5. Final Piece Video

Final Piece – Intent To Supply


Naming The Final Video

When naming our title sequence we found it difficult to find one that really matched our style and fit with the content, we initially had a few names listed that we thought would be great to use the only job was to eliminate them. However, instead of doing this ourselves I went around and asked numerous people (15 to be precise) e.g. friends and family to see which name they preferred out of the ones we thought of… I put these results into a tally chart. These options were:IMG_1187

In the end we all decided to go with the highest vote and use Intent To Supply as we also believed that it fit very well with what the sequence is about. We originally discovered this name on a sticker we located on the back of a van when walking through the village to film, here is the image below…

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Final Additions

Once we had successfully added the soundtrack, titles and added features to our opening sequence our only job was to add the final touches and fine tune the everything so that it fit continuously. Over the past two or three days I did just that by firstly ensuring that the shots have continuity all the way through, so it isn’t choppy and gave it a better feel. I then made sure that the added sound effects and soundtrack suited the content of the sequence and gave the sequence the emotions and feel that we initially aimed for.

Once everything had been effectively completed to the ideal standards all I needed to do was render it and upload it to YouTube.We did this through Final Cut Pro itself by clicking on a small icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen…

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After I clicked on this icon I then clicked on the YouTube option in the drop-down menu…

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Adding Sound Effects

I put a lot of thought into the different types of sound effects that I was going to add to our final sequence, this is mainly down to the fact that I didn’t want to over-do it with them and have some in unnecessary places throughout the sequence. However, I did think of 5 straight away that I was definitely going to add to the final piece sequence, these were; gun cocking sound, gunshot, door opening, static sound and heartbeat. I thought these are the fundamental four in the sequence mainly because they would be very easy to spot if they didn’t have any distinguishing sound, or the right sound for that.

Firstly, to find these sounds I took a look at the pre-recorded sounds that are on Final Cut Pro hoping that they would have everything we needed so I didn’t have to spend valuable time looking for them over the internet. I clicked on a small icon in the bottom right-hand corner that looks like a musical note…

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Straight away I found one that I was looking for which was the heartbeat and all I did then once I found it was drag it into the sequence and footage I was editing for my final piece.

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I then did exactly the same for the gun cocking sound, door opening sound and the gunshot sound for the sequence, here are a few images showing you the same thing but this time for the gun cocking sound…

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Adding a Soundtrack

When thinking about the type of music (or ambient sound) we wanted for the sequence it became a difficult task because for us it was hard to think about and locate the right sound for the opening sequence., not only that but it had to be copyright free music too. As I searched through various websites I was careful when listening to different tracks and I struggled to find one that would compliment our title sequence, as I didn’t want it to contrast and give our sequence the wrong feeling. 

I searched through numerous websites until I came to a site called http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/cinematic – Though this website didn’t have any unique tracks I did manage to find a sound that effectively fit into our sequence and gave it the feel that we wanted it too. So all I did was simply download the file and drag it from it’s folder into the title sequence in Final Cut pro.

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Once I had placed it into the sequence I played it back to effectively see if it was the right one, it was only there was a few problems. The main problem was that the track didn’t play continuously throughout the sequence so it became a task of inserting another music file into the sequence and try and match the end of one to the beginning of the other, this was to ensure that it fit together and there was continuity. Needless to say it wasn’t too much of a difficult task and it now fits perfectly into the sequence.

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Adding Ken Burns

When we was showing one of our teachers our opening sequence he gave us a recommendation about adding a really great effect to the sequence that would improve the shots and add a little more to the sequence, this effect is known as the ‘Ken Burns Effect’. We added this to a shot where the antagonist is wielding a gun by his side, during this particular shot the camera slowly zooms into the handgun as the hand shakes, once it zooms in to a certain degree the screen changes to the next shot.

I added this by simply highlighting (Or clicking…) on the shot I want to add it to, then I clicked on the ‘crop’ tool just beneath the small picture showcasing the shots we have put together.

