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Professional Development – Final Year Evaluation Essay

Professional Development

Professional Development

My career direction has changed from when I first started at University, originally I was certain that it was a career in website design that I was working towards. However that has changed following a growing interest in filmmaking particularly factual filmmaking, which includes documentary and this has been my main interest certainly in the final years of the course.

This final year has thrown a few surprises at me it has been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. The low point being the failure of the Specialist Project and the high point the surprisingly good result from the Investigative Studies project. I’m still disappointed that the Specialist Project produced such a poor result when so much effort had gone into both its production and its documentation. I was determined not to repeat this failure in subsequent projects. To this end I abandoned any idea I had of using the Specialist Project as a platform for the Extended Major Project. Fortunately while considering alternatives I was contacted by ‘RELAYS’ who wanted to work with me again and in partnership with sportBU to create a number of videos for their ‘Free Your Fitness’ project.

The challenge and scope of this project appealed immediately to me because of my having no experience of filming sports activities to date this would be an opportunity to gain these skills and also having the opportunity to film so many different sports in such a short period of time could only add to my skills and experience of filming. I was particularly interested in the live action element as there would be little if any opportunity to stage what would be shown on screen this I also saw as an opportunity to expand my filmmaking skills. What the live action element meant to me would be that I would have to position myself and my camera into the right place and be prepared to make the shot, there would be no time to worry about the details I just had to be ready. I teamed up with Aleksandra again for this project as we work well together with each of us complimenting the other when filming so that at the end of a filming session between us we always have a good range of video clips to work from. This also has the benefit of allowing each of us to concentrate on what we do best, which for me is generally the establishing shots, the mid to long shots and for this project following the action with the camera.

I’ve moved away from the rigid processes I previously used for my filming, the in depth pre-production would not have worked for this project as we had little control of the actual sports and subjects themselves, again this experience could only positively add to my skillset for the future. I had several ideas for the look and feel of some of the videos, for example my research had produced a range of styles, which I tried to incorporate in my own videos.

One example taken from my research the Guinness advert ‘Surfer’, which is about a group of surfers waiting in anticipation of catching the perfect wave, it’s shot in black and white and features images of horses incorporated into the surf, inspired by a painting of Neptune’s Horses by Walter Crane 1893.

Guinness_Surfer_advert_stillThe ‘Surfer’ by Guinness is a critically acclaimed advertising campaign that was launched in 1998 by Diageo in the United Kingdom. The cornerstone of the campaign was the 60 second TV commercial that is centered around a Polynesian surfer who successfully took on a gigantic wave. [Buter 2013]

I recreated some of this imagery in my own Surfer video by concentrating my visuals on the anticipation of the group of new surfers about to go into the water to surf for the first time. I can use some of techniques I developed making this film and some of these concepts in future productions, building upon what has gone before to create something new.

When looking back I can see how the early videos I produced were just not that exciting, which I put down to a combination of the subject itself not being that exciting and that my methods were flawed by not understanding who the audience would be. As the project progressed I looked beyond what was being filmed and thought more about who the audience would be and that’s why at the end of the project there is over thirty five edits from filming just six sports. Each of these edits was created to reach a different audience and reflected upon my new understanding of creating for an audience. I created edits for a sports audience and then edits for an audience not specifically looking for sports videos but just to be entertained. I particularly enjoyed filming the track cycling and surfing as both of these allowed me to use the GoPro to create a POV, which when combined with other footage gives the final video a completeness that would not have existed otherwise. It became a challenge to make the videos appear exciting and to overcome the poor conditions and low participant numbers. Our efforts were rewarded, the videos we produced exceeded the client’s requirements, who thanked us for our efforts and used our content in all their current presentations and also plan to use our videos ongoing for future presentations to the projects stakeholders ‘Sport England’ and the ‘Lottery Fund’.

What this all leads to for us is better understanding of what works when working towards meeting a clients requirements and creating content that they are both happy to use and which satisfy their needs. This is valuable experience that I can take into the commercial world and have confidence that I can produce content to a professional standard.

The work produced for the Extended Major Project opened up several possibilities for presenting my work to future employers or to others interested in engaging me to work on their projects. The creation of a YouTube Channel and dedicated website promotes my work to a worldwide audience.

I have created my own website which I will use to present a portfolio of work, which I feel is essential for my chosen career path. For the showreel itself I’ve taken video clips from my archive of work, which includes several taken from my most recent work produced for the EMP. Only my best work has been included in my showreel but I also wanted the showreel to include as much variety as possible to promote my camera skills. I have also decided to include my Photography work in my portfolio website as this is very much an area that interests me and would welcome work in this as well as filmmaking. I also believe that I should produce a selection of video showreels much as you would create a selection of targeted CV’s for each job. I feel that a potential client who may be looking for someone with specific video skills in for example Sports would expect to see a showreel that included sports footage.

However I fully realise that a web presence may not work effectively on just its own and other methods must be employed to promote my work to potential employers but it is an essential tool for showcasing my abilities.

While my existing web presence has been quite effective, I feel that the best way to reach out to potential employers must be through networking and using contacts that I have developed to secure future work. I also feel that it is important to attend Trade Shows and Exhibitions including Film Festivals and be prepared to promote myself to a potential captive audience. To that end I plan to form a company and create marketing materials that would promote my skills and services. Fortunately I have experience of both starting and the running of a company and have many of the basic requirements for doing this already in place. These include a company name; a business Bank account, public liability insurance (which is required by law), an accountant and most importantly a place to work out from complete with the tools ready to start work immediately or certainly at short notice. My target initially is to find work with an existing professional, to gain experience working alongside someone or an organisation that already services a client’s requirements in the commercial world. I plan to work on a freelance basis as my research shows me that this is the preferred option that potential employers are looking for when engaging an individual to work on their projects. For preference I would initially seek work as a camera operator but be prepared to work my way up and be adaptable.

In a commercial context I see my work being of most interest to Corporate and Promotional video producers, as I personally prefer producing factual based video to anything else, I still have a particular interest in producing documentaries. However I can also see myself in the mass market of producing wedding videos, but with a unique selling point, instead of just videoing the actual service and celebrations to go beyond this by making use of narrative in the production of the final piece, in effect create a short film about a wedding. There appears to be a gap in the current Wedding Video market where this type of service is not currently being offered, as my research has only identified a very small number of companies offering this service and the majority of these are in America who always seems to lead the way in these types of business ideas. I would think this service may only be of interest to only a small number of potential customers but at the same time these customers are most probably affluent and therefore willing and most probably prepared to spend considerably more on this service than the typical customer would be prepared to spend on a wedding video.

In addition to the idea of forming my own company I have a real interest in continuing my education by studying for an MA. My educational interests are centered on the production of films for an audience; my idea will expand upon this by looking at methods of creating audience participation and interaction. Geographically I’m limited to Universities in the South West but I have identified three courses which I am interested in and have submitted applications to these institutions. Each of these courses I feel would enhance my filmmaking skills and knowledge but importantly offer the opportunity for future personal development through researching concepts and directing me along pathways I may not have previously considered. I fully expect that by taking this route my career aims may shift again towards a path that I have yet to foresee but which I hope would be personally satisfying and interesting.

