Rolling – Week 2

To be honest, I did not see the title of the film that was shown and there were 2 films being shown. I’m going to assume that the first one that I was shown is the one that is titled “Rolling”. So, I think that the casting for the film was good, the actor had very good expressions and knew when to smile, pause and even jump in at certain scenes. He portrayed his character well and did it very naturally. I felt that the sound quality of the clip was really bad, from what I could recall it had very echos and it is not done properly I could hear buzzing in the background. Maybe doing a voice over might have been a better option. The choice of location was good, it fits in with the story line and also the setting. I felt that the production setting of the toilet rolls and placing of the scene was great! The toilet rolls placed at the start gives audiences an idea no clue about how he ended up with so many toilet rolls and the production team did a great job leading up the story to the scene and it made sense in the end. Aside from the sound, there were a few scenes where the white balance is not balanced out properly. There was a little bit of discolouration is certain scenes however, aside from that all is good. I think the team did well for a short school production with limited budget.

The Camera – Week 2

The two points that I’ve picked out from the reading is  both from the chapter Safety on the sets – I would like to cover on “Accidents” and Creating a Hazard. Why i chose these two topic is because I feel that safety on sets are often not priority when It should be of utmost priority. Especially when not in a professional set like student productions we need to be educated to take precautions when filming.

In the reading, it wrote that: “Most accidents happen from Slack Concentration. Where most accidents happen because we tend to leave our personnel safety awareness on auto pilot allowing our sense and past painful experiences to remind us but this is usually at the last moment too late. ”

That, I find so true. Anything can happen while filming, even if it’s a cut from a knife while cutting an apple in a scene or slipping on a slippery fall. Precations MUST be taken to prevent these from happening. We need to learn to trust our judgments and  use all our senses.

Another point is creating a hazard.  Small things like even production cables and gear placements can cause the entire scene to be a hazard. We also have to keep in mind those who are building the sets for the film and ensure that work safety is being taught to them and that they are being supervised at all times to ensure utmost precaution and safety. We need to remember that prevention is always definitely better than cure.

Clown Train – Week 2

In the film Clown train, sound played a very important part in it. Without the sound, the film would be awkward and borring. It add’s to the mood of the scenario and brings the entire film together. Choosing the right piece of sound is equally important and the sound for Clown train was very carefully chosen and chosen well.  I feel that the movie titled ” The Shining” acted out by Jack Nicholson had terrific sound effects to complement the entire film and the actors. It brings about suspense, fear and the right feelings from the audience at the right time. It created a lot of tension and the produces knew when to take sound out at the right parts. Sometimes the scene is best played out without sound as well to make the scene more natural.



Readings week 1 – Central conflict theory

Central conflict theory is a manual for an alternative cinema. It is (among other things) about how we see the world, narrate our own lives, histories and cultures and how limited (and destructive) we can be when we resort to Hollywood’s way of seeing. Much film theory covers the same territiory, but these are the words of an artist and should resonate with some vloggers. Central Conflict Theory refers to a type of dramatic construction, first developed by naturalist playwrights such as Ibsen, and later imposed as the model for Hollywood and international cinema. The crucial claim of this theory is, as Ruiz puts it, that “someone wants something and someone else doesn’t want them to have it. From this point on all the elements of the story are arranged around this central conflict”. I feel that when you draw ideas form only a certain culture you limit yourself and you start writing stories around stereotypes and also misunderstandings. Scripts or stories should not be limited, we should be able to keep an open mind and write about anything and everything.

Jasmine’s lecture on Screenwriting

In Jasmine’s lecture on scriptwriting, she wrote that scripts are not spose to be borring, they are meant to excite and convey a tonnes of emotions. She also wrote that, because of that it meant that there should be “No wallflowers, No introverts or No nice guys.” I understand that maybe a typical plot is to have an issue or a problem and maybe some exciting line up in trying to get the issue sorted. But personally, aside from all these mainstream action packed movies filled with suspense I actually do like the wallflowers, I like the introverts, I understand that these characters tend to keep emotions and feelings inside of them but I feel that, its because they are so vulnerable and so closed up and many can actually relate to that sort of silence. Sometimes, silence is gold or maybe it conveys this certain understanding to the audience and we as the audience are able to relate to the character deeper and in a more emotional way. Like I mentioned, this is just an opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and also experiences, but for me I would fall in love with a character that’s a wallflower more than I can with any superhero movie or someone that saves the world.

What I want from this Semester – Film/TV1

I suppose like most, I want to learn  a lot more about the technical aspect of the filming industry. Since I’m the last person on earth you’d want to run to in a technical emergency. I have absolutely no interests in handling technology and also find it quite a lot of hassle. So hopefully, learning the importance and roles of the different equipment can help me to achieve understanding and make me learn to love handling the technical aspect of filming. I also hope to be a better scriptwriter and editor, since I’ve done broadcast media before and editing media text, I’ve done a bit of editing on final pro x and learnt that it takes a lot of patience and time to beautify the film. Each aspect of filming plays a huge an important roles individually and one can’t do without the other. I would hope that in time through this course, I aquire the skills, patience and knowledge one takes to make a film.