Week of July 9
Ekaterina and I filmed the opening intro to our web series “Attention Whore Diaries”. I wrote and recorded the rap over an original beat. Ekaterina found a flier advertising free original background music for web series. We are so lucky to have the help and original music. My vision was to record the rap all over colourful Melbourne in front of the famous graffiti. Our plan was to film on a tripod to get steady shots. It was harder than we
My vision was to record the rap all over colourful Melbourne in front of the famous graffiti. Our plan was to film on a tripod to get steady shots. It was harder than we thought, because setting up each shot on the tripod perfectly took a lot of time. Since we were filming mainly in the alley ways of Melbourne we had to be quick as there were a lot of passer Byers. We actually ended up not using the tripod because of the time issue. It took a couple of hours to film just a 20 second clip which will prepare us for time management when it comes to filming a whole episode.
Post production was the most difficult. I had to sync my lips to the rap. It was very hard and impossible to sync the whole song perfectly so I only used a few lines rapping. It made me appreciate editors for music videos as it requires alot of work and patience. I want to reflect on Ekaterina and my work differences. Ekaterina is a perfectionist and I am the absolute opposite. However, we work well together and it’s a symbiotic relationship and my creativity and her organisation will hopefully make this project the best it can be.
I edited the intro and sent it to Ekaterina and Isabel they suggested some changes which I applied and were both happy with the end result. We also shared it with friends and got some great feed back. We decided the title in the opening will be clips of a handwriting “Attention Whore Diaries” in calligraphy style which Isabel knows how to do.
Photos of filming.
Week 1 July 18
Our first week back we are finalising plans to get this project going. Isabel is back so we are delegating roles. The one thing that concerns me is both Ekaterina and Isabel are working on a second project and I don’t want them to be overloaded with work. I also showed them a very rough edit of what I filmed while in Italy and we all agree it was too random and there wasn’t really a storyline. I only used my Nikon D 3300 which has a built in microphone which I thought would be good enough but it turns out it wasn’t. Hopefully, this is something that can be fixed in post but we came up with an alternative. We decided the only was to make this episode work is narrating the story with my voice. This will not only fix the sound problem but tie the whole story together.
Week 2 July 25
This week was mainly putting our presentation pitch together and deciding on what was changing and needed more research. We decided to look at visual comedy and explore how we can apply this to the talent. We will try to film each scene completely different and see what works. We will also explore more improvisational acting. We have our production schedule ready and are filming an episode on Sunday and Tuesday. We rented out a tripod and an external microphone to attach to my camera. Hopefully, we won’t have too much trouble with sound. We are a bit nervous about filming one scene as it’s supposed to take place in a grocery store but we are going to try filming at the Queen victoria market instead and just ask permission of the owners stand. At the moment we have two days to film one episode lets hope this will be enough time and give us an idea for time scheduling next time.
Plenty to reflect on this week. We filmed our first episode and edited a rough cut. In total it was a long exhausting process. The problem was we were limited and restricted with help. Each day that we had planned for someone to come something came up. As producers Ekaterina and I had to make quick decisions. For example, my friend who was supposed to play a character in the episode couldn’t make it to our shoot so we cut her out completely. Also one of our producers was sick and we had to ask a fellow classmate to fill in last minute. If this was a paid production i believe there would be less complications as it would be paid work and we wouldn’t be relying on favours.
This brings up the idea that not having funding gives you more creative freedom. If someone was funding the project you usually have to follow their vision. I still have spent money making this. Which is why i want to focus on having a realistic budget that I can afford. I have already spent 60 dollars on random supplies and props. I would like to spend no more than 100 dollars so I will try my best to pull in favours but offer them something in return like credit in the film and a copy of project.
As far as the equipment we just ditched the idea of a tripod as the shots are so random and quick it takes too long setting it up each and every time. This would be a problem if the footage is shaky but its not at all. Ekaterina has a still hand. We will have to work on focusing better because there are shots out of focus. We used a rode mic for the second shoot day and it picked up the lines much clearer. The rode mic we rented from RMIT picks up sound much clearer. I think its safe to say we solved our sound issue.
