Media Production 2


Theme : Alienation

Video Name : Panopticon


As a group we decided to make a documentary about panopticon , the whole theory about panopticon is about people how the UK  has so many camera systems put in place throughout the streets of London .  we will use as many shots we can get from different angles however we will also interview people and ask them questions about what they think about how it is has become very difficult to get some privacy . We all have thought that whenever we see a camera who is on the other side watching us .

Making a film online reference links:


12 tips on how to make a documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 10th December 2015)

creative documentary theory reading , [online pdf], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

pecos tatum, born to be a cowboy,[online], available at: (Accessed on 7th December 2015)

5 minutes creative documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 10th December 2015)

short films, big ideas, [online], available at: (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

5 simple mistakes in documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

story development, [online], available at: (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

write a documentary script, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

documentary story telling, [online], available at: (Accessed on 15th December 2015)

Lighting Links:

lighting techniques, [online], available at: (Accessed on 2nd December 2015)

lighting techniques through short documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

20 lighting tutorials, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

lighting techniques for dramatic filming, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

3 point lighting, [online], available at:

standard 3 point lighting, [online], available at: (Accessed on 15th December 2015)

Video Links:

UCL panopticon, [online], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

prisoner cell image[ online] available at: (Accessed on 10th December 2015)

panopticon, [online], available at: (Accessed on 12th December 2015)

USA cctv America, [online], available at: (Accessed on 12th December 2015)

space, how we see, [online], available at: (Accessed on 12th December 2015)

filter bubble, [online], available at: (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

Recording the Documentary:

At the beginning we were not too sure where to start but then we decided to go to the green screen room and try and be creative using it after we filming there we headed off to record the interviews we had lined up from students that talk about  how there is no such thing as privacy anymore due to the amount of CCTV cameras have been put in place all around London. Lighting was key because we decided to film in the dark and the lighting that were used had to be in good angles so the faces of the students we were interviewing was clear enough for the audience. While we recording the interviews we tried keeping it short and simple but the information we got back from our answers were answered well enough. We did come across some issues such as the weather when we wanted film outside it would start raining and rescheduling what days to meet up and carry on with the project .

Later during the production period we decided to record footage around the university because there were many cameras within the university campus where we came across many cameras and some of the shots were taken inside the buildings and such the hall ways , stair case. We had to use many techniques when it came down to recording the documentary an had to give it CCTV effect this was done by positioning the cameras into high angle corners of the walls. After doing these shots we had to think other shots we can use to make our documentary interesting for the audience. We always needed to have a back up camcorder to get different angle views for cut aways .


After we finished filming we all sat down and took a look at the clips to to start put the documentary together it did take a while because the clips had to make sense after putting some of them together we decided what kid of music we needed so we opened up garage band and started to play around with different sounds then play them with the scenes to make sure it fitted properly. One of the other things that we thought about was the effects that we can use to make our documentary look good . Writing scripts for our video was crucial because we included things such as voice overs to explain the whole concept of panopticon. Overall I believe that out group were really proud of the outcome however the negative thing was that we wanted to add more clips to out video but the time peroid that we had was important for us not to waste.


Theme: Tribalism

Film Name: Stratford skating


Production plan:


For this film topic we decided to base this project on skating. In preparation for the project we set out aims for the project, the aims included the purpose of this film, and gain a better understanding of skating by asking skaters a set of questions, questions to enable us to understand what interested individuals into skating, when they had began. Upon starting the filming we had looked at skating videos published online, we done this so that we were able to understand the best filming techniques.

The project was filmed at Stratford centre, a popular sight for skaters. The filming included distance shots of the skating, up-close shots of the skating by the means of a go pro, voice-overs, and clips of interviews.


Reference used:


how to film skateboarding, [online], available at: (Accessed on 15th February 2016) – skateboarding, [online], available at: (Accessed on 15th February 2016)

using the go pro, [online], available


at: (Accessed on 21st February 2016)


escape a skateboarding documentary video, [online], available at: (Accessed on 22nd February 2016)


Ambivalence skateboarding documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 22nd February 2016)


Recording the documentary:

Filming this project took roughly three weeks, we had to ensure we visited Stratford center at the accurate time, the centre is opened 24 hours however the skaters only arrived in the evening after the stores around the centre were closed. After we had filmed the first day we approached a few skaters and asked them whether they would like to participate in our interview, they agreed and we arranged to meet the following day to obtain the footage for the interview aspect of the project. Once we had obtained all footage we needed we began to edit, while editing we obtain this idea that we should go back to the centre during the day to film Stratford centre during the day, while the skaters were not present, we felt this would add to the project as it will show the diversity of the centre and the different uses of it.


While we were filming the project we gathered that Stratford centre has an extraordinary atmosphere in the evening, the skaters, roller skaters, dancers, the music, the laughter and joy, there is no place in London like this, as you will see in the film.


The editing:

To truly capture what we wanted to capture we needed to ensuring our editing so done accurately. To start of the film we believed it would be best to show Stratford, and its surroundings then to move on the clips of skaters, and the interviews as you will see in the film. We also decided to add music to the video, which we had created ourselves through garage band. The editing had taken us some time as we needed to ensure everything looked okay. If we had visited other skating sites in London, there would have been a variety of clips, and we would have been able to truly capture the essence of the skating culture.



Theme: Diaspora

Film name: Translation


Production plan:

For this project on diaspora we chose the idea of migration, as we live in such a diverse and multi-cultural city. The project aims to catch migration in London and how it has impacted individuals and their lives. The project involves interviews with migrant relatives, who explain their journey to London and how it has helped and changed their lives. The project will include scenes of various locations in London to truly capture diversity and to give the film a cinematic edge. It will also included, a film whereby a team member will be acting.



Camera shots, [online], available at: (Accessed on 13th April 2016)


Hackney migrant centre, [online], available at: (Accessed on 17th April 2016)


Migrant help, [online], available at: (Accessed on 22th April 2016)


BBC Migration, [online], available at: (Accessed on 24th April 2016)


Recording the documentary:

Recording footage for this project was slightly difficult as we had a lot of content to film, and unfortunately as a group we were unable to put in as much time as intended to go out an film. With that being said we dedicated a whole week to filming, within that week we were able to collect all footage needed, the various scenes in London, the film, and the interviews, for the interview we were able to use a family member of a group member, we had planned out the questions we had wanted to ask, we conducted the interview so that the interviewee would speak in both English and their mother tongue.


We wanted to truly capture the diversity of London, we visited number of locations, popular areas in London, and famous sights, we also took a ride of the cable cats to get a whole shot of London.


The editing:

Editing footage for this project was difficult as there was a vas amount of footage to edit and different scenes to put together. We had to ensure that each scene correlated accurately and that the aim we wanted to obtain was obvious in the footage; also we had to ensure that the voices during the interviews were clear and understandable.


All in all the group is extremely pleased with the outcome of the video, as we believed it turned out exactly how we had intoned and that it portrays the idea we had in mind. If we could improve something within the video it would be to include more footage of interviews with individuals, as the interviews is what truly explains migration.


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