Time lapse video of Adobe Premiere

I thought I would produce a time lapse video to show some of my design work within Adobe Premiere and me actually using the software during my project. I used OBS to record this, so thought the best way to show this to you all would be to make a time lapse video as it would allow me to show large portions of work in a short period of time. I only created the video for a portion of my project as the video would have ended up too large and would have taken a long time to upload to Youtube so sadly I only created the first 40 seconds of my project, although I guess it creates a desire to have my final project up and posted to show you all!


Video Project: Brief explination of project idea

I thought considering my task was to create a video; it seemed only right to create somewhat of a video to explain some of my idea. Although it is currently still in development I thought I would show how far I am in regards to the proposed idea explaining some of my Biped shots I had made within 3dsmax. Although as I have explained, I have encountered a timescale issue so some of my project isn’t as planned as originally proposed but despite this I have a guideline for my idea plus some example shots for my introduction. I think when I develop my film using both Adobe After Effects and  Adobe Premier, I will create a time lapse video showing how I edited my footage and then create a video showing my end result. By creating a time lapse, I can show which effects I have used for those who may be interested in how I created my project piece.

For those who are interested, The software I used to film my desktop was OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) which is a free piece of software that is openly available. I think it is something I will use again for projects and possibly for those tricky presentations in which we are timed so that I don’t take too long talking and so that the information I give is distributed accordingly rather then talk more about one thing in particular leaving out other projects (Yes, this has happened in the past). So, this is my first video so apologies for the ‘erms’ and the constant pauses but hopefully this will improve once I get used to the software. Enjoy.

Video Project: My proposed idea 28/04/2014

I have made the decision to use the idea of a dream sequence for my final idea as due to numerous reasons I thought I would produce a better final product if I went down this route. My decision was made after considering the timescales I had left myself to produce this piece after encountering difficulty in regards to who was to feature within the footage.  After consideration I thought my project would run more smoothly if I was the only individual to feature within my film. Despite wanting more than myself in the video, I thought I could use this to my advantage as being the only individual within the footage meant I would have to produce less script and it would also mean that I could do the video with less time consumed from having to agree on shots etc. Another consideration when deciding on the idea of a dream sequence was because I felt I was familiar enough with the idea and I could think of many ways to create an effective horror dream sequence. furthermore, using a dream sequence would let me be able to manipulate the shots in a more dramatic way so that I can build and maintain the feeling of horror within my piece.

I will expand on my idea more clearly using bipeds in 3dsmax to create a timeline to show not only the type of shots being used but to give me a guideline on how I want the shots to look and feel. The rough idea for my piece is for myself to have a lucid dream but unable to wake myself up. I would explore the house, encountering different ‘hellish’ experiences within each room and eventually waking up in a quick panic. Using software such as after effects, I would be able to tweak the footage in order to alter things such as light and add effects such as distortion to create something which someone would probably see in a horror film.  I am currently in the process of developing my timeline within 3dsmax, so once complete I will post a video giving a run down on how I would like my video to be. This should be the last part of the planning stage before going on to other tasks such as risk assessments and then finally begin filming my dream sequence.

Video Project: Research and insperations Part two 24/04/2014

Continuing on from my first post, I had the idea to possibly make a music video for my final piece although after careful consideration, I found this would be more difficult then originally intended when I first thought of the idea. I looked at several music videos, in particular liking the music video from the film Queen of the Damned

and Rommie’s – Wont Back Down

Despite these two videos being very different although still fitting the music video theme; I thought noting good points within them would be effective as I would be able to use similar styles and ideas within my final piece.

The first video was a lip sync video of Korn’s  – System, I thought recreating a similar idea would be possible although wouldn’t be the best option for me personally due to me being the only individual to feature within my footage. I found some of the shots really interesting and I may use a similar effects if going down the horror route with my project as I thought they were used effectively although rather minimal in regards to the strength of the effects used. One shot that stood out to me during the video was the opening shot of the gravestone and how it was distorted and cloned. I feel if I was to use this, for example, within a dream sequence then I could manipulate a similar idea using faces to create the feeling of being in a dream like state. Despite this, I found the video fits its purpose nicely as it was created to gain popularity of the film by using Korn’s music to endorse the film.

As for the second video, I thought this would be interesting to use as an influence as the shots are a large mixture, choppy and rather fast pasted in order to capture a story with a lot of impact. The video runs through the story of a girl who is entering a fight against an individual who sees himself as superior in comparison to the girl. The music acompanies the video nicely with the line ‘I won’t back down’ repeating itself throughout the video. I also found the video using lip syncing from many individuals a very interesting idea within the video, especially them mouthing ‘I won’t back down’ creating feels of empowerment, and personally has me lip syncing the chorus myself. During one of the shots, the two men walking through the corridor was altered for the footage to look choppy so that the motion wasn’t as straight forward as in the original shot. I thought this was a great way to capture motion in a more interesting way so that it works effectively with the video. I think if I was to use this in a horror themed video, I could manipulate this to create suspense and tension from my shots giving my video a more dramatic feel.

