Media Futures – Editorial Decisions

Production Journal 

When filming our documentary we decided to split it up into 4 sequences to make it easier to gather footage and construct the final product. Sequence 1 would be an introduction to Bristol. Sequence 2 was introducing our contributor and getting soundbites related to our brief. Sequence 3 was added after our interview where we realised the topic was more focused on Aardman than just bristol so we wanted to include some stock footage and additional material from our contributor. Sequence 4 would be a conclusion.

Bristol Media Edit

Our brief stated that the final product should be no more than 4 minutes, this created a problem during editing as it became clear that with the voice over we would be way over time if we included everything we had planned. We took the decision to reluctantly remove our sequence about Aardman, this was a shame because it was very interesting but I think it was a good lesson about having to make editorial decisions in post production and made me think about how much useful material must get left on the cutting room floor during programme making.

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Media Futures – Finding Music

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Having decided on the use of a montage to open our factual film I began looking for music that would be appropriate for the production. I wanted something that would be relevant to Bristol and also suit the style of the film as well as complimenting the style of our interview. I discovered a track called ‘Bristol Love’ by a group called Laid Blak.

While some of the lyrics depict drug use and prostitution I felt that overall the song fitted quite well with what we wanted to achieve in the introducing bristol with a montage of unusual clips as opposed to the more traditional images of landmarks and attractions. I posted the link on our facebook page and after some discussion the rest of the group agreed that we should use the track in the opening montage as a way to set the tone of our film.

Final Script for Production

Production Journal

Today we got the final script from Tom which combines both the narrated parts of the film and the responses to questions from Dave. We conducted a few read throughs and recorded these to use as a base for editing and to check the timings.

Dave Riddett Interview Script

Filming Locations

Production Journal

Bart has produced a list of locations for our filming days. He will be responsible for organising a route for the locations to enable the most efficient use of our time.

Locations for the shoot –

Clifton:
BBC Broadcasting House – Whiteladies Road, Avon, Bristol BS8 2LR
Films at 59 – 59 Cotham Hill, Avon, Bristol BS6 6JR

City Centre:
Hippodrome Theatre Box Office – 10A Saint Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ (theatre)
Colston Hall – Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 5TX

(On the other side of the river)
Arnolfini – 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA (this place is more arty but yeah)
M Shed – Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
Aardman Animations, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6UN

Other places of interest:
ITV – Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3HG
Knowle West Media Centre – Leinster Avenue, Bristol BS4 1NL

Interview Transcript and Editing

Production Journal

We decided the best way to go about creating our main script which incorporates our interview will be to transcribe the whole interview and then go through it and highlight soundbites or responses that we think are relevant to our theme.

David Riddett interview transcript

Jack transcribed the interview in super quick time and we all met up and went through the transcript with a highlighter and tore out relevant responses to create a rough script, I took the all the material home and edited the transcript to make it easier for Tom to see which parts we agreed we want including in the final script.

Question responses to be used in Doco

The next step for us will be to get a full script together and then have a read through which will highlight any problems and also give us a chance to edit it again if it is too long for our 4 minute time limit.

 

Factual Film Structure

Production Journal

We have decided it would be easier for everyone to be clear about how the film will be put together if we split the film into small sections. Having a structure laid out means we can decide what shots we need for certain parts of the film and also be clear of the styling of the shots required based on where they will sit in the final piece. Having this structure will also help Tom when writing the narration as he will know roughly how much narration is needed for each part of the film.

doco Structure

Media Futures – Production Schedule

Hannah-Jane has created a production schedule for our new media futures film. It will be useful to keep people on track and ensure that we don’t leave everything until the last minute without the time we need to edit the final product.

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Factual Film Treatment 2

Production Journal

This is the second treatment as we have decided to change from our initial proposal 

Doco Treatment

We wish to create a short linear factual programme that introduces prospective media students to a range of media companies in the local area and gives an overview of Bristol’s media landscape. The programme will follow a new university student journey to explore the city and find out what it has to offer and will be split into 4 sections. Section one will be an introduction to the city as a whole and will highlight local landmarks. This section will lead into an interview with Dave Riddett who works at Aardman Animations as a DoP. The interview will highlight some of the benefits of studying and working in Bristol. Section 2 will focus on the mainstream media companies that can be found in Bristol particularly along White Ladies road. In section 3 we will return to the interview and get more specific information on what it’s like to work in one of the big media companies in Bristol (Aardman). Our final section will focus on some of the smaller independent producers in the city and explain the benefits of having so many large and small companies working together in a small(ish) community.

The narrative will take the form of a voice over accompanied by images that relate to the script. The interview will be filmed and include cutaways to archive material to add interest to the viewer and act as editing points for the interview responses. Background music will be used to supplement the voice over but will be passive as so not to distract audience but to compliment the images.

