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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Introduction to Camera - SKILLS : RESEARCH

Last lesson I was introduced to the Camera that we would be using to create our opening to a thriller.


Of course we had to be taught to be camera literate starting with the basics such as how to use it properly, configure it our liking and needs and also and rather importantly how to use it in a safe way.


The first thing I learnt was that of having a certain amount of contingency filming for about 4 to 5 seconds before any acting can start, this allows us to create a effective and realistic cut while editing, and also iron out anything that maybe isn’t quite right.


Attached to the camera was a small microphone, this allows us to half very good quality sound, this then enhances the realism of anything that we wanted to make. The lighting was also an issue that we would have to consider while filming, the camera had features that allowed for a brighter visual and even darker, this could come in handy if we are filming on a very sunny day and want to cut out some sunshine.   


My group and I were given a battery and two memory cards. These memory cards would contain all our filming for this project, and the way in which they work is that when they are both put in, one has priority over the other so in other words, when one is completed or full of recording the camera switches to the second memory card.


To allow for a stable and easy way to manoeuvre the camera, we learned about how to set up and use tri-pods. This was essentially a reinforcement of what I had already learnt from GCSE.


After familiarising with the camera, my group and I were given a task to practice making an effective thrilling scene. The criteria was that it had to include at least 12 shots, and had to include a close up shot, a point of view shot and an over the shoulder shot.  

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