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Foley sound research

This week I researched foley sound which is a unique technique that is used for everyday sounds in movies and tv shows. Foley artists create these sounds post production so they can match up the sounds to the picture. Foley sound got it’s name from Jack Foley who helped develop the technique. Foley artists make every day sounds like footsteps, door creaks, smashing glass and blowing wind. Foley sounds were first used in the 1920s for live radio plays because phonographs were unreliable and often made low quality sound, so they hired Foley artists to make the sound effects on cue and they made the sounds themselves or with props.

Foley sound recording image I found online

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Website I used for Foley sound information

Alfred Hitchcock research

Then I researched Alfred Hitchcock who is a well known English filmmaker and he was born on the 13th of August in 1899 and he passed away on the 29th of April in 1980. Alfred Hitchcock directed over 5o feature films and many of them are still being watched and studied in modern times. He was also sometimes known as “The master of suspense” from his ideas on different camera viewpoints and movement, his editing and his soundtracks. He became well known from interviews, cameos in his own films and from his 46 Academy Awards nominations. His films usually were about murder or spying with deception, mistaken identities, chase sequences and sometimes comedy.

Image of Alfred Hitchcock I found online

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Websites I used to research Alfred Hitchcock

Radio play research

​Then I researched more information about radio plays and the plays are performed with no visuals so they can be performed on the radio and at a theatre live. Radio plays are also sometimes taught in school where the students are put into groups to create a piece and then it is either performed with the other students listening while their faced away from the performers or the students can record the audio on a phone and then play the audio to the class. A radio play can also be called a radio drama, audio drama or an audio play also radio plays started in the 1920s and it became popular in the 1940s but because of the televison it lost popularity in the 1950s.

Websites I used to research radio plays

Overall evaluation

My first initial thoughts to the dance show were that there was going to be lots of props to make and grab from the prop store because I had heard that three gravestones were needed to be made but we ended up making more than three gravestones and there weren’t too many props just more props than normal comparing to the last year dance show. For the show my responsibility was being an ASM, and I designed some of the props, made some of the props, made sure the auditorium was safe, made sure all of the props were in the correct place during the rehearsals, dress and shows, moved big props during the shows and I held the door open for dancers for the shows. The main thing I designed and made was my gravestone and I made the auditorium safe in many different ways. Before the dancers started to practice in the auditorium, I helped put down white gaffer tape, glow tape and foam tubes on scaffolding poles so the dancers didn’t bump into anything like wires, poles, lights, stairs and stage decks. I also swept the floor before every dress rehearsal and show because some of the dancers were in bare feet in some songs. I also came up with an idea to use torches instead of my phone torch which worked well because it was quicker, and it made the glow tape glow brighter than if I just used my phone torch. This idea also inspired other ASMs to bring in a torch as well. I enjoyed designing and making my gravestone and I like making props in general for this show, but the gravestone stood out because it was my own project. I enjoyed my first experience with using polystyrene because it’s easy to make whatever shape you want as long as the lines aren’t too close together when engraving the polystyrene because it creates an engraved blob and the lines merge together. Cutting out a small shape out of polystyrene then gluing it on looks good since it adds depth and makes the prop look more realistic. What I found challenging was staying patient during the lighting and sound plot since you’ve made or gathered all the props and you’re not needed like you are for dress rehearsals and shows. During this time, I try to do research on my phone or write notes on what I did previously that day and write notes on what's happening during the plot. I also find it challenging when I need to use a scalpel for cutting out shapes with foam. Some of the research I did was to find out more information about songs and the different musicals that they originate from so I know what to make the prop look like. Also, I researched images online to help give inspiration to create my own design for props like the gravestone I designed with the name Lilith Addams that I found on a website with gothic names on. I also did research into the next show I will be working on which is called Vintage Hitchcock- A Radio Play and I did research into things that relate to the play like Alfred Hitchcock, foley sound and radio plays. I’ve also researched some things that relate to technical theatre like the use of cans, cue lights and kabuki drops. I developed as a technician by having better initiative skills, so I do things that need to be done without being asked to instead of doing nothing while the tutors are busy. I have also improved on my prop making skills, especially making props and making props out of polystyrene. My confidence as a technician has also improved. What went well was my gravestone for The Addams Family song because I learnt how to make props with polystyrene, I improved my painting skills and the gravestone looked good when I finished making it. It also sounded like the audience like The Addams Family dance because their applause sounded louder than some of the other dances. The Addams family gate also looked good and went on and off stage by splitting into two halves then joined together on stage by the dancers in the dark before the song started. What didn’t go well was that a piece of my gravestone broke off and it was given by a dancer, and I fixed it by hot gluing one side of a cocktail stick and then stabbing it into the gravestone where it broke off and then I added hot glue to the other end of the cocktail stick and then I stabbed the broken off polystyrene piece into the cocktail stick with hot glue on which fixed it but some of the unpainted polystyrene could be seen where it broke off. I also noticed a chip on a letter at the front pf my gravestone so a bit of the unpainted polystyrene could be seen but it was only a dot. I worked quite well with other people and two of the ASMs for this show were my friends, so we worked well as a team. Activating glow tape with other people made it easier and quicker to do but slowly less and less people helped with activating glow tape as other jobs needed to be done and my torch was the brightest. Sweeping the floors was quicker when I was working with a team because the auditorium floor needed to be swept, the raised stage decks needed to be swept, behind the curtains needed to be swept and the piles made with the broom needed to be put in the bin with a dust pan and brush so sweeping the floor could easily be have two or three people doing it. I also helped keep the doors open while two people moved big props in or out of the auditorium and I helped move the big props when we were one person short, so no one was holding the doors and I was moving props with someone else. I worked with other people for a lot of things in stage management and I think I worked well as a team member also sometimes I helped the 1st year technician with things in stage management. I helped the construction department with moving a door, putting away sheets of wood into the place it’s stored in, moved a box of curtains, moved a set of stairs, moved a trolley filled with poles and I moved them to where they live. Also, I helped bring out the seating bank by flipping up the seats and moving railings then attaching them next to the seats and then I helped move the stage decks that were going to be used as the tables for lighting, sound and the DSMs for the plotting and tech runs. What stood out to me most during this process was the song in the show from The Addams Family because I did lots of research into it and I even watched the animated film. This song also stood out to me because I made my gravestone for it and that was my project which I enjoyed making. I watched the song during the lighting and sound plot and the song is upbeat, but the characters are spooky which is unique. I have learnt a lot of skills throughout this course I have learnt how to make props using different materials like air drying clay, EVA foam and polystyrene, painting, wood graining, foam cutting, wood cutting, polystyrene cutting, spiking, how to make performers safe on stage, ladder safety, lifting safely, being safe with construction tools, sewing, washing, ironing, how to use a podger, how to research various things, writing, making a website and what to do during shows. My confidence, initiative and communication skills have improved lots too. I would like to learn how to be better at using a scalpel when cutting foam and I would like to improve my painting on more smaller detailed props. I also want to improve my knowledge on how to be a DMS for a show. From this course I’ve learned that I like knowing the behind the scenes on how things work or how a film is made also I’ve learnt that I enjoy making props and I even make props at home f

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