Media Production 2

 

Theme : Alienation

Video Name : Panopticon

Production

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: http://www.filmmakingstuff.com/12-tips-how-to-make-a-documentary/ (Accessed on 10th December 2015)

creative documentary theory reading , [online pdf], available at: https://moodle.uel.ac.uk/pluginfile.php/561463/mod_resource/content/1/Creative%20Documentary%20Life%20Does%20Not%20tell%20Stories.pdf (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

pecos tatum, born to be a cowboy,[online], available at: https://www.shortoftheweek.com/channels/documentary/ (Accessed on 7th December 2015)

5 minutes creative documentary, [online], available at: https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/99/862497 (Accessed on 10th December 2015)

short films, big ideas, [online], available at: https://www.focusforwardfilms.com/ (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

5 simple mistakes in documentary, [online], available at: http://www.raindance.org/5-simple-mistakes-documentary-filmmakers-make/ (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

story development, [online], available at: http://www.videomaker.com/article/14803-how-to-make-a-documentary-part-1-story-development (Accessed on 20th December 2015)

write a documentary script, [online], available at: https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/how-to-write-a-documentary-script/ (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

documentary story telling, [online], available at: https://www.writersstore.com/documentary-storytelling-the-drama-of-real-life/ (Accessed on 15th December 2015)

Lighting Links:

lighting techniques, [online], available at: http://www.lavideofilmmaker.com/filmmaking/film-lighting-tips.html (Accessed on 2nd December 2015)

lighting techniques through short documentary, [online], available at: http://nofilmschool.com/2013/09/learn-lighting-techniques-through-short-documentary (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

20 lighting tutorials, [online], available at: http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/04/20-lighting-tutorials-for-film-and-video/ (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

lighting techniques for dramatic filming, [online], available at: http://bigleaguefilmschool.com/dramaticfilmlighting/ (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

3 point lighting, [online], available at: http://www.3drender.com/light/3point.html

standard 3 point lighting, [online], available at: http://www.mediacollege.com/lighting/three-point (Accessed on 15th December 2015)

Video Links:

UCL panopticon, [online], available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/Bentham-Project/who/panopticon (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

prisoner cell image[ online] available at: http://www.christianhubert.com/writings/diagram___abstract.html (Accessed on 10th December 2015)

panopticon, [online], available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panopticon (Accessed on 12th December 2015)

USA cctv America, [online], available at: http://thefifthcolumnnews.com/2015/04/now-entering-the-united-police-state-of-america/ (Accessed on 12th December 2015)

space, how we see, [online], available at: http://art3idea.psu.edu/boundaries/puzzles/space.html (Accessed on 12th December 2015)

filter bubble, [online], available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filter_bubble (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 .

Editing:

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: http://skateboarding.transworld.net/videos/film-skateboarding-nick-genova/#MclgDi7vLOwe8Evf.97 (Accessed on 15th February 2016)

 

About.com – skateboarding, [online], available at: http://skateboard.about.com/od/skateboardinglifestyle/ss/Filming_Skateboarding_Guide.htm google.com (Accessed on 15th February 2016)

using the go pro, [online], available

 

at: http://www.mensfitness.com/styleandgrooming/fashion/5-ways-to-get-the-most-from-your-gopro (Accessed on 21st February 2016)

 

escape a skateboarding documentary video, [online], available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUe-4kKM31o (Accessed on 22nd February 2016)

 

Ambivalence skateboarding documentary, [online], available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhbK4NlB-2k (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: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/film-studies-101-camera-shots-styles/ (Accessed on 13th April 2016)

 

Hackney migrant centre, [online], available at: http://www.hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk (Accessed on 17th April 2016)

 

Migrant help, [online], available at: http://www.migranthelpuk.org/research-and-publications/ (Accessed on 22th April 2016)

 

BBC Migration, [online], available at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p03q8xm4/stacey-dooley-in-greece-migrant-kids-in-crisis (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.

