Thursday, 25 October 2012

Rough plan

Start off with the student council. Talk to Lucy and one of the Chair’s. Ask them why they think that things like this are important and what their ‘future’ goals are. Film some of the student council for a while and then cut, hopefully, cut to a different school council to show that not only are important but pretty much every school in the borough has one. I don’t really have to ask them anything, if at all; just film some of their meeting.
Then after that mention how there are a group who meet once a month………………………………… Then gain some footage of GYA/YFG. Explain what they do ect. And then ask if a couple of them will get in front of the camera and say something?
Also I can try to gain some footage of full council. Contact Linda Green or Mick Henry/ Jane Robson to try to get this sorted out!
Main Feature is Lee. Hopefully I will be able to get a load of good footage which will mean that it will be good if I can use some of his footage throughout. I will be able cut in and out and use his opinions in a lot of interesting ways. I will be getting his opinions on the different youth groups ect, and then allow him to tell the audience why politics is so important in life ect.

Brainstorm of places, people and information!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Who and where!

Main Focus: Lucy Adams
Lee Holmes
3 or 4 members of the Youth Assembly
Maybe some of the Irish group
Some opinions of Young People not involved in politics.
Get a member of staff to express an opinion?

Locations: Civic Centre
Inside School (School Council)
Gladstone Terrace?
Maybe another school council? Cardinal Hulme?

Establishing shots: Civic Centre
Different Parts of Gateshead
The school

The Office Analysis - BBC 2

Watch The Office (UK) online (TV Show) - on 1Channel | LetMeWatchThis

The analysed clip has been taken from the first episode of the office, aired in 2001 on BBC. The first technical code that I will look at is Mise-en-scene. For example, something that is very apparent throughout is that they are following the workers when they are in there own norm environment. This is important as it means that they are being filmed in their natural surroundings. Humour is also a common feature here. This is because it is a fictional TV series that has been created in the style of a documentary. Therefore this connotes that they humour has been kept in there in order to keep the audience hooked and entertained throughout.  This also explains why it doesn’t seem that the programme itself is scripted.

Costume mise-en-scene, we can see that they are all wearing what they would normally wear for places such as work. This includes things such as business wear, and all the props are also true to what you would expect to find in an office, such as a stapler. This is important as it shows that they are trying to keep it as realistic as they possibly can.

There is a lot which can be said about the cinematography in the given clip. For example it starts off with a series of establishing shots, including a one of the roundabout and one for the ‘office’. This connotes that they are trying to show that maybe this is the way into work, and is taking the audience there one step at a time.  The camera is something that tends to catch everything. And therefore it is normally used to catch all of the interviews. This however is only true if there is nothing else interesting happening in the background. This is when the interviewee becomes the voice over and we can see that the other characters are doing. For example, if characters are having ‘private moments’ it tends to focus in on them instead. They also tend to take some of these shots through ‘secretive’ places, such as through windows. This gives us the impression that the camera is trying to spy on the characters in order to get what they want.

A number of close up’s have been used upon the ‘interviewer’ to show how he is feeling throughout after every question that has been answered. This allows for the audience to have an insight to what is being thought about, and to if the ‘right’ answer has been given. Whilst filming, we can tell that some of the shots have been filmed from many different angles. This is important as it means that they were able to cut in and out of the different rushes in order to produce a project that looks authentic. Finally the camera is always moving slightly as if it is hand held. This connotes that they are following what is going on at all times. It also gives the impression that he is always following his subjects and getting the best information that he can out of them.

In terms of edits, the one main thing that is always apparent is the use of cuts. They have been used constantly though out this in order to show a sense of continuity and to get a lot of information out into the audience. The cuts have also helped to keep a sense of face paced continuity going, so that the documentary never gets boring and so it keeps moving.

The last technical code left to discuss would be that of sound. For example, yet again, a voice over has been used for when the interviewer has been asking the many questions that he does. This is important as this is a technique that has been used though out the three documentaries that I have analysed. Also no language has been removed from the final clip. This is important as it allows for it to remain looking very genuine and also so that it makes it look real and authentic.

