Evaluation *Alot of my evaluation is in my diary but i’ll redo if concerned*
For our assessment we had to make a multi camera show. The categories were film, sport, children and music. My group was sport consisting of myself and seven other members. I was happy with the group I was in but I was unsure about the category.
We were all given different roles and I was on camera three. As I was a camera operator I was so excited because I enjoy working on them. I’ve not had as much chance to work on the camera as most people. I want to do multi camera productions in the future so this was my thing. You have to be very patient and have good shots communicating with the vision mixer and director.
I really enjoyed working with the team I had we all helped each other out. We all had ideas but our final result was to focus it on Sheffield Steelers player Tom Squires. We had features of golf, a rubber duck race and Ashbourne Shrovetide football which are all local. We wanted to have different unpopular sports to help encourage teenagers to like them more. We also decided to have a favourite sporting moment which meant more interaction with the locals. We had an opening sequence which was the changing room scene that James came up with that all of us enjoyed. I liked how we could split up individually and then come back with so much research and ideas we would all write them down and discuss professionally.
Being so organized at the start showed us we were a good team, within the first week we did a workout DVD and the half time pie promo ident. The ident was perfectly edited and the lighting was just right, the camera shot was slightly off composition but the performance was spot on. My initial idea was to do with this coming summer and with the Olympics being in Britain being a lifetime opportunity.
Some of the other team helped out such as Daniel Hipwell, Catherine Shelton and Lauren Bramley.
The strengths where that all of us had a great time, we became closer in a group and we had a lot of meetings so that we knew what where we doing next and how much we’ve progressed. We gave up free time and we all put money towards the props. We communicated especially well when making the adverts. We all put in a lot of effort and contributed when people needed help and we did a lot of research. We were all full of ideas and
The weaknesses where that we had not carried on being so organized like we were at the start it’s a big shame because we all know we could’ve finished earlier. Sometimes communication didn’t work well when it came to the set design. I also think that some of us should have contributed and had time off college especially at important times of production. We had filmed the golf feature last minute which didn’t go so well and was very stressful. Also the Mic changing when Tom Squires was too quiet in the interview that he had to swop Mics with Rachel because there was only two lapel mics.
If I was to change anything I guess it would have been better if certain people had different roles that they knew they were best in but the roles we got helped us in making ourselves better. If I had to chose a category Id have gone to music straight away but sports has helped me with more background knowledge. I also think if we had been aloud to film all in one day than just doing half a day would have been a lot easier. Also if we had done it a few days earlier the editing would have been finished earlier. Commitment was lost towards shooting the show which was quite upsetting as we were all focused on it before. We could have done with at least another insert or two and two more adverts. I would also have liked to have spent more time on camera when out on locations.
16th February- We received the brief and found out our next assignment was to produce a multi camera production magazine show and there were four categories: Sports, children, music and film. We read through what we had to do to complete all our tasks and we were put into our production teams and assigned our roles (We didn’t get to decide)
Our team was Sports:
James Beck- Director
Bryony Warren- Vision Mixer
Rebecca Stockdale- Editor
Ben Smith- Camera 1
Alistair Bray- Camera 2
Myself- Camera 3
Oliver Hague- Sound
Zoe Clayton- Lighting, Costume, Hair and Make-up, Floor Runner.
I was happy with the group I was with but I wasn’t so sure on the topic of sports but decided to use this to gain more knowledge.
17th February- We were planning out our adverts, idents, graphics, what sports to have, features, guests, presenters and set design. We split up and did lots of individual research for dates and events. My initial idea was to do with this coming summer, Olympics and unfavorable sports because it’s once in a life time opportunity, so there will be future discussions and persuasion.
It should focus on issues on health and priorities, commitment and goals. It should also include a combination of informed talk, banter, and commentary.
1st march- I was in charge of camera three so I had to research my role in it and what I had to do, I also had to confirm with the other team in how we will work together. I also had to check the shots we would use and research camera techniques. We also talked about what props to use and the multi-cam equipment.
3rd march- Gathered research Presentation for Jessa (E folder) this was to do with our other project which was our crime thriller opening sequence. The deadline was today so we had to make sure all our information was finished.
