May 28

What my Jobs Entail for the Movie Project – (Head of Lighting+)

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Head of Lighting -Jobs:-

  • Deciding on the equipment that we will use
  • Making sure that the people controlling the lights (probably me and fudgesalad) are doing the right things at the right time.
  • Working closely with the director on the script and where the actors are to maximise the usefulness of the lighting.
  • Deciding where the cameras should be, as well as the general equipment used in the scene.


  • Some technical experience
  • Basic knowledge of what the director intends for the mood to be and of what each scene is supposed to do.

What Should the Light Director try to do?

  • Keep the light level up, but not too high, because cameras will make the white reflect and blind the audience if it’s too high and it will make the image grainy if it’s too low.
  • Create some small shadows to give the actors depth, without making huge shadows that take chuncks out of the actor’s faces and ruin the clip.

How Should we Light the Scenes?

  • It’s hard to say as the script has not yet been finalised (we don’t know where we’re filming), but we will probably be using a lot of light from the stuff that’s already in the room (lamps, for example).
  • Reflectors: Tinfoil on cardboard sheets. We can use the reflecty side to make the light be mostly reflected or we can use the dimmer side tomake the scene dim mer and more moody.

For full effect, we will probably be using this lighting set-up for most of the brighter scenes:

… And a similar setup without one or two of these lights for the torture scenes. This is so that we can either create or remove shadows in any given scene.

The subject must not stand in front of a white wall or a window. This would alter the exposure on the cameras and ruin the scene.

If we have to light a scene at night, we can do so easily by either waiting until the light is almost gone but still there and film or we can use a blue filter in front of the camera, while lowering the exposure. This is a useful technique because nobody wants to wait around at school until it’s dark to film, especially because it’s summer and it gets dark at 10:00.

For a fire effect, we can use an orange filter to cover a light, pointing it at a reflector. We then wobble the reflector and it creates a decent fire effect. We may use this for the torture scenes.

Director of Audiography (The Sound Guy). What I Do:-

  • Responsible for the audio in a movie
  • Select sound recordings for final movie
  • Dialogue+effects
  • Dialogue Editing
  • “Taking the existing sonic world and fixing it.”
  • Take the audio and make it smoother, more audible, more understandable, and less likely to detect audio transitions.
  • Effects Editing
  • “Creating the sonic world from scratch”
  • Adding together various elements to create believable sound effects (echos, pitch, etc.)

How will this be Done?

  • This can be done using any of several D.A.W’s.
  • Voiceovers
  • Acting with a voice
  • What Should I do as Practice?
  • Study and record commercials, etc. and compare my voice to the voices of the people doing the commercials.


Yes, there are exercises that improve the quality of your voice. You people will be doing these exercises for some of the voice-overs that the actors may have to do. Study up now, maybe? Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, or HERE to get to the same website and learn about the exercises

Music Stuff

If we add songs to the piece, which we will, we will probably take music off of YouTube due to shortage of time. It will have to fit the scene, but other than that there isn’t much to say about it

Yes, this post tells you how to do just a handfull of all of the jobs given me by our wise director.

Apr 17

Premier Pro Tutorial – Effects a Brief Overview

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This is my premier pro tutorial…click here – premier-pro-investigation7

Also, here are some videos which show you similar points that I discussed in my investigation.

Apr 17

Premier Pro Tutorial – Transitions in PP

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Apr 17

Capturing Video in Premiere Pro

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This tutorial will show you how to open premiere pro and capture film.

Firstly, click on spotlight in the top right hand corner of the desktop and type in “Premiere pro”. Click on the first option.

Click on the top hit and wait for premiere pro to open. Your screen should show this:

Click new project, and on the next screen click ok. Now you have a new project set up. It should look like this.

With the camera with your work on it, you now need a 4/6 pin firewire dv cable. It looks like this:
The smaller plug plugs into the camera, while the larger one plugs into the left side of the computer. The symbols are the same on the top of the larger part of the wire and on top of one of the side plugs. The computer will recognize the camera, and all you need to do is hit is capture.

Apr 15

Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial about Importing Your Video – The First Basic Skill

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Importing the video is the most important part of editing a video, because if you do not know how to import your video, you cannot edit the film. I have created a simple tutorial that will allow anyone who is computer illiterate to import a video with ease. The tutorial can be found below:


Apr 14

Adobe Premier Pro Tutorial: How to normalize the volume…

The importance of normalizing volumes is to make the movie much easier to listen to as well as clearer. It levels all the volume out so that depending on who is speaking or what is happening around the subject, the viewer does not need to keep adjusting the volume to keep it at a comfortable level.

1. After the film has been added to the program, there ought to be a separate audio track that corresponds with the video. Click on it by holding down apple and clicking. This should bring up this scrollbar:

2. Click on Audio Gain…

and it will bring up this screen:

3. Click the Normalize button and it automatically calculate the correct volume.

4. After doing that, if the volume still isn’t the way you’d like it, you can change it manually with the up and down arrows


Apr 10 (5 minutes)

Hi guys. I got bored with posting more comments so I decided to review another how-to video. Read it. Enjoy it. Now.

