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Niamh Turfitt – Level 3 Student

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My Video!

Audio!

For my audio, I originally planned to have a monologue being read out by a deep moving voice. I wrote the monologue myself and tried to keep on track of travel. I did this by mentioning famous landmarks from around the world. I also made it relate to the audience – regardless of age – as we live in a world of technology and people think that seeing landmarks from their computer or phone screens is enough. The monologue is shown below:

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This was my full monologue which I planned to have read out by someone with a deep and powerful voice. The yellow highlighted parts of the text is the parts of the monologue I want to keep in the video as I believe that reading it all out will be too long and will bore the audience, so I decided to take the key parts out of the video which would relate and work with the clips and read them out. I would do this personally. I am aware that I do not had a deep voice like actors such as Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson do but I plan to record my voice saying these line and then edit the audio to make my voice sound deep. If this does not work however, then I will use my voice and clearly state that it was my voice in the credits. In the beginning, I was given the idea to tweet to both Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson as they have powerful voices which would sound good with the monologue I have created. The tweets to them are shown below:

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I also tweeted to a impersonator who my lecturer knows who can do an impressive impersonation of Morgan Freeman. I then decided to go back onto twitter and tweet to this impersonator and hope for a response. Below is the said tweet:

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Unfortunately, non of the above ever replied to me and so I have to go with the option of recording the text myself and then editing my own voice to sound deep and powerful. This would be much easier because I would be able to record how I want it to be. I was a GCSE Drama student back in secondary school so when I record my speech, I will know how to use my voice and express emotion better which will hopefully help my video seem powerful and get the message through to the audience better.

As for extra sound effects, I am using the iPhone Message Sent/Message Received alerts during a scene where my actor is texting a friend. I will also be using a song by a YouTube Channel called “NoCopyrightSounds” where they produce music for people to use and download without any copyright rules and regulations. I used a song from their channel called Force by Alan Walker. This song has a really positive beat to it and when putting it with my clips it goes really well into my short film which I am happy about as I struggled to find any songs that would fit into the video. Below is the link to the song:

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Filming!

For this Project, I had to film in quite a few places. These included York City, Sheffield Train Station, my college classroom, and Cleethorpes. I tried to fake locations in some places. This did not exactly go to plan as I had unfortunate problems with weather, especially in Cleethorpes and the camera quality in York was quite bad due to the use of a Go Pro camera rather than a Nikon or Canon camera. However, I still managed to capture the footage I needed and blended them well in the video. Also, I have cut some clips down or edited parts of clips out for reasons such as extreme camera shaking or the length of one piece of footage. If there were several parts of a clip that I liked, I would duplicate copies of that clip so I could cut and edit different parts of that one clip out and put them together in my video.

In my video, I knew planned my locations. In the beginning, York City wasn’t an option. It wasn’t till a college trip to York had a few extra spaces left and so I volunteered to go and I got some footage there. With how historical and architectural York City is, I thought this would be a good location to try and fake another location. Out of the few locations I did visit, York City came out with the best outcome of this theory. I believe that if Cleethorpes coast had had better weather that day, then I think that it would have looked much better and much more presentable. Unfortunately, due to a small deadline and the season of the year we were doing this project, weather would not have been on my side no matter which day I went to film there. In addition to this, I believe the music choice I have picked will help the viewer(s) to feel more upbeat about the idea of travel and that the message I am trying to portray will get across to the audience.

Halfway through the project, we had to show our class what we had already in the video. The video I had was not as good as others as I was still editing quite a lot and also in the process of getting more footage. I also didn’t have any audio to go with my video but I knew what I was going to use. I just had finish putting my video together before I added any audio. Below is a link to the video from our halfway point:

Production Plan Review!

During my project, I created a Production Plan to help me plan and work around my video in a manageable and ordered time frame. I feel that by using and following a Production Plan, that it helped me to organise what I would do. I aimed to use the weeks as categories for each part of video.

Week One:

During this week, I planned to come up with my idea and create a story board around this idea.

-I obviously came up with my idea, however I decided to not do a storyboard as it was time consuming and it was much easier to do a mind map instead so I created one instead. I found this to be much easier and expressed my ideas better and it also helped me to decide upon a strict and solid idea for my video.

