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Ian F. Hunt

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EMP (RESEARCH) – Canon Picture Styles and GoPro

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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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EMP – Sports Filming Golf

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Sports Filming – Golf

Myself and Aleksandra are in a good position now with several Sports activities filmed and short edits created and uploaded to the YouTube Channel, which has now been officially renamed as ‘Sport Edge Video Productions’. But this was most definitely not the case just a few short weeks ago with every Sport activity we had scheduled to film either being cancelled because of lack of participants or permissions not granted to film even though we had been assured they had been.vlc-00044th

Filming Sport is something we’ve not really covered specifically at University and so this has become a learning process, developing techniques and creative ideas for shots as we film. The filming techniques and processes that we have developed over the years at University have definitely prepared us for this type of work. Although the usual in depth pre-production processes that we go through to create short films and documentaries, that is scripts, storyboarding and shots lists do not really work for this type of project. We managed to put together some ideas of the sort of shots we wanted to capture based on Sports coverage from the London Olympics 2012 and some recent research gained from on-line videos. Essentially though it’s a case of trying to identify key images and being in the right place to capture the action as it happens.

As we have progressed it has become easier, our recent filming experience helps us to decide where to position ourselves to film and indeed we have begun to take greater control of the sequences that we capture by directing the action. We are now in the position to say that we have learnt how to direct live action sequences, quite a good thing to be able to put on your CV.

Filming – Most recent first

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Golf – Filming

The most recent planned filming session was Golf instruction at the Iford Golf Center in Christchurch. The Golf professionals were on hand to give instruction to a large group of Bournemouth University students who were being taught at the driving range the basics of addressing the ball and driving using a 6 iron.Golf

Being a lapsed golfer myself I had a good idea of what to expect and so I already had several ideas of what I wanted to film and what I didn’t. What I wanted was close-ups of the ball being hit and mid-shots of the students swinging the club. The camera rig has become my essential tool for these projects and it was this, which I turned to again, using it for the majority of the shots. For health and safety reasons as much as for creative reasons I used my 50mm to 250mm zoom lens for the close up shots, this way I could get close to the action without putting myself in a position where I could be hit by a club or a randomly directed ball.Canon 60D Camera Rig

Over the weeks I’ve come to realise that in order to get good sports shots you need to get the camera position as low as possible, aesthetically the footage obtained is more pleasing and appears to have the benefit of being able to position the viewer more into the action.  Why does this have this effect? Personally I think by getting the camera low we add to the sportsman’s significance on the screen, they appear to dominate the screen and therefore focus the viewer’s attention on them and the action, for example the impact of club on ball.

With the close-ups completed I turned to the mid shots and for this I reverted back to the faithful 50mm prime lens. I’ve mentioned before how good this lens is the quality of image is excellent. I encountered no real difficulties getting these shots but I also realised they were not that interesting so I didn’t spend too much time on these, capturing just a few minutes of footage from a number of positions and of different students. Remembering the principle that people like to see themselves on screen and so these people would therefore be potential subscribers to the YouTube Channel and sharing the videos via Social Networking.

Golf – Editing the footage

I went in a totally different direction with what I had originally intended to do for this edit. I noticed when using Time Remapping to produce a slow motion sequence that the sound of the club hitting the ball changed in pitch and became almost musical in tone. From this I had the idea to create a sound driven edit in effect a music video. To get the sounds I changed the duration of each clip and added several cuts together until I had a 40 second video of sounds to which I added a base music soundtrack. I then colour graded the video footage to balance out the jarring visual changes caused by the rapidly changing short edits and the changes in exposure to the visuals by first de-saturating and then by adding a sepia tint.

I’m quite pleased by the outcome of this edit and the response it gets, which have generally been positive and one of surprise as this is not the sort of video people generally expect from me.

Problems and solutions

Apart from the obvious Health and Safety issues by filming in a location with people swinging steel golf clubs and the odd errant ball there were not too many problems for this sessions filming. However without the Zoom lenses getting the shots would have not been possible as would not having the camera rig. We could have got the low level shots hand held but not with the stability of having the camera securely mounted. For example a tripod would not have been as successful in this application, although we had tripods with us, as they do not go down to the low levels required.

