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Task 3: Illustrate a story – Blog entry review for ‘Guilt’

7th October 2014

FINAL BLOG ENTRY – Review of ‘Guilt’

A young man in his late teens walks onto the screen.
In one hand he holds a rose, in the other a water bottle, as he walks away from the camera. Suddenly we are pulled to another time and place – as we see the teen argue with a girl, who we assume is his girlfriend, before walking off screen.
We then cut back to the teen walking before he stops to look. He has three ways to go – he can go left, he can right, or he can go straight ahead.
He follows the left. And thus the opening to Guilt is presented.

Guilt, a short film created by Liam Hagen, follows the young man as he attempts to sort things out with, what appears to be his, girlfriend. The film was recorded in one big chunk, but the plot has divided the footage into three ‘paths’. All three paths start with the same begging, though the ending, which is in the same place, the over all outcome is different each time.
Using simple locations at Brooksby Campus, Melton Mowbray, my team were able to play out the plot in a similair style to the film ‘RUN LOLA RUN’. The German thriller, which has been a source of inspiration for the editing of this short film, tells the tale of a young woman named Lola who must get money for her boyfriend, which he has to use to pay to his boss. We then follow Lola through three ‘runs’ as she tries to get the money. All start similiar – but the runs are different; resulting in various endings.
Using this different style Guilt hopefully has the similar effect of impact that ‘Run Lola Run’ had. In path one we are introduced to the boyriend, and with the flash back his girlfriend, before we come back to watching him on the walk.
At the crossroads the character goes left, this path leads him to being late; and missing his girlfriend.
Then after seeing the same intro to path one, we follow the boy as he goes off to the right, this time he is on time. However his girlfriend dosen’t want him.
And then finally, after seeing the same intro one last time, we are seeing walk no. 3 as the boy goes straight ahead. This time he is early and his girlfriend is pleased to have him back.

What I liked about the video:
I liked the plot when Liam explained it to our group, and it was an intresting idea. Thinking about an event that’s happened, and then to wonder what could ‘have’ happend if you had been that little bit slower, or faster, is quiet intriguing.
Though Liam got us to film the basic footage, and not from different angles, I think the general film turned out pretty well and effective.
Also as I relooked at my video in my opinion there is a hint of a moral, or symbolism, to the story. We see the characters has a problem, their argument, and he tries to solve that problem – meeting her before she goes. Try one and two involves him finding away ‘around’ the problem (he takes the left, then the right path). However both choices end with the problem not bring solved. Then when the character takes the problem head on (he goes down the forward path on ‘path three’); the problem gets resolved. I feel that the moral is that ‘when facing a problem, try to get to the heart of it – and see if it is that hard to solve’.

What I didn’t like about the video:
My main dislike is that I was limited on different angels for each scene – there was only one or two different angels for each scene.
Also it wasn’t until after importing the video that I realized that in one shot the daylight was grey, and in others footage of the same scene the sun was shining.
My final dislike was the export quality, I think I have chosen the wrong settings some where.

What I would do if I redid this:
I would do the same plot; however I would do the following:
A. I would shoot different angels in a particualr shot
B. I would have redone the scenes had the sun come out as we filmed.

Conclusion:
Overall I think my team worked really well, and we did listen to each other. Our filming schedule ran smoothly – I think by me brining in my own camera and trpod helped the team to a certain extent.
And my final edit of Guilt came out really well – except for the setting when I exported – but overall I’m really happy with it.

FINAL EDIT:

Task 2: Illustrate a story – BLOG

1st October 2014
We have been given a new assignment today which is title ‘Illustrate a story’. Kash has given us our ‘rules’ they are the following:
– No longer than 3 minutes
– The only Props are: A Rose, A Watch and Water
– Can only include four lines of Narration (NO dialogue), if we include dialogue we need to include the line “Time stood still”

Kash has had us look at examples of ‘film shorts’ to see what we can do.
After viewing these videos I am going to try and keep my idea as simple as possible, yet be creative – so this film can be done in the smallest amount of time yet it will have effort put to it.
For a few minutes I am going to Brain storm and maybe use the props as symbols.
Same day afternoon:
I had a word with my group members, Tom and Liam, before lunch as we discussed our plan for filming. And we have agreed to do:
Today (this afternoon) – We each come up with an individual idea.
Thursday (morning) – We have a meeting in the morning to discuss who’s idea we are going to film. We will be able to do filming because I’ll have my own camera, and tripod.
Thursday (afternoon) – finish filming
Friday (morning) – maybe view our footage, see if there’s anything else we need. Then edit.
Friday (afternoon) – finalise edit
I have an idea in my head – which I plan to write down – and I’ll be doing some character concept art. But first my plot needs to be written down.
My plot is now done, and the plot is:

Time stood Still by Chelsea Burgin

It’s a few days until Valentines day.
And on Valentines day, at a local University, there is to be a dance where couples can spend an evening together. Harold, a young man who known for being hard working – yet shy, wants to ask a woman who is on his course – her name is Bella. She is a pretty and confident girl (not a horrible ‘queen bee’).
Harold at first feels nervous but then seeing what ‘time’ he has left – he bucks up the courage to speak to her.
At the dance Harold is seen waiting for her, having a drink of ‘water’, and Bella walks in to meet her friends. As Harold goes to talk to her, with a ‘ rose’ in hand , he then sees Luke – a young man on a different course – enters the hall with her.
Heartbroken Harold goes and sits outside waiting for the dance to finish when he’s tapped on the shoulder. Looking up he’s greeted by Lucy – a woman who is on the same course as Harold and Bella – who is holding the rose he dropped as he left the hall.
She holds her hand out to him to which Harold accepts, though he looks a bit unsure. The two share a dance, and by the end of the evening Harold is seen walking out of the hall with Lucy, holding her hand. As they look at each other their eyes lock, and ‘time stands still’ as they realise maybe something can happen between the two of them.

This plot was through of through thinking the symbolism of a rose (love and beauty), and using an idea for a couple which I came up with a while back. My goal or moral of this ‘romance’ tale is that when looking for a partner – look properly.

2nd October 2014
Started filming today, and we are going with Liam’s idea. At the moment we have filmed some scenes – and hopefully we’ll have all the footage by the end of today. Then that way we can download all we need tomorrow and edit the final video – ready to put on WordPress. Then we have all weekend to do our paperwork. My plan is to come in on Monday Morning – just to put all paper work on.
I’ll ask someone in my tutor group if I don’t know how to put on the video. So long as I keep calm this could all go according to plan.

3rd October 2014
We managed to get all the footage we needed, and I have very nearly completed my edit – I just need to add music.
Today it’s tutorial at the end of the day – that is when I’ll make sure all my paperwork is in order. And that my second video – which is my evaluation – is ready to add my audio of talking about the film (what went well, what didn’t and if I was going to do it again what would I do).
While waiting for my reset password to freeSFX (a website to get copyright free music) I am going to watch my finished video, and write up my speech for me to record at home. So then when I come in on Monday I can upload my finished video.

6th October 2014
This morning I’ll be putting the final touches to my paperwork.
I have scrapped the idea of doing a video review – since this will create more work and not enough time. Instead I’ll be writing up my evaluation either as a detailed blog entry or an essay.
But for now what I’ll do now is A. my second piece of work for Post Production and B. find another website to get some copyright music (I haven’t been sent an email to reset my password).
Then tomorrow I’ll be export my video, make up my menu for ‘Illustrate a story’ so that Kash will be able to find it.
My plan is just to put everything together and send Kash screen grabs so that she knows that I’ve done the work on time.

7th October 2014
My video is done!
I have set up myself a Vimeo account so my video can be put on WordPress – however I need to receive a verify email to start down loading videos.
I have finished Task 1 paperwork, my blog is updated – all that is left to do is write up the rest of my essay review. Then after doing this I’ll check up my emails to see if the verify email’s come through.
If it hasn’t then I’ll take photos of all my paperwork which I’ll attach to an email to Kash.

Task 1: Illustrate a story – Idea and Pre Production

MY IDEA:
For the assignment I have created the following plot:

Time stood still by Chelsea Burgin

It’s a few days until Valentines Day.
And on Valentines Day, at a local university, there’s to be a dance where couples can spend an evening together. Harold, a young man who’s known for being hard working – yet shy, wants to ask a woman who is on his course – her name is Bella. She is pretty and confident (not a horrible ‘queen bee’)
Harold at first feels nervous but then seeing what time he has left – he bucks up the courage to speak to her.
At lunch Harold is seen waiting for Bella, having a drink of water, in the cafeteria. When Harold looks at his watch, wondering if he’s missed her, Bella walks in to meet her friends. As Harold goes to talk to her, with a rose in hand, he then sees Luke – a young man on a different course – enter the cafeteria with her, and they share a kiss.
Heartbroken Harold goes and sits outside wanting the ground to swallow him up; when he’s tapped on the shoulder.
Looking up he’s greeted by Lucy – a woman who is on the same course as Harold and Bella – who is holding a rose like one he dropped as he left the cafeteria.
She holds the rose out to him to which Harold accepts, though he looks a bit unsure. As they look at each other – their eyes lock, and ‘time stands still’ as they realize maybe something can happen between the two of them.