 

Film Link:

YouTube Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQbA-sQ7OUSPQKzlegXkPJA

Tribalism

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The theme that I decided to go for was tribalism and here are a few pictures that I took at the Stratford shopping Centre where people come to shop during the day but at night it becomes a playground for skateboarders. You would never expect to see many people skating inside a shopping Centre knowing that there are many skate parks in London, I decided to look online for images that’s is related to the theme tribalism I decided to shoot from angles that may look interesting.  The theme itself was pretty broad I mean you can think of many things to relate to tribalism at first it was difficult to think about what I can but Hipsters was one of my first ideas but skating was the better choice.

After closing hours of the shopping Centre I decided to go and see if there was anyone skating within the shopping Centre however I got lucky because there were many people skateboarding. That’s not the only thing I saw because many homeless people who use the shopping Centre as shelter. Before shooting the images I had to visualize how I was going to take the picture see if the angle was appropriate. 

 

APPS Evaluation

For this project we had to create an app that was based on time. During the process there were many problems that we face and some of the things were creating the clock for our app because this was the first that we used app furnace and there was not enough time given to us to get use to the software. I believe the ideas that the members had were really good but we couldn’t include everything that we spoke about the fact time was against us and coding was really hard I asked a friend to help us code the app the fact that he studies computing but he himself said time was an issue. Everyone knew that the app will be aimed at teenagers because they are always on their mobile phones no matter where they are. Once we decided w what features and how the app is going to look we got straight to the work but it was confusing as I mentioned earlier we have need used app furnace before. However at the end we did still manage to make the app and add sound to the different icons. At the end we were happy that the app was working as we demonstrated it to the whole class we got feedback to see if the class thought out app was appropriate for everyone to use.

APPS

For this task we was told to make a app that would be really useful to people.The theme that was given to us was time. We researched a lot of different apps.In the image below you can see the planning of how the app is going to look and what kind of features it would have. To make things much easier we downloaded apps that are already on the market and see what what features it has and maybe we can include them into our app.

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Week one:

Once we were given the theme of our project we started to come up with different ideas to what we thought may work. Our theme for this project was ‘Time’. Initially we came up with the concept of an alarm clock and time schedule app. As we couldn’t decide which one was better to use or to work with, we came to the decision of doing both. We wanted create an app which is aimed for students who need to manage their time with studies and everyday life. We also decided to add the clock in as well as it could be an alarm for setting chores etc.

Week two:

As we knew exactly what we wanted to do and create we needed to come up with other ideas on what to add on the app itself. We needed a catchy and simple name which could be related to our age group. As we knew ‘slang’ is very popular amongst our age group we decided to create a ‘ghetto’ app and came up with a unique and funny name. We named our app ‘Got Clocked’. We felt it fit in very well with the scheme we wanted. Once we decided on the name we had other ideas on what we could include in the app. We thought we could have an alarm system for each chore and if you were to miss any chore when being reminded 3 times, the app will go blank and it will say ‘You Got Clocked’.

We wanted to research different apps which were similar to ours. As we have always been told that ‘there’s an app for that’. So we find many apps which were very similar and had similar outlines to what we intended to create. Apps such as ‘Alarmone’ and ‘wake and shake’ had similar activities and similar features to what we wanted to create within our app. The app ‘Alarmone’ as it gives repeat functions for regular activity. Alarmone also has unlimited shifts were you can add different activities.

We decided to create a set of chores and create a small icon for each. We decided to draw each icon to make it feel more personal to the target audience instead of it looking very formal as all the other ones we researched did. We came up with a list of chores and activities people may do within their day to day lives.

Week Four:

This is when we began to use app furnace. This website was for us to create the actual part of our app and start to build it together. At first as a group we found it very difficult as some features we wanted to add were harder than what we initially thought. Some of the ideas we had such as creating a moving alarm clock in the middle of our app was almost impossible as we didn’t know how to create it. We ended up creating a cartoon clock which didn’t move. As we carried on making the app we came across more problems such as our drawings had a white boarder around them and we didn’t know to remove them through Photoshop. Also the audio we recorded for the icons came out very well, exactly how we intended. However when coding these into app furnace, the codes didn’t work for some of the sounds. We ended up having 2 icons with sound and the rest did not work. However with all the problems we encountered we still made an app which moved from A to B and had some of the features we wanted to include.

