What is EGOperformances

Their website  would explain it better for sure. I leave the link here if you want to have a look at it.

But for me they are a wonderful charity project build up around performance, that teaches and helps out  people of all ages and abilities, both within and beyond the boundaries of the traditional theatre setting.


Why I am going to collaborate with them

One of my mates did her work experience for the Professional Experience in there last year. She studies Marketing and she builded up their webpage. She told me that create a web page could not be amazing but the people in there was so amazing, in terms of making a good environment to work.

I came to EGO just as a visitor as they have opened recently their cafe. And

By chance,They were looking for a photographer. They teach, run the whole charity and now are also in charge of the cafe so they cannot be

Just when they have some special events and people come to see them, a relative or a friend of someone will probably take some photographies, but they are not really professionals.


What I do expect from this experience

Keep developing my skills with DSLRs. Put into practice some of the stuff learnt in the two modules from photography BA that I have just taken

make some contacts

hopefully I will get some interesting footage for my portfolio

Probably by the end of this experience I will know more about the actors world and performance that would be so useful for my future as a filmmaker.







Applying for sports photographer vacancy

Where I see the advertisement?

In the professional experience opportunities facebook group formed by all the students and managed by the lecturers.

Why am I applying to it?

Taking a look at my already done CV and my skills audit I made the decision of taking advantage of what I already have, what I think that makes the difference among other media production students, and keep making it stronger. I believe that the big point of my CV is my internship this summer in La Sexta, a nationwide broadcast television station in Spain. It is privately owned, and I worked for the sports news that were the second most watched.  Also I worked as a volunteer sports journalist two years ago.  Consequently, any sports related work is a way of following this path and getting specialised on it.

Here I attach the covering letter

Covering letter. Elena Nebreda. Blaze

Digital Prodution Folder

Budget1 Credit List1 Crew Information Sheet1 First papers of Peace of Mind (schedule, storyboard, synpsis) PEACE OF MIND SCRIPT (Last version). Elena Nebreda. PEACE OF MIND SCRIPT (new version checked). Elena Nebreda. PEACE OF MIND SCRIPT (new version). Elena Nebreda. PEACE OF MIND SCRIPT (Version 2.0). Elena Nebreda. PEACE OF MIND SCRIPT .Version 11.02. Elena Nebreda. PEACE OF MIND SCRIPT version III Elena Nebreda.. Elena Nebreda. Production Meeting Notes 1 Production Meeting Notes 2 Production Meeting Notes3 Production Meeting Notes4 Production Meeting Notes5 Production Meeting Notes6 Production Meeting Notes7 Production Meeting Notes8 Production Meeting Notes9 Production Meeting Notes10 Short Film. Developing ideas. Warriors. (1) Those are the documents that we had already made for Peace of Mind.

And here they are the documents for Remaining Innocence. Due to the rushes there is not an incredible amount of papers . Just one person and just one week, I have worked really hard though.

Budget Music Cue Sheet Casting Sign-in Sheet Crew Information Sheet Crew Information Sheet2  Crew Information Sheet3 Log Sheet Location Agreement

And below ( when scanning it got saved as if it was a photo instead of a document)  you can find the storyboard:

storyboard 2 storyboard1 storyboard3 storyboard4

Final screening

Final screening. Last feedback
Sound seems to be stock I have turned down all the volumes and keep key-framing audio, hopefully I got a better result.
Some shots are clearly overexposed. I have applied once again colour correction but I am afraid they are loosing too much quality too.
There is a shadow that seems to be from other person, try to re-frame it was their advice. However it was impossible to do this. The camera and the actress make a movement so if I reframe the shadow there would be a part in which I cut the actress. There is no option in make a cut to the scene because if a reframe one part and not the other I am going to bang th scene.
I have had a look at all the other takes of this scene. They are out of focus, you can see the camera operator in the mirror, or the actress doesnt performance very well. So there is no solution I am afraid.
I have changed the credits also in the latest version.
So you can find the final video at

Rough cut screening

This is my rough cut film

Interesting feedback after the screening last thursday, lecturers and classmates pointed out some obvious fails of my film but also others that I haven’t thought about.

It has been impossible to re-shot. I did get  actress and location just for one day. And after the feedback on Thursday I really consider re-shot as better option and I have found a better location, a bigger bedroom in  But my actress and my crew are no available now due to deadlines and stressful uni weeks. So I think that instead of starting from scratch once again I am going to invest all those hours it would take into editing. Hopefully I will get something better. 

Things I am managing to fix

-Sound design.  The clock sounds is some times really hight but other times you cannot even hear it. I have recorded the clock sounding for 3 minutes and keep it the whole movie and then key-framing it in order to play with volume.

-The face on the mirror. I did reframe the shot and you cannot see her anymore. Not really big reframe so hopefully it doesn’t affect very much the shot quality.

-People do not get the story properly. They think that she has a partner in the war or that the diary is from his father maybe. Put a voice over in order to guide the audience didn’t seem to me as the very best idea. Just read the diary wouldn’t make such a huge difference as you have to wait until the last moment to understand it, and put a voice over from the very beginning would spoil the story. I want the audience to know she is a soldier but I dont want to tell everything from the very beginning, I prefer kind of waterfall structure, so with the boots, some pictures or posters and then the diary you can build up the idea, no matter if you reach it up a few seconds after wathcing it.

keep-calm-and-smile-camp-bastion Foto2 So, apart from the poster that I already had before I have faked a picture of she dressed as a soldier in order to make the evidence. It is impossible that people do not get the idea if they watch her wearing the uniform. So I have refilmed just this scene by myself adding this new picture.

