My use of hardware Within My A2 Media Practical

Before Production

Before starting the production, I had a basic understanding of the hardware we would be using. However, through my production of my neo-noir trailer I have developed my skills of using such hardware


For all of our editing of our trailer we used Adobe Premiere Pro. We had used this before and therefore we had a base knowledge of how to use it. However, through our production this year we developed skills within the editing process. We mostly used colour correction effects, transition effects and distortions effects.

Photo editing

Our use of Photoshop this year heavily outweighs my use of Photoshop in my foundation year. We used Photoshop for our ancillary tasks and creating some of our titles. For our film poster we used masking tools, airbrushing and stamp tools, this was to achieve perfect skin and lips of the female on our film poster. In the magazine cover we used colour selection tools to create a colour splash effect. Other than that, Photoshop offered easy and quick text tools to create our titles. We did use Adobe After Effects for some of our titles but those titles were removed as they didn't fit the look of our trailer, after using Photoshop we achieved more successful titles.

Physical hardware

Other than digital technology we also used hardware when producing our trailer. This included a DSLR camera, a tripod, a professional light, a reflector and a professional recording booth. These pieces of hardware were essential to the production stage of our practical.

My Canon 1200D

This was used to film and capture the footage for our trailer and take the images for our ancillary tasks. More detail on my usage of the DSLR camera can be found in its on own blog post below:

A Tripod

We also used a tripod. This was to ensure that our shots were steady. However, some of the time we avoided using a tripod on purpose so we could achieve Dutch angles; a convention of noir. Although, this made the shots slightly shaky but by using Premiere's warp stabiliser the shots would be steady.

A professional light

We used this when photbraphing the images for our ancillary tasks, ensuring that we got the right shadow and light, using the intensity settings on the light to get a strong shadow or a weak shadow.

A reflector

We used this to reflect light and be able to control shadows in our images. We didn't use this often but we learnt and developed an understanding of how photography works.

A recording booth

In the first draft of our trailer we noticed that our voiceovers were low quality and affected the sound within our piece. Therefore, we decided to rerecord them, this time in a professional recording studio. We used Logic Pro X to record the voiceovers but first I had to get a quick guide to using the software. After that we then started rerecording all the voiceovers. Through this we developed an understanding of real film production, such as the recording of voiceovers.

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