Thursday 10th February, My group had its first group meeting this is gave us all the chance to talk about our indiviual ideas and to make a decision on who’s person we would film for the documentary.
Gurraj : His idea consisted off his friend who has just became an athiest.
Jenny: Her idea is about her friend who has experienced tragedies in his past – Him loosing his mum and brother and how he developed a passion for skateboarding and that gave him the strength to get through the tough times.
Rhys: His idea involves his grandfather and the complications that smoking has brought to his life.
After we all talked about our indiviual people and the pro’s and con’s we made a decision to go with Rhys’s idea as we felt that we could produce a really good piece because it has a strong message and it quite a sad issue to highlight. In the meeting we also discussed how we could visual it and how we could filmed it. As Rhys’s grandad has been smoking his whole life now in his time of life he has begun to suffer from lung problems and has to depend on a machine to help him to breath. However one of the issues that could become a problem is the face that he lives in cardiff, but he is meant to be coming down to vist Rhys within the next few weeks so fingers crossed it all goes to plan. If not we have got a plan B and will go ahead with Gurraj idea if Rhys’s idea gets to complicated.
We have all been issued a task to do before our next group meeting which hopefully will happend next week some time. This is to all write a list of questions that we could ask Rhys’s grandad and also how we could film it in a way that is creative and visual to the audience.
• What do you want to say about your character?
• What is the editorial hook or angle?
• Decide on a visual treatment of the story?
• How are you organising each other as a research team?
• Where will you find your secondary sources of research?
• How will you gather and order your research information?
• What is the heart of this story that can be told in 3 minutes?
• Why would this idea appeal to your intended audience?
And we shall also be looking into these questions and thinking about the visuals of this documentary.
Team Extreme : , Ally prentice (me) Jenny Sheen, Rhys Thomas Lindsay, Gurraj Sandhu
17th February-ET Building – Group members present : Gurraj Sandhu, Myself, Rhys (on speaker phone).
The main reason for this meeting was to get everyone together and to start to put the next steps in motion. As we only have 3 weeks before it has to be filmed at edited, we are all feeling pressured on time. The main things me and Gurraj discussed involved the theme of our documentary, as I am concerned that the there is no clear indication to what the documentary is about and this will confuse the audience watching. It is a problem we need to solve and to make sure everyone is on the same page before we begin filming.
We did orginally want to meet Richard before we the filming day, as it would be nice to get to know more about him and to make sure that he is comfortable with us filming and to answer any questions or queries he may have. However because Richard lives in Cardiff it may be tricky to get him down to meet before filming.
We are planning a few more group meetings towards the end of this week: hopefully thursday or friday (24th/25th february) to speak to Rhys and hear his developments and then proceed to the next steps. We plan to film as soon as, hopefully within the next week, as we are alittle cauious about having enough time to edit the piece ready for hand in.
After our 160mc lecture, we set up a group meeting in the basement of ellen terry where we tried to set up a skype call to richard so we could talk to him more about the project. Rhys suggested we do a skype call because it was half term and his family would be down with him and could help set it up for him, plus rhys has it on his laptop also therefore it made talking to richard a lot easier. However unfortunely due to technoloical problems we had to bail out of this and change to a phonecall instead. Before we rang richard back we made a list of key words to help promt us on the things we needed to discuss. We also read some of the questions we wanted to ask him so he could get a feel of the type of things we would be disussing on the day of the shoot. We will also be emailing the questions ahead of the shoot day to help familiaise himself and have time in advance to think about his answers.
Here a few photographs I took using my Blackberry phone to document the meetings. They are not brillant and hopefully for the days of the shoot I will be using my Canon 450D which should produce a better quality of pictures.
During the phonecall we talked to Richard and began to discover his character and develop an understanding. It was not as successful as it would be if it was a face to face meeting but unfortanely due to the fact he lives in cardiff, at the time we felt It would be the next best thing as We wouldnt be talking to him untill he came down. Richard seemed very up for the documentary and didnt have any issues or concerns and was very friendly on the phone.
We finshed up the meeting and planned to discuss more on our facebook group over the weekend and following days. The plan was to start to get things ready for when Richard comes down on friday the 4th of march and discuss storyboards and what shots we wanted and how we were going to visual it.
Were off to cardiff….
When we first started this “People to People project” and chose the subject to be on Richard, Rhys’s grandad we had discussed about travelling up to Cardiff to film there as Richard lives there. We felt it would be better for him not to have to come all the way down to Coventry when we could go up. However the idea never really got off the ground and we just began planning and organising for the trip he was taking down here to see Rhys. We figured as he was coming down we could film then.
After discussing all of the groups ideas in the workshop friday (25th) afternoon the idea of travelling to Cardiff and filming there arose again and after much consideration we decided we would go to Cardiff. Everything from then has been a bit of a panic, its all under control of course but I just want to make sure everything is organised and ready, so nothing goes wrong.
So far :
Tuesday 1st March : We had another group meeting situated in the ET mac room, where we discussed train tickets. I also spoke to the loan shop to ask if there would be any problems booking out equipment for sunday/monday. I had a feeling it would be okay but I wanted to check first. Rhys booked his and Gurraj ticket and I did mine and Jennys, We thought it would be easier to book in twos as it wasnt fair on the one person who had to buy four peoples tickets in one go. We are going from Coventry station to Birmingham New Street and from there we are going straight to Cardiff Central. We are going for the 9:07 train sunday morning and coming back 11:45 monday morning. Rhys has spoke to his Grandad and he is more then happy to put us up for the night in his house, Jenny,myself and Gurraj were happy to stay over in a hotel but Rhys said it was okay and they had plenty of room. However as a plan B I have looked into hotels we can stay at, it just means we will have to spend more then we had ancipitated on a room.
I also booked some of the equipment out from the loan shop, for friday afternoon due back monday afternoon. However there was a problem with cameras and I am yet to have booked out a camera which I am alittle concerned about but I will try again tomorrow morning and discuss it with my group members and find the best solution to this problem. Rhys and Gurraj spoke to Paul and Bex about equipment and Gurraj did a list for me so I booked out what they recommended. We also have a tape.
So thats everything up to date up untill now. Roll on sunday. 🙂
I Shall post a production post as soon as I get back with images and lots to talk about.
Here is a video using Camtasia software of the developments of our group discussions using a group we created on facebook.
Friday 4th March : 16:00 – ET Loan Shop.
The time had finally come to get all of the equipment out for our trip to cardiff. The list of equipment consisted off :
2x PDX10. They were not the cameras we had orginally planned to use, but unfortanely we found it very difficult to get any Z1’s or Z5’s therefore we got what we could out as we needed a camera and I personally didnt want to risk leaving it any later then (thursday) to book out the equipment.
2x Manfrotto Tripods – As we had two cameras we felt it was only right to take two tripods. Even if we used one of the cameras to do held hands shots it was a “better safe then sorry” situation to take both.
4x XLR Cables – We got more xlr cables then we probably should have but again as we were traveling down to cardiff we wanted to be safe even it meant carrying more equipment atleast we had it on us to begin with.
2x Mic Stands – One short and One long- this was my decision to take both as I felt we wouldnt know which was more suitable untill we got to richards house and planned where we would film from.
2 x Battery Charges – Incase we needed to charge the batteries over night or for a period of time.
1x Dedo Lights- As we wont know how much lighting we will need untill we assess the location.