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Tuesday 28 May 2013

– Footage re-edited
– Interface redesigned
– Topic/question secured (notes to be examined by Adrian)
– Prototype up and running
– Discuss written essay and divide the work

To-do list:
– Rethink the interface layout
– Shoot and edit more clips
– Redo thumbnails
– Create a “trailer” or title page
– Finish up the essay

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Tuesday 21 May 2013

– Finished editing footage (came up to about 50 videos)
– Background finished
– Interface finished (but until the deadline, it will remain a work in progress)
– Created a prototype to be viewed in class (used only 10 out of the 50 videos we had for the in-class preview)
– Viewed each other’s projects in class and gave and received feedback
– Scheduled to film more videos

Comments:
– Line up the grids to make it look more structured
– Background should be stretched out
– Bring down opacity of background image
– Background might be too busy
– Rethink circle thumbnails; language of the screen is rectangular
– Thumbnails could be made to look black and white
– Thumbnails might look good with flashy backgrounds
– No variation between shots
– Get rid of heading

To-do list:
– Secure a topic/question for the written essay
– Re-edit footage to give it more variation
– Redesign interface
– Film more clips
– Edit newly filmed clips

 

After putting in so much time and effort in the shoot, the last thing we, or anyone for that matter, ever wanted to hear is the footage turned out grainy. Needless to say, we panicked. The camera gain was apparently set too high throughout the shoot, which made our footage grainy and led to our unceasing devastation. But just before we hit rock bottom, Paul stepped in and saved the day! (YAY PAUL!!!)

We emailed Paul to set up an appointment almost immediately after our shattering discovery. After viewing the footage and doing some tweaking here and there, our footage was as good as new.

All in all, what we’ve learnt from our 1 hour crash course with Paul is:

1. How to do L cuts and J cuts

2. How to do colour grading using the 3-way colour corrector

3. How to apply the Eight-point garbage matte effect

…and most importantly…

4. We learnt that it pays to get things organized right from the very beginning

Tuesday 14 May 2013

– Went through all the footage together
– Decided to use footage of people answering to both questions
– Started editing the footage
– Discussed interface layout while designing the interface
– Explored the possibility of having round-shaped preview screens
– Came up with the idea of applying the vignette effect to thumbnails in hopes that it would appear round against the black background
– Discussed possible backgrounds (background to be complete by next week)
– Talked about the written essay

The long awaited shooting day has finally come. We got up bright and early and gathered at Moorabin for our shoot.

The five of us got up bright and early for our shoot at Moorabin. Here’s how the day unfolded in the form of images because:

1) It’s been a long day

2) A picture says a thousand words!

3) Just because

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…and by the end of our shoot…

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The shoot was both fun and exhausting. We had a few hiccups along the way – camera decided to be difficult and not record any footage, we had a problem with the camera focus, missing extension/plug-in when exporting footage, had to reboot the camera a couple of times, etc, but what’s important is that everything turned out fine in the end. Overall, I think the shoot went pretty well. To wrap it up, listed below are some of the things I’ve learnt from the shoot.

Rookie mistakes never to be made (EVER) again :

– Always inspect the equipment beforehand

– Always reformat the memory card before filming

– Have a equipment manual with you just in case

– Have the tech’s number ready for emergencies

– If you think you’ll have enough time, think again

– If you think you’re prepared, you’re not

So… we decided to change our location.

Bathroom

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Kitchen

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Dining

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Living

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Bedroom

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We still need to move some stuff around and perhaps dress the place up a little. But other than that, it’s definitely an upgrade for our last. The new location is more spacious and its layout allows us to get more out of the scene in terms of camera angles. However, I have to admit, changing our location at the 11th hour, especially after we’ve figured out camera and lighting positions and choreographed movement, might not be a very good move. Also, due to time constraints, we will not be able to do a pre run of the shoot and that worries me. Nevertheless, I’m going to take a leap of faith and say everything will turn out fine.

Tuesday 7 May 2013

– Officially changed our topic to “love”
– Discussed whether to change our question from “what is love to you?” to “what are the things you love?”
– Analyzed video footage (we only had filmed one shot, so we have nothing to compare it to)
– Developed the idea of using talking heads throughout the k-film
– Explored possible shot variations for the talking heads
– Scheduled dates to meet up and film