Project 5. How to Learn

Look back at a piece of work you have produced so far, including any notes and blog entries
that went with it.
I have chosen both of the alcoholic scenes. POV and Objective.
Subjective POV:
•what did you set out to achieve?
To attempt to show a seemless scene from the POV of the character in question. With limited tools and the need to edit various shots, I attempted to shroud the transitions by placing my hand against the camera lens ( as if rasing a hand to rub eyes ). In addition, I wanted to portray a desperate character, somebody who has yet again succombed to a drinking binge, and for him to attempt to conceal his habit from his offspring.
•how can you identify what you achieved?
The mood is bleak and this is enhanced by the sparse guitar detuned soundtrack. I can see what I have attempted to put across.
•whether you achieved it?
By blending cuts I do believe a bit more tighter control would have made this work. Some of them did so, whilst others not so much. With better lighting and a more untidy room, I do believe the scene would have worked better. Overall I think the desired effect has worked, but with various changes required.
•what have you learned from this?
Spending more time on preparation and with more practice on how to cover-up the edits with my proposed hand movement, I think I would have made this more smoothly. Focusing more on controlling light, especially white-outs and over exposure, would be my next plan. controlling unintentional shadowing and continuity issues also.
•what did you set out to achieve?
To make sure all four camera angles pinpointed in the exercise were carried out. In addition to make the Objective shoot in tandem with the Subjective POV piece. I made a conscious decision to use the same audio and soundtrack of the first piece again. To make it imperative that the mood of the original is carried forward.
•how can you identify what you achieved?
Ticking off in the write-up in my learning log and comparing the shoot to that of its storyboard allowed me to keep in tune with what I wanted to achieve.
•whether you achieved it?
Of the two pieces, I think this one worked better, especially in the fact that I was trying to make sure I had sufficient various camera angles, plus I did not need to worry about trying to achieve seemlessness. I think the desired mood worked efficiently.
•what have you learned from this?
Further pre-planning, making sure I stick to the storyboard as closely as possible. Maintain a flow of angles and try out different shots before commitment.
Now reflect on these important questions:
•Is it better to struggle and improve your weaker areas or should you cut your losses and
focus on your strengths?
I believe that trying to improve weaker areas will allow further confidence and attempt to overthrow any areas that require practice. So long as being aware of my strengths doesn’t allow them to become less so due to lack of practice.
•How can you ever really know what your strengths and weaknesses are?
I think trusted third parties will be able to tell you without prejudice whhich bits work. By showing a few friends who subscribe to my YouTube account, without inviting response, I was delighted to receive good feedback, unprovoked feedback on what worked well. For example, the use of the bleak guitar detuning soundtrack I performed, went down well. I was also surprised to see how many people thought I performed suitably as a struggling drunk. Something I am not that sure I should be pleased with, hehehe.
•How do you know what you need to know if you don’t know what it is yet?
Is it not a case of practice makes perfect, or at least improvement? By just trying out various ideas and thoughts should only prove or disprove that they work or not.
•Who can you ask or where can you find out?
By sharing with other students, responding well to feedback and /or constructive criticism, to note what makes their projects work or not. I find this imperative. By analysing favourite or similar scenes in films. Watching tutorials or visiting film seminars. All of these can only add to skills, and produce further expertise.
•How do you know if you have improved? When is it time to move on?
When you are truly satisfied that you have achieved what you wanted or improved on what you wanted to achieve, is when you can move on. I think, having said that, pre-planning is so important, I have realised. Being thorough from the outset will lessen the chance of disatisfaction later.

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