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How did you use media technologies in
the construction and the research,
planning and evaluation stages?
Tamieka Flannigan
Introduction.
During the Research, Pre-Production, Production and
Post-Production stages of my Advanced portfolio project ...
Research and Planning.
Throughout these two stages I used a variety of different
programmes and websites in hope to gain i...
01
Mind View.
Mind View is a program which allows you to
create a professional looking mind map. I
used this program to di...
01
Prezi and
Slideshare.
I used both Prezi and SlideShare quite a lot of
the time through this project, this was in all of...
01
YouTube.
I used this website for the majority of my research
as it is a great site to show me existing examples
of musi...
01
Virtual Learning
Environment.
This webspace is where I recorded all of my
information, from research collected, to
pres...
01
Microsoft Excel.
I didn't use Microsoft Excel too much in the
duration of this course, however, I still
think it is a s...
01
Microsoft Word.
I used Microsoft Word in the research and
planning stages of my project quite a lot.
I used Word to mak...
01
Google.
Google has always been my favourite
web browser as it’s so quick and
efficient to use. I have been familiar
wit...
01
Outlook.
I didn't use Outlook that much during the
project but I still think it is significant to
talk about it as it d...
01
Wikipedia.
During the research and planning
stages I used Wikipedia a lot to gain
information about particular factors,...
01
Scanner.
I used the scanner during my research
and planning stages only a few times.
The only times I used the scanner ...
Production.
During the production of my music video, artist website
and digipak, I used a variety of different programmes
...
01
Windows desktop
and Mac.
During all stages of this project I have used both a
Windows desktop computer and a Macbook to...
01
Video Camera.
I used a Panasonic video camera to do all
of my filming within the construction of my
music video. This I...
01
Adobe Premiere.
The use of Adobe Premiere was another main piece of
technology in my construction stage. Premiere was t...
01
wix.com
wix.com was the main piece of technology used
when constructing my artist website. wix.com is a
website which a...
01
PhotoShop.
I used Photoshop only a little bit in the production
of my advanced portfolio project.
I used Photoshop to c...
01
Paint.
I only really used paint during the
production stage of my project.
I used Paint to save screenshots in a
JPEG f...
01
SoundCloud.
I used the site Sound Cloud only
really to gain access to my artists
music. Most of Jacks music and
covers ...
01
Social Networks.
The main two social networking
sites I used were Facebook and
Twitter. I only really used social
netwo...
01
Printer.
I used printers throughout all the stage of this
project. I mainly used the printer to print out forms
etc I n...
01
iPhone.
I used my smart phone a lot during all stages of
this project.
In the research and planning stage I used my
pho...
01
Tripod.
I used a tripod whilst filming my music
video as they allow you to gain really clear
and steady shots. Although...
Post-Production.
During the Post-Production stage of my Advanced
portfolio project, I used quite similar programs and
equi...
01
Microphone.
I used a microphone in the
evaluation stage in hope to gain
four completely different looking
evaluation an...
01
Microsoft
Powerpoint.
In my evaluation stage of this course I used
Microsoft Powerpoint a lot, for example, I
produced ...
Conclusion.
Overall, I feel I have used a huge variety of different technologies during my
research, planning, constructio...
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How did you use media technologies in the construction and the research, planning and evaluation stages?

  1. 1. How did you use media technologies in the construction and the research, planning and evaluation stages? Tamieka Flannigan
  2. 2. Introduction. During the Research, Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production stages of my Advanced portfolio project I really tried to vary the pieces of technology used. I tried to use a variety of different equipment, programmes and websites to produce something really outstanding at the end. I feel by using a variety of different technologies instead of repeating the same ones again and again allows users to not feel tedium and get bored.
  3. 3. Research and Planning. Throughout these two stages I used a variety of different programmes and websites in hope to gain information which will help me with the production of my Music Video, Digipak and Artist Website.
