I think sound plays a very significant part in a video because the audience would expect not only the quality of the video to be good but also the sound would need to be clear and of high quality as well as. Which the dialogue used in our continuity task was great, for the reason that we had used a microphone built to pick up sound effectively. Therefore, instead of using the camera’s sound, the editor cut this out and used the sound recording from the microphone.
Moreover, the story of our continuity task was clear and understandably for the audience as the actor plays a creepy man very well, in which the audience feel fearful for the woman who is tied up in his garage. This links to the thriller genre we based the task on because the genre conventionally creates the feelings of anticipation to see what’s next, whilst feeling excited and tense. In addition, the ending shot results in the audience feeling clueless as to what has happened after the man has shot the woman , leading onto a black screen. We decided to leave the video on a cliffhanger, due to wanting to make the audience feel they are in danger much like the woman; the point of view shot of him holding the gun to the camera reinforces the idea of making the audience feel as though they are in her position.
However, the beginning sound of a chair being dragged across the floor, isn’t very understandable to the audience as we asked several people what they thought about it and most had said what that noise was. Furthermore, we decided as a group to edit this out and replace it to the sound of footsteps so that the audience will know what is happening when the man shuts the door and makes his way over to the woman. Which footsteps will create quite an ominous tone because it leaves the audience guessing what’s going to happen next as a mysterious man has just been introduced.
But also, we broke the 180 degree rule in a scene where we will need to cut the clip to having a shorter duration and thus not able to see the error. For the reason that one shot flips so that the camera is positioned directly facing the two characters, on the opposite of the line (as displayed below); when the rule must never be broken as otherwise the audience will be confused between the conversation between the two characters.
We will need to cut the end of the clip where the close up shot of the woman begins to look upwards, when the next shot is of the man crouched down beside her. The editing doesn’t seem follow continuity editing, when beforehand it did, so to change this we will cut the clip.
Furthermore, our group have decided to meet together and edit again to improve the errors we have recognised for our continuity task.
We had recently finished producing the final cut for our continuity task and I believe we have met all the improvements and errors (meaning breaking the 180 degree rule unintentionally).
As a result of reducing the shot duration of the close up shot of the woman’s eyes watching the man walk around her, as she ends looking up when the next shot is of the man crouching down. Therefore, we have met the standards of the continuity editing style, as we have added realism to the sequence which ultimately makes the audience feel like it’s been continuously filmed.
Also in the first rough cut we had used two close up shots to display the faces of each of the characters involved in the film, but we had decided to cut these out and replace the space with a fade in edit from white to uncover the over the shoulder shot. This was for the reason that the audience can see the woman tied up in a chair, looking really anxious and uneasy, in comparison to not being able to see the identity of the man; suggesting that this man is the antagonist of the sequence. Furthermore, building up the suspense right from the start and giving the impression to the audience that it will be very hard to predict the outcome for the weak protagonist as clearly the antagonist has the most power in this scenario.