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Magazine – Make A Documentary

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Make a DocumentaryCoastal Path

Why not have a go at making a documentary? It could be easier than you might think. There is generally no script just an outline, there will need to be a shot list, there are usually no actors and you can make one with the minimum of kit, in fact all you need is your DSLR and a Tripod to get started.

Where to Start? Research an idea; find a subject that you think will be interesting both personally and to a target audience. Alternatively find a client who needs to tell a story. Use your Networks to find a project.

At University we are encouraged to work with external organisations to get experience of working on real projects and briefs.  For the London Olympics 2012 I was lucky enough to be working with Southwest’s Inspire Programme filming an Arts & Sport festival. Thanks to the success of that project I had the opportunity to work on producing a documentary for another project also awarded the Inspire Mark the ‘Weymouth Bay’ Coastal Access Project.Waves at Swanage Beach

As this is a client driven project the first thing I had to do was to meet the client and ask a series of questions, for example what is the project, who is going to want to see the final documentary and what are the key points that they want to get across. In many respects it’s the answer to who will be the target audience for the documentary that is the most important as this sets the theme. An example would be if the audience is predicted to be young school children then you will need to keep the language simple so that they can understand it.

InterviewsCoastal Path Signage

Chances are you will be conducting a series of interviews. You’ll need to prepare a list of questions that you will ask the interviewee, remember to keep these simple and make sure they are not closed questions. I always get the interviewee to repeat back the question so that the audience knows they are answering a question otherwise this would be confusing. Conduct interviews in an environment that they will find comfortable but balance that with production value. By this I mean if you have the choice between filming them in a garden shed or a Cathedral choose the Cathedral.

Always pick experts as your interviewee rather than someone you just met on the street, we’ve all seen the news reports where they’ve managed to find a member of the public who has no idea of what is going on but happened to be in the area.

Keep it interesting, think about the backdrop behind your subject, try and avoid plain backgrounds but at the same time watch for inappropriate objects in the shot. Film whenever possible in natural light, DSLR’s are quite good at working in low light levels but watch for noise and colour balance in very low light conditions.Coastal Path Signage

A-Roll

The A Roll is usually going to be the footage from the interviews or of subjects directly related to the documentary. For example if your documentary is about local transport you should show footage of Buses and Trains. The thing about footage of interviews is that generally there is only a limited amount of time that you can engage your audience before they lose interest; this is where the B-Roll comes in.

B-Roll

Basically the B-Roll is everything else. Generally it helps if this footage is related to the documentary subject but not necessarily. While conducting the interview look for things to film that confirm their relationship to the subject. For example bookshelves filled with reference books on the subject, certificates on a wall or maybe just photographs. You can also use B-Roll footage to show the passage of time for example the Sun rapidly setting using time lapse. Time Lapse is a good way of showing something happening very slowly in real time, for example over a period of hours or longer in just a few minutes on screen.

Don’t limit yourself to images that are only relevant to the subject sometimes something just works, for example in my documentary I managed to film some dogs playing on the cliffs and this arguably is the most remembered scene from the documentary.

Location filmingDorset Cliffs

For this my first foray into documentary I had to shoot on location, in fact several locations along the Dorset coastline. As I was working on my own it was down to me what kit I carried and to make sure I had everything I would need with me. It would have been great to take everything but climbing up steep hills carrying a tripod and camera would be hard enough but carrying anything non-essential had to be avoided. So what should you take? A choice of lenses or at least a good Zoom lens, some filters (graduated filters for landscapes), backup batteries and most importantly take lots of water to help keep you going.

A Tripod is essential when filming in the open and probably a substantial one is needed, most of the Tripods, which are easy to carry are going to be too lightweight to remain steady in windy situations. Although I’ve found you can sometimes get away with this by keeping the camera low to the ground or position it on something off the ground so that you do not have to fully extend the tripod legs. Standing to one side to block the worst of the wind sometimes works but not it the wind is coming directly from the front. Remember to turn off lens stablelisation when the camera is tripod mounted, you can hear the lens constantly moving and this maybe picked up by the microphone.

Location soundPortland

When filming in the open, wind is your enemy when it comes to sound recording. Even the gentlest of wind can create that booming noise on your soundtrack so protect your microphone from this by filming from sheltered locations. This is even more important if like most DSLR’s there’s no way of monitoring the sound being recorded. My own personal experience is that the dead cat wind shield on your camera mounted microphone will have limited success, they help to limit the wind noise but they do not eliminate it. This is even more of a problem when trying to conduct an interview in the open, remember the golden rule have the microphone as close as possible to the subject. I use a camera mounted Rode Videomic but this struggles when recording interviews in open air on location. I’ve since had more success using radio microphones or if your budget will not extend to one of those buy a cheaper Lavaliere microphone and a 5-metre cable extension.

Editing & Titles

Editing for documentary in many cases will be simpler than for other genre videos generally there is limited reasons for using any special effects a simple dissolve fade between clips does the job. My preference is to insert B-Roll video clips for transitions between clips of the interviews or scene changes for example  different locations. For this documentary I used video clips of sailing boats moving from left to right to provide continuation between the clips even though they are not sequences of the same sailing boat, it still works well as a means of carrying the audience from scene to scene and location to location.Smugglers Inn Osmington

Use music where appropriate, it’s unlikely that a documentary will need a music soundtrack, an exception to that maybe a Wildlife documentary. You may also need to record a separate narration in order to explain to the audience the significance of what they are seeing on screen for those clips for which you have no soundtrack from the interviews to use for this purpose.

Generate the opening and closing credits, it’s surprising how important this can be, take particular care not to miss anyone out. I asked the client to produce the list of contributors but I still had to add people or credit organisations into subsequent edits.

Another use of titles is to use these as transitions between video clips, which will also have the additional benefit of introducing the next scene or location. Handy if you do not have a sound bite or narration for the upcoming video clip, using a title can be enough to inform the audience of what the following clip is all about.

Contemporary editing practices call for rapid cuts between scenes and transitions are usually instantaneous not even time for a short dissolve.Rufus Castle Portland

Audience Previewing

Preview your creation to an audience; in my case this was the client. The client wanted some changes made which meant editing out scenes, changing the order or dropping more scenes in, which may mean shooting additional footage. If there’s no client involved ask a group of friends to watch and then ask them for their viewpoints afterwards, or ask them to complete a short questionnaire. It’s surprising what you may have missed especially after all those hours staring at the screen when editing.

Summary

Do your research – getting this right is important to the success of the documentary and make sure you have proof from several sources before committing to film. Getting the facts wrong will effectively make the documentary worthless and damage reputations including your own.

When filming on location check the weather forecast, travel times and facilities at the location. Be prepared to re-schedule for bad weather.

Get help, really this can be the most important decision you can make, an extra pair of hands to help carry your gear, hold a photographic reflector or microphone boom can make all the difference.

For your first documentary keep it short 15 minutes is a good target but be prepared, as for even such a relatively short time you will be shooting hours and hours of footage for the B-Roll.

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Magazine – The Student Perspective

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The Student Perspective Ian F. Hunt

From Website Designer to Filmmaker

Two and half years ago I started at the Arts University College Bournemouth, which from 2013 became the Arts University Bournemouth as an undergraduate studying BA Digital Media Production. I was convinced at the start of my degree that I would concentrate my studies and project work on web related topics and eventually graduate some three years later as a website designer. But thanks to a chance meeting with a guest lecturer from the professional film industry; my studies, my project work and future career interests have taken a radically different path.Studio Film Shoot

This key first lecture had a very simple concept; divided up into small groups each group would write, create a storyboard/shot list and edit/produce a 2-minute short film by the end of the day using the lyrics of a song for inspiration. Our group had the chorus from KT Tunstall’s, ‘Black Horse & A Cherry Tree’. For the production the technical parameters were set as follow, we were restricted to using a mobile phone to film, but we would have access to a suite of iMacs all running Adobe Creative Suite CS5 for editing, which meant we could use iMovie or Premier Pro CS5. I remember my only concern at the time was ‘where are we going to find a horse’ but of course we found one in the end.Green Screen Filming

