Green Screen And Lighting

This was my last Film School Clinic, and we were learning about how to use and look after the green screen room.

First of all Green Screens can be used to insert a background, image or it can be a video inserted into or onto an other video, to suit the setting, or make it look intriguing. For example Green Screen would be used in Supernatural themed movies, weather reports, cartoons because it’s cheap and easy to impose. As well as it actually being a Green Screen, sometimes they aren’t all green, but the reason that most Green Screens are green, is because it is not a common colour to be wearing. It is also green because it does not clash with your clothes, or your skin. We have 1 Green Screen Room in our Year 6 space.

As well as a Green Screen Room, we also have some Lighting. We have 4 Lights on ceilings and 2 Light stands, and they both need to be used when filming. With the Standing Lights, we have sandbags to help support that light so…

  1. They don’t fall
  2. So if someone trips over on it, it isn’t really likely to fall

There are also Costume Racks in our Green Screen room just in case we need to dress up or look like a certain person or thing to suit the setting background. There is also a Green Cloth, that can be used for special effects. There is also an extension lead because it’s a safety hazard, so we have to make sure we don’t trip on that lead. Another safety hazard is the step, so we have to also be careful not to trip or fall on it.

 

Make sure after you are finished that you leave the space neater then you found it. If students are found either spending more then 20 minutes in there, then the person who is next will get annoyed and… they might knock on the door which you don’t want, because it could disrupt what your doing, and it mean’t that you were spending more then 20 minutes in there or you might have locked the door. Students who break the rules in the Green Screen room will also be banned.

Make sure to switch on all lights in the studio- light stands and ceiling lights will be turned on and off when you press wall switches 2, 3,4 and 5. When lights are on, Actor must stand about 1 metre away from green wall and try to avoid shadow when filming. And absolutely NO SHOES FOOD OR DRINK!!!

Now I’m going to tell you how to use Adobe Premiere, with Green Screen. It is quite simple. First make sure to put the video in V2 this time instead of V1, because if you want a video background then you need to put it in V2 instead,and if it’s a plain background behind them, click on effects, video effects, key, Ultra Key, and then drag onto the persons video bit, standing in front of the Green Screen, then go to effect control to key out the colour, chose your colour and put it as close as possible to the person as you can to get the best background. Press setting, and then aggressive. Aggressive helps to make the lighting better. And then put audio in A1 as usual.

That’s what I learnt in this Film School Clinic, and I hope to be getting my Director’s hat soon. I have really enjoyed all these Film School Clinics, and I really look forward to making Films with the knowledge I now have.

By Eve 6B

 

 

 

Adobe Premiere Pro

In the 10th Film School Clinic I learnt how to use this editing software, and I am now going to tell you what I learnt and did in this clinic. We learnt that editing is the most important step when making a film. Now when using this software you would probably want you laptop at it’s best performance, so click onto your battery icon and make the best performance 100%, so that it can produce the most clear succesful film. If you want to access  your videos or pictures, press Alt, tab which should bring up your files. Here is a video on how to get to your files. Make sure your files are open, click on your files and find the image or video you want to insert. Make sure it is not backed up to one drive, you can see that because if it has a green tick, that it is backed up to one drive.

Here are the Adobe Premiere Tools.The first one is the mouse, which you click on most. This tool is able to help another tool to delete… The only other tools we know at the moment is the razor and the edit tool. The razor basically deletes the part, but you need to click the part with your mouse, get the razor, so it basically cuts a part, or you can press backspace after you have clicked on the part you don’t want. The edit tool helps to trim parts, so when the Director says action, or cut, you can easily trim that out.

In this snip I took, it shows V1 AND A1. V1 stands for the video, and A1 stands for audio. so if I muted the audio, then I would only be able to see the video. If you want to turn the audio up, right click the audio, press Audio gain, and you should be able to turn it up or down. The best volume is 20 because it is not to loud but clear and you can hear the music in the background still. Make sure to use headphones when editing so that you can hear the bits you need to edit clearly.

If you want to make the video faster or slower you right click the audio, press Speed/duration,  and you can make it slower or faster, it can either make your voice low or sound like a chipmunk, so if there’s a photo you can slow a bit down so you can see the surroundings and details. If you want the music to fade in you go effects and then cross-fade.

If you ever trim a middle part of your video out you are able to drag it back next to the first part otherwise it will go black for a little while.

I hope you now know what I did in this Film School Clinic, and I am really looking forward to using this program in future when making films, or should I say editing films…

By Eve 6B

 

Wireless Microphones

In this Film School Clinic we learnt about Wireless Microphones. We have 4 Wireless Microphones, and they are located underneath the TV screen on the top shelf. There was  a lapel microphone which New’s presenters use, and it is designed to be clipped onto your blazer, collar, tie or shirt. The two things to help the sound from that mic is a transmitter and a Receiver. The transmitter you clip onto you belt or behind you and the receiver you put on the hand-strap of the camera, so therefore the transmitter can transfer the sound into the receiver to help the audio sound better. Make sure you plug the lapel into the transmitter and turn it on. The transmitters and the receivers charge standing up. Plug the receiver into mic input on camera, the input for either the transmitter or receiver is next to the on button, the light should turn red when it has been turned on.

