Film Elective student.
Film elective reflection #16 1/21/12
Today in Film we finally reached the screening stage after weeks from our introduction to the western unit. We quickly scrambled to fix any errors in our film and combine our title sequence with our actual edited footage. The entire lesson we watched the other group's films first before ours and I was surprised at some of the great scenes that were recreated. While watching ours I was very happy to hear how well the film's sound came out and I was very proud. This sure has been a great film semester, I wish I had joined earlier instead of being depressed in french class
Film elective reflection #15 1/17/12
Today in Film we spent the lesson on editing our film footage, as the sound guy I was looking for sound effects for our unforgiven scene, the only sound effects I could find were useful were the birds chirping, Wind background and bottle of liquor sloshing. The Sloshing effect took forever to find, as most websites requires money to purchase the effect. Overall it was a lesson spent all in the editing stage
Film elective reflection #14 1/14/12
Today in Film we split up into several smaller groups in order to get different parts of our final film complete. Most of the group split up to go with the DP, Ashlyn to go test the camera, but Abigail and I split up to handle the title sequence of our film, which we chose a sketch design on final cut pro. I looked on google images as well as youtube to take screenshots of the mountain chat scene to add to our title sequence. At the end of the way we managed to achieve a very attractive and western-looking title sequence for our scene recreation.
Film Elective Reflection #13 1/10/13:
TODAY I WAS ABSENT DUE TO A STOMACH VIRUS
Film elective reflection #12 13/11/12
Today was a very frustrating day, a lesson full of planning. Getting into our Western Filming groups, we had to begin planning dates for filming and editing. We had planned to film on Friday at a mountain top, but unfortunately we couldn't film that day for various reasons, and neither the day after because of crossroads, we have arranged to film after Christmas as most of us will be away on holiday. Miss Rosatti also showed us clips from some interesting western hybrids such as a japanese samurai movie that is labelled a western because of the certain western film characteristics it possesses, one of which is the lone gunman character and the kind deeds he does. Then in our groups we were told to select the movie clip we would be re-filming, as a group we were choosing between some interesting movies such as fistfull of dollars, unforgiven and even open range. Finally we selected Unforgiven as our film. We liked how our clips would be very unique as it doesn't include tons of action and violence, but is made up entirely of dialogue recalling the events of violence that took place.
Film Reflection #11 11/12/12
Today we finally embarked On our new Film unit, WESTERN. To my Enjoyment we finally left the musical unit behind. We first discussed what characteristics and Aesthetics define a western movie, not all westerns must include cowboys and lassos! Some characteristics I know that can easily be seen in a western film, are both characters and stage design. We looked at a long and painful clip of the shootout from the good the bad and the ugly, one of the most renowned western films. I am truly excited to film a western but was disappointed when the class was told we were not going to be creating our own western film storyline but had to attempt to re-film a clip from any western movie. We split into 4 groups of 5, my group is made up of Hillary, Ashlyn, Andrew, Abigail and myself. We assigned roles, and it happened to be 3 people wanting to be actors, hillary abigail and I, I really wanted to act as Clint Eastwood, but then I remembered Hillary hadn't really had the chance to act in the musical unit, where I did, and I gave up my acting role for a sound guy. I guess I still have lots of work though, the sound is a massive aspect of a windy dusty western film.
Film elective reflection #10 12/11/12
Today's film lesson was entirely made of editing our footage. I found the lesson very painful and boring as I tested a ton of the final cut pro Master effects in order to choose a sequence for our film's title sequence. I found the fire effect very eye catching and relating to the destruction of the relationship between john and Annie. Through this exploration of the Final Cut Pro I have learnt a lot of functions that are available through the program final cut pro. However, I found this lesson was a little wasted as it took much too long to manage to find the right title sequence. I worked well, especially with Matthias, and I don't think I was distracted besides the presentations going on in the classroom.
