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.

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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

201MC: Filming Fencing 2

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Recently we went to film for the second time for the Coventry University Fencing team. The first time went well but we made a mistake of not checking our equipment before we left which was a mistake for us because it meant that we couldn’t get all the footage we needed. This time we planned to meet earlier in the day to make sure that all of the equipment that we are using works properly so that we didn’t encounter any problems when we went to film. Luckily the fencing coach or team didn’t know about this mistake that we made, this could have been bad for us because it would of made us look unprofessional in front of clients. We was able to sort out our problem and get on with the work that we had to do. We came over this problem and accomplished the goals that we had set out.

This time around things went very smoothly because of the mistake we made in the first session. We went in knowing what we had to do and we now have a good relationship with the coach. One thing that I have learnt is that you always put your client first, because in the long run it will benefit you because they’ll help you out to get what is needed done in the right way. We booked out 2 cannon cameras with different lens’. We also booked out an ‘editrol’ and supporting mic so that we could capture interviews with the coach and some of the members of the fencing team. We also booked out a heavy duty tripod and a shoulder rig to capture moving shots of them training and fighting.

One thing that we noticed in the first shoot was that a lot of the shots that we were getting were to stable, we were struggling to get action shots and close ups, we spoke to the coach and we were able to get closer to the fighters this time, which worked out very well for us. Also when it came to doing the interviews it went very well, a few were nervous to be on camera but we pretended that we wasn’t filming to settle their nerves and it worked well, we gave them ‘practice’ questions and they were very open with their answers. Which is something we were looking for. Overall I learnt a lot through this session, how to deal with coaches and work around the problems we encountered.

Formats Task 9 T.V Show Evaluation

When thinking of Idea’s for our show we wanted to come up with something original and something that hasn’t been done before. I really wanted to focus on gaming because it is something that is growing worldwide online, on sites such as Youtube and Twitch. With some gaming channels gaining over 25 Million Subscribers. The show consisted of two presenters and two teams including one presenter each. There were three rounds to decide who are the real ‘Game Warriors’. The show itself was called Game Warriors. We all chose this name because we felt like it was a good catchy name that would appeal to many people. The show was about winning and that’s it. This keeps the audience involved and entertained at all times.

The show would be broken down into three rounds. The first round being the Game Round. There would be 8 games one would be randomly picked. Whatever the game was one team member from each team would play the game and whoever won gained points for that round. In our show the chosen game was Mario Kart. We wanted this game because it was family friendly, it appeals to all ages, and it’s entertaining to watch. Some of the members of the group are into online gaming and watching games, whilst some others weren’t. This was good because we had a blend of people who we had to win over how the game would be entertaining. We did this by instead of showing the whole game we would only show the highlights of the race, such as important take overs and mistakes that put others head. This was to make sure the audience were constantly on there seats rather, then them watching a whole 4 minute race, we understood that this would be boring for the audience.

We then thought about how we could get the audience more involved in the show, rather than having three rounds dedicated just to contestants playing games. We did this by having a quiz round, the questions were still about games, and gaming in general, so we kept close to our theme. We had buzzers were contestants could buzz in if they knew the answer. The first team to buzz in got to answer the question. We felt this way it would keep the pace of the programme high, and when you do that it keeps the audience involved and it allows them to have an input and play along at home.

The final round was our V.T round were our two presenters went outside the studio to win the prize of a games console (sticking with our theme) for their team. We thought is worked well because it added hummer and a lighthearted ending to our show. We wanted to keep our show simple but effective and I feel this works well. All good formats stick to the same theme every week. For our show we could do this easily, all we would have to do is change the contestants and change the games that we play. It’s a solid format, and as audience member you know what’s coming up next, but there’s still an element of surprise because you don’t know what the task or what the game is going to be. Because of this it keeps the show interesting and reaches out to a wider audience.

