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Evaluation Question 4

  • Created A2 Advanced Portfolio

    Created A2 Advanced Portfolio
    I created my A2 Advanced Portfolio on on my Mahara blog to act as a data base for my research, planning and final production stages. Mahara has 100mb of data space available per user, but as I had also used it for my Foundation Portfolio last year, I had to upload images on other sites and embed them from there to save space. Whilst Mahara has a clear format and is easily accessed by other members of my group and my teachers, it fails to embed certain software correctly, such as Prezi or Animoto
  • Used Apple Mac Hardware

    Used Apple Mac Hardware
    Throughout the duration of my research, planning and production stages I used an Apple Mac, both at college and at home. Apple Macs are good for using software such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Garage Band, Photoshop and Prezi etc, and as I had learnt to use Apple Macs in a creative manner during my AS Foundation Portfolio I was able to develop my skills further for my A2 Advanced Portfolio.
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    A2 Advanced Portfolio Coursework

  • Used Prezi For Research

    Used Prezi For Research
    I used Prezi software to display my research on the conventions of teaser trailers for my media product of a film campaign, consisting of a teaser trailer, poster and magazine cover. Prezi displays information in a clear and concise manner that uses motion, pictures and shapes to make its viewing more interesting, and as I had used it last year and liked it, I used it again throughout the research stages of my Advanced Portfolio.
  • Used Popplet for Research

    Used Popplet for Research
    I used popplet to display my research on the conventions of the Social Realism genre as genre research before filming, as it portrays information such as mise-en-scene, camerawork, sound and editing conventions in an aesthetically pleasing and clear format, with boxes illustrating my point with images and videos.
  • Used a Sony Handycam HDR-CX190 for Research

    Used a Sony Handycam HDR-CX190 for Research
    I used a Sony Handycam HDR-CX190 camera to film a swede of Paranormal Activity for research, to get an idea of how to condense a film into its key parts.Whilst this camera is good quality and easy to use, it does not have many features of the camera we used to film our actual teaser trailer, such as manual focus.
  • Used YouTube for Research and Production

    Used YouTube for Research and Production
    YouTube, a video sharing site, was used throughout my research stage to view and take screen grabs from existing teaser trailers in order to gain an idea of the conventions of teaser trailers and what we should include in our own. I also used it to upload and screen rough cuts and the final cut of my own teaser trailer, as it is easily accessed and shared via social networking sites.
  • Used Powerpoint for Research and Planning

    Used Powerpoint for Research and Planning
    I used Powerpoint software during the research and planning stages of my film campaign, using it to display visual research on existing magazine covers and their conventions, and to create clear charts that I used to display storyboards, shots lists and call sheets for the planning stages of my Swede filming and the filming of my teaser trailer itself.
  • Used Slideshare for Research and Planning

    Used Slideshare for Research and Planning
    After creating the presentations and charts on Powerpoint, I uploaded them to Slideshare, a presentation sharing website. From this I could easily embed the slides into my blog, where other members of my group could access them and I could use them for reference.
  • Used iMovie for Research

    Used iMovie for Research
    I used iMovie to edit my swede and target audience video in preperation for my main filming, as it is an easy to use software, but its capabilities are limited in comparison to Final Cut, which is what we decided to use for the editing of our final teaser trailer.
  • Used Microsoft Word for Planning

    Used Microsoft Word for Planning
    To create a breakdown sheet, location reece and risk assessement for the filming of our teaser trailer, I used Microsoft Word as it has basic and professional format that is easy to read and clear.
  • Used a Canon 500D DSLR for Production

    Used a Canon 500D DSLR for Production
    We used a Canon 500D DSLR camera for filming our teaser trailer and taking the photographs for our magazine cover and poster, as we could do a wider variety of things with this camera than with the HD Flip Camera that I used for my AS Foundation Portfolio filming, such as manual focus and shift focus.
  • Used iPad Hardware

    Used iPad Hardware
    As well as using an iPad to film interviews with members of our target audience (as it is easily carried around College and can be editied on), I used an iPad during several of the research stages when there were no Apple Macs available in the classroom. However, iPads are not suitable for complex editing such as that of our teaser trailer and the composition of our poster and magazine cover, as they are touch screen and therefore easy to make mistakes on.
  • Used Final Cut Pro for Production

    Used Final Cut Pro for Production
    To edit our teaser trailer footage, we used Final Cut Pro opposed to iMovie or Final Cut Express as we used for Foundation Portfolio at AS last year, as it is more advanced and used in the professional industry. We were able to choose from a range of effects and transitions such as colour correction and flash transition, and overlaying footage.
  • Used GoAnimate for Research

    Used GoAnimate for Research
    Used GoAnimate to discuss research and conclusions from my target audience reserach, in a way that is more interesting than simply writing yet is not as visual as other methods as there is no imagery to go with my research.
  • Used Adobe Photoshop for Production

    Used Adobe Photoshop for Production
    For the first stages of the production of our poster and magazine cover, I used Adobe Photoshop to edit the photographs we had taken during our film day. This included changing contrast, hue saturation, blurring the background and cutting the images out subtly so that we could later import them into Adobe Illustrator to continue our production.
  • Used Adobe Illustrator for Production

    Used Adobe Illustrator for Production
    After editing the photographs in Adobe Photoshop, we imported them into Adobe Illustrator and began work on the magazine cover and poster themselves, using layers and gradient layers to get an idea of how the professional media industry creates similar media products.
  • Used GarageBand for Production

    Used GarageBand for Production
    To create our soundtrack for our teaser trailer I experimented with GarageBand to learn how to use it effectively and try out different soundtracks. We then imported our chosen track into Final Express Pro and synced it with the teaser trailer footage, so that we could control when it faded out at certain points.
  • Used SoundCloud for Production

    Used SoundCloud for Production
    I used SoundCloud to upload my soundtrack experiments so that other group members could access them, and they could be linked to on my Mahara blog to show progress.
  • Used Facebook for Evaluation

    Used Facebook for Evaluation
    I used facebook to show my final media campaign to the target audience so that they could give me some feedback for my evaluation questions.
  • Used Animoto for Evaluation

    Used Animoto for Evaluation
    I used Animoto software to answer an evaluation question on audience feedback, as it used visual imagery and text to illustrate what I learnt form audience feedback, and it was a media I had not used before that I was interested in trying. The end result looks professional, but there is no way of controlling how long an image is shown for, so I also embeded some images seperatly on my blog.