Evaluation of Production Practice and Management Skills In the first section of evaluating the production practice and management skills. I will be focusing on the following sections: Most successful aspect Time management Actors and crew Equipment and booking Budget Least successful aspect
Most successful aspect
Pre-production During pre-production I think the most successful aspect for this stage was I managed to research and book appointments with specialists which I would like to include in my documentary. This not only enhanced my confidence but gave me more time to plan. I had a range of contacts which fitted in perfectly with my topic, which in this case is ‘the increase in university fees’’ were I received different beneficial responses. Another successful aspect for the pre-production was choosing the right topic from my three ideas. The reason why I ended up choosing the increase in university fees and not the riots or Hinduism was mainly because it recently took place and by the fees tripling will have a huge impact on students across the UK. Furthermore I did not come across any documentaries based on the topic whilst researching. Another is by researching on the topic it gave me an idea on what type of people my documentary should consist of. Below are my three content research ideas: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/content-my-project-is-about-uni-feesin.html http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/content-what-is-your-project-aboutmy.html http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/content-what-is-your-projectabout.html
Production During production the most successful aspect was filming, this is because everything went smoothly according to plan. I did not have to re-film any of footage as it was fine the first time around. I stayed ahead schedule which gave me additional; time to make improvements in my weak areas in order to make my documentary effective. I used my time wisely during the half term to film all of the vox pops, were I easily managed to get people who would not mind being on camera. As well as filming additional footage such as filming my journey to Westminster for an interview with MP Lee Scott. Lastly another aspect that I think was most successful during my production was the camera shots, as a range of shots and camera movement was used which did not make my documentary look plan and boring. Below are examples of few of my camera shots:
Post production The most successful aspect in my post- production was cutting down each interview, as each interview was over five minutes long. At first I thought that this would be a problem as I was not sure what to keep and cut out. However after a while when starting to edit it became much easier as I got rid of questions which were irrelevant as well as repetitive responses from contributors. I used my time effectively as I stayed behind to edit during my free periods, lunchtimes and after school. In week nine I received feedback from the class on what they thought about the draft documentary so far, on what works well and suggestions in areas which needs improving. Below is my production log week nine: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/unit-5-production-log-week-nine.html
The class thought that my documentary was appealing but a couple of areas could be worked on. Examples for some are getting rid of jump shots by adding transitions and cutaways between interviews linked to what they were saying, as well as removing the presenter myself as it failed to flow well and instead have voice overâ€™s. This is because it was not exciting the talking was too long and it was not engaging for the audience to view. However I feel by making these changes immediately improved my work massively. Below is my final documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvIaYGGvNuI&feature=player_embedded
Time management In my pre-production I thought that I was keeping up well with meeting deadlines, I did not feel rushed in order to catch up. Also as I sent E-mails to contributors in advance and received responses quickly and arranging appointments I felt planned and organised. This is because I was able to fill out all of the paper work required without being hurried, such as the call sheets and risk assessments. However there was a slight problem as I was not able to arrange an interview with Connexions as they were not happy to be filmed. Luckily I had a backup plan and instead booked an interview with a professor. This gave me additional time to focus on the shooting script to the best of my ability as I did not have to worry about arranging any more interviews. Below shows E-mails to and from contributors: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-5-e-mails-to-and-fromcontributors_30.html
Production During production I was fully aware and prepared on the dates and times each interview will be held and booked all the equipment I will need in order to film. As I started my filming in a much earlier stage before the starting date, I accomplished the entire filming before the production deadline, which put me in a better position as I was able to edit and was not stressed. Furthermore I was recommended that filming an interview with a sixth form student would give me a studentâ€™s point of view on the topic which would be attention grabbing. This was not part of my original plan but took it into account and quickly filmed an interview with a student from the same class during a free period. By doing this I did not fall behind and made the right decision.
Post production During post production I felt that I used my time sensibly as I came to edit during my free time. On the final edit deadline I had couple of problems with the sound but managed to sort the problem out as it was very essential to fix. Also before the work had to be uploaded I thought that I could have
looked through my documentary for the final time to see if everything ran smoothly in high standards. Below is my production log week 10: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/unit5-production-log-week10.html
Actors and Crew
Pre- production During pre- production I felt that I prepared my crew who will be helping me out throughout production, such as the presenter, sound operator and the camera person. The crew I prepared was Halima Said a student from the same class and my sister Devina Thakore , they both were very helpful as the framing of the shots were good, when I was on camera they also stuck to the dates according to the schedule which means I was always up to date. I decided to be the presenter for my documentary as I did not mind being on camera as well as being the voice over artist. My contact list was straight forward as I had an idea on the type of people I wanted my documentary to include. I had to do a lot of research in order to find professionals. I thought that organising interviews was not a dilemma as all of my contacts were local and did not mind supporting me by taking part in my documentary. Examples for two of my contacts are Mike Gapes an Ilford South MP and Lee Scott an Ilford North MP. I received quick responses from all of the contributors by phone calls and E-mails earlier which gave me time to prepare. I also made several phone calls before the interviews to confirm whether the interviews were definitely still taking place, which in this case they were. I feel that communicating and organising appointments with contributors will be beneficial for the upcoming. I thought that my contributors were good as they took their time in answering questions were I received different responses which balanced out my documentary. Below is my production log week ten: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/unit5-production-log-week10.html
Production Throughout production all five interviews were trustworthy and filmed successfully, none of them got cancelled or either delayed which was a relief; everything went smoothly according to plan. I received good responses which I was looking for. Also I ended up taking someone else to film in London for famous attractions as Halima was unable to come as she was busy filming her own documentary.
