Giving Time and Solutions LTD – Editing the final video

Luke and I both discussed with Tripta about our individual edits and she gave us detailed feedback about what she liked, changes required and if there was anything more she wanted from the video. Now it was time for Luke and I to pull our edits together and put the best from both into the final video. Luke was the one that did the final edit as editing is one of his strengths but we were in constant contact with each other during the final edit and we discussed in detail every point that Tripta had raised.

Overall, the editing of the video was a lot more difficult than I had expected it to be. Although editing is not my strongest attribute I was able to produce a rough cut and also make suggestions for the final edit and discuss these with Luke.

Here is the final edit of the promotional video for Giving Time and Solutions LTD:

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Giving Time and Solutions LTD – Editing

I’m not the best editor so I saw this as a challenge in itself. The edit was difficult. Tripta wanted to have a world in the video and when she talks about all the countries that are involved with Green IT she wanted those countries to be plotted on the world. This was the most difficult part of them edit and because it was the most difficult I was not able to include it in my rough cut because didn’t suit whaScreen Shot 2013-05-14 at 20.28.43t the video was about. The other reason that I couldn’t include it was because the rough cut had to be finished by a certain time and with the time constraint I didn’t have time to plot the points on the world.

Editing is something that I don’t do never often. There have been some videos that I have edited that I’m really proud of and some that I’m less proud of. Editing this promotional video was really pushing my skills. My main aim was to make the main words appear as Tripta was saying them. I managed to do this but not for everything she was saying but when she was listing things I was able to get the main buzz words. With only a few hours to edit, I knew it was a rough cut and it didn’t have to be perfect. The time constraint was definitely something new. With university project we have a deadline but not something like this. It really stressed me out and I realised that this is what it would be like in the ‘real world’. This edit was definitely a challenge and if I’m honest, I don’t think my rough cut was to my full potential and I was disappointed with it.

Here is my rough cut of the promotional video:

Giving Time and Solutions LTD

After Scotland I saw the advantage of working in smaller groups so when Luke contacted me about making a promotional video for Giving Time and Solutions LTD I wanted to work on it as part of my Media Production project. When Tripta decided to use our services, I said yes straight away. This was different; we were now working for an actual company instead.
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We met with Tripta Prashar, Managing Director of Giving Time and Solutions LTD, to get to know her a little better, to ask her what she expected from us and to understand what she wanted to get out of this experience. Tripta set up the initial meeting with us, we spoke for a good few hours and we realised she was a down to earth, organised, happy and helpful person in general. She wanted us to capture all of this and more within the video, with special emphasis about her company and what she can offer people. We also discussed when we would film the video and when we will get it edited for her and also how involved she can be in the editing process. This project was very different from any other that I have ever worked on. For starters we had to apply for this position in that we would be providing a service and working with Giving Time and Solutions LTD, and we were getting paid. The second thing that was different was because Tripta was a one-woman company she wanted to use a venue which had all the facilities to produce the high-quality professional video she wanted, so we had to find a location suitable for the promotional video. Thankfully we were able to use the University’s photography studio.

We had two ?half day? filming days; this was because it was Tripta’s first experience of talking into a camera in a professional environment and she wanted to have a test recording, so we had to spend a day practising before recording the real video. We recorded the practise day so she could see how she was moving and we could give her detailed feedback about how she should present herself. This was a

nother thing that I have never done before, as I am not the one who normally gives out the direction. It was different but it was a learning curb because I understood how to give direction in a way that’s helpful to the client.

On filming day we set up the studio within 15 minutes and we were ready to go. Unfortunately, the camera we had booked out of the media loan shop in the Ellen Terry building had not been returned yet so we waited for it to be returned. We waited for half an hour before going back to the loan shop and asking where the camera was. The people at the loan shop advised us to book a different camera out while we were waiting for our one to be returned. We booked out a different camera and we had a final word with Tripta about her script. This was to see if we could cut bits out that were maybe not as relevant as some other things. After every 2 takes we were reviewing the footage on Luke’s mac. Each time we did this we were giving her feedback as to what she might want to change or on what didn’t sound right. After the 5th take we felt like we had cracked it.

