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Professional Project – Evaluation, The Art of Sport Festival

The Art of Sport Festival – AUCB Professional Project

The Art of Sport Festival. Weymouth Dorset Friday 4th May 2012.

Event located at Redlands Community Sports HUB and Wey Valley School.

Art of Sport Festival (3 minute version)

Art of Sport Festival (short version)

This has been one of the most challenging units in this academic year. It’s challenging on many levels, for example this was my first Documentary and working with an external client on a media project. A good decision was made early on, that was to test and hone our filming and documentary skills by getting involved with smaller but related projects leading up to the main festival. The first project, the filming of the Long Jump gave us some familiarity of what to expect when filming a sports event. This was immediately followed by the filming of the ‘Mini Art of Sport Festival’ which was an even better introduction to successfully producing a sport documentary.

I also watched some example sport documentaries on the internet and was surprised by the poor quality of many that I watched, some appeared to be unedited just visual records of sports events.

I’ve researched documentary theory, the most helpful was the book ‘Introduction to Documentary’ by Bill Nichols from the AUCB Library.

  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (1 Jan 2002)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0253214696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253214690

My responsibilities were concentrated on the production of the videos, from visualisation, camera operation to editing and just about everything else in between. As we are a small team of 2 we often had to get involved in areas outside of our respected responsibilities particularly as this was essentially a client based project. We had technical issues; problematic equipment, location generated problems. These problems were added to by the need to satisfy an external client. Therefore I found myself in the position of having thought the job was done only to have to go back to the project and re-edit or make changes to the opening or end credits.

I also designed the end credits using images and logos approved and/or supplied by the client. It was fairly boring orginally so I added a card swip effect using After Effects and added some sound effects to punch it up a little.

As per the requirements of this unit a paper record of all our correspondence with the client, pre-production notes and associated processes are contained in a folder, which will be made available for assessment.

I’ve documented the projects planning, budgets and invoicing in previous blog entries.

Mini Art of Sport Festival – Blog Link:- Professional Project – RELAYS

Paul Oluyemi Long Jump – Blog Link:- Professional Project – London Olympics 2012

The Art of Sport Festival

With the completion of the Mini Art of Sport Festival I had in effect a working template for the main event ‘The Art of Sport Festival’ which took place on Friday 4th May 2012 at the Redlands Centre in Weymouth. From the experience gained from the preceding event I asked Aleksandra to obtain a camera and also asked Georgie Hewitt who I knew was good at filming with a DSLR to join us on the day. My idea behind this was that whilst I would film the days events and activities using mainly long and mid shots, Aleks and Georgie would concentrate on close ups and alternative angles to the ones I was using.

My plan for this project was to look for new content to film, the idea being that this could be added to by suitable video clips taken from the Mini Art of Sport Festival if necessary. I suspected that we would end up with considerably more content than what would be required for a 2 minute film or a 5 minute film and any duration in between.

I also thought it would be a good idea to create a variety of edits using different styles, for example 1 edit could be in a Corporate style and another more targeted towards a more general audience and maybe a 3rd just for children. These edits would be made available to the client should they want them.

We were fortunate on the day with the promised rainfall thankfully absent, I’d had visions of all 2,000 children relocated to the undercover facilities and the cancellation of some of the activities. However with the changing cloud cover the available light changed as well and so some sequences appear dark while others are bright. When working on the edits for this final project I am grateful to the pre-production planning where I decided we really must have an additional camera in order to cover the activities, shots and opportunities that may be missed by not having that additional resource. I have used footage from all 3 cameras in the editing process.

We have footage for several edits and should be able to satisfy the clients immediate and future requirements. For the purposes of this unit and the rapidly approaching deadline I have produced example edits based on the clients previous requirements, but I’m sure we will have to make changes to these depending on the media platform they will be displayed be it for a TV using a DVD or for upload to the Internet for video streaming.

In conclusion I think that overall this unit has gone well with the clients requirements having been met for the 3 projects. The team has worked well, each of our skills and abilities complimenting each other. What would I change if I had to repeat this type of assignment? to be honest not much, it would seem to be obvious to enlarge the team size but I would disagree, a larger team may have presented more problems than it would have solved. For example increased logistics, higher costs and associated additional equipment requirements may outweigh more any benefit it may have had. If I was to be critical I would say that we would have reduced our, or in particular my workload, in post production if I had determined our clients wishes more satisfactorily. I made the mistake of assuming that my requirements for the completed edit would closely match the clients, this was proved to be an incorrect assumption on my part. The solution to this would have been to involve the client earlier and throughout the stages of the post production process. However in my defense some of the changes were introduced late in the process for example the addition of more logos and changes to some of the edits to exclude individuals from the final edit.

The extensive project notes, shots lists and storyboards have been submitted as a folder at the hand in date.

Mini Art of Sport Festival – Evaluation

Here is the final client approved video for the Mini Art of Sport Festival

This was an enjoyable project, we were basically set an open brief to document the days events, the only restriction was that some of the children could not be filmed other than that we could decide ourselves on the best approach and the content that we would generate.

I’ve documented the days events in a previous blog but essentially, apart from some technical issues we successfully completed the planned filming and created a few set pieces which could be used to enliven the final video. On the whole I think we were satisfied by what we had achieved between just the 2 of us using the resources we had to hand.

