For my Final Major Project on the Foundation course I have to create a video and in this case I’m making a short film. 
I usually struggle when working alone on a project just like I did with this project. I changed the idea what to create multiple times but as the dead line starts to approach I had to make up my mind.

This is the second draft of this script but I did not change to much after the first one. The main changes are some spelling mistakes and the unknown person “client” behind the telephone in the second scene. 

"When you’re young and working in this industry, you do as you’re told. You want to make a good impression, especially on the pros that have been working this job for decades. You want to appear fearless and up for anything."

Here is our final experimental product titled: Genius of the Wood.
Thanks to amazing team members: Aisha & Katharine.
And of course to the wonderful actress and singer Emily.

Experimental Project

The experimental project was a project where we were free to chose what we wanted to do. For example as film makers we were even allowed to try out animation if we wanted to. 

My first choice was to try and find a small group to try out the role as producent/director. I joined up with Katharine and Aisha. Although I wanted to try out the director role I ended up as sound recordist. I did not really mind this because I do enjoy sound recording.


Research

Because we are completely free what we want to create for this project we were a little bit struggling at the start. I personally like to have a bit of a direction to follow.  

We decided to do research in books from the library and decided to follow the question: “How can we change the viewers perspective/perception of reality using filmic techniques.”

A few interesting films and series that use perceptions are:
- The Lord of the Rings
- Sherlock BBC Series
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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After that we decided what question we would follow for our project we started on collecting idea’s for special effects. At this point we did not have a narrative yet besides the idea to place our video in a dream world. 
We decided that we should go to the shopping center in the weekend to take a look at what materials we can get and what effects we would be able to produce. 
In the mean time until this day we also figured out a short narrative for our short. 
As a final narrative decision we decided upon a dream sequence where a girl is completely isolated in a wilderness but dressed as if to go to bed.”
The location would either be an open spaced area or a forest. We decided to go for the forest area because it has some small open spaces and some tight dark areas. 



Time to draw out our narrative in a storyboard. But first we made a list of shots that we wanted to use and in what order. 
When we were done creating that list we started drawing and changed some shots here and there which we thought would work better.


Since we now knew what we needed, it was time to collect some materials for our idea. 
- A plank
- Rope
- Lights
- candles

The lights and candles are going to be used to create the mood and the plank + rope is for a small special effect where we will lift the actress slowly to the ground as if she falls towards the ground. 


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Shooting day
Geared with the storyboard and a bit of knowledge of our location we were ready to shoot our story. 

Final Product

http://vimeo.com/86342852



Boosting sound + Noise Reduction

On the day when we were going to capture extra sounds and the verse we booked out the sound equipment with the ME-66 microphone. This microphone is power by one battery instead of phantom power.
While the audio mixer is the same as the other sets the microphone and the headphone is different. Sadly the headphone does not block the audio from the outside very well and this causes problems while recording.
Because you hear the original sound and the sound that comes through the microphone it’s hard to clearly tell if the audio that comes in is leveled correctly.
In this case we booked out the ME-66 because it was easier(Lighter) to carry with us. We were to record foley plus vocals and instruments and wouldn’t need to move the microphone.

The plus side of the MKH-461 is that it has a small shock breaker so that the handlings around the microphone or on the boom pole will not be recorded. The ME-66 on the other hand does not have this which means whenever there is a slight movement there is a chance the microphone will pick up the sound.

This day of recording this was not the main problem since we did not need to move the microphone while recording. The main problem was that the sound that was being captured was to silent.


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Since the Audio was to silent it needed to be boosted. First I tried to do this in Adobe premiere by copying the Volume effect +6 decibel and add a Limiter afterwards with the Dynamic effects.
This did boost the volume but added background noise which I could not completely remove with Premiere.

This is why I moved to Adobe Audition which is an program for sound editing.
In this program I found an effect called normaliser. This boosts the sound but also adds background noise.

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Luckily I captured the room tone and could use this in a noise reduction effect. For this effect to work you need to capture a noise print. This can be done by selecting a small part of empty space (noise) and right click > Capture Noise Print.
Audition now remembers the noise and will remove this using the effect: Noise Reduction.
The great thing about this program and effect is that you can adjust the effect and hear it back in real time. This makes the experimenting around to get the right audio easier.


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How to import and capture footage in Adobe Premiere

There are multiple ways of importing your footage into Adobe Premiere. If you have the footage already on your computer you can either go to File > Import and search for the files you want to import. Or use the Media Browser as shown at the bottom of the screenshot. Choose the footage you want and press import. This will import your footage to the project tab where also your sequence is located.  

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It’s possible to import videos, audio but also pictures.
When you import a picture it will show up for X amount of frames on the time line. If for example you shot a stop motion you can change the still image default duration by going to Preferences > General. Then change the Still image default duration to 1 or 2 frames.   