I wondered about the mobile phone restriction for the project when we had access to several Sony HVR-Z5E Camcorders, but now I can see that this limitation was put in place in order to generate creativity. It would have been so easy to use the camcorders with their zoom lenses to capture the image of a horse from afar. But with just a mobile phone we ended up sneaking up on a horse in a damp field armed only with a recently purchased apple from the University Refectory to tempt the horse close and so get the shots we needed. By the end of the day I was hooked, in less than a day we had created a short 2-minute film, filmed in HD (on my Sony Ericcsson W995), edited in Premiere Pro CS5 and which was also a faithful representation of the lyrics from song chosen to be the soundtrack for our short film.

We are extremely lucky at the Arts University Bournemouth with access to a large number of cameras and film/video equipment including DSLR’s consisting of several Canon 5D MII’s, Canon 550D’s, 600D’s and 650D’s. This switch to DSLR’s has revolutionised the way we students approach projects, for example you can work individually or in much smaller teams on a project. Video clips are captured directly onto Flash or SD memory cards, no more capturing from tape. Another bonus of capturing your footage direct to SD cards means it is so much quicker to get video clips into the computer ready for editing.

As a creative University, students cannot help but be inspired and to be creative; this is helped by collaboration between the courses. I have worked with Acting, Makeup and Costume courses to make films, in fact all the essential resources and skills that a filmmaker needs.Canon 60D Green Screen Filming

Student Films – the approach (Not just for students)

Pre-Production

From the very early days of the short film unit and throughout the course it has been instilled into us that preparation that is pre-production is the key to the successful production of a film. But I’m getting slightly ahead; the process actually starts with the idea development. Student films tend to default to films about the Homeless and most recently Zombie films, I’ve made or been involved in the making of both. So how do you come up with an original idea for a film? There’s the mood wall, or a scrapbook of things that interest or inspire you. This can be anything; examples could be photographs of people, materials or just ideas for colours. The social networking site Pinterest has updated this concept recently, Pinterest lets you pin images of things that you like and/or inspire you. You can share these Pins with your collaborators and hopefully out of all of this pinning and sharing that unique idea for a film just pops out at you.

Sometimes a client sets the subject for the film and so the challenge then becomes how to interpret the brief and come up with a unique and interesting way of fulfilling the brief. Again the mood wall can help, as will a brainstorming session either with team members or your friends.

Now that you have your idea for a film its time to start pre-production, which means everything that you need to do before you start the actual filming process. Included in that list of things to do is to first create an outline of the film, a script if there is any dialogue, storyboards/diagram and a shot list. You need a film location and almost certainly actors unless the team/crew are also happy to be on camera. For some locations you will need permission to film particularly if it’s in a public area. You may need a risk assessment; we produce one of these for every film production in fact without one of these you will be unable to book equipment from the stores. How long is the film is it a short or feature length? Finally or maybe this should be the first thing to consider, where is your film going to be viewed? Online YouTube and Vimeo, on a self-hosted website, DVD etc.

Filming

To give you an idea of what is involved I produced a short film with another student of a Team GB athletes evening training session for the Long Jump. The pre-production, including the recce of locations took at least 10 days but the actual time filming was less than 2 hours. Most of this pre-production time was spent creating storyboards, shot lists and trying to come up with a unique way of producing a film that would make it more than just a video of an athlete training.

The key concept in the end was to try and capture the drama in the sport by showing the build up, the explosion of effort required to be the best at their sport. The filming took place on a very cold and dark Winters evening under stadium floodlights; this is where the DSLR’s low light abilities make it the ideal camera for the job. Having researched the key elements of the Long Jump, the dramatic build up at the start where the athlete psyches themselves up before starting the approach the run up to the launch point. These would be the scenes to capture and for dramatic effect using close ups and different angles.

