Category: Additional Work: Film Editing


Zombie Media Makeup

For this task some of our group was put in charge of documenting the media makeup department, and the process of them doing up the performing arts students as zombies. This was for a short film that the BSC’s were doing. A lot of people were involved in making this possible. Our role was to record the techniques that the media make up used as well capture the making of the video of the zombies.michael-moore-young

To understand the development of the film documentary format, I took a closer look at one of its current practitioners to gain more knowledge in this area of filmmaking. Michael Moore is an American filmmaker who specializes in documentaries which usually are in controversial topics. His film Fahrenheit 9/11 is the highest grossing documentary film of all time. It delves into the Iraq war, former President George Bush, and the inaccurate coverage in the media about the war on terror. Moore also has 2 others films in the top-ten highest grossing documentaries film categories, Bowling for Columbine and Sicko. Bowling for Columbine takes a closer look into obtain guns in the US, while the movie Sicko focuses on Us health care and pharmaceutical industry. All three of these films he has done great intense investigation to gain superb results.

I came during the second half or the making of so I had missed the make up part of it. However Vicky Grant, Gareth Skinner, Andrew Miles, and Craig Ellis had turned up in the morning and gotten the appropriate footage. We each had are certain roles and responsibilities for this production. We did numerous interviews with the media makeup students asking them questions about the process they use for the different types of make up they do. Also the media crew that was filming was also interviewed about how the shoot was going.

Besides the interviews our main focus was to get a lot of B-roll footage so we had  plenty of images to cut too to keep the viewer entertained. I contributed to this, getting loads of shots of bits and bobs of anything that seemed interesting that we could use. We decided not to use lighting as this would make the documentary unrealistic. Plus since we were filming in the morning/ early day we had a lot of good natural lighting. Our time management was up to par as everyone was following the daily schedule quite well. Below are a couple of pictures from the days shoot.

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I also contributed to the project by editing my own version of  the video in premier pro but the only problem was I didn’t have all the footage to work with so the video ended up being only a minute an a half. I think that the production value was not the best but saying that not the worst either. We had a fair amount of good shots which was nice.

Overall I believe the final product could have been longer and more informative  showing more footage of the make up being done and the making of the video but because of the deadline for the client I knew I could only work with what I had. I knew that the video would be suitable for the client for what they needed. However with critical feedback from our lecturers they had agreed that the video could have more informative, as well as a bit longer. Vicky Grant did an edit which was about 3 minutes but ideally we should have enough footage for about 5 minutes. I believe that with better communication between everyone involved, we should have came together and obtained all the footage as a group rather than presuming that someone would magically do it for everyone. Next time as a group we should become more organized and establish who is going to do what and create deadlines so we’re not rushed towards the deadline.

This all in all was a good group learning experience. I’ve learned that proper planning is key when it comes to shooting documentaries. This is because there are no extra takes when it comes to filming live action and if you don’t get it right the first time then you’ve missed the opportunity completely. I’ve gained a lot experience from this and I’ve learned from the mistakes the group and I have made, and I’ll take this with me for future documentary projects that I’m involved in.

Unit 61: Criteria 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, &; 4.2

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As Far As It Takes

For this task you are required to create a short fiction production for entry into the 2013 Inspire Film Festival.

In order to assist you with your idea your lecturer will provide you with three key components; an item, a location and a phrase. It is important that these components are effectively included in the narrative and also that they have a significant contribution to the structure of the narrative. For Example, the item should have a key role in the narrative and not just be on show in the background – it needs to be there for a reason. Secondly, the location needs to be used for a reason, not just part of the background with no significance – any location could be used. Finally, the phrase needs to be a key part of the script, so not just a radio recording in the background or a conversation by two extras.

“So how do we proceed?” Firstly you need to come up with an idea for a short fiction film. This will require research, planning and the development of a script (in an appropriate format). Once you have an idea you will be expected to pitch your proposal. This can be conducted in a variety of ways and the choice is up to you – video pitch (KickStarter style), PowerPoint presentation or and audio recording. Whichever choice you make your proposal should be accompanied by a paper based written proposal.

