is hard to get this balance right. When framing your photo adjust your composition until the positive and negative space in the shot feel balanced against each other. Be generous with the negative space you give and don’t feel you have to cram something interesting into every inch in the image.

 

FILM

60% Pre production 15% Production 25% Post Production

I reckon shot list plan and lots of different camera angle made our films so much better in film. A shot list is basically something used by professionals to make the production stage, filming, go lot quicker and smoother. It Has one column for audio, one column for what you’re going to film and there is one for what types of camera angles you will use. It will look like this before you’ve filled it in:Capture 3

I found it helped so much with filming it only took about 4 hours in total to film everything.  I recommend it to anyone who is making a film with a time limit.

There is a wide range of angles that we learned. The ones I can remember are, Panning, low shot, high shot, mid shot, dolly, establishing, close up, extreme close up and peace to camera.

Panning is just where you start at one point, and swivel the camera side to side slowly to fit everything into the shot. A low shot is where you are on the ground looking up at something. High shots are just the opposite of a low shot. A mid shot is kind of in the middle and shows only a couple of things. Dolly is kind of like a cross between a panning shot and zooming in on something. An establishing shot is kind of like the first slide of a power point and is used to set the scene like a movie’s first scene or something, it kind of lets you know where it is set or what it is about. I think we all know what a close up is but in case you don’t then I’m about to tell you. It is just where you zoom in really close on something like if you had a picture of a man holding a guitar, then the close up would be of just the guitar or of just the man. An extreme close up is just a close up but zoomed even more. Using the same example as before, the picture would be of the man’s face or just the guitar strings or pick or something. Peace to camera is just of someone looking and speaking to the camera, like a news reporter or weatherman.

AUDIO

 

My First Tip From Audio is about the safety of the equipment. To make sure you keep your tripod safe and not broken, when you need to move sets, pull all the legs on the tripod in to and make sure it’s compacted so it’s not easily broken. Take the camera off the tripod and anything like mics and accessories so they can’t fall off. Always put the cap on the lens when you finish using the camera. When filming with the DSLR cameras you need to focus on the person you are filming or it will come out fuzzy. When Using a shotgun mic, you need to screw the blue adapter on the metal side up. ALWAYS remember to turn on the microphone. If You are using the Lapel mic, you need to find a way to conceal it as much as possible. you can put it down your jumper or in your pocket because the whole point of them is so they can’t tell your using a microphone. it is suppose to stay hidden.

My Second tip is when you are filming, try to speak a moderate space away from the mic or you will muffle the sound and make it sound weird. When you use certain mics, you have to speak slightly quieter than usual because if you burst the sound barrier, it will distort the sound and make a kind of screech sound when you watch it back.

 

My Last Tip For you is to have fun and enjoy it while it lasts!