Then in Post Production I became suddenly aware of the clients change in requirements and how they would differ from my own. Up to this point and on previous projects the only person I had to satisfy with my finished creation was myself, while keeping an eye on satisfying the brief and feedback from lecturers. For this project I produced a number of video edits (7 in all) until I had a final video which satisfied the clients brief, which included the following:-

  • must be no longer than 3 minutes long,
  • must not show/identify certain individuals,
  • must use only authorised logos and laid out in a particular sequence.
  • must be in .MOV file format

On top of this the video needed to include particular activities and people. Of course these requirements changed/evolved over the Post Production process hence the high number of edits produced.

Finally we advised the client on the presentation of the video for the VIP’s on the day of the Festival, suggesting that they abandon their original idea of using projection. That instead they secure a large screen TV or LCD panel for the day as this would cope more effectively with the lighting conditions (viewing in a marquee in full daylight). The Plasma TV they sourced had a built in DVD Player and good sound quality which solved the problem of linking DVD Player and Sound System to the display.

The early versions of this video was plagued by its audio, even though a directional microphone was used the ambient noise in the Sports Hall created by 100’s of children drowned out the voices of the interview. This was unsolvable although I attempted a variety of sound filtering using Audacity and Soundbooth. The only solution was to record again the interview sequences in a controlled environment. While doing this I had the idea to use this opportunity to record an interview specifically for the Art of Sport Festival in anticipation of similar problems with sound on the day. (This was proved to be the right decision)

The extensive project notes, shots lists and storyboards have been submitted as a folder at the hand in date.

 Mini Art of Sport Festival – Edit Stages as a Playlist (7 videos in all)

The Long Jump Project and Video – Evaluation

As I mentioned in my Blog entry for this project I was really pleased with the outcome, the final video coming very close to my original visualisation. Although we had all kinds of problems scheduling the shoot everything came together on the night. Our preparations and pre-production were up to the job and the shot list completed in good order with time to explore alternative angles and shots.

The post production also went as planned and I soon had 2 edits which I was pleased with and importantly satisfied the client.

If only all projects had progressed so satisfactorily.

The extensive project notes, shots lists and storyboards have been submitted as a folder at the hand in date.

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Professional Project – RELAYS

RELAYS

RELAYS – Regional Educational Legacy for Arts & Youth Sport

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=6fvqGwD3iGc]

2nd Professional Project, working with Jo Gardner on the Inspire Programme. The Inspire programme enables non-commercial organisations across the UK to link their events and projects to the London 2012 Games in an official scope.

We’ve been asked by Jo to record the The Art of Sport Festival which takes place on the 4th May 2012 in Weymouth. This is a Festival for children from local schools and involving both Sport and Art activities. However as this date would be almost at the end of the Unit, 8th May we decided that we would also create a series of short videos recording some events leading up to the main festival. Our first opportunity to do this was at the ‘Mini Art of Sport Festival’ which was also hosted in Weymouth and took place on Friday 16th of March at the Wey Valley School (This would also be the venue for the Art of Sport Festival).

As this is a live event the majority of what we would be able to film would be outside of our control and for that reason a second camera was procured which Alek’s would use hand held to record cutaways and those candid moments that the main camera may miss. Unfortunately on the day this additional preparation went unrealised as we had technical problems with the second camera.

Filming

I’d already decided with Alek’s that we would interview Annie Hargreaves and Virginia Bailey for the documentary. I planned to use the first few 10 seconds of video and then using the sound channel only from the interview as a narration/soundtrack over the visuals we would be filming of the children competing in all the sport and art activities on the day. Although this was unknown to us at the time this would be our second technical issue on the day. For although we used a directional microphone the ambient noise level was so high high that it effectively drowned out Annie’s and Virginia’s interview.

Overall though the day seemed to go well and I managed to try some unusual camera techniques including holding the camera on a fully extended tripod over my head to record high level visuals. This is where my camera the Canon 60D comes in useful with it’s swivel screen which allowed me to view the action even with the camera positioned some 2 metres over my head.

Due to the sound issues with the original recording we arranged with Virginia to come back into the studio on another day so that we could record the interview again. We filmed Virginia standing in front of the Inspire Programme Banner in the DMP Studio. The footage is a surprisingly good match with the video sequences shot on the day and integrates well into the final video.

Editing

I created a number of edits, all of which I showed to the client for approval before going onto producing the final edit. Some of the edits required the removal of individuals from the footage as identified by the client. The interview soundtrack is an issue which can only be resolved by re-recording this in a studio environment which I intend to do as soon as Virginia is available.

I had to create a opening credit using the Inspire Programme sting (Supplied by them) and static images from RELAY , which I created using After Effects producing a video sequence. The final touch was to create an end credit sequence using the static images and logos from the various agencies and organisations involved in RELAYS.

The video above is my personal edit (the 7th edit in this project so far) and may not be the final edit to be submitted to  the client.

An important lesson to be learned from this process is to actively engage your client at the beginning of the Post Production process. I made the mistake of completing each edit to my satisfaction and uploading to YouTube for the client to review. This meant that I was repeating the editing process for each change and addition, effectively wasting hours of time rendering and uploading videos that were eventually superseded by the next edit. The answer must be to sit down with the client with the edits )in the editing application) and agree with them the way to go forward effectively finalising the edit before going to the final stages of rendering, uploading and/or burning to DVD. Unfortunately this is probably not an option in the real world trying to schedule meetings for this purpose, my own experience shows how difficult this can be.

