Final evaluation of FMP

The theme of the project was a insight in to the artists or an artist that was involved with Blackburn’s festival of making and how they work on the pieces they are creating for the festival as well as what kind of artist they are them selves.This theme has been kept throughout the project with it changing to focus on a single artist instead of several artists,this was a economical move as the time constraints on the project only allowed for this as well as being a able to focus more on a single artist gave more room for details about them  to be explored. On the other hand the theme of the Festival of making was reduced although mentioned through the project the theme turned in to a look in to the artists work  that happens to be commission for the festival of making all again this in turn allowed me more freedom with the project.

I have worked to my proposal closely as the idea of interviewing those involved with the festival of making is still at the core of the project, although I scaled down the ambition of the project as the situation about gaining permission to film the other eight artists that were involved with the festival would of taken too long as well as unclear on the availability to work with the other artists on the project therefore it was logical to scale down to the one artist that was most accessible the artist   Jamie Holman. This  was the only major change to the project when compared to the proposal. The only other changes to the project being to the equipment used from a boom microphone to a clip on microphone during the interview and not using the led lights this was justified as the clip on microphone has better quality audio and the led lights not being needed for the lighting situation of the interview room.

The research into existing art documentaries was tedious as most are old and out dated with them mostly being presenter such as civilization this was as the presenter talked down to the audience as if they were lesser than him where as the slightly more recent shock of the new eliminated the elitist attitude but kept the slow presenter led format . This  led a direct conflict to the project’s proposed idea of a expository style documentary although this provided inspiration to think of way to create one and how it would work. The closest documentary to  idea was the documentary series ‘what do artists do all day’ that explored a day in the life of a professional artist and was set out in a informal nature that let the artist themselves become the driving force of the feature  this would become the main inspiration for the project as unlike the other documentaries it was engaging and intelligent even to a wider audience than dedicated art viewers.  This documentary effected the development of my work greatly as it provided a style in which to follow when focusing on the artist in addition to how to shoot a artist in action and in a interview format.

The most experimental technique used in the project  was using the dieagetic sound captured from when filming the choirs recording session and using it in engaging parts through  the film. This was a total success as it proved to be surprising effective at adding pace to the sequence it was applied to as well as creating crescendo’s at certain points of the video such as the opening and the end sequence that displays the artist  thinking upon his work in the gallery. There was problems with this approach as each individual recording of the choir singing had to be edited to fit the part it was being used for at times this meant either losing half a word from the choir audio that could be noticeable or extending a clip beyond its intended screen time this was solved by a comprise between the two as well as nimble use of audio controls in premiere.

The skills that have further developed over the course of the project have been mainly practical skills.One of the skills furthered  was my work in camera operating by filming the choir by choosing the correct moments to focus in on members of the choir as well as when to keep the camera at a wide angle to show the entire group as one. Another skill that was improved during the project was my editing as cutting down the sheer abundance of footage taken to seven minutes was at first a small challenge although through the process of elimination and selective editing it was achieved .Furthermore due to audio issues encountered my skills at working round and editing audio have improved via experimenting with audio to gain the most preferable result.

A aspect of my studies I wished  explored further and would of aided the project as a whole was more research in to different art styles and how best to present them in a focused method that has flair and partly experimental . this is as the research I have performed is on one hand effective it is predicable leading to workman like conclusions about the subject. In addition  the other aspect of my studies I wish had explored was the method in which to present my work in non traditional  formats, this would be difficult to do considering the medium of film although a possibly would of been to project this film on to a piece of the artwork from the prism gallery its self on the other hand this may of been a determent to the film as the image quality would be dramatically be reduced if this was done.

The film its self for fills the initial proposal  of creating a documentary based around the festival of making as although the focus has shifted slightly from being about the festival of making as a whole and more towards focusing on a singular artist that is involed with festival. The equipment used to create the film was predictable but effective as it performed the job required of it successfully and how I had planned them to work with the exception of the Cannon XA10’s internal microphone causing a audio problem that caused a sequences audio to have a noticeable hum that though is mostly fixed via reducing the audio level proved a problem as various filters and the technique of isolating and removing it failed.

The meaning and message of the piece is to convey the idea of art to a wider audience as well as those involved with the arts already, I believe I was successful as following  the example of ‘what artists do all day’  by presenting the artist as a relate able person and having the work on display next to the artist as they explain their meaning behind it. On the other hand it is a criticism of the work that I may of followed this example too closely and not branched out in to my own ideas enough and should of tried different things with the film such as having anther artist give their option on the art work as well .

I have chosen to  present my film in the dedicated film screening that the media pathway is putting on a week before the exhibition night  this is because a  wider audience will see it because of the two screening that will be held presenting the film a audience of firstly peers on the course and secondly a general audience. Additionally the film will screened in the colleges screening room the optimum place to view the film as it provides the best facility available to fully be immersed  in media. The  event will be held with flair to best show and celebrate the absorbing nature of the films.

