Friday, 14 January 2011

Introduction To Camera Skills

On Tuesday 11th January 2011 as part of a lesson we were introduced to the safety hazards of working with a video camera. The lesson consisted of learning skills and responsibilities that I would need to use my group and I begin filming, therefore these skills were invaluable.  

The Rules when using the camera are:

  1. Do not film in dangerous locations e.g. Railways and on the highway.   
  2. Keep out of rain expose the Camera to water e.g. Rain as camera this way cause to the camera to no longer work.
  3. Do not film in illegal locations e.g. recording graffiti, or a scene on the railway If a group does this they will be disqualified, authorisation is needed
  4. Return on time: There are very scarce amount of resources when it comes to the cameras, therefore any late arrivals will have an opportunity cost. There is excess demand for cameras, meaning the demand is greater than the supply, therefore if one person doesn’t bring their camera back on time they are forgoing another persons valuable recording time. It is vitally important that we plan when we need them and book them before-hand, and return them when they are due, however in an exceptional case that a group can not return the camera, their time will be extended.
  5. Close the lens: The lens of a camera is its most expensive feature and we must make sure it is closed at all times. This is because if the lenses are open we are increasing the chances of any damage to them.
We were also introduced to the skills involved in using a camera. From the lesson I have learnt that when recording in a dark room, the light intensity is weak, therefore pressing the ‘gain’ button will improve the quality of the recording. This is because it intensifies any light exposure in a limited area so would be particularly helpful in a situation where there is no light and the setting is fairly dark.

As part of a lesson we watched the Bag Swap scene from the movie 'Collateral'. After watching this clip we were told to recreate our own bag swap scene using a minimum of 12 shots, building suspense and tension in a similar to the film 'Collateral'. This is an example of intertextuality in a film.

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