4.1

Evidence Document

I learnt an immense amount whilst doing this project. I went through quite a lengthy creative process before I got to my final idea for a film. I had originally planned to do a documentary about eSports using a green screen and a lot of stock footage; however during the production process I realized that I would be using too much stock footage and not enough of my own. The only things I would be filming would be green screen and some interviews so I decided to change my project. I chose to keep the theme of eSports in my project, but I would make a short film instead. After I created all of the pre-production documents for this project I had a talk through my project with my head of film and we came to the conclusion that the project I had decided to do was too difficult to achieve, as it would cost too much money and too many actors and extras.

I was obviously disheartened after this, as I had already put so much work into the project only to have redo it. At this point I really wanted to just give up, as I’d already done a full set of pre-production documents twice already. I decided to keep the same themes and general storyline from the project, but put it into a different scenario that I could achieve. I ended up choosing to use the cheating storyline, but put it into the scenario of cheating in an exam. I was able to reuse some of my pre-production documents like my budget, risk assessment and location recce’s. This made doing the work again a lot less time consuming.

In my Project Proposal I said that I would create a short film about a boy who is caught cheating in an exam after being pressured by his father into passing it. This is the film that I did end up producing.

I didn’t keep to the schedule that I put in my Project proposal, as I actually managed to get it done faster than I had originally planned. I thought it would take 2 days to film it all originally, but we managed to get it all done in one day; even if filming went on until 7:00 pm when i’d originally planned to finish at 5:00 pm. The editing also only took me 2 days when I had originally planned to use 3 days. I could have actually done it in 1 day if I hadn’t had so many audio problems.

I wasn’t able to use some of the equipment that I had planned to use. I wanted to use a shotgun mic for my production, but due to the amount of pre-production I ended up doing I didn’t get signed off until a lot of people were already filming their projects, therefore there wasn’t any mics left to borrow to use for my project.

In my proposal I wrote that my target audience would be teenagers and I think my film has achieved that. The story is from the point of view of the teenager and so it makes the character easily relatable to people of a similar age.

One of the shots I was particularly happy with was the over the shoulder tracking shot I did when the main character is entering his house. As seen below:

I took inspiration from the films Goodfellas (1990) and Birdman (2014) as they both utilized these tracking shots and long takes that I think are really awesome and so I decided to try and use something similar in my film which I think I did achieve.

(barthesian, 2009)

(FoxSearchlight, 2014)

Introduce the project in your own words

My project is a short film about a boy who is pressured by his father to do well in his exams or he’ll be grounded for the summer. To ensure he can go on holiday with his friends he cheats in his exams, but his dad finds out…

I wanted to try out some new things when making this project and so I chose to go for more of a drama film than a comedy which is more in my comfort zone.

List five strengths and five weaknesses in your final design

Strengths:

  • It has a strong story that will resonate with a lot of teenagers that have been through exams and the pressures they feel.
  • The camerawork in my opinion is quite good. I tried to use a variety of shots that are inspired from acclaimed films I like. I sued a mix of static and in motion shots to make the piece more interesting.
  • Considering my actors aren’t professional I think their performances were pretty strong. Especially my main actor who gave a particularly good performance.
  • The use of sound effects to create an atmosphere for the scene without yet having any visual input gives a more interesting film.
  • The use of a realistic environment makes the film feel more real. The use of the train especially.

Weaknesses:

  • Due to not having a proper mic there are a lot of moments in the film where the sound is far from perfect. Especially outside the house, as there is a lot of wind noise.
  • The film could do with having a few more scenes to fully tell the story. I feel that the story feels a bit abrupt and rushed.
  • Due to not being able to get an actor for the father role; I had to use one of my friends who was already in the film. For starters this was a big continuity problem, but also it meant I couldn’t really have any extended dialogue between the dad and the son without it becoming obvious the 2 actors were the same age and one of them was a different character in the film.
  • I filmed some of the scenes multiple times at multiple angles. This means that when I’ve cut between them there have been quite a few continuity errors. Some of them are relatively easily noticeable even after I tried to cover them up with editing which is a problem.
  • The end of the film is quite lengthy and a bit boring when he’s packing bags and the scene could be a little more interesting if I had some music in the background.

Was there a theme for the design ideas? Can you describe it? Can you reference any influences here? – art movements, designers, media companies/campaigns etc.

At the start of this project when doing research into our interests and different types of styles I came across some concept art pictures from a small indie game company. Although not really to do with film I really liked the deep green colours of it and so I chose locations for my films with a lot of green bushes and trees, as i think they look good on screen.

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(KitfoxGames, 2013)

You can see that the school location I chose had a lot of green in the background. Also the establishing shot for the train station I made sure that you could see I made sure to keep the green plants in shot.

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Also the colour of the jacket he wears at the end of the film is also green coloured.

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What experiments and exploration did you do (what happens if). How did it affect your development?

I did some experimentation with green screen for this project. Here are some of the test shots that I did when I was originally considering doing some green screen work for my project:

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When I chroma keyed the green screen the shot was very patchy and didn’t look particularly good at all. As you can see on the subjects clothes there is a lot of distortion on them. This is the best that I could get and still have a black background. I think this was because there wasn’t nearly enough lighting on the green screen and so there were a lot of shadows on it. The fact the green screen was quite creased may have added to the shadows as well. I now know that you need a lot of powerful lights to fully light the green screen in order to get a good green screen shot.

I also experimented within myself by doing a genre that I’m not usually too comfortable with. Most films that I’ve made in my life have been comedy based. As that’s what I feel that i’m good at and have the most experience in. I wanted to try something different and try and expand my knowledge and skills within filmmaking and so I decide to a drama film for this project.

Find a similar type of design publication – place it next to your own

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(Vaughan, 2006)

The picture on the left is from the film Starter for 10 (2006). The film comes under the same genre as mine (drama) and this film was one of my main inspirations for my film. As the film revolves around the main character cheating at one point and getting caught. The scene on the pier is a personal favourite and so although it’s not the same location i wanted to try and recreate the scene in my own film.

