Creativity | 10.11.2017

Explain how your creativity/creative skills have developed over time. Refer to a range of examples from your media productions in your answer.

Plan:

Researching films

– Watching films  i.e. analysing ‘This is England’ to inspire creativity and ideas that surround a genre and how a genre looks, in this case, Drama, it is serious but the low budget and locations make the story of Skinheads more believable.
-The use of Vimeo and YouTube to watch pre-existing Short Films, to give inspiration on how to structure the film.
– Also tutorials, so in A2, as I became more aware of how the Camera worked with ISO and Aperture, e.c.t, I wanted to experiment with new techniques to create an aesthetically pleasing film, and so watching tutorials on different Filmography techniques, i.e. Edgar Wright’s Crash Zoom – this caused us to think about where and how we could incorporate them.

Scripting & Storyboards

-Sitting down and writing the storyboards is like turning a plan into an essay, you can develop the existing ideas into a working script.
– Writing a script can also require visions of the shots.
–  The story boards are visual, and so it is easy to see if there is a problem which can be solved, they are also animated, which means judging the lengths of clips and any further shots required to fill time.

Music, sound

-AS Wrote a musical, inspiration from lgbt stories, playing with chords, progressions and lyrics to create a song.

Post- Production

-Experimentation, tutorials
-Getting feedback and constructive criticisms that meant thinking creatively to resolve the problem.
– The story, mental health in A2 & in Short summer film, meant using creative ways of camera work and editing to convey mental health.
-Research of character, i.e the make up, costume, the way the may speak

Production

-Utilising the location, so A2 Convey a ‘normal’ young adult male life in a pub
– Camera work (again)

Post-production

-The non-diegetic sound, where, how?
-Poster and news spread review
– Editing, experimenting, how to create a certain mood through colour balances (ect)
-Feedback and potential re-film


Explain how your creativity/creative skills have developed over time. Refer to a range of examples from your media productions in your answer.

One of the first steps of making a media project is creating an idea. This means researching films of a genre and getting inspiration from them. In my AS film opening, I researched films under the musical genre and analysed their openings, one I researched and watched was Grease. From this opening I found that musicals start with a song that introduces the plot and characters. This then meant in A2 I had to write a song. I gained inspiration from LGBT stories, which our film was about. I started with finding a jolly chord progression, which caused a lot of experimentation, and then matching it with lyrics.

However, for my A2 short 5 minute film, I did not go as far to write my own song and lyrics. In A2 I focused more on the research and the way things are filmed. I analysed Shane Meadow’s ‘This is England’ to inspire creativity and ideas that surround the genre and how a genre looks, in this case, Drama. It is serious and professional but the low budget and locations make the story of Skinheads more believable. After watching Meadow’s work, I found that I really like the way that the films and series are opened with a montage of clips that are relevant to the year, i.e. 1988 with Margret Thatcher and psychedelics. As my short film was about young adult with schizophrenia, I wanted the opening to be a montage of clips of a life that a young adult without schizophrenia lives. Therefore I had to be creative and list all the things a schizophrenic patient struggles with, mainly social situations. In A2 I have thought more about having a detailed meaningful story, i.e. at the end of the montage, a child lets go of a balloon next to the woods where the schizophrenic patient goes to, to foreshadow his isolation.

In A2, I also thought more about the camera work, which meant using Vimeo and YouTube to watch tutorials as I wanted to become more creative with using the camera. I wanted to experiment with new techniques to create an aesthetically pleasing film, and so watching tutorials on different Filmography techniques, i.e. Edgar Wright’s Crash Zoom – this caused me to think about where and how I could incorporate them.

