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Post Production 2000 word Evaluation

Post Production 2000 word Evaluation

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Published by Jennifer Francis
End of module evaluation for Post Production
End of module evaluation for Post Production

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Published by: Jennifer Francis on May 03, 2013
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Post Production Evaluation
For the post production module this semester we had three tasks, two of which were to beachieved in pairs and the final one which was an individual project. The three pieces of workcovered the following three genres; Drama, Documentary and Comedy. As well as theseprimary tasks, we were also given a range of smaller secondary tasks to meet week to weekwhich were set to help enhance our views and knowledge of the world of post-production.These were in the form of given research questions, a reading list and self-directed editingreviews on a visual medium of our choice.The TasksDrama: Drama comes in various hybrid forms, there is also a difference between editingdrama in film and TV, whereby one is more factory based and the other is more about thecreativity and variance. W
ith this in mind I put myself in the “Creativity and Variance” mode
for editing this drama piece. For the pairs projects I worked with Clarice. The footage for theDrama piece entitled
Night Journey 
was one of the hardest. We were given the raw footagewhich we went through and labelled, and though there was a script readily available, it wasstill challenging to form a narrative that not only we as the creators, but the audiencemembers understood. Overa
ll I don’t think we quite achieved the universal understanding
status that we had in mind and the final piece leaned more towards the experimental sidebut the majority of feedback we got back from the class was positive.Around the time of putting together the edit for the Drama piece I had recently finishedreading In The Blink Of An Eye
(Murch ,2001),
and true to the title of the book the quotethat stood out to me and helped me when editing the picture was the following quote;
Look at the lamp across the room. Now look back at me. Look back at the lamp. Now look back at me again. Do you see what you did? You blinked. Those are cuts.
(Murch, Pg.60, 2001). Iapplied this when editing, which helped me not to focus on one character to long. The moreI started the more interesting the picture/voiceover and therefore the longer I kept the cut,and the same goes for the opposite. Not every cut was inspired by this technique but itcame in handy when deciding whether or not a cut was necessary in a place I was unsureabout.
 Documentary: The second assignment (In A Climbers Hands) was a easier to configure interms of the raw footage we were given, what was left for us to do was work out how wewanted to tell the story, and how we wanted the protagonist (further to be known asEmmanuel) to be perceived. Emmanuel was like a blank A4 piece of paper, which had bothpositives and negatives. The positive side to this is that we got to mould Emmanuel the waywe wanted, giving him a personality and making him seem vulnerable etc. The negative isthat audience members would get bored easily if we had him on screen for too long. I wentaround this problem by not having any face time with Emmanuel, using his voice overimages of him rock-climbing. This back fired as during feedback we were told that thistechnique would make the audience not relate to him at all. With this in mind I tweakedthis, and had a few clips of face time.Not really being a fan of documentaries that veer away from nature and animals, I foundediting this very difficult and used my knowledge of standard Drama narrative editing whenapproaching this project. I also used what I knew from watching nature/animal
documentaries which is where the idea of not seeing Emmanuel’s face and keeping with his
voice and actions derived from. It was definitely a necessary experience learningdocumentary editing, despite not being a fan of the genre I can apply the techniques used tovarious other genres, and it helped in understanding the audiences
emotive responses tothe protagonist.
Example of Blink = Cut. This worksbetter when you have no sound tomanipulate blinking, as well as this Iworked on the picture edit.
Initial cut where I decided to keep away from interviews withEmmanuel, but instead decided to get an emotive response out of the audience by portraying him as a sensitive, solitary person whois passionate about Rock Climbing.This is the revised edit, where we have a few face to faceinterviews with Emmanuel. His perception has been changedslightly where the audience now view him as strong willed anddetermined. Here I am channelling Lumet (Making Movies), byknowing my story arc, which in turn influences my edit.

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