As of today, this is my last blog, so here’s a quick update. My project is nearing completion. What we have left to do is shoot a small scene as an extra bit to our film. This scene isn’t needed for the film but it will be a nice touch to add. Originally our film was going to be 1 to 3 minutes long but now that we’re nearing completion our film looks like it might be nearing the 4-minute range. When the film is done it will have a cinematic look to it and it will also sound this way too.
Overall, Propel was a really fun experience. Getting to make new friends and having a chance to work on a project for a semester was a great way to explore your interests. As well as the other stuff that Propel offers like the career canvas and resume work were all super helpful!
According to Google, a Gantt chart is, “a chart in which a series of horizontal lines shows the amount of work done or production completed in certain periods of time in relation to the amount planned for those periods.” Basically, it’s a chart that shows the progress of work done. The vertical line in the middle is the day that you are on while the horizontal lines represent the amount of work done. These horizontal lines fill up as you complete work. If the horizontal line is further back than the day; you are behind and so forth.
For my project, I’m making a short film. To help us stay on track, I have broken down my project into milestones and action steps. These are included in my project timeline. To be exact, my timeline includes a total of ten milestones. These include writing the screenplay, sourcing a location, creating a shot list/storyboard, sourcing an actor, acquiring a wardrobe and props, rehearsing the script, collecting the camera gear, on set filming, post-production phase, and creating behind the scenes. The action steps in the timeline are tasks I have to complete to hit my milestones, which will ultimately lead to finishing my project.
In my project, I am currently on time with the post-production phase of my project. With the behind the scenes, I am currently a week ahead of schedule. With the filming, I am a day ahead of my schedule. All of my other milestones have been completed. I know this because of my timeline, which gives me a visual representation of the work that has been done. Being ahead of time on filming and behind the scenes gives me and Adrian (my partner for the short film) more time to focus on editing which will ultimately end in a higher quality film.
In the next few weeks, I will be filming scenes five to six. When these are done, the dialogue will be recorded as ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) for a higher quality voice. When the filming milestone is completed, it will be full post-production until the project is completely finished. The footage will be colour corrected and graded to give it a specific “look”, while the audio will be mastered to remove any unwanted sounds or digital noise. Finally, behind the scenes will be edited by Adrian and he will colour correct the footage and master audio.
The way we broke down our project was by finding the key milestones in making a short film, then making action steps to get to reach that milestone. I like this way because the timeline that Mr P made for us is easy to tell if you’re on time with your project and what you need to do that day to move forward. Some of the major milestones for our project include creating the script, Shooting the film and finally the post-production These three are the foundation to making a film and will take the largest amounts of time in our project work time. Some other milestones that are set include sourcing the locations for shooting, sourcing actors, and making a trailer for our film. Although these milestones are still important, they will take less time to complete as they aren’t nearly as big as filming, editing and writing.
We have decided to dedicate more time to filming, editing and writing because during our proof of concept phase (POC) we were given two weeks to write, film and edit a 10-second clip. We quickly realized that without having a proper script; filming and editing took a lot longer, already counting on the fact that filming and editing take a large chunk of time not having a proper script doubled the time needed for editing and filming.
For the next few weeks, we will be working on finishing up our script, preparing for our film shoot, and working on getting a storyboard/shot list to follow when on set filming. We plan on getting a lot of feedback as much as possible on the script to properly convey the message of the story. When we finish the script we will go out and get test footage of angles and pictures for our storyboard to give us more of a visual aid when it comes to being on set and filming. Finally we’ll prep for our film shoot. We’ll get all the equipment needed such as cameras and sound equipment and making sure it all works. As well as setting dates and times for when we want to go out to get footage and how we will organize our footage when it comes to putting it on the computer.
The purpose of my proof of concept was to prove that I could make a short film as my final project in Propel.
I learned that the shooting part of making a short film takes a lot of attention and time. Without having good footage for the film, the post-production work can be a lot harder as you will have to correct a lot of mistakes after the footage has been taken, which can increase the time it takes to edit making the whole project take a longer. It took us a lot longer in the shooting part of the film because we were being quite picky with the shots taking us a lot longer to shoot some parts of our proof of concept. I also learned that me and my partner (Adrian), should be working more closely on both sides of the film making which are the on set production and post work instead of only working when it’s our turn.
We both plan on learning more of each others side of work so we can both be working at the same time instead of waiting for one person to finish what they have to so we can start the next part of our project. For example, I could be focusing more on the lighting in the video so it makes my job easier in the post when it comes to making sure the shot isn’t too dark.
Finally our project, in the end, will be around 1 to 3 minutes long and have a more serious tone. It will have a soundtrack and some sound effects as well and the colour palette for the video will be darker having more greys, blacks, and whites instead of more vibrant colours. The short film won’t be in black and white like our proof of concept. We also want ending credits and an opening title for the short film as well as some steady and handheld shots to make the film feel more immersive in certain parts of the story
The first few weeks of Propel have been different. I’m so
used to just sitting in class and listening to the teachers talk for hours on
end with no breaks, but at Propel it’s different. There’re still some lessons
that the whole class must sit around and listen to, but the teachers make them
fun and interesting. They always find a way to involve the students in learning
and I like it.
The first week at Propel was uncomfortable. At first, it was weird having to meet a bunch of new people because you’re so used to having class and everyone knows each other. As well as I have no idea what I’m going to do for a project. I was Trying something new and I was very nervous, but the activities that were held on the first week like the spaghetti and marshmallow tower and the escape room were a great way to get to know the people in the class.
By the second week, I was more excited to go to school, although I was dreading having to do presentations. I’m not huge into doing presentations and I really hope that the PSP (public speaking program) really helps me improve in speaking and make me more confident. The PSP is something that we do every Tuesday and it’s different from just getting your mark and sitting back down and then not caring anymore. Everyone else in the class gives you feedback cards, so you know where you can improve on your next speech. So far, I really like this system because it tells you what you’re doing good when speaking and what you can change. We do this in class too, we’re encouraged to always ask for feedback on what we’ve been working on.
The third week has by far been my favourite. We’ve had the
chance to start exploring in areas that our project could take place. So far,
I’ve been working in Adobe After Effects which is a video editing software
mainly for special effects. I’m mainly using this because I like video editing
and photo editing and I’ve never touched After Effects before so it’s fun to
try something new, as well as I, think my project will be in the video editing
Next week we’re getting more time to explore different areas
so I might start bringing in my own clips from me playing games and try and
edit those together into a short little video. I’m going to try and have a
structure to my video instead of just mashing random clips that I usually have
just laying around on my computer.
Overall, I’m really enjoying Propel, it’s very different
from your normal class and I’m enjoying the individual aspects of the class
from exploring my own project areas, as well as the team aspect such as getting
feedback from classmates.