Joe Russell

I Watch too many films not to be in the film industry

Contextual Study

Broadchurch is a UK TV series about a boy who goes missing in a small village. It is clear it fits into the genre of crime drama. The creator Chris Chibnall had little experience writing crime dramas and it is believed that Broadchurch was his rise to fame as he followed making a French and American remake of the original UK series. As the creator had a lack of experience it would be vital for him to research the question is how close is the research to the series?

I’m using the Madeline McCann case as I think it is most appropriate to Broadchurch for a start in one of the first scenes the dad of the missing child is shown walking through the village. From this scene it is clear the village is small as he is greeting each person as a friend. There is also a scene which represents this later in the first episode where the shop keeper points out that he remembers the child from a very young age. All this can be closely related to the holiday resort Madeline McCann was abducted from a small resort. As detailed in the original Independent article the resort is named Praia da Luz, and according to Wikipedia the resorts population in 2011 was 3,435. Whether this a coincidence or research the similarity’s don’t end there. As in the later part of the episode the time of death is told to the dad of the boy which is somewhere between 10 pm and 4 am. Although it may not be as closely related in context it is written on the same Independent article from 2007 that Madeline McCann was reported missing at 10 pm and the search went on till 4:30 am. As you may now see the links and how the writer came up with these minor details in his story. Continue reading “Contextual Study”


Project Pitch

A walk through life

Week 3 1.1 Extended project

My project is a independent film as it will not appeal to a lot of people and only a niche audience. My production team is type 45 who will be in charge of the production at hand they will be doing the filming and editing . I will be publishing my project on YouTube, twitter and vimeo as I believe these are the best programs to show your work on as a wide range of people with different tastes use these programs. my audience will be people who really like short interviews/autobiographical documentary’s as this is what my project is and I don’t think it will fulfil the needs of many other people. my project can be used as factual based education on volcanos and life as the project is based on the life of a retired volcanologist.

Technical Requirements

The technology I will require is a computer so I may edit my project  after I’m done with my filming. A camera so I can film my project  ready for editing. ill need my audio equipment a lapel mic and a zoom so I can record my sound. In terms of software I will be mainly using avid editing software as this is a standard for the industry and I feel it suits me best.

Target Audience

My main consumer would be a 70 year old man named Frank who lives off a pension as he’s retired. he would be well educated and have lived a good life. He thinks that everything is changing way too fast and there’s too many young people around. His main values in life are simple he values spending time with is family and loves watching documentary’s. His lifestyle is also simple he’s a religious man he goes to church once a week the rest of the week he spends meeting with old friends and he’s part of 4 different clubs.

My second main consumer would be a hipster named Alice. Alice is a 19 year old girl she as a part time job at a florist earning 5 pound an hour working 15 hours a week. The other hours are on her college course where she dose Journalism. She thinks that equality is not happening fast enough and she fights for it every day. She values her friends and family although she’s out all the time she never forgets her family and spends a lot of time with them going on camping trips. she loves watching vice and other documentary channels on YouTube. She lives a wild lifestyle and is known as a party animal.

Job role

camera man

  • The qualifications the cameraman will need is a associates degree in video production or a bachelors degree in film and TV.
  • They’d have to experienced with a wide range of cameras form a cannon dslr to a industry standards camera like a red dragon.
  • He should have knowledge on interfaces on cameras from different brands so when entering the industry he’s ready for anything.
  • He should be able to follow instructions he should also be good at problem solving. 2017. Cameraman Education Requirements and Career Info. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 24 May 2017].


Legal Requirements

Legally I have no copyright issues as project doesn’t include any music or anything like that however I have to watch out for trade marks so obvious branding. Other than trade marks I will need to do all my pre production paperwork for example storyboards, location recce, health and safety and much more. In my most important part of my pre production  paper work. it will be pointing out the key risks of my project and I will explain how to control them. to make my project legal and ethical I will make sure I hide any trade marks and complete my pre production paperwork to a high standard.














week 6 2.2 extended project


In this blog post I will be presenting my pitch and all my production paperwork.

Project pitch.

A walk through life

Call sheet / cast list / questions

Questions being asked


Project Action Plan and Timetable

Budget and technical requirements


Location Recce


Health and safety



week 5 2.2 Extended Project

Primary research.

In my primary research I looked at camera angles to give me an understanding on which I like and which I don’t like and tested audio so I could see the level of interference when someone has the mic hidden or exposed. I will be comparing all my recourses and coming to a conclusion on what is the best for my project.

Angle 1


This angle is quite simple and effective as it looks like they are talking to you directly accept from talking off the side of the camera. However I don’t like the straight view I’d prefer it if  it was at a little bit of an angle as it looks like there breaking the fourth wall a bit too much.

Angle 2


In this angle its more as if I’m talking to another person rather than me talking to the camera so you could say its the other end of the spectrum. However it dose work quite well if its a conversation between two people however it wont work for my project as it is only one person talking so it isn’t as effective as a straight on shot.

Angle 3


This is angle is much similar to angle 1 accept from its got a sense of originality to it as it has got a low angle to the picture. I think this works specifically well as it allows the character to show movement in there interview. However it would have to be shot with a shotgun mic as you’d see the cable of the lapel and it wouldn’t look professional.

Angle 4


This is also very similar to angle 1 but it is a close up shot. I feel this the perfect shot for my project as it is really like your talking to the person and listening which is what I want to put across in my project. I want the audience to feel as though there in the presence of the person speaking.

Lapel mic work

when experimenting with the lapel mic to find if having it exposed is just as good as having it hidden. We found it picked up the audio crisply here are the two samples we took.


Sample 1 is an exposed mic so you can clearly see the microphone the audio is clearly crisp and works very well. However it dose look like you haven’t tried its clearly there and it reduces the effect on how professional it actually looks.

Sample 2 is a hidden mic surprisingly this worked very well seeing as the mic was completely hidden and I was wearing a t shirt. However it could just depend on the location and whether the person moves around a lot to the level of interference so its completely  unpredictable.


In conclusion to my primary research I have found that the best angle is a long shot directly on the person so you can really see his movement and his emotions. However I did appreciate the close up and I think a switch of angles at irregular intervals will be effective in my project so people are not seeing the same thing all the time.

For my mic research I have decide on having the mic exposed. This is because the video I’m producing is clearly an interview and there is no need to go through the hassle to hide the mic if I can get crisp audio with it exposed.

Project Proposal.

Project Proposal

Week 4 2.1 Extended Project.

Interview techniques.


My research is going to be focused toward interview techniques as that’s what my project is about. It will mainly be towards biographical interviews as that is my focus I will be looking through to find short examples so I have an understanding.

Found Footage.

First thing I picked up on from the first documentary I found Conor McGregor Rise to Fame is the use of found footage they use early training videos from when he first started in the UFC to show where he started. Another technique I picked up on in terms of found footage was photos in a video I found called Life Story of Bill Gates. It shows pictures from when he was young and when he first started out to create effect. I think that found footage may be good for my project however I don’t want to over use it as I want the focus to be mainly towards visuals and talking. Contradicting that I believe that the found footage will really bring the dialog to life and it is a very effective technique.

YouTube. 2017. Conor McGregor RISE TO FAME Documentary 2016 FULL – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 May 2017].

YouTube. 2017. Life Story of Bill Gates – Documentary – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 May 2017].

Who to interview.

After watching a few documentaries I came across the documentary Ernest Hemingway, Wrestling With Life. In this documentary It showed a range of Ernest Hemingway’s family members talking threw  his life I found this in another documentary Jay Z: The Rise To Success. I think this will be good for my documentary as it will let other people in my family describe there memory’s of my Grandad. However I want the focus to be on my grandad as its his life story and I think too much dialog from other family will draw attention away from him.

YouTube. 2017. Jay Z: The Rise To Success (Motivational Documentary) . [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 2 May 2017].

YouTube. 2017. Ernest Hemingway, Wrestling With Life (documentary) – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 May 2017].


I personally believe strong visuals in a documentary is one of the most effective ways of telling a story as demonstrated in the documentary Stephen Hawking: A Personal Journey. In this documentary they use a lot of visuals and its very effective. I want to use visuals in my production as I think they will fit in perfectly and be very effective over the dialog of my garndad talking. I want to use visuals of his garden primarily as he works very hard on his garden and he’s very proud of it.

YouTube. 2017. Stephen Hawking: A Personal Journey – Biography Documentary – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 02 May 2017


In conclusion to my research on techniques I have found that, the use of found footage is very effective and really brings the words of the person being interviewed to life even though at first I thought against it. I’ve also found that it is really important to know who you interviewing and don’t just interview everyone and mainly people close to the person your interviewing. I’ve also found that strong visuals is a very good backing to nearly all interviews and documentary’s.



In this section I will be looking at the locations of my interviews. obviously all the locations are already set but I will be mainly thinking and researching what will look good in interviews all together, and hopefully coming to conclusion on what looks good and what dose not.

Front rooms.

Front rooms are a place of comfort and it is known that people talk more freely in a comfortable place and this is shown in the interview Seth & Tyler: Tyler, The Creator Interviews Seth Rogen. In the interview it is clear that Seth Rogen is talking really freely about his life and career and I believe this is because he feels comfortable sat on the sofa. This could work in my production  very well as when some of my family talk about my grandma they get emotional as she was a great woman and did a lot for the family and her passing away was an emotional time. So to be sat on a sofa talking will give them a comforting feeling.


Craftaholics Anonymous®. 2017. Craftaholics Anonymous® | Front Room. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 24 May 2017].

YouTube. 2017. Seth & Tyler: Tyler, The Creator Interviews Seth Rogen – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 03 May 2017].

Gardens or outside areas.

When looking for interviews in outside areas I came across an interview with the rapper Kendrick Lamar and one of the most influential people in the rap industry Rick Ruben. In this interview the ambient noise really creates an effect on the viewer its very peaceful and relaxing. I believe this could carry over to my project as my granddad has a beautiful garden and he’s very proud of it. There’s also normally stuff happening in the field behind it so if I can control the ambient noise it will be perfect for my granddads interview.


Moosey’s Country Garden. 2017. Hampton Court Flower Show. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 24 May 2017].

YouTube. 2017. Kendrick Lamar Meets Rick Rubin and They Have an Epic Conversation | GQ – YouTube. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 03 May 2017].



in conclusion to this section I believe that different backgrounds will suite different people. The garden would be more for my grandad as I said his garden is very important to him and he take a lot of time out of his day to work on. It also as I said has a lot going on and if I am able to control the ambient noise I think it will suite perfectly. However for my aunties I will use there living rooms so they feel comfortable as I interview them and they answer the questions more openly. For my mum I will also do it in the garden as my mum is also very garden proud she spends a lot of time on her garden and the ambient noise will be perfect. contradicting that I will let all the people I am interviewing chose where they want to be interviewed and where they will feel comfortable.


project 2 – Friendship

Project proposal.

location Reece.

health and safety.

Project 2 evaluation.

My project was a risk because it took a completely different angle. My project is about being friends with yourself and enjoying the company of one. It’s completely based on narrative as it uses only footage to tell a story of a boy searching for friendship only to find he prefers to be alone.

In my pre-production process, I had to develop a project proposal which is a proposal I hand in so it can be read through and approved. It includes a rational and a project concept all with a set amount of words and a range of questions. We also had to create a location Reece sheet which is used for location information marking down every minor detail of the location so the higher people know what we’re doing. The other pre-production paperwork is a health and safety guide a health and safety guide issued to let the production team know and beware of the surrounding dangers. In production, I had to simply produce the work by filming it. In post-production, I had to edit the film and make it ready for publishing.

My goal in this project was to tackle the difficulties of friendship how it’s not always easy to make friends but enjoying your own company is completely fine. Whether the product shows this I’m not entirely sure because the music seems to make it feel sad but at the same time that’s good so when people watch it maybe they’ll realise that some people need a friend.

My ideal target audience is as I’ve said before 13 to 17 year olds so teenage years. This is because I really want to show these ages that people need friends and you can’t just judge them for being alone when you don’t know what’s going on. That’s why it’s for these ages as education. I believe with the footage and the music it dose depict loneliness very well and I think it really promotes the idea so yes it dose push the idea to the age range. The audience should consume my media product because it will surely help the lonely people realise it’s okay to be alone and the other people to maybe try and make friends with the lonely people.

In my production, there was not many mistakes. However, there was a lot leading up to it and one minor mistake in production. For starters, this wasn’t my original idea my original idea was much more advanced and would have come out very well if what had happened didn’t happen. What happened first was the camera ran out of battery on set so I had to switch to shooting on my phone and later that day my phone got stolen with all footage on. Now in the production there is a slight camera wobble close to the end which is unfortunately quite noticeable. To solve the problems, I encountered I simply had to start again from scratch it was not easy but I had to do it. The camera wobble I just tried to trim out but the consumer will notice it.

To make my project better I could have done a lot of things because my production is not perfect at all if I could I would fix the lack of audio the flow of story the whole general

idea but I was faced with a bigger issue than most people and I worked hard to solve it. This has help me learn though I now know when making films and stuff I must be extremely careful with footage and other things because I never want this again.

week 6: Audio



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