The things that I felt worked very well were the set of our show. It was simple but with the use of the lights and updated technology it was easy to understand what sort of show you were watching just by looking at the set. We had our shows logo on a big screen to enhance the branding of our show, and so that the audience knew what they were watching, and the groups had opposite coloured shirts on to distinguish which team was what. We had three different areas for our show. We used the space well with what we had, considering the studio is rather small. We had the presenter’s area, were the show starts and were the presenters are normally seen, we then had the quiz area where the contestants would stand and buzz in to answer the questions, and then we had the gaming area where the games would be played. They all had their unique feel to the areas. But we kept to them theme of the show, using black and orange and the team colours with lights to keep to the branding of our show.

If I could improve some things about the show, it would be by having a bigger set, so the scale of the show could be enhanced to live up to its big name ‘Game Warrior’. Also with the presenters have them more involved and up beat with the programme, so it keeps the audience intrigued and involved with the show. I also feel like we could have included more audience interaction with the show. If we had the money maybe we could of incorporated a way where audience members could answer the questions as the game is played either through an app or through the website to make them feel more apart of the show.

I feel like I have learnt a lot from this half of the module. It has taught about how you have to adapt for the audience, and how to keep the audience watching. It’s not as simple as having a good idea. I came up with the gaming idea, but really had to think about what could work and what couldn’t. At first I thought three rounds of gams could work, but you to think about your audience and how you could reach out and expand your audience market and this is what I done. Myself and one other member felt with the branding and the website. This plays a huge part in your show, because if your audience cannot identify with your show, they’re less likely to watch. We wanted to keep our branding simple yet classy. Once you have done this for part of your show you have to do it for all, so we had to work very closely with the set designers to keep the same idea for this. Communication plays a huge part in this process. I didn’t think I would have to be thinking about the set when creating the website, but everything ties into together. Everything has to have a meaning otherwise your show will not be identifiable. Also being a cameraman it was important to think about the studio that we had and how we could make a small space look bigger. We did this by having the different areas. This allowed us to stop filming at certain points and move location so we could film in a different part of the studio. This is something that is new to me because I have only ever filmed live. It makes it harder if anything because you need to think about continuity, and how the show will be edited. I’ve learnt so many things about the length and detail that goes into making a format show.

In The Mood For Love (2000)

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In the mood for love is a very well constrcued love story set in Hong Kong. The Director (Wong Kar- Wai) clearly thought about the relationship between the audience and the characters within the movie. The story draws you in a considerable amount, which is quite surprising because when watching the film the set isn’t that big. With films like this you normally think the film isn’t going to be as good as it could be because of a low budget, but this was purposely filmed like this. What Wong Kar Wai did was create a small world where the characters lived. You rarely saw them outside this location to make show how secluded they are.

You could tell the location worked well with the setting because it was small and didn’t have much space, which made their situation with each other and the audience more intensified because it was shown, as they couldn’t get away from each other. Like any other films that we have watched so far the meaning of the story had a similar message. It was again about right and wrong, but this time it was shown through a love story. The husband and wife of these two people were having affairs, but although there is clear chemistry between these two characters they feel they cannot be together because that then makes them just as bad as their other halves.

You feel sympathy for both characters because you know their story and their relationship with each other, but what Wong Kar Wai done that was clever and something that I will take on when creating our movie is that fact he chose not to show the other people in their relationship, this means we cannot have any emotional connection with them. This then gives the opportunity to the director to deicide on how he wants to take the story, because no matter what way the film plays out the couple that clearly love each other will always have more of a connection with the audience.

Bibliography
In the mood for Love Movie review (2001) (2001) Directed by Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
Hatke Cinema (2014) In the mood for love (2000) full movie with English subtitles. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwCnL7Tv-Q (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
In the mood for love reviews & ratings (2015) Directed by .
Walker, P. (2014) My favourite film: In the mood for love. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/dec/19/in-the-mood-for-love (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
In the mood for Love Movie review (2001) (2001) Directed by Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
(Ebert et al., 2001)
Hatke Cinema (2014) In the mood for love (2000) full movie with English subtitles. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwCnL7Tv-Q (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(Hatke Cinema, 2014)
In the mood for love reviews & ratings (2015) Directed by .
(In the mood for love reviews & ratings, 2015)
Walker, P. (2014) My favourite film: In the mood for love. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/dec/19/in-the-mood-for-love (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(Walker, 2014)

