Script to Film 9 : Final Tutorial before Easter

Today’s tutorial we are proud to show Dom some good scenes in the film and also discussing possible missing scenes or problems that have surfaced, he’s pretty impressed with how we handle the trouble of missing actor by rewriting the whole script and change the ending which we tried hard to maintain. It seems like our hard work has finally paid off, and we maybe even allowed to reshoot just one more scene back in Dave’s house again.

Now we are getting to post-production, I will be helping mostly with the sounds, but maybe with the edit as well. Hope what I have learned from foley workshop and other sound related ones could help.

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Script to Film 8 : Final day of Filming

Second and last day of filming and surprisingly, it’s true when people say they can learn from experience and makes things easier and faster, as that was what happened today during the full day of filming from morning to evening. The actors delivered their lines well while the set up of the light and sound was much faster too. Some of the scenes only need 1 shot to finish, showing how much everyone has grown accustomed to it.

We wrap up plenty fast, and was on time before we had to leave. It had been a wonderful experience, my first time working in such a production in England. Hope to be able to more of such things soon!

Script to Film 7 : Day of Filming!!

The day has come! The day of filming! Everyone rented out the equipments and I brought some of mine and food too. We set off from the school using Craig’s big van, my first experience travelling in van for filmmaking, took a pretty long time due to picking up others and bad traffic cause of an accident.

There are few lessons I have learnt while doing the first day: We are almost never on time with each scene. The set ups took the most time, and there are still confusion due to the place needed a change in furniture or too small than expected for lightings etc. The actors are mostly left waiting, which I felt quite guilty as we really never plan well enough. We are lucky that the Megan’s role by Maddy is allowed by her mum to act beyond the 3 hour marks, otherwise I feel we couldn’t finish it on time.

I am the First AD, calling with Clapper Board, while helping with set ups and making sure the scene stays the same in the view as the previously shot scenes. I’m lucky I’m able to spot some parts that will utterly destroy the footage, such as Jack holding his glass of wine in one scene and suddenly he’s not in the other shot scene.

Overall, although we wasted a lot of time, we managed to do it within the schedule and all planned shots today have been done, kudos to the team and the brilliant actors!

Foley Exercise

Today get to learn on creating foley for sound. Apparently on set recording mostly focused on dialogue, while almost the rest of the sound is done in post production using many ‘cheating’ methods. These methods usually involve everyday objects that just create similar or believable sound seen on screen. I am really surprised at all these tricks, which made me rethink all those objects I have used before that unexpectedly can create the sound effect heard in film.

Then we got to try out many things to redub/redo sounds for Ratouittle , and also learnt some steps for directional mic and equipment ect before recording, adding markers on clips for easier synching, and also fade in/out for most clips, gonna try experimenting it in the future. Since I will be helping out in the sound foley in my Screen Fiction, I gonna see if I can think of good combination of sound to make my own film sounds more professional!

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Script to Film 6 : More changes to the Script cause of absence of actress

Sadly, I just heard from the director that the actress for Ania couldn’t make it for the last minute and we are really just few days before the date of filming and changes to location date is not possible. Thus we decide to spend a long day in Petra’s house to discuss the script changes, and it will be a pretty drastic changes. The decision comes from eithe having Petra acts as Ania or taking the character out completely from the story.

After some discussion, we decided to do the latter, as Petra is not very keen on acting and wishes to fulfil her role of DoP to the fullest instead of acting. Another reason is we realise having one less character to deal with actually helps to increase interactions between characters more meaningful. Where once Sophia’s role is lesser than Ania, it is now Sophia who has the full interaction with both Megan and Jack. Alas, we managed to make minima changes in the front, relegating all Ania’s lines to Sophia instead, but it is the ending that is now completely different. Gone were the ambiguous ending, the loss of Ania means everyone knows who’s the killer is and instead we figure out how to make it realistic : the killing process.

I did new storyboards for all of these as soon as they updated it in google drive, and I kind of feel it’s a blessing in disguise. The story is more believable now with much greater interactions between characters. Hope we are able to film everything smoothly.  😀

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Script to Film 5 : Auditioning Ania’s role

Today Patrick and I use Google Hangout to audition with an actress from Bath, who will be auditing the roles of the nanny, Ania. It is my first time participating in the audition as I miss the first one last time and it is pretty fun, even though we did not do it face to face and I have to be contented with my phone screen instead of a laptop due to it being spoilt at a wrong timing.

I took the roles of Megan, Sophia and Jack, and from what I have seen and heard, the new actress is pretty decent. She has years of experience in acting in short films, and this actually shows during the reading of the script. Her emotion, tones and facial expressions is able to capture the role of Ania well. it’s just too bad we couldn’t get to see her face to face.

Everything is captured by Patrick, so hopefully we can review the footage fast and decide on whether to take her or not, though it will definitely cost us more money, but I feel that it is worth it to make a good film.

Script to Film : Researching Roles —– Producer

Green C (2008) It’s less glamorous than directing, but film producing can be the reel deal (BLOG) The Independent[ONLINE] Available from: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/getting-job/its-less-glamorous-than-directing-but-film-producing-can-be-the-reel-deal-800908.html [Accessed on 7/3/2015]

McNamee G (2007) What Does a Film Producer Do? (BLOG) Encyclopedia Brittanica Blog [ONLINE] Available from: http://blogs.britannica.com/2007/02/what-does-a-film-producer-do/ [Accessed on 7/3/2015]

My main role is that as a Producer, which is a role that I have never really keen to take up before. It is probably due to an urge to do something different that I decided to go for this particular role which plays a bigger part overall in this project. I have a limited knowledge on this role, with most being assumptions that a Producer handles the paperwork and ensuring the team is doing well and on time.