The EMP unit has been particularly beneficial in assisting me to decide my Professional career choices. I now know that my current key interests and skills are in the production of video content from behind the lens of a camera. I plan at this time to pursue a career in video production either by freelancing for a video production company or by starting my own independent company. Although I expect that the best option would be to do both, as companies would expect a freelancer to have setup their own company in order to operate as a separate entity. Alternatively I am considering continuing my education by studying for an MA to gain additional and marketable skills.

I had some thought of pursuing a career in teaching and to that effect submitted my application for a PGCE and registered my interest with the Governments DFE. However after talking to a number of teachers and further research I am somewhat undecided as to whether to pursue this option any further at this time or to at least delay any decision on this in the short term and possibly look at this as an option again in 2014.

Bibliography

Buter, L. (2013) Guinness – Surfer 1998 TV commercial, [Online], Available from: http://adsreviewedtoday.com/2013/03/02/guinness-surfer-1998-tv-commercial/ [Accessed 14 May 2013]

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Professional Development – Reflective Writing Exercise – Specialist Project

Reflective Writing Exercise

Reflective Writing Exercise – Specialist Project

Profectional Project - Specialist Project Reflective Writing Exercise

The Specialist Project, the first unit for my final year at University was going to be the springboard for my Extended Major Project and was key to the whole year. I spent the summer break researching ideas for creating a documentary, identifying three possibilities, which included expanding upon the documentary, which I had created in partnership with Dorset County Council. I had visions of creating my own version of the BBC’s and The Open University’s series of TV programs ‘Coast’. However during the initial briefing for this unit it was made plain that this would not be an option.

I finally decided on producing a documentary in partnership with the Universities BA Acting course working with a friend Ben who was a third year student on this course just starting rehearsals for William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, which seemed perfect for my project.

But this project did not go as planned. I completed the filming, recording interviews with Ben and filming the rehearsals for the production but it all went wrong in post-production. The elements just did not seem to fit together, the footage from the early rehearsals were good in isolation but not when combined with the footage of the interviews. The same was true with the footage taken of the full dress rehearsals. Each in isolation seemed to work well and so that is the direction I took the project. My mistake was not to renegotiate the Learning Agreement, which stated I was producing a documentary while in fact I had produced some good standalone short films of a stage play and its rehearsals, a film for a dance sequence and an interview with a cast member. All of which would have been fine but they were not put together to create a documentary. In retrospect I can now see how I could combine these elements together with some additional interview footage to create a documentary but unfortunately this too late to save the failure of this unit.

On reflection I feel I lost sight of the main goal of this unit concentrating instead on the filming processes, the quality of the footage and completely missing the real objective of the unit. Which was to produce a documentary chronicling the progress of a acting student in his final year, recording his thoughts while preparing for this play and his ambitions for the future while showing this in the context of the rehearsals and production of a stage play.

However I was pleased by the quality of the work that I produced, the experimentation I undertook by filming with mobile devices and the workflow and methods I used in post-production. But it was a wake up call and I made sure that I did not repeat these mistakes in the Extended Major Project by keeping sight of the final objective and producing work that satisfied the outcomes of the Learning Agreement and at the same time also satisfied the clients requirements, which is essential when working outside University for a commercial client and their brief.

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Professional Development Questionnaire

Professional Development Questionnaire

Professional Development QuestionnaireProfessional Development Questionnaire

  1. My previous work experience has been a mix of being employed and freelance, I would say given the choice I would always pick the freelance option. Being freelance allows you greater control of your career and the freedom to choose and plan your working day. The negative is that you have no guarantees and it can sometimes be lonely working for yourself. You have to be driven to work for yourself, stand on your own two feet, keep your skills up to date and go out and win business.
  2. In preference I have chosen to work on producing video content for my projects. This is an interest that I plan to turn into a career by forming my own video production company. I am also considering further postgraduate education to enhance my skills to the next level.
  3. From a vocational context I can see myself working on a freelance basis with a video production company either as part of a team as a camera operator or as the filmmaker for a small production, for example a short documentary. My skills are centered on capturing visuals hence the ideal role of camera operator but I can also edit footage, therefore I ideally placed to be a filmmaker on a small production.
  4. I have already worked on external projects while on the course creating videos for clients. Working either in a freelance role or as an intern initially to enhance my commercial skills while reviewing online sources to enhance my skills.
  5. I have put in place a number of websites including a portfolio website to market my skillset online. I plan to use specialist websites and job boards to promote my skills and CV. I also plan to network using my contacts to promote my video services.
  6. I have extensive experience of working in a commercial environment and proven communication skills gained at all levels with clients in the UK and Overseas. My video production skills are relatively new but my business skills are advanced hopefully this will be enough to move my business forward.
  7. The skills I need to acquire going forward would be mainly gaining hands on experience of creating video content in a commercial environment.
  8. I’ve created a portfolio website, which includes a showreel of my camera work and a basic Bio. I plan to add to this by creating content specifically for the type of work or service that I wish to attract/promote. I will duplicate much of this in DVD format for inclusion with my CV for instances when direct application are required.
  9. Initially the online portfolio will be a reference for interested parties to view and assess for their requirement’s most probably in response to a direct application I have made for work through submitting my CV. However long-term I would hope that the portfolio website will attract potential customers to contact me directly to engage my services. Acting as means of advertising and promoting my skills to an International audience.

After Graduation

Short-term goals 0-12 months

In the short term I will develop my business plan and put into motion the elements needed to start a new video production business while at the same time actively market my CV and skills to companies seeking the services of a camera operator on a freelance basis.

  • Form a company specifically for video production
  • Create a online presence for the company
  • Create marketing materials to promote the company and its services
  • Network for work in video production

Medium Term Goals 12 – 24 months

During this time I fully expect to have to undertake other work to fund the formation and initial costs of starting the business. However expect that in the medium to long term I should have the business operational and have gained experience working commercially as a camera operator or filmmaker.

  • Promote the company to the next level
  • Use networks to create more business
  • Add to skills, make sure that they are current and up to date, if indicated look for industry specific training.

Long Term Goals over 24 months

I will expect to have a good track record of creating video content, of winning business and clients directly, without going through a third party. At the same time have formed good relationships with respected companies gaining repeat business and recommendations for other work.

  • Expand the business in size and scope
  • Employing people on a freelance basis to create teams of experts and a pool of knowledge and skills.
  • Subcontracting work overflow to business associates to create additional revenue.

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EMP – Project Evaluation

project evaluation

Synopsis

Having previously worked with the voluntary organisation RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) we were asked to work with them to film and produce a series of short videos recording the Sport activities organised for the ‘Free Your Fitness’ project.

