Thomas Oldroyd Cinematographer

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DVD Authoring and DVD Cover

To try and make the film look as professional as possible, I decided to look techniques used to author DVD’s in Adobe Encore. Although I have used Encore in the past, I wanted to try to try to incorporate more advanced features into the authoring process.

One thing that I found out, that will make the DVD look more professional, is the ability to add an additional clip after a button is clicked on the DVD. What this means is that after a button is clicked on, I can add a clip of the screen fading out before either the film, or second menu comes up.

The second feature I added, was a second menu onto the film. This means that on the fist screen I could have a button to play the film, as well as a button for additional features, which when clicked on, brings up a new menu that has a button for the commentary track, as well as a button for a slideshow of production photos. I believe that all these features added together to create a more immersive experience.

Links to the DVD case and DVD sticker can be found here DVD Case DVD

In addition to the DVD authoring, I spent quite a while on creating the DVD cover, and disc. I decided to use the same image as the poster, as I believe that the image is very powerful, and also explains the story well, without giving away too much information. I believe that this, along with my authored DVD, will make my finished film look, and feel extremely professional


Music and Finished Film

With the films edit now wrapped, and the film not exported, I have decided to upload the film onto Youtube so that we can let our actors have a look at the film, before we send it out to them next week.

I have attached the video below


Sound

So today, with my films edit locked down, I set to work tweaking all of the audio. To do this I got the help of a friend who has lots of experience with sound.

The first thing that we did was to go through every shot in every scene, making sure that  the audio levels for each scene matched up. Doing this was mainly just done by adjusting the levels on the shots.

Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for one of the shots, which involved having to change the EQ settings to try and cut some of the high, and also adding a bit of reverb to give the shots a bit more depth. Once we had finished getting all the levels sorted, we then moved on to getting each scene to the correct levels, which was a much easier task as they were on the whole rather similar.

After this, we got to work adding the sound effects. I got a lot of the minor sound effects, such as a kiss, the sound of the shower, and some footsteps, from online resources such as freesound.org, these are a fantastic source for sound files, especially when there might not be time, or the opportunity to record your own foley and sound effects. Although these are good, they still need some tweaking doing to them, for example on some clips I wanted the sounds to sound like they were coming from another room, to do this I had to add a lowpass filter.

What this means is that it will cut out some of the higher tones. The reason for this is because when sound comes through the walls, quite a lot of the higher tones are lost, and only the lower pitched more base heavy tones are left. This effect became quite a problem though when I added it to the sound of the shower. As the shower is generally quite a high pitched tinny tone, this distorted the shower sound to make it difficult to tell what the sound effect was. After tweaking the EQ for roughly 20 minutes, we managed to come up with an effect that worked well. Another thing that we had to do, was use Audition to make a piece of audio sound like a phone call.

Once all the sound effects were done, and recorded a few others, we then finished up the audio by putting an effect onto the entire films audio. The reason for this effect is to crush any audio that may peak the audio.

Now all this is done, I just need to wait for the mastered music soundtrack to come tonight so I can add it on to my film, and then burn off the finished film


Finishing the poster and locking down the edit.

Last night I locked down the final edit of the film Suspicions, what this means is that from now on I cannot make anymore edits to my film. The reason that I decided that I had to lock down the edit of the film, despite the fact I still have a while until the films deadline, is because I have to send off a copy of the film to the person who is scoring the film, so he can tweet the audio to fit in with the final edit of the film.

Locking down the edit was a quite difficult thing to do, and something that I have never found easy to do. The reason that I find it so difficult, is because I have a tendency to keep tweaking the film until the last minute. Doing this can be both a good and bad thing at the same time, as there can come a point where I could end up over editing the film, and removing things that needed to stay in the film. Although this could also be a problem because there could be some gaping problems with the edit that I wouldn’t be able to change as I have locked down the edit, although if there were any blatant errors in the edit, I wouldn’t of locked down the edit in the first place.

