Archive | February 2014

Using a Tripod





When creating our film we decided to use a tripod. It is important to keep the same point of rotation so to cover the entire sounding we are filming which is why we are using a tripod. It allows the camera to be steadied and therefore meaning we get shots that don’t jump up and down. Unlike a stills camera, a video camera records movement: it will be tilted (changing its up-and-down orientation) and panned (changing its left-and-right orientation) while it is shooting and it is essential that these movements be smooth and deliberate.

The use of a tripod also allows us to enhance outr creative expressions by forcing us to slow down, giving us time to think about creating a photograph and expressing our ideas, as opposed to grabbing snapshots of the staged scene. there is something to be said for taking the contemplative approach, carefully considering everything in the frame before pressing the shutter release meaning we have to think very carefully and the tripod allows us to do just that.

It meant that we could get shots down a flight of stairs whilst holding it steady so to look down and track a target going up or down them effectively due to it’s swivel head and it’s raisable and collapsible arms/legs as shown in the photos above.

The tripod does sadly mean that POV shots cannot be taken from it as the tripod has to be stationary meaning during a moving POV like a running scene or shaky cam of someone being murdered, the tripod isn’t needed for scenes like that.

The tripod we have opted to us is a “Hama” tripod which is a lightweight travel tripod which retails at £39.99 but the school has leased this piece of equipment to us to use for our student film. By being lightweight it eases burdens of carrying it to and from locations esspecially as we are travelling across town to film certain scenes. This has saved us considerable time waiting for it to delivery via online order or actually searching for the product but also it has saved us money as we don’t actually have to own the product, saving us money to spend elsewhere in the film to make it a better piece.


Using the WordPress App



I have downloaded the wordpress app to my iphone device. The purpose of doing this is so that I can post and update my blog without using a computer therefore this allows me to post wherever I am. It also shows I’m using different forms of media conventions in order to access my work.

Scene 3 – Matron’s Office Location Shots





Here are some photos of the nurse’s office at our school. We decided to use this as a location to show that Gerald got hurt from his beating up as it gives off a realistic look due to Matron’s office being a real life ward, rather that a stage or set. This saved us a lot of money in our budget of £42 as unlike Hollywood movies we did not have to construct a set or outfit as Matron herself and her office is completely kitted out in terms of props. From a wheel chair and bed to draws filled with bandages and plasters the location is perfect as it looks like a school’s nurse room.

The corridor that connects her office with the rest of the school is also being used in the film. It’s long stretches and busy people allowed it to look like a real school but also gave us the chance to have people and noise In the background without asking them to take part as an extra.

The purple chair’s used match matron’s purple uniform, which gives off the idea of Gerald’s schools colours being purple amuch like the checked shirt he always wears.

The posters on the walls displaying health centres like “the Kauri centre” which help young persons In situations that would most likely affect them gives off a believable idea that this is a school’s Matron room.

Film Pitch

Here is the Prezi we created to pitch our product to our fellow classmates and target audience. It briefly explains the ideas behind our film explaining the plot, the name choice, the genre, locations and equipment to use inthe film along with our movie tagline. I went for a simple background on the Prezi as it doesn’t allow the audience to get distracted by a flashy background. The idea of using a radar also allows the points to go round in a circle so to point out each point as it goes round. We used a simple to read font in a white background so that it doesn’t clash with the green background so it makes it easier to read and then made the titles more bold in order to make them stand out more so the audience watching knows which section we are talking about.

We also thought it nessecary to intergrate a YouTube quote into the piece in order for the audience to A) have a break of us both talking but also B) so they can get an idea of how our film idea is becoming inspired by the movie “Carrie”

Murder Notes Around Gerald’s Room

In our film we decided to take inspiration from legenddary director Queentin Tarantino by leaving small easter eggs around the sets. As our story revolves around a murder we decided on leaving notes on Murderers who have experienced psychological effects ether causing them to go insane or the psycholgical problems causing them to perform the murder, the latter effecting the main character Gerald in our film “Vindicta.”

Shooting Schedule

This is a brief plan of our shooting schedule. This was made on iMovie and represented our shooting schedule in this way as another form of media being represented.

Use of High Angle Shots/Vantage Points


We used the high vantage point of the bridge to get landscape shots and establishing shots for our film. This is very important for the audience to have a very detailed understanding of the environment the characters are in. By using the tripod it allowed us to steady the camera as we filmed our surroundings. It meant that by tightening the screws on the tripod we could allow the shots taken to be very slow so not to rush it and ruin the shot. When zooming we went very slowly so not to ruin any pictures.
We took 2 videos both of 40 seconds length: one of the entire area and one of the area with the character Harry Smith walking through the landscape to the murder scene.

As you can see from the pictures it was slightly wet from recent rain and puddles have formed and the river is higher than usual. When filming atop a bride we had to be careful and took extreme care when filming. We assessed before filming whether we should carry out filming today and decided in doing so as the current weather state was gloomy which may give off good depictions for a murder scene in our film. The dangers were falling into the river or falling to the ground which would result in personal injury, camera damage or if drowning – death. Thankfully our careful planning came off and we got some amazing aerial footage to use.