What were the key areas of development in this project?

I think my directorial skills have developed a lot in this project. In previous projects I had directed, but I think I learnt a lot more this time, as I was out on locations that weren’t my own house. It meant that I was in charge of quite a large group of people in a public place. I felt this time I had to be more in charge and got people to focus on the task instead of messing around a bit which happened in my previous projects. Mainly due to the time restraints.

I also honed my editing skills in the project, as there were a lot of audio problems I had to do a lot of editing of the sound to make it sound better. I used audacity and Adobe Audition to edit the sound files and try to clear up some of the background wind noise for the school and train station scenes. I used some online tutorials and trial and error to help make it sound clearer. It was a good learning experience and I feel a lot more confident with the software now and could now use it again if I have audio problems.

Review your proposal – what changed, what developments did you make, did you manage to complete everything you set out to?

One of my locations did change from Monkton Court house in Monkton to another friends house in East Studdal. It was more convenient to use the other house, as it was closer to my other filming locations and my original location was no longer available on that day.

Some of the developments I made on the day of filming was alterations to the script. When I was talking through the script with my actors we changed some of the lines to make it sound more like a flowing conversation instead of just a written script. This did however cause some issues with audio later on, as in each take the lines were slightly different, as I allowed the actors to improvise and change their lines as we filmed.

What did the client think of your concept? How did that make you feel?

The client was happy with my original concept, however my project proposal needed to be changed and the way I was approaching the project also needed to be changed. I was approaching it in the wrong way looking at it in a general filmmaking way instead of the role of a producer.

For my final proposal which is the film I actually produced the client was very happy with my concept. This made me feel so relieved, as i’d been through such a struggle just to get to this point that to actually be signed off and able to finally produce a film was great.

What could you adapt about the work produced to improve and develop it?

I had originally planned for the film to be roughly 3 minutes long and that is the rough length that my film turned out, however I think that it should have been longer. The scenes that I had planned were filmed and edited, however the whole film to me feels a bit abrupt. A lot happens in very quick succession and I think if it had a run time nearer 5 or 6 minutes it could have been a better film.

Another thing I would do is make sure that I have a proper shotgun mic on a boom pole like I had originally planned to. This would have improved the sound quality a lot.

I also would have filmed each scene with multiple cameras at the same time; instead of doing multiple takes, as this lead to having a lot of continuity problems where people were in different positions than here they were in the first take. They would also say slightly different lines each time which meant I couldn’t use one audio track for one scene and I had to try and use sometimes 4 or 5 different audio tracks together which at times doesn’t sound too fluid. If I did film each scene at once then it would have sounded smoother.

I should have used more than just one shot for the first scene, as it is almost a 35 second shot which is too long. I also could have filmed him writing out the cheat sheet after the altercation with his dad, as that would have made the story clearer to the audience

Is the final work appropriate for the needs of the client? Does it sufficiently answer their brief?

My project follows what I put down on my project proposal without any large alterations except a few equipment changes and modifications to the script. I did create the exact film that I wrote down on the proposal which was the film about cheating in an exam.

Reflect on your pitch to the client; how did you feel about it before? Did it go better or worse than you expected? What was the feedback from the client/lecturer? What do you think you could improve next time?

When I first presented my project proposal there was a lot of problems with it. I was quite nervous before I started, as I had spent a lot of time on the work and I obviously wanted the clients to approve of it. The way i’d written it and what I had written was wrong according to the people I presented to. I was obviously quite upset after this, as I’d been working on this for weeks and for someone to then pick it apart  was disheartening. I think it was a good learning experience for me, as it prepared me for what can and probably will happen in the future if I want to go into a career in the media industry. It also spurred me on to go forward and make a better proposal and product to go back and present my idea again and do better.

The 2nd time I presented my project proposal it went far better than the first time. I felt that I was much more confident in the pitch and there was almost no problems with my proposal at all. It went a bit better than I expected, as I assumed that after how badly it went last time that there would be some problems again this time. As this project was the more realistic production it meant that I could answer all of the questions this time instead of just saying that I hadn’t figured out how I was going to do it yet.

I think the way I could improve next time would be to talk to my lecturers a bit more to find out exactly what content needed to be on the project proposal so that I could have done a better project proposal with the right information on it.


Presenting my film in class – Feedback:

The main feedback that I received was that the visuals were the strongest part of my film. Clearly there were some audio problems which was the main voice of criticism from the audience. Especially when the main character is walking into the house there is some really loud wind noise that I couldn’t remove.

Another point that was made was the problems with the narrative storytelling. It was unclear to some people what the meaning of the phone call was, however to me it was quite clear. I think because I made it, it was clear to me, but if I were to redo it I could add another line of dialogue so it’s clear that it’s a teacher on the phone.


Bibliography:

barthesian (2009) The long take: Goodfellas. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJEEVtqXdK8 (Accessed: 21 June 2016).

FoxSearchlight (2014) BIRDMAN: ‘Does she talk’. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQ-U8QxHBo (Accessed: 21 June 2016).

KitfoxGames (2013) Art Style experiments 1. Available at: http://www.kitfoxgames.com/art-style-experiments-1/ (Accessed: 17 June 2016).

Starter for 10 (2006) Directed by Tom Vaughan [DVD]. USA: .

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4.1

3.1

Project Management Techniques

Here is the call sheet I created for my crew and actors so they know where and when to arrive for that day of filming.

Call Sheet

Here is my project proposal; at the bottom of the document is my schedule for filming and editing:

Project Proposal

Team meeting

At 9:30 am on Saturday the 28th May I talked through with my crew and actors what we were going to do on that day. I mainly spoke with my main actor and we talked through his lines and how I wanted him to portray them for each scene. I got feedback from him about the script and we altered a few lines to make them better fit the scene.

