Evaluation of production practice and management skills In this part of the evaluation I will be looking at the production practice and management skills, I will be looking at the following six sections: Most successful aspect/Skill Time Management Actors and Crew Budget Equipment and Booking Least successful aspect/Skill
Most successful aspect/skill Pre-‐production My most successful aspect during the pre-‐production stage was my content research of the topic I decided to pick. I was able to find out great amounts of secondary research about my topics on the London Olympics. The majority of my research was about the Olympics and the funding of the games as there was not much information about how it will affect people in the area that the Olympics is being held. This enabled me to get a clear insight of different aspects I could talk about within my documentary, although the angle that I was mainly looking at was how it did affect youth in the community’s this information still proved to be vital when it came to statistics about the area of the Olympics and how it will improve Stratford. This also helped me find out several people for my contact list. Here is a link to my Content research on the Olympics. http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/unit-‐4-‐content-‐ reseach-‐idea-‐1-‐olympics.html Production I believe that my most successful aspect of my production was my interviews; this was because I shot every interview first time and did not have to reshoot any interviews. Although one of my interviews with Chris Cummins looking back I would like to re shoot as the shot is too high and is not within the rule of thirds. This was successful as it meant I stuck to my February production schedule and did not other run into other filming that I had planned. http://issuu.com/leepalmer14/docs/productionshedule/1
Another aspect of my production that I thought was successful was the location I used within my documentary as I filmed by the Olympic park on the walk way and around Stratford; I also filmed in neighbouring boroughs such as Ilford. Post-‐production My most successful aspect of my post-‐production was the final week of editing. As I was slightly behind schedule heading into the final week of editing due to us overrunning watching each member of my classes rough edit. As I was running behind I decided to stay behind every day after school on the final week to make sure I had enough time to complete my documentary before the deadline. The feedback I received from my rough edit that I needed to cut my interviews down as they were too long and unappealing. I done this in the last week and also added graphics and cutaways to help interviews feel shorter and flow.
Time Management Pre-‐production My time management during my Pre-‐production was overall good as I met every deadline that was set for each piece of work during the pre-‐production stage. Although I took too much time waiting for replies from interviewee’s and should of emailed back up’s as well, however as I didn’t do this, this lead to me entering my production stage with only two interviews booked with a date and time. I was still waiting for another two interviewee’s to reply so in the end I decided to change and ask other people from the same area of excellence to be in my documentary. Here is a link to my email to/from Chris Cummins:
http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-‐5-‐email-‐tofrom-‐ interviewee-‐chris.html Production I believe my time management during the production stage was good as most of my dates where filming was sorted before I started filming. Although during the production I did add and change a few times and dates, due to my filming be on schedule. I decided to film extra footage in case I would need it later on during editing. Here is a link to my production schedule for March: http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-‐5-‐production-‐ schedule-‐march.html Post production In post production I believe my time management was not that good due to me spending too long editing and importing footage which that put me behind schedule for the rest of the post production stage. However during the last week of editing I decided to stay behind every day after school for two hours or more to make sure I had a completed documentary by the deadline. If I was I had looked at my documentary again before declaring it finished I would have noticed and changed a few sound levels although I did not have sufficient amount of time to do this.
Actors and Crew Pre production In pre production I think I organized my actors and crew well, firstly I believe I had a good contact list as I managed to get 20 contacts from different fields within the Olympics. I found the contact list easy to do as I had spoke about certain people that I would like to interview when I briefed my ideas at the very beginning of pre production. However due to these people having busy schedules, I was lead to change to my back up contacts, by the time I reached the production stage I had 4 interviews lined up and one more that needed to be finalised. I had also decided on who would be the camera operator, presenter and sound operator for my documentary. This gave me a good start for when entering the production stage as I had the most important parts organized and in place, ready to start filming.
Here is a link to my contact list: http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/unit-‐4-‐contact-‐list-‐1.html Production The contacts that I had arranged for interviews where very reliable and stuck to the time that we had chosen for the interview, However the interview that still was being arranged never happened as they never got back to me on time or date of when would be best for an interview. I resolved this by finding another interviewee, Elizabeth Egan who was working in the same area at the university of East London. Here is a link to my final contact list: http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-‐5-‐contact-‐list.html Here is a link to my email to/from Elizabeth Egan; http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-‐5-‐email-‐tofrom-‐ interviewee.html Post Production In post production the only Actors and crew I used was for my voice over as I used Damiano Shehu as my main voice over throughout. However I also used different people from my class for the facts and figures of the Olympics so that it wouldn’t just be the same voice doing the voice over and would indicate the many people do know things about the Olympics. Again I had all scripts prepared for the voice over so they could learn what they had to say, so I didn’t sound like they where reading it off of a sheet of paper.
