So I’ve been thinking a lot about my article, and I hadn’t felt particularly excited about any of my ideas until now. I’ve noticed an increasing trend on the Auckland SPCA Facebook page, they seem to have more cats and dogs up for adoption than usual, and many of the stories which accompany them have a theme. “Diddy’s owner had to relocate and was unable to take Diddy with her.” “Archie was abandoned by his previous owners.” “Dolce was surrendered to the SPCA because his owner could no longer take care of him.” 

This got me thinking… Pets are for life right? So why are so many pet owners giving up their fur babies? 

My boyfriend has been looking for a flat to rent for almost a year, but has been so far unsuccessful. His main issue is that every time he finds a place in the right location, for the right price he reads the fine print and sees “no smoking, no pets.” As if his fluffy white cat is going to permanently damage the house and leave it in an unfit condition for the renters after him. I think this is an issue in my neighbourhood that has had little attention and I’d like to pursue it further.

Finished Contingency Plan

What are some difficulties and problems that could occur?

  • identifies practicalities that may affect the production process
How would these problems and difficulties affect your film?

  • considers the impact of these practicalities on the production process
What are some solutions to dealing with any problems or difficulties?

  • outlines strategies to overcome obstacles
Practicalities include such aspects as locations, transport, equipment, weather, costs, cast/crew, time, fliming etc.
The filming at Georgia’s house could take a long time and her family may need to use their kitchen and living area This would interrupt our filming and may result in inconsistencies in the film (for example the pots in the background could change positions); it could also use up time which we may not have to spare. We would need to discuss the issue with her family beforehand, and allow them time to make dinner, and film in another room at the time; we would also need to be extra careful that there aren’t any inconsistencies as we film.
The tripod does not have a spirit level, and the angle needs to be estimated by eye. This could mean the camera is not set up on a flat surface and look bad when imported into post. This could also detract from the overall effect of the film. We need to take extra care when setting up the tripod, and also make the shots a little wider than necessary so we have room to change the angle in post-production.
The camera’s battery life may not last the whole day, and we do not have a replacement battery.

 

If the camera ran out of battery we would have to stop filming, and risk running out of time. Whenever we take a break we must charge the battery, and be sure to not leave it on and waste the battery accidently.
We could run out of time when filming, or run out of daylight hours.

 

This would mean not having all the footage needed, and could mean having to film another day, which could result in major inconsistencies. We need to film the most important shots first, and also be sure to film quickly and use time effectively. This means starting early, and making decisions effectively. Also spending the time to figure out exactly which shots we need to film so we don’t film unnecessary shots.
We could film quickly, and end up having bad takes or missing some takes.

 

This would mean needing to do a reshoot or having to deal with not enough clips. This could result in our film not making sense. When filming we need to be careful that the camera is set up well, and on the correct settings for the lighting and focus. We also need to follow our storyboard to be sure we don’t forget any shots.
There could be inconsistencies with the different costumes. This could make the film look amateur, and the audience would notice and this would detract from the impact of them film. We need to decide on the costumes in advance, and be sure it is identical every time, this includes hair and props she uses.
Sarah is involved in the school show, around the same time, so will miss lessons for editing.

 

This will mean less hours to edit, and could pressure the group for time. This could lead to the film not being done in time. Sarah needs to do the editing she needs to do, so if it means coming back at lunch and afterschool to catch up then she will. Also not to waste time when editing to be as efficient as possible.
Georgia did not take media last year, so will need to learn to use adobe before she can edit.

 

This could put pressure on Amber to teach her, and waste valuable time. Georgia could also make mistakes while editing and not know how to fix it. Amber will need to teach Georgia, and Sarah and Amber both need to make themselves available to be contacted, so Georgia can ask for help if necessary. She can also ask Mrs White if needed.
We care all very opinionated people which means we may have arguments if we strongly believe something different to the other people in our group.

 

This could lead to the group not co-operating and wasting time. Also risking the film from being filmed to our best ability. We need to respect each other’s opinions and listen to each other’s ideas. Then we need to think about the practicalities of the different ideas and decide which is best. If needed compromises can be made.
The computer could crash and we would lose all our work. This would mean needing to restart, and the not having enough time to edit everything to our best ability. We need to back up the work onto a memory stick every lesson, so if it crashes we have a copy and will not lose the work.

Refection summary

Original idea

  • Demonstrates evidence of reflection and reworking of ideas

 

How I changed this idea

  • Demonstrates evidence of refinement of ideas through reflection and reworking of ideas, i.e. the ideas have improved through revision
Why did you make the change and explain the result of the change

  • Demonstrates evidence of on-going refinement of ideas through reflection and reworking of ideas, i.e. the ideas have improved through constant interrogation and repeated revision
The final shot would be from the camera’s point of view as the mysterious figure moves it into the cupboard, and slams the door.

