Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Final Video >.<

After all the effort, I've finally finished my video production (done on 20th October). My skills were very limited when doing this by myself such as moving with the camcorder. All of the clips were static shots but it was clear and neat. Many yellow pages were used to stack up on top of tables to get the camcorder to balance on the right height. 'Background music credit to: Full House OST'. Overall this was a really good experience, I enjoy making videos and using hi-tech equipment ^_^. 

Monday, 20 October 2008

Video Production development

Based on the scenario of the animatic, I tried to film the process of making the Coffee Float. I spent some money on preparing the props and I borrowed the coffee glass from my work placement. I rarely used the HDV camcorder and I didn't attend the tutorial so I was a little confused but it was very fun to use. I couldn't estimate on how long it would take to film the footage. I was worried about my teammate not coming in to college so I wasn't sure about the location on where to film my project. Later on thursday I decided to do the filming at home T_T. In the pictures are images of my props. Before filming I did a lot of cleaning on the tables and the kitchen work-tops. 

It was difficult trying to multi-task (filming and making the coffee at the same time) so I did a lot of takes. I think I made about 3 or 4 Coffee floats when trying to record a good shot and trying different angles. The coffee in the glass is hot which means the steam kept on appearing on the side. I had to wipe the sides numerously before recording the clip when I pour the cream on top. In the end it took me about 2-3 hours to do all the filming and I had to return the HDV camcorder back to college before it closes. It was fun.... and tiring at the same time. ^^

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Coffee Float XD

This is a short animatic video of how to make an irish coffee. It was done on Final Cut Pro. I drew around 25+ panels but 8 on each page so I can scan it all at once without changing the sheets too often. The colour was done by Photoshop on a different layer. The sound effects were difficult to find (especially the stirring tea sound) so it was rather time consuming. In my opinion, I didn't like the organisation of the panels since it didn't flow to the next one fluently. In the end I added a background music from the Final Fantasy VIII game (Breezy.mp3) to take away the silence of the video.
If I had more time, I would draw the panels more carefully. The quality of the images were too light and faded. I should of used photoshop and adjusted the contrast slightly.