filming day 2 (finished)

Today I have finally completed the rest of my filming, with the goth and the chavs.

I am relatively pleased with the outcome, however I am worried if I have enough footage of the goth and chavs to last 5 minutes. I am also concerned about the fact that it was raining, and it may be noticeable during the film. However, it was simply unavoidable and it was my only chance to film before around 4pm when it would start to get dark.

As I had an issue with my actors, due to illness and unavailability, I had to swap one of the chavs with another actor. As this actor didn’t smoke like my previous one, it had to be pretend and I am worried it will not look authentic enough.

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Although I have come across these issues, I am so pleased with the quality of my film. It may have taken a long time to render and a lot of memory space, it was worth it because you can see the extra quality in this close-up shot of the chav during the ‘face off’ with the goth.Screen shot 2013-11-12 at 16.15.47Contrariwise, I am really pleased with the goth scenes. My actress was very co-operative and willing, which I am very grateful for. As she is quite a shy, quiet person in general I feel she played the part really well. Here are some screenshots:

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As you can see from this photo, her black eyeshadow makes her seem more goth like.

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I am also pleased with the mise-en-scene of these shots. I asked her to wear dark clothes, and then I added headphones, a black scarf and a coat as it was raining/freezing! I also darkened her eye make-up and added some purple lipstick (I am also rather lucky she has naturally dark hair as well, as this flows better with her gothic image.)

filming day 1

As I have had numerous troubles with filming preparations, I have only managed to gather a few introductory scenes for my first day of editing.

These include panning shots of the sky and a few time lapse videos that I plan to incorporate into the start of my film. I feel these time lapse videos very much convey the documentary genre and will flow will with the narrator introducing the short film and what it is going to be about.

My first shot will be a panning of the sky – luckily it was a nice day so this will add some authenticity to the opening of my short film. I am relatively pleased with this scene and I feel it will make a a smooth introduction into my nature documentary spoof.

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This next shot was filmed outside a window near my house – portraying your everyday rural ‘teenage habitat.’ It is a total of 6 minutes long, I plan to speed it up a huge amount to hopefully pick up the clouds moving and the wind blowing the trees.

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This next shot was tricky for me to film and it ended up being a total of 15 minutes. I stood at the top of a bridge near my house and filmed cars on the dual carriage-way. I arranged it so I was stood there at the time of the sunset at 4:30pm, so it could pick up the sky gradually getting darker and many vehicle’s headlights coming on. I feel when this is sped up dramatically that it could be a successful aspect of my introduction.

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changes to filming

As I have come across numerous issues when filming over half term (actors being ill, bad weather, transport issues, actors and myself working) I have decided to postpone the scenes including the chav and goth to the weekend commencing Saturday 9th November. I am feeling confident that this time all will go to plan and I can finally get on to the more serious stages of editing.

Whilst I am waiting for this day to come I can be filming and editing the introductory shots (panning shots, time lapses etc), making changes to my script and planning my film poster in more detail. Hopefully I should be well on my way with editing ready for the first edit deadline of 15th November.

filming problems

It’s Monday 28th October, my biggest filming day. Unfortunately ‘storms’ have been forecast with gale force winds. Lots of methods of travel have been closed and many people have been advised not to travel outside whatsoever. Due to this I have cancelled filming today. I feel this would completely distract my audience from what’s happening on screen. Luckily my actors are both free tomorrow to film the majority of the scenes. Weather permitting.

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