Team and Individual Performance Monitoring

I had planned to spend 2 days filming and 3 days editing, however I managed to film what I had planned for 2 days in 1 day, however the day was very long. I also managed to get the 3 days of editing I had planned to do down to 2 days.

I finished later on my filming day than I had planned to. I wanted to finish at 5:00 pm, but I ended up finishing at 7:00 pm due to unforeseen problems that we had on the day.

Pre-production materials

Script

Storyboards

Risk Assessment

Location Recce

Call Sheet

Project Proposal

Synopsis

Legal Requirements

Budget

Treatment

Equipment Checklist

Cast and Crew List

Costumes

Transportation

(Copied from blog post 1.1)

Project Development

Before we started filming I got my main character to meet me at one of the locations and I tested some different shots out so I had a good idea about what I was going to film on the day; alongside help from my storyboards.

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The day of the filming I had to change locations for the home scene, as the location became unavailable due to a family members bad health. Therefore I was forced to change my location to here:

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Here are my 3 editing timelines:

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I used Adobe Audition to edit the audio files, Premiere Pro to make a rough cut and see if i need to re-film anything, and Avid to do the full edit of the film in.

Daily diary

Saturday 28th May:

Filming day 1

Morning

Today I want to get all of my filming done for my 3 locations. My crew are turning up at the school location at 11:00 and so I’m going to turn up a little earlier and start setting up the equipment to try and squeeze some extra time out of the day. I’m planning to leave Sandwich to go to my last location around 2:00 pm for the day of filming to finish at 5:00 pm.

Evening

The day didn’t go exactly as planned. We didn’t finish filming until nearly 7:00 pm and some of my crew had to leave at 6:00 pm making it really difficult to film a few of the last scenes. Once we actually got filming outside the school we got a lot of the shots done quite quickly. I’m pretty happy with how they came out although at one point half way through filming somebody moved their car that was in some of the shots. This meant we had to re-film some scenes which took up a bit of extra time. We got to the third filming location 2 hours later than I had originally planned at nearly 4:00 pm. This meant we ended up finishing 2 hours later than I had planned to. I kept to my schedule for the day, but I did finish a little later than had I wanted.

2nd June 2016

Editing day 1

Morning

Today I want to sync all of the audio to my video. I’m assuming this is going to take me a long time, as there are huge audio files to sort through and so that will probably take me a few hours. I’d like to get a rough cut of my film so I know how it generally looks and then I can polish it and add cuts tomorrow.

Evening

To start with I sorted out all my footage and named the ones I wanted to keep. This took a bit longer than I thought it was going to, as we did a lot of multiple takes for shots and so I had to watch through everything and work out which was the best one. This took me around an hour. Next I imported the footage into the editing software and began syncing the audio. This ended up taking multiple hours as there was so much audio to go through. Once all of that was done and I started creating a rough cut the day was pretty much done.

3rd June 2016

Editing day 2

Morning

As all of the audio is now synced I should be able to get the film fully edited today. I already have a rough cut and so all I need to do is polish the cuts and transitions and add in some background sounds we recorded on the day of filming.

Evening

It took a little longer than I thought it would to polish my rough edit. There were some sharp cuts in audio that took a lot of time to sort out and make sound fluid. I added in some cut away shots and the title at the start and the film was done. All I had to do now was render it out.

Production process

The production process for this project went relatively well. I had told my crew and actors to meet me at the first filming location for 11 am, however only 1 person actually turned up at the agreed time. By 12 pm all of my crew had arrived which meant that I had lost almost an hour of filming time. For a little while I was setting up some establishing shots and talking through with the actors about what I wanted them to do. When we began to film I noticed that the Zoom wasn’t recording anything when I pressed the button; upon further inspection I noticed that there was no micro SD card in the Zoom. Luckily a friend in the town we were filming in had one, but it still wasted a further 45 minutes of our time.

The filming at the train station for the most part went very well. I was very happy with the shots I got including the one of the train pulling in which I particularly liked.

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As the train came past you could still see both actors clearly as the windows came past which gave a really nice effect.

My crew and actors responded very well to my instructions as the director and there wasn’t really any disagreements or problems on set between people.

Another issue we had whilst filming was previously when I tried to borrow a mic from college there weren’t any available. This meant that I had to use a zoom to record audio outside which didn’t give particularly good quality at all. To try and counteract this we wrapped a shirt around the zoom to try and stop the wind sound from distorting the audio we were trying to record.

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The audio came out surprisingly clear considering the makeshift mic setup we had. This did however lead to another problem. As the Zoom was completely covered by the shirt we didn’t stop recording between takes and just let it roll. This meant in post I had to sift through a 30 minute audio recording trying to find the right bits of audio to sync them to the corresponding video clips. It was very time consuming, but the clips came out with good audio in the end.

Once we arrived at our 3rd location in East Studdal the time was nearly 4:30 and some of my crew had to leave at 6 pm. This meant that we had to rush all of the scenes that took place in the house which turned out to be quite a lot. We did manage to get most of the scenes I wanted to get filmed done, however there were a few shots that because of time restraints weren’t filmed. The film wasn’t too deeply affected by these shots missing, but I think it would be easier to understand and a bit longer if they’d been shot. The reason we missed these is because I prioritized the scenes with the actors I needed and unfortunately we ran out of time. I’ve now learnt to manage my time better and to make sure that SD cards are in the mics and cameras, as I checked the batteries beforehand but forgot about the Zoom.

Post-production process

Here is my Avid timeline:

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Here is my Adobe Audition timeline:

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Here is my Premiere Pro timeline:

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The post-production process for this film was long and arduous.

When I started I went through all my recordings for the day and named them so that when I imported them into Avid I saved time on the import, as from past experience it can take hours to import especially if you’re using 1080p footage like I was.

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Due to the complications that I stated earlier with the microphone it meant I had to sort through so much audio to try and find the bit of speech I was looking for. It ended up taking many many hours of editing time just syncing the audio.

