This was mainly for me to see if the respondents were part of the demographic that watch documentaries regularly or not as this will be useful when examining the rest of the answers.
Very happy that everyone who watched my film learnt something new.
I am pleased with this feedback as environmental documentaries are not for everyone but generally people enjoyed what they saw.
My next question was
What element of the film did you like the most?
It really warmed my heart reading the comments as my hard work seems to have paid off.
This is great as it means that the message about amphibian extinction can be spread!
I am really happy with all of the feedback I received for my film, and to get an overall rating of 8/9 out of 10 is really encouraging that people enjoyed the work that I made.
Above are screenshots from all of the pages on my website. Since my last edit I have changed a few things
- The shadow on the text
- Previously I only had a shadow on the home page title, but I have since added it to all page titles. I also lessened the harshness of the shadow on the home page and made it more of a gradient so that the text still stands out but it doesn’t look like a cartoon.
- The next thing I added was the ‘get involved’ page
- With many documentary websites they have links to other sites where you can help support the cause. Additionally, on my website feedback, one of my improvements was that there wasn’t many pages. Consequently, by added this page achieved 2 birds with 1 stone.
- I moved the social media to underneath the contact box
- It was originally in the menu bar, but I felt that it would look more professional if this took up the whole width of the screen. Therefore I had to move the social media icons and underneath the contact box seemed like the most appropriate place.
- Finally I finished my ‘team’ page
- Although I have very much done this project on my own, there have been people that have helped out in certain places. I felt that adding them to ‘the team’ page not only gave them recognition but also made the site look more professional as larger productions typically have larger teams.
In this edit, I increased the size of the title again as I just felt it wasn’t quite big enough to grab viewers’ attention. I also decreased the amount of tracking on the date as it is such a small phrase it looked a bit odd taking up so much room. I also felt that the poster would look more professional so I decided to use my full name. This took up slightly more space so I had to move some titles around but I think it still works well.
When making the final touches to my film, I realised I had not used a colour grade. Some shots I had edited individually, but there was no overall colour consistency to the film.
I added the effect ‘Lumetri Colour’ to every shot in the film.
This is what my shot looked like before I changed anything.
First I increased the temperature to 15. I did this for most scenic shots or shots of amphibians, and for the rest, especially shots with a lot of white like the interview, I only increased it to 7.
Already the shot looks a lot more aesthetically pleasing.
Next I browsed all of the looks provided by after effects, and found one that I really liked called ‘SL IRON HDR’.
I really like it as I feel it brings out the colour and makes any dull shades look more blue/green. This was really great as it meant that all of my shots could share the earthy feel I wanted to portray. However, as I wanted to maintain the image of realism and minimalism, I reduced the intensity to 60 or 40% dependent on the same rules as with the temperature.
This is what the shot ended up looking like. Although the changes are minor, I can see a great difference in the outskirts of the pond where it was before a dull brown/black and it now has a blue tint. It has also given the weeds some more vibrancy as well. I really like the overall effect it has given my film.
Here is the second draft of my film. I have made a few main changes.
One is the use of music at the end of the film. This helps to give the film a slightly lighter ending and is also great for accompanying the credits, which was also another thing that I added (which I may speed up as they take almost 30 seconds).
Another improvement is the inclusion of relevant footage when talking about diseases. I created this shot by filming milk being inserted into red food colouring to look like cells expanding. I then zoomed the shot in really close, gave it a slight blur as if it had been filmed down a microscope, and editing the colouring to make it look more realistic.
I also re-shot a couple of things, predominantly the pond footage at the end. My shots from before were shaky and weren’t providing the film with a very strong ending. I am happy with the shots I now have as they are more artistic and provide some warmth to the ending.
On my animations I made a few small edits and added in where I got my facts from. This reassures viewers that my documentary is factual and I have studied the topic, as well as making it look slightly more professional.
I have also added the percentages onto the pie chart. This should hopefully mean that the facts are memorable for all viewers whether they learn by reading, watching or listening.
Here I have put together my old interview shot and my new edited version.
I used the camera lens blur tool with a mask layer around Steven so that just the background was blurred to make it less distracting. I also used the sharpen tool with an inverted mask around steven in order to make him stand out more against the background.
I also increased the black intensity on the auto levels. This made the shot look less grey in colour and creating greater highs and lows. As increasing the intensity of the white made his face look very pale, I decided to leave that and instead increased the red highlights and undertones to 5 and lowered the blue highlights and undertones to -5. This also helped remove the general grey-ness of the shot and offered slightly more warmth.
With the text, I moved it more into the corner so that it was still legible but not so intrusive. Additionally I lessened the harshness of the shadows around the letters to give a more subtle effect rather than them looking like they should be in a cartoon.
The improvement that made the most difference was the reduction of the background noise. I used many applications including Adobe Premiere Pro, Audacity, Adobe Audition and Adobe After Effects and, surprisingly, found that none of them did the job as well as iMovie. After testing all of the aforementioned applications I found that the audio quality given from iMovie surpassed the others and consequently I exported my sound and footage from there to be put back in to my film.
On this edit of my film intro, I have added noises from frog’s natural habitats. This gives the opening different levels so that the footage and text do not merge into one in the audience’s mind. It also helps to contextualise the location of the amphibian. I used the same sound effect at different timings on three different layers over the web search section. I also increased the volume of them to create suspense. I really liked how this worked out with the juxtaposition of the technology with the sounds of the wild, while the correspondence of editing between them means that they are complimentary. Additionally I increased the white balance and took the blue highlights down to -5 to make the web searches look more vibrant and less mundane. This also increased its contrast from the shots and sounds of nature.
Here I have made a few tweaks from my previous edit.
First, I have replaced the image behind the list of diseases with a more fitting visual. This image works better than my previous still as it relates to the text and allows for the visuals to compliment the audio.
Another improvement is the use of a graph to show the potential decline in the economy. I feel that having a graph is a great way for viewers to visualise the concept.
Finally, I added a zoom effect on the population number so that the text gets bigger as the number does. This again creates cohesion between what the audience sees and what they hear and also dramatises the fact to increase engagement from the audience.