P2P Reflection – Editing

After shooting the interview and reviewing the material we made a list of shots that we would like to include. We tried to follow our main idea which we came up with before the shoot however not all the shots looked as we liked and the interview went a slightly different way.

I was the main editor in the group. I did most of the editing individually with some help from my group members after showing them the rough cut.

I used footage from the interview and some cut – aways however I tried to include Taewon in most of the shots. This would give the piece some movement but at the same time it wouldn’t distract too much from the interview. We used L cuts to make the piece more interesting by not dragging on the talking too much while only showing the interviewer. We used other shots instead while Taewon was talking however we tried to keep that to minimum so that we don’t distract from the interview.

To give the video some character we played around with the brightness and contrast to emphasise some colours and make the subject stand out more. I think doing so polishes the image making it more professional.

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P2P Reflection – Production

Because of the late decision with the idea, we did not have the time to create a physical shot list. We had to make sure that we have a good idea of possible shots and questions that we need to ask to create a piece that will be satisfactory and will cover the brief of this interview(working life of Taewon Hwang). We decided on a simple interview in an empty part of the restaurant behind a desk. We made a list of questions about him, varying from the basic work question, through the differences in living in Korea and here, and ending with his life passions.

We mainly wanted to concentrate on him speaking behind the desk and not using too many cut aways. During the interview we tried to use a variety of shots and angles to make it more interesting and cut from one to another as he speaks so the end product is not too still and boring. At the same time we didn’t want to cut to a completely different place, distracting from what he is saying.

Since the interview takes place in a restaurant we also shot many scenes in the restaurant showing the decor, food and Taewon serving people and working behind the bar. We kept on shooting even during his cigarette break for which we both agreed creating a real nice shot of him smoking.

Unfortunately there was a building side right next to the small restaurant which made it impossible to shoot outside with the sound. The noise could also be heard inside however after turning off all electronics such as the refrigerator and the air con we managed to create a good sound quality with little background noise using the boom mic. We could improve on that by bringing an additional, back up, clip on mic however we were new to the sound equipment and we didn’t know exactly what is necessary.

P2P Reflection – Research

Unfortunately since we had to change our ideas last minute I didn’t have much time to research the subject itself. I looked at some articles about Korean food and restaurants to give me some potential ideas for the visuals. We also found some korean music videos and short documentaries but that was about it regarding the Korean waiter, Taewon Hwang.

I was never a documentary fan however this project required me to look more into it. I have seen a few documentaries, varying in style and content to look into the codes and conventions of said styles. I started with “Supersize Me” by Morgan Spurlock and I was not impressed. Whether it was the visuals, the camera work or content, it simply looked amateurish. I think this documentary gives the wrong idea to the general public about documentaries. On the other hand this style of editing and the look appealed to the target audience.

One other documentary that I have recently watched was “The Imposter”. I really enjoyed watching this documentary however that’s partially because I enjoyed the subject; murder, mystery and delusion. One aspect of that film that I thought worked well was the reenactment of certain scenes and reactions to visualise the words spoken by the interviewees. Some might say that it is not right or it is biased to reenact scenes however I think that it works well with some documentaries and gives it some depth or simply gets the audience more engaged whereas some documentaries are too factual, well known or cover subjects that are happening right and do not require said reenactments. The cinematic feel of certain scenes and the dark, ominous and high contrast colouring gave it certain look which appealed to a wider audience. I think that in a way it resembled an episode of CSI or Bones or a similar US TV Drama. I think this “feature film/tv drama” look combined with the content made this documentary so popular.

I think that I might transfer some of the ideas or try and avoid others when editing my own documentary to create a piece that would suite my target audience as well as the subject that I’m covering.

Zombie Attack – Silent Movie Editing Reflection

I have decided to edit this piece in the style of silent movies. I also considered Hitchcock and Indie Horror because I have seen examples of these before therefore I was more familiar with some of the conventions. I can not recall watching a silent film before this assignment which is why I chose it; to challenge myself and learn something new.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Silent movies were the very beginning of modern cinema which is why I though it would be worthwhile to research it even if I decide not to use it. I started by watching a modern piece of silent film, The Artist. The Artist showed me some basic ideas about silent films but not necessarily the editing or shot types. I noticed how the actors interact with the camera and the film world. It appeared as if the film world was also silent and everyone was over gesticulating which allowed the audience to see what the actors were feeling it also allowed for easier reading of lips/writing.

After watching a second silent film; The Passion of Joan of Arc I realised that the shot types and camera movement in The Artists weren’t necessarily conventional. The Passion of Joan of Arc had very little camera movement(if any) and the shots were all at eye level, filling the screen with the characters. It gave the film more emotion and allowed the audience to really connect with the character and her struggles. The shots were also prolonged, at times making me uncomfortable. I think it worked well and is one of many reasons that make this movie such an important piece of (silent)film history. I have used this idea in some parts of my edit; the main character often fills the entire screen and therefore the emotion on her face can be easily read, connecting with the audience.