I believe setting myself a deadline for locking down the edit was a very good idea, and gave me a set time to get my edit finished by to send it off have the sound score finalised and mastered.

In addition to locking down the films edit, I have also finished the design of the poster, and have also created the DVD cover, and the design of the DVD itself.

The reason that it took so long to finalise the poster, was because of the difficulty of creating a tag line for the film. After brainstorming ideas for a while, a friend came up with the Shakespearean quote “in the end, the truth will out.” After a while, we changed the tag line from “in the end, the truth will out,” to just “The truth will out.”

With all of this done, and the film now sent off to have the music done, the next thing for me to get on with is creating the sequences for the DVD menu, making it easier for me to author it when the film music comes. In addition to this, I need to also script and record my commentary track for my film, but am waiting for the music to come through before finishing off my script for my commentary, this means that I can mention how the music has effected the emotions of the film.


Billing Blocks and Tag Lines

After a few days of researching a whole array of different examples of billing blocks for film posters, both short and feature length.

I eventually settled on a design that incorporated the most common styles used in several different film posters.

As asked a couple of people to look over it and see what they thought. One problem that they said, was that the names on the poster were a bit repetitive. This is not usually a problem for major films, as different people do different roles in the film, but with our film, the majority of the major production elements were done by either me, or Armani.

From this I decided to go back to researching billing blocks that are more minimalistic. I managed to find a few that missed out information like the editor, and also mixed together the writer and directors. From the examples that I found, I put together a new billing block, which I believe is more aesthetically pleasing, and not as repetitive.

The final step in the production of the poster, is to come up with a tagline for the film, which is proving more difficult then I first thought.


Poster Design

Whilst taking a break from editing, I decided to look into designing a poster for the film. Before designing it, I decided to look online to find some inspiration. Rather then looking at the posters for big budget feature films, I decided to look at posters for independent films, low budget films and student films.

One problem with only just deciding to design the posters for the film, compared to planning the posters before shooting, is that we don’t have any photos of the actors that we could specifically use for the posters, meaning if we wanted to use them, we would have to use a frame from the film.

Because of this oversight, I set my sights on film posters that don’t contain photos of the characters in the film in them, and after looking for a while, I found two that I liked. The first poster is for the 2010 film ‘Into Eternity’, directed by Michael Madsen. The reason that i liked this poster was that it was very minimalistic, but also had a feeling of entrapment and a feeling of being alone.

The second poster is from the 2007 short film ‘Spider’, directed by Nash Edgerton. This is the poster that I took the most inspiration from, firstly because of its simplicity, but also because I believe that that sort of colour scheme would work well for our film

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After I finished looking at the two posters, I set to work designing my own poster for ‘Suspicion.’ I had an initial idea of how I wanted the poster to look, and wanted to incorporate an EKG machine style readout on the poster, symbolising the death element of the script.
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Another element that I had to decide on was the font to use for the film. After looking online I found a font called ‘Capture it‘, created by Magique Fonts.

Although I quite liked this poster, I didnt believe that it got across the message of the film properly.  For this reason I decided to go back to the drawing board and redesign the entire poster.

I brainstormed for a bit to come up with a better idea for the poster, and finally decided upon an image of a heart disintegrating into a bottle of poison.Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 17.28.45
As I got further into  the designing of the poster, i decided that rather than the pieces of the heart going into a bottle, why not have the pieces of the heart form the bottle. When I started to edit the poster this way, I believe that it added more to the poster itself, as well as depicting the story of the film better.

The next step I am going to research in the creation of my poster, is how to write a film poster credit block, or billing block, which is the little piece of text at the bottom of most posters.


Editing a Rough Cut

 

Now that all of the syncing up of files has been completed, it is time to start editing the film together. I have set my self a target of trying to get a first rough cut of the film finished by the second of May, so I can send it off to the person who is writing the soundtrack for the film. Although this is quite a tight deadline to work to, I believe that it is doable.


