Lecture week 8


Its there to protect us and to stop other people from making profit from our work. By making it, writing our treatment, shooting, editing it it is automatically copyrighted.

Use of others work:
Creative commons is cut and dry. Generally you can use whatever is in creative commons.

Copyright always seems very boring and dry…always seem to zone out!! focus, focus, focus.

Fair dealing: if it is transformed in any way you can use it. Because you are taking it our of the realm for which it was originally designed.

Cant just use fair use for something because it may be too expensive or cant track down the person.



Cubbies very rough cut…

Here is some footage I put together after our first day of shooting. I was using my DSLR, Cannon 550D. This footage was like a test shoot. I want tog o over all these shots and shoot them again making sure everything is perfect. I want to use a tripod and make sure the white balance is ready for the shoot.

This sequence is not necessarily the style we are intending but it is a start. I think it is a beautiful piece that really captures what we are trying to go for.

Take a look…


Some Cubbies Snapshots…

Being Elmo.


Just finished watching the inspiring, heart-warming documentary ‘Being Elmo’ – A puppeteers Journey. Its the story of Kevin Clash, the man behind the iconic and much loved muppet – Elmo.

Probably one of the most rewarding documentaries I have watched. As Kevin puts it, the story gets much bigger than himself. What starts out as a story about a man following his dreams eventually comes to the point where Elmo is the worlds source of love and happiness. Sick children would come and watch Elmo. All Elmo wanted to do was give hugs and kisses and spread his love across to everyone.

In terms of how the doco technically worked – it was great to see and learn from it. One of the main reasons why it worked so well is because of the way it was made. The story flowed very smoothly as they chose the right pathways to lead from one element to the next. For example, Kevin would tell a story involving his parents which would lead and cut to his parents talking. We would hear the world New York and suddenly we were in the big smoke.

The music played a very big role in the film success as well. There were very few moments that didn’t have music. The music both moved and created an upbeat mood throughout the film. While thinking about my documentary, I would love to have music for the majority of the film as I feel without it a documentary can get very bland and continue in the same way with very little feeling.

Above everything though, was the interviews and the way the camera was set-up. There was a lot of re-creation and archival footage and photos but when an interview was taking a place it was so intriguing and gripping because of the way the camera was set up and where the director got the subject to look towards. The interview that stands out in my mind is the main one with Kevin. It is not set out in the conventional manner but rather his face is on one side of the frame while there is nothing on the other side. He stares at the camera. It’s a very interesting creative choice…but it really works. I need more time to think about why it works so well but I think it is just pleasing to the eye while being very simple and slick.

The film is structured so well that it takes you through the ups and downs. At first i didn’t feel connected with the stroy and what it was trying to get across. The problems and conflict seemed a little forced and questionable. But as it went on and as Elmo became “bigger than Kevin” – so did the issues, conflict and structure. The film suddenly turned from an upbeat cute sort of story into a heart-warming, inspiring piece of work. One could almost cry listening to the motives behind such an incredible character – love and happiness.

All in all, a fantastic piece that really taught me a lot and inspired me to not only make documentary film but to go out and do what I really love and want to do creatively.

Take a look at the trailer…

Lecture – Week 7

We were just given a serious warning. Apparently a 3rd year project went horribly wrong – police were involved etc. Just have to think about what we are doing and the repercussions.

‘Elvis at the Market’ – SOme of the decisions they made are fantastic. COuld have spent a little more time of how to shoot that. Could have framed it and lit it netter. Could have spent some time planning the shots. Should think through all the issues. They had seen the balcony on the first shoot – they know he has had some sort of emotional crisi, needs space, they get him out on this hideous balcony. Jail-like sort of place. Jump-cuts, voice-over. They would have shot stuff, reviewed it, and gone back to shoot more.

Mise en Scene – Design:
Were not going to talk about it in production design – but design, how the graphic elements come together both visual and aural.

Decisions – both macro and micro.
Big(macro) decisions – talking to each other, the location is a big decision. The style of the shooting (conversations, interviews or observational etc.)
Small(micro) decisions – made when we are at shoot.

Lighting – Darkness~Lightness

Framing – more at a micro level.
Look through your viewfinder. It covers all the technical things, white balance, exposure etc. You concentrate and there is nothing in your peripheral vision. Look through it as much as you can.

Tripod – have the camera handheld and move it around until you are happy with the frame. Then bring tripod in.