Another problem I had whilst editing was that when we were filming I told my actors if they wanted to slightly deviate from the script and improvise, however as I did multiple takes of scenes every time the dialogue was different. This meant for every different shot I had to use the audio for that specific shot instead of just using one audio for all of them if I had shot multiple angles simultaneously. This all lead to a lot of continuity errors in my film. I tried to cover some of them using clever editing which worked at times, however if you watch the film carefully there are still a few issues with character positioning between shots and cuts.

This meant I had to spend a lot of time finding clear clips of audio and placing them over the top of the cuts to cover up the sharp cuts that were there. It worked pretty effectively in the end and the dialogue scenes look relatively seamless, however there are some continuity errors especially in the train scene, as when we re-shot the scene at different angles peoples heads and bodies were in slightly different positions. I edited it as best I could but there are still some errors.

Another problem that i had in my editing process was that in one of my shots there was a camera and a tripod and a member of the crew in shot. This was obviously a problem, as I didn’t want to have this continuity error in my film. Luckily I was able to just zoom in on the shot slightly to take the equipment out of the shot, but still retain the quality.

Before:

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After:

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3.1

2.2

Primary & Secondary Research Reflection

I did a lot of research into my 4 interests from 2.1 and found out a lot of information that I didn’t know about and now I’m going to talk about and interpret each of them.

eSports

I did a lot of research into the origins of eSports, however I don’t think I’d want to make a film about this era of eSports specifically, as I’m not too interested in it and I believe there is a lot more variety of games nowadays and that tournaments are much more entertaining and there is a lot more footage and so I’d be more likely to a film about the modern era. I didn’t do much research into modern eSports, as I already had a lot of prior knowledge, however I wish that I had done a little more as I think it’s something I am more interested in. From my primary research people seem to believe that eSports can become, as big as more traditional sports like Football due to the fast rising viewership of eSport games.

History

I found out a lot of really interesting and useful information about Dover Castle in World War 2 that I didn’t previously know about and think it could be an interesting idea to go to Dover Castle and make some sort of film using the castle itself and the tunnels underneath the cliffs used in WW2. It could be in a documentary format with a voiceover, but I’m unsure in whether interests me as much as some of my other interests.

Music Festivals

I found out some information about the first Glastonbury festival, as that is the largest festival in the UK and I have been there before. I looked into the first festival and found a poster showing the admission price and the acts that were playing there. I found this quite interesting seeing how such a big band like The Kinks played the very first festival. I think that it would be difficult to make a film about festivals, as I wouldn’t be able to film anything due to not going to any festivals this year. I could use footage of the acts at Glastonbury and other festivals, but I’m not sure how interesting that would be. I also think that this interest is a little too broad.

 Sci-fi Film

I did a lot of research into George Melies’ film “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” which was pretty much the first ever sci-fi film. It gave me a lot of inspiration to do something in this field as he was able to create something that good in 1902. I think making a sci-fi film would be a good project to do, however as we have to edit in avid it may be difficult to do any effects that I could do in Premiere and After Effects.

Primary research

The primary research I did was especially useful in helping me to decide the kind of project that I want to produce. Hearing people’s reactions to the questions I put out about each of my interests helped me to gain an understanding of what people look for in a film and how interested my target audience would be in films to do with each interest. From the answers I got I think i’m leaning more towards a film about eSports, as it’s something that i’m really interested in and something that the people who answered my questions seemed to engage with eSports the best .

Old Project

What is it that makes me do my project?

As gaming and eSports are something that I am really interested in and play and watch every day. It makes me more enthusiastic to make a really great product and drives me forward in the project.

My personal experiences that influence my choices (idea for the project, my role in the project, how it relates to my future career)

The idea for my project is to make a documentary about eSports and how the competitive scene has grown and changed since its beginning. I will be creating the entire except for most of the footage, as that will be footage from tournaments and interviews with players. I will however be filming some interviews with people about their opinions and knowledge of eSports. I will also try and contact some smaller local teams and see if I can get an interview with one of the players over Skype. Apart from Film, gaming is the thing that I am most interested in. Ideally in the future if I could have a career that involved both filmmaking and gaming then that would be a dream job.

What is basic premise of my project?

A documentary based on the rise of eSports and professional gaming and how video games have turned into huge spectator sports.

What do I seek to achieve and how it relates to my target audience?

I’d like to inform more people about the scale of eSports and how even if they don’t play the game the streams and tournaments can be really entertaining. My target audience will be 14-35, as I think they’ll be the people who will most likely be interested in gaming and eSports. According to (esports-europe, 2015) 55% of all viewers of eSports are between the ages of 21 and 35 years old. Also it states that 40% of eSports viewers don’t even play the game that they’re watching which shows how it is turning into a spectator sport.

Contextualizing my project

(Lantas Productions, 2013)

This video is similar to the sort of project that I want to create, however this was just gameplay from tournaments with the commentators over the top and music, however I’d like my documentary to have narration and interviews as well as that kind of montage style used in this video.

(Mike Maples, 2016)

Here is another documentary that I found that is similar to my media product. It is more similar to what I would like to do for my project. It follows more or a passage of time through the years unlike the first video, however it doesn’t really show the passage of time very well unlike I want to do.

I think something I’ve learnt from looking at these documentary’s is to use news footage as well as game/tournament footage and interviews. As it is important to see the general media reaction to eSports to get a feel of what the general population think of eSports. I liked the editing style of having somebody being interviewed and then using cut-aways of in game footage and crowds whilst they’re talking over it so I will probably try and adopt that into my project.

(EGX, 2015)

This is another documentary that is similar to what I want to do. This video uses a host in front of a green screen rather than a voice over which is something that I’m considering doing for my project. He talks a lot about the first eSports competitions on records, but not a lot at all about modern eSports. I found out some useful information from this video about the tournament in 1972 at the university of Stanford of the game Spacewar


Production and content research

(CS:GO TV, 2016)

Here is footage from the grand final of the most recent recent CS:GO major. I could use some of the footage from the crowds and of the players in their booths for cut away shots when there is a voice-over over the top .

