Work with Cedar Lewison

8th February 

Interviews with fine art degree students were filmed asking them about the work they are doing with Cedar, this was useful as they provided various responses about the work they were creating. A problem with the room that the students were interviewed in was that due to the skylight having large amount of sunlight coming through it bouncing off the white walls casing us to change the white balance constantly. An advantage of filming the student in their studio work space is that when interviewing them they are working on the lino project.

The other footage taken on the day was the students using the printing press to print their lino designs on to paper, the challenges associated with this were the room had a large window that severely disrupted the angles that could be filmed as the amount of light it let in made any footage taken facing towards it over exposed.

10th February 

After being contacted by the student heading the project with Cedar  I was informed a open interview was to taking place between cedar and a food historian. The interview was filmed  using a two camera set up, the main camera capturing a single steady shot of the interview as a safety shot, the second camera was to capture alternate angles such as a mid shot and medium close up of the historian these were effective as it presented natural cutaway points for the editing process. This camera was also used to capture the the audience asking the historian questions as well as their reactions to her answers as well as take shots of the audience to provide extra cutaways. Overall my camera work could of been much improved as some shots turned out slightly unstable when moving the camera from position to another though this can be fixed via using the footage from the safety camera to cover this.

The latter half of the day was dedicated to editing the various videos created over course of Cedars visit, the task given to myself was to create a slow repeating loop of the students work and research that they have produced during his visit about food important to them .This process was a simple one as it consisted of stringing static images together in adobe premier although techniques on how to resize footage and images to fit the size of the screen were learned then quickly implemented. On the other hand the process had  set backs as some of the content was lacking to the quality of the rest of the edit as well as making the mistake of editing footage stored on  external storage devices  instead of the computer its self, this caused loss of progress to the edit when the device was removed delaying the amount of work that could be done significantly.  To prevent this from happening in future i need to double check where the data is being held before continuing to edit the footage and risk losing it.

In conclusion  the time I worked on the project was helpful to my overall experience as it gave me knowledge of what working on a  live project and the pressures it creates for a practitioner in the field as well as learning the basics of anther editing software (final cut pro)  as it would be essential in the future working in the industry different company may use different systems to edit.The experience was also useful to me as it showed how simple mistakes could impact a projects progress overall  in addition to how organize a project and prevent it going over the deadline.

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