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Once I had done that the Ken Burns feature opened up on the screen, all I did once this had happened was to drag the box that determined where the camera was going to zoom in too and entered this by pressing the ‘enter’ button on the keyboard.Screenshot (17)

By adding this Ken Burns effect into the sequence it gives the sequence a much better feel and emotion, this ultimately centralizes the handgun as something of importance within the scene and gives the audience the connotations that it might be used within the next minutes or seconds within the sequence. Effectively we added this small be delicate effect in to give the audience a sense of tension and maybe even death because people with their own experience of the genre should understand that this kind of shot means that something significant is about to happen and it all centers around the handgun.

Here is an example showcasing the Ken Burns effect in action within our opening sequence…

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Adding Titles

Today I have been experimenting with different styles of text and font in order to use for our opening sequence titles, these will present what roles our group members played with the creation of our final piece. Firstly, I browsed through a large number of different fonts and effects for the fundamental aspect of the opening sequence titles, the look. At first I had chosen a ‘fade in’ ‘fade out’ style added to the chosen title to match the type of footage… although it was ultimately opposite and contrasted relatively well. However, when I showed one of my group members they decided against that and advised we just go for a more simple and authentic title sequence.

I finally decided to choose a really simple font that was easy to read, it is showcased in the illustration below.

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The process was ultimately simple and easy to carry out, this was because we are having our titles show up on the screens, which meant we had to make it fit onto the screen so it isn’t over the action or good parts and this was what I originally wanted to do within the opening sequence. All I did was click on the ‘text’ option that added a text box that allowed me to insert anything that I wanted, in this case ‘PRODUCED BY:’ which then allowed me to key frame the text to either move, flip, rotate or enlarge in size. However, I have not yet decided what I want the text to do yet as I do not want to over do it and add effects that are not necessary.

Though there are numerous different title sequence we have thought about and are still considering. This is because a couple of our group members prefer other ideas for the opening title sequence, we may still add this to our sequence. 

Here are a few examples of the title sequence we have added to our sequence…

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Shot 3:

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Editing Day 2

Introduction

Today I got down to editing our groups final piece some more and because I have done the bulk of the sequence and knew where we were at I thought it would be best if me and one other group member fine tuned the sequence by adding in the final touches.

Letterbox Effect

Once I had arranged the footage and placed it into the correct order I went about adding an effect that was recommended by one of my teachers, this is known as the letterbox effect. It isn’t hard to understand and is exactly what it says… All it does it give you two black strips at the top and bottom of the screen giving you a more authentic look to the final piece. This is also good when you opening sequence is played on the big screen as it  ensures that you footage isn’t stretched… Or at least as much as if it wasn’t there. To do this all I did was click on a small icon near the bottom of the Final Cut Pro interface, it looks like this. 

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Once I had clicked this I typed into the search bar at the bottom, I typed the word ‘Letterbox’ which then gave me an effect called letterbox when entered that I then Dragged onto the work in my final piece. The letterbox option looks like this…

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I then altered the aspect ratio of the letterbox to increase the broadness of the two black strips at the top and the bottom…

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CCTV Overlay

Today I was focusing on the final edits that were to be made to the sequence and one of the more important ones was that of the CCTV at the beginning of the sequence. Firstly, I placed a letterbox effect on the footage so that it matched the rest of the sequence as I had previously done this in another editing session when I also put the footage in order so that it fit together and had good continuity – Editing Day 1. Once I had placed the letterbox effect I then searched through the overlays for a CCTV or camera effect to also place over the footage we had recorded, needless to say I located one relatively quickly and all I did then was drag it over to the footage and drop it on top of it. I did have to alter the footage a little by moving it so that it fit in the letterbox perfectly. This overlay should give the feel that the place is rundown and old due to the black and white styled camera. The two overlays are showcased in the image below…

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I then simply looked for another overlay that would give the CCTV a rundown feel as we wanted to make the area itself seem ultimately rundown as we planned for the drug deal, and drug deals wouldn’t happen in busy streets. The overlay I found was an old TV styled overlay that gave it the kind of static effect over the footage so that we could still see what was happening, all I had to do was lower the opacity so that is wasn’t so strong over our recorded footage.

