Unit 9 Of Gods and Men project
Who influences you?
Overall, I am pleased with my end product.
I have only ever made videos before as a hobby, but I thought to extend my portfolio and to show what I can do, I thought I should make a short film.
To create my film I used two different Adobe programmes. I have used Adobe Premiere pro to create the main base of my film.
I started off with listening to the music with no video clips along side, and adding in small green markers by clicking the button ‘m’ to make small marks on the Premiere Pro timeline so I knew when the beat changed on the song, (shown below).
My reason for doing this, was for when I imported all of my video clips, I would know when would be a good time to change the clips in the film so that it all flowed together well.
After I had done this, I imported all of my clips into Premiere Pro and began to insert them onto the timeline. I cropped all the videos to parts that I wanted to show in my film, and started to slot them in.
I had a lot of clips to go through as I imported all of the takes into my Adobe project. My reason for this was because I wanted to keep my video informative, but also didn’t want it to be too formal and come across as boring to the younger generations.
My target audience was predominantly males and females, aged between 16-30. My reason for this being because It is quite an informative video and would appeal to people who are younger more than to people who are aged 30 plus. My reason for this is because I think that as all of the interviewees are aged between 16-18, therefore it will be more appealing to younger people.
Editing my final piece did take me longer than I expected, but because I finished a lot of my pre-production paper work and my filming earlier than I expected, It wasn’t a problem.
I edited my whole film on Adobe Premiere Pro, and once I had edited all my clips together, I then exported my film and imported it into Adobe After Effects. Once I had imported my film into After Effects, I began to add my text in. I chose to stick to ‘Helvetica’ text as this is the text I have consistently used throughout my project.
During my last 15 seconds of my film, I have lots of snippets of people using adjectives to describe their influential person. As these words stick out and have a large impact on the feel of the film, I decided to add in some text to pop up when they say these words. I did this all on After Effects, and used the ‘typewriter’ effect. I thought I would use this effect as it is modern and looks effective with these adjectives.
This below image, is where I am moving the key frames into the correct place. These key frames contain the text which I am adding onto my video and by moving these across, it will make sure that they pop up on the screen at the correct time.
Overall, I think that I did manage my time well, as I managed to have all of my work completed the day before the deadline.
The reason that my film did take longer to edit was because it took me a while to get use to Premiere Pro again, and to perfect my video.
I am glad that I have now got to use After Effects, as this has widened my range of programmes I can use which will help me in the future with University and future careers.
The part of this project that I enjoyed the most was getting the range of different film types.
From the drone shot, the Bokeh shot and the Interview shots. All of these were new to me, so I really enjoyed trying something new and going out of my comfort zone.
I was really glad that my Bokeh shot worked, as I had never done anything like it before, so I was quite open minded when beginning to film this, as I wasn’t too sure whether it was going to work or not.
I set up my DSLR Canon 100D Camera on the side of the road on my Joby Gorilla Pod. I used my shorter tripod as I wanted the camera to be close to the ground so it was level with the headlights.
The way that I did this was setting my camera onto manual focus, and then twisting the focus ring so that the lens was out of focus and the lights looked large and bright.
After I had filmed this, I then went onto filming with a DJI Phantom 3 Drone.
I used this as well as using the still shots as it widened my range of shots and made the video more interesting as it isn’t something you see everyday in small independent films.
As I am quite creative, my favourite part was all of the filming and editing, whereas my least favourite part was was trying to make sure I had all the correct paper work done.
My reason for this is because I enjoy being on the computer and editing my work and footage that i have collected.
I really like the way that I have a range of different camera angles in my video and different kind of effects. I like this because It makes the video seem more fun and more appealing to the target audience.
One thing that I don’t like is the length of my film. As the studio was only available for a limited time, I wasn’t able to get as much footage as I wanted. Something else that stood in the way of this was the amount of people I physically had to actually interview. I used everyone but two people in my class for my interviews, as some people were not comfortable to be in front of the camera,
Unfortunately because I had all my lighting and everything set up in the college studio, all my footage had to be filmed during college.
If I was to do this again, I would make more of an effort to get extra visitors into the college to use for any interviews that I was doing, and see if I could use people from another class so that I can extend the amount of footage that I have and therefore create a longer film. Another thing that I would do again would be to make sure that I white balance my film clips correctly.
I ended my film on a clip of passing cars in Bokeh style. I did this so that the film slowly ends with the same relaxing feel that the rest of the film has rather than ending it straight away.
My begining scene is a drone scene, this is because it will attract the viewers attention straight away as it is interesting and different.