Synchronising Video and ‘Merge Clips’

Whilst syncing up the film clips, I discovered that there is a feature in Premier Pro CC called ‘Merge Clips.’ This feature synchronises the audio and video clips from each shot, and turns them into a video layer with the video and separately recorded  audio perfectly synced.

This is similar to Red Giants software PluralEyes 3, but only allows you to do one shot at a time.

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This was a really big time saver for the majority of the shots, although several shots didn’t synchronise correctly, but this was mainly on the shots where either the audio, or the video tracks started to record roughly 30 seconds + before the other one.

Unfortunately for one and a half of the days of filming, the camera’s onboard microphone didn’t record any sound, meaning that I couldn’t use the ‘Merge Clips’ feature, and instead had to rely on the visible slating of the scene, and line it up with the peak on the audio layer. This process took a lot more time, and was more fiddly then using ‘Merge Clips.’

 


Final Day of Filming

 

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Yesterday we wrapped on the filming of Suspicion. The filming has been stretched over several weeks, and we are relieved that on the whole, the entire of the filming process was completed without many hiccups.

The next step is to now start to sync up the audio and video, and begin to edit the film.Final Day Filming_MG_0021Desaturated


Day 2 Filming

2014-04-15 14.11.48After just over a week off whilst submitting university work, we started filming on day 2 of our final major project.

One thing I was worried about on set today was how realistic the police officers would look in their uniforms.

It is crucial that this scene looks as good as possible, as it is the opening scene in our film, and if the film doesn’t start strong then people may be less likely to carry on watching.

After finishing filming the scene, I am very hopeful that it will turn out very well, and help our film get off to the strongest possible start.

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As well as filming the opening scene today, we also filmed the final scene today. Again this scene needed to be extremely strong as it will be the last scene that is scene before the end of the film.

We were extremely pleased with how both of these two scenes turned out, and believe that the two scenes will help our film start and end extremely strongly.


First Day of Shooting

Day 1 of filming has just finished. Due to actors dropping out, cancelling, and time restrictions, this meant it was the first time that the actors got to meet each other. After a few exercises to get them comfortable around each other, the actors seemed to get along very well, and after a few jitters and fluffed lines in rehearsals, the filming went very well. We managed to get all the shots we needed, although did need to change some shots to make them work, but all in all I believe it has been a very good day. Now a week off until we film the rest of the film.Day 1 - Filming


Props Bought

With the filming dates quite fast approaching, we decided to start searching for our props and costumes.

One of the most important props that we needed to purchase was for our police officers in the film. We needed to make the police officers look believable, so a few days ago we looked on eBay and found some ex police jackets that looked perfect for the film. To finish off the look of the police officers, we plan to purchase some white shirts and a plain black tie to finish off the look of the officers.

The shirt and tie will be purchased when we go to buy the rest of the costumes for the other characters later on this week.


Protecting Actors Casting Agreement

We decided to sign up to be a part of ‘Protecting Actors Casting Agreement.’ We hoped that by doing this, it will reassure the actors that we are serious, and credible.

Below is the confirmation of our signing up for Protecting Actors.

This production company has signed up to the Protecting Actors Casting Agreement, helping to ensure all actors involved receive a copy of the final footage in a timely fashion.

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Locations

With the script on the verge of being completed, our ideas for our locations sorted, and the filming schedule starting to take shape, we can now start to turn our attention to visiting the locations, and booking them out.

This process is something that we plan to do next week, and hopefully have the locations secured by the end of next week.


Actor Auditions

After a meeting today, we have shortlisted, and contacted six actors, who we believe fit the roles for our film. Once we hear back from them checking they are able to come in for an audition, we will distribute samples of the script to them, and set up auditions.

For the meantime we are still keeping the Statnow post up, in the hopes we will get more people interested, and have more people to choose from.


