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What have you learnt from your audience feedback?

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A2 Media Studies course work evaluation.

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What have you learnt from your audience feedback?

  1. 1. M E D I A E V A L U A T I O N B Y M A T T L E N D O N What have you learnt from your audience feedback?
  2. 2. Main Task  One of the things that a lot of the audience said was that the overall cinematography was very emotional. They said this was shown through the stories that the players told and especially the ones about how they became blind at a young age. I purposely did this when creating the piece because it helps entice people when watching it and it keeps the audience interested in watching it when they hear an emotional story. The soundtrack is also a massive influence towards the emotional impact. The wrong soundtrack could be the difference between whether the documentary is emotional or not. The audience feedback for the soundtrack was positive. The viewers said that it suited the feel of the documentary perfectly and that the slow melody creates the emotion along with the narrative.
  3. 3. Main Task  When I was choosing the music for the documentary I was looking for something that has a slow tempo and a light beat, as this is what an emotional documentary consists of as I found out in my research. I chose that soundtrack because it was slow and it had a low pitch base behind it throughout which created an emotional feel throughout. I believe this soundtrack worked well and is shown from my audience feedback as people said that it helped with the emotion of the documentary. Some negative feedback I received was that for the interviews you could hear a ‘crackling’ sound in the background. This was simply a technological issue as the equipment we had was amateur equipment and not top level. I also tried to cut it out when editing it but this was not possible with the software I was using, Sony Vegas. This sort of problem could be avoided if there was a budget and I could afford better equipment but this was not possible as it was low budget.
  4. 4. Main Task  Another thing people said were that some of the shots were over exposed and that the white balance was off sometimes (too bright). This was due to a very bright day and the camera we used could not focus properly and was picking up too much light. I tired changing the exposure when editing, it did work a little bit as it was way more over exposed before but it didn’t do a lot. This was something that if I were to do again I would make sure that on the day I would try to avoid by changing the settings on the camera. I also received feedback saying that the documentary follows the conventions of a documentary with the interviews and the cutaways and the way the shots fade, because the fades add to the emotion of the documentary as it slows it all down. The cutaways aim to trigger an emotional response from the audience. People also said that the shots were all in focus and that there was not much to criticise about the shots apart from when they were over exposed.
  5. 5. Ancillary 1  Feedback I received from my ancillary one was that firstly the photo creates a mysterious feel. This was not the feeling I wanted to create with the photo, I was hoping to create an emotion which makes you question what the documentary is about. To overcome this next time I would probably not make the photo so dark. The audience said that the image I used was in full focus and that it was perfectly taken, they also said that it was perfectly positioned on the page in the centre and they like that his eyes were closed in the photo because it fits perfectly with the documentary theme and name, they said it really emphasises the title.
  6. 6. Ancillary 1  One piece of feedback was that the image is sharp and has good contrast in the black in white shadows and highlights. I did this when editing because I know that contrasts stand out when people view poster and covers. A negative piece of feedback I got was that the tagline can be hard to read as it kind of blends in with the colour of the background. To choose this colour it was a tough decision because I was struggling on finding a colour that doesn’t blend in so much but doesn’t stand out a lot because I did not want this to be the focus of the poster.
  7. 7. Ancillary 1  The fonts had a lot of positive feedback. One person said that the fonts work extremely well in creating a statement. I wanted when choosing the fonts to make them look professional and they had to fit perfectly with the theme and feel of the poster. The overall feedback from about the fonts were that they look very professional and they fit perfectly with the theme. One piece of feedback from the image was that the cropping of the image could be improved because the image is cut right when his chin ends. I purposely cropped it like this because I wanted the image to be just his face and nothing else and for it to look like it is floating. The photo did originally have his shirt in it but I cropped this out as it did not work in the poster and with just his head it worked a lot better.
  8. 8. Ancillary 2  Things people said about my ancillary 2 was that firstly they liked the image that was used because it fit perfectly with the title as it looks like someone is looking into the mind with their hands over their eyes. I purposely did this because I knew that it would link back to the title and readers would easily be able to decode it when they see it.
  9. 9. Ancillary 2  Another thing that was said was that they liked the use of colours and that the use of only a number of colours works better than if there were lots of colours. This is because it could cause it to look very messy and may take away the feel of the documentary. One bad thing that was said about my double page spread was that the text itself could have been better written and that the English was not great, I was at a disadvantage with this as I do not take English as an A level. Another criticism was that there should have maybe been more columns to it to make it look more realistic.

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