Research – Social Services – “Mum locks Kids in Room”

Interactive Media Research Material

I first heard about this story while traveling to Uni listening to BBC Radio 4 and thought it was related to the work we are doing for our Interactive Media module where our story centers on (fictional) failings of the social services departments in the UK.

Mirror

Click here to view the story in full on the Mirrors website.

This news story centres on the probable failings of a number of council bodies including social services who are allowing two Thirteen year old girls to be locked in their bedroom at night with a baby monitor as a way of communication between themselves and their mother in the event that they need to leave the room or are in danger from their ‘peodophile’ step father.

This story raises some serious questions about how government bodies seem to not act in a reasonable and responsible way but instead rely on a number of ‘tick box’ solutions to close a case.

This story is interesting in developing the story we are creating in which we see our characters (2 young children) separated from their father and imprisoned by a person who has been elected to protect them. I think it offers an interesting insight into how some of the decisions are made in cases like these and we could use this information to further develop our narrative and ensure realism in the story.

 

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Alchemy Virtual Reality

I attended a lecture by Phil Harper who is the creative director at AlchemyVR , a joint venture between Zoo SFX and Atlantic Productions.  The seminar offered an interesting insight to the future of virtual reality narrative and the progress that has been made in recent years with advancing technology.

As an 80’s child I remember the last failed attempt at this sort of medium and I was shocked as to how it seems to be gaining momentum. The fact that Facebook has just bought the company behind the Oculus Rift (an immersive VR headset) is sentiment to the companies commitment to get this type of experience into the mainstream.

Initially Alchemy are working with David Attenborough to create a number of immersive experiences that allow audiences to move through a VR world and see some of the earths smalles and most unique creatures close up.

AlchemyVR

I’ve yet to experience virtual reality in person but Phil emphasised that it really has moved on from the 80’s and that once you see it you will never forget it so I’m excited to see what happens with this type of interactive media in the future.

PP1: 500 Word Research Report

Research  report

The majority of the PP1 module has cantered on getting us accustomed to our new surroundings, our class mates and working practices at university through the use of various small research tasks. The research tasks such as tasks in the library and our guided walk to the centre of Bristol were interesting introductions to what Bristol has to offer. The research for the media futures factual film encouraged us to build on this research and explore further the types of opportunities that Bristol has to offer in terms of Media production.

Through our research for the Media Futures film we discovered that although Bristol is known for its big name production companies such as Aardman animations and The BBC’s Natural History unit it was also home to a vast number of smaller independent production companies, many of which specialise in their own areas of the production process. I found a great resource for my research was the directory website ‘Bristol Media’ which is like a yellow pages of all the relevant media practitioners in the area. An article on the Bristol Media website states that according to a NESTA poll Bristol & Bath account for 2 out of the top 9 cities in the UK for creative industries. The Bristol Media Barometer (2014) reports that there are 15,900 jobs in the creative industries across the Bristol and Bath region, amounting to £660m in Gross value added (GVA) each year.

A lot of my own research for this project came with researching our media practitioner prior to setting interview questions. Research was essential to ensure the questions we asked were relevant to both the practitioner and our films theme. Luckily there was a lot of information on our practitioner on his website biography and there were many other sources of research available online. The interview itself offered some interesting information about why Bristol is such a great media city with our contributor explaining that it was relatively cheap to set up here when compared to other cities and the close nit feel of the city means that small production companies can work and socialise with each other making for a more creative and productive environment.

The Sweding and TV Studio exercises were an excellent opportunity to jump into media head first and a great way to break the ice with our fellow students. The Sweding was an interesting way to show how using fundamental scenes we could re-create a film in its basic form using basic methods. The TV studio exercise was a real eye opener for the majority of us and introduced us to the fast paced (and exciting) world of live TV broadcast and the many different job roles that there are when creating such a product.

All three of our projects in this module have introduced us to the importance of productive group work when creating media products, they encouraged us to try out different skills while working together and sharing expertise to create a product. We learned how if the group doesn’t work together then the end products quality will be affected. The Module has been a good introduction to Bristol as a media city and encouraged me to continue researching what the city has to offer in terms of employment opportunities when I finish my studies.

References:

http://www.bristolmedia.co.uk/Media/new-assets/14305bristolmedia_0.pdf

http://www.bristolmedia.co.uk/

http://www.nesta.org.uk/

http://davealexriddett.com/biography/

Research Database: Films At 59

Films at 59 Post Production
59 Cotham Hill
Clifton
Bristol
BS6 6JR

Tel: 0117 906 4300
Fax: 0117 923 7003

http://www.filmsat59.com/

Pre and post production services founded in 1990. Specialise in supporting productions providing services such as editing, suites, grading , equipment hire and specialist crew.

Recent Projects:

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This company will be useful to follow when trying to move into documentary filmmaking. Aswell as offering post production services which I am interested in they also hire out equipment and act as a database for freelance workers which is how most people in the industry work.

 

Media Futures Factual Film

Credits:
Gareth Croft – Camera, Sound, Assistant Producer, Editor
Bart Chomiszczak – Research, Location Manager
Jack Anthony Coliandris – Research, Camera, Location Director
Tom Creagh – Presenter, Interview researcher, Camera
Hannah-Jane Churchman – Producer, Camera
Simona Cucinella – Camera
Today we presented our final edit of our Media Futures fil to the rest of the group. We had to do a short presentation and take questions about the film and hear some critical feedback.
The majority of the feedback was positive, people liked the way it was edited and said it felt like a ‘real’ short film that they might see on TV which is pleasing. There was some critical feedback, Charlotte thought that we had missed an opportunity with the green screen footage and thought that we perhaps could have used it further to contribute to the film instead of just using a static background. Dominic commented on our choice of music and how while it was music that related to the film we might have wanted to consider how the lyrics (which mentioned drugs and prostitution) might not fit in with the theme we were trying to portray.
Having been a bit nervous at how the film would be received I was relieved to get positive comments, having had to change our initial idea and opt for a more ‘bog standard’ style that we are used to on TV I expected to face some harsher criticism.
I think this process has proved to highlight to all of us in the group the importance of setting roles and proper commitment to planning and research, we started out in a lack lustre fashion but have quickly gelled into a group that I think can go forward to create some well produced work together.

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.

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.