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Capturing from a DV-tape.

When you are going to capture your footage from a dv-tape you either need an external device who can import your footage to your computer or your camera + firewire cable. Make sure you check which fire wire cable you need. Pc’s usually use firewire 400 but a mac uses firewire 800 for example. 

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Connect your camera to the pc/mac and turn it on.  On the camera go to preview/edit mode.
Open your Premiere project and go to File > Capture.
This will open the Capture screen and here you can view/capture your footage. 


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In the top right corner you have a Settings tab where you can see your Capture settings but you can also set the capture destination here where you want your files to be created.

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When capturing 1 hour of footage will take 1 hour of capturing. This is why it is a good idea to have someone who makes a tape log and keeps track of the timecode and shots.
If you know the timecode of the shots you can type them in in the Timecode window
{ 00:00:00:00 [Set In] - The starting point of your clip.
} 00:00:01:22 [Set Out] - End point to where you want the capture to stop.
{} 00:00:01:23 [Log Clip] - The duration of the captured clip.

If you typed in the timecode in the Set In & Set Out you can press the [In/Out] button in the Capture window.

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If you did not yet write down clip data you can do this after the capture is done. When you press OK you are ready to capture your next clip.

All the clips you capture will be saved in the map you have selected and will automatically be added to in your Premiere Project.  



How to create a new Adobe Premiere project

When you start up Premiere you will be brought to the window where you will be able to either open an old project or start a new.


If you create a New Project you will need to check if you filmed on a DV-tape or digital. If you did film on a Dv-tape check if the camera captured HDV (high definition) or DV (standart definition).

Choose the option your camera filmed on, otherwise premiere will not be able to see the footage when you try to capture it.

If you filmed on a digital camera or if your files are already captured you can leave this option. This option only matters if you still need to capture your footage from your DV-tape.

If you made a file structure already you can now save your project in the right map. This will create a project file: <project name.prproj>, an <Adobe Premiere Pro Preview Files> map and after the first auto save an <Adobe Premiere Pro Auto-Save> map.

You will now be brought to the create new sequence window. Here you can customize your own settings or use a preset.

For the settings you need to watch how you shoot your footage. What were your video settings? If the camera captures interlaced Hdv with a frame size of 1080 at 25 fps you can chose a The HDV 1080i preset. The i stands for interlaced and the p for progressive.

After you created your sequence and named it you will be brought inside the program. You will still be able to create a new sequence from within the program by going to File > New > Sequence. You won’t lose your old sequence unless you delete the sequence from the project library.



Managing your folder structure

Before you start a project you might want to consider to create a folder structure.

The folder structure is really importand to find your files or projects. If you have created the right structure you like to work with you can keep working in this structure for future projects. image

Besides creating a video, audio and still map in your project folder it is also useful to create these in your main folder. In these folders you can save files which might be useful in multiple projects. This way you won’t need to save the same files multiple times in different projects. It will save a lot of space.
A map for documents is also very helpful. Here for example you can save templates: callsheet, storyboard, etc. 



My name is Danny and I&#8217;m currently a student at the Arts University Bournemouth.I&#8217;m originally from Holland, but I chose to follow an abroad study in film production  to have a more effective way of learning the English language, meet people and to explore new places. Besides my interest in film production I also like to animate and photograph.
I made this blog because for our course we need to create a &#8216;Production Diary&#8217;. This is where I will keep you updated on the progress of my project, but also maybe teach a thing or two. I will do this by writing about the progress of the projects I&#8217;m working on but also by writing tips and tricks about the production process, the shoot and equipment. 
This blog will hopefully not only help me become more experienced. But hopefully will also learn you a thing or two. 
I opened my blog for replies after you have been a follower for 2 weeks. So any comments, feedback or questions are more than welcome. 
Thank you for reading my first blog post and I hope you will all enjoy it! 
Danny

My name is Danny and I’m currently a student at the Arts University Bournemouth.
I’m originally from Holland, but I chose to follow an abroad study in film production  to have a more effective way of learning the English language, meet people and to explore new places. 
Besides my interest in film production I also like to animate and photograph.

I made this blog because for our course we need to create a ‘Production Diary’. This is where I will keep you updated on the progress of my project, but also maybe teach a thing or two. 
I will do this by writing about the progress of the projects I’m working on but also by writing tips and tricks about the production process, the shoot and equipment. 

This blog will hopefully not only help me become more experienced. But hopefully will also learn you a thing or two. 

I opened my blog for replies after you have been a follower for 2 weeks. So any comments, feedback or questions are more than welcome. 

Thank you for reading my first blog post and I hope you will all enjoy it! 


Danny