Video: Session 1/Camera Induction 1

The theme for this rotation is place. 

Our brief is to create a short video up to 5 minutes that is based in a place that has meaning to us. We need to re-create this special meaning through a narrative.

In this session we were shown some examples of different places and examples of short films that are based on place.

  1. The Beach Captain (Ackerman, 2013)
  • Sound separate from image during an interview, with a range of shot types makes the film interesting to the eye.

2. Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004)

  • Relationship between characters is produced by how they are positioned in the frame.

Furthermore, we then chose a place we may want to base our video on, and a TV show or film that comes to mind with a significance of place. 

My Place: Where I live

  • Close to the countryside

Tv Show: The 100

  • Wooded area, landscapes
  • Space Station
  • ↑ Contrasting places ↑

Camera Induction: By Peter Hall

Equipment: Video Tripod (190), Camcorder (900)

Tripod

  • Adjusting legs to 90º enables the user to lean it against a wall if the ground is uneven or if there is an obstacle.
  • Shoulder mount: closing all 3 legs and placing on the shoulder turns the tripod into a shoulder mount, so that the user can follow the action whilst filming with a  steady hand.
  • Monoscope: closing all legs but extending one out fully creates a moonscape that enables the user to easily transport it and create a steady shot in a crowded area. There is no need to open the legs fully out, which reduces the risk of other people tripping or bumping into it.
  • Fluid mode: tightening the dials for moving the camera left/right and up/down so much that there is a slight tension produces a movement that is fluid, giving the user smoother shots when panning.

Camera

  • Remember 3 stage setup before filming: ‘Camcorder reset’ and ‘Recording video footage’ point 4 on the quick start guide.
  • Manual focus: Creates edgy and arty shots, whereby the user can bring either the background or a extreme close-up foreground object in focus. This makes the audience focus on the object the user wants them to.
  • Optical Stabiliser: Turn this off when using a tripod, as the tripod is the stabiliser.
  • Q.Menu: Change the grid from off to the 3×3 grid. This means the user can use the Rule of Thirds to create good composition in their shots.

Experimenting Outside

My partner, Ellen, and I chose 3 different areas of the UEL campus to produce the 3 different shots for this practical task. The wide shot we took was from the barrier looking across the docks, creating a landscape shot with diagonal lines from the moving water. Next, the medium shot faced the exit from the campus. There were horizontal lines from the buildings in the background, and vertical lines from the UEL map sign on the slight right hand side; forming nice composition within the frame. Finally, the close up shot we took was from a low angle looking up at the green public pathway sign. The low angle represents the viewer looking up at the sign as they would in real life. This practical experiment with the cameras enabled my partner and I to practise using the camcorder to take a selection of the different types of shots that we can use in our final production, and get used to creating good composition.

 

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