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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.      


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