My Year In Madrid

Within this blog post I will be talking about my year in Madrid. The countless experiences that I have had throughout the year that’s helped me grow and feel a lot more prepared about my final year and leaving university. I will be breaking this into 3 parts. Each part will be reflecting on each term that I have completed out here in Madrid, talking about specific encounters and an overall summary of the year.

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1st Term (Sept – Dec)

The first term out of all of them was the one that probably would stand out the most, from the shock of living aboard for the very first time, to visiting new and wonderful places whilst meeting so many amazing people. Being able to live free and how you want to in a completely different country was some what liberating. Being able to depend on no one else but yourself was sometimes quite scary but something that I have come to love. It’s easy being at home relying on mum or the people around you to get things done, but out here when you first move out, you can’t, you’re thrown in at the deep end. It’s something that you have to adapt to very quickly (which is ten times harder when you can’t speak the native language). You have two options in this situation, you either face it head on or you can shy away and go home. I’m not saying that I never had second thoughts within the first few weeks here in Madrid because I did, it was at times hard, but you come to love the place and settle down. I’m glad I stuck the first few weeks out here, because they shaped the rest of the year for me and made me realize that I can achieve what I set out to do when I applied back in March of 2016 sitting in my student house on a dull grim day in Coventry.

What helped me the most were my flat mates. Like me they were Erasmus students. There was a wide range of nationalities in the flat. We had two Dutch students, one polish, one Belgium and one Spanish. It sounds like a start of a bad joke. But these people taught me so much that I didn’t know before. Living on a tiny little island for 20 years of my life and being my ignorant self I thought I knew a lot about the world. But how wrong I could be. Just from these 4 different nationalities I learnt so many things that school or education couldn’t teach you about the problems these countries have faced in the past and the wonderful places within them. From learning basic words in their languages to eating some of there well known dishes I was extremely grateful to meet these people and the things that I have learnt and taught them will stay with me for a very long time.

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Before going out to Madrid when choosing my modules I wanted to try something new, something out of my comfort zone. Many people that I had spoke to before coming out were choosing modules that we had already done in Coventry. This confused me because I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before. So that when I leave I could take the skills that I had learnt into the real world, the skills that Coventry University couldn’t teach me. In Coventry I study media production but the three modules I chose to pick up in the first term were Ecommerce, it was about setting up our own online brand/company. Which helped me learn about business management and what it takes to get a company off the ground. The other course combined this one and taught me about management values and what resources you need to start a business up, and how to create a business plan from scratch. The final one was my favourite, this was about logo design. A real company came in and asked us to create a logo that they would use for their company, which was great. I learnt a lot about new software that I wouldn’t of ever of used without this class and how to work with an actual client. That was one thing that was very important for me going out to Madrid. Not only learning about different cultures, meeting new people and travelling the world, it was vital for me to gain new skills that I could directly apply to a job in the future.

There were times during the first trimester that I did struggle on the course compared to other people that studied the course full time in the country that they came from and I knew going into them that it wasn’t going to be plain sailing. There were many challenges that I faced in class that I had to overcome, such as the first few tasks in the logo design module, I had never used the software ‘Adobe Illustrator’. We had to create a quick idea for a logo, it took people a lot quicker to complete the task than it did for me. I was slightly embarrassed but as time went on I learnt the software and other students went out of their way to help me. Again very similar to my flat mates I made a close bond with people in this class. A mixture of Europeans from France, Italy and Belgium. It was great meeting new people from different countries and learning the experiences in their home country and what they think of the UK. With this small group I would visit different places around Madrid, mainly different restaurants and tapas bars to find the best food from our countries. Sadly the friends that I had made in this term all left in December and wouldn’t be returning in January, which was another learning experience for me. Which leads me onto the second term in my crazy year abroad.

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2nd Term (Jan – April)

Starting this term I thought would be great, energising and full of excitement, but it didn’t turn out this way. Well at least for the first few weeks anyway. It was like groundhog day. Coming back majority of the friends that I had made had left and gone back to their home countries to carry on with their studies, which meant that I would have brand new flat mates which is always daunting and new class mates. One of the biggest lessons that I had learnt about this term was about adjustments. Adjustments to everyday life. In the previous term I had an amazing time but going 15 weeks without going home was difficult at times for myself. To go back at Christmas and see family and friends was amazing. To be back in a place where people understand me. A place where I fitted in. A place where I could be myself without any cultural differences. The three weeks were amazing and at the end I didn’t want to go back. But I thought to myself ‘I’ve done it before, it’ll be easy going back’. But when I first arrived back I struggled, I got use to home life and the comforts it gave me. From the food, to having an endless supply of clean clothes, the simple things.

