Something happened

Based on my original scripts, I  set lots of shots in the railway station and the train. However,  sadly, I could not get the East Midlands Trains company ‘s filming permission because they asked me £1000.  I told Simon about this situation and he said I still need to publish my final video to YouTube but use the ‘unlist’ category. Good luck for me!

Audio finding

This week, I have found some suitable soundtrack for my project. These music are all came from the YouTube Audio Library. Hope I could use them well.

A Quiet Thought-Wayne Jones

At Rest Romance-Kevin MacLeod

Casual Desire-Ugonna Onyekwe

First Love-Wayne Jones

Gaia in Fog-Dan Bodan

Touching Moment-Wayne Jones


Final scripts

Because of  the train’s issue, I have changed some part of my scripts.

Here is my final scripts:

Final Scripts

It was two years ago when she left her hometown stepping into this strange land. She did not even believe that she could hold on for so long, however, when she looking back, her heart is very mixed feelings.


She did not do well in her studies, one day, in order to shake off her past, she made up her mind and made her way. The story begins with the red brick railway station…


(Full shot of the railway station)


(A train came into the station)

The station platforms noisy sound was in her ears. When she finally came down from the train (very ordinary dressing), there was less excitement on her face, but the earnestness and determination did not change (close-up, more melancholy). She looked carefully at the instructions in the station, and went smoothly out of the way. Her slight figure gradually disappeared into the crowd. What will be waiting for her?



When she joins class, she was always alone in the corner, until that day…

When she met her, it was so natural, maybe, she has been yearned for someone talk to her all the time…

That day, she finally smiled.


They study together, eat together and even touring together.

The sorrow of the past does not seem to exist at all, no trace was seen on her face.


(soundtrack friendship)


She met her best friend and felt the warmth, they were together all the time, and she felt that life was full of hope again.



Once again standing in front of the railway station, is already one year later. Her dressing has become fashionable. She needs go to another city to continue her study, although she does not willing to depart with her friend, but the convenience of the communication will not let them feel the distance. So, she is looking forward more on the anticipation of the future and reunion in one day.




Life maybe beat you, but as long as there is tomorrow, you should not give up.

The loss of family love can make a person hard to recover, but the sincerity of friendship can also make a person shining again.

Filming equipments

Here are some equipments and materials I used in my filming. Let’s have a look!


1· Clap-stick:


I created a paper version Clap-stick, it helped me keep the times of shooting.




2· Shot lists:



Shot list helped me keep the shot in different places. No one will lose their mind if they created a clear shot list!





3· iPhone stabilizer:



It has 3 axis gimbal to ensure that my iPhone is always on the horizontal direction.






4· Cinema Mount:


It helped me place iPhone on any places and could saving energy when I was holding it.




5· Tape:


I used this tape to tie up Cinema Mount on any places(ground, railings and table)





6· Recorder:




This recorder belongs to NTIC, it gave me an oppotunity to recorded some high-quality sounds.





7· Wind muffler:




I used this wind muffler to prevent the wind which could effect the quality of the recordings.





8· AA rechargeable battery:



I prepared four AA rechargeable batteries to prevent the recorder’s battery run out of its electricity.





9· monitor headphones:



This monitor headphone helped me listen to the recording carefully which could prevent the murmurs.






10· SLR camera:



I used this SLR camera to recorded a lot of shooting processes and already put it in my pervious post.

Research – Dream Big. Set Goals. Take Action.



  • What type of digital story is it?

Inspirational short video.


  • Who do you think the story is aimed at? Who is the audience for this piece?

               Those who are lost on the road of their life.


  • What is the message / are the messages of the story/scene?

               Have a vision for your life.

               ‘You can do it!’

               ‘Nothing can be hard work.’

               Dream Big. Set Goals. Take Action.


  • How would you describe the genre of this piece? 

           Personal story: spoken word

  • What media and techniques do the artists used to convey their message? Do they use interviews, text, still images, video, performance, music, voice over, dialogue?

Interviews and voice over.

  • How do the audio and visuals contribute to the message and the story?

As the movie draws to the end, music becomes more and more intense and exciting.

Week 8 – filming preparing

In today’s lesson, we have learned something about filming preparing.

The filming’s order always followed by locations. For example, there is a mirror reflection in my film which is something happend in the same place at the beginning and the end. Of course, it seems like I should follow this rules in this part. However, I need different wearther to set off the protagonist’s different feeling. So, apparently, some shots I can not filming in the same day.

Therefore, it gets very important to set up a reasonable shot list first.

Shot list form

Use one form for each location.

 There are also lots of hirable film kits provide for us by Simon:



Smartphone holders:



And Simon also provides us an opportunity to shoot in front of the green screen:

unfortunately, I did not plan to set a fake scene, I felt very disappointed for that.

I’ll finished my filming this weekend, but the weather maybe terrible. Good luck to me!

Reaearch – The girl on the train

1. Point of view:

Although this video above is just a movie clips trailer, but I like this quick view version, it can make the audience interested in the story before they enjoying the whole movie.

“What you can see hurt you.”

Throughout this story of the three women, the entire movie actually explores three important issues in women’s lives: women as mothers, women’s relationships with men, women’s relationship with themselives.

2. Dramatic Question:

The pressure of life is suffocating, how to decide our own future?

“Why are you here?”


3. Emotional Content:

This ‘train’ is heading to the heart of married women, which can make you gradually feel the passive, submerged, desire for freedom and independence.


4. Voice (voiceover not dialogue):

Not so much.


5. Soundtrack:

As the story progresses, along with the mysteries that emerge one by one, the soundtrack becomes more and more weird and belts along at a cracking pace.


6. Pacing:

Follow the eye sight of Rachel, we can see many pieces of other people’s life. When different people’s story overlaps, the only constant is her sight.


7. Imagery (economy):

The commuter train which Rachel watch other women’s life penetrate the whole film.


Storyboard feed back

At this moment, I have received my storyboard’s feedback.

Like Simon said,  if I could show more detail about her before she meets her friend in the new city, it will make the story more understandable.

And about the reason for her depression.  If  I can set this shot at the end of my story, it will help to make the audience interested in why she is depressed.


to be continued….

Storyboard-first version

This is it. Terrrible storyboard isn’t it?

As you can see, I did not doing lots of research to finish this storyboard(audio and media list). Apparently, 29 shots is not enough to present my whole idea. I will do some reaserch as much as I could to figure out a best way to achieve my story purpose and the core message —- ‘Life maybe beat you, but as long as there is tomorrow, you should never give up. ’