Today was the first day of editing.
Rushka was the head editor, and Dani and I helped her with making the decisions (Sami was unfortunately on work placement).
I had all of the USB sticks with all of our shots and interviews on, so had to make sure that I brought them all in, and to make sure beforehand that all of our footage was on it, as previously I transferred some to my computer so we would have room for footage we were going to film, so I had to reload it to one of the USB sticks. This was a big responsibility to remember and check we had all of the footage, and I managed to do so successfully, as I made sure I packed the memory sticks the day before, so I would not forget on the day; I thought it was better to prepare early.
I also brought in my paperwork e.g. my cover sheet, the call sheets, notes from meetings, to put together with Dani’s paperwork. We looked through our file and discussed what else needed to be added, such as one of the storyboards, which I offered to do. This enables us to be organised, and aware that we are meeting the assignment’s criteria.
While editing, I also searched online for uncopyrighted music, suitable for our piece. I found some music on MobyGratis which is a database of music created by Moby for independent and student filmmakers to use on non-profit films - part of the process of them allowing us to use their music, involves filling in an application and requesting to use them; in the application I add to state what our project was called, whether we were students, what the project was about, where, within the piece the music was likely to go, and confirm things such as understanding and acknowledging that the music is for non-profit projects only, read the terms and conditions and so on. I got an email the following day, that both the songs I requested got approved. This meant that I successfully filled in and understood application and its terms.I also looked on various other non-copyrighted music databases such as FreeSFX, where, so long as i read, understood and abide by the terms, such as crediting the creator of the piece of music, I could download their music. I got a couple of different options for music, so that we can compare and see what will fit best with the TV slot we will have created - the music will be added on Monday after we have finished editing all of the footage we filmed together.
In terms with helping with the editing, I helped by voicing my opinion on some of the editing choices. For instance, when we eventually decided to cut out Rushka asking the questions in one of the interviews, and replacing it with a written caption, we originally decided to put the caption below the shots of the interviewee. I felt it did not work as it cut too sudden between each of the interviewee’s answers - it didn’t seem smooth and needed breaking up, and so I suggested that the questions be put in front of a black background to separate each of the questions more. Once Rushka adjusted it to this, we all agreed that it looked a lot better.
Some of the issues that came up during our session of editing included the fact that we didn’t have enough cut away shots to use. When filming I did stress to the other members of the group that we might not have enough, or that it would be worthwhile to shoot some more just in case. However, I listened to my team members who assured me that it should be enough. Perhaps, looking back, I should have forced my opinion more, or filmed the extra footage myself even though I was not the camera operator/director/head editor, and was mainly in charge of sound on the shoot. Unfortunately, once we realized during editing that we did not have enough shots, it was too late to book the equipment out, and plus the only other day we are free to do anything towards the assignment is Monday, which unluckily, is a bank holiday, and therefore again we are unable to get the filming equipment out, so we will have to adapt with what we already have. We needed more cut away shots for the introduction, such as a shots of the theatre and a piano. We also needed more shots of the interior and exterior of The Plough Inn, in line with what the landlady was talking about, such as the table a customer was sat at when she experienced the paranormal, plus footage of other things she mentioned such as the equipment that the mediums used when visiting. Adding more cut away shots make the interview less long and uninteresting as the viewer’s attention may start to wonder after looking at a single image for a long time.
Another issue is that some of the shots we could use are blurred occasionally within the shot; however that is down to the camera operator who should have ensured this did not happen. To help decrease this issue, I suggested to Rushka that she sharpen the images, which helped a fair bit, and meant that we were able to use some of the blurred footage as the sharpening made it look less so, and therefore more professional, as after all, one of the main aims of the assignment was to create a piece fit for television.
We managed to have filmed plenty of footage in terms of the interview with the landlady of The Plough Inn and also the ghost walk, however, it has bad connotations as we have too much of this footage, and have had to cut a lot of the really good and insightful pieces to fit within the 8-10 minute assignment brief. I wish we could have been able to make a longer piece, such as 20 minutes. So far we have only been editing through the interview with the landlady, and even after much cutting, it equates to 60% of the film so far, and we have yet to put in the ghost walk, other two small interviews and conclusion and credits. This means that on Monday I reckon that we will have to minimize that interview even more, to fit everything else in. I think that we will have to only have one or two of the many interesting ghosts stories and information that the landlady kindly provided us with. On Monday, the group as a whole will have to deliberate and decide which pieces of the information are the most important, and most exciting to include.
Even though I think our film will be fairly good, I think it will have turned out a lot better had we all been able to meet up more, and if we didn’t have to commit to all our other assignments, which are just as important and time-consuming as it is our third and final year. I think we would have put a lot more time and energy into it, and made sure we made even better, and more professional-looking.
I think the three of us worked well as a team as we listened to each other’s ideas, and discussed calmly and rationally which ideas worked best. It will be even better on Monday when Sami comes in, as it will mean we will have new ideas and opinions that might make out film even better.