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Diabetes Diagnosis - The filming

Diabetes Diagnosis - The filming

By: ninawhitehouse

I applied for another Live Brief project through my university emails. This one caught my eye as it was to produce short scenes to help Salford student nurses learn about long term illnesses. My best friend was diagnosed with diabetes when she was eight so I know the problems surrounding it so I was eager to get involved in this project. From my previous post we had attended a production meeting and got allocated roles.

The first week was dedicated to finding actors, writing the scripts, location recees and risk assessments. 

We then started filming the week after - Thursday 13th November was the start date. We filmed two scenes on this day - one was a talking head shot which was filmed in the style of a documentary. From my experience with factual tv production I used those skills to set up the shot and create the look of a 'real' situation. The actor was brilliant and she knew all her lines so filming was pretty easy. I had to adjust the lighting so the footage looked as high quality as possible. We also filmed cutaways to add tension to the final scene. This allowed me to play with pull focus and different shots and angles.

Then next section of filming was the dinner table scene which was designed to create a tense atmosphere. This had 4 members of the cast involved so it was a busy scene. Here I had to pay attention to eye levels, the 180 degree rule and continuity. I also had to think about the different shots and if I had enough to be able to cut between them but still making them flow. I wanted to add tension by having 'awkward silences' and glances from each character. I wanted to also try different depths of field where I could pull focus to draw the audiences attention to different characters. It was a great scene to work on as the actors were fantastic and the crew worked well together. 

I am so happy with how the filming went on day one and I was excited to see what day two had to offer. 

On Friday 15th November, the second day of filming for the Diabetes Diagnosis short scenes began. We had three different sections to film that were all talking head shots. We started at 12.30pm and met the crew to set up equipment. We then filmed the actor in the car park as we wanted it to look as rustic as possible to really add to the 'nitty gritty' tense drama. The style we went for was hand held camera work for documentary this made it look as real as possible. We shot the diaglogue in different shot sizes and at multiple angles so we had enough footage to cut between for the final edit. We used close ups when we asked more personal questions to allow the audience to get to know the character more. We also took many cutaways which allowed me to change the shots to really highlight the tension or stress. This particular scene worked really well.

The next scene we shot was inside the directors house. We had another actor who played the grandad doing his talking head shot. This was very relaxed as the whole crew had got into the swing of shooting. We had another camera operator on set with us so he took charge of filming the cutaways. I carried on with filming the documentary style drama.  Again we lit the shot, composed the framing of the shot, focused the camera and began recording. This worked well as we had a good location and the actor again knew the script well so we could take long shots from start to finish. 

Finally we had the Anna who was playing the young girl who was diagnoised with diabetes. She was a great actress to work with as she took direction well and performed her characters briliantly. We set the location as a young girls bedroom and made her feel comfortable with her surroundings. Again it was a talking head shot so I did the same set up as the previous two scenes and went from there. 

This live brief was amazing to work on as we got to be hands on and have our own creative input into the script, location and types of shots. It allowed us too work to a brief but also try new things and show off our skills that we have learnt at university. I have loved being part of something which is going to be a learning aid for others. I cant wait to get involved in the post production stage of this process to see the shots I've created come to life into a short film series. 

 

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Heat Radio Power Intro: Iggy Azealia - Fancy

Heat Radio Power Intro: Iggy Azealia - Fancy

By: Joeflinders

 

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American Beauty

American Beauty

By: MatthewLisle

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This is a scene from American Beauty part of my Vidoe Production module back in 2013 

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A day in the working life of Daniel Morrisey

A day in the working life of Daniel Morrisey

By: MatthewLisle

An interview with Daniell Morrisey from 2013. At the time he was a Talent Executive for BBC Children's however he is now Head of Talent, for BBC Comedy

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PrivatEye - The Bloody Bake Off

By: LucyCassidy

PrivatEye - The Bloody Bake Off from Lucy Cassidy on Vimeo.

A short detective themed game show produced by students at Salford University for their second year TV Studio Production module.


 

 

 

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BBC Radio Manchester (Week 1)

By: mattbeckwith

I began my work experience placement at BBC Radio Manchester this week. Every day is different, from ice skating for Children In Need, to broadcasting from Bolton Indoor Market, and I've really enjoyed it so far. This week I've learned how to outside broadcast, record voxpops using a Tascam DR-05, edit audio using 'dira! Startrack' software, write news cues using ENPS software, and research/write quiz questions. Mike Sweeney is an inspiring presenter, and the level of professionalism the show producers exhibit on a daily basis is astounding. I'm learning a lot just by being there, and actually being a part of productions is an absolute bonus to me! 1/4 weeks done. Bring on the next 3.

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Northzen 'Pick of the Week'!

By: mattbeckwith

 

My radio show Northzen was voted 'Pick of the Week' this week. This means the show will be broadcast across Media City UK's egg space, and there will also be a special feature on the website. It's a fantastic achievement and thank you to everyone who continues to support me and the show.

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Libera Music Video shoot (Runner)

By: KarlChevalier

Libera Music Video shoot (Runner)                                                                                                                                             

Libera is a small choir group consisting of eighteen children from the ages of 9 – 15, who wanted a music video making for a song in which they covered called ‘What a wonderful world’. The video was shot in a 150 year old mill in Leeds. This was a great opportunity for me to get involved in as it was a very hands on experience produced and directed by a freelancer called Chris Salt. Chris Salt gave me a great opportunity to see how things run on a professional video shoot. They had a small crew which gave me a good opportunity to get involved and hands on.

