How do filmmakers develop and convey stories within the mise-en-scène? - - 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?
Filmmakers develop and convey stories within the mise-en-scene by looking for new shots. Like you can try this shot against a wall but you don't like that one so you'll go to a waterfall instead or whatever is appropriate for the scene.
In the multi shot film we wanted to make our original even better so I pitched an idea of having the characters being introduced in a cool way so we did a close up shot on their feet and the camera was raised to come to our face to make it way more epic than it needed to be. Delayna pitched the idea of the cowboy scene where it was only our eyes showing like a wild west movie. Others shots were suggested while filming and we experimented a little bit.
I did a lot of the so called directing of the film because I think I gave the most amount of feedback and ideas to the shots right off the bat.
i wanted to edit this film as a very epic build up but then a comedic fall in intensity because that's what the film was to start with and editing will make it way better.
The only hurdles have been we were missing a person from our group on the day of filming so Nikita had to film. The successes of the film were everything. I think we did a good job with the time we were given.
I have always thought positioning was very important for performing and I still think this and we a talked a little bit of it when filming and it's something that made the film better because we needed great camera angles.
I think my favorite shot in our commercial were the zoom in shots we did because it adds a comedic feel but not sacrificing any other shot. It also adds a good transition to another shot if used correctly.
I did not have a least favorite shot in our commercial because all of the shots were chosen correctly and well performed in the commercial.
this has taught me how much angles in a shot really matter in film and it's something you should always reconsider if needed.
Reflect on the process of creating a TV Show Pilot: Provide the logline for your original screenplay and connect your costume designs and ad campaign to the story you created... why did you design what you designed based on the story? Tell, too, about the TV Show Pilot you filmed and edited with your group... what was it like to work with a script and what types of shot(s) do you feel brought the show to life most?
The screen write fro the TV show pilot was just some random thing I made up all of a sudden, but I knew where it was going to go and what it was about as I made it up. It was about a dumb adult man being friends with a young smart boy who is in love. I automatically thought of Rick and Morty but reversed so I had to make it funny like Rick and Morty. Most of the clothes are regular clothes for little kids like a sports t-shirt, shorts, a baseball cap and a skirt for Alice, the only girl in the original script. But Kim (the adult) I knew had be good to show his personality, so he has on rugged jeans and s shirt that is small on him to show he is an adult but thinks like a kid. the advertisements i knew had to draw people in to watch it and it's called the adventures of Kim and Tummy- I mean Timmy, so i made them running with a flashy background and an explosion behind them. that reels in kids with the flashiness and the joke being to screw up Timmy's name.
When we were talking about who is going to be what character, Delayna said she wanted to be Timmy so we agreed but no one wanted to be Alice so I decided to where a wig but Delayna wasn't here for two days to film so I had to take on the role of Timmy. It was actually very pleasant having someone like Kody to play Kim because he is taller than all of us so he brings out the scary yet cuddly vibe of Kim as a character. Justin is supposed to be the cool kid that plays a lot of sports, and Julian is always wearing a baseball hat and sweatshirt so it was perfect, except for his acting. I don't see Nick ever having fun in this class so i thought he would be good to play the camera man with the soul intention of getting a job done with and no funny business. Delayna is a good actress but she kind of got stripped from her original role so she had to play Alice. it was fine but her higher pitched voice was much more different than I thought, but her hair was very good for the part of a small kid with it being all goofy and put up. i thought i was good at playing Timmy but mainly because I intended to play him because i think my high pitched voice in funny so I really focused that in this film. the shot that really made it good were the over the shoulder shots because it shows almost a POV shot but also a reaction shot at the same time. the tracking shot of me skipping was definitely good too, to show what just happened in the script.
I don't find myself finding too many psychological barriers when it comes to film making. I just go with what flow i have and have fun. i am not working on anything serious with film making because i am much more into music, but not music for film. I enjoy the editing part the most in this class because i would like to do that with my own footage of me playing video games for others to enjoy. So many people are doing that I think it'd be fun to try out. My team for film isn't always too cooperative but our films haven't been bad because they are still complete. I also don't know everything about aftereffects so i can't use it to it's full potential all of the time, but i wouldn't call that a psychological problem.
I'm not sure what we are doing in the second quarter of film but i hope it's fun like the first one. i mainly just want to get to film 2 because that's where it seems a lot of the real stuff happens.
Honestly i didn't enjoy the lighting assignment that much. it was boring and didn't bring to much to the table. Although I liked bringing different colors to show different emotions and feelings, everything else was bad, We had a small stage, not much time to film, and no easily show-able master shot. I dislike the fact we had to edit pretty much everything to have the story make sense, although editing videos is my favorite part of this class.
The montage part of the editing was kind of cool, but the stock footage is horrible from almost every website, and shutter shock is extremely overpriced. I thought i did a good job at making the cuts, but had to improvise on the footage. I found whatever fit in the category of training or traveling and put it where it would be so you can assume that's what he is doing. For example; i took two shots of two different guys walking, but put them together to be seen as the same guy. And then in the next seen, it was me at my master's dojo or whatever you want to call it, so you can infer that it was me walking that distance.
Soon, you'll be pitching an idea for a feature film in this class. What genre do you think you'll focus your creativity on? Why are you drawn to this genre? What do you find most interesting about this genre? What would you hope others would get from your work if you were to create films in this genre?
I feel like i would pitch a comedy to film in this class. I chose this because I don't think we have the equipment for an action movie and I usually try to make my films comedic because I can make them funny. This genre is an easy one to grasp and has a low risk and high reward if performed correctly. All I want from this is to get some recognition and to show people that i am funny and creative.
Describe your most recent shoot recording a music video. Which song did you choose and what type of concept or mixture of concepts did you capture. Describe what you the final product looks like and how you'd define it in regard to "documentary," "low concept," &/or "high concept." What are you most proud of with this project?
For out music video we chose Gucci Gang by Lil Pump. Mainly because it's a stupid song and an easy music video to replicate. We did a high concept video because that's what the original video was. The high concept theme of the song was exactly like the original video. It's just us showing off money and us looking cool like we own the world. There was no story-line or plot, just the characters. The greatest part about this video is how close it is to the original Gucci Gang video. We pretty much made fun of the song, which was kind of the point.