Second Edit Feedback

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The feedback for the film has been hugely positive, and most importantly the NSCP have approved the content of the piece. Over the coming week we’ll all arrange to meet up and work on the next version of the edit. I know as we are approaching the final edit I would much prefer some additional sets of eyes to ensure the final product is to the highest standard it can be.

Second Edit

Following feedback from the previous session I have re-edited the film in Adobe Premier. Hannah (Animator) sent me the new version of the animation to substitute in, and Liz (Film) was happy with the suggested changes we discussed for me to go ahead and work on the new draft.

The main focus on this edit was reworking the narrative to clearly portray the meaning of the piece throughout. I achieved this by introducing additional titles as a form of narration throughout, also intercutting the film and animation elements. The narrative follows Ben as he progressively shares more and more information online, as a result (in the animation) it proves that you don’t actually know who you are talking to online. Portraying an overall message of ‘be careful what you do online as you don’t know who can actually see it’, almost justifying how the stranger met him on the football field towards the end.

Having secured a new narrative order I worked on heightening it through basic visual and sound effects. Starting with an overall increase in sound levels I then dubbed over sounds that can be associated with good and bad things (sourcing game show style sound effects). I also found a great library of cartoon effects that are free to use from ‘Crude Animation’. Starting with basic thumbs up and thumbs down I also discovered a version of the ‘like’ button, building perfectly into selected skits.

I have now replied via email to Nick and all participants confirming the next version of the edit. I have uploaded it to YouTube for ease of sharing, meeting the deadline for delivery by Thursday. Once I’ve received feedback on this I can hopefully work towards the final version of the edit and make fine adjustments, at this stage it wasn’t worth delving too far into fine tuning until the various organisations had approved it.

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Rough Edit Review

Yesterday I was able to string together the first version of the BBC Sharpshotz short, today taking it to BBC Bristol with Liz for feedback. It was generally a good response all around, the content was strong and enjoyable, it is mostly the case of structure and some amendments to the animation. The following is the first version of the short.

I strung this together very roughly as the main purpose was to see if it is going along the right lines. I experimented with subtitles and know the audio levels need to be adjusted, both commented in various feedbacks. Unfortunately the students couldn’t make it today so we couldn’t get their opinions, we are hoping to visit their school over the coming weeks when we start to reach a final form of the film.

The animation was generally perceived as too heavy, liking baby pictures made it very awkward and too hard hitting. The idea is to make it more subtle not to come across strong straight away, perhaps talking about football in order to get the protagonist into the park? The conversation needs to be cut back further as the viewer struggles to keep up with the fast flowing text, I have already mentioned these points to Hannah (Animator) and she is happy to make the relevant changes.

Clarity in the films structure is also required, the idea of slicing together the documentary and animation elements would work to achieve this, potentially warping the sound in the animation elements to build tension for the antagonists reveal. I suggested starting with “Do you want to be my friend?” then cutting to the title and animation, straight away establishing the theme of the film.

This was further built upon with our feedback from the BBC News editor putting emphasise on the ‘hook’. Cutting in title graphics provoking questions could help to actively engage the audience so they start thinking about the content of the piece rather than waiting until the end of the entire film. For example; Tom is keen to meet new friends, he has an usual way of doing it, and he shares a lot of information with people.” Other than that the editor really enjoyed the content, shots and style of the piece, also noting the fast paced nature of the humour.

Generally very good feedback, now its the case of changing the edit and making amendments for the animation. Once the structure is strong I can fine tune the audio levels and add sound effects that can connote to Facebook. Come next week our team will assemble the next pass of the edit to send off to the sponsoring organisations for their approval for the signed off version of the edit.

CV Re-Design

I look back on the CV I put together in 2013 and wonder what I was thinking. I was heavily driven by the graphic design element and went really over the top flooding it with various screen shots and large text, so much so it went onto 3 pages. At this stage in my life I cannot justify having such a long CV, most of the achievements it boasted don’t attribute to much in the grand scale of life.

JWakley Oct13 CV

Last year I underwent a major re-design of my CV, using my online presence as a way to work an overall house style to my brand. The main aim was to highlight my roles on professional productions, using notable companies as a vehicle for my ability (e.g. BBC Bristol). Condensing the information to a simpler form also made it easier to reorganise everything so I would end up cutting down irrelevant points (e.g. school awards).

The fact my previous version was so heavy on graphical elements I ended up going the complete opposite end of the spectrum for a clear cut and precise brand. I incorporated a red stripe in-keeping with my website house style. I then divided the document into the following sections: Experience, Employment History, Specialist Skills, Additional Experience, Qualifications, References. Since last year I have been using the following CV when applying for any form of media role, keeping it fairly generic but specific to the fields of camera, lighting and colour grading.

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This year I feel like I know exactly where I want to be going as a career, this has allowed me to change my branding to make my marketing for specific for the type of career I want to get involved with. Personally I would label myself as a lighting designer who likes to dabble in colour grading as a hobby, but can still work as a general media practitioner. Taking this into consideration I decided to scrap my CV and start from the beginning, heavily influenced by my existing online presence.