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This is the outcome I got from doing this…

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 Adding Sound & Effects

I also looked through the pre-recorded sound effects and music through Final Cut Pro and looked for ones that we needed to place into our sequence, I looked for sounds like; gun cocking, heartbeats, footsteps and gun shooting sounds to place over the top of the sequence to give it a better feel and make it seem more realistic as these weapons were not real.

Here are the three main sound effects that I included into our final piece video…

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Storyboard

Shot 1:

This shot is simply a panning shot of the protagonist as he is entering the room, this is after he opens the door. The camera follows the protagonist as he walks from left to right exiting through another door, to another room.

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Shot 2:

The next shot will show the protagonist sitting in a dining room seat beginning to draw a picture on some plain paper. However, much of hs actions are hidden by a chair that covers most of the paper whilst he caries out this activity.

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Shot 3:

Shot 3 is simply an extreme close-up shot of the protagonists eye as he is carrying out his activity. It allows the viewers to see into his eyes and produce the affect that he may not be as concentrated as you would perceive. You will be able to see the protagonist look in different places except from the sheet of paper in front of him.

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Shot 4:

This shot is another extreme close-up yet of the pencil the protagonist is using in the sequence. It simply shows him beginning to draw something on the sheet of plain paper. However, the pencil lead snaps and the protagonists has a burst of anger and throws the pencil angrily into the table. 

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Shot 5:

In this particular shot we see the protagonist throw down his pencil and proceed to get up from his chair to retrieve a lighter that was placed on top of the piano, once acquired he sits back down but into the end chair.

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Shot 6:

The protagonist attempts to light the lighter he is wielding numerous times, this will be presented through a POV shot. As he attempts to light it he realises that there is a person sat at the other end of the table preparing drugs. (Hallucinations) He quickly puts down the lighter and begins to stare.

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The protagonist then begins to rub his eyes to see if the person would disappear, this is shown by a mid-shot from the right hand side of the protagonist.

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Shot 8:

The person that the protagonist is seeing whilst he is hallucinating then immediately disappears right before his eyes, this is presented by an over-the-shoulder shot from behind the protagonist.

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Shot 9:

The protagonist then gets up and gets a spray can and begins to shake it as if he is about to use it. Once he does this is stops and places it on the table.

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Shot 10:

This is a close up shot of the protagonist as he pulls down the scarf that is covered over his mouth and he then says ‘are you ready’ to the hallucination he sees in the chair.

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Editing Day 1

Once we had finished the filming last night we decided to straight away begin with the editing of the sequence. We began the editing process of the footage on the software called Final Cut Pro on the school Macs. First step was to successfully assemble the correct shots together into an opening sequence with two specific and important aims. These were:

  1. Place the shots into an order that makes it look good and feel like it had an affect and emotion on the viewers.
  2. To ensure that the sense of continuity is kept through the whole sequence.

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To ensure that the continuity is kept me and my group member decided to add in ‘fade in’ and ‘fade out’ transitions between every shot, for now. This was simply down to the quick succession of each shot transitioning before, which kind of gave it an effect we didn’t want. This is simply because it gave the effect of the scene moving really fast and it seemed as though it was like this all the way through, we aim for it to go at a slower rate simply because of the plot and narrative we have set up for the protagonist.

I also removed all of the sound from every shot I have decided to use once placed together, this was simply because we have decided to use a method called ‘foley’ which I have spoken about in a blog post in the past and will cover it again in a future blog post. We have simply chosen to use this because when replaying the shots the sound recorded with the camera was amateur and scratchy meaning that we couldn’t really hear what was being said by the characters. To carry this method out successfully we are going to use a microphone called the ‘shotgun mic’ as this will ensure the best sound quality possible to put over the top of our shots.


