Friday, December 7, 2012

What I've learned in TCF 312

TThis has been my favorite class in TCF thus far. I think because I got a much better understanding of workflow, what makes a success production, the importance of knowing what goes on a set, how to get a certain look and what equipment will give you such look. I see how lighting ultimately gives you a good shot or a bad shot. I understand how to incorporate lights as far as color temperatures, kinos, arris, diffusors, cookies, etc. Lights can make a scene look realistic, 3-dimensional and set the mood. I learned about the various cameras, their limitations and their specifications. I always thought that when a person is shoot a film, they use the same camera but as I learned in this course, you can’t always use a DSLR when you’re trying to zoom, or you can use an HDV is you want a shallow depth of field. I learned that like Shane, I like to use DSLR. I think they produce cinematic and beautiful shots that I want to incorporate in my future films. I learned the importance of knowing things like aperture, ISO, ND filters, shutter speed, etc, because without the technical parts taking care of, your shots could consequently be effected by poor quality. I learned the importance of each person’s job on a shoot. Though I only had about 8 people assisting me on he the Delinquency shoot, I see how there are so many positions that contribute to the success of a production. For instance, I wish we had a person checking our actors lines and positioning for editing purposes. Have a good relationship with you crew is another thing I gathered as a 312 student. Like any work space, having a good relationship with your crew is critical to a success piece and I’m glad that I was able to develop good relationships with people I can work with in the future. I found out what I think I would be most successful at and that's directing. I feel like the director, as the visionary and guideline for the mise-en-scene of a film, serves as the leader and I think I am a natural born leader.

Scene Assignment Reflection: "Delinquency"

I learned that when I want to focus and organize my ADHD thoughts, I can! I was very impressed with how all my prior work made the shoot go by rather swiftly. In addition to me having preplanned what I wanted to shoot and capture, I had arranged to have my crew fed and happy and I think that kinda gave a positive undertone to the day's work. I think I am good at brainstorming creative ideas and giving direction. I have experience acting and now of course, filming and I think I articulate a vision well so directing might be my calling but I'm not limited to that notion. I want to be able to speak film language like my second language. I wanna know terms, camera operation, lighting techniques and so on so that I can be competitive in a field that millions of people are pursuing. Having this knowledge will no only make me marketable but help me produce work that shows my skills set and creative vision. I think I crew work well together. The actors and crew got along really well and at some points I had to step in and keep everyone on task. The DP and I did not exercise good communication skills, which was evident in the final product but regardless each experience teaches you something and now I know the importance of said relationship

GOOD Reels

I think a well composed, well thought out and fashioned for whatever position a videogrpaher, editor, graphic designer, director, etc., is applying for. I think clips that show a variety of work a person can do. In a industry that is rapidly changing and requiring less people for more things, I think it is critical to have a good understanding of how to do everything. Here are some reels I thought were done really well: "> ">

Dorothy Dandridge

For my Mass Communication History class, I had to write a 20 page paper about a subject of my choice. I chose to compare 1950's actresses Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Dandridge. As a practitioner of film, I found it interesting that cinema portrayed the two equally talented women very differently during the height of the conservative, religious, anti-communist, and segregated 50's. I had become interested in this subject because I noticed how Marilyn Monroe has transcended the limits of her time and become a billion dollar image that is plastered on wallpapers, posters, fashion, etc. I especially noticed it in the black community that young girls idolize this woman who didn't even look like them. I learned about Dorothy Dandridge after watching Introducing Dorothy Dandridge starring Halle Berry, a couple of years ago. Halle Berry did a phenomenuel job portraying the 1950's actress who got her big break in the all black opera Carmen Jones. During an era that was starting to embrace sexuality in its cultural and vaguely accepting black people as human beings, the high-spirited, pretty and sensual Dandridge had found success as a black woman in Hollywood. Though her roles were stereotypical and strategically executed to give her sex appeal, Dorothy was a beautiful black face on a big screen when African Americans were subject to roles as slaves or servants. While we idolize Marilyn Monroe, who in her own respect was stereotyped as a sexy dumb blonde in the 50's, I think we should also include a place for Dorothy. She paved the way for black actresses and black filmmakers in general because she, against all odds, endured a generation who wasn't ready for her (as seen in the TAN movie posters with Harry Belafonte) and reached a stardom that few people like her did.

