Adobe Flash Animation: Graded Unit 1 (HNC TV Production)

In HNC TV Production, I did a short animation for an opening title sequence for my short film on YouTube fame called ‘YouTube Generation’ above is my 8-bit opening title – before this, we did short exercises to get ourselves familiar with the software.


Wentworth Prison S1-3

My inspiration in the TV/Film industry is Wentworth Prison. Wentworth Prison has recently finished filming its 5th season which is due to air in May. Throughout the four seasons, I have seen development in regards to the camera, script, colour as well as adding a soundtrack. They use a range of angles and shot which brings suspense and effect. The colour is dark but not too dark which suggest the element of what prison is like. The overall editing of the episodes is edited sufficiently and with pace, making the clip look effective with the different angle shots.

I inspire to Wentworth Prison and hope to implement some of these shots and angles within my documentary and show-reel.

Seperation City (Movie Poster Analysis)


In this film poster for “Separation City, in to’ we see that it establishes romance, we see this as both the heart and a couple kissing is displayed. Focusing on the other symbols within the poster we see that the love heart which is shattered signifies a broken romance (heart-break). We see two hands underneath the love heart one female who is holding the heart and the other male who is holding the needle to the love heart bursting the love heart causing it to look shattered into pieces. The hands signify that there is some kind of portrayal which will happen with the happily married couple.

The text underneath the main title of the movie reads ‘it only takes one prick’ from this context we are then lead to believe that a character/characters come to disturb the relationship.

We know that the couple is happily married from the colour of the dress (white) and the man wearing the suit (black) along with the passionate wedding kiss after the vows. The poster signifies happily married/kissing couple on the left side to go into heartbreak on the right side. The location setting is on a mountain near the sea which is bright/sunny representing that the location is peaceful

Deliverance (Critical Analysis)



In the first part of the opening sequence, we are shown two men playing the banjo one from the city and the other from the countryside having a ‘duelling battle’ this music sets the tone for what lies ahead for these men.

The trip that the mean take is extremely dangerous out within the wilderness. The men in this movie show a lot of masculinity in regards to the appearance of smoking a pipe/cigar showing who is the boss of the town. Men are portrayed to do extremely dangerous things as during the start we see them racing each other in their cars and once in the wilderness going down the stream with an extreme tide.

We see one of the men during hunting in the wilderness showing mercy and guilt when trying to hunt a deer, showing less of his masculinity and power. The group then get split up and two of the characters are faced with other hikers who are dangerous and armed, he threatens one of the men to make pig noises as he is raped wit his friend watching. The other men from their group, find them but quietly sneak behind as the other friend tied to the tree is about to get attacked they shot him with the other one of the nasty hikers running away in fear. and the other dead. The group are then panicking and wondering what to do with the dead body, which then questions their superiority as they are faced with a murder and start panicking as these men have not committed crimes like this and have only ever wildlife hunted.

I overall for the nature of this movie, do not think that 12 is a suitable rating due to the violence/gore and sexual scenes which young children may find upsetting. I’d personally rate this movie 15/18 for its content

Week 4 – 17th February to 24th February

During Week 4, I worked on developing my ideas for my production title for motion graphics and composition for my production opening title for my graded unit.

I have also been working on my ‘show-reel’ developing my idea and sourcing out appropriate locations within Glasgow which I wanted to cover.

I am still researching my idea. I’m also trying to get another day in motion for filming interviews within the college.

In HND Spaces for our Village Project we went out and filmed the final scene which went successfully, we captured 2 interviews and some good cut-away as well as filming Dale McLean Presenting and talking about ‘The Spur Hotel  ‘ and businesses as well as the history of the Cumbernauld Village. I worked on the necessary paperwork needed for clearance. I feel if we properly were organised then we could’ve got more interviews perhaps in the town and with the community members, however, we managed to get enough footage to fit the 5-minute brief we were given.


13th February to 18th February 2017 (Week 3)

Graded Unit, I submitted my re-submission of my report on 17th. I realised from my re-submission that I underestimated myself and didn’t research and note properly when submitting my essay, leaving it to last minute which meant I missed out most the key elements in some sections of the report. I have however learnt from this to always note, always read over and make sure that I cover the critique by paying attention and putting time towards my project.

I have come to the end of my research for my show-reel and I am now focusing on gathering footage through March and April and finding the appropriate locations to film, what I had in mind was Glasgow City Centre covering several locations such as the West End, George Square.

I currently have only one piece of footage from Dec shot from i59 for my documentary, I need to organise days within March to film at MegaBytes as well as collect interviews from people around the college as well as cut-aways of a time-lapse of the store and people playing video games.

I have come to a decision on what I’d like my opening title sequence to be like from research on YouTube, I have prepared a short storyboard on what I’d like it to be like which I wanted to cover visual elements such as still photographs by making them move. My production name has been finalised ‘HLK Studios’.

Critical Analysis, I looked at posters of movie films and picked out visual and design elements and how it implements the genre. I picked ‘Separation City’ where you will find the review on my ‘review’ page. I also looked at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” were shot by shot, I wrote down what shots had been used and what feeling that they shot demonstrated and make you feel.



