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A restart to my FMP

Due to not being satified with the progress I made on my FMP, I am restarting the project, but I’m keeping the idea of using stock footage, from two of my former projects. One of those former projects is from my first year of A-levels, in which i made a film with two people having a sword fight, known as “Fictus Gladio”. the second was my previous project, known as “The Trojan”, which features the two brothers. While only one of the two characters dies in The Trojan, “Rohan” will feature the death of both, as motivation for the main character. In the concept phase for The Trojan,  the two brothers were called Artie and Barry (Bardo), which has been adopted into the main story, a larger mythos I’ve been developing.

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15/3/17

Website proposal and ideas:

The website I am creating is to be an online portfolio, based on the websites I have studied. These websites are Facebook, IMDb and Wikipedia.

A Master Page; This page contains all the assets we wish to implement on the rest of website as a whole. The banner along the top of the website will be a series of knight chess piece clipart, duplicated all around the sides. The menu buttons will include, a home section with youtube videos of all my films I’ve created on the course, an “About Me” section, consisting of a personal profile and experiences and aspiration,  and finally an “Album” section,  consisting of pictures from my previous work, organised by project.

Home page; This page retains the qualities that all other pages have, the banner around the top of the page, and the menus up the top.  However the way it differentiates itself fro the other pages is by a slim, yet interesting margin. the home page will have the youtube videos of each and every film I have and will  work  on.

About Me;  This page features a picture of myself to the upper left hand side. it will  also feature a short bio about me, along with aspirations for the future.

Album; This page will log a series of photos from various former projects , such as for the music video and the silent film.

 

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Website 22/2/17

Internet, page, web address, domain;

Domains that been bought, free parking,  weebly;

Darkness (encryption- onion);

Search engines.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126029/

https://www.nintendo.co.uk

Looking at the IMDb page for the first Shrek film;

  • Drop downs for the website itself,  but also for the details for the film in particular,  such as the cast and crew, trivia, user reviews and something called IMDb pro, etc.
  • The page also  features advertisements for other media.
  • It features these aforementioned features in full, though there is an option to view more on each.
  • There’s also an  option  for frequently  asked questions about the film.

Design;

On the IMDb page for Shrek, the shapes included in the design are mostly quadrilateral, with  the logo being slightly rounded.  The colour scheme is black, yellow and white, with the white colourisation  being mostly featured along the page itself, with  the other two  colours being featured in  the logo and the banner around the page. It uses one font, sans  serif and in black,with  variations in colours with links (blue) and spoilers (red). The shadows are hard to  distinguish from  the background, an advertisements that uses and could potentially use clashing colours with the page itself. Despite this fact, this ints an issue, because the top of film’s page has a shinier gradient than  the matt black of the advert at this time,  which  is for  film called “Fences”.

 

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Post-production

Time code:

TOD- 09:00:00 (Free run)

1 hours- 01:00:00 (Rec run)

Premier pro:

Shortcuts include V (selection tool), C (cut tool) and the space bar (play/pause).

Between  clips, the former is known  as the outgoing and latter is known as the incoming. The start and end of a clip  are  called the the “head” and the “tail”.

To create an in-point press the “I” Key , the out-point is achieved by  pressing the “O” key.  to prevent the clips having a hard-in  and a hard-out, a dissolve audio effect can  fade in  and fade out to the slightest degree.

Using the arrow keys can scrub the timeline, interpreting each individual second of the clips,  editing it together down to the most  precise moment, manipulating the timeline as you see fit.

Using the different layers can keep the timeline tidier, for better transitions and video  and audio effects.

Wildtrack is a minute’s worth  of background noise.

Editting audio can  be recorded “one-legged” and be recorded from one microphone, heard by the editor through one ear.

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Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns

He lends his commentary on  the topic of Buster keaton, how he falls, the power behind the visual gags, and the impact it is has had on Merton. The actors for this sort of humour had to be physically fit. Keaton was well known for his varying of surreal jokes. In the 50s,  Keaton’s comedy transcends language, whern  he performed in France to immense success. Merton shows “the next generation” a short clip from “Seven Chances” that had an  avalanche, from Keaton kicking a pebble. This is  an  example of this visual humour, needing no dialogue, as it would add nothing more. it was basically stunt work  practised in these films. Silent films were deemed obsolete when “talkies” came around, these old films were melted down for their silver nitrate, but some were rediscovered and restored, icluding all of Buster Keaton’s films.

