12th February 2010
Local councils are to receive more powers over lap dancing clubs according to the Home Office after an amendment to current licensing legislation. The new rules are due to be considered by Bournemouth council at the end of next month, and could potentially see all clubs in the town closed down.
This piece was completed as part of my MA Multi-Media Journalism course.
Interview with Norman Baker MP on expenses scandal
This interview was set up by a member of the Catch21 team, and I was invited to conduct the interview voluntarily. I scripted the questions myself, but did none of the camera work or liasing with Mr Baker's representatives. He was an appropriate choice for this subject, as I point out in the cue, due to his campaigning and objection to the issue prior to it breaking in the British press.
The intro was partially unscripted, and the outro entirely unscripted. We had access to only one camera, and consequently the noddies were shot after the interview. I was a little intimidated by the atmosphere, and Mr Baker was not in a good mood that day, which meant that where the interview deviated slightly from my script I did not entirely remember the questions as they had been asked. Thankfully it did not seem to hinder the quality of the final piece after editing. My demeanour in the camera shots seems a little uncomfortable however.
Whilst it became apparent afterwards that I did need a haircut, I feel that the piece as a whole serves its purpose well. The pieces to camera before and after the interview were not too long, and served to introduce and conclude the interview without preempting or regurgitating what had been said a great deal.
Conducting the interview and reflecting afterwards, I deduced that I needed to be more comfortable and confident in situations such as these.
This video was done as part of a module in 'Digital Broadcasting Skills'. The brief was to make a package as practice for an assessment early next year. For a Bournemouth Echo story on this, please click here.
I chose the Twin Sails Bridge due to the nature of pictures available for story. On reflection this was clearly at the expense of the 'newsiness' of the story, and neglected much of the criteria as outlined by Galtung and Ruge. However the technical aspects of the package demonstrate my editing capabilities and imagination in using the graphics. I used Adobe Premiere Pro, and created all the graphics using the 'titles' part of the software. The first graphic in particular was synchronised to the voice over. In creating the first graphic, I had a BBC-type sequence in mind, and did consider using the BBC format of colour schemes for this. However I thought this may look too much like plagiarism.
The second graphic seems a little confusing given that the voiceover does not entirely correspond with the parts of the map being highlighted. On reflection, it is clear that when using such illustrations, voiceovers should describe and explain what is being highlighted on the map.
The camera shot of the traffic on the bridge, and the wide penultimate shot of the Backwater Channel are too long, and slow the pace of the piece down towards the end.
Whilst the shots were filmed in the same day as the interviews, and the editing done that evening, the piece lacks relevance and punch, and could be construed as a promotional package for the Bridge and regeneration project itself. A clearer idea of the angle will improve this in the future, as will better perspective on the entire package, and not just the pictures.
This extended piece to camera was originally scheduled as an interview with an Iranian student in London in order to shed light on the importance of the youth in these protests. Unfortunately after the interviewee could no longer make it, I was forced to do the piece alone, with only the bare bones of a script.
Without any access to library footage, or the ability to take cutaways of, for instance, some of the protestors, the entire piece consists of several pieces to camera. Whilst it clearly means that the viewer is forced to absorb a lot of information, by changing the background (slightly) and walking forward, the piece retains a degree of momentum.
It took about 75 minutes to shoot the entire piece, and much of the script was done off the cuff. It was also the hottest day of the year, and I had foolishly worn black jeans.
In terms of my actions, it is clear that I am walking too fast, and am perhaps a little nervous given the amount of gesticulation and head cocking. However the story is clear, and the tone appropriate. The purpose was to encourage those people with opinions or experience of these protests to engage with Catch21 and each other on this topic, and from that perspective, this video functions well without being controversial.