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During the project we gave Tripta a lot of direction as well as helping to finalise her script. Both which I have never done myself on a project in a professional environment. This is the project that really helped me to act as a professional, being in constant contact with the client and giving them constructive feedback on how the video could be better. During this project I learnt a lot about how to deal with a client, keep them happy, to give direction and help edit a script as well as give detailed feedback to maximise the potential of the project.

I also learnt the importance of having a test shoot before the actual day of filming, not just because Tripta did not have experience in front of the camera in a professional environment but also because it gave us a chance to finalise her script, practise setting up the studio and for Tripta to practise her presence in front of camera. I’ve also realised not to rely on other people to bring back equipment on time. This is the reason why I will be buying my own camera. Even after we had finished and were leaving Ellen Terry the person still hadn’t returned the camera.

Now onto the editing process!

Women’s football

Being a player and a fan of women’s football I’ve seen the sport grow and increase in popularity throughout my life. I started playing as a young child when I was about 4 years old with the other children in the playground. I played with the same friends until I left for secondary school aged 11. It was only then that I realised how others saw women’s football. It was only then that the nasty and hurtful comments started. If you ask any female footballer if they’ve ever been discriminated against or foul comments were made against them because they play football, you’ll get the same response from all of them.

Football in England is still seen today as a ‘male’ sport…even though it is the largest growing team sport for girls in the UK. The FA WSL (Football Association’s Women’s Super League) is still a semi professional league with plans for the future as the FA have started a new 5 year plan for women’s football. This plan is not only there to help the semi professional clubs, like Arsenal Ladies, but it is also there to help clubs like Coventry Sphinx (my current club) and grassroots clubs as well (clubs for 5 yrs +). For this plan the FA is spending £3million over the next 5 years.

The best possible promotion for women’s football in the UK was last year at the London Olympics. The GB women’s team drew 70,000 fans to their game against Brazil at Wembley Stadium and the Olympic final between USA and Japan drew over 81,000 spectators to Wembley. This in itself was a fantastic achievement for women’s football, not just for the UK but around the globe as well.

After the Olympics, the hype about women’s football died down and that’s when Katie Hume and I took this photo. This photo was for our first task for Creative Activism, the task was to take a photo with a hidden meaning. The Olympic football in the foreground shows the importance of the Olympics and how much of an impact women’s football had. The player in the background is blurred out and looking defeated. This symbolises the fact that women’s football is disregarded and you can also see this but the condition the pitch is in.

Together with Katie we both decided that make a women’s football documentary, focusing on what help various player had received over their years of playing, may help raise awareness of the sport and get girls over the UK interested in playing and continuing to play. We began planning this documentary and got in contact with many clubs in the UK to see if we could interview players like Kelly Smith and Casey Stoney. Katie was in charge of making the contacts and I was in charge of finding a graphic designer to make us a logo and business card. We wanted something to represent our talents, we didn’t want to be seen a ‘just another student project’.

Branding:

My friend Lydia studies graphic design at Huddersfield University. I got in contact with her and asked whether she would like to be part of our team and do the logo for us. She agreed and was looking forward to the project as it had benefits for her as well. Katie and I had a meeting with Lydia via Skype and we told her all about the project we were planning and undertaking. We told her that we had a name for our branding which was “Half Time Media”. We wanted a fairly generic and open name because if the documentary is a success then we didn’t want to limit ourselves to just football but we wanted to be able to cover other women’s sporting events. Lydia then asked us many questions about what our vision was and why we were producing a documentary about women’s football. She also asked us if there was anything specific about the logo that we wanted and the only thing that we wanted is that it should be professional yet not too serious. Lydia then took the last of her notes and told us that she would have a few samples ready by the evening. These are the two designs she came up with:

halftimemediaKatie and I both weren’t sure about the bottom one; it made us feel like we were out for world domination instead of a football documentary. We both liked the top one very much so we asked her to make some varied designs of that one. We liked the red colour but both thought it was a little over powering, so we asked if Lydia could use a bit more colour to see if there were better alternatives. This is what she came back with:

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USWNT crestLooking at all of these we realised that the all red logo was in fact the best design out of them all. The red symbolises the love and passion for sport, the ‘Media’ inside the circle symbolises the global and with that, how many people we want to reach with our message. The stars above the circle symbolise world class…I’ll explain this in a little more detail. Whenever a national team wins a world cup they get a star above their crest, England men’s team has 1 because they have won the world cup once, US Women’s National Team have 2 stars above their crest because they have won the Women’s World Cup twice. The Women’s World Cup hasn’t been won 3 times by any team yet, that is why on our logo we have 3 stars, it is to symbolise that whatever we produce will be to a world class standard.

 

Our final logo:

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Scotland

3 of us took a journey to Scotland to film a music video for a singer/song writer & music student. My main goal for this trip was to improve on my camera skills because I felt like I normally shy away from this role in bigger groups at university. So with there were only 3IMG_1083 of us, meaning I could shy away within such a small group. We were in Scotland for a total of 5 days and travelled for 1 day.  I was the driver of the group and the furthest I’ve ever driven is London – Manchester. Coventry to Scotland was going to take about 6 hours if the traffic was on our side…it wasn’t. It took about 7 and a half hours to travel to Edinburgh where we were staying with Vinuri’s aunty and uncle for a few days. The drive was long and tiring and by the time we got to Edinburgh I just wanted to sleep. The aim of the project is to capture Scotland’s landscapes, making an experimental piece. Shelley knew exactly what we needed to film and we had a filming schedule to stick to as well.

Day 1 filming:

We drove to a place called Arthur’s Seat, which is a mountainside that you can drive up and can look over Edinburgh. We filmed there for about an hour and then went into Edinburgh city centre to film on the royal mile, in the Cathedral and near Edinburgh Castle. As it was still winter it got dark around 4pm so we were time constricted. We managed to film at the castle before it got dark and then we went into the Cathedral. When we got back home we reviewed the footage and the shots that we h_IGP7465ad taken inside the Cathedral and outside the Castle were grainy. Shelley and I research about how to film in low lighting conditions without the use of lights. After about 3 hours of searching we found out what we needed to do, however this put a thorn in our plans for the next day as we had to go back out to the Cathedral and Castle to reshoot those clips.

Day 2: We refilmed some of the shots from the previous day, which took up the majority of the day as we had to spend more time making sure the settings where correct before filming in the low lighting levels. We reviewed the footage when we got back home and it was much clearer than the previous day’s footage.Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 17.40.50

Day 3: This was a big travelling day; we went from Edinburgh to Bruar Falls and then onto Nairn. This took about 4 hours of travelling time and we stopped at Bruar Falls to do some filming. We had been really lucky with the weather; it hadn’t snowed the entire time we’ve been in Scotland. It tried to snow while we were traveling from Bruar Falls to Narin but IMG_1103it wasn’t enough to settle. The landscapes we saw at Bruar Falls were amazing, there were waterfalls there and we got some really amazing footage. It was while we were walking up the mountain at Bruar Falls that I realised that working in a small group really suit my style of work. We were all able to input in the decision-making and if we wanted to try something we were able to without someone kicking up a fuss. After each day it was a lot easier to get the 3 of us together for a mini-production meeting than it would be a group of 10.

Day 4: In the morning in Nairn we went to the beach! Not to do anything other than film but it was a beautiful beach…although it’s probably the coldest I’ve ever been. It was quite an overcast day but it was bright so it didn’t affect the footage at all. The final shot of the music video is of a girl looking out onto the water and the shot that we got near the beach was perfect. There was nothing either side of the girl; nothing in the way of the shot, all you could see was Shelley and the water. It was a beautifully composed shot. Driving back to Edinburgh was tough. It started to snow again but there wasn’t enough to stick on the road. On to the last day in Edinburgh.

Day 5: This was our last day in Scotland. We reviewed all the footage from the weekend and realised that we only need to get one more shot. The last shot we needed was at Edinburgh Castle, where Shelley is looking out onto the sunset.

