1: Only fools and horses, 1981 BBC ONE (drama series)

2: Kingsman: Secret service, 2014 (crime/science fiction film)

3: Sherlock 2014, Suicide or murder? & The Blind Banker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PKr_BVo4hg

  1. NerdWriter1. 2011 Sherlock: How to film thought


  1. Smithsonianmag 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secrets-sherlocks-mind-palace-180949567/
  2. RocketJump Film School: Cuts and transition 101

2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFgnJoLiQE

  1. Audio Post-Production in video and film by Tim Amyes 1993
  2. Movieshop1000 cctv security cam green screened 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwqeiWXU2CM
  3. Lab sessions – Matt Barton 2017

10.Green screen animation – Glitch footage with SFX green screen footage 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw9v5fyKutA


6. Conclusion

All in all, I think we all cooperated well as a group and even though we were all unhappy with the outcome of our film it is a massive learning curve to us. Without this experience, we wouldn’t have tried as hard as we did and it’ll certainly make us work harder in future to create a better piece.

The weakness of the whole project was the production day in my opinion, I definitely felt like we weren’t as prepared as we thought which meant in the end it didn’t give us the end footage in which we required. I sure do feel like my edit wasn’t up to standards just due to me not feeling engaged with the footage as I just genuinely wasn’t happy editing something I wasn’t proud of, this affectedly me deeply. I didn’t want to edit something and have the back-lash of it not looking how we wanted in the end.


I know if we were to do this again I for one would push my shot list to be used as I feel as though I mixed the shots up well and I would make sure we all contributed to a shot list so that we all had a say in it and could all visualise different sort of things that we had thought of in our heads. Working with friends was genuinely enjoyable as there were no arguments as we all respected each other not to want to cause conflict even if we felt there was reason to argue, we all handled situations very well and I can’t fault anyone in my group at all.

The roles we all completed were up to the best of what we could of achieved as a group and I applaud my group for all dealing with everything that was thrown our way.

I’ve learnt different practices from the making of documentary and fiction film as they are both completely different aspects of film making. It was a fun experience to do two different styles. I’ve learnt how important it is to be the editor, without an editor you basically have nothing. I feel my role was important and I do feel as though I may have let people down with my editing but practise is everything. I am 100% sure that I constantly kept in contact and did the best I did to make myself proud. I know all the skills that I have learnt throughout this are for sure going to help me during second and third year.

5. post production – fiction film

The day after shooting, I went over to Marvin’s and we reviewed the footage together. After reviewing it we concluded that we weren’t happy with it at all and this gave us great concern as it meant we would have to contact David again to arrange another date and it also meant having to bring the actors back in to help us out.

The reason we felt like we needed to re-film was due to some of our shots being too static, some acting being a bit dry, shaky shots and just generally not being happy with it. As the editor, I felt as though I would get the backlash of the film turning out terribly due to our production day just not turning out how we thought footage wise.

I tried to edit the footage regardless of how I felt bad as I was piecing everything together I was just very unhappy with how it didn’t flow and some shots just felt too static and the shots just didn’t work with what we were trying to visualise as a fiction piece.

Marvin emailed David and found we would be unable to film again as the gallery was being taken down. This gave us great worry; the next protocol was to arrange a meeting with our tutors. While they looked at the rough cut we had put together they advised us not to refilm as it isn’t as bad as we think and it’d help us write a good portfolio and we were told on how we could improve it a lot in the edit but making the shots seem livelier than just static.


The edit was an important part to our fiction film as without the edit we wouldn’t have anything to show. I placed all our shots in order, I tried recycling some to make it seem longer than what we had, we didn’t manage to reach 4 minute as some of the shots we had got were completely unusable, if we used them it would have made our film look a bit confusing or not understandable.

I considered making a CCTV type look to parts of our edit to make the shots look better and to create a heist feel to it. I did this by youtubing a ‘CCTV layer’ (8) this gave me a green screen video of CCTV footage, I then downloaded it, created a new layer and keyed out the green in the footage and placed it on top of the shots I wanted.

I also colour graded our shots throughout as certain scenes needed a different colour feel to them to create the moods we were going for. Especially the CCTV parts of it, we didn’t want to keep the crisp natural daylight shots of them, I wanted to create a darker look to the shots to show that it was a CCTV camera. I learned how to colour grade correctly by attending Matt’s lab sessions(9), this helped me with my edit when I needed to colour grade accordingly.

Another effect in which I added to the edit was a glitch effect (10) at the end when they go to remove the painting, originally, I was going to add another CCTV effect to this but I felt like a glitch effect would create more of a dramatic feel to the production piece.

I made sure to create most of our cuts cut in a quick motion to get the feel of the Sherlock eques piece we were going for. When compiling the different shots that we got to compare Michael and Christian’s clothing attire I messed around with a split screen to show the difference but the split screen that I did create wasn’t what I really wanted and I felt if I was to add it then it would not have looked right. Marvin overlooked this process and he himself tried to create a split screen which we could use but again it didn’t quite fit the feel we were going for.

4. production – fiction film

For our production day, we had booked out a zoom h4n recorder, boom kit sennheiser and a dedo 3 light kit as well as using Marvin’s tripod and my canon 700d camera.

Before we had even begun filming we were faced with a mishap already. The gallery was locked and David hadn’t written our names down to use the gallery which meant nobody could authorise our word to let us in, so after finding our tutor to help us get in contact with David we were finally let into the gallery, although this was a downfall it was also a pro to fill the acting in on what was needed of them by giving them a quick brief.