 

 

Job roles & activities

  • Meeting and greeting the band / Showing them to the location
  • Making sure all cables are correctly stuck down to the floor
  • Acting as a general assistant for the Director / Producer
  • Helping to assemble lights and the camera
  • Assisting the makeup crew in their efforts to costume the band on time for each shot
  • Ensuring each actor and prop is assembled and in place for the time of the specific shot

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Salford radio Festival

By: KarlChevalier

Salford Radio Festival was a great hands on experience. Here I had the chance to meet and great producers and executives of radio company’s. At the radio festival I had many jobs to fulfill which required good communication skills, a fast hard working attitude and the skills and knowledge to get the jobs done.

 

Job roles & activities

  • Meeting and greeting delegates
  • Giving out name badges at the Registration desk
  • Directing delegates within the venue and across MediaCity
  • He also covered the mics for the live Q&As during sessions in the theatre

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Freelance Filming of high profile speaker Jack Straw

By: KarlChevalier

As part of my early start to my freelance career I arranged with colleagues to film a very important, high profile speaker, Jack Straw. This event was hosted at ……. And took place on ….. This event was very important for me as I had previously not had experience of filming at this type of event. From this event I learnt a lot about how to film a speaker. I was also met with a lot of challenges as the event area was small, meaning I had to film the best shots without blocking anyone’s view to the speaker.

 

Job roles & activities

  • Dealing with customers on a daily basis
  • Handling money / Finance
  • Building & managing a website
  • Building up an online profile / presence
  • Optimizing SEO for the website
  • Decision Making
  • Critical thinking

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Music Video Edit

By: tomdiffenthal

I've recently finished editing a music video for a song I wrote with my band, which I also starred in and directed. Here is is in all it's glory. The story of a postman who sneaks a peak at peoples post. 

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Diabetes Diagnosis

By: ninawhitehouse

I am currently working on a live brief called 'Diabetes Diagnosis'. I am working with a production team and I am taking on the role of the camera operator. I am working with a director, script writer, sound operator, actors and a nursing lecturer. We have to create videos for a 6 week series that have 3-4 minute episodes that talk through the stages of getting diagnosed with diabetes. This will be a learning aid for Salford nursing students who are currently in their first year.

So far we have had a production meeting where we discussed what roles are best suited to each person, who needed to play the characters in the series, where we would shoot (which locations will work best) and we also went over the script and made changes where necessary. 

I had to reccee the location to look at the lighting and electricity sources. I also had to look whether the location was as realistic as possible and look for any risks that might need to be noted down. 

The director and producer have also held auditions for the actors to see if they are suitable for certain roles. There will be 7 actors on set. 

Filming will take place next week. I will be taking charge of the filming process and have creative input into the shots for the series. 

We are filming for three days, plus anymore that might be needed. 

Post production will take place after this and hopefully we will have rough cuts by the end of November.

It is an exciting brief which is brilliant to get involved in. We all have our own input into the series and we really want to emphasis on the problems surrounding long term illness. 

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Chris Salt - A Wonderful World

By: KarlChevalier

Overview

I was contaced to be a runner for a small music video shoot, set in a Victorian Mill in Leeds. This was a great oppotunity for me to be able to see how a shoot like this works from the start. I worked very closely with the director, Camerman, sound Engineer and Lightning contractor. Overall the shoot went better than expected and I learnt a great deal that will help me in the future.

 

Call Sheet & Filming Script

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Transmission Interactive

Transmission Interactive

By: ninawhitehouse

I have recently took part in a live brief project that was involved in the Art and 
Science weekend atMedia City. I worked along side a project called Transmission 
Interactive. This was a digital dance installment and I was a camera operator at 
the event. I also am involved in post production where I have creative input for 
the three minute trailer.

More information on the event is here: 
http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/msf14transmissioninteractive

Memebers of the public were able to experience transmission by walking around the 
space where the projection took place. The floor responded to the movement of the 
participants.

The aim was to bring dance students to the performance for two hours to film their
 improvised movements with a view to create a trailer for Transmission that will 
be used online to showcase their work.

I was at the eventvfrom 12.30pm till 5pm where I filmed members of the public 
as well as the dance performance. It was a multi camera shoot; shot on Canon 5D, 
Canon 70D, three GoPros and Google Glass.

It was a great experience as I was shooting with minimal planning so we had to 
think on our feet and be creative with our shots. This allowed us to showcase our 
best skills and have our own input. It was a great skill to acquire. The lighting 
was low on location so I had to adjust my camera settings to get the best possible
 shots. I also had to adjust settings to match the other cameras on the shoot.

We are currently in the post production stage of the project. We have already 
got a rough cut however we need to finalise this with the director.


 

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Lady Gaga Fans Vox- Gaydio - 2014

By: RyanWinders

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Great British Bake Off

By: RyanWinders

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Online Dating - Tinder

By: mattbeckwith

I've recently been working on a pre-recorded package for the first of our 3 assessed live radio shows. We're doing a show about online dating, and the advent of dating apps, like Tinder for example. The recording process began in Saira's kitchen with a Zoom H2n set up on a tiny tripod on the kitchen table, whilst we both discovered Tinder for the first time, with some guidance from Rebekah. I then went away and wrote a script, edited the audio together in Adobe Audition, and added the music where appropriate. I recorded my voiceover through an Axman 75155 cardioid dynamic vocal microphone (similar to the more expensive Shure SM48), which would then travel through an XLR cable to a Peavey PV6 6-channel USB mixer, and into my Mac and ultimately Adobe Audition through a USB connection. You can listen to the finished item below.

 

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