During the filming process we decided to film additional shots not in the original shot list. This is always a good idea and this proved true for this film as we used most of these in the final film. Additional shots could include those taken at different angles and distances of the scene planned shot list but they could also be of anything. That is anything that adds to the films interest, for example a full Moon, wind in the trees a Sunset or Sunrise.Green Screen Setup

Don’t forget the importance of Sound

As important as the visuals are the sound has equal if not greater importance. Many problems with visuals can be fixed in post production but sound usually cannot, so this has to be captured right at the outset. This highlights a problem with DSLR’s most of which do not have a headphone socket and the means of monitoring the sound being recorded. There are ways around this e.g. using Magic Lantern but the only way really is to record using a standalone sound recorder like the Zoom H4N rather than record sound direct to camera. I personally use Magic Lantern on my Canon 60D which means I can monitor the sound being recorded from my cameras hotshoe mounted Rode Videomic.

Post Production – EditingStudio Shoot Canon 5D MKII

Premier Pro is a non-linear editing program and it is the preferred editing tool for our course although we do have access alternatives including several Avid editing suites in the University used by the Film Production course.

Remember those additional shots? I used these so that I could create rapid cuts to match the music soundtrack. Cutting to a different shot for each beat of the music. Modern editing trends mean rapid cuts especially in an action film, these cuts add to the dramatic effect, the quicker the cut the faster the pace of the film.

The choice of music is important to, I’d already researched the perfect soundtrack with a beat to match the movement building up to a crescendo at the end perfect for this type of on screen action.

Towards the end of the editing process is the time to add special effects (if required) and colour grading.

Get Feedback

It is always a good idea to preview your film to a group of friends before going public with your latest creation. I usually upload my film to YouTube as unlisted and then send the link to friends for their comments. Typically I fully expect then based on the feedback to have to do several changes to the final edit before the film is ready to go public. For University assessment we present our films to our peers for critique, this is when you find out if its good, could be better or it’s a real stinker. But no matter what the feedback is positive or negative learn from it, this can only help you to be a better filmmaker.

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Download the original article as a pdf – download Student Perspective

 

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EMP – Social Media, Gantt Project Planning (Research)

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Social Media – Facebook Group Pages and Events

Researching Social Media for Marketing

For this project we are planning to use the power of Social Media to organise and market the Sports Edge YouTube Channel. We’ve created a Group Page for sharing information and ideas, this way even when the team are not able to be together we are still able to communicate our ideas and planning through the Group Pages. We also created a Facebook Page so that we could market the project on Social Networks, this would be what Aleksandra would work on.

EMP Events

Using Facebook Events to plan and organise Filming on location

Gantt Charts and Project Planning

Gantter Chart for EMP Project

Using a Gantt Chart for project planning

I started this project by setting up a online Gantter Chart as I’d done for all my previous projects one of the benefits of using this Gantter Chart service is that it is free to use and you can share the project online by inviting users by email to join. But after a few weeks I abandoned this idea of using the Ganttner Chart as the main source of planning for our project as one after the other the prearranged filming sessions were cancelled on us.

I then thought that the best way going forward would be to keep this Gantter Chart to use as an outline of the project, noting the important deadlines and filming dates but also thought to replace this and use some form of Diary sharing as our main project planning resource.

After some research I thought about using Calendar on my Mac which automatically syncs between all my devices but not between different users I then remembered that Facebook provides a similar offering but using its Events management services.

The key benefit to using Facebook Events was that it allows me to share this information online to all users in our group and also with other users who would also need to know, which events we would be attending so that they could arrange or confirm arrangements were in place for us to film.

Social Media – Facebook Events for Project Planning

While conducting research on using Facebook to market the YouTube channel I realised we could use Facebook Events to organise the days that we are filming, add descriptions which include the equipment that we plan to use and of course by adding location details the events location including maps and directions are available to us on our mobile phones. Technically we will have all the information we will need to get to a venue and a full description of what is planned to our mobile phones. Extending on this idea further it should be possible to add specific information for example a shot list.

For the organisation of location filming this tool is significantly more successful at organising our project than a typical Ganttner project chart would be. Although the Gantt chart has its place it just does not have the all encompassing communications tools that Facebook Events has. By this I mean its ability to communicate with portable devices/mobile phones/tablets.

