Friday, 28 January 2011

Camera Info

We have been introduced to the camera that we will be using to film our thriller openings. The JVC GY-HM100. We had to listen to a short introduction; how to treat the camera properly to make sure that we do not damage it, and receive the full potential. Here is the list of things that I have taken away with me from this lesson:
  • Use the tripod to secure the camera - this is so that if you want to get a nice steady shot of the action that may be taking place, it's best not to shoot the scene with a flimsy camera. If you use a tripod, the scene will be more steady.
  • Close the lens when the camera is not in use - It is important to close the lens when the camera is not in use because the lens can be easily scratched and people may touch it with their fingers in which case you will see your work in editing with finger prints on it.
  • Focus before filming - This is important, it is always best to find the shot that you want to take before hand, set it up, press record and then move onto the '5,4,3,2,1,ACTION' theory, before starting any real action that you want in your scene.
  • Make sure to have permission to film in the place where you are filming - some places may not be permitted to take footage therefore it is important that you ask for permission to film in the area that you want. ie. tube station, it is important to ask if you are allowed to film in the tube station.
  • Don't vandalise - if you need a wall of graffiti, don't spray paint the walls, make sure to ask for permission to use a wall that has already got a legal graffiti design on it.
  • Always use an umbrella above the camera not yourself when you are filming - it is important to not let the camera get wet, the repairs for damages could be expensive.
  • Return the camera on time - It is important to bring equipment back in time, so all students who are permitted to using the camera get to have a chance at filming.
  • Using the microphone - I there is diegetic sound in your shot, it is best to ask for a microphone that can be attached to the top of the camera, this way you will get good quality sound.
  • Make sure to always put the camera and tripod back in their cases - This is important for obvious reasons; so that the camera and tripod are both safe, so they do not get scratched and will get less dusty.
  • The battery life on the camera lasts up to 2hrs - this is important to keep in mind when you're filming, so that you can be prepared to bring the camera back and charge the battery for your next shoot.

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