This was the only time in the whole year where I seriously considered going home for good. But as time went on I got back into my routine and met my new flat mates and course mates and started new courses just like I did when I first arrived in September. One thing that really helped me within this term was the adjustment time. I was then able to go into unknown situations without feeling anxious or worried. I learnt to take things on the chin and just carry on. Because the one thing that I thought throughout was ‘I’ve come this far’. When silly little things like building work waking me up every morning at 7AM, or disagreements with the new flat mates or problems with the courses at my University , even to the flood in my flat which destroyed a lot of belongings I was able to brush it aside and carry on with ease. Throughout this term I felt I was understanding more about the cultural differences due to the people that I was around. A group of friends and I would play football in the main square in which is known as Madrid’s poorest area and one with the highest crime rates. I couldn’t feel safer there, it really does feel like a community and we were apart of it. When we would play we would have people joining in and wanting to know whom the strange foreign people were, who were playing football in their square. From men to kids and even the occasional dog, everyone was friendly and very welcoming. It was also interesting to see that in the evenings of the weekend everyone would come out into the square, socialise with friends and drink and do what makes them happy. Its something you would never see in England, but something that I love. Where I come from everyone is quite distant and rarely communicate but here it seems everyone knows everyone, for an area with the highest crime rate it couldn’t differ more from the great experiences that I had there.

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In terms of University. I encountered some problems, which added to my thoughts about leaving and going home. I’m glad I went through what I did at the time because I feel that it helped me overcome problems by myself. Many of the courses overlapped so I had to change courses and some of the courses were cancelled without the University telling the students. It help me adapt quickly which was tough because I joined other classes late, which was hard socially and academically. I managed to overcome this, catch up with the work, make some close friends within the class and manage to pass the class comfortably. The one fear that I have had for many years was exams and I would try to avoid doing them if I could since sixth form. I get very panicked and stress a lot about them. This term it was unavoidable. But it taught me a lot, I went into the exam confident which was a first for me, I didn’t know why but I think it helped me perform a lot better than I expected. For a class on marketing, something that I had never done before I was able to match some students that had studied it before which I was proud of.

3rd term (April – June)

For me this is a difficult term to talk about. Being so close to the end is scary. It’s hard to reflect on this year because I don’t want it to end. The third term has been my most enjoyable. Unlike the two other previous terms I haven’t had to deal with as much change. I still have all of my friends from second term here, I’ve gone into a module that I really enjoy and probably the best thing about it all is that the sun is back! The weather is back to what it was when I first joined in September meaning that I’m outside and playing sport and enjoying the weather something that I definitely wouldn’t be able to do in the gloomy slums of Coventry. The thing that has surprised me this term is my knowledge on the city. By the start of second term I was over confident on my knowledge of the city and places to go when friends and family visit. But there’s so much to take in and learn from this place that I hadn’t seen in the first two terms. So with my remaining time I’m doing as much as a can to cover the whole of Madrid and learn as much as I can about the city and what it has to offer. When thinking about my academic work this year I’m extremely proud of what I have accomplished, I’ve stepped into many different fields within Media and Marketing and attempted new subjects I knew nothing about, passing every course and even achieving some of the highest grades I’ve received since the start of University.

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There hasn’t been many problems that I have faced, because majority of them I’ve already been through and defeated. This last 8 weeks is about taking everything that I have learnt about myself and the amazing city of Madrid, soaking it all up and enjoying it for what its worth. Taking my favourite experiences and reliving them. Such as climbing the mountains of Madrid or visiting my favourite cities near Madrid and taking the worst and going over what I learnt about them. Such as the homesickness in January or the culture shock when I first arrived back in September. These things are important to me because bad or good these things have shaped my year and how I’ve got through it. Even as I write this now within the coming weeks I’ll learn so much more, from the Erasmus blues that my friends that have already left have told me about, to how I adjust back to home life come June. I’m excited about going back into my final year at Coventry and using the things I’ve learnt both academically and socially to get the most I can out of my degree and my final year as student, it has given me many ideas about my FMP and I’m feeling a lot more confident about it compared to what I was thinking before I started Erasmus. Without this year I feel I would of struggled with the nerves that come with your final year and the pressures that I know you face. The problems that I’ve faced this year and how I’ve dealt with them will guide me through and I know I’ll accomplish what I set out to do when I got my scholarship back in 2014.

