This week’s task is all about production mainly with visuals, however, all elements will be considered because it is to be treated as a real production. I think this week will be interesting because it give us a real feel of the industry
How does pre-production apply to visuals?
Pre-production is the main element of a production is the foundations, the basis of what is wanted to be achieved, it is the stage of creation of putting the idea on paper expanding it and understanding what and how you will make this production. There are many elements that are worked on in this stage, you think of the idea the story, screenwriting, equipment. This stage is vital for research and seeing locations and bringing the idea to life, it is really important to have this stage before any discussion of production happens because of without the pre-production the actual production would fall apart so that is why this stage is so important.
What are the main elements to be considered?
One of the main elements to be considered is research, without researching the idea isn’t suitable because you don’t fully understand what it is and without that understanding, it will cause problems. You also need to consider your location and again is it suitable for what you want, and if the size is big enough for your equipment and crew. You also have to consider your crew, these are the individuals who you will be working with for the next few weeks/ months and whether they will work well and be the type of person you need for your production.
Who are the key crew members?
The Director and Producer are obviously the most important crew members because they control the production and are the people who bring the idea to life they work together to make the production and have a say in editing and they are there from the start to finish. Other important crew members are the camera operator or director of cinematography so they can do research and their pre-planning for the production, the lighting engineer/ director of lighting so they can also do their pre-production and discuss with the directors and producers whether the locations would be suitable or not. The sound engineer as well because they need to consider shots and where to place the microphones and also whether the locations would be suitable enough for these locations. The storyboard artist because it means we have a storyboard t follow in the production. Costume designer, because they need to contemplate what the actors could wear and discuss whether the costumes which are wanted could be created or not. Also, you need a screenwriter/ Scriptwriter to write the script and work with the director and producer to create a suitable script, a well as the actors because they can look through the script when it is completed and they can suggest some ideas on how they would like it to change.
How do they link with the other stages of production?
Without pre-production, your future visuals will not run smoothly as it isn’t planned and researched. this includes the risk assessment location recce to make sure the crew know what they are doing and also know about the location and how safe that location is and what risks there are at this location. This will then affect the other stages as the crew will know the location and the story meaning the production should run smoothly and have little faults (ideally). This also feeds through to the post-production meaning the editors can understand what they have to do and have a general idea of what is wanted from the production and what the final product will be.
This week we have been set the task of making a short of about a minute long of a simple action. This simple action was of anything of our choice my group went through many ideas one of them was putting on makeup, however thinking more about this scene we thought that it would be difficult due to the possible continuity errors. So we came to the conclusion of putting music on, because it was something fairly simple and easy to recreate if needed and there shouldn’t be many errors in it because of how simple this action actually is.
In order to get to our production stages, we must begin by researching our project and plan what we are going to do to successfully create this project. The approach we took in order to carry out the task is taking into consideration the methods we were going to undertake in order to create our audio, this includes microphones, locations, sound libraries and our crew. We will then produce our radio show and then bring our work to AVID to create our final project.
We did have the location of our classroom because we thought it would be a good setting to show her doing work and putting on music, i thought this would’ve been a good location as you can use interesting shots and using the computers as a way of naturally framing her, however, due to complications of we needed to be accompanied by a teacher that brought upon problems as our teacher had to be out checking on the other groups he was unable to be with us and there were no other teachers who were free. We the thought of another location which was outside some offices however they had chairs and a desk, we thought this would’ve been a suitable location as it somewhat represents a classroom or a location where someone would be doing work and because it was outside some offices it was fairly quiet however there was a busy corridor outside the room we recorded in so some of the audio was quite loud. but for shooting purposes it was a good location because we had plenty of room to have many different shots showing our skills in filming and location use.
We used standard equipment of a tripod, camera, slate, zoom and a shotgun mic because of it was a simple filming task. We had the zoom and shotgun mic to be able to record foley sound because we weren’t sure if the typing would get picked up on the camera’s mic so we thought we would use a shotgun mic because of its polar pattern, also to record the audio coming from the headphones as that is an important element of this peice because thats what this simple action is.
It is crucial to ensure all crew members are safe on location, therefore we have to carry out a risk assessment document with a structure of information and steps to follow in case of risks. A remote survey checklist applies to the structures of rooms and equipment. This document highlights the surroundings, facts and figures of our location and equipment we will be using.
Health and safety
- shotgun mic
13:30-14:30- importing footage
9:20-11:20- editing and exporting
11:30-12:30- blog work
I think our task went well, however, there were some difficulties with the equipment as our first camera was broken and we fixed that by replacing that. However, i did have some difficulty working in my group because some of the people did try and overtake the whole operation leaving some people out and it became unfair on the group and we didn’t work well as a crew. Also, i think some of the shots could’ve been done better as the camera was taken off the tripod meaning the shots weren’t straight and didn’t look as professional as it should’ve been.
Feedback and review:
I think this task was a good task to do because it got us involved in the whole media production feels, however many of us ned to learn about teamwork because of i thought my group didn’t work well as we didn’t communicate properly and there were many strong characters which had different ideas meaning there were inevitable arguments and the fact of they did their own thing meaning the work didn’t stick to the storyboard causing more complications. And because of the lack of communication and teamwork the whole project was different than originally planned.