Evaluation of Production Practice and Management Reflection In this section of the evaluation I will be evaluating the main aspects of my production practice and management reflection. I will go through and explain in full detail the six main steps. . Most successful aspect
. Time management . Actors and Crew . Equipment and Booking . Budget . Least successful aspect Most Successful Aspect – Pre Production In Pre-Production, I feel the most successful aspect was my content research for the topic I chose to develop. At the start of beginning work on this topic, I did a lot of background research about how gaming can affect people’s social lives. This helped me gain a lot of knowledge about my topic as it gave me idea’s on people I could look to interview and also what key area’s to focus on which would bring out the best of my topic. http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/uniy-4-content-research-idea-3-sikhism.html
Another aspect that I feel was important were the interview questions which were asked during interviews in my documentary. I feel this as the questions asked would receive answers which would be relevant to my documentary and educate my target audience as well as any other people. On my blog you will be able to see the interview questions for my interviewee’s. http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/interview-questions-unit-5.html http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/interview-questions-for-mr-preece.html
Most Successful Aspect – Production During the production process, I feel that the most successful aspect would have to be the interviews. This is because all three interviews were relevant to the topic of my documentary and they provided some valuable information in which would educate my target audience as well as others. My time management skills helped me a lot during the production process as I stuck to my production schedule accordingly to ensure I had done my filming on time which meant I could re-film some shots if needed to perfect my documentary as much as I could. Below is a link to my February production schedule:
http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/february-production-schedule-unit-5.html Another aspect which I believe was successful during my production process were my camera angles and shots. This is because throughout my documentary, I used a variety of different camera angles and shots to ensure my camera language was entertaining throughout and not boring from the same one shot all the time. This would look less appealing in return in which then my target audience would lose interest quickly. Here are some of the different camera angles and shots I used:
Most Successful Aspect – Post Production During the post production process, I feel that the most successful aspect would have to be editing my documentary footage. This is because I used all my spare time to edit such as during break time, lunch time, in my free lessons and staying after school. On the day before our deadline for editing, we were given the chance to stay back until very late to get the documentary finished. I saw this opportunity to finish my documentary off completely. Below is a link to my final week’s production log: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/production-log-week-10.html Another aspect which I feel was most successful during post production would be adding in features like cutaways, music, archive footage and voice over’s to my documentary. Before adding in all of this, my documentary was boring as there was no tempo to it and during my interviews there were no cutaways. After getting feedback from rough edit video, I needed to include more of me in my documentary so I decided to add voice over’s over certain scenes which would overcome this problem. Cutaways were added in relevant places during interviews to make it more appealing. Music was added to give my documentary a good tempo. This made my documentary look more interesting and appealing to my target audience. Below is a link to my final documentary video: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/documentary.html
Time Management – Pre Production During pre production, I managed my time well as I planned accordingly and didn’t fall behind on any work and deadlines. I would have to say contacting my contributors would be
my most successful aspect as I sent emails to a variety of gaming companies and individuals. The people’s who’s emails I could not get hold of, I phoned up so that I could try and get as many interviews as possible. In the end, I had a few interviews I could potentially go ahead with and so I chose ones which would be the strongest in my documentary. Below is a link showing emails to and from contributors: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/interview-emails-unit-5.html http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/emails-to-and-from-reason-gaming.html Time Management – Production During production, I managed my time well as by this stage, I had all my filming dates booked and ready to interview when it came to the day. Due to this, I had time to re-film any shots or footage if needed be. During production, because I had organised my interviews in advance, I had time to re-film an interview, but this time using different camera angle shots and angles to make it more entertaining towards my target audience. Time Management – Post Production During post production, I managed my time really well as I spent all of my class time and nearly all of my spare time editing my documentary footage to turn it into the best it could be. On the day before deadline day, I felt that I had watched my documentary through thoroughly to ensure any little mistakes were corrected and that my sound was in the correct places. I did this the day before deadline day so if I had come up with any other idea’s to add to my documentary, I had the final day to do so. Below is a link to my final week’s production log: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/production-log-week-10.html
Actors and Crew – Pre Production During pre production, I think I organized my actors and crew well. My contact list was easily filled and organised as the interviewee’s I had in mind to interview were all available for me even though I had to email them and call up a few times to chase up on them. When it came to the production process, I had 3 strong interviews to conduct on the scheduled times. In terms of crew such as the sound operator, cameraman and presenter, I already knew who they were so it was very easy to keep contact with them. I also checked with them to see what days they were free and planned the times of my interviews accordingly. http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/contact-list-unit-5.html
Actors and Crew – Production During production, my contacts were really reliable as I managed to interview all three of my interviews on time and just in case one of my interviewee’s could not make the
interview, I had back up interviewee’s to interview for my documentary. Thankfully this was not the case so I had more time to edit my documentary footage. Actors and Crew – Post Production During post production, me and one of my interviewee’s were only needed as I needed to edit my own documentary and add voice over’s. One of my interviewee’s was needed to refilm some shots to get more of a variety to make the camera language better. I was very organized during post production as I had already planned the voice over scripts in advance which saved me more time to edit.
