Film Team’s Blog, Week 2:
Our challenge was to capture the madness, creativity and innovation of 2012’s UGRE event on film. We are attempting to produce some short and snappy videos that really draw the attention of Leeds’ student population (that’s YOU guys!) and hopefully encourage you to come along to the amazing UGRE event! As you can tell, we’re all pretty excited!
The concept for our first video was to show people just how unheard of this event is, despite the fact that it took place in the union last year. As expected, when we traipsed around campus with our hand-held cameras, the most common responses to the question “have you heard of UGRE?” were “dunno… don’t think so…” and “haven’t the foggiest”! However, this was exactly what we were hoping to hear (believe it or not!), so that this year, (fingers crossed) we can turn that answer into a resounding, “yes it sounds fantastic!” WOOHOO!
Another key aspect of our job is to film what happens behind closed doors – all that crazy, creative thinking that we’re doing to create an amazing, memorable event! We’re so lucky that we get to work with some incredibly bright and inspiring people, as we brainstorm on how to make this year’s event bigger and better than the last. Our next videos will include footage of the team, and give an insight into the weekly meetings (where we eat a lot of cake, and make banners!)
None of us had previous filming or editing experience so we went to see the lovely Damian McDonald and quizzed him for some help. For those aspiring film makers out there who don’t know where to start, don’t panic! It’s easy to get going. We are using Kodak playsport cameras, which are really simple to use…thankfully! For our first film we used windows moviemaker as our editing software and bish, bash bosh, it was done! iMovie is probably a little more advanced but windows movie maker has all the basics you need to get you off the ground. Just have a play around and you will soon get to grips with it. We had some issues with music and copyright so we decided to use university students because, firstly, they’ll be more than willing to help as they want exposure and secondly the UGRE 2012 is all about celebrating undergraduate work after all! So, if you want to express your talent, get in touch with us. We want to hear from you!
Don’t forget to check out our youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv3TKbEyV10&list=HL1328805583&feature=mh_lolz) and keep checking for updates! We cannot wait…07/03/12 WATCH OUT!!!