Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Friday, 20 April 2012


So we have finally finished our film opening, Elephant Juice.
It has definitely been a journey with a lot of up and downs in our group (hopefully not too corny). As we now move onto the evaluation of our film opening, it seems a bit hard to let go of EJ and not being able to do anymore editing. And if I could turn back time I would certainly make sure I back up everything!!!!!!
Even though everything didn't go as we had planned we are somewhat pleased of our finished piece. I think that if we had more time we would definitely make the sound much better, and most probably enjoy it more! Now I'm just excited to start A2 as I have learnt so so much from just 1 year, and dont feel like a 'newbie' as much as I have this year.
Bring on A2!!

Monday, 16 April 2012

More bad news!

So after coming in after easter we discovered that some of our footage had been lost! This meant that we had to re-shoot two more scenes. Should be easy right? WRONG! Sam (our male character) is currently travelling in Peru, which meant that I had to step in for Sam and pretend to be him. This is why in the man flu scene we used a shot from behind 'Sam' so it was hard to tell it was another person. Another problem which occurred was the 'fondling downstairs' scene. Originally we had a shot of Becca making tea and Sam fondling downstairs, then a pan up to him touching Beccas face. However, again as we couldn't show my face we had to lose our pan. 
We have also discovered that the voice recording we originally recorded with a zoom recorder was also lost, and if that wasnt bad enough the zoom recorder had broken so we had to use a boom mic instead. This meant that the sound had background buzzing noise, so we had lost the feel of the sound being done professionally! It has been rather stressful and frustrating as we have lost time and lost a lot if good footage we tried really hard on. But the only thing we can do is soldier on as a team! And we are doing just that! 

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Editing take 2!

Today we Me and Effie spent the day in school to get as much editing as possible done. Unfortunately Zoe had to work but she did manage to come in for an hour and a half to help us get started. We did encounter a couple of problems, firstly we were unable to film the phone scene as the camera we normally used was being used by someone else. Also we were unable to record our speech as the microphone in the media room wasn't working. Luckily I brought in my camera (General Imagination X5) to take pictures for evidence so we were able to roughly record our 'glitter storm productions'. Heres a video, I accidently pressed the film button, however we decided to make it into a short vlog!

After this the day turned better, and the freedom of having the school to ourselves became fun! We got as much as the editing done as possible but we were unable to finish completely as we were missing certain scenes, we are hoping that we forgot to import some files from Effies memory stick onto the computer, if so we decided that I would do the editing today while Effie works on the main title (Elephant Juice) and then Effie would complete further editing at home. 
As we had more time we experimented with some of the footage we had, for example we added a new POV shot from Sam, (it looked like Becca is about to hit the camera) and added the shot of Becca hitting her head on the cupboard from three different shots to create some more comedy!
Effie doing her photo shop thaang, and the computer next to her is my editing


Today we finally finished our title logo! It took a couple of stages and we have yet to chose a background to put it on! Here's the different stages we went through...
This was the first draft I made on paint, really it was just an experiment but all three of us agreed that if we cleaned it up and used photoshop, it could actually look quite effective! I thought that the contrasts of the font could show the boy and girl protagonists.

As all our other titles are written on objects we decided, to keep the consistency , we would like our  title to look as if it had been written. To do this someone suggested we draw it out first, take a photo and edit it on photoshop. This is the drawing that Zoe did, she roughly stuck to my first draft but experimented with different hearts. We liked the heart in the trunk and the heart instead of a dot on the i in 'juice'. The feet on the elephant also looked better than before hand, as in the pic before it looked like bubbles!

Me and Effie thought that the 'juice' in the drawing didnt look elegant enough to contrast the 'elephant'. She decided to make it less elephant and more elegant by re-drawing it using photo shop. We took some more 'inspiration' from my a simple writing as follows (the top drawing) :
However, after Effie had completed the photo shopped version I was playing around on my brothers iPad, and found an app called '58 paper' I really liked the effect the pen had so therefore tried out 'juice'...

I think that this 'juice' is pretty effective and will therefore show Effie and Zo and see if they agree. I think that it has the elegant look we were wanting. We might need to make it bolder for it too stand out from the background.

Script re-editing

Because of the time limit we have had to re-edit and cut parts of our script to keep it within the 2 minute zone and keep it in with the movie clip.
Elephant Juice 2

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bad news!

So, unfortunately last week we lost all of the editing we had done on our movie opening due to problems with the hard drive at school. 
Obviously, this is a major set back as we thought we were finally finished. Thankfully we have most of our footage we just need to re shoot some scenes like the phone scene and our production company. 
We have decided to come into school during our Easter break where we aim to complete as much as the editing in one day as possible. Now that we have all the past months experience behind us we should be able to get it done.