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Week 6 Journal – “Carmen’s Karma”/”The Drop”

I am slated as editor for this project, and therefore have nothing to say about it as I was not on set. However, I can give a brief update of editing on The Drop.

At this point, I have the video edited, I just have to work on the audio. Preston was very deliberate with his acting, doing the EXACT same thing take after take and shot after shot, therefore the editing was very easy. I wish that we had got a little more coverage, but overall I was able to make a cohesive, understandable story out of it.

Now I just have to do the hardest part—audio editing.

Week 5 Journal – “Grief Stricken”

Grief Stricken initially was quite chaotic for me. Our call was at 8:00 AM on a Friday morning, however I slept through my alarm and missed the entire first location. I did make it to the second location, and was able to help for the rest of the shoot.

Because of the nature of this project, we shot both on 16mm film and a digital camcorder. Therefore, when I finally did arrive, I took over shooting on the camcorder, and Sahar shot the film.

This was a silent project, which made it much simpler to produce on set.  Overall it was a good experience.

Week 4 Journal – “The Drop”

This week, we shot The Drop. I was particularly excited about this, as it was my own project and I would be directing.

The shoot went smoothly; we only had two locations and, and the shot at the first location took about fifteen minutes. Most of the night was spent at the second location, the B-Line trail. Although we were shooting at night, we shot under bright enough lights that the only extra lighting source we had to use was one LED bank.

We had one of my acquaintances from another project lined up to play our main character, but he came down with food poisoning the night before and couldn’t make it to Bloomington. This caused some confusion, as we had to find another actor on the morning of the shoot. We ended up improvising and using Brian. While I am somewhat dissapointed with the results, I will be the only one who would have known how it would have been with Robb (our original actor) and no one else will know the difference.

Other than that, however, I am excited to see how the final product turns out.

Week 3 Journal – “Odd Job”

I was scheduled as editor for Odd Job this week, but only as an editor, therefore I was not on set. Because of this, I really have nothing to write about this week.

Week 2 Journal – “Meeting Ends”

Meeting Ends took quite a bit more time and effort than Picnic, primarily because we shot in multiple locations. As producer, I found myself with quite a bit more responsibility than on Picnic, and unfortunately, I did not live up to my role. I was always active on set, however I lacked in pre-production. I regret that Carter and Mark had to pick up some of my slack on this, but I believe the shoot still ended successfully.

As I mentioned before, this shoot was quite a bit more involved than Picnic; while the latter was only shot in one location, outside, and in one day, Meeting Ends was shot in multiple locations, in and out, over multiple days. This meant each shot took a lot more time and planning as we had to set lights. We also recorded audio on location, which was a contrast to Picnic. Even many of the outdoor shots required lighting, as we were shooting after dark.

Overall, the crew worked well together, and the production went smoothly.

Week 1 Journal – “Picnic at Black Meadow”

Picnic at Black Meadow ended being a successful shoot. While Ole was setting up the jib and camera rig, I walked around and acquired audio of crickets, bugs, and various nature sounds for Sahar to mix into the final video. After I was done with that, we began shooting. I mostly acted as PA, but occasionally would help Ole with the camera, retrieving/changing lenses and helping with the jib.

The only regret I had about the shoot (and I believe everyone shares this with me) is that we ended up shooting into the dark. While Ole’s camera did a find job at handling the low light situations, the light changed immensely from when we started to when we ended. Otherwise, it was a good experience to start the semester.

S392 Project 1 “Bad Photo”

The following photos were taken for S392 in the Fine Arts department at Indiana University. They are all taken on 35mm film, and are gelatin silver prints. The first four are “bad” photos, and the second four are photos where I broke the rules.

T356 Critical Viewing Exercise

For this exercise, I chose to watch the Late Show with David Letterman. The episode in question aired September 6, 2012 on CBS, although I watched it online at http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/2276724051/the-late-show-9-6-2012. The first 30 seconds or so consist of the opening, which is almost entirely composed of computer generated graphics. After the opening, the first shot is a jib shot from the screen-right side of his set. Then we see a shot of Letterman coming out from back stage from a pedestal mounted camera and he begins saying hello to the audience. It then cuts to a shot from what appears to be a remote camera mounted on the wall of his set where you can see him from behind and the entire audience. From this angle you can also see a three camera set-up. It then dissolves back to the first camera (what I will call Cam 2) and he begins his monologue. The entire monologue is delivered to Cam 2, then the operator pulls out and it goes to commercial.

The floor plan seemed quite simple. The band sits screen right, there is a stage/performance area in the center, and Letterman’s desk (the interview area) is screen right. There are three hard cams, a jib, and the set mounted camera.

With the exception of the theme music (which was provided by a live band) there were no sound effects. If there ever are sound effects, they are provided by the live band. With the exception of the band’s mics and the mic on Letterman’s desk, you can see no mics in the production.

The lighting is high key; there are no harsh shadows. The graphics are also fairly straightforward, nothing too flashy. Overall, there is not much to like or dislike about this opening. It is very simple. The team and the Late Show has been doing it a long time, and have got it down to an exact, nearly perfect science.

Scene Fragment 2 & Critique

Scene Fragment 1 & Critique

 

I found this project to be relatively simple, although there were some issues that I ran in to. One is that we were limited to four shots. I found it quite difficult to creatively encompass a film look into four shots when I am used to using as many shots as I want. It also was challenging shooting at the time we were shooting, due to the sun being high in the sky. The short shadows and washed out color do not lend themselves well to giving a film look, especially when shooting digitally. To counteract this, I chose to desaturate my video, making it black and white. I also applied a curve and adjusted the blacks in post to increase the contrast and help counteract the digital look of the video. Overall, though, I found this to be a rewarding experience.