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It’s that time of the year again! Rough cut screenings are probably my favorite part of the subject. They are super fun to do and the feedback given is really constructive. But best thing about it, for me, is it’s the first time we get to see everyone else’s’ films! Everyone had such great documentary ideas, so I couldn’t wait to see what the other groups had done with them. However, it was rather disappointing that only 3 groups made it to the screening.

We did things a bit differently this time around. We were instructed to provide other groups with feedback and a grade via a form given to us at the start of the screening. I thought the questions posed in the forms were very practical and it really helped cover all examinable aspects of the documentary.

Seeing as we had a lot of extra time to kill, we gathered around and had a more extensive discussion about our documentary films. The discussion was both fun and informative. I’m glad we had the open discussion, typically because there’s only so much you can get on paper. The discussion allowed everyone to further justify or elaborate on what they had previously written on the feedback sheets. Thought the discussion was a good idea and a good end to the screening.

 

Feedback from the other two groups:

 

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Shooting Day: 4th September 2013

Location: The Greyhound Hotel

 

 

It has been a long day, so I’m going to keep this simple.

Challenge #1

Space. By the time we had set up gear, there was barely any space for anyone to walk about.

What could/should have been done

There really wasn’t much we could have done about it other than changing our shoot location and foregoing our initial idea of playing around with the mirrors in the dressing room.

Some things to consider for second shoot

Perhaps change our shoot location

 

Challenge #2

Mirrors. Mirrors, while aesthetically pleasing, are super hard to work with! Especially if you’re in a confined space. We ended up being in quite a number of the shots.

What could/should have been done

  • We should have practiced shooting some shots before conducting the interview
  • The crew should have paid more attention to where the camera was pointed and move accordingly

Some things to consider for second shoot

  • Discuss and mark the placement of bodies during the shoot
  • Forego the mirrors and change our location

 

Challenge #3

Fridge. There was a mini fridge in the tiny dressing room. We weren’t allowed to unplug it without the management’s permission.

What could/should have been done

  • We should have used lapel mics
  • Fix the problem later in post-production

Some things to consider for second shoot

  • Try using lapel mics instead
  • Conduct interview in a different location

 

Challenge #4

No prep time. We weren’t allowed in the facility without the presence of our subject. Our subject was only available a couple of hours before the show and it would take him at least an hour and a half to get ready. This gave us almost no time at all to prep and setup our equipment studiously.

What could/should have been done

Some things to consider for second shoot

 

Challenge #5

Lighting. The lighting in the dressing room was relatively good. The problem with lighting lies with the coloured spotlights that would illuminate the stage later during the show.

What could/should have been done

Fix the problem in post-production

Some things to consider for second shoot

Challenge #6

Audio. The audio mixer we got was faulty and it ended up recording from the internal mic instead. This plus the disturbance from the fridge as well as all the other electronic equipment lying around the facility, caused us to record really bad audio.

What could/should have been done

We should have tried recording using lapel mics

Some things to consider for second shoot

  • Try recording audio using lapel mics
  • Forego the mirrors and change our location

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Things that we could/should have been done (in general)

Check equipment beforehand

Some things to consider for the second shoot (in general)

  • Change our shoot location
  • Reshoot footage from first shoot

 

 

We’ve gotten into groups and brainstormed ideas for our upcoming project. I think we’ve gotten off to a pretty good start. Here is what we’ve got so far:

Drag Queen

  • Wednesday Bingo Night
  • What caused the change?
  • Personal struggles
  • What it’s like?
  • Before and after drag
  • The old vs. new generation of drag queens
  • What it takes to become a drag

Sweeney Todd (Student Production)

  • what happens behind the scenes?
  • Struggles producing a musical
  • Struggles being in the musical
  • The process of producing a musical

Bartender

  • What actually happens behind the bar?
  • Subject’s personal experiences
  • What’s it like being a bartender?