Script Changes

We are now at the point where we are rapidly approaching the completion of the script. Despite this fact, we are constantly tweaking the script, and changing little bits.

One problem with constantly tweaking the script, is knowing when to stop. There is a slight worry that if we cary on editing it, we could end up editing it too much, and end up loosing the meaning in the story.


Equipment Booked

As the date for filming is starting to approach quite quickly, we decided it would be wise to book out our equipment that we are wanting for when we shoot.

Together with another group, who are assisting us with filming, we compiled a list of all the equipment that we may need, then went and booked it out for the dates that we plan to film.


Script Read

We have just had our first script read with all the characters been played by our tutor and peer’s. After the script read we got some feedback. The general consensus of the script is that it has drastically improved, and now flows much better, and is much more concise.

Unfortunately, some people still had problems understanding the script, mainly the

Screen Shotsection where Maria and Rachael are talking. Some people didn’t understand that they were supposed to of been friends before, and Maria and John only started having a relationship after Rachael had told Maria to flirt with them.

 

Another problem some people had with the script, was the fact that in one of the final scenes, when the police come to arrest Maria, the police wouldn’t just barge into a room, they would nock first and check that the accusations made were actually correct. Although one person in the group suggested maybe have Maria lent over John screaming as he laid unconscious, and that would give the police a reason to barge in.

 

The only other errors with the script were minor spelling mistakes, and going into too much detail for some character descriptions. Once these get ironed out, and the dialogue gets sorted out to run smoothly, I believe that we should have a good quality script.


Looking for actors

Today we have uploaded the character profiles to ‘Star Now’. Next up I am going to research other casting websites, such as ‘Casting Call Pro’, and also looking at the possibility of finding Facebook groups for Actors and posting on them.


Article – ’5 tips to get your screenplay ready for filming’

Whilst looking online, I found an article by Jason Brubaker on filmmakingstuff.com which talks about how to get a screenplay ready for filming.

As I am currently near to finalising my script, I thought this would be a very helpful article to read, and was hoping it would give me some tips to help me get to a point where my film is ready to go into production.

Most of the tips given were pretty straight forward and self explanatory, such as:
1. Read, read and re-read. Each time ask yourself: “What else can I cut without compromising the story?
As well as:
2. Have other people read the script. If they can’t find anything wrong with it, then you need to find new trusted readers.

The next two I had already planned to do as well, which were
3. Have a table read. If something sounds like crap, then fix it fast!
     4. After the read, ask if anyone has feedback, good or bad. Take what works, ignore the rest.

Although the final point in theory seems straight forward, and something that I should of already done, it did make me reread through my script, and change a few scenes. At the time these scenes seemed to work quite well, but did not particularly move the story along. By altering these scenes I believe that the script now flows a lot better, and should keeps a steady rhythm throughout the film.
     5. Try to make every word on the page push the story forward.


Project Summary… So far.

With semester two starting soon, I decided I would review what has happened so far on the project.

As of today, the film script is almost finished, with some final tweaks coming after a script read with our group. In addition the location profiles have all been created, and we can now go out and start finding the locations.

We also have the character profiles for all the characters in the film completed, and are ready to put the profiles online.

As for the changes that have been made to the script, since hitting a dead end with the script, it has gone through some rather radical alterations. The script is now slightly more complex then it was before, with a couple more characters and locations.

It now has three main characters; Rachael, Maria, and John, as well four characters that are only in one or two scenes, these are; PC Howard, PC Ward, Dave, and Nurse Kaye.

There are also a few more scenes then there were before, and although looking at the script there are 25 different scenes, several of these are for things like a phone convocation where it shows both parties convocation, and cuts between the two.

There is also more different locations then the previous script, with 12 different locations at the moment, although 4 of the locations are all in the ‘Kelman’ house.

After going through the script countless times, and cutting out several scenes that did not move the story forwards, I believe that now every scene in the script is relevant, and don’t think that I would be able to cut out anymore scenes, without taking away from the storyline.