I feel like a kid on Christmas day when his parents tell him its time for bed. If I could have it my way I’d do another year out here. But it’s time to sit back and realise what this experience was about. It was about throwing myself into the unknown, putting myself under immense pressure and seeing if I could cope. All of the experiences have lead me down to my final year in September and come this time next year the start of the rest of my life. All good things come to an end. But unlike some of those things at least I have something to take away from it. Countless memories that will stay with me forever, a bunch of new friends from all over the world, an experience that’s changed the way I think about different cultures and the way I approach changes and opportunities that I may not of took before this year. Something money cannot buy.

201MC: Internship 3

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I’ve now been at Vanny Radio Station completing my internship for 2 months now and I feel very confident and happy with what I am doing, although it is clearly not a full time job because I have to put my hardest into University work I am making big strides in understanding what life will be like after University in a full time job. As time goes on I am been given more and more responsibility with the company, even with small things such as passwords into different accounts and making sure that everything is locked up when I am the last to leave in the day.

I am still managing the Social media accounts and have seen good progress with these and slowly it is helping the station get more viewers. Progress is being made with the website. I have had input into the colour schemes and the layout of the website and what pages should go where. And content about the DJ’s have been created, which is also been used to send out Email advertisements to different local companies for sponsorship for both our company and theirs. I feel comfortable within my job role and feel as though I am appreciated by everyone there. I try my best to get the jobs done to the very best of my ability because I know that I am not just representing myself when I do these tasks I am representing the company. So proofreading emails doesn’t sound very exciting but in the grand scheme of things its very important to do because small mistakes like these could portray the company in a bad light.

I’m very pleased I was given this opportunity to work for this company I have learnt a lot over the past two months and that is thanks to myself and the people who trust me within the company. I now can say I have worked with a media based company handling Social media account, sending and proof reading emails, and having a big impact on the companies branding.

201MC: Internship 2

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So far I am 1 month into my Internship at Vanny Radio in Coventry. I am attending around 2 or 3 times a week for a few hours at a time with more work being done outside the office. I am mainly just managing the twitter account and Facebook account and trying to increase the followers. Within the first week of me working the account had gained over 100 more followers, and when speaking with the manager I had given he ideas on ways that could increase the number of listeners to his show. For example I know that a lot of the tweets were about DJ’s appearing on the show but many of them didn’t have a link to find where the show was. So I suggested to him that after majority of the tweets make sure that there is a link to the to the station.

Other accomplishments within this month was gathering content for the new website that they are planning to make. We had taken photos of the DJ’s and are now in the process of getting more information about them to create a page purely based on the DJ’s and what kind of show the viewers can expect to find when listening to them. Because each DJ is different. Each of them have a different style something others wont have. The viewers then can decide on when to tune in and when they can next listen to their favourite DJ.

I feel like I have come a long way within this first month. Making a good impression is always important and so far I think I have done with this. I have made sure that I turn up on time always and make sure that I get along with everyone in the office. This internship means a lot to me and I want to do everything that I can to make sure that I make a good impression of myself. I will continue to work hard around my studies to try and improve the marketing techniques for this company

201MC: Filming in Prague

Within my Time in Prague we set out to make a movie.This was the first time I had ever done official work outside the U.K. The role that I applied for was the role that I was given. That role was Director of photography. I wanted to be this role because in previous tasks and projects I have worked on I have enjoyed working with and behind the camera.

When it came to the meetings majority of people were very good. We turned up on time and we were very enthusiastic about the project that we were given. We had two solid ideas for the story we wanted to use for our short film. When it came to filming out in Birmingham and in Prague I feel that was where I learnt the most. Personally I wanted to go into the shoots knowing exactly what I had to do as a director of Photography. Having weekly meetings with the cameraman and director really helped this.

We was able to work well with each other, and know what we had to do on set. There was only so much you could plan for the lighting because you wouldn’t know how it would look on camera until the day, thankfully we had given ourselves enough time to try out a few different things on the day, which ended up working very well for us. I myself have learnt a lot about the process of making a short film, and feel this has really helped me in my 201 professional development. From everything such as meeting with the actors for a table read, right to making sure our actors were treated in the best possible way, it really did feel like a professional film set. Learning the role from other people through the Internet, to meeting a director and working D.O.P. We all put a lot of work into the film both on and off the set.

