Archive for December, 2010

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Editing

December 10, 2010

By Simon Dethleffsen (69559/3250)

In this post we embedded a version of the film what we did so far. It is not finished in any way, and we have a lot still to do, but watch this first to see our progress:

This are some points we came up with which we still have to do:

  • Voice Over. We were going to ask Phil Eaton to do it, as he has a very deep and friendly voice.
  • Some bits in the clip above are black. This is to illustrate, that we still have to edit some scenes. This includes: James and Gabi getting closer together. Simon telling James about his Dad. Flashback Scenes of Simon and his Dad.
  • All the other scenes are only in a rough edit. We will still need to record the music played on the piano properly, we also need one more “happy” music track.
  • Also we need the green screen in the beginning which states to which audiences the film has been approved to and we need the credits in the end, as well as one or two more titles.

As we can see, there is still lots to do.

At the start of next term we will go on and do the poster and magazine cover as well as finishing off these areas in the trailer.

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Filming

December 8, 2010

By Gabi Paterson (69559/3754)

9th December:

Today our group are going to have our final filming session. This is the last session of filming that we are able to do before the end of this term as one of our actors, Pheobe is leaving on Thursday and the school term ends next week. Hopefully we will be able to complete all of the filming that will be necessary to create our trailer and can concentrate on editing and completing our trailer!

10th December:

The shots that we took yesterday were good and our group have enough footage to complete our trailer. We are going to edit it all together in today and tomorrow’s lesson so that we can export our film so far and post it on this blog to show our progress so far.

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Trailer Soundtrack 2

December 7, 2010

By James Grieve (69559/3347)

In the trailer there is a sad scene with the character Simon when he is sitting next to his dad’s bed. For this scene we have decided to have a piece of music composed for us on the piano. This we hope will emphasize the emotion in the scene but then will lead nicely onto the next scene.

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Trailer Soundtrack

December 3, 2010

By Gabi Paterson (69559/3754)

In this lesson I have been searching copyright free music websites to try and find some appropriate background music for our trailer. I found two songs that compliment the happy and funny scenes that occur in our trailer. I found these at feeplaymusic.com and intend to include them in our film. I was unsucessful in finding a good sad song for the more emotional part of the trailer but will continue trying!

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Editing Session

December 3, 2010

By Simon Dethleffsen (69559/3250)

Our group made the decision, not to fiml everything, and then to edit, but to do both at the same time, that we can spot mistakes strauight away and improve things in the next filming session.

We edited the first sections we filmed, and here is a screenshot of this:

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Film Titles

December 3, 2010

By Simon Dethleffsen (69559/3250)

After many drafts and a lot of play-around in photoshop, etc, we finally decided on titles. We made the decision, that we would not use red titles, although that would be the kind of stereotype colour for our genre. The titles we did were too similar to horror movie titles, and we really didn’t want people to mistake this!

The fact, that parts of our story now take place in a snow wonderland, brought the idea to our minds that light blue titles on white background would look well in the film as well. This is what we came up with:

We made the titles in bold print, added some kind of white snowflakes on the title and moved it a little perspectivly, just to make it look more interesting.

But this wasn’t enough to us. We decided, that only that looks a bit simple and empty, so we decided, that we would put a big snowflake in the background of it, which looks similar to this:

We then added both of them to Premiere Elements, where we edit the film. I also put some movement on the titles, so that they don’t look that simple. We can’t show this on the blog, because we can’t export a single sequence from our document, but I took a screen shot to try and show you what I did. Look out for the motion settings on the right hand side.

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Copy of Film Poster

December 3, 2010

By James Grieve (69559/3347)

This is the film poster from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that I copied to practise my skills on photoshop. This poster is very dark which gives emphasis onto the plot of the film with red sparks from a wand making it feel as if they are running for their lives.

This is the copy I made of the poster. I used the extraction filter around the main title to make it look more incorporated into the poster and I then used the wand tool to clean this up.