Q: looking back on your preliminary task (continuity editing task) what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

A:

Honestly, I didn’t use many of the shots required in the preliminary task in my opening (shot reverse shot, tracking, pan etc) because they either weren’t needed or weren’t appropriate to create the desired effect in my thriller. I used mainly close ups or extreme close ups, due to the fact that these camera techniques are common in thriller openings to keep identities of characters a mystery and therefore keep the audience watching- guessing what is about to happen/ who the character is etc

However, if the film were to be completed, the techniques I learnt in the preliminary task, such as panning and shot reverse shots, would certainly be used in the film itself. This could be used in a thriller to show a conversation or conflict between two or more  characters- a common sequence in any film.

But I have included continuity in my opening in some ways- which we learnt in the process of the preliminary task (opening the door, going inside etc). In my film this can be portrayed by the kettle being turned on and then it being seen boiling in a later scene . This helped to carry the feeling of narrative and things moving along.

I also learnt through the preliminary task that editing must be kept in mind while filming your piece. I learnt that it is better to have too much film so that you can cut it than to have too little film that doesn’t flow and requires more footage.

 

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~ by hannah on May 5, 2010.

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