Production Diaries – Week 15. 

Tuesday 13th June. 

Today media started to set up the room we will be using for the main exhibtion on Wednesday 21st June. We started by stacking the tables and chairs against the far wall as these will be covered by curtains later. We then started to clean the chairs we had been given, however as there were only 6 of them we will have to look for more later. We then hung the curtains infront of the far wall (to block out light) and infront of the back of the room. We have left one wall bare as this is where the Mac Computer will go, which will show all the films with bad language as there will be families with young  children at the exhibtion. 

Louise Howarth and I then went to buy snacks and refreshments for the Media screening tomorrow from Aldi. We decided to buy different flavours of popcorn (toffee, sweet and sweet and salted,) lemonade, apple juice and orange juice so that our guests would have a choice. We gave these to Jo to keep until tomorrow afternoon. 

Wednesday 14th June. 

Today was the seperate Media screening in the STEM building. We decided to have two screenings – one at 13:30 for the FAD students and one at 17:00 for family and friends.

 We set up the screening room by making sure it was tidy and that there would be enough chairs. We then hung the big roll banner poster, created by Emma Newell, at the end of the corridor and put up our individual posters across from the screening room. I had bought red and blue balloons to match our big poster and these were dotted around the corridor and attached to the screening room door. 

The first screening was disappointing as only a handful of FAD students attended. This was annoying because we had arranged a screening just for them instead of just having one for friends and family. The students who did come seemed to enjoy the films and gave us positive feedback at the end. 

During the break between the first and second screening we decided to take a group picture of all the media students (unfortunately three couldn’t be there) and our tutors Graham and Brian.

We used the room next to the screening room to host refreshments and snacks for the second screening. The second screening went much better than the first, as more people attended and Graham gave an introduction at the beginning. Everyone seemed to enjoy the films and had kind words for the students at the end. 


Production Diaires – Week 13.

22nd May. 

Peter and I had a short talk about where I was up to with my blog work, which I have almost completed. He has begun to look through my blog and we have arranged a tutorial for Thursday. He later sent a message via Facebook saying that he liked a certain part of my research and that he has written down things for me to consider over the half term break. 

Tomorrow I will get my feedback from Graham from last Tuesday and include my ULN number and project date on my final proposal document. I will print out and fill in the submission sheets Jo has created, ready for the final deadline. I will also print two copies of my film poster in A3 to display outside the exhibtion, one will be for the media – only exhibtion and the other for the main exhibtion. 

Production Diaries – Week 12. 

15th May. 

Today was the start of the exhibition prep process, which meant that we (the class) had to clear out and clean the Foundation room in order to set up the exhibition space. We started by clearing out our drawers and moving any work that had been left around the room. We then cleared the tables, which were stacked along one wall and then the chairs which were stacked on top of drawers. These will be hidden by the exhibition boards, which were put up after the space was cleared. I then helped by cleaning the sink areas and chairs that will be used during the exhibition. 

16th May.

In the morning we had a group screening of our final edits with Brian and Graham, who would give us feedback. I chose to go first as I had to leave before 10:00 because of my meeting at the WISH centre. Unfortunately I had to leave before my film could be shown, but I asked my peers to write down their feedback and I will collect it, and the feedback from my tutors next week. 

The meeting at the WISH centre was with Lauren today as Julie is still away. The group talked about how domestic abuse between parents can affect children in the household, a discussion was held about what the women thought their children needed, what they needed and what they thought an abusive person needed. We then watched the BBC drama Murdered By My Boyfriend (2014) which I have analysed for my secondary research earlier in the project. The film was very hard – hitting, for myself as it brought back the reality of what some people go through and for the women in the group as most of them had had very similar experiences to the character in the film. 

Originally after the group I wanted to show those who stayed behind for my interviews my own short film, however I felt that it wasn’t the right time as they had just watched a film about domestic abuse and were emotional. Five women stayed behind and allowed me to interview them anonymously on their experiences with abusive partners. I asked the women how they had felt then, how they felt now, how the WISH centre was helping them / had helped them and what they were moving forward to. It was nice to see that despite the things these women have experienced, they still had a positive outlook on life and were working towards goals and aspirations. I will link the interview recordings to my primary research post through Google Drive. 

18th May. 

Continuing with the exhibition prep, we spent the day painting the exhibition boards and cleaning, sanding and painting the corridor outside the Foundation room. I helped by painting some of the boards, painting part of the corridor later on and washing the paint trays and brushes at the end of the day. Next week we will begin to display work and media will put together a showreel of our films to be shown at the main exhibition and our seperate one. 

Production Diaries – Week 11. 

8th May

As I had finished my final edit I began to work on my final evaluation, where I will reflect on the work I have done and evaluate each process (research, filming and editing) in terms of what went well, what didn’t go well and why and what I would do differently if I were to do the project again. 

11th May

Today is the last day to complete pieces of physical work as the deadline to hand it in is Monday 17th. I will be giving my film to Brian via USB as he is editing all of media’s films together so that they can play on a loop during the main exhibition. 

In the afternoon I had a short meeting with Peter and he gave me feedback on my finished film, which I have uploaded to YouTube. I will privatise the video after showing it to Jo as it has not been marked yet. Peter said that my film was powerful as it tackled a delicate subject and that I had resolved telling a complex story through the narrative and shots I had used. He mentioned that one of my strengths is planning how I shoot scenes and that he has noticed this in my other work, this is similar to what Brian has told me before as he also thinks my strengths are planning and organising. 

In his opinion, the strongest scenes are the flashback scenes as he likes the interior shots and thinks that the black and white effect works to hide the strong lighting. Peter also liked the ending, which he said was a dramatic way of concluding the story. He mentioned that I had managed to convey the narrative, the time changes and the pressure the character was under due to the abuse in a short space of time which gave the film a good pace. He was pleased with the film as a whole and said that he felt involved with the narrative and the characters. 

