2. Preliminary Work

Final Preliminary Task

After I looked back at our preliminary work, I identified faults in the video that I wanted to avoid when it come to filming my opening sequence. Even though the majority of our faults came down to a lack of equipment, some were due the lack of planning and the techniques we used when filming.

Editing my work

When I had to edit the clips together there were some errors that I had picked out. Some were from my own editing which gave me a difficult task of putting it together, this was because I missed some small but important shots that would  have made my work structurally better. In addition to this the software I used didn’t have much variation and didn’t give me many options when editing my work, this resulted in my wok looking unprofessional when I played it back. To help me edit my real video I will use Final Cut Pro, this program offers a wider variety of editing options, this will help when it comes to editing as I will be able to take advantage of these options to make my work as best as it can be.


During the recording or my preliminary work the sound seemed to be fine whilst using the IPhone 5, however, when I played it back and listened to it I identified that it had picked up the background noises too which made it difficult to hear what the main character was saying and distracted them from the main point. In the proper filming of our video we will be using the DSLR camera that had better sound quality than the IPhone 5 which will make sure that we can successfully hear the main characters in the video.

Camera shots

During the filming of our preliminary video I used an IPhone 5 as the camera, though this gave me some reasonably good, high quality footage to use I found a few problems. One being the footage, it was reasonably shaky and basic, this was because we didn’t have access to a tripod, the tripod would have ensured us to keep the shots still and this would make it look more professional. When it comes to recording my real video I will fix this by using the DSLR camera which gives us a better quality of video and sound when recording. I will also be using tripods so that my shots aren’t as shaky and unprofessional. 

Final Video

I had to re-film my preliminary video numerous times because I didn’t use the required techniques in the first few attempts that I recorded. Therefore, I needed to improve my real preliminary video and add the correct techniques and components to it. My first video didn’t include match on action and the 180° rule or shot reverse shot which are two very important components when film making. I did however have match on action within the original video but it wasn’t right as I didn’t have enough time to properly incorporate this rule.

I have embedded our final preliminary video below.

Correct Techniques

During the filming of my final preliminary task I incorporated the correct techniques into it, these techniques I found out whilst I was recording my first preliminary attempt.

Whilst I was recording the preliminary task I continued to use the iPhone 5 and continued to use the same software to edit my shots, i used iMovie. When recording I recorded the small but important clips which helped to keep the continuity within the clip, this made my work look more professional than the original preliminary.

What did I include?

In the final preliminary task I included the required filming techniques whilst recording. The techniques I added were; match on action, 180 degree rule and shot, reverse shot.

jay emI incorporated  shot, reverse shot into the final preliminary video, this allows the audience to know that they are communication with one another. This is shown by clear eye connection between both of the characters, this makes it clear to the audience. Shot, reverse shot is something I didn’t have in my original video.

I also added  match on action into the final video. This helped me fix the continuity error I had in the original preliminary video. Match on action makes sure shots are continuous, for example; if someone is walking and the camera changes the direction it is facing, that person should still be walking in the same direction as before.

Below I have embedded a picture of an example of match on action.


Original Preliminary Task

*Original Video (No Edits)*

Our preliminary work was recorded with the iPhone 5 over a number of lessons and edited the clips with Windows Movie Maker. We recorded the video outside which gave us a few major disadvantages with the scenery, for example; the wind was a problem as the speech was occasionally hard to hear due to the fact that we didn’t have a protector over the speaker. The weather was also a problem as we cannot predict the weather will be the same (or similar) every time we record different scenes for the video, so one day it was reasonably sunny and warm then the next was dull and wet. Another major problem with preliminary work is that we did not plan it out (storyboard it) therefore it was all created from scratch without knowing what the ideology, narrative & different camera shots (angles) were going to be, because of this we missed out a few small but important scenes that would have made our work structurally better. One other major disadvantage was the lack of equipment, for example; We were unable to use stands to keep the videos still nor we were able to use DSLR cameras for the best recording quality. However, one positive with our preliminary work is that we recorded the video landscape, which is good so that the video isn’t indistinct & blurry, therefore making it a good video quality.

As we played the video back we all noticed a continuity error, mainly caused by our editing but also from a lack of footage shot. We tried to incorporate the 3 main components whilst we were recording, these are; 180 degree rule, match on action and shot, reverse shot. However, we noticed that we hadn’t properly incorporated them, especially the shot, reverse shot. This is because we filmed from different shoulders and didn’t take our past shots into consideration. When it came down to editing the footage we used iMovie which didn’t have a wide variety of editing options, so in our real video we will be using Final Cut Pro to ensure that our editing is done to the best possible standard. 

I have embedded a picture illustrating our use of shot, reverse shot in our original video below.



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