Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Question 1

This image shows how I have analysed Our product with another print advert from channel 4. Doing this shows how we have followed the codes and conventions of newspaper adverts .

This is a screen grab from a documentary about russian violence.

In all of our interviews in the documentary it was essential that we followed how other documentries had done things. In no part of our documentary did we challenge or develop the forms and conventions, this is shown by the second screen grab that is shown underneith, this is a real life documentary and it shows how the framing has been followed in the opposite direction of our product. This interview will interest our target audience as it is not just about a hair loss sufferer, he starts to talk about hairdressing, although in one of our other interviews we have an interview with a trichologist, so in this interview we had to make sure the mise en scene was correct so we made it look as formal as we can and held the interview in her office.

This picture is a screen grab of a piece of our archive footage within the documentary. This archive footage is about a person with trichotillomania so it is basically an introduction for the first interview so it gives people an insight to what trichotillomania is.

Graphics are used in all of our interviews to introduce who the person is and what they do/ how they are relevant to the documentary. We used block white background for the name tags and did this as from our research into documentries the technique was shown in many others. We chose to keep it white because it was a colour that would stand out and be a suitable colour to stay consistent. It is important to include a name because it gives the audience and insight to who the interviewee is.

In our documentary we thought about the mise en scene quite well, the mise en scene helps illustrate to the audience about what/ who the person is or what he/she does as a career. For every one of our interviews we used cieling lighting and we tried to film the interview in fornt of something that related to the documentry itself.

Narrative Structure- The narrative structurw within our documentary flows quite well, as the documentary itself starts off with the trichologist, then flows through to the hair loss sufferer and he then starts to talk about hairdressing, the voice over is after that to link the next interview within with the second, and the last 2 interviews are hairdressers but for different genders.

The cutaways in our documentary are used to stop the audience getting dis engaged whilst watching it. Cutaways allow the documentary to flow mroe smoothly as they are key for the transition of two shots.

Cutaways can also be used in the editing process to help cover up any jumps where a section of the film has been cut out

Voice over
Like most documentaries we used the “voice of god” to address the audience. Our group made a script for the radio advert and voiceover of the documentary by looking at the codes and convections of real media products. We followed all codes and convections of the real products. For our radio advert we used sections from the documentary. Both the voiceovers are linked together with the title.

Use of sound
Throughout our documentary we used non-diegetic sound and diegetic sound, non-diegetic sound i.e. the music and voiceover where placed in the documentary during editing however the interviews where diegetic sound

Question 2

How Effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?

Our print advert will be featured in these newspapers as in our documentary we have interviewed a doctor so this will appeal to the target that read the newspaper.

Our radio advert will be able to be advertised on any radio station aslong as it has the same target audience as it. Our radio advert can not be advertised on any bbc stations as they are non commercial radio stations because they are funded by the public. The only restriction towards which station we can advertise it on is the genre, for example if it is a sport station it would not be suitable as it wouldnt be appealing to the target audience for that station.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Question 3

What have you learned from you audience feedback? Questionnaire Our results from this questionnaire We asked 8 members of our class to answer our questionnaire and these were the answers we got; 1. On a scale of 1-5 how did you find each of the following? (1 being not very 5 being very)
Informative- From our classroom feedback we had 4 people that answered with 4 and the other 4 people answered with 5, this allowed our group to know that our production is informative as No one rated our production lower than a four and we got good ratings for the information that is given out in the production.
Engaging- Our classroom feedback showed us that our production was engaging to most of our audience as four people rated our production with a 4 and three people rated it with a 5 and there was only one person who rated us with a 3.
Relevant- The results from the questionnaire feedback show us that the content of our production is relevant to our Title. Four people from the feedback gave us a 4 and the other four gave us a 5. 2. Does the title relate to the content of the documentary? Yes No

For this answers all the feedback from our audience shows us that our title does relate to the content within the documentary. All 8 of the Audience chose to give us a yes for this answer.

3. How did you find the technical quality?
We asked our audience about how they thought the technical quality of our production was and here are the answers:
Sound- Five members of the audience rated our sound quality as a 4 and the other three answered with a 5, this shows that are sound quality isn’t bad as we scored over half marks from the audience.
Editing- Four members of the audience decided to give us a 4 on the editing of the documentary and the other 4 chose to rate us with a 5.
Music- The music within the documentary was used to relate the emotion with the audience, therefore the results show that two people from the audience rated us with a 4 and the other six gave us a 5.
Camera Work- The camera work in our production didn’t get rated high with the audience as one person rated us with a 3, four gave us 4 and three gave us a 5.
Framing- With the framing of interviews in our production we got rated with six people scoring us with a 4 and two people with a 5.

4. Does the music relate to the documentary content? Yes No
All the audience answered yes for this question, this let us as a group know that we have chosen the correct music for our documentary.

5. Would it be appropriate to schedule this documentary on Channel 4? Yes No

With this question all members from the audience rated us with a yes; this showed us that our documentary would be suitable to be shown on channel 4. Print advert
1. Does the print advert look like a real print advert? Yes No

2. Is it eye catching? Yes No

3. Is the image chosen relevant to the content of the documentary? Yes No 4. Does it follow the codes and convections of a real print advert? Yes No

5. Does the print advert make you want to watch the documentary? Yes No

With all of these answers all the members of the audience gave us a yes for each question. Our print advert tries to make people want to watch the programme just from seeing it and we believe that that is what it does. The print advert is very bright but also conveys the meaning and emotion that we want it to. We believe that people will understand the picture as it relates to the name of the programme and the slogan brings people in and will make them want to watch the documentary.

Radio advert

1. Does the radio advert sound like a real radio advert? Yes No
2. Does the radio advert relate to the documentary? Yes No
3. Does the radio advert make you want to watch the documentary? Yes No

All three of these questions were answered by the audience and they all answered with a yes. Our radio advert has the most interesting bits of the documentary in them, we believe that this will engage the audience and make them feel like they want to find out what the documentary is about.

We have many different parts of the interviews in the radio advert therefore we have many different emotions being brought into the advert. 4. On a scale of 1 to 5 how did you find the following?
Engaging- One person from our audience rated us with a 3, Five people gave us a 4 and the other two rated us with a 5.
Sound Quality- One person answered as a 3, four people gave us a 4 and the other three people answered with a 5.
Music- One person gave us a 3, two people gave us a 4 and the other five rated us with a 5.

More audience research: We had produced an audience research from our Class, so We then decided to ask more people from within our target range about how they liked and what they thought of all of our prducts. Documentary 1. On a scale of 1-5 how did you find each of the following? (1 being not very 5 being very).

Gareth, Aged 27 answered....
Informative- 5, it talks about all different things to do with hair.
Engaging- 5, Enjoed watching it and thought each interview was interesting
Relevent- 5, Talk about different aspects to do with hair.

Niall, aged 14 answered...
Informative- 4, liked the bit about the hairloss sufferer
Enaging- 5, liked the different interviews and were they were set
relevent- 5, talks about hair all the way through

Jacqui, aged 42 answered...
Informative- 5, Like how serious the first part was and then how it linked in with the hair loss sufferer.
Engaging- 5, different emotions were brought to me
Relevent- 5, It talks about a different range of things to do with hair

Georgia, aged 19 answered...
Informative- 5,Liked how they had hairdressers at the end
Engaging- 5, Enjoyed the vox pops and how they used people with different hair types Relevent- 5, Talk about hair throughout it all.

Robynn, aged 16 answered...
Informative- 5, Liked how they had a hair loss sufferer on it and a doctor
Engaging- 5, The cutaways kept me interested and stopped me getting bored watching it Relevent- 5, They have added various things to do with hair. Down to peoples problems and why people love doing it.

2. Does the title relate to the content of the documentary?

Gareth- Yes The whole documentary talks about hair.


Jacqui- Yes, enjoyed how everything was linked togeth through hair. It went from the doctor to the hair loss sufferer/ hairdresser and then to the barber and hairdresser.

Georgia- Yes enjoyed how they talked about various things to do with hair

Robynn- Yes they shown and gave alot of information about hair.

The Print advert

1. Does the print advert look like a real print advert?

Gareth answered- Yes I think it looks like something that you would see in a newspaper or a magazine

. 2. Is it eye catching?
Niall answered- Yes I think it would make people look at it and be interested in it if they seen it.

