Today was the first day of Offbeat Live Season One, one of RMITV’s live segments, and I was on the Tuesdays’ crew. Not only that, in the morning I volunteered to do field coverage for an event called ‘Craft Cubed: Careers in Craft & Design’. I had a wonderful experience covering. I even learnt how to use the ZOOM H6 from a fellow teammate, Baek Mijin. The team worked really well together despite the first meeting. To top it off, I made extra friends!
Being back on the field feels slightly nostalgic. I have done some of these field reporting work for school events before back when I was in my high school’s broadcast club. However, working in a slightly more professional standard feels more exciting. I am excited to learn more about lighting as well as audio work in a more advanced level.
In the afternoon, Offbeat Live was aired at 5pm. I was in charge of the graphics. It was fairly easy and not as stressful. I was allowed to tinker around with the Xpression software. I self-taught myself to change the colours of the templates and line them up in sequence. (the lazy me as usual tried to find all the hotkeys/shortcuts in operating the system) I find shortcuts more effective and I thought it was just me being a lazy bum but when Paul mentioned during our first editing tutorial, I feel like I achieved something in my life (FINALLY!).
Getting myself exposed to this level of professionalism in broadcasting will hopefully widen my exposure to the media industry. Be it film or television broadcast, I wish to absorb all the knowledge from the seniors or those people who have been in the industry for years. Like Carla Hackett mentioned in the interview of ‘Craft Cubed’, “It is important to have a mentor and it’s good to just soak up the knowledge they share with you.”
This week’s consultation was just to get some advice on how we would go about our pre-production planning stage. We talked to Paul to see if we were on the right track. The ideas we raised for our pre-production plan were:
1. Which scripts will we be using for the shoot?
2. How many extended scenes / opening trailers?
3. Storyboarding session
4. Shooting days? (Tentative Monday Week 9)
Over the consultation session, we had agreed that we would attempt to create the title sequence in various genres after shooting the extended scenes. We were throwing ideas as well like doing a “Shakespearean” genre as Brian Morris had suggested in the pitch presentation day. We also thought of shooting a locked script in various genres instead of writing in specific genres.
We agreed to the deadline suggestion of choosing a scene in a script (preferably two) before Thursday’s shoot so we can do a mock shoot to experiment on it before the real shoot on Monday. It is a stepping stone to our process of re-writing and re-shooting research.
Suggestions like redoing shoots really caught my attention. I always felt like when I film and re-watch my old films I would always think that I could have done better at certain parts. I am quite keen on creating more sketches and learn from it.
This week we had to compile the work we have discussed and pitch it to the class. I created a rough timeline to organise our work and to be able to show our progress with clarity. Scripts were submitted to the group google drive so I could take some examples to show on the slides. (You could say, I was in charge of organising the work.)
STeve Timeline – Sheet1
Kerri had written our pitch guideline for us:
LORD OF THE LAND (TV SERIES)
• Three people (20-somethings??) living in a share house.
• Two male, one female.
• Male 1 is son of the landlord, who happens to be his mother.
• Male 1 is dating the female housemate.
• Male 2 is a bit of a third wheel/butt of the joke.
• Landlord moves back into house following divorce from husband.
• Landlord is unaware her son is dating the female housemate
WHAT WE ARE RESEARCHING:
Our focus is not as much on the final product as it is on the process. We’re really honing in on the component of writing for genre, and how applying various genres to a consistent premise can affect the outcome. We’re completing everything in a very experimental and upside-down manner – instead of saying ‘we want to produce a comedy’, ‘let’s write a drama’, or ‘how about we conceptualise a reality show’, we’re angling in from the idea of ‘this is what we want to talk about or explore – that being 4 people in a share house – what tone are we going to explore this premise in?’
In the future we intend to create a multi-season TV series – the length of the show, number of episodes per season and number of seasons will most likely depend on the genre we decide to go with.
Once we had conceptualised our project plan, we divided up various genres and each wrote two one-page scripts to shoot as a rough exercise. These informal shoots will be using ourselves and/or friends as actors
Once we have shot all of the scripts, we will choose which genre we feel best fits the premise and will be strongest as a series.
From this we intend to create an extended scene as well a series trailer for our prototype. It is likely that we’ll first shoot these using us and our friends as actors, and then make a more finalised draft with professional actors.
Each person talk about the scripts you’ve written. The genre/style/format.
Talk about/show our fantastic timeline
With that, I created the slides as well as reference to the checklist we made during the consultation with Paul.
Here’s the PDF version of our presentation: 10SEPT PITCH PRESENTATION
This week we had Stayci during our consultation. We went straight to business on pitching our idea for our group project. The idea was using a baseline of a serialised television show with different genres. We were trying to break out of the typical procedure in pitching and creating a new television series. Instead of selecting a genre and work around that, we decided to work our way into the series by filming the various genres of scripts.
In other words, our research is to figure out an unconventional procedure of creating television shows.
Stayci mentioned that we have a basic understanding on where we would like to head in the future. To get started, we decided that as a group, we would come up with as many scripts of various genres to help prompt our prototype. After that we would film the scripts as our sketches to try to find something. Then we would create a intro scenes to show for our presentation in Week 12.
For our individual assignments Kerri delegated was to write two scripts of two different genres to help kickstart our project. I chose to write a comedy first. It’s not completed but the idea is having a cook-off between the flatmates. It turns from daily sitcom show to a reality TV Masterchef competition.
Here it is: Yun’s COMEDY COOK-OFF
On Thursday, we were presenting our edits for Week 4B’s shoot. Just to briefly jot down my thoughts on it.
I learnt today that there are just many ways to create or set the atmosphere with just a few shots. My edit and one of my group mate’s edit was completely different mood. Mine was the typical let the dialogue drive the film while my group mate’s black and white tone with the slowed down zoom created the bleak and dramatic ambience. I am quite fascinated by the vast difference despite using the same shots. My greatest concern was the continuity of the shots from one angle to the other while his was just driving the narrative into his interpretation of the script.
Just like the previous exercise, my edits were quick and short while my peer had created a tension / suspense at the beginning of the edit. This style of learning has proved useful to me. I could try and incorporate that style of visualisation in my scripts next time.
creativity is not just raw talent but through experience and exposure to the art…
My perspective on trying to BE “creative” has been all wrong. I wouldn’t say it’s a mistake but I would say that I have been looking in the wrong direction.
We had a little film discussion with Paul today. He showed a few film clips and what we as media students should consider. I was exposed to lighting techniques that I have never thought of before. I could not tell whether it was practical to take during dawn or dusk. I could not even tell that the characters or even animals’ colour or appearance has to be considered to make the shot aesthetically pleasing.
This understanding of years of experience is what makes the films a “grade A” film. When Paul mentioned about collecting a bank of film shots or scenes that might inspire you or make you go “wow I need to know how they did this”, I thought back to how I sat and watch films. I realise every time I exit the cinema, I am already discussing with my friends my favourite shots or scenes but I never keep track of those scenes. They are usually forgotten. Now that I think about it, the best way to learn is going back to the inspirations that got me excited and to try and reconstruct them. My previous studio, Online Video Experiment, we went small and specific on an online video by reconstructing and recreating our case studies.