The Task For my A2 Coursework, I was asked to produce the first FIVE MINUTE of a documentary. Within our group of 4 people, we chose to call it ‘Being a Student in 2011’, we treated topics such as student finance (EMA), students unemployment rate and the rise in university fees. We primarily targeted BOTH male and female students aged 16-19 from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, currently living in the U.K and from a social class E but we also wanted to have a secondary target audience which included parents, teachers, expert in the field of education
Development of my digital skills? Cameras: my camera skills have improved, I wasn’t able create steady shots last year and needed help to change the setting and volume on the camera but I am now much more confident with this equipment. I know how to create a perfect shot using mise-en-scene and framing of the camera. Macs: At the start of producing our documentary, I struggled a bit with the Macs computer but with time, I learned how to use it. The apple computer offers a wide range of programmes which helped a lot with the creation of our main task, I am now confident using most of its programmes such as Final Cut Express… Tripods: I was most of the time in charge of the tripod when we were filming for our documentary, it’s very easy and simple to use and I feel that once you learn how to use the tripod, it becomes easier to operate and create steady footages. Framing of images on final cut express: I couldn’t use Final Cut Express as I found it complicated but when we started creating the documentary, I got familiar with the programmes and once I started creating my minute, it got easier to work on. The mise-en-scene of some of our interviews didn’t relate to them so with the help of Final Cut Express, I was able to get them out of the frame so that the audience could focus on the people we were interviewing.
Improvements Panning shots: we only used panning shots twice in the documentary, both times it was to introduce a new environment …I believe we should have experimented more with this type of shot and made sure we had one continuous shot since we sometimes lost grip of the tripod and had a few jerky footage. We were however able to edit these footages on final cut express to make the clips more interesting, professional and appealing to the audience. Tripods: although my tripod skills have improved, we had some unsteady clips in the documentary which the audience picked on so if I was to do this task again, I would definitely try and learn how to create good and creative footages with the tripod. I believe that the more experienced I am using the tripod, the better the footages will be.