My 2015 ShowReel

As part of our film and TV course we had to create a Show reel with what we thought were our best bits from the productions we made thoughout the year. The show reel would be used to send to potential employers, this gives them a feel for what you are like and what you are capable of before they meet you.

My show reel covers everything from, animations that I have made, music videos, promotional videos, work expereice and trying out equiptment, such as the Oculus Rift.

Here is my Show reel:

I put in web address’ for my YouTube and WordPress account incase they wanted to see more of my work, for example the stype of my writting, how I write, and does it make sense? And the YouTube link lets them see what I have made in full, as the show reel is a short part of each.

My 2015 ShowReel

My Promotional Video

Here is my promtional video. It has been seen and agreed by Wayne Presley and Louise Knox. These two had to see it so that I could post it on Youtube and my blog, they also had to make sure that it promoted the fire service and that they liked it before it was live, and they hope that it might make poeple join the service.

This is the edit that they were happy with and aloud me to publish.

After filming two mondays in a row and getting around 50 minutes of footage I managed to get it down to 6 and a half minutes long. The purpose of this video is to potentially gain new recruits for the Marlborough Fire Station, and so that people can see what happens around the station.

My Promotional Video

Promotional Video PaperWork

Some of the questions below aren’t included in the video, and there are some that haven’t been written down, but were used in the video. During the video, you can’t hear the questions being asked, only the answers.

The Questions that I asked the during my interviews are:

[ ] How long have you been with the department?
[ ] What is your position?
[ ] Are you an on call firefighter or full timer?
[ ] What do you normally get called to?
[ ] What is the latest incident you’ve been called to?
[ ] How do you deal with minor call outs? (person locked themselves in a room)
[ ] Do you enjoy being part of the department?
[ ] What requirements are needed by new recruits?

The two image below shows some of the pre-production process that I went though. the Question sheet shows what I was planning to as at the Marlborough Rugby club NOT the Fire Station, the schedule was also made for the Rugby club, however it for the Fire Station swell, but changed a few of the time and interviews. It was easier for me, during filming, to be abel to look at the original schedule so I could see when to plan things and how they were already planned.

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Below are the release forms that have been signed by everyone in the video. A copy of these forms have also been sent to the PR and Media Manager for the Wiltshire Service, Louise Knox, and they have also been sent to the Chief Fire Warden/ Officer, Simon Routh-Jones, and his PA and PR and Media .

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Promotional Video PaperWork

Promotional Video Take 2

During the second week of filming the Marlborough Rugby Club, I had to stop filming them and change my idea. This was because some of the important people I needed to film pulled out or went away so I was unable to film.

My back up was the Marlborough Fire Station, however after I changed the all of the paperwork I only had one week to film and edit all of the new footage. This meant that I was unable to film some things that would have been great for the video as they took place a few days before. I was able to attend two drill sessions with the station on both monday nights, this allowed me to film lots of things to use as cut aways, and conduct the nessesary interviews to complete the promo.

The first person I spoke to was Roger Lovelock, one of the fire men at the station. He put me in contacted with Louise Knox, the PR manager for the wiltshire fire and rescue, and Wayne Presley, Watch manager at Marlborough Station. After this I was able to email them and get all the information and permission about filming with the station. Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 14.48.16             Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 14.48.36

These are E-Mails between, Wayne, Louise and Roger that explain the process of allowing me to be able to film. This it was a series of phone calls and face to face face talks, about who, what, where and when I would be filming.

The two E-Mails below show the further communication between myself, Louise and Wayne. The first E-Mail is for Louise and the Fire and Rescue service, for their records, just saying what the Video is for and how I would be using it. The second is giving them a link to the Video so that they can check it to see if they want anything changed.  Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 14.53.35         Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 14.54.55

Promotional Video Take 2

Promotional Video

wp851dad07_0fWe have been asked to make a promotional video for a company, organisation or individual of our choosing. I have chosen to do a video for Marlborough RFC. This is because I play there and I think that more people need to get involved with them as they have lots to offer.
My plan is to have interviews with, a current coach, the clubs bar and club manager, a current player, and a sponsor from Smiths Gore. This will give a wide range of shots to use as-well-as a lot of information about the club and what its got to offer.

Because the rugby season has finished, I am going to be filming a touch training session, this should hopefully take place on Tuesday the 19th, during the second production week. The interviews will done at the availability of each interviewees over the next two weeks.

Equipment I will need:

  • 1 Tri-Pod
  • 1 or 2 Lapel Microphones
  • 2 Cameras, (one will be stationary and the other will be moving around, this will be during the touch training filming).

Locations I will Use:

  • MRFC Club Bar,
  • Marlborough Astroturf,
  • Smiths Gore Office Building,
  • Inside the MRFC Club House,
  • Outside the MRFC Club House,
  • Marlborough Common/ Pitches.