Sports Edge Video Productions

‘Free You Fitness’ project is a Lottery funded project to enable Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth students to get involved in a Sport. The videos would be used by sportBU for presentations to Sport England and would also be used by BU Sports Management students in their final year projects.

Objectives and Approach.

I worked in a team with Aleksandra Leontyeva for this module, with each of us working  in clearly defined roles, although these could and have been interchangeable as required, but in the main my personal key responsibilities have been first the capture of the visuals and then the editing and post production.

In addition to my key responsibilities I have also been involved in the marketing of our work on the Internet. One of my ideas was to create a separate website dedicated to showcase the videos we have produced to help promote our YouTube Channel and in particular with the aim of improving our listing position in the Google search results.

Marketing in the MomentWebsite Links to our videos – help promote and improve our listing positions in Google search results and therefore increase traffic to our videos and increasing the views.

This project can be broken down into three parts.

  • Part one was to work with an external client, in this case SportBU to produce videos from the Sports Activities organised for the “Free Your Fitness” project for their presentation to Sport England and the project stakeholders.
  • Part Two was the creation of a YouTube Channel for the submission of our work for this unit and to showcase our work to the general public.
  • Part Three involved the marketing of the videos and the YouTube Channel using Social Networks including Facebook and Twitter.

Pre-production, organisation and planning

After three years at University, Aleksandra and myself have acquired excellent film making skills, the experience we have gained from working on many Film projects mean that we are very well organised as a team. We quickly created a detailed plan for each of the sport activities we intended to film, allocated time for editing and methods for delivering the content to the client. Including saving to memory sticks and uploading to the YouTube Channel, which we created specifically for this project and titled Sports Edge Video Productions.

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We set ourselves three key deadlines:-

  1. The first was to deliver a range of sports videos for a group of Sports Management Bournemouth University students to use in their final projects by the end of February but this was rescheduled by the students to March.
  2. The second deadline was to deliver video content suitable for sportBU to use for the Sport England presentation scheduled for Friday 19th April 2013.
  3. The final deadline was for our personal hand in and critique for May 2nd 2013, which would include the content created for the YouTube Channel and of the marketing of the channel/videos using Social Networks.

I’ve created individual Blog entries for each of the filming sessions and what we did for each sport in order to film and decide on editing choices, but in general we split the filming duties.

Bournemouth Velodrome 1Filming Sports Creatively – ‘You need to get the camera low and follow the action’

For example I tended to concentrate on capturing the sports action and look for opportunities to use new camera angles including the use of the GoPro to create an alternative perspective POV. Aleksandra complimented this by filming close ups and the social aspect of the sport. However we swapped roles as necessary to make sure that we captured as much footage as we could. One of the key points we learned when filming live sports is that you have to be in the right place at the right time to get the shot and there’s little opportunity to re-shoot.

Pre-production – Time Management and Project Management

For time management in particular we made use of Social Networks by creating Facebook Events for each of the filming sessions, which reminded us when we were online what, where and when we had to be to film.

EMP EventsTime Management – ‘It’s about being organised, having a plan and sticking to it’ using Facebooks Events service was the perfect solution for organising/planning filming sessions at multiple venues over a period of weeks/months.

I started off by using an online Gantter Chart for project planning, which can be shared with other team members as I’ve used for my previous projects and then added Facebook Events, which turned out to be much more successful for planning the Filming sessions and organising as I’ve already mentioned what we needed to do, at what location and when. I’ve posted a dedicated Blog entry for this which can be found click here.

Athletics Track - On Your MarksBetween filming sessions we allocated editing time immediately after each event so that we would have videos completed at each stage of the project, which could then be presented to the client who we arranged to meet with on several occasions during the project. At  these meetings we also agreed any changes in the order of the events, the dates/times and at the same time the client may have asked us for something specific to be included in our videos. This for example could have included getting video of the organising staff or photographs/screengrabs for presentations.

Links to individual Blog postings for each sport

Pre-production Planning – Storyboards and Shot Lists

In the early stages of this project I started off creating detailed storyboards (Slide shows for an example click here) and shots lists in the usual manner as for any previous short film project, an example of which was the detailed shot list and outline I created for the Boxing session, which can be found in this Blog post click here.

Boxing Shot ListFor filming Sports we had to be more adaptable have an open mind rather than work to detailed shot lists and storyboards

Following a tutorial with Liam I was advised to instead film the sports without a preconceived plan or detailed shot shot and be more spontaneous and adaptable to events as they unfolded. The idea behind this was that as I have on many previous projects carry out intensive planning and I tend to like to control all aspects of a production and in live sports this is just not possible. With this in mind for the majority of sports activities we filmed there was a basic outline of what we were looking for, an idea of the type of shots we wanted for example I wanted shots of the surfers taken into the Sun, so I made sure that I got those but other than these generalities I kept an open mind and just recorded as much footage as possible with as much variation in shots as possible.

Post Production

I created several edits for each of the sports activities that we filmed giving each of them a unique quality. For some I focused on the visual qualities, the narrative or for some it was the soundtrack that was important to the final edit. In all, between us we created 35 videos for sports including:- Surfing, Volleyball, Track Cycling, Golf, Athletics and Judo.

Athletics Track Coaching SessionIn all, between us we created 35 videos for sports including:- Surfing, Volleyball, Track Cycling, Golf, Athletics and Judo

Some of the experimentation was created in Camera, by this I mean I selected a picture style (see this Blog post for  details click here) or a method of moving the camera that was new to me.  I experimented with Lens Whacking a method where the lens is removed from the camera mount and by changing the angle/focal plane you can change/introduce exposure changes while at the same time moving the focus point. I also tried several new camera angles and shot the majority of the footage handheld intentionally using a camera rig, details of which can be found in this dedicated Blog post click here.

I also used several post production techniques to simulate camera movements which could not be created at the time of filming, for example using scaling to simulate a zoom in or out, or to key in a tracking movement in Premiere Pro to simulate the use of a camera slide/dolly movement. I would combine several video transformations to stablelise an image or to follow or centralise the movement of the action on screen. A good example of this is tracking the cyclists as they cycled around the Velodrome, even though I tried my best to follow the movement as steadily as possible using the camera handheld it was still very difficult to keep the cyclist central in the frame. Screen Grab of Premier Pro

I solved this issue in post production by keying in horizontal and vertical points to help centralise the cyclist in the centre of the screen. In most cases I limited my modifications in post production to those that enhance the quality of or the movement of the image rather than to add special effects just for the sake of adding them, but they do have their place and I’m happy to have made use of them when required. Certainly my knowledge and skills with Premiere Pro and After Effects have grown even in the last few months working on this project working on the editing of over 30 videos for the YouTube Channel.

GolfCreativity in Post Production – ‘Using Video Transformations and Colour Grading to add interest’ – changing the duration of the video clips – speeding them up or slowing them down.