Once your pitch/proposal has been delivered you will then be expected to continue with your pre-production, production and post-production –providing evidence of the progress you make and also keeping an up to date Reflective Learning Journal (RLJ).

Your finished video should be between 5 – 10 minutes in length.

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Above are release and consent forms from both of the actors that played a role in the video as well as the script and storyboard for As Far As It Takes.

To download the Script: Click Here

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I edited this video in Adobe Premier Pro CS3, Above is the completed first half of the video. It took two and a half  days to film. We also had to cancel a day of filming due to weather, and another day because the actors had prior engagements. Below is a bit of the footage (as there was loads) and I gave each clip a proper title I could remember while editing and I colour coded them from red to green based on quality. This helped the editing process and made it much easier to find and navigate through them.

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Below is a screenshot from Adobe After Effects CS5, where I made the gun a bit more realistic as it was just a toy guy. I gave it a muzzle flash and gave the gun a bit of a recoil as well. Since this little scene is a premonition, I played with the blue and green gamma to make it more of a dream like state. I also made a duplicate layer which I brought up the light areas in the frame using individual levels and then put a vertical fast blur with them. I blended them together and blurred the corners of the film using a mask. This effectively gave me what I needed for this scene.

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Criteria: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 & 3.2 

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What does the spring mean to you? What images does it strike in your mind, make you feel and make you think?

For this task you will be expected to film two short sequences (one city based and one rural) that emphasise imagery associated with the spring. As well as filming you will also be expected to edit the two sequences together in way that identifies the locations as polar opposites but also emphasises their similarities…how you present this is up to you.

Each sequence should only be approximately (more then 30 seconds but less than 1 minute) a minute in length with the final production being no shorter than 1 minute 30 seconds and no longer than two minutes.

You can add audio of your choosing (copyright free is your best option) but please make sure that if you use copyrighted music that you clearly state who owns the rights. It is only expected that this piece will be broadcast via an online platform – YouTube, Vimeo etc…You will be expected to research and plan your productions and this should be submitted as evidence in an appropriate format on your Word Press blog.

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For this Assessment task we had to capture the spring in England. This task was particularly difficult for me as being from California it gets pretty obvious when spring time comes around. The sun comes out in nothing but blue skies, and people start dressing for the warm weather wearing, shorts, flip flops, and sun glasses. This wasn’t the case in England this spring. It was snowing for the majority of the production and people were walking around freezing and all bundled up as if a blizzard was about to hit. Apparently this was the coldest spring England has seen in 50 years. It would have been easier to capture the winter. However the task at hand was to show spring time in England as it is and if it happens to be snowing then that’s just it.

I relied on mostly on imagery for the majority of this project. Since I couldn’t film the sun out and shinning, I thought flowers would be a nice alternative. When I think of spring I definitely think of flowers blooming. This was a mission though as there were not many flowers around, I had to hunt for quite sometime to film the ones I got in the end. They did end up really nice I thought (my favorite being the purple and yellow flowers). Also a major contribution to my video were the baby lambs I filmed, they  really make the audience know that this is spring time. I’m from the city so I didn’t know until I moved to this rural area of England that lambs were born in the spring time. This really helped convey the message of the season/time of year and also identifies that the country is a polar opposite from the city.

As for the shots I used such as the train, houseboat, and lady running you might ask what do they have to do with spring? I decided to put them into the video for there own specific reasons. The train shot was put in the video because I took the train down to London, and it represents the connecting factor that both cities and rural areas have, and it links them together. Though they are separate, they both are the same in a sense and have similar things about them. The houseboat floating down the canal was used because the houseboats name is patience and like springtime, England has to wait patiently for it. Also how the boat moves gradually down stream signifies that spring won’t happen over night, but only slowly but surely will it come. Patience is a virtue as some would say. Finally the last shot of a woman running in the park shows determination of  moving forward (leaving winter behind) and getting to the desired location (approaching spring).

