This week, the main focus was about screen motion. We learned what screen motion is, to link it to it, we looked at what was neutral direction as well as other techniques like cutaway, empty frames and more. The other thing we have learnt was the different camera movements. These are the basics from pan, tilt and track, to the more complex ones like Dolly, Boom and many others.
On our first theory lesson for visual skills, we learnt about screen motion. This is when there is a fluidity between each scene and into another. For the screen motion to be effective, the camera has to be tracking the character on the same side every time he/she is filming. If the character is filmed on the left and that on the next scene, he/she is being filmed on the right, it could get the audience confused because they would think that the character is walking the opposite way. Neutral direction is when you film the camera coming one way and you keep it the same throughout each scene. Cutaway is when you make the audience forget the sense of direction in the last movement. We then looked at a video about the different types of movement in one of Akira Kurosawa’s films. The different types of movement in those were movement of nature, groups, individuals, cuts etc… The next thing we have learned was the camera movement. There are many camera movements used in films that have seen but never knew the words for them. The basic camera movements are pan, tilt and track. Pan is when you rotate the camera but keep it on its vertical axis. Tilt is when you rotate the camera up or down. Track is when you physically move the camera from left to write or vice versa by keeping its perpendicular axis. The other camera movements were dolly where you move the camera away or towards the character. Zolly shot which is also known as a vertigo shot, works when you pull the camera away and you zoom in, which gives a strange effect when you watch it on tv or cinema. I thought this lesson was very interesting because I have seen many of these shots when I watched films, but because I did not know their names, I couldn’t tell which was which.
As well as learning about this, we were told to choose 2 social network where we would want to show other people our work. I chose Facebook and Twitter to show my work to hopefully get some feedback.
Linking to this lesson we did, we had to make a video based on what we have learnt about screen motion. So we did storyboards during the evening before filming day to get a basic idea of the our story using the techniques we have learnt. On the next day, it was filming day. I worked with my group of friends to helping each other each other with our productions. When it came to my turn for filming, I already encountered 2 problems, one was that the first scene I couldn’t film it as I wanted it because there was a road next to it. The second one was to make sure Kyle, who is the cameraman, to not trip when he is filming using the steady cam. Although I was able to solve these 2 problems. The one for the first scene, I thought of doing a tracking shot but from behind instead of sideways, to reduce the risk of someone being run over by a vehicle. To keep the camera as steady as possible without tripping over, Kai guided Kyle on where the trip hazards were while filming so they he doesn’t fall over. The filming was done in about 30 mins as I only had 6 shots to do.
The editing part of this tiny project was the best part. The video without the music was done by the end of the day. The music I chose for this small video was World War Z – Searching for Clues. I thought the flowing piano playing in the middle of the music would fit perfectly with the video, even though that was not the music I thought of in the first place. Once I have cropped the part of the music I wanted and placed it. The final product turned out pretty much how I wanted it to be. When watching it, you could feel that tension rising as the video goes on.
Overall, it was a really good week. I have learnt many things about the different camera movement and was able to apply it to my video. Different camera movements gives the audience a different message of what is happening. The important thing in screen motion is neutral direction to make sure that people do not get confused about where someone is going.
‘It was good the way you notified the audience on the importance of Screen direction and why it makes the movie better. The in-depth short article you wrote about Akira Kurosawa was very interesting. The examples you gave of his work and the YouTube video you supplied with it complimented your words on Akira. Your descriptions of things such as ‘cutaway’ or the different methods used in Screen Direction are all accurate and direct. They were easy to understand and follow. (The pictures helped with the explanations also).
The examples you gave with each method would be useful for people who don’t understand it as much as you do so an example of what you’re talking about works well with the description of the subject.
I like the way you further developed the explanation of your storyboards even though you already had them. Your analysis was very descriptive and critical in parts.’
(Kyle James Alford, 15/01/2017)
‘This post is really good. The detail and clear layout make it very informative and easy to understand. The use of pictures to illustrate what you were explaining added to the visuals, and would be extremely helpful to someone who wanted to learn about screen direction. You made sure to explain every possible relevant thing relating to this weeks topic, providing examples as well. Overall I was so impressed with the amount of work you produced and it’s quality. Great post!’
( Rhiana Bonterre, 17/01/2017)
‘Well done on blog this week! You’ve put a lot of detail into it! Your visual task this week was very good as your screen direction makes the video feel smooth and the scenes work well together. I think one thing to improve on is working on cutting down your scenes as sometimes they feel a bit long winded. Well done anyway keep it up’
Lydia Reeves, 19/01/2017)
Feedback from Social Medias
As a beginning, I did not have as many feedbacks I hoped. But here is feedback I got so far: