Tuesday, 30 November 2010


'Sweding' is the term for recreating (typically in a humorous way) movies in a low-tech, zero-budget fashion, and that is what you are going to attempt to research, plan, shoot and edit for the lessons on Wednesday December 8th. You will be pitching your own idea for a swede to the class in Monday's (Nov 29th) lesson, with Tuesday and Wednesday to plan and shoot (you can shoot more over Thursday/Friday/weekend if need be), and the lessons on Monday and Tuesday next week to upload and edit. It may be that you all complete this by Tuesday, which would be nice!

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

Match on action- either an action commenced in shot A is completed in shot B, or an action in shot A is mirrored by an action in shot B, for example when we cut from character A in location A reading a letter to character B in location B reading the same letter.

shot/reverse shot- After an establishing shot, the shot-reverse shot refers to the close-ups used when two characters are in conversation. (Because we have already used an establishing shot, we now know where the characters are in relation to one another.)

180-degree rule- The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. ...

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Deconstruction of Matchmaker

Film name: Matchmakers
A Working Title film.

Non-digetic sound from the tv in the room.
Accent of the people on screen denotes the film is set in Ireland.
Digetic sound at the beginning of the film to introduce and give anchorage that it is a romantic comedy.
Non-digetic sound played on the radio on the bus.

Shot types:
180 degree shots between the two participants at the begging of the film.
Lots of long takes to give us more information on the setting and idea

Tittles on screen give us more anchorage of the location of the film where it was shot.
Slogans on t-shirts and flags etc we can denote that there is an election going on
One of the main characters is referred to as senator giving us more anchorage that the film theme is based around an election.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lessons learnt from Micro drama.

I learnt from our micro drama that you should:
  1. Always go out knowing your story line and shots you need, so always have your call sheet with you.
  2. To take more coverage than you need incase there is something wrong with any of the shots or you want to cross cut shots.
  3. Use short takes to keep viewers interested.
  4. Think thoroughly about shots before taking them although it is better to have more then to have less takes.
  5. Think about the plot of your micro drama to ensure it makes sense and people will understand it and know what's going on.