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Photography Final

Synopsis

The effect of how modern society creates hate and violence towards religion through racism and the outcomes of how they affect individuals. The main object of this narrative is to creative a sense of emotion through hands. A man going about his everyday life of doing his morning prays to then going for a coffee. This man is then put into a vulnerable position after he is attacked by a woman who then ‘greets’ him with an unfriendly gesture.

Form, Style and Technique

Form – the formation of these 5 pictures were to express the idea of racism in a powerful way. As everyone had their own ideology and concepts through the way they have been brought up it will be different for all. All pictures that were taken were landscape.

Style – the camera angles and techniques used were quite simple. At first we needed a close up and having the close up of the side of the hands worked as some audiences may not understand what we first intended to show. However going on to use the medium shot explained everything to our audiences. One of the rules we had to follow was to add black and white. We also had to add a caption onto on the pictures and add spot colour.

Technique – rule of thirds technique was and is the most important rule to use while taking our images. We must be very careful when using this as we had many other factors to watch out for. Such as lighting.  We also used the technique of having spot colour. This was at first difficult as we had to use the right part to spot colour to create a bigger impact. We did spot colour on more than one image as we wanted the tattoo and ring to the major focus.

Concept, Content and Ideas

  • We wanted to create a powerful narrative for audiences to decide on how they portray and perceive the five images themselves.
  • Concept – concept was to use an object to portray racism and violence in a non-cliché view. We wanted to create a story as Watson, 2008 believes that any narrative given to us the producer is the ‘Story teller’. As telling the stories we are the main concept of ‘Human Discourse’ (Watson, 2008)
  • Content – content put into the images were very minimal as audiences had the right to make up their own minds.
  • Ideas – we had many ideas before we decided on this final idea. We first decided to do a narrative based around children and use children’s toys for innocence.
    • Tattoo – the tattoo is representing Hinduism. The symbolism used is translated into ‘OM’ which means ‘peace’. We wanted to juxtapose this notion of peace by showing violence within the next shot.
    • Engagement ring – used this as a prop. The stereotype of a engagement ring is supposed to symbolise love. However the opposite is shown from the woman wearing the engagement ring.
    • Woman – I used a woman instead of a man to show the violence coming from because I believe the gender stereotypes which are shown across various media platforms such as women being secrets or victims (Watson,2008) to be shown in a male gender stereotype of being dominant.
    • Postproduction – used a lot of blur to make certain areas stand out more. Had to darken the hands to make that the main focus and everything was too light once changed into black and white on Photoshop. Had sharpen the images for certain shots to create a more deep and harsh feeling.
    • Theme – the theme of this project is racism. This is such a difficult theme to use as it needs to be done in a sensitive manner. We also had to approach this task sensitively as we did not want to offend anyone by using certain religions

Intended Audience

Our intended audience are for those people who have an understanding of the world around them and who understand the difference between violence and peach and who have good understanding of racism. Also our intended audiences are for those people who enjoy photography and understand it in a deeper meaning.

Influences

  • Our main influence for this whole project was Alfred Steiglitz. His work consisted of the object of hands. We loved this idea of how meaning and emotion can be portrayed through hands as certain ways of the hands are placed we are able to understand what the photographer wants us to think and feel.
  • Our other influence was the theory of signs and signifiers. Theorist Saussure and Peirce (1983) believed that the use of signs and signifiers help us to understand the world we live in. We are able to generate ideas of what we see into concepts. The use of using hands helps us to know what emotion is taking place. Within the 4th picture we can see that the use of the nails digging into the hands are not intended for us to think this is a sign of peace however to make us think the opposite.
    • Major influence, Sturken and Cartwright (2009), they believe that images persuade us into thinking a certain way. By creating these images we have not made our audience think a certain way however we have made them understand our way of thinking.
    • Sue Curry Jensen (1996) believes that the media produces too much ‘maleness’ and there are not enough women put into a dominant role. This was another reason to use a woman for a dominant role.
    • Laura Mulvey is one of the most significant feminist about the media industry. She believed that most women are portrayed in a manner where those who are watching especially men are experiencing the ‘male gaze’. However as we only showed hands in our images it was difficult for this theory to come about. However Mulvey also explains how women are mainly show in a state of weakness.

