Lights, camera... what?
Hi Lito and everyone else -
Yesterday I had an interesting experience that some people reading this might have had before. I went out in London to shoot two short films.
My background is radio, not TV, so it was a new experience for me. We only had a small crew but everything was a lot more inconvenient and took a lot longer than recording a radio programme!
The reason is that it is very easy to edit audio but it is difficult to edit video without causing continuity errors. That's why when you make a film you often have to retake scenes from a different angle or from further away or closer up. If you are making a documentary you also have to take a lot of cutaway shots. It all makes the editing easier!
A BBC film crew (not my film crew!)
The videos will appear soon on the bbclearningenglish site. Do any of you like making films? Or do you prefer to just watch them?! For all you cinephiles, I have created a cinema quiz at the end of today's entry.
Lito, I enjoyed finding out about your hobby of going to fish markets. The fish market in London is called Billingsgate. I have intended to go there at 5.30 am for a long time but I am much lazier than you! But I did once visit the massive Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. I ate sushi for breakfast - it was very fresh!
If you feel that you've been ripped-off by them in getting fish that you bought in high price, I must say no you haven't, because its worth it.
This is a great use of that phrase to rip someone off / to be ripped off. If you are ripped off it means that you have paid too much for something. Your preposition here is wrong though - we should say 'at a high price'.
Here in the city where I live, person like me that loves eating seafoods are gathering every friday at fish market not buying a ice preserved fish but a live and fresh one.
There are a few little mistakes in this sentence that probably tell us what some problem areas are for you: plurals, present tenses and verb forms. Compare it to these sentences:
Here in the city where I live, people like me who love eating seafood gather every Friday at a fish market. We don't go there to buy ice-preserved fish but fresh, live ones.
Notice that I have turned your sentence into two sentences... In written English, it's best not to try to fit too much information into one sentence.
Lito, what I want to know is: what happens next? Do you have any good fish recipes?
ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S HOMEWORK
Well done to everyone who tried last week's homework, because I think everyone got it right!
1. cold = chilly
2. cloudy = overcast
3. changing all the time = changeable
4. a hot day / period of time = a scorcher
5. light rain = drizzle
6. rains heavily = it chucks it down
7. humid = muggy
I was pleased to see that some of you had tried to make sentences using last week's weather words. However, let's just take a look at how to use that word scorcher. Iva wrote:
To be honest, I would rather enjoy some SCORCHER days on the beach in Varna, Bulgaria, but for the time being I have to pass my time in MUGGY Amsterdam.
... and vn_nghia wrote:
I'm from the southern of VietNam that the weather is almost SCORCHER and not CHANGEABLE.
These sentences aren't quite right because scorcher is a noun and not an adjective. Take a look at these two example sentences:
This summer is going to be an absolute scorcher.
It was a scorching (hot) summer day.
THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK
I thought I would continue the theme of filming with a cinema quiz! This will test your knowledge of English and also film trivia. Enjoy.
- Cinema is sometimes called the WHAT screen? a) bronze b) silver c) golden
- Which country has the world's biggest filmmaking industry? a) USA b) Nigeria c) India
- What is the missing word? "Lights, camera, _______!" a) action b) cut c) act
- In what country was Catherine Zeta-Jones born?
- Where did Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn go on holiday in 1953?
To shoot - to film
A crew - the people who shoot a film (not the actors but the technical staff)
To edit something - to create a sequence in a film, TV or radio programme by putting together different parts of a recording
A continuity error - A mistake in a film or TV sequence. For example, someone might open a door but in the next shot we see that the door is closed.
To retake - to film another time
A cutaway shot - A short piece of film that is not of the main subject that can be used to help edit a sequence.
A cinephile - someone who loves movies.
Trivia - this is a non-count noun which describes knowledge which is useful in quizzes but not in everyday life. E.g. You must invite Martin to the pub quiz. He knows so much football trivia!