6th February to 13th February 2017 (Week 2)

Throughout Week 2,  from researching show-reels I came up with a basis of an idea of what I’d like to cover in my documentary, for my documentary I wanted to cover human emotion/lifestyles of both the older generation to now. I have covered the soundtrack in which I want to use which is “Mondo Cozmo – Hold on To Me” which lyrical captures the essence of labour of love between friend which lyrically for me blends in well with the elements in what I want to capture, however, have yet to gain permission to use it within my project, my plan two stage of a soundtrack would be asking Nikki from HND Sound Production to use one of her composed and completed soundtracks from her SoundCloud.

Video Production 2: Making a Video Program, my team went to film at the Cumbernauld Library after we took a recce and gathered research on The Village from the museum provided in the library. My team had gone to film the museum and presenter introduction wise I stayed in class and filled out all the necessary research and paperwork as during Week 1 there was only two of us out the team present.

Composition and Motion Graphics, we looked at the tutorial of Sunny Day which required me to great a moving composition of clouds moving within a background of a sunny day. I felt this task was easier the previous class in Week 1, I understood how to composition and how to keyframe properly during this class but felt that I could’ve worked at a faster pace.

Law and The Communication Industries, we looked at deformation defence and what libel and slander meant and wrote up research in preparation for our LO1 assignment.

We looked at cases which contained:

  • Criminal offences
  • Personal morality
  • Ridicule
  • Finance
  • Professions and trades

January 30th to 3rd February 2017 (Week 1)

Throughout Week 1, I compiled together my show-reel research which involved me in looking at show-reels on media sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.  I picked two clips to research one was a show-reel and the other was a short film trailer, throughout these clips I carefully analysed the use of colour correction, focus, shot angles, lighting, text, SFX and soundtrack.

Throughout researching these show-reels it gave me an insight and broader idea of what I want to element into my show-reel by making it as professional as possible to be able to submit and showcase my work to universities, jobs and film festivals.

As well as complying together research for my show-reel, we started our second-semester classes this week were we looked at the outcome for semiotics looking at the technical aspects of cinematography for ‘Critical Analysis’.  Before we broke up for the winter break, we looked at the movie ‘Deliverance’ and critiqued it on its technical aspects and the message that it delivered.

In law and communication, I learned about what deformation meant and looking into a public profile case which I choose to look into  the case of “Gordon Ramsey and “Fake Kitchen Nightmares” throughout this class I learned the 5 essentials that are needed to pursue  in a deformation case which are:

  • Communication
  • Falsity
  • Statement
  • Defamatory
  • About the pursuer

For Compositing and Motion Graphics, I  looked and research into production titles, from this I  then had to complete a small opening title for a production from Andrea’s Tutorial. I struggled at the start of this exercise on how to keyframe but Andrea’s had guided me and showed me how to do it.




Adam Dodd People Cinematography

Adam Dodd when focusing on subjects uses MS making sure that he complies with the rule of thirds within the frame, his shots are clearly focused and colour corrected. He films a sunset, where people are running on sand, getting this shot right he would need to make sure that his colour temperature was set correctly and that any over exposure was levelled down. He uses a variety of different shoots such as close-ups on the runner, WS showing him at the door scared with his torch at the start of the show-reel.  The lighting from his work is lit correctly to the subject both during day/night-time, he has coloured corrected (during editing) and white-balanced correctly to subjects which may/could’ve been over-exposed.

He uses a pull in the shot when showing the scientist mixing an experiment which then cuts to a nice close-up of the experiment in his hand.

The sunset scene used a WS showing the sunset and the runners coming out of the beach sea, it then quickly cuts to a nice close-up of their legs showing them running.

His main subject within his cinematography is people, it is made clear in the show reel as throughout the show-reel there are snippets of movies but it also focuses on fashion, sport, gardening, working, home-lifestyle, science, tourism.

His title is kept basic and centred displaying his name at the start after one clip of his movie, to showing us his name, profession as well as contact details at the end of the show-reel.  There was only one element of Special FX used and that was showing the rugby player and his name at 1:15.

I overall felt that the show-reel flowed nicely in regards to showing the different snippets of what people do, but felt it hard to follow his other stuff like his movies as I felt that it was kind of subject to when he was showing people’s day to day work/lifestyle.

Wentworth Prison (Channel 5 Trailer)

Wentworth Prison (Channel 5 Trailer) The Wentworth Trailer displays a lot of the camera work used within the programme. 0:06 we see Bea Smith in frame of the rule of thirds, it then cuts to a close-up showing her walking with handcuffs on her arms, the lighting in this setting is very dark, given the impression that the atmosphere of the overall prison isn’t going to be easy and that dark times lie ahead. The majority of clips are well lit but coloured to a blue/teal colour. 0:15 shows us all the different elements within a prison including an MS of the CCTV,  Right MS of one of the Yards using the rule of thirds as well as the Wentworth Correctional Centre displayed using the same rule of thirds and MS expect on the left-hand site instead which makes the edit flow nicely. There are several close-ups of the characters faces within this trailer as well as tracking shots with and without a title up showing the characters walking.  When Bea is getting sedated they showing us her point of view shot of her seeing the officers at a tilt angle. There are also MS of the characters when showing a group of prisoners or focusing on the one subject and where they are at for example showing Bea in the slot which is away from the Prisoner Cells and isn’t as nice as the normal prison cell.There are pull-out shows of the character shown, before displaying the clips of the scenes as well as using the tilt.