My video edits are colour graded or use an effect to add interest to the visuals, one example would be the Girls Cycling Event (for Blog post click here) where I layered videos changing opacity and blending modes to create the visual effects. I also used After Effects to colour tone and create a Triptych effect, which can be seen in the video below.

I also made the decision to create Movie style Trailers using iMovies, I’ve not used this editing program much over the last 3 years but I decided to make use of it in this project to create these short trailers. The reason behind this was introduce a different style to some of the edits, it’s very quick to use and the results can be very effective when for example you want to make an impact from just a few video clips. The feedback on these edits was mixed but generally most people liked them. In fact one of my recent iMovie trailers is getting a hit rate of 2 to 1 compared to any other edit.

Music and Soundtrack

I’ve used music that is Royalty Free or Creative Commons adding artist information in the end credits when required. This means that the videos can be monetised on YouTube without any limitations. The soundtrack for the Golf edit is particularly interesting as I created this from the sounds made as the golf club hits the ball, changing the pitch by changing the video speed and editing clips together to create a soundtrack. See my separate Blog for more details on this click here.

Effects & Post Production Examples

Cycling – Narrative Example

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I created this video to show the build up to the start of a cycle race, beginning with showing the details of the cycles, the riders and the coach’s last minute talk to the riders. Then it’s the race itself, three riders racing around the track, one drops out after a few laps leaving just two to battle to the end. Then finally just the one rider crossing the finish line. This is really a difficult story to tell when there are only three riders on the day but I think it works well.

Magazine-00039thBeing Creative – ‘Is creating a video about a Cycle Race with only 3 cyclists’

Cycling Triptych – Editing Technique

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This video I think personally works well however I would like to make another version of this at some point which does not use the current visuals in the left panel. Possibly replacing them with some new footage of a group of cyclists chasing a leading cyclist. But the numbers were not available on the day of filming so I will have to go back and shoot some more footage in the Summer. My research and ideas behind this video can be found in this Blog entry click here.

Surfing – Narrative Example

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I created this video to show the build up, the emotions and anticipation of the students as they exercise and are taught the guidelines before carrying their boards to the edge of the sea for many what would be their first time Surfing. I ended the video at the surfs edge as this ties in nicely with the opening ident sequence, which if you notice is virtually identical as this was scene from where the photograph was taken that we used to create the ident.

I also wanted to include some of the visual styles that I had identified in my research for this project in this surfing video, which in some ways had also influenced some of my camera work, which again came from my research for this unit click here for details. My research included the Guinness Advert ‘Horse Surfer’. In this video you will notice some of the similarities, the use of monochrome and music choice. I did think about adding a narration but in the end I felt the video worked on it’s own with just the music soundtrack.

The feedback on this video has been very positive.

Guinness Horse SurferBeing creative can mean looking back as well as forward for inspiration

Video Idents

We decided that as we were creating a YouTube Channel that we would design our own ident and use this for the opening for all newly created video edits. I created a selection of idents in After Effects using screengrabs from the Surfing Videos. Some were over elaborate in their design and in the end the final version was almost the simplest that I had designed. It was based on a photograph, which I modified in Photoshop first to create a silhouette effect and some colour tone changes and then processed again in Lightroom 4.3, which I have described in detail in this dedicated Blog post, which includes the research we carried out before picking this final design click here. Additional research on ident design and my preceding designs can be found in this Blog post click here.

Sports Edge Video ProductionsIdents – Creating a Logo/Identity for your video and services – ‘Branding’

Cycling-1-19Aleksandra agreed to concentrate more on the Branding and Marketing side of our project and so in many cases I deferred to what she said would work for the best for our project while I concentrated on the physical design, which as I mentioned was created using a range of applications including Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects.

Creating the YouTube Channel

Sports edge Video Productions YouTube ChannelWe decided early on in this project to create a YouTube Channel to which we could both upload our videos and that also had the benefit of providing the client/clients a single online resource for their projects and presentations. For example one of the clients planned to embed the YouTube video links into a Powerpoint presentation and having them all in one place made it much more easier for them to achieve this. Creating a YouTube Channel is very easy all you need to do is open an account with a valid email account. However more recently the channel setup has been changed to allow for customisation, which includes header images, colour choices/backgrounds and some layout design controls.

Cycling-1-22The range and diversity of the video edits we’ve created should appeal to both the Sportsman and to those just wanting to be entertained

I’ve made changes to our channel over time in particular to include playlists. The idea behind playlists is that you can set them up to automatically play each video automatically in sequence. This has the benefit of increasing video views for chances are if a viewer likes the first video they see they may carry on viewing the next video in sequence adding to the view counts for all videos in the playlist. I also went back through our videos to add annotations, adding links to Subscribe embedded at the end of the videos.

I also created a YouTube Channel widget which allows you to embed the channel and play videos directly within the widget, I’ve added this to all the pages on this Blog in anticipation that this will also increase views for out videos. I’ve gone into more detail on this in a dedicated Blog entry click here.

  • YouTube Channel

Another benefit to using a YouTube Channel is that this provides the client and audience an easy way to view and share the video footage we have created. The other option we had was to produce the content for delivery on DVD but this had its own problems as the client was not certain that all venues had access to DVD players. Fortunately the majority of the venues were expected to Internet access and those that did not had computer facilities (Laptop) that could support playback of the videos from a USB memory stick. With this in mind we also copied our videos onto a memory stick as a back up to the YouTube Channel and supplied this to the client for their presentations.

Website – MarketingSport Edge Video Web Landing Page

My responsibilities initially was for video creation rather than marketing and promotion but I decided in the latter stages of the project that a website would be a useful addition to our marketing processes. So I decided to create a website to showcase some of our videos and create links back to our Facebook Pages and YouTube Channel. As I am the most skilled at website design this job fell to me and so I created this website using a customised WordPress installation on my personal server. The website has no pages just Blog postings and it makes use of SEO scripts to generate web traffic through the use of keywords, which makes it easier for Google search robots to find and index our videos.

The website can be viewed here Sports Edge Video click here

Ethical, Social & Cultural IssuesCycling-1-27

As we were generally filming students who had been asked and had given us permission to film many of the potential issues for example how we portrayed people on screen were resolved at the beginning of the project. That is not say that we did not also take into consideration how people would be portrayed in our videos for example we would not use the footage produced to embarrass or denigrate those people on screen.

We did however cancel the filming of the Boxing when we learned that minors would be present as would youths who were participating as part of a rehabilitation program. Although permission could be granted to film these groups we felt that it would not add to the project and may cause future issues. For example minors filmed boxing and uploaded onto YouTube could have created major issues based on the public interpretation of what they were viewing and indeed for some moral issues may have raised.

Athletics Track depth of fieldOur videos help to promote the idea of sports for all by portraying sports and their participants positively.

Both genders were equally represented in our work, the Sports Activities were open to all participants regardless of gender, age and race and our work clearly shows this aspect. In fact our work helps to promote the idea of sports for all.

