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HET324 Media Theory DVD and Compositing – Week 03

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

In the third lecture, we discussed motion graphics (title and effect sequences). When I begin editing my silent film, it’s important that I choose a title for it’s aesthetic (how it looks) and it’s narrative (how it conveys a message) quality in relation to my footage’s genre, setting, mise en scene, story, characters, composition, target audience and tone.

I’ve begun developing my 15-30 second silent film idea for the first assignment. I’m aiming to film the footage next week in order to have a week and a bit to edit and add in effects within After Effects.  I’m confident with my ideas and my ability to film the footage for this assignment, however i’m not that confident with my ability to create and add the effects. Therefore it’s important for me to film the footage as soon as possible so I can focus my attention to after effects.


Title: Piano Love

Genre: Young Romance/ Duration: 15-30 sec

Era: 1930s/ Location: Piano Room/ Characters: Man and Woman (early – mid twenties) Time: Evening/ Music: Yet to be decided

Silent Film structure:

(Text Frame w/ Title: Piano Love)

Close up shot: Flickering of flame from a candle

Camera Zooms out to a Mid shot: We see a girl sitting on a stool in front of a grand piano.

Close up shot: The girl looks directly into the camera. She conveys little to no expression, almost vacant. The girl sighs and looks down at the piano keys.

Close up shot: The girl rests her hands on the piano’s keys. She is about to play, but hesitates and rests her hands again.

Long shot: We see the back of the girl sitting at the piano and the flame from the candle flickering as it rests above her head on the piano. This shot is to suggest that the girl is lonely.

(Text Frame w/ Dialogue: “…”)

Mid shot:  We see the left side of the girl sitting at the piano. She begins to turn her left to the right.

Mid shot: Perspective of the girl. She sees a man sitting next to her, he is looking at her.

Close up: Girl’s face. She is surprised and happy to see the man.

Mid shot: We see a front perspective of both man and girl looking adoringly at each other, sitting at the piano.

Close up:  Both man and girl’s hands are on the piano keys. Boy rests his hand on the girl’s hand.

(Text Frame w/ Dialogue: “Shall we play a song?”)

Mid shot: Side perspective of man and girl sitting on the stool, playing the piano.

Mid shot: Front perspective of man and girl playing the piano.

Long shot: We see the back of the boy and the girl playing the piano. [A love heart graphic is seen above their heads.]

(Text Frame w/ Text: THE END w/name)





HET324 Media Theory DVD and Compositing – Week 02

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

This week in the lecture I learnt about the persistence of vision in relation to the history of the moving image in animation and later in films.

When I begin planning and storyboarding for my assignments I want to keep in mind how we, as the viewer, use our imagination as a way to interpret the meaning of each successive image.

I’ve decided to re-create a video in the style of a silent film for both of my assignments. A silent film is defined as ‘a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement‘.

The first video I’ll create for the first assignment will be beneficial, as it will give me the opportunity to attempt to create a short 30-50 second silent film using effects from After Effects. The first assignment will allow me to look at areas that I may need to fine tune and develop on for the 1 minute major assignment video.

Silent Films:

  • Dramas, epics, romances or comedies (slapstick) genre
  • Dialogue transmitted through muted gestures, pantomime and title cards

Dialogue transmitted through text

Decorative title frames

  • Silent film actors emphasized body language and facial expression so the audience could better understand what an actor was feeling and portraying on screen.
  • A main protagonist

Melodramatic facial expression

  • Short Silent films to have 3 Acts (Act 1: Character/location, Act 2: Problem, Act 3: Problem solved)

Silent Film Examples:

 Silent Film Effects:

  • Adjustment of camera’s light exposure knob to create flickering and contrast of lighting
  • Dust, Scratching, grain
  • Black and white rather than sepia

Black and white/ scratched look

  • Speeding up footage (fps)
  • Stop motion with scenes to creating jolting camera movements
  • Accompanied with a musical background to underscore the narrative on the screen
This week I will begin planning for my first assignment by creating a storyboard for the 30-50 second Video Compositing assignment.




HET324 Media Theory DVD and Compositing – Week 01

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

This is my final subject to complete until I get my degree. It’s an exciting thought and happy to be finishing my university degree with a subject that i’m interested in. I’ll admit that i’m not that film savvy, as in my experience and knowledge is very basic, so I hope this subject will trigger what I learnt from the prerequisite of this subject in 2008 as well as teach me new things.

In this subject i’d like to further develop my knowledge with practical skills in terms of pre and post production when it comes to planning, capturing, editing as well as publishing audio and video content with industry standard software. I have never used After Effects and in the first tutorial I needed a lot of time to complete a short exercise. I’m therefore aware that this will be a challenging subject over the next 12 weeks which feels a little daunting.

I found the first lecture particularly interesting. I believe this quote: “The ability or power to create, to make or bring into existence something new…previously hidden and points to new life”, will be worthwhile in terms of generating ideas for the up and coming assignments.

  • Free writing to generate ideas
  • To keep a balance of critical thinking and creativity
  • Follow my creative flow no matter what road and or roads I head down. Later I can analyse.
  • Look to multiple sources to generate creativity
  • Know what your are trying to construct in the first place
  • Be aware of how you are using your symbolism
  • Listen to your characters as they are developing


  • Free of conscious control and reason
  • Dream and fantasy joined to reality to create a surreality
  • One thing reinterpreted in a different space aka old into the new
  • Symbols and semiotics
  • Combining single visual elements in order to create a unified or seamless image
Video Compositing Scene
I’ve begun research for the up and coming assignment Video Compositing Scene.  There is usually a green or blue blank wall (or screen) which exists behind the actor or subject. Computer software picks up on this unusual color and removes all occurrences of it from the video image, making the blue screen or green screen in the background disappear. To remove the blue screen but not the subject, a technique is used called keying. A specific colour is chosen as the key colour (chroma key), and the software removes the key colour from the video image.
  • Make sure that the screen is completely and evenly lit
  • Effective blue/green screen material should have a matte finish and be available in bulk
  • Ensure that the entire screen has a uniform shade of blue.
  • Make sure your subject isn’t wearing the same shade of blue, unless you want to make it appear that there is a hole through the subject.
  • Suspend a fluorescent light directly above the blue screen
  • This light should be between the subject and the blue screen so the subject doesn’t create shadows.