Summary

Posted: December 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

We  personally think that we  did this project to the best of our ability, we took the time and effort as we took on a big challenge. As only two of us made this and we both did the filming, lighting, editing, sound etc.

The only problem we really had was the lighting, as sometimes the room was to bright then it was too dark, so we had to keep fiddling with the lights. But once we got the lighting right  the shot came out how we wanted it to. Also we could maybe have filmed more shots as when editing even though we had about an hour and half of filming it could have been more, so that we had more to work with.

We are  proud of the editing it’s how we pictured it to be, with the fast cuts a few dissolves here and there just to keep the production flowing. As well as this I’m proud of the soundtrack created by Sunny it’s not exactly how we pictured it to be but we worked with what we had as some of the sound recordings themself were not loud enough.

All in all we believe we worked extremely well in creating The Trippy Chippy and we both are excited to see it on the big screen, and have our fellow peers aswell as teachers see what has been an arduous task finally complete.

By Harmeet and Sunny.

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The Soundtrack

Posted: December 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Soundtrack

What is a soundtrack

A soundtrack can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film or TV show; or the physical area of a filmthat contains the synchronized recorded sound.

Trippy Chippy soundtrack

We decided to emphasise a lot on the soundtrack within our piece, this is mainly because of the title:

“Trippy Chippy’

Everything within our piece is composed and arranged  by my self Sunny with ideas from Harmeet, as we both had a artistic vision of the video and also the audio of the track,

The whole soundtrack was programmed live as the video was being made.

We start out with a vocal I programmed saying “Trippy Chippy” layered with a very heavy bass sound, to catch the user attention,

The vocal saying Trippy Chippy echo’s throughout the whole piece , I used a special  effect called “Delay which is an audio effect which records an input signal to an audio storage medium, and then plays it back after a period of time. The delayed signal may either be played back multiple times, or played back into the recording again, to create the sound of a repeating, decaying echo.

Also if you listen through out the whole sound track, actual sounds have been used from the original footage we shot, but with these sound I manipulated them to sound very experimental and trippy such as when I am washing my hands there is a water sound cut up in to rhythm this is taken from a actual footage.

The software, which was used to make this soundtrack, is Digital Audio Workstation software called FL Studio 9:

It features a fully automatable workflow based on a pattern-based music sequencer. The environment includesMIDI support and incorporates a number of features for editing, mixing, recording, and mastering audio. Completed songs or clips may be exported to Microsoft WAV, MP3, and the OGG Vorbis format using various high-quality sampling interpolation algorithms.

By Sunny

Microphones

Posted: December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

We also needed to do allot of mic recording so that we can use the sounds within our production. The different types of mic’s are:

Cardioid microphone: Is a directional microphone with a Cardioid pattern of sensitivity the microphone is designed to receive sound from a particular direction and is mainly used for interviews as it is more direct. It also usually takes power from the camera itself and doesn’t pick up background sounds.

 

 

 

 

Rifle or gun mic: This is a very strong mic as it picks up sound from all around; it usually comes with a headset so the person on camera can hear the sound. It is very good to gather an array of sounds not only the character but other people.

 

 

 

 

Lavalier microphone: This is a tiny mic that is clipped on to the person you are talking to, it is seen on a lot of TV programs as it is more direct sound and you can only hear the person who is speaking.

 

 

 

 

Solid state sound recorder (zoom) microphone: This is the smallest one from our mic sets, it is used just for close talking and sounds, as it can only pick up a single sound (no background).

 

 

 

Headphones: These are probably the main thing needed with microphones as they are the sound check.

 

 

 

We used all the mic’s to check which one worked best and the one that we used that gave us the sound we wantd was the cardiod mic.

 

By Harmeet

Story Board

Posted: December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

That above was our initial stoaryboard however we changed allot of it after, as in the beginning we don’t have a still close up shot of the chips. We decided to do a 360 pan of the kitchen as well as this there is no black screen with 4 hours earlier written on it, the production just starts with fast cuts adn dips to blacks. We changed parts so that it would flow better otherwise there were allot of gaps n slow pauses.

 

By Harmeet & Sunny

3 Point Lighting

Posted: December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

We also knew that in order for our production to be successful we needed to do lighting. Lighting is a key part as it creates tension as well as an ambienece within the production. However both me and Sunny were not too good at the lighting aspect of filming, so we went to the lighting worshop and we began understanding it more.

3 Point lighting is as follows:

http://www.mediacollege.com/lighting/three-point/

The Three Point Lighting Technique is a standard method used in visual media such as video, film, still photography and computer-generated imagery. It is a simple but versatile system which forms the basis of most lighting. Once you understand three point lighting you are well on the way to understanding all lighting. The technique uses three lights called the key light, fill light and back light. Naturally you will need three lights to utilise the technique fully, but the principles are still important even if you only use one or two lights. As a rule:

  • If you only have one light, it becomes the key.
  • If you have 2 lights, one is the key and the other is either the fill or the backlight.

 

Key Light: This is the main light. It is usually the strongest and has the most influence on the look of the scene. It is placed to one side of the camera/subject so that this side is well lit and the other side has some shadow.

