Design Of My Website

This part of my blog is about the design of my webpage. When starting this blog, the first page you access is to choose the ‘theme’ of your blog. I spent approximately five minutes on this page as I couldn’t find one that immediately grabbed my attention. But then I decided to choose ‘Quintus’. This theme was perfectly simple with the appearance being sharp and smart, and the layout being neat whilst in conjunction with the colours creating a composition of professionalism,which I felt works well for an online portfolio.

The colours of this template are autumn colours with brown and black, but the title background is a charcoal colour with a rippled effect as if it is a business card, and this certainly appealed to me.

I also like the way the writing and layout is set out, with a very simplistic edge creating easy to read writing, with the font being clear and well sized, and this in turn is very appealing to the eyes.

With the layout of my blog, I feel my name being centered at the top adds an emphasis of importance, so straight away the reader knows who’s blog it is. The layout of the page is very simplistic as well with the way in which the different pages are along the top and the blogs are all the main part of the screen. If the reader would like to read any particular blog then they are listed in the right hand column.

In the blogs themselves I decided to add pictures into them so that when discussing a topic the pictures will act as a visual aid to the reader. I also added previous video work as between the pictures and the videos, they break up the text rather than having blocked writing which in turn makes it easier to read. And the pictures I’ve inserted relate to the topic in discussion.

The blog headers are also a key factor into the layout of this blog and helped distinguish this theme from others as they are a clear indication of where everything is laid out, and also helps the reader understand what the blog is about.

Therefore the reason I chose this theme is because it was attractive but professional, clear and easy to read, whilst the layout is clear for anyone  to understand.

Influences

In this blog I shall talk about my influences, be it directors, tv programmes, films or production companies.

I am a very big film fan; I have a DVD collection of 200+ and it will continue to grow as my love for film does. Just yesterday I watched a film titled ‘Into The Wild’, a directorial gem from Sean Penn who also wrote the screenplay. I thought it had been brilliantly directed from the beautiful cinematography to the way he utilized the emotional manipulation to keep this film feeling very raw and personal, even by breaking the fourth wall. All of this allows the film to show the magnitude of the story being undertaken. Penn has truly directed a thought-provoking, poignant film here and deserves all the credit he receives. Therefore I feel he has influenced me with his absolute desire and dedication to the film.

There are many talented directors in the film world with such greats as Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams and Quentin Tarantino. But one of my Favourite directors has to be ‘the legendary’ Martin Scorsese,

With ‘The Departed’ being one of my favourite films, I feel that without Scorsese directing, this film would not have been the enthralling masterpiece it is today.

‘Goodfellas, Shutter Island and Taxi Driver’ are just three other examples perfectly directed by Scorsese.

I am also a big fan of television, hence the reason I chose to study it at university. One of my favourite television programmes has to be Entourage.

Entourage is an american dramedy (comedy-drama) shown on HBO. The series follows Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) a young movie star, and his ‘entourage’ as they deal with life as Los Angeles A-listers. This series is loosely based on the actor Mark Wahlberg’s life and shows a hilarious insight into the movie world. The key to this programmes success comes from the writers who kept this series witty yet hard-hitting. Entourage also produces an ensemble of cameos from Scarlett Johansson to James Cameron. I decided to watch this one rainy sunday afternoon, as had recently purchased season one, and I have been hooked on it ever since.

As far as inspirations go I would have to say that production companies inspire me, as I aspire to work in the film industry. Warner Brothers have probably influenced me the most. Ever since I was a child I can remember going to the cinema and as a film would start, the bold WB would appear on-screen. Founded in 1923 as Warner Brothers pictures, a subsidiary of time Warner,  I’ve always been astounded at how big the company has become.

Stills Photography

In this part of my blog I shall discuss how ‘framing and composition for stills photography might help you in planning and shooting video content on my course’.

From studying Photography at A level and having a passion for filming I believe that composition and framing are major necessities to shooting with photography and video. The rule of thirds applies here as it is a very effective way of framing and composing your shots.  It always adds depth and helps you plan your shots. This creates a new dimension to the shot. It takes practice to apply masterfully but can work wonders to the simplest of shots. This is exactly the same with shooting video, as the framing is crucial to getting a good shot. The ‘rule of thirds’ applies here because again it creates depth in the shot and can increase the quality of the shot, otherwise the footage will look flat. To create this effect you can quite simply adjust the depth of field in the shot. Framing helps you plan and shoot video content, as you can then choose your shots more appropriately to what you are filming with different angles and shots. For instance; close up, extreme close up, cut in, cutaway even establishing, these all use different framing but are a necessity to the success of the shot. As the BBC have said on their college for journalism webpage;

“We have two eyes and see things three-dimensionally. But that’s not how the camera sees things: it has one lens and sees everything in two dimensions. So without careful framing your pictures can lack depth. “

Framing and composition for photography are crucial to help planning and shooting video, as the composition of the shot is integral to the story. With the composition you are ‘putting together’ the shot, the framing helps construct the composition from the angle  you shoot in. When filming you should already have an idea in your head of what you want the video to be. Simple things help with composition and framing. For instance, you don’t want to cut the subject’s head out of a shot and it is also very useful to work out where to place your subject in the shot as placing the subject in the middle of the shot can often look quite boring. Which is why composition and framing are so important.

Here are some photographs of the production in which I worked on for the studio part of our course:

and in the link below is the final show (short edit)

Shuffle Studio Production

here is a previous video of mine;

Another below;

Party Video