 

The mysterious figure now just watches the girl through the camera, with the recording frame, and flashing light. Because it did not make sense, as the footage came out dark and messy due to bad lighting, and a sudden change in filming style. It was a weak ending to the film, and may not have had the desired effect on the audience. The new ending is very creepy, and is just enough of a contrast in style to get the audience’s attention, while still making sense to the storyline.
A shot of scenery would indicate that it was the next day.

 

We showed her waking up and doing stereotypical morning activities, like brushing teeth. The footage of the scenery does not look as though it is the same location, and does not fit the style of the film. It would look out of place, and may not effectively indicate to the audience that it is morning. The change made it clear it was the next day, and kept the style of the film consistent.
Originally we would film the girl setting up the camera then going to bed. We used a montage to show the passing of time as she stays up to try and figure out what was going on. Then after the montage we included shots of her setting up a camera and going to sleep on the couch. Because we wanted to show the passing of time and this would allow the audience to understand more clearly. It also helped to explain her sleepwalking, because nothing would happen when she was awake. It also allowed the film to flow better and the speed to pick up, making the suspense build towards the final scenes. The montage was more visually effective.
The scenes of the days and nights would be the same length, and be quite repetitive to try and explain how often things would disappear and move.

 

We made the days and nights shorter, cutting down the unimportant footage. We exaggerated the length of some of the scenes where the girl finds objects in weird places. We made the scenes into more of montage. Making the days and nights shorter where they were unimportant meant that it flowed better and was less boring/did not drag on. This also made it easier for the audience to stay interested and the quick moving scenes built up towards the end for suspense. We exaggerated the length of some scenes so that the importance of the missing items stayed. It was important to lengthen these scenes so that the audience could consider what was happening. Making the scenes fit into more of a montage allowed the pace to be faster and this meant the audience would have more interest.
Originally we would have all the shots of the girl arriving home together so they would play just after each other. We would also have all the nights together.

 

We made the scenes play in sequential order. So that the mornings are played with the night of the same day. Consequently this made the film easier to understand because the days were in order and the objects that were going missing had a pattern. It also made it easier to show that the objects were going missing as some of the shots linked to the night before-hand, and the audience could easily tell things were going missing.
The twist to the film would be that the girl was sleep-walking, and that she was moving the objects.

 

We changed it so that there were multiple twists. We showed footage of the girl sleep-walking, and after the shots of the girl going back to the couch, we included footage of another person in the house. We did this because the extra twist added to the impact the film had on the audience. We wanted the audience to assume she was just sleepwalking and it was her who was moving objects. Adding the extra twist would mean the audience would be surprised and take liking to the film as it exceeded what they would think would occur.

It adds to the mystery because the character does not know that there is somebody else in the house even at the end of the film.

Originally our idea was that the film would be called “Missing”.

 

We changed the title of the film from “Missing” to “Home Alone?”. We changed this for the reason that it gave a different view to what the audience might assume would happen. Having the title “Missing”, would mean the audience might just assume objects go missing, and not link it to the idea of somebody else being inside the house. Having the title “Home Alone?” would mean the audience would be suspicious throughout the film of someone else being in the house. The title also added to the shock/surprise of the first twist. The question mark in the title made it mysterious from the very beginning, making the audience question the purpose of the movie.

 

Contingency Plan, so far…

This is the contingency plan so far, the rest of my group will be able to fix it up and complete it period 5 today.

 

What are some difficulties and problems that could occur?  

  • identifies practicalities that may affect the production process

How would these problems and difficulties affect your film?

  • considers the impact of these practicalities on the production process

What are some solutions to dealing with any problems or difficulties?

  • outlines strategies to overcome obstacles

Practicalities include such aspects as locations, transport, equipment, weather, costs, cast/crew, time, fliming etc.

The filming at Georgia’s house could take a long time and her family may need to use their kitchen and living area

This would interrupt our filming and may result in inconsistencies in the film (for example the pots in the background could change positions), it could also use up time which we may not have to spare.

We would need to discuss the issue with her family beforehand, and allow them time to make dinner, and film in another room at the time, we would also need to be extra careful that there aren’t any inconsistencies as we film.

The tripod does not have a spirit level, and the angle needs to be estimated by eye.

This could mean the camera is not set up on a flat surface and look bad when imported into post. This could also detract from the overall effect of the film.

We need to take extra care when setting up the tripod, and also make the shots a little wider than necessary so we have room to change the angle in post-production.

The camera’s battery life may not last the whole day, and we do not have a replacement battery.

 

If the camera ran out of battery we would have to stop filming, and risk running out of time.

