sun, sea & dubstep has been remastered! the sound issues have been ironed out so remember to VOTE GROUP D PLEASE!

posted : Monday, March 21st, 2011

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vote for “sun, sea & dubstep" in EVERY category! "it’s bloody brilliant I tell you"
-this message was brought to you by AberGroupD Records, home to MC CoolChocoDaddy and DJ Jam-

vote for “sun, sea & dubstep" in EVERY category! "it’s bloody brilliant I tell you"

-this message was brought to you by AberGroupD Records, home to MC CoolChocoDaddy and DJ Jam-

posted : Monday, March 21st, 2011

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A small look back at my role as a sound editer for Group D

-Ollie

posted : Monday, March 21st, 2011

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“ so long, goodnight, much love!
— cheers guys…jamie….

posted : Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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was going to write an essay, instead made a video blog, then thought who wants to see my mug staring at them through a computer screen…so I slapped on some footage from the past seven weeks & voilà…here’s my conclusion (or summary or whatever you want to call it) to the module…& you’ll have to excuse the flemmy voice still suffering from a case of the man flu…

also heres my summary of all the films we have created…

Week 1  ”About a Banana”

When you bear in mind, this was conceived and filmed in the space of two hours, I would say the finished piece is rather good.  It also kicked off the reoccurring theme of adding a humorous undertone to everything we do & we never quite made a serious film (not through lack of trying).  Story wise, it was never going to be that strong basing a film around the premise that someone you know has a banana outfit so lets film that.  Saying that, i think we managed to convey a chase scene quite well with a fast pace & snappy editing.

A solid 6.5/10 for completely producing a film in under 5 hours

 

Week 2 “Mission:Infrapable”

Now with this we had the time needed to think of a good premise and plan it thoroughly.  I think it shows with the finished as there are very few flaws.  The only stipulation for that week was that we could only use diegetic sounds, which was a shame as some music would of come in handy.  Also, the sound from the outside shots where completely unusable thanks to the near gale force winds (seriously, almost blew me & adam away), so with the time constraints there was no way way around it.  Then when it came to the debrief, no one seemed to care that there wasn’t any sound with those shots.  Overall, I think this is one of our strongest…

8/10

 

Week 3 “The Phone Call”

We had to focus on dialogue & characterization for this one, so from the get-go this was never going to look good for the two actors.  It was both Rachel (she had no choice) & Adam who stood up & delivered despite them not thinking they can act.  The issue of acting in the films is interesting, as the weeks & inevitably the films rolled on, people seem to be much more comfortable in front of the camera.  In my view, this is one of our weaker films mainly due to a static storyline being shot in a confined space (we shot in Joe’s dorm room, so you can imagine the size). A fundamental flaw (mainly because of the room size) was that both characters are never in the same shot at the same time.  Also, the lighting in the room was dreadful due to the overcast weather.  This meant the exposure had to be cranked up in order to clearly see the character faces.  All in all, I simply don’t like it…

An average 5/10

 

Week 4 “The Fight”

We were told to have little dialogue in this weeks piece, so naturally the first idea that came to my mind was “lets shoot a 2 minute fight scene”(it eventually became a story of revenge leading on from the events of Mission:Infrapable).  By far our most ambitious piece, bearing in mind we are shooting a fight scene with one camera, no budget & no experience doing anything like this before.  The fight itself was choreographed and that received a lot of praise from Rod especially.  However, a major flaw is the lighting where in some instances its hard to exactly make out what was going on.  We wanted to use fake blood to make an impact but again the lighting issue hindered the effect.  You have to give us props for being ambitious…

7/10

I also got to slap Ollie a few times with no retaliation so it all good…

 

Week 5 “Pi:The Remake”

This was my least favorite task, having to remake a scene shot for shot from a film I don’t like, was never going to be that enjoyable was it?  I think the visually look for the first half of the film was excellent & looked beautifully harsh.  It was the second half that brought down the whole film for me.  When we turned off the deck lamp, we lost all that harshness & it was simply too dark.  Comparing our piece to the other groups, I would say that we had a pretty low door game.  When the door starts to go ape, we needed to exploit it & make an impact which we totally failed to do…

Still a decent effort so 6/10

 

Week 6 “Sun, Sea & Dubstep”

Probably the film that will define us as a group.  It is our take on the mockumentary à la Spinal Tap style.  As soon as the idea was brought up, it got everyones creative juices flowing. In the end we made (as I see it anyway) a near flawless piece & inadvertently created two iconic characters (again in my eyes at least)…Mc CoolChocoDaddy & the incomparable DJ Jam.  We had great fun making it, editing it & showing it so whats not to like??  Don’t get me wrong, there are always improvements to be made; namely the sound levels and the “scenic” views of downtown Aberystwyth.  It was also nice for everyone in the group to have a character of their own.