There is also a Wireless handheld in a black pencil case with a receiver but we don’t need a transmitter because there’s already one in the Microphone! Make sure that when you talk into the Microphone that you are not holding like a rapper or singer, that you are holding it just under you chin and not like are singer or not to close to your mouth.

This is a lapel microphone. As you can see it has a plug which goes in to the transmitter. I am really looking forward to using this type of microphone.

 

Shotgun Microphones

In this Film School Clinic, we used Shotgun Microphones to help improve audio, when filming. So I am now going to tell you what I learnt and did in this Film School Clinic.

First of all the Shotgun Microphones are located in the cupboard under the screen in the Cafe. These microphones help to improve audio to quality audio. These Microphones are to help make the audio louder and clearer, because the mics that are built into cam-corders aren’t really designed for high quality audio, that’s why we have the Shotgun Microphones.

They pick up sound not just from the front but everywhere. Another thing about it’s sound recording is if you are filming say in a tunnel and your voice echos through the tunnel, bounces of the walls and into the mic which will cause unnecessary audio. The mics are also very sensitive to winds, so try not to move to rapidly or film outside when it’s windy. These mics are also used for news and movies too. Shotgun Microphones is named for the long slotted tube in the front which is covered with a windsock, a windsock is to help protect the audio from being muffled.

To turn the Shotgun mic on, the switch is in the middle and it should turn green when indicated that it has been turned on. You should only turn to 1. Slide the shotgun mic into a silver adaptor on your cam corder. Then when tightening the Shotgun Mic to a HFG, or Zoom Camera, on the Shotgun Mic there is a blue nozzle you have to turn clock-wise, make sure it is tight and secure. Make sure to turn the audio on when filming, use headphones as always, and plug the Shotgun mic into the mic import.

For some reason the video that we made using the shotgun microphone has no sound and I can’t even handbrake it. I will try to fix the problem.

By Eve 6B

 

 

Royalty Free Music

This Film School Clinic was to help us understand what music we can download, and what music we can’t download. Here is a video of myself explaining what I did in this Film School Clinic.

Here is some of the music we found on Bensound. We had to find ones relating to these types of Movies…

  1. Wonder
  2.  Star Wars
  3.  The Greatest Showmen
  4.  Titanic
  5. Creepy

 

Eve 6B

 

Shotlists and Story Boards

 

This is what I learnt in this Film School Clinic. This Clinic was about how we start making storyboards and shot-lists. I hope you now know what we learnt in this Film School Clinic, and what we are going to do when we eventually use a storyboard or shot-list.

By Eve 6B

 

Zoom Cameras

The second week of Film School, the second clinic with Mr Henderson. I’m going to tell you what we learnt and did in this Clinic.

We have 6 Zoom Cameras in Year 6. When filming or walking with the Zoom Camera, make sure you tuck your elbows in, just like when using the Tripods. If you want a good volume, you are best off making the volume 7, because if you make it louder then 7, its going to pick up sounds in the backround which you don’t really want. If you force the microphone up it will probably snap or brake. And the good thing about these Cameras is that they are quick and easy to set up. This camera is not designed for zooming { it’s just the brand name } but it is best to go to the person themselves, but sometimes the zoom can be useful.

Here is a video we made of myself saying another Tongue Twister, using the Zoom Cameras!!

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This is what a Zoom Camera looks like. The top bits are microphones except usaully the have an afro sort of thome over the microphone.

By Eve 6B

By February 15, 2019.  No Comments on Zoom Cameras  Uncategorized   

Audio Booths

This video is about, and what I learnt in this Film School Clinic, Audio Booths.

As well as what I told you in my VLOG, I may not of mentioned that we have a Audio Booth Schedule, which means that you have to put your name down to use the Audio Booths. But If you have not signed the Schedule and you are in the Audio Booths, you will be immediately  removed from that Audio Booth and you will also be BANNED from using that Audio Booth for a while.

I really look forward to using these Audio Booths in the future.

Eve 6B

By February 13, 2019.  No Comments on Audio Booths  Uncategorized   

Cam-Corders

Cam Corders was one of the Film School Clinics. It was about how to use Tripods. Here is some thoughtful and helpful information on how to use these cameras.

2 hands is very important because if you are walking with the camera, because  if you drop it, you aren’t going to feel that great.

Elbows tucked in when holding the camera

Concentrate on what you are doing and remember your purpose of why you are doing this

This thing that I am about to tell you is SUPER IMPORTANT! Do a close up near the person, not from where your standing, because otherwise it will turn out all blurry it will then sound MUCH better.

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By Eve 6B

 

By February 12, 2019.  No Comments on Cam-Corders  Uncategorized   

Presenting Your Piece To Camera

This Film School Clinic was about Presenting your piece To Camera. Here is a Video explaining what I did and learnt and did.

By Eve 6B