This is CUP410/Video Production Craft & Process. My lecturer is Martin Hughes.
Martin Hughes is our Video Production / Unit Leader. Whereas, Frankie Murdoch is just our Lecturer Video Production and teaches us how to use the equipment with Ian Williamson.
Our Agenda are:
- Understand Course: SOL – Outline – Features and Expectations.
- Prepare to meet client(s)
- Group work
- Group forming
- Work Packages
- Understand the use of blogs and seminars
- Introduction to concept of risk
- This FRIDAY 24th JAN LT1 – 1PM, someone from Railway will give us a brief about the MHR.
Understand the principles underlying collaborative working, be able to differentiate between group and team working, be familiar with the unit outline, the concept of risk and project working.
Our activities for today:
- Complete group/team working contract
- Review previous student work for MHR
- Review MHR resources
- Review client aims and objectives
- Introduction to concept of risk (including the difference between H&S and project risk)
Outputs: We should be in a production groups and they have produced/sign group working contracts.
How will we work and be assessed?
- We will work in groups for the pre-production and production.
- We will submit an individual edit of our group’s “Work Package”.
- We will submit and accompanying paperwork as AE1 – Deadlines on SOL.
- Client viewings and importance of viewings (reference to course outline).
- Indicative schedule.
Remember AE2 is an individual Critical Reflection (it will be supported by formative blog tasks).
MHR expectations is for us to be safe during filming, and promote the station at our best ability.
Our expectations is to able be safe and warm during the shoot. Also, to get the highest mark. Therefore, we need to able to utilised on what we have, the most we can.
Our films will be published on their YouTube channel. Therefore, we need to make sure is suitable for the audience to view, simultaneously, attracting their attention.
After reviewing previous student work for MHR, I can see what we can do to make our video looks good. In addition, it also give me clues of the common mistakes and what to avoid during filming.
At the same time, I also viewed other professional works. I can see that the video that able to do the basic correctly, are the one with the most viewed on their channel.
Our plan is to liaise with our client to prepare and research for our film:
I cannot believe my eyes that 1 hour train YouTube video gets over 50 million views. However, their framing was very fascinating, their was barely any camera movement, the quality was like 4K! Again, it is about doing the basic correctly. But 50 million views on train though… what the?!
On 7th February is our Reece day. Therefore, we get to go and observe everything. However, on the day we didn’t get to meet Jamie. But we did have a quick tour guard and have a better understanding of the station better.
Also, our shooting will be on the 6th March. We also going to tried get some archive footage after the shoot.
We been asked to form a group. As a result, I am with Ali, Charlie and Dean. It seems like this should turn out really well because me and Ali already worked together for Audio and we got a really good grade for it. Therefore, we already have that chemistry going already. Later, we only need to sign the group working policy and document. Scan and send it to Martin Hughes, whom is our lecturer.
What do we mean by risk in documentary and factual?
First I thought it’s about censorship, legal threats, surveillance or brutal repression. But it turns out to be H&S like falling objects and equipment on people. This maybe because the topic at MHR isn’t that serious.
How is corporate filmmaking different from documentary?
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purpose of instruction, eduction, or maintaining a historical record. Fun fact: a documentary film that runs 40 minutes or longer would be a documentary feature film.
What roles are needed?
- DoP: Director of Photography
- Documentary Sound Designer
- Camera Operator
Ali will be taking the role of the producer. Dean will be the sound engineer and designer. Charlie will be the interviewer. Whereas, I will take the role of DoP and Camera Operator. This is because I feel like this is my biggest weakness at the moment, as a media student. Therefore, this would be my best opportunity to improve it!
What are the common elements?
- Direct and indirect interviews
- Archival footage
What will clients be looking for from you?
- Strong work ethic
- Dependability and responsibility
- Positive attitude
- H&S for you and everyone around you
We learn on how to set Canon XC15 properly and safely, B-rolls and basic shooting of compositions and framing.
Keep this in mind: to make a non-living object relatable to the audience is to create a connection through relationships with human around the subject!