Production Props.

Although it is slightly early to be worrying about production props, whilst writing the script there have been some items that struck me as more difficult then other items.

The first item is the website ‘Phonetracker.’ This is the website Rachael visits on two occasions. The website should be easy to create, but the difficulty will lie in getting royalty free maps.

Openmaps

Luckily I have managed to find a website that offers maps that are “Free to use under an open licence.” The website is http://www.openstreetmap.org

Although I have not read all of the small print yet, I believe that the maps will be ok to use in the film, along as I credit them with the following “© OpenStreetMap contributors” on the map.

The other difficulty will be finding, or making a police style recorder for the police questioning scene.

I believe that all the props that will be needed for our film should be relatively easy to find or make, and should make the film look very professional.


Script Alterations.

After struggling for a couple of months with trying to make our film script flow properly, and also be relatable, we decided to alter the story.

The new story centres around a Wife (Rachael) who doesn’t trust her husband (John) of 5 years. Rather then confronting him, she decides to get her friend (Maria) to test how loyal her and Johns relationship is.

To do this,  Rachael gets Maria to flirt with John, and see if he would flirt back. Unfortunately the plan backfires when John and Maria fall in love.

We decided against the film being film noir style, and instead consternated on making the film flow as well as possible, and also be as interesting as possible.

 

We are now in the process of finalising our script, and are preparing to start casting soon.

 


Postproduction Ideas.

Although at this stage I am far from post production, I believe that it would be beneficial to keep all of the articles that I have found that I find interesting in one place.

Everything You Need to Know to Get Started Shooting Anamorphic.
The first article is from NoFilmSchool.com. The article focus on how to create an anamorphic look for my film, without having to buy expensive anamorphic lenses.
Link Here

How to Create Anamorphic Lens Flares for Dirt Cheap.
The second article, is again from NoFilmSchool. Although this article is for production, as apposed to post production, the article is about how to achieve anamorphic style lens flares. I believe that using this production feature, would help to strengthen the anamorphic effect on my film.
Link Here

Everything You Need to Know to Get Started with Adobe SpeedGrade.
Another article from NoFilmSchool, this one concentrates on how to use Adobe  SpeedGrade software. Being able to properly use this software will be of paramount importance when shooting my final major project. The reason for this is because I will be shooting the film in flat mode on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera.
Link Here

Edit Blackmagic & Magic Lantern RAW Right in Premiere with Ginger HDR.
Although I very much doubt that I will be filming my final major project in RAW format, mainly due to the fact that my computer may struggle to cope with the large file sizes.
Despite this fact, I still find this article interesting, and believe that it may help me in future projects.
Link Here

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Video Tutorial: Demystifying Export Settings in Premiere Pro
Although I have not checked this tutorial yet, I am hoping that it will help me when it comes to exporting my final major project.
Link Here

 


Film Script and Copyright

Before distributing the script to friends and students  for feedback, I first decided to investigate where I stand in terms of copyrighting the film script.

Whilst researching copyright, I came across an article by the BBC Film Network. In this article, it explains how copyright comes into effect automatically when the script is written.

The article goes on to explain that although the script may be copyrighted, proving that the script was written when it was, and before a similar script, may be difficult. The BBC suggests the easiest way to confirm the creation at a certain date, is to email the script to yourself, therefor marking the date the script was created.
For a more proffesional way to make sure your copyright is to use a ‘script registration service,’ such as UK based company ‘The Script Vault.’ This professionalism comes at a cost though. ‘The Script Vault’ charges  £10 per script registration, and even though this amount won’t break the bank, it is highly unlikely that the script will be involved in a copyright infringement case. Just to be safe though, on completion of the script I shall email a copy to myself.

In addition to the script itself, using the copyright logo (©), in conjunction with my name, and the date, would allow me copyright other elements of the film. Like with the script, the  effectiveness of the copyright can be improved my registering the copyright on websites such as UK Copyright Service, although according to the Filmmaking Guide, “this is not essential, and may not be appropriate in many cases, but it could serve to protect you in the event of a copyright dispute.”

