what artists do all day screen shots

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The close up position of the camera creates a  close link between the viewer and the artist being interviewed giving the viewer incentive to want the artist to succeed in the project shown in the program engaging the viewers attention. In addition the close up gives a strong introduction to the artist’s overall character.

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The shots of the studio in its natural state and unclean provide a insight in to the artists working process by displaying to the viewers it furthers the connection to artist with the viewer as well as giving them a reason to identify with the artist as it may mirror their own room or studio space.

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The purpose of displaying this is to show the artists most famous work with the narrator informing the viewer of the piece and its significance in contrast to this the artist giving their honest opinions on the art work. This is engaging to the viewer as it provides differentiating opinions both critical and self criticism on the piece.

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Showing the artist at work outside at work outside the studio give the viewer a better overall idea of what goes in to creating a piece a work other than the final piece. The usefulness of this sequence is invaluable because it portrays the artist in a interesting  way to the audience and cements them as the protagonist of the show.Furthermore it adds depth to the character of the artist as they go about their day  with the film crew as well as showing the artist as  part of a working circle instead of a isolated figure.



The shock of the new

The shock of the new’s presentation to its viewers though at the time was different and new to the way art documentaries were created due to them being elitist and unwelcoming for those new to the art world as well as being  statically  shot  becoming uninteresting for the  viewer to watch. The shock of the new changed this as it simplified the language used as well as focusing on more contemporary art pieces, explaining them to the viewer in a informative but also engaging way as well as having a more reliable presenter when compared to previous art

The method of  displaying the art work to the viewer changed as at times the presenter would be on location to the art work as well as simply having it shown on screen, both of these were effective at conveying the audience a message about the art work .An example of this is below with the presenter standing in front of a piece of artwork and explaining what the meaning of the piece is.shock of the new 1 Furthermore  how it is relevant to the rest the of the art work about to be shown to give the viewer context to the next portion of the show,this also allowed for archive footage to be used effectively  to expand on a point made by the narrator.


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To immerse the viewer in the time of creation the art shock of the new uses archive footage from the era this also helps build further context for the art pieces and how the events that were happening at the time affected them. This is effective as it makes the content viewer friendly answering questions that may occur to those not informed of the influences in the era of the art works creation .

The method of displaying the artwork to the viewer through out the program this accompanied by the narrators voice it is well used as it displays the art work to the viewer as well as having the artist informed about the art work.

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RTS masterclass Jeff Pope (writer/producer)

The master class with Jeff pope focused on how to dramatize existing events and turn them in to stories as well as to create a protagonist in a dark or morally grey scenario that is not necessarily the focus of the scenario its self, a example of this that was brought up was his series ‘Appropriate adult’ where although the event is happening to Frank West  the role of the protagonist is of Janet leach the appropriate adult assigned to the murderer due to his low IQ level. This presents a alternate look at the narrative for the viewer from a perspective that they would not expect as a pose to  a direct retelling of the events that happened.

He also talked about how when dealing with the stories of actual people that have family still alive or are still alive themselves it can prove difficult as some people as such as the real Mrs Briggs did not want parts of their life being dramatized as to the person thought they were too private.This can be a problem because of as with important scenes to the narrative unable to be used it will hamper the project as a alternative would have to worked out or the scene removed entirely. on the other hand working with the people themselves can be advantageous as you can have a first hand account of  events that can be used for the drama providing additional details a scene giving it a much greater effect due to this input.

Finally he explored the notion of writing for a specific actor or actress in mind and how leaving it open can allow you to create a more malleable persona for the persona to take hold of when they play that role such as with Dominic West as  Frank West (no relation) in Appropriate Adult.Alternatively writing with specific actor in mind can help centralize a role and have it play to their  strengths as a performer  as with when writing the series Cilla  Sheridan Smith was chosen to play Cilla early on due to her ability to portray her at different stages her life well using her mannerisms and body language as well as her ability to sing. The disadvantage of this method of writing is this that if the actor refuses or is not available the role if no back up actor is thought of at the time then the production could fall apart due to not having a actor for a pivotal role.