Camera Selection

For my scene assignment, I chose the T2i, which is my fellow classmate's personal DSLR. I like the cinematic look the DSLR gives so I was comfortable using this particular camera when it was suggested for class equipment distribution purposes. I think the cinematic style in a production makes it more realistic and creditable and because my scenario is serious and dramatic so I think using a camera the gives this look helps the tone of the story. DSLRs are able to give a scene a shallow depth of field and uses really awesome lenses, however it requires a lot of moving because it isn't able to zoom in, small LCD monitor on camera which makes it hard to see exactly what you're filming and you must capture something white in order to white balance it. EX3, HDV, Go Pro as well as the DSLRs have CMOS sensors which prevent the jello effect for action shots. HDV have a lower number LUX and therefore can film will in lower light. You can also use lenses with these cameras which are good with natural color. However, the workflow is difficult because you must use a capture cam.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My New Love! DSLR!

I have always had a thing for photographs! Maybe it has something to do with my mother's longtime boyfriend of 8 years who was a professional photographer. Therefore, because the DSLR can double as photo taking machine and a video capturing machine, I've developed a new love for it. I aspire to use it in my scene assignment! I've learned that it has the ability to rack focus, which I really wanna use for my intense moments! It gives a quality cinematic look that I adore. The DSLR uses interchangeable lenses (which reminds me of the Sony's filters) and a sensor that is larger that gives it that higher quality. I also like how it tolerate low-light levels better. My film is dark and eery so I think it would work well with my film. Here are some Pros and Cons of the DSLR, that I've reviewed from" Pros: 1. Greater lens versatility. 2. Almost always better image quality 3. Better performance. 4. Usually a more functional "shooter's" design. 5. Greater flexibility. Cons: 1. Generally bigger and heavier. 2. Increased complexity 3. Higher prices. 4. Generally inconvenient to use the LCD for framing. ( I plan on using an adapter to connect the camera to my laptop so my DP and I can monitor our shots.) I was curious to find out what feature films where shot with DSLR and here is a list of what I've discovered: ROAD TO NOWHERE Shot with: Canon 5DmkII Trailer: Road to Nowhere - YouTube PERCEPTION Shot with: Canon 7D FANTASTIC MR. FOX Shot with: Nikon D3 IMDb: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - IMDb DESPERATA Shot with: Nikon D90 Official website: Desperata - official homepage of the feature film ACT OF VALOR Shot with: Canon 5DmkII, Canon 7D, Canon 1D Trailer: Act Of Valor (2012) Official Trailer - HD Movie - Navy SEALS - YouTube ALÉM DE TI Shot with: Canon T2i Official Facebook:

Monday, October 15, 2012

I Can't Wait to Use Dollies!!! Eeek!

Blogger's Note: All of my dolly examples are used effective!
I beginning my blog with this new commercial from Chanel's Fragrance Number 5. Brad Pitt is still, he recites some poem or monologue, it's in black and white and the camera moves closer to him in for a Character Dolly or Push In. This highly attractive man is a sight for sore eyes and I had no problem with the camera's steadily approaching him. My heart leaped at the cutaway of a wide close up of his beautifully aging face (MELT!!!). His words are intense and thoughtful. You're drawn to whatever it is that this handsome man is saying and the camera's movement towards him exemplifies this longing you have to understand.
Across the Universe has to be one of my all time favorite movies. For a generation that validly hold some type of regard for The Beatles, this movie gave them an opportunity to get lost in the magic that decades of fans where introduce to during their time. The scene I picked has a spin look at about :20 into it. The cheerleader singing has a desire to be with an unidentified person that she hasn't adequately expressed for a reason that is understood later in the scene. She is singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which makes for a sad sort of undertone and as the spin away occurs, you see the distance between her and her mysterious crush. As it spins around, you get to see the emotion on the singers face as see stares at her love from afar.
My next chose comes from the movie Accidents Happens. The link I've provided is only a teaser. I could not find the clip I wanted on line. Anyway, pay attention to :00-:05 as the camera tilts down into the scene. In the movie of course, it continues this motion until it introduces the characters but this teaser does not. I liked this scene because it offers a new way to present an establishing shot. Instead of simply holding the camera on the location for whatever seconds, it "enters" the scene as we, the viewers, kind of do so as well.
My next scene is from the 2006 Spanish movie Pan's Labyrinth. This is one of my favorite movies as well. It tells the story of a girl growing up with a stepfather who has the demeanor and heart of Hitler. She escape her troubling situation by making up wonderful stories that come true in her real life. I chose the scene where she is introduce to a mystical garden leading to a labyrinth behind her new home. At about 1:36 there is an example of a fly over. The garden has been shaped into a maze so it is effective that the director chose to do a fly over as we follower our main character through the maze.