Archive for November, 2009

Three days before we were going to Film , Filiz said that she was unable to do the advert for us , which left us feeling that we might not be able to film to schedule. We frantically tried to find a new model so that we could film on the date we had planned asking all of our friends, however no-one was able to make it on the day we needed them.  However a day before the day we had planned to film , Our friend Lauren Owers said that she was able to do it for the Thursday. This was great because we wanted to use her for this advert previously, however she said she could only film on a Monday or Tuesday. I addition she had also previously done modeling.So we could get started i told Lauren what i wanted her to wear and how we wanted her hair, and it was just our luck , that she had the exact same black dress we had wanted our model to wear.

26/11/09- Filming in London

We decided that we wouldn’t use a college camera , but we would use Kim’s so that we could have access to it at all times to make editing and filming a lot easier  , rather than having to book out and return a college camera, when we needed it. Before Making our way to London , we went to collect a tripod and battery from Andreas, to ensure that we had steady filming, unlike filming we had done in our AS year. Once we had done that we went to the train station were we met up with Lauren, Kim also text Ben to tell him that we were on our way to Westminster as he was making his own way there to meet us.

Once we arrived at Westminster , Lauren got changed into her outfit , we met up with Ben and then went  to our first location, which was the entrance to the train station. We chose a small entrance, in order to help the process of our filming,  because we believed that not many people would be using this entrance , therefore we wouldn’t have to keep stopping and starting. Whilst amber began to set up equipment for the shot we realized that Andreas had not given us the connection to attach  the camera to the tripod. It felt as thought it would be a repeat of last year , where a lot of our shots were shaky , and we knew we wouldn’t be able to achieve the best possible outcome we could have for the advert. Despite this we decided to get on with shooting on stedicam , as we had gone through a lot of trouble to organise it and get actors together. We then experienced problems with the  sunlight in shot causing a glare to go across the screen, so we had to wait a little while for the sun to go behind the clouds. Although  Amber worked around this and we knew we could play around with several clips in editing

We Then went on to our second Location, Which was Horse guards Avenue. We filmed them walking through the arch whilst staring at each other and looking away. At this point there was some tourists in the shot , but we thought this would add a realistic tone to the shot. To show that they can’t find each other in and amongst the crowds.

We then went into St James Park to film the final shot on the story board, where the couple meet on the bridge. We found a perfect spot which was over a lake which a view of the millennium eye in the background. We had gathered a few shots when it began to rain slightly, so we stopped, took a little break , and gave our actors some tea and extra clothing to warm up , considering they were only wearing a suit and a dress. Once the rain had cleared up we went back to the bridge to film the last scene a few more times. We noticed that a rainbow had formed in the direct line of our shot, which we thought would add to the mis-en-scene of the shot, and imply the idea that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which relates to our advert as the boy eventually finds the girl. We are just hoping that we are able to use the shot , as well as obey the continuity rule.

We then went on to film our final few scenes at Buckingham palace. This is where he sees her at the top of the fountain and they stare into each others eyes. This was a success as we were able to do the shot without the interference from tourists. Once we had done this we did a final shot in Green park, were the pair chase each other through the trees. We didn’t spend to long on this as Lauren was getting extremely cold. We finished filming at around 3pm

For each shot it was my Kim’s to brief the actors telling them how we wanted them to behave , she also had to direct the rest of cast and crew to our next location, she also told Amber what was happening in each shot in accordance with the story board and then Amber decided the best camera angle to film it from. Elliott couldn’t preform his assigned job as we didn’t require sound for this, however he did help Amber and worked with her, trying to get the best possible shots we could use. I positioned the actors and told them their cues. Throughout filming we all shared our opinions on how it should have been filmed and how to Incorperate certain famous landmarks in shot, such as the millenium eye. Although we all stuck to our roles we also had our say in other roles to ensure that we all produced a good piece of work.

On Reflection i feel that the day went better than i had expecting , despite the trouble with the tripod and the camera. I feel that the final actors we had were perfect and they suited well together, and the shots we obtained were good enough to make a good quality advert.


Filming of Bisous 5/12/09

Today myself and Kim filmed bisous. Elliott was unable to participate in the filming as he had to work , and Amber had fallen ill, therefore she was unable to come. We knew that it would be fine to go ahead and film without Amber and Elliott , as our actors were avaliable , and Kim also had the storyboards, so as long as we stuck to them it would be fine.

Although Amber is the camera women, Myself and Kim had previously had experience in using the camera when completing our AS media Coursework, also Kim and Amber had discussed all pre-production topics before filming meaning that we knew exaclty how amber wanted it to be filmed   , so that gave us another reason to go ahead with filming. Furthermore , Elliott is in charge of Editing so has more of a role within that area , rather than filming. 

