Beginning production – Test Footage

Today marked the first step in production. Unfortunately, the weather was horrendous and not what I had in mind for my shoot at all. Everyone I was working with said it would be a better idea to film the following day, as it’s forecast better weather. I made the executive decision to film on both days, today being a practice shoot and then tomorrow being the final take.

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The main problem I encountered was the weather. It was very grey and cloudy which made the majority of my shots look dull and overexposed. I managed to colour correct them slightly in post production, however it’s always easier to make a clip brighter rather than trying to fix overexposure.

The shots from today were filmed from the back of a van using a Canon 70D and a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. I was not able to achieve some shots I had in mind, as I forgot to bring my 75-300mm lens, which would have helped me to produce a few close up shots. Tomorrow, I will make sure I bring all my equipment to prepare for every eventuality.

In one of the shots, you could see the flickering orange lights of the van on the protagonists shirt. In tomorrow’s shoot, I will avoid this by having him further away from the van but by using a longer lens, I can achieve the same shot but without the flickering lights.

I firmly believe that having a practice shoot today was worth my time. It has given me a lot more confidence in my work and I’ve had a chance to reflect on how to make the shoot tomorrow better than the one today.

Below I have linked a 20 second edited piece of test footage. This footage will most likely not be used in the final film, however if things do not go to plan in my second shoot, it can always serve as backup footage.

Walk By Transition

In my short film, I would like to include interesting transitions to show the passage of time in a creative manner. In a previous blog the week post, I screenshotted evidence of practicing a transition known as the walk by transition, which involves masking a clip where someone walks across the screen over another clip. Usually, this effect is used to transition one scene to another, however I’ve used it slightly differently in order to bring the camera closer to the subject that I’m filming without the use of a zoom.

The edit itself went well but it was a struggle trying to avoid continuity errors within the two shots. For example, the wind moved my hair in second shot, which made the shot seem as if it has been mirrored. If I end up using this type of transition in my end production, I will need to be sure to think about the possible continuity errors between the two shots beforehand and try my best to avoid them.

Below I have inserted the tutorial that I used in order to learn how to edit the transition.