Due to us being held up for half an hour we were pressured by having 2 and a half hours to set up and film our fiction piece, this created a lot of pressure with people trying to rush and not give too much care into what we were doing.

I helped set up and aided Victoria when needed.

When shooting we decided not to use the lighting equipment we booked out as we felt we wanted to make it look as natural as possible with no fake lighting added in.

On the day, I also observed the shoot with Marvin as our roles weren’t very active in production work. This meant we had some time with reading the script out to the actors for them to go over in-between the takes we were doing.

Lizzie did her role as camera operator as best to her ability as she could manage and was essentially the creator of our footage.

All In all, everyone did their own assigned roles on the day to complete our production shoot which is what we were aiming for.

I feel as though we all worked together as a team on the day and we didn’t have any creative difference wit4h one another or even have any disagreements on how things needed to be done, we all respected one another and took the time to help one another if needed. Abi kept the shoot going smoothly by directing everyone in their assigned positions and what was needed of them to create the film on how we have visualised.

2. Research – Fiction Film

A series that influenced my editing research was BBC One’s SHERLOCK which was written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. The scnes which influenced me most were ‘Suicide Murder?’ and The Blind banker. (3)



This was due to the quick cuts they used, they used these to show what happens. We used this on our production to show the audience what was happening to show a greater idea of what the characters were feeling.

When researching about editing I also wanted to add in a sort of mind palace in which is the typical Sherlock style. I researched into how I could do it to incorporate with our edit but soon concluded that with the time scale we had it would be an impossible task. I knew I would have to spend a great deal of time using after effects to create the graphics would be needed.

I also searched on YouTube ‘How to edit Sherlock style’ and was dired to ‘Sherlock: How to film thought’ (4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFgnJoLiQE

By watching this it gave me ideas on how I could edit ours but it also made sense on how the editing is done in Sherlock to create the show style that they do.


I liked the idea of the mind palace to show what the characters were thinking regarding the situation they were in. It would create a nice effect on the audience as they’d be enticed as you would be seeing the plan come together in their head in the way they’re going to execute it.




I searched up on YouTube ‘quick cutting in film’ and found this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAH0MoAv2CI (6) this video was full on ideas on how to cut with transitions and without, this was a really interesting video to watch as it showed you how cutting speeds and transitions effect the outcome on the film, it shows how important it is to know your film inside out to know what you want in the edit. It shows a series of cuts that he mentions so it gives you the visual knowledge of the effects it has. It shows examples of quick cuts, jump cuts, cross cutting, quick cuts and cutting on action. This was very interesting for me to watch as a gained some advice on how to make our film suit the style we were aiming for.


I went to the library and took out a few books on editing and mostly read through a book on audio to help me understand syncing the claps on the camera audio with the boom mic footage we would be getting to give the film the crisp clear audio we needed. This book was called Audio Post-production in video and film.(7)

3. Pre-Production – Fiction film

We began to research locations on where we could film our fiction film. As our storyline was a premise based around an art gallery we needed somewhere we could film inside a gallery. One of the concerns we had was finding somewhere in the time we had as we would need to book out equipment as well as finding somewhere that would be easily accessible with using boom mics, DSLR cameras, tripods ect. The Tate gallery was quickly crossed off our list as soon as it popped into our minds.

After having a meeting with our tutors, we were given the idea of using the gallery downstairs and gave us the email of David the man in charge.

davAfter a few emails between marvin and david we were given the heads up to film.


This is the shot list in which I completed from the original, this was my own vision of how I think we should of shot our film. By doing an improved shot list from our original shot list it gave us the opportunity to discuss different ideas and visions as a group on what we all essentially wanted to create.

Marvin our producer, kept everybody on task and we were all given a pre-production schedule in which we all followed consistently and kept in constant contact with Marvin to ensure we both knew what was going on with pre-production. I took on the role of going over all pre-production documents so that Marvin was 100% sure that everything was in there which was needed to be. Therefore, this lead me to having a complete understanding where we were all at pre-production wise

1. Introduction – Fiction film


For this term, we were given a script that had set dialogue which couldn’t be changed and our task was to create a story from this.

We came up with a few different ideas on what we could do to make a story which could fit the script and our final idea in which we came up with and felt like it could work was: a heist in an art gallery.The first thing we did was come up with character profiles of our characters. This being them coming from two completely different backgrounds; one rich and well off and the other less fortunate.

Michael Barnes – Rich, well spoken, sophisticatedly dressed, well mannered, reserved behaviour.

Christian Rodgers – lower class, laid back, uneasy history, quite forward, easy to talk to.

Christian and Michael didn’t know each other before they met up in an art gallery on a mission to steal a piece of art and along the way encounter some close calls of being caught.

We assigned everyone job roles:

  • Marvin macro – producer
  • Abi Webb – Director
  • Victoria Britnell – Sound
  • Hannah Hinde – Production design
  • Lizzie Cole – Camera operator

We created a group chat so we could keep in contact with everyone and keep each other in the know with new ideas that we may have come up with. This was also an immediate way in which we could discuss group meetings.



We had a few influences when it came to our characters;

Del boy and Rodney from only fools and horses. (1)  We felt like this was like our characters we had come up with as Del Boy’s character was a cheeky guy and always seen as trying to make money with whatever means which are all some common traits that our character Christian has. Our character Michael is more like Rodney who was more naïve and easily influenced which is how the relationship with Christian is perceived, but also smarter.


Another influence we had was Kingsman the secret service.(2) This is purely based on the relationship between the two characters. Harry (the smartly dressed character) guided eggsy (casual dressed character) with his knowledge and experience he had.   wer