(Dota 2 Tournaments, 2015)

Here is also footage and commentary from The Invitational Dota 2 championship where the prize pool was over $18 million dollars. I can again just use this for cut-aways.

(Spencer Kemo, 2013)

Here is footage from a Call of Duty championship that I can use to show the passion of the players when they win a game and the crowds reaction to it.

If i’m going to use a host for my film then I’d want to use a green screen so that I could have a background on the video that looks professional. I know that the college has a green screen and so I could sue that or I have some friends that have green screens and I could use theirs.

(gniktar, 2007)

Here is footage from the 1990 world championships. There is footage at the end of a Tetris competition with a commentator on stage enthusiastically talking about the scores and games. I can use this as footage of one of the first eSports tournaments in my video.

(Settle It On the Screen, 2008)

This is a video of a TV show on ABC from 1983 showing a tournament 3 gamers had to try and beat each other. Considering even nowadays with the viewing figures so high there aren’t any eSports competitions on live TV except a few highlight shows it’s surprising they had a show to do with competitive gaming this early on in the life of eSports.

My target audience will be 14-35, as based on research they are the people who most watch eSport streams. Nearly all pro players are between the ages of 18-35 as well which makes them easier to relate to.

For the interviews that I am planning to do I will need other crew members as well as myself. I will need a camera operator, boom operator, and potentially a director too, although I’m sure I could do that myself and also be the interviewer, however this could be difficult and it may be easier to have a director. I will also need a Camera Operator and boom operator to film the scenes where the “host” is talking to the camera in front of a green screen.

(ETC News, 2016)

I saw this video by ETC news and I really like the style that they’ve used when talking about things. They stand and talk in front of the camera and then show the video they’re talking about over the top. I want to take inspiration from this and use a similar style in my film.

I looked into local eSports teams to try and get an interview with somebody and found out that The University of Kent is part of the National University  eSports League. I sent an email to the press and media inquiries email address from the Universities website to find out if they could get me in contact with one of the players so that I could get an interview.

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Here is the response I got from The University of Kent:

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I then emailed Alexander Lilley asking for more information and I didn’t receive a response even after multiple attempts to get in contact with him.

Final Project – Exam film

What is it that makes me do my project?

The reason I am creating this project is so that I can show people that cheating can only get you so far in life and that working hard and, in this context, revising will get you much further. At the time of producing this project many friends are taking their exams and so I think it’s important that they know the possible consequences of cheating in an exam and that working hard is the best way to do it.

My personal experiences that influence my choices (idea for the project, my role in the project, how it relates to my future career)

The idea for my project is a short film about a kid who’s dad pressures him into doing well in his exam, and so he cheats to guarantee his success. My role in the project will be Director and Camera Operator at times. I think this project will help me in a future career, as I will be directing a large group of people and I will learn some valuable skills that can help me if I get a job in the media industry. I will also be learning valuable communication skills, as I try and portray my vision for the film to my actors so they can understand how i’d like them to act in the scene. It’s also valuable to know that if I go to university I will have to take exams and I firmly know now that cheating isn’t a good way to go about passing them and that I should put a lot of hard work in.

What is basic premise of my project?

An average teenager faces huge pressure from his dad to pass his exam or he faces no summer with his friends. In the wake of this he decides to cheat on the test and secure a good holiday with his friends. After the exam his dad finds out that he cheated.

What do I seek to achieve and how it relates to my target audience?

I wanted to create this film to show people that cheating is not the way to go forward in life and that if you out the hard work in and practice towards your goal then that is the way to succeed. I think that this relates to my target audience, as they’re people that are currently taking exams.

My main target audience will be teenagers, as they’re the people who are currently in education and having to worry about exams. However, I think the film will still be relatable to almost everyone, as most people have taken tests before and so they know the pressure that comes behind them.


Bibliography

CS:GO TV. (2016). Na’Vi vs. NiP DreamHack Masters Malmö GRAND FINAL 2016 de_DUST2. [Online Video]. 17 April 2016. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6nORXwGVH8. [Accessed: 26 April 2016].

Dota 2 Tournaments. (2015). Dota 2 The International 2015 Grand Final CDEC vs EG. [Online Video]. 8 August 2015. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCIYtg51Bxc. [Accessed: 26 April 2016].

EGX. (2015). The History of Esports – The Virgin Media Gaming Hexathlon. [Online Video]. 19 August 2015. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeVmGuLDdjo. [Accessed: 26 April 2016].

esports-europe. 2015. Global Esports Market in 2015. [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.esports-europe.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Newzoo_eSports_Conference_Report_Final.pdf [Accessed 25/04/2016]

ETC News. (2016). DOGS FLYING PLANES – Weekly Weird News. [Online Video]. 14 April 2016. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE5JvJFwwxo. [Accessed: 27 April 2016].

gniktar. (2007). The 1990 Nintendo World Championships. [Online Video]. 15 February 2007. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXC20eO8QiU. [Accessed: 27 April 2016].

Lantas Productions. (2013). Gaming – History of eSports. [Online Video]. 5 July 2013. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJAEDfPEdB4. [Accessed: 25 April 2016].

Mike Maples. (2016). The Rise of Esports. [Online Video]. 2 April 2016. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqmuDib1wVs. [Accessed: 25 April 2016].

Settle It On the Screen. (2008). That’s Incredible – First Video Game World Championship. [Online Video]. 3 March 2008. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO3ctKcI8Kg. [Accessed: 27 April 2016].

Spencer Kemo. (2013). OpTic Scump : Who’s the best in the GAMEEEEEEEE. [Online Video]. 1 July 2013. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XCYQpMGo_U. [Accessed: 26 April 2016].

