The Friendly Bear Film

This is my short film I made for my silver arts award. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on it!

This is my short film I made for my Silver Arts Award. I have a list of equipment down below for those who are wondering what I am using.

-- List Of Equipment --

Camera: Canon Rebel T3I

Lens: Kit Starter Lens

Microphone: TAKSTAR SGC-598

Tripod: Manfrotto Compact Action

Editing Software: Sony Vegas Pro 15

-- Camera Settings --

ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal length: 21 mm
FPS: 24.00
Bit Rate (CBR) : 1.0x

How The Film Was Made

When I was making this film I had given myself a week to make a complete film for my arts award. On Day 1 I started making scripts for potential films and set my theme around a bear and a boy. On Day 2 I had finished my script and gave to my actors to practise whilst I worked out how I would get the bear to move around without someone seeing him. On Day 3 we had started to film to test whether it looked better in natural day light or manmade light (i.e. Torches, Lights). On Day 4 we filmed the scenes with the bear in as I had decided to try it out by pulling it with string. However the string I used would always snap and if I used something stronger it was visible to the camera and instead I chose to use stop motion animation. On Day 5 I had finished filming it and had started to look at my footage and decide what needed to be re-filmed. On Night 5 I re-filmed the parts I didn't think were good. On Day 6 whist I was editing I had noticed mistakes that I didn't have enough time to refilm so I tried my best to fix them in Editing. On Day 7 I Rendered the Film then showed it to the actors to double check they didn't have a problem with this going online.

What I Would Do Differently Next Time?

  • I would most likely give myself more time to make the film as on the last couple of days I had to rush it to make sure I reached the deadline.
  • Looking through the finished film I would of chosen to film this all during the day as the overall quality looked much nicer when it was daytime.
  • I had turned down the microphone down too much so it was harder to hear what they were saying if I did this again I would turn it up in pre.
  • I would of liked to add a transition to the cuts or something like that as the cuts seemed really sudden and felt strange.

I would love to answer your questions and feedback if you have any!

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Noah James

Noah James

Hi I'm Noah James, I'm 13 years and am doing my arts awards. I enjoy photography and filmmaking. I have done my bronze award in photography and currently doing my silver in filmmaking. I also like donuts.

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  • Carol Leach

    On 26 July 2019, 10:05 Carol Leach commented:

    I love this film, I especially like the end.... I won't give the plot away!

  • Sienna James

    On 28 July 2019, 19:04 Sienna James Voice Team commented:

    We love this short film, Noah! Hearing your own thoughts on the project is very interesting too. We're looking to feature more Arts Award portfolios on this website. Is more of your portfolio available online? :)

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