Project Planning and Production Notes

  • Company Name: H&S Productions
  • VAT Registered: No
  • Project: Mini Art of Sport Festival
Type of Project: Digital Video – Documentary Production

Synopsis: To film the Mini Art of Sport Festival a pre event for the Art of Sport Festival in May 2012. Produce a number of short video sequence of 2 to 5 minutes or less for upload onto the Internet for embedding by the client and to produce a DVD for promotional purposes.

Pre-production:
  • Arranged meeting with client to discuss the project and the clients requirements for the videos.
  • Produce a series of basic outline Storyboards and possible shot lists for the event.
  • Produce a list of questions to ask the participants on camera.
  • Complete a Risk Assessment and advance booked the equipment needed.
Production:
  • Filmed the event live on the day over a 3 hour period using 2 cameras. Canon 550D and Canon 60D.
  • I set both cameras to record in 1080p at 30 fps.
Post Production:
  • Produced 4 edits from the videos taken on the evening from both cameras.
  • Actual time working on these edits varied but altogether 6 hours for all 4 edits.
  • Edited using Adobe After Effects and Premier CS5.
  • Sourced a suitable music soundtrack
  • Created the opening and end titles from video and images supplied by the client

Budgeting Notes

Filming:
  • Myself and Aleksandra would do all the actual filming and editing.
Equipment:
  • I would use my Canon 60D and Aleksandra borrowed a Canon 550D from a fellow student which was sufficient for this filming session.
  • For editing we both had access to our own MAC computers with Adobe CS5 installed therefore no additional equipment was required for this project.
Additional Costs:
  • We would use my car to travel to and from the venue.
Outline Budget
  • As we would carry out the entire production ourselves our charges would come under the £50 per day restriction.
  • There was no additional equipment required therefore no charges made for this.
  • Assuming 2 people over 2 days the total cost would be £200.
Actual Budget
 

Project: Art of Sport Festival – Rate based on

  • 1 days filming

  • 2 days editing

Director Ian Hunt £200.00
Producer Aleksandra Leontjeva £160.00
Camera x2 £280.00
Sound x1 £140.00
Video Editor x1 £140.00
Sub Total £920.00
Add 5% Overheads £46.00
Add 15% Profit Margin £144.90
TOTAL To be invoiced to the client £1110.90

Based upon this initial Budget calculation we would have completed the project and come in under the maximum the client would be expected to pay that is £2,225.00 with an overall profit of £1,114,10. This is assuming we invoiced at the maximum allowable and based on overall costs of £920.00 + £46.00 (Overheads) – that is £966.00 total costs.

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Professional Project – London Olympics 2012

London Olympics 2012

Professional Project – Paul Oluyemi Great Britain Long Jump Athlete – London Olympics 2012

One of my original ideas for the Professional Project is to produce a series of short films, documentaries that represent the local viewpoint of the London 2012 Olympics.

An internal University email brought Paul to our attention and at the same time it was also suggested by our Lecturer Phil Beards that we contact Olympic long jump hopeful Paul Oluyemi who is both a student and is sponsored by the Arts University College Bournemouth.

Aleksandra (The Producer) and myself (The Director) arranged an initial meeting with Paul to discuss the project. That is what we were looking to achieve and of course to request his involvement and his permission to make a short video. To produce a short documentary of some of his preparations and training for his sport the Long Jump  during the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Following on from this we had a another meeting where I discussed with Aleksandra what I visualised for this video. Basically the idea was to produce a very short video documenting a single training session for a Long Jump. Also to film separately an interview with Paul in one of the DMP rooms. Aleksandra came up with the idea that we should also film an informal training session on the beach which would provide a comparison between the formal and informal.

A followup meeting with Paul we discussed in more detail the parameters of the project and he suggested that we could film one of his training sessions at the Kings Park Athletic Stadium in Bournemouth. Paul trains six days a week, but we had a deadline to work to as Paul was heavily committed over the coming weeks so we had to move quickly.

Within a week we were at the stadium setting up the cameras for an evening training session on what felt like one of the coldest evenings of the year. The lighting didn’t come on until after 6.30pm and the test shots we tried beforehand although acceptable I soon realised would not fit in with the rest of the video footage as the light faded into night. So I decided we must wait until the stadium lights would come on, this way the light would be controlled and therefore consistent throughout the video shoot.

I set my camera the Canon 60D onto a tripod and Aleksandra used her camera, the Canon 550D handheld. The main shots were all storyboarded beforehand and so I knew where to position the camera for each of what I decided would be the key points in the Long Jump. These were the approach; the launch down the runway, the foot hitting the board, the flight and the landing. In all I guess we had Paul complete more than 12 jumps to get all the shots we required. On top of this we filmed cutaways for example warm ups, the raking of the sand, closeups of face and feet and son on. In all we were on site for 3 hours to get just slightly more than a minutes video.

Within a few days of filming I had a first edit to show Paul in order to get his approval, as after all Paul was in effect the client for this section of the project.

The next stage was to arrange and meet with Paul to film the interview in one of the sound editing suites, which we completed with a week of starting the project. We used my Camera the Canon 60D to record visuals and my Rode Videomic mounted on a table top tripod to record sound. Using this setup we avoided any mechanical noises from the camera getting on the soundtrack.