Film elective reflection #9 31/10/12
Today was the first film elective lesson we have had for weeks now, because of the long break with Project week and mid-term break. The entire class was especially nervous due to the fact that we were supposed to be presenting our film musical analysis to the class. I had finished my presentation on the Wizard of Oz that was assigned not long ago. When entering the class, the room was split up into our film groups to begin editing our footage and other features of our film, our group reminded each other our assigned roles for editing,and Ye Zhang and I moved to one side to focus on sound editing, I was working especially on soundtracks of the film, which was hard, as everyone in the group had different opinions of what should be the main theme. Before we really got to work though, Miss Rosati brought the class together and showed us a power-point on film editing to take notes to, through this I learnt lots of new film terms and techniques. After this Ye Zhang and I found some good websites for soundtracks from famous movies. Then surprisingly only a few of us in the class had to present our presentation that day, first. Of those few people was me, I presented my W.O.O with fluid and clear speaking and got very positive feedback from the teacher, however, I also need to practice reading less from my presentation. I think I did very well this lesson.
Film elective reflection #8 27/9/12
Today was a very productive film elective lesson, as we learnt something very important things about film, Pre-Production. We looked over the necessary steps of pre-production to create a successful film. We learnt key film terminology including Overheads, Previs, Shot lists, location, story boards, mood boards and even shot schedules. This is very important as our group is not as organized as perhaps needed. We must definitely plan when to shoot
Film elective reflection #7 25/9/12
Today was a very relaxed lesson, as Ms.Rosati focused on each group individually and as a class we looked and read over our scripts, finding any improvements needed and seeing if the actors liked the way it was written. Our group went first and from this I learnt that I actually read the script the way I thought I would sound like, because when reading what others had wrote, it sounded awkward and not myself. After reading over our script and making a few minor script changes I realized our script was actually very great, but we really had to give location some thought because we plan to film at my house, yet during the public holidays I will be out of Hong Kong. Afterwards we looked at the other groups, and their scripts were a little on the strange and hard to understand side, but they had interesting stories.
Film Elective Reflection #19/9/12:
Today was an extremely short lesson for green house and I, as we had to leave Film class early to do school photos at 12 o clock. And even as we just completed our school photos with around half an hour of class left the fire alarm randomly went off and we were organized to travel to the field and attend the fire alarm. We didn't panic and kept orderly and quiet. During the half an hour of class that green house DID have though, we looked more at mise en scene and were given the task to find 3 popular classical musicals between the years 1920-1960s I found two that really caught my eye, Alice in wonderlands the animated film from 1951 which ms.rosatti allowed because it was a musical animation. I also found the wizard of oz very interesting because I had watched it when I was younger and found it terrifying. I also chose the King and I as an emergency if wizard of oz or alice in wonderlands did not work out. We then discussed what we liked about our chosen musicals and I spoke my mind. After that we had to leave for photos.
Film Elective Reflection #5 12/9/12:
Today we had yet another film elective lesson, even though we had one yesterday, and yet film carried us out of class as well, for at lunchtime we were invited to watch a screening of the documentary "The Light bulb conspiracy, directed by a German lady who even came to introduce the film. I honestly was quite interested in the subject yet I found myself being bored out of my mind, I just hated the way the film was delivered and represented, and wanted to get out of that drama studio as fast as possible, but I wanted to show my respects to the lady who took so much time to visit us. Straight after that film we had our fifth film elective lesson where the rest of the class who didn't go to the light bulb conspiracy were introduced to the Lady. We then revised what we looked at our previous lessons and told the Lady what we were focusing on in Film class. Afterwards we separated into our three production groups and shared our scene scripts with the rest of the group by email, in other words waited for the few people who didn't finish writing their scripts for Homework :D. We did this till we neared the end of the lesson, then to end the lesson began to watch the beginning of Singing in the Rain, I found this to be the funnest part of the film lesson. And just as I had thought almost everyone in my groups scripts had changed the story into their own. -.-
Film Elective Reflection #4 11/9/12:
Today was a very different lesson from the previous three I have had in film elective, today was also a VERY important lesson as well. We Spent most of the lesson learning how scripts are written for films and plays and how a script is meant to be structured and laid out. We began the lesson by looking at basic script writing and how large a role it plays in Film, and how it is necessary to have an organized both dialogue and action script to make a successful film. We then went on to discuss how to write a synopsis and what vital information should be included. We also learnt how to build on characters and what is a character ARC and how it progresses over time. I think this lesson was so very important because in groups we are just beginning to develop our own musicals and we must write scripts, but with this new knowledge on script writing it will be much easier to do so.We also studied what is a treatment and what role it plays in proper script writing. We then broke into our groups to actually begin to write scripts for some of the scenes in the play. I was given the job to write the script for the ending of the play, though I found this arrangement very unorganized because we didn't go over every detail of the musical's story and we might all come up with a different story.
