FMP Film


Overall review of the Editing process

Although having a simple structure for the overall film the editing process for the film was at times problematic as  a portion of the shots were unsuitable for the overall production . This was demonstrated when at first the only section involving the choir was filmed during a rehearsal session of the performance and the wrong song at first was being played although I had used it in the time line this was a problem as the majority of shots from that session were used in the sequence to aid the original interview with the Jamie Holman . This was later changed to  use the final rehearsal session footage of the performance as this only focused on the actual performance song, due to this change the sequence had to be changed to fit this in to the time frame of the documentary as well as reapply the  transitional effects to  both the audio to slowly fade in the song as the scene changes and the visual to ensure it was a smooth scene change. The advantage of changing the footage used was that in the older version the members of the choir were in normal clothes where as in the more recent recording session the members were in uniform colours of black and red allowing the viewer to better recognize them as a single group as well as having better sound quality reducing the need for alteration to the audio at this stage.

The use of the choir’s singing as a piece of music through the video was a inventive decision because of this I did not need to use a secondary sourced music piece that may of clashed with the content as well as having lots of instances of the same music piece already to be used in the video. The disadvantage of this is  having the same piece of audio used several time in the video could become repetitive for a audience. On the other hand the use of  live recorded music adds a more natural feel to the video and is easier to control its audio via slowly altering the audio levels to the correct level needed.

The main interview with Jamie Holman  was a challenging edit as his answers to the questions provided included tangents that although related to the subject did not fit with the overall flow of the video, these were cut although due to small amount of time between these and the actual content careful care had to be taken so when cutting these so that the end of words not related to the content were not left in that would produce a stodgy production. Although a advantage of this was that the content delivered was precise  and to the point .On the other hand cutting these tangents left a significant amount of time to be covered by cut away footage of the office space constructed behind him during the interview that although well shot almost broke the momentum of the edit when compared to the interview.

In contrast when using the footage from the filming session at the prism gallery the use of its footage created  sense of momentum in the edit an example of this the sequence where clips of Jamie working at the prism space to set it up  have were sharply cut together in a short montage set along with the diegetic sound  footage as well as the  non diagetic audio of the choir audio coming to a crescendo as the short sequence closes with him leading the effort to set the gallery up in time cutting to a panning shot of the next piece to be talked about. This is engaging for the viewer as it shows a sense of progress and  keeps the from slowing down.

When dealing with the footage where he is talking directly to the camera due to using a different microphone than the interview issues were faced with the audio being a lower quality as a low hum could be heard as he spoke, the use of a de-hummer tool was attempted though failed to solve the issue. The next attempt used the  de-noiser tool although it worked in the short term the effects as the sound quality became unpredictable differing each time it was played due to the de-noiser  proving lackluster, a third attempt at the problem was using Adobe audition to identify the source of the hum and remove it on the other hand doing this removed Jamie’s voice from the clip as well.In conclusion when dealing with the audio of the sequence the audio levels were lowered to hide the presence of the hum despite not being effective and producing a possibly stodgy sequence.The solution to this if done again would be to use the same clip on microphone to prevent this problem happening and ensure consistence level of audio quality.

The overall editing process of the film although encountering problems went well as a professional looking production was the end product. This is as through  the video the overall quality is maintained throughout the film though it could be debated that the short sequence where the audio is slightly lower quality than the rest of the film negates this.Furthermore the process was a success as it furthered my experience as a editor by finding solutions to problems that occur during the process as well gain a better understanding the importance of structuring a edit to play with the aspect of pacing a film. On the other hand the editing process should that at times my working can be predictable as few experimental ideas were used to set the film apart from my other work although using the live choir music as backing track for the film could be considered as experimental as I did not know how it would turn out over all.In conclusion the process was a success as the film was made and I gained experience as a editor though if I were to do this again I would better plan out how much time the editing will take up.


4th May filming at prism gallery

The filming at the prism  gallery was  a resounding success as the material taken from the shot will dynamically help shape the film because of its wealth of new footage taken that was produced to high quality of work. The footage consists of static and panning shots of the space as well as the art work in addition to the artist talking about the work as they stand next to it allowing the viewer to better understand the meaning behind the art pieces.