I then set about creating a second edit combining the 2 shoots, this can be seen above. I decided that I would just use Paul to introduce himself and then the rest of the video would be the long jump itself. I personally felt this had more impact than using the interview soundtrack as a narration over the jump sequence.

Project Planning and Production Notes

  • Company Name: H&S Productions
  • VAT Registered: No
  • Project: Long Jump
Type of Project: Digital Video – Documentary Production

Synopsis: To film a training session with a Great Britain Athlete competing in the Long Jump. Produce a short video sequence of 2 minutes or less for upload onto the Internet for embedding by the client in social media websites for promotional purposes.

Pre-production:
  • Arranged meeting with client to discuss the project and the clients requirements for the video.
  • Obtain a release from the clients agent to be able to embed the video in our student blogs and for transmission on the AUCB internal iPTV Network.
  • Produce a series of basic outline Storyboards and shot lists for the training session.
  • Complete a Risk Assessment and advance booked the equipment needed.
Production:
  • Filmed an evening training session under floodlights over a 2.5 hour period using 2 cameras. Canon 550D and Canon 60D. I set both cameras to record in 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Filmed an interview with the client in studio approx 30 minutes. Canon 60D, Rode Videomic.
 Post Production:
  • Produced 3 edits from the video taken on the evening from both cameras.
  • Actual time working on these edits varied but altogether 4 hours for all 3 edits.
  • Edited using Adobe After Effects and Premier CS5.
  • Sourced a suitable music soundtrack

Budgeting Notes

Filming:
  • Myself and Aleksandra would do all the actual filming and editing.
Equipment:
  • I would use my Canon 60D and Aleksandra borrowed a Canon 550D from a housemate which was sufficient for this filming session.
  • For editing we both had access to our own MAC computers with Adobe CS5 installed therefore no additional equipment was required for this project.
Additional Costs:
  • We would use my car to travel to the venue.
Outline Budget
  • As we would carry out the entire production ourselves our charges would come under the £50 per day restriction.
  • There was no additional equipment required therefore no charges made for this.
  • Assuming 2 people over 2 days the total cost would be £200.
Actual Budget
 

Project: Long Jump – Rate based on

  • 2 days filming

  • 1 days editing

Director Ian Hunt £400.00
Producer Aleksandra Leontjeva £320.00
Camera x2 £560.00
Sound x1 £280.00
Video Editor x1 £140.00
Sub Total £1,700.00
Add 5% Overheads £85.00
Add 15% Profit Margin £267.75
TOTAL To be invoiced to the client £2052.75

Based upon this initial Budget calculation we would have completed the project and come in under the maximum the client would be expected to pay that is £2,225.00 with an overall profit of £440.00. This is assuming we invoiced at the maximum allowable and based on overall costs of £1700.00 + £85.00 (Overheads) – that is £1785.00 total costs.

Earlier Video Edits

2nd Edit
First Edit

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Short Form Video – Project Conclusion

Short Form Video

Students Short Form Video Project.

Our 2 minute edit:-


Personal 2 Minute Edit


I chose Black & White for my edit mainly for personal preferences – I like the look, but this also solves some of the problems encountered with varying lighting conditions. For example the first days filming was on a bright sunny day and the second days filming was sunny with clouds. We could have graded the film in post production but the plugins for Adobes Premiere were not available at the time.

Short Form Video – How did we get to this point?


Firstly it involved considerably more work than initially anticipated, particularly in the pre-production stages, that is planning and organisational stages of the production that are vital to any film project and should be completed before any filming begins.

Homeless Person Cycle - Wordly Goods

Homeless Persons Cycle – Worldly Goods

The first task as was to generate an overall concept for the group video,  unfortunately our individual ideas were discarded for a variety of reasons and so the group eventually came up with a group concept with the idea of videoing a day in the life of a Homeless Person.

Tony Chance our visiting Lecturer for this unit introduced us to the concept of using a mood wall, which helped us to not only come up with this idea but also initiated the thought processes that the film would work well as a dream sequence. For example we could show the Homeless Person remembering his best day while sleeping on a park bench. In the Homeless Person Best Day we would attempt to show in the video a lucky day for a Homeless Person.

Conceptually a Homeless Person idea of what is a good day for them should differ from what other people would consider to be good day. So we made sure that these good things were appropriate to the character, for example we looked at and discarded the idea of the Homeless Person winning the Lottery as this seemed unlikely and too obvious.

A list of Good things:-

  • Finding a packet of cigarettes
  • A better coat
  • Sharing a drink with his Homeless Person friends (Dropped from the final video – cast reasons)
  • Finding and enjoying a cup of coffee while reading a newspaper
  • A quiet moment feeding the birds
  • Finding a pair of glasses and enjoying a joke watching TV in a shop window
  • Enjoying a sit on the beach watching the Sun go down (Dropped as the final sequence had to fit in with a cycles wheel)

Preparation and job assignments


Unfortunately for this short form video I seemed destined from day one to be cast in the role of the Homeless Person, while initially I was hoping to be the Producer.

Michael was always going to be and was the Director and was also cast as the man on the bench drinking coffee, Alexsandra wanted to be the Assistant Director/Producer, Lee was Camera, Editor and appeared as the man on telephone, with finally Euan also on Camera and who also appeared in the film as the bucket carrier. For student filmmakers and micro or zero budget filmmakers everyone doubled or even trebled up on job roles and/or appearing in the film as main character or in lesser roles in the film.

