At the start we had to get used too and develop the workflow we would come to use for the shooting period. we got through a test call, we made a decent test film and i shared a Google doc folder with members of my team and few others.
To speed pre-production up our group of four tuned into two groups. jake and ollie on one team and me and luke on the other. there was a slight mix up from francis getting confused about us working together on that test film and think he was still part of our team we decided to let him work with me and luke.
The first company we called was evosite but it turned out that they were not going to be in their office for another week. So we got on with the next company and contacted NVB architects. communication went well but we couldn’t send them any questions until the day before the shoot which was annoying for both sides. As soon as we got in contact with Evosite luke kept steady communication with them and the pre-production work was done in a flash. we kept all the paperwork to a minimal with only the release forms being printed out. the rest was all shared in the cloud with a google drive folder which we could access anywhere with our 3G connected phones. this lead to easy changes and everyone being able to complete the pro-production work in a flash. we even held one or two google hangout meetings when we were outside of college or if one of us was stuck at home due to the terrible bus service in somerset.
our first shoot was one of jake and ollies companies pips pubs in minehead. the shoot went smoothly and we got some great shot but we quickly learnt that we worked best in a team of three than a four. ollie was going to go as well but he was ill at the time but four was too many. one camera operator, someone to record the sound and another person to be the interviewer so that the interviewee has someone to talk off of. the fourth person ended up standing around so we knew that three was the max on the shoots we were doing.
each of the shoots we did, ended up being roughly the same after pips as we got our flow. evosite was nice and simple but we had some trouble with fitting all the footage onto the sd card, so i ended buying a 32GB with next day delivery so we could film for longer and not worry. NVB had some great b-roll but the interview sound turned out really bad so we had to go back to re-shoot. But we chose a much better shot for the second time and it turned out even better.
3 solutions was a nice shoot with the staff being very friendly. there wasn’t much to film there but we made the best with what we could do and even got one of the staff to do a cheesy drive in shot which turned out great. Western Air Ducts was the first warehouse shoot and it wasn’t as easy to film as the offices. we got and awesome welding shot and a few other bits and thing. for the interview we tried to do a simular thing we did for 3 solutions with a group interview. we had two brothers one who was pretty talkative to us when we was shooting b-roll but when it came to the interview he didn’t say a word which made the whole shot awkward. there was an echo in the sound but luke was able to fix it in post.
We also shot for other groups who couldn’t make it to their shoot or had to re-shoot b-roll but were more confident with us. We started off at yarlington which went off hitch free. Protomax was cool although we couldn’t get any wide shot of their prototype machine but what we could get turned out pretty nice.
post for me was done in two days with the Evosite edit but a few of our team took a while longer on the edit so i let Luke help them as i had to start on the events motion graphics. i played around with one or two concepts in after effects until i got a rough idea of what i wanted. i settled down on a sliding iris effect which i got from form animating a few rectangles with a colour i took from this years SBA official logo. at first i was playing around with using shadows and lights to add some depth to it but i got given the idea from someone to just give each shape a different colour which worked out brilliantly. as i was set on my theme i was drafted on as lead editor as the previous one wasn’t around that much and i practically lived in the edit suite. so know i was under the pressure of making all the motion graphics and completing the whole master edit so i hatched a brilliant plan. it happened when i was trying to figure out a seamless way of keeping the transparency of a motion graphic without having to key out a solid colour under the graphic. in the adobe package all of the software is built to work with each other by using a dynamic link which is basically importing the whole after effects comp as a video file but being able to make a change in the after effects comp and have it being updated automatically. i found that you can also import premier sequences into another sequence. with this knowledge i decided that i should get anyone not working on anything, working on an award section as i was compiling all off the motion graphics. i showed them how the dynamic link and motion graphics worked together and i showed them an example sequence. when i was working on the motion graphics i got reece to work on a 3d sba logo which he modeled in maya. we tried to animate the model in after effects but it didn’t work and we didn’t have enough time to try it any more so he gave me a render and i implemented it into the motion graphics. by the time everyone was done i imported everyones section into a master edit and added some transitions, hold points and sponsors.
on the night the edit looked great on the two large projection screens. i was amazed that i was behind the motion graphics as it was my first time really attempting it. the night went smoothly apart from one little error when i played too far into the next award and had to get back but the audience were too drunk to notice at that point.
The whole experience has shown me what i can achieve when i work on a tight professional deadline. and im proud of what ive done. its given me a new view on paths i may want to go down in the industry and i hope it looks good