260MC: Placing your media production in context- Task 4 Affect and Colour

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/144085437″>Affect and Colour</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user34316961″>Gurleen Gill</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

We created a short based film based on the passage Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. We used the colours yellow and blue as our basis, focusing mainly on them since they are extreme opposites and they work well together as binary opposites like warm and cold. We were lucky to have chosen such colours as the sky was both of those colours during sunset and was captured beautifully when filming. We filmed in the location that was Newton village, in Rugby, where there was plenty of nature around to be shot and used as footage for the passage. We thought that using narrative would help to tell the story because we wanted to have a more abstract/dreamy affect on the audience rather than a linear narrative which would be conventional.

“One day he got there about three o’clock. Everybody was in the fields. He went into the kitchen, but did not at once catch sight of Emma; the outside shutters were closed. Through the chinks of the wood the sun sent across the flooring long fine rays that were broken at the corners of the furniture and trembled along the ceiling. Some flies on the table were crawling up the glasses that had been used, and buzzing as they drowned themselves in the dregs of the cider. The daylight that came in by the chimney made velvet of the soot at the back of the fireplace, and touched with blue the cold cinders. Between the window and the hearth Emma was sewing; she wore no fichu; he could see small drops of perspiration on her bare shoulders.”

http://freemusicarchive.org/genre/Ambient/

262MC: Ideas

Brief:

CONTENT: Your TV format should be studio based. You can incorporate pre-recorded filmed items into your final programme and you can edit your programme after your recording session.

TV SCREENINGS ARE ON 8th DECEMBER.

Work out your format so it clearly has:
A subject matter
A premise or point
A driver
Character/s (presenter/contributors/bogeyman)
A competitive element and “prize”
Audience Interaction (social media, playing along at home, phone/skype-ins)
Distinctive branding (set, graphics, music, website)

TEAMWORK: WORK AS A TEAM! You will be working in a big group so it’s essential that everyone puts an equal amount of work to make your format work. The pre-production work needs to be done together as a team – so you will all research and contribute to the production of the final programme.As a team you need to attend the TV workshops and book the TV studio for practice sessions (see Becks to do this).

TECHNICAL REQUIRMENTS: You need to produce a 7-10min ORIGINAL TV entertainment format suitable for broadcast. The format must be presented in a website platform. Your work should show your professionalism, creativity and attention to detail. Audio and Visual quality must be to a broadcast standard. All content must be appropriate for a general audience suitable for adults (unless you choose to make a children’s format). (Excessive swearing, references to drugs, sex or violence will lose you marks).

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262MC: TV Group

Director: Mannisha Mahal
Vision Mixer: Tom Harries
Floor Manager: Kelly Hurdiss
PA: Ciaran Dyer
Gallery Sound: Kennedy Nkemdirim
Camera 1: Dean Dunderdale
Camera 2: Samuel Jakings
Camera 3: Abbas Lalji
Presenters: Jack Church and Gurleen Gill
Studio Sound: Morele Tchatou
Set Designer/ Lighting/Autocue: Shaquilla Caines

262MC: Blog task 4

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For this module we had to form a group of 3 people, who had to take on one role each: The Presenter, The Editor and The Producer. We had 4 people (both played the role of producer as the original producer was unable to fully commit to this module) so we had one more person that was able to give input on this task.

We had to create a drama/quiz/investigation/discussion/performance based on a crime case that had taken place in Coventry. Our group chose to do a drama based on the case of Nicola Payne who had gone missing in 1991. For that we had to write a script which would be acted out and recorded in the radio studio and then edited later. Being the presenter, I worked with the editor and we wrote the script together, going over whose perspective we should use and which characters to include, and which sounds are suitable for the storyline.

We used sounds like a baby gurgling and footsteps going up and down stairs as well as phones ringing which all worked really well  because the perspectives we had chosen were all of Nicola Payne’s family members including her boyfriend at the time, Jason Cooke, therefore the phone calls to each other and pacing footsteps were ideal in this story.

In terms of improving our production I would personally say that we maybe should have shortened some of the characters dialogues so that we could have maybe added another perspective, which would have been the son, Owen when he was growing up. I would also say to have looked for more non-diegetic sound to play in the background so establish the mood that we were trying to set.