As the short form video production commenced it seemed as if everyone (no surprise for student filmmakers) wanted to be the Director including myself and so during videoing everyone had an idea of how each scene should be set and shot. Although at times this could be very confusing it was also very creative with many of our best ideas coming from these creative discussions.

Preparation for this short form video was the key for the success of this project, for example we needed to make me look like a Homeless Person and so I sourced costume which was made even more appropriate thanks to Lee efforts with Brown Sauce, Flour and Tea/Coffee stains. Michael organised a make-up artist to do my Homeless Person make-up (Thanks to Mark). Alexsandra produced the broken glasses for the shop scene. We sourced the loan of a cycle from a fellow student thanks to Georgie and this was dressed with a variety of old cans, bottles bags of old clothes all tied onto the bike with string.

We were fortunate in that our shot lists would mainly be be in the same order as our Storyboards which negated the need to film out of sequence.

With the filming locations already identified (See previous Blog entries) we set dates for filming and arranged for the booking of the equipment we needed for the 2 days of Filming.

Filming – Day One


My first task of the day was to have the Homeless Person make-up applied.

Homeless Person on a Bench

Homeless Person on a Bench

We then loaded the cars with all the filming equipment, costume and props and then set off to our arranged meeting point in Bournemouth’s town centre car park. Euan would meet us there as he was riding the cycle we would be using in the filming as there was no room in the cars for it and all the equipment.

I got changed into costume and then the group set off to the first location which provided  our first problem of the day as it was unavailable to us. (See previous blog entries for details).

If I had to summarise Day Ones filming it would have to be a day of difficulties. We did achieve everything we had planned but obstacles had to be overcome, scenes needed modification to suit conditions and of course we couldn’t control every aspect particularly those involving members of the public and so we had to work around these as best we could. We also discovered that the camera had a fault and that we would have to switch from filming on Tape to using the digital backs. But on a very positive note when I got home that evening and captured the footage onto my PC I saw that we had some really excellent footage and we as a team had a much better understanding on how we as a Group worked together and what our individual strengths were.

Apart from one incident where I chased the Director up the road (He got away from me) as a Team we worked well together.

Day Two


Disney's Lady & the Tramp

Disney’s Lady & the Tramp

With a pre-arranged meeting point day two should have got off to an early start but we were delayed slightly by some team members arriving late and the need for another make-up session. But we soon got filming under-way and it seemed to go more smoothly than the previous days shooting mainly because we had a better understanding of how we all worked together and the alternative locations were already in place.

In summarising Day Two I’d say it went much more smoothly, everyone had a role they were comfortable with and the filming went much more to plan. At the end of the day we returned to University and dropped of the equipment with the feeling of a job well done.

Editing


I’ve completed a number of edits now (See previous Blogs), several that included the Green Screen footage which we decided to drop from the final video. A four screen montage with different start points so that all the main scenes in the film could be shown in their entirety but still stay within the 2 minute constraint. But in the end the edit that works best for me is the version above, particularly in conjunction with the music I’ve chosen.

We shot some extra footage for cutaways ie. The bird and daffodil sequences, utilising these in the edit to assist in moving from the end of one scene to the next. My idea and the most important additional footage for me was the final sequence of the £20 note caught in the spokes of the wheel as this solved the problem of ending the film on a shot of the bikes wheel. All our other ideas for this ending involved the bike falling over, the Homeless Person dying and his hand dropping in front of the wheel etc. none of which appealed or indeed made sense.

The editing process was completed using Premier Pro CS5. I used no effects or dissolves just straight cuts although I did scale a clip or 2 to fill the frame and vary the shot as after the shoot I realised most of our sequences were similar mid shots, although as planned and storyboarded but in retrospect we could have filmed more close ups.

Effects


Homeless Person with his Dog

Homeless Person with his Dog

I’ve downloaded a number of effects plug-ins which I intended to use in particular to (Red Giant – Mojo) colourise the video and make it more film like but I have not used these as of yet as they add a red cross across the final video as they are trial versions. I understand these effects are available to us in the editing suite and so I will look again at this in future projects.

Preparation

Extracted from out Teams Facebook Group where the Team swapped ideas notes, and organised Filming locations etc.

Please see lists below, without these item we CANNOT film. Therefore, please put your name next to items you have sourced & intend to supply. If there is anything I have missed please add it to the relevant list ASAP!

Prop List


  • Bicycle – IAN ( Georgie’s bike)
  • “Old” Homeless Person Clothes – IAN
  • Cardboard Boxes (flat)
  • Bags of junk (cans,paper etc) Euan (at Uni)
  • Packet of cigarettes – LEE
  • Lighter – LEE
  • Bucket – LEE
  • Sponge – LEE
  • Scarf (to dry himself) + Towel – IAN
  • “New” Coat – IAN
  • Packet of Crisps -Euan
  • Newspaper – LEE
  • Paper Cup (for coffee) – IAN
  • Watch/Mobile Phone (for time) – LEE
  • Broken Glasses – IAN
  • “Lady and the Tramp” DVD – LEE

Accessories / Sundries list


  • Camera – IAN
  • Tripod – IAN
  • DV Tapes – LEE & IAN
  • Make-up – MIKE
  • Make-up artist – MIKE
  • String
  • Change for Parking Meter – WE ALL NEED TO CONTRIBUTE THIS!!! (This didn’t happen me and Lee paid for parking)
  • Mouth Wash – IAN
  • Towel – IAN
  • Wet Wipes – IAN
  • Flip Camera (for “making-of”) – IAN

Original Cast Job Allocation List and Script


  • Michael Moore – Director & Co Editor
  • Alexsandra Leontjeva – 1st Assistant Director
  • Lee Tucker – Camera & Editor
  • Euan McQuisten – Camera & Cast?
  • Ian Hunt – Cast, Producer & Lighting

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Script so far (not finalised – add your ideas) [no zombies Euan]


Scene one

The Homeless

The Homeless

Opening shot of the Bus Stop in close up to tie in with Group 1’s final shot.

