06/10/2011 PT – Log:

Today I attended two quite large lectures. One was about sound and the other was about cinematography. I also was informed about what exactly is to be included in the proposal next week.

The first thing I learnt today was all about sound in productions. There was a lot of note taking during this lecture and therefore, I will be summarizing the main points in bullet points.

  • Recording: Recording is quite obviously sounds that can be recored. For example, on set recording all the sounds during a scene makes for a realistic film. A Foley artist is someone who creates the sounds in a studio rather than on set. Voices are also dubbed during editing to get the best quality.
  • Off Screen: This includes creating sounds of screen that the audience cannot see. Dialog can also be off screen for example, a commentary like Shawshank Redemption.
  • Two Types: Diegetic sound is sound within the film that characters can hear such as talking. Non-diegetic sound is sound that cannot be herd by the characters.
  • Character: This means that some characters have theme songs or tunes when in a production. For example, the villan could come walking into a scene and a specific tune will play. This also includes sounds that are specific to characters such as Darth Vader.
  • Genre: This includes sounds that are specific to genre, such as creepy music for scary film or music that builds suspense for thriller genre. Genre sound can be both diegetic and non.
  • Setting: Sound is used to set the setting of a place. Such as different type of music for different countries and spooky sort of sounds for castles and so on.
  • Narrative: This includes something called a sound bridge. A sound bridge is music or sound carried over from one scene into another for smooth transmission between scenes.

The second lecture I attended was all about cinematography. Just like before I learnt a lot and took a large amount of notes that I will now put into bullet points.

  • Colour: Artificial ways, expressive purpose, colourful performance, naturalistic such as using natural lights only using reflectors. Bright lighting = pleasure, tints can add warmth or coldness to a production. Red = passion. colours are used to make a production stand out. However, some colours mean different things in different cultures.
  • Black and White: Examples of black and white films are Shindler’s List, Casino Royale, Blood Diamond. Black and white is also very good for identifying when light is being directed.
  • Lighting High key = bright lighting, low key is used in film noir. Hard = intense beam gives sharp edges to object, soft does the opposite.
  • Possible Sources: Different positions for lighting are front, back, sides, overhead and below. I also learnt a lot about 3 point lighting and single camera 180 degree rule.

The point to learning all this today was again to increase my knowledge of all the different production techniques. All these different techniques will help me a hell of a lot during the course of the year and any productions I create in the process. I have even started to put together ideas in my head ready for my first production.

I have not done any tasks today as I have been busy with the two lectures, therefore I cannot comment on any success.

The same goes for solutions.

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