The Final Product

After weeks of production, our final piece has finally been put together and uploaded to Vimeo. Here is the video:

I am reasonably happy with how it turned out, however, I am still not content with the look of the latex after the mistakes I made. Although this will make for development in my production next year. I have learnt a lot during this production, especially the necessity of working under pressure to get things done in such a short space of time.

Non Diegetic Scores

As I was getting on with editing the product, Chloe was set the task of finding some music to have playing in the background. We used the same site as we did last year to find the music, as we thought that this would be most practical. This was the site audionetwork.lgfl.org because it has lots of categories in order to find the music that suits what you want best. There are two forms of the website, however, we had to use this one specifically because the original is not exclusive to students and has to be paid for in order to download the music.

Chloe found four pieces of music, each of which varied slightly, carrying different tones. This was useful as it allowed us to compare each piece with the short film itself, and see which suited it most. However, after a while of inserting each score and trying to fit it, they were all too up beat or just couldn’t complement the footage.

After this, I myself looked through the sight and decided that we were not going to be able to use one piece of music individually, but that we were going to have to have two. This was because the mood of the film changed in the middle of the clip. With this, I chose two scores which I thought fit together and lined them up with the correct scene. I had to frequently cut the scores chosen so that the image suited the sound.

The next step to fitting the sound was ensuring that the diegetic sound was not muted by the music. This included increasing the volume of the camera sound, but also trimming the score so that that certain area could be turned down and faded in and out rather than turning down all of the music.

The Editing Process

We started off the editing process by simply creating the footage sequence, this was relatively easy as we were able to record all of the clips in the order that they were going to appear in the film. The next step was the trimming process, and we had to cut down all of the clips into the right sizes.

It was in one of the very early scenes that didn’t quite fit as we wanted to. This was because we had filmed her saying a sentence of dialogue, which we decided later that the full length was irrelevant. In order to solve this problem, I had to edit two separate clips together, but use the sound from a different clip. The cut isn’t evident in the full video, however, it is noticeable when watched closely. Below you can see the two frames placed next to each other in still, and it is clearly noticeable that Maddy’s thumb is in a different position. Below that is a screen grab of the diegetic sound taken from one of the other clips and inserted into the used clips.

Our second problem was the very fake look of the latex because of the pigment. This was insolvable, however, there is a programme called ‘Davinci Resolve’ in which you can edit the certain sections of the clips. The teacher had tried out the software and the best that we could get was changing the colour and the saturation of the clip in certain sections but we had to do it with lots of frames and it was too time consuming. We then had to leave it and just accept that it looked unrealistic. We did also make the shots quicker and more frequent to decrease the noticeability of the latex edge.

As it came to finalising the product, the last few things that we had to do was the title and the varying transitions. We tried to keep fade transitions to a minimum, because we wanted a rapid sequence rather than one that resemble times passing often. The only fade we planned to use was one that showed a passing of time when she is laying in the bath. However, this was not necessary because the shot we had filmed appears to pass behind her head, and therefore the transition was a straight cut anyway.

Inserted below is a screen grab of the finished process:

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Filming Day

We all arranged to meet at Lisha’s house at 10am, and we had not planned a time to be finished by, however, we had to be finished by 6pm as that is when Lisha was working. The filming took an overall 7 hours, requiring us to film from 10am to 5pm. Luckily enough, we were able to get all the filming done in that one day, which was very convenient for us as it would have been difficult for us to film at any other times due to busy schedules.

We started off by getting all the equipment set up, and getting all of the props prepared ready for filming. The first section of the filming took the longest because it was the part that we had not created storyboards for. This meant that when it came down to it, it was more of a job of seeing what looked best on the camera screen. The camera’s battery kept dying unexpectedly, which meant that we would have to stop recording to let it charge for a bit. We had a few shots from inside the bathroom before she started removing clothes, but then filming started to get a bit more difficult after that. This was because we had to fill the bath with both the water and the seeds, as well as this, we had to put the latex and the seeds on the skin.

Removing the clothes:

This part of filming was seemingly easy because I had already drawn out storyboards for this body of the video. This was the part I was most proud of because despite the actress wearing shorts and a crop top, I was able to make her look convincingly naked. This was a challenge and one of the most important parts of the film to make it look convincing.

Filling the bath with seeds:

This was one of the main disasters of the filming day. This was because the seeds I had tested in my sink were the sesame seeds, but we then used some linseeds in the actual bath. After having tested a few of them in my sink, it turned out that they didn’t float as well in a large basin of water. This created a lot of panic, and so we did all we could to make the bath appear full. This included using spices and other sesame seeds to cover the surface of the bath (coriander seeds and steak seasoning).

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Applying the latex:

This was the second biggest mistake that we made during filming. We put the latex and seeds on before Maddy got in the bath, this was because I wouldn’t have been able to apply it if her skin was wet. However, this turned out a lot worse because as soon as she got in the bath, the water seeped under the latex and made it wrinkle up. We had to try everything we could to disguise the wrinkles and it just didn’t work. The cover up idea was that the skin was wrinkled either from the heat of the water  of the seeds under the skin.

We finished off the filming day at around 5pm, when we quickly captured the few last shots including the final scene. Cleaning up after ourselves was also one of the hardest things that we had to do during the filming day.

Script

One member of our group, Lisha, wrote a first and a second script for the final product. We altered the first script to be more suitable, and to include less dialogue due to the fact that the majority of the clip was going to be filmed alone in the bathroom anyway. After script research undertaken for the AS project, it was clear to us that the most effective scripts were the ones that contained stage actions also. The more detailed the script, the simpler the filming. Therefore, we decided to indicate what we wanted to happen, as well as what some of the shots were going to contain.

As shown in the image above, we plan to have the main character say a few lines of dialogue that help establish what was going on. One of the main problem that we came across when we told people of our idea, was that they didn’t understand how the seeds were getting into the pores when pores are so small. In order to solve this problem, we have Francesca read instructions off the back of the nose pore strip packet. The line “hot water opens pores” is to clearly state that the pores become larger whilst she is in the bath.