East Winds Film Festival – Week Four

This week the teams had to work on the production for the magazine show, after a managers meeting we had formulated the structure of the magazine show and my task was to film and head the production of a ‘Cold open’. The idea came from the communications team to plan and film the spoof of a famous scene from an East Asian film. I mostly worked along side the communications team for this task which took me out of my production role and had me cutting out famous film characters to imply a class of students. Despite my enjoyment of filming and live editing this task, it was decided that the outcome looked too rushed (We had to film and edit it in one morning) and it was axed from the final edit of the initial magazine show.

Along with this I had to plan and conduct an interview with one of the members of a team to find out what was going on behind the scenes. I thought it would be best to interview someone from the communications team because at this stage of event planning they seemed to have had more of a substantial work load with press releases and such. I set up the camera in the MA Communications, Culture and Media office to showcase the work of the cohort in the background of the subject I would be interviewing. I had also been approached by a member of the cohort, Jemila Haruna who wanted to gain some production experience in the set up of equipment and the capturing of visual and sound material. I took Jamila on as I thought the experience would be valuable for both of us, I could work on my leadership and teaching skills along with Jamila gaining some production experience. Maria Mantaluta from communications was our interviewee and she did very well in the delivery of what is going on behind the scenes.

I was very happy with the framing of the interview and thought the shots looked very aesthetically pleasing, I thought it was best to film the interview in a talking head style to keep it looking professional and because that is the interview style I’m used to. In retrospect after hearing feedback from the interview I was told that it was too ‘BBC-ish’, (which isn’t the worst criticism in the world), but I agree that the interview was too ridged and I had played it safe to the style in which I was comfortable. I think that perhaps to keep the film festival media young and fresh it would be better to take more risks and think outside the box a little bit more.

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