Joe Russell

I Watch too many films not to be in the film industry


Unit 2 LO 3.1

week 4: unit 2: cameras


I’m trying to find out about the use of DSLR cameras in filming. I will look at films and music videos that use DSLR cameras to film and compare them to media shot with expensive high tech equipment and hopefully, show that shooting on DSLRs is a cheaper way of getting the footage you want.

After researching for a while I found my first video. It is a music video by Lil Dicky a comedic rapper. The song is called Save Dat Money. This is a great song for inspiring filmmakers because he makes a whole video without spending money. He buys two DSLRs to film on but also gives them back to save money. The actual music video is crystal clear and super HD and the camera he used was a Sony A7S which costs about £999 which is far better than spending £7000 on fancy high tech equipment.


TechRadar. 2017. Sony A7s vs A7R vs A7 – which Sony full-frame camera should you buy? | TechRadar. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 16 February 2017].

For my film, I found quite a big Hollywood Blockbuster it was Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). It uses DSLRs and that was a really clear film. It uses 3 types of DSLR cameras a Canon  eos-5d, a Nikon d800 and an Olympus e-p5 it does also use cinematic cameras but there are more DSLR shots than any other. I think this can be very inspiring to young filmmakers as it shows even some of the biggest films are shot partially with DSLR cameras.

13 Big Hollywood Films Shot With The Cannon 5D Mark II | | Gear Reviews, Shootouts, Demo’s and Tutorials. 2017. 13 Big Hollywood Films Shot With The Cannon 5D Mark II | | Gear Reviews, Shootouts, Demo’s and Tutorials. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 16 February 2017].


Christy Lemire. 2017. Mad Max: Fury Road – Christy Lemire : Christy Lemire. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 16 February 2017]

In conclusion to my research, I have found that shooting films on DSLR cameras is a very cheap and affordable way of getting clear footage for a film project, and that famous rappers and directors use them to shoot their footage for their projects. I think that this altogether should inspire people to start just filming more and to let their creative side flow.


week 7: unit 2: research plan


For this task I am going to research and compare a editing software I will look at reviews, and compare the reveiws in similaritys and differences also look at there pros and cons.



I personally believe that avid is one of the most professional software’s simply because it’s not like the rest it is so unique but yet it runs everything so smooth however this is a personal opinion of avid let’s see what other people say.

The first review I found said that avid is an industry standard software and that if you want a job in the film and TV business you should know how to use it especially if you’re going to the Hollywood film industry.

The cons in this review say that it is however very complicated to use and that it can take a lot of practice to get used to it fortunately though after using it for the first time I feel confident that at the end of the year I’ll know my way around it.

The second review basically said the same thing with the additional comment about the menus saying there well laid out but however, it also has some additional comments on the cons saying that it is more expensive than competitive editing software and it says the interface is boring.

TopTenREVIEWS. 2017. Media Composer Review, 2017 | Top Ten Reviews. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 05 February 2017]. 2017. AVID Media Composer Review | [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 05 February 2017].



Hello Project

Communication Report

The communication method I chose was video.  The reason I chose this is because it communicates my idea of parallel worlds idea so well and if I did something like radio it just would not fit. At all but however a print would have worked but its just not the way I wanted to tackle the project as it just has stills and word’s, when I like to speak with motion and emotions I think that is the main reason why I didn’t use anything else than video and rejected all other communication methods.


Location- the location I picked for my project is Kennington this is generally because its my home area which means I wont have to travel at all. I’ve picked two spots in my local area one being my house the other being the local memorial park.untitled

This is the memorial park as you can see it is fairly small and there is a road around it so problems I could face is ambient noise. However it isn’t a busy road so I should be able to get a clear shot.

Clothing- the clothing is quite simple seeing as there is going to be two different people who is the same person there going to have to have two different costumes being only slight changes like different hats and different jumpers. just to show that there personality’s are different which actually links to my location because the two personality’s one wakes up in a bed the other wakes up on a bean bag showing ones more  of a party animal and the other is more of a straight edge dose nothing all day lives a normal life follows all the rules never dose anything bad.