Overall the master class provided a perspective on the dramatization of actual  event and its possible problems and how to to solve them or work around them  as well as how to build and amplify characteristics of existing people.In addition as specializing into editing it is good to have a knowledge of the process of writing because it allows for scenes to be planned for  editing process as well as what may not work or will be difficult to convey to the viewer. In conclusion  the master class was a useful experience to my career development and gaining a insight in to the industry



Interview with Jamie Holman

This interview  will form the base for the FMP video as the answers given will used against cutaways that be of the different stages of the art piece he is creating for the festival of making as well as standard cutaways to the artists work space. The interview was conducted in a professional manner with few parts of the interview needed to be filmed again. The artist worked the questions in to the answers he provided therefore giving them contextual starting points in reason the subject matter.  This has allowed  me to remove the need for my own voice to be in the video, in addition to be able to  be inserted in the video at various points  using the cutaways and his answers to propel the narrative of the video without the problem of having a omnipotent  narrator to tell the viewer what is happening.

The interview space was originally the fine art staff room although the mis en scene created the look as if it was his studio space by placing the materials that he is working with in the background such as the tissue rolls and the book of roach bridge’s history.This was effective as it portrayed to the viewer that it was filmed in a studio as well as covering a unsightly radiator that would of been in the background of the shot that would of detracted from the overall quality of the interview as it clashed with the rest of the mis en scene,in addition the use of a tight mid shot also added to the effect that this was in the artists studio.

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The shot once in premier as planned out it is  framed only the materials are in the shot  giving the impression that the artist is in their studio, with the use of the mid shot being used effectively to the viewers main attention to the artist themselves while having enough  looking room  in the shot so the artist is not looking directly at the camera.

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The audio of the piece was loud and clear this was achieved by full sound checks and having the microphone applied correctly as well as at a making sure the subject dd ot ruffle their clothes once the shooting had begin change outfits or move the position of the microphone during recording. The microphone  used in the interview was a Sony ECM55B a clip on microphone oppose to a boom microphone where I would have to be mindful of having the microphone picking up external sound from the rooms around the staff room.

A disadvantage of the timing of the interview was that a essential part of the artist’s work had not been created of the interview this being choir lyrics printed on to tissue paper,  therefore could not be filmed although this is planned to  be filmed later in the project as it will provide cutaways for the video that will be useful because it would allow the viewers to see. This is as the piece would influence the work in a large way because of how it would synchronize when seen in conjunction with the rest of the artist’s work for the festival.

In conclusion the interview went well as enough footage was taken as well as the artist providing excellent  answers for the questions presented to them, furthermore dressing the background of the room to look like a studio worked  well as it made the shoot look more professional and elevate it from a standard interview scene. In addition the footage is well paced and able to be edited together in a swift and naturally flowing video.On the other hand the interview could of gone better by asking more varied questions to the artist as well as getting a few more cutaway takes of the room used although this was limited by the rest of the space being a staff room itself. Finally i belive this project to be a successs as what i set out to do was accmplished with little to no problems or delay.


List of questions for the artist

These are the possible  questions that will be asked to the artist when interviewing them for the primary research and part of the production of the  final outcome of the project. The questions are designed to non artist specific therefore can be applied to any artist i use as well as having a good number of questions allowing for slight variations of the same style of interview to be given  to multiple artists over the project.

  • can only the last question to those artists commissioned for the festival of making.


Where do you go to produce your work ? eg home,studio or where ever it requires?

What led to becoming an artisrt and how has it influence you ?

How do you prepare for a session of working on art piece?

Is there a certain time of day you put away you put to work on a piece?

What is the current project you are working on at the moment ?

Who would you suggest are your influences?

What kind of medium do you use for your art and how is it reflective of the work its self?

*how are the materials provided by the company your assigned to influenced your piece for the festival of making?



What do artists do all day?-Jack Vettriano

“What do artists do all day?” creates a insight in to what a day in the life of a professional artist is like, displaying from the start of their routine for the day, filming the artist at work as well as cutting back to a interview with the artist in their work space. This is effective as a method of presenting a artist to the audience because of it displays to the audience how artists work in there studios or work spaces, as well as keeping them engaged by not deliberately using specialist art language making it accessible to most audiences other than its intended audience of primarily other artist or those with an interest in art.

