Research and PlanningBefore starting our documentary weneeded research. We used the internetand Google to find the necessaryinformation such as types of biscuits andthe most popular biscuits. We also usedgoogle earth to find the locations wewere filming at for our location sheets.We applied this information to Microsoftword and Blogger to make theinformation more accessible.
Research and Planning We then needed to plan the structure of our documentary. We studied the codes and conventions of several documentaries so that when we come to producing ours we know what to include. We watched these videos on You Tube and the Channel 4 website where you can look specifically at documentaries. This also helped us know what to include and exclude, how to frame an interview, where sound should be used, opening titles and graphics. Research and planning helped us decide what our documentary should be about. After making a brainstorm we thought it would be a good idea to do Biscuits in Britain as they are cultural and popular in Britain and there for there would be enough people to interview and enough footage to make a documentary.
FilmingFor the production of filming the interviews we used aXM2 manual camera which was simple to use as itrequired a tape instead of digital so there was nochance of accidentally deleting it. You can play thefootage back on the camera and plug a microphoneonto the side of it and listen to the sound qualitythrough a pair of headphones and with a tripod to fitwith it. This insured that the framing was still andlooked more professional.
EditingFor the editing process we used an SR-DVM tape deck to capture the footage and put itonto Adobe Premier which was the programme we used to edit the footage.Step By Step1. Open Adobe Premier2. Insert the tape into the machine, insuring that the cable is connected to the computer.3. Press ‘F5’ on the keyboard so a new window comes up and click the record button.4. Find the footage in the left window.
On this bar, to select the required Editing footage you click ‘I’ on the keyboard to start and ‘O’ to finish This window shows what Captured footage where you would like to cut. is on the time bar After selecting the footage you thenThis box has different kinds of cuts and drag the footage onto the line on theTransactions that can be dragged onto the timeline order you want.
Editing The red line shows where you are up to on the video Title Titles are graphics Video That go over the video Sound You can ajust the level of the sound by moving the yellow line up or down.
EditingWe used the blue screen for our opening titles. We put a pile of biscuits on the screen andtook a picture. Then we removed some more biscuits and took another picture and thenover and over again so it looked like the biscuits were disappearing. When we put thisfootage onto the computer we changed the blue screen background into a British flag bysaving the picture off the internet then opening it with Adobe. By doing this it looked likethe biscuits were disappearing and revealing the British flag.
Print AdvertOur Print advert follows the codes and conventions of a channel 4 poster as our documentaryis on channel 4. Before starting to make it, we researched what Channel 4 posters look like bygoing on the website 4creative where you can see the posters from real Channel 4documentaries.
Radio AdvertScriptBritain loves biscuits, but why are they so popular? Why have we fallen head over heelsfor the Gary baldy? -Vox pops from beginning of documentary- Well do anything to getour hands on them, weather its grabbing a pack off the shelves or making our own -Homebakers and Greggs answering questions- Relax with a cuppa, a bourbon and watchBritains Biscuits - Wednesday 20th December on channel 4 - dunking Britain. After scripting the radio advert we found a suitable voice over (That we also recorded and used for our documentary.) We recorded it in the radio room as it is quite and will come out at a better quality when we open it onto Adobe Premiere.