 

 

 

2.2

2.1

Who am I?

In this task we had to create a mind map around ourselves, who we are and what our interests are.

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I did quite enjoy this task as it allowed The mind map was meant to contain things that we both liked and disliked. It’s quite difficult to talk about things that you really don’t like, as I think it would be difficult to show via pictures that you really hate heavy metal music.  I did sneak in a picture of Adam Sandler who has made some of the worst movies ever created. I put Kanye West in a love heart in the middle because he’s my favourite artist.

In this task we had to talk about who we were. It is similar in a way to the mind map that we did, as we are talking about ourselves, however we were meant to talk more about our personality and our physical appearance. I found this task really quite difficult surprisingly as it is quite difficult to talk about yourself without just saying what you’re interested in. This is sort of what I ended up doing.

I was sort of surprised about what Declan said to me, as sometimes I think I’m not the most confident person in class and could speak out more, but I have been working on it recently. I think Declan is right, as most of the films I’ve made in and out of college so far have been comedies, as I feel that’s what I’m good at and what I’ve done the most. Therefore for my Final Major Project I might try and lean away from the comedy and create something more serious to test my skills and abilities.

If I were to do these tasks again I’d spend a little more time planning what I was going to say before I filmed myself, as I think I could have done it better a lot better. I would also ask more questions about what the task was so that I had a better understanding of what we were meant to be doing.

Homework:

From what Declan said about me in the previous task I think that I should try and do something more serious instead of the usual route of comedy that I seem to go down. I’ve been tinkering around the idea of a found footage film, as some found footage films are some of my favourite ever films like Chronicle and Cloverfield. However so far I haven’t made any final decisions on genre or story and am keeping my options open until I’ve done some more research.

mind map


Research Plan

The 4 different interests that I’ll be looking at are Music, Film, Gaming and History

What I will research into:

Music:

Find out about the origins of big British festivals (Reading, Glastonbury)

Visitor numbers

Find out more information about global festivals

What was the first modern music festival?

Why?: I need to find out further information about music festivals and the history of them to find out potential things that I could make a film about

eSports:

The origins of eSport competitions and tournaments

How eSports have changed since the beginning

When did eSports become more of a spectator sport than just competitions

Why?: I need to find out more information about the origins of eSports, as it is information that I currently don’t know much about. Therefore I wouldn’t feel comfortable choosing to make a film about this interest before I know all the facts about it.

History:

Find out more about Dover Castle in World War 2

What other uses have been for Dover Castle except World War 2?

Would people care about a film about WW2 in the local area?

Why?: I need to find out what people think about the potential of a film set in or about World War 2 to see if it is something that people would be interested in and would like to watch.

Sci-fi film:

Look into some more local based sci-fi films

Research into the first sci-fi films that I already know some information about

How has sci-fi changed since the dawn of film compared to today

Why?: If I look into some more local based Sci-fi films I can find out if making a film that usually requires a lot of visual effects is feasible to make on a low budget in the local area.

Music

For music I really like going to festivals at the moment. I’ve been to Glastonbury a few times, but recently I’ve gone to some more local festivals like the Smugglers Festival just outside of Deal. I actually did some filming for the event last year which was good fun and some worthwhile experience. There are festivals globally that look like great places to attend like Coachella in America and Tomorrowland in Belgium. The festivals that are local to here don’t really have any big bands or large crowds compared to some bigger more global festivals. This makes them more of a chilled out atmosphere compared to a larger festival where you might be rushing around to see multiple bands.

Primary

  • Have you ever been to a music festival?

Person #1: “no I haven’t; I’ve only been to see live bands in pubs and bars”

Person #2: “Yes I go to Glastonbury most years and have been to some smaller ones in the local area aswell”

  • Would you prefer to go to a local or a bigger more global music festivals?

Person #1: “Probably more of a local one”

Person #2: “I prefer to go to local festivals, as it is more chilled out than a big festival; it’s less mainstream and much easier to get to usually”

  • Do you think a documentary style or a short film would be better for a music festival setting?

Person #1: I think that a documentary about music festivals could be really interesting, as I don’t know a lot about music festivals apart from what artists play at them.

Person #2: Yeah I think a documentary would be a cool idea too, but if you could make a short film it could be really good in that setting.

Secondary

I thought I’d start off with this research by looking into how arguably the biggest music festival in the UK came to be.

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(Digital, 1997)

This is the original poster for the first ever Glastonbury Festival. I find this poster really interesting due to the fact that The Kinks played a festival in which (Glastonburyfestivals, 2016) the attendance was 1,500 people. The Kinks were such an influential and important band in that era it seems crazy they played at such a small festival.

eSports

I’m quite interested in the professional gaming community at the moment. Recently eSports have become hugely popular around the world; stadium events sell out all over the world, however it’s not very big in the UK at the moment so its more of a global thing. I don’t know that much about the start of eSports and who were the first teams to play and the first games to be played so that is something that I can do more research into. The recent League of Legends final had over 100,000 people in the stadium and more than 23 million viewers watching on platforms like Twitch. The prize pool for the tournament was over $2.1 million with the winner taking $1 million between the team. There isn’t as much local gaming as there used to be due to the rise of the internet and the ability to play with anyone globally at the click of the button. In South Korea I know that the main sports channel is actually an eSports channel and is watched massively  like any normal sport game would be here in the UK.

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/understanding-esports-a-brief-history-of-esports/0143925

http://www.wired.com/1993/06/netrek/

Primary

  • What do you think of eSports?

Person #1: “I’ve never seen one”

Person #2: “it’s very entertaining; I prefer it to watching normal sports”

  • (If negative) Would you be interested in watching an eSports match?

Person #1: “Yes”

Person #2: N/A

  • Do you think eSports can ever become as big as traditional sports? and why?