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Treatment Budget

Download Edit Decision List For Capture The Spring

Download The Treatment Budget for Captue the Spring

Above is my edit decision list (EDL) for my capture the spring video. This also helps with the organization of the editing process by writing down the shots I want from certain clips, and the in and out points that I want to use from those clips . Also above is my treatment budget for making this video. As I did have to pay for transportation to get to my locations to film. Luckily I have family that lives in London so accommodation wasn’t an issue. I didn’t even have to pay for food which was really nice and saved me some money. Since I was the only one filming, I didn’t require a crew so that also saved me money there. Also the music I chose, John Fahey’s Sunflower River Blues, is not copyright free. This would be a problem if I was selling this work and making a profit from it. Since I’m not and I’m only broadcasting via Youtube it shouldn’t be an issue. Overall, transportation was my only cost to making this video possible, coming to a grand total of £66.00

Editing Capture the Spring

I edited this video in Adobe Premier Pro CS3. I did not have to make any proxies for my clips as I have my own computer with an external hardrive so memory wasn’t an issue. There was quite a good amount of clips in the end, so to make it easier I organized all of them by labeling them properly (naming them a title I would remember), putting them into there correct folders (Country/London), and I also colour coded them based on quality from green (great), yellow and orange (okay), to red (bad).Organization of .mov

Criteria: 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 &; 3.2 

IF

You have been tasked to create a short film for the “if” competition. You are only required to make a short 3-minute production. However, as it is a competition, with prizes (and they are very good), you will have to stick to the competition guidelines and the terms and conditions (T & C’s) of entry. Please make sure you read this thoroughly, as any slight mistake could result in your production being disqualified from entry.

You need to enter into the “Drama Category” in order for this to meet the criteria of this unit. There is also a documentary category, and if you wish to enter this as well you may. However, if you create a documentary for the competition it cannot be used for this particular unit.

You can work individually, in pairs or in small groups – please read the T & C’s regarding group entries.

Please be aware of the deadline (Before 27th March) for submission and make sure that you provide yourself with ample time to submit your production. Additionally, examine the brief so that you know the mode of delivery of your production (online only) so that you are fully prepared to submit an entry. All this information is in the competition’s T & C’s

You will also be required to submit all the appropriate research and planning material you have conducted. Additionally, you will be expected to keep your Reflective Learning Journal (RLJ) for the entirety of the project, where you will chart the process and the progress, issues and achievements you have made.

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Video Info: Benny Scrantz is worried about his destiny. He has a job interview tomorrow that determines his whole future. When he goes to bed he has a weird nightmare turned vision that explains that all he needs is confidence to get hired.

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For this project I used Adobe Premier Pro. We had 13 shots total and I labeled them accordingly and colour coded them either green, orange, or red depending on the quality of the footage. I did an edit decision list as well as organizing and labeling the footage as this in the long run make things a lot easier to find and put things together.

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I had to colour grade 2 shots (brushing teeth in mirror scene and also the bed scene) in Adobe After Effects, because we used the lighting kit to properly light the scene  and we shot mid day so there was a fair amount of natural light coming through the windows. Those scenes were supposed to be at night time so I did what I could by colour correcting and darkening the shots by playing around with the brightness, hue, saturation, curves, levels, and tint. I’ll admit I’m an amateur at this but I believe the two shots came out alright and work for what I needed them to look like.

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I used Adobe After Effects to mask Benny Scrantz (Bradley Thomas) in the scene where his brushing his teeth in the mirror, and also when he his having his vision/nightmare and he is talking to himself. This merged two clips together and created the illusion of 2 Benny Scrantz in a single shot.

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Criteria: 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2

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The performing art students sang the intro for Rocky Horror Picture Show and we made a little music video for them. The concept was to film just there mouths with red lipstick singing and to just have their lips on the screen to pay homage to Rocky Horror Picture Show. There were nine students total, and each one we recored separately on a studio mic in the course of two days.  The microphone was fed into the M box which was connected to our computer, and Pro Tools was our means or capturing the recordings. I was in charge of playback so the person singing could hear the instrumental and stay in tune with everyone else. Bradley Thomas was in charge of filming the singers lips using the JVC camera, and Joey Lever was in charge of or recording them on Pro Tools. After having all the footage and audio recording on my computer the next job was to mask around the lips with a motion path using Adobe After Effects. This took a great amount of time because it had to be done frame by frame. I only managed to finish one of the nine singers lips for just the chorus. Below is the video of the single mouth synced to everyone singing the chorus. I edited this video using Adobe Premier Pro, and I played with the colour grade in Adobe After Effect to bring the redness out from the pair of lips.

