video link http://youtu.be/LS00rJbM6Vo
I have made several videos before, but I mainly used Corel VideoStudio, so Premiere is a new experience for me (By the way, the effects in Corel VideoStudio are extremely ugly. It might be the most boring video making software). We first made up a story about how an international student came to China and tasted real Chinese food. To tell this story, we had to shot five main scenes: eating in an American-Chinese food restaurant (feel delicious and think that is the real Chinese food), eating in school cafeteria (feel not good and think it is not Chinese food), being invited to Helen’s home, and eating in Helen’s home (taste real Chinese food), “flying” in the garden (feel good after eating real Chinese food). One difficulty here which different from other groups was that we had to shot in many different places, and some of places are quite far from our school.
The light in restaurant and home was a little dark, so we needed to set exposure compensation in camera to make them look nice. Luckily the light in academic building is amazedly good. We had a talented actor so we only needed to shot every scene two or three times. The only pity was we didn’t rent a recorder to record the sound, so the sound was not good. In the rough cut, since we just want to concentrate on the cut part, so we used subtitle in different colors to distinguish what different people say. Anyway, the bad sound was not a bad thing because we got a really good suggestion after rough cut that we could make our video in comic style.
Then the subtitle was taken place by the comic style bubbles. It worked out great. Since we didn’t have sound, we needed to add some music on it. Also, most of the subtitles and scenes were also became unnecessary and we decided to delete them. The music we added to our final cut (which is actually our final final cut) was not good enough and some parts was still unnecessary, so after the class we followed the suggestions and made many changes. Here is our final final final final final cut (we will definitely follow the suggestion that next time, we’d better use time and date to name the profile).
In this film project, I learnt how to use premiere to edit films. Mainly cutting footage to switch scenes and show the change of camera positions. I have also learnt to draw a speech bubble in Photoshop, and add it in the scenes needed. I also got to manage tripods and cameras in turns, which I used to be unfamiliar to.
The failure part of our project is on recording the sound. Because we didn’t use a microphone, the sound was very hard to hear over the room noise, especially in the Fortune Cookie scene. I was glad that our speech bubbles worked out though.
In the second cut I learnt that the background music can be very important. Not only the style, but the lyrics should be coherent with the film itself as well. After getting the feedback, I suggested some music that might suite well with our film, and it turned out to be much better.
Our group came up with the idea of telling a cultural story in our life.
Compared to other groups, I think our video should have the most obvious
narrative style. And actually it is, which makes it a special experience of learning
telling story in the form of video.
The first step was drawing footage by hand. It turns out that the footage just
formed a general idea of what we are going to tell, and later we didn’t follow the
use of camera strictly. But I felt it reasonable because when preparation couldn’t
be specific enough we were unable to figure out how to shoot in each situation.
Ideas only came out when we were really in the shooting place and we have to
use the environment wisely.
Since our story was about an international student but we don’t have a
foreigner’s face in our group, we asked for a friend for help. By the way, I think
through the whole process we kind of had a division of work. Some people came
up with ideas and make preparations, some worked on operation of cameras and
some put more efforts on production. So we definitely chose the best actor
because his lively performance suits the story very well. We went to 3 places to
shoot, and most of them were efficiently finished during 4 hours on a weekend
due to our plan in advance. In terms of the shooting, the biggest problems were
sound and shooting angle. We failed to borrow the professional recorder and felt
it not a big deal, but we played our video and it was so noisy in the restaurant
that we couldn’t use the voice in conversation. It was already impossible for us to
shoot again in the restaurant, which caused much trouble in production for us.
And about shooting angle, we reminded ourselves to use as many angles as we
can as Marianne said, but sometimes we limited by the environment we didn’t
know how to use certain angles that helps with narration. So I would say that
maybe our video is creative and rich in contents, but lacks outstanding shooting
skills. Finally, the after production went on smoothly. Each of us made one part
and joint them together. The music and subtitle problem were observed in
presentation and we managed to fix them later.
I would say for making a video, there could be so many skills for each factors
that make us call it art: shooting, subtitle, music, voice, acting, story, etc. We tried
hard in cooperation and did as much as we can, but our skills need to be
promoted in order to make it a fine video that might be nearer to “art”. All the
techniques in shooting and “premier” that we gained were already huge for us.
The biggest challenge of our group assignment is that we have too many places to go and we only have one chance (garden, restaurant and home). Also we cannot expect that the guest’s schedule could be so flexible. But we nailed it and really enjoyed those two days and the food haha!
I participated in all parts of shooting and nearly all parts of acting. I shot most of the scene and decorations at the restaurant. I recorded some of the sound though it was not used in the end. I edited the garden dream part (feathered white frame, color level and cross dissolve video transition) also the cafeteria part (just cut). I made the text bubbles. And I searched and added music and cartoon sound effect to the video.
I learnt about how to use 6D, which is really amazing, especially the knowledge about aperture, shutter and ISO and lens. I saw that orange-and-black smaller tripod for the first time. I used premiere for the first time. Surprisingly, it was not so hard for me (although I asked the professor many many questions..thank you!) and again I marveled at how beautiful and powerful it was.
I believe if we had more cameras shooting simultaneously it could be better and I regret that we did not shoot all the dishes and the several seconds when Ivan used chopsticks to pick up the food (should have been a close-up). Besides, I am not satisfied with the music I chose because there was nothing in my mind. I’m not a professional music editor. Anyway the workshop I attended was really helpful!
Other groups’ videos are also inspiring. I love the “Inception” and take-out.
Thanks to Ivan again for his wonderful vivid performance and I appreciate all the efforts our group made together!