Equipment and Booking – Pre Production During the pre production stage, I did not need to use or book any equipment out because the main resource I used was the internet. However during pre production I planned out what equipment I would be using during my production and possibly post production stage such as a camera, tripod, microphone, camera battery, tape and a Mac or Mac laptop. Below is a link to my final treatment. Also in this link is the technical viability which describes what equipment I would need: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-4-treatment-updated.html
Equipment and Booking – Production During the production stage, I had to write down the times on a book for when I needed to book equipment out and I managed to do this for each of my interviews on time. Each time I booked out equipment, I took two batteries with me in case one died which meant I had a backup battery. This made sure time was not wasted. There was one problem I faced during production, I went out to New York for a week and I hoped to get some vox pops and interviews over there, however my battery died on me and I did not have a charger on me which was a disappointment. Below is a link showing the equipment I would need during my production and post production: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-4-treatment-updated.html
Equipment and Booking – Post Production During the post production stage, I was assigned to a Mac laptop to edit my documentary footage. The problem with this was that it was being shared with another student so it would mean having less time to edit my documentary footage. To ensure I had enough time to edit, I booked all the times which were available in advance which saved me the trouble of not having enough time to edit.
Budget – Pre Production During the pre production stage, I had to plan out my budget in order to get the most out of my money. This included fee’s such as for the equipment, travelling e.t.c. Because booking the equipment was expensive, I tried to film as much as I could during the time I had the equipment so that I did not have to book it out more than I needed to which would save me money. Below is a link to my budget for the documentary: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/unit-4-budget.html
Budget – Production During the production stage, I managed to stay within my budget limit. This was because I did not have to pay for my interviews so this saved me money. I saved money on the crew such as the cameraman and sound operator as they were friends of mine. I was the presenter of my documentary and did my own voice over’s so it did not cost to use another one. When I went to re-film some shots for my interview, they were walking distance so it did not cost to use public transport to get to the location. This helped save money for other aspects in production.
Budget – Post Production During the post production stage, the times that I booked out the equipment was enough as I had plenty of time to re-film some shots as all my planning was done in advance. Even though it cost me to take the equipment out again, it was worth it once I looked over the refilmed scenes as they looked a lot better due to the more appealing camera language. Below is a link to my budget for the documentary: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/unit-4-budget.html
Least Successful Aspect – Pre Production During the pre production stage, the least successful aspect would have to be getting interviews for my documentary. Even though I had a few to choose from to interview, at the beginning it was hard to even get hold of one interview as none of the people would get back to me. This meant I had to chase them up to nail down the interview and the date which lost me some time
Another least successful aspect during my pre production would be some of my interviewee’s cancelling on me. This meant my contact list was always changing which was frustrating as at the time, I didn’t properly know what interviewee’s I had for certain.
Least Successful Aspect – Production During the production stage, I would say the least successful aspect would have to be not taking a charger during my trip to New York where I could have got more vox pops and interviews to get the American citizens perspective on how gaming can affect people’s social lives. Unfortunately my camera battery had died out there and I had no battery charger to recharge my battery which meant I could not film. If I had double checked my equipment when signing it out, it would have saved me a lot of time and I would have got more scenes involved in my documentary. Below are links to my production schedules. It shows that I had to re-film one of my interview’s to get better shots which was during my editing time which wasted time. February Production Schedule: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/february-production-schedule-unit-5.html March Production Schedule: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/march-production-schedule.html
Least Successful Aspect – Post Production During post production, I feel that the least successful aspect would have to be the transitions and cutaways of my editing. There could have been more transitions involved between scenes to make my documentary flow better and also I could have used more and better cutaways to ensure the interviews and scenes were not boring, but more entertaining and educative. Below is a link to my final documentary: http://amneetyear13.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/documentary.html