This is such a good idea that I cannot think of why we have not done this before for previous projects.

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EMP – YouTube Channel Marketing

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YouTube Channel – Marketing First StepsSports Edge

I’ve started researching marketing options for my YouTube Channel using social media and YouTubes own guidelines on marketing.

To get the videos ready for marketing I’ve made changes to each of the videos titles giving them less generic titles for example Surfing now becomes ‘Surfing – Free Your Fitness’ linking the subject with the project. I then used YouTube’s Annotation  to add a Subscribe button to each of the videos making it easier to an audience to subscribe to my channel just by clicking a button from within the video itself. The next step was to add an initial comment to each of the videos and at the same time link the videos together by adding a video response to each. The effect of doing this is to hopefully encourage viewers to subscribe, comment and to share video links.

YouTube Channel – Social Media marketing

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I’ve created links from the YouTube Channel and my Facebook page so that any activity on the YouTube Channel is automatically posted to my Facebook Newsfeed and to my Facebook Pages. I’ve also created a link to my Twitter Account, now any tweets I post about the YouTube Channel are automatically added to the Facebook Newsfeed. I’ve also tweeted each of the videos urls and these have in turn been re-tweeted to 1000’s of followers, which will hopefully in turn re-tweet to their own followers.

I have now begun to search YouTube for similar videos to those we have produced with the aim of placing a video response comment on them. The idea behind this is people who have found the most popular videos on YouTube for example those on Surfing they in turn see my video response and click to view my video, which in turn increases the views on my YouTube Channel.

In order to keep interest in the YouTube Channel I plan to upload video clips regularly, which hopefully subscribers will also share with their audiences, both on YouTube and other Social Media Networks.

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EMP – Filming “GoPro Surf”

GoPro surf

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GoPro SurfGoPro Surf

In planning for the filming of the Surfing I decided to use the GoPro mounted on the front of a surfboard with the idea of capturing footage of a surfer paddling out to see with the sun setting behind, which as you can see in the video above is exactly what I got.

I used the wifi back so that I could position the GoPro correctly by previewing the video using the GoPro App – unfortunately on the day the wifi back failed to connect to the iPhone. SO it was down to making an educated guess in the positioning and angle of the GoPro to get the best shots.

In preparation for the filming I made a number of decisions one of the most important not to lose the GoPro in the sea. To solve this I made a short lanyard from an events wristband and some 30lb fishing line attached to the suction mount. Now even if the suction mount failed the camera would remain attached to the surfers wrist.

Post Production – Editing

I edited the footage in Premier Pro CS5, limiting my changes to the footage to reducing the brightness, increasing the contrast and a small amount of colour grading. I did this by increasing saturation and changing the hue slightly bringing out the reds and oranges to get that sunset look for the sky and the silhouette of the surfer against the sun more pronounced.

I kept the pace of the edit relatively slow in fact I only made 3 cuts in the whole sequence and added an atmospheric music soundtrack.

Sports Edge Channel

I’ve added the short video clip as a stand alone video on the Sports Edge YouTube Channel I setup for this project, which will host the Sports Videos we create for this project and for our client ‘Free Your Fitness’ project in collaboration with SportBU.

 

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EMP – YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel

Surfing Bournemouth

Sports Edge – YouTube Channel

I’ve created a YouTube Channel for our EMP project user name ‘hotride1970’ and titled Sports Edge. This will host individual video’s for the sports that we intend to film. The channel will also host our completed videos for the project.

We also intend to use the channel to promote our videos and create interest in our channel through Social Networking, Subscriptions and Sharing.

Sports Edge

For this unit we plan to use the power of YouTube and Social Networking to promote out video content to a wide audience. The channel also serves to make access to our videos easier for our client to use in their presentations to Sports bodies and stakeholders in the Free You Fitness project.

Rather than just uploading the complete edited videos I also plan to upload selected video clips to be used as standalone videos based on individual sports, to include, Surfing, Boxing, Cycling, Judo and Volleyball plus as many others as we can in the time available.