Filming Day 2

Today me and one of my other group members Ellton Clow and a friend Conor Bryan continued the filming of our opening sequence. We simply re-filmed some shots outside of GP3 as we didn’t get the sufficient shots on Filming Day 1. However, we did this time and was ready to begin the filming of the rest of the sequence and for this we asked a favor of a friend to see if he could be a character within our opening sequence, he said yes and we began filming straight away.

We carried on with the filming but in Ellton Clow’s house as this was the next location that we needed for our opening sequence. We used his front garden, porch, kitchen and dining room for this and it only took us a few shots to correctly get the shot good enough for the sequence. This is where we saw the protagonist and antagonist share some form of dialogue to one another during the filming, and we had chosen to film indoors as it would generally have less noise that doing it outside even though we had decided to do foley.

Here are a few shots we shot on the filming of day 2…

Shot 1:

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Props

Introduction

When we had successfully finished the storyboard and the script, we believed that it would e best to create a list of the different props and costumes we used for each of the characters within the opening sequence. These are inevitably the important aspects of the sequence because they are there to help set the mood for the sequence and without these it just wouldn’t be the same.

Drugs

This prop in my opinion was the most important simply because this is what the protagonist is based around… Drug Dealing. I know there could have been other drugs but for this video we simply went for this drug, its a class A drug so will showcase the importance of concealment throughout the sequence and exaggerate the punishment if he is caught. We simply asked the food technology teacher if we could use some flour and some cling film to create this particular prop for the sequence.

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This is actually what we used as the Cocaine within the sequence Tesco value plain flour from the Food Technology store room.

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Gun

This is the second most important prop within the opening sequence in my opinion, this is because our genre is simply a mix between social realism and action thriller so we felt that we had to include the mild violence that would categorize us within the target audience age range  of 15. We only really needed on gun within the sequence as we never had/ or needed two guns within the same scene as we did a Star Wars reference of Han Solo and Greedo when they are in the Mos Eisley Cantina.

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Phone

Within our opening sequence we have the protagonist place this prop onto the table from his pocket, this prop is also a major part in the sequence as the audience are shown a text message from a mystery person that may be important to the protagonist and even the antagonist within the sequence.

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Script

Here is an image showing you the content of our opening sequence through the script we have created, this shows you what the dialogue is going to be within the sequence and it also gives you some minor details enabling you to create a picture in your head even before you watch it.
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Camera & Equipment

In the recording of our final piece we successfully managed to get hold of a camera in order for the quality of video and sound quality to be acceptable. A picture of the specific camera we used is embedded below, as you can see it is a Nikon DSLR camera.

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We also aimed to used a tripod to help us get clean detailed shots during our recording so that it doesn’t look scratchy and amaetur. This ensured that our shots would be still and wouldn’t shake, so that they were accurate and help us to keep the camera facing the subject being recorded and to ensure that it was at the correct general height in order to record.

The main positives with the tripod for us are:

  • It keeps the content still during the recording process, this means the shots will not shake.
  • It enables us to rotate the camera to effectively capture better shots.
  • It can be altered in height depending of shots planned e.g. decrease the height or increase the height.
  • Tripods generally help to enhance the picture quality, framing precision and creative ideas available.

Though we were aiming to use a tripod we were unable to do so during the ‘day 2’ of our filming, this was simply down to our own common sense and errors. Firstly, when we obtained the tripod we didn’t check the equipment beforehand to ensure that everything was in there. This ultimately came back to haunt us because the tripod we borrowed from school had a foot missing which meant it would be standing at a slant, so it was not usable for that particular day of filming. Though it would have been absolutely beneficial for us to use one we managed to get relatively decent footage without a tripod, we did this by using substitutes like the furniture around our chosen location.


The Cast

Here is a picture of the cast on the day 1 of filming our opening sequence. Though, we have one member who didn’t make it so he isn’t in the picture. We will be getting a group picture with him included in the future.

The Cast

As we are creating our opening sequence on our own in a group are cast will be carrying out multiple roles during the creation of the opening sequence.

Our group member on the left is known as Conner Smith. He is effectively a director and producer of this opening sequence.

