The other day in class, while we were learning about our iPads, we started using the camera. We were playing around with the camera, using pano and stuff. Then the bell rang.
After lunch, we had maker, so we continued to use the camera. We got a worksheet talking about the different film angles directors use. The class filled it out together, then when outside to take pictures of those angles.
Outside, we were put into two groups. First group one would take pictures of group two playing games, the vice-versa. I was in group two.
It was a bit harder for me to play the games because I was in a bootcast, but I managed. The first game we played was sorta like Rock Paper Scissors, but instead of the original objects, it was Bear Fish Mosquito. Bear ate fish, fish ate mosquito, and mosquito gave bear malaria. Everyone had a partner and stood across from them in two lines. Then you turned around, facing away from your partner. You the chose what you were going to be, and spun around doing the action of your choice (bear growling with hands up as claws, fish making a bubbling noise with hands together waving back and forth, and mosquito buzzing with hands flapping). If you won, your partner came to your your side, and if not, you went to your partners side.
The other game we played was I think called deer. Half of us lined up on one side, and half on the other. It was a bit like the other game in that you spun around and did an action, but not all the same. The actions were different,(water was hands on mouth, food was hands on stomach, and shelter was hands together over head) and the point of the game was different. One of the lines was deer, the other resources. The deer had to find a person who’s action matched whatever they had shown. If they found a match, they survived and their match also became a deer. If the didn’t, the die and became a resource. Then we switched.
We got out our iPads and the list of photos we needed to take; close up, wide, establishing, high angle, low angle, and middle. And so we set off to take photos!
Some of the photos were easier to take than others, like the close up, but some were more difficult, like the wide shot. For the low angle, I had to lie on the ground, which was a bit awkward. I don’t think I used it in the way that a director would, but it worked. The next picture I took was the close up. The close up shot is probably one of the most important shots in a movie, and so it seems, also the easiest. After that, I took the medium shot. That one was also pretty easy and important, but mine wouldn’t have the same affect as how a director would use it because no one was looking. Next came the hard ones. It was hard to do the establishing shot and the wide shot because of our setting, but I did both of those at about the same time. The wide shot didn’t really work, but it got the job done. And last but not least, the high angle shot. I think that was my most effective photo in that I took it in such a way that I believe a director might use. I used my tallness to angle my iPad over a group of my classmates to come up with a great representation of the high angle shot. That was a super cool learning experience!