As a group we decided to try and record in a few editing styles so that we have more freedom later on. We wanted to try and capture the essence of Indie Horror, French New Wave, Silent Film and Hitchcock. We chose these styles because they all how some aspects in common. Not all of them share the same aspects but there are similarities between them for example the importance of sound and sound effects in Indie Horror, Hitchcock and Silent Film or the use of variety of shot angles and types in French New Wave and Hitchcock movies.

We followed our shot list closely however we did not have enough time so we did not manage to capture all of the planned shots. I have used much more shots where the camera moved more than originally planned. After reviewing the footage I decided to work with the footage available so I took the inspiration from 1923 silent movie Safety First! It mainly used still video, recorded on a tripod, except infrequent pans, tilts and other slight movement. I took it a step further, since the reason for lack of movement was the old fashioned(not at that time) equipment, there was no other choice but keep the camera on the tripod. I have an option of using a high quality camera with a tripod that smoothly pans and tilts. The use of digital memory frees my hands allowing me to do lengthy, handheld recordings. Taking that to account I have also used LA shots which are rare in silent movies however I though it would create an extra suspense to the scene.

Sound is a massive part of silent films. The lack of speech and diegetic sounds means that the movies lose a lot of potential messages which could be interpreted by the audience in certain ways to add depth to the piece. Title cards could never portray sounds which is why I kept mine to a minimum. I tried to keep very close to the script written by my colleague, which is why I have only used one title card; showing the only spoken word in the whole script. Traditionally silent movies had a piano player in the theatres playing tunes that represented the mood and pace of the video. I wanted to use this idea of a piano because it’s easily associated with silent movies however I didn’t want to use the obvious, easily recognisable tunes. I researched a few classical music compositions involving one piano player. I had a list of five varying between Chopin, Bach, Lisz and Beethoven. I decided to use Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 “Appassionata” by Beethoven. I have used Adobe Audition to edit the song to match the pace and mood of the scene. It was my first time using Adobe Audition which is why the edit is not perfect but I’m satisfied with the outcome and I think that it really adds some character to my piece, allowing it to stand out from the rest.

Logo Analysis

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This is my final logo design(however I still expect to develop it in the future). I wanted to create a logo that can tell a bit about myself but at the same time be vague and mysterious about my work. I used my initials K M as the main name and a smaller “productions” word under it. Written in “Gill Sans” regular and light which is a simple font, sans-serif, easy to read. “K” and “M” in regular thickness to make them slightly bolder and make them stand out, connoting a stronger meaning for me and a connection with my name compared to the light “productions”, which is a new part of my life and is still being developed. I didn’t want to use an overly complicated font because it could’ve taken the attention away from the rest of the logo or product/website. I like keeping things simple and straight to the point and I wanted the logo to reflect that.

(I wrote a longer post about the development process here but I will try to include a shortened version in this post.)

These are my other logo ideas which I discarded, however they helped me to get to my final logo design. I took inspiration from tumblr.com as well as youtube users: meekakitty and mondomedia.

The background image/gif is a clip from my forthcoming showreel. I think that the use of my own work as a part of my logo can act as a kind of promo/showreel in itself. As a media student, I don’t have much to show for myself but if I include it in my logos I can attract the audience to go and check out my videos. It also highlights the fact that I’m still new in the media industry and I keep experimenting and changing over time, the background can also be easily changed and developed as I find myself in the media world. I used a relatively dark but colourful/saturated image which is gentle on the eye and doesn’t necessarily catch attention in it’s intensity but it does so in the movement of the gif.

The black cover on top of the footage(except looking good) is supposed to represent mystery, not knowing, the unexplored. It ties in with the idea of exploring my own potential and future projects in media. It’s a mask that hides the yet undiscovered corners of my imagination and media production career. It also allows the font to be seen. It leaves a blank space where the footage shows the production name. I think showing the name this way works better than writing it in a plain colour. It also allows the name to change it’s meaning depending on the background.

I don’t use many social networking sites however I do occasionally use Facebook. I rarely post my work on there for all the people to see. I do use the Cover Image to display my works every now and then. I always use my own work, whether that’s a photograph, a screenshot from production of video or experimentation in Photoshop or Adobe After Effects. Being a Media Production student I feel that wherever I use my name it should be accompanied by work made by me or a group I have been a part of. This way I show what kind of work I enjoy creating as well as promote my own creations.

Additionally to Facebook and WordPress I also keep two Tumblr blogs. One for my personal use where I find inspiration and motivation for my projects and one as a portfolio for work that I have done in and outside of uni. All the work that I post belongs to therefore I decided to use my full name in the address as well as use the logo that I created in this assignment.