Friday, 29 May 2015

Analysis of Movement.

Throughout the creation of my animation the main difficulty we came across what where the camera would be positioned and also what it would be positioned with. we used various different methods and each time filmed a small section of the animation to see what would give the best camera shot.


Our first and worst testing was holding the camera and each time taking a picture of each step. Even though we decided that the whole camera screen would be taken up by A4 piece of paper our animation was on. when we went looked at the part we had filmed we had noticed no matter how hard we tired to line the camera up it constantly moved. this was our worst attempt as we felt instead of actually watching what was going on in the animation, you was adjusting your eyes more to the angle of the camera shot.

Items used;
- Camera
- Arms

 Here are 3 different shots from the first Camera test shot. you can tell how the A4 piece of paper moves across the screen. 


Our second Camera shot testing was almost perfect. we decided that we would use a clamp to hold the camera still and in place. we placed masking tape around the A4 piece of paper to make sure when we changed scene the paper would be in the same place. However where we had decided to set up the camera was what caused the problem. We had set it up in front of a window. while filming a section of our animation we didn't notice the changing in lighting as we was in the same room with the light on. The weather outside when dark and light repeatedly  causing a different lighting for each different camera shot we took. This gave each individual picture a different lighting contrast making the whole clip look tacky.

Items used:
- Camera 
- Clamp
- Masking tape
- Window

Here are 3 different shots that where taken through the process of the second camera test shot. you can clearly see on the blue background that the lighting has changed in each shot. 


Our last Camera test shooting was our most successful and is the one we shall be using to film our animation.  we took our information from our second testing as we felt that went really well but the lighting caused us the problem. We moved away from any windows and also waited for it to go dark outside. we felt it it was dark then there cannot be any light changed coming from anywhere apart from the actual light bulb itself. We set this all up in a room where there is a 'daylight' light which will also give good lighting. Masking tape was also again used so we knew exactly where to place each piece of paper. and the clamp was used to hold the camera in place. when we took each shot we all moved out of the light. we stood to the side of the camera and took the picture. We decided to move out the way as we felt out shadows would be shown on the animation if the lighting was behind us. This was our last camera shot testing and felt it came out with a very strong image.

 Items used:
- Camera 
- Clamp
- Masking tape

 These are 3 shots that was taken from the last camera testing we did. As you can see the picture is very clear in all these, but most of all in all three you can see the picture is the same and also the lighting is the same making it a very clear camera shot on each. 


Monday, 25 May 2015

Interview Research

I have watched 2 interviews of my choice and then answered the question below. The 2 interviews i chose was: 

-Frank Skinner interviews Paul Gascoigne

-F1 Lewis Hamilton On The Graham Norton Show Full Interview

What is your favourite interview and why?
My favourite interview was Frank Skinner interviewing Paul Gascoigne. this was my favourite as 'Gazza' has always been inspiration to me, I have previously read his book at was very interested in how he would act and also how he would speak on camera or in the face to face situation. i enjoyed this interview more as i felt the questions could be serious but also jokey at times. Gazza answered the questions very well even with a bit of humor in there as well making it more entertaining.
What is your least favourite interview and why?
My least favourite was the Graham Norton interview with Lewis Hamilton. I only didn't like this interview as much as while watching it it felt it was more of a 'show' that an interview, even though questions where asked i felt they were question that have only been provoked recently also as there are 2 other people it takes away the heat from the person you want to see, however with the Paul Gascoigne interview it was question from all across his life and carrear  
What is the best question out of all the interviews you watched and why? 
The best question was when Graham Norton asked as question about how good Lewis Hamilton was with the Champagne spray at the end of a race if he has come on to podium. i enjoyed this as Norton wanted Lewis to show him how it was done and then for him to spray it into Graham Norton mouth. This was interesting as everyone has always wanted to do a champagne spray but not always sure how to.
And the worst?
 The worst question was in the interview with Paul Gascoigne, the question was how do you get along with referrers, even though the question was answered well i still think it was a silly question, no sportsman will agree with the ref, one way or another they will have made a bad decision towards that particular sportsman.
What is the funniest response? What question prompted it?
I felt the funniest was in Frank Skinners interview, he asked Paul if he had made burgers with cat droppings, but Paul then says he was mince pies and tell a story about how it happened and ho he fed them to, but one of his mates, said he wasn't going to throw it away it was the nicest tasting mince pie he has ever had. and Paul was going to bring them out next year with his new discovery.
What is the most emotional response? What question prompted it? the most emotional response was in Paul Gascoigne when Frank Skinner showed him the tackle of a high foot, Gazza then when on to say he wish he got sent off with that tackle as he would of been injury free, and then he goes on to say how he has had 26 operations all at very important times and if he didn't get silly injury's then maybe England's football history could of changed.
Who is your favourite interviewer? Why? 
Graham Norton is my favourite interviewer. He was my favourite as i felt he engaged with the person he was interviewing very well. He communicated well and which all the different questions and replies he got he was funny. he also kept control of the interview asking good questions and good times, only thing i disliked was having 3 people interviewed at the same time. but then this possibly gave the interview more atmosphere. 
Other interesting things you have found. 
Both the interviews I felt were very interesting, but the things within these i have felt are different to other interviews. The Frank Skinner interview has various different clips of things that have happened to Paul while playing football, this in some ways gave a hint to what the next question was going to be, i enjoyed this as it also gave a visual effect and helped some viewers engage with that he was talking about more. Within the Graham Norton interview i though it was very strange having three people on the same sofa while asking them one at a time different questions, however this did give more atmosphere and then more of a conversation. 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Risk Assessment

Production log

Conventions In a Documentary

Voice overs within a documentary.
the voice over will normally be authorized in some way encouraging the audience to think that they either have some kind of specialist knowledge or, as in the case of the people like Michael Moore and nick Broomfield: 'the right' opinions that people should pay attention to.
Example: Micheal Moore Bowling for columbine.

