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  • 1. QUESTION 4: HOW DID YOU USE MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND RESEARCH, PLANNING AND EVALUATION STAGES? Zara Taylor
  • 2. DOCUMENTARY: RESEARCH AND PLANNING Media technologies proved to be incredibly useful throughout researching for the documentary.  INTERNET EXPLORER: We use Internet Explorer when researching in to the facts and figures behind cyberbullying. This became a useful media technology when we needed to find something out  GOOGLE: We used google the most as we could type what we wanted to search for in the search engine and links would be given to us, some that we would not have been able to search for without it. It also helped us to source the information that we was looking for often linking us to reliable sources.
  • 3. DOCUMENTARY: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  NEW WEBSITES: We used news websites especially the BBC News, to gather articles about cyber-bullying. These news reports tended to be about the effects of what teenagers consequences unfortunately are such as suicide and self harming. These news articles inspired us to create a reconstruction expressing the effects on a person.  YOUTUBE VIDEOS: We decided to watch YouTube videos that expressed cyber-bullying, some of these actually gave us hints and tips on what to include in our documentary.  CHANNEL WEBSITES: We also chose to research into channel websites such as BBC Three and Channel Four, looking at what documentaries they air on their channel and the target audience. By looking into the channels we found what channel we wanted to aim our documentary at.
  • 4. DOCUMENTARY: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  BLOGGER: Blogger was our main way that we could record all our research and look back at it at certain dates. On blogger we could log our progress along the way and could look back at what research and planning needed to be done. Blogger also organised our planning and research in a chronological order.  Blogger also allowed us to update our research and planning when we needed to adding things to support information that had already been found.
  • 5. DOCUMENTARY: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  SCRIBD: I used Scribd as a way of uploading all my word documents on to my blog. It allowed my research and planning to be viewed on the blog and from any computer or Mac which helped when we was sorting the shots out and the script out and needed to refer back to data and findings that we had found.  SLIDESHARE: Similar to Scribd, Slideshare allowed us to upload PowerPoint presentations that we had created containing our information from the research and planning stages. Like Scribd it allowed us to look at the PowerPoints when ever we needed to reflect on information through the embed code given when uploaded
  • 6. DOCUMENTARY: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  SURVEY MONKEY: We used Survey Monkey as a media technology that would help us to gain the target audiences feedback. This online survey allowed us to create ten questions and then we were given a website code that we would give to people for them to link to complete the questionnaire. This was a useful technology as it allowed us to analyse our work through the collation of the results given.  PREZI: We used Prezi as a method of analysing the codes and conventions in a different format when researching and planning so the presentation of the Blog was varied.
  • 7. DOCUMENTARY: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  In order for us to understand which channel we want to show our documentary on, as well as expand our understanding of the documentary genres, we decided to at the start of the course research into documentaries that have already been broadcasted.  Super Size Me was the first documentary that we watched and this express Bill Nicholls Documentary Modes theory (2001). This made us understand that we needed to include certain documentary modes in to our documentary so that it followed a few of the documentary modes.  With the accessibility of having the documentaries available on YouTube and channel players such as ITV Player and iPlayer, we then were able to watch pretty much any documentary that we wanted to watch.
  • 8. MAGAZINE TV LISTING: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  When research and planning for the magazine TV listing double page spread, we used much more basic media technologies.  When researching magazines we used the google search engine and researched it through clicking the links such as ‘Radio Times’ and ‘TV and Satellite Week Magazine’. We then looked at the layout of the double page spreads and decided that way which one we wanted to use.
  • 9. MAGAZINE TV LISTING: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  We also used the internet to research the codes and conventions of a typical TV listing magazine. This allowed us to find out what we need to use in our own magazine. We analysed these using Microsoft PowerPoint so that we could look back at them on the blog when ever we needed to.
  • 10. RADIO TRAIL: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  When researching and planning for the radio trailer we only used a limited amount of media technologies. This is because there was only so much that we could research in to in terms of radio trails.  We as a group used a template that was made in Microsoft Word previous to us filling it out.  With this form we analysed three radio trails that we sourced using YouTube. This was a useful media technology as we was able to source the radio trailers as well as the day they aired and the radio trail broadcasting radio channel
  • 11. RADIO TRAIL: RESEARCH AND PLANNING  In terms of planning for the radio trailer we used Microsoft Word to write out the script as this was the easiest way of drafting and redrafting my work. It was also easy for us all to have an input in what should be on the radio trailer.  Likewise if we were unhappy about a part of the script we could simply just cut it out of paste in another place as well as adding extra information into.
  • 12. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (FILMING) FILMING When we had completed all the research and planning for the first five minutes of the documentary we then moved on to the filming stage. With all the research and planning in tow we then tried to film appropriate content alongside keeping it at a high standard. We used the storyboard that I created as well as the plan schedule for filming and the statistics found to complete these effectively.
  • 13. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (FILMING)  When filming the documentary we used a Canon HD Camera that was equipped with the features that we needed to make to make our documentary the best that it could possibly be.  We were able to use the camera in many ways like using manual focus to blur some of the shot to add a depth to the documentary. We used manual focus when we needed film stock footage to be used when the voiceover was speaking. For example we filmed the feet of students as it related to the voiceover talking about students.
