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  1. 1. By Corry Raymond,A short factual Laura Manners, and Jake Coatesfilm. FOOTPRINT - RYAN INGLISA documentary following Ryan Inglis,a singer/songwriter from Weston, andhis work for the charity ‘Footprint’ 31/10/11 C Raymond L Manners J Coates WESTON COLLEGE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS LOXTON ROAD WSETON-SUPER-MARE BS23 4QU
  2. 2. Media Production Copyright @ 2011ProposalLaura Manners (me), Corry Raymond and Jake Coates (EntertainmentPictures/E.Pics) are the media production team working on thisproject.We propose to make a short expository documentary, of about 5minuets in length, exposing the life of Ryan Inglis, a localmusician/songwriter. It will also have the sub-focus of thecharity Footprint, a charity that gives musical instruments tounder-privileged children, but only briefly as we are moreinterested in Ryan’s involvement and what he has done for it.After doing research we found multiple ways of approaching thisdocumentary; Ryan Inglis has a very interesting back-story as tohow he became a musician.This program is aimed towards being aspirational to musicstudents as well as entertaining and factual as the documentarywill mostly contain live music, with the audio from interviewsplayed over the top, in a similar style to the documentary Liveat Abbey Road, also occasionally showing archive footage(sponsored skydive, vlog, photos etc.) in a similar style.We will have no problems in getting the music because we will beusing a selection of Ryan’s own music as the soundtrack, meaningwe will have no copyright issues. The interviews will also beeasy to set up as the people we would like to feature are easilyaccessible. Our budget will also be quite small as the main costsare hiring the crew and renting out the rooms for the live shows.  
  3. 3. This idea is good because it’s a really interesting yet unheardstory, which deserves to be told. There aren’t many documentarieswith a similar idea, especially not with a musician like Ryan.We would like for this documentary to eventually be entered intoa local short film competition to win £1000, and then to be usedby Ryan for promotional purposes.It will be finished in the week before the 5th December (thedeadline).TreatmentThe majority of our documentary footage will be live shows andarchive footage, with the audio from the interviews played overthe top.The first live show footage will be shot at the Louisiana inBristol, from the back next to the sound deck. The background ofthe stage is well lit with an orange backdrop, and Ryan will besitting on a stool central with multiple spotlights on him. Thesecond live show will be in the college TV studio, well lit witha black backdrop. Ryan will be staged the same as before,although this time we want to have more camera’s with moreinteresting angles; probably one just off center and another shotfrom the side. For both of these live shows there will be a liveaudience. Our final location is at Jules Derrick’s house, in herliving room where we will interview Jules and Ryan. We will putthem in the same positioning just using different camera anglesto add interest.We’ve already begun searching through the mass of archive footageat our disposal. We have a rough idea of a structure but that is  
  4. 4. due to change once we start the first edit and watch theinterviews. Here is a rough outline of the planned structure:Intro: it will start with an opening summary of what we shallcover in the documentary, probably a montage of clips to Ryan’smusic and a brief explanation of the charity and Ryan. ( 30 to60 seconds)Middle 1: We will cut to interviews with various people talkingabout Ryan. It will not feature Ryan at first, or Jules Derrick(head of the charity). Clips it may include are interviews fromTony Hobden, Steve Williams, Cliff Moore, Paul Raymond. They willbe discussing Ryan and his origins as an artist. Roughly last 30to 90 seconds.Middle 2: At this point, after introducing Ryan throughinterviews we will cut to extracts from Ryan’s interview. Thiswill be a more in depth look at his career and life story.Roughly last 30 seconds.Middle 3: Extracts from Ryan’s live performance or traveling onthe road with him (in his car driving to a gig, setting up,performing). Roughly last 60 seconds.Middle 4: Introduce his work for and about the charity. Roughlylast 30 secondsMiddle 5: Focus on the charity and the work for Charlie Derrick –extracts from all interviews. Roughly 30 to 60 secondsOutro: Montage of clips to final piece of the interview (aboutCharlie). Summarize Charlie and him leaving a footprint onWeston. Roughly last 30 seconds.Contingency PlansIf the documentary doesn’t work out as planned we will insteaduse archive footage and a ‘voice of god’ narrator talking aboutwhat we know of Ryan from our research.  
