Band Interview Practice

 

Evaluation:

This was a quick practice for our main project to interview the band called Impuritas. We will be using this kind of style and format using these kind of shots as well as wind angles with more band members in.

The problems with this interview is firstly that the time we had to record was very small and we did kind of rush some parts. Another problem was that the room we were in had very little room so getting the correct angles was challenging. We also did not have a tripod so keeping the camera balanced was an issue but was resolved with some careful balancing on the cameraman’s leg. Because of lack of equipment, the audio was recorded on the camera that was also recording instead of a microphone which is why the audio at the end sounds a bit distorted.

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Band Interview Practice

Promoting Local Music Scene

The research we found out about Impuritas is a death metal, sludge, death core band that is a local band based in Kent. They formed in late 2012 and have the goals of writing music and preforming that music in front of a live crowd as well as realising many albums. The band consists of 5 members (Tom, Alex, Mac, Nik and Jordan) and they realised their fist demo in November of 2013 called “The Human Condition.” They promote themselves on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

The ideas we have for our project is to get good angles when recording the band while interviewing. We plan to have shots of the band answering questions as a group as well as having close up singular shots. We also plan on capturing still images to edit over the interview to show them preforming live. The method of interview we will be using is the 1 camera 2 persons interview where it pans out from interviewer to the interviewees with smooth transitions. The questions we will be asking will to learn more about the band such as why they formed and also to ask them questions to get more detail about their future plans which will also tell us how people can join in and see them live.

The audio we will record for the podcast will be the same audio we will be using for the interview just without the visuals, however it will be cut and edited to fit the time limit which is 2 minutes long.  There will be no silent moments and it will all flow in a constant motion.

A digital platform that I think would help promote the band is to continue to use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube; but to also use more social media such as Instagram to spread their name and image. I also think a good digital platform is to have a fan page which is dedicated to purely them which has access to see individual band members information, details on their gigs plus tours and where they will be appearing, and links to where they can buy tickets.

My individual role on this project is to act as the cameraman. I need to record the interview and make sure that everyone is in frame, that the visuals are good quality and that it all looks professional. I also need to take still images of the band as they preform live to include into the edited interview as an overlay.

The qualifications and skills needed to be a cameraman is firstly practical experience, the enthusiasm for it and the relevant experience which are usually more valued compared to qualifications. The academic qualifications that would be ideal would be a degree in television, film, photography, media studies or preforming arts. Also the persons interest, enthusiasm  and being able to show the practical experience they have learnt is a major factor. The roles of the job are usually to set up equipment safely, following camera scripts, planning and preparing scenes, working well with other technical staff such as sound and lighting and capturing all that’s needed and not missing anything. Cameramen work with cameras of different sorts. The can use normal still imagine cameras to show more of a photography side of camera work or they can use a camera designed to record to capture motion and movement. The cameras are often on things such as tripods to keep the shot steady and filters to get different types of shots.

Cameramen work with all kinds of people such as sound men who focus on capturing the audio to the clearest of its ability, the director to know what they are doing and given orders in what to record, lighting staff to make sure that the thing being recorded isn’t too dark or bright and a clapper to take the scenes which helps a lot for editing later on once everything is recorded.

 

Promoting Local Music Scene

Radio One Breakfast Show

 

Evaluation:

 

1/ The task was too create a minute long radio one breakfast show with added music, sound effects and intro music. We had to talk about a chosen topic of our choice and make it sound like a typical Radio One breakfast show that would air each day.

2/ The group work was good as we worked well together as a pair with a balanced sound of voice from each person. We both gave it energy and made sure that were was little, if any, silence which there never should be on the radio.

3/ I learnt how difficult it is to time everything into just a minute but also learnt how to add special effects to enhance the topic of conversation. I also learnt how being in a different room can make the audio difference. On our first try we tried to record our audio in a room that was very echoy and did not sound good. We later on redid the audio recording in an empty room but with more stuff in it to make it sound less echoy which worked.

4/  The feedback i received from my tutor was that the work overall was good. The only complaints he had was that my voice compared to Veronica’s was a bit quieter so next time I will make sure to make them an even volume.

5/ An area for improvement is too try and make it closer to a minute long next time to keep into the time scale as well as making sure that all the audio and voices are at the same volume and even. Maybe also to add a couple more sound effects next time as well.

Radio One Breakfast Show