201MC: Costume Company Work

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Over the past week our group has found some freelance work for us to do. The opportunity was a great chance for us to work with a great costume company in Coventry. We have spoke to them about taking photos for their website. They have a new selection of clothing that they wanted us to take photos for. For booked out the equipment needed for the shoot such as A Cannon 70d, L.E.D panel lights and reflectors. We also got in models for the shoot. But this was were the first problem occurred. On the day we didn’t have a proper location to shoot at and the models didn’t show up on the day. This made us look unprofessional. We done the best that we could with what we had on the day.

But overall we wasn’t pleased with the outcome of the photos. I myself tried to save the photos in the editing process but I couldn’t do much with any of them. They wasn’t up to a standard that I would of liked. So instead of trying to use them and putting them onto the website, we thought the best decision to do is to redo the shoot again another time. We apologised to the company and they were fine with it because they understood the problem that we had, although this does slightly affect our credibility it is better than having a half job done. Now next time we can learn from the mistakes such as booking out a proper area to do the shoot, and having reliable models for the shoot too. We are still very much looking forward to doing this tsk with a great local company in Coventry and improving ourselves as professionals

264MC Evaluation

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For this module we were expected to get into groups of 7 or 8 and produce a short film. Within this extract I will be looking into the process as a whole, from the Pre production plan, to my specific role and how the film turned out. The role that I applied for was the role that I was given. That role was Director of photography. I wanted to be this role because in previous tasks and projects I have worked on I have enjoyed working with and behind the camera.

When it came to the meetings majority of people were very good. We turned up on time and we were very enthusiastic about the project that we were given. We had two solid ideas for the story we wanted to use for our short film. Because they were both strong stories that everybody liked it was hard for us as a group to decide as a group which one to go for. Because of this it slowed down the group in the progress that we wanted to make. We turned up to pitches with two idea’s to show rather than one, which as a group we can all agree on if we could go back in time we would change this. We should have decided on what we wanted and gone with it for the sake of the group.

The one thing that I did really enjoy working with this group was the fact everything was planned very well and apart from choosing the story we were always ahead of time. We didn’t want things to pile of top of us, we set clear deadlines as a group, and individually. For example as D.O.P one task that I gave myself was to look into different director’s of photography and look into what the job role entailed. We set out group meetings with different departments at least once a week which both worked very well, but at times caused rifts in the group. In the sense that every department knew what they had to do and what they were going to do for that week it worked extremely well. But I feel that not knowing at different points were other departments were was sometimes confusing. I feel we should have had more whole group meetings to make sure everyone knew where they stood, and if one department was working ahead of schedule and one wasn’t, help could have been given.

When it came to filming out in Birmingham and in Prague I feel that was where I learnt the most. Personally I wanted to go into the shoots knowing exactly what I had to do as a director of Photography. Having weekly meetings with the cameraman and director really helped this. We was able to work well with each other, and know what we had to do on set. I think the only problem we had on set was the fact we wasn’t able to use both camera and lighting in the location that we were at before, so the lighting plan that was made for the shoot had to be altered on the day. There was only so much you could plan for the lighting because you wouldn’t know how it would look on camera until the day, thankfully we had given ourselves enough time to try out a few different things on the day, which ended up working very well for us.

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Looking at our final edit I was pleased to see how our film had turned out. On screen it looks the exact way we wanted it to look. As a D.O.P to have a vision and see it turn out as excepted its great. I think the strongest thing about the edit is the acting from Francesca and Damian, they two characters played their roles very well. I also think the shoot that we shot in Birmingham, which was the dinner scene looked very nice, both because of the lighting and the location its self and how the scene was set. The only thing that I would change if we could go back would be the amount of takes we took. There were a few were I feel they wasn’t as good as they could have been for the actors and to spend a little more time on them could of made a huge difference, but as most films are we ran out of time to reshoot because we were very limited for time.