  5. 5. Demographics and PsychographicsOur target demographic audience are music students at collegestandard education and aged between 16 and 40.Our target Psychographic audience are music lovers, aspiring tobe a musician/songwriter in the future. We want these students,having watched our film, to feel motivated because Ryan startedwhere they are and he has had a very successful career so far.CrewBetween myself, Corry and Jake, we have agreed on job roles;Corry will be taking the role of Producer and sharing the role ofDirector of Photography with Jake, I am the chief editor and incharge of sound when filming and we decided to share the role ofdirector because we all wanted to put a large input into theoutcome of the film. We are also allowing our subject (Ryan) toput in input as well so he could better use the film in thefuture.BudgetsOur production costs will be minimal, because we have very goodaccess to the locations and very good facilities at all thoselocations. • Camera Operator: £40 per hour, 9 hours. Total = £360 • Lighting Specialist: £50 per hour, 9 hours. Total = £450 • Soundman: £25 per hour, 9 hours. Total = £225 • Locations: Louisiana, 2 hours + set-up = £300 TV Studio, 2 hours + set-up = £300. Total = £600 • Transport: 20p per mile £10 returns from Louisiana, Bristol £0.64 returns from Locking road, Weston-super-mare Total = (rounded up) £11  
  6. 6. • Food: Day 1 (Louisiana): 4 people, £10 each = £40 Day 2 (TV Studio): 4 people, £10 each = £40 Day 3 (Jules’ House): 8 people, £10 each = £80. Total = £160 • Renting the equipment: £400, 9 hours • Editor: £300 • Edit Suite: £100 • No copyright costs.TOTAL MINIMUM BUDGET: £3,356  
  7. 7. Secondary ResearchThe majority of our research has been from interviews, althoughwe conducted a lot of secondary research to decide what sort ofquestions we would like the interviewees to be asked. Thisresearch was done using the internet, from 3 main  
  8. 8. We also have print screens of the amazon UK music chartsfollowing Ryan’s single ‘Secrets’ on its way up to number 1 andnews paper cut-outs.  
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  10. 10. Primary ResearchThe obvious first step from there was to talk to Ryan Inglis. Weemailed him, explaining what we would like to do and if he wouldbe interested in helping us along the way. We discussed with himhow he could help and what we wanted to achieve from thisdocumentary and later in the conversation he sent us an emailgiving us 19 people who we could talk to and their contactdetails.So far we have had a few positive replies from Ryan’s contacts.We have also had an unofficial interview with Tony Hobden, Ryan’smusic producer and friend. He gave us some great insights intoRyan’s education and career. We shall be re-filming the interviewsoon.The next part of primary research we did was a questionnaire. Weshowed a range of students at Weston college 3 different stylesof documentary.  
  11. 11. The first was Live at Abbey Road. This documentary isinterestingly shot, has an artistic feel and is full OD focuspulls and variations in the depth of field. We were especiallyinterested in a quote from the producers: ‘Look like a film,sound like a record’, and I think that really sums up the filmwell. It’s quite a relevant documentary because it featuresinterviews and live music over a presenter.The second was Secret Millionaire. This includes features such as‘voice of god’ narration, pre-recorded music in the backgroundand basic editing and camera work. This Documentary was relevantbecause it follows charity work, and at this stage we were unsurewhether the charity or Ryan would be the main focus. The problemwith this example was it is tailored to a more mature audience.The last documentary was Michael Jackson. This uses fast editing,a combination of live and pre-recorded music, interviews and‘voice of god’ narration. Once again this follows the story of arecording artist, featuring archive footage. Although this isquite similar to the sort of style we had in mind, the results ofour questionnaire weren’t fair because the audience respondedbetter to it because Michael Jackson was a music idol and is verywell known.Questions:Which documentary will you be answering these questions on? Live at Abbey Road Secret Millionaire Michael JacksonWhich age group are you? 16-18 19-25 26-35 36-45 46+How much did you enjoy this documentary?(1 being not at all, 5 being very much) 1 2 3 4 5  
  12. 12. Would you continue to watch this? Yes Maybe NoAre you likely to watch this in your own time? Yes Maybe NoHow long do you think a short documentary in this style be? 1 min 2mins 3mins 4mins 5mins aboveAfter we had got back these results, we concluded that our targetaudience preferred Live at Abbey Road to the other twodocumentaries, although Michael Jackson was not far behind.From these results we decided we would shoot in the style ofAbbey Road, although still incorporate archive footage etc. likeMichael Jackson does.Group Meeting Minutes (11/10/2011) • Proposal! ! ! ! ! ! ! For the intro for the proposal we should use a planned speech at the beginning, which introduces the title and give a really quick brief of the content. Along side this we should edit to a quick video of archive footage - film of gigs and charity events/interviews and photos - that corresponds with what the narrator is saying. So, for example, the narrator would say ‘…singer, songwriter…’ and either an image or a short clip should be shown of him singing and playing his guitar. For some of the other slides we should show our research by using print screens of websites, news paper clips etc. We could also maybe give the panel a hand out. Then we need some slides giving the details of our contributors, Laura’s making make those slides. Yes, in  
  13. 13. them I’ll just show examples of the emails, possible interviewee’s so who they are and why I got in contact with them. • Research! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Market research (questionnaire) to be done by the end of this week. We could possibly do it tomorrow but we need to get in contact with the music tutors. • Job Roles! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Producer – Corry Director – Joint role, all make contribution Chief Editor – Laura (Do research about how I can edit it, styles etc.) Chief Director of photography – Jake Sound - Laura • Equipment We defiantly want to film in HD, if we have the equipment available then we should make use of it. The best camera to use for this is probably a Z7, but that’s quite a big one and wouldn’t be very convenient to get more than one shot, we would only have the one camera so we would have to move the camera around and maybe get the subject to repeat things. An alternative is the Canon 55D, we could use more of these as there’s more accessible. We could even use both, so use the Z7 as our main camera and then the 55D to make the film more interesting and get some other shots in.Equipment List • Sony Z7 • Four Manfrotto Tripod • Shotgun Mic • Final Cut Pro (video footage) • Pro Tools (audio/sound)‘Look like a film, sound like a record’ – Abbey Road producers