Author Archives: whitakerky

F18-P6: Lost Remote

 

During this project I was hoping to try my hand at making a simple narrative about somebody looking for something not important and ending up with something much better than the thing they were looking for. I also wanted to spice things up with more than just static shots. So I experiemented with moving the camera around and panning from my subject to whatever item is dominant in the scene. I also experimented with using different angles for my shots as well so that the scene would never become stale or boring.

The most difficult part of the project was telling the actors what they should be doing at any given time, what they should be saying, and having to keep things light while trying the same shot over and over. Initially the video was going to take place exclusively in the park, but as it went on I decided it would be more interesting if we went a few different places for the scenes. I was able to ask my actor what kinds of things he would normally do on a day off and then go from there to try and make things seem authentic. Of course there’s a bit of a twist at the end and I had to actually rush to get those shots. One of the actors I was working with, Cece, came home from work and needed to go to practice 30 minutes after, so we had a limited window to get everything I needed for the project in terms of her acting. I learned how to successfully navigate a stressful time crunch situation all while buying my actors dinner as thanks for helping me out so much with the project.

The editing process was long but simple. First I watched through all my clips and got my best shots together, then I plugged everything into Premiere and began the editing process. A lot of the time I’ll cut a video like this to a predetermined music track so that the clips flow with the song, but this time I decided to put together the clips without any song. The goal was to have a video that could stand on its own, even without a music track and I feel I won out on that front. The dialogue was the most difficult part to edit and I believe there is a ton of learning for me to do in terms of coming out with clean audio. I had to up the volume on most of the clips with voice but tried to at least keep all the audio within a consistent range. Hopefully I was successful in that end.

Overall I feel that I was able to successfully make a video that is light and airy, somewhat comedic, and is hopefully relatable to anyone who watches. It was fun to come up with all the different locations and working with my friends, and I can’t wait to do it again!

P5 – Walk for Five Gallons

During this project I actually had a tough time coming up with a good idea. I knew I wanted something a little more cinematic, and that meant I needed some dialogue. I also needed some sound effects, and music tracks as well. I wanted to show a sort of opening to a story, just a walk cycle that hopefully tells a little about the character and the place they’re in. It was very challenging taking video in the dark, but I wanted to play with light a little bit. There was also a point where I tripped while getting video of my subject, thankfully the camera was okay!

I tried everything to gather ideas: Brainstorming, doodling, listening to music, banging my head against the wall. But of course it came to me while I was taking a shower. It was a simple idea too. Just a guy going out to get milk and coming back home. I thought that would be too easy so I decided to get video in the nighttime and found a very interesting dilemma. It became about seeking out places of light where we could get the shots we needed, and trying to keep the light looking somewhat consistent throughout. I wanted some shots that went alongside my subject so I made sure to keep him in the center of the frame, and not bounce the camera too much while walking. I used my strap and a gorilla mini-tripod to stabilize the camera on my neck and chest while moving to reduce shake. When we got to the mini-mart it occurred to me that I would have to ask the counter if we could use their location. Thankfully they said it was alright and we went in and out as fast as we could.

Luckily I had a bunch of pre-planning done so when it came time to shoot we got it done pretty quickly. Then it was on to the edit, which I have a lot of fun with. I thought it would be cool to showcase the tracks I used at the end with the credits. Plus I got to use the Easy Out technique I learned in Time Based Tools which was super neat. I made sure to track my audio levels, so I don’t think there will be a sound issue, at least hopefully.

I had a lot of fun putting this project together and feel like this is some good practice before our final project. I learned a lot about shooting in the dark, working with another person while shooting, and asking for permission to use a place to get video in.

Sound Effects:

Store Door-Chime: Mike Koenig

Water Churning: Mark DiAngelo

P5 – Walk for Five Gallons

During this project I actually had a tough time coming up with a good idea. I knew I wanted something a little more cinematic, and that meant I needed some dialogue. I also needed some sound effects, and music tracks as well. I wanted to show a sort of opening to a story, just a walk cycle that hopefully tells a little about the character and the place they’re in. It was very challenging taking video in the dark, but I wanted to play with light a little bit. There was also a point where I tripped while getting video of my subject, thankfully the camera was okay!

