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Review of documentary

  1. 1. Review of documentary We we were being asked to make a documentary with the help of the chocolate films and the British museum. The documentary had to be short and it had to be about the Lewis Chessmen. We started the production around late November/ early December. The target audience for my documentary was going to be 16+ I used that age and above because I think people that age would not be interested in chess. We also targeted tourists because 85% of the people that come to the British museum are tourists. We wanted to make a documentary that informed people that did not know what the chess pieces were previously to chess piece experts. We met with people from chocolate films on various occasions for advice on how to make a documentary. We then took note of what they were saying so that we could apply it to our documentary. I believe that to make a documentary we needed some good research on the roots, material and time of the Lewis chess pieces. The pre-production process consisted of looking into documentary conventions such as voice overs, archival footage etc.; which I made a presentation about which is uploaded onto my blog below this entry. It also consisted of planning and researching about the Lewis Chessmen and getting more information about the British museum we looked at the background of the museum and who discovered it. We learnt many new things during this experience. In the research and planning I could have improved by gathering more information about the British museum and the Lewis Chessmen Pieces so I could have more knowledge on
  2. 2. the product I was doing a documentary on. I also could have sorted out a time table with my group on what each person would do to help plan our documentary. In order to understand how to make a successful documentary we watched previous documentaries that the talking objects collective project produced and we looked at some documentaries on YouTube such as the Tupac Shakur's one, we learnt all the conventions and picked out what we could see in this specific film such as interviews, titles and text and visual coding. I learnt that some conventions of a documentary are Archival footage which is known as stock footage, it is material obtained from a film library or archive and inserted into a documentary to show historical events or to add detail without the need for additional filming. To make a documentary we had to do research some primary research with the British museum and some secondary research by ourselves, we watched many documentaries to get a good sense of what a documentary should contain. We were making a short documentary we had to learn how to get the point across very quickly and also entertain the audience and also include different types of visual coding. Talking heads is when the camera catches the facial expression of the object. Titles and text is used to quickly explain what you are looking at without wasting time which makes it very effective. When we were going to make our documentary we made a storyboard showing the different scenes and shots that where going to be in our documentary and it also contained what we
  3. 3. the context was and for how long. This is why we made the drawing on the storyboard very accurate and detailed. The production process The strength and weakness of producing our footages was it was hard for us to recorded some footages without it being shaky because it didn’t have some equipment’s to use to make the video camera stand still the strength would be us having some great shots of the chess pieces. We collected some great shots of the chess pieces close ups of their faces and getting all the details that’s on them also we got some shots of the museum itself inside where we showed where the chess pieces where people walking around then we got some shots outside the museum panning shots. What went well is the way we came together as a team, everyone knew what they needed to do, and had a job role we all did well individually and as a team we could of used our time wisely we spend more time looking for good shots that we didn’t edited as much as needed. The shot that’s worked well was panning shot we used during some parts of the documentary and it looked really good. Something that we could improve would be the lighting because some parts of the documentary was dark and could of look better if we invest that time in. Conclusion: When we went to the museum we got so much positive feedback from our audience in the museum teachers; we got feedback saying how entertaining satisfying it was and the fact we made it look like a real documentary the editing skills we learnt from both our teachers and the chocolate films , and how
  4. 4. fun we made the game of chess look, we managed to give information and educate people who don’t know about Lewis chessmen in fun and very entertaining way.