I myself have learnt a lot about the process of making a short film, and feel this has been the most beneficial module to myself in the two years I have spent here. From everything such as meeting with the actors for a table read, right to making sure our actors were treated in the best possible way, it really did feel like a professional film set. Learning the role from other people through the Internet, to meeting a director and working D.O.P. We all put a lot of work into the film both on and off the set, I can proudly say i was apart of this team. We worked well together and got what we wanted. The one thing as D.O.P I struggled on the most and was very nervous about was the lighting, after sitting down and talking about it I was able to set out a solid plan that worked very well with our film. I was very pleased with the cinematography of our film. I worked very closely with the director and cameraman and the bond that we had made it easier for us to get the shots that we wanted. At the start of the process I wouldn’t of known how to light a huge manor hall or an intense scene in a cramped hallway, or creating different lighting to show what time of day it is, but this process has taught me a lot about how to do this, and how having control over all aspects of lighting is a huge benefit to D.O.P. It’s this small things I have learnt over this process that makes me feel much more prepared and pleased with myself going into the future.

Short Film contextualisation

What is Short Film? According to the Academy of Motion pictures a Short film is a film that is under forty minutes including credits. When film started back in 1894 all films were classed as Short films. A popular example of this would be ‘Kinetoscope’. But as the industry grew along with technology it gave directors the chance to edit longer film. As time progressed feature films were created and become the normality within Film, because it was what audiences expected. Although many Short films were still produced by the likes of Salvador Dali and Thomas Edison feature films took the front seat in the film industry.

The reason for many Short films being created is the fact the people creating it does not have the funding to create a feature length film. A film that I looked closely into was a Short film created by Antonio Oreña-Barlin called ‘Drawcard. This film was made back in 2015 by Adam Dunn, Thomas Mittchell and Oreña-Barlin. The short film is a live action comedy about an office worker that has been pranked, and wants to find a way to get his own back, but it badly backfires. There are many moments in the film were the plot twists and thickens, it makes for a very easy watch, with many laughs throughout. This film had and extremely low budget, but it didn’t matter because it didn’t lessen the film in any way. Many Short films that are produced have extremely low budgets. Because of the fact many Short films are created because of low budgets, it opens doors for many young people such as students, and it acts as a great introduction into film production.’Short films really helped me develop as a story teller, animator, and as a director.’ (John Lasseter)

There are many ways that Short films are funded. One that is used very often at the moment is crowd funding. An option that is very popular at the moment is creating a page on sites such as ‘gofundme’ and ‘indigogo’. The way they get people to give money is by giving them access other people don’t have to the Short film. Such as behind the scenes content and personally messages and autographs from the actors and directors that feature in the film. Through this people can donate a certain amount they want to reach the funding goal created by the people creating the Short Film. Social Network is a very good way to promote these pages and that’s what many creators do to fund the film that they are making. Taking away equipment used such as cameras, lighting and sound equipment majority of Short films do not spend much money on set compared to Hollywood feature films that have over three million pound budgets.

That’s what makes short film so interesting is that anyone can make one. In the 88th academy awards a joke was made about the nominees of ‘Best Short Film’ about the fact this is the ‘biggest moment of their lives’ and ‘it wont get better than this for you’ by Luis CK. Even at the most prestigious film event in the World the budgets for these films are extremely low. Once the Short film is made and completed edited, they are then sent out to film festivals. Some film festivals are dedicated just for Short film such as ‘Kinofilm’ and one that I an very interested in ‘London Short Film festival’ Majority of Film Festivals have a entrance fee, so to have a chance of being nominated you have to pay a fee. The film I spoke about ‘Drawcard’ was entered into Australia’s largest Short film festival called ‘Tropfest’. The people that created this Comedy Short film had to pay $45. This film was nominated for an award in this festival and received very good reviews. Because of this the Short film was been viewed over 15,000 times including views from Youtube, Vimeo, and the Tropfest Site. In some film festivals, bigger film companies often buy films that are nominated and films that win awards for a fee. They do this because then that film company owns all rights to that film. Another route that Short films that can place is that the creators can be approached by larger film companies and given the opportunity to create a feature length film based on the Short. There are many examples of this that have succeeded such as ‘Napoleon Dynamite 2004’, Mad Love 2015’. The very famous film franchise ‘Saw’ was based on a short film to begin with.

When creating a Short film I saw a quote that was used a lot. ‘Show, don’t tell’. This I feel is very important when thinking about short film. The whole point in creating a Short film is because you want to get across your point within a short period of time. There is no room for pointless scenes or ‘filler’ scenes because if you wanted that then you would just create a feature. Short films are quick paced, but thought is not forgotten. They tend to use visuals rather than dialog to tell the story, as it’s quicker for the audience to read subconsciously. Most Short films are also of a single moment rather than it spread out over a period of time. This runs very true for the film that I looked into ‘Drawcard’. It was quick paced and it happened over a period of less than a day just like many short films are. Majority of Live action Short films are either based on a true event or based on a memory from the creator of the Short film. This makes it very easy to construct as a short film, because a live action piece would normally take place within 25 seconds to 40 minutes, so it’s easy for the creator to turn memory into a Short film. There were relatable characters and a plot that keeps you gripped all the way until the end. It haves everything a Short film should have.

