Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Final Week

Due to weather conditions equipment was unavailable and edit suites were unavailable to be used. This has led to the production falling behind schedule in terms of filming and editing.

However this week on the Monday night the group has focused and got the video into a nearly finished state. The edit suite was then booked for the Wednesday to finish the project in time for hand in. once the final product is handed in a copy will be delivered to the Hull community church to see if they are happy with the results or whether they require the video to edited further. This will be done as the client has the final say on the product and it will be made to there specifications.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Week 8: Editing

Much progress has been made on the video product this week. The editing suite was booked for the Monday for the maximum amount of time available (9pm). This allowed the group to stay behind to begin editing the final video. After logging the footage from the interview of the previous week this allowed for editing to begin.

The editor is responsible for creating a video via editing raw footage combined with special effects, audio effects, titles, and dialogue. However one must remember the editor is a facilitator in what the director wants to see on the screen. This requires close communication between the two. The editor is also responsible for technically operating the editing software, having an understanding of formats used, and knowledge of editing techniques. This requires the editor to have a large skills base to fill the role. (prospect, 2010).

Some of the skills of an editor are outlined by Skillset (2010). Some of these being:

• Being creative under pressure – the editor is responsible for the product being finished in time, this will put pressure on the individual/s that can affect the creativity.
• Understand of narrative – understanding how the story will progress as the editor will have to assemble the story piece by piece. this also links in with the above of knowledge of editing techniques.
• Communication skills – the editor is one department, they will have to at some point engage with other departments in the production. This is where good communication skills come in. Being polite will also help in this aswell.
• Patience – editing a video can take many months’ even years depending on the type of film. This relates to long hours spent editing sequences and re-editing them. The editor has to be patient and not rush otherwise problems may occur.

Prospects. (2010) Film/video editor: Job description and activities [internet] Prospects. Available from: Propects [Accessed 1st of December 2010].

Skillset. (2010) Editing & Post Production [internet] Skillset. Available from: Skillset [Accessed 1st of December 2010].

Week 7: Better Organization

During this week much progress has been made during the industry practice module. On the Monday there was the final interview to be filmed for the project. This interview was with the head of the Hull Light House project which is key to the final video. However the group was disorganized in preparation for the interview in that no equipment had been booked for neither the interview nor any editing suites for logging the footage. Luckily there was some HD filming equipment available for the day but the equipment was damaged slightly which did affect the way in which the interview had to be filmed. Unfortunately there were no editing suites available for the logging the footage, this was booked for Friday of that week. The interview was done professionally along with the cutaways.

This reflects the disorganization of the group for the interview and how this affects the time management of the workload. By not arranging an editing suite for logging the footage straight after filming it meant that editing began later than expected. This has lost valuable time for the production as it is a waste of time that cannot be recovered in which work can be achieved.

This may be due to the group not setting short term goals, for example not setting the goal to organize the equipment a week in advance or a long term goal of assigning one person to take control of the equipment booking (Portsmouth, 2001). This could also be due to bad planning via the pre-production stage.

“During this stage, you’re organizing everything so that the production phase goes smoothly” Myer , 2008)

For future reference if given interview date weeks in advance equipment should be booked as soon as this information has been given. This will ensure that equipment is available and if it isn’t there is time to source it from some where else. Also this will give chance for other preparations such as paperwork.

Myers, I. (2008) Video Production – Part I - the Pre-production Stage [internet] Article base. Available from: article base [accessed 1st of December 2010].

Portsmouth University. (2001) Information and study skills: Managing time and workload [Internet] Portsmouth University. Available from: ports [accessed 21st of November]