Zoom out and track to show the Bench as the :-

Homeless Person (Coughing) pushing bike enters scene from the left and parks bike alongside the Bench.

Homeless Person sits down and immediately falls asleep. Head resting on right hand.

Scene two

Dream sequence begins with a passer bye giving the Homeless Person a cup of coffee.

The Homeless Person pushing his bike finds some money which he uses to buy something to eat/drink from a street vendor.

He carries on and finds a or is given a better coat.

The birds start to sing

The Homeless Person finds a good spot on the beach sits down and warms himself in the sun and falls asleep.

As the Homeless Person eyes close his arm drops.

Scene three

Cut from dream sequence back to reality

The Homeless Person arm drops exactly in the same way as it did in the beach sequence.

A passer bye drops a coin into the Homeless Person lap

Tracking shot of the passer bye ending on the bikes wheel – zoom in to a close up of the bikes wheel.

Shot Lists


Main Shot List (1)

  1. Bus Stop (close up)
  2. Homeless Person wheels bike past bus stop (wide shot)
  3. Man standing at top of the stairs throws cigarette packet (wide shot)
  4. Cigarette packet drops in front of Homeless Person and wakes him up (mid shot)
  5. Homeless Person opens cigarette packet (close up)
  6. Homeless Person removes a cigarette and lights it  – change angle (close up)
  7. Homeless Person stands and takes puff on the cigarette (mid shot)
  8. Man carries bucket to the front of the car (wide shot)
  9. Homeless Person takes sponge from bucket and begins to wash (mid shot)
  10. Homeless Person wheels bike towards rubbish bins (wide shot)
  11. Homeless Person opens bin (mid shot)
  12. From inside bin Tramp opens bin (close up)
  13. Homeless Person removes bag from bin (wide shot)
  14. Homeless Person picks up crisp packet (close up)
  15. Homeless Person changes coat (mid shot)
  16. Man reading paper on bench (wide shot)
  17. Wrist watch (close up)
  18. Paper and coffee cup on bench (close up)
  19. Homeless Person approaches bench and sits down (wide shot)
  20. Homeless Person drinks coffee (wide shot)
  21. Homeless Person picks up paper (close up)
  22. Homeless Person wheels bike towards aviary and sits down (wide shot)
  23. Homeless Person feeding birds – change angle (mid shot)
  24. Homeless Person wheels bike to shop window (wide shot)
  25. Homeless Person picks up spectacles (close up)
  26. Homeless Person puts on glasses (mid shot)
  27. Homeless Person viewed through window (mid shot)
  28. TV picture showing Lady & the Tramp (close up)
  29. Homeless Person walks away from shop window (mid shot)

Extras and new ending – shot list (2)


  1. Rear view as Homeless Person walks towards Bus Stop (mid shot)
  2. Crisp packet drops to ground and picked up (close up)
  3. Flowers blowing in the wind (close up)
  4. £20 note stuck in bikes wheel spokes (close up)
  5. Homeless Person pulls £20 note from the wheels spokes (close up)

Cutaways additional shots etc. – shot list (3)


  1. Birds in the aviary (mid and close ups)
  2. Pavilion and fountain areas (mid and close ups)
  3. Bournemouth Lower Gardens – Plants and waterways (mids and close ups)

Storyboards


My own storyboards were as you can see basic but thanks to Lee and his Storyboards which we used to work from during the shoot. Of course these storyboards also changed as the filming progressed and ideas for new scenes developed, but we did as a group stay true to these as much as possible.

My Attempt at the Storyboards

My Attempt at the Storyboards

Final Thoughts


I really was not expecting everything to go smoothly on a Team Project I have far too much experience working on Projects to know that things can and will go wrong. A good team is one which can overcome these problems and put the time and effort into completing the project, also most importantly doing a good job, I can honestly say that we had such a team working on this project.

Each member of the group pitched their ideas to the other members of the group and to the Short Form Video Unit visiting Lecturer, Tony Chance. Although we all had good ideas as a group we were unable to pick one from the five pitched to take forward as the Short Form Video project. Therefore the final project was not from one persons idea but developed from a number of production meetings and of course became a compromise of all our ideas, which by definition rarely satisfies anyone but once decided upon the Team worked together to bring this project to fruition. Of course the original projects concept changed as the filming progressed and even when we thought we had completed we still decided to film more footage and in fact completely changed the final scene, which I personally thinks works really well.

I do also personally think that the 2 minute limit does not sit well with this film, which I feel needs a more relaxed pace, but on the whole I am very happy with the final result. One caveat though, I think the final film would be much improved by removing the majority of the sound effects with the one exception of the bird song, but again this is a personal opinion.