Regarding my professional role as the presenter, I think I progressed a fair amount as I learned how to use the radio studio and the equipment which isn’t a skill I used to know. I was able to set up the microphones and adjust the volume and knew how to record the audio, as well as how to transfer it to external hard drives. I also created the script with the editor which was looked at by both producers and approved, and I managed to get external actors to play characters for the drama. I helped the editor look for sound effects for the drama as well as doing research on the Nicola Payne case.

I think I played my role as the presenter very well, I was very enthusiastic and I also played the character Marilyn in our drama showing my dedication to the role. I was fast in learning how to use the radio studio and was able to set up everything for the actors when they had to be recorded. However I would want improve myself, as a presenter, by learning more about the software used in radio and by doing it more often.

260MC: Placing your media production in context- Task 3 ideas

Re filming Gone with the Wind- “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give A Damn”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYj0M19Ap34

47 seconds-2 minutes 8 seconds

We chose to do the film Gone With The Wind, with its most famous scene “Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give A Damn”. I had the unfortunate role of acting as Scarlett, alongside my co-worker who played the role of Brett. We all gave input on the style of how it should be done as we wanted to achieve the Italian Neorealist film style that was given to us, however we found it difficult to do as we weren’t fully sure as to how we should go about filming this. So we stuck to the basic rules of Italian Neorealism. We mainly shot the scene with no restrictions, meaning no tripod etc, just hand held camera so we could follow that convention. We tried not to use artificial lighting and used a spacious location with a lot of windows so we could rely more on the natural lighting. However in one dark shot we used an LED light just so we could see the characters faces more clearly. We used non professional actors- myself and Abbas being probably the most non professional actors we could find, and we also tried to portray ourselves as more working class people rather than high or middle class people like in the original film, because italian neorealism preferred filming lower class people.

Original Script

Scarlett: I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for everything!

Brett: My Darling, you’re such a child. You think that by saying “sorry” that all the past can be corrected. Here take my handkerchief. Never in any crisis of your life have I known you to have a handkerchief.

Scarlett: Brett, Brett, where are you going?

Brett: I’m going to Charleston, back where I belong.

Scarlett: Please, please take me with you.

Brett: No I’m through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see of somewhere there isn’t something left in life with charm and grace. You know what I’m talking about?

Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you

Brett: That’s your misfortune

Scarlett: Ohh Brett…… Bretttt, Brettt… Brett, you’ll go, where shall I go? What shall I do?

Brett: Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Re-edited Script

Scarlett: I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for everything!

Brett: Babe, you’re such a child. You think that by saying “sorry” that all the past can be corrected. Here have a tissue. Never at any point in your life have I known you to have a tissue.

Scarlett: Brett, Brett, where are you going?

Brett: I’m going to Watford, back where I belong.

Scarlett: Please, please take me with you.

Brett: No I’m done with everything here. I wanna be free. I want to see somewhere there isn’t something left in life with beauty and simplicity. You know what I’m talking about?

Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you

Brett: That’s your problem.

Scarlett: Ohh Brett…… Brett, Brett… Brett, you’ll go, where will I go? What will I do?

Brett: Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

260MC: The Perfect Love Story Outline & Treatment

The Perfect Love Story

Outline

A man who thinks he’s leading the most perfect life, despite not getting everything he always wanted, finds himself betrayed when the love of his life reveals that she’s going to kill him and run away with his best friend. After searching all around the house to find her, he gets hit on the back of the head and wakes up to see that he’s tied to a chair in an unknown place and that his fiancee is standing right in front of him with his best friend. After having to deal with the fact that he’s been lied to for all these years by the two most important people of his life, he plans to escape, but who knows what lies in store for him, and whether he’ll survive?

Treatment

Characters:

James-Protagonist

Luke- Best Friend/Antagonist

Scarlett-Fiancee/Antagonist

Starts off with James in his office sorting his paperwork before checking the time, and getting up to leave. He picks his briefcase up and puts his coat on, before leaving and saying bye to his colleagues who tease him as it’s his 3 year anniversary with his fiancee. James walks along the street and picks up some flowers when he passes a florist, paying the owner before walking along again. He arrives at his house and calls out to Scarlett, his fiancee. No response is heard so he calls out again, walking around the house until he reaches the bathroom, where he can hear the shower running. James opens the door and Scarlett is in the shower who seems shocked to see him before asking “what are you doing here?” at that point James gets hit around the head and is knocked out unconscious.