As you can see, this video is titled "How to Prevent your Videos from Sucking" and is another useful video for us to watch, seeing as we will be making films ourselves. This is a well-made video for several reasons.

1. Visual

a. The presenter

i. He is constantly visible.

ii. He speaks clearly when he is supposed to.

iii. He is really good at sucking, which is important to get his point across.

iv. He is humorous, which keeps that audience's attention.

v. He is experienced at making videos.

vi. He shows that he is very motivated, which makes the video more interesting.

b. The Camera/Video

i. The camera is stable throughout, which makes the video more visually understandable.

ii. There is no pixelation, which is a bonus because it makes the video easier to see.

iii. The camera is constantly focused on the presenter, which prevents blurring.

iv. The camera is always on the presenter, so we can see him at all times.

v. During the night scenes, he had a light to show his face, so we were not left in the dark.

2. Sound

a. The Audio

i. The microphone is well positioned and probably omnidirectional so that we can always hear him.

ii. The audio was edited to decrease the effect of external noise.

iii. There was no interference.

iv. the microphone was always on.

b. The Sound Effects

i. The sounds that were meant to be heard, such as the AIM sounds, were picked up well by the microphone and so were effective.

ii. The sound effects were relevant to what was going on and were responded to by the presenter.

iii. There was distinction between effects and there was no confusion as to what the sound effect was meant to be.

3. Miscellaneous

a. Editing

i. All information shown was relevant.

ii. There were no intermediate gaps in the action (except where there was supposed to be).

b. Script

i. The script was interesting and well-memorized.

ii. There were no “flat” jokes in the entire work.

P.S. Please extend the due-date of the folders…

Feb 20

The video I chose to review can be viewed in this URL:

Quality of camerawork: The camera is stable the entire time and it is easy to see what is going on as the camera is not too zoomed in or too zoomed out. The camera is angled very well so that all the action is being covered all the time.

Quality of audio: The presenters voice is easy to understand and is not muffled or not understandable even though the camera gives of sound and the ball bounces throughout the film.

Quality of storyboarding: The film is presented in a clear and logical order; it is almost impossible to lose track of what is going on. He goes through a technique and then shows how the technique can be applied to different types of serves. He shows the hand motion needed to preform the serve and than shows what is looks like in the serve which is in a very logical manner.

Creativity: It is creative as the presenter demonstrates a huge variety of interesting and unique serves that many people have not seen. Many of these make the ball spin in directions that beginners or people with some skill would not know.

Does it get the message across: It does as the presenter is a professional on table tennis and so it is easy to trust him. The serves do not only look effective, but look as if they would be fun to try.

Conclusion: This "How to" is effective as it is clear and easy to understand, and the content is also of a very high quality.

Feb 20

The Perfect ‘How To’ video is How To Wash a cat, this is the best video because for those who have cats you know how hard it is to wash your cat. This video shows you how to wash your cat in a very entertaining way, meaning, fun to watch, listen to and is also educational.

The camera quality is poor due to compression upon uploading to the world wide web. This video can be overly humorous and may not be taken seriously, but it does get its point across if you can stay focused. The camera work however is very impressive, because it allows you to view everything that is happening. The sound quality is very clear, unlike the video quality. The narrator spoke clearly and concise making it easy to listen to.

While the video has positive aspects, as well as negative points. But I recommend highly that you watch this video.

Feb 18

The video I have chosen for my “ideal” how-to video is one focused in the subject of making a “basic Italian tomato sauce,” the link for which can be found below.

The video I chose for my perfect how to video can be found at, and is called “How to Make a Basic Italian Pasta Sauce.”

There are several aspects that make this video the perfect “how to” video. Below you can find these qualities, and a short description of how they are portrayed in this video.

Camera Work. The camera work in this film is of a professional quality and is used well in this video to help with the demonstration of the film. A wide variety of angles and shots were used, making the film eye-capturing, and attention – holding. The shots are all clear and the camera is held steadily throughout the entire video.

• Audio. The audio work for this film was very clear, and the narrator spoke slowly, enunciating her words. Throughout the film, the instructions were repeated several times, clearly, making it very easy for the viewer to hear and understand what they were intended to do.

Storyboarding. The order of events in this video is very logical and clear form the beginning. I particularly like the introduction to the video, and the way they smoothly transition into the actual video. The Different aspects of the video are all relevant, and at no one point does the narrator or demonstrator go off subject.

Presentation. The whole entire setup of this film was very well organized. The instructions were always clear, and the presenter demonstrated exactly what needed to be done without any hitch.

Simplicity. This video was very simple, and was something that many people, especially those leaning to cook, would find interesting. This is an important aspect of how to videos because if the subject of the video is too complicated, the viewers will lose interest.

Overall, I think this video was very good and had all the qualities of a perfect how to video.

Feb 15

The ‘how to’ video that I found to be the best in my opinion was ‘How to make hot ice!!!’ this video shows you how to make ice, by just touching a solute.

One of the reasons why this ‘How to’ video is superior to others is because the steps were easy to follow. Although there was not actual talking in this video, it was still the best. This is because if someone was talking and reading out every step, it would be very confusing, and hard to follow; because it was typed and show on the bottom of the screen it was easier to follow the steps.

