Now that production is wrapped I have to start putting my research on editing and what I have learnt from watching tutorial on colour correcting to the test. First things first, changing the name on the clips and sound files do that it makes it easier to find footage.I had noticed that some of the camera work wasn’t a thigh as I hoped it could of been. It would of been better if I had booked out a monitor to help see clearer what was being shot.
I found it easy to rough edit each scene and placing all the other scenes down the time line so it isolates the scene I am working on, editing the footage was the simplest task out of editing. I thought Sound would be easy. However I discovered that my male actor had changed his lines slightly each time, so it made syncing the sound hard, for example the scene in the coffee shop in particular was the scene where the road work were happening. With sound we managed to get some good clear sounds but the footage for that sound was the best for the scene, so I has to chop up the sound and clips for it to work. As a director I should of noticed that he was saying a different sentence each time. But I have managed to edit so it doesn’t look to much out of sync, which is putting my editing skills to the test.
As the sound edit goes on I found it had gotten easier as the day had gone one, It’s like we all had settled into out roles and we was more comfortable on the shoot. The clips aren’t as choppy and the sound is a nice and long with no cuts in them. Which looks and works so much better then the first scene. I have learning how important it is to get the sound right on each take, whether it is a test shot or an actual take. Once I got over the first scene the rest seem to be so much easier. But it was still really tidies syncing it up, while I was researching into editing I came across a programme that helps syncs sound a footage ‘PluralEyes’. I make the mistake in not looking into the software as if I knew how to use the programme it could of help me and make the film look that much better. But now that I know how hard it is to sync sound I will start to learn the programme so I can have that skill under my belt, which would work in my favour after graduation.
Colour correcting seems to be straight forward, however because I have a love of edits, and with colour correcting a clips you can’t select multiple clips and edit at the same time. However I did find a way to make it easier. For example If I has colour corrected a clip and a few frames down the clip is a similar lighting then I could ‘copy’ the colour corrected clip and I select the clip I want the same colour correction on, which could be more then one and ‘Paste Attributes’ which then I can tweak it if needs be. It is a short cut but when you have some many edits it just makes it easier to work on the project. As you still have to adjust each clip but the hard part of getting the main colours right seems less hard. I like picking up hints and tips, who doesn’t like to make things simpler.I did find it difficult because some of the footage was under exposed which made it harder to colour correct.
It was really helpful having music that I didn’t have to worry about if it was suitable. I did also have to go on to copyright free sound effect websites to get sounds like, the car crash and hospital machine noises. It wasn’t to hard to fine copy right free sounds as throughout the years I have learnt where to go to and not to go to. The length of the final edit is 24 minutes, which is a really long however I have edited it as much as I could, cutting some scenes out. If I had taken out more the story wouldn’t make sense and I feel the audience would be confused to what is happening.
Overall with the editing process I feel that I had over come my fear of not being able to complete the edit to a good standard, even though I an disappointed to the length of the film, knowing from my research “the shorter the better” but I wouldn’t have been able to make it shorter. But from that I have learnt that my writing skills needs working so I can have a play write which is more compact and is able to tell a story with out stating the obvious. I feel that I need to keep working on my editing skills so that I have a better understanding of how to shot to make the editing process easier.
The last few time I worked on a project I had a full team of 6 people, so the work seem to be effortless as each job was delegated. For this project I was working on it solo which was challenging at times. In high an sight It would of been better to team up with someone so there was some space to breath, as they say two heads are better then one. However saying that I loved having full control of the project, being able to want and do whatever I wanted was a dream. With the pre-production I should of been more proactive and on the ball. I shouldn’t of relied on emailing and wait for a response for days. This is my final project I should learnt to be more selfish and aggressive is a positive, when it comes to getting what I want. But I have learnt to be persistent, whether it was a slow persistence, In the past I would of given up and changed what I could control and compromise my script just because I didn’t want to push myself to keep looking, I was playing it safe.
One of the most positive things I did was starting to save early, as that money really did help keep the project afloat. If I did want to keep making films I now know how much it will take to save up, also once this project has been completed I will be putting the money left over back into the pot so I can use it for future projects, and I can use the money to spent on fund raising items,I could of made t-shirtd which could of been sold to make more money. However these are ideas for another time.