The person in the centre is called Jay Bullimore (Me). I am going to be carrying out jobs as the director, executive producer, cameraman and editor of this opening sequence.

Our group member on the right is known as Ellton Clow. He will be carrying out the jobs of director, executive producer, cameraman and editor of this opening sequence.

The group member that wasn’t able to make it during Day 1 of Filming is known as Erin Gathercole. He will mainly be carrying out the jobs of director and editor of the opening sequence.


Filming Day 1

My group and I simply filmed some really basic shots outside of GP3 today, we were recording the scene that we plan to have a CCTV styled camera shot on showcasing an apparent drug deal between two people one being the protagonist. We really didn’t get much done today simply because we didn’t plan out what shots were going to be done first so we had some slight disputes and began to waste some time. However, we did get some footage shot before we had to leave the vicinity and it was really raw. 

We did aim to record the drug deal happening but instead we recorded some shots of the protagonist walking up to a gate and simply opening it. This is showcased in the embedded video below…


Risk Assessment

Location 1:

When visiting our 1st location we were going to be recording at we identified numerous risks not only physical but also in terms of completing the whole sequence before it is due.

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Firstly, when looking further into this particular shot I identified one potential hazard that could put our cast at physical risk. However, this is all dependent on the weather because if it is icy, wet or damp the actor could possibly slip or trip over that could result in minor injuries that could halt our recording schedule in the future.

One risk we did identify that we originally wasn’t going to consider was potentially falling from the roof. This wasn’t considered simply because we wasn’t originally going to film on the roof, however, as we have developed our ideas and tested them realistically we identified problems with our other camera angles that needed changing. This is where we thought that additional camera angles would be beneficial if we had decided that they wouldn’t work in our final piece. However, We did plan on filming on the roof to do a CCTV styled camera shot aiming it towards the protagonist whilst he deals drugs, but this is not yet certain and if so this could be a potential hazard to the cast member on the roof.

Location 2:

The 2nd location we planned to record at also had some potential hazards like the 1st location, however it was much eaiser to call for help if something was to happen as it was inside one of our group members house.

Here is the 1st place we recorded at the new location, this is someones front garden and the risks here are generally the same as what were at location 1 as there is a potential to fall due to weather and or objects.

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The shot of the second room isn’t very good but from this shot you could probably picture it yourself as it is just inside of the front door, it is quite small and there is potential to damage you feet with the step and fall over, or the door could possibly hit you if you are on the other side.

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The next room again is relatively small and the pictures aren’t the best but as you can see there is a potential that if water was to be dropped across the floor that someone could fall and hurt themselves, we countered this by ensuring that there was not any water on the floor during the filming of the sequence.

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The final room we recorded in was the dining room again this room was quite small but it had a big table that blocked of a lot of the room which made it hard to move. The potential hazard I personally identified was that the table corners are unforgivable and hurt if you accidentally walk into it whilst filming. (especially your hip) One way in which we managed to lessen the number of times this happened was to take our time with everything and don’t run or jump around as it was bound to happen again. The 2 shots below and the shot above all collectively give you a good indication of its size.

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Location Preliminary Shots/ Camera Angles

Today during lessons we went to our filming location to film some mock preliminary shots and to grasp a more realistic idea of our narrative. Though the location isn’t exactly what we were originally going to use we thought that it is the best location to capture the correct feel of the sequence for the viewers. During this time not only did we put some preliminary ideas into action by creating them realistically to see whether they would work well and have the continuity to keep the sequence alive, we also experimented on the specific camera angles we could potentially use for our final video.

Note – We recorded our preliminary work with our iPhone 5s. However, we are going to use a professional DSLR when it comes to actually filming our final piece.

Below I have embedded all of the preliminary illustrations and videos we had taken during this time.

This video is going to be one of our opening shots within the opening sequence we aim to create. This will be done with a handheld camera called  a GoPro which will allow for a more realistic feel to the opening sequence giving the audience the feeling they are inside the sequence themselves.

