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