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The only problem with this was it took too many man hours to mask frame by frame. So Joey Lever took it upon himself to figure out a way around this. After loads of trial and error he found something that works and looks really nice. He used the extract option in Adobe After Effects to just get the redness out from the lipstick on the lips. The only problem was that the teeth were cut out, but this wasn’t that big of an issue. I personally think this was a much easier method to my approach, and the end result looks really engaging and stylish.  Below is the final product edited by Joey Lever.

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On Friday the 8th of February, Pete Bendoris, Joey Lever, Gareth Skinner, and myself filmed Paul Lee who does covers of Meatloaf at Brooksby Melton College. This was the first time he had his friends along side him to duets and collaborations of classic rock at it’s very best. All four of us had our own Canon 550D with multiple memory cards and batteries if we happened to run out. We filmed 1080 x 1920 at 25 frames per second. I shot on stage left with an 80mm fixed lens and my job was to get close-ups, facial expressions and play around with the manuel focus and do focal pulls to change the depth of field. The show lasted 2 hours with a 30 minute break in-between. We used the break to export all of the footage we shot onto our Macs. For the audio used in the video we had the audio technician in the sound booth record the entire show straight to one of our Macs. Pete Bendoris did a lovely job directing and planning out all the details because he had the most experience with multi-camera shoots.

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I edited this video in Adobe Premier Pro, using the footage we captured I decided on the opening song from Paul Lee’s performance  “Anything for Love” a tribute from Meatloaf. I wanted to use Adobe Premier because I am not that familiar with it as I mostly use Final Cut Pro.

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I also used Adobe photoshop for the title “Meatloaf and friends” taken from a flyer off of his website. I erased the background and then stuck the image into Adobe After Effects, I used a glow effect around the lettering, added in rain, and used key motion for a Ken Burns effect.

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The one problem we did run into was that because Pete Bendoris and I were facing each other we did pop up here and there in bits of the video. Next time we should possibly have a 5th and 6th camera person to have more footage to cut too when we appear in each others shots. Overall I believe we did a great job considering the amount of time we had to get ready, plan everything out, and get all set up.

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Me and Gareth Skinner on stage after the show had ended (and Gareth throwing up the west side).

Critically Evaluate the Completed sequence/film: 

BMC Life In A Day Documentary

Critically reflect on your edit for film editing assesment Task 4.

The aim of this task is for you to critically analyse and reflect upon the success of the above task within the criteria of the editing styles and movements we have covered.

The evaluation would typically include:

  • Finished product: technical quality; aesthetic quality; suitability for purpose; compared withproduction specification; own contribution to product; team’s contribution; meeting deadline;client feedback; audience feedback
  • Production skills: technical competence; workflow and time management; productionmanagement; teamworking

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For this assessment  task 5, I had to critically assess the video I did for task 4 in film editing, which is my BMC Life in a Day Documentary (https://richardaholmes.wordpress.com/category/film-editing/task-4-film-editing/). To get a critical evaluation, I had to get an outside view and opinion on my video, rather than just my own look on it . In class, we screened almost everyones Life in Day videos to evaluate and give feedback to one another about our own edits. After watching my Life in a Day, I had some encouraging yet critical feedback.

At the beginning of my video I start out with Jordan, Andrew, and Joey Skype calling each other at 2 minutes past midnight. I found this part the least exciting bit of the video because it’s just a lengthy minute and a half conversation which I thought that this would turn some viewers off. I was told that the cutting between the three of them talking, was a pleasant change of pace and good look from each one of their perspectives rather than just a single continuous shot. I was also told that the overall structure of the video was put together well. That each clip flowed into the next one, and there were no sudden stops or pauses that were present. Lastly I was told  that use of clocks throughout the video was a nice way to establish time; such as Joey’s clock hanging on the wall while he is cooking, and Jordan’s Computer as well as him using his ipod were all very helpful way to determine a good sense of time.