  4. 4. 01 Mind View. Mind View is a program which allows you to create a professional looking mind map. I used this program to display various different thoughts in regards to my initial ideas. I also used Mind View to present some of my questionnaire findings - These were the findings which provided me with different types of describing words etc, for example, one of my questionnaire questions was ‘what three factors come into mind when you think of indie/pop music videos?’. This type of question obviously produced a variety of different words so I presented these using Mind View.
  5. 5. 01 Prezi and Slideshare. I used both Prezi and SlideShare quite a lot of the time through this project, this was in all of the stages. Prezi and SlideShare both allow me to present information in a slide show. Both of these sites work completely different to each other which is good as the final products vary. I used Prezi to make slideshows for things like conventions of music videos to presenting information in my post production stage. Likewise, I used SlideShare to display similar types of information throughout the project. I presented some convention findings again using the site. Not only this, I used it to present digipak and artist website on my blog.
  6. 6. 01 YouTube. I used this website for the majority of my research as it is a great site to show me existing examples of music videos. During research and planning I used YouTube in many different ways. Firstly, I used it to analyse existing music videos and to find the conventions seen amongst them. Also I used YouTube to do extra research into my chosen artist, this originally being AlunaGeorge and then this changed to Jack Smallpeice. Being able to look through their existing videos gave me ideas on how they use conventions and also allowed me to gain a wider knowledge into already used themes etc. As YouTube is the main website where you can access music videos, I used it largely to establish what shots are commonly seen, costumes, props and all other minor details I knew I had to consider.
  7. 7. 01 Virtual Learning Environment. This webspace is where I recorded all of my information, from research collected, to presentations, to ideas. Every single piece of work I did towards my final products was placed on the VLE. On my VLE blog, I posted information, pictures, videos, voice clips, slideshows - all sorts of different platforms. However, not only did I use the VLE for blogging my progression in the course, but I also used it to create surveys to send to my target market. The VLE has a service where I can send all the other users in my school a questionnaire to answer regarding my music video. I managed to gain 32 responses from this which I thought was really good.
  8. 8. 01 Microsoft Excel. I didn't use Microsoft Excel too much in the duration of this course, however, I still think it is a significant program to include as its use was very beneficial. I wrote up all of the data I collect in my surveys/questionnaires using Microsoft Excel as it allows me to put information collected into bar charts, pie charts, scatter graphs etc. I feel Excel is the best program for things like this as the program is designed to organise and handle data. The questionnaire data I obtained included things like ‘should a music video have a storyline?’ etc.
  9. 9. 01 Microsoft Word. I used Microsoft Word in the research and planning stages of my project quite a lot. I used Word to make things like my production checklist and for writing out things in tables. An example of this would be my digipak analysis as I used Word to express my findings into a table format. I like using Microsoft Word as it is simple, yet very professional looking. I also used Microsoft Word to create some of my digipak. I did this by adding black squares (and photos in some cases) onto my pictures I took the of white card on the difference surfaces, this giving it the polaroid effect.
  10. 10. 01 Google. Google has always been my favourite web browser as it’s so quick and efficient to use. I have been familiar with Google since before I can even remember so I felt it was the safest browser for me to use. I used the search engine to gain information about conventions, my artists, existing websites and more. Google provided me with a service which definitely helped the way I found new sites and information, this is why if I were to redo this project I would definitely use Googles service again.
  11. 11. 01 Outlook. I didn't use Outlook that much during the project but I still think it is significant to talk about it as it did play an important part. I used Outlook to get in contact with my artists in hope to gain their permissions to use their music. Although I am familiar of using Outlook, I have never really had to compose something so formal as this, so I did feel this was a bit of a learning curve in its own way. I used Outlook to transfer work from my school account to my home computer as well so I could finish work out of lessons.
  12. 12. 01 Wikipedia. During the research and planning stages I used Wikipedia a lot to gain information about particular factors, these included information on: Digipaks, artist websites, music videos, musicians, etc. The only problem with Wikipedia is the fact that the information on it can be edited by the general public, this meaning the information found on the site may not alway be accurate and/or valid.
  13. 13. 01 Scanner. I used the scanner during my research and planning stages only a few times. The only times I used the scanner was to scan my storyboards onto the computer, and likewise with my camera plan. Scanning these onto the computer is far more efficient than taking pictures as you can guaranteed to come out with a straight and well aligned picture. I also used the scanner to scan my annotated version of the lyrics onto the computer, again scanning it made it clearer to read.
  14. 14. Production. During the production of my music video, artist website and digipak, I used a variety of different programmes and equipment to produce the end product I did.
  15. 15. 01 Windows desktop and Mac. During all stages of this project I have used both a Windows desktop computer and a Macbook to complete my tasks. The Windows based computer monitors were the main computers I used as they were the computers accessible in school. The Macbook was really only used at home for the research and post-production stages of the course. At school the computers gave me access to Adobe Premier and Photoshop which were both key programs in the creation of my products - Adobe Premier as explained later was the editing program used to create my music video for Jack Smallpeice’s song ‘Movie Scenes’. They also gave me access to Mind View as explained previously, this was used mainly through my planning and research stage to illustrate my ideas.
  16. 16. 01 Video Camera. I used a Panasonic video camera to do all of my filming within the construction of my music video. This I found very simple to use as we had the opportunity to use one last year for our Preliminary task. The video camera we were provided with to use was not the best of quality, however, if we used it to its fullest capability we could end up with a really professional looking film still. The camera was quite small so it was easy to transport to all of the locations used within the music video e.g. the beach and arcade.
  17. 17. 01 Adobe Premiere. The use of Adobe Premiere was another main piece of technology in my construction stage. Premiere was the program we used to edit all of our shots together in hope to creare an amazing looking music video. This program I feel was really efficient in making short movies, however, it did have a lot of blips where it would completely crash on us mid-use. Premiere allowed us to no only organise clips and put them in the right order, but, it gave us the option to crop shots, slow shots down to give them a ‘slow motion’ effect and also filters in which you can add over your film. In my music video I used the ‘Tint’ effect over the majority of my shots this added a slightly duller light to my scenes so they all blended in together a bit better. Tint also helped the shot colouring fit in with the feel of my music video - having a bright and colourful music video really would not look right against a slow and emotional song. Premiere allowed me to add transitions between my shots giving my music video a bit of ‘flow’ and continuity, the main transitions I used were the fades: fade to black, fade to white and dissolve.
  18. 18. 01 wix.com wix.com was the main piece of technology used when constructing my artist website. wix.com is a website which allows you to create a website of some variety. I have never used this sort of website before so at first I was quite hesitant and unconfident. However, I slowly got to grips with the way it works and managed to produce a really professional looking website. wix.com allowed me use all different types of features when creating my website these varying from adding a merchandise page to my store to adding YouTube clips on whatever page I’d wish. wix.com had all sorts of features which made my construction of the website far more efficient, for example, you could choose what sort of page you wanted to create and it would allow you to choose from a variety of layouts/templates to add your information into - I did this on my gallery page.
  19. 19. 01 PhotoShop. I used Photoshop only a little bit in the production of my advanced portfolio project. I used Photoshop to create the merchandise to be shown on my website - this was because the artist I used did not have any existing merchandise. I use Photoshop to transfer plain objects from Google images into something which looks personalised to Jack the singer. For example, I found an empty keyring image on Google and used Photoshop to edit an image of Jack onto it. I also used Photoshop in combination with Paint and Microsoft Word to create my digipak. I used Photoshop to edit the images I took of the cardboard on the different surface. Photoshop allowed me to enhance colours or completely opposite that it allowed me to dull down any bright colours.
  20. 20. 01 Paint. I only really used paint during the production stage of my project. I used Paint to save screenshots in a JPEG format so I could easily post them straight onto my blog. I also used Paint to when creating my digipak - Paint was needed in the creation as it allowed me to add extra details that Microsoft Word couldn't provide, the use of Paint let me have the opportunity to create my poster on the back of my digipak.
  21. 21. 01 SoundCloud. I used the site Sound Cloud only really to gain access to my artists music. Most of Jacks music and covers are only accessible on Sound Cloud as he doesn't really use his YouTube channel anymore. I used Sound Cloud purely to add music to my artist website, and used it to add links in.
  22. 22. 01 Social Networks. The main two social networking sites I used were Facebook and Twitter. I only really used social networking sites to link together the artists website and their existing social media. I also used the site Facebook to get in contact with my musician and my actors to make important decisions and schedules.
  23. 23. 01 Printer. I used printers throughout all the stage of this project. I mainly used the printer to print out forms etc I needed to fill in and rescan back onto the computer. This included my storyboard, audience feedback, song analysis etc. I also used the printer to test whether my digipak design would work. After creating my draft digipak on the computer I printed it out to check that it actually worked and fit together - Luckily it did. I also use a Kodak printer within a supermarket as well - It was used for the construction of my music video as I had to print of the photos which were used when the boy was looking back through past times. The Kodak printers allow you to print off photos from your smartphone using Bluetooth at a small charge.
  24. 24. 01 iPhone. I used my smart phone a lot during all stages of this project. In the research and planning stage I used my phone to email pictures to my school email account as you cannot upload them in any other quick and efficient way. I also used it to take location shots and evidence shots whilst planning and filming. In the production stage I used my smart phone to take the pictures of the piece of cardboard on different surfaces for my digipak. I chose to use my smart phone instead of my digital camera as I was able to gain a better focus and better quality of picture when comparing them both. The Post-Production stage was similar to the planning and research stage - I really used my mobile phone to transfer information and pictures to and from school again.
  25. 25. 01 Tripod. I used a tripod whilst filming my music video as they allow you to gain really clear and steady shots. Although within my music video I featured a number of handheld shots, I still feel using a tripod is essential. When using a tripod you are able to get a constant pan without the camera wobbling everywhere. For example, when doing a pan of the tree, without using the tripod that shot would’ve looked awful due to shaky hands. Using a tripod allowed me to create a really professionally finished music video.
  26. 26. Post-Production. During the Post-Production stage of my Advanced portfolio project, I used quite similar programs and equipment as previously mentioned. These mainly being Prezi, SlideShare, Microsoft Word etc.
  27. 27. 01 Microphone. I used a microphone in the evaluation stage in hope to gain four completely different looking evaluation answers. I used a microphone to verbally explain the answer to the question provided. I could do this through my mobile phone or through my laptop, so I knew this would be quite an easy thing for me to produce.
  28. 28. 01 Microsoft Powerpoint. In my evaluation stage of this course I used Microsoft Powerpoint a lot, for example, I produced this current slideshow using it. I also used the Apple equivalent to Powerpoint which is called ‘Keynote’, these both work exactly the same and seem to work nicely with each other when transferring data between the two. I used these two slide show programs as they really allow you to create a professional and well organised piece of work. I could change the layout, colours, theme etc to suit me and also it allowed me to not only add writing, but pictures, videos, sounds etc to the slides.
  29. 29. Conclusion. Overall, I feel I have used a huge variety of different technologies during my research, planning, construction and evaluation stage. As you can see a lot of these technologies overlapped into different stages, for example, I used Prezi during all four stages. I did this because some of the technologies I used were better than the others, and I wanted to use nothing but the best to produce a really good Advanced portfolio. If I were to do this again I do believe i’d like to use a few new pieces of technology just to widen my knowledge and to show that I am good at working with unfamiliar software/equipment. As during this project the only piece of technology which I had absolutely no experience with before was the website builder wix.com. As I have hopefully displayed, I overcame this issues of not knowing how to use it and created a really efficient artist website.

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