I am happy that I have recieved a lot of positive feedback about my film as I was slightly unhappy with it before as it wasn’t what I had imagined. I have planned to have a tutorial with Peter next Thursday to look at my blog work. 

Production Diaries – Week 10. 

2nd May. 

I continued with the editing process by changing the way I transitioned between the main narrative to the flashback scenes. Originally I had used additive dissolves, which made the shot flicker and change quickly which I liked the look of as it was distorted. However it also made the lighting in the shot flicker between light and dark which didn’t look right so I decided to look at other options for the transition. I asked my tutors Graham and Brian, who suggested I just use the black and white effect for the flashback scenes as this is a common way for an audience to tell it is a flashback. After making the flashback scenes black and white I continued to put my edit together, starting with the flashback scenes and then the main narrative. The most difficult part of the edit was the ending – where Niamh hits Oliver with a brick. It was difficult because I had to include sound effects of a man falling at the right moment as I hadn’t recorded any when filming or shown what had happened to Oliver afterwards. I found a good sound effect on a royalty free website and included it in the scene just after Oliver falls, so that the audience know he has fallen but don’t know what his injuries were. Another difficulty was the size of the shot as it showed Oliver backing half out of the cameras view whilst half in, this was my fault as I should’ve used a tighter shot. To fix this issue, as I wanted Oliver to be off screen I tightened the scale of the shot so that he is barely in it. 

Once I had finished my edit I exported it and will watch it with the rest of the media students along with Graham and Brian in the screening room for feedback. 

I then decided to write up my exhibtion plan, which is to have a seperate screening for media on the 14th of June – one for the Foundation students at 13:00pm and one for family and friends at 18:00pm. For the main exhibtion all films will be played in a seperate room on a projected screen, however mine will have to be played on a Mac computer with earphones as there is swearing which isn’t appropriate for all audiences. I have also created a poster for my film and included dates for the main exhibtion so that I can display my poster in the corridor whilst the exhibition is on and attract people to come and see my film. 

Production Diaires – Week 9.

25th April.

I began my edit by cutting down the vlog I had made at the end of day one of filming so that I could upload it to YouTube and include it in my blog. 

I then started by editing the flashback scenes I had shot as I haven’t yet shot the main narrative (I will be doing so on Thursday.) I decided to use additive dissolves at the start and end of each flashback so that the transition from the main narrative would be obvious to an audience. I like the way the additive dissolve distorts the shot because it could represent the distorted state of mind of the main character.

27th April.

Today I got in contact with the WISH centre, my main source for my primary research and arranged to go to one of the recovery group’s on Tuesday the 2nd of May. 

In the afternoon I shot the main narrative for my film. Originally I was supposed to film on Kings Street in MillHill, however due to bus times and Niamh living quite far away we decided to meet in the middle which was in Rishton. I then chose the alleyway behind Knowles Street to film in because it looked similar to the alleyway I had wanted to use originally and one of my crew members could provide drinks and snacks as she lives on the street. 

I started by getting the shots where Niamh is running through the alleyway. For the first take I stood in the middle of the alley and tracked her running by using a panning shot. After doing a few takes of this shot I decided to try a different method and tracked Niamh running by running alongside / behind her, however when I looked back at this footage I found it was shaky and decided to use the first method instead. 

I then got a close up of Niamh as she reaches the end of the alleyway and slides down the wall. I liked this shot because it showed the character was out of breath and looked scared and confused which was a reflection of her mental state during this scene. 

The next part was difficult to shoot as it showed the stranger character, played by Oliver Moore, finding Niamh and reaching towards her which triggers the third flashback scene. At first I wasn’t sure about how to shoot it, as it would look strange if Oliver came in out of nowhere, luckily the crew member who lived on the street allowed me to use her back garden as a starting point for Oliver meaning I could shoot him coming out of the garden and then walking up the alleyway towards Niamh. 

I used a wide shot for this scene and used the same methods as before for tracking him walking towards Niamh, however this time I may use the shot where I walk with Oliver. I am happy with how the shots look, however the lighting may be an issue as it is dark and underexposed, I will try to fix this in post production. 

The scene where Niamh hits Oliver with the brick took a lot of takes to get right as my actors couldn’t get in character and kept laughing. I also wasn’t happy with how the shot looked as I wanted Oliver to move out of shot quickly, which was hard for him to do in a crouched position. I finally got a take that I was happy with, however in retrospect I should have used a close up instead of a mid shot as Oliver can still be seen in shot slightly. 

The last shot, showing Niamh standing up and dropping the brick as she realises what she has done is my favourite because of how well it is framed and lit and the fact that Niamh’s facial expression portrays the emotions I imagined my character would have at this point. Niamh’s acting throughout my film has been excellent and I would definitely use her as an actress in another film. 

Unfortunately after filming I forgot to record a vlog before giving the equipment back to the college. 

Production Diaires – Week 8 (Easter 2.) 

18th April. 

I had rescheduled filming from Sunday to today due to the bad weather and my actress having a family emergency, however we were unable to film today as my actress had family commitments. Although I am due to give the equipment back to college tomorrow I will be asking Brian or Graham wether I can keep it longer in order to film this weekend. If my actress cannot film this weekend I will return the equipment on Monday and re – book it out with Brian for a later date. 

19th April. 

I contacted my tutor Graham via email about wether or not I would need to bring the equipment back today, he did not reply via email however we spoke on the phone and at first he said I would need to bring it in as another student had booked it out. He later rang back and said that I didn’t need to bring it back until Monday. I am glad about this as it will give me time to finish filming this week if my actress is available and means that I should be able to start and finish my edit within the next two weeks.