Bit of a mixed bag!

Yesterday I took part in the screening and to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if I was going in the right direction with my edit or where everyone else was with their final edit. Luckily everyone seemed to be in the same boat. Some of the work I seen from my classmates was brilliant and I was so happy for them because everyone has been under pressure the past few months and to see it all coming together is amazing.


When my turn came I was slightly nervous but I had to keep reminding myself that it was only a screening and I still have time to fix things that people may not be sure on. After the rough cut had ended it was time for feedback….! All in all it was good. One of the main things that popped up was the fact that as the viewer watched it, they began to forget about the tattoos themselves which takes away from the whole point of the documentary. This was something I was willing to take on board because yes, the tattoos didn’t feature too much within their story but I wanted this documentary to focus mainly on the stories because I think that’s what people will connect with and that’s what I want to get across. I do agree that I need to incorporate tattoos into it more though which is what I will hopefully do in the introduction (which wasn’t completed for this screening).

Things I’ve taken from this screening/feedback session

  • Focus more on the tattoo’s as well as the stories
  • Don’t rush from one story to the next, allow some time for their story to absorb
  • Include more about Evan’s job when working in the olympics
  • Work on colour correction for Lisa’s interview shots



Operation Rough Cut

D-Day is getting closer and closer and so it’s time to get a rough cut together for a screening on Wednesday the 26th of April (just 2 weeks before the deadline).

Having gotten Evan’s interview on Friday it is now time for me to incorporate that into the documentary along with Aaron and Lisa’s interviews. As spoken about previously I had come up with a structure in my meeting with Ian and so I’m going to continue with that structure and see how it turns out.

As I’m using Hugh’s assignment for the introduction I’m going to leave that out of the rough cut for now because that requires the use of after effects etc and I just haven’t had time to sit down and get that completed so the rough cut for the screening will be complete minus the introduction!

Again, like any other cuts I have done in throughout this production, all editing was done in premiere pro where I could create numerous timelines and incorporate them all into the one.

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So fingers crossed everything starts to take shape and I have something worth showing on Wednesday! 🙂

Having a chat with Evan

Yesterday I finally got to sit down with Evan and hear more about his story. The location that was chosen was his therapy clinic because that’s where he is most of the time and it seemed fitting with the back story to his life and to show his success over the past few years as a sports therapist.

After getting some footage of Evan getting his latest tattoo, it was exciting to see the finished piece after it had almost 2 weeks to heal. I also had the pleasure of hearing the story behind 2 other tattoo’s Evan had gotten previously.

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It was great to hear Evan’s story and see all he has achieved at the age of 30. Seeing all of the singlet jerseys from the athletes he had worked with in many olympics hanging on the wall of his studio, you could see how happy it made him and it showed a major part of his life.

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Ink & Water = Cool things happening!

Following on from the disappointment of not getting the shots I was hoping for earlier with the ink etc I decided to get a bit artsy (Artsy, not very me but sure there’s a first time for everything, right?) Anyways, I decided to buy ink well, I actually bought food colouring because I couldn’t find ink so that is what I had to make do with. I filled a vase up with water, set my camera up and arranged lights so that it shone up through the glass and then had another above. I simply dropped the ink into the water, drop by drop and just watched what happened. Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 00.49.35Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 00.49.50Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 00.52.23Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 00.53.44

If you were to ask me what these have to do with my project I honestly couldn’t tell you! I think I just had a thought that popped into my head and for once I didn’t over think it – I just did it! I experimented with different colour (some worked better than others). I think the train of thought was that ink goes into the skin when getting tattooed. So I wondered what happened to ink when it was dropped into water. To see the ink interact with other materials and substances. I’ll probably repeat this experiment a few more times and see if I can get different results from different droppers etc.

Tattoo Preparations…..or not!

Today I went o a local tattoo studio to try and get some shots of the preparation that takes place before a tattoo begins. Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan and while I was there on time, I wasn’t invited over to film at the tattoo station until all of the prep had already been done! This was a slight bit of a bummer because I really wanted those shots but I do appreciate it is their job and they have to stick to their own schedule and the equipment used for tattooing is quiet expensive which I also have to take into consideration! Luckily the customer allowed me to get some shots of the placement of the tattoo etc and I got a few shots around the studio itself so it wasn’t a day wasted!


Getting cutaway ready!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Lisa where we visited different locations to get some cutaway shots to go along with her old footage. The first location was the cemetery in which her Dad, Tony, was laid to rest. I didn’t want to be too invasive to Lisa and her family and so I ensured not to get too close to her fathers grave or any other grave that was in the surroundings. So instead I just got some shots of Lisa standing at her Dad’s grave from a distance and then again, I used the 85mm lens to get up closer and create a depth of field without being intrusive.

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The second location chosen was in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens where the trees were in bloom and it was just a nice place for Lisa to sit back and enjoy the nice day. Like in the cemetery, I used the 85mm lens because I wanted the added depth of field that the kit lens just cannot do.

Meet Evan and his new tattoo!

Meet Evan! Evan is the latest person to join the Skin Deep documentary and unlike Aaron and Lisa, Evan’s tattoo is based on his continued strength throughout his life as he defies all odds living with cystic fibrosis. When Evan was young his family were told he might only make it to the age of 10. When Evan reached 10 the doctors suggested he might make it to 18. When he celebrated his 18th birthday, in Evans words “they stopped guessing” about what age he may live to. Evan is now a 31 year old man that has a very successful career as a sports therapist and now has his very own clinic where he works with some high profile athletes from Ireland and further afield.

Earlier this morning I went to meet with Evan while he was getting a new tattoo that was designed with cystic fibrosis in mind. Dublin Ink were kind enough to allow me in to film the work in progress and it was a real treat. Although this whole documentary is based around tattoos and the stories behind them, I hadn’t been lucky enough to capture an actual tattoo being done, that is until today!

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For the filming of the tattooing I used an 85mm lens as well as the kit lens that comes with the canon EOS 1300D. This was my first time to use the 85mm lens so it took some time to get used to how tricky it can be to ensure the object is in focus but I managed it after a few moments when I adjusted the aperture etc. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to use the tripod as the studio is quiet compact and it was a very busy morning for Dublin Ink so a tripod would have been in the way. Hopefully I can fix most of the wobbles in post production.