I have learnt a multitude of skills and techniques that I had never known about before, many different types of editing skills, as well as foley sound and voice recording skills.
Before the production process the blogs that we had helped develop and record our ideas so that we would have some key concepts to focus on, this stage influenced our production as we record details online where both me and my partner could access the information whenever we wanted to, what we learnt from this process is how to better organise our thoughts and opinions, as well as helping with our research which would influence our work.
In the production stage the use of camera's was one of the most enlightening procedures, I developed very important recording skills, and matured my use of film angles, shots and movements. I refined skills of operating the camera, such as changing unwanted footage, and uploading on to the lap top.
Furthermore we used lights from the photography department to give effect to our product, I learned how to use this piece of equipment quickly and it provided the perfect mood for our scenes.
To start of with the first important skill that everyone must have acquired is the cutting, this was very simple and allowed my product to use varying montage and prolonged shots efficiently through the ease of use as the cutting was dead straight forward and very quick and efficient to use, as shown below all you had to do was click on the image of your clip and then drag the highlighted picture until you decide you want to keep the rest. The image moves according to the frame at the time of your shot making it extremely simple to understand.
If we wanted to edit the middle of a clip what we had to do was split it, this allowed us every possible cutting option in a simple way.
Next the tools that came in handy where the colour correction and filter ones, which enabled my product to have a different feel to it, they are also simple to grasp and very effective at directing the mood and lighting of your film. Next the slow motion and fast forward options allowed to create the desired pace if it wasn't already. This was useful in speeding up certain scenarios however some limitations where that it looked unrealistic if analysed carefully.
Next sound had to be added to the product which required us to use the internet to find some sound effects and score, we also used the voice recorder technology to create some foley sounds that we could use in our project, for example we slammed doors, hit things together to make various sounds which we then uploaded on to our project. Once we had acquired the sound we put it through i movies sound effects which had some useful special effects that it could add to the sound effects/ score as seen in this screenshot. What I learnt from these things was how to use equalisers, how to fade songs/fx in and out and how to connect songs/fx together, this allowed me to develop my film making skills.
There was also a text option which would allow us to have moving titles, this was also informative and cool, we ended up downloading many different fonts of the internet to find one that suited, through this i leant how to pick appropriate text fonts etc.
How did the I movie software affect my work?
I believe that with out the software the film would be incomparable to what it is now, with out any effects, any added sounds, any text, the sequence would look not only less impressive but also more confusing as there would be no cut footage, making it drag along much more slowly. However thanks to the technology used it does look good, it is edited appropriately for the genre and it contains easily visible enigma's, the contrasting, colour correction and brightness adjustment all create a sense of dimension and mood as they are dark and creepy suiting our storyline- all thanks to iMovie.
How has new media influenced in the creation of this product, and distributing finished product on video sharing sites?
New media has helped to make our film even better, for example using a site called freeplaymusic.com -we could download sound effects that would be difficult or impractical to do ourselves, for example getting blizzard wind noises to play in the back ground.
The other major benefit was that we could see other films which gave us an over all understanding of the conventions, watching other peoples AS projects helped me understand and get a better idea of what to do for my own project.
Finally when we shared our project on youtube and Facebook we could see people's responses to our product and they were pleasantly surprising, everyone thought that it was really well done, which made us happy that our hard work payed off.
We learnt literally infinite skills both major and minor from this project, it would be impossible to list them all but to recap the main things i learnt where, researching, planning, story boarding, directing, acting, filming, lighting, producing, editing, colour correcting, composing, publishing, distributing and many more!