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Month: June, 2014

FINAL DAY – Day Seven “Faith” (My RODE Reel competition) 30/05/14

Over the week I have tweaked and edited the film together. The 23rd I started the edit and the behind the scenes video, then sent the rough edit to Francis MacDonald who created the score for the film.

Here is the edit final layout in Final Cut Pro X.

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I managed to hand in the edit a day before the competition closes it’s cyber doors to entries, lucky me.



Day Six “Faith” (My RODE Reel competition) 25/05/14

Just a quick update, to fill in for Charlie’s arm, my mom stepped in for the brief shot of blood running down her arm.


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Day Five “Faith” (My RODE Reel competition) 22/05/14

A quick shot of the day, myself and Josh Ward used a Sony NX700 to get super-slow motion, we used Dado lights and I made a chip (not the edible kind) out of a cell battery, and stripped a piece of wire and glued it together, using fake blood to make it look like it came from Charlie’s arm.

We spent an hour trying to get several different angles so there was enough coverage. 



Day Four “Faith” (My RODE Reel competition) 21/05/14

Time was short, the time I had to film this scene was from 11am – 12pm, but… pushed it to 12:30pm. 

With this I set-up the behind the scenes camera, set-up the location for Charis to sit on, for the most of it, it was a rush against time – luckily the set-ups where handheld and quick.

We used a jib to get one of the tracking shots, the people using the Norton College TV Studio had equipment set out, so we used it to save time.  





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Day Three “Faith” (My RODE Reel Competition) 16/05/14

On a fiery ‘Summer’ day it was a day to be stuck in doors filming, just how I like it! But seriously it was fun, the weather was a tease – or it would be, a reward after filming.

The morning walking to college, our location for yet another film, the sun with all of its might burning my body, the desire to make this film made it bearable. That is, bearable if I wasn’t carrying a bag with the sound equipment, camera, costumes, props.

But I digress, theirs no fun without struggle or handwork in this business.

I planned out the scene with a storyboard in hand, a mighty tool conceived with pencil & paper, seriously without a storyboard I would probably have missed a few shots out, it’s happened before – forgetting shots is one of the worse things to happen, no chance to re-shoot due to time, and that the competition entries aren’t accepted after May the 31st. Everything went well.

Me and the crew consisting of Samuel Summers, Charlie Lightning and Charis Kurpiel entered the science wing and began to set-up. For the film I set-up a camera to capture (the majority) the shoot for behind the scenes. I think I might do this for my projects more often, it’s fun seeing behind the scenes of the filming day, the reflection gives a reminder to handwork and the fun it is to make a film.

So with that in place we started to work through the shots, going down the list one-by-one, I kept myself from creating a shot-list so that it would rely on the storyboard and imagery more than statistics. That being said it wasn’t a large amount of shots we had to get, not many different set-ups with equipment changes. Usually if there where more equipment, more set-ups I would have created a shot-list.

Making sure that I had all the shots filmed, the storyboards that where once nice drawings, ruined by notes of takes and lines through images to show myself that they have been filmed. It was just to make sure.

Nearing the end of the shoot chance to film myself was showing itself, I also made my (Hitchcock director cameo) in the film.

It was a successful shoot, which it always is, and hope it will be for future projects. 

The shoot wasn’t flawless in it’s execution, since we used the college as the location, it’s busy at times. We had disruptions but not long periods of time stopping film.

Looking back at the footage, there was only a few shots missing. Blood dripping down Charlie’s arm, the shot that would signify that she is wounded. A shot of something that Charis removed from her.