Semester 2


Week 11: Film Assignment and evaluate it critically in terms of narrative Originality and technical qualities

I feel that the film showed responded to the brief well as it was a contemporary human interest story that relates to social issues. Also, the film was based upon a real person’s life. As per conducted research.

Sound was used well in this film. Perhaps the heartbeats were a bit overkill and unnecessary. Otherwise the sound effects were good. I felt that they improved the flow of the film.

The idea I felt was original… Well defiantly compared to our seminar group. Technical qualities the female role is the menaced woman. In film noir, if the main character is female she will often be tormented psychologically or physically by a man.

The cinematography reinforces the darkness in the plot and theme. Long, sharp shadows are used in the film  as well as inky blackness. Tilted camera angles with a claustrophobic feel emphasize a nocturnal underworld

Feedback received from other students to include

Understood the storyline, like the shot of feet walking down the stairs, outside shots were good, good shot while picking he knife, storyline was clear throughout the movie, heartbeat sound effect – overused, used good and different camera angles, it was a very good action film, the editing was very neat from the beginning to the end, the name of the film was good, the plot was very smooth and clear, I loved the editing during the phone call as the jump cuts made the whole scene really fast and created the right tension, the shot when she was going down the stairs with the torch was very well made, I liked the concept of the story very realistic

Week 10: The Editing Process

As far as the editing process my reflections are as follows; We just managed to get the minimum film duration. Which was a concern while editing that we would come too short on the minutes. I carried out the first edit and after review and discussions with the team. One other member edited the film from my edit. Which was later selected as the final draft. We would show our edits via WhatsApp and then receive comments and advice concerning the film then go away and re cut the film as required.

I found that the process worked very well like this.

Week 9: Career Aspirations

My career aspirations were to enter the film industry as an editor. I still feel strongly towards my original aspirations, although I feel that I should not focus one hundred percent on one focus. As I enjoyed using the camera when I had the opportunity to do so. My general experience thus far has been good, however finding the perfect team to work with has been difficult, although I knew this beforehand. I feel that I will change groups after the new year. As its important to have a good group so things can flow well and the whole process is more enjoyable and rewarding.

Week 8: Reflect on the filming process

I don’t know how we ended up producing a final film. It was rather disorganized from the get go. However, I felt that myself and another team member held it together in the end. Otherwise we would have gotten into such a mess. I found ourselves running down a seemingly endless path. I had long yearned for adventure and excitement, but my time in making the movie made me realize that adventure comes with some serious risks (not producing a final film).

Issues we had were mainly; not one hundred percent commitment from all team members. I feel that these issues can easily be prevented in future project work. By clearly stating our ideas, plans and voicing all concerns in meetings.

My role was editor however I also created the first drafts of the script/treatment which I found enjoyable to do as it was a first for me to do anything like this. I also was able use the camera to shot a few scenes, which I enjoyed doing. As I was editing the final film I found it useful to be able to shoot some scenes, as I could feel how the edit would go during the filming process.

Concerning improvements, I would say to try a lot harder on being able to secure actors for our films. As we were not able to manage it this time around. Working on our team organization skills also would be a valid improvement.

However the final film which was finally cut seemed to work well and despite the problems we encountered, I was happy with the final product.

Week 7: Write an entry about different camera formats and justify the format you would choose for yourself

Cameras are classified in somewhat various groups including exotics, big stuff, Electronic viewfinder, compacts, DSLRs, and mirrorless. In our case, the entry will focus on the three best formats that are the DSLRs, Mirrorless and Big stuff. First off, the DSLRs are high-end cameras which despite their bulkiness, tend to be uncompromising on core factors of a camera. This type of format is designed to have interchangeable lenses thus allowing users to choose the best lens depending on the occasion. An example of such format includes the Canon 7D. Second off, the big stuff comprises of cameras bigger than 35mm which are mainly characterised by high image quality due to their top-notch resolution. An example of such format is the Pentax 645Z. Third off are the mirrorless cameras. By far, this format of cameras is characterised by interchangeable lenses as well as larger sensors.

In my opinion, DSLRs remain one of the favourite cameras to use. The main brands comprising of this format include the Canon, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Nikon. Unlike other cameras, DSLRs remain at the edge for a number of reasons. One of such reasons is the fact that they have built-in dual pixel autofocus which keeps them at the top end in recording and shooting. Secondly, the format works perfectly in low light producing superior image quality. The format is also geared toward full control over its lenses by incorporating interchangeable lenses. However, the format faces minor challenges such as bulkiness, and high costs. In addition, the vast number of buttons and settings makes it a bit hard to use. To conclude, the above-mentioned cons do not necessarily affect performance and workflow hence remain one of the best formats to use.


Week 6: A place where I feel comfortable in

My place in which I feel the most comfortable in, is  in fact my bedroom at my home. Its just the right size not too big but also not too small, just right. I sleep on a single bed, which I feel is a perfect size for me. I feel comfortable and secure in a single bed rather than a double or king size due to the fact that it fits me much better. Also I have just the right amount of storage space for my clothes etc. A large chest of draws located by my bed and then a moveable clothes rail and shoe holder at the end of my bed.

Across the room opposite to by bed I have a small desk and chair. On the desk sits my twin 21 inch monitors which is connected to my HP Z600 workstation. I often use one screen for watching a movie while working on the second. Or when I am editing I enjoy using both monitors.

My room is located at the top of the house. With two window skylights in the roof. which are great as they also have built in blinds which I can use to make the room pitch black during daylight hours if needed.

Also being at the top of the house its free from noise. Sometimes I enjoy opening a skylight at night to have to noise of the wind and weather ( when its raining ) which helps me to relax on a warm night.