This brings me to the more critical aspects of my life in a day video. First off I was asked about the font I had chosen for the whole of my video. Well besides the red font I used for the question “what do you love?” I really didn’t have a good enough answer. The red font was chosen because most people associate the colour red with love, as for the beginning title and the ending credits, I really couldn’t tell you why I selected them. I thought my beginning title was a really nice fancy script lettering that resembled the victorian style font. I really only picked it because it I believe it just has more style from any other straight letters. The ending credits are just a typical font in Final Cut Pro and I just left them they way they were because I wanted them to be really legible to the audience. I was told told that any specific font you use gives the video a certain feel to it and should be kept consistent all through the video. Next is the audio thats in the video. My audio levels weren’t very stable and flowing as the could have been. Some of it was clearly audible, as some was quite soft. I was told that I got to double check all the audio levels to make sure it’s all consistent, to avoid the hassle of turning it up when it’s quiet and turning it down when it’s not. This brings be to the music I Choose and the reason I hand picked it. Again other example of me using it only because I’m really fond of the beat and syncing the video clips up with it. This is not necessarily a bad decision, but I was told to bear in mind that I sometimes should use music with connotation or symbolism behind the message I’m trying to deliver; Such as for the beginning waking up and getting ready montage I should took into consideration music about the morning such as the 90’s song, Every Morning by Sugar Ray. It would have connected better and brought a little more meaning behind what the audience viewed.

Overall I believe the video was pretty decent, but still could be improved more in particular aspects to bring a better general ambience altogether. Now I know to always make sure all of my audio levels are the same, and to contemplate carefully on the font and music that I decide on. I should always remember to keep the font the same throughout, and remember that every font has a certain mood and feeling associated behind it, as does the music. In the future this will definitely make me think more thoroughly about the little decisions I make, because potentially these things can change the overall tone and feeling you want to be projected in your video.

Criteria: 4.1 & 4.2

‘Why Let Christmas Good Times Go Bad?’ video competition

Drink Awareness Campaign Advertisement (Contest) Submission

Drinkaware invites YOU to create a short film aimed at young adults highlighting the importance of having a good time this Christmas, while drinking responsibly.

Refer to one or more of the following ‘Why let good times go bad?’ campaign tips when creating your video:
* Turning down a drink is less embarrassing than throwing one up
* Eating isn’t cheating
* Miss a round, not the whole night
* Take cash on its own, when it’s gone, head home
* What’s the big rush? Drink too much, too early and you’ll miss out
* Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft ones

Synopsis: It fades from black to a pair of friends that are in a pub and they’ve just finished their pints of lager. One friend leaves and returns shortly to find his other friend has purchased him another pint. He says, “Here you are Mate.” Then it zooms in on the friends eyes and while he thinking, we hear sound effects describing if he would have had another pint and if he got too drunk, such as people arguing, and then a blurry visual of himself throwing up with a sound of a toilet flushing. Then the friends blinks and comes back around and instead or rudely refusing the already paid drink, he simply responds, “Thanks, but I think I’ll wait a bit.” It then has a shot of the two pints and at the bottom of the screen the campaign tip: Turning down a drink is less embarrassing than throwing one up. Then it slowly fades out.

Filmed by: Frankie Burrows, Richard Holmes
Staring: Richard Holmes, Jordan Schofield, Frankie Burrows
Edited by: Richard Holmes
Lighting by: Frankie Burrows, Jordan Schofield, Richard Holmes

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Here we are beginning to set up our 3 point lighting, making sure all lighting wires are taped to the ground, the tripod is secure,  and establishing our shot for the drink awareness video.

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Here is a screenshot of myself editing the drink awareness video in Final Cut Pro using the shots that I have picked out and put in my edit decision list.

Below are release and consent forms signed by the manager of the pub and by myself to give us permission to film there . Drink Awareness also needed consent from everyone starring in the video so we had to sign there consent forms as well.

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