New Chartist Idea First Tutorial – Jen Stein

Over the past week myself and Hannah-Jane have had a complete U-Turn on out idea proposal. Initially we planned to work with the National Museum of Wales in their St Fagan’s welsh history museum but we had complications with access and story so it was a very slow process. While working with the Museum we had the opportunity for some work experience with them filming the annual Newport Chartism commemorative march, doing this inspired me to change the idea for our project and this is the one we will pitch to the industry.

Jen Stein

This was our first meeting with Jennifer. Jen is an Assistant Research Professor of Media Arts + Practice at the University of Southern California and is over in the UK for a year carrying out research with UWE and the pervasive media studio. This tutorial was really useful because Jen was unaware of our previous idea so she had no opinion of it which meant we could pitch our new idea in a totally fresh way. This pitch also gave us the chance to explain the background to the idea to somebody who is unfamiliar with the content and the area that our project would take place in.

Jens tutorial was a chance for us to get more enthusiastic about the Chartism project, she gave us some practical advice on accessibility, having the project online for armchair viewing and how we could overcome security issues with equipment such as having people pay a deposit/leave a driving licence or be accompanied around by adults or members of the team. We planned on using a screen to display the Klynt page and Jen advised us about the cost of the touch screen but also that using a normal screen with a mouse might not work as many people still may not know how to use it.

As we are planning on making a real world element and an online element Jen advised that they shouldn’t be identical. We want users who experience the real world story to be able to find different things in the online version so that they are not just seeing what they just experienced. this could be as simple as having items talked about in the real world experience on display in the online element but with more information. Essentially we need to make both experiences worth doing by the same group of people.

With regard to the app we discussed the importance of making people look around, we don’t just want to spoon feed them the information, we want them to be actively involved in the story and this can be as simple as directing them to look for something.

Jen recommended checking out street artist Candy Chang for inspiration with our interactive elements. We were particularly interested in the ‘I Wish I Was‘ project that invited people to place stickers around the local area in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. This idea fits into our pans to ask the public to suggest a new peoples charter.

Candy Chang 'I Wish I Was'

Candy Chang ‘I Wish I Was’

Jen has given us some great inspiration and highlighted some of the practical problems we will face. a Very useful first tutorial.

 

 

 

New Chartist Idea Tutorial – Judith and Alistair

New Chartist Idea Tutorial – Judith and Alistair

This afternoon we had tutorials with both Alistair and Judith about our new Chartism project. We were a bit apprehensive about suggesting a new project at this stage in the semester but myself and Hannah-Jane felt that we had valid reasons for parking the St Fagans project (access, pace of development and story) and that our new idea was a lot more suitable and achievable.

Our first tutorial was with Judith was brief but we explained our reasons for the project change and Judith was positive about our plans, she was aware of the Chartism movement and was pleased that we were continuing to work with interactive platforms. I think she was particularly pleased that we had now included the Klynt application which will allow us to create an interactive archive of our event and the research we will be carrying out.

Our third tutorial of the day was with Alistair. We briefly explained the project to him and he offered some useful advise on research. Primarily that we had to nail the history of the Chartists ready for the pitch so that we could easily and clearly explain both the project idea and Chartism in general as most people will be unaware of the movement. Alistair also suggested some people to contact for research for the project and students who could maybe help with that. Colin Thomas who is a BBC film maker and is part of the Bristol Radical History group. and Ben Pike, A fellow student who has made a number of social history films while at UWE.

Our meeting came just two days after the election of Donald Trump and with this in mind along with Brexit we all felt that this project could fit in well with the current mood for politics and change in the UK and around the world. Our project documents part of the introduction of real Democracy in the UK and the plight of the people who fought for it and could remind people about how important it is and how it may/mayn’t be being eroded.

Casting “90 Seconds of Love” [Working Title]

’90 Seconds of Love’

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Project Overview:

Written and Directed by Hannah-Jane Churchman and Produced by Gareth Croft. A Short film as part of a second year film and media course at UWE Bristol.

“90 seconds of love” is a story that follows the journey of a 7 year old girl seeking to answer the question “what is love?”.We explore, through this girls memories, love as seen by a child.”

Casting Details:

We are currently auditioning for a voice over role with the aim to using a voice over throughout the piece to compliment the visual narrative. We are looking to cast a male or female between the ages of 5 and 8 years old and have a particularly ‘innocent’ tone. we have a very low budget for this project so unfortunately cannot make any payments for time or expenses. All actors and crew will be working on a voluntary basis.

The role will require the Actor to read a short page of script using their natural tone and accent. The Actor will be required for approximately 2 hours on the day of recording and will need to be chaperoned by a Parent or Guardian at all times. The ability to learn and recite a small amount of text would be beneficial but not essential.

Recording is due to take place on the 20th March 2016 in the Newport area. The date is subject to change.

Initial auditions will be conducted through email and will require the Parent/Guardian to record a short voice clip of the Actor reading a piece of set dialogue (Below). The voice clips can be recorded by any means and we suggest using a microphone app on a smart phone. The short voice clip should then be emailed to the address below alongside details of the child’s first name, age, Parents/Guardians contact details and address.

After reviewing auditions we will make further contact to arrange further auditions if required. We will try to contact all applicants but may not be able to contact all unsuccessful applicants.

Audition Details:

If you feel your child may be suitable for this role then please record them reading one (or both) of the two sentences below (script). The quality of the recording is not important at this stage. We suggest using a microphone app on a smart phone that will enable you to save and email the file. Once you have made the recording(s) then please email them as an attachment to: gareth.croft@gmail.com with the subject line: Casting Along with the contact details of the Parent/Guardian, The child’s first name and age.

Entrees should be submitted by 14/02/2016 (Sunday)

Script:

“Love is when my mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”

Important Information

When allowing a child to audition for a role it’s important not to get their hopes up so please bear this in mind when talking to your child. All submitted entries and contact information will be confidential and not passed onto any third party. All auditions will be destroyed by 20/03/2016 and contact details removed. All actors will be chaperoned by consenting parents/guardians at all times on the day of production and written permission to record and edit recordings will be required from the consenting parent/guardian before production commences. In line with Government guidelines for children working in entertainment, actors should not have worked more than 3 days in the past 6 months.This is a voluntary role and no payment will be given for either time nor expenses in connection to this role.  

Thank You for reading and good luck! If you have an further question then please contact us on the above address and we will do our best to reply swiftly.