Final Thoughts and Project Evaluation at the Projects Conclusion

After a stumbling start to this unit with several filming/sports sessions cancelled for a number of sporting events, usually at the last minute mainly due to poor weather and also by low participant numbers, we soon got back on track, following the pre-production project planning and filming everything that we wanted to film. However with a caveat in that, it was a little bit unexpected and certainly when considering the subject, Sports activities at this level is basically just not that exciting.

Cycling-1-5Being Creative – Filming first time Sports participants is just not that exciting so we looked for the underlying narrative or created a unique selling point in our videos in post production.

I’m certain that if we were filming sport professionals or even experienced amateurs the action on screen would have been so much more interesting. But the team worked around this as much as we could, by making low participant numbers, low speeds and low activity levels appear interesting if not exciting on screen through our creativity.

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Free Your Fitness project – enabling Bournemouth Students to participate in Sports

It has been a positive learning process I personally have a better feel for filming live action sequences in general and a clearer idea of what now makes for good Sports footage. I’ve also used the Sports footage to convey different meanings, one example would be one of the JUDO videos, which feels more like a dance video than a Sports video.

I’m generally happy with what we’ve produced for this project. The client was pleased with the videos that we produced and has passed back to us their positive feedback having used the videos in their presentations and a successful meeting with Sport England. We have gone onto to produce more video edits for the client to use in their ongoing presentations to future stakeholders in the project, which continues into 2014.

In the final weeks of the project created a series of videos for entertainment purposes with the idea that it may attract viewers not specifically interested in Sports genre videos. I suspect we were our most creative while making these videos and the client agreed, for example asking me to put back into early videos the trips and the falls.

What would I do differently? I think in the circumstances we did a reasonably good and professional job given the limitations, but when I do this type of filming again I’d prefer to start work in the Summer months, when participant numbers would be higher. I’d also aim for a higher level of ability in the participants, who were more skilled at their sport and therefore performing at a higher level.

I’ve written a dedicated Blog entry, which is a summary of what we hoped to have achieved for our Learning Outcomes, which can be found here click here

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Prof Development – Showreels

showreels

Vimeo Version

[vimeo vimeo.com/64885707]

YouTube Version

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=PkmZLy9oua0&w=560&h=315?rel=0]

I’ve been researching showreels on YouTube and in Google search results. The conclusion I have come to is that like a CV you really need to put together a selection of showreels to showcase your skills and target a specific role or company – very much like a CV and covering letter.

Showreel Guidelines (Obtained from a variety of online sources)

  1. showreel-clapper

    Make the first 10 seconds of the showreel count – unlike other films don’t build up to a climax you need to make an impact in the opening of the showreel.

  2. Keep it short under 2 minutes
  3. Only show your best work
  4. Don’t put your contact details in the credits – put these on the DVD sleeve (Not sure why but this is what my research recommends)
  5. It should include supporting work – Personal Statement, links to websites, storyboard sketches, it’s best to put this all on the disk as documents can  get separated/lost at the receiving end.
  6. Think about presentation (make it eye catching)

The showreel I edited together (above) is to showcase my camera work if I was targetting a photography role then I would put forward a selection of my photographs and most probably create a slideshow.

Online Information sources

  • Computer Arts – Showreels a Dummys Guide click here

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EMP – Project Checklist and Summary

project checklist

Learning Outcomes:Cycling-1-26

On completion of this unit you will be able to:

LO1 Demonstrate the ability to rigorously apply specialist knowledge, understanding and creativity in the production of your extended major project.

Outcomes

  1. Used my specialist knowledge of filming using a DSLR and GoPro to film sequences for each of the Sport activities we were asked to record for SportBU. Each video was edited in Premier Pro CS5 and CS6, making use of After Effects where appropriate in particular when creating the Idents for the YouTube Channel.
  2. Created a YouTube Channel specifically for this project.
  3. Investigated Branding and  initiated a Marketing plan for the YouTube Channel through Social Media with the aim of attracting subscribers and increasing the views numbers for the videos.

LO2 Demonstrate the ability to manage the complexity of practice demanded by the extended major project by managing your time and work efficiently.

Outcomes

  1. Each Sport/Filming session was entered as a Facebook Event and distributed to all group members, information included equipment lists and location.contact details, acting as an updated version of a call sheet.
  2. The overall project details and deadlines were entered into an online Gantt Project Planner and shared with the team.
  3. After each event time was allocated for editing/post production in order that a completed video was available in just a few short days after filming.
  4. We delivered the completed videos to the Sports Management students by the dues date and met the deadline for the sportBU presentation to Sport England.

LO3 Demonstrate ability in the coherent use of various representation techniques, documentation and presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Outcomes

  1. Our videos were in the main was targeting an audience of Sports Professionals and their requirements were met by our earlier video presentations which we delivered through our YouTube Channel and also copied onto USB memory for insertion into presentations.
  2. We also linked to our videos from within their private Facebook Group ‘Free Your Fitness’ Filming & Consultancy’ which allowed them to distribute this information to the Groups members.
  3. In the latter parts of the project we widened our audience by experiemtning with different themes to create interest through entertainment with the aim of reaching a non specialist audience for our videos. We delivered this through our YouTube Channel, picking titles and genre which would appeal to a wider audience.

LO4 Demonstrate your awareness of the ethical, social and cultural issues appropriate to the concept of a responsible professional practitioner, whether working independently or as part of a team

Outcomes

  1. One of the biggest issues was resolved at the outset by getting full permissions in place so that we could effectively control the video content and distribute as required.
  2. We were careful not to use any copyrighted material including soundtracks/music in our videos.
  3. We made sure that everyone who appeared in our videos was treated with respect and fairly.
  4. We actively refrained from filming the planned Boxing sessions when we were made aware that minors would be present and people involved in a rehabilitation program.

Project Checklist

  1. All Sports Sessions filmed as required by the client
  2. Videos edited and uploaded to our YouTube Channel
  3. Videos copied to memory stick for client use
  4. Blog entries updated
  5. Project Evaluation posted to Blog

 

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Prof Development – Online Portfolio

online portfolio

What should be included in an Online Portfolio

I’ve begun the process of creating an online portfolio to showcase my work to potential employers, the aim to only upload the best of my work separately from my Blog.online portfolio

Uniquely and from the outset I decided that the portfolio website must be designed to be compatible with mobile devices, for example the iPhone and iPad. For this reason I have not used Flash in any part of the design instead using HTML 5 particularly for the Photo Gallery and Video Gallery plugins.

My portfolio is still in development but decisions on Menu and some content has been decided although some photographs and videos are currently just place holders for photos and videos soon to be uploaded.

One of the most difficult issues is the fine line between providing information for potential employers to be able to assess your suitability for their role and the means to contact you and personal privacy. For example I will be uploading a copy of my CV to the site but I will password protect it and also block Search Engines from indexing it.

Updated 30/04/2013

I’ve redesigned the WordPress Theme and added the showreel video to the Home Page.