Week 5: Citizen Kane

In the film, Citizen Kane, some reporters are attempting to find the meaning of the last words that were uttered by Charles Foster Kane just before his death. Charles Foster Kane was a popular millionaire who was a newspaper tycoon. The film starts by giving details of the life of Kane. From there, some flashback of the life of Kane is given in order to create a better understanding of the context of the film. ”Kane presents an unusual ordering of story events” (Film art, 2016, p.103). The more the reporters research on the meaning of Kane’s last words, the more the viewers get an understanding of the manner in which Kane rose to fame. However, they also come to find out about his fall. There are numerous interesting scenes in this film. This essay analyses the first flashback scene that follows the death of Kane, whereby the life of Kane is brought on play to show the mise-en-scene and cinematography and the importance in conveying the effect of the scene. This will be helpful in understanding of not only the mise-en-scene and cinematography of this scene, but also for the whole film

 Immediately after the death of Kane the audience is treated to a view of the things that took place when he was actually alive. Through the deep focus shot, the producer is able to lead the viewers to seeing footage of the life of Kane (Naremore 2004, p. 94). This comes at a time when the media are seeking more information. The deep focus shot is seen to be a way through which everything is brought to this moment.

At the first flashback scene Kane appears in the background of the scene, while in  the foreground Mr. Thatcher and his parents are discussing Kane’s future, who is at this moment still a child. Kane appears to be visually trapped in the window frames (Gibbs &Pye 2005, p. 63). This is able to bring the perspective the Kane was actually part of a flashback and that it was not something that was taking place at that particular moment.

The choice for the costumes is also perfect in depiction that the age that the movie was depicting. Immediately the flashback begins, one notices a slight change in the manner  of dressing as a depiction of the difference in times. One thing about movies is that the viewers often develop the habit of looking at the costumes and using it to determine the time and setting of the movie. Kane being seen as a child and the clothes that the parents wear during the flashback are a perfect depiction of the difference in time between the flashback and what happens in the movie’s real time (Brophy 2008, p. 11). Apparently, the hairstyle speaks the same.

Looking at the scene of the first flashback someone would give the producer of the movie a pat on the back for having been able to use lighting perfectly to manipulate mood of the scene while at the same time using it in creation of the setting. As Kane’s Parents and Mr. Thatcher discuss, Kane’s future the lighting brings the mood of seriousness something that is seen in the reaction that Kane have on the discussion given the fact that he was still a child. The second thing about light is that it defines the setting. If the room would have been brighter than it was made then there would have been some question regarding the legitimacy of the setting and its appropriateness according to the time when it was supposed to depict, which was Kane’s childhood.

One notable thing about the scene is that is that there is the use of extended deep focus. Looking at the details of the scene, one will be able to notice that the background and foreground of the scene are both in sharp focus.  This was a result of some playing with the lighting and lenses by the cinematographer. This is an aspect of the scene that makes it catchy and interesting to view as the scene has been seen to be more that capable in drawing the attention of the viewers.

The scene can also be seen to have been developed through the use of low angle shots. This is a method that results to a point of view that  faces upwards, thus revealing the ceiling, something that is noticed  to have  happed  to all the other scenes. This is a method that leads to a scenario whereby the camera captures what the eye would have seen under normal circumstances.  This brings the aspect of realism to the scene.

It is clearly evident that just like in most of the scenes, Orson Welles makes use of mise-en-scene and cinematography in the creation of a visually captivating effect. As seen  in the  discussion herein  it can  be  seen that every aspect of mise-en-scene and cinematography  such as  lighting, costumes, tone , and deep focus shot have been used in the scene, making it a highly entertaining and visually captivating scene. The result is a scene that can be said to be one of the most important scenes in the film.


Film Art, 2016 David Bordwell, Jeff Smith Kristin Thompson, 11th Edition. McGraw Hill Higher Education, P.103

Naremore, J 2004,Orson Welles’s citizen Kane: a casebook, Oxford University Press on Demand, London.

Gibbs, J &Pye, D 2005,Style and meaning: studies in the detailed analysis of film. Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Brophy, P 2008,‘Citizen Kane: The Sound of the Look of a “Visual Masterpiece”Music and the Moving Image, 1(3), 1-12.

Week 4: Production role evaluation

So for the short film assignment I have landed the role of editor. I am looking forward to this process. I plan to think and feel though my edit.  I plan to edit to make the audience uncomfortable like Taxi Driver which was edited by Marcia Lucas, Tom Rolf and Melvin Shapiro. Holding the shot just a little longer than normal.  I know the short film is not going to be that long around 2-3 minutes in length, However I feel that it will be enough time to play around with new ideas.

Week 3: Imperial War Museum

I can recollect the last time I went to the IWM, I was an ungracious 9 year old with all my school companions, simply needing to go to the gift shop! It has been enormously redone in the course of recent years since that school outing.

What’s more, just now, on an easygoing Sunday evening, do I really acknowledge and amuse in awe at the displays held in this huge vault of war history.  

The whole cellar level covers the Holocaust, the sheer volume of gathered pieces and records was overpowering, I ended up strolling around with a steady protuberance in my throat, a far reaching indication of a standout amongst the most vital crossroads in mankind’s history.  

The First World War area, has a copy trench which is INCREDIBLE. There are likewise tanks and trucks on the greater part of the floors and airplane hanging down from the roof, running from Spitfire planes to Bombers!  

An entire day can be spent here and you can likewise enjoy a reprieve, recover with some sustenance or savor the bistro on the lower ground, and after that get straight back out there.

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