Tuesday, 30 November 2010

PRELIM: sweded film

'Sweding' is the term for recreating (typically in a humorous way) movies in a low-tech, zero-budget fashion, and that is what you are going to attempt to research, plan, shoot and edit for the lessons on Wednesday December 8th.I will be pitching my own idea for a swede to the class in Monday's (Nov 29th) lesson, with Tuesday and Wednesday to plan and shoot (i will be shooting over Thursday/Friday/weekend if need be), and the lessons on Monday and Tuesday next week to upload and edit.

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

Match on action - either an action commenced in shot A is completed in shot B, or an action in shot A is mirrored by an action in shot B, for example when we cut from character A in location A reading a letter to character B in location B reading the same letter.

Shot/reverse shot - After an establishing shot, the shot-reverse shot refers to the close-ups used when two characters are in conversation. (Because we have already used an establishing shot, we now know where the characters are in relation to one another.)

180-degree rule - The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Rom Com Opening : Love Actually

Film: Love Actually (Richard Curtis,2003)
Budget: £30,000,000
Box Office Takings: $59,365,105(US) £36,238,777(UK)
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Production Companies:

Studio Canal
Working Title

Deconstruction: (Opening : 2:00)

Emotional scenes, with emotive music - non-diegetic
Music is long string notes, the music starts before anything appears on the screen, which brings out narrative enigma.
Voice over from one of the main characters (Hugh Grant)
No Diegetic sound
Colour exposure signifying fantasy/dream world.
Slow motion montage of reunions.
White text signifies seriousness, turns to red, shows love.
The words "love actually" appears on screen then this disappears just to say "Love"
Sans Serif font, gives anchorage that it is a light hearted rom com.
More romantic than comedy

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lessons learnt from Micro Drama

From the Micro Drama that we created i have learnt:

  • That you should always have your call sheet with you at all times.
  • To always have lots of coverage and you can never take too many shots.
  • Always know the plot inside out.
  • Use Cut shots to keep the audience interested.
  • When planning your Micro Drama always know the plot so you do not end up changing it during the filming.
  • Make sure you don't record in bad conditions, can damage the footage and make the sound unrecognizable.
  • Don't use inappropriate language
  • I have experienced the iMovie film software where i have used everything from sounds to editing in my work