 

Week Two:

During this week, I planned to begin filming and would use the York trip as an advantage. I also planned to edit this footage too when I returned.

-I took quite a lot of footage on the York trip and throughout the video, only used about 50% of the different clips. I edited out any shaky movements of the camera and any parts that were exposed too much to the sun. This mainly left me York Minister and the cobbled alleys of York too.

 

Week Three:

During this week, I planned to continue filming and gather as much footage as I could and then I would edit this and then start searching for audio to go into my work.

-I collected footage from in and out of Sheffield Train station and also from Cleethorpes coast. I edited these and they really worked well when putting them into my video. Just like the York clips, I edited out any shaky movements of the camera and any footage that could be cropped so each separate clip didn’t drag.

 

Week Four:

During my final week, I planned to finish editing my video, included adding a title clip at the beginning and credits at the end. I would also update my blogs from throughout the project.

-I have edited my video as much as possible and I have also added a title and credits clip into my video which just starts and finishes the video nicely. I also put in my sound effects and music into the clip and also the speech I would use in my video. I have fitted these in with my video and it has all come together. All that needs doing is my video to be double checked and gone over to make sure nothing is out of place or missed and for my video to then be uploaded to YouTube and burned onto the DVD ready for interactive viewers.

How Will It Be Interactive?

As part of the brief for this project, making it interactive is part of the assignment. This can be done in many ways. For example, by burning the video onto a DVD or by posting the video onto YouTube and then sharing the video on Social Media etc.

I was unsure how to make my video interactive but then I decided to burn my video onto a DVD, this is because I could then create a cover for my DVD case and this would help entice the audience to watch the video. It also makes your video look more presentable before the audience/viewer have even watched your video. I decide to do this and used a website called Canva to create my cover. It gave me the option of a dozen of layouts and templates for my cover and I found one that related to travel. All I did was change some of the text. Below is the DVD cover for my video:

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I really like this because in the video, my actor catches a train as his starting point of travel. and the fact that it is showing a ticket to freedom relates to how I’m wanting to express travelling to places rather than looking on social media. I also like the fact that it gives you a destination section and so I changed this to “The World” and this gives the audience a bit more of a clearer idea of what will be featured in the video that they are about to watch.

Production Plan – Project Two!

My Production Plan for my project will be what I follow throughout my practical work. I will closely follow this plan and work from it to help me figure out what I need to do throughout my practical weeks.

Week One:

  • Plan the video making process and create a storyboard around this.
  • Go on to twitter

Week Two:

  • Start filming. Use the York trip as an advantage to get some footage of the historic architecture.
  • I then would edit this footage and cut it down as much as possible. I would also use some sort of filter over the Go Pro videos to make the quality look a little better.

Week Three: 

  • Continue filming and gather as much film as possible.
  • Edit all of my footage and add sound effects etc to my work.

Week Four:

  • Continue editing and add a title screen and credits.
  • Update my blog and make sure I have not missed any of my blogs out that are to do with my project.

My Idea!

My idea for my Project Two idea is themed around travel and will be based around a quote by Vincent Price. This quote being:

“A man who limits his interests, limits his life” – Vincent Price.

This quote made me think about travel because I believe that the more you travel the world, the more interests you develop due to culture and practices. I then created a mind map to help me with my idea of using the theme of travel. mindmap

This was my mind map of the quote and this helped to secure my idea and by creating this mind map and I thought about my story. My story based around this quote will be as follows:

Someone is living their life and is bored of it as they feel as if it’s in a constant replay. They begin to notice how everyone is loosing interest in hobby’s people would have had 10 years ago. An example of this is travelling the world. From this they begin to plan a get away to travel the world. During these scenes, I plan to have a monologue over the top of this so that I can express the message that I’m trying to get across. This will be filmed in several locations and I would want someone with a deep and powerful voice to produce my monologue. I would then play each part of the monologue  at different times to where it fits in with the video and I thought about voices such as Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson. I thought about this and decided to Tweet to both of the actors and explain my situation. I was to wait at least a week or two for a response and if I did not get a response then I would find someone who could imitate one of the chosen actors voices or find someone who has a deep and powerful voice.

I think my idea is unique and is much different than any of the other ideas from my classmates. In conclusion, I will follow a strict production plan to help me construct my short film as well as time editing and gathering sound effects and music.

 

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