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EMP – Post Production Video Editing (Choices)

post production video editing

http://youtu.be/0oU7C6MNDG8&w=560&h=315

One of my favourite video edits for this project and why?

Why is this Cycling video one of my favourite edits? There are many reasons but taken collectively this edit combines the hard work of filming on location in the difficult position of not having little if any control over the participants.Velodrome Track Cyclist I therefore had to position myself to get the shot rather than position the participants to be in front of the camera. I was also faced with the problem of there being too few participants to actually film and in many cases there would be just one cyclist on screen at any time.

Sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got

At the time I doubted that I would end up with anything that would be interesting as the cyclists passed me in single file as they moved around the Velodrome, sometimes with 20 to 40 seconds between each rider or circuit, time enough to turn the camera off between shots. I had no choice but to work with what I had and produced the best edits I could from the footage, which even I knew was just not that exciting. To prove my theory I put these video edits up for critique and sure enough the feedback was not positive. A change of music and a switch to Black and White visuals just did not get over the problem of just how boring it is to watch 6 cyclists riding in single file around a track.

Post Production Video Editing – being Creative?

Creativity born out of necessity! I guess my thought processes were ‘How can I make just 6 cyclists appear to fill the screen’ and the answer came to me. I would layer the footage to double or even triple the number of cyclists on screen. Initially I tried matching the movements of the riders so that they were all going in the same direction and then I discovered that by crossing the riders over each other the lines on the track created an interesting pattern on screen, from this I went back and changed the layered video tracks to include more of this crossing over. Blending, the option I would normally have chosen would have been ‘screen or overlay’ but it was such a dull day filming that I felt colour was required so I opted for ‘Vivid Light’. Now when the riders cross over each other you see a burst of colour.

Taking creativity to the next level

Although the new video was a good improvement on the original video edits I decided to see if I could take this idea forward and add a new element to the final design. I’ve always had an interest in Montage and then I thought of one my favourite films ‘Grand Prix 1966, John Frankenheimer’ with the Montage visuals created by Saul Bass, the story is not as important as the visuals but there are parallels with my video. For example, it’s shot on a race track with cars circling in single file except when overtaking. The directors solution was to use Montage to show more cars on screen and to use a layering effect to show cars at different points on the track appear to be side by side and even crossing these visuals over to great effect. I’ve researched the internet for an example and although there’s no example of this effect on YouTube or anywhere else for that matter, but there is the Movie Tralier for the film, which shows some of the Saul Bass montage effects being used.

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=5RILdsjeL_4&w=560&h=315]

I’d already experimented with this technique on previous projects but without much success as the subjects I had to work with at the time did not fit with this technique, but maybe this one would.

The Montage video how it was done

First of all this is a Triptych design I chose this as the videos I was using had height but little width as they were mainly of single cyclists on a track. I didn’t want to rescale the videos to fit the frame so I switched to After Effects to use it’s Masking features to mask out the unwanted video. The first stage was to design the frame for the Triptych which is easy enough using a ‘Solid Object’ and adjust scale and positioning this on screen to create 3 equal sections.

Then it was time to decide on the footage to use and positioning. Another one of those creative ideas came to me when I decided to use the footage taken using the GoPro as the central video for the entire edit. My thoughts on this were that this would provide a continuous image throughout the video linking each piece together for the entire duration of the video. I decided to start the video from the point when the cyclist repositions himself to the middle of the track to follow the rider fitted with the GoPro camera. So the image start on the left of the screen and move to the centre in the opening few seconds and then remains there for the video. As I mentioned I did this using masks and keying in the movement as the video moves from the left to the centre. For the other videos I used the same technique sometimes adjusting the mask over 2 sections of the screen. Some of the footage was already colour graded but the GoPro footage was still in its raw state. I’ve been working with toning on my Photography work recently and decided to use this technique for the GoPro footage by adjusting the lows, mids and high tones to match green, brown and orange.

The footage of the single rider storming around the track at high speed I just had to use for the start and end of the video, I love the very low angle from which it is taken and the fixed focus, which seems to offer clarity yet the rider appears to appear in the distance unfocused  and approach at high speed. This blurring effect along with a change in the duration settings adds to the effect of the riders speed.

I then ditched all the music I had lined up for this project and went back onto the internet to find others, an exhaustive task requiring hours of listening to unsuitable music to find a single track that would work.

Time to stop adding

The video is just 1 minute long, which I would normally have decided is not long enough. I wanted to see more of this cycling action on screen, but I decided not to add more footage – leave them wanting more.

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EMP – Girls Track Cycling Training Event

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Track Cycling Training Video – Final Edit

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=A7L30gNNzsk&w=560&h=315]

Another opportunity to film track cycling training at the Bournemouth Velodrome, this event was organised by the Free Your Fitness Project specifically to introduce girls to track cycling.

My brief was to film the event itself as much as the cyclists using the track as the organisers expected a large attendance of both cyclists their friends and family. Unfortunately the weather was not at its best, which meant only six riders attended and were in fact outnumbered by the organisation staff on the day. I therefore had to change tactics and concentrate much more on the coaching and the cyclists as they ride around the track.

For the majority of the filming I used my Canon 60D attached to the spider camera rig, capturing the footage hand held, which works really well when filming actions and sports sequences as it allows you to follow the movement much easier than using a tripod.

I made use of the GoPro again but this time with not the same level of success. I suspect the bikes being used on the day were more effected by the tracks surface or the riders lesser weight had some effect as the footage was much less steady and therefore mainly unusable due to the vibrations.

I created several edits from the days footage and asked my peers to provide feedback, much of which was negative to quote ‘boring’ ‘music too slow’ and so on. I then remembered how I had used overlaying video tracks as an experiment for the specialist project. Although I was at the time not convinced by using this technique I thought it would have greater appeal when used for this video as it would create the idea that more cyclist were on the track at any time than there actually was. I did this by layering up the video tracks and getting the riders to appear to be racing ghosts or having riders cross over each other making the screen more busy. In many ways like the old film Grand Prix which used this and a montage effect to great effect. I particularly like the colours created by my choice of blending options, normally I would have used the Normal option but Vivid Light worked better to bring out the crossing over colours of the tracks and the colours in the riders clothes. I was tempted to over grade the final sequence but instead settled for an adjustment using curves to just bring out the colours a little more to get over the greyness of the day with the Sun hidden by thick cloud.

The response to this edit was much more favourable particularly after changing the music as well to tie in with the new editing approach.

On the whole I agree now with my peers that this is a much better edit than my earlier efforts which struggled to get over the problem of having so few riders at the event with the knock-on effect of having the riders riding around the track in single file each taking over 20 seconds to pass in front of the camera.

Photographs of the cyclists and the support team

While at the venue I took the opportunity to take several photographs as I’d noticed that I hadn’t done this one previous occasions only for people to request photos of the training sessions or screen grabs from the videos for their use in presentations and advertising/marketing.

