Looking back to our preliminary film and than comparing it to our final film I can see that we have improved an awful lot regarding everything from sound to camera angles. For this blog i am going to show you just how much we have improved on from our preliminary film to our final film.
The first thing you can notice straight away when comparing the two films together is camera shots. When you look at our preliminary film you can see even though we used a range of different shots, we didn't use enough close ups. By using close ups it would have made our film so much more dramatic and suspenseful. But if you look at our final film you can see that this time we used a range of shots, and a majority of these shots included close ups. A particularly favourite close up of mine is the close ups of the dead body it creates a sense of mystery. I would say for the final film the framing of the shots could have been a bit better because at times some of the shots appeared to be a bit shaky due to the camera.
When it came to the editing of our preliminary film we focused more on making our clips flow rather than using transitions and effects. We decided on this because we thought if our clips flowed better it wouldn't really matter whether we used transitions or effects. When it came to the editing of our final film we became a bit more adventurous and experimented a bit, we still kept to the same idea of making sure our clips flowed well. But instead of keeping the same speed of the clips we thought we would increase the speed to see if it would make the clips better. But after we had increased the speed, we realised that by increasing the speed it was making the film really fast this is something that we didn't want to happen. So we decided instead of increasing the speed of the clips we would actually make them slower, this actually worked much better than we thought it would. It made the clips really flow and gave you time to digest what was happening in each clip, even though at times this wasn't the case as some clips were much faster than other clips.
we slowed down this clip to make the opening flow better
When it came to the Mise en scene of our preliminary film as you can see it was pretty basic as we didn't really have time to think about our Mise en scene or the location of where we should film. This was do to our timing, we only had about an hour to film our preliminary film, to me this was not enough time. But when it came down to it I think we did a pretty good job considering the amount of time we was given to film and edit our film. When it came to our final film we was much more prepared of what we needed and what we needed to do to make a successful film. I think we had a good use of props, which included fake blood, science equipment such a goggles and even the costumes for our characters.I also think we had the perfect location for our film as by filming in Hampstead Heath it was quite, spacious and had an amazing view. We also filmed in one of the science laboratory's in the college. I think this was a really good location to use as it gave the film a sense of mystery and it also showed that we had really thought about what we wanted people to think and feel when it came to them watching our film. When it came to the use of props we wanted them to look as realistic as possible that is why we decided to use fake blood. But when it came to using fake blood we didn't want it to look fake as it would make the film seem boring. So to make the blood look as realistic as possible we decided that I should wear a white top as it is a really striking colour and once we added the blood to the top we realised that it really did look like real blood. When it came to what Jessica should wear we decided that she should wear smart clothes, as this is what you would usually see a detective wearing in programmes such as 'The Bill.' I think with a good location and use of props this has improved our my work an awful lot as it makes our film feel so real and believable.
Jessica wearing a lab coat makes it look professional.
The sound from our preliminary film to our final film has changed dramatically due to the fact that we concentrated more on the sound for our final film then we did when it came to our preliminary. The sound for our preliminary film was quite basic as we didn't really have enough to add sound so we only used a few sound effects. Even though we had dialogue in our preliminary film we thought it was a bad idea to use dialogue in our final film, as using dialogue would make the film so confusing whereas we wanted to make the film as simple as possible so that the audience would be able to understand it better. I also think that the sound effects we used in our final film are really good as they actually sound like the real sounds would have sounded if we would have reordered the real sounds.
Our planning skills have improved a hell of a lot as we stuck to the idea that we made in the beginning. Also we took our time in the planning process so that we wouldn't make any mistakes when it came to filming our film. By making sure we planned our film down to the last detail, this helped when it came to the process of filming as we made sure we knew how to film everything and what we would need to make it look right. We also done a lot of research when it came to the filming our film as we wanted our film to look as realistic as possible.
Throughout the whole process of making our thriller opening team work has been extremely important as if we didn't work as a team then our film would have turned out to be terrible. Also by working as a team it gave us a chance to share our ideas and put them together to try and make a good film opening. Also by working as a team it gave us the chance to get to know other people and also make new friends.
From our preliminary film to our final film my organisational skills have changed a lot, they have changed in the sense that when we were filming our preliminary film we rushed it and didn't have enough time to edit our film to a good standard. This was different for my final film as my group made a schedule of what and when we were going to film and we stuck to this schedule. This improved our organisational because it showed that we were taking our time and giving ourselves a enough time to film, edit and add sound and titles to our film to make sure that we met the deadline.
Throughout the process of making our film we learned about many different types of media technologies and what they do . One of my favourite media technology we learned about and got to use was final cut pro. I enjoyed using final cut pro as it gave me the chance to learn something new but also i learned how to put clips together and how to edit the clips, to get them how you want them. By making a film of my own I have seen just how important media technology is when it comes to making, editing and adding sound to a film.