I would also like to talk about working with others and the creative differences that can clash sometimes. Ekaterina and I had different visions. She wanted to completely film physical comedy no lines to tell the story. My vision was a video rich in lines. So we tried and filmed both and came up with a great sequence of both. We used improvision with fellow classmate Alexander and it worked so well. Although Alexander has his own web series I love how we all help each other out. Alexander really made this episode and I’m grateful for him.And I will return the favour in helping with his web series. I do think the moods and emotions have followed to flow theory and I will continue to chart our emotions as time goes on. So far
I think the moods and emotions have followed to flow theory and I will continue to chart our emotions as time goes on. So far Ekatetrina and I have both been panicked and were so nervous we couldn’t sleep. Then we became very excited and had hope. It should be very interesting how to rest how the rest of the project unfolds emotion wise.
I think the hardest part of this week was editing. Editing clips in a comedic way is tricky. Especially since there is no written theories or literature on the subject. It’s about just seeing what works. We will definitely be making a lot of changes to this first rough cut but so far our test audience laughed which is our first priority.
This week mainly consisted of editing last week’s episode after we got some feedback. There are some very blurry shots because we aren’t used to my camera and can’t seem to get focusing right. So we weren’t able to use those and cut them. We got similar feedback from Vikrant and Leo about the ending of the Vegan episode not being clear. So we played around and tried different shots to capture the mood. We also had to tackle graphics to cover the KFC logo in one of the shots. I also did some producer work and organised to use the green screen in a few weeks time. With absolutely no experience using the green screen this will be a challenge for sure. Ekaterina, Isabel and I will try to recruit some experienced people who can help us with lighting on the green screen shoot. The tricky part will be the editing design.
I also did some producer work and organised to use the green screen in a few weeks time. With absolutely no experience using the green screen this will be a challenge for sure. Ekaterina, Isabel and I will try to recruit some experienced people who can help us with lighting on the green screen shoot. The tricky part will be the editing design as im not sure what graphics we will be using in the background. The episode using the green screen will be a rap song about Donalds Trump i rewrote the Black Eye Pea song “Humps”. I thought this idea was so clever and could believe no one has used this idea before. A classmate actually found a music video doing exactly my idea. Obviously, the lyrics aren’t exactly the same but it’s using the same tune and parody idea. I even have journal entries pitching this idea months ago. This brings up if trademarking a creative idea is the way to go? We will still make the song but I don’t want any issues with the other media maker saying I stole it. He will probably never see it anyway unless it goes viral. This also brings up copyright issues of using the Black Eyed peas song without permission. I think it will be fine as the internet is full of remixable media and sharing.
Ekaterina and I also did a day of shooting. We filmed an episode about the Attention Whore trying to find Pokemon. This wasn’t even an original episode idea but since we were stressing about how we would pull off an episode involving a steam bath Ekaterina suggested to change it completely. Pokemon Go is the biggest craze and trend at the moment so it was perfect.
We were fortunate to bring in some help for this shoot since Ekaterina was acting in this episode. Ekaterina’s boyfriend Alonso has a lot of experience with directing and filming. He showed us how to use my cameras and get the focus right. He also had some great directing techniques, for example there was one scene of Ekaterina and I talking at a table, instead of doing a wide shot we filmed it twice with a close up of each of us. This will make it look better going back and forth between dialogue. I think it’s important not to be afraid to ask for outside help because there are just the three of us and none of us are experts at the technical side. Plus having Alonso help was a great learning experience.
This week I had to again think quickly on my feet as a producer. We were supposed to film the test of the Pokemon Go episode on Tuesday. Ekaterina was deathly sick but was still planning on coming. I insisted she stay home and rest as she would just make herself worse. I called a friend who is in a film and screen taft course to help film the remaining shots. We went to the state library to film some improv. We were warned by a fellow classmate to be careful as he was kicked out for filming in the state library before. This didn’t bother me and we just did it. I think a lot of producers are even more ruthless when it comes to making great television and will also bend and break rules. Technically you don’t need permission to film in the city of Melbourne if it’s just one person behind the camera. I’m very glad we did because we got my favourite improv scene so far. I just went up to some teenagers without warning and started talking to them about Pokemon. They played along so well. This is my favourite way to improv I think you get a better reaction from people without warning them before what you are doing. After filming, we got their permission to use the footage for the web series. I am a bit concerned because they told me they were 18 and I got their names and permission on camera but they could have very well been underage. This brings up the question of parents permission before putting someone under 18 on a production? I’m not quite sure the rules but plenty of kids have their own iphones and broadcast themselves daily online without asking their parents. If this was for a television show for a big network I probably would have done some more investigating but since it’s for a small web series and I have their permission I know it will be fine.