We had a lot of fun making this film and I think this comes down in some respects to the amount of pre production planning and the filming schedule we had in place. We had allotted sufficient time to film, which also allowed for problems to be identified and re-solved. This also gave us time for re-shoots, for exploring alternative edits and ideas.

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5 Minute Edit


[youtube.com/watch?v=0CX2AoHiWWk]

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Short Form Video – Web Landing Page

From a photograph taken with my Canon EOS 60D I used Photoshop and it’s HDR effect plugin to create the image. To this I added a mix of 2 Grunge type backgrounds and some text to create a background for a Web Landing Page.

In my next post I’ll describe how to create the HTML page and then embed the YouTube video so that the Video can be played on the Film Trailer styled page rather than just providing a link to the video on YouTube.

Tramp Film - Trailer and Web Landing Page mockup

Tramp Film – Trailer and Web Landing Page mockup

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Short Form Video – Student Filmmakers the Montage Edit Green Screen

Wednesday 16th March 2011

Tramps Best Day – 2nd Edit

Following Tuesdays filming of the Tramp character sitting on the bench dozing against a Blue Screen (instead of the usual green screen) thoughts turned to how we as a group of student filmmakers were going to edit the 5 minute film sequence down to a sequence just 2 minutes long.

I wondered if it could be possible to include the entire 5 minute sequence by using split screen and dividing the footage up. By giving each partition a different start time in this way we could include the green screen, that is the green screen footage as well as the all the live footage and keep the sequence to be just 2 minutes long but all of the scenes would be on screen.

The only way to test this would be to do an edit and see how it would look. The result is below and to be honest I do not think it works but let me know what you think.
[youtube.com/watch?v=bMv-FPqH2p8]

Tramps Best Day – Test Edit 2

Tramps best Day – 3rd edit

This is my latest edit of the Tramp footage this time I’ve set myself the target of a total duration of 2 minutes and the sequence must start with an image of the Bus Stop and must end with a close up of a bikes wheel and include the green screen footage even though we were to discard this in the final edit.

Due to the benefit of having already captured my footage and previous editing attempts it was relatively simple to identify what to include and exclude from the video. In the end I removed the Aviary scene and most of the footage showing the Tramps character pushing the bike from scene to scene. By doing this I had achieved an edit of 1 minute 50 seconds which meant I could go back and look at some of the clips and see if if by adding some footage back would improve the overall composition or assist in the narrative.

Although the final video fits the brief I have to conclude that I prefer the split screen or montage of the 2nd edit.
[youtube.com/watch?v=nj8RgBmlQHc]

Tramps Best Day – 2 minute edit

My suggestion for the final sequence.

I think it would improve the final result if we considered the following:-

  1. Drop the Green Screen sequence of the Tramp day dreaming on the bench – it just does not add anything to the video.
  2. Use the Montage/Split Screen design but with a couple of changes:-
  3. First change start the video with a full screen image of the Bus Stop and then scale this down and push it into the top left region of the screen.
  4. 2nd change End the video with a full screen image of the bikes wheel by scaling up the image from the bottom right region of the screen.
  5. So the top left image runs from the start for 2 minutes and say the bottom right starts 2 minutes from the end.
  6. The other 2 regions on the screen should start from a different scene.
  7. Overall the whole footage should be shown somewhere be it in region 1,2,3 or 4.
  8. Use the soundtrack from the Montage edit – it works really well.
[youtube.com/watch?v=h8USgQIDO0g]
4 Screen Montage with Bus Stop and Wheel ending added

What do I think? well it works but it needs some finishing touches for example the scaling of the Bus Stop opening needs to be speeded up. The actual screen divides are too regular and would be improved my making none of the videos the same size. The final sequence of the cycle wheel needs to be re-shot as a new sequence with the final image showing the wheel completely and directly facing the camera full framed.

Of course these are my thoughts and the final edit will come down to what the group decides and of course the director should have the final say. Although in the real world it’s usually the Producers decision usually after test screenings in front of an invited audience.

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Short Form Video – 1st Video Editing, Rushes The Dailies

Video Editing

Tramps Best Day – 1st rough edit

[youtube.com/watch?v=ER8lvkYyIjk]

After an initial false start when one of our locations was unavailable to us on the day of filming our group worked hard to identify a substitute location in order for filming to commence. Fortunately we found one relatively close by and so filming could beging. Cast as the Tramp I was certainly not short of advice, instruction and direction as we filmed each scene in turn.

We worked from Lee’s storyboards which we tried to reproduce as closely as possible. After two days and surprisingly hard work we completed the planned  filming.

Video Editing

As custodian of the footage on Flash Drive, I set about producing a rough 1st video edit. I used Adobe Premier Pro CS5 for editing the video sequences together, I then added a copyright free soundtrack and uploaded the video to YouTube for the Group to view and disseminate. Each member of the team could then make suggestions for improvement and to ready the video for additional editing and to reduce the video run time down to the required 2 minutes.

After viewing the 1st edit we realised that we would need to go out and film some extra footage mainly closeups and cutaways.

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Short Form Video – Green Screen, scale/perspective and locations

Saturday 26th February 2011
[youtube.com/watch?v=iO2_NCajOe8]

Tramp Short Form Video

Scale and Perspective

Using the green screen video footage shot on Wednesday and additional video footage which I shot using my Canon EOS 60D DSLR. I began experimenting with positions, the scale and perspectives for the live footage and the video footage which would form part of the dream sequence.

