Weekly Evaluation

Week One

April 18th – Our target this week was to brain storm ideas for our Final Major Projects by creating mind maps, listing our skills and learning about ourselves. I was successful in creating my mind map as well as making Powerpoint to display my skills about myself, showing my strengths, weaknesses, fears and positives. I was also able to play three ideas that I could use for my final major project which was “what is the future of television?”, “why is UK teaching different compared to teaching in other cultures?” and “the daily life in education in Sweden.” I have decided to go with the idea of “What is the future of television?”

Week Two

April 25th – Our target this week was to complete a SWOT analysis of ourselves, begin our research and plan our proposals. I was successful in creating a SWOT analysis which listed my strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. I also created a SWOT analysis for my project for my research that also started this week. My main focus this week was to start looking at secondary research and get ideas of how I can capture my project.

Week Three

May 2nd – Our target this week was to continue with research for our final major projects. I continued with secondary research by looking up things online but also began to set up my secondary research but creating polls online and sharing them around social media. I began to list the pros and cons of both television and online streaming services in my research Powerpoint which was starting to take form. I also decided on the way I want to shoot my project which was in a multimedia style of both video, audio and print. I also contacted a couple of people to possibly interview on my audio piece by sending emails and social media messages.

Week Four

May 9th – Our target this week was to create and present our pitches and proposals which included an informal Powerpoint presentation of our projects. I was successful in completing my pitch, proposal and Powerpoint as well as presenting it in front of tutors. A problem I did encounter was that my proposal was laid out incorrectly and had to be rewritten a couple of times to meet the rest of the standard of work. When this was completed, I continued with my research.

Week Five

May 16th – Our target this week was to complete our research and pre-production paperwork. I was successful in completing my research which contained both primary and secondary research. I managed to gather my poll results and get an interview ready for my audio piece. I completed all the pre-production paperwork late this week however within the deadline which covered things such as health and safety, budgets, treatments and evidence of location. I booked some equipment for next week for my video piece which included a lapel microphone, tripod and lighting.

Week Six

May 23rd – Our target this week was too begin production as scheduled. A problem I instantly encountered was the person I was originally meant to interview canceled the day before the interview, so I had to use my contingency plan of interviewing someone else which would not be available until next week. During this time I also added more stuff towards my research such as techniques of recording and interviewing as well as reflecting on my previous work and assignments throughout the year at college to help me get a good idea of what I can do to improve my project. I recorded my footage for my video, however I ran into several issues of recording from audio problems to poor quality even after the settings had already been sorted with the testing before the recording.

Week Seven

May 30th – Out target this week was to continue production during the half term. I completed my audio piece with my interview which went well without any problems and saved all the audio to both my memory stick and Onedrive. I went into college to edit my audio piece which lead to it being completed this week, again without any problems. Once that was finished, I started to edit my video but ran into more problems such as software not importing the media files. Once this problem was resolved, the software seemed to lag and crash often making it not possible to edit so I decided to wait until next week when we are back at college so I could have some support through these technical difficulties.

Week Eight

June 6th – Our target this week was to complete our production and begin post production. I had my audio piece listened to for some feedback and received positive feedback. I did however need to edit a few extra bits and redo my outro due to it being a bit too sudden. I also attempted to edit my video again however it continued to have the same problems as the previous week. I asked several tutors for assistance to see if we could sort out the problem however after two days of trying (Monday and Tuesday) we were unsuccessful so I had no choice but to scrap the video part of my project. I then started and completed my written piece. As my video failed, I decided to put as much content from the video into the print part of my project which ended up to be rather successful. I was also successful in adding my audio piece to the print piece and adding links turning it into the style of an interactive web page.

Week Nine

June 13th – Our target this week was to complete our post production and wrap everything up. I handed in my print piece for it to be proof read from some peers who helped me correct some grammar and punctuation mistakes as well as structure it better. With this, I reposted it on my WordPress blog and made sure everything was Harvard referenced in my pre-production. Once I completed this, I completed my post production by writing up an evaluation for my whole final major project, listing the details of what went right and what went wrong as well as providing evidence of the video part of my project that was dropped.

Week Ten

June 20th – Our target this week was to make sure everything was completed before the 22nd June and to create a presentation by using Powerpoint so that we can present our projects in front of our class. I corrected all work that was needed of correcting which was pointed out with feedback from my tutor. I then created and completed my presentation Powerpoint for the deadline. Once all this was finished, I made sure there was no more work that needed to be completed and completed this weekly evaluation by making sure that there was nothing I missed out throughout the weeks.

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Weekly Evaluation

FMP: Evaluation

My project was to create a multimedia with interactive elements in the mediums of video, audio and print. It was to discuss, look into and reflect on the question “What is the future of television?” The original question was “Entertainment vs Intertainment” however the question lacked body and was confusing to some people so I changed the question to have a better structure and to make it more understandable. The video was to be in a vlog, one to one with the camera style, to discuss the pros and cons of television and online streaming, the connections between the two and discuss what the future could be. The audio piece was to be an interview with a popular / semi popular streamer to find out how online streaming is becoming more of a thing in the entertainment business. The print piece was to be an artical / news style type or written piece with interactive media aspects too it which would reflect on the other two mediums and add more information while linking it to related source material.

Some strengths of my project was firstly, it was something I was generally interested about and it was interesting doing all the research as well as putting it all together. Another strength is that it was a project that used all three mediums of media so it was not only challenging but also got to show my skills in all three mediums. Another is that I got to do different things for each medium which helped wrap the project into a complete bundle covering every possible aspect of information.

Some weaknesses of my project was firstly, the video was never completed due to software malfunctions. The video and audio constantly lagged, crashed, not export plus messed up the image and audio even though it was all recorded on the same camera at the same time. Due to this happening, there was no time to fix this so the video was dropped but reflecting on it has become a strength. If this was to happen in a work place or for a future project then it would have cost me dearly and badly effected my project. This however was not the case as I still had the audio and print piece to go into my project, so I put as much information from the video into the other two pieces to keep that information all in the project.

Another weakness is that my plans and schedule which relied on other people failed quite a few times. The person I was originally meant to interview for my audio piece canceled the week I was meant to be interviewing her, then my contingency plan for an interviewee also canceled on my last minute. I was however after some asking around able to find a new person to interview so my audio piece was still possible.

One other weakness is that people didn’t fully understand what my project or question was about when I first came up with it. People didn’t know what an “intertainer” really was as it is a word that was created quite recently plus the question didn’t have enough to go on alone. This led me to change my question to “What is the future of television” yet keeping it in the same frame of context which the original question was aimed at.

The themes for my project was to reflect of my favourite entertainers from each genre that inspire me. For example, for my video project where it was in a vlog style video I took insipration from the YouTuber called Philip Defranco who does the same type of videos but about daily news around the world. My audio piece was inspired from Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw. His style of interviews inspired me because they were casual and fun which always kept the listeners attention which I personally loved. As for the writing piece, I chose the theme of writing it in the style of a web news artical because I like the simplistic layout of it all which makes it informative, clear to read, balanced out with images and videos with the text as well as the interactive element to it where it can lead on to other stories.

I experimented with locations for my video piece. I firstly tested in a college quiet room which was good audio wise however the lighting was awful even with extra added lighting around the room. This led to the video being recorded at my home in my attic because the lighting was far better but the audio was not as good. This was fixable however due to using a lapel microphone connected to the camera which made the audio sound less echo-y and more clearer.

Comparing this project to previous pieces of work that I have completed through the year, this project stands out. Comparing the audio piece for this project to the audio piece I did about “breakfast radio talk about Justin Bieber” I feel that I kept the same sort of style of conversation as well as editing it in the style that there is no pauses or unnecessary audio. I also feel that I improved on this by adding a sound-bed during the interview to make the interview sound more interesting as well as creating my own sound effects for censoring so adding towards my creativity with this piece.

I feel that for my key areas of development throughout the weeks of this project have been satisfactory. Even though there have been several hiccups throughout this project from people canceling on me for my interview to software making my video unusable, I have been able to stick to the schedule that I produced within the first couple of weeks of this project and use contingency plans effectively. A key moment for my project what when I finally did my interview with someone. It went really smooth, I explained before we recorded what the style of interview would be, that I wanted honest answers and to have somewhat of a debate if possible which we kind of did. Once the interview was completed I felt that it went really well and that I was sure I was going to make a decent edit with it which was a positive thought due to all the hiccups that happened around that time.

Looking back on my proposal, I was able to complete the audio and written piece to a standard which I feel not only happy with but somewhat proud of. The video however I did not complete due to technical problems which I am frustrated with as I spent a lot of time recording and beginning to edit. This did not manage to effect my project too much however as the audio and written pieces pretty much covered what the video had to offer. This project did not go as I originally planned at all, however I am still happy with the end result. I feel that the video could of been a nice addition however now that I have had time to reflect on it all with the audio and written pieces being completed, I feel that the video was not necessary for this project yet would of been a nice addition.

The feedback I have received from my tutors and peers about my project is positive. They enjoyed the audio piece a lot and gave me some opinions on how I could improve it which I accepted and took into account. There was room for some improvements on the audio piece such as the outro which was too blunt and sudden so I sorted out straight away as it made sense and after these changes the audio piece sounded a lot better. The written piece was proof read by a couple of volunteers and they helped me correct some sentences as well as cut out some parts that may sound either unnecessary or repetitive to make the written piece sound better.

Next time I think I will need to improve on planning what is required for future projects. I believe that the video was not needed now this project is over however I am glad that I at least made the effort to attempt to add some additional content to my project. I also think next time if I ever do something similar like this project again that I will focus more on the audio pieces and interview more than just one person and plan further in advance to get people that are less likely to cancel out. If I had more time on this project, I think I would spend some time interviewing more people to get as many views and opinions as possible to reflect on.

I believe that my final project is suitable for my targeted audience. The audio piece is interesting plus it is somewhat casual so it is easier to listen too. Plus the audio piece has censorship in it which I found a bit humorous and light hearted which I believe my targeted audience of 16-25 would enjoy. My written piece I also believe to still be targeted at my targeted audience as it has that interactive element to it and has a lay out that appeals to that age group instead of a big block of text that they might find off putting.

What I learnt from this final major project is not to take too many things on at once as me doing so led to things going wrong and leading on to stressing about it. I also learnt the importance of contingency plans as they saved my project from being completely ruined due to all the problems I encountered throughout this project. I do feel that my video skills need improvement such as behind the camera and editing with software that actually works. I do feel however that my audio skills have improved and I feel like I have gained confidence in interviewing people as well as being experimental with the audio editing software. I also think my print skills have also somewhat improved to the way that I now know what lay out is better for the chosen topic as well as how to do that lay out well which I will use for future projects as well.

Evidence of Video Work which failed: FMP Video Production Work

Evidence of Audio Production Work – FMP Audio Production Work

FMP: Evaluation

Project Evaluation

Unit 5:

1/ What were your plans to create an effective Radio podcast that will present and promote your chosen band to its existing audience and attract new listeners?

My plan was too to use the audio from our groups TV interview recording and pick the more important or clearer questions that flowed better one after the other that people would be interested in. Examples are about “what to expect in their future gigs” and “who they got inspiration from”

2/ What audio problems did you accouter during the production and post/production process?

A problem that I encountered during recording the audio was that some people were talking too close to the mic so it made some popping sounds. I fixed most of these by using some audio effects and playing around with the audio levels. Another problem I encountered was that the clapper board broke during production so finding the correct audio files to use was trial and error but was fine once located.

3/ What continence plan did you have in place to prevent audio problems?

A plan I had to prevent audio problems was to firstly test the audio levels before recording anything. This was done by using headphones to test the audio levels and tweak them if necessary. Another plan was too use the audio from the camera that was recording the visuals as well, but that was a back up plan if the mic audio was completely unusable which it wasn’t so this plan never came into affect.

4/ How effective were solutions to audio-based problems at the end of your creative media project?

The effectiveness of the results used to fix the audio problems were pretty good. The audio effects used to correct the popping sounds and tweaking the audio levels worked really well and made the end product sound really good.

5/ What audio skills have you learned during this project and how can you develop them further for your FMP.

I have learnt the importance of getting the correct distance away from the mic to prevent any annoying, little sounds as well as preventing background noises. We used a zoom hand held microphone for our groups project and for my final major project I plan on using a clip on mic. The reason behind this is because it can be put on the perfect distance away from the mouth and can be clearer.

Unit 6:

1/ What were you plans to create an effective ‘promotional video’ that will present and promote your chosen band to its existing audience and attract new viewers?

Our plans to create a promotional video was too have a two person shot interview with the main camera focus on the band group when they answer questions. The questions were written to appeal to a new audience that would be interested in their genre of music as well as have a sample of their music and them playing in the video to get the viewers attention.

2/ What visual problems did you accouter during the production and post -production process?

We encountered a few problems as a group. Firstly, the camera we were using to record didnt have enough memory to store the whole interview so we were limited to time and takes. Another problem we encountered was that during the production time, our group only had a limited amount of time to interview the band so we couldnt of done that many takes. The final problem I personally encountered as that the editing software to use to edit the visual interview was not working and I had a limited resources I could use after a lot of trying to fix it as well as trying different ways and locations of editing.

3/ What continence plan did you have in place to prevent visual – based problems?

A plan was to use editing software at home to edit the visual interview however that also didnt work due to technical problems. The issue was then semi-resolved when the editing software on my college account was tampered with by the IT department to help fix the problem but this eventually happened only a couple of days before the deadline.

4/  How effective were solutions to visual-based problems at the end of your creative media project?

The effectiveness of the back up plans were fine. I feel that if I had more time and less singular problems when it came to editing this interview, it would have gone a lot better. As for the recording part of the problems due to limited memory on the cameras and limit time, the only solution was to make the most of what we had as we couldn’t interview them again due to them being out of the county. However even though this was a issue, the end result of the visual edit was decent, even though I know if I had less technical issues I could of done a lot better.

5/  What visual based skills have you learned during this project and how can you develop them further for your FMP?

I have learnt the importance of having more memory for cameras as it really affected the end result. For the future major project I will have more and larger memory cards for the camera to switch between.

Unit 7:

1/ What were you plans to create an effective ‘interactive platform’ that will present and promote your chosen band to its existing audience and attract new audience?

My plan to create an interactive platform was too have a news/newspaper style layout with links to the bands social media. At the top is where the visual interview would be located and at the bottom is where the audio interview would be. Also in the text to help break it up would be an image or two that relates to the topic being spoken about.

2/ What interactive –based problems did you accouter during the production and post -production process of your creative project ?

The only problem that was encountered for the interactive platform was that I wasn’t sure on how to post a radio link to play once clicked. However this was fixed once I uploaded the MP3 file to the website “SoundCloud” and posted the audio that way which worked well.

3/ What continence plan did you have in place to prevent interactive– based problems?

The plan was if the audio review wouldn’t get posted on there was too instead upload the audio onto Youtube, which did would for the visual interview, but have a still image of the bands logo on so it was still just audio and not a video. This plan however was not needed to execute.

4/ How effective were solutions to interactive -based problems at the end of your creative media project.

The issues would of been resolved quite simply if they were needed due to past experience. However because they were not needed there is nothing to comment on.

5/ What interactive based skills have you learned during this project and how can you develop them further for your FMP?

I have learnt the correct ways to share links on a interactive platform. I now know the correct way to layout the artical as well that will be easy to read and effective on most media devises such as computers, tablets and mobiles. I also know what to include on these articals such as where to place advertisements in empty space, what things belong where such as videos and images and the type of text to use in an artical to grab peoples attention and link them to the spoken topic for more further details. I plan to use these skills on my final major project.

Project Evaluation

Evaluation

Week 1:

Evaluation:

Objective of task: The task was to come up with a question that would lead to open answers and obtain a lot of information. We had to ask people around the college these questions and record them in a vox interview style format. Once recorded we had to create a video by editing the footage we recorded then upload to YouTube.

The effectiveness of the group work was decent. We did well creating and asking questions to people as well as getting a wide variety of people for our video with different answers.

The skills I learnt from this task is the correct to ask questions when interviewing people and also how to create good open questions that flow into more questions naturally for more information and data.

A problem I had with this task was that the editing software was buggy and I couldn’t edit the footage properly because of this. This caused the visuals to look out of focus and lower quality and the audio to sound low quality with a lot of background noise. Another problem was that the cameras didn’t focus well when recording causing the visuals to look lower detailed then they first appeared. I managed to make the video look a bit better with editing, however due to the software being faulty it was limited.

The feedback I received for the video was good. That the visuals was a bit off and the sound needed work but it was understood that the software was faulty. People also gave me positive feedback about the questions asked and the amount of people we asked them too.

I think I can improve by getting better footage such as close ups and getting interviews in a quieter area to obtain less background noise. I also think my editing could have been a lot better both audio and visual wise.

Week 2:

Evaluation:

What was the task: The task was to come up with a topic and create some open questions to ask people in a interview. The style of interview we were to use was to show both the interviewee and the interviewer and show the connections and interactions between the both of them. We then had to edit the footage on Adobe Premiere and upload it to YouTube.

As a group of 5 we worked well. Each of us had a go at interviewing and holding the camera to get the correct angles and positions. We ended up recording four different people which gave us four different bunch of answers. After that we all selected one of the recordings each to edit so we could show every interview and how they can be different.

The skills I learnt through this task were the way to record in this style of interview. To have the rule of third and eye to eye contact within the shot. I also learnt the correct way to edit the footage and cut the parts that weren’t necessary.

A problem we faced was that in some of the interviews there was a bit of background noise that couldn’t of been avoided. To solve this we could of interviewed someone else in a quieter location, however this was difficult because the locations were mostly loud around the college and the number of people to interview was limited due to the awkward timing.

The feedback I received from my tutor was that the footage and editing was good. However the my tutor stated that it could of been improved if my footage had more interaction with the interviewee and interviewer. Also, my footage was very long to begin with so had to be redone after I received feedback to cut more to make it transition better and the video shorter.

I think next time I will improve by using different effects instead of the same ones I always use. I will also improve by having more interaction with the interviewee and and interviewer as well as having some jump cuts smoothly edited in to show this interaction at the same angle.

Week 3:

Evaluation:

1/ The objective of the task was to record another interview like the interview we did the previous week but this time correcting what we did incorrectly last week. The chosen topic we decided to interview on was “films” and we created some open questions to ask the interviewee. We worked in groups of three, One being the interviewee, one being the interviewer and one working the camera.

The group worked really well. Everything was done correctly. The interviewer asked the questions clearly, had good connection and interaction with the interviewee and was well positioned. The interviewee was also well positioned, spoke clearly, had good eye contact and gave good long answers. My camera work was good as it was clear quality both visual and audio, had good angles and had good rule of third.

I learnt what I did wrong in the last interview and corrected them this time, with better cuts, smoother editing, better audio with less background noise and better overlay interaction. During this task we didn’t encounter any issues or problems.

The feedback received from my tutor was positive. She liked the video and interview in general. The only thing she said that she would change for next time is to have a bit sharper cuts after questions to get faster answers.

I would improve maybe on maybe the audio being a bit more clearer as well as maybe asking more questions to make the interview a bit longer.

 

Week 4:

(Was ill this week and didnt obtain the sutff to do greenscreen work, will catch up in the future)

 

Week 5:

1/ The objective of the task was to record a simple every day task and record a tutorial using the editing and filming style of continuity making it look fluid and smooth with no jump cuts with either the visual or audio. Once the recording and editing was done it was to be uploaded to YouTube.

2/ The effectiveness of the group was good. We were in a group of 5 and had someone assigned to do a specific role so everyone was involved. I was the camera man so my responsibilities were to get the right angles, quality and shots when recording. The other group members roles were to direct, check sound and help participate with the actual hair plaiting.

3/ The skills I learnt through this task was the 180 degree angle way of shooting to make the recording look more smooth and correct from a viewers point of view. I learnt about different styles of recording and am now more comfortable with it as well as the way of editing it.

4/ A problem that I faced personally was that the editing software was a bit faulty and kept dropping the audio/lagged behind audio. I fixed this by rendering the entire work area more often then usual which seemed to work however made it a lot more time consuming.

5/ My feedback from my tutor was that the end video was a good smooth tutorial and I completed all the necessities needed for this task. The audio was good with good volume music and dialog as well as good speed effects of the hair plaiting. The angles of the recording were all good and got a balanced prospective of the hair plaiting from different even angles.

6/ Next time when I do a similar task I think I will improve by using longer backing music instead of changing half way even though it blended in well. I would also find it easier to have a tripod for a more steady shot instead of holding it by hand.

Evaluation