-Some shots are out of focus. As we are not re-shooting, I have added a sharpen effect while editing and I think it is quite concealed now.

-BBC contents in my film. This has driven me mad for ages. When shooting I put a BBC video from their web page and let the logo thinking that if tou left the brand its actually kind of a reference, you are far away from being stealing anything. However in the feedback they told me I should remove the audio and I did it. In fact by that moment the audio was a fake already so I just have to delete the journalist voice over and leave my paranormal sound that is a creative commons. In relation to the image, that last just about 2 seconds I have done some research. On BBC web page you can find this quite easy All rights, including copyright, in the content of these BBC web pages are owned or controlled for these purposes by the BBC.In accessing the BBC’s web pages, you agree that you may only download the content for your own personal non-commercial use.Except where expressly stated otherwise, you are not permitted to copy, broadcast, download, store (in any medium), transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change in any way the content of these BBC web pages for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of the BBC´. However is not that easy to find contac information to ask for that permission!
Anyway I am probably getting in troubles in terms of show or play in public, but is such a ridicoulous time, just two seconds. And it also says personal non-comercial use and I am doing that kind of use I guess. So I keep researching and I found a section called ´Creative Archive licence´that allows me to do what I am doing as I am a student and I do not have commercial purposes.

-Soundscape  Include more sound effect/Ambient sound/Background noise/

I have Recorded a long track of clock noise. and play with it key framing.

Record the ambient sound of a bedroom

Unlike with the shots I can re-record sound non-depending on someonelse availability

diary seems to fake, it should be smaller to carry it to the war and it should be a bit dirty after Afghanistan days. I  should have re film to get this because I can remake the closeups with a better diary but as it is also in wider shots handed by the actress there is no pint in doing the closeups but not the wider ones, as I would be just creating faux de raccord.


Things I am not managing to fix

-Light seemed strange, very artificial. Lots of shadows on the wall that are not cinematic at all.

I tried to some adjust in the edit stage but no effect can fix this. No colour correction or adjust effect is able to make shadows disappear. It just spoils the shots, you can get them really overexposed and shadows are still there. Also I played with lighting effects


Shooting Remaining Innocence. My first experience as a director

So, this has been the first time ever I have been in charge of directing a film crew.

It wasn’t easy at all. First of all I have spent the weekend building up the idea and suddenly I was recruiting people from everywhere so that people were no involved with the idea at all. Some people would be wondering by this time if recruiting people two days before shooting is actually a good idea. Well, I did consider not to, and do everything on my own. Apart from the obvious difficulty of that, it didn’t convince me the fact that in case of doing it on my own I would be missing what I consider an important part of this module: understanding how production actually works. When we did the filming test some weeks ago one of the biggest mistakes that Systematics and Stephen pointed out in our group was that we were mixing up roles. That was true and at that moment I realised that I had never ever work in an actual professional way as until this year most people I work with had the philosophy of doing everything you are good at and it probably leads into no-one having actual responsibility of something specific. Even here at Coventry University when producing the documentary film we did kind of the same thing. I was camera operator but also they were, in fact we were up to three camera operator at different moments and I really believed that that affected heavily to our footage. So, it was more than obvious that I have to be the director. I found a second year media production for camera operator and a first year media production as a sound recordist. My production assistant is not a professional of this field but has a sound knowledge of it as he has worked for the industry many years as a body double and then set up an amateur audiovisual producer with some colleagues.
Anyway, I did my best at explaining it to them and I really think that they understood it, but obviously there was not enough time to get them to really believe in the project.

I put my biggest effort into actress and camera operator but ambient would have been better if I had had time enough also for production assistant and sound recordist.

I explained everyone their roles. I basically take the theory out from  Roles & Responsibilities (p.96) & Organizing the Shoot & Set Etiquette (p101) Dawkins, S & Wynd, I (2010) Video Production, Putting Theory Into Practice. New York, Palgrave Macmillan

However, When the DAY came setting up the set seemed to be impossible mission. First of all, Lighting was a completely disaster. We had two options, the three point lighting and the practical light. I had already explained them to my camera operator so she was testing which one works better because I was already wondering if there was room enough to put 3 dedolights in here. Indeed there was no room enough for the third light, and obviously two lights made horrible shadows, but the practical didn’t work either. While testing the lights with the DSLR, we realised that we had other problem. This one with sound. The micro made a horrible noise. It was broken. Luckily we had a backplan, an edi roll. It was booked to be recording all the time just in case DV Pro Mixer fails (because most of people at this Uni have had some issues with DV Pro Mixer)
During the whole session that was the main problem. Also it was against me the fact that people were not really into it. I mean media people could see it as a way of getting some experience or some footages, but they rest were lacking of motivations I guess so , as time goes by they were more and more tired and only wanted to go home. That feeling of everybody in there making you a favour is just horrible. If we had been working together for months we would have all some excitement about the film and we would also know all how to react to the setbacks. It is not just the rest of the crew for not being 264mc module students and probably not be thrill about the film for not attending the encouraging lectures, it is even myself. I have been working hard during this months in Peace of Mind, I really believe in it, and I’ve been visualising it on my mind or even in a screen (we did montages of how it would look like). But this one I had just created it few days before so I hadn’t time to visualise anything and I was facing all directly on set.

Despite everything I really liked the experience. I am not very happy with the footage but I promise that at some moments of the night that crew was actually working properly, and people started to believe in the film and in ourselves. That was probably the biggest thing ever, run people and see that you are going in the good way. I am absolutely sure that if I have made this in just one day we are able to do a great short film with more time. Also i have to say that I am quite proud of everybody’s behaviour given the fact that two days before they did know anything about ‘Remaining Innocence’.