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EMP – Film Credits (Research)

film credits

How to organise your Film Titles/Credits

We were having problems deciding the best practice for adding titles and credits to our films. Some of our films were of very short duration and so adding extensive credits did not make sense. Therefore in the final edits and for most cases we decided not to add any credits in the actual videos but to just add them into the more information section in YouTube. However I did find this while researching for guidelines on how to structure opening and end credits for short films – it’s from a forum so its un-attributed but my personal thankyou to the guys that contributed to this and that posted this up.

film-credits

The rules and guides for opening and end credits for film:-

I thought I’d post this guide for how credits are conventionally structured. A great way to put a professional polish on your film is to do as the pros do. And so…

OPENING CREDITS

The order of credits is determined by guild rules — SAG, the DGA, WGA and other unions. the list that follows is for opening credits.

The order in which credits are billed generally follows their importance to the film, just not linearly. First is usually the motion picture company, followed by the producer, then the ‘a film by’ credit. Then we see the Title followed by the cast. from there we reverse gears on the whole “order of importance” guideline and work backwards to the director…

PRODUCTION COMPANY presents
a NAME LASTNAME production
a NAME LASTNAME film
“TITLE”
Lead Cast
Supporting Cast
Casting Director
Music Composer
Costume Designer
Associate Producers
Editor(s)
Production Designer
Director of Photography
Executive Producer
Producer
Writer(s)
Director

if the writer and director are the same person, or the director was also a producer, hold his earlier credit and pair it with the more prestigious one (in this case “director”). so you would place “Written and Directed by” or “Produced and Directed by” or “Edited and Directed by” where the Director’s credit goes. if your Dp was also your editor, you’d have “Editor and Director of Photography…” falling in the position where the DP credit goes. etcetera.

CLOSING CREDITS

Closing credits do not have any hard and fast rules that dictate how they need to be ordered. But there are conventions that have been established. If you intend to have no opening credits (something George Lucas left the DGA over) you basically put the Director, Writer and Producer credits first, then go down the line for the closing credits:

Director
Writer(s)
Producer
Executive Producer
Lead Cast
Supporting Cast
Director of Photography
Production Designer
Editor(s)
Associate Producers
Costume Designer
Music Composer
Casting Director

***if you credited the above in the opening, closing credits begin here ***

Unit Production Manager
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director
Full Cast / Character List
Stunt Dept
Production Departments (Grip, Electric, Camera, Sound, Wardrobe, etc)
Post-Production Departments (Assistant Editors, Visual Effects, Colorist, etc)
Song Credits
Caterer
Title Designer
Special Thanks
Camera, Lenses and Equipment Makers
Location of Final Sound Mix (“Recorded at…”)
Copyright ©
Disclaimer

special consideration is given for “name” actors, often they are credited just before the title comes up. and again, you have a lot of wiggle room with closing credits. some films credit the entire cast first, before the director. you have options here.

THE DISCLAIMER

Here is a standard motion picture disclaimer…

“PERSON’S NAME OR PRODUCTION COMPANY” is the author of this motion picture for the purpose of copyrght and other laws.

This motion picture is protected pursuant to the provisions of the laws of the United States of America and other countries. Any unauthorized duplication, distribution and/or exhibition of this motion picture may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

Characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional.

No animals were harmed in the making of this film.

PRODUCTION LOGO

if you have an Animated Production Company Logo, place that at the very beginning, before your credits. it’s the first thing we see. some studios/production companies will tag the logo on at the very end too.

BREVITY

Now, it’s important to note that on a short film, many of the roles you see above were handled by one person. I’ve been to a few film festivals and there is nothing more likely to induce a collective groan, and lose a few fans in the process, than a tedious string of credits on a five minute film… especially if the same names keep popping up. and I’ll tell you why. at festivals, shorts are programmed in blocks of 90 to 120 minutes. no one in the audience cares who did what. so waiting through two minutes of white test scrolling against black is pretty miserable for everyone. it also does a disservice to your fellow filmmaker. shorts blocks thrive on momentum. I’ve seen people leave the theater because of long credits. in particular, I sat through a 22 minute film followed by 6 minutes of very detailed credits. HALF the theater left before my film screened. half !!!

The best advice I can give here is that if you were the writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor… just go with the most important titles (in this case… “written and directed by…”, dropping any credit for your editing or cinematography. Or maybe “a film by…” is enough. Didn’t have a casting director and held scheduled the auditions yourself? skip it. And even if you had a crew of 20-30 people, move through those credits as quickly as possible. When you are watching a short film, a minute worth of credits feels like an eternity.

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EMP – Video Editing

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Video Editing – Surfing Shot List

Sports Edge Video Productions

I always review my video clips using a VLC playlist before deciding on what to include or discard before importing into Premier Pro. This way I can review all the clips in sequence and make notes on, for example; the content, the type of shot, quality and of course whether to use or not.

The 3 images show how I approach this and as you can see there are over a 100 video clips and these are just from my camera – Aleks took almost as many so some form of shot list decision making must be made before actually starting the editing process.

The shot list of 100 was reduce down to a more manageable 41 using this process, the final decision to use these clips will be made in Premier’s clip viewer, although some I’ve starred as must use so I would start with these clips first.

Video Editing – Importing to a Bin in Premier Pro

As I am in the process of starting the final video editing for this project I plan to use a Bin (Folder) to group video clips together in one place. For example all the Surfing shots in the Surfing Bin and all the Judo clips in the Judo Bin and so for the rest of the video clips.

Screen Grab from Premier Pro – I’ve colour graded the end of this video sequence to give it a sunset look so that it ties in with the following shots which were filmed at night.

Screen Grab of Premier Pro

My Preferred Video Editing Style

I personally like the look of wide-screen video layouts with bars top and bottom. It creates the illusion of a very wide angle, when in fact the image is actually a standard 16:9 wide-screen format made narrow with the addition of black bars, which I created using titles and the rectangle tool.

I also have a preference for Black & White or desaturation/bleaching effects, which I created using curves rather than the Black & White preset, I also like to enhance the Black using the Deep Black preset.

Here is the final result:-

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=Xa9HKj922ko&w=560&h=315]

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EMP – Channel Idents & Branding (Research)

channel idents

Making of the Channel Idents

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=dhTwY-h2NDk&w=560&h=315]

Having spent a considerable amount of time creating the previous idents we decided to abandon them and create a different version as above.

Researching on the internet for idents in common use we identified several possibilities that had elements that we liked and that could be incorporated into our design.

badrobot lionsgateThese in fact turned out to be Film Company idents, Lionsgate and Bad Robot, for Lionsgate it was the mainly the font and the vignette around the clouds which focused your attention towards the text. The Bad Robot influenced our choice of soundtrack for the channel idents. When you listen to the Bad Robot titles towards the end they actually say ‘Bad Robot’

Background Image

The image we chose came from one of the photographs Aleks took during the filming for the Surfing video. I processed this image in Lightroom 4.3 first by darkening the image by reducing the exposure by 1 stop and then adding a vignette, which I adjusted to centre around the figures in silhouette facing out to sea. Switching to Premier Pro CS5 I imported the modified image set the time line to be 15 seconds long. Then using Video Transform I set the Scale to create a zoom out effect over 50% of the sequence time line, with the image centered on screen.