I also want to reflect back on my camera which is a Nikon D 3300 it is a pretty advanced camera with some very technical settings. I actually got in a argument with my friend helping film. She wanted to take time and play around on the manual settings and try to figure it out for each shots. I insisted on leaving it on automatic focus wide shot as it was the safest bet and we did not have time to adjust each setting. I’m very glad she finally listened to me because the automatic wide shots worked the best especially with in improv when you are not sure exactly what will happen. The shots she took when experimenting with manual where blurry and out of focus. I think the focus and camera problem has been an issue from the beginning of the web series but after this week I realised when in doubt film on automatic. There was one scene, in particular we could not mess up as we could only do it once. This was me running into the pool. Thankfully we finally agreed to just do a wide shot in automatic as the shot came out perfect.
Overall it was a successful week of filming which I enjoy the most. I am not looking forward to long hours of editing ahead.
This week Ekaterina, Isabel and I faced our biggest fear as producers, using the green screen. We visioned to use a green screen for our Donald Trump rap and put random images in the background such as an American flag. Since we had no idea or experience doing do but thought we could just figure it out. I’m happy and confident to say we succeeded with flying colors! We got very lucky using the RMIT studios and had such wonderful help from the techs Brian and James. Who patiently helped us set up the lighting for our first take with a red, white and blue background. I cannot believe how long it took to achieve this look by an experienced professional. I was also amazed there was a computer system to control the lights. I assumed colored gels were used on the studio lights. This really shows how inexperienced I am when it still comes to the technical aspect such as lighting but at least I’m learning.
We were also very lucky to have the talented cinematographer Ahmed from class. Seeing his previous work from last semester I really am amazed by his work. He did some really cool shots I can’t wait to use. He also was controlling the green screen shots in a comical way by moving my image across the shot very fast while I made funny faces. I learnt while using the green screen it’s important to stay imn the same spot or the lighting will go out of whack. The camera person is supposed to move your image for you.
The studio tech James was able to help us put the exact background image we wanted immediately. This is going to really help us cut down the editing as we have the exact image we wanted.
I seriously could not have asked for a smoother production for that shoot. I learnt that as producer your job isn’t to be able to do everything but organize people who can, and that we did!
This week was very successful when it came to editing our Pokemon episode. Since I could not make it due to prior arrangements Ekaterina started on the rough cut. When I came 3 came hours later she had the perfect rough cut and we had the final touches to make it the perfect episode a few hours later. Last time we started it took 5 hours to get a rough cut with so many changes and ended up taking a total of 10 hours to get the perfect minute. I’ve come to the realization that when Ekaterina and I sit there together it takes longer because we argue a lot when we start. I was so impressed with the first rough cut I trust Ekaterina completely with the vision. People have different editing styles and it may take more time and arguing putting them together verse editing separately. We will start to take turns editing for the next few episodes. Having the music already made really help tie together and we are confident this will work as a final episode! Again I’m so grateful to have the perfect original tunes for this series. I just looked up for the prices for original music for web series and it can cost up to 500 per 2 minutes! That would have added to 2000 which as students we can’t afford.
