Q: Describe the process of creating your one-shot and multi-shot films... How did you work as a group to develop what shots should be taken? How are you approaching the editing process? What have been some successes and hurdles in these first projects? How do you feel your views on film have changed now that you've had a taste of the work involved?
A: I worked with my group very well and they worked really well too. Together we made a great team and without the group I have right now I would not be getting too far in this class. Our first film had its story written by Aidan and the Multi shot story was written by me. The editing can be challenging but I think I have the hand of it and am quickly getting used to the format of After Affects.
Q: Consider the shots and camera movements we've defined, shot, and edited. Which is your favorite from those you captured for your commercial and why? Also, which is your least favorite shot/camera move and why? What has learning about all these shots/moves taught you about cinematography?
A: I cant really decide which shots are my favorite but unedited are interesting to me as they really show how much retakes you had throughout the film. If you are using a green screen, unedited it can look strange, but edited it can look amazing... or sometimes it can still look strange. My least favorite camera move is when you go into the perspective of the character in the film. I have learned that it can be quite hard to film when there are actors in the film who are not too cooperative, and an example of that can be a guy we worked with who's name starts with an M and ends with an X....
Q: Reflect on the process of creating your TV Show Pilot: 1) Provide a logline (plot in a single sentence) for your original CJ6: Screenplay. 2) Connect what you designed for CJ7: costume(s) to the story you created - why did you design what you designed based on the story? 3) Tell, too, about the TV Show Pilot you filmed and edited with your group... 3a) what was it like to work with a script and 3b) what types of shot(s) do you feel brought the show to life most?
A: The idea of creating a tv show was nice but the outcome was not. We were unable to complete our film due to time limitations and another group of people who were intentionally making background noise and other such disturbances. We created really well bade costumes and are going to have to make the real life models quite soon. I was comfortable working with a script but had to improvise on some parts of it to make it sound better but of course also sometimes worse.
The guide tells us that we should always focus on the story and don't type to much. I get the focusing on the story part but the typing part I do not. The goal is to complete the work (well) in a short amount of time. That even includes double checking to see if the script is good or not. Another thing that I understand is don't focus on failure. If you focus on failure too much you will stop your self from creating anything new because you will get too scared. One more thing is that you should never be scared of acting or filming unless you are doing it for an act. You should not be an actor or director if you are scared of being criticized and made fun of because that will always happen. Just ignore it.
Q: Describe your experience shooting this project in the film studio with the added lighting elements. How do you feel the studio time affected your final product quality? Additionally, how did you approach the montage portion of your film. Describe what you chose to cut together and what effect you hope for it to have on your audience as a part of your "Flash Forward" film.
A: Shooting the film could get quite annoying sometimes when some of our group members are not working very well together. We had some problems with focusing but luckily had fun and finished the recording. The lighting made the interview scene a lot better than it would have been without any lighting. We may use it again if we ever get the chance to do so.
Q: Hitchcock is know as the Master of Suspense. Recall in detail a time when you felt a film had you most on edge--- either scared, excited, distressed, or passionate. What do you remember from the film itself (text, lighting, sound, set-up) that you believe made it truly effective? As a film maker yourself, what emotions do you think you'd be best at effecting in your audience and how do you imagine you would go about doing it?
A: I have never felt suspenseful during a movie as I know they are not real and I have seen a lot by now so I kind of know that nothing bad is going to happen, because people don't like movies or shows where people die because it can make them feel like that is the way things work so they like movies where the heroes always win because it inspires them. Emotions I would use in a movie are sadness but also I will put a good amount of suspense leading to someone important death because movies where all the heroes get out alive are... unrealistic.
HELLO THERE YOU SHORT GREMLIN! YOU GET THE BEST ACTOR AWARD! WHY? BECAUSE, YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB AS WENDY! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Reflections from the Film 1 students of Fall 2018