     How we could improve?

One of the ways to improve our project would be to give us more time to think about all the different ideas we had in mind and editing the images was a little bit difficult because i haven’t used photshop for a while. We had to retake some images due to the fact that they didn’t come out the we wanted to them to.

Bibliography

  • Mulvey, Laura (1975) ‘Visual pleasure and narrative cinema’ screen 16(3) 6-18
  • Sturken, M and Cartwright, L. (2009). Images, Power, and Politics . In: Practices of Looking . London: Oxford University Press. 9-46.
  • Sue Curry Jansen, ‘Beaches without bases: the gender order’ in George Gerbner, Hamid Mowlana and Herbet I. schiller (eds), Invisable Crises: (US: Westview press, 1996
  • Saussure and Peirce, (1983,15)
  • http://mikophoto.net/wordpress/?attachment_id=1605

Photography Week 1

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I decided to choose this image because, it really interested me how lighting is this picture is showed. As you can see yourself the location seems like a forest that has been set on fire because the trees are covered with smoke, but the image kind of shows two different moods for example when you look at the left side of the image is really dark and as you move across the light begins to show.

. http://uk.complex.com/style/2013/06/the-most-influential-photographers/45-frans-lanting

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This is another image I found interesting because, Frans Lanting talks about how he wanted to show the transition of night and day in one image . To get this effect you will have play around with tools when editing as you can see the elephants look dark and the dove flying appears to be light and visible.

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Photography Week 1 – Class Exercise

Water

The reason i decided to cake a picture of this was because of the light reflecting into the water it really gives it a nice effect. However the image could be better if the  pole was more to the left side instead right in the centre of the image.

Texture

This image was taken because it really showed texture of the hair.

Light

Part of this image was meant to show pattern and light if you look clearly you can see certain lines and then its the reflection that shows that.

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This image was focused on the nike trainers this was the object that i decided to go with .

Written Evaluation – Sound

Overall this project for me was interesting for me the fact that I visited different places to record sound to tell a story what was more interesting was when it came down to editing the sound that I have recorded. But at the beginning of the project it was difficult because there were many location that I really wanted to go to but I had to narrow it down to 5 locations.This was my first time using a tas cam so I was worried that I was going to mess things up because I have never used this recording device before. During pre production we went out to record sound using but when we played it back it didn’t really sound like it is at a professional standard so I decided to look at tutorials on how to get high quality sound.I had many ideas that I really wanted to put in practice however not all were accomplished due to the fact that I had less time on my hands my final piece was done with some of help of fellow class member because we sat down together and spoke about how we can better quality sound and what type of story we can build with it. At the end of the final clip I decided include my short interview

Just before we had to upload onto sound cloud we had time to edit our work so got straight into by trying to make it clear. I decided to cut some parts of the clips because there were not really needed but I did lose some sound clips but that was not an issue because I recorded extra clips just in case something happened but that was replaceable.

Landscape Sounds

In todays session we were given information about how to edit the sounds on Audition and also how to use different affects.  We also were told that renaming files would be really helpful the reason for this is because not to get confused if we had a lot of sound clips.

Canary wharf was one of my first ideas the reason was because the area it self looks amazing and a lot of businesses is located in that area at night it looks beautiful you can see that through your own eyes in the image above.

London bridge was idea that came into my head because the area is great tourist attraction but the aim was to get sound not what you see visually so that area would be pointless for my project because thousnads of people use it to travel to different areas of London and I would get a traffic noise which is really boring.

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Later on I then decided to go Westminster Where I came across the big Ben what really interest me about this area is that the big Ben is the biggest four faced clock in the world. The aim of this project was to record sound from different landscapes and it must tell a story to the audience so I have decided to do it as a journey where it begins when I leave my house.

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Here is image of the different locations that I wanted to but Westminster was the landscape that interested me because London is a place where people visit for the attractions it has and big Ben is one them.

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Here is a screenshot of the final version of the Landscape sounds I found it really difficult to remove unwanted sound one of my main problems was the wind I needed to record the chimes from the big ben but when you play the clip you can change the frequency of the wind level is getting high.