So this is the 10 Minute Film project for my second year Drama Module of my degree~ There’s still so much i’m not happy about in the shots chosen for this… but at the end of the day that wasn’t my choice…
I worked as the Cinematographer for this piece so you should all check it out!
T R I C H R O M A T I C P R O D U C T I O N S - FACEBOOK PAGE
Some of you may be familiar with some things that have been going around Youtube, especially under the user Trichromatix. Such as Hetaoni: The Bodycount, 30DaysOfOTP, or even just some of the CMVs we’ve been producing. Well, I - Poppy J.S. - Also have a side of this that goes towards my actual career in Film, where I create Small Commerical or Short Independant Films, called Trichromatic Productions.
This page here is not only for Trichromatic Productions, but Trichromatix too, and it will display a live update to any upcoming projects that will be premiering or about to go into production. It will even have opportunities for people based in the UK (or if I happen to be abroad - elsewhere) to help out if they wish!
Oh my gosh I came up with some original film ideas?!
Yes, that’s right. Alongside filming a short 10 minute comedy with Lucy Smith-Jones and Co. I’ve actually come up with some half decent ideas for films that might happen somewhere in the near future.
Plot twist: They’re not going to have much to do with Trichromatix’ work!!
Almost lovers - based on the idea of that ‘mathmatical romance’. I forget the name of the actual equation, but the graph of the lines that curve towards each other but never meet. It’s a story of two people as they attempt to get closer to each other, but in the end their paths inevitably move away from one another. Bittersweet Romance.
Assassin’s Creed Original Short #1 - I’ve been wanting to do an original modern day assassin’s short for a while and I’ve finally come up with two story lines to choose from. #1 is the story of a Female secretary for a British Politician, she is a member of the Assassin’s brotherhood, and is trying to push the cause of said politician forward against others who away from the light of the media support the templar cause. However, whilst in the middle of her work she is caught by her boss (the politician) and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is now put into a bad light, but was it worth it for the Assassin’s cause?
Assassin’s Creed Original Short #2 - An older middle age(?) single father is a retired Assassin, living on benefits and in a council flat he’s haunted by the work he once used to do, but unable to live on normally. Whilst he tries (and fails) to raise his young, teenage daughter will he ever be able to escape the nightmares of his past? Or will he have to give up his cowardice in order to protect his way of life?
BLOODTOBER Over at FilmRiot - Blood Effects for Film
Hi again guys! It’s been a while since I did some tutorial posting, but this is a particularly good one from FilmRiot, in true Halloween fashion.
I’ve done a lot of stuff with relation to blood, especially for Hetaoni: The Bodycount, and this is some really good advice when it comes to filming with Blood. I tend to use the ‘bottle of blood’ product they suggest in here, but after watching this, i’m definitely going to look at some of their other stuff too!
So, during my time i haven’t been updating this blog I got somewhat of an ‘interview’ for an editing job in Manchester. It’s something I can work from home with I believe, but the job in question is to edit together wrestling footage for commercial work.
With this opportunity I thought i’d share my editing process, not only for the benefit of my followers, but so that I can explain my process at a later date.
The initial brief was to take footage from this video filled with clips to be used under creative commons, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8lTZaN8hxU and turn it into a 90 second short that expressed the emotion of the sport.
With a 90 second video not really being much time I thought it would be best to just use this as an opportunity to show how flexible my editing style can be and how drastically the footage can be altered to get what the client wanted across. I would include graphics and text animation like they wanted in their job advertisement, as well as cleaning up the footage given to me.
So as you can see in this piece I’ve changed the footage from 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9, a more professional look, as well as add a colour flare overlay from my stock footage to give it more of a dirty, grimy and hot look.
The music in question i’ve also chosen is a piece of royalty free music from youtube, rock/grunge to compliment the imagery that’s being shown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OPJPq5Y5wE I chose a section of the music that reflects the emotions of the fight. The intense build up, Climatic fight and the cool off period.
No submissions this week for Feature friday, but then again the blog has only just started so I don’t mind so much.
DynamiteShots is actually my brother’s short film channel, believe me when I say he’s been at the film making stuff longer than I have, if it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t be attempting to go into the industry at all.
Robin has been making films ever since he was little and they’re gradually getting better and better, though his camerawork could use some work in places and he would probably benefit from having a steadycam his ideas are very creative and original, unlike me he focuses on doing a lot of original stories and his work definitely deserves more attention.
The featured film in question; The Dream, is a very creative short that he just up and decided to do on a foggy day, very good!
Pretty much how the location scouting process is for me, I always find filming the area is a lot better than just taking pictures, it means you can get a better look at the surroundings than just a select few stills.
I think that it’s about time I started doing all the research required and rereads of the script before i start this shot list for the next video for Hetaoni: The Bodycount.
When it comes to making live action videos for a franchise I always feel a certain amount of pressure, especially for something so emotional as Hetaoni. There are always these few things that cross my mind:
Is the rewrite of the already established script good enough. Does it stray too far from the original intention? Does it make more sense than the original translation, or does it still confuse everyone?
Are the emotions that were so strong in the original play-through as strong in the script? Can i make it better with certain camera techniques?
What kind of visuals have other’s used for these scenes and what are the strongest visual moments in the scene. When I was filming ‘It all went wrong’ this was very important, the ‘how many fingers am i holding up’ scene has so much visual strength, there is so much fanart out there of the scene, each person’s interpretation of the scene and how it unfolds visually. I wanted to put my own spin on the scene that would stand out from the rest, but i wanted it to fit in just as much as everyone else’s ideas. That’s why America and England are crouched in this scene, England because well… he’s blind, he can’t trust himself to move about and make it look convincing to the fact he’s not, and America because he’s bringing himself down to England’s height, he’s trying to treat him as his equal and so this movement is a big step for him as a character.
As a fan of the franchise already what isn’t there in the scene that I and the others want to see. Are there certain elements of foreshadowing i want to cast or just little twists that aren’t included in the original?
So whilst I let these thoughts drift in my mind and begin my research I think its about time that I …
DIY Tripod Mods - Need a steadycam but not enough money?
This is a really helpful short video on some tripod modifications that could be useful to you. As a student who has absolutely no money for a steadycam after buying her Canon 550D, this is going to be very useful to me. Definitely recommend it if you have a cheap flimsy tripod like i do.
Simon Says… - A Short Film directed by Alli Metcalf
First real post on my film blog and its my end of year project from my university course. I played the role of Camera and Cinematographer here, and it was a real experience needless to say.
A piece of helpful advice to take away from this film would be to always check your light levels across all your shots, particularly on a day in which the weather is constantly changing, whilst the light balance could look okay on the camera, when cut with other shots it may jump between light and dark, just keep an eye on those balances!
POPPY'S ATTIC SPACE
A collection of notes and diary entries from me, Poppy, a Film and Media Production student from Sheffield, UK. Here I will talk about film work I am involved in, have watched and any interesting hints and tips i've found.
Things to expect to see:
- Acting Hints
- Tutorials and Tips
- Interesting events
- Set Diary entries - other interesting links and tid bits