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Month: September, 2014

Sheffield Sharks Vs Durham Wildcats (Sheffield Sharks Basketball) 26th September 2014

The season begins again, and with a triumph! Sheffield Sharks return to the 20th season and with an almighty win! But that’s beside the point, myself and the crew are back to film the team’s season.

I’ll mention that prior to the game we all had a long day with a very early start, not to get into detail we took part in listening to a presentation given by Doug Richard’s business man and entrepreneur. Straight after we had to get to EIS to start setting up the equipment and testing it. This was from 2pm – 2:30pm when we arrived there. The game starts at 7:30pm.

As mentioned we are returning to the season as film crew, and we all dressed accordingly. We were not coming as students filming the local basketball team, we came as an official film crew dressed accordingly, to make us look more professional. To fit the profile of the job we were going to do.

Like all games I have been apart of the film crew, I have picked up on how certain pieces of equipment work, where to plug things in, and how to efficiently tidy up cables. To decrease the health risks.

Because we are filming this for Sheffield Live TV as well as the Sharks, we had a presenter who would be used to increase the production value and add some continuity with reminders of the game, who the Sharks were playing and so on.

Throughout the game (on camera 3) it took a few minutes to get back into the momentum of the game when it comes to filming. Getting into the groove of not just zooming in or out following the players, we all tried filming on manual. We have new cameras which the autofocus took too much time to find the focus point, which meant the choice of having delayed focus, or using manual and having to be on point 100% of the time. We chose option two. It didn’t take long too get used to, the zoom and focus wheel are nicely positioned where my thumb and index finger could control the zoom. My middle finger could control the focus, working this way took a few minutes to get the flow right, but after that it was fairly simple. At least speaking for myself it was.

The pace, as per any basketball game is never slow. The quick pan to find the next player with the ball was a measure of anticipation and a bit of luck. But mostly perfect accuracy, which let me tell you was difficult to pick up, but incredibly rewarding each time the shot was perfected.

The game ended with a nice lead for the Sharks in their first game of the season. Winning 83 – 70 against the Durham Wildcats, not to say the competition made it easy, because they didn’t, they were fighters and gave everything they could.

Being the first game back filming, it is nice to feel as though I was going back into something that I didn’t need to rediscover because of all the practice has stayed with me.

As per usual the pack down was a full team effort just like setting up the equipment. We all took down our cameras, took up the wiring and had to double, triple check everything is back where it belongs. Then it was home time!

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First day of filming (Factual – 3 Minute Documentary) 22nd September 2014 [Blog: 3/10]

Early start to making the documentary, I think it’s the best way to do it. The thing is that years before it would be a matter of when by notification. For example being told that there is a set time to make this in, that still exists but now it’s not a matter of being told when you should do it’s up to me to take initiative and film this when available.

Arriving at Todd’s Coffee House. I met the people at the cafe, reminded them what I was doing and started to set up my own gear in the corner of the room. It became my private corner.

The timing was perfect, the last of the customers started to leave (I’d assume that was because they saw the camera gear). So with that it was perfect timing to talk through what was going to happen with Anthony and what he would be doing in the shots I wanted to get.

With the help of a friend as the customer being served by Anthony we walked through the shot and started to roll (Many takes later…) and finally we have a final shot that was complete. Throughout the takes before the perfect shot, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The laughter from one take to the next elevated the more they tried to complete the shot.

IMG_2127 After the first (complex) shot, I looked around for shots that I could get. The whole purpose of the shoot was to show Anthony’s current working position, what he does to pay for his passion, music.

We were getting to the point when all the shots that I could possibly get were filmed, so the owner of the Cafe went to fetch her dog, named Boo.

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Proposal (Factual – 3 Minute Documentary) 15th September 2014 [Blog: 2/10]

Today I started to work on the proposal for my 3 minute documentary in which I covered research that I have done for the project. An introduction to the project for example the name of the production company, the working title of the documentary, deadline and team members with their numbers.

Then I completed the statement of intent which covered why the production is about and why it’s being made. I mentioned that the documentary covers a musician and why I am making this video.

The target audience followed and for that I talked about my specific target audience for the documentary. The target audience didn’t become a judgment of age or gender. It is about relating to the main focus of the documentary ‘Dreams and aspirations’.

I wrote a synopsis for the documentary covering all the different sections that the documentary will be separated into. Beginning of the video is the day to day life, to current aspirations, to what his focus is when making music.

Next was the treatment. This was to identify what types of media I would need for example Computer generated footage or stock footage. The entirety is going to be original material recorded. The rest of the treatment is about the look and style of the video and how the shots will look.

The final points are about logistics from crew/equipment requirements, production schedule and time constraints. For equipment/crew I listed what I would need and how many people I would need to operate this equipment.

Initial idea stage (Factual – 3 Minute Documentary) 12th September 2014 [Blog: 1/10]

Today I started to plan out the documentary which would be subtitled “My Life”. It will revolve around a specific person that I find interesting and see if I can make a 3 minute documentary about a person in the most creative and unique way possible.

The first thing I did was to list the different aspects that I rethink I should note down so that I can plan out how the documentary will look and flow like. The first on the list is ‘What I’m covering?’ this would be what types of footage that I will film for the documentary. For example I am making mine about a musician named “Anthony Smith” I will record footage of him playing music, recording, interviews etc.

The next is ‘How it’s going to be made?’. What camera gear I would need, sound, lighting and how many people or who I might need to help me with the production.

The third point I made was ‘What is in the documentary?’. This being what type of arc is it going to take, which in this case it will focus on why he makes music and what he gets out of playing music.

Finally there is ‘Style’. This was something when I was planning which had me thinking form two perspectives. The first in the edit is usually where a style (for me) would be set, but in thinking that I would need to film a certain way. I would need to plan how it will look before the editing stage. In the 3 minutes I have I think to keep the content fresh and moving I will shoot it so that it doesn’t stay on one section for too long, it will be giving a perspective of “Anthony” that isn’t just here he is, with long sections of shots. It will try to inform and entertain without staying in one place, and I will have it having a diverse range of elements that are included.

Final day of shooting (Pride & Pensioners) 17th August 2014

Today is the day, the last day of shooting. Time is all we have and we must use it and finish EVERYTHING so that we can have a successful wrap.

SO in the club, setting up the gear. Looking at storyboards and running through scenes as fast and as effective as possible. The day consisted of set-ups in one area – completely finishing each area at a time, and moving around.

Every one is focused (just like on the other shoots, but more so this time around). We get through the shoots without many problems, at one point there would be points where I would need to swap tripods to perform a particular camera move so that took (only a few seconds of) time to do. Apart from that, it went fine.

Getting through each scene, we would finish actors’ takes and be done with them (that sounds harsh putting it like that), I guess what I meant was that they had their scenes complete and were no longer needed. better.

The knowledge that this was the last day, AND that we had to finish everything then and there, added to the pressure, but for the most part was forgotten about because we were all so concentrated on getting this episode shot, and complete.

Roughly at 8:30pm is when we finished shooting the last shot if the leads and called a wrap.

(My) First day of shooting (Pride & Pensioners) 10th August

So the weekend before this I couldn’t make the first proper 2 days shooting, but here is where I start.

The day goes well, is what I can say. There were a few scenes that we couldn’t film due to time constraints but other than that we managed to film a lot. Not much I could say other than we set-up, actors, lights, cameras etc and started to work through the scenes.