One interesting point that the article brings up, is to do with Film School students. The article explains that some film school’s hold copyright of any film created whilst on the course. Although this hasn’t been a problem, or something that I even gave that much thought to over the past two years, it will be interesting to research and see where I stand on this, and find out who has copyright of my films.

 

The BBC Filmmaking Guide also has a collection of other resources to help with all aspects of filmmaking. The guide is split into 6 different sections:

  1. Introduction - This gives an overview of the guide, and general information like ‘what makes a good short.’
  2. Before you Start – This has information on getting started, as well as rights and clearances, and information on how to make money from funding or competitions.
  3. Moving Into Production – As you would expect with this category, it has all information on ‘what to shoot on‘ as well as budgeting, and ‘health and safety.’
  4. Exhibition and Distribution – In this part, there is information about how to successfully market the film, as well as entering film competitions and lots more information.
  5. Case Studies – This section has case studies from people such as Ken Loach and Alex Heffes
  6. Further Reading –  The final section has articles on Filmmaking books, and also includes a glossary for any difficult terminology or jargon.

 


Influences – The 7.39

Whilst rewriting the new film script, I watched a two part TV drama from the BBC. The show was called ‘The 7.39,’ it was split into two 60 minute episodes that aired on the 6th and 7th of January.

Directed by John Alexander, the show centres around two commuters, who are both in long term relationships. The two of them start to have an affair with each other.

The video below is the trailer for the show

The reason that this show influenced me so much, is because i believed it was extremely well written, and was very effective.

The show gave me the idea to alter the script, that was at this point stale and stuck at a dead end.
The script now centres around a married couple, where the husband begins to have an affair. From ‘the 7.39′ I had the idea to set it more around the workplace, and also to take the film away from being about having a relationship with the wife’s sister.

The new idea for the film is that the wife no longer trust her husband, so decides to ask her friend to seduce her husband. The plan backfires though when the two of them fall in love and start a relationship.


Film Noir Ideas

Whilst searching online for ideas of how to add more noir influences into my script, I came across this website from Filmmaker IQ
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The website is aptly named, as I believe that this website has a huge amount of information on Film Noir Films.

The website starts off with the basics of ‘What is Film Noir,’ then goes on to look at the history of Noir, including looking at German Expresionistic paintings, such as Edvard Munche’s ‘The Scream.’

The website also has a definitive guide of Film Noir films, ranging from ‘Strangers on the Third Floor’ (1940) and ‘The Maltese Falcon’ (1941), to Neo Noir films.

The website spits the Neo Noir genre up into four different categories, ’1960′s and 70′s’, ’1980′s’, ’1990′s’, and finally ’2000′s and 2010′s.’

There is then a section titled ‘General Noir Articles, Videos and Tutorials’
This is one of the most interesting sections of the article in my opinion. The section has links to a range of different websites on it, with information on all aspects of different film noir films


Film Noir Influence

Whilst struggling to come up with a more griping ending for our film, we had the idea of changing our film to give it a more film noir influence.

We decided that we wanted our film to start showing John, the main character, on deaths door. The film then goes on to show how John came to be in this situation.

Doing this will also help to emphasise the femme fetale role in our film.


Film Pitch.

Today we had to pitch our film in front of the group, and our tutors. For the pitch we had to work out all the details of our film, including the character profiles, and a film treatment.

Another thing that we had to do for the pitch, was to create a schedule. This sort out everything that we need to do and in what time frame. I believe that having this time schedule will be extremely useful when it comes to creating the film, and will save us from rushing around at the last minute doing things that we had previously forgot.