To begin the filming process, I began setting up the room we would be filming in. By positioning the table and mirror we were using and proping up a net curtain by the window that we needed to use for mis-en-scene within the advert. After doing that i began to curl Sam’s hair in preperation, whilst Kim set up the Filming Equipment. 

First we began to Film Sam applying on make-up in the mirror , this had to be done in several takes as Sam kept laughing because she was embarresed of acting whilst i was in the room, so to prevent it from happening again , i stepped out of the room whilst Kim filmed , and returned again when she had stopped filming , in order to discuss the shot etc. The next shot we Filmed was of Sam spraying the perfume on herself, and we shot this scene several times in order to get the perfume bottle from different angles. 

We then needed to film Lewis’s Scene , we had to get him to walk through the door . When filming Lewis walking through the door , we found when looking back on the footage that he kept looking at the camera , so we had to film this scene several times also.  The next few scenes we shot included both Lewis and Sam, were Lewis had to kiss sam on the cheek , then they had to look into eachother’s eyes. This was a bit awkward for the actors as they had only just met and again due to embarresment they both kept laughing,however this was understandable. Despite this we managed to get the shots. 

Again all in all it was another successful filming day, however we did encounter a few problems, such as lighting. We were unable to take lights from college and the natural lighting and the lights in my room were not sufficient enough, however when filming at the right angle we managed to get a decent shot with the right amount of lighting. Another problem we encountered was the restrictions of my room as it prevented us from moving around to gain a variety on shots, but we still managed to obey  to 180 degree rule.


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The auditions are taking place this lunch time, so while we are waiting to find our actors we thought it would be a good idea to look at the costumes we would like them to wear. Whilst Kim and amber updated there blogs with risk assesment forms and storyboards.

For the lost and found advert we knew that we wanted the girl to wear a cocktail dress and for the guy to be in a suit. Here are some examples of what we are looking for.

Four Bisous We decided that we wanted the man to be getting ready for work , whilst the girl is still in her pajamas putting on her make-up.

Here are examples of what we are looking for:

At lunch time we waited for people to arrive at the auditions however not many people turned up, so thinking quickly we decided that it would be a good idea to go out a recruit people ourselves, so Kim and Hayley Dutton decided to go into the canteen  go up to groups of people who were on their  break, which they found to be a very successful idea, many people said that they would be willing to take part. In total they managed to get 8 auditionees and some friends who offered to help if we couldn’t  find anyone. After Looking the pictures we chose to use Samantha Swingle and Paul Zuna for Bisous  which we intend to film on Saturday 5th December and Lewis Coventry and Clare Holland for Lost and Found however if Lewis cannot do it then Ben Slater and Filiz hassan said they will take on the role instead, we have decided  to film this on wednesday 25th November.

We also decided to upload our photos on to a photo sharing website http://www.Photobucket.com  meaning that we did not have to upload every photo we have taken on to our blogs.  The photos of our auditonees can be found on the following links

http://elliottbasselliottbasselliottbass.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/auditions/ (this is where the pictures of auditionees are)


Once we had made our final choice on our actors, Kim texted them saying that they had been chosen , what advert we wanted to use them for and what dates we intended to film.


Since our auditions , not everything has worked out as we had intended on. Once we texted the actors , we found that some simply wouldn’t reply, such as Paul Zuna and others that we had chose said we could not make it, such as Claire. In addition we could not work out a suitable date of filming due to everyone college time table and part-time jobs etc. So to overcome this Kim spoke to our tutor , who said to create a list of the problems we were facing and then as a group come up with suitable solutions to each problem. Our first problem to solve was the date for filming, we thought the best idea would be to film in a media lesson so that all of our group are able to attend. Lewis was one of the only people we had chosen that could actually do the advert for us, Kim texted him asking if he could film in London on a Thursday , but unfortunately he has college so would be unable to make it.  Following this information , we decided to ask our friends who said they would do it if we could not get anyone else. These were Ben Slater and Filiz Hassan , who would both be free on the date we intended on filming, which was good because we also found out that the weather would be good for filming.

For the Bisous advert , we knew that we could rely on Samantha Swingle as she is also one of our friends, but we still needed a male for the advert. Kim then told us that Lewis would be free on Saturdays , which is when we want to film. So we decided that we would use him for the bisous advert instead.

Once we had sorted out all our problems we then wrote down a final plan:

Ben and Filiz would be used for the Lost and Found advert which would be filmed on the 26th of November. Myself, the rest of the group and Filiz will travel to London after college, however Ben will meet us in London as he lives closer to London than he does the college. Lewis and Samantha will be used for the Bisous advert , which will be filmed at my house on the 5th of December. The rest of the crew and Samantha will get to my house via the bus and Lewis will drive to mine once we give him this address.

Despite knowing this information, Kim will still fill out call sheets telling actors were to go , just to clarify everything and to make sure everything goes to plan.

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