By using YouTube tutorials and forums I self taught myself Adobe After Effects. Some of the skills I have developed are layering video and still image, layer masks, inserting shapes and animates, text, enhancing video footage, key framing etc etc the list is pretty endless. I would edit together short sections of footage, export them from AE and import them into Adobe Premiere Pro in order to piece together longer reels of video. This process was very very time consuming!! A process which I had allocated a lot of time for however it seemed to take forever! I quickly learnt the importance of setting up a project correctly and ensuring the auto save functionality is well and truly switched on after losing many hours of work right at the beginning. So mix a loss of work, a longer process than first assumed and a gazillion other things to worry about… this was beginning to take its toll and the stress level was rising.
Although after effects has an audio functionality, I found the audio much easier to work with once the clip was in Premiere Pro. I think this would be an area I would wish to improve on because the software is so clever but because I was teaching myself I never quite managed to learn everything. I tried to complete each video to professional and polished final quality because these videos were the heart and sole of the project – they needed to be good. By incorporating what I have researched about sound recognition and emotive responses caused by certain sounds, they also needed to be included carefully and purposefully.
Instagram has totally sky rocketed over the past few years and is getting bigger than ever. Being the home of the ultimate hashtagging behaviour Instagram plays the main part in development my collage of real life and online life overlapping. Here are the drawings that I created for the after effects graphic included in the video. These graphics were used for the end of the Instagram in real life video to reveal the purpose of the video and how it shows the process of taking a picture in real life and uploading it to the online world. The study of Instagram pictures and The hash tag culture that has developed is interesting because for an app which is meant to be all about the image has now become all about the words, which is why the video ends with all the hashtags and the overlapping of voices and blacks out. From my “indirect observations” (Wilson 2002), I was able to see that people were using the word “hashtag” in day to day conversation. This is actually one of the social media addiction signs . It seems so bizarre that people have different views about everything and feel the need to share it but realistically everyone has one view and that is that they want to be viewed by others….
In order to create my body of content, I needed to get my filming hat on! Here is my trusty camera assistant Jessica Scott. I used my Go Pro camera to film recognisable parts of Bournemouth that I was later going to layer with images of the same place taken from social media channels. The reasons for using the GoPro was because of ease of use… I had the handy head cam attachment, and also the top drawer HD quality. The camera itself is a sports camera, meaning it is used for capturing jerky and fast moving objects. It has an inbuilt steadier which takes out the shakiness I would have got with a handheld camera. Additionally from the very first vid (the news feature) I was not impressed with the handheld camera quality at all. So apart from a view funny looks, our afternoon of filming as successful! The merky weather and grey sky was perfect for really emphasising comparisons between online and offline life and how images now on SM are edited to look so much better.