Person #1: “I don’t know a lot about eSports, but think it can, as it’s pretty much the same principle as traditional sports in people watching something they enjoy being played competitively”

Person #2: “I do think it can be, because when I’ve been watching a cs:go pro game I get more excited than I get watching Football. It has the same feel to it as an actual sport and a big enough community to become even bigger than traditional sports.”

Secondary

eSports is the term used for professional gaming tournaments around the world. I want to find out about the origins of eSports and how they’ve progressed since the beginning.

I thought that I’d start my research by looking into the first ever online game. I came across an article from the website Wired from 1993 talking about a game called Netrek.(Kelly, 1993) “I like to think of Netrek as the first online sports game” I found out that the first online game that you could play on a server with friends was Netrek. The game is loosely based on Star Trek and was quite popular at the time with “5000 people…find their way to a couple of nodes on the net and pick up a game of Netrek”. This was the first online game, however it wasn’t played competitively. I looked further into that era and found out that “the release of Doom on December 10, 1993 marked the popularization of first person shooter as a competitive eSports genre” (wikipedia, 2016) The game was gory and revolutionized the genre of first person shooters. In 1995 Microsoft held an offline Doom II tournament for PC players. It was called Deathmatch ’95 and “has defined eSports competitions since”. I believe that this was the first modern eSports tournament ever. This doesn’t mean however that it was the first gaming tournament, as I found this article about a space invaders tournament.

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(Retroist, 2013)

History

I’m also quite interested in History, specifically World War 2, as I think a lot of the stories and battles are interesting and I enjoy reading and learning about them. Some of my top 5 favorite movies include Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan which are based during the conflict. I’ve visited a concentration camp in Berlin before called Sachsenhausen which was a strange experience to say the least, but it was really interesting to learn about what the prisoners went through and how the camps were run. This is more global compared to learning about stories that happened more locally like the defense of the UK at Dover Castle and the wartime tunnels. I’d like to potentially learn some more about what happened at Dover during the war and the effect it had on the local area.

  • Find out more about Dover Castle in World War 2
  • What other uses have been for Dover Castle except World War 2?

Primary

  • Do you think it’s still important for people to learn about history in schools?

Person #1: “I think so, because then we can learn where we came from”

Person #2: “Yes, because it’s interesting”

  • Would a film about local history in WW2 interest you?

Person #1: I think it would be cool to have a film done about things in the area around here, as we know the places and it would be interesting to know about the history of them.

Person #2: “I’m not really that interested in World War 2, but I’d probably watch it if it was about locations near to me.”

Secondary

I looked up the English Heritage website for Dover Castle, as from my previous knowledge I know that they run Dover Castle at the moment. I found out some useful information about Dover Castle in WW2 (English Heritage, 2016) “Napoleonic tunnels were brought back into service in the Second World War… It was from here that in May 1940 Vice-Admiral Bertram Ramsay organised the extraordinary evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk”. I also found this current day map of the whole site: Capture(English Heritage, 2015)

I found this map really interesting, as it shows how the castle has changed throughout it’s lifetime and what has been added at every different stage through history.

I thought that I’d look further into the tunnels located underneath the castle and found out about (Corey Charlton, 2015) some tunnels that were recently re-opened to the public after being filled in in the 1970s. Here are 2 pictures from the tunnels:

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(Daily Mail, 2015)

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(Daily Mail, 2015)

I particularly like the second picture, as it is graffiti from the people who built the tunnel in 1940 and helps us to understand the thoughts and feelings of the people who were there at the time.

I also wanted to look into what other uses the castle has had apart from World War 2. I found out (English Heritage, 2016) that the tunnels were used in the Cold War for planning of how to organise life in the event of a nuclear attack.

Sci-fi film

Lastly I have a real passion for film, and specifically I really like sci-fi. I am a huge fan of Star Wars and other films like Interstellar, Attack the Block and 2001: A Space Odyssey. This isn’t something that is typically produced at all locally, as sci-fi films often require a large budget, due to the high CGI and visual effects costs, and so are only really made in Hollywood, however Attack the Block was a British made film, although there isn’t a lot of cgi at all except the aliens themselves. I’d like to learn more about the origins of sci-fi to see where it all started, for instance I believe that one of the first sci-fi films was about a rocket journey to the moon, however I’d need to do more research on this.

Primary

  •  Do you like Sci-fi movies much?

Person #1: “I don’t mind them, but to be honest I wouldn’t really choose to watch one if I had the option to watch something different.”

Person #2: “Sci-fi is one of my favourite genres. Whenever there’s something Sci-fi or space related on at the cinema I try to watch it.”

  • Would you watch a locally made Sci-fi movie?

Person #1: “Yeah don’t see why not”

Person #2: “Yes, probably”

  • Do you prefer Sci-fi movies to be set in the present or in the future?

Person #1: “I don’t really mind to be honest; it depends on how good the film is.”

Person #2: “The future I guess, as you get to see much more advanced technology in the film”

Secondary

I thought I’d start off my research by looking into the first ever sci-fi film. The film that I was talking about was called “Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon). The film was created by Georges Méliès in 1902 by far the most popular film that Georges Méliès ever made; he actually made 530 short films between the 1890s and 1920s. Here is a quote from Elisabeth Thuillier (Sensesofcinema, 2012)”I coloured all of M. Méliès’ films. The colouring was done entirely by hand. I had 200 people employed in my workshop. I passed my nights selecting and sampling colours. In the daytime, the workers applied the colours according to my instructions. Each specialized worker took responsibility for one particular colour. There were often over twenty (specialized workers) …” They painted every single frame on about 50 reels of the film and was a revolutionary way to colour films at the time. The effects that are used in this film are very good for the time considering there were no green screens or computer effects it’s truly amazing they were able to produce what they did.

Reflection on Research plan

I found this task quite challenging at the start, as I couldn’t really understand the question that was given to us. I had it explained to me a few times before I fully understood what I was doing. This did however mean that I’d wasted quite a lot of time on the task and so I overran on a lot on the time we had for the task. The task itself wasn’t too difficult once I got started and I was able to quite easily write a research plan so I know what I’m going to look into specifically tomorrow; so that I have some general direction for my research.


