Today we had to choose what role we wanted within the group, many people wanted the role I wanted which was camera operator and lighting. However, the group as a whole had to vote on who would get the role and therefore I did not get what I wanted, because I was ill today to go in I didn’t get to apply for the role I wanted instead I was given the role of runner/VT which I’m fine with. Because there are about 18 members in the group there were far too many runners than needed so we all have specific tasks we have to help with throughout the duration of the module.
I also I tried to vision mix this was another hectic job lining the shots in order and making the transaction smooth is something I need more practice in. Working in the studio with the cameras was a simple task I can say that I am pretty good when it comes to getting a good shot making sure the subject matter has enough head room. When we switched to the TV studio, I had a go at being a camera operator, in my opinion I can say that I am good at working on cameras, as I know what to do. We were told that we could choose what role we wanted to do the following week and we had to pitch ourselves for the role. I think I may go being a camera operator.
We have been learning how to use the TV studio in time for our television show which will be after the Easter holidays. In the sessions we all took turns to learn and familiarise ourselves with the equipment and to work fast as a team and as individuals. Each person has a specific role, at first I was in the TV studio and I was given the role as Runner which is a person the basically assists people with basic tasks such as making tea (however there was no tea making involved in that session) , transporting scripts and equipment, sending messages to one person the other just basically running around keeping everyone happy.
The second role was when we were in the TV control room and I was in charge of Directing which I have to say is very difficult, there is a lot of responsibility on what shots you want, where the camera should be positioned how has to be in what shot. Not only do you have to control everything in the studio but also everyone in the control room. I thought I could do it but I really did not want the stress of messing up and everyone being disappointed if we didn’t like the end results. It’s really full on work.
The editing process took around a week to complete, it was easier because we had an idea of what we wanted to show, and that was how our subject got into singing and how it has effected his life and so on. We had around an hour and a half worth of footage to work with and we only had to edit and create a three-minute documentary. This is quite difficult considering it’s only a short amount of time and there is so much that we would like to add, however we only picked the important parts to show in the final edit.
When we finished the edit we all looked at it and noticed that there are a few issues where the interviewer talks and we didn’t want to include that in the documentary, we just wanted to hear just the subjects to talk. And there is also a bit where there is no audio at all when some still images are shown, I think that there should be talking all the way through. We didn’t use any cutaways and there were only two shots we used in the final edit. The narrative in my opinion is very strong and fluent; it makes sense as a whole.
During the making of the documentary process, I went with Ella to her hometown of Northampton to film an interview with her Grandfather Roy, about his life in music. We found the equipment we took was far too heavy to carry and we could have done with some assistance, however we needed to film in Northampton, as that is where the Roy lives with his family. We had a few issues with lighting as we had no external lighting; instead we used natural lighting coming through the windows to give a natural feel. The shooting of the interview took around an hour and a half and once we had recorded the interview and played the footage back, we noticed that the footage was grainy, which was not the look we were going for. In post-production we changed the exposure to make look better. I did suggest that we re-shoot the whole interview again, however Ella felt that by doing that, the interview would have been wooden and not natural at all like the first time, so we kept the footage as it is. Overall I am quite happy with the end result we worked quite swiftly to get this project done in time.
Today we were working on the development for the idea of our show. The show is called Net TV and we have the subject of risky business we had many ideas from religion to extreme sports, however the majority of the group thought that religion would be too risky to do as the subject is very sensitive and we wouldn’t want to offend anyone. We decided that doing our subject on extreme sports would suffice because we wanted to aim for an audience from the ages of 12 and over this would cover a huge amount of sports that are not in the mainstream. We thought it would be cool and relevant to our viewers. The next thing we had to do was to find content for the show.
For my Poetic Eyes project I decided to look at the issues of the Child Soldiers, I felt that it’s an issue that gets into the news and is forgotten although the issue still stands today as a serious matter. I watched short documentary on television about a child who shot a man because he thought he stole a diamond. Children in Africa are taken from their homes or even sometimes sold by their parents and turn to a life of hate and murder. I wanted to write a poem in the first person so that the audience could hear it form the child perspective. I thought it was more effective that way rather than taking my view into it I wanted the audience to open their eyes by showing images of children holding a gun and pretending it’s some kind of toy and using their innocence as a way to shock the audience. In my poem I tried to create imagery in the words such as using the line “ Their hunger for murder is like my hunger for grain” the word ‘Hunger’ is effective because it draws the listener into the meaning behind the word.