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.
Crooner- People to People
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.
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.
The research for the People to People module I have a friend who told me about her Great Uncle Stephen, who was a veteran in the Second World War and he was in the Army Air Corps as his regiment. He was taken prisoner and held captive in German prison wards until he eventually escaped and found his way home. I did my research by asking my friend’s family questions about how he managed to escape and whether it had affected him in anyway. I wanted to conduct an interview with Stephen, asking him various questions about his time spent as a prisoner. The visual elements of my documentary was going to be shots filmed around the area that Stephen trained before he was sent off. He trained in Oxfordshire (where is still lives today) and to have an interview with him walking around the base camps and also in his home as I felt that it would be suitable to get intimate with the character of the story and make him comfortable so that he would open up about his memories of being a teenager and deciding to go to war and the consequences he faced for fighting for his country.
Subject- my documentary will be on my Friend’s Great Uncle Stephen Morgan, who fought in the Second World War he worked for the Army Air Corps. He was reported missing as the German Opposition held him prisoner in Germany.
Style- I want to the style to be gritty and realistic because our character here is part of the history of the event that happened to this country. I want to use archive footage of the war and also any recent videos of Stephen with his family and if possible, I would like to interview him and some members of his family who know him well. I would like to ask questions about how he felt when he was held prisoner and how his family felt when they thought he might have been dead.
Music used would be from the 1930/40’s era although I would probably use it in a way where it is more calm and melancholy. I mainly want Stephen’s voice to be the focal of this documentary.
Other audio and sound would sounds of explosions and speeches from political leaders.
I would probably have to use archive footage of the War and newspaper clips, as it would be relevant to my documentary.
Relevance- this documentary is aimed at an audience who are interested in history, for family and friends.
I would show stills of Stephen during his younger years when he first joined the Air Corps whist having a voiceover of him telling the audience how and when he was taken as prisoner.
Locations of the place he grew up and also where he trained which is not far form where he lives in Oxfordshire.
Film any scenic areas of where he lives and show archive footage of the war to juxtapose the life he had before he fought in the war.
A close up shot of his medals and photos of family this is to show his achievements in life and bravery.
To finish off the documentary a closing shot of him sitting in a chair next to these pictures and medals.
My documentary will be about my friend’s Great Uncle Stephen George Morgan, who was a seventeen year old veteran in the second World War. He was taken prisoner by German soldiers and taken to various prison camps in Germany, he was held captive and finally when he was twenty years of age he managed to escape the prison camp and found his way home thanks to the Americans who helped him get back home in Oxfordshire. I would like to use imagery of Stephen Morgan and possibly conduct interviews with family members who know him closely and tell his story.