Wednesday the 8th February 2017, Finished VNA and showed Steve Irwin Museum videos

I got in and started my B roll, it did not take long to do and there were no problems with it.I added shots from the forge to the museum video and this improved the video a lot I think. After adding all the B roll to Nostalgia, it made my video a lot more spaced and the whole thing flowed a lot better now. Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 15.49.25.png I managed to finish the VNA video, this allowed me to focus on my Ucas so that I weren’t panicking before I went on holiday. I changed the title to Nostalgia as Ingham thought it was more fitting. Simple things like adding fades and titles were the last steps I were adding.

I like the VNA video but it would of been improved if I had a lot more smooth cuts between speaking, a second camera would of easily done this.

After exporting the videos I went to see Steve Irwin about the completed videos. It took a while to see him but eventually we found him, he really liked the short video as it was short looked really appealing and to the spot with interesting information. He liked the longer one for the actual look of it but it seemed he preferred the short videos than the longer. Although he did say he liked the information throughout the video and said he was relieved when he saw the video as he thought he talked too much in the interview.

I enjoyed today as I was doing small amounts of practical work and I discovered what Steve Irwin thought about the videos. I gained a small amount of feedback from Brian and he said to work on getting a few more close ups in The Forge. I like all my videos as I think they all look great, and sound good apart from a few mistakes which I will go over. If I were to do them again I would simply start them a long time before. One thing I particularly liked about the Sumerian Tablets was the scroll right next to the tablets, this provided a great opportunity to frame them all together and I think it looks great.

 

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Tuesday the 7th February 2017, B roll and The Forge

I stopped off just before I got into Blackburn, this was to get some clips of the chimneys of Blackburn, this would provide good footage to compare with when my Nana talks about how many cotton chimneys there were and why they were there.

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As I went to different positions around the outskirts of Blackburn pretty much searching for chimneys I realised that one of them could be the forge were James Sharples lived and worked as a painter and a blacksmith.

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I carried on walking around to see If  I could find it and it was around this big old ammunitions building heading towards Thwaites. This was really useful as all the footage from my Forge museum video was all inside the museum.

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I filmed a few shots like this meant for The Forge video on a different day in which I filmed other B roll, this meant the sky would look different from the other shots but I’ve showed it numerous people and no one has mentioned it.

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The location was fairly similar to the painting and I noticed it due to the massive steelwork on the top, I asked and apparently his son worked in Blackburn in the same place after he died.

After discovering The Forge I had to contact Steve and tell him I was adding to the video and that I would show him soon.

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I really enjoyed this day because I got out and learnt stuff I didn’t know, I got some really good footage despite the lack of equipment and managed to get what I wanted. I didn’t get to edit so I just imported all the footage and saved it for tomorrow.

 

Thursday the 26th January 2017, Editing the Forge

I have been editing The Forge all week and after completing The Sumerian Tablets video, it has all0wed me to focus on this piece and get it done as soon as possible. I tried matching up movements from Steve Irwin which stopped any jump cuts appearing and created a smooth cut which looks as if there are more than one camera.

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The only problem I had is the babies cry at a small point but the information is needed in the video and I managed to isolate and remove most of babies voice in the background noise. I believe The Forge was great for it’s looks and now its narrative. I gained feedback from Graham and he exclaimed you need think about the narrative in video at the start so that it makes sense and then you can put the B roll over. Unfortunately there wasn’t much B roll to use from one room in the museum but I managed to find a few which weren’t the painting. Due to the lack of painting close ups, I had to borrow a clip of Tom Ingham who had a lot lighter shot which showed the hidden part of the painting. But, after that I gained feedback stating the painting shots need to be same brightness which I could see as a problem but I didn’t have time to go get more shots when I hadn’t started the VNA.

 

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I have completed both videos to completion but I feel as if The Forge could do with some more B roll. If I were to do this again I wouldn’t change anything as I managed to check of a large part of my production in the next couple of weeks.

Monday the 23rd January 2017, Editing The Forge

After finishing the Sumerian Tablets video I wanted to get the other museum video done considering Steve had waited over Christmas and still hadn’t received a single video.screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-11-19-44

I wanted to start on a central shot of The Forge as it then shows what the main subject is, also having him stood next to it allowed us to get other nice shots from around the room. screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-10-35-19

I had started on editing and I was finding this video easy as we shot it from numerous different angles, this made the video really easy to line up and the narrative would sound good without much work. I spent most of time trying to choose the right shots visually and I think all together so far it is looking really good although I am missing important close ups. I may need to collect more close ups to provide B roll as he is speaking.

Today went really well as I managed to get through some of the video edited, I hadn’t nearly completed it but I had got through enough that it would be completed by the end of  the week.

Tuesday the 17th January 2017, Re Editing

Due to an unknown reason, I came back and there was barely any of the Sumerian Tablet video edited. Therefore I spent the day editing the video back to completion so that I could start on the second. screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-13-28-44

It was a simple video to edit as we simply had a voiceover and a shots over his voice making it an easy task to complete in a day. If I were to do this video again I would of maybe selected a better artefact which we could actually get out the glass case. Although, I have had feedback and apparently it improves the look having the reflection. As a result the video looks appealing and the audio quality held out well enough and therefore it has come together nicely.

 

Thursday the 12th January 2017, Filming Second Museum Video

I arranged with Steve to film then me and Jake made our way at Lunch after picking up equipment and arranging exactly what to do.

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The filming went really well as the lighting of the room was already good and we had enough space and free time to produce great footage. We attempted extra lighting with an LED light but due to the different temperature of lights, it gave a big patch of light which was a lot bluer (daylight) than the more red (tungsten) light. We solved this by simply not using it and pumping up the camera settings.

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I had thought the room we were going to film in wasn’t going to be good but we filmed the interview next to The Forge painting making it relevant and easy to understand what the main focus was. The wall was full of paintings and I utilised this to get a nicely framed shot. Moreover the wall proving a good back subject for the interview from multiple angles and it included a shot with a statue and the painting in the background which all came out very good.

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If I were to film again I would only want to include more close up shots of the actual painting as it was lacking close ups as he was talking The Forge.

I imported the videos onto my computer and had to go because I ran out of time.

Wednesday the 14th December, Manchester Film School, Filming issues

In the morning there was a chance to see Neil Roberts who is an accomplished photographer, unfortunately I couldn’t make it because I had to get the bus to Manchester. When we arrived at the University it was clearly what I was looking for, it was small with all industry grade equipment, studios and nice teachers. It didn’t look crowded and the area was really nice. He showed us around everywhere and you got your own editing rooms with industry standard programs. When we got in the studio it was really professional as everyone was doing there own job with about 30 people there whilst an elderly woman was choreographing this dancer for the shot. It was run like an actual film set and I feel this is the best way for me to learn the trade.

After having a look at the University, I went back to my brothers to get the bus to film but as it got later I missed the bus and it meant I would have to rearrange the filming days.screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-13-17-47

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He was nice about it and understood so I will rearrange when we get back to film the other video.