8th march- We were all hands on and everything to do with planning was actually almost finished I couldn’t believe how organized we were, we had all our research because we had a reading week so we could do more work. We had a big discussion about the show we would be producing and so that all our ideas could come together. Myself and Becca took charge of doing mind maps for the group. We did pages of lighting, costume, presenters, and features, set design etc. We had a problem when the Ashbourne Shrovetide football game was happening this day and we didn’t know what to do until we decided to use different footage instead. Ben and Oliver said they would email teams to see if it was possible to film some local matches but we never heard back from them. We made a list of adverts to choose from and decided to film them straight away. We also started on the PowerPoint presentation but only found out last minute we had to do them separately.
9th March- We produced our presentation on the research for our show, because we had done it as a group we had to quickly make new individual presentations, it was very stressful and nothing was going right for me that day with technology, we managed to get it over and done with and I think id done a good job but I felt nervous for presenting it because I wasn’t organized enough, We had to explain our individual ideas for the program, our proposal, analysis of other programmes, our roles in the team and multi camera techniques such as the 180 degree rule.
10th march- We had booked the studio in the afternoon with a camera (Alistair was on camera) so we could do our first advert which was a music workout DVD. We had our outfits sorted the night before and Becca did most of the choreography but we all chipped in certain moves. Ollie provided the music for us and we had Dan Hipwell from the other group join in as Zoe couldn’t make it. We all had bright coloured clothes on and we had photos done for our DVD cover. This was also the day when we were doing our research and development files so we had to find out about our roles and multi camera formats. Filming today was fun and it was mixed for both target audiences. We also filmed the Pie Ident where James and Ollie took part and Ben provided the pie and gravy. We all took part and this was the day when we were ahead of the other groups and we all felt amazing.
11th march- We had a meeting about set design and more ideas and we did some editing on our adverts. Most of us where still doing our R&D files.
16th March- Was the deadline for our ownership and funding presentation for theory so not a lot of production was done.
18th March- Was the deadline for our research and development file
22nd March- We were assigned to make a podcast recorded and edited individually on multi camera production techniques explaining the reasons for multi camera use and the programme formats.
23rd March- we watched some podcast examples to help us with how a podcast is made and give us more ideas.
24th March- I chose video clips for my podcast script and decided to just use voice narration than shooting footage.
25th March- I developed my podcast script to talk about the examples of the clips.
29th March- I finished the draft script for my podcast that I continually picked at and adjusted.
30th March- Was the deadline for out developing technologies handbook.
I also recorded the voiceover for my podcast that night with a friend in presenting; it took around an hour because
31st March- I started editing my podcast today by Sourcing clips from YouTube and converting them into final cut pro.
1st April- Was the deadline for our podcast. I finished my editing (which didn’t take as long as I thought), I had lots of free time to check through it, I was really impressed with my work and was happy to export it and then I helped anyone with their podcast by giving them extra clips I hadn’t used and being there narrator.
5th April- We planned out the dates of filming our opening sequence to go before the show title.
7th April- We had another production meeting to see how everything was going. We all split up after. Ben had finished the workout advert and it looked so good. Me and Zoe e-mailed actors and Becca sorted out the financial costs when it came to buying props. Alistair had been making a DVD cover on editing software. Bryony had sorted out our guest which was Tom Squires from the ice hockey team Sheffield Steelers.
8th April- We had another meeting to discuss props. Then Zoe and Becca went into town and got them. I was grabbing Sports clip videos to add into our show from YouTube.
12th April- We did even more planning. We were also setting up for our opening sequence. So I went on a mission with Bryony to ask if we could film in the Gym. Zoe and Becca brought some polo shirts so we could write down our roles and our team numbers on the back so we looked more like a football team when filming.
13th April- Becca and James were making a few changes to the script and I started making a storyboard and helping on shooting script. Zoe kept checking on the website casting call pro to see if we had any actors yet.
14th April- This day was when we organized and filmed the football opening sequence in the changing rooms inside the gym involving some of the filming crew. We got Catherine and Lauren to rub dirt and grass all over our shirts with numbers on so it looked like we had actually been to a football match. We had really good planning and organizational skills. James came up with this idea as he thought it would be funny and a good way to start the sports programme as some shows have an opening every time they’re on air. We had two cameras with us and we managed to get some really good footage. (Ben and Alistair were on Camera) We had a lot of different shots because one camera covered the whole footage whilst the other camera did different shots a lot of them close ups. We did have a few shots were you could see the other camera operator or someone in the background from the gym mirrors but we knew to edit them out. James was the director but he wanted Bryony to be the angry football manager as she’s small but James ended up doing it because he’d want it just right. We didn’t have the changing room for long so we had to be very competent and specialist so we could have it done as quickly as possible.