 

 

 

Fill Light: This is the secondary light and is placed on the opposite side of the key light. It is used to fill the shadows created by the key. The fill will usually be softer and less bright than the key. To achieve this, you could move the light further away or use some spun. You might also want to set the fill light to more of a flood than the key.

 

 

 

Back Light: The back light is placed behind the subject and lights it from the rear. Rather than providing direct lighting (like the key and fill), its purpose is to provide definition and subtle highlights around the subject’s outlines. This helps separate the subject from the background and provide a three-dimensional look.

 

 

 

By Harmeet

Experimental Filming

Posted: December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Me and Sunny both saw The Trippy Chippy as an experimental film so we did some research on experimental filming.

 Avant-garde” is a word from the French, meaning “ahead of the crowd.” In contemporary English, we’d say it’s on the “cutting edge.” Avant-garde film makers want to experiment with new ideas, forms, techniques, and expressions–and are often said to be “ahead of their times.”

Avant-garde films are characterized by a high degree of experimentation–whether it be in manipulation in narrative materials, in highly stylized visual representation, or in radical departures from the norms or conventions current at the time, avant-garde film is always a vehicle for the filmmaker’s expression. Often, avant-garde films focus on the lyrical, the abstract, formal beauty for its own sake—and therefore may avoid conventions of narrative. As such, you might call them cinematic or painterly “poems.” Abstract film has also been called “absolute” film. Avant-garde films are often iconoclastic, mocking conventional morality and traditional values; the filmmaker’s intense interest in eccentricities and extremes may shock for the viewers.

Indeed, the avant-garde film maker’s purpose may be to wake or shake up the audience from the stupor of ordinary consciousness or the doldrums of conventional perspective. Such highly expressive and unconventional films may become cult classics–and acquire the description, avant garde, as a result.

Some avant-garde films are called “experimental, ” a term popularized by David Curtis in Experimental Cinema (New York: Delta, 1971), in the sense that the films may be experiments to explore how the camera can emulate and/or enhance human visual perception. In an interview for the Millenium Film Journal, Rose Lowder, a contemporary French avant-garde (or experimental) filmmaker, says that:

You can see on the screen things that aren’t actually on the film. A very simple way of demonstrating this is to make holes in the filmstrip with an office puncher. If you draw a line on a piece of transparent leader and then punch a hole in every alternate frame, the line seems to go through the hole. But if you draw the same line and then punch holes in two successive frames out of every three, then the hole appears empty. For a year I explored the possibilities of these simple juxtapositions. I also tested colors to see how they could interact over a series of successive frames. What’s the point of all this? There’s a lot of talk about the smallest unit of cinema being the frame, but in fact, that’s not the case at all. As these experiments demonstrate, pieces from different frames can make up what you’re seeing on the screen. In other words, you can construct an image on the screen with bits from different frames. You can change very slightly parts of a frame or several frames–change the color, the thickness of the lines, whatever–and a completely different thing happens. If I draw a line on every single frame and then punch each frame, the circle will appear as a circle with no line through it. If you leave a frame between each punched hole, then the line can go through the circle. And if we put two frames of the line between each punch-out, the hole is much whiter on the screen and the line looks darker. (http://mfj-online.org/journalPages/MFJ30,31/SMacDonaldRose.html)

Me and Sunny both enjoy the whole idea and concept of experimental filming as we did it last year, we both found that in order for Trippy Chippy to really work we needed to use some of the conventions stated above.

Here are a few experimental films:

Paul Sharits “t.o.u.c.h.i.n.g”:

Stan Brakhage, “Mothlight”:

 

 

By Harmeet

Research 5 (Dexter)

Posted: December 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Dexter

We decided to do research upon an American TV show called Dexter, we focused on the opening scene entitled “Dexter Morning Routine” which is a normal boring morning routine is made to feel dangerous and just a little bit twisted, by using images of shave cuts to slicing up thick pieces of gammon to aggressively tying boot laces. This was a big inspiration to our production a video clip can be seen below:

The reason why we choose is because the cinematography consists of camera techniques such as fast cuts and close ups. We want to try and reassemble parts of the piece and incorporate in to our own work.

Research about the show:

Dexter is  a drama series that centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a forensicbloodstain pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, who moonlights as a serial killer.

The show debuted on October 1, 2006 on Showtime and the fifth season began airing on September 26, 2010. As of December 2, 2010 the show has been renewed for a sixth season. Set in Miami, the show’s first season was largely based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, the first of his series of Dexter novels. Subsequent seasons have evolved independently of Lindsay’s works. It was adapted for television by screenwriterJames Manos, Jr., who wrote the pilot episode.

Dexter structures his killing around “The Code of Harry”, a body of ethics and procedures devised by his adoptive father Harry (who was a Miami cop) to make sure Dexter never gets caught and ensure that Dexter kills only other killers. Harry also trained Dexter in how to interact convincingly with other people despite being a psychopath, since the murder of his biological mother, Laura Moser, did in fact turn Dexter into a serial killer. As an adult, Dexter has largely escaped suspicion (with some exceptions) by being genial and generous and maintaining generally superficial relationships. However, his attachment to his sister Deb, his significant other Rita, his stepchildren and (later) his biological son have all complicated his double life and made him question his need to kill.

By Sunny