Title Font

We then set about researching the font to use for the titles, which seemed to take forever, trying lots of different fonts including film fonts for example ‘Blade Runner,’  ‘Goldeneye’ and ‘Aliens Vs Predator’ none seemed to fit. In the end the default fonts available in Premier’s Titling app had the prefect font ‘Myriad Pro condensed’, which turned out to be perfect for our needs. The only changes I made was to change colours and add a gradient so that the top of the titles were lighter than the bottom half.

Soundtrack

This is where the ‘Bad Robot’ idents influence our design choice, having decided to announce the channel name I recorded Aleks announcing ‘Sports Edge’ into Audacity to which I added a slight change in both Pitch and Tempo before exporting as an Mp3 file.

Final editing in Premier Pro

I imported the voice track to which I then added a copyright free ambient sound. The final channel idents sequence was then exported as an mp4 file ready to be added to our video edits.

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EMP – Video Idents – Branding

Branding

Branding – IdentsSports Edge

Why an ident? all TV channels have one it helps people to distinguish one channel from another but it also serves as a form of Branding. While researching idents I actually came across a website that lists the majority of both current and past channel idents used on the UK Networks – this can be found at this link Ident Gallery.

After a fairly intensive production meeting we agreed that we should create a Brand for our YouTube Channel and create a style for our videos. While Aleksandra would create the Brand and style for our Facebook Page I would work on the YouTube Channel. I created a selection of Idents for our videos, which would used for the opening credits for all the videos we would create from this point forward.

Ident Design 1

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=jHTuUqWA6Lg&w=560&h=315]

Ident Design 2

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=L6wH63YzOtY&w=560&h=315]

Ident Design 3

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=VbM3bifaxtE&w=560&h=315]

How did I make these identsae-idents

The image is a screen capture from the footage we took using the GoPro mounted on a surfboard. I then adjusted the image in Lightroom 4.3 to create a silhouette of the surfer. I then masked the surfer and adjusted the vibrancy saturation and clarity of the background to enhance the sky. The difference in colours between the images was created by using split toning and by adjusting the hues.

I then imported these images into After Effects for further manipulation and to add text, the final results were then rendered as H.264 codec video clips ready to be imported into Premiere Pro as title sequences.

I’ve added a temporary soundtrack to each but these will be unlinked and discarded ready to be replaced by the actual video soundtrack.

Channel idents updated

After another production meeting just a few days later we decided to design a totally new channel ident as non of the idents created seem to fit the concept. So after creating the ident below we abandoned this design for another which is described in the following Blog entry.

idents and branding 2

[youtube youtube.com/watch?v=RE_vg0_ecdg&w=560&h=315]

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EMP (RESEARCH) – Marketing YouTube Channel

marketing youtube channel

Marketing in the Moment

Marketing YouTube Channel

When you search the internet there are any number of websites, Blogs and others sources all offering you their solution for getting your website or video to the top of the search listings. Many offer the secret to attracting huge numbers of visitors to either land on your site or watch your video. Most of these offer everything but deliver most probably nothing. The only way to get visitors to your website or to watch your video is to make sure you get the basics right first and then go on to develop a strategy to increase traffic.

What are the Basic’s of Marketing YouTube Channel?

  1. Keywords in the Video’s Titles
  2. Links to the Video – Blog about your video and link to it from as many websites as you can.
  3. Subscribers – get people to subscribe to your YouTube Channel
  4. Post links to your channel and individual videos in your Facebook timeline.
  5. Create a Facebook page for your channel

I Quote

We are a Now Society, especially when it comes to entertainment. This is one of the many reasons YouTube has become such a phenomenon. You can visit the Web site and be entertained for hours with videos on everything from concerts, comedy scenes, and some videos, to teenagers acting crazy, firework displays, and worldwide news.

What really has made YouTube popular is the fact that it is user generated content. Want to become an instant movie star? Grab a video camera, start shooting, push a button, upload your video, and forward it to your entire e-mail address book. If the content sticks, it may very well go viral. (Michael Tasner, 2010)

Tasner, M. (2010) Marketing in the Moment, New Jersey: FT Press

 

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EMP (RESEARCH) – Canon Picture Styles and GoPro

canon picture styles

What are Canon Picture Styles?Canon Picture Styles

Looking through the menu for your Canon Camera (In Manual Mode is best) you’ll find the menu heading ‘Picture Style’.

Picture Styles set among other things the dynamic range for your pictures and videos. Some are obvious in what they do or what they are for, for example Portrait, Landscape and Monochrome. Then we can see there are 3 labelled User Def 1, User Def 2 and User Def  3 and these can be modified by the user. When I say modified you are able to upload Picture Styles using the EOS Utility Software that came with your camera. (NB: If you’ve upgraded your MAC to Mountain Lion this does not work install the upgraded utility software first) Refer to your camera manual for the process for installing new picture styles or this site has a good guide EOS Network.

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Canon Picture Styles are useful for example when you want to create a look in your videos without having to colour grade in post production as it’s all done in the camera. This is really of benefit when you are in a hurry to upload your latest creation to YouTube or get it in front of a client in a rush. While editing in your camera is generally not advised sometimes it’s more important to get the video online as quickly as possible an example would be for a News article.

Technicolor Cinestyle

Using this picture style gives you a flat image but with a wide dynamic range this is most like shooting your video in RAW and is the most compatible between different Canon camera so if for example you had a 600D and a 60D the footage should be fairly close from both camera using this picture style.

Personally this is not my favourite option, it’s dynamic range maybe the best but there’s no warmth in the video it’s too flat. Also due to the dark image in the Liveview display it’s very hard to get good focussing, particularly for low light scenes.

Flaat_10 & Flaat_11 Picture Styles

I’m new to these picture styles but on first use I’m quite pleased by the vivid colours these produce although again not the best option for low light conditions.

Filming using the Flaat_10 Picture Style and the GoPro

I used this picture style for the first time on Monday 4th March 2013 for the filming of the RELAYS Training session at Winton College. The colours looked great but the footage itself was not the best and low light levels meant the footage was grainy if colourful.I’m looking forward to using these picture styles outside in good lighting as I’m sure this is where they will perform at their best.

We also fitted one of the trainees with the GoPro using the headstrap. Although it worked the footage again was not very usable as the sports being filmed required the participants to look down so we have lots of footage of the floor of the gym and a low flying ball. This is an ongoing issue with using the GoPro you never know what you are going to get until your upload the footage to the computer. Sometimes it’s just stunning but most of the time it’s unusable. Solutions – using the LCD back helps to setup the shot and fixing the GoPro to something that does not move around to much really helps.

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