Some of the members of the group including myself went into town to look for props for the show, we wanted to look for wallpaper and chairs for the set design to fit in with the theme of the abandoned house. We searched in the charity shops and picked up some chairs that cost us under £20, we also looked for spray paints as well to make graffiti designs on the set. We did this after the TV studio sessions earlier on that day, we feel that time is running out and we all need to pull together and sort out the show if we want a good enough grade. We also have to start on the websites for the show which is a individual task so taking still images and outtakes for the content for the website is mandatory and we all have been doing this as we do practice run throughs.
Today we were getting used the roles that we were proposed to do. I didn’t seem to do much today as we have no set to work on yet. We are in talks what sort of artwork we should have for the show and what props we need. Some members went out looking for things we would need for the set. We had decided that we want our set to look like an old abandoned house, but we just need to find the relevant props for this and of course the funding.
As a group we are also finding it difficult to get everyone in on time to work on the TV show, some don’t turn up. We also have difficulty getting studio sessions during the week as some of us have jobs as such this makes it really difficult to come in when you have prior commitments on the days we have TV studio sessions on other days of the week. At the moment as a group we are not working fast enough to get the work done.
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.