FMP EVALUATION

This is my self evaluation for my Final Major Project. For this, I decided to create a film based in a hospital.

The decision to base it in a hospital was an easy one. Having spent most of my life in hospital, being there kinda feels like a home from home. I started planning the drama in March when I was actually in hospital. The idea came from writing a fan fiction story.

 

Filming began on a Wednesday and involved  Steve, Libby and Natalie and it was the scene which envisioned as a ‘oner’ a scene shot in one take. This however wasn’t the case as it was to difficult to do it as the actors struggled to keep a straight face for the duration of filming.

Filming was a fun and memorable experience mainly because it was so enjoyable to do. The scene I remember filming the most was the scene in the staff room as it was an absolute joy to film.

There were many of other scenes that I enjoyed but the one that I had a struggle with was the stair well scene. This was a struggle because i didn’t close off the stairwell for filming. This is something that I should’ve done as filming kept being interrupted. Another thing was the actors remembering their lines. Again this may have been my fault as i did include some very medical heavy dialogue.

Filming took me a couple of weeks as the availably for my actors kept changing and the access to the locations was hard to gain, especially for the roof scene.

After  finished filming, the first thing that I did was upload all my footage into Premier Pro so I could edit it. This took me awhile as I had filmed my scenes out of order, again due to actor and room availability . Once I had them all in order I had to sort out my audio.

This was done with ADR as I re-recorded Jane and Natalie’s voices. More information on this can be found on the blog entitled ‘Syncing Up Audio For FMP.’

My biggest problem with this film was matching camera resolutions. Because my camera shoots in a higher resolutions then the cameras that the college use, meaning that i had to cut a scene with Sola and Libby.

There were many changes to my script, the major one was that Jane’s character was changed from a woman to a man and then back to a woman after my male actor became unavailable. This in a sense bought my pre-production and the whole project full circle.

One thing that kept constantly changing was the song choice. I’d specifically wrote the final few pages to have music playing over the scenes. This is knows as Songtage, Songtages aren’t that well known in the UK but were mostly made famous after being used in the hit U.S. show ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ They use music in all of their episodes, especially when a main character dies. A prime example of this would be when main character Derek Shepherd died, they used a haunting and emotional cover of Snow Patrols ‘Chasing Cars’ a song used several times in the shows history.

The list of songs I narrowed it down to were,

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Bootstraps
The Riddle – Five for Fighting
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Every Other Sunday – The Wind And The Wave
Broken – Lifehouse
As Long As You Love Me – Sleeping At Last
Yellow – Coldplay
The Scientist – Coldplay
Having tried all the songs, the one I decided to go with was ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’  with Bootstraps covering the song. I chose this one because I found that the lyrics fit really well with the scenes that were happening.
I achieved my goal in creating my medical drama. overall I am pleased with how the film turned out.
Also I asked an external audiance to watch my film. The questions that I asked were,
What did you think of the film?
Was the relationship  between the two main character’s clear?
What did you think of the song choice?
What would you improve?

Syncing the audio for my FMP

Syncing the audio for my FMP was a struggle to say the least. As I’d filmed the entire movie without a boom and a dead cat, the audio wasn’t that great. So i decided to ARD some of my actors scenes as some of the scenes audio quality was rubbish. After I rerecorded Jane and Natalie I synced it up a version of my film.

I didn’t however have time to re-record Steve Davis or Libby. So I had to make do with their audio, all but one of their scenes were good for audio levels. That scene was the stair well. This scene is the one scene that I now hate in the film as the audio is completely awful as I filmed the scene too far away from my actors. Plus the stairwell in itself was a pain to film in as it was very echoey. After several attempts to sort it out and add Reverb Jane’s tracks. This was an issue as when I played both tracks together, you could easily hear the difference, even with the reverb on Jane’s tracks. I even tried finding a piece of reverb in all the other scenes filmed in the stairwell.  This failed. So in the end, I decided to use the actual camera audio to play over the scene.

Another scene that I found tricky to sort out was the roof scene. This scene was windy as hell and the audio wasn’t that clear, mainly this was my own doing as I failed to acquire a boom and a dead cat. Luckily Natalie ADR’d all of her audio so it was easy to sort out, the thing I had troubled with was finding a piece of audio that had no dialogue. This was an easy thing to do as the lines on the roof wasn’t as fast as they were in the Stairwell scene.

In retrospect I should have used a boom an shut off the stairwell for when I am filming. Another thing to do is make sure my actors say the lines slowly.

E.R. Episode Walk Through. Season 6: Episode 14

This is a walk-through of the episode of E.R. that I am going to use in my power point, this is, in my opinion, the best episode of the 331 episodes that the show created.

As I watch the entire series for the very first time, being up to the shows 9th season I’ve laughed, cried, cheered and shouted at the t.v. but none more then I did with this season six episode ‘All In The Family.’ I have in fact seen this episode around four times now and it still gets to me.

I’m going to be taking you through the episode and telling you what I thought of the direction as well and the acting.

This episode was directed by Jonathan Caplan, he has directed several episodes of E.R. that I think are amazing.

So we started the episode following off where the last episode ended. With John Carter and his Medical Student, Lucy Knight having been stabbed by a psychotic patient. It takes a full three minutes and 51 seconds before they get discovered by Chief of Medicine Kerry Weaver.

Then we cut to the well known and perhaps world known title sequence.

We then cut to happy couple and fellow E.R. docs Mark Greene and Elizabeth Corday, played by Anthony Edwards and Doctor Who’s Alex Kingston, doing a bit of drunken karaoke. It’s nice to have a little  bit of comedy, before the drama and emotion kicks in.

Then boom. We start off the action with Medical Student Lucy Knight and her mentor John Carter being rushed into the trauma rooms as their fellow E.R. doctors work to save them.

The scenes that follow take place rather fast as we get Surgeon Peter Benton rushing down to the E.R. to take a look at his wounded friends.

Then this is where Jonathan Kaplan’s amazing directing comes in, as Carter is being rushed into the elevator, the camera switches from the views of Carter on the hospital bed and his fellow doctors looking at him as they rush him into the O.R.

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The doctors looking down at John as they rush him to the O.R.


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The view from Carter looking up at his fellow doctors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As both Greene and Corday arrive we go back to Lucy as she’s still being treated in the Trauma room and rushed up to surgery.

Weaver then goes outside to vomit, the camera stays in one shot, which I like because it’s a simple scene. It doesn’t need to be a multi-cam set up and it kinds brings a bit of calm to keep it in the one shot as everything else has been multi cam shots.

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Weaver played by Laura Innes,  walks out of the E.R.


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Kerry vomits into a trash can.


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Kerry composes herself.


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Kerry heads back inside of the E.R.

The scene then fades to black marking the end of Act One.

Act Two begins at 15 minutes into the episode and we open with Carter on the operating table talking to Benton. After Carter gets put under, Benton walks out of the O.R. only to see Lucy being rushed into the O.R. next door.

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Lucy being rushed into surgery as she fights for her life.

After a short scene with Doctors Weaver, Greene and Kovac as well as a scene of the patients wife, played by Gilmore Girls (hooray for the Netflix Series)  Alum Liza Weil, refusing to believe that her husband could have stabbed Carter and Lucy.

As we get some more scenes of Carter and Lucy being operated on, we find the story going back on to the patients wife, as she tells the cops where her husband might be, then we cut to a scene of Greene and Corday’s parents kinda hitting it off.

Then we see Doctor’s Abby and Chen run out to the ambulance bay to treat an incoming patient, the patient just so happens to be the guy that stabbed Lucy and Carter. With the patient being played by Numbers star David Krumholtz, its nice to see his acting ability before he was famous.

The same could be said about practically all the staff of E.R with many of it’s stars going on to be more known, for other roles. George Clooney, needs no introduction, played Doug Ross for the first five seasons, has gone on to be a MASSIVE movie star and is currently staring in Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster.

Julianna Margulies, who played Nurse Carol Hathaway went on to star in the hit series The Good Wife.

Parmindar Nagra, who played Nurse Neela Rosgotra will be scheduled to star in the second series of the British show Fortitude.

and Laura Innes who played Kerry Weaver is now best known for her direction of Episodic Television, a profession that she started on E.R. has gone on to direct multiple episodes of hit U.S. show such as Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and The Affair, which stars former E.R. star Maura Tireny.

But back on to the show as Nurses Abby and Chen take the patient into Trauma, Kerry  refuses to treat him and hands him over to Greene, then as Kerry watches them treat the patient, we End Act Two.

We begin act three with Corday and Chief Of Staff Romano talking about Lucy’s surgery and how Carter is doing. A nurse then comes and informs Corday that Lucy is waking up.

 

 

 

 

FILMING TAKE ONE

So i started filming today. It was a good day. We filmed in the first aid room. This was actually good thing as it does look like an actual hospital.

Filming consisted of Libby, Shola and Natalie, who acted in the scene., with me behind the camera.

The filming went well, there were only a few hic-ups, mainly with people remembering their lines. but after we ran through it a couple of times. Everyone knew what they were doing.

 

For tomorrow, I intend to film some more. Mainly my one shot take with Steve, Natalie and Libby.