Radio On Making a Radio Documentary
Documentary,  adj <ul><li>Relating to or found in documents, </li></ul><ul><li>(of films, TV Programmes, etc) aiming </li>...
What is a Radio Documentary? <ul><li>A  radio documentary  or  feature  is a  radio  documentary programme devoted to cove...
Principal Roles <ul><li>Director/Producer  – owner of the initial idea? Shaper of the programme over all </li></ul><ul><li...
Team work tips & hints <ul><li>Go home and  listen  to Radio Documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>Thrash  your idea out  : coll...
Schedule of work  <ul><li>Make one ASAP and send to Tutor for further guidance </li></ul>THERE IS A BLANK ONE ON BLACKBOAR...
Editing training & availability <ul><li>Soundtrack Pro with Aquiles training </li></ul><ul><li>is timetabled  *DO NOT MISS...
Contents <ul><li>Subject Matter  – What is your production about? Can you make it?? </li></ul><ul><li>Research  – it all b...
Research  <ul><li>It is vital you research as much as possible about your subject before you venture out into the world </...
Recording Notes <ul><li>Always check & test the  kit   before you go out </li></ul><ul><li>Pack those spare  batteries ! <...
Structuring Questions <ul><li>Open Ended Questions </li></ul><ul><li>“ What was your school like?” </li></ul><ul><li>Be Sp...
How to get a great interview! <ul><li>Questions should be  tailored  to the subject –  what do you want to get out of this...
Wrapping Up <ul><li>Obtain Permission –  </li></ul><ul><li>Write a simple “consent” form up & get them to sign it </li></u...
Editing The Show <ul><li>Your Duration is 5 – 10 Minutes Total </li></ul><ul><li>Get all your interviews cut down first </...
Your CD <ul><li>Your Duration is 5 – 10 Minutes Total on AUDIO CD  (they must play in a CD player) </li></ul><ul><li>Label...
Inspiration <ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio </li></ul><ul><li>BBC i player, all the BBC’s Radio Stations for yo...
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  1. 1. Radio On Making a Radio Documentary
  2. 2. Documentary, adj <ul><li>Relating to or found in documents, </li></ul><ul><li>(of films, TV Programmes, etc) aiming </li></ul><ul><li>at presenting reality , presenting facts </li></ul><ul><li>not fiction – n a film or radio or TV </li></ul><ul><li>programme about real people or </li></ul><ul><li>events without fictional colouring or </li></ul><ul><li>professional actors </li></ul><ul><li>Chambers Dictionary 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Radio Documentary? <ul><li>A radio documentary or feature is a radio documentary programme devoted to covering a particular topic in some depth , usually with a mixture of commentary, interview and sound pictures. It is non-fictional in subject matter, consisting principally of more straightforward, journalistic-type reporting – but at much greater length than found in an ordinary news report. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Principal Roles <ul><li>Director/Producer – owner of the initial idea? Shaper of the programme over all </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher – backbone of the idea – finder of contributors – the information/knowledge finder </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer – responsible for questions/direction of interview/Voice of the commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Recordist – Records all contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Editor – edits all contributions, sound effects, music and commentary together </li></ul><ul><li>Post Production – all involved in shaping the production at the edit stage. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Team work tips & hints <ul><li>Go home and listen to Radio Documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>Thrash your idea out : collaborate, evaluate, act </li></ul><ul><li>Make a piece you know you can complete in the time frame – what subject have you chosen? </li></ul><ul><li>Make a schedule & and try to stick to it. </li></ul><ul><li>assign the roles , and motivate each other. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Schedule of work <ul><li>Make one ASAP and send to Tutor for further guidance </li></ul>THERE IS A BLANK ONE ON BLACKBOARD.