I tried everything to gather ideas: Brainstorming, doodling, listening to music, banging my head against the wall. But of course it came to me while I was taking a shower. It was a simple idea too. Just a guy going out to get milk and coming back home. I thought that would be too easy so I decided to get video in the nighttime and found a very interesting dilemma. It became about seeking out places of light where we could get the shots we needed, and trying to keep the light looking somewhat consistent throughout. I wanted some shots that went alongside my subject so I made sure to keep him in the center of the frame, and not bounce the camera too much while walking. I used my strap and a gorilla mini-tripod to stabilize the camera on my neck and chest while moving to reduce shake. When we got to the mini-mart it occurred to me that I would have to ask the counter if we could use their location. Thankfully they said it was alright and we went in and out as fast as we could.

Luckily I had a bunch of pre-planning done so when it came time to shoot we got it done pretty quickly. Then it was on to the edit, which I have a lot of fun with. I thought it would be cool to showcase the tracks I used at the end with the credits. Plus I got to use the Easy Out technique I learned in Time Based Tools which was super neat. I made sure to track my audio levels, so I don’t think there will be a sound issue, at least hopefully.

I had a lot of fun putting this project together and feel like this is some good practice before our final project. I learned a lot about shooting in the dark, working with another person while shooting, and asking for permission to use a place to get video in.

Professional Practices: 72 Hours of Horror

hp-slide-2018-72hr-hfc

I decided to meet up with some filmmakers for my report and was able to get in contact with the Lane Community College Megateam that decided to do the Eugene Film Society 72 Hour Horror Short Film Contest. I joined on the first night and was told that they had a prop that needed to be in the short, as well as a saying which also needed to be included. They pitched around a few ideas and I was even able to give a couple of thoughts about what would be an interesting horror short to make. Eventually we had to part and I wasn’t able to be there for the creation of the project due to family reasons. I did however show up to the screening and watched as all the wonderful projects went on throughout the night. There were about 24 shorts and each took the ideas and ran with it, the prop was a paintbrush, especially the winning short about, well I suppose it would be best to go to the Eugene Film Society website to watch it for yourself. The Lane teams’ short came on and it was really cool to see what was once a fleeting idea turned into a full fledged horror film. I was able to meet with them after the screening and asked what the hardest part about making it was. I was told multiple times that the editing process had a ton of unexpected hiccups that made it difficult to put together, but the biggest problem was they actually had too much footage. The maximum run time for the shorts was around three minutes, however they had about five. The editor told me she wanted to keep the one shot ending intact so all she could do was trim down the earlier parts, which upset them because so many of the shots were really good. The team told me they had learned a lesson in making sure that any further shoots would have shots with more options to edit from, and would at least have an ending that could be split into multiple shots if need be.

23270551_1916213741966348_6038736722905971479_o

I learned that making a short film in such a short amount of time is a compromise because you have to pick and choose which parts to focus on during its’ creation. It sounds difficult to make a short in the span of three days but I think the Lane team really pulled off a cool short and can’t wait to try and actually be a part of the horror creation of next year! I also learned that Eugene has a ton of creative filmmakers and I would love to start connecting with them in some way. I’m glad to have found a fun way for the artists in the area to interact and compete with each other, and am once again looking forward to being a part of the community very soon. I remember hearing that there is also a music video competition as well so that will be something to look towards in the future too.

 

F18-P4 Audio: DJ Ghost Halloween Spooktacular!

I wanted to make a radio show with not only a radio-play story segment, but a little song as well. This of course needed a little bit of a framing device and that’s where I came up with DJ Ghost to help tie things together. This is supposed to be a little look into an ultimate Halloween spectacular radio show, that has a few references for the keenest eyes to find. I wanted to draw the audience in with an interesting story but move post it a little quicker than normal, figuring that we all know the main tropes. I felt comfortable moving past them quickly in order to resolve the story. With a tease at the end which helps sell the story as an ongoing serial of sorts. I also added some typical Halloween style sounds to the tracks to help further emphasize the spooky but fun part of this special. The second part, the song, was mostly meant to poke fun at how gimmicky most holiday songs, outside of Christmas, really are. I wanted to have fun with it though, and recreate the most common themes of the genre along with my own thoughts on it to bring my own flavor to the genre. Planning out this project made it much easier to achieve what I wanted throughout. Instead of worrying about where things went, instead I just got to think about the sounds presented and how I wanted things to go, which was super helpful I think.  I also wanted people to laugh with this faux-radio special so I’m really hoping that I achieve that when we do our critiques.

Attribution:

Music:

The Graveyard – Loyalty Freak Music-

The Old Witch Place – Loyalty Freak Music

Classic Horror 2 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Spellbound Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

SFX:

Found on Soundbible.com

Bats in Cave – Mike Koenig

Footsteps on Cement – Tim Fryer

Heavy Rain – Daniel Simon

Rain Inside House – Mark DiAngelo

Sqeaking door-Sarasprella

Thunder – Mike Koenig

Blog Search: Film Courage

Part of getting invested in any field is finding resources to help you gain more knowledge of the subject. I decided to spend some time looking for just such a place. After a little looking I found a ton of sites and blogs specifically designed to teach and inspire, but none were nearly as neat as the site Film Courage – http://filmcourage.com/blog/– I love how much info there is about filmmaking in here: Everything from screenwriting tips, to lighting setups, all the way to acting. There’s so much here, and a lot of it is in video form with timestamps directing you to exactly what you’re looking for. It’s well designed too; I never have the sense that I can’t find what I’d like to see. Film Courage definitely wanted to have a clean design, and I believe they succeeded.

 

Watching through the various videos and browsing the text content, I believe there is a ton of useful information. There are interviews from actual filmmakers, scriptwriters, cinematographers, and more! The best way to gain knowledge is to learn from masters in their field, and Film Courage is chalk full of them. My favorite thing about the internet is that you can reach and listen to anyone now days, but the trouble can be finding the most qualified people. Film Courage makes it incredibly easy to find people who know what they’re talking about, so all you have to do is watch and listen.

 

Such as this article here – http://filmcourage.com/2018/09/04/staying-in-the-game-surviving-as-a-working-screenwriter-in-hollywood-a-night-with-mark-sanderson/– Which is not only a long article but you can actually watch a 2 hour speaking series about this guy, Mark Sanders, and his journey through becoming a successful screenwriter. This is not something I would have probably seen organically but it’s so interesting, I’m glad it’s on this site. http://filmcourage.com/2018/02/08/writing-web-series-getting-something-nathan-alan-bunker/– This article is a Q&A with a man who wrote a web series and interviews him about how he went about it. Which is another valuable article I probably wouldn’t have seen if I didn’t have this website. I will for sure be following this blog from now on, and I hope it has something for you as well!

Resources for Lane Scavenger Hunt

I went on a journey this week in order to find the best places and people to know in order to get ahead here at Lane. My first mission was to locate the Equipment Checkout, a place to get whatever devices we are going to need throughout the next few years.

Equipment Checkout

Found it! This is going to be a frequently visited spot I’m sure! Okay up next we have the studio with the “Big Cyc Wall” hmmm, there’s a door marked studio 1, wonder what’s in there…

Blue Screen

There it is, wonderful. This is where we have photography class as well. Now it’s time for the Center for Student Engagement building. Well that must be in the Center.

Student Success Center

Yup here we are, also there’s popcorn, and it’s free! Our journey should now lead us to the main art gallery, probably in the old media building I’m guessing.

Art Gallery_

Look at this cool bunny-cat-rooster, I like it! This also appears to be the gallery we were looking for…

Artomat

Nice, we also found the Art-o-mat as well! Let’s check out the library now.

Library

Rows and rows of books, it’s beautiful, a place of learning indeed. I hear there’s a media lab in here too, but first let’s go see the large sculpture outside.

Metal Structure

Look at it shining in the sun, what a cool structure.

Ingram

And look we have Ingram sitting in his office, look at that pose! Back to the library we have…

 

Media LabThe media creation lab, there’s also one in building 18 and I’m sure there will be lots of hours typing away on these computers. Looking back towards the old Media Arts Building we have,

Program Advisor_

Judy Gates, our program advisor, working on some fun things I’m sure. Let’s find Teresa Hughs office now.

Hugh's Office_

Look at these cool figures she has in her office! I love the On Air switch as well, it cycles through a ton of different colors. We are almost done with our adventure but a few more stops first.

Flags_

We have these flags located in the Students First building, a great place to go for all kinds of information about the campus and classes. Finally we turn to, arguably, the most important staple of the Lane campus, the greatest part about the college, and what we’ll be seeing most while we’re here…

Turkey

The beautiful and majestic turkeys we have running all over campus. I don’t know what they’re doing here, but I think they’re absolutely wonderful. This poor little guy was probably upset that I followed it to get a picture, but it was certainly worth it in the end. Thus our journey is now complete and we have a better understanding of the campus as a whole. Thank you for accompanying me on this wonderful quest, I’m sure there will be many more to come as we continue on!