If I were to take on the project again I would change how I planned the research for the project as the research for the project was at times lacking focus and could of been improved with a greater range of sources being covered throughout the project as it progressed to its eventual state. Additionally I would change the way I handled my self on location as at times I was ineffective and lacked direction in my practical work a method in which this could of been improved would of been better planning of the filming sessions. On the other hand overall I am happy with the production has turned because when shown to a audience it engages and entertains as well being informative about the artist and the work that they have created.

In conclusion the project was a overall success as the it produced a final product that is to a high standard and can be used as example of my skills as a filmmaker to further my career in to the industry. Additionally the surrounding work in the project is to a high standard and any mistakes or errors I have made have been identified and corrected or used to show how I went wrong in places during the project displaying the improvements I would need to make if I was to under take a project this one again. Ultimately the project did not go as originally planned though with flair and intelligent decisions it was recovered and turned into a successful project.



Overall review of the Editing process

Although having a simple structure for the overall film the editing process for the film was at times problematic as  a portion of the shots were unsuitable for the overall production . This was demonstrated when at first the only section involving the choir was filmed during a rehearsal session of the performance and the wrong song at first was being played although I had used it in the time line this was a problem as the majority of shots from that session were used in the sequence to aid the original interview with the Jamie Holman . This was later changed to  use the final rehearsal session footage of the performance as this only focused on the actual performance song, due to this change the sequence had to be changed to fit this in to the time frame of the documentary as well as reapply the  transitional effects to  both the audio to slowly fade in the song as the scene changes and the visual to ensure it was a smooth scene change. The advantage of changing the footage used was that in the older version the members of the choir were in normal clothes where as in the more recent recording session the members were in uniform colours of black and red allowing the viewer to better recognize them as a single group as well as having better sound quality reducing the need for alteration to the audio at this stage.

The use of the choir’s singing as a piece of music through the video was a inventive decision because of this I did not need to use a secondary sourced music piece that may of clashed with the content as well as having lots of instances of the same music piece already to be used in the video. The disadvantage of this is  having the same piece of audio used several time in the video could become repetitive for a audience. On the other hand the use of  live recorded music adds a more natural feel to the video and is easier to control its audio via slowly altering the audio levels to the correct level needed.

The main interview with Jamie Holman  was a challenging edit as his answers to the questions provided included tangents that although related to the subject did not fit with the overall flow of the video, these were cut although due to small amount of time between these and the actual content careful care had to be taken so when cutting these so that the end of words not related to the content were not left in that would produce a stodgy production. Although a advantage of this was that the content delivered was precise  and to the point .On the other hand cutting these tangents left a significant amount of time to be covered by cut away footage of the office space constructed behind him during the interview that although well shot almost broke the momentum of the edit when compared to the interview.

In contrast when using the footage from the filming session at the prism gallery the use of its footage created  sense of momentum in the edit an example of this the sequence where clips of Jamie working at the prism space to set it up  have were sharply cut together in a short montage set along with the diegetic sound  footage as well as the  non diagetic audio of the choir audio coming to a crescendo as the short sequence closes with him leading the effort to set the gallery up in time cutting to a panning shot of the next piece to be talked about. This is engaging for the viewer as it shows a sense of progress and  keeps the from slowing down.

When dealing with the footage where he is talking directly to the camera due to using a different microphone than the interview issues were faced with the audio being a lower quality as a low hum could be heard as he spoke, the use of a de-hummer tool was attempted though failed to solve the issue. The next attempt used the  de-noiser tool although it worked in the short term the effects as the sound quality became unpredictable differing each time it was played due to the de-noiser  proving lackluster, a third attempt at the problem was using Adobe audition to identify the source of the hum and remove it on the other hand doing this removed Jamie’s voice from the clip as well.In conclusion when dealing with the audio of the sequence the audio levels were lowered to hide the presence of the hum despite not being effective and producing a possibly stodgy sequence.The solution to this if done again would be to use the same clip on microphone to prevent this problem happening and ensure consistence level of audio quality.

The overall editing process of the film although encountering problems went well as a professional looking production was the end product. This is as through  the video the overall quality is maintained throughout the film though it could be debated that the short sequence where the audio is slightly lower quality than the rest of the film negates this.Furthermore the process was a success as it furthered my experience as a editor by finding solutions to problems that occur during the process as well gain a better understanding the importance of structuring a edit to play with the aspect of pacing a film. On the other hand the editing process should that at times my working can be predictable as few experimental ideas were used to set the film apart from my other work although using the live choir music as backing track for the film could be considered as experimental as I did not know how it would turn out over all.In conclusion the process was a success as the film was made and I gained experience as a editor though if I were to do this again I would better plan out how much time the editing will take up.