James then wakes up to find that he is tied to a chair in a dark room he doesn’t recognise, he looks around and focuses on the figure standing in the room who’s back is turned, so the face isn’t seen. He asks where he is, before coming to his senses and starts panicking, trying to loosen the duct tape tied around his wrists. He asks who the figure is and where Scarlett is. The subject in front of him slowly turns around and smiles at him revealing that it actually is Scarlett saying ‘Hi James’. James is shocked and is in disbelief over what is happening. Scarlett slowly comes out the shadow and kneels in front of him, still smiling at James, before leaning towards him and kissing him on the cheek with her red lips. She then licks her thumb and wipes away the lip mark she imprinted on his face. She kneels back down again and asks if James knows why he’s here, James is speechless and is on the brink of crying, Scarlett starts giggling “I’ll tell you why you’re here” she says as she stands up in front of him.

James stares at her until he notices from his peripheral view that someone else is emerging from the shadows and holds Scarlett’s hand. He realises it’s his best friend, Luke. At this point James is completely shocked and still doesn’t realise what’s happening, he asks Scarlett why Luke’s holding her hand before she starts giggling again. Luke is smiling at this as well saying to James that it’s not just handholding they do, then he pulls Scarlett towards him before kissing her. James starts shouting at Luke to get his hands off her, Scarlett let’s go of Luke’s hand and walks towards James again, kneeling down, resting on his knees. James whispers to her “what are you doing?” Scarlett looks at him and says “what I’ve been doing all this time, baby.” She reveals that she’s been having an affair with Luke since the first year of them being together and the only reason she agreed to marry him is because she knew that James’ money would all go to her, therefore she plotted with Luke to kill him eventually after she and James got married, receive his money and run away with Luke. James explains that she knew he was was only ever working for her, so that he could secure their future together. She smirks at him before saying that she was waiting to kill him till they were married but unfortunately he came home a little bit too early. She walks out of the room leaving Luke to stay with James.

James confronts Luke asking him why HE did this, Luke replies by saying that James has always had everything, the girls, the popularity, the love from everyone and that he deserves something in his life. He also mentions that he didn’t mean to fall for Scarlett but he couldn’t help it, therefore he pursued it. James is disgusted by this, saying that they’ve been best friends since childhood and that whatever he had, he shared with Luke. James then asks whose idea it was to kill him, and Luke admits that although he hates James and how he was loved by all he wouldn’t ever think to kill him, that it was Scarlett’s idea. James then questions him more as to how Luke was roped into killing him, and how he actually agreed, and Luke simply replies with “You gotta do what your lady tells you”. James then asks if Luke is actually going to go through with it, despite having to get rid of the body, come up with an alibi, and then go on the run because he and Scarlett will become obvious suspects if they run away together. Luke hesitates in his answer before saying that he won’t have any problem in doing it because he wants to prove his love to Scarlett. James then asks him why Luke’s doing the dirty work, why isn’t Scarlett, despite the fact that it was her idea. Luke doesn’t know how to answer this and tells James to shut the fuck up before threatening to shoot him.

Scarlett comes in again asking what’s going on, and neither reply. She then asks Luke to go to her as she need to talk to him, giving James the perfect opportunity to look around to find an escape, he sees a boarded window and tries to see how he can get out of the chair. He sees a pair of scissors on the cabinet opposite him and realises that he’s not stuck to the ground, so he moves towards the cabinet and takes the scissors, turning them towards his wrist so he can cut the tape off. Trying to be quick but careful, James hears the door opening and just manages to free only one hand before Luke enters and sees what’s going on.

Luke runs towards James, while he’s trying to cut the other wrist free but is stopped by Luke grabbing hold of the gun, on a table nearby, and aims it at him. Scarlett runs in and stands there shouting at Luke to pull the trigger. James shouts at him too, saying that he doesn’t have to do this, that he’s sorry if he ever felt unloved and that everything will be different. He tries convincing Luke that Scarlett used him and will probably use Luke too in the future if she finds a better man, on the other hand Scarlett is telling Luke that James is full of lies and that he only ever loved himself, and that he never spent any time with her whatsoever because he was only concerned about the money he was making for their so-called future. She says that Luke was the only one there for her and knew what she was going through and helped her to fall in love with him. Luke doesn’t know what to do, and puts the gun down for a second. Scarlett then gets fed up and grabs the gun stating the Luke is weak and shoots him. She then faces James and points the gun at him. He stands there and asks if there was anything between them that was real at all, Scarlett thinks for a second and replies “no” before shooting him.