I started to research more on this special role, as it seems in general, people would  more likely to prefer being an actor or director in the film industry rather than a producer. Producer fits into a special category, to me, that seems to be very involved in a film not as a specialist, but as an overall. A good producer does not seem to need to be very good at any part of the process like editing or directing, as these are taken by editors and directors themselves. From numerous sources, it is well defined that a director is someone “with vision”. He is able to “tell a great script from a mediocre one” and then works to “secure funding” in order to make it a reality. In other words, a producer is a realist, or at least has similar mindset, knowing that a good film is not created with just passion alone.

What’s more, a Producer is truly the leader of the entire crew. He is a”person on a movie set who makes sure everyone shows up and knows what to do when—and who knows beforehand what’s being served for lunch. The producer is the person who shows up on set only when there’s trouble,” I get the feeling that this is much of a role that works behind the scene, making sure everything goes smoothly and settling any problems that might occur during production. It is a role that requires multi-tasking, since it requires working together with everyone in the crews like the director and actors. It also requires flexibility, as the work is never constant, especially when “the film is in the development phase, a producer might be working closely with a few people for months; during shooting, they’ll suddenly be in charge of a crew of 50 or more.”

A Producer needs to be good in many skills, an all-rounder who understands every part of the film process, from pre-production all the way through the post-production. It’s best described as a job for “people who aren’t amazingly good at one thing, but are good at a lot of things.” Jack of all trades yet Master of None is what it seems like to me, though I believe that the Producer is the key to make good films. This is further stated in one of the posts, “a good producer is the sine qua non of filmmaking.” It just goes to show the importances of a good producer, that makes him essential in a film crew. However, he also has to deal with “tantrums and threats and pushes” from all sorts of people like arrogant actors or eccentric directors in order to complete the film. A hard role indeed.

It seems that I have taken a role that will require lots of responsibility and the needs to work with all members of the group at any time, definitely different from my past roles. Looks like this is a good chance for me to gain invaluable experience to find out whether I could fit the requirements of a Producer.

Script to Film 4 : Schedules & Completed Storyboards

Schedules has been done by Petra and we are almost good to go, however, now we are faced with just one problem: the final confirmation from the owner of the house. To be honest, things have been painfully unnecessarily slow with this issue. Yet another point to try to pressure people to get them fast.

Storyboards is completed with total of 190+ shots, though sketchy, I have ensured they fit the script and angles are chosen for their effectiveness, will be discussing with the director on the proper edited ones.

Script to Film : Researching Roles —– Storyboard Artist

Halligan, J (2013) The Art of Movie Storyboard. Lewis : Ilex.

One of my roles in this production is as a storyboard artist. I have some experienced in drawing myself from my previous courses and has tried my hands in some simple storyboard for short films and animation.

I borrowed a book , titled < The Art of Movie Storyboard> -by Fionnuala Halligan , as a source to research more about my roles.

One of the first thing I realised is that starboard artist is different from concept artist. They are similar but ultimately deal with different aspect of productions. Sometimes, both of them will work together, but not necessarily. A concept artist mainly deals with how the world and vision of the film looks, so as to use it to communicate with the production crews and directors or producers to imagine how the final piece will look like. Storyboard artist, however, deals with each scene shot in film, they decide on how the film flow through angles, perspectives, space  and other more technical stuff. Storyboard is not usually drawn in such details as concept art, as it’s meant to be kept rough and only show the simplest image to be used as reference when captured with the camera.

Storyboard artist is really one of the earliest few who starts in the pre-production, without them, it’s pretty hard to start a film. They create the vision of the film, sometimes even using storyboards to convince investors/producer on a project. It is also one of the roles that work very closely with the director, with the latter normally giving out very minimal/rough sketch as reference. Though so much arts are produced in the process, sadly, I just found out that  the copyright mostly belong to the production. Most storyboard artist is also freelance and rarely work permanently in the studio.

This practice turns out to be from a Walt Disney production, which popularises this form of art. Using these as animation makes much more sense than from a film, but it can be applied to any moving media too. Skills needed is drawing, but technical skills with cameras will help a lot in breaking down the script from words to visual. Some directors emphasise storyboards as base of their filming, such as Alfred Hitchcock, who always 99% based his shots on the storyboards and obsess over these details in the pre-production, showing how important this process is in films. Others such as Saul Bass and Harold Michelson are famous storyboard artist who are talented illustrator in their own right but manage to get into the film industry and apply their skills to create masterpiece by working with good directors.

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I shall study more of their arts, and also input more perspectives and space visual for myself and director to understand what needs to be shot.

Interactive Media 3 : More Character Designs &

Today yet designed more characters to complete overall looks, well on time before our tutorials. Before this, my group has managed to consolidate everything and everyone knows about the changes and well informed. We have outlined many of the things we are supposed to do in great details.

For mine, I am doing mostly graphic works, so aside from character designs, I am also partially helping out with the poster and video of the ransom. By working together with those who are in charged of the marketing, we decide to pool in all ideas into a google drive for easier organisation.

Lastly, I am also helping out with programming with Flash as I have a bit of prior experience with it before, I really didn’t expect I would get to make use of my skills in many parts of the project, but I feel that this will really let me be more multi-talented. Good training before things become harder in the future, really excited to make our game app one of the best ever!!!

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