9/10

 

Week 7 “The Last One”

I was ill all weekend so I had no idea what the story was going to be until I arrived on Monday where I was greeted with unenthusiastic faces.  Simply put, we had no story which funnily enough became our story (confusing I know).  We showed the struggles of every student filmmaker when they experience a bit of writer block.  This meant we could play on as many themes as possible as our characters discuss what they should film.  The only real issue I had with the film, was the pacing of the kitchen shots. Some are simply way too long or just not needed.  I also wanted to include the idea of the characters trying to make a Hip-Hop music video, signaling the return of Mc CoolChocoDaddy & DJ Jam but it wasn’t to be…

7/10

 

Yeah I know said I wasn’t going to write an essay…but its not that long…

-jamie-

posted : Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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Anonymous asked: Yeh, I was on about the videos of you talking. They don't work through the blog. Jus' tells you the videos are private =]

Oh, okay. Thanks for letting me know; I’ll fix it asap. 

-Adam

posted : Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Week 7: The Finale comic panel
Please click for full view!
Enjoy!
-Rachel

Week 7: The Finale comic panel

Please click for full view!

Enjoy!

-Rachel

posted : Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Anonymous asked: Your videos are on private. Why? =]

Which videos in particular are you referring to? The actual films should be readily accessible via YouTube, and are collated on our main page under the ‘Films’ link, as are the Behind the Scenes. If you mean the Video Blogs I posted, I’ve kept them private since they only need to viewed on the blog; having them on YouTube where they can be circulated is risky, as I’d probably end up as some form of meme. 

-Adam

posted : Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Discussing Week 7: The Last One

Hard to believe that its been 7 weeks since we started out on our fun filled journey…

Rachel x

posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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Group D Retrospective: Combat Choreography

I just thought I would publish this little story about how I put together the fight scene a few weeks back.

When, during Week 4, we decided to film a fight scene which would comprise the majority of the film I offered to be the person in charge of the fight choreography as well as being one of the actors. I felt that it would be an interesting challenge considering that my background had been mainly in fencing and not in bare knuckle fights.

The important thing in any fight choreography is to have an efficient system to note down the fight so that it easy to follow and see at which point of the fight we are. The system I used is the same as the one I used for fencing and involves drawing to columns and assigning each one to a fighter:

The different moves of the two opponents are then listed in chronological order in each column:

And finally, arrows are disposed to show the exact order of this:

This gives us an accurate “path” that we can follow. This system is also very useful since it easily allows for extra opponents since all that would be required would be to add as many columns as necessary.

The next step was to start coming up with the actual fight. I didn’t have much experience with fist fighting so I watched films such as Fight Club and Snatch to get ideas. I then came up with several “segments” which when put together formed the whole fight. This gave me an extra level of freedom since I could switch segments about until I found the order which would work best.

All this resulted in the final choreography which was again changed during the shoot to accommodate for space and time restrictions. We were also limited by the fact that none of the actors had much experience doing this. But I feel nonetheless that this was a very interesting experience as whole and that the end result was good despite the overall lack of experience of the team.

- Oliver

posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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Not having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively

Thats right the word you are looking for is indecisive, and this is exactly how our entire group came over this weekend. All of our previous weeks were very simple in terms of planning, an idea is suggested then everyone has a flash of inspiration and each idea get put to action to crate our masterpieces work. 

This week was very different, At first we decided to re make week three’s film but some of us wanted to start from scratch and change everything and use a different story while others wanted to keep the original story line but take the advice given to improve it.

Then at the start of Monday mornings session we had a flash of inspiration and thought about creating a film to link all of our other films together. After discussing this with Rod we were encourage along the line of re creating a few different films but not our own as this would have such a limited amount of people that would understand and by limited we figured that the only people that have seen all of our films would be the 20 or so in our de-brief.

-Joe  

posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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Probably one of the last vlogs I’ll be making. Just again my thoughts about how it all went.

- Oliver

posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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Considering we failed to upload a making of this week I bet you’ve all been dying to know what our final film would be!

Well, we best put you all out of your misery!

Behold! The Final One!

-Rachel x

posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

tags : film

Woe woe and woe again…!

Just got back from editing our final film!

It’s rather sad to think that this was the last film we would be working on together this semester, but I’m sure a couple of pints and a few shots on Friday will put our sadness to rest….or make it worse….hmmn….

Rachel x

posted : Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

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posted : Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

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