  7. 7. Editing training & availability <ul><li>Soundtrack Pro with Aquiles training </li></ul><ul><li>is timetabled *DO NOT MISS THIS!! </li></ul><ul><li>Stations are then available for you use as timetabled or you can also pop in and use if available on day, but always check with Ian Collision (technician of room MLG05) and tutor if you wish to book a station in advance, outside of your timetabled time. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Contents <ul><li>Subject Matter – What is your production about? Can you make it?? </li></ul><ul><li>Research – it all begins here </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewees/ Public v Experts </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary as Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism or Discussion? </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Facts/Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>The need to describe – painting a picture with sound </li></ul>
  9. 9. Research <ul><li>It is vital you research as much as possible about your subject before you venture out into the world </li></ul><ul><li>Internet – But are the facts correct?? </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries – Many and Varied, including sound archives, British Library, Imperial War Museum, Official Archives, Fan bases </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Archives – sound materials belonging to contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Specialists & Experts – Who’s who in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Fact Checking – Double your sources, get it right </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Your Mum/Dad – Because they might just know by firsthand experience! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Recording Notes <ul><li>Always check & test the kit before you go out </li></ul><ul><li>Pack those spare batteries ! </li></ul><ul><li>Always wear headphones when recording </li></ul><ul><li>Have your microphone close to the subject </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful of microphone handling noise/wind </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a quiet spot </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid “popping” </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the meters </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you are not “paused” – are you in record </li></ul><ul><li>Get a test voice/ Interviewee ID “ Hi my name is . . . . .” </li></ul><ul><li>Always record 2 minutes of room tone or atmosphere </li></ul>
  11. 11. Structuring Questions <ul><li>Open Ended Questions </li></ul><ul><li>“ What was your school like?” </li></ul><ul><li>Be Specific </li></ul><ul><li>“ When and where did that happen?” </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for meaning </li></ul><ul><li>“ How did you feel when you lost your job?” </li></ul><ul><li>Elaboration & Clarification </li></ul><ul><li>“ Can you tell me more?” & “Is there anything else you would like to add?” </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to get a great interview! <ul><li>Questions should be tailored to the subject – what do you want to get out of this encounter?? </li></ul><ul><li>Think carefully – Would you answer the question you are asking? Is it ethical, legal, decent? </li></ul><ul><li>Listen Closely & look the subject in the eyes! Be Polite! </li></ul><ul><li>What is interesting – stick with the good stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Take Notes! </li></ul><ul><li>Be descriptive – ask your subject to “paint a picture” with words </li></ul><ul><li>Record again – if the subject garbles, don’t be afraid to go again </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Questioning – “How does it make you feel?” </li></ul><ul><li>Be curious </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest in your approach </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Info – is there anything else your subject would like to say? </li></ul><ul><li>Nod in reply – let your subject speak </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the tape running </li></ul><ul><li>Say Thank You ! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Wrapping Up <ul><li>Obtain Permission – </li></ul><ul><li>Write a simple “consent” form up & get them to sign it </li></ul><ul><li>Label all materials/Tapes </li></ul><ul><li>Give the subject the last word </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewee </li></ul><ul><li>Drop your material on to a personal hard drive/computer for safety before returning the equipment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Editing The Show <ul><li>Your Duration is 5 – 10 Minutes Total </li></ul><ul><li>Get all your interviews cut down first </li></ul><ul><li>Submit first cut to tutor </li></ul><ul><li>Write Commentary around the interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Send draft script to tutor </li></ul><ul><li>Fill in with Sound Effects & Music which “paints a picture” </li></ul><ul><li>Re – edit </li></ul><ul><li>Re – edit </li></ul><ul><li>Mix (levelling your sound) </li></ul><ul><li>Burn CD & check it before the assessments </li></ul>
  15. 15. Your CD <ul><li>Your Duration is 5 – 10 Minutes Total on AUDIO CD (they must play in a CD player) </li></ul><ul><li>Label your CD case with a CD Pen </li></ul><ul><li>(don’t use stickers, post-its or plasters!) </li></ul><ul><li>Label your CD with the name of the documentary </li></ul><ul><li>Check your CD on a CD player </li></ul>
  16. 16. Inspiration <ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio </li></ul><ul><li>BBC i player, all the BBC’s Radio Stations for your to dive into </li></ul><ul><li>http://resonancefm.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Resonance FM , the Daddy of all strange sound, great radio station & orchestrator of sonic change </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/ </li></ul><ul><li>Good for help with understanding the basics of sound (recording particularly) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/docarchive/ </li></ul><ul><li>BBC World Service Podcast site – documentaries for you to download </li></ul><ul><li>http://onlineradiobar.com/download/?geo=AU </li></ul><ul><li>On-line Radio Bar – 1500 radio stations available on your browser </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/documentaries/archive.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Radio 1 doc’s archive </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.listenlive.eu/uk.html </li></ul><ul><li>Stations that live stream to the internet </li></ul>
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