201MC: Filming Fencing 1

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For this Part of the Module we have been given two sports teams, in which we have to film and create small promotional videos for the University Promoting these teams. The teams that we were given were fencing and Archery. I was pleased with the teams that we were given because they were sports that I have never involved myself in, so it would be a challenge for me creating content and trying to understand the sport that we were filming. I felt the first thing that I should do is research into the Sport itself, and learn some of the terminology. I wanted to do this because when turning up to film in a professional environment it would look bad on us if we didn’t understand the sport. It would make us look unprofessional and the whole idea of this is to better ourselves and learn how to change into professionals within our field. I worked out that when turning up the first time that this was a very good idea for us to do this. We was able to communicate with the coaches in a professional manor and know where to be to get the shots that we needed.

For our first time filming at fencing I felt it went well considering the problems that we encountered. At first before leaving we wanted to capture some interviews with some of the players of the team, we booked out all of the necessary equipment and when we got there to use the mic for audio it failed on us. This in a way was our fault, because we should of checked the equipment was working before we left for filming. Although this did give us more time to film for the promotional video, of them training and fighting competitively. We spent two hours with them, and managed to not get in the way of what they had to do and we got the footage we needed. The fencing team was very pleased with the outcome of the session and they praised us highly.

Bicycle Thieves 1948

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‘Bicycle thieves’ is an Italian film made back in 1948. Its’ about a man who has had he bike stolen and his journey on trying to retrieve it. He needs his bike because without it he cannot provide for his family. The film was given an Oscar in 1949 and has been called one of the greatest films ever made. ‘It is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.’ (Roger Ebert 1999). The film is played a huge part in the movement of cinema, and is still one of films greatest creation.

The film was directed by Vittorio De Sica. He was well known for being a perfectionist and this came across in this film. Everything had a reason nothing was accidentally done. Everything from the way the film was cut, to the position of the camera. To immerse himself in the idea of his film he visited brothels in the area before shooting. He did this because he was fascinated with the characters within his films. He once said ‘everyone can play one role perfectly. Within the film there is a wise woman who gives him guidance. This was the role he used the brothel for. He was known for casting non-professional actors and this film was no different.

The film is all about family, morals and right and wrong. The families goes on a journey together and make some smart decisions and also making some very poor discussions on the way. At many points in the film set in Rome the main character is put in scenarios were he can himself steal a bike. Which obviously questions his morals, because he would be doing what happened to him. It’s a constant battle between right and wrong. You don’t just go on a physical journey with them, you go on an emotional one too. The non-professional actors worked very well within the film. The film highlights the need for wealth from the main character and the economical depression in its time in Rome, which is represented well by Vittorio. The film flows well, and it’s an easy watch, which is quite surprising because many films within that genre and time can often be hard to follow and understand, but this had a clear message and meaning portrayed well throughout by a great director and well casted actors.

Bibliography
Ladri di biciclette (1948) Directed by Vittorio De Sica .
The bicycle thief movie review (1949) (1999) Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
TheFunFlicks (2013) The bicycle thief | HD trailer. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqib1EaY5G8 (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
Citations, Quotes & Annotations
Ladri di biciclette (1948) Directed by Vittorio De Sica .
(De Sica, 1948)
The bicycle thief movie review (1949) (1999) Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Jana Monji, Brian Tallerico, Matt Fagerholm .
(De Sica et al., 1999)
TheFunFlicks (2013) The bicycle thief | HD trailer. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqib1EaY5G8 (Accessed: 3 December 2015).
(TheFunFlicks, 2013)

Formats Blog Task 8

What do you think the TV viewing experience will be for viewers in 2020?

 

This is the question that we have been given for this week’s task. I believe Social media lies at the heart of my answer. Content is the fire, and social media is the gasoline’ (Ryan Kahn). There are 3 Billion people that have access to internet in the world today, that’s a lot of content and as that expands the more ‘gasoline’ there is to ignite the ‘fire so much so I believe it will drown out T.V.  I have been using Social Media since I was 10 Years old. When Facebook was getting big I would love to go on the computer and talk to friends, but it wasn’t something you could do all the time. Back then in 2006 if you wanted to go on Facebook it wasn’t as simple as going on your phone and opening the Facebook app.