Cast and Crew:

  • The Players During Training.
  • One Other Person to Help Film,
  • All of The Interviewees. (Four in total).

Paperwork Needed for Filming:

Schedule – MRFC
Risk Assessment MRFC
‘Release Forms MRFC

Promotional Video

Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industry

Task 1 : Write a blog post covering your research into the following areas of the TV industry using the library or internet as well as your peers knowledge find out about:

Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industry – Task 1

Ownership – Concentration of media ownership is a process where progressively fewer individuals or organisations control increasing shares of the mass media. For example, the BBC is state owned, the taxpayers fund it and it doesn’t have private owners or shareholders. Around the world there are different types of state ownership, in China the government directly controls media content, this mean that the media is effectively state owned and run, however the BBC, even though it is overseen by a board of governors who have a degree of independence from both the state and the direct political control, even though they are appointed by the government.
Private ownership just means that a family, individual, or shareholders own a company.

Commercial, Private and independent companies – Channel 4 is a publicly owned, commercially funded public service broadcaster. They do not get any public funding; they are funded mostly by advertising and sponsorship.
John Lewis is a privately owned company, and the employees together own 100% of its shares.
Independent companies are free from outside control; in most cases these companies are restaurants, or small stores, such as sweet shops or cooking stores.

Global Companies – Global companies, are recognised by almost every country, some of these companies are, BP, Shell, HSBC, Bank of China, Apple, Toyota and General Electric.
Global companies could be owned by the state, publicly or privately. Most ‘global companies gain a revenue of over 100 Billion US dollars. The most common industry is oil and gas (21 companies), Automotive (7 companies), Conglomerate (6 companies), retail (5 companies).

Vertical and Horizontal Integration – Horizontal integration is a strategy where a company creates or acquires production units for outputs where are alike – either complementary or competitive. One example would be when a company acquires competitors in the same industry, doing the same stage production of the creation of a monopoly.
When a company expands its business into areas that are at different points on the same production path, such as when a manufacture owns its supplier and/ or distributor. Such as ;making merchandise, advertising and social media.

Monopoly
-The exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service. “The state’s monopoly of radio and television broadcasting”
– A company or group having exclusive control over a commodity or service. “Passenger services were largely in the hands of state-owned monopolies”
-The exclusive possession, control, or exercise of something. “Men don’t have a monopoly on unrequited love”

Task 1 : How would I use the terms above in my own production?

By looking at all of the definitions above and thinking about my own promo, there are many ways that I could use each term. For example, with the Rugby club I can say that it a publicly owned/ funded organization that provides a public service. Look at merchandise for vertical integration. However it would be hard to use the global companies term as the promo is for a local sporting club.

Task 2 : In a separate blog post, explore funding within the film and television industries by producing one mind map to cover feature film funding, and one to cover television funding; include a definition of the following terms and at least one reference to the industry they belong to:

 Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industry – Task 2

Television and Film Funding

Licence Fee – The annual cost of a colour TV licence is £145, and black and white TV is around £49. (Numbers from 1st April 2010). The BBC use the income from the licence fee’s to pay for their broadcasting rights on TV, Radio and Online Services. Everyone needs to have own a licence fee for anything that can steam TV or record anything.

Subscription – This is where customers pay a monthly fee to have access to private broadcasters such as; Sky and Virgin Media.

Pay-Per-View – A type of TV service that allows the subscriber to pay for TV that they want. It often includes, feature films, sports and events. They can pay for these by using an on-screen guide, automated phone system, or live customer service. This is different to video on demand systems, which allows you to record broadcasts at any time.

Sponsorship – TV sponsorship allows the program or channel to have extra funding, for example, X-Factor uses ‘Talk Talk as a sponsor. This is shown before the program and after. It can be a cheap way of advertising on TV.

Advertising – Advertising revenue provides a significant portion of the funding for most privately owned television networks. It allows a company or channel to show what they can offer the customer. Adverts take place between almost every program and film, there are some broadcasting channels that don’t have advert breaks during a program, the most common example of this is the BBC.

Product Placement – During a scene there might be a product that you know or like, this is called product placement. Companies will pay the film or program to feature their product, for example, in James Bond: Skyfall, Heineken is heavily placed throughout the film, and in Modern Family, Apple products are used. This makes the viewer want to spend money on the products they see.

Private Capital – When a wealthy individual or group to people help to fund a program or film, this mostly found in Hollywood directors or producers when they help to fund a film they are heavily involved with.

Funding Aid – When someone like the government gives money to a broadcaster, program or film, so that they can keep producing it. Channel 4 receives no public funding. It is funded entirely by its own commercial activities, most of their income comes from advertising revenue.

Development Funds – The Programming Development Fund is designed to help film programmers and exhibitors put together programs of films which will be enhanced or underpinned by curation, interpretation or education activity, (where money is given to make a production better).