I have put the schedule below, so i can keep track of if i am keeping up to date with it

Schedule


Script Changes

After our original script got told that it needed a lot of improvement, and to be more exciting. We decided we needed to add more of a pay off

The original ending of the film had the wife knowing what was going on all along, and in the end divorcing the husband. Unfortunately in modern day society, divorce is not as big of a deal as it was in the past.

We decided that instead, the wife should kill her husband, or at least attempt to.

Before we could continue with the script, we needed to research into what sort of poison would kill someone. The poison we decided to choose for the script was Antifreeze.

I got the idea to use antifreeze from an episode of Desperate Housewives, and as i did more research into the effects of Ethylene glycol poisoning, it made sense that it would fit perfectly into our story.

From this we shaped the character profiles, and the ending of the story. With this new ending I believe that the film now has more going for it, and has a greater pay off.


About Me

Looking back over this project, I believe overall it has been the best organised, and smoothest flowing project that I have undertaken that involved getting outside actors.

The project didn’t get off to the best of starts though, with constant script problems, and several entire rewrites, and it wasn’t until christmas that we got the beginnings of a script that we were truly happy with. At that point it was a mad rush to get the script finished so we could start auditions.

Getting to hold auditions was something that was new for us, as in all previous projects we haven’t been able to secure enough actors to be able to audition them, and most of the time even not had enough actors to fill the script, so having roughly 20 people show interest in our film filled us with confidence about our script. When auditions day came though, the turnout was rather poor, although of the actors that did turn up, several did show a lot of potential, and were later cast in our film. We decided to re-list our film onto the websites, and managed to get a few more people interested, but unfortunately we were in the same boat with not being able to hold a proper audition as we only just had enough actors to fill the roles.

We also took a huge gamble with casting a young actress who didn’t have any prior film experience, although this risk payed off, as she was extremely professional and was a good actress.

Once filming began the whole process seemed to flow a lot smoother, with only a few minor problems that were easily overcome. One thing that I would have preferred when shooting, would of been a constant crew with the same roles each day, but due to other people having prior commitments of some people, it meant that the role of sound recordist changed frequently, as when possible we wanted to use someone with a high level of sound recording abilities.

When it came to the editing process, initially there was several major problems. Being the cinematographer on another groups work prior to my project, I filmed both there’s, and our project on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which on the first day began to drop frames on ProRes. For this I decided to change the recording format to DNXHD. When doing this I took a quick test shot, imported it onto my mac, and then into Premier pro, where it worked fine.

It was only after the entire filming of both projects has wrapped, that we discovered that the university computers didn’t have the correct Avid codex to be able to edit DNXHD files in premier. After attempting several different solutions, it was decided that the best thing to do would be to convert the DNXHD files to H264, a format which the computers could handle. The only problem with this was that each of the two projects were roughly 300-400GB in size, and meant that it may take several days to complete the process.

Another problem we encountered after this, was that for the majority of the days, the camera hadn’t recorded any sound. While this isn’t a major problem, as we still had the sound from the field recorder, it was an inconvenience, as it made syncing up the audio rather time-consuming.

One thing that I wanted to do in the editing process, was to get a rough cut completed as quickly as possible, so that way I could send the rough cut to the person who was scoring our film, therefor giving him the opportunity to begin working on the score.

After getting pretty close to the final edit of the film, I decided to start looking at colour correcting, and grading my film. As this is something that I am currently not too familiar with doing, I decided to have a look at using the Redgiant grading software, as there are quite a few tutorials online as to how to get the most out of this software.

Once the grading was finished, the sound was tweaked, and the music was added, the film really came together, and became something that I was quite proud of.

When we were put in groups at the start of the year, I was confident that me and Armani would work well together. We worked together the previous year, and as the producer Armani handled the pressure and stress of countless reshoots, and actors dropping out extremely well. This fact filled me with confidence that pretty much no matter what happened, she would be able to keep her cool, and produce a very professional film.

As well as producer, this year she took on the role of director too, which again I believe she did a very professional job with, and with the help of several other people in our group, I believe we made a very good production team.