Year 1 Module BACM102

TASK FOUR: Edit together a short video segment


Chris – “This is really good. I have some questions though:”

  • How could you cut it into a 30 second advert?

I’ll definitely look into re-editing the footage to cut it down. As of right now, my ideas for cutting it down are:

  1. Cutting out some of the footage, most likely the clips when the main actor is alone.
  2. Cutting down the length of some of the titles.
  3. Cutting down the length of some of the clips to create a ‘snappier’ video.
  • Could you reshoot with some better lighting?

Whilst editing this video, I did notice how the lighting wasn’t terrific and the footage was grainy. We did set up a light for this shoot, but we found it too over-powering (even though we were using the least powerful light). I think we could of possibly looked into alternatives, or I could of tried fixing the lighting with some colour correcting in post.

  • Could you make your camera movements steadier?

I think we could of made more of an effort to make sure each shot was exactly the same. We did use the dolly to try to achieve this, but it seems we weren’t careful enough. This is definitely something to improve on in future shoots.

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Task Three: Image Making and Manipulation and BTS

Five images:

All five pictures together are meant to tell the story of depression, and how it might look or feel like from the perspective of someone suffering from it. The images are meant to depict the person who is suffering from depression wanting to escape from his head. He has acted in a moment of confusion and frustration and escaped into the night to try get away from his demons. The shadows depict his depression and how he sees it.

Image 1

James.F.Image 1.101.18-19 (Edited)

Taking the image:

In this image, I set the camera up so the two walls on either side of the stairs acted as the frame. I knew I wanted a light shining brightly down on the subject (me, in this case) with darkness almost starting to ‘envelop’ that light and the subject. The angle of the shot was actually accidental, but in my eyes added to the image.

Lightroom edit:

I wanted all the images to be black and white, someone suffering from depression does not see the world in colour, so this was obviously the first step when editing this image in Lightroom. I played around with the basic settings, such as: exposure; whites, shadows and blacks, so I could accentuate the darkness more and make the light behind me seem brighter. I also added a vignette to add to the ‘enveloping’ effect of the darkness, and cropped the photo slightly so the frame was more defined.

Photoshop edit:

In Photoshop, I masked out the subject and the left wall that leads up the staircase. I wanted to add a shadow of something on the back wall, and went for the shadow of a hand reaching out towards the subject. Cutting out the left wall allowed me to make it look like the hand was reaching out from the corridor. The hand is meant to be depression starting to grab hold of the subject.

Image 2

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Taking the image:

This was taken from outside my front door during the night, which left the light seaming out of the open door into the darkness. I tried a few different angles, even one where you could see the top of the stairs where the subject had been sitting. I settled on this one as it seemed more mysterious and gave me room to manipulate it in Photoshop.

Lightroom edit:

Just like the first image, I turned it to black and white and played with the different settings in Lightroom to accentuate the darkness and bring out the light parts. For this particular image, I wanted it to be completely pitch-black, with only the light being the glow from the door shining across the ground, so I played around with the settings (blacks, exposure etc) until I got to this point.

Photoshop edit:

I added in the shadow of a robed man, with the shadow spreading from the doorway across the light on the ground. I did this by cutting out an image of a man wearing a robe I found on google images (image below), positioning it using the transform tool, adding a black and white gradient from top to bottom, and setting the blend mode to ‘overlay’. I duplicated the shadow once to make it more visible.


Image 3

James.F.Image 3.101.18-19 (Edited)

Taking the image:

I took this from behind a car my mum was driving up my drive (thanks mum!) It was taken during the darkness, I knew I just wanted to be able to make out the lights of the car and not much else (the aim being to create the illusion of demon’s eyes). I set the camera to MF and made it slightly out of focus, showing the confused state of mind of someone suffering from depression and bad thoughts who acts in a low moment, controlled by their depression.


Again, like the first two images, I wanted to accentuate the darkness and bring out the lights. I also added a vignette on this image like the first one. In the day time, my drive almost forms a long tunnel because of the over-hanging trees and hedges either side. I wanted to create a tunnel of darkness for this image, and the vignette helped create that.

Image 4

James.F.Image 4.101.18-19 (Edited)

Taking the image:

I took this from a bridge overlooking the motorway during the night. It took me a bit of fiddling around with the camera as it kept taking photos similar to long exposure photographs.


Like the others, I wanted to bring out the darkness and to have the only lights to be the different car headlights on the road.

Image 5

James.F.Image 5.101.18-19 (Edited)

Taking the image:

I took this in the morning, after printing out the ‘missing’ poster the previous night. I played around with the angles of this image, but settled on one that was looking up at the poster just like how the first image was looking up at the subject. I did this as I felt the poster was still the subject himself as it was made for that subject going missing. Having both angles the same was intended to show the link between the two; the poster was about the subject. He is now missing.


Again, like the other pictures I wanted to bring out the darkness, but not so much that you couldn’t see some of the background or the tree. This time, instead of accentuating the darks, I wanted to accentuate the whites of the poster. I did briefly consider having a morning light kind of colour for this image (meaning it wouldn’t of been black and white), but I thought this would give out the message that everything was okay now.

Two Cinemagraphs:



  • Images quite dark.
  • First cinemagraph could be cropped.