15th April- Today me and Becca looked for some more clips to use for our features such as the Shrovetide football game and the rubber duck race, Then Ben made the title opening but we realised there was too many of the same clips.
3rd May- Bryony, James and Zoe went and did some shooting around town to ask people what there favourite sporting memory was.
4th May- Zoe and Ben went into town to buy props for the show seeing as Zoe was set designer. Bryony and James put the script into the autocue. Becca did the opening titles.
-I hadn’t been in much this week from being ill.
11th May- I had to help out the film group as they had some people missing when doing their run through. I helped out on camera which gave me more practice for when I go on camera for the sports show. I kept checking up on Becca because she was left on her own in the classroom to edit, she did get a little stressed with it so I helped out but she finally got more into it.
12th May- We did a test run for our programme in the studio so we knew what to do for the final shoot on the 18th , seeing as it was our first try we were all time wasting with the set because we were un organized and we ended up being perfectionists and picking at props all the time. It was helpful to source out problems so we could be quicker next time. We ran through the scripts using two presenters from the other class as our main girl presenter couldn’t make it. (Meaning we couldn’t use this footage). A few of us started bickering when it came to hanging shirts on the walls but I think we did great when it came to being in control by director James and we all acted professionally. Me, Bryony and Zoe were so dedicated on finding good props we went to the Gym and the sports hall and persuaded the people to let us borrow the stuff.
13th May- Becca did some editing. The filming yesterday made us think about having to make some more changes to the set and parts of the script. We have changed the set an awful lot to what it was supposed to be before and we went over our script to make sure it was all perfect for the autoque. Today we were keen to look at the footage that we had shot the day before. To see how it looked and what we wanted to change. We all agreed that because the shirts wouldn’t hang on the wall and we had to place them around the set. That the back ground looked boring and didn’t capture the attention of the viewer. Instead we decided that it would be better to place an interesting fabric around the set that went well with the sport theme and looked good. In the end we managed to find a light blue and white striped fabric that worked really well. We also decided to change parts of the script that didn’t make much sense and that were too long as they would loose the interest of the viewer because they would get board. We then all went to work on finding new things for the set that would make it look more interesting and the editing for the rest of the footage we had shot continued.
17th May- The day everything went wrong, Tom had to sort out all our clips into one folder because all the editing was everywhere and it needed to be easier to find. All our work was in different files and there were lots of copied documents that some work had been done more on so it was so confusing. Also this day some of the clips from the opening sequence in the gym and been deleted
18th May- I was worried I wouldn’t make the final shoot as I had some private stuff to attend to, I managed to get the train into college just in time and everyone was happy to see me and it made me feel good and ready to start the job. We set up a lot quicker than on the test shoot especially when packing everything away. We had also had so much improvement on the set and it looked so much better by having a blue and white strip cloth in the background, also de cluttering the props and using different flooring. Our guest had made it and a lot of us were excited (Oh ebony) thanks to Bryony. We had Daniel Hipwell as our male presenter and Rachel Churm (One of Becca’s friends) to present and they did really well. We all had a laugh and there were only a few dilemmas in the show. All the lapel microphones were set up but we only had 2 Mics so our guest Tom had to use a standard microphone which didn’t work well because his voice was too quiet so he had to swop with Rachel. I think we did a great job, we all stuck in and we were all happy with our finished result.
19th May- We were all impressed with our work, and we started on our production diaries as they had to be in next week.
20th May- We first started on our evaluations.
24th May- The team shot for our Golf feature and we used our tutor Simon to give us golfing tips as he’s a regular player. Ben was on the xl1 and he was on the floor doing low zoomed in close-ups and I was doing long shots so we could see all the action on the xl2, as the colour wasn’t right on my camera we had to re film it. Damn!!
25th May- Most of us were preoccupied finishing our theory so there wasn’t as much production going on as I thought they’re would be, we all did our own thing.
26th May- We spent the morning lesson finishing evaluations and production diaries. Me and Bryony did some editing because some shots had been lost for our title opening.
27th May- We should have all handed in our evaluations and our finished product. Hope it all goes well.