The creation of the YouTube Channel will also serve as a form of timeline for our project work. By creating different versions of our videos through editing we should be able to determine through popularity which of the videos is the most successful. This in turn should guide us in the best way to create videos for the Sports audiences.

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EMP – Research (Camera Techniques)

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EMP – Boxing Videos Shot List

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Boxing Videos Shot List Boxing

Note: The shots listed are to be used as a general guide only, not a complete shot list that must be adhered to exactly. What I want to achieve is a good range of shots allowing for spontaneity, experimentation and creativity.

A shot list guideline for the Boxing Videos

  1. Wide Shot of the Boxing Ring – 1st without and then with Boxers in the ring.
  2. Wide Shot of the Boxing Ring but from a high elevation (stepladder?)
  3. Stedicam Shot following a Boxer from the changing room to ringside
  4. Close Up of Boxing Gloves being put on
  5. Mid Shot from inside the ring of boxers toeing up
  6. Mid Shot from inside the ring of boxers sparing
  7. Close Up of boxers faces taken from inside the ring
  8. Extreme Close Up of boxers eyes (use zoom lens)
  9. Close Up of glove hitting head/protector (get several of these from different angles)
  10. Mid Shot of dancing feet
  11. Close Up of dancing feet
  12. Mid Shot of corner between rounds

Alternative Shots and Creative Notes for the Boxing Videos

  1. Think about the lighting – look for dramatic effect rather than just perfect exposure.
  2. Shadows across the face can enhance definition and dramatic effect.
  3. Look for lights behind the head these push backgrounds into shadow but highlight the hairline and silhouettes are possible
  4. Try different light levels – turn off all lights except ringside lights
  5. Theatre by this I mean look for the drama, who are these boxers why are they here.
  6. Create Theatre – staging, catch the sweat from the faces as the punches hit if not there think about how you can create that.
  7. Set the miss-en-scene its a boxing ring so make sure all the imagery associated with what people expect to see is seen. eg. buckets, stools, towels, boxing gloves, boxing boots, bandages, referee, markings on the ring floor.
  8. Think about how to use the GoPro – attach to a boxing glove, position it on the rings floor and use its wide angle to angle up towards the boxers, position it on one of the corners.

 

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EMP – Video Analysis

video analysis

Analysing videos that I like and the techniques used in their production

For this project I’m interested in learning what makes these videos successful and how I can apply some of the techniques and styles in the making of the videos for my project. Although I’m essentially producing sport related videos for a specific purpose I’m not necessarily only interested in sports videos. The ones I have chosen to analyse are a mixture of sport and product advertisement videos but the styles are comparable and I would be interested in using some of the techniques used in these examples in my own videos.

Your Garmin Adventure

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Garmin AdventuresVideo Analysis – Your Garmin Adventure

Let’s start with what I like about this video.

Basically its the quality of the camera work that I like. The editing is the typical rapid cuts between sports the linking between does not really work in the end it appears its the GPS device which is the link rather than the sport. Great for promoting the product but not great video editing.

What I can take from this video is the quality and the camera angles, the close ups in particular. There’s obviously a mix of camera technology being used here but it all seems to work and so I’m hoping I can do the same by mixing footage taken from the GoPro with the footage from the DSLR’s.

Guinness Horse Surfer

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Video Analysis – Guinness Horse SurferGuinness Horse Surfer

What do I like about this video

Once again it’s the look I like, Black & White with the moody close ups. The narration works well in fact without this the video does not really work even though the narration itself relates to neither the product or the video apart for the tenuous link of the sea Captain Ahab ‘Moby Dick’. There’s the link between Black and White, the surf and the product Guinness – Black with the white top.

Some of the elements I plan to use – The desaturation and the close ups in particular.  Not everyone likes the arty Black & White so I’ll have to make at least two versions of each edit. One in Colour and the other in Black & White.

Nike  – Just Do It

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Video Analysis – Nike Just Do ItNike Just Do It

This is what I expected to see, rapid editing of lots of sporting action. It’s mainly selling the lifestyle – buy a NIke product and you too can be like these actions sports people.

