Creating a trailer to get people excited!

As part of another module, I had to create an enhancement video in After Effects that could co-inside with my final year project. Seen as I am creating a documentary film it seemed only right that I create a trailer for the film.

I had originally made a plan to record and create a short video about the preparation of getting a tattoo but things didn’t go to plan and so my ideas changed and moved in a different direction.

I had to look up a range of different AE tutorials online to see if I could find certain effects that would work well with my theme and video. Then I remembered the Ink in Water shots I had gotten a few weeks ago and thought that could look pretty cool in a trailer and worked from there along the ink theme!

I posted this trailer on my social media account and got an amazing response which is exactly what I was looking for! I want people to be excited to see this. I want people to want to watch it because I feel like these are stories that need to be heard and that could make an impression on someone!

Here’s the trailer so you might as well have a look! ­čÖé



Creating a landing page!

A few weeks back I had a discussion with my supervisor about creating a landing page where people could visit to watch the documentary rather than just playing it from youtube or vimeo etc. I had a look at a range of different hosting websites such as squarespace, wix and of course, wordpress! I initially wanted to go with squarespace but then I seen the price of it! Now I’m not a mean person but for something that isn’t the main focus of my project, spending a mad amount of money on it is just something that is not in my price-range! So wordpress it was!

I wanted to had a little write-up as to what the documentary was about before people watched it along with the actual video itself! I also wanted to have an ‘About’ section where people could read more about each persons story if they wanted to know more. And then I just added a simple ‘Contact’ page where people can get in contact with me should they have any questions regarding the project!

You can visit the website at !

What a hectic few weeks!

I haven’t made a blog post in a while (apologies)! I have been so busy getting everything ready for the deadline that I didn’t have a minute to reflect on all the work I was doing. Over the past 2-3 weeks I have spent everyday in F036 in front of a mac screen. Whether it was Premiere Pro, InDesign or After Effects, the Adobe suite became my new universe that I could not leave until everything was complete!

First things first I made sure I had all ┬ámy final edits etc made to the final documentary because after all, that’s the most important part of the project! I added in some of the scenic shots and a few more of the tattoo shots to help bring the theme back into play!

I am happy to announce, it’s all done and you can watch it right here!


Being at one with nature!

So moving forward from my little deflation yesterday, I decided to go out and try to get some shots in the Phoenix Park in the hope that I would get something that would work within the documentary and not look like it was just thrown in for the sake of throwing it in!

As it was a gorgeous evening I was lucky that almost anywhere I pointed the camera, it was a great shot but I wanted something a little bit more special and so I went into the woods to try and get some “sexy shots” as Ian and Hugh would say!I wanted to create a timelapse but unfortunately I didn’t know I needed an intervalometer to do this so that was a non starter!

I got a loan of some of the lenses from college too so I messed around with pull focus etc which turned out quiet nicely if I do say so myself! Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 14.42.18Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 14.42.57Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 14.44.27Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 14.43.30


Deflation has now commenced!

I don’t think there is anything worse than thinking you’re on the right track and thinking you’re almost at the finish line and then someone comes along and says…..there’s still something missing! I’m all for constructive criticism and I take it all on board because I know nothing is ever perfect and there is always room for improvement. I just can’t seem to portray what is in my head out to others. One thing I’m putting it down to is the fact that I don’t have the introduction done yet which will be all about tattoo’s so hopefully once that is added the tattoo side of things will become more apparent.


There was a suggestion of getting more shots of people getting tattoo’s etc but I don’t want to put something in for the sake of putting it in. To me, this is about that person on their hard-hitting story so the last thing I want to do is take the viewer away from that person and cause a disconnection from the viewer and the person they are watching. Another suggestion was to get some “atmospheric” shots or nature shots to add into the cutaways. All of these were valid suggestions and even after sitting down with another student who is also doing a doc, I began to see that there were subtle changes that could be made to add to the whole story and again, bring it back to the tattoos.

Changing things around!

Following up on the user testing/screening I decided to go back to my edit, create a new sequence on Premiere Pro and begin to look at alternative endings to the documentary. Going off of the feedback I got I knew I had to bring the whole things back to tattoos and to remind the viewer that it all comes down to these tattoos that mean so much to each person.

I began by going back over all of the footage and looked for some key snippets where they talk about their tattoo, why they got it, what it means to them and how others react to it. After a long time of going back and forward I found what I needed. I wanted to bring it back around to Aaron, then Lisa and finish on Evan. So that’s what I did!

I have the main parts put together so now I just have to show Ian on Monday or Tuesday and see what he thinks of it and just check to make sure I’m going in the right direction.


Putting some materials together for the Final Year Show brochure

Every year there is a brochure/programme put together by the lecturers for the final year show. We have been asked to choose an image that represents our project and then a 150 words description of what your project is.

For the picture I found it quiet difficult because there are 3 people that feature in my documentary but then I also wanted to incorporate the tattoos into the image after the feedback I got in the screening. So I decided to open up photoshop and see what I could do!


Above is the final result. The tattoo shots are ones I got when I spent an hour in a tattoo studio just observing and thankfully the gentleman getting the tattoo didn’t mind me filming him or the tattoo artist.