Nearing the end of this class, I feel like I learned a lot about basic production. I am comfortable using the equipment and editing programs including Photoshop, audacity, final cut and adobe premiere. We have learned how to plan a production including script writing (and reading), finding talent, and elements of a good video/audio spot.
Various lessons I’ve picked up through the semester include:
- Premiere is much more user friendly than final cut because many of its steps are automated and also have 1 button short cut options that require several steps in Final Cut.
- How to check sound levels and where they should generally be.
- Always check your recorded video/audio before leaving a set.
- You want your video to be HD at least at 720 x 1080, also HG64 format.
- Always be super careful with transferring video file onto a hard-drive- video files are the most easily corrupted.
- How to conduct an on screen interview- never put subject directly in the middle staring at the middle of the camera, instead shoot off side with them answering questions to the host off camera, and looking at corner.
Learning about chroma key has made me realize how many movies have transitioned to shooting on green screen to cut costs. In my opinion it takes away from the 3D realism and theatricality of film. I watched the Star Wars films with CGI removed and thought it was much better than the “remastered” versions.
Guillermo Del Toro is an amazing director who made such movies as Pan’s Labryinth and Hellboy. In his Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) he discussed the use of CGI and make up.
So far the class is moving along great. I feel like the concepts I was afraid of grasping are coming easier than expected.
This past week we shot our videos for the in-class assignment showing that we know the difference between panning and tilting a shot, and then how to edit that together with an introduction.
The shooting aspect wasn’t difficult, but suddenly I had to notice my surroundings more. Was I in a high traffic area where noise affected my audio? was the tripod steady, and the lever in the right location? I also learned I had to time my panning.This meant I had to move the camera in a steady motion without jerking or stopping as it turned for a clear shot and not focus on one area for longer than the the previous shot. When shooting tilting, My partner and I both noticed that our shot had bit of a cut motion to it due to the camera not gliding down in one steady move. This was re-shot several times to achieve the effect we wanted.
I’ve been working on the planning for my features project, which includes trying to coordinate time with the talent in order to shoot, figure out my introduction and fill everyone in on the story line. My Chroma Project script came forth easily, but this has a lot more to plan in advance.