The most engaging footage that was filmed was the artist talking about his pieces while next to them, this is because the viewer is able to both visualize the piece and have the reasoning behind the artwork explained to them in a viewer friendly language without the impression that he is talking down to the audience,this is done by the height of the camera being level with the artist when they are talking to the viewer as seen in ‘The shock of the new’ . The advantage of this is that the audience will less likely to be aliened by the subject of the video as they are being talked to an a equal level even if they not from a art background. Although the shots were lacking proper focus as due to using the internal microphone of the camera  the sound quality is a lower standard than of the interview that was done using the clip on microphone, this is problematic as in the editing process this will have to compensated for by changing the audio levels of the recording r filtering out the background noise of the shoot taking up more time of the process.

The use of panning shots to display the exhibition space to the viewer in a intelligent way as they show how the  art work  is presented in the space as well as  the details of each individual piece. The nimble use of my camera work allowed these shots to be smooth and continuous as well as being carefully thought about for the placement in the film as a whole such as for use when need to cover jump cuts in the sections where Jamie is speaking to the camera and cuts are need for when the clips have been cut down for time saving purposes or scenes where although the choirs audio was usable the video of them was not. On the other hand the shots were predicable because style of documentary that the film will be . In addition to a workman like approach to the filming  session  preventing the idea of experimenting with shots or alternate camera angles show the space in ad different way than would of been expected,

Overall the the final filming session of the project went well  because of   focused and effective footage taken  that will serve to be useful in the editing process as well as extend the films content about the work as well as the artist’s passion for it.This is interesting for the audience as from this a character is build about the artist is build for them on a human level allowing them to relate to them more a significant shot for this is when he is setting up the exhibition space himself as well as taking command of how it is set up. On the other hand the session could of been improved with more planning of what shots and sequences needed to be filmed such as the scenes where the artist is talking about his work questions or prompts for the artist could of been prepared and allowed them to give a more tailored and tighter explanation of the pieces on display. In conclusion  although workman like and at times lackluster performance, the usefulness of the shoot was vital for the success of the overall project and provided some intelligent work that  could be used in the editing process to  make a effective film.


Filming choir recording session

Filming the choir’s recording session was useful as it  allowed me to capture footage of them practicing the song ‘Blackburn to the fore’ for the festival of making performance providing me with several shots available to use of them singing this giving me options for transition shots between the interview with Jamie.In addition the audio of the choir can be used separately  as the opening and closing tracks for the piece its self as well therefore  eliminating the need to find royalty free music off the internet this also is significant because the use of this allows the music to be relevant to what is being shown on screen. Furthermore due the choir only practicing the song different pitched versions of it were captured as they practiced the song with each part of the choir individually.

A disadvantage of filming the choir was that the recording equipment used for the recording the audio interfered with the shots taken with them being in the way of the camera,although this at times produced stodgy footage it did not hinder the filming greatly as the choir was largely  spread out   in the studio therefore with nimble camera work I avoided including the equipment in the shots of the choir. The other disadvantage of filming the choir while in the recording session was due to the size of the choir and the size of the TV studio camera positions were limited to the edges of the room  only allowing me able to capture parts of the choir at the time with slow pans. Although these are effective a full wide shot of the whole choir would possibly improved it because it would of allowed a establishing shot for the video that presents the choir as one entity instead of individuals.

Overall filming with the choir during their recording  was a success as the session provided me with the optimal environment  to film as it was a space with controlled lighting, a number of potential shot to be obtained from the positions available to me such as close ups of different members of the choir.In addition shots of  the conductor although these may not make into the edit  because of the conductor’s close ups are unfocused due to him moving around. My effectiveness as a camera operator was challenged in this session of filming the choir. I believe I performed the role adequately as the camera work was intelligently done, on the other hand my technique still could be improved as some of the shots taken were lackluster and if the skill is worked on it will be come fruitful as knowledge of camera work is important if I wish to specialize in the field of editing .In conclusion the shoot went well and will be a boon to me when editing the overall film project as well as providing me a opportunity to improve my on site practical skills.



