X-Hale 2017: Project Diary 3

Over the last week we managed to get the rest of our footage shot. You can see the video above of all the storyboards we had to do just to make two minutes of a film! But if we didn’t have this done we wouldn’t have been able to film as fast as we did, especially with outdoor shots.

 

 

 

 

We got some great weather to film our last two scenes but as the shooting progresses the clouds started to come in. This meant we had to wait for the sun to come back out in order to have consistent lighting in each shot so we spent a lot of time waiting for the clouds to move. Also, we learned that shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest can cause a lot of issues with shadows as we kept seeing the shadow of the camera, mic or crew members in the shots so we had to do a lot of reframing.

 

 

 

 

Last week we mentioned how important audio is. In order to have really professional sounding audio, we recorded lots of ‘wild tracks’. A wild track is basically a recording of the ambient sounds from an area, so for the park scenes we recorded a few minutes of wind noises, distant traffic, dogs barking, etc. We will then place this on top of the scenes when we are editing them to really make you feel like you are in a park! We also had to do some foley sounds. Foley sounds are recorded separately and then placed on top of the footage, for example, a tree branch snapping. This is done to add realism to your film.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had to use a lot of fake blood for one of our scenes as you can see below. Check out the video below to find out the recipe we used!

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