Film Elective Reflection #3 7/9/12:
Today we had our first chance to share our ideas for a musical with our newly formed groups. We began the film elective lesson by introducing 2 new students to Film that chose to change from their first electives. Ms.Rosati then had the class summarize what exactly we learned last lesson and tested whether we remembered important film terminology such as white balance, which I am only just beginning to get the grasp of, and actually how every shot a camera takes requires so much preparation and thought and how the image is set up. We then took out or laptops to take notes on a very important subject of film that I found very interesting, the historic background of Film. Such as how world wars and economy during the past effected how people viewed film and how film has developed from simple colorless silent films, to vibrant, beautifully sounding films of the modern age. We then looked into classical musicals such as showboat and swing time, and how musicals took you away from reality, something much needed in sad sad times such as the great depression. I was very bored however during the silent dancing sequences of swing time where the only thing I heard was the tapping of the tap dance, what I found fun to watch were the sequences from musicals that, as miss Rosati began to explain, told a more meaningful story. Afterwards we were separated into groups of 6 and 7 which were to be our filming groups for our musicals. I was put into a group of people I have never tried to work in a creative piece with besides my friends Ye and Matthias. The groups consisted of Ye, Matthias, Qing, Abigal, Megan and I. We began to let our mouths spit out ideas of what we though would be a good musical. Us boys began to become nauseous after a half hour of listening to the girls in the group talk so enthusiastically of a musical about teen pregnancy and Nazi zombies. Honestly I found none of the ideas they said to be original in ANY WAY, sure the musical might have maybe one or two topics that haven't appeared on Glee, but I still wasn't too keen on the concept. I then shared my idea of a less romantic idea of a musical with a poisonous earth that has almost unlivable conditions. And Humans begin an exploration for a new planet with livable conditions, and send several vessels across the galaxy, one finding a planet that seems identical to earth, too identical... I think something mysterious such as great ideas from memento could be a great musical.
Film Elective Reflection #2 3/9/12:
Today's Film Elective lesson was very interesting, and though we did not work on musicals as much as last lesson, I learned several vital tips on filming and the basic uses of cameras and Tripods and how they are used in filming. I had no idea that cameras were so intricate and photographers would have to edit so many functions of the camera to take a simple shot. We began the lesson by checking that the blogs in which we had posted our reflection's from last lesson are working and are viewable by miss Rosati. I found this very boring as it was only just waiting around. Next we broke up into small groups of 2 and 3 people, I went with Jasper Ng and Ethan Yue, this was interesting becasue I had never worked with Jasper Before. In groups and pairs we collected a tripod as well as a canon HF400 Camera that looked simple at first, but after half an hour of playing around with it and learning its uses, I realized how complicated one camera can be! Even the Tripod was confusing! I learned several things such as how to open a tripod and what situations to use one in. All in all this Film lesson was very very useful and with this new knowledge and understanding of film and the complicated equipment used to capture shots and footage, I can improve my filming and photography. I know now how vital it is to be able to actually capture an image, and therefore history and past.
Film Elective Reflection #1 27/8/12:
Yesterday our film elective class had our first lesson of the year. It was my first time every entering the film classroom on the sixth floor block 1. I was pleasantly surprised by the cozy feeling of the classroom and the amount of technology one classroom contained for editing. This was also the first time I have ever met Miss Rosati and I was very pleased to find she was a laid back teacher. We began the lesson with the usual first lesson of introductions and I explained why I had chosen the very interesting looking Film elective instead of continuing my two years of french I started to not enjoy. Even with such a short period of time I learned several important things I can use in film. Interesting things I heard were mes en pace and lighting. We were also told that this semester Film would be focused on musicals, and I was very upset when I was told this. However after around half an hour of watching segments from famous classic and modern musicals such as Singing in the Rain and West side story I realized how fun a musical could be to make, besides the singing and dancing musicals are made of. I think I did very well in this lesson by participating in answering questions and I will try my best to continue this. With all this new knowledge of film and the skills it requires such as costumes and camera angles I am eager to start several film projects!