Green Screen Technique

Production Journal 

When we filmed our interview with Dave he invited us to use his green screen as a background, we agreed as initially we didn’t plan on using the footage from the interview but keeping it as a backup. After the interview in our production meeting we discussed how the interview responses weren’t quite what we were looking for and agreed we would have to re-structure the doco to incorporate the interview in a better way and to do this we would include the footage.

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When reviewing the footage it was clear that we might have a problem using it for green screen as we hadn’t really lit it properly. I managed to crop the footage to make it more usable and found an image that could make our subjects green tint look more as if it was lit like this purposely to match the background.

Unfortunately the bad green screen has limited our use of the technique and so we have to stick to a single image.

RESEARCH – Questions for Dave Riddett

Production Journal

Part of our  task for PP1 will be designing questions to ask at our interview. Our contact is Dave Riddett, a stop motion DoP at Aardman animations. Researching Daves background, past work and future projects will be key to getting a good interview, going into an interview without knowing a bit about your contributors connection with the topic will not only be unprofessional but will make it difficult for the interviewer to engage with the contributor.

We have conducted our research using a number of online sources including interviews with Aardman on behind the scenes DVD extras as well as YouTube, internet reference sites such as IMDB and Wikipedia. We gained our most valuable information from Dave Riddetts own website which includes a very detailed biography along with showreels of his past work. Daves website is also a great resource as we know this information will be accurate where as sites such as Wikipedia may not be 100% accurate.

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When designing the questions we have structured them in such a way as to ease into the interview comfortably with some informal questions and they gradually move into more in depth questions where we hoe to gain the majority of the responses we require to fit in with our films theme. The last question will be an informal one just to lighten the mood at the end if we need it.

Questions for Dave Riddett Interview

Do sound test – Say name, spell name. Ask about breakfast and what Dave did yesterday.

Your family has a background in the creative industries, and you started learning your craft at Art college. Can you tell me what is was about film that made it take priority over your other interests. (such as performing)

  • You have many credits for your work in stop motion animation. Having an interest in both cinematography, art design and puppetry – would you consider this your ‘dream job’
  • You’re in  final stages of filming the latest Aardman feature. How does your job role change as it shifts to post production?
  • Everybody has a camera of some form these days and websites such as youtube make it easy for anyone to produce their own material. Can you tell me about your first camera and how it felt to be able to produce your very own films at that time?
  • What advice would you have for a student moving to bristol to pursue a career in media?
  • what drew you to study in bristol…what was the bristol media scene like then and what changes have you seen
  • You set up your first production company [BOLEX BROS] after studying in Bristol University. How important was University in helping your career progression?
  • Do you believe that University still offers one of the best ways of learning your craft and breaking into the industry?
  • How does the local council support the filmmaking industry
  • Why do you think bristol has developed into such a media capital
  • How do you feel bristol compares to other media focussed cities
  • Bristol is famous for the work of Aardman, do you think the constant name dropping has a negative impact on the ability to promote the other forms of creative production that Bristol has to offer?

Finally:

  • We have been told that Bristol is the City that never wakes up. Can you shed any light on this?

Production Ideas

Production Journal

We got together in our group an went over some ideas we have for our documentary. In our initial discussions we wanted to bring in a welsh connection as three of our group had come from wales, we thought the idea of a sheep would fit in with Bristols connection to Aardman (Shaun the Sheep)

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I also put forward my music video idea as a way to bring together our ideas for the sheep but make it fast enough to fit a lot of action into a small amount of time.

Factual Film Treatment

Production Journal

Doco Treatment

We are planning to create a fast paced film that explains that Bristol has more to offer than the stereotypical media companies of the main stream. The documentary will be aimed at creative people who may be considering moving to Bristol. The Documentary will have a fictional narrative which involves a character who moved to Bristol to work for Aardman. He finds the job position filled and has then to embark on a journey to find new creative roles in the area. The narrative will consist of shots of the sheep traveling around Bristol on bus, enabling the sheep visits various locations around the city.

Images will be a mix of narrative shots of the sheep, images of related media houses and cinematic shots of Bristol landmarks. Images will be accompanied by narrative provided by our interviewee. The interview will be voice only and we will not hear the questions being asked.

RESEARCH – Doco Inspiration

Inspirational Videos

I am going to try and pitch my music video idea to the group and have been searching for different videos that can explain my ideas. I find it much easier to show something as a lot of the time I find it hard to explain an idea I have in words.

The Sigma/Paloma Faith video I discussed shows essentially what the pacing of the film might look like, I think if we can get close to this then we could have a really good product.

I filmed some of this years Bristol Balloon Fiesta and in this clip I think it shows how i’d like the voice over to work against the music, The producers of the show have picked out sound bites to use to convey a message, in this case just like our film they are praising bristol.

When imagining how the video will climax I looked at the BBC Promo for the 2012 Olympics. Toward the end of the video their are action shots of spots, this is how I image our video could end with our lead character taking part in activities such as skateboarding or BMX stunts.