FC: Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the main task?
1: Our preliminary task taught me a lot and looking back I have realised how much my approach to a media task has changed because of the things I have learnt and skills I have developed in the step between the two products.
2: Initially I believed our preliminary task to be quite limiting so I had anticipated our main task to be much more fun and much easier due to the creative freedom we would gain. I had underestimated the stress of juggling my technical abilities (ie filming, camera angles, the 180 degree rule etc) with fulfilling the task required and my creative desires.
3: The Preliminary task was brilliant for ensuring my knowledge and confidence in applying things like the 180 degree rule and ensuring continuity to a script and shot list we had previously been given so that we had the experience to take onto our main task.
4: ...as the biggest thing my preliminary task taught me was the importance of pre-production when it comes to continuity.
5: You have to be so careful during filming to consider continuity as we learnt it is so much harder to attempt to re-film later and to successfully re-create a scene. We encountered so many issues during our preliminary task when we attempted to continue filming on a seperate occasion. So we tried to make sure we had everything figured out shot by shot before hand so that we didn't come to any realisations during editing that something was missing or something had changed. Which was very useful to learn during the preliminary stages so that we spent much more time refining pre-production so that production was less time-consuming and that we encountered no issues in post-production.
6: Also I had to consider the vast amount of layers to a media product which I realised during research of existing media.
7: There was a lot to consider and it was quite difficult to get into a group framework and I think it was an initial struggle to distribute the load across our group as everyone had their ideas of how it should be done. We were a good group and we worked well together and we did realise everyone's strengths which made it considerably easier especially during editing. We broke it down into different areas such as titles, music, sound effects, footage and editing to deal with as individuals.
8: Seeing how each of these aspects came together was a pleasant surprise which was motivating and encouraging.
9: Particularly as software and server issues was a constant battle. | I had certainly developed my skills on adobe software. I enjoyed the opportunity to explore Premier Pro during our main task and the basic knowledge I had gained during the preliminary ensured it was much less time consuming this time round. However one of my biggest lessons through out was patience. Having to deal with the programme crashing quite often was a huge issue. It was more of an issue during our preliminary task as we had learnt to save any progress straight away to avoid any risk by the time editing our main task footage had begun.
10: As a group we have definately progressed in working together as the main task required a greater independence and meant we were less reliant on our teacher. For example in our preliminary task we were given a scene to recreate and script etc where as our main task gave us much more autonomy. So everyones perception of the task began to overlapp but we did eventually settle into roles as the task developed.
11: Overall I have developed many abilities. Whether it is using new technology or the importance of taking time to think logically as you piece each layer of our title sequence together.