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Month: February, 2014

Sheffield Sharks Vs Newcastle Eagles (Sheffield Sharks Basketball) 25/02/14

Today I had the opportunity to film my second game for the ‘Sheffield Sharks’, the difference this time is that we had to set up ourselves without guidance, I came fully prepared this time I brought my Smooth Cam rig, and a better lens to get a better depth of field, (75mm – 250mm lens).

having this better lens meant that I could make the footage I recorded look more invested as the focus would be on the player and have the background blurred, as the game progressed I shot a multitude of different angles and types of movement as well as getting some reactions from the crowd and recording the scores every so often.

This time I have a better understanding of what happens at any given moment in the game, now that I understand the rules better, i could then prepare for better shots.

As this is my second game I believe I have improved ten fold since the first game, and hope to carry on developing skills in live video recording in the future.



ImageAwesome dunk!


Dualogues Studio floor plans (Working with actors)

Here is the floor plans for the shoot, just there for display.


Dualogues Edit Day Three – Final Day (Editing the actors) 19/02/14

Today I made some tweaks on the sound of the film, specifically levelling all the sound so that they would flow naturally and not have some clips being louder than others, this took some time but after listening to the clips and editing the levels; I managed to get everything level.

Next I edited the clips that had unnecessary camera shake, clicking on Stabilisation it worked out for me, and the clips where stabile, I then decided to change the size of some clips so that the actors heads wouldn’t be out of frame, which made the film look more professional.

Josh Ward made intro titles and credits and I added them to the final edit.

Now the edit is complete and is ready for viewing.


Sam and Charlie’s Dualogue shoot (Star Wars) & Editing my Samsung Launching People pitch 13/02/14

Today it was the turn of Sam and Charlie to film their Dualogue, in the case of the idea myself and Josh Ward had no clue on what they wanted as to no prior knowledge of their idea.

Myself and Josh set up whilst they where on their way to College, I thought of using the set I used for my film ‘Panic’ as a prison for the scene, and as Sam and Charlie arrived they seemed to like it, I helped set up and manoeuvre the set to where they liked it to be, and we created a corridor with a sliding door and that was the set problem sorted.

String was attached the bottom of the door to pull the door smoothly, the string was pilled under the camera tracks to make the door pull smoothly, the only problem was the sound of the door moving, overshadowed the dialogue.

The shoot went well, we finished the shoot with minutes to spare and got some great shots.

Samsung Launching People Competition Filming Pitch 12/02/14

Today I planned to use my college’s TV Studio to make a set that I could pitch in, I worked with Josh Ward who helped me set up the lights, get the shots, record the sound and decorate the set.

I recorded the whole of the pitch in 1 hour and 30 minutes just so that I would have enough different shots to add flare to the video, so that it would not be as stationary as it would have looked with just two cameras on a tripod.

We put a Z1 on the jib as decoration and looked great in the shot.


After we finished all of the takes I started to organise the clips and list them so that in the edit, it would be much easier to find the clip that matches the audio.

Dualogues Edit Day Two (Editing the Actors) 11/02/14

Today I tweaked only slightly the footage to make the Airplane scene look walker than the fluorescent white that it is, I then tweaked the sound levels and had to fix the problem of the noise added by dysfunctional sound recording equipment, I masked the sound by adding a backing track of interior plane sounds which had a slight buzz sound which masked it slightly.


Dualogues Edit Day One (Editing the actors) 08/02/14

Today I decided to start my edit of the Batman Dualogue, myself and Josh Ward will be doing our own individual edits so that we can write these blog posts with having a full edit completed individually. 

This morning around 10am – 10:30am I began to organise my clips and sound into folders each folders would star as a for example Scene 1 (Airplane) > Shots/Audio > Bruce/Alfred/Wide etc shots or for sound it would be Audio > (The specified scene number). I labelled them from listening and watching each piece of footage and recorded sound to rename each file to their receptive shot number and I also added the size of the shots also, and depending on what the subject was in them I added a little initial so I know that I was looking at a specific character.

Then I created Folders inside of Final Cut Pro X from Scene 1 to Scene 3, and in those folders I would create Keyword Collections for each character and the audio which looked like this.


From then on for the first scene I had to edit it like a normal short film, syncing up the clip I wanted to use with the named audio that would connect with it, and did that for the whole of the first scene until I reached the end, I encountered no problems when doing this, but the only downside to it was that it took more time than it would have if the clips weren’t focused on one one actor at a time, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that in the shoot because of the size and angle of the projected image in the background – it wouldn’t be visible from both sides.

I then used clips from the second scene in a multi-cam edit, and worked through that scene with more time to spare, I just added inserts to add more variety to the scene.

Image Multi-cam window

Image Scene 2 Rough Edit

From then I began to do they same with the final scene, using a multi-cam edit and adding inserts.


Finally I watched through the short a few times and found there where audio problems, I think it was problems with the equipment itself, the Directional or the Marantz kit are at fault and aren’t as good quality as they usually are which made it a problem to tweak.

The next time I edit I will be focusing on the sound design and adding room sounds, music and credits to it, and past that will be the final stage which will be colour grading.

Here is an image of the overall Rough Edit.





Dualogues Day Seven, The day of the shoot. (Working with actors) 7/02/14

Today is the day, we are filming the Dualogues – from the day before we set out the first set which gave me, Josh Ward and Samuel Summers the chance to set up cameras, the actors started to rehearse.

