A few weeks ago I made an entry into the Bristol Science Film Festival (BSFF), “What is Nanomedicine?”.
What surprised me is the amount of work required to produce a video or a film. The amount of work can be split into three different categories:
- Story – What is your film about?
- Film – The type of genre (audience) & filming (animation &/or real-life filmatography)
- Audio – Clear and precise
The story is very important to what you want to tell and gives you the layout for the rest of the film. This makes it easier to plan and design sections saving time in the long run when attempting to link sections together. Also, the story is dependent on the audience as well, making the story short and sweet but keeping all the important you want to convey.
The film genre can effect the type of content you want to show. For example, a romance film would not have a horror scene. This is similar to science where you need to keep the content at a level one can understand, but not going into Sci-Fi just to attact the audiences. Additionally, the choice between animation or real-life is as important. I prefer a mix between both where the audience feels as though they know the speaker but uses animations for visual examples. I remember when I was animating one section of the film, it took round 10 hours to edit 1 minute of animation primarily due to the learning curve associated using film making packages.
This brings me onto an important concept, choosing the correct software for you to use. This is down to the film markers perspective which could be based on money and learning curve. For myself, I am fortunate enough to have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Illustrator. This did not take too long to understand and learn given the amount of videos available with basic tutorials.
One of the most overlooked sections of a film is the audio. Without clear and precise audio, the user may lose interest fast. This is comparable to a TV show cutting the audio half way through a showing, the audience may zone out and lose attention as audio and visual stimuli are very important in our day to day lives.
All in all, video is editing is a fantastic tool for communication and one I want to follow up with more videos as it is an ever growing outreach platform.
PhD Update – 17 Months
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