Once all of our research and planning
was completed it was time to move onto
the construction. Throughout the
construction of our coursework we used
a range of different media
technologies, all helping us to produce a
creative, well made documentary
opening, double page spread and radio
To film the footage we desired we had to use a
digital camera, tripod, microphone , headphones
and a recorder for the voice over.
Hg20 Canon cameraThese cameras were easy to use and was of sufficient quality. Before we set
out filming we made sure to check that the camera we had was working and
had full battery. This was to save us from encountering any mishaps when
filming our footage. There were as range of different aspects in which you
could change when recording such as the focus, the zoom level and the
contrast/brightness which we found very creative and useful.
TripodThe tripod was an essential piece of equipment when filming as we needed it to create
steady camera work that was easy on the eye. Some times we opted out of using the tripod
because we wanted to create the hand held effect. We did encounter some problems with
the tripods as some had been broken, but despite this we were still able to film decent
Using a microphone during an interview and
vox pop was crucial as the cameras
microphone wasn’t of great quality and also
picked up a lot of back ground noise. These
were easy to use but not so easy to keep out of
Along with the microphone came the
headphones which were also just as important
because then we could make sure that what we
were recording was clear and concise meaning
we didn’t have to film footage twice or more.
When it came to editing Final Cut Express was the only software we
used. It was a simple programme to use once you had gotten used to how
to use it. As a group we all took it in turns to work using the programme
but always edited taking each others opinions and ideas into account.
Editing was a long process because each time we had used the camera we
had to upload and file and transfer all of our footage onto the programme.
Once we had all of our footage though it became quite fun as we could
then start being creative and producing our documentary.
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You also have complete
control and manipulation
over the sound. This means
you can adjust the sound
levels of your footage and
music, something which
we found we had to do.
This was also very crucial
wen creating our radio
This creativity was reinforced by all of the different tools you
could choose to manipulate your footage. An example of this is
the given ability to turn footage into a still image and go on to
add filters, change the contrast/ levels, blur it and add type over
the text. We took advantage of these tools and manipulated parts
of our footage using different transitions and slowing down and
speeding up certain parts.
Here is an example of how we used the different tools and
manipulated our footage. We created a still image, blurred it
out so it had a soft focus and then places text over the top.
To create the double page spread
we used Microsoft Word and
Photoshop. I wrote the article usin
the office programme whilst Tom
and Austen designed and created
the layout and main image in
Photoshop. I feel this was very
effective and created a very
Double Page Spread
Throughout the evaluation of my work I have used a
range of media. I have used a phone camera to record
myself answering part of a question and then uploaded
that to YouTube, using the link to navigate the examiner
straight to the video so there is no confusion. I have used
all of the software mentioned previously (scribd, prezi
etc) in order to create a interesting evaluation. I found it
hard to find other programmes in which I could use to
make my evaluation more interesting, however I feel that
the media technologies that I have used has helped create
my evaluation to a decent standard.