In this project we had to create a time-based problem, we did this by creating a twenty second ident. I aimed to learn through these 7 weeks of the project about how to use the editing software after we have finished filming, I wanted to learn how to use the green screen and how to edit this is the software, how to develop my photoshop and lightroom skills and develop my drawing and photography skills. We were asked in our brief to create a time-based problem, we where given an ident to do and this had to last twenty seconds. I wanted to also develop my time managment and independence skills within this project.
Summary of research-
We used films, movie trailers, books, youtube videos, and a questionnaire for research within our project. The film that inspired me the most was Women in Black and the Seasons and episodes of American Horror Story. The youtube videos helped us research into how to draw figures, and faces, perspective drawing, drawing hands and how to work the different software and how to do specific things on it. The books helped us with research on filming and the editing and filming in stop motion. The questionnaire helped us some up ideas for our ident and decide what we finally want within our ident final outcome. I also researched into the history of perspective as it interested me how it started and where it came from, and I researched into the history of idents and looked at how they had changed through the year and what idents look like for different channels, we mainly researched the horror channel idents to see what they created and how we can maybe use some of their ideas into ours. It’s important to find your own research and make your own photographs as this will develop your skills within it, you may also come up with more ideas through making photos and researching which can improve your final outcome.
Experimentation and development-
It was important to use drawing to design before we started our practical work so we could put down our ideas and think if there is anything we could do to develop our ideas and have them planned out so we know what materials and equipment will be needed to be used on your practical work and so you have everything you need to do in front of you so you don’t need to worry about forgetting steps and if things go wrong we can simply try and get over that and get back on path with our plan it also helps to see what we change through the development.
Our drawing to design helped us picture what our 3D Fabrication would look like as we had to draw skeleton of hands which helped to get the structure of the hand and then we could then model it from then without the drawings we wouldn’t have been able to do the measurements and shape of the structure. With our drawing we created the sculpture of our 3D Fabrication then sculpted it and then painted it the drawings where the beginning of the process and we wouldn’t have a finished product without it.
The importance of a script, screenplay and schedule is it gives us an idea of what we want in our ident what times things should appear and when we are editing it was easier to have our script, schedule and storyboard as having that in front of us showed us when we wanted what music, sounds, flashes, movement at different times and when we experimented with it what we needed to change and where we where changing it too.
I learnt and developed a few new skills, like learning about simple edits in adobe premier and after effect, I learnt new skills with photoshop and lightroom, I learnt from my mistakes with filming about using tripods and having better lighting with the greenscreen and the live film itself. I learnt how to form a screenplay, storyboard and schedule for an ident as well.
In our 3D Fabrication Workshop we accidentally broke the hand dew to the metal being to strong, in the end this turned out to be good as we drilled it out and used a thicker aluminum wire and glued down the fingers better as if it had broken in the sculpted hand it would have ruined the hand. I struggled with my image manipulation workshop and sometimes I over-layered them wrong however sometimes it turned out good and I just needed to add in another white layer to sort out my mistake and make sure the background was white and didn’t turn pink or a cream colour.
The workshop I enjoyed the most was making the hand and creating my photos, the hand was enjoyable dew to learning new skills which I’d never done before but it was very time consuming which I didn’t enjoy however my photos after watching a youtube video and the first one taking 3 hours to understand they only took 10 minutes each to compose afterwards and I just think they look really good I enjoy making them and experimenting with a variety of different photos and techniques and I enjoy the end product after experimenting.
Our storyboard follows some of the script, schedule and storyboard however we changed some things within the editing process, we added more sounds like, doors opening and closing, we changed the movement of some of the hands, we included giggles, tv sound effects and rearranged the times within the schedule and instead of flashing the lights on and off we added a TV screen that is fuzzy.
We met all of our deadlines from what I know we had our work completed and finished before the end deadline and stayed on top of some of our work however next time a bit better time management with our final piece would probably be a good target for me for my FMP. I am happy with the end result of our ident and I don’t think it gives that jumpy feeling we wanted however it gives of a creepy atmosphere, an unsettling feeling so I do think our ident was successful. What went well with this ident is the sounds and music within the ident are really good and are composed well for example the giggles before the TV goes off and the music fits right in with the setting of the ident. What went wrong with the ident was how we wasted three hours not knowing what to do with the software we struggled at first however we got the hang of the software later on.
What I enjoyed the most out of the project was creating the ident and seeing the final product looking as good as it did made us feel very successful in what we had done. We also enjoyed creating our 3D Fabrication and sculpting and painting it and we enjoyed filming and doing facial make-up and we enjoyed taking photos.
We could have probably managed our time better than we did inside and outside of class as it took us quite a while to get motivated in the beginning which then influenced us to create a questionnaire which gave us ideas of what to do and inspired us to get to work on our ident. If I had to do this project again I would probably manage my time better by not leaving our ident till last minute and doing the drawings and things earlier than the night before the deadline.