 Reflection on Primary & Secondary Research

I found this task much easier than the previous one. Once I had my interests written down it was much easier to talk about them. I found out a lot of information that I didn’t know about. Especially about eSports and the origins of the tournaments which I found quite interesting. I got some good answers from the interviews and focus groups that I did in class that I was able to use for my primary research.

Bibliography:

Corey Charlton. 2015. Inside the secret tunnels of the White Cliffs of Dover: Network built to help stop Nazi ships during WWII opens to the public after being hidden for 40 years. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3167510/Secret-network-tunnels-constructed-White-Cliffs-Dover-help-stop-German-ships-moving-freely-Channel-World-War-II-reopens-public-time-40-years.html. [Accessed 24 April 2016]

Digital, P.G. (1997) Glastonbury festival – 1970. Available at: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/history/history-1970/ (Accessed: 21 June 2016).

English Heritage. 2016. History of Dover Castle. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/history/. [Accessed 22 April 2016]

Kevin Kelly. 1993. The First Online Sports Game. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.wired.com/1993/06/netrek/. [Accessed 19 April 2016]

Retroist. 2013. ‘Space Invaders’ revel at New York superbowl. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.retroist.com/2013/05/20/it-is-1980-and-the-national-space-invaders-tournament-finals-is-approaching/. [Accessed 20 April 2016]

Senseofcinema. 2012. ‘Chromatic Frankenstein’s Monsters?’: Restoration, Colour and Variants of Georges Méliès’s Voyage dans la Lune’ [ONLINE] Available at: http://sensesofcinema.com/2012/feature-articles/chromatic-frankensteins-monsters-restoration-colour-and-variants-of-georges-meliess-voyage-dans-la-lune/#19. [Accessed 20 April 2016]

Wikipedia. 2016. List of eSports Games. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_esports_games#Doom.                                         [Accessed 19 April 2016]

 

 

 

 

2.1

1.1

Original ideas

Working with a client

  1. What is most important when working with a client?

Always listening and taking notes of what the client wants you to produce is one of the most important parts of working with a client. As they are the person who’s paying your bills it’s important that you produce exactly what they want.

Script:

eSports Doc Script

Equipment Checklist:

For my project I will need a Camera, Boom pole, Shotgun Mic, 1x LED light, Zoom and a Shoulder mount. I considered using a tripod at first, but realized that as I want to film my interviews in Canterbury the street will probably be very busy and the tripod could get in the way and will be hard to keep carrying around, so therefore I chose to use a shoulder mount instead, as it’s on the go and is still quite steady. I decided it would be a good idea to have a separate person for sound in the interviews, as quite often you see the interviewer holding the mic, but that isn’t really the layout of the interview I want to do.

Location Recce:

The location that I want to do my interviews is outside The Marlowe Theater in Canterbury.

I chose this location as it’s not too busy, but there are still a lot people around the area that we can interview without there being a lot of background noise and less potential of members of the public getting in the way. In this location there isn’t any power supply so I will need to make sure that I fully charge all my equipment before I get to the location and to bring some spare batteries in case anything runs out of power. The location is next to a road so the noise from the traffic could be a factor that i need to think about, however I visited the location to test the traffic noise and it was quite minimal so I don’t think it will affect the sound quality too much, however if it does make a big difference on the day then I can move further away from the road. I had originally chosen to do interviews on Canterbury High Street, however I decided against it, as after visiting it in the daytime I believe that it’s far too busy to be able to set up somewhere without getting in the way of the public.

eSports Project

I decided to keep my project revolved around eSports, however instead of doing a documentary I’ve evolved my idea into a short film about an aspiring eSports player.

Location Recce

Risk Assessment

Pitch Proposal

Synopsis

Treatment

FMP script

Budget

Equipment Checklist

Legal Requirements

Storyboard 1

Storyboard 2

Storyboard 3

Storyboard 4

Storyboard 5

Storyboard 6

Storyboard 7

From talking through this project with my lecturer I’ve come to the conclusion that the film that I’d like to produce; I would not actually be able to produce with my budget and time restraints. Therefore I’m going to keep some of the same themes and plot points of my film, for instance the element of cheating, but put it into a different scenario. I think this is a better option than trying to create the film I’ve planned, as I could potentially end up without a film at all if I am not able to create it.

Final Project – Exam

Style/Form/Genre/Aesthetics:

The genre of my film will be Drama. I partly chose to do this as my previous projects have been comedy based and I wanted to test myself by doing something more serious. I think that the drama genre fits the themes of my film, as it’s about the relationship between a father and son and I don’t think a comedy or thriller or anything else would have portrayed it that well. The style that I’m trying to go for is a modern indie/coming of age film look and I’m planning to use a lot of wide shots.

Synopsis:

A short drama film about an average teen who faces no holiday with his friends if he doesn’t pass his exam. With his dad blackmailing him into passing his exam he decides to cheat to guarantee him passing.

Target audience:

My main target audience will be teenagers, as they’re the people who are currently in education and having to worry about exams. However, I think the film will still be relatable to almost everyone, as most people have taken tests before and so they know the pressure that comes behind them.

Working with Clients:

What is most important when working with clients?

The single most important thing about working with a client is to make sure to pay attention to the client, take notes and listen to everything they say. If you miss something or don’t listen and make something that doesn’t fir their requirements you could be wasting their time and your own. At the end of the day they are the person paying you and so it is of the utmost importance that you make the product to their specifications. It’s also vital that you are professional when working with a client, as if they have a bad experience with you then you are unlikely to be recommended to somebody else and it could ruin your reputation and be difficult to find work afterwards.

What skills do you need to work with clients?

In order to work with a client you need to have the appropriate skills to produce the product that they want made. For instance I would not be able to produce a million dollar advert, as I currