Evaluation 3 minute video

I am pleased with my 3 minute video because it flows in both image and audio, and all the speech is original and engaging. I feel the video presents the togetherness of the club well, and shows the different environments that they spend their time in perfectly. I feel Laura did a very good job at narrating the main body of the video, without repeating herself or stuttering much which made the editing process a lot easier for me. I like how i have various footage of each person so it doesn’t have to be a set frame whilst they talk. Though there are various places where I would like the audio to flow better, but as many of the speakers spoke fast in continued sentences, they were hard to trim down and put together without an abrupt ending. Also the audio sometimes has music behind it which I now can not affect, making the speaking less dominant. I feel that i initially filmed too much footage from the first night, because it made the editing process much longer than it needed to be, as much of the footage repeated itself. Something i would change is to do all the private interviews, such as Jake’s and the team members in the same place, to keep the lighting and audio levels the same. Though this is something i have learnt and can reflect on in future projects. Also i feel i could’ve experimented more with angles, but due to the fast pace nature of the team members moving it was difficult to be get in angles which wouldn’t cause a safety hazard.  Also at the end of the video, i would’ve wanted images of all Team leaders, which is something i could’ve planned in advance.

Everyone i filmed responded very well, wanted to corporate and interact with the camera. I had no issues with people not wanting to be filmed. I had consent from the whole team i was filming before they started drinking, making sure i was allowed to use the footage.

I responded well to my brief to present the true nature of a social in Cheltenham town. It is fun and brings the community together, and has a primary focus on drinking.

Editing final video

With the 3 minute audio from Laura, i found it dramatically easier to create a long video. My biggest worry was making it repetitive and therefore loosing the passion from the team members, but I worked with the clip as a base, and used the videos to suit the speech. It was easy to select what audio to use from the 3 minute audio, as i knew what the previous interviews had said to balance them out. I placed the alternative interviews throughout the video to break up Lauras voice, to ensure it wasn’t a constant speech from one person which someone could easily loose attention too.

I ensured i focused on the smaller details of the video, such as the composition and the editing. I ensured the exposure was correct, as well as the white balance on all clips. I made my video, and the group frame is my opening shot, but i found it was unbalanced on the frame. So on reflection, i zoomed in to the frame to allow them to fill the crop, not leaving any empty space and creating a more direct link from the start of the video.

I decided to use the pictures at the end of the film to identify the Team Leaders, whom starred in the video. I added text saying who they were and their role, but it took me a while to choose the font and placement, as the background is detailed and the text could easily get lost in the drawing. But i placed it top right hand corner, same on each image so it could be easily recognisable throughout the images. It would of been better if i had images of all the team members from this stage, but at the time i did not know i was going to use it for this so i didn’t capture all of them.

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-13-26-29I placed them all at two second intervals, which i feel is enough time to identify and read who they are, without feeling like they are taking up too much time. I wanted to use relaxed, fun photographs that reflected on the personalities of the club, which i feel makes them more relatable.

 

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-13-26-19Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 13.29.12.pngAs there are both male and female speakers in the video, occasionally i would use an average 2 second gap to separate the audio, so it would give you time to adjust to the new voice. I feel the transition from female to male is quite harsh, as Laura has a very relaxed voice, and this smooths it out. I also used the fade transition to stitch together audio that had stutters, or as gradient between speakers/sounds.

I decided to add a front title as i realised if you had not been told the context, the first frame of the video is very ambiguous. Until Laura states she is the social sec of lacrosse, you are unaware who you are looking at or why.  I kept it the same as titles at the end of the video, but had the colour as white as the frame is full of deep red and black tones. I faded the frame in over a longer period than usual to allow the white to stand out and be the primary focus of the frame.

Narrator audio

From making the short edit of my video, I realised I need a larger body of speech. I decided to ask Laura, the social sec to identify all her points, in a longer flowing text. I gave her a list of bullet points, and it came to 3.10minutes, which was perfect as I there wasn’t too little orFullSizeRender[842].jpg too much, and I could include other work around this. She met the points I wanted to make perfectly, although some content she spoke about, such as birthday socials, was not relevant. These are the points I can remove to make room for the interviews.

screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-14-13-48Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 14.14.32.png

This is my final content to make my video with. The first night films, 2nd night images & films, the club videos on my phone, and lauras 3 minute audio.

Club Videos

I got authorisation from Yates to film in their premises. This is where Lacrosse go after the SU, so I wanted to add the scenes for some more context. I chose to film these on my iPhone, as Yates gets very busy on a Wednesday and a large camera would’ve been at risk of getting damaged. I was surprised at how stable and good quality the videos are, they seem a lot more professional than what I would of achieved on a camera, as the cameras high quality pick up every small movement. The lighting from the lights in their, and the cameras natural use in the dark, made them very suitable and set the scene very well.

2nd night filming Lacrosse

Going in to my second night of filming, I had a clearer idea of what to expect. I knew what conditions I would be filming in, the reaction of the team and the type of content I was going to get. I had an idea to take some photographs as well as filming, which I could use to introduce the members of the team. I wanted more relaxed interviews of team members, instead of leaders as I feel these would seem more genuine and really present a community within the team.

I used the light box again, and placed the camera on the tripod at the back of the SU. As there are multiple teams in the SU, at times their noise overwhelmed the sound of the interviews, but generally this wasn’t a problem. The background looks creative with the drawing of the SU, and the lighting was clean. As I kept everything in the same position, all the content flowed and the images matched the videos. Although the bright clean lighting looks very different from those of the first week, apart from the ones taken before the social, so when putting these together in the 3 minute video I will have to ensure they dont unbalance each other. I took a few more videos of the circle, things I had missed out on before. They were also sat differently in the circle, with freshers on the floor, so I captured this as an alternative viewpoint.

The team members I interviewed were all confident and happy to be filmed along with their images being taken. Although they all seem to say similar things, so I will have to ensure the interviews do not become repetitive.