Sitting down and writing the storyboards is like turning a plan into an essay, you can develop the existing ideas into a working script. The story boards are visual, and so it is easy to see if there is a problem which can be solved, I then also animated my storyboards, which meant I could judge the lengths of clips and add any further shots required to fill time. In AS, the script was just a written song, and so that did not require the need for reads through and revisions as a script. However, In AS, I sat and recorded people reading the script and gained feedback on whether it was appropriate and read well, and in times where it didn’t, I then needed to be creative and think of a new way to word it, or in some cases add extra lines in. By reading the script, I could visualise extra the shots that I wanted that would improve the look of the film.

In the break between AS and A2, we made a non-marked short film for the local LAFTA’s competition. Mine was a black and white film, which was about depression. This meant I had to be creative behind the camera and portray mental health not only by the story, but also by the camerawork and post-production. I used a Steadicam for moving shots that were slightly in-steady to portray instability and in post editing, re-winded the footage to show a trapped every-day routine.

During the filming stage, when I was in my locations with my actor[s], new extra shots were spinning to mind, I utilised the locations I was in, i.e. I went into the White Bull in Coningsby and thought about what I could film in the pub that has relevance.

And finally, in post-production, adding diegetic sound require you experiment on where to place it and how, i.e changing shots with the music. In my LAFTA’s production, each shot changed with the beat of the song I had recorded. I had to then carfully chose a song to place over the montage of clips, which sets a jolly mood that juxtaposes the nature of the schizophrenic story.

A requirement of A2, is to create a two-page spread review of the short film and a poster. For the poster, I had to research the conventions of it, but also the names of dramas and the way they are written, the typography, so a drama would be bold and of straight appearance, but a comedy or kids film’s tittle would be colourful and
perhaps wavy. The poster also requires a picture which portrays what the film is about, but also suits the genre. I had to be creative and think of a way to compose a picture which portrays isolation, schizophrenia and the idea of being watched. And so, after a lot of mind-mapping, I came up with the idea of having a forest (one of the locations in the film) with the main actor curled in the corner, looking small compared to the size of the trees. And one tree had a security camera Photoshoped onto it, as the schphrenic person thinks they are being watched.

A2 required a lot more creativity than AS, as A2 is a bigger film and has additional set tasks, which require a lot of research which then causes inspiration and then applied creativity.


Final Essay

One of the first steps of making a media project is creating an idea. This means researching films of a genre and getting inspiration from them. In my AS film opening, I researched films under the musical genre and analysed their openings, one I researched and watched was Grease. From this opening I found that musicals start with a song that introduces the plot and characters. This then meant in AS pre-production, I had to write a song. I gained inspiration from LGBT stories, which our film was about. I started with finding a jolly chord progression, which caused a lot of experimentation, and then being creative to match the progression with lyrics. The outcome was good and resulted in a well strutted verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus song.

However, for my A2 short 5 minute film, I did not go as far to write my own song and lyrics. In the A2 pre-production stage, I focused more on the research and the way things are filmed. I analysed Shane Meadow’s ‘This is England’ to inspire creativity and ideas that surround the genre and how a genre looks; in this case, Drama. It is serious and professional but the low budget and locations make the story of Skinheads more believable. After watching Meadow’s work, I found that I really like the way that the films and series are opened with a montage of clips that are relevant to the year, i.e. 1988 with Margret Thatcher and psychedelics.

As my short film was about young adult with schizophrenia, I wanted the opening to be a montage of clips of a life that a young adult without schizophrenia lives. Therefore I had to be creative and list all the things a schizophrenic patient struggles with, mainly social situations. As part of the pre-production stage, I went to my locations and was creative by utilising them to the full and thinking of what could be filmed there. For example, I used a Pool Table which i thought that during the post-production stage, I could match the hitting of balls with the music. 

In A2 I have thought more about having a detailed meaningful story, i.e. at the end of the montage, a child lets go of a balloon next to the woods where the schizophrenic patient goes to, to foreshadow his isolation. The outcome of the montage and foreshadowing events was apparent with my final film and showed thought, which was brought about by creativity.