Whenever we take a break we must charge the battery, and be sure to not leave it on and waste the battery accidently.

We could run out of time when filming, or run out of daylight hours.

 

This would mean not having all the footage needed, and could mean having to film another day, which could result in major inconsistencies.

We need to film the most important shots first, and also be sure to film quickly and use time effectively. This means starting early, and making decisions effectively. Also spending the time to figure out exactly which shots we need to film so we don’t film unnecessary shots.

We could film quickly, and end up having bad takes or missing some takes.

 

This would mean needing to do a reshoot or having to deal with not enough clips. This could result in our film not making sense.

When filming we need to be careful that the camera is set up well, and on the correct settings for the lighting and focus. We also need to follow our storyboard to be sure we don’t forget any shots.

There could be inconsistencies with the different costumes.

This could make the film look amateur, and the audience would notice and this would detract from the impact of them film.

We need to decide on the costumes in advance, and be sure it is identical every time, this includes hair and props she uses.

Sarah is involved in the school show, around the same time, so will miss lessons for editing.

 

This will mean less hours to edit, and could pressure the group for time. This could lead to the film not being done in time.

Sarah needs to do the editing she needs to do, so if it means coming back at lunch and afterschool to catch up then she will. Also not to waste time when editing to be as efficient as possible.

Georgia did not take media last year, so will need to learn to use adobe before she can edit.

 

This could put pressure on Amber to teach her, and waste valuable time. Georgia could also make mistakes while editing and not know how to fix it.

Amber will need to teach Georgia, and Sarah and Amber both need to make themselves available to be contacted, so Georgia can ask for help if necessary. She can also ask Mrs White if needed.

We care all very opinionated people which means we may have arguments if we strongly believe something different to the other people in our group.

 

This could lead to the group not co-operating and wasting time. Also risking the film from being filmed to our best ability.

We need to respect each other’s opinions and listen to each other’s ideas. Then we need to think about the practicalities of the different ideas and decide which is best. If needed compromises can be made.

The computer could crash and we would lose all our work.

This would mean needing to restart, and the not having enough time to edit everything to our best ability.

We need to back up the work onto a memory stick every lesson, so if it crashes we have a copy and will not lose the work.

Refection summary

Original idea

  • Demonstrates evidence of reflection and reworking of ideas

 

How I changed this idea

  • Demonstrates evidence of refinement of ideas through reflection and reworking of ideas, i.e. the ideas have improved through revision

Why did you make the change and explain the result of the change

  • Demonstrates evidence of ongoing refinement of ideas through reflection and reworking of ideas, i.e. the ideas have improved through constant interrogation and repeated revision

The final shot would be from the camera’s point of view as the mysterious figure moves it into the cupboard, and slams the door.

 

The mysterious figure now just watches the girl through the camera, with the recording frame, and flashing light.

Because it did not make sense, as the footage came out dark and messy due to bad lighting, and a sudden change in filming style. It was a weak ending to the film, and may not have had the desired effect on the audience. The new ending is very creepy, and is just enough of a contrast in style to get the audience’s attention, while still making sense to the storyline.

A shot of scenery would indicate that it was the next day.

 

We showed her waking up and doing stereotypical morning activities, like brushing teeth.

The footage of the scenery does not look as though it is the same location, and does not fit the style of the film. It would like out of place, and may not effectively indicate to the audience that it is morning. The change made it clear it was the next day, and kept the style of the film consistent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today we are finishing off adding the sound effects and music. Amber and I are both staying until 6ish. I looked at how to add colour filters and colour correction using this tutorial: http://youtu.be/l0jczTIYL0I while amber continued editing and perfecting our film. Georgia came in with us at lunch and left us with a bunch of her ideas because she has basketball training after school so could not stay.

I’m really pleased with how it’s looking and am sure well be ready to export on Monday.

May 14th

Only a few days to go, we have just sound and colouring to do now. I have hardly been in class because I have been at Fame rehearsals. This was something we identified as a weakness, so I will overcome it by staying late tomorrow to get the last of it finished. Today I intend to continue adding in sound effects to make the film more realistic. It’s important we spend lots of time making sure the sound effects sound real, and have correct timing.

Film Day (02/04/14)

Today is our day for filming! Currently half way through filming, having a break to recharge the camera 🙂 going really well, everything gone smoothly with no problems. We spent a lot of time this morning discussing our storyboard and perfecting it while looking at opportunities around the location for specific shots, were all really pleased with how it’s turning out.

April 8th

I created the Premier Pro project today, and made sure it was in all the right settings. I cut together a rough idea of the opening scenes, but will leave it for amber and georgia to edit to perfection. I’ve also imported some of the footage and begun creating folders for them to organise into.