I have tried to make this idea as simple as possible due to us only having a week to film. It was as I looked up the symbol of the rose – and the words ‘time stood still’ which we’re given to us in the rules as part of the dialogue (should we have chosen to have our, maximum, four lines of dialogue.)
The genre is romance with a hint of slice of life. There are a lot of romance movies, out in the world, where the main character meets the love of their life. The story then unfolds into this beautiful, passionate, perfect romance – which does happen at times.
But I wanted to create a romance that was sweet yet cute.

The CHOSEN idea: Guilt

The general plot to Guilt that it’s about a boyfriend and girlfriend who have an argument.
Then the girl is going away and her boyfriend is trying to catch her before she goes. We follow the boyfriend as he walks around, the airport, trying to find her. The film shoes three versions of his walk, and the three outcomes. So in one version he is late, on one version he’s on time, and then in the final version he is on time – which gives us the happy ending.

Liam has done the plot, which our group has chosen to film. And to contribute towards the film – I have taken the role of writing up to Pre production; and the Devise paperwork.

PRE PRODUCTION:

ROLES:
Liam Hagen – director, cast and editor
Tom Haywood – camera operator and editor
Chelsea Burgin – camera operator, cast and editor

FILM IDEA:
The general plot to Guilt that it’s about a boyfriend and girlfriend who have an argument.
Then the girl is going away and her boyfriend is trying to catch her before she goes. We follow the boyfriend as he walks around, the airport, trying to find her. The film shoes three versions of his walk, and the three outcomes. So in one version he is late, on one version he’s on time, and then in the final version he is on time – which gives us the happy ending.

SCRIPT/SHOOTING SCRIPT:
SCENE ONE/PATH ONE
Opens with the title ‘Guilt’ then FADES OUT to black before FADES IN to the movie. We see the boyfriend walking towards a place where there are three paths – one to his left, another to his right, and one straight ahead.
CUTS to a flash back of him and his girlfriend arguing to which he walks away.
CUTS back to the crossroad and we see the boyfriend go off to the left. The scene FADES OUT to darkness and then FADES IN to a shot where we see a door. The boyfriend comes out of the door and then walks another way, the scene FADES OUT to darkness and then FADES IN as the boyfriend walks into the airport lounge. He looks at his watch, then around him. He’s too late. He throws the rose to the floor before walking off. CUT to a shot of the rose before FADE OUT to darkness.

SCENE TWO/PATH TWO
FADE IN to the scene with the same opening to scene one. But this time the boyfriend goes off to the right. Cuts to a scene of him walking down a road and goes around a car. CUTS to the boyfriend walking through the car park to the lounge. CUTS to the boyfriend walking into the lunge. CUTS to a shot of the girlfriend, who at first looks at her watch then him – as he goes to hand her the rose. She shakes her head saying ‘no’ before walking through the door. Like at the end of SCENE ONE the boyfriend throws the rose to the floor before walking off. CUTS to a shot of the rose before fading to black.

SCENE THREE/PATH THREE
FADES IN to the same opening as one and two – but the boyfriend then takes the path in front of him. CUTS to him walking into the lounge. CUTS to the girlfriend looking at her watch, then she lifts her head as he hands her the rose. She accepts the rose and then smiles at him. FADES to black.

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:

Wednesday 1st October:

9:30 – 12:00: Each create an idea in class (D9)
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00: Discuss ideas and which one we will plan to use. (D9)
3:00 – 4:00: Fill in form to hire equipment (D9)

Thursday 2nd October:

9:30 – 9:45: discuss plan for the day
9:45 – 12:00: Film – Location (College car park, then head to college reception area)
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00: Film if need be (College reception area), or start to edit if we have all that we need (D9)
3:00: Discuss if any other filming needs to be done (D9)

Friday 3rd October:

9:30 – 12:00: Edit (D9)
12:00 – 1:00: LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00: Edit (D9)

(All Paperwork needs to be done either outside filing hours – or film has been completed before 3:00 on Friday)

CALL SHEET

Name: Liam Hagen
Role: Director, Cast, Editor
Responsibilities: Has the idea of the plot – therefore tells the cast and crew what to film, and where. Acts the part of ‘boyfriend’ in the film. Also puts the final video together.
Form of contact:
Dates of work: 1st – 3rd October
Required tools/equipment: Camera, sound recorder, lighting, computer
Locations:
D9 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd October 2014, 9:30am start
College car park – 2nd October 2014, 9:45
College reception – 2nd October 2014, AM hours

Name: Chelsea Burgin
Role: Cast, Camera Operator, Editor
Responsibilities: Plays the role of ‘girlfriend’ in the film. Controls the camera and records footage to the orders of the director. Adjusts the lights. Also puts the final video together.
Form of contact:
Dates of work: 1st – 3rd October
Required tools/equipment: Camera, sound recorder, lighting, computer
Locations:
D9 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd October, 9:30am start
College car park – 2nd October 2014, 9:45
College reception – 2nd October 2014, AM hours

Name: Tom Haywood
Role: Camera Operator
Responsibilities: Controls the camera and records footage to the orders of the director. Also puts the final video together. Adjusts the lights.
Dates of work: 1st – 3rd October
Required tools/equipment: Camera, sound recorder, lighting, computer
Locations:
D9 – 1st, 2nd and 3rd October 2014, 9:30am start
College car park – 2nd October 2014, 9:45
College reception – 2nd October 2014, AM hours

LOCATIONS:
Brooksby Melton college – Outside in the car park, reception area and lounge area.
Address:
Brooksby Campus
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire
LE14 2LJ
Number:
01664 850850

RISK ASSESSMENT

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(Below is a written agreement by me stating that whilst using my camera, and in my possession, anything that happens to it will be on my head. And the group cannot be made reliable for any damage)
Thursday 2nd October

Chelsea Burgin
Camera-operator/Editor/Actor
Melton Brooksby Campus
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire
LE14 2LJ

To Mr Hagen.
I am writing to you to discuss that upon filming the production ‘Guilt’ I will be aware that the following equipment will be under my responsibility to be brought in.
– A Nikon camera (COOLPIX L120)
– A tripod
And that should anything happen to the camera and tripod, whilst in my possession, then the group cannot be held responsible for the damage – Due to me being the owner, and I have willingly lent the equipment to our crew team.
I also agree to bring in the equipment to the filming locations on the agreed dates: THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER and FRIDAY 3RD OCTOBER.
Should there be any change to the listed dates, or locations – please give me at least 24 hours notices; so I will be able to arrive promptly to start filming.

Yours sincerely

Chelsea Burgin

DEVISE:

FILM IDEA (By Liam Hagen):
A boyfriend and girlfriend have an argument.
Then the girl is going away and her boyfriend is trying to catch her before she goes. We follow the boyfriend as he walks around, the airport, trying to find her. The film shoes three versions of his walk, and the three outcomes. So in one version he is late, on one version he’s on time, and then in the final version he is on time – which gives us the happy ending.

GENRE:
The genre is romance and slice of life.

STYLE:
The film’s style is similar to German film ‘Run Lola Run’

AUDIENCE:
The audience will be young adults who like a good romance story, and will understand the plot. Although – since the film doesn’t contain violence nor nudity or swearing; the film could be viewed by a bigger range of audience.

INTENDED AIM:
The intended aim of ‘Guilt’ is to present the question ‘what if?’.
When going through life we have moments when we think to ourselves – ‘what would have happened if I was a few seconds quicker, or slower?’. And sometimes I think in those moments we regret something.
It is an interesting idea – when thinking of the possibilities because they are endless. And our target was to get that particular element with in the film.
And we hope that it’ll make other people’s brains tick.

TRAVEL/ACCODATION:
We plan to film at Brooksby Melton College.
And since we attend our University course there; it should be easy for our team to get there.
(Should we encounter any problems each team member must inform the team ASAP; and if there is a way – we’ll find a way to solve the problem.)

COSTS:
Since we’ll be using my (Chelsea Burgin) camera and tripod – we will not need to pay-out a deposit to use one of the college’s camera. However we may need to pay-out to use lights (if we decide to use them)
– Crew costs –
(The cost of the crews pay changes depending on the budget; as well as the client’s decision of pay.) Since we are University students the minimum we could set our Budget is £15; (however it may be that we won’t need to spend that since some of the equipment is being brought in by our own crew) and the maximum £100. This budget would be used to cover the equipment, props and crew.