Analysis & Reflection #4 – Q3

Watching this, I really love the way the people watching is done between the traffic. The traffic raging past the individuals being focused on make sit look quite poetic and just simply nice. The shots done with a long lens emphasise the distance between the people and the observer, which I think makes it even more interesting to watch! The diversity of people being shown is clear and the shots are just constructed really well! I really like the smooth edits also, they work with the camera movement to help keep the focus on the people in frame.

This entry was posted on September 17, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Analysis & Reflection #4 – Q2

These are some keyboard shortcuts I age never used when editing with Premiere:

    Paste Attributes Opt+Cmd+V

This shortcut could be really important when editing our documentary. In order to colour match and grade all of our footage so that it aesthetically looks appealing and like it all flows really well. Last semester I was not a hands on part of the colour grading editing of our short film, so this shortcut could help me if we need it for this semesters editing!

  Find… Cmd+F

This shortcut would be hugely useful for finding our shots/footage/sound/titles etc, in a fast manner. Saving time on looking for things!

Save Cmd+S

This is a completely obvious keyboard shortcut that everyone should probably know, but even thought we know it, I know that we tend to forget to use it as often as we should! Saving is important, so this shortcut is really really important to us when editing!

  Edit Original Cmd+E

This is another keyboard shortcut that I had no idea existed. But I feel like this would be useful when wanting to edit a clip that has already been edited, without changing that edit?

This entry was posted on September 17, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Analysis & Reflection #4 – Q1

In the beginning of this clip form Anna Broinowski’s 2007 film, Forbidden Lies, the audio is a mixture of folly sounds and music/song. The sound effects placed within the musical element provide a dramatised version of events. The audio then goes into a voice over narrative of the  women being interviewed. This interview is layered with sound effects such as the typing on the computer, the sound of coins, and other sounds that have been added to enhance the effect of the role-plays. This sound could possibly be folly audio recorded after filming, or it could have been sourced from somewhere else. I’m not completely sure…

This entry was posted on September 17, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Abstract Exercise!

Whilst attempting to edit the footage and sound I had captured and recorded in previous weeks, it became apparent what the concept ‘finding order in the random’ really meant. The footage I had to work with did not really go with the sounds I had and vise versa, but I tried to come up with a kind of context to base the short film on. I relied on repetition of shots, mostly because they were the best and most usable that I had, but also to try and push the main point of my random story accross to anyone who views it. My intention was to create a documentary based on the concept of isolation vs nature and freedom. The whole idea that a big building with bars over the windows holds this person inside. While nature runs and flows thorugh life outside, this person inside is trapt and cannot leave to experience it.

The qaulity of my sound recordings was pretty good, it was clear, not distorted, and sounded quite natural. However, with my visual footage, some of it was quite over exposed. In saying this though, most of the footage was usable in my short abstract documentary! When actually out recording the sounds, I found it useful as I was never really very confidant with sound recording. Whilst recording these sounds, I learnt to listen more carefully to my surroundings, and to work with the mixer once again. Furthermore, as I stated, this excercise made me think about the way I could possibly put together footage that wasn’t really supposed to go together in order to make sence. I think I worked with what I had and tried my best to come up with a theme/context for my random short film.


Abstract Exercise – FilmTV2 from Shannen Carlton on Vimeo.

This entry was posted on August 14, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Analysis & Reflection #3 – Question 2

As a student who studied ‘True lies’ last semester, it is really cool to step into the shoes of the documentary maker, and try to work with all the things I analysed while watching documentary films last semester. The reading entitled Documentary: The Margins of Reality talks of many of the misconseptions I had with the difference, and fine line, between fiction and non-fiction films. As it discusses, many people see any dramatization in a documentary style film as being a negative aspect – something that tips the film that is claiming to provide an insight into reality, over to the side of fiction. To this though, I say that documentaries claim to provide an insight into a version of reality. Everyone has their own perception of the world, and obviously, their own perception and veiws when it comes to issues, people, places, events, etc. This personalised view of things can be downplayed in documentary films, but that doesn’t mean the intention behind it is not still there. A documentary filmmaker will inevitably create the film that they see reflects the ideas and values that they want to push accross to their audience most. If this requires dramatisation, so be it. The use of dramatisation just hypes up the issue/topic, and helps portray the point in a way that might be more appealing and/or interesting. This is the main point I liked from the reading, and I feel like too many people have the idea that dramatisation in documentary just takes away from the non-fiction aspect, whereas I feel that it can definitely ad to the hype of the non-fiction aspect.

This entry was posted on August 13, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Analysis & Reflection #2

Question 1 –

From reading the treatement to ‘End Of The Line,’ to then watching it in the lecture, it is clear to me that with this kind of documentary making, the story the creator is attempting to tell can take on a life of itself and evolve into new territoy of the story. This treatment explains a documentary focusing on a family and their life in Broken Hill, and how their life of isolation is strange to some, but they love it. From what I can remember of the actual documentary that was produced, it had quite a depressing vibe to it, and focused on different people who reside in the town of Boken Hill. I can’t remember exactly who those residence were, however, some of them spoke of how they liked iving there, or had moved there to live out the rest of their life. From treatment to final product there has been an evolvement, where the story has slightly become something else. So, the group who crated ‘End of The Line’ definitely told a interesting story with their short film, however it does seem that the final product was not neccessarily exactly what they had originally set out to achieve.

This entry was posted on August 2, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Analysis & Reflection #1 Q5

My favourite sound that we recorded was definietly the nature sounds – the birds chirping while the little waterfall flowed down. The sounds evoke serenity and peacefulness when I lsten back to them, they are quite calming. The birds chirping definitely suggest images in my mind of small birds, maybe Sparrows, fluttering around on a tree and having conversations through the wind. The water also evokes the imagery of watter running quite fast, possibly a waterfall, or somehwta even a tank or toilet ….. possibly. I guess this recording can suggest the possibility of other recordings, such as wind blowing, trees rustling, more animal sounds, or even possibly footsteps of a person/s walking through the area.

This entry was posted on July 25, 2014, in FILM-TV2.

Analysis & Reflection #1 – Q4

First impressions whilst listening to the first 10 minutes of Glenn Gould’s radio documentary, “The Idea of North.”

.This radio documentary confused me a little at the beginning. – The cluttered talking

. Soundscape is cool and useful when the men talk and explain their trip up North


This entry was posted on July 23, 2014, in FILM-TV2.