Tuesday the 28th February, Pitch

Firstly, I started my pitch throughout the holiday and this let me dedicate the first week of college to my University interviews so that when I came today I could simply pitch my idea. This helped me out massively as I was well prepared for what I needed to do.

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My pitch went well and I got great feedback, they seemed to like the idea but they still had pointers for me work on and people for me to look at like Gregory Crewdson who will seriously improve my lighting.

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If I were to do anything differently I would only practice

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Wednesday the 8th February 2017, Finished VNA and showed Steve Irwin Museum videos

I got in and started my B roll, it did not take long to do and there were no problems with it.I added shots from the forge to the museum video and this improved the video a lot I think. After adding all the B roll to Nostalgia, it made my video a lot more spaced and the whole thing flowed a lot better now. Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 15.49.25.png I managed to finish the VNA video, this allowed me to focus on my Ucas so that I weren’t panicking before I went on holiday. I changed the title to Nostalgia as Ingham thought it was more fitting. Simple things like adding fades and titles were the last steps I were adding.

I like the VNA video but it would of been improved if I had a lot more smooth cuts between speaking, a second camera would of easily done this.

After exporting the videos I went to see Steve Irwin about the completed videos. It took a while to see him but eventually we found him, he really liked the short video as it was short looked really appealing and to the spot with interesting information. He liked the longer one for the actual look of it but it seemed he preferred the short videos than the longer. Although he did say he liked the information throughout the video and said he was relieved when he saw the video as he thought he talked too much in the interview.

I enjoyed today as I was doing small amounts of practical work and I discovered what Steve Irwin thought about the videos. I gained a small amount of feedback from Brian and he said to work on getting a few more close ups in The Forge. I like all my videos as I think they all look great, and sound good apart from a few mistakes which I will go over. If I were to do them again I would simply start them a long time before. One thing I particularly liked about the Sumerian Tablets was the scroll right next to the tablets, this provided a great opportunity to frame them all together and I think it looks great.

 

Tuesday the 7th February 2017, B roll and The Forge

I stopped off just before I got into Blackburn, this was to get some clips of the chimneys of Blackburn, this would provide good footage to compare with when my Nana talks about how many cotton chimneys there were and why they were there.

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As I went to different positions around the outskirts of Blackburn pretty much searching for chimneys I realised that one of them could be the forge were James Sharples lived and worked as a painter and a blacksmith.

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I carried on walking around to see If  I could find it and it was around this big old ammunitions building heading towards Thwaites. This was really useful as all the footage from my Forge museum video was all inside the museum.

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I filmed a few shots like this meant for The Forge video on a different day in which I filmed other B roll, this meant the sky would look different from the other shots but I’ve showed it numerous people and no one has mentioned it.

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The location was fairly similar to the painting and I noticed it due to the massive steelwork on the top, I asked and apparently his son worked in Blackburn in the same place after he died.

After discovering The Forge I had to contact Steve and tell him I was adding to the video and that I would show him soon.

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I really enjoyed this day because I got out and learnt stuff I didn’t know, I got some really good footage despite the lack of equipment and managed to get what I wanted. I didn’t get to edit so I just imported all the footage and saved it for tomorrow.

 

Monday the 6th February 2017, Shooting B roll

Today I didn’t go into college but I still went into Blackburn to get B roll footage for the VNA. I needed shots of the lack of chimneys in Blackburn as I compared what my Nana said about there being no more cotton chimneys. I got off the bus coming into Blackburn in Brownhill as that is were my Nana’s old house was, I got some shots of the streets and the area, I tried to get videos of the house and back garden but the person wasn’t in therefore I couldn’t get permission. All the shots look fairly nice even though the area is not the nicest. I didn’t have a tripod and therefore all my B roll is shot freehand. I liked the footage non the less because it shows the similarities and the massive difference in life at the same time. The church was still there and her house was still there very similar to how it was in pictures, although the back garden had changed from having an shelter in to a trampoline. Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 14.39.45.png

I got into Blackburn and went to the top spot at Corporation Park, this allowed me to get a decent view of Blackburn town. I got pans and still shots as this will be helpful for my longer VNA video as I think there will need to be a break when it is mostly speaking.

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I also got shots of the actual park as that is were my Nana had done plays before making it relevant to the video. After that I walked around Blackburn checking half of everything which needed shooting.

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This day went really well as I managed to get more than half of my B roll filmed and this means I can easily get the other half done by tomorrow. I like some of the shots but not all them will be used in the video, I just got a good amount so I have enough footage. If I were to do it again I wouldn’t change anything as I enjoyed the day and got things done.

 

Thursday the 2nd January 2017, VNA Production

I never usually name my files in Premiere Pro but this time I had to. This allowed me to get through the visual side of editing a lot quicker.

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Today I edited it until all I needed was B roll, after completing the narrative and getting through the most of the visuals throughout the week, all I needed to do was finish of putting all the clips in place and add effects to improve whatever is needed.

Therefore I am ready to collect my B roll in the following week which will provide all I need next. If I were to do today again I wouldn’t change anything as I finished the hard part editing this video.

Monday the 30th January 2017, Editing the VNA, B Roll List

Today I started editing the VNA video, this started of with me importing everything and working on the narrative. After getting feedback from Graham I decided to change the way I edit so that I consider the narrative early as I feel this video would need it considering the lack of different angles.

I started by adding the main interview, I cut it up to info I wanted and then put it together with the other cut up interview angles, this at first made a strange narrative but I knew I’d only need B roll to add breaks and use different interview angles. I had a few problems as I filmed shots of the pictures in her hand past the 180 degree rule, I really liked the shot and thought it worked well as if there was another camera there. Also I liked how the Merry England poster was in the back as it was relevant to what she talked about at the time and focus pulls from both objects looked great.

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To keep continuity was a lot of work due to the amount of footage I had to put together with each different question being different angles.

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Today went really well as I managed to arrange all the narrative, when I got to this point I made a list of all the places and objects she talks about, this will allow me to go and get B roll of all the relevant things. If I were to do it again I would of tried to get more done as I more than likely could of got the interview visuals near enough completed.

Thursday the 26th January 2017, Editing the Forge

I have been editing The Forge all week and after completing The Sumerian Tablets video, it has all0wed me to focus on this piece and get it done as soon as possible. I tried matching up movements from Steve Irwin which stopped any jump cuts appearing and created a smooth cut which looks as if there are more than one camera.

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The only problem I had is the babies cry at a small point but the information is needed in the video and I managed to isolate and remove most of babies voice in the background noise. I believe The Forge was great for it’s looks and now its narrative. I gained feedback from Graham and he exclaimed you need think about the narrative in video at the start so that it makes sense and then you can put the B roll over. Unfortunately there wasn’t much B roll to use from one room in the museum but I managed to find a few which weren’t the painting. Due to the lack of painting close ups, I had to borrow a clip of Tom Ingham who had a lot lighter shot which showed the hidden part of the painting. But, after that I gained feedback stating the painting shots need to be same brightness which I could see as a problem but I didn’t have time to go get more shots when I hadn’t started the VNA.

 

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I have completed both videos to completion but I feel as if The Forge could do with some more B roll. If I were to do this again I wouldn’t change anything as I managed to check of a large part of my production in the next couple of weeks.