  • 14. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (FILMING)  The camera that we used to record our documentary footage had a digital display that allowed us to film as well as take still shots. This was useful when we wanted to take pictures and cyber-bullying occurring in the action on phones.  We were also able to insert the camera into the Mac and transfer the footage that was filmed straight into a folder saved in our group name, ready to be logged and transferred into Final Cut Pro.  To film the shots we used a tripod to mount the camera on to make sure the framing was straight. This was very useful when I was recording the vox pops and the interviews. This made sure the shots were framed conveying the codes and conventions of framing interviews like the rule of thirds.
  • 15. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (FILMING)  SHOTGUN MICROPHONE: We used a shot gun microphone to record the diegetic and non-diegetic sound throughout the interviews and the vox pops. The shotgun microphone allowed us to easily manoeuver the microphone so we could point it at the sound source that we wanted it to be aimed at therefore it would capture a high quality sound level that we would then be able to edit in post production.  HEADPHONES: We used the headphones that were plugged in to the camera to listen to the sound coming through the shotgun microphone. With these headphone we were able to block out the noise when filming and we could hear what the camera was actually picking up sound wise.
  • 16. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  After we filmed the footage for the documentary we were now ready to upload the work from the Mac folder into Final Cut Pro. This was done through Log and Transfer.  Before log and transferring we watched the clips which allowed us to only log and transfer the clips that were of the high standard that we wanted to continue to use in the editing stage. We then decided to put the clips in the log and transfer queue ready for them to be placed into the sequence box at the top so that we could just drag the clips into the timeline ready to be edited when needed.
  • 17. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  Once all the clips were log and transferred we were then able to drag the clips into the timeline and edit the clips down to the desired length . Having created the storyboard before the filming stage this made our editing decisions much easier. BACKING MUSIC CLIPS VOICEOVER VIEWING WINDOW TOOL BAR
  • 18. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  The toolbar was an essential tool that was used in Final Cut Pro. It enabled us to cut and edit the clips as well as crop to the desired sizes.  The tool bar also allowed us to zoom in on the clips so that we could edit/ cut it down to the minimalistic detail increasing the efficiency of the documentary when finished.
  • 19. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  When editing on the timeline we chose to add transitions between the clips so that they ran fluently against one another.  We used straight cuts predominately throughout the documentary editing stage however where needed we have used cross dissolve to make the transition less sharp on the viewers eye.  STRAIGHT CUTS CROSS DISSOLVE
  • 20. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  Other feature that we used in Final Cut Pro was the use of text overlay. This allowed us to label our interviews with the name of the person being interviewed and their profession, a code and convention that we found.  This was a useful technique as it expressed to the target audience who the actual person on the screen is and what they do. These people are often of the profession.
  • 21. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  Another feature used within our editing of our documentary was speeding up certain clips. For example here we have increased the speed to 801.44% as the title sequence took five minutes to create so it was easier speed it up so it only lasted around 30 seconds as it was the title sequence.
  • 22. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  Another element that needed to be addressed in the editing process was the sound levels.  The sound level needed to be managed efficiently so that the sound throughout the whole documentary remained at the same level.  One of the top priorities was to make sure the sound level from the voice over and the interviews/voxpops were at the same audio level and not overpowering each other.  We also needed to make sure the background music did not overpower the voice audios that were already on the timeline.  So we used the pink velocity line and dragged the decibels up or down accordingly
  • 23. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  We had to make sure that the sound levels between the clips contained a smooth transition into one another. The method we used to do this was using the manual fade.  We cursor clicked dots of the pink velocity line manually dragging them down and up when the background music needed to fade in and out.
  • 24. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  In the editing stage alongside Final Cut Pro we used Garage band to create the music for the background and the reconstruction.  In Garage band we used the files that were already on their and adapted them together to make our own track.  The reconstruction had a slower beat than the backing track as we wanted to convey emotion through the reconstruction music.
  • 25. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)
  • 26. DOCUMENTARY: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  We then exported the documentary when finished as a mp4 file ready to be uploaded using YouTube.
  • 27. MAGAZINE TV LISTING DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  For the magazine TV listing double page spread we created it using Adobe InDesign. This was a useful media technology as it allowed us to simply lay out our magazine.  I was confident when creating the magazine layout as I have used it many times and I felt comfortable using it.  We had already wrote the article in Microsoft Word in the planning stages as it allowed us time to just copy over the information simply saving time in the long run.
  • 28. MAGAZINE TV LISTING DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING) On the next few slides is the process of making the double page spread.
  • 29. RADIO TRAILER: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  The radio trailer was created using Final Cut Pro on a different sequence to the documentary. The Radio Trail contains both clips from the documentary as well as the voice over.
  • 30. RADIO TRAILER: CONSTRUCTION (EDITING)  We recorded a voiceover with a calm tenor so that it engaged with the listener. It allowed us to adapt the voiceover of Todd from the documentary and the voice of Laura from the reconstruction around the new voiceover.  When the voiceover was being recorded we used the shotgun microphone similar to the interview and voxpops recordings  Underneath the voice audio we decided to put the backing music that we made in garage band so there was the relation.
  • 31. EVALUATION When creating the evaluations I used many media technologies:  QUESTION ONE: For Question 1 I used Prezi to create the presentation on the way I developed and challenged conventions of real media products compared to my media products. Prezi allowed me to import images and text as well as making smooth transitions between the slides.  QUESTION TWO: I used Microsoft Word to create question two on how effective my products were as I wanted to write a formal response alongside the visuals of the other questions.  QUESTION THREE: I created question three on PowerPoint as I was able to upload graphs and visually make the presentation more appealing. I then uploaded it on to YouTube and embed the code on to my blog.  QUESTION FOUR: I created question four on PowerPoint as I was able to add images throughout before uploading on to Slideshare.