Real footage of events,
Documentary is essentially seen as non-fiction although there are debates around surrounding this.
however a convention of documentary is that all events presented to us are to be seen as real by the audience
documentaries often go to great lengths to convince us that the footage is real and unaltered in anyway, although editing and voice over can affect the reality we as viewers see.

Technicality of realism
Including natural sound effect and lighting to emphasise emotion and drmatisfy what is happening Nick Broomfeilds use of this in 'biggie and Tupac' when they 'run out' of sound

Archive footage/ stills
To aid authenticity and to add further information which the filmmaker may be unable to obtain themselves.
1962 USABlack Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf HitlerLouis Clyde Stoumen
I have chosen to use this as an example, as within many WW2 footage, there is only a linited amount. This means many different documentaries that are based on the same subject matter with all use simular or the same footage.  
Interviews with experts
used the authenticate the views expressed in the documentary. sometimes they will disagree with the message of the documentary although the filmmaker will disapprove them in some way.

listen out for the use of non-dietetic sound. why has there been music added what effects does this have? is sound used as a bridge between scenes and if so what meanings are made ?
example would be: "surprise me" - how much does the use of childish music undermine McDonald.

Set - Up
not just reconstructions of events that have happened in the past but also setting us typical scenes.
so if you want to quickly convey classroom you might ask a class to put their hands up likes there's a lesson in actions and the teacher just asked a question. strictly speaking what you are showing inst true the teacher didn't ask a question, it is a cheap way of getting footage a crew might have to wait 15 minutes if they waited and wanted the scene to be natural. there is an issue however because crews make a habit of using set ups thy will only using images of reality that audiences already recognize. producing fresh images and ideas is impossible. theirs a sort of viscous cycle here. if you show radically different images from inside a school you may reject them as atypical or unreal but f i can only offer you a reality you already know about how i can change your opinions.

Visual coding.
Things like mise en scene and props. is that the doctor any less a doctor if shes not in a white coat or wearing a stethoscope, or a builder in a high visibility jacket and a hard hat with workmen boots. has someone been ambushed in the street to make then look shifty.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Ideas Mindmap

Target Audience

The primary target audience for our animation for Help for Heroes will be to people who have had or currently have family members/friends who are our on the front line or doing any sort of duty for the army out in Afghanistan. Through research we have come to a decision that our age range will be between 18 - 30 year olds as this age range is the most popular type that donate money to the charity. This target audience are thought to be the most passionate about the charity and raising money to support the soldiers.

 The secondary target audience will be who is most likely to be with the primary target audience when viewing the animation online or television. Through more discussion we came to the decision that it will be a slightly younger age range of 12 - 17 year olds. This age range is currently the most popular range of age on the internet and watching television. The advert would be broadcasted in-between programmes or shown on social media sites where people will be able to view the animation and share across the internet to their contacts/friends.

Through meetings we have had about our animation, we finally decided on a age range for a target audience and we feel a good range will be 16 years of age and above. We all agreed on this age range as this is when you can apply/enter the army once you have left school. It's a big decision to make going into the army but we need to show what Help For Heroes actually does with the money that people donate. If you're 16 years old and above, you are more likely to take a part in donating money and making a difference.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Production log

Company Name

  • Pink Ladies Production - Decided by the group on the 22nd October 2014
  • 11th November 2014 - Questions chosen for the interviews
  • 22nd November - People chosen for the documentary 
We chose the 3 students (Olly, Jade and Tyler) because they all have a different attitude to the schools environment and their social life. Olly is a quiet student who completes his work but to the minimum and focuses heavily on a good diet and gym. Jade is a perky student who is bright and achieves good grades and like to go out at he weekend. Tyler, the schools head boy is a big role model to the school. He is polite, bright and completes his work to a very high grade.
  • 24th November 2014 - started filming documentory 
  • 1st December 2014 -first footage uploaded to final cut
  • 8th December 2014 - Interviews for doc. started taking place
We had to re-do Olly's interview twice as we had mad a crucial error of not checking the lighting on the camera. When we watched his interview, the lighting was way too dark so we made sure the aperture on the camera was at a correct number for a good lighting.
  • 13th  December 2014 - Filming sixth formers walking to around school/working in class
We had the same problem whilst filming Tyler walking to class as we had to go outside and we had the camera set to the lighting that was in the hall. So, when we stepped outside, the camera let in too much light and the film was too bright.
  •  19th December 2014 - Filming sixth formers socialising with friends
  • 5th January 2015 - All footage uploaded to final cut
  • 6th February 2015 - Final edit complete;