Filming the choir (church) session

This went moderately successful as when filming the choir it was difficult to maintain a direct shot of of the whole choir as the position that was available was at the back of the choir, although this gave me the opportunity to film individuals among the choir giving it a more intimate view of the choir.This was effective because the raw  emotions of the people throughout the choir were on display while in song as well as being able to film the conductor of the choir in action directing the different sections.The footage will be used  when the artist talks about collaborating with others to create his pieces of work and how he is using the choir within his piece of work.

A aspect of the shoot that could of been improve would of been if handled the camera a lot steadier as some shots are too shaky or unfocused to be used in the film, this is as to capture constant audio that could still be used in other shots or as opening and closing music. The benefit to this is additional music will not have to be created  to a secondary source of music found,on the other hand using the choir as the opening and closing for the video may prove to difficult as the conductor of the choirs can be often her during the recordings. To solve this problem I will only use pieces where the choir is in full chorus and if the conductor’s voice is heard adobe audition will be used to isolate his voice in the audio and remove it without damaging the rest of the piece.

Overall the usefulness to the project of the footage make a success as it is invaluable as the cutaways make it possible transition from question to question with out jump cuts being a problem as well as  providing context for the answers the artist gives. on the other hand with some of the footage being mostly unusable due to its lower quality of work the shoot could of gone better.This may of been because of lack of planning for the location. Although the shoot had its disadvantages it went moderately successful and if done again I would experiment with my camera placement to get better angles of the choir furthermore I would of also planned for the positioning of the choir the shots taken would of been clearer  and have fewer wild camera movements to capture footage of the part of the choir that is singing at the current time.





Interview with Jamie Holman

This interview  will form the base for the FMP video as the answers given will used against cutaways that be of the different stages of the art piece he is creating for the festival of making as well as standard cutaways to the artists work space. The interview was conducted in a professional manner with few parts of the interview needed to be filmed again. The artist worked the questions in to the answers he provided therefore giving them contextual starting points in reason the subject matter.  This has allowed  me to remove the need for my own voice to be in the video, in addition to be able to  be inserted in the video at various points  using the cutaways and his answers to propel the narrative of the video without the problem of having a omnipotent  narrator to tell the viewer what is happening.

The interview space was originally the fine art staff room although the mis en scene created the look as if it was his studio space by placing the materials that he is working with in the background such as the tissue rolls and the book of roach bridge’s history.This was effective as it portrayed to the viewer that it was filmed in a studio as well as covering a unsightly radiator that would of been in the background of the shot that would of detracted from the overall quality of the interview as it clashed with the rest of the mis en scene,in addition the use of a tight mid shot also added to the effect that this was in the artists studio.

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The shot once in premier as planned out it is  framed only the materials are in the shot  giving the impression that the artist is in their studio, with the use of the mid shot being used effectively to the viewers main attention to the artist themselves while having enough  looking room  in the shot so the artist is not looking directly at the camera.

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The audio of the piece was loud and clear this was achieved by full sound checks and having the microphone applied correctly as well as at a making sure the subject dd ot ruffle their clothes once the shooting had begin change outfits or move the position of the microphone during recording. The microphone  used in the interview was a Sony ECM55B a clip on microphone oppose to a boom microphone where I would have to be mindful of having the microphone picking up external sound from the rooms around the staff room.

A disadvantage of the timing of the interview was that a essential part of the artist’s work had not been created of the interview this being choir lyrics printed on to tissue paper,  therefore could not be filmed although this is planned to  be filmed later in the project as it will provide cutaways for the video that will be useful because it would allow the viewers to see. This is as the piece would influence the work in a large way because of how it would synchronize when seen in conjunction with the rest of the artist’s work for the festival.

In conclusion the interview went well as enough footage was taken as well as the artist providing excellent  answers for the questions presented to them, furthermore dressing the background of the room to look like a studio worked  well as it made the shoot look more professional and elevate it from a standard interview scene. In addition the footage is well paced and able to be edited together in a swift and naturally flowing video.On the other hand the interview could of gone better by asking more varied questions to the artist as well as getting a few more cutaway takes of the room used although this was limited by the rest of the space being a staff room itself. Finally i belive this project to be a successs as what i set out to do was accmplished with little to no problems or delay.