Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
Looking back on the process to the final product I feel as though I have learned to be more efficient with the resources that we have along with the available time that we have. As I had the role of Mise-en-Scene I had to organise the shoots beforehand in terms of props, costume, location and lighting. It was difficult to find a location in close range that everyone had access to, that also suited that genre and storyline that we were trying to get across. It became easier to adjust the DSLR’s the more we used them. The first shoot that we did was using the white screen we had light boxes along with a tri pod and a steady cam. It was hard to manoeuvre the light box’s in the position that we needed. However, in the footage that we captured from that shot the light was really flattering and highlighted the white background which contrasted well against the black dress and black fishnets. The DSLR’s created an airbrushed look helping to block out any imperfections on the white screen.
A difficulty that we faced was trying to get the lighting that worked well with the camera in the setting that we needed. This proved difficult to the point that we had to change the location of the second half of the title sequence three times. The first shot the lighting was successful. However, the Mise-en-Scene and setting didn’t capture the promiscuous aspects of the character. The set up was too sweet and innocent. The second shoot was more successful in terms of the mise-en-scene because it was set up more like a bar and both the characters were stood leaning against a tall wooden block that had been covered with a red table cloth. The colour was significant because it connoted danger but also lust. However, the lighting wasn’t flattering to the camera. I thought dark lighting would help to set the mood and the genre but it meant that the source of the light, which was the lightbox, just reflected off the black wall in the background I didn’t find aesthetically pleasing. The final shot was located in a house to suggest that she has lured her victim back to her home. Despite struggling with over exposure, unstable tripods and the focus of the camera. This location proved to work well in the narrative and the colour scheme within the household worked nicely contrasted against the black and white from other shots. Due to the cameras ability, most of the shots are medium shots because the camera wouldn’t focus if it was too close up. This was frustrating at points because it interfered with the way we wanted the title sequence structured. For example we had desired an extreme close up on the scene where the drink is spiked. Despite this, we learned to adapt the shots in order to exclude the close ups. It did however mean that the positioning of the characters and the props became more significant to direct the audience gaze into what part of the frame was the most important.
To conclude the problems that we faced at the start of filming especially in the continuity sequence became easier to overcome the more comfortable we got using the equipment. As well as this, we became more flexible to quickly change ideas and try new things also we relied a lot on our initiative when things didn’t go as we liked or planned them to.