During this shot the person is walking up the the gate, in the proper version there will be a lock to ensure the gate is closed. The reason why we didn’t have it on during the filming of the preliminary version was due to the fact that we did this during school hours.Once he has opened the gate he will take 3 or 4 steps then the camera angle changes.


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During this shot we aim to use a method motion tracking (mentioned in a recent post) shot with a sign on the doors to begin our title sequence, we hope to make them seem although they are embedded on the sign and make them look more realistic.

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The two images I have embedded above show us a couple of different camera angles we are likely to use in our final sequence, we only took these as a reference so we know the type of angle we should attempt to execute. (Future reference) This shot will showcase the person mainly walking up the path… following him up until he gets past the wall then the camera angle changes again.

This video showcases what I was talking about in terms of the two images above, though this shot does not include the camera. This shot again was for future reference so that we have an idea of how we want to execute it when it comes the the final shooting.


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The two shots above again showcases the continuity problem that others might have when recording, we have been recording from the same side with these preliminary shots which help us to execute the 180 degree rule and match on action effectively. This is because the person will always be on the same side of he camera… Which in itself will help maintain the continuity to the sequence. 

During the sequence itself the person will again be walking forward to the door… Once he edges closer the camera will again change to the GoPro handheld camera as he opens the door.

The video I have embedded above is showcasing another potential camera angle we could use, we believe that all are equally as better than one another.


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The shot above is one idea that we were going to use once the person enters the building, it is from the outside of the building because we aim for the person to close the blinds. However, this shot isn’t specifically aimed at the blinds we wanted the central point to be the warning sign to the right of the window as this suggests that he is breaking some rules.

The video I have embedded below showcases our thoughts and ideas about how we might execute this shot.

Also this is one shot where we aimed to use the motion tracker method to continue the title sequence on the sign.

 


Multiple Narrative Ideas

Though I have written narrative ideas in previous posts me and my group have adapted and developed those ideas into much more significant pieces that will ultimately make our opening sequence more eye-catching and interesting for the viewers that watch it. To take a look at my previous idea take a look in my recent blog post:

The new ideas we have come up with to add into our opening sequence aren’t very detailed as of yet. To reiterate it these are only ideas and might not be added to our final piece if we decide that it is best.

  1. Small yet discrete additions to most scenes. This give the audience an idea of what might happen next if they look closely.
  2. Generally the characters will wear typical teenagers styled clothing e.g. flannel shirt, skinny jeans, trainers with the addition of something to cover their whole face or just some of it.
  3. During the scenes where the characters are spraying on a wall we could switch between shots to make it look and feel like there is so much going on. Also by using a GoPro to make it feel like the viewers are in the action.
  4. Add some comedy in the scene to make it more interesting and realistic, because they are only students it shows their funny side. This makes it easier for the viewers to relate to what they are doing and who they are as a person. 
  5. As the viewers and the characters in the opening sequence look at the art work through the GoPro that they have to record the ‘art’ being created it looks really good. When the normal camera shows it, the art work looks really bad.

Researching a Script

I have recently thought about what are script is going to consist of for our final sequence video. However, my knowledge on the script is limited, so to counter this I have decided to research into a professional script that has been used to film one a widely popular name to help me when it comes down to actually creating my own script.

Script: The Dark Knight

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Looking into this script more I have identified aspects that I must include in my own script, these are:

NOTE – They are written in no particular order.

