Animation. I feel like the shots I used in the animation worked quite well. I used shots which showed the whole subject. I feel like I have a decent grasp of the different shot types used in film, and when I should use them in mine. There are some practicalities that I’ve had to take into account, for example I can’t use a wide shot during an animation because the set is usually not big enough. However I can use medium shots and close ups because it makes the sets and characters look nicer, it also makes it feel more intimate and real.
Editing. During editing, I was able to create the effects I wanted. I used photoshop for the blood, which looked rather effective. I edited the gunshots similarly, they also came out effectively. The sound came out rather well. I didn’t use any original Foley sounds, only premade sounds.
Set building. I was able to make the sets for the film, from scratch. I was able to make sets that fitted the mood of the film, which was quite dark. I’ve always had a good ability when it comes to practical activities such as model making or set building, so building the sets for my films hasn’t been difficult. As I’ve done it more, I’ve improved. I’ve been doing it on and off for several years and I’ve noticed that it’s a skill that I can leave for several months, and then pick it up and be just as good or better.
Gathering footage. I’ve been able to gather good examples of media to use in my projects. I have made a few documentaries over the duration of the course. For these projects, I’ve had to find several previously existing products to include.
Photography. I’m not very good when it comes to photography. I’m not very competent with the equipment as I haven’t had a lot of practice. I feel that the photography lessons on Wednesday have been helpful for me. I would improve a lot more if I were to go out and photograph freely in my own time.
Written work. Written work is really uninteresting for me, this means I don’t put in a lot of effort and don’t end up with the best piece I could do. I could force myself to enjoy it, which may help me produce better written work.
Animation. I’m somewhat new to animation, so some of the animating I’ve done has turned out a bit jittery. I feel that my animation improved greatly on the second film compared to the first. As I do more animation I will improve at it. I’ve not been taught animation skills in class, I’ve only watched tutorials and watched lots of animation on YouTube, mostly Lego stop motion animation.
Team work. I usually don’t like working in teams. I’ve never liked working in teams, so I doubt I’d be able to change my mind towards team work. This is a problem when in the creative media industry, as a lot of the work will be team based. Some documentary film makers will work independently, for example, however that isn’t desirable for me.
University. University can be good for many things, such as skill development and gaining contacts. It also looks good for a potential employer.
Price. University prices are increasing. This means I’ll be in more debt after I finish than I would have been a few years ago. This Isn’t very appealing to me, considering I may not love the course after I finish it. I wont want to be in debt for an experience that wasn’t enjoyable to me.
Need to stand out. To really impress a university and motivate them to take me, I’d have to positively stand out from the crowd. However, I have a habit of not standing out. I’m always quiet and not outgoing, I’m also not talkative. This means, in an interview I may not present all of my ideas or skills.