Post production During post production I edited the entire documentary, also as I was the presenter throughout I was the voice over artist for the sigh in and sign out and facts and statistics. I managed to get them over and done with as soon as I completed editing my whole documentary. I felt organised as I had wrote up the script in advance, making sure everything was correct this made it much easier for me as I did not waste any time thinking about what I will have to say so it did not cause any hassle or delays and quickly recorded all of them.
Equipment and booking The pre-production level was not to book any equipment out to film as this was the first stage of the process which was to plan by using the internet to find material which would be useful for my documentary. However instead I did organise myself on what equipment I will be using so I did not forget any of the equipment for the production period. Such as the boom mic for vox pops, camera, tape, tripod and lastly an Apple Mac. Below is my final treatment: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/treatment.html
Production During production I made sure that I booked all the equipment I needed before hand so it would not delay any of the interviews or footage which needed filming, an example for this is students studying at Roehampton University. However before each time I took out equipment I made sure that I had a fully charged battery and a charger so I would be able to get my work done without rushing and not have to go back to the same location which would put me behind schedule. As well as making sure there was a base on the tripod, check whether the HD camera had a memory card inserted and lastly check if the batteries in the boom mic need replacing. As I had an issue during production when I went to London to film quick shots I did not have enough battery life, but luckily I managed to get all the filming done on time. Below is my final treatment: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/treatment.html
Post production During this stage I was an Apple Mac to start my editing, the programme I used in order to edit was Final Cut Pro, and for graphics I used Live Type. Other pupils were also using the same Mac in order to get their project done. I solved this problem by making sure that I was not affected by this and booked the Mac much earlier on so it would not have an impact on my work.
Budget Pre-production In pre-production I had a total of £7, 500,00 I had to make sure that I did not over spend as I had to think about many things such as travel costs, camera equipment, Final Cut Pro software and many more. I was not sure whether the money would be enough as it was very cost effective to rent equipment for production. I booked a couple of times to get as much filming done as possible. I had spare money just in case it was needed. Below is my budget for my documentary: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/budget.html
Production During production I still had money left over but it was still expensive as I had to pay in different areas such as for the images and music as none of them was my own material. However the prices in some cases were cheaper which saved money as I did not have to pay for my crew’s bus journeys as everyone had free travel. I did not have to pay as a large amount of money for the interviews; this was good as this meant that I could use the money for tube journeys instead. Furthermore I did not have to pay much for the crew as I myself was the presenter and sound operator, which means that I only had to pay the camera person during production.
Post production During post production I felt that the number of days I booked to edit were less this was because I took longer to edit then I was actually suppose to. The reason for this was because I had problems with the sound as it was not sinking in during Redbridge councillor John Tyne’s interview. As I spent more time on this meant I had less time to do all my voice over’s as well as my graphics.
Below are images of my graphics:
Least successful aspect Pre- production I think that the least successful aspect of my pre- production would be my shooting script; I feel that it was not do the best of my standards. I think that I could have done much better in order for my documentary to flow well. Below is my shooting script: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-5-shooting-script_21.html
Production The least successful aspect during production was that the weather conditions were really cold when I went out to film the vox pops. Because of this I did not particularly enjoy doing this and so quickly filmed responses from the public. Another is when I went out to film quick shots in London I forgot to get a charger from school. Although I managed to get all the filming I wanted to get done was not able to film any additional back up footage just in case. Below shows my production schedules for February and March: February production schedule: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit5-february-productionschedule.html
March production schedule: http://bhavishathakoreyear13media.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-5-march-productionschedule.html
Post production During post production I felt that the least successful aspect was that I did not edit the documentary to the best of my ability towards the end as I could have done, in order to make my product look catchy and effective. Another aspect I thought was least successful was Robert Kagawa the professorâ€™s interview, I changed the sound level to the highest but it did not make a big difference, because the interview was not as clear this made the sound level unbalanced. Below is my final documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvIaYGGvNuI&feature=player_embedded