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Asylum trailer – Task 2: Use Camera and Lighting equipment for moving image production

Once the class had an idea, and storyboards, for the trailer finalised it was then time to create the actual trailer. (During the making process I mainly did ‘Continuity’, ‘Boom’, ‘Acting’ and ‘Camera operating’ – however I did see others in my class have control over the other jobs I didn’t have.)

A) Camera formats
For filming the camera’s we used were standard cameras with a digital card to store our footage on. Before actually filming the settings had to be checked, so that the footage would be captured in high quality. Once we had the exposure was set so that the footage didn’t look unrealistic. The fps was set at 25 – a standard setting in the UK – and the shutter was 50 fps. There were times when we had to change the lens size, from a wide angled lens to telescope lens, in order to get the shots that was needed.

B) Camera controls and functions
Most of our footage was all done ourselves.
We shot in two places – town park and college building. The whole class was divided into two group and jobs were swapped around each day – so everyone could have a different turn at a job. For a couple of scenes the class was able to get actual performers, from college, however we did use some of our own crew members to play certain roles – to save time.

C) Camera support and movement
The first job that was done before filming was writing up the initial ideas. This was done between everyone in the group – first written in note form, then for scene three I wrote a script, then the class did a story board. Once the idea was done, then came planning – Jim wrote up the days we were filming, and what we were going to film each day. One thing that we had to consider while filming on locations were risks. These were mainly listed at each locations.
PARK:
– Uneven ground
– Dogs
– Rivers
– Allergies (Hay fever, etc.)
– Wild animals
– litter (glass mainly)
COLLEGE, TOILET:
– Spills
– Wires
– Electricity near water
– Doors
COLLEGE, OFFICE:
– Wires
– Not paying attention to placement of equipment
COLLEGE, CAR PARK:
– Uneven ground
– Cars
– People needing to run
– Actor fake tripping over
Jim made sure that the class had permission to film on these locations – due to them being public places, and therefore people of authority needed to be notified.
When creating the idea the had to make sure that it was original, unless the class wanted to be sued for copyright – the only other thing to worry about was copyright of music. If a premade song, by another company, was used in the trailer – the student using the song needed to state who the song originally belonged to, and where it came from.

D/E) Framing/Shooting
In the filming process the class used mainly standard close ups (close up, mid shot, and long shot) each shot type has it’s own affect to enhance the feeling of the trailer. Then in some shots pan shots were used which would give the trailer a smooth look. All of this was decided in the group discussions in lesson as the class discussed the story boards. And whilst on location Jim gave us orders, since he was director, though we were aware of the required footage
In order to have enough footage to work with the class did retakes of the scenes a few times – even if the first shot went smoothly – so that there was plenty to work with.

D) Setting up/Lighting/techniques
Setting up time can vary depending on the actual location.
In the park, an d the car park, the class didn’t need a redhead lamp – but they did need a camera, so the batteries needed to be charged before the class left college, and extra batteries were needed just in case the first ones died. However in the studio, the office and the toilet, getting electricity wasn’t going to be a problem if the class needed red headlamps. Since the studio was in College, and therefore instant accesses to electricity. While filming in the toilet the class had to use extension cables – since there were no actual sockets in the toilet, however in other rooms (studio and office0 finding a plug socket was easy.
The only think that was time consuming while setting up, was the tripods – which were used mainly to hold the camera, once shot in the office was done handheld – when the class needed two of them in order to do a pan shot. The tripods needed to be level with each other, so that the camera shot didn’t have an angle to it. Setting up a single tripod (in toilet, office and car park) didn’t take that long.
When filming in the outdoor locations the sunlight was used as the main source of light, while using deflectors if the class wanted to shed light on other parts of the shot. Then in the office, studio and toilet redhead lamps were used – while using a diffuser to soften the light if it was too bright. In the studio actual over head lamps were used.

F) Health and Safety
Risk assessment for Locations:
PARK:
– Uneven ground
– Dogs
– Rivers
– Allergies (Hay fever, etc.)
– Wild animals
– litter (glass mainly)
COLLEGE, TOILET:
– Spills
– Wires
– Electricity near water
– Doors
COLLEGE, OFFICE:
– Wires
– Not paying attention to placement of equipment
COLLEGE, CAR PARK:
– Uneven ground
– Cars
– People needing to run
– Actor fake tripping over
COLLEGE, STUDIO:
– Overhead lamps
– Wires
– lamps over heating

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