Harry Bartlam – Film and TV – 16/18


Unit 3 LO 3.2

The Hallo Project


Final Video


The word “hallo” can be very powerful as it is used to express many different feelings and emotions. As well as opening a conversation, the way that it is said will set a tone and atmosphere for the following scene or group of shots. In a normal scenario, it would be extremely important to make sure that the audience knows exactly what is being implied as this will set a good mood for the conversation. This also applies to the Hallo Project. For this project, the criteria is to plan and produce a video showing how the word “hallo” can be powerful and to emphasise the feeling or emotion within a scene. To do this, the only speech that can be used is “hallo”, which will allow us to focus on the techniques we have learnt.

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Week 7: Unit 3 – Working Practices


When working in the media industry there are three main types of employment. Freelancing, Self employment and employment all have there own advantages and disadvantages which can make it difficult to choose which one is the one for you in a long term perspective. In this post I am going to be discussing each kind of occupation in detail, explaining the pros can cons to each one. As well as this I will be creating a career timeline for myself, to use as a plan in the future as what my ideal career would look like, though I will still be setting realistic goals and aspirations.

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Week 6: Unit 1 – Slate and Lighting Work


Clapperboards are used in all types of professional film and TV productions. This is because they have many different uses and significantly speed up the filming and post production process. Whilst on set, using clapperboards helps ensure that everyone is alert and on board during the shoot, and it gives actors a moment to get ready for their role. As well as this, it can be used to help the crew keep an idea of where they are in the shoot and how much is left. Most importantly it is used to help sync the sound and the footage together which is crucial to be able to edit the sequence. This is done by clapping the two separate parts of the board together to create a sound that would be picked up by the microphone and seen on the sequence timeline.

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Week 5: Unit 1 – Editing


Editing has a huge part in the way that a film or TV show is presented to an audience. It can make the difference between the final production being classed as a success or an unsuccessful piece of work. This is why it is crucial to ensure that the person who is editing the footage knows exactly what they are doing and how the final result should be. In some cases, editing can be done in a way that it could cover up any mistakes in pre production or while on set as new software’s and techniques have developed over time for such eventualities. With this in mind, editing is a long process and certain steps must be taken to ensure a good quality of work.

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Week 4: Unit 3 – Cameraman/Auteur Theory


In film and TV, a Director’s team is crucial with regards to what the final quality of the production will be like and how the audience will perceive it. The Director is in complete control of who is in their team and how each person does their job. With this in mind, it is essentially the Directors responsibility to maintain a good quality of work and ensure that the criteria is met for the film or TV show that they have been hired for. In most cases there is only one Director who would be in charge of the lighting, the sound, editing, writing, actors and the camera team.

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Week 4: Unit 1 – Camera Work


When recording footage for a film or TV show, there any many things to think about such as framing, composition, lighting, and how to tell the story to a good quality. One of the most important things is to ensure that the audience doesn’t get confused and that it is actually interesting. This can be accomplished by using techniques such as the 180 degree rule, shot reverse shot, and the over the shoulder shot. These are good ways to break apart the sequence and make the situation more interesting for the audience.

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Week 3 : Unit 1 – Introduction To Audio


Sound plays a big part in how film and TV is consumed in today’s media. This is because without sound, neither film or TV can be made to a good quality (or at all) as they rely on the sound of characters, background, and music to help tell a story. Also bad sound quality can have a big impact on how the TV show or film can be rated as it is unprofessional and distracts the audience away from the story. Having a distraction such as bad sound quality can be fatal in a production as the story is the most important part of the film/TV show, therefore it is crucial that it is displayed in the best possible way. As well as this, a bad quality of sound will ruin the audiences perspective of how a character is perceived and how a shot is analysed. Audio is more important than what is visually seen on screen, and generally has a ratio of 60:40. As audio is more important, it can often forgive bad visuals which can be very useful when there is limited time or money.

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Week 3: Unit 3 – How To Become A Sound Engineer and Foley Engineer/Designer


Although similar, there is a difference between Foley sound and general audio use. Foley is what is used to make a movement or action seem more believable by adding iconic sound effects to make the audience know exactly what is happening and connecting the classic sound effects with the actions being shown on screen. Foley sound is used in all film and TV shows to make them more realistic and to give a certain effect. For example some of the most classic uses of Foley are creaking doors to add suspension and thumps to emphasise the power of a punch. Although we wouldn’t necessarily hear all these sounds in real life, they are still added in to film and TV shows to create effects and emphasise the point that is trying to be put across. Also, another reason why Foley sound is used in all productions is because it has become a necessity in today’s media which means that without the added effects, actions and movements would be lacking an impact to the audience. This can be very problematic when finding new ways to get the message across to an audience by the use of sound. Foley designers and engineers are only in control of the sound effects added to make the actions within the shot seem more realistic. All other aspects of sound such as the use of microphones, and maintenance of equipment are held responsible by the sound team. This can include a sound engineer, designer, mixer or even assistant.  Continue reading “Week 3: Unit 3 – How To Become A Sound Engineer and Foley Engineer/Designer”

Week 2 : Unit 1 – Lighting


Lighting equipment is used in film and TV to light a shot. This is because natural light isn’t always to the best quality and in a lot of cases a shot can be made more powerful with artificial light. When using lighting equipment it is important to think about white balance and the colour temperature. These are the main factors that will determine how good the lighting in a  shot will look in the final production.

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