Today we went straight into filming some last bits needed for our film, I learnt how different camera angles were more effective than it all being the same angle in the shot. We also both learnt how to do tracking shots ( this is when you are moving with the subject ). We thought we were going to be lucky with the weather but then it started raining so we vacated into a café to let the equipment dry. After getting all the extra footage we needed we went back and stated to do the final editing. Although the day sounds boring it wasn't because we were able to have fun between working ( if you call running down sand dunes working ) .
Day 3 - On this day we went to Instow primary school and helped the children learn how to use the equipment needed to make a film. This was kinda hard because we had only learnt this ourself in the morning so we did mess up a few times. We thought the day was fun as it was nice to have a break from doing our project. When we arrived at the school the first thing Amanda did was explain what they were going to do. After that the children got to choose (what roles they wanted to be eg. Director. Once everyone had a role Me and Katia took a group each and explained ( as best as we could ) what each role needed to do along with the how to set up / use the equipment they needed for their role.
Today was a more relaxed day, though we sill had loads to do. We spent the day planning ideas for our video this included using a green screen, which was very exciting because we had never used one before. The day was very helpful even though we didn't film any final footage because it help us figure out what ideas were not achievable and what was , this led to us having a really good final idea. In the afternoon we created a storyboard so we know what we are exactly doing when we come to put it all together.Today we learnt that copy rights was really important and how you couldn't use a picture from Google as your backdrop for the green screen as it doesn't belong to you, this effected the ideas we had.
By Harriet & Katia
Today was are first day, we met at 10:00 am and Amanda explained what we were going to do for the rest of the week .We got told our film needs to be about 'Littering' and promoting 'team up to clean up' . At 11:00 am we had a meeting with Helen Morse and Rodney Cann who gave us some important facts and information for our video .It was interesting to hear how much littering is a problem in the UK . After lunch we went to the beach and filmed some lovely shots of the scenery and also of us talking about littering. We thought it was really fun experiencing how to use a high quality video camera and especially enjoyed the looks we got while filming on the beach. While on our way back we saw a sheep who was trying to jump free but its back leg got caught on the gate so Amanda jumped in to save the day and helped the sheep free. When we got back we looked at the videos we had took and started to think of ideas on how we could make our film . Overall the first day went really well and Amanda made us feel really included and confident .
By Harriet Larter and Katia Ramirez
On our second and final day of shooting, it was time to discover what North Devon's people thought about local radio in our community.
Amanda McCormack, Claire Hickson and I headed into Green Lanes Shopping Center to film 'vox pops' which are simply people being concisely interviewed. Our roles consisted of me as questioner and recording sound, Amanda filming and questioning and Claire asking passers by for an interview and to sign an interview release form.
It was just past 11am and Claire had already reeled in an 18 year-old student, closely followed by a younger couple and then some older members of the community. The range of ages and genders of people that agreed to be on camera were fantastic.
There was a stage in filming at Green Lanes, however, where Claire was receiving consecutive rejection from people as they didn't want to be on camera. This was a shame, but understandable at the same time. Despite this, the spirit lifted again as we approached midday. We captured an elderly couple on camera that spoke about how they like hearing music from the 60s and 70s on the radio, and they believed that The Voice played this type of music all the time. Likewise, a middle aged woman told us that she liked to hear a variation of music on the radio and she thought The Voice played this variation. It was fascinating to discover how the range of music people enjoyed varied so vastly between the generations.
One older man said "I can't understand what these youths of today in the music industry are saying! That's why I like listening to the music from when I was 16 and 17 - the music where I can hear the words."
It was also insightful to discover that an overwhelmingly high number of people in Barnstaple still thought that Heart was the local radio station for north Devon, and had never heard of The Voice. Heart FM cut its independent station in North Devon and began broadcasting as a regional station in Exeter on 27 August 2010 as part of a proposal from Global Radio, which owns Heart, to reduce the number of Heart stations nationally from 33 to 16. Once we told people about The Voice, however, they liked the idea of hearing about North Devon traffic and travel rather than the Toroint Ferries service.
Just before we left Green Lanes, we got a great interview with a young American pair who told us about their thoughts on local radio in American communities.
Once we had finished in Green Lanes, Amanda, Claire and I refueled in Boston Tea Party before heading out into the glorious sunshine and blue sky to get some shots around Barnstaple.
To begin our short session of afternoon filming, I did a link on camera in Barnstaple high street in front of Green Lanes. We did several takes on this as I realised that, for the first few takes, the microphone was on standby and not recording!
We then shot some movement clips around Barnstaple before heading home nice and early to enjoy the sunshine!
Ewan Somerville, 13/3/14
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