Video Project: Research and insperations Part One 21/04/2014

For my project I have been asked to create a piece of film which will need to be at least 2 minuets long but I want to have at least 3 minutes as I feel this is going to be the right amount of time needed in order to put together my piece of film. Before creating my footage; I needed to consider not only what am I going to produce; but also look at a range of camera angles which would compliment my footage but also aid towards the effect and feel I am wanting to create. So first to come within my assignment would be to look into some titles and see how the artist has managed to create particular scenes so that I could use these to inspire my own work and make the film better by careful planning on what it is I am to make. Thinking about the themes of the film I will look at, I have narrowed it down to horror and comedy themes so that even though these still be large genres I can still explore but with a slightly narrower search. The reason I have chosen these genres in particular is because I feel personally when creating my films these are the two genres I would be able to use the best within my work as the key elements to make them scary or funny are easy to recreate.
Dream Sequences

For those who are unfamiliar, a Dream Sequence is a type of film in which the character enters a ‘sleep like’ state in which something out of the ordinary happens. This is created for introducing more disturbing features within a film such as distorting faces. Researching into dream sequences I discovered La Prisonnière, 1968, Henri-Georges Clouzot. I liked how he uses quick black outs to add suspense and within each black out he switches the range of the shot. Also the flickering of a multitude of solid colours (green,red,black,white) which again add to the horror and suspense of the clip itself. The video itself is scary as it seems so warped, and alongside the music really creates a rememberable piece of film.


Another type of film/footage I thought would be interesting to look at would be advertisements as music is used effectively in advertising in order to make a product rememberable using a shorter piece of film. Within this first piece, I enjoy the humour elements within the footage as it makes the product instantly become more likeable. Another main factor I enjoy about this advert is that you don’t need to be able to understand the language to appreciate and enjoy the advertisement with the main function of the advertisement still being effective as the product is clearly displayed.

Another way that an advertisement can be effective is to use a build up of suspence followed by a suprise ending; what I enjoy about the footage below is the main body of the film is horror and you become locked into watching it,  wanting to find out what happens but at the same time you are becoming scared to look. What the audience doesn’t know is that the ending is actually comical and ‘fools’ the audience as they didn’t expect this from the footages build up.  I find for an advertisement; the overall product works effectively as it creates humour and is great for making an audience remember your product. In particular what grasped me about this particular advertisement was the establishing shot as I found this instantly took my attension and made the advert look creepy, so applied the subject and feelings of horror right from the beginning by casting a light on a unrecognisable figure located in the night on an old house.

The finaly of the advertisement reminds me of the iconic ceiling scene from Nightmare on Elm Street featuring ‘Tina’ who dies on the ceiling of her bedroom; So I feel the advertisement takes influence from key films such as this one in particular although the advertisement has exercism themes enlaced within it. I want to apply elements from films I know have been effective and rememberable, and try to recreate these but with my own twist so that people can recognise my influences and insperations when my final piece is done.

Flash: experimenting with animation

Due to a lot of my briefs being within flash, and one in particular that I can animate within, I thought I should have a play around with some tools within Flash. The main tool that allowed me to create this short animation is the Onion Skin tool, which allowed the key frames to become transparent. I also used blank keyframes a lot, which allowed me to draw in a clean frame ontop of my other layers (e.g. background) this allowed the onion tool to kick in so that I could see the previous key frame in order to draw the next one. This overall allowed me to create this brief animation. I hope to experiment with this more in order to use it effectively within my brief as a way to me present my ideas.

Audio production: My project brief

Me and my group have made the decision to base our five
minute factual speech on the Mayan calendar and the belief that due to the calendar
finishing, people thought the world was about to end. The brief states that I
must explore this idea with a creative mind set and look at a range of things
such as true stories and obsessions. We need to question why these events took
place, why people believed that the end of the world was coming and why/how it affected
people’s daily lives.

We will need to look into the subject as a
group, but I will have to research into this myself so that I can show my

I will need to create a range of aims and
objectives to help me complete my brief effectively

I will need to develop a proposal and treatment
so that my end result fit its purpose and will be seen to have been affective
and match what I wanted originally.

I will adopt and include a range of practises
such as editing, mixing, actuality, location recording, music, sound effects,
dramatic reconstruction and possibly poetry to add atmosphere and variation to
my idea.


I will need to consider using a range of voices

I will have to consider music carefully so that
it is used to compliment the feature and shows relevance

Things to hand in:

CD – containing finished piece as a .wav file, a
folder with adobe audition session file and all the audio files used

MUSIC REPORTING FORM – must include details of
any pre-recorded music or sound effects

SCRIPT – must include in/out cues for long
interviews or vox pops, not full transcribed interviews

RESEARCH (300 words)  – individual self-motivated research done by myself

GROUP PROPOSAL (500 words) – This is a treatment
which describes the topic, the intended audience and style. The proposal will
also include individual roles

CRITIQUE (300 words) – that assesses the
programme content in terms of content and audience, your individual role, and
team contribution. The critique is a good opportunity to be reflected about
your experience and practice.

post a finished copy of proposal and a copy of finished piece on my blog