Drama Reflection

In drama, we made a video of a dance we choreographed. here it is:


What we were originally told to improve about it was the fact that it originally was to add rhythm and some music which had something to do with the dance. I think I made the mistake of standing up too early at the end when I thought the dance was over, and I incorrectly assumed that mrs. Erickson had turned off the camera. It ended up with me looking quite silly at the end.

Intro to Film Techniques

A high-angle shot of a friend

Today our task in English class was to make two videos which show two of the many types of film techniques. The purpose of this is because we are  studying film in class. The outcome of this was that we learned a great many things about two types of film technique. These two types are the “high angle” shot and the “tracking” shot.

The “high angle” shot allows the director to show the viewer a general scene which contains a lot of detail to show them. It is also used to show a large panoramic scene in a movie, such as the classic “hero riding a horse into the sunset”. The viewpoint of the camera is high up and can show things the characters cannot.

The “tracking” shot allows the director to have close-ups on a person’s face while they are walking and talking. with this, you can feel like you are walking alongside them and can possibly be talking to them. It looks like the character is walking, yet the character remains in shot, just as if you were walking and talking with someone.

The high angle is quite possibly the the one most easily used in literature, for example in the Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, on page 15, there is a very high angle of the protagonist (Tiffany Aching) walking across the Chalk. However the tracking shot is perhaps more difficult for an author due to the fact that it is virtually impossible to do without a camera, because  the author is incapable of writing about both the protagonist and the background in their book. They can only choose 1.

Comics and picture books cannot have moving pictures, yet they have different techniques to recreate different movie filming techniques. one example is showing the same character in a numerous number of positions in the same extended picture.

One of the actual things which did work in our task was the fact that we actually managed to film the Project. Camera number 1 failed completely when it ran out of battery power after 2 seconds. Camera number 2 also did not have a memory card in it. we had to cannibalize a memory card from Camera number 1 and put it in Camera number 2. The thing we learned is to have equipment ready before we start a project.