Filmmaker’s Vision – Camera Exercise

<p><a href=”″>The Fan</a> from <a href=”″>Middlesex University Films</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Along with Amnah and Andre, for this exercise we had to come up with an idea that would enable us to film an ordinary space, object or area and make it extraordinary through the use of cinematography. After brainstorming various ideas we decided upon filming a fan and through the use of sound and extreme close ups, making it sound and feel like a propeller from a plane.

Initially, we had decided on filming the fan within a room in the university, but we had failed in booking a room in advance so there were no free rooms available to us. Thinking quickly, Andre proposed filming it at his house which was close to the university so we opted to head there.

When we got to the house, we had an issue with the lighting of the room. We decided on using natural light to film, but the room didn’t have a nice visual texture to it as it appeared on camera. After filming the fan for a bit on the desk, Andre moved the camera next to the window where we got a very nice back light from the outside light, allowing us to film more extensively of what we wanted. We each took turns with the camera filming the fan from different angles, from wides to extreme-close ups.





The edit of the film was pretty straightforward. We decided on showing extreme close-ups of the fan and inter-cutting them with the wide as it slowly tracked in; all the while, the sound effect of a propeller plane engine, which I found on the internet, plays in the background. Originally the sound effect of the engine starts up and gets more intense as the clip goes on but on Premiere Pro I reversed the clip to give the effect of a plane winding down so it fit with the image of the fan getting slower.

After screening it to the class, the general feedback that we got was that the general idea and concept of our film was interesting, but that the wide shots of the film didn’t help the film, and in fact the the film was more interesting with close ups. Also some of the lighting was overexposed (which was intentional as we thought it looked better that way) and some commented that the film itself was too long. Also a point was made in which what we filmed was only an object and not an actual space. I agree with most of these criticisms and in hindsight would have probably opted for a different idea in which we made full use of a space instead of a particular object.

I feel that I’ve learned a lot through this camera exercise in regards to framing, exposure and composition and I feel a tad bit more confident using the Canon 7D in filming moving images and look forward to using it again to film different projects.


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