Project II

This will be still modified slightly w/involvement of JVC GY-HM 790U (ENG camera), but you can definitely start planning in detail already (as of Wed., 11-30)

Project II Requirements (Criteria):

It will be good to think of creating some short scenes/situations to adopt these required techniques.

HPX 170 on Steadicam
These are the required techniques, which were also included in the instructional Steadicam DVD. We screened them in class.
– Film as you switch from Missionary (operator facing the subject & walking backwards) to Don Juan
– Wait for an actor to walk by. Instead of tilting up, do booming up and down, and keep filming the actor walking away
– Panoramic shot (in the instructional DVD, the operator went around flowers. It is one way to do a “panoramic shot” for this project).
– Going around the corner (You must go around a corner of a building or possibly a monument. This is one of the stylistic techniques)
– Stairs (missionary, going forward is recommended for safety reasons)
– Walk along with your actor, and film trees, posts, and column or even people between the camera and the actor.

This is from a poster session day (took advantage of posters):

HPX-170 on Tripod
– Shutter speeds (on this camera, you can set it as slow as 1/15 of a second, and as fast as 1/2000 of a second. You must compensate the exposure accordingly. When your shutter speed is slow, you may need to close down the F-stop, and if the shutter speed is high, you may need to open up the F-stop).
– If your storyline requires any dialogue, we should bring a boom and a shotgun. Please inform me if that is the case.

DSLRs (5D or 7D)
– Effective use of polarizer (e.g. reduce reflections on a window etc.) We have only one polarizer, and so the two groups must communicate with each other to time it.
– Effective use of ND (Make the sky darker blue, for example. ND is usually used for exterior settings)
– When you use filters most likely, you need to compensate (open up) the F-stop a little.
– In terms of content, think about a scene. Don’t just film anything with the filters. They are used to tell stories. It could be a scene that is as simple as someone is waiting for someone else.

Pull focus
– CU or MS of Actor 1 facing the camera (this person is in focus), in the background Actor 2 enters the frame, Actor 1 turns around, and Actor 2 is in focus. Actor 1 turns back to the camera, and the focus is on actor 1 again. These are some examples from an in-class exercise, not a project in the past:

Example 1
Example 2

Example 3

Depth of Field Calculator:

Still Photography
– With the DSLRs, take photos at various low shutter speeds. Think of a good story in still images.

To think of story ideas, often it is a good idea to think of some proverbs. They will give you good hints!

Have fun!

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