Montage I submitted for my IOV Master Membership

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The-Video-Compa...
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After uploading my IOV submission for CaryJoy to see, I thought I'd make a post here for everyone else.

Filming this was a bit of a nightmare, as I was on my 'jack jones' and had to film it all in one day, apart from the opening crane shot which I went back for during the week. It looses a little bit in compression, but still shows that you can milk a great deal out of an old Canon XL1 with it's fake 16:9 and no lens attachments.

There's a couple of nice shots with good DOF, and 1-2 shots which I just included to make up the time. It got me a good pass, but as the live audio was slightly over-modulated in places I lost a few marks. However, this just gives me something to work towards and the honest critique I got from Chris & Co has helped me greatly.

You can see it here whilst it's up:

[url]http://www.the-video-company.co.uk/IOV Assessment.wmv[/url]

I look forward to applying for my Fellowship. :)

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Z Cheema
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is that you in the second shot james in the window?

The-Video-Compa...
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Yup - A cameo ;)

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David L Lewis
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Just out of curiosty James what marks did they give you (if your prepared to share them)

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ClaireTall
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Must say I admire the guys who run these video organisations who are prepared to give their valuable time which must be worth at least £50 an hour to do this sort of thing.

Like the crane shot, do you normally do this sort of thing for a wedding?

Studio with green screen for hire near Gatwick Airport.
Kit hire facilities on site.
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I won't go into too much detail about my exact assessment mark, but let's just say that even with the 'low' marks for the audio, I got an easy(ish) pass. However, it would still be short of a fellowship recommendation even if I got top marks for my audio.

I always try to get some crane shots on the day Claire, but had to go back for this one as it started to spit and time was getting short. It's a lot of work, and can be a pain in the ar*e, but the end result is worth it.

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Z Cheema
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Well done James.

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Thanks Z.

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tom hardwick
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I enjoyed seeing that, but the memory of seeing your tripod in the 6th or 7th scene sticks in my mind. Love your camera movements - so smooth, and your Dutch tilts work well too. Bit surprised that the first dance colour balance was so orange and that odd sections of officialdom chat to the assembled guests had been left in.

Do I presume correctly that the b & g didn't actually get to see this compilation, and that it was simply assembled for the IOV assessment?

tom.

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tom hardwick wrote:
Do I presume correctly that the b & g didn't actually get to see this compilation, and that it was simply assembled for the IOV assessment?

100% correct Tom.

Although there were a few things that weren't ideal, I needed to include them to meet the specification of the assessment. Part of the exam is actually making sure you can understand a spec' given to you in plain English.

As for the orange tint, I couldn't avoid this because of the lights being dimmed right before I started filming, even though I was promised otherwise. However, to prevent any problems I used an XL1 preset, opened the iris fully and kept the lens as short as possible. In fact, I even knocked up the gain slightly and I got away with it. It might seem that things are slightly orange, but I consider this a roaring success as the alternative would have been pitch black as there was no light.

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Wicked
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I thought the camera movement and the use of the crane was great. Also noticed the tripod very clearly in the early shot. Easy mistake to make, however it's like scaffolding on a church - your eye gets drawn to the ugly part and not the lovely rest of the picture.
Also, and this is purely because I am extremely picky with myself on these kind of things, between your opening credits I could see the flare effect just waiting off screen to the left until it was keyed into shot. It only needs a little more tweaking to have a completely black screen in between the titles.... Like I said, I'm my own worst critic and something like that would irritate me.
Congrats on passing the assessment.
Jeremy

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Believe it or not Jeremy, the titles were fixed for the final submission. Although, how I could prove that is beyond me.

I created them in After Effects, and imported the .avi into Premier Pro, laying a transition at the start to blend in what you see it the web video.

I've only got the .vob file left from the assessment DVD.

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caryjoy
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James, very very nice work. You have a gift & your smooth approach is to be commended. I enjoyed the story line once I had watched it twice!!
Looks like Joy & I have a lot to learn from you before we enter a clip for assessment.
Thanks again for sharing the piece with us.
Kindest regards

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Thank you very much Cary, I really appreciate you saying that.

Basically I'm more of a creative person, than a technical one. Being creative is something which I've just always just seemed to do, but learning how to use all the tools available is something I still have a lot to learn about. Having the idea in my head is one thing, but knowing how to put it on my chosen canvas can be something entirely different.

You might think you have a good deal to learn, but stick with it, and before you know you'll master it. I bet you've already improved a great deal since you started, and will continue to do so as you go forward.

I'm just thankful that I can actually make a living from something that I enjoy as much, and get good advice from places such as this forum.

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