East Winds Film Festival – Week Five

This week the East Winds Film Festival went on the road on a trip to The Mocking Bird Cinema. It was great to hear that the film festival had gained an external partner with one of the independent cinemas in Birmingham. As a cohort we went over to the cinema to watch Japanese sci-fi anime, Akira.

Production wise, my team was in charge of the sound and video production of the interview with the owner of The Mocking Bird. Along with the interview itself it was my job to capture ‘filler footage’ to be used in the final edit of the film festival magazine show. As I have previously shot promotional videos I really enjoyed capturing people’s enjoyment at The Mocking Bird and I pretty much had a camera on my shoulder for most of the day. My team proved to be a little less confident than myself in giving direction to the interviewee, so that is something that will need working on. Despite this, my team are learning how to set up and capture the sound very well. During the showing I was made aware that the initial ident and trailer were going to be played before the screening of Akira so I stood at the back of the cinema ready to capture the reactions of the cohort as we made our debut. I think this week is the first week we’re beginning to realise the opportunity that we have here. Working alongside The Mocking Bird cinema will really broaden our audience to the city of Birmingham and hopefully gather a wider audience to receive the films we will be screening. I think gathering filler footage is really one of my strong points because there isn’t many limitations and I can be creative with the focus and exposure on the camera. Also it allows me to work on my own for a while which I’m incredibly comfortable with, I think that I will make it my responsibility to do this consistently throughout the festival week along side working with the team.

Once we got back from The Mocking Bird it was time to reshoot the opening of our magazine show with out three presenters. It was apparent before that what the other production team had filmed the sound wasn’t a high enough quality so to tackle that problem I took out three tie microphones for each presenter along with a boom microphone so we had plenty of sound files to work with to make sure it was as professional as possible. It was a long day of filming but overall I’m so happy with how well and professional everybody worked, we did a few takes to make sure we had ample footage to work with and the presenters were great!

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