  1. We need to identify whether the scene is shot inside or outside using EXT. for outside and INT. for inside. This will help us greatly when it actually come down to filming because we will know where it is that we need to film and will not cause us any confusion, but ultimately it will save us a lot of time.
  2. The script also contains the actions of the characters in the scene as it says: “A PATROLMAN looks up at the BAT-SIGNAL. Smiles.” We need to include this so that we know exactly what the particular characters actions are going to be at each part during our opening sequence and so that the next person that needs to act knows what the signals are. Not only does it have the actions of the characters in the scenes it also contains the dialogue of them too, this will help us during our recording so the actors can remember what it is they need to say even though we have minimal dialogue.
  3. Another important aspect we need to consider and incorporate into our script is the time-zone. (Day or night) These are two important aspects because if we identify to the person reading the script when it was taken they can then either help us to record during our filming, or if its after we have filmed can get a sense of what the scene will be like.
  4. The line of movement from the camera is also important because cameras line of movement must be correctly included so that my group and other people reading the script know where the camera will start off in the scene and where it will travel from to get the where it needs to be at the end of the scene, for example; “MOVING OVER GOTHAM — NIGHT” This clearly identifies what the camera is going to do during the scene and at the same time successfully presents the time-zone for the reader.

I researched the script so we know the general layout so that when we have to create our own we know exactly what we must include.


Title Sequence Ideas

Introduction

For our opening sequence me and my partner have thought about the title sequence as it is one of the most important aspects that an opening sequence consists of so naturally we have brainstormed numerous ideas that we could use for our own, in terms of the font, font size, colour and location on the screen. I will be covering me and my partners ideas and the ideas from the other two members of our group.

The first idea we had was a typewriter font because we believe that it would fit in well with the planned content of our final piece, though it doesn’t have any direct relation to typewriters of old fashioned technology as such.

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The second idea in terms of the font type for our initial ideas are a back-up if we somehow couldn’t deliver the first would be an older styled text that we believe still fits in with our opening sequence characterisation, narrative and mise en scene and would still look good when presented.

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We took the time to think of multiple ideas not only because we are unsure what we are going to do for our opening sequence and nothing is set in stone, but because when it actually comes down to filming and editing our final videos we might not like our first choice so we thought that having a back-up font would benefit us greatly.


Group Ideas

As there are four members in our Media group we decided to split off into two groups, in the groups we created various ideas that we could use when it came down to recording our final piece. However, we are going to get together and debate on the ideas put forward to see which ones we think are better to include into our final piece. Me and my partner came up with an Action Thriller drug dealing scene which I will post about in future posts.


Brainstorming Ideas 

Over the past few days I have been brainstorming and writing down some of my ideas that I can share with my group to see which ones we could incorporate into our final opening sequence video. I already know what the basic outline of what a narrative should involve and we don’t want to make our a stereotypical sequence, so I wanted to break down the different parts of the scene and figure out an alternative way of executing the particular shots.

Brainstorm

The sequence itself is aimed to be visually and audibly pleasing to the viewers and follow a general pattern so that the audience will be able to vaguely guess what may happen throughout the rest of the film. As I have touched on in previous blog posts we are aiming to create an effective Social Realism/Action Thriller, though it is a widely viewed genre and many students attempt to create an effective opening sequence using this genre we feel we can exceed what has been created in the past and challenge their work both visually and audibly.

I have realised that within an opening sequence you don’t have to introduce the whole story to the viewers because it would be seen as a rush to do so. Therefore, we are not going to showcase much of the storyline or narrative within our opening sequence. However, the dialogue of some characters will give some reasons as to why that is. Though bearing in mind that we are only creating a 2 minute opening sequence and not a movie, I believe that leaving cliff-hangers and unanswered questions will draw the viewers in more.

In past lessons we have discussed the importance of the audio and visual style within a films and how both of these concepts are generally overlooked by students when they are creating their video. I have realised how important it is when it comes to creating an effective and post-modern opening sequence so I am researching into these concepts more so it can help me to incorporate these into my final video effectively to improve our standard of work. 

In previous blog posts I have presented my research into various camera angles and different cameras that I could use and incorporate into my work to and improve the outcome. However, I will do the same as I am going to research into different types of microphones so that I can maximize the audio level so that it is effective when creating my final opening sequence video.


Company Ident

We have created a type of ident that is used a lot for many real companies. To create an effective and realistic ident we included lights to illuminate some of the words included in the ident – Shown in the illustration below.

Key Framing (Details)

Below I have a embedded a video of our final company ident that we have created using  Cinema 4D. We will be including this in our final video.

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