If I wanted to go on it I would have to log onto my computer at home. Which meant that you could only be doing one thing at a time, it didn’t make watching T.V and going on Facebook impossible, but it was a lot harder. When looking at the amount of pages and accounts of Facebook at this current time, you’d be surprised to know that there are more pages/accounts than there are people on Earth. Now it’s easier to use because of faster Internet and phones that can run these apps. A quote about Facebook Addiction that couldn’t be more true is ‘You log off your computer and leave your house, get in your car and log back on using your phone’ (Paulo Coelho), even when I’m watching T.V I’m not really watching, I’m on my phone reading a status or watching a short vine. Now as I grow older I find myself signing up for more and more sites and apps. Which is drawing myself away from watching T.V because I can find entertainment from other sources such as Youtube.

Every Minute over 100 hours worth of Footage is uploaded to Youtube. In a single month Youtube attracts over One Billion people to their website. T.V has tried to keep up with the likes of T.V but I honestly believe Youtube will take over T.V. On Youtube there’s accounts to watch and follow for literally anything, from Star Wars breakdown videos, to Watching Elders react to new Technology. Things like this can’t be put across on T.V. I get bored to quickly watching T.V and find myself always on my phone because of this. Youtube videos are quick and easy to follow, and more personalized, you can speak to the people who create videos. Content creators ask for improvements from their viewers, this is something that doesn’t happen on T.V. Television is becoming more and more one-dimensional every time Youtube has an update. Every Social Media site you go to these days will be embedded with Youtube videos.

Another big part that plays a factor in my theory is the fact that still many shows on T.V don’t give you the option to catch up on programmes you missed, meaning you have to sit down at a specific time and shut the world out to watch every second of the show. On a Youtube video, its there… always, you can fast forward when your getting bored, you can rewind if you’ve missed something, and you can pause if you want to focus on something else. It gives the viewer total control, something the audience crave. This is the reason why every day more and more people create Youtube accounts and subscribe to channels and watch Youtube. Whereas less and less people are watching Live T.V due to the fact viewers have less control. In a few years it will seem totally outmoded to have a commissioning editor deciding what goes on our television screens and then forcing performers in front of an audience”. As it states here, T.V seems forced now, it’s becoming too predictable and boring. Whereaswith Youtube the variety is vast and forever expanding. I believe Youtube is the way forward in terms of what we watch, and by 2020 more people will be signing into Youtube on a daily basis than they will turn on their T.V.

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Baer, J. (no date) Why content is fire and social media is gasoline. Available at: http://www.convinceandconvert.com/content-marketing/why-content-is-fire-and-social-media-is-gasoline/ (Accessed: 25 November 2015).
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Baer, J. (no date) Why content is fire and social media is gasoline. Available at: http://www.convinceandconvert.com/content-marketing/why-content-is-fire-and-social-media-is-gasoline/ (Accessed: 25 November 2015).
(Baer, no date)
Huateng and Coelho, P. (no date) Facebook quotes. QuotesGram. Available at: http://quotesgram.com/facebook-quotes/#SeKQTyi1Ak (Accessed: 25 November 2015).
(Huateng and Coelho, no date)
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(Is YouTube the new television?, no date)
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(Optimus 5 search – image – facts about youtube, no date)

Film development 260MC

As we are getting closer to the deadline, this is the part where things are slowly starting to come together as a group now. We have all sat down and spoke about the style that we are looking for within our movie. Chris has come up with a shot list/sotryboard for our film, and we have sat down and spoke about the shots and what order we want them in for then we come to film. Here are some of the shots we look to include within our film that Chris drew out:

 

We have also found a actor to feature in our film, and we have recently sat down with him and discussed the plan and outline for our film. He seems very happy to feature in our film. We were looking for a more professional actor rather than use someone on our course that we knew. One because it wouldn’t look great it someone on our course was featured in our film, and two getting someone with experience would enhance our film dramatically. For him also it gives him more experience working on set with a team. We now have been given individual tasks to test certain shots used within our film. Myself and one other member have been out to scout  different locations that we can use for the exterior shots.  Here is the location that we want to use, because it shows seclusion is is a running theme within our film.

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