Another reason why this video was successful was because it was a very creative idea. Since it was a very creative idea I found myself hooked to the video and wanted to do the experiment on my own.

This video was also well organized it showed you the materials that you need to do the e it showed u the materials that you need to do the experiment, then gave simple and easy to follow steps. They did not rush you on the steps, they gave you time to see what you have to do. Then they showed you examples of the experiment that they did, this motivated me to do the experiment.

This is the greatest ‘How to’ video ever (I think)! So watch it.

Feb 08

My system is simply based, but it is the basic five-six requirements for a good film and ‘How To’ videos. Here are all the points and an explanation why it needs to be there.

Editing- Editing is VERY important! If a film has good editing, then it will be smooth and easy to watch. If the film keeps snapping to other camera angles, then people will stop watching the film because the camera cuts too often!

Audio- If the audio quality is good, then your film will be successful. The two pillars of a film are video quality and audio quality. If the video quality fails, at least the audio can make up for it. If it is clear and the sound is loud enough to hear, you have a good video.

Video- The video must not be blurry and hard to see! That defeats the point of watching a video! The video must be easy to see and understand, and this is the main pillar so if the video quality fails along with the audio, your in trouble then.

Style/Concept/Planning- I might not be one for this, but I have to say that planning and practicing your film before you actually capture it is imperative. Do something improvised and on the spot films can usually end in a flop if you accidentally mess up your point.

Cinematography- Any film can be made without this, but this is the support that is on top of audio and video. The film needs smooth camera work so that your point can be made and also the fact that it creates a nice feel to the film. Cinematography is supposed to create a natural feel, which makes the camera more from a person’s perspective rather then from an electronic camera.

Content- Well, I’m not supposed to exactly count this but good content makes the overall film worth watching!

Here are two ‘How To’ films, the first one has all or at least most of these qualities that I have listed and the other one completely misses the point.

Video One-

This video cannot be bothered to stream it self. Watch it here!

Video Two-

Jan 30

Advice for Your ‘What is Technology’ Presentation…

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You will have one lesson to prepare before the presentation, so that you do not emulate the cartoon above we hope. Your presentations will be made in a random order. The presentation that wins will have there mind-map embedded in this weblog – wooopppeee! So here is the advice:-

  • You must be able to quickly login to your chosen online application, and show the class the mind-map you have created.
  • Each of you must speak about one area of the mind-map, with the discussion finishing off on the usability of the online application. Think specifically what the word usability means and its advantages and disadvantages to a desktop application.
  • You should have a print out of your mind-map, neatly presented on one sheet of A4 paper. This will mean you will need to export the file to your local computer before printing.
  • Your teacher will be judging each of you individually on your ability to communicate, your ideas of technology initially and then if you believe from the videos that you saw it is making you and then more generally the world a happier place. Examples for or against this decision would be appropriate.
  • The presentation should be no more than 3 minutes, so some areas of the mind-map you might like to leave for the audience to simply read. This is your decision
  • Leave time for questions after the three minutes, from the audience and your teacher.
Jan 21

Batman Returns

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Hey so once again batman is going to grace your screens. This is my first and basic experimentation with the flash animation application. In the animation I demonstrate skills such as the motion tween and also inserting music to the animation. Here is my first investigation on how to do a motion tween-(Investigation one)

Then this is how I put that tween into one of my own animations of Batman and Joker

Hope you like it?

Jan 21

Reasons for choosing my client and JDRF

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The Client I’ve chosen is my Uncle who contributes financially to the JDRF, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The reason for choosing my Uncle was that, for one, he very computer ‘savy’ with areas such as graphics which would hopefully prevent future complications in my project.

The other reason, is that he himself is a diabetic, as well as my cousin, his thirteen year old son, so he is also very familir with most of what the stuff JDRF works with from experience. Also apparently, JDRF is the only organization in the world who’s top aim is to find a cure for type one diabetes.

Jan 15

Good Flash Animation

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This flash animation won the first best flash animation award. It includes many of the skills that we are learning but does them incredibly well. Even though the idea is not the greatest in the world the actual animation is incredible. If any of our animations would look like this it would be amazing.

P.S. This is this persons first flash animation.

Jan 15

~~Euphobia~ helps Charity~

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I chose the British Heart Foundation because I work at one of their shops two Saturdays a month. This means that I have good contact with the shop owner, and am able to take pictures, etc. Also, I think that the British Heart Foundation needs help. We sell only what we can get from donors, and if our products are anything short of perfect quality, we will refuse to sell it.

We get many things that we end up not being able to sell, and sometimes it is hard to keep the store stocked. I am hoping that by making the British Heart Foundation as my Animation for Action client, I can hope to get people to donate more of the stuff that they do not use anymore in order to save lives.

The British Heart Foundation is non-profit, so everything apart from a small amount used to maintain the shops is used to aid heart-related medical research. Supporting this cause can really save lives, and all of our merchandise is priced very cheaply (DVD’s and computer games are usually priced at about £1-£2). This is one of the ways that normal people like us can make a real difference in the world.