Biggie and Tupac | Documentary jungle - Watch Free Documentaries Online

Biggie and Tupac | Documentary jungle - Watch Free Documentaries Online

Who do you think you are? - BBC 2

This is a programme, which is normally aired on BBC 2, which follows a well-known person in order to find more about their family history. It tends to just follow one subject matter, by following one side of the family tree.
The mise-en-scene of the locations suggests to us that it is going to be rather informative. This is because the show is based on fact, which is a typical convention of a documentary. If they are talking about a certain object, the camera would point to it. This connotes to the viewers that this is defiantly what they are talking about, and that they have both visual and sound evidence of what they need to know. Because of all of this, it makes it all seem very personal.
In terms of Cinematography, the camera has a habit of zooming in on objects. This connotes the importance of these of these objects as they are brought into focus to the audience. Throughout the clip they have tended to leave some space between the speakers so that they see what is still going on in the background. This shows that they are in public places, mainly, and therefore able to relate to them. There have been a range of shots used, and we can see that they have tended to relay on establishing shots to show us where the action is taking place. This helps the audience to know what is going on and to keep up.
For edits, the camera isn’t always on focus to the person whom is speaking. This reinforces that there are many things that are happening throughout the time that they were filming. We can also see their reaction. There is also a technique that has been constantly used where we can see that the image is going from blurry to being in focus. This is important as it means that our eyes are being drawn to that object that is being presented to us as an audience. There are also a number of cuts that are present as they cut back and forth to the family tree. This also helps to present the continuity as we get the same music being played each time that this happens.
Sound is one of the most important technical codes that have been used throughout the clip. The main reason for this would be the use of the deictic sound in the music. This is because any of the music played tends to be towards the emotions of what is happening. It also tends to help keep the story moving. There is also no real attempt to keep any of the other non-deictic sounds, such as the cars, quieter when they are speaking. Therefore we know that they really are out on location. One of the main features of sound would be the voice over, which appears to be something of importance throughout documentaries as it is something that I keep coming across. This means that we are able to look at artefacts, such as images and documents, and still hear what the professional has to say. This, therefore, means that it will be a good technique for me to use within my own documentary.

Biggie and Turpac - Nick Broomfield

The documentary itself starts off with just music. It has a high pitched and a fast beat. This connotes that it is beginning to build up the suspense and that something important is about to happen. We then start to hear the police sirens come in over the top of the music. This allows us to know for certain that something big has happened. Also, throughout the 30 minute clip, non-dietetic sounds seem to be frequent. During the music, a lot of information is presented in some big, bold white writing. This therefore makes it to stand out against the black background. We can then also know that the series of events are all documented very accurately. Something else we see, later on, is that Broomfield always stays in character throughout. This is made apparent because even when the police turn up he still continues to make his documentary. We can also see that he is just using Normal people in their own natural backgrounds. We can tell this when he continues to walk into barbers and supermarkets to gather their opinions. It is also very informative, ‘and it was just around the corner where he started rapping’.
A variety of shot types have been used. To start with we get close up’s of all the surroundings and the Crime scene for Turpac. This is good as it means that they will get a good overview of what has happened. There are also a number of quick cuts all the time which means that they are keeping the story going and fluent. Zooms are also common. This is when they are zooming in, in order to focus on an object that may even be in the middle of the frame. A medium shot is used when interviewing Tupac’s father’s questions... it gives it a more relaxed feel. Whereas when he first started the interview it was a close up... which made it feel a bit more serious.
When we see Broomfield interviewing, we can see that the camera has put him at the side of the shot; therefore we can see that he is the one directing all the questions. It also tells us for sure that he is paying attention and listening to what the interviewee is saying. There are even long shots to see the person even when he is not really being interviewed yet... just on the phone a little while away. This allows the audience to know that he is still the focus at the current time, but he is just not being talked about just yet.
The use of the hand held camera seems to be common throughout. This is because they were following the subject around. It sort of connotes that they are following them at all times and therefore following their journey. The use of the hand held cameras have also helped them to gain the same shots from many different angles… therefore making sure that they gain sufficient footage. It also means that the camera is always with them, even when they are in cars.
A voice over is common, which is something that I have found common in all the documentaries I have watched. Also the camera seems to jump slightly when they are interviewing. This happens when he is interviewing his father and other rappers from his time. This seems to be a regular technique throughout. This could be to emphasis the shot.

To see this documentary, click on the link two posts above.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield is one of the most well-known English documentary makers in our time. Since he began his career in 1971, he has directed/produced over 30 documentaries.
During his career Nick, was originally influenced by the observational style of the likes of Fred Wiseman, Robert Leacock and Pennebaker. This was all before he moved on to the more idiosyncratic style in which he is now better known for. This style became a lot more experimental, and he preferred it this way.

Broomfield is best known for his self-reflexive film-making style – a film being about the making of itself as much as it’s about the subject matter. This seems to be a style that has also been used recently by: Michael Moore, Louis Theroux and Morgan Spurlock, and they have all gained some box office his.

His best work is probably Kurt and Courtney, which is a documentary about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, one of the few films that was selected, and then later banned from the Sundance Film Festival. He had already won a prize at this festival for solider girls.

I think that it will be important to look at some of his work as I will also be both directing and producing my own product in a similar way that he does. I will be looking at one of his documentaries to look at his style and to see how I might be able to incorporate it into my own.

Thursday, 11 October 2012


For my documentary I will need to get as many opinions as I can. Because of this I have asked Gatesheads youngest Councilor if he would be interested in answering a few questions to the camera which I could put into the documentary.

Since sending the intial email, I have recieved a reply informing me that he would be more than happy to do this.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A2 Production

Since the analysis of the horror trailers, I have changed my idea for my A2 project. I now hope to create a different type of moving image project in form of a documentary. I will be working as an individual on this project, and its aim will be to highlight youth involvement in Politics.
For my Anciliary tasks I will produce:
• A newspaper advert
• TV listings

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Last years work!

This is a presentation that I made along with three other students to help evaulate the work from the year before. The pepole whom I worked with were: Laura Dent, Bethany Drape and Isla Johnson.

Last year!