I had the amazing experience working on fellow classmates project “Winter” the visual series. I got to play the part of Emmi, A girl who cheats on her girlfriend. As an actress it was my most proud and challenging role. I had to do a sex scene and act sensual with a girl! Also it was my most professional role as an actress to date with all crew and roles. They had actual shot list with several shots per scene with different takes and used a real clapper. Overall it took a whole day 11-9 to film all the shots for our particular story which will probably total to 5 minutes. I know this is a standard day in the industry. The sex scene with Alex was really awkward because we had to dry hump with all these people watching. We didn’t really discuss what to do before and sort of just went for it. I improvised a bit which inspire the director Aaron to use specific shots like my nails going down his back. After that was shot Ekaterina asked I wonder if actors just actually have sex in movies as it would look more real. I did some research and here’s a list of 12 movies where the actors actually had sex on screen. http://www.missmalini.com/2016/01/27/12-movies-where-the-actors-had-real-sex-on-screen/
Im excited to see how this project comes out and it was so interesting to see how different they do things from our web series. Which has inspired us to try a shot list for our next episode.
Big week as we edited two episodes and filmed our final! Editing the Donald Trump episode there was conflict because Ekaterina wasn’t happy with the song. We tried our best to fix it in post but just couldn’t get it right. This is an important episode because I believe it has the most potential to spread and get the most views out of the series. The problem is I made the song a month ago and sent it to both Ekaterina and Isabel. Neither listened to it until the day we filmed. Since I had to lip sync what we had it was hard to change it. She decided to tell me while we were editing it was bad. I was very upset because we could have saved alot of time and effort if they had listened and approved it a month ago. We tried to our best to fix in Adobe premiere but it still isnt quite right. Thankfully our composer is willing to have a look and we are praying it can be fixed. Another issue with the Trump episode was we had 3 different shots and different backrounds. I had to vision to switch it all around but Ekaterina thought it would be best to have to same. The problem is you ant justify is somthing is bad with art. It’s not factual and more of an opinion. Somthing someone loves someone else may think its horrible.
I also edited an episode on my complete own! It was much more peaceful doing it by myself. This was the first bit of footage I filmed in Europe. The problem was it was very random and didnt tell a story. I was able to cut it and use a select bit to tell the story of the Attention Whore fed up with Western Boys so she decides to go to Europe to find a Italian Stallion which is a metaphor for a big Penis. She finally finds a bunch of penises in the form of staues in Pompei! I was surprised that Ekaterina was pleased with the episode and didnt suggest to change it.
Sunday we filmed our final episode. This episode idea was a last minute idea we original were going to use Europe footage for a second episode but Ekaterina felt there wasnt enough to tell a funny story. We decided to go with a big butts theme since big butts are in and all over the media. I let Ekaterina completly take creative freedom writing the episode. I’m very pleased with the funny ideas she came up with. We even had a shot list. However this wouldn’t be Attention Whore Diaries without somthing going wrong. I had a girl on Facebook admiring all my media projects and begged me to give her a part in the script. I thought she would fit this episode perfectly as the Attention Whore’s rival. Sure enough after giving her weeks of notice and reminding her the night before she didnt show. Again Maria saved the day and played her part. I’m very happy with the footage and cannot wait to see the results.
Back to class this week so we were able to show our work. Happy to say there were no major suggestions in terms of changes from Leo or Vikrant. We also decided that instead of waiting to upload in October its a good time to upload now. Especially our Pokemon Go episode. Pokemon Go was a big craze in July and the longer we wait the more it will not be relevant anymore. We uploaded the episode on YouTube and got some great feedback. Vikrant suggested we need more footage in the Vegan episode. As much as I wanted to be done with filming I agreed and was excited to get some more footage. I’m remembering this is my passion project and I really enjoy doing it, so much that I may continue making the web series after we the semester is over.
This week was mainly editing the Donald Trump and Vegan episode. We also uploaded the Donald Trump episode. This I believe had the most potential to go viral. We put the whole youtube episode up and advertised on Facebook it didn’t take off like I hoped. I decided to cut just the beginning and intro and upload just the rap to facebook. For some reason uploading directly to Facebook seems to up the view count. So far we are at 1.2 k views of just the rap and 5 shares. Where the whole episode on YouTube only has 600 views.
I also want to reflect on some tension in our group. I’m very stressed trying to keep the peace. There were some issues as far as titles and what was fair. I want to keep everyone happy but at the moment I’m stuck in the middle. I think this is something you will always have to deal with in the workplace. I think sitting down and mediating between group members will be the best best and come up with some sort of compromise. At the moment this is the only issue in our production. We are on track and almost done. To be this is so minor to me.