After the feedback we received from our final draft we were extremely unhappy. We decided to take all of the advice on board and give it one last edit to achieve the best we could and an slightly extended deadline allowed us to do this.
First of all we took out the footage of the news reporter. This footage was blurry and did not have the effect we wanted it to have at all and by taking it out we could already see a massive improvement. We then recorded and added more of a voice over. This was effective as it added something different to our product and made it less repetitive. We then also lengthened our titles as this had been mentioned a couple of times as our improvement. This also took us almost up to the 2 minute mark. During the newspaper shots we took some freeze frames of the harsh words we included. We then added them into the shots where we just zoomed in and out along with back and white flashes. This again added something different to these shots and made them less repetitive. Here is some evidence of our editing:
Overall we are much more comfortable with this final draft than we were with the other one. It has given us the experience of how much time and effort it takes to create a real film and how there is always something you could do better. I have learned so much from this process and will use it whenever working on a project.
What I have learned from this experience is priceless. Despite the multiple struggles we have faced throughout the process I am so happy we did as we learned from those struggles. I am really looking forward to next year and working on an entirely different kind of project! Now I just need to pass my as exam… A level media here I come (hopefully!)
This is our final draft for our main Task! After collecting together all of a feedback from previous viewings we have used this to produce our main task. I sent it around to a few of my friends and asked for feedback. These were their responses:
These all include minor improvements and I’m a strong believer that there is always something that could be done better. However, overall the comments are positive and people enjoyed viewing our product.
We as a group are incredibly please with our finished product. After all the hard work tat has gone into it and all the hours of me and Lewis sitting at a computer editing and running around trying to get all the footage complete we finally feel as though it has paid off. We obviously could have done a few things better but we have learned so much from this experience that if we were to do it again the product would obviously be better.
We are now in the process of doing the last few little bits to our final edit. In our story board and shot list we didn’t include a few of the shot’s we have since added. We felt our product was slightly too repetitive and due to this decided to film some extra shots of our news reporter, Adam, telling the news story. This worked really well and we are happy with the way it looks, we now just have to finish editing in the last few shots in and out final draft will be complete! Me and Lewis our editor will be continuing to spend our lunches and free periods getting our product to the best it can be! Evidence of our editing is shown below.
Due to the fact that our Voice Over actress, Becca Bates, has not been available to film the last few attempts we decided to change our actor. We have recorded it with 2 male students.
: Adam Day
We are going to use Adam’s recording. Using this in the opening title sequence will draw the audience in and grab their attention as they will be listening carefully to hear what the reporters are saying to get what information they can about whats to come in the film. We changed to male as we needed an authoritative voice and although Becca was female she had that however now that we couldn’t use her we thought it was best to use a male actor as their deeper voices definitely come across more authoritative. We now just need to edit this voice over into our project and change the credit with Becca’s name as the news reporter to Adam’s name.
This is a lot of progress for us to have the voice over done and we are now well on the way to having our final draft complete.
This is our draft 4 for our main task! We have sped up the titles and changed the font of the credits. We are much happier with this now. The font is a lot more conventional for the thriller genre as it conveys danger due to the angles of the typography. The editing is also now a lot more snappy and I feel this draws the audience in a lot more and definitely fits with the conventions of the thriller genre.
All we have left to do is edit in our voice over- which we have now finally recorded!!! We also are going to move the order of credits around according to my blog post ‘order of credits’ which explains how we are going to order our credits.
Our progress this week has been good and me and Lewis our editor have been working extremely hard for the past few weeks during lessons and after school to get the edit done to the best of our ability and I feel this effort has really paid off!
I have decided to look into the order of titles in more detail so my group can be confident with what the order we place the titles in and our main task is as professional+ as possible. We obviously only had a certain amount of roles involved as it was a small scale product but despite this we want to make sure that those we do include are in the correct order.
This is the generic order of titles and how it fits in with ours:
- The name of the studio that is distributing the film. As we don’t have a film studio we are not going to include this credit.
- Name of the production company that is responsible for making the film. Also, if anyone invested in your product they will appear alongside the production company captioned with ‘in association with…’ Again, as we haven’t got a company that has produced and created our product, or any investors we will not include this credit.
- The producers name then appears under the caption ‘a… production.’ We will follow this as we are including our producers name so Simran will appear first in the credits.
- The directors name is next with the caption ‘A film by…’ We will also follow this title as we have a director, me! Therefore my name will appear second.
- The starring actors/ actresses are next. Therefore our next 4 credits will be of our 4 actresses name. We will have ‘Starring’ before the first name but won’t have it before the other 3.
- The film title is usually next but instead we are going to break this convention and have our film title at the end. This is because we want to build up the tension first and draw everyone in before revealing the title as we feel it will be more likely remembered this way. Instead for the next title we are going to have ‘edited by’ This is because we feel the editing is an important job and our main task wouldn’t exist without an editor so we feel it should have its own credit, even though its not featured in the generic order of titles. That means this Lewis’s name will feature here.
- The next title would be ‘Featured cast members’ and is set out ‘Featuring:’ however we are not using this credit as all of our actresses are equally important and are all starring roles.
- The next credit should be ‘casting by’ however as we didn’t hold any auditions and my performing arts friends did it as a favour we are also going to skip this title.
- We are also skipping the composer title which would normally come next because all of our music is royalty free from online and therefore we have no one to give credit to.
- The next credit would usually be ‘production designer’ but as we don’t have a product designer as we designed our main task as a group we will change this credit to D.O.P (Director of photography) So Erin’s name will go here.
- After this usually you put any others that are important and therefore we arfe going to end with ‘Makeup By..’ so Kate’s name will appear here.