Group discussions in conjunction with a meeting with Tony the idea was put forward to make the video image behind the live footage of the Tramp on the bench to be oversize, dominating the screen.

I thought it would be a good idea to see how this would look so I set up my camera at home and wearing the revised costume I acted through the drinking idea we’d had.

We’ve yet to decide on the final look of the dream footage whether it’s going to be in colour, black and white or other effects but for this test I just used ‘Threshold’ (Premiere Pro) to separate the live footage from the dream.

I’m quite pleased with the overall look of the footage but I am now thinking that it will be hard to show all the ideas that we have had for the dream sequence in just 2 minutes and I’m thinking we should just show one or two ideas and do these very well rather than do four or more but do them badly.

Also I think we should given the opportunity shoot more footage than is required say an additional 4 or more minutes so that we have enough for a short film of 6 minutes duration and cherry pick from this footage for the 2 minute version required for the overall project.

Storyboard

I storyboarded the short dream sequence but as you can see in the final edit, changes were made to the scale and position of the background images

Locations

A useful tool for rapidly identifying locations for filming is Google’s Street View. This allows you to view locations across the whole of the UK and indeed the World although as the name suggests only if there is a street and one which Google’s camera car has filmed.

I used it to view a number of locations in the Charminster area which will need to be followed up by an actual visit but they appear to be good possibilities for filming the Tramps dream sequence.

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Short Form Video – Actor Makeup

Actor Makeup


24th February 2011

The Reluctant Actor Makeup

Following on from Tuesdays Blue Screen tests the Group re-set on Wednesday for a full screen test and for this I had to get made up into my Tramps character.

This involved a session in make-up (Thanks to Mark) something I’ve not done before and probably do not want to do again (Please I don’t want to be an actor).

I used my Flip Ultra camera to film the make-up process which I then sped up and edited in Premiere Pro CS5.

[youtube.com/watch?v=6jKxxnQ3xGE]

Tramp & Homeless People Research

With cast and crew roles now set we the group know that I’m to play the Tramp. In anticipation of this I thought I’d better do some more research on characterisation by looking on YouTube for videos of Tramps and the Homeless, unfortunately it’s not a widely covered subject under that title but I did source some examples.

I also (thanks to Euan) watched a film called the ROAD for ideas. Apart from the look of the main character I didn’t really get much inspiration from this movie.
[youtube.com/watch?v=hbLgszfXTAY#]

The Road Movie Trailer

I then came across more examples using Homeless as my search keyword and in particular this one caught my eye because it’s just so interesting.
[youtube.com/watch?v=jaGLDKBE8Ho]

Images of Homeless people and cycles

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Short Form Video – The Pitch Tilt Shift

Thursday 27th January 2011

The Commuter

This is going to be a Short Form Video shot in a Documentary Style inspired by Koyaanisqatsi .
[youtube.com/watch?v=fY4L5npPdao]

Koyaanisqatsi

I’m going to be using Tilt Shift effects to add an additional perspective to the video. Where it would be used to film groups of people; cars, trains and bicycles in the daily commute. The addition of tilt shift effect adds an element of fun to the video. The scenes of the video will take on a model like appearance, the people will seem like ants scurrying around an unreal environment bright with colour.

I’ve picked the daily commute as the theme primarily because this is the most active part of the day, the time where most people cars and trains are in motion which is needed for the tilt shift effect to be most effective.
[youtube.com/watch?v=SoIjK6-3Img]

Time Lapse

The sequence will start ideally with a Huge Faked Sunrise to set in the audience minds that it is the early part of the day, we then cut to  people waiting at a Bus Stop using Time Lapse.

  1. and as the Bus Pulls up we cut to a Tilt Shift of lines of cars headlights as they stream into Bournemouth.
  2. The next scene is another Tilt Shift view of the trains coming into the station.
  3. This is followed by a Tilt Shift scene looking down onto the Square in Bournemouth watching the people scurry around the shops.
  4. The penultimate shot will be a Tilt Shift of a line of cars tail lights as they leave Bournemouth (Shot at the same time as the morning shoot).
  5. Finally we have the scene of a commuter on a Bike with a Huge Faked Sun setting with a final close up of the rear bikes spinning wheel.

I would also like to shoot the video using a variety cameras, for example a Digital SLR, GoPro, Flip and of course Sony Z5. The GoPro might give the best result because of its wide angle lens and the HD cameras would give the best quality images for the start and end sequences which are not to be Tilt Shift. But the DSLR might work the best as this has a time lapse function which would be ideal for these sequences and they would also have the benefit of being in HD as well.

I’m still considering whether apart from a music soundtrack whether a voice over would be appropriate as well as any other soundtracks for example one of the videos above starts with an extract from a Radio Traffic Report which I think really sets the scene by establishing the time of day and that it’s the morning commute. It might be a good idea to do something similar and also at the end of the video add the evening traffic report again setting the time of day into the audiences mind that a day has passed. NB: Not 24hrs but a working day say 7:00am to 6:00pm.

Storyboard – Photographs

Ice Cream Boat - Poole Harbour

Ice Cream Boat - Poole Harbour

Customs Boat - Vancouver Sound

Customs Boat - Vancouver Sound

Street - Las Vegas

Street - Las Vegas

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