Media Future Critical Analysis

When we were briefed on what we should aim for in this documentary, my group and I had ideas and we work on eliminating some of the bad ones out. Things were still very unsure, until we were given the name of the person who worked in the media industry introduced by Mr Dominic to help us out. This certainly makes thing easier as we started to research on our interviewee James Dalby, though his website and other miscellaneous websites to find out more about him.

It turns out that he had worked for BBC as Editor Assistant and is also an a sort of engineer who build gadgets such as the a slow-mo camera slider useful for time lapses that can be controlled. Although it is still a prototype, it has so far work pretty well. Thus we began to plan out how to include this gadget into the interview questions regarding his jobs and his opinion of Bristol Media Industry.

Each of us contributed to personal questions that we could use for the interview. Meetings were held almost evert week to make sure each of us was updated with the latest development. Sometimes, we also updated some stuff on our own facebook group to inform others necessary informations like timing of shootings or meetings.
My group members were very active, everyday the facebook would be filled with discussion. There was once one of these discussions change the original planning that we had as we feel that it was better and more in line with the theme.

My group was one of the earliest to complete the interview in the library. Each os us did our roles, the producer called up the interviewee, arranged the meetings etc, while the director prepared the equipments and finalised the questions to make sure we can create a smooth flowing documentary. The rest of us set up the scenes using library lights, I also did the sound recording using Tascam from the sides, and one of us used his own DSLR to take different shots of the interview process.

Post production was met with some hiccups as some of us were busy with the SISE projects and thus were unable to turn up. We also came across problems with AVID and instead revert back to Premiere Pro and edited the clips in one of our member’s studio room as we could not book out the computer in school. However, we did manage to find time to decide on the sounds, images or other videos needed to enhance the documentary.

There were some extra shots we took in-between editing when we realised we were short of usable or relevant clips. We would then met up at the place using our own equipment to shoot them before adding them into the next editing process. Overall, everything went well without much of a problem, with the exception of long absence of some members.

My thoughts on the completed products are that I think we could do more, especially after seeing other groups’ documentary, ours is a bit bland and boring. I realised that we did not dare to change the style of it, unlike the rest. Though ours is one of the most informative, which I am glad it achieved this, but it is also one of the most normal, with no new creativity added to it. I feel that we should be more experimental and willing to risk, which I believe will be essential to make our clip stands out more.

Aside from this, some of the roles are mixed and not really clear on who should be doing what other than the major roles. This caused some of us to do too little or do too much, which is quite troublesome and unfair. I will take note of this to make sure that it will not happen, or less likely to happen in the future for my projects/group projects.


SISE Evaluation

Our final group project is to make a 2 minutes video that combines what we learn from our own individual SISE for sound, still image and moving images. Our aim for the project is to show the viewers a sense of place of our desired location, letting them experience the place visually and sonically through the creative combination of the three mediums.

The place that we have chosen is The Lanes, a bar in City Centre that has bowling lanes, pool tables, karaoke room and a casual dining place. It is often frequented for bowling activities or just for people wanting to try some activities while drinking with friends.

When we visited the place, we were interested to show the fun relaxed atmosphere of the place, in contrast to the outside world, aka City Centre. Music played in the bar has an upbeat tone to it, and the walls are fairly soundproof that the road construction outside could barely be heard inside at all. The only louder sounds are just the bowling ball hitting the pins in the 5 lanes.

We discussed on how to start the pre-production process, and I suggested a timeline which encompasses bowling, pool and drinks. The beginning shows and introduce the lanes in first person(goPro) going into the door and then start playing bowling. I also planned to add some shots from different angles to show the space of the venue, as well as the people’s reaction from the other side of the lanes.

On the day of shooting itself, we set up 2 DSLR and started playing and having fun for the whole period. This, in particular, is important to present to the viewer that The Lanes is meant for people having fun during such activity. The sounds of sighing, cheering , balls hitting the pins or going into the gutter makes the whole place more lively and serves its purpose.

Our techniques of fading in blurring shot by focusing on individual components slowly or quickly helps to smooth the pace of the clip. Chairs, tables, bar counters and ball rolling are filmed separately, with each scene resembling still images to capture the detail and present them in a way that shows how they fit the place itself.

One unexpected interesting ideas came to us when the owner allows us to visit the back of the bowling lanes, revealing to us how the machinery works from behind the counter to pick up fallen pins and delivers the ball back to the player through a special tube. This gives a whole new point of view that is normally not seen normally by players. We try to capture this process in as great detail as we can.

Showing viewers two different worlds, and a world within a world; just like the upbeat world inside a bar inside the City Centre, while exploring the unknown mechanism that work behind the scenes of the bowling lanes, these perspectives captures the viewer’s attention, their mind learning something new from watching something which they hardly know about before, and that, too, is part of our aims.

SISE Group Project : Final Editing

Today after the lecture, we edited the sound that was recorded using Tascam into the originally completed video which we edited last week using Hattie’s macbook.

We made the sound not in sync with the video, to make the background ambience sound more prevalent and given focus to give the ‘sense of place’.

The result came out better than I expected and we are ready for tomorrow’s presentation!! XD



500 Words Evaluation of Sweding/Tv Studio Workshop & Bristol Media Industry

Evaluation of the Sweding and TV Studio workshops

This is my first time doing Sweding and also getting invokved in TV Studio workshops. Before this, I have only small experience in handling camera and sounds mics, while I have never done Sweding-like shots, which emphasize the importantness of each shooting of a clip, instead of shooting many times to get the desired outcome.

For the Sweding process, I have learnt that improvisation is the key, as we are not allowed to edit it in post-production, everything has to be set up nicely and according or very close to what you desired in a scene. Also, with no special effect able to be inserted, we have to improvise, like changing the white balance to make a different color grading on the fly for different effects. We have to take into account of the angles and how we can shoot it physically possible.

As for TV Studio workshops, I have found that each role is really important. I am the Floor Manager in the workshop, and I learnt that communication is very important, especially between me and the director in the control room, if any of us did our job badly, it will hamper the interview process and all of us have to restart again. I have to be able to communicate with those in the room to transmit to them what the director wants while also make sure nothing goes wrong during the filming.

Bristol media industry

Bristol is one of the cities that are known for it’s creative media, especially in the England West Region, where it is one of the biggest player in this industry. Upon arriving in Bristol, I found that it is very different, like say, London, as the moment I step into this city, multiple arts installaltion can be seen anywhere, from walls to even pavements! The creativity of the people in Bristol is really one of a kind and the city allows the people to express them freely. As a result, street arts is in abundance and creative companies continue to increase their presence in this unique area.

According to one of the interviews with an alumni who had worked in BBC, James Dalby, he had said that Bristol’s famous for it’s media. BBC sets up one of their branches here, and there are many people who set up companies , and most of them are usually alumnis from UWE media courses. This makes making connections with the industry here easier as they have gone through almost the same road and able to find success.

These really inspired me as I find that getting into such industry will normally be a difficult process in other cities. Though it is still difficult, I am more rest assured of getting in due to past experiences of the aluminis and also on the attitude of media that Bristol has paid attention to.

Countess indie films are shown throughout the various placed bars or cafes, signifying the small but growing popularity of such platforms that allows beginner filmmmakers to showcase their films and this helps the media production and distribution easier in Bristol.