Task 2 : Television and Film Industry Funding Mind Maps

Film Funding             Television Funding

Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industry – Task 3

In creative media industries, we experience a variety of working patterns. In pairs record a 5-minute radio programme about this discussing the following terms, and how they relate to the film and television industry. Shift work, freelance, fixed term, office hours, irregular patterns, hourly rates and methods of recruitment.

Freelance; a self-employed person who can be hired by a company to do some work for them at a fixed rate. Mostly seen in Camera Men and editors.

 Shift Work; designed to help run a 24-hour company, a shift might be 12 hours on 12 hours off. Or 6 hours at a time? – Callum to talk.

 Fixed term; can range for any amount of time 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years. It is where the employee and the employer have a contract theta allows the employer to make a decision to keep the employee after that set term.

Office hours; the hours which businesses are normally constructed, usually being 9-5, these hours can be different for the different type of work, office job, to super market, etc.

Hourly rates; the amount of money that has been stated by the employer in the contract to the employee. For example £6.50 per hour, you will be paid per week or per month. Some people are on a salary rather than an hourly rate. Most part-time workers are on an hourly rate.

Irregular patterns; this can be when a retired employee can be called back to work in emergencies to cover for sickness or something else like that. Another pattern like this can be a specialist tradesperson who is employed only when they are needed in their field. (Such as repairing a broken machine).

Methods of recruitment; (National press, trade press, internet, word of mouth, internal promotion, networking, trade and fairs skills).

Companies use a variety methods to advertise their job vacancies. These range from, press, Internet and TV advertising. This allows people to find the job position easily. In a paper the there is usually a job section that people will look at to find out what they want, these adverts have a phone number or website to apply on. Television adverts during ad breaks of programs will show people possible jobs, this is less common. Internet advertising lets people go onto the website of a company and see if there are any jobs available then upload a CV. Window advertising is most commonly seen in high street shops, saying drop your CV in to the manager or call this number. Film and TV industry. Mostly word of mouth recommendations.

Task 3: Record a 5-minute radio programme 

Task 3: Look into at least 5 different roles within the TV and Film industry. One of these should be in an area that you would eventually like to end up working in. Find definitions and examples of management roles; creative jobs; editorial positions; technical roles; research jobs; financial roles; organisational jobs; and administrative jobs. Create a PowerPoint presentation about these roles.

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Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industry

Music Video Production

Here is my Final Edit for my Music Video:

Ben Davis – ‘A Man of Many Names’

 For parts of my music video, you can see Ben Davis not singing, but the song is still playing as normal, some inspiration for this came from the ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’, in a song of theirs ‘Can’t Stop’ you can see the lead singer not singing. I though this was quite a good effect that I wanted to try out. The inspiration for my abstract 3D effect that I put over the band also came from watching the ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’. They use some coloured effects to outline some of the band members in their videos for ‘Under the Bridge’ and ‘By the Way’. I think that this give the audience something more too look at, rather than staring at a plan screen, adding interest to the video. I had wanted to use coloured powder or paint for a long time in a video, so I started to look at videos, such as tutorials and other places that it had been used. I came across a video called ‘Summadayze Colourfornia’. This made me want to shoot may idea in slow-motion. When it came to my filming days, I was using a standard Canon DSLR, and my Sony Xperia Z3. My plan was to change the speed of the footage in the editing stages, using Final Cut Pro X. However it looked jumpy, so I decided to leave it at full speed. This was due to the filming equipment I had available to me at the time. If I had a camera that could shoot in many different frame rates, I could have used the slow-motion idea.
After I had finished the music video, I emailed a link to Ben Davis, he said that he intends to use it to promote himself as an artist. He also said that he might be in touch to get a hard copy of the video.

Self-Evaluation
 If I was to make another music video using paint powder, I would have pre-planned my locations more than I did. However because I didn’t have easy access to them this made it hard to do. When I went to Fulham to film Ben Davis, we spent the first day walking around to find locations that could look good when using the powder. This was not needed after Ben became unwell and wasn’t able to film. I had to re-story board, for when I drove to Portsmouth to film. I chose to shoot on the beach. My other location was on college ground, this is where I filmed the flour scenes.
What I think went well.
 I think that filming on the beach was a good idea because it contrasts with the colourful powder that is being thrown, it also goes with the tone of the music, light-hearted and ‘fun’. I also think that my other two locations worked well, the plain white background, with black t-shirts, and the same for the flour scene. These two locations and costumes, are meant to show the plain emotions being expressed in the music.
What Would I Do Differently?
When I filmed the paint powder, it would have been better to film somewhere less windy, this is because the paint separated before it hit the subject. I also would add in a narrative to it gives the viewer something else to follow, when watching the video.
Peer Comments
Callum Bailey – “I think the theme of your video very much suited the genre and style of your music, the use of the paint powder was very artistic and it suited the pace of the music. However I think, if you had added effects on post production it would have improved the quality of the video.”

Music Video Production