After we had all the equipment out which consisted of 3 Canon DSLRS (2 60D’s and 1 600D), a marantz kit with directional mic, boom pole, 2 dolly systems and 1 tracking system.

We have a projected image of sky that would be seen through the airplanes windows but the image couldn’t stretch the length of the plane and wasn’t visible if we had cameras on both sides, we shot each actor individually (still filming as a multi-cam project) and worked our way through a few takes for each with all 3 cameras focused on that person, 3 takes for James, 2 for Joe and we took a few wide angle shots with a manipulated view of the plane so the projected image outside would be visible, for this we took 4 takes to get a variety of movements.

For the next scene we had to have 3 cameras all in operation, but that would be a problem – there is only 3 crew members and we still needed someone on sound duties, Dave Hill helped us out and became our Sound technician for the rest of the shoot.

We move on to the second set, we were all working on moving the first set out of the way and setting up the second as fast as we could, and with that we moved the cameras into position for our first few takes which we got with both actors in shot, since we didn’t have to worry about a projected image. Myself and Sam worked with the actors to get them framed perfectly and we set their markers on the floor with bits of tape, Josh did the same but from a distance to capture from their heads to their feet, and he tracked right and left peering through book shelves to make the shot look unique (because it was set in Bruce’s library).

We did these shots for a few takes and moved my camera as well as Sam’s for close ups, and Josh took his camera and put it on my DSLR rig to film over both actors’ shoulders.

Moving on to the final set-up we had to completely empty the space of everything, put the curtain around and project the image of Gotham City on the background, we lit our actors and managed to get some nice light that would complement the theatrics of the scene, the characters are distancing themselves from each other and the vast emptiness of their surroundings helps lock that motif in, they both give a great emotional performance and with that we made them do the scene multiple times so that in the last hour that we have to film would have as many takes for this scene as possible, which will be better for us because we will have plenty of angles to choose from and have their performance become better each take.

After their emotional scene we called the end of shooting, and began to relax and progress with the next step, I put all the footage in their own folders, each camera has one with a label of who the camera was looking at during the scenes, so my camera is number 1 (Bruce), Sam’s was number 2 (Alfred) and Josh was camera number 3 (wide,etc), I also added sound in its own folder – when it comes to editing I will sit through the clips and rename each one with their respective scene names and in those folders the shots that were taken.

I think one thing from past experience that has helped make the filming of this a lot easier would be the combined knowledge of learning from difficulty and sometimes failure to finally have a filming days flow smoothly, without any confusion or uncertainty.

From this I learnt more about set building than I ever did, a bigger improvement on the set we built the previous year for a film I did called ‘Panic’ we thought more creatively and outside of the box to conquer problems as they appeared.

Assisting another Dualogue group (Chris Barker, Charis Kurpiel & Sophie Clayton’s Project) & Dualogues Day Six (Working with actors )06/02/14

Today was not meant to be a day or me to work on this project but I was supplying the camera rig for Charis’ DSLR, I then offered to help them and they wanted me to work on sound and a camera.

From the start of me knowing that I would be helping them with their dialogue we all put our heads together and worked out where the cameras would need to be for the multi-cam shoot, I suggested having a stationary wide angled shot (the safety shot) and having two others focus on the actress’, with Charis manipulating basic camera shots to make them her own and have a creative edge.

For the first two takes I held the boom pole and operated the sound equipment, which was ok but I felt that it would be better that I would assist with other parts of production, so I asked Dave Hill if he had a Mic stand which he did, so I attached the directional mic to it and set it up so that it would capture both actress’ dialogue and sounds from a perfect distance, so that it wouldn’t be too loud or too focused on one rather than the other.

From then on I proceeded to check the sound levels whilst recording, did the same to check the camera and looking at what the other cameras where looking at, the other camera operators did really well, and had their own particular shots that they where getting.

After all the multi-cam takes had finished we all went for inserts that they could use to fill in gaps, make the scene look different or add some meaningful shots that relate to the story/scene.

From doing this off the cuff and not being prepared in anyway my skills from previous productions aided the speed of my setting up time as well as the collaborative effort of the full team, (Chris Barker, Charis Kurpiel, Sophe Clayton).

The shoot was successful and I’m glad that I could be of assistance, but now it’s all in the hands of the 3 that have to sort and edit through all the footage and sound.

The one thing I suggested is that they should order their footage in folders, Cameras > Takes > etc.


Later that day we had the opportunity (Me and Josh Ward) to set out the airplane set for our turn filming for the dialogues the next day, we had chance to watch our actors rehearse (James Powell & Joseph Smith) and I gave them notes that they should take note of for certain words they should and shouldn’t say and how to convey the emotion across in certain sections, we also figured out where they would be in the scenes.

Dualogues Day Six (Working with actors) 05/02/14

Just a quick update today myself and Josh Ward ventured to the TV studio yet again to try and make the plane set more sturdy, we went through numerous methods such as more gaffe tape, nails, but then Josh had the great idea of using some plastic string with a few nails slotted in the thin slots of the top plane flap, then wrap it around them and the wooden supports so that it would keep the roof of the plane sturdy and not collapse.

This worked extremely well and is now what we will use for the day of shooting.