On the actual shot, there where things that happened that was out of my heads, like the road works. However there was things like getting extra batteries to be prepared. As this was a project that I worked on solo and there was times I didn’t know what was up or down, the outcome was what I expected, a few mishaps but overall good work. I should of made it clearer earlier to my actors about the date I wanted to film, as it almost like first come first served with actors. The shoot could of gone more smoother if I had planned that much better but with each mistake I learn, which you only learn from experiences, Like sending the call sheets earlier and having more production meeting with the actors so they could of bonded more before the day of the shoot.
I should of cast my net wider in terms of my crew as I two full time crew members including myself with on and off runners. When you know you have the right team it is like the weight on your shoulders is lifted a little. As much as a small crew does works, it is less opinions to cloud my judgement with more people on set. When I look back to directing other projects I am proud of how I worked on the project. I was more confident and believed in what I was doing, when you are passionate about something and have high hopes, I feel the attitude towards the outcome is different because I wanted it to be good, the best it could be and that is what kept me going. Because a few times in pre-production I did want to give up but then the knowledge of knowing why I was doing it was a good drive.
Overall I know with the pre-production process I could of worked harder and pushed harder to get the answers sooner then waiting a few days. It is also important because it’s like a butterfly effect, if the pre-production is weak then the production will be poor and then the post-production won’t work. I am glad that my pre-production planning wasn’t terrible, I just know with in myself that it could of been that much better. For production days I should of been more aware of the small things, like having extra batteries with is a small thing but I does effect production scheduling in a big way. Also I should be watching my talent as they are bring what is in my head on to the screen, by giving them some control in the beginning it is harder to change the character when that person is set into the role, which could of been overcome with production meetings with my actors.
After Sleeping like a baby, I had more faith in getting everything done nice and quickly. We started on location at the Health and life science building. we had arrived on time and had everything set up waiting for the arrival of the actors. As soon as they did I explained the scene has a run though and within a few hours we have finished.
Going back to the house we got two big scenes done. But the curse of the batteries struck again, first with the boom mic the battery went then the camera again, so we decided to go into uni to get other one, and then the edirol mic died, so we had to go get new batteries. Which took a massive chunk out of our schedule. when all the batteries where replaced we was ready to finish the scene which we ended up finishing.
we went to the last location, at this point because we were now a few hours behind we had hit the beginning of rush hour. Luckily the members from the Guruwara where still waiting for us. As the male actor has to go early we got all of his scenes done first so he could go early, even though it was 4pm. We filmed the last few scenes and that was a wrap. we has offical finished around 5pm.
Day two was stressful for a different reason, the equipment, that has let us down however we had all the footage we needed so there was not much complains.
On the First Day of shooting 22nd April, even with next to no sleep I felt prepared knowing that we had a long day ahead of us. We was on location first thing, as me and the crew arrived to the location, first the Coffee shop was closes which was what set off my panic button. Knowing that if this went wrong I had only me to blame, calmed me down. Finally setting up we was on track, however the owner had double booked so we has to wait half an hour to start. This is where I stepped in to talk to my actors. going through the script and having run though with them and letting them show me what they thought of the characters. which was really helpful to me as well as them I could see early on how that have taken on their characters.
I was happy with my choice with the female lead she had understood the character and taken the role on well. I felt I had to work with the male lead a little more, he has the right attitude when it came to the characters charm but the small glimmer of emotions was harder to get out. but as it was only just the first scene I wants to worried. We ended up filming for about 3 hours which was frustrating, when I went on my recce for the coffee shop it was nice and quiet. However on the day of the shot it happened to have road works next to the shop and with most takes the sound would pic up the sounds. However we managed our best, as soon as I called cut on the last take the memory card was full.
Having lunch, clearing the card we started filming again. getting through the small scenes quick was great. but then the really problem started the battery on the camera died, so we had to stop the shoot and wait for the battery to charge as we didn’t get an extra battery. That is why we had an even longer shot because we has to keep start and stopping. We managed to get the main emotional scene shot. Wrapping up the day at 8pm was hard. especially as we had an other day shoot the next day and both actor where driving back and forth.