What I can take from this example is the rapid editing. The video itself I do not think is that well shot from a quality point of view and sometimes the editing links between sports do not work.

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EMP – Canon 60D Camera Rig

Canon 60D Camera Rig

The camera rig itself is a very popular basic camera rig known as the spider camera rig. It’s available from a number of online shopping sites in a range of prices from £29.99 to £75, I paid £29.99 on Ebay, delivered free from a company in China. At the same time I bought a couple of screw thread adaptors which serve to change the female 1/4 inch screw threads to male. basically they are 1/4 inch screws with a centrally located nut, simple but effective and very useful for attaching accessories.

Ian using the Canon 60D Camera Rig

Ian using the Canon 60D Camera Rig

Side view of the Canon 60D Camera Rig as you can see I’m using the screen flipped out sidewise from the camera body and fitted this with a Viewfinder Magnifier which is 3x magnification which roughly translates into viewing the scene using a 9″ display.

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Front view of the Canon 60D Camera Rig. The camera is fitted with the 18mm – 55mm kit lens but I’ve added a cheap Wide Angle filter screw attached lens to the front which effectively opens out my angle to 11mm.

Canon 60D Camera Rig

Note the Cable Release on the right hand grip. This controls the Auto Focus and start and stop recording when used in conjunction with Magic Lantern and operates the focus when the button is half depressed and starts recording on release, push again to stop recording. It also functions as a shutter release for taking stills when the button is fully depressed. Without Magic Lantern software it will only control the shutter for taking still pictures. The only other way I know to get remote video control this way without using Magic Lantern is to use the Canon infra red remote release and modify/channel the signals direction to reflect onto the front of the camera and the infra red sensor using a length of fibre optic cable.

How does it work?

I’ve used the setup a few times now and videos I’ve taken using it shoulder mounted are stable. The rig has also proven to be very useful when taking low level shots just by putting it on the ground and adjusting the rear leg to control the cameras angle. In fact the rig has opened up a number of creative possibilities.

What next?

Focusing, always a problem when using a DSLR could be improved by adding a follow focus, which could be operated by reaching up with a finger from the left grip, alternatively they do make follow focuses with a cable control which could be mounted actually on the hand grip. There is already the benefit of being able to control the distance of the camera from the subject and therefore focus just by walking towards or away from the subject to maintain focus.

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EMP – Project Outline PT1

EMP – Project Outline

Interviews

  1. The idea is to film interviews with Tanya and Elbe working on their EMP projects, that is costume design.
  2. Film Tanya and Elbe outside of Uni – get some interesting background footage.

2.1. For example Tanya making cakes?

2.2. Working in the Student Bar

2.3. Elbe (find out from Elbe what she is interested in outside Uni)

  1. We need to produce a list of questions for the interview similar to those I produced for Ben. Maybe we can use a modified version of these?
  2. What do Tanya and Elbe want to say? What is important to them?
  3. Should we specifically use this project to promote the Costume Course or keep it as a reflection on Student Life at the AUB?
  4. Additional filming

6.1. The Costume Studios

6.2. Equipment (Sewing machines) I really want to get some close up footage of Tanya and/or Elbe using a sewing machine.

6.3. Filming Tanya and Elbe working on a costume dummy – hand sewing?

6.4. Footage of a production meeting maybe?

  1. How long should the final film be? 15, 30 maybe up to an hour long

Fashion Photo Shoot

  1. Aleksandra to organize this

1.1. Need to find a venue ideally on campus

1.1.1.   Photographic Studio (I have experience of using these so we should be able to get permission, but might need an intro from a course leader)

1.1.2.   Gallery Space (Out of Hours)

1.1.3.   Studio Space (Out of Hours)

  1. I’m suggesting that we both video and take stills of this event

2.1. The idea would be that we are filming photographers taking Fashion pictures

2.2. Elbe and Tanya will be able to get photos from the shoot if they want them.

  1. What are we going to show
  2. Will we need models
  3. Should we make this an open event for all costume designers?
  4. Should we see if any Photography students want to join in?

6.1. They might be more photogenic than seeing me on the screen

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EMP – Research Video Styles

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