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(Rana, 2016)

201MC: My New Internship

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This week I have managed to get myself an internship at a radio Company in Coventry. I spent a lot of time applying to places in Coventry and London and this Company got back to me saying they were interested in my C.V. They said that they wanted me to come to an interview and see if we could work something out. This was a huge moment for me because this was the first time a Media based company had got back to me. When I went to the interview we spoke about the company itself what it plans to do and what it is already achieving at this time. The person interviewing me said he liked my C.V and how much work I had already done with the University and Freelancing work.

This put me in a strong position, towards the end of the interview he asked me what I could bring to the company. I said ‘I’m a person who does not give up on what he is doing and I always put in 100%’. I also used the work that I HAD completed as well as my grades to convince him that I was a good option for the Company. He said the role that I would take up would be on the marketing team working on how to attract more followers on their social media. I enjoy using social media and know how to do this already so this was something that I was comfortable going into. He said to me that there would be other projects that I would be working on over the time period. He wanted me to work until next year but the fact that he couldn’t pay me for the internship I had to turn it down and say that I could only work until the end of May. This still gives me around 3 months with this company which is plenty of time to learn this particular job role within the company.

This experience has given me real confidence. I didn’t think I would be able to find a placement like this in a media based job. I felt confident going into the interview because I am a person who doesn’t get nervous when speaking to other people in interviews. I’m pleased with how the interview went and extremely pleased that I have secured a placement for the next three months.

201MC: Arty Folks

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I found a charity that was looking for help. I felt this would be a great opportunity for me to increase my freelancing work. The charity was close to reaching 1000 likes on Facebook and they wanted help with promoting there charity and to people understand why the charity is there and what support it can provide for people. I had never worked with a charity before, especially not filming for them. No one there had a media background so the task of creating these videos were put on us, which in a way was good because it gave us freedom to create content but at the same time quite daunting because we didn’t know if they would like with the idea that we went with.

When we turned up on the day to film for the charity many people had come along to see the filming day and participate in the interviews. The idea that we came up with would be for the people at Arty Folks to get involved and help promote them. Some were shy to do this but many were very much on board. We didn’t want to create a serious surrounding. We tried to make it light hearted and fun for the people there. We booked out the equipment that we needed like a cannon Camera, and tripod and some L.E.D lights and made sure they worked so we wouldn’t have any problems when we got there.

I was very pleased with the outcome of the day, we got what we needed and when we gave them the final product for their Facebook page they were very happy with what we had created from them. Conducting ourselves in a professional manner and creating content that our clients liked was a great accomplishment.

201MC: Filming Fecning 3

We now have filmed three times with the fencing team. We had some problems for a few weeks because we could not get a hold of the coach and when we went to film they would be at training at the time they should. Obviously training had been cancelled but to us we did not know this which made it difficult for us because we didn’t know what to do. It’s problems like this that you really learn the most through this process, not about what you’ve done well because you already know how to do that. This problem slowed us down but it did however give us more time to think about what other shots can we get.

The one thing that we were struggling with was the fact a lot of the shots that we were getting looked similar and we wanted to get something different. So we came up with the idea of using GoPro’s. This idea was good because it didn’t slow us down when it came to filming because of we had to do was press record and mount it onto the people training/fighting at the time. This gave us a really good 1st person view of what it would be like if you joined the fencing team. It’s a quick contact sport and having a first person angle really gave a good insight to what fencing is and why so many people play it here in Coventry. We tested all equipment before we used it to make sure we didn’t have any problems this time and more people were willing to do interviews including the coach this time because of how well it went the time before.

This was the last time that we were filming with the fencing team, they were very pleased with us by the end of this week and we got along with them very well, we had a good working relationship. We got a lot of different shots this week including some more interviews with players and the coach, which would give us a lot to use in the edit. I was pleased we had this amount of footage because compared to the first time we filmed we had about half the amount of footage we had this time and more footage gives us more options for the final edit that we would send off to other students