The first day was alway gonna be tricky as its the whole team together and we don’t know each other, even though it wasn’t awkward it was just challenging. After the actors had gone, I had taken on board the ups and downs of the day and made my own little plan of how day 2 will go.
There aren’t many posted jobs for floor managers, however the closest job to apply for is a runner or to do experiences and working your way through. However there are many websites to help find these experience. I of the best website I have found is ‘My first TV job’ this job site makes you fill a online CV which is on there system, and from there I get send emails for potential job/work placements. Which is really helpful to be able to filter what job, however the one issue is I will have upgrade to be able to apply for the more exclusive jobs.
Another site that one of my contacts had told me about and is really good, Grapevine Jobs which you get job alerts similar to MFTVJ, there are many site where you and upload a CV and wait for the emails to come in, However I had been told by talking to Lucky, who had worked in the media, had told me with job site it is more likely to stand out is you upload your CV ever 2 weeks. As it uploads there system and employers look for new top of the list CVs not CVs that have been sitting on the system for months. Hearing this was an eye opener to why I stop getting emails after a few moths.
For broadcasting London is a good place to look, However now with the opening is Media City in Manchester. I happen to live closer to London which is a positive as I can get into London with in a hours. But with the move to Manchester it would become difficult and I will have to relocate, on the other hand If I come a freelancer that mean I would be moving around which would be an advantage if you like to travel. With freelancing there are many positives and negatives, like
- as said before, not being in one place for to long – opportunities with other companies
- You are your own boss
- being able to have your own schedule
the disadvantages would be
- not having a foundation, always uprooting can be stressful
- work won’t be consistent, which could be a finical issue
- working long hours to met deadlines
- competing with a lot of other competition
I ideally would like to work with a production company full time, as it is more suited to the person I am, however I wouldn’t mind freelancing for a while to kick start my career. As I am trying to avoid freelancing I am looking in to programmes with bigger companies like BBC and Sky.
when looking into salaries the majority of floor managers working on a freelance basis can be paid on an hourly, daily or weekly rate. A freelance floor manager may earn between £180 and £400 per eight-hour day, with higher salaries being paid in London.Range of typical starting salaries: £14,000 – £20,000. Range of typical salaries at senior level/with experience (e.g. after 10 – 15 years in the role): upwards of £25,000. Working hours can be long and irregular, often including evening and weekend work. It is not uncommon to work a 14-hour day. Hours are usually dictated by studio booking times and a floor manager is expected to stay until the job is done.nWhen working freelance, you will be expected to work the hours demanded by the production company. On the other hand, in permanent positions once established, you may earn over £25,000 but it is likely you will need to start on a lower salary in order to secure work and gain experience. Which is suggested from Prospects.
Being a floor manager isn’t the job for you if you want to live the high life, as the income isn’t the best. Being a floor manager is for a person who is passionate about working in the TV industry. Which I don’t mind as I have wanted too do this for a long time, and I would rather do something I love. however it will take me a while to start earning that type of money suggested above, as I will have to start at runner leave which is next to nothing and work my way up.
This is a list of contact I have made, who is in or works around the TV industry.
Dips Kaur – BritAsia Producer – number and email
Gurjit Singh – BritAsia Producer head of music – email
Shippi – Works in technical service (freelance) – number
Lucky – Worked in media industry (freelance) – number
Kassie Bowen – Wanderlust FP – Video Producer (freelance) – number and email
Tim Jonhson – BBC recruiting manager – email
Chris Seventon – career advisor, coventry uni -email
Even though this list isn’t a full ten required. It is made up of contacts I have met personally and exchanged details. I have found from research that is it difficult to find contacts online, the best way to network and make contact is face to face by going to the scheme days. I have made a linkedin profile to help me widen my search however I will need upgrade my profile to be able to contact the members directly.
With this list, which I hope will get longer over time, is conducted with people that have a connection with broadcasting. Which would be a good way for me to get my foot in the door. The last two contacts are impotent to have someone whose job it is to give advice to improve yourself and market yourself in a better light, and as my portfolio is my CV I will need as much advice as I can get. Which I have started to do, I contacted Chris Seventon to get advice on how to improve my CV