Vertical Project: Green Screen Workshop

On Tuesday the tutors ran a one day workshop on green screen effects, which they linked to our current project, the vertical project. However, in order to slightly distinguish the projects from another they set the theme of the workshop to be fake memories.

For the workshop me and 11 other level 4 students, a mixture of graphic design and illustrations students, grouped together and began brainstorming ideas. The idea we decided upon, inspired by the theme of fake memories, was the lies your parents would tell you as a child. The lies we came up with was getting curly hair from eating bread crusts, when an ice cream van plays music it means they are out of ice cream and when you eat apple seeds an apple will grow in your stomach.

For our green screen short film we decided to focus on one lie as the film could only be a maximum of 1 minute long. The lie we chose was when parents tell their children that if you eat apple seeds a tree will grow in your stomach. To visually convey this we created several vines (which consisted of cut out paper leads threaded onto ribbon), and our short film would involve one member of our group eating an apple (a prop made of card), and then having vines appear and grow from her stomach (which would be controlled by other team members wearing morph suits). To utilise the blue screen we made a cardboard cartoon outfit for the team member to wear on top of a morph suit with a flap in the centre to conceal the vines which would soon appear.

Currently our footage is being processed and compressed by their tutor who ran the workshop. Hopefully soon the footage will be returned to us so that we can edit and add sound to our work.

Let There Be Light – Disco Lights

26/10/2016

Above is a video from my photo shoot based on the disco lights, I played with photographing the lights in and out of focus as well as using long exposure to capture their movement, or moving the camera itself whilst taking a long exposure photograph. The video above is the lights in motion whilst the camera is out of focus, creating animated flashing geometric shapes. This video ties in with my interest in colour and motion, documents my research into altering the focus in photographs, and is a very visually appealing piece.

From the above video I saw the potential to turn a section of the video into a gif. I had no previous experience making gifs therefore I also saw this as an opportunity to develop new skills which I can utilise in future projects. I used the website GIPHY to produce my gif, which can be viewed online here. This website makes it quick and easy to make gifs, in the future if I do choose to make more polished gifs within my work I would choose to create them in a piece of video editing software however to offer more tools and freedom over my gif.

Introduction to Motion

14/10/2016

Using some copyright free video and sound clips from the internet and Adobe Premier Pro we experimented with video editing during this workshop. Video editing had always been something that had interested me however finding time to make films had always been a problem, therefore experimenting with copyright free resources was a great way to expand my skill set without the pressure of creating resources and producing a polished final outcome. However we were given some tips to bear in mind in case we did want to produce a film in the future;

  • Save all components into one folder
  • Always back up, invest in an external hard drive
  • Be aware of how it will be be displayed e.g. projection, monitor, online
  • Components to control – tripod, light and sound

In Adobe Premier Pro we imported our assets (keeping in mind that the first asset we moved onto the timeline would determine what dimensions the whole project is set to). With these assets we played with unlinking the video and audio tracks, applying effects, adjusting audio, creating titles and exporting.

In the future I do not see myself producing films as they require a lot of time and effort and are not something I particularly want to specialise in but this workshop has allowed me to gain skills which may be useful in my future projects. As well as making videos Adobe Premier Pro could also be used to create animated graphic pieces, by putting still imagery and type into the software and then animating them I could create short dynamic pieces, this may be more applicable to my work as I can still produce motion work without the time and effort required to make film.