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This time around I wanted to try and fit all of my CV onto a single page. My thoughts on CVs have changed slightly as I now view them as a single page advert to grab someones attention, all of the in depth conversation should be covered in the supporting application, found online or brought up in an interview discussion. By this logic I can purely list titles of various projects, shifting the emphasis to my role on these projects as opposed to who I was working with.

Now I am marketing myself as a lighting designer foremost I have found most of the relevant experience has come from university or freelance projects. Name dropping something like BBC Bristol doesn’t help, if anything it distracts. I want to be associated with my craft and let the variety of projects demonstrate my versatility. The organisation of all the information remained fairly simpler to my previous CV – listing specialist kit, qualifications, employment history, projects and references, along with a brief introduction.

I started by building the design for the single page, with a red stripe running down the left hand side. This box would comfortably fit relevant equipment as roles and qualifications tended to take several words and be a tight squeeze inside the box. My employment history and qualifications were transferred across comfortably onto the main white body of the page. Rather than listing some projects I opted to list various roles relevant to my craft (e.g. Lighting Director, Colourist) then list some examples of projects where I carried out that job.

With all of these elements on the page I needed to continue to make my CV consist and direct. The opening text to summarise myself I dramatically cut down, purely listing my length and type of experience, then name dropped some companies to demonstrate a professional standard. Finally I added references to the bottom of the page, I played around with a second red box for this.

In terms of branding I carried across the fonts and colours from my website. Each section titled with ‘Impact’, labelled as white text inside of a red box. I used black as sub-headings as it was bolder than any other colour so demanded attention, any smaller text after in red with exception for the content inside the red boxes.

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I am extremely happy with this version of my CV and it has obvious proved successful judging by job opportunities presented to me with this sent as supporting material. The content is clear and concise, purely listing roles and qualifications without the need to justify their importance through sub-text. I really like the opening few lines as it paints the image of someone with a vast amount of experience from a diverse range of work. The fact it builds upon my current house style is bonus. I plan to keep using this design for a while to come, I will keep this up to date as I find more work in my industry, potentially shifting the content to a more theatrical and live event emphasis (e.g. removing film roles such as DP).

Duet Film Schedule

There’s been a lot of back and forth between the entire production team to try and lock down a final date to wrap up filming. Matt got back to me asking if I was available for the second shoot, having responded communication then broke down. I emailed him again on March 15th and since then we have all got the ball rolling and are now looking to finish up the production on April 29th.

It’s been a while since the last shoot so it will be nice to catch up with Matt and Alistair, see what they have been up to and potentially fish around for more opportunities to work together in the future. I have really enjoyed our small production team and feel we work really well together, definitely a professional relationship to maintain in the future.

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Production Day Feedback

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Positive feedback regarding the production day yesterday, also outlining the future dates for the project. Liz will continue to be our teams main point of contact. Now I have the footage I will look into transcoding and shaping an edit ready for the post production day on April 14th. I am aiming to edit with Adobe Premier.

Production Day

The initial plan for today was to train the students how to use the film equipment and plan a day for filming. However for our school (John Cabot) this was not the case as it would have been difficult to arrange times for future filming periods. Instead we were thrown straight into the deep end as we had to quickly pull everything together and shoot the same day. Thankfully the nature of the idea was something fun, quick and easy to film so we were able to embrace the time limit.

As the team had left their notes behind we all racked through concept ideas to create a range of sketches that we could cut into the film. There are a few more than we actually need but I felt it was best to overshoot so we have plenty of opportunities in the edit. We came up with the following and I helped narrow down the approach to filming each sketch:

  • Sign with personal info
    Prop – Sign, Walking down corridor saying “My name is…”
  • Showing people photos
    Random people, Follow with camera
  • Tagging locations
    Staged, cover door with note marking name and walk out
  • Shouting out posts
    Walk into canteen and shout, film wide to catch reactions
  • Commenting on food
    Random people, Follow with camera
  • “I Like That”
    Random people, Walk up and point to item then walk off
  • Share a video
    Barge into edit room, Staged, Bring up video on screen

In addition the approach to meeting the character grooming in the animation we chose to not show them in the film incase it raises bad publicity for whoever stars as them. Instead we now feature the protagonist waving and walking straight into the lens blacking out the frame, that way Hannah (Animator) can continue fading from black.

Prior to heading out filming Liz and I were able to go through the techniques of filming and booming shots. With a variety of film kit at our disposal Liz ended up going through narrative techniques whilst I went over physical operation. The crew were happy with their roles and were eager to go out to film following lunch.

The students were eager to get filming, we approached each shot and had a short discussion as to the best methods to film it before letting them go ahead for the take. I felt this was an effective teaching method as it gave opportunities for active discussions/learning. The first few takes faced some issues with sound as the microphone input was incorrect, but once resolve filming continued as planned.

The students were really happy with the footage and I think it was a great learning experience for them. It was nice to go out and film something just for fun without having to worry about so many cinematic techniques. I feel confident in how we all taught them and how involved everyone was with the process. I now have copies of the rushes and will start to assemble an edit over the next few weeks.