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Coverage Assignment

What is Coverage?
In professional filmmaking, 'coverage' is a term used to describe the shooting of a scene from various different angles and perspectives. This gives the post-production editor a variety of options when putting a film together. If a scene does not have enough coverage it becomes difficult to make a sequence work. The less footage one has, the less options there will be. Creating a scene with a broad amount of angles is far more likely to keep it's audience engaged than one with just two. In general, good coverage includes a variety of close ups, medium shots, wide angles, establishing (setting the scene) and cutaway shots.
The assignment criteria was as follows:
"Shoot a short scene of your own devising that will last for around 30 seconds. This must involve 2 characters and must involve a small narrative between them. Shoot the scene with enough coverage that you can provide 2 totally different edits of the same scene that convey different meanings.&qu…

The Hobbit - Defining the Look

A look into the use of lighting and colour to create emotion.
Originally published in 1937, The Hobbit was written by J. R. R. Tolkien.

It has since been made into a Trilogy by the film director Peter Jackson consisting of:
The Unexpected JourneyThe Desolation of SmaugThe Battle of the Five ArmiesWhat is most notable about these films is that they are very different to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Although set in the same universe of Middle Earth, there is a tangible contrast between them. The Hobbit, some might say, is lighter, funnier and more suitable for children when compared with The Lord of the Rings. This being said, J. R. R. Tolkien did write the book for children and it was aimed at young readers around the ages of 9 and 10.

One difference, for example, is the use of lighting and colour - which is used as an extension of a particular character - to provoke an emotional response from the audience.
In general, the film is brightly lit, and, visually, light is used in contrast to …