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Project planning points

  1. It has discussed that the music video idea, one set in two locations, is feasible, as permission for both locations is easily attainable. Moreover, the track that the music video is being modelled from, “Vampire Underground” by Teknoaxe, is royalty free, meaning that attaining permission for its use is unnecessary.
  2. We are going to need:
  • Camera;
  • Harness (for smooth camera movement);
  • Tripod (for steady camera work);
  • A minimal cast of three people;
  • A go pro (although holding the camera may work just as well);
  • An editor;
  • A writer;
  • A director.

Note: the above purposes may be taken up by any of the three members of the team.

  1. The target viewers primarily be for teens and up, though it is entirely inappropriate, as the subject of fighting and slaying a vampire is potentially unsuitable for younger viewers, merely of a 12 and under demographic.
  2. The video itself is going to focus on dynamic cinematography and fast-paced editing to immerse the viewer, despite the span of about four minutes. The idea is a very basic narrative, hero saves damsel, defeats villain and saves the day. Considering these characters have no dialogue and the track is instrumental, we have decided to focus mainly on finely tuning visual storytelling, while letting the track compliment the video. Another idea is to time the shots and having certain portions correlate with what’s on screen, adding a sense of rhythm to the piece, characteristic of more conventional music videos that would retain song lyrics. It is meant to keep the viewer highly engaged, interested and even thrilled to some extent I such  a brief amount of time.
  3. The sum of research are from multiple resources, both college and more private research. In college, the research, which can be viewed via the blogs of each team member. Posts on theory knowledge, such as cinematography, screen transitions, narrative theory among many other posts among them, detailing other resources.
  4. A shot list and a story board has been drafted up, whereas the storyboard had to be redone, as we could not secure permission to use the previous song we intended to use. The shot list focusses more on visuals than the narrative, but is nonetheless is important in the vision for the video. What occurs visually will be translated into the script and screenplay, and then finally shot on camera.
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Narrative theory

From Latin “Narrato” meaning “I tell”. The way the story is told.

Tvetan Todorov says that each and every narrative has equilibrium, disequilibrium, the goal, restore equilibrium (different then before, better even).

Examples of this include the majority of Disney films.

 

Vladimir Propp says there are always the same character functions:

The Villain (antagonist) who struggles against the hero;

The Donor, gives something important;

The helper, a companion;

The Princess, a sought-after person (and/or her father) who exists as a goal and often recognises and marries hero and/or punishes the villain;

The dispatcher, the one who sends the hero on the journey;

The hero, who departs on a search (seeker-hero), reacts  to donor and weds princess;

The false hero (or usurper), who claims to be the hero, often seeking and reacting like a real hero (by trying to marry the princess , for example).

The Seven basic Stories:

Overcoming the monster; protagonist versus antagonistic force, who  threatens either them  or their homeland. An example of this is The Hunger games.

Rags to riches; protagonist attains amazing wealth, and finds love, but loses it and once they get it back, they have grown  as a person. An  example of this is Aladdin.

The Quest; protagonist and some companions set off on  a journey to get  an  object of integral value or to  a location, facing many troubles on the way. An  example of this is The Lord of the Rings.

Voyage and Return; protagonist goes to an  unknown location, faces and defeats it’s many threats and returns with  experience.

Comedy; a light-hearted story, in  which  the conflict grows more and more convoluted, not merely based on humour , but is also facing these circumstances and overcoming them, a happy ending where all is resolved.. An example of this is Mr Bean.

Tragedy; protagonist has one main character flaw, which is his undoing overall. Provokes pity for their good character. An example of this is Romeo and Juliet.

Rebirth; powerful events causes protagonist to change their ways, making them  a better person. An example of this is Beauty and the Beast.

 

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Cinematography and camera movements.

Cinematography

Extreme close up (XCU); Showing subject’s face, particularly the eyes, effective for showing emotions of character. Can be used to detail an object, such as a clock.

Close up (CU); Whole head, shoulders, filling the screen. Can show character reactions and emotion, which helps the audience understand what they are thinking.

Medium Close up (MCU); Filmed character, from chest up, setting is shown further, body language can be displayed much more easily, along with posture and hand gestures.

Medium shot (MS); Displays even more, the waist or to the knees are seen on screen.

Long shot (LS); A shot that shows all of the subject and a lot of the setting. Used for a clearer perspective and context for the scene.

Vista shot (VS); Shows a wide or panoramic shot of where it’s set.

Additional shots;

POV (point of view),

Bird’s eye view (top down perspective),

Shaky cam (primarily used in found footage horrors).

Angle

High angle shot; Camera positioned at high angle, makes characters appear small and vulnerable.

Low angle shot; Camera positioned at low angle, makes characters appear empowered.

Canted angle; At a slant, makes scene seem chaotic, used sparingly, as it can be quite disorientating.

Camera movements

Pan; Camera moves left/right (Dolly/tracking shots)

Tilt; Camera moves up/down