4th May filming at prism gallery

The filming at the prism  gallery was  a resounding success as the material taken from the shot will dynamically help shape the film because of its wealth of new footage taken that was produced to high quality of work. The footage consists of static and panning shots of the space as well as the art work in addition to the artist talking about the work as they stand next to it allowing the viewer to better understand the meaning behind the art pieces.

The most engaging footage that was filmed was the artist talking about his pieces while next to them, this is because the viewer is able to both visualize the piece and have the reasoning behind the artwork explained to them in a viewer friendly language without the impression that he is talking down to the audience,this is done by the height of the camera being level with the artist when they are talking to the viewer as seen in ‘The shock of the new’ . The advantage of this is that the audience will less likely to be aliened by the subject of the video as they are being talked to an a equal level even if they not from a art background. Although the shots were lacking proper focus as due to using the internal microphone of the camera  the sound quality is a lower standard than of the interview that was done using the clip on microphone, this is problematic as in the editing process this will have to compensated for by changing the audio levels of the recording r filtering out the background noise of the shoot taking up more time of the process.

The use of panning shots to display the exhibition space to the viewer in a intelligent way as they show how the  art work  is presented in the space as well as  the details of each individual piece. The nimble use of my camera work allowed these shots to be smooth and continuous as well as being carefully thought about for the placement in the film as a whole such as for use when need to cover jump cuts in the sections where Jamie is speaking to the camera and cuts are need for when the clips have been cut down for time saving purposes or scenes where although the choirs audio was usable the video of them was not. On the other hand the shots were predicable because style of documentary that the film will be . In addition to a workman like approach to the filming  session  preventing the idea of experimenting with shots or alternate camera angles show the space in ad different way than would of been expected,

Overall the the final filming session of the project went well  because of   focused and effective footage taken  that will serve to be useful in the editing process as well as extend the films content about the work as well as the artist’s passion for it.This is interesting for the audience as from this a character is build about the artist is build for them on a human level allowing them to relate to them more a significant shot for this is when he is setting up the exhibition space himself as well as taking command of how it is set up. On the other hand the session could of been improved with more planning of what shots and sequences needed to be filmed such as the scenes where the artist is talking about his work questions or prompts for the artist could of been prepared and allowed them to give a more tailored and tighter explanation of the pieces on display. In conclusion  although workman like and at times lackluster performance, the usefulness of the shoot was vital for the success of the overall project and provided some intelligent work that  could be used in the editing process to  make a effective film.



Filming choir recording session

Filming the choir’s recording session was useful as it  allowed me to capture footage of them practicing the song ‘Blackburn to the fore’ for the festival of making performance providing me with several shots available to use of them singing this giving me options for transition shots between the interview with Jamie.In addition the audio of the choir can be used separately  as the opening and closing tracks for the piece its self as well therefore  eliminating the need to find royalty free music off the internet this also is significant because the use of this allows the music to be relevant to what is being shown on screen. Furthermore due the choir only practicing the song different pitched versions of it were captured as they practiced the song with each part of the choir individually.

A disadvantage of filming the choir was that the recording equipment used for the recording the audio interfered with the shots taken with them being in the way of the camera,although this at times produced stodgy footage it did not hinder the filming greatly as the choir was largely  spread out   in the studio therefore with nimble camera work I avoided including the equipment in the shots of the choir. The other disadvantage of filming the choir while in the recording session was due to the size of the choir and the size of the TV studio camera positions were limited to the edges of the room  only allowing me able to capture parts of the choir at the time with slow pans. Although these are effective a full wide shot of the whole choir would possibly improved it because it would of allowed a establishing shot for the video that presents the choir as one entity instead of individuals.

Overall filming with the choir during their recording  was a success as the session provided me with the optimal environment  to film as it was a space with controlled lighting, a number of potential shot to be obtained from the positions available to me such as close ups of different members of the choir.In addition shots of  the conductor although these may not make into the edit  because of the conductor’s close ups are unfocused due to him moving around. My effectiveness as a camera operator was challenged in this session of filming the choir. I believe I performed the role adequately as the camera work was intelligently done, on the other hand my technique still could be improved as some of the shots taken were lackluster and if the skill is worked on it will be come fruitful as knowledge of camera work is important if I wish to specialize in the field of editing .In conclusion the shoot went well and will be a boon to me when editing the overall film project as well as providing me a opportunity to improve my on site practical skills.