Additionally  the show having contrapuntal sound  to the artists feelings or attitude at the time or the work being shown on screen is a well used technique that contributes to the programs overall theme of exploring the artist themselves as well as  the type of work they produce. Furthermore by displaying the artist working on a piece  provides a narrative to the documentary to carry through the program this is effective as the narrative becomes the subject of the documentary inclining the viewer want the artist to succeed in the project presented engaging them in the narrative as well as the documentation side  of the program.

The shorter form run time of twenty minutes compared to the longer  form art documentaries that can be a an hour in length such as ‘shock of the new’ or ‘civilization’ as they can be up to an hour, this is a problem because the the viewer although they would be  possibly put off the documentary by its long run time and older format of presenting the content to the audience.

In conclusion the  program ‘what do artists do all day’ was a good source of research as it provided  a insight in to some of the methods at looking at a artist and how to display how they work on a artwork as well as the process that they go through to make one. This could influence my project as it displayed the observatory nature of documentary I wish to experiment with along with expository documentary elements. On the other hand the shows content handling the artist previous work could of been better as it only shows the work in a cutaway static image using text instead of a voice over or having footage of the work its self.Overall the research material was effective as it allowed me to see what the medium had already produced on the subject of artists and  how to be effective presenting as well as engaing an audience in the content.


1UAL Awarding Body – Foundation


Unit 7 – Project Proposal


Candidate Number 62299


Project Title Festival of making
Section 1: Review (Approx 150 words)
Over part 1 and part two of the course I learned various techniques in my chosen pathway that will be used to improve the quality of the project by adding the skills I have learned such as colour grading and creating text in illustrator. Working on a live project has given me an insight in to the demands of the industry and an understanding of how important good planning and preparation   prove invaluable to the final product’s quality. On the other hand from the past units I have learned I need to gather more research when creating a product as will demonstrate a deeper understanding of the topic being covered by the project. The reason for me using media as the fmp’s pathway is because throughout the units I have specialised into it developing my show reel of work for use in my future progression to higher education. This is shown as the work created at the start of the year is less technically accomplished than compared to my most recent work.






Section 2: Project Concept (approx 250 words)
I been inspired to develop my project proposal after finding out about a festival taking place my local area. The festival focuses on making all types of creative work form food to artwork pieces.

One of the aspects of the festival is that artists have been commissioned to work alongside 9 local companies.



I intend to make a short documentary that follows the process of an art work being made. This will involve gaining formal permissions to film on the locations, researching both the companies and artists involved as well as working to a schedule and plan. Prior to making the documentary I have initially be researching documentaries such as ,what do artists do all day’ , ‘shock of the new’ these have given me a insight on the way the documentary will look, this is I do want the documentary to be a presenter talking to the camera and explain the art pieces one by one. I will be experimenting with a different use of cutaways as well attempting some observatory styles of documentary.



The documentary’s method of delivery will be mainly be expository focusing on the artists themselves and their work rather than using a presenter led format as that presents problems such as finding the presenter and them learning their script that may hinder or slow the progress of the project. The project will be filmed with the cannon XA10 its lighting done with led lights or light screen as well as sound captured by a boom microphone.    This equipment is viable as it is college equipment.


The documentary will be presented in the media pathways film screening room that will be hosted at the courses end of year art exhibition.









Section 3: Evaluation (approx 100 words)
The project will be evaluated using the form of detailed reviews at each stage of the process looking at the progress made, how effective and what I could do to improve it. The editing process will allow me to make judgements about the final piece, I will have peer critiques and tutorials with staff and use there feedback to improve the work. The final evaluation of the project will take the form of a long form written evaluation detailing the strengths and what I would do differently in the projects as whole.







Proposed Research Sources and Bibliography (Harvard Format)

John Berger,. Ways Of Seeing. 1972. Web. 8 Mar. 2017.


BBC,. The Shock Of The New. 1980. Web. 8 Mar. 2017.


Collings, Matthew. This Is Modern Art. 1999. Web. 9 Mar. 2017.


Collings, Matthew. Blimey!. London: 21 Publishing, 1999. Print.


BBC,. Civilization. 1969. Web. 9 Mar. 2017.