In A2, I also thought more about the camera work, which meant using Vimeo and YouTube to watch tutorials as I wanted to become more creative with using the camera. I wanted to experiment with new techniques to create an aesthetically pleasing film, and so watching tutorials on different Filmography techniques, i.e. Edgar Wright’s Crash Zoom – this caused me to think about where and how I could incorporate them. And so, this lead to not only practicing the techniques, but then using them in my short film. I did a lot of research on focus pulls, which during my practice runs, I noted that it would go well with pool balls, which as mentioned before, I matched the pool footage for the montage with the music, and the focus pull matches too.

Sitting down and writing the storyboards is like turning a plan into an essay, you can develop the existing ideas into a working script. The story boards are visual, and so it is easy to see if there is a problem which with creativity, can be solved, I then also animated my storyboards, which meant I could judge the lengths of clips and add any further shots required to fill time. In AS, the script was just a written song, and so that did not require the need for reads through and revisions as a script. However, In AS, I sat and recorded people reading the script and gained feedback on whether it was appropriate and read well, and in times where it didn’t, I then needed to be creative and think of a new way to word it, or in some cases add extra lines in. By reading the script, I could visualise extra the shots that I wanted that would improve the look of the film.

In the break between AS and A2, I made a non-marked short film for the local LAFTA’s competition. Mine was a black and white film, which was about depression. This meant I had to be creative behind the camera and portray mental health not only by the story, but also by the post-production. I used a Steadicam for moving shots that were slightly un-steady to portray instability and in post editing, re-winded the footage to show a trapped every-day routine. This meant that my production outcome was not just a moving picture, but a film that creatively and thoughtfully portrayed mental health from different aspects.

During the filming stage, when I was in my locations with my actor[s], new extra shots were spinning to mind, I utilised the locations I was in, i.e. I went into the White Bull in Coningsby and thought about what I could film in the pub that has relevance.

And finally, in post-production, adding diegetic sound require you experiment on where to place it and how, i.e changing shots with the music. In my LAFTA’s production, each shot changed with the beat of the song I had recorded. I had to then carefully chose a song to place over the montage of clips, which sets a jolly mood that juxtaposes the nature of the schizophrenic story.

A requirement of A2 was the ancillary tasks which was to create a create a two-page spread review of the short film and a poster. For the poster, I had to research the conventions of it, but also the names of dramas and the way they are written, the typography, so a drama would be bold and of straight appearance, but a comedy or kids film’s tittle would be colourful and perhaps wavy. Upon reflection, the tittle of out AS film ‘Be Happy’ was written on our film horribly, the font and style was not thought through. This meant that with A2, I wanted to be as creative as possible to have a tittle that matched the film. The poster also requires a picture which portrays what the film is about, but also suits the genre. I had to be creative and think of a way to compose a picture which portrays isolation, schizophrenia and the idea of being watched. And so, after a lot of mind-mapping, I came up with the idea of having a forest (one of the locations in the film) with the main actor curled in the corner, looking small compared to the size of the trees. And one tree had a security camera Photoshopped onto it, as the schizophrenic person thinks they are being watched.

 

 

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One comment

  1. Katie

    The following is the exam board’s description of a level 4 answer, from the January 2012 mark scheme (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0-c7NOkBricRzhzWV96RUMxczg):

    Level 4 (21-25 marks).

    There is a clear sense of progression and of how examples have been selected, and a range of articulate reflections on creative media practice. There is a fluent evaluation of progress made over time. Candidates offer a broad range of specific, relevant and clear examples of real media conventions in relation to creative practice. The use of media terminology and production terms is excellent.

    Complex issues have been expressed clearly and fluently using a style of writing appropriate to the complex subject matter. Sentences and paragraphs, consistently relevant, have been well structured, using appropriate technical terminology. There may be few, if any, errors of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

    I would mark your current answer as being Level 3, possibly 19/25.

    – This is good, Katie. Like everyone, though, you need a stronger focus on “creativity” even if signposting it seems a bit forced.
    – Your last paragraph needs a bit of work. How have you shown progress?

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