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



Filming the choir (church) session

This went moderately successful as when filming the choir it was difficult to maintain a direct shot of of the whole choir as the position that was available was at the back of the choir, although this gave me the opportunity to film individuals among the choir giving it a more intimate view of the choir.This was effective because the raw  emotions of the people throughout the choir were on display while in song as well as being able to film the conductor of the choir in action directing the different sections.The footage will be used  when the artist talks about collaborating with others to create his pieces of work and how he is using the choir within his piece of work.

A aspect of the shoot that could of been improve would of been if handled the camera a lot steadier as some shots are too shaky or unfocused to be used in the film, this is as to capture constant audio that could still be used in other shots or as opening and closing music. The benefit to this is additional music will not have to be created  to a secondary source of music found,on the other hand using the choir as the opening and closing for the video may prove to difficult as the conductor of the choirs can be often her during the recordings. To solve this problem I will only use pieces where the choir is in full chorus and if the conductor’s voice is heard adobe audition will be used to isolate his voice in the audio and remove it without damaging the rest of the piece.

Overall the usefulness to the project of the footage make a success as it is invaluable as the cutaways make it possible transition from question to question with out jump cuts being a problem as well as  providing context for the answers the artist gives. on the other hand with some of the footage being mostly unusable due to its lower quality of work the shoot could of gone better.This may of been because of lack of planning for the location. Although the shoot had its disadvantages it went moderately successful and if done again I would experiment with my camera placement to get better angles of the choir furthermore I would of also planned for the positioning of the choir the shots taken would of been clearer  and have fewer wild camera movements to capture footage of the part of the choir that is singing at the current time.





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?



Work with Cedar Lewison

8th February 

Interviews with fine art degree students were filmed asking them about the work they are doing with Cedar, this was useful as they provided various responses about the work they were creating. A problem with the room that the students were interviewed in was that due to the skylight having large amount of sunlight coming through it bouncing off the white walls casing us to change the white balance constantly. An advantage of filming the student in their studio work space is that when interviewing them they are working on the lino project.

The other footage taken on the day was the students using the printing press to print their lino designs on to paper, the challenges associated with this were the room had a large window that severely disrupted the angles that could be filmed as the amount of light it let in made any footage taken facing towards it over exposed.

10th February 

After being contacted by the student heading the project with Cedar  I was informed a open interview was to taking place between cedar and a food historian. The interview was filmed  using a two camera set up, the main camera capturing a single steady shot of the interview as a safety shot, the second camera was to capture alternate angles such as a mid shot and medium close up of the historian these were effective as it presented natural cutaway points for the editing process. This camera was also used to capture the the audience asking the historian questions as well as their reactions to her answers as well as take shots of the audience to provide extra cutaways. Overall my camera work could of been much improved as some shots turned out slightly unstable when moving the camera from position to another though this can be fixed via using the footage from the safety camera to cover this.

The latter half of the day was dedicated to editing the various videos created over course of Cedars visit, the task given to myself was to create a slow repeating loop of the students work and research that they have produced during his visit about food important to them .This process was a simple one as it consisted of stringing static images together in adobe premier although techniques on how to resize footage and images to fit the size of the screen were learned then quickly implemented. On the other hand the process had  set backs as some of the content was lacking to the quality of the rest of the edit as well as making the mistake of editing footage stored on  external storage devices  instead of the computer its self, this caused loss of progress to the edit when the device was removed delaying the amount of work that could be done significantly.  To prevent this from happening in future i need to double check where the data is being held before continuing to edit the footage and risk losing it.

In conclusion  the time I worked on the project was helpful to my overall experience as it gave me knowledge of what working on a  live project and the pressures it creates for a practitioner in the field as well as learning the basics of anther editing software (final cut pro)  as it would be essential in the future working in the industry different company may use different systems to edit.The experience was also useful to me as it showed how simple mistakes could impact a projects progress overall  in addition to how organize a project and prevent it going over the deadline.