During this project I was able to learn more about filming in low light and solidifying all the different techniques we’ve learnt over the 2 years in skills sessions. I was able to improve on my camera skills ten-fold and this really helped to increase my confidence with camera and I will make an effort to put myself forward for camera because I’ve realised that I’m not as bad as I thought I was. Working in a small group has really helped all of us during this project. We were able to focus more on exactly what needed to happen, what we needed to film and putting ideas forward. I’ve noticed that in larger groups there are more disagreements because everyone is putting their opinions across, whereas in our group of 3 we were able to take everyone’s opinions on board and make something that mirrors all of our talents. Below is the finished music video, it is only put with the acoustic version of the song as the artist hasn’t recorded the full band version yet.

Charing Cross Theatre

I was offered a day of shadowing the behind the scenes crew at the Charing Cross Theatre, the production that was on at the time was La Boheme. Unfortunately the person in charge of sound and lighting for this show was ill on the day that I went but the technician and stage manager took me around and I was able to shadow them.

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I arrived there and the sound and lighting technician took me on a tour around the stage. He shown me all the lights, named them all and explained to me what sort of beam of light the various lights would emit. He then showed me the ‘intelligent lighting’ which you could program the intensity and colour during a performance whereas the other lights had to be done manually before the performance. He then moved onto showing me what happens behind the curtains and explained that, for a bigger show and on a bigger stage, there would be people behind the curtains, raised on a platform and they would be there pulling on various ropes to change the direction of certain things or to lower objects into the audiences view.

 

We then moved to the sound and lighting desk which was situated at the back of the auditorium. He explained that in a large theatre the sound and lighting desk would be in a separate room overlooking the stage but as the Charing Cross Theatre was only small the sound and lighting desk was on display at the back. The sovenueund desk was very similar to the sound desk in the TV studio at university and I realised that the skills I learnt there could be transferred to this sound desk. I had seen a similar lighting desk at university but the one at university was touch screen, this lighting desk had more buttons on it and the screen was just a normal monitor. The technician explained that you programme all the lighting before the performance, type into the computer: when the light should come on, what intensity it should be at, how long it should stay on for, how it should turn off (fade or cut). The sound desk, I had realised, wasn’t needed in this performance as much as other performances. As this was an opera and with it being such a small theatre the actors voices would travel with very few or with no mics needing to be on.

 

To see all the backstage and behind the scenes was very interesting and I have been invited back to shadow the behind the stage crew again at some point in the future. I saw what it was like for a team to loose a vital person on the day where there were two performances. The technician and stage manager used the notes of the person that was away and they were able to put on the performances. If they didn’t do this then the performances would have had to be cancelled. I was able to see teamwork at its best, how everyone pulled together to make both performances happen. I was able to learn more about lighting on the stage and intelligent lighting and how to programme the intelligent lighting on the computer.

Newsday – Beginning of a new week

At the beginning of this week the journalism lecturers said that we’d be scrapping the midday broadcast because in the times we have done it it has been scrappy and rushed. The midday broadcast also took people away from doing things for the 3pm broadcast. All in all I think this was a good decision. Even though the presenters could have done with the extra practise, it seemed so rushed and thrown together that it didn’t seem very professional.

 

The 3pm broadcasts were still going out as planned but this week we were streaming live to the TVs in the reception of Ellen Terry and on the Coventry University website as well so any blunders would have been caught live. This added another level of pressure to all of us especially me because if I didn’t move the levels or forgot to move the levels for a VT there would be no sound. I kind of liked having that sort of pressure on me because it just pushed me to do my job properly and it also felt like an actual news station.

 

Its only Tuesday but Monday’s and Today’s broadcasts have been the smoothest yet. Finally, the script was saved under the right format and we started the broadcast at 3:05pm, which is a lot sooner than we had been starting. This week we had even more pressure, as it seemed like, for the past 2 days, that all of the journalism staff wanted to be in the gallery while the broadcast was happening. This was very nerve racking having the gallery filled with people, especially for me as I do not like crowded places, I did start to feel unwell and thought I was going to pass out. I focused on my job, not looking away from the sound desk and soon enough the feeling passed.

 

The sound on the VTs are still all over the place & I’ve mentioned it to the staff but I doubt they’ve said anything otherwise there would have been a change in the quality of sound. This has to be the most frustrating thing as it doesn’t just make them look like they can’t do their job properly but I get some of the blame as well because the levels are different all the time, no matter how much I try to control them on the sound desk.