3.Is the Image chosen relevent to the content of the magazine? Jacqui answered-

4. Does it follow the codes and conventions of a real print advert?
Georgia answered- Yes, It looks like all the other ones you see in magazines.

5. Does the print advert make you want to watch the documentary?

Robynn answered- Yes, it dragged me in straight away when I seen the advert.

The radio Advert

1. Does the radio advert sound like a real radio advert?
Gareth answered- Yes, it sounds like something that you would hear on a radio show

2.Does the radio advert relate to the documentary?
Jacqui answered- Yes it sounded good and metioned stuff that appears on the documentary.

3. Does the radio advert make you want to watch the documentary?
Robynn answered -

4. On a scale of 1 to 5 how did you find the following?
Geogrgia answered...
Music- 5, I liked how the music tempo changed for the different emotions
Sound Quality- 5, Liked how they all linked together
Engaging- 5, enjoyed listenign to it.

We also put our Documentary on facebook and this is the feedback we got back.

Amanda Hillis Music relates well to the topic of documentary. Photos used well with voiceover. Good use of cutaways and interviews. The sped up section worked well and effective.

Sophie Griffiths I like the way you dont know what it is about at first because of the voxpops, the interviews are good because its interesting to hear from a specialist and someone who suffers from hair loss. all the cutaways suited the documentary and where used appropriately and the voiceover suited the topic, as did the music.

Cathryn Appleton really like the vox pops and the title sequence the graphics for each interviewee is really good with the picture next to it. like the way the pictures that appear, appear when the interviewee starts talking about it. the music doesnt draw y...our attention away from the interview either. really good :-)

Robynn Middlemiss that looks professional sian Coral Evans the interviews are great they dont drag on and the voxpops are reallly goood , music fits in well tooo well in.

Sean Mcminn-Davies Its great Sian, very professional!! The music works well throughout, as does the bit when the video changes tempo (theres probably a name for that, but ive not a clue :P ). Maybe makes the voices on the two guys being interviewed a little louder, but other than that, its crackin', would defo not seem out of place on the tele!!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Question 4

How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

The way in which we found the research for the documentary Research;

Internet: We used the inernet To find out the history behind hair, for example what the main styles were throughout the decades.
We also used it to look into facts for the voiceover to make each parts of the documentary link in with eachother.

Voice Recorders: These allowed us to question people about hair and gave us the results from our question

Youtube: We researched on youtube by looking at old films and seeing the different styles they have used.

The way in which we did Planning

We scanned our images from our planning of the mise en scene for our interviews

Computer: We used the computer during our planning by using microsoft word for writing our interview questions, we also used the internet to help us do other research and we used it to use blogger.

Construction of our media Product:

In the construction of our media product we used a DV camera, tripod and a microphone-All of these 3 were materials for us to film our documentry, these allowed us to film our interviews,. vox pops, cutaways, opening and any other footage that was needed.

Digital Still cameras: we used still camera to allow us to take pictures of proof that we have filmed and edited all of the work ourselves. We also used them in taking the pictures for our print advert pictures and to create the opening titles for the documentary.

Adobe Premier: We used adobe premier to edit our production. All the filming that we had done needed to be cut so Adobe premier aloud us to edit the filming down to the actual parts we wanted and needed. Adobe premier aloud us to add effects and graphics into our production and We were also able to adjust the sound levels of the production with this, so we were able to make sure all interviews had the same volume as each other and made sure all parts of the production flowed through by the sound.

Adobe Audition: We used Adobe audition to produce our radio advert, this allowed us to cut the sections we want out of the actual production and let us change the sound levels so they all link together.

Radio Studio: We used the radio studio to let us record our voice over for the doucumentary and the radio advert. Using the radio studio to do this instead of a voice recorder allowed us to make the voice sound more clearer as a voice recorder picks up every bit of movement that happens and tends to echo so being in the radio studio made sure we were isolated from any other sound and made it sound much better quality.

Blogger-Throughout our production time we have used blogger to upload pictures of proof and any of the planning that we have needed for all three products.

Slideshare- This allowed me to upload my powerpoint for my answer to question 2