The video above is the preliminary clip our group created near the start of the year. Before we filmed and edited this clip we spent a fairly long time researching the different techniques we could use to film and edit the clip. Filming this also allowed us to experiment with using various camera shots and angles. Me and Callum had already done GCSE Media Studies so we already knew quite a lot of different camera angles and shots that we could use, and why you would use them. On the other hand Ryan had not done Media Studies at GCSE so it was a learning experience for him, but in the end we all benefitted from doing this preliminary. During filming for this preliminary we also learnt how long it actually takes to film these scenes, as this was the first time, as a group, we had to film something. Like with our film opening we ran into problems to do with background noise from vehicles, planes and people when we was filming outside. Like with the location of filming for our film opening the school lies underneath the flight path to and from Birmingham International Airport. This meant on numerous occasions we had to stop filming and wait until we could no longer hear the sound of the outgoing planes. Furthermore filming at a school during school time hours brought about problems of its own. As the school has a Sixth form the sixth formers come and go throughout the day and typically make a lot of noise doing so. This again meant we had to halt filming and wait for a gap where no one was around to carry on filming.
One thing we hadn’t learnt in GCSE media was match-on-action, in our preliminary we done this as the door was being closed between 0:15 – 0:20. Match on action is when you cut from one shot to another where the action in the second shot matches up with the action from the first. This was the first time any of us had tried to do match on action and for our first attempt I think we managed to do it pretty well. We spent a lot of time on Final Cut, the editing software we use, slightly cutting and adding to the shots to make it look like it flows as best we can. Doing match on action for this one scene was also a great way of transitioning the scene from the outside shot to the inside shot.
In GCSE media we didn’t use Final Cut to edit our footage, so using Final Cut to edit our preliminary was a learning experience for all of us with using the software. It allowed us to experiment with the different things it allows you do to, for example you can change the brightness and contrast, among other things that affect what you visually see. Final Cut also allows you to change the sound levels as well, this came in useful later while we were filming our film opening as we knew that we could dampen the sound of the wind. Transitions are another thing that we experimented with in our preliminary clip before we decided on the transition that looked the best with the scenes we had. Final Cut is software that many professionals in the media industry use so there are a lot of complicated things that you are able to do that we do not know how to use. With all of these options the software does look very confusing to start off with but after you begin to use the software for a while, like we did for our preliminary, you get used to knowing what you can do and even find new things that you can do, even if you find out accidently. In turn using Final Cut for our preliminary saved us a massive amount of time when it came to editing our film opening, this meant we had extra time to either film or improve posts on our blog.
Filming our preliminary also allowed us to experiment with the 180 degree rule. We use this when filming conversations between two people, the shot is usually an over the shoulder shot and it allows the audience to see the character when they are speaking. This is exactly how we used the 180 degree rule in our preliminary. The premise of the preliminary was a job interview, this is how we got dialogue between the two characters and in turn how we used the 180 degree rule.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_Woexj_HOXc – accessed 18/04/16
http://www.slideshare.net/joe940/match-on-action-180-rule-shot-reverse-shot – accessed 18/04/16