Budget Pre-‐production In pre production I set out to plan my budget to make the most of the money I was given to make this documentary. Within this budget I had to include pre production, production and post production. The type of things I was spending my budget on was equipment, interviews, Travel and food during productions. I tried to make sure I done as much filming as possible for when I had the equipment rented out to save on the cost of my documentary. Here is a link to my budget:
http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/unit-‐4-‐budget.html Production In my production stage, I stayed well within my budget, as in the end all I had to pay for was the trains fairs and food. I didn’t have to pay for locations or interview fees so that cut down my budget, which was planned in pre production. I also didn’t have to pay for any of my crew, so this allowed me to re film quite a few shots and was still able to stay well within my budget. Here is a link to my location pictures of where I filmed: http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-‐5-‐location-‐pictures-‐ stratford.html http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-‐5-‐mike-‐gapes-‐ interview.html http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-‐5-‐university-‐east-‐ london.html Post-‐production In post production I think that I planned my budget for this section, as I should have spent more money and book out more days for editing as I spent more then the time I had allocated in my pre production budget. I spent far to long cutting down interviews, which didn’t leave me enough time to make good graphics for my documentary. Here is a link to my budget; http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/unit-‐4-‐budget.html
Equipment and Booking Pre-‐Production During pre-‐production the only equipment that I used was the Internet and computer to complete paper work and do research on my chosen topic of my documentary. I also used this to contact and arrange interviews with my interviewee’s. During the pre-‐production I planned what equipment I will need to use during my production stage of my documentary. The equipment I planned to use in my production stage was; Camera, Tripod, Tape, Boom mic, Voice Recorder and Dolly.
Here is a link to my treatment, which includes a section on equipment I had planned: http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-‐4-‐treatment.html Production During the production stage of my documentary, I booked equipment at the beginning of the week, to make sure I would be able to have the equipment when needed later on in the week and over the weekends. Every time I booked out equipment I would have to make sure the batteries are fully charged. When I booked equipment to film over the holidays I had a problem as the charger did not work and wouldn’t charge any of the batteries I had. I resolved this by borrowing a classmate’s battery as I was only doing a few hours filming. Here is a link to my March production schedule: http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/unit-‐5-‐production-‐ schedule-‐march.html Post-‐Production During post-‐production I was given a Mac book to edit my work on. The first week I was the only one assigned to my laptop so I was able to use it whenever I wanted to. However unfortunately during the second week students from other media classes was assigned to the same laptop. This was difficult as when I was free during school time and wanted to come to edit I was unable to, as I had to check to see if it was free. To make sure I had enough time editing I began to book all my times to edit so I knew when I was able to edit and for how long. This saved me from wasting time when going to see if my laptop was free and realising someone else is using it.
Least Successful aspect Pre production I believe that my least successful aspect of the pre production stage was contacting and chasing up contacts for interviews. As I left it late contacting people to be in my documentary, a lot of people said they were busy so I had to then spend more time contacting my back up interviewee’s. if I had completed this earlier in my pre production stage then I would have had more time to plan the interviews and other shots I could of put in my documentary. Here is a link to all my Email to/from contributors:
http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-‐5-‐email-‐tofrom-‐ interviewee.html http://leepalmeryear13mediastudiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/unit-‐5-‐email-‐tofrom-‐ interviewee-‐chris.html Production During my production stage the least successful aspect was my framing of shots as one interview the interviewee was not in the rule of thirds. I had only realised this when watching it back while editing therefore I should have watched it back after shooting it and asked to re do the interview. Another aspect was another interview with a sixth form student who was going to university. This was a waste of time, as it did not make the final documentary, as I would have run way over the 5 minute it is supposed to be. However it is always good to have extra footage just in case something isn’t correct in another piece of footage. Post production During the post production stage I believe my least successful aspect was my graphics, as I did not leave enough time to make the graphics I had planned. The graphics I ended up putting in my documentary was plan red and black coloured writing and the graphics for people’s names was red white. Another aspect was the sound levels as the archive footage I had, had different sound levels and one was much louder. This also was the same with my voice over, as each voice over I recoded had a different sound level and it was hard to get the all the sound the same level.