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Making the Final (2)

posted Jun 19, 2013, 8:24 PM by Unknown user

Right now, in my mind, I am visualising my characters and how I will make/modify them at home later. I am going to remake the main character because I was trying to make her pretty but she turned out to be like Lady Gaga. I also need to fix the mum and the dad and the two children, and make supporting characters like the main character's friend, the friend's mum, a new ghost woman, and props for the scenes.

Making the Final

posted Jun 18, 2013, 3:42 PM by Unknown user

I am thinking of how I can convey the main character's dreams and thoughts in an interesting and legit way, instead of having the main character lying in bed and putting a big white thought bubble or dream bubble and then moving in on it, and then using "dip to white" before playing out the scene. It seems a bit childish even though the entire idea is childish. I think I will go home and watch some movies and clips from Youtube to get ideas. I have yet to find music for the movie clip, but I am thinking of using the soundtrack from Ghost Hunt as I think this show uses suspenseful and scary music.

Changes in Due Dates

posted Jun 18, 2013, 3:19 PM by Unknown user

Mr Woo has informed us that the video will still be due on Thursday the 27th of June, although the documentation that was originally also due on the same date will be pushed to the first week back in term 3. This will be very helpful as now I can focus entirely on making the video and not worry about the documentation until the holidays start. I think I will definitely make a start on a finish the documentation during the holidays, instead of procrastinating.
 
In the first week of the holidays, I will focus on writing the documentation, and in the second week of the school holidays, I will edit and make changes in the documentation.

Developing the Final

posted Jun 17, 2013, 4:37 PM by Unknown user

I have my plan for the final, but I am not sure how I can fit it all together whilst still trying to keep it creepy like the trailer, otherwise it will just be boring and look drawn out. Actually I am not sure if I can even make it like 5 minutes, but I am not sure yet. Also I'm not sure whether I am going to do voice overs or use subtitles.

Making the Final

posted Jun 17, 2013, 4:30 PM by Unknown user

I am re-making some of the figures for the final as some of them were damaged during the making of the trailer.

Reviews for the Trailer!

posted Jun 2, 2013, 4:24 PM by Unknown user

The reviews I recieved for the trailer mostly commented that the trailer was scary or creepy, which was my aim for my mystery short film. A lot of the reviews also commented on the choppiness of the stop mation in the question where I asked for suggestions for improvement. I realised that it was because my digital camera needed force to push its button through two indents to actually take the picture, during the process which moved its fixed position. I realised I could not fix this problem no matter how hard I set the tripod. During the weekend I looked through several shopping malls and Parklea markets, but I have yet to find a case for my phone which would allow it to be attached to the tripod. However, I met a stall owner at Parklea markets who said he might have the case next weekend, but he wasn't sure, and told me to just check in. I think I will do this but if I really can't find a case, I will just use my digital camera again.

Making the Trailer

posted Jun 2, 2013, 4:19 PM by Unknown user

In the holidays and the first four weeks of term 2, I worked on making the clay plasticine models and the trailer. I eventually finished after taking breaks for week 3 and 4 for my half yearlies. I was thinking of taking the pictures with my iPhone but I realised I needed tripod to get more stable pictures, and so I ended up using my old digital camera and borrowed a tripod from a family friend. I finished the trailer just in time and uploaded it to Youtube so people could go online and check it out and then review it.

Ideas

posted May 1, 2013, 5:34 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 1, 2013, 5:36 PM ]

In the holidays I bought most of the equipment I need for the figurines I will attempt making. I bought different coloured modelling clay and crafting tools. I have also made a timeline of events that will occur in the mystery video. I also researched how to create lifelike figurines and found that using aluminium wire to first make a skeleton/basic shape of the body will help and give a realistic bulk to the figure. I think I might do this except I might have trouble moving the figures, so perhaps only for figures that will remain mostly stationary.
 
I also realised I could fill in muscles/fat/bulk of the figurines with materials other than the with the modelling clay, such as with aluminium foil, other firm materials, etc, so I can save some clay for later use or for adding more detail in the future. However, I think I will experiment with the aluminium structure and different fillings of the figures to make sure that the figures will still be appropriate for moving around for the mystery video.
 
I also need to get cardboard and other materials for construction structures that will be included in the mystery film. I was also worried about unwanted indents in the final figure but I found out I could just wipe it down with a damp sponge to get rid of fingerprints/indents in the modelling clay.
 
I think I will go over details in the plan and timeline I have made.

Go to Youtube

posted Mar 20, 2013, 4:51 PM by Unknown user

I think I will look at plasticine films on Youtube, as they are really well made and they seem really smooth and scary.
 
I am also thinking of where I can buy plasticine that is easy to manage but firm (as in not floppy), and I am also wondering if I need a tripod or not as the pictures taken will need to be consistant with all of the pictures of that scene otherwise the stop-mation film will look dodgy. I am also thinking of places where I can include other forms of multimedia effectively.

Beginning

posted Mar 20, 2013, 4:47 PM by Unknown user

I have decided on one of the plans for my mystery. I want it to be scary but I don't think it will be. I was either going to do an apocalypse themed mystery, which is kind of hard to give a solution to and I find hanging endings really annoying, so I decided on the other mystery plan, despite my fascination in zombies.
 
I think I will go and buy the materials I need over the weekend and start making what I need to shoot. I will probably use my digital camera to take sections of the film, because I can't move files from my phone to my computer for some reason.
 
I was planning on using only plasticine for my film, but some infrastructure will be involved in some scenes, so I think I will need to use cardboard boxes, etc.
 
I am still thinking whether I will use plasticine or not, because I have no experience with making figures from plasticine, and it will look shabby most likely, and so I am thinking of other mediums to convey scenes (spiral!!) 

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