How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
YouTube was used for the research process. We used it to watch previous A-level films from students around the UK and we wrote down notes on things we thought was interesting which other students had used such as editing and sound. This gave us a better idea and understanding of our time limit and how to plan our film as we gained a better understand of what was achievable. We also used YouTube to watch short films that had been entered in festivals etc. as this was more inspirational, from this we gained research into the codes and conventions of a short film and what we had to include in ours to conform to these conventions. We looked at things such as characters, plots, editing, props etc. Therefore we were easily accessed to a variety of short films from high budgeted well known films to independent low budget films. We also used YouTube for was to upload our final edited film onto it. We decided YouTube would be an appropriate way to get our film to our target audience as it gains more than 3billion views per day. Also due to the â€˜add tagâ€™s method on YouTube, we can use key words that our potential target audience will type to search for products similar to ours and find our film quickly and easily. Because we knew YouTube allows you to easily share our video social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter so we did this to gain our audience feedback of our final film. The final thing we used YouTube for is to upload our power points and research to make sure our blog had a wide range of technologies used. The fact we could use YouTube and other video sources for researching films was also a great advantage for us, as it allowed us to access films easily, plentifully and appropriately as we could see from others feedback whether the film was a successful one or not. Another factor that should be consider if that we could easily find different cultural or political based meanings through the internet easier rather than watching only physical DVD's and films, as we could simply search for exactly what we wanted and most of the time find it, enabling us to gather research and knowledge reasonably quickly.
Google search was mostly used for the research process. This is mainly where we got our secondary research from as we used the search engine to search for things such as psychological horror films, when we found them we again used google search to find websites where we could view the psychological films online and analyse them. This helped as we found similar films and noted things such as story plots of those films, camera, miseen-scene etc. This was very useful to us as it gave us inspiration and ideaâ€™s for us to include in our film to make it as professional and great quality looking film. We thought google search was very helpful for our research process as we accessed most of our other sites from this. We found google search the most effective way of gathering our research as it produces the best, most relevant results very quickly as we could search for exactly what we wanted.
Facebook was used for the evaluation stages. Due to Facebook being one of the largest social networking sites it helped us target people with similar ages, interests etc., meaning people who enjoyed our film will share it, meaning more of the same audience is targeted. We further took advantage of this by uploading our film and posted a questionnaire about the film onto the comments and invited people to give their feedback, which was done quickly and easily. This was helpful for the audience feedback evaluation question we needed to complete.
Mobile phones were used for additional research progress outside of school, for instance when one of us would come up with an idea we would write it on our mobile phone and use the internet on our phones to research some more on google, this was quick and effective and meant we got more done out of school. Also due to filming and editing being done outside of school, using mobile phones with Apps such as Whatsapp helped us with our construction progress, as it allowed us as a group to organise shooting schedules and also get in contact with actors, which made our time management better as everyone was aware of our plans and up to date with our progress.
Overall almost every technology and software we have used was on the iMac or on our personal laptops. Therefore these were used for our construction, research, planning and evaluation progress. We used these to be able to print off any hardcopies we needed to show group members, for instance we printed out a script for our actors to use and learn before filming.
Word Press was also helpful in our research progress as we looked at other A-level studentâ€™s blogs to get a better idea of how they used their blog to help them construct their product, how they used planning and how they structured their blogs. This helped us when first starting our coursework as we had many deadlines we needed to meet and this gave us a better idea on how to reach them. We also used Word press to help guide our construction progress, we used it to keep track of our progress whilst working as it was an easy way to post all of our documents online. It also meant the research and planning we had uploaded could be seen easily by anyone such as teacher or group members so we could gain feedback and improve on our work. The use of tag posts was also very useful as when we needed to add something onto a post we had recently done, we was able to jump to particular set of posts quickly and easily. This is also useful for other people who view our blog as they can navigate through it easily. We used the blog to constantly update it with ideas and our progress after filming shoots and editing days. It was also used to clearly show our ability to use different technologies throughout our coursework.
We used Microsoft Word for our planning stages. This programme helped us create scripts, plan our filming days by writing call sheets, create questionnaires to gain audience feedback and also write all of our research and planning down which we saved and then later put into other technologies. Since all of our using this programme from an early age we found it easy and simple to use. After I had finished with my questionnaires, I used Word to
convert my digital answer and responses into bar charts and pie charts to make it easier to read and evaluate.
We used a camcorder for our production and construction process as we used it to actually record our film, our camcorder was full HD which meant our clips were of high quality therefore looked professional. We used the flash on the camcorder to film in locations where it was quite dark and not much was visible to create different lightings to create different atmospheres in our film. We used the camcorder to film different angles and frames so our film could look really professional and interesting.
We again used a SLR camera for the planning, construction and production stages. We used the camera to take photos of things such as locations, props, and makeup etc. which would help us when deciding on what to use in our film. and upload them onto our blog so it looked more visual and helped us explain what we had used and why more effectively. We also used the camera to do a photo shoot of our actors so we could use these photos on our poster
(ancillary products) and review but have it in high quality which makes it look professional.
The software, Final Cut Pro was used in our construction/production process as we used it to edit our short film and place all of our different scenes together effectively. We used Final Cut Pro to delete the bloopers and scenes we decided not to include in our film, we also used it for effects and editing such as fast motion etc. Or added affects such as the CCTV camera affect to make sure our product looked professional and entertaining. We cut scenes and added transactions to create our final product. This software was a development from our last coursework as this software is a lot more advanced therefore keeping the quality high and making our film look more professional.
Slide share and Prezi were used for planning and evaluation process. Slide
share allowed me to change my Power point documents into slideshows and upload them online so everyone could access it from our blog. Prezi was used for the same thing but for our documents. We also used Prezi and slide share for our planning as it contained useful information we could use such as psychological horror codes and conventions etc. Both of these websites made
our blog more visually appealing as they were different technologies.
The ancillary tasks were primarily built from a program that is of industry standard; Adobe Photoshop. This program was used in our construction/production process to create the poster and magazine review as it allowed us to use our artistic and creative skills as best suited to the products we had to create. It helped us create our ancillary products with the correct codes and conventions. Mosaic was also used for our poster creation as we thought it gave the photo we were using a good effect.
Other media technologies used: Podomatic and Issuu We used these technologies to present our research and evaluation in a more visually appealing way.
Tripod Used to make sure when we were recording our film that the frame was still so it looked professional.
iPhoto To import our film onto the Mac from our Camera.
Survey Monkey Used to post questionnaires we had created online for our audience to complete so we got effective audience feedback on what to improve on our film and extra ideaâ€™s etc.
Over we found the use of modern and new technology went hand in hand with our project and really enhanced the quality of any pieces of work we produced; whether it were research, editing or anything else the project involved.