Equipment- the equipment I will use is a Nikon d5200 as this is my camera so it is easily accessible the sound will be recorded on a zoom as this can be borrowed from the department as well as the tripod I’m using so all the equipment is easy to get and wont cost any money.

research evaluation

From comparing my video to my research I can see that the research has paid off quite well except from a few things like ambient noise. The ambient noise was too strong and it ended up that I couldn’t use the sound recording I had recorded, and had to use the audio from the camera which wasn’t as high quality as the audio from the zoom if the ambient sound was less.

Production diary

Monday- I was in college helping Nicole by acting in her production it took half the day I also checked if my equipment was ready to pick up for Wednesday.

Tuesday- I was supposed to be helping Nicole reshoot some shots for her production but she messaged me saying she was sick. So I filmed my first few shots at my house the bed scene and the grabbing of the hat.

Wednesday- came in to reshoot with Nicole which took about half the day I then went to collect the rest of the equipment to start filming. The previous shots were filmed using my friends tripod I then went home and my friend came round to film the two inside shots before he went to work.

Thursday- I had to work so had no time to do any of my production.

Friday-I went tot take my shots but unfortunately the lighting was way too dull and the footage I had taken was not what I wanted so we went to reshoot the next day.

Saturday I retook all the outside shots made sure they were perfect for what I needed then I had finished all I needed to do was edit the production.

cast feedback.

Cameraman Henry: “first time filming was fun found it hard at first but slowly got the hang of it.” Henry performed very well however some flaws were that he had quite shaky footage when he wasn’t using the tripod.

Soundman Bob : “I didn’t quite know what I was doing but once it was explained I was okay.” Bob performed as asked unfortunately for him the audio had too much ambient noise.

Critical Perspective Report.

My main focus was on narrative how I was telling the story of the two worlds colliding together and how I could get it perfect. At first I was focusing too much on the two character’s being In sync and I think that was my initial problem, as the two character’s couldn’t be in sync unless I filmed for a very long time which I di not have. Once I had realised this it became a lot more easier to film. The scene at the shelter was the most significant scene linked to my narrative as it is the scene when the two characters cross paths. I think it was also the hardest scene to edit as I had to use a split screen effect and when it came to colour balance it was very hard to match up as the colour kept changing due to shadows but in the end it was okay.

My other focus was on semiology because I didn’t want anything to distract the audience from the message that I’m trying to push forward. That is why I kept the production clean and plain so all the focus was on the characters and what there doing not what the surroundings were doing.

Contextuality Report

When I initially heard of the project I instantly was hooked to this idea of sync and even though I was told it may be quite hard it was what I wanted to do and I was not changing my idea.

As I said previously I did have problems with time as I wanted to make my project so perfect and in sync I wasn’t focusing enough on dead lines however I di get the footage I wanted in the end and everything was good it just wasn’t in sync or perfect like I wanted it to be another factor was money I didn’t have any budget to buy specialist equipment and had to borrow it which worked but I could have made the production  much longer and much better if I had budget to rent higher quality equipment.

final results


good points.

  1. editing work
  2. narrative
  3. camera work

I think these three things went well as they were my key focus in the production all the way threw, I was concentrating on how I was going to deliver the narrative and how I was going to do the editing on the final scene and it all turned out ok.

bad points.

  1. sound
  2. colour correction

I think these two went bad because  it was very hard to get the colour correction perfect and I think id need a lot more experience to balance it, and the sound there was just simply too much ambient noise.











week 5: unit 2: research

Scene breakdown.

The scene I chose is one from Boyz n the Hood (1991). Boyz n the Hood is about 3 boys and there life’s growing up in the hood. The scene I chose is where Ricky dies due to a gang drive by. The reason I chose this scene is that it demonstrates a lot of use of rented items and will be good to break down.

For this scene I will research the following things:

vehicles- When hiring classic vehicles there is a range of websites to chose from however I found the most helpful was As all the cars can be found through a filtered search to find specific cars, which was good in my case because the cars I wanted to find were very specific. the filter include years the cars came out and manufacture company if I had to say anything bad about the website it doesn’t display an exact hiring amount and you have to ask for a reference which is not helpful in early stages of research. I managed to find the Chevrolet impala but it wasn’t the exact model as it wasn’t the exact year.However I did find a wide range of Chevrolet impala models so there was a lot of the same car to chose from which is very helpful. Hyundai was not even a choice on the website so I had to look elsewhere after ages of looking I could not  find anything related to the Hyundai excel so the easiest option from there would be to buy one. “Boyz n the Hood, 1991”: cars, bikes, trucks and other vehicles. 2016. “Boyz n the Hood, 1991”: cars, bikes, trucks and other vehicles. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 13 November 2016].


location- I didn’t quite know where to approach locations so I thought the best thing to do was to research where the actual film was filmed and not just where it was set. I also looked at other movies in similar categories to compare. most of them lead to Inglewood California because of the high crime rates in where it was set Compton and Crenshaw. I thought this was probably the best place as it is also in the same state. The next step to take from here would to be to contact the council of Inglewood to see if I could hire a street for a few hours or so in off peak times of the day. Obviously due to the fact I live in the UK and i’m not actually looking hire a street I couldn’t do this but I was told that when hiring streets you usually directed to special firm which deals with the film and TV industries. There were also other places I could film such as Detroit and places round New York and Harlem but none of the quite matched to Inglewood.

IMDb. 2016. Boyz n the Hood (1991) – Filming Locations – IMDb. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 13 November 2016].

inglewood california – DDC Yahoo Search Results. 2016. inglewood california – DDC Yahoo Search Results. [ONLINE] Available at:;_ylt=A7x9UnDsfShYdlAAsy93Bwx.;_ylc=X1MDMjExNDcxNzU1OQRfcgMyBGZyA3locy1kZGMtZGRjX2JkBGdwcmlkAzczMkN6YV85VHZtSjNvWnZZa1o3TkEEbl9yc2x0AzAEbl9zdWdnAzUEb3JpZ2luA3VrLnNlYXJjaC55YWhvby5jb20EcG9zAzEEcHFzdHIDaW5nbGV3b29kJTIwY2FsaQRwcXN0cmwDMTQEcXN0cmwDMjIEcXVlcnkDaW5nbGV3b29kJTIwY2FsaWZvcm5pYQR0X3N0bXADMTQ3OTA0ODY5NQ–?p=inglewood+california& [Accessed 13 November 2016].

animals- when researching into dogs to use on set I found a website with nearly every breed of dog. The only problem was that because of the quality of film I didn’t know what breed of dog I needed to find so I found the general website to hire all trained dogs. The website is very well laid out with three options large, small and medium dogs and various breeds to chose from. It also has other animals like snakes and lizards it doesn’t have a direct price for hiring so again no general idea but everything you need is nicely laid out. It also for some breeds has character dogs which is basically dogs with quirky traits which I found particularly interesting.

Character Dogs for Hire | A-Z Dogs. 2016. Character Dogs for Hire | A-Z Dogs. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 13 November 2016].

costume- For costume I researched into angels costume hire I found this was the best site as it provides for most TV and film sets around the us. It’s brilliantly laid out with a description reading ” eight miles of hanging costume we can supply whatever you need for your production – large or small.” Also if they don’t have what your looking for they can hook you up with someone that dose or they can make it for you. This website is good in my case as I’m looking for 1990s men’s fashion and also 1990s gang fashion and I feel like angles would be able to sort that out easily. If I had anything bad to say it would be that there’s no catalogue sort of section where you can view all the clothing but I feel like the reason for this is the extensive range of items.

Angels Costumes. Costume suppliers to the entertainment industry, film, television and theatre, photographic, pop promos.. 2016. Angels Costumes. Costume suppliers to the entertainment industry, film, television and theatre, photographic, pop promos.. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 14 November 2016].





week 3: unit 2: Foley sound research plan

Step 1 what im trying to find out.

when researching I want to find out which Foley sounds I will need for my cafe scene where they need to be incorporated what ill use to make those sounds and what equipment ill need to pick up the sounds.

Step 2 what I am going to research.

When researching i will need to find out how I am going to make them noises so maybe testing out a few ideas making some noises to see if there what I  want. I am also going to have to lookup the equipment ill record it on displaying my cheapest option and my expensive option. I’ll also look st someone else’s work in a film to match it to mine.

Step 3 my results

I have decide that the Foley noises ill need for my scene are:

Background talking

Tea pouring

The cars from outside

Each of these will have to be recorded in a controlled environment using objects or people however I did not have the time to test out the sounds so I don’t know what works yet.

The equipment I will need for this is a small handy mic like the zoom q2. The zoom q2 is a high quality mic and perfect for the job I want to do. I can buy the q2 for prices lower than £100 off of eBay. However if I had more money I could buy the q4 which is the better version of the q2 for around £300.

zoom q2 | eBay . 2016. zoom q2 | eBay . [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 09 October 2016].

The film scene I chose is the opening scene in Pulp Fiction(1994). I chose this because the Foley and ambient noise is well controlled so it is the perfect example to refer to when making my scene.

YouTube. 2016. Pulp Fiction – Opening Scene – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 09 October 2016].

Step 4 report my research.

Reading threw the research I have done I can see I’ve come up with a suitable price for a audio recorder and I have also displayed a film I can refer to whilst making my scene. However  I did not have the time to research what sounds I will need.







week 2: w/c 26.9: unit 2: research plan lighting

Step 1 -what your trying to find out.

I am going to be researching what types of lighting i will need to film my cafe scene i talked about in week 1 research. I will need to know what type of equipment will create the best light, what angles the lights should be at  and also look a little bit into the history of lighting to see how they did scenes similar to my example in the past.

Step 2-what I am going to research.

For starters I am going to research the lighting equipment available at the moment  I am going to see what type of light it emits I am also going to find my cheapest option and my expensive option. I am then going to look at some examples of lighting rigs and figure out which example would fit my scene the best. Then finally I am going to watch some key scenes from films which involve romance in a cafe to see how they did it and hopefully find some relation for my example.

Step 3- my results

When researching I found that my cheapest and most efficient way of lighting my set is to get a set of 3 800 watt tungsten lights  for £109.99 the lamps look sturdy and come with a bag to transport them in, however they aren’t led and they don’t come with anything to muffle the light for when I don’t want it to be as intense. my more expensive option exceeds £800 and includes dimming led lights and a reflector but as I am on a budget the tungsten lights are the best option. film lights. 2016. film lights. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 October 2016].

When in lesson I learned about a lighting setup called 3 point lighting which is probally the most accurate setup to use for my scene as it will create a tense and dramatic look whilst the actors talk.

When researching scenes from past films i thought the cafe scene in Inception(2010) was the best to match my example because although it is not a romance scene the lighting is almost exactly the same as I want it to be in my scene.

YouTube. 2016. Inception – Dream World Cafe Scene (2/5) (HD) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 October 2016].

Step 4- report on my research

Reading threw my research I believe that my results were very successful as I have found an appropriate way to light my set which is low in cost. I have also found a suitable rig to refer to and I have a scene from a famous movie to relate to.




Week 1. unit 2: Research

Research is a very important part of film making it refines to two types or main categories, primary and secondary. primary being personal research so actually going to the location you want to film and taking pictures of where your going to film, when secondary would be going to Google maps and finding the location on there. there are many different methods of research such as photos, interviews and even practicing the shots you want to take before you go to set to shoot them you can also watch films or TV shows in similar categories.

To find the research on the subject you can use various sources you have the obvious one the internet then you have magazines, books, articles and interviews with the people your researching.

Example of how we research.

When we research we brake it into five steps

Step 1: deciding what your research topic.

A short romance in a café.

What café what it looks like.

Actors the male role and female role what type of relationship they have.

Step 2: how.

Research famous cafes and what they look like visit cafes.

Analyse relationships in friend and family’s.

Step 3: sources

Using the internet to find pictures of cafes.

Using movies to analyse relationships.

Step 4: do it.

Go to your cafe or build one on set.

Get your actors to speak as there in the relationship you analysed.

Step 5: report.

Analyse what you have done and think how you can make it better .



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