SOUND amazing & IMAGE amusing

At this semester beginning,we were asked to image our goals and desires and  what we want to get out of this semester.I try my best to not missing every lecture and tutorial in this semester.I really thank Paul and Jeremy for giving us a lot of distinctive ideas we never catch before and very useful guides to get all our want,and offer more practice to handle the basic skills.Especially,Jeremy is a very patient teacher for leading us,he always taught us the basic details again and again,we always regarded him as a friend not a teacher.I really feel sorry about we did not have taken a photo together with all my classmates and Jeremy for a really great semester.

Now, I reviewed constructively what I got from this semester.This course lived up to my expectations, and delivered what I expected.At the first time,Jeremy was pushing a cart of equipments in front of our face,I was so excited about what I have seeing.This course give me a lot of first experience,such like first time to hold a handheld recorder to catch all kinds of sound I interested;first time to interview people on the road;first time to face the camera as an actor;first time to call out’action’;first time to set up all the equipment to shoot a short film;first time to work with a group for filming and so on.I really appreciate for having these experience,these definitely can give me a huge help for my future real job.

From this course,I learned how to communicate with my group member to making a satisfied film to everybody;how to set up the equipment;how to work out roles and responsibilities;how to arranged every crews as a director;how to use the camera to shooting;how to get a perfect frame as a camera operator;how to get a great audio recorder;how to organized all the clips to build an orderly folder;how to edit the clips by Premier as I want;how to add the title and use colour grade and all kind of effects to make a real film.I really like this course,every my efforts can come true as a real thing as a video appearance.Every effort will have a harvest.So it definitely is sound amazing and image amusing.

From the ‘Lenny shoot’,it helped me to build individual creative ideas and opened my mind towards working on it in the future about how to make a great film.From the ‘Vox Pops’ exercise,it also helped me explore about the documentary deeply and put more passion on the documentary in the future.

Documentary in a Day-Call me Director

Making a documentary looks like so far away from me before I became a member of this class-Sound and Image.At the beginning,we got a theme named’HOME’ for our documentary.Beforehand,our group think about What will our documentary be about? We definitely consider that our documentary should be worthy of our audience’s time.Try instead to focus on the contents and the people appearance in the documentary. In simplest terms, try to film things that are interesting and to avoid things that are boring or ordinary.I think we chosen a worthy topic.Home not just one simple word for people,it also means a lot for each people ,and even included different deep meaning to people.So our groups figure out the contents with all of the passion.

After the first shoot,we realized that we got a lot of problems.Firstly,our prepared questions were not appropriate for the Interviewees,they could not get the point about most of the questions when they heard at the first time,and it wasted lots of time to explained the real meaning to the interviewees.

Secondly,it must be the audio.When an interview is shooting,the interviewee’s voice by the audio recording is the most important factor of the film.As I know,the producer would like to spend hours on set design and lighting,but they just use only a few minutes on audio. Without sound, I think it would have no film,all left with is a talking head that does not transmit any message to the viewer.There was a big problem about our first shoot,we set up our interview on the Bowen St..We originally thought there was more silent than the Swanston St.,but we did not notice  there was a kind of power station with low noise.Finally we just got a not clearly audio record that time.From this experience I learned that we should check all the details even conclude  the environment.

Thirdly,the question definitely is about the light.As you see the first picture,we filmed a girl in the bright room,and I really like the shadow on her left face and make her looks so confidence.

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As you see the second picture,we set up the light like we were in a dark room,and the light makes the curtain behind the interviewees looks like so strange ,and makes the atmosphere a little dramatic.

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As we see the third picture,we set up the light looks like she just in a very dark room ,and makes her back totally dark,it looks so different with the second one,but they were the same location.so the light makes it totally different.

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I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen people with huge crews and massive lights spend hours lighting an interview that could have looked stronger by just working with the window light that was there.Sometimes, we just setup what we think we are supposed to for an interview. Or we feel bad if we don’t use our most expensive and coolest lights.Light is very important to the shooting.But, as with most experienced skills, if we grasp the basics before moving up, we can often do much more and gain much further.

As you see the following picture,we got the different frame,I guess we just used the different camera,and it has the different resolution,and we did not check this before we started to shoot,unfortunately.Next time,I will check this before.More practices can give more experiences anyway.

After that set up things,I started to edit with my clips we shoot.The big problem for me is the video’s length.I got almost one hour clips,and I must cut them into less than three minutes.So check the useful clips for the final video is a big work for me,I must check them seconds by seconds,thinking about the light,the audio,the frame,the content,the focus.I already can image that be a filmmaker the work would be a huge part for editing.But for me,it also be an interested part,I really like the wonderful clips we got,so I can see them hundreds of times without any complaint.Fortunately I got the perfect clips can use and totally connected with the content’Home’.

At the first,I added the title of the video,I used the title effects to make my title ‘HOME’ have the symmetric just make the word looks like on the water,then I added each question we have made some attention to people know about the content clearly.And I also used the colour grade to make my video looks like real film.The final step is add the music, it is easy for me, because I have done it before.

Here is my video,named ‘HOME’.

HOME COMPLETE ME from Ailee Ma on Vimeo.

Audio build the atmosphere-Forbidden Lies

This clip just from one of the Australian documentary film “Forbidden Lies,” directed by Anna Broinowski. The film examines the 2004 memoir “Forbidden Love” by Norma Khouri. I did not see this documentary before.

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At the opening,we can noticed that it shows a sweet couple which they live in a very happy life together,and we also can noticed there were several kinds of the sound effects like:the birds chirping,one woman sing a lovely song,Conversion scene sound effects,the voice of the car running,the sound of a woman throwing her scarf and landing on the ground,Footsteps on the sand and the Wind.In this part,I think the editor just focus on express the romantic between the couple,so the song was the whole background music from the beginning to now.We can not listen what the couple talking about except the sound of bird,when they were in a restaurant,we should listened some noise in the reality,but we did not.So I think the editor used the sound effects to build a romantic atmosphere and ignored the other stuff sounds.I think it is a good way to express what you want emphasized.

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As we see the next part the woman disappeared on the desert suddenly,and you just saw See a woman sitting behind the table was interviewed,and she said‘This is not the truth’ and a kind of sound effects like turning off a television or closing a book.Then the following was a cash register sound effect.Then the editor just focus on what the woman said and the camera follows her in doing things,but expect of the voice of her speech, I did not hear other voices, such as her footsteps when she through the Jordan Times building,When she walked into the room to greet the other person in the room,I did not hear any sound,just when she used her computer,interspersed with the sound she struck the keyboard. Then I heard a kind of sparkly musical Instruments sound when this woman is talking about the book.I think maybe it just connected with the book content.

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Then the clip change to the outside by an interview with one woman named Amal,it has two layers of the sound,and I can hear the sound about her talking about the books and some kind of effect sound by the beautiful birds and wind. Then the camera brought us to a different setting by the use of the same sparkly musical Instruments sound for the book with another woman.There have three layers of the sound. The first layer is the surround effect, the second layer is the voice of interviewees,the last layer is the sound of intonate.

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When the image begin to present the map,I really like the sound effect like animation effect.It has two people to say the same page of story obviously,I think it is a good way to express one thing by different people with totally opposite  opinion.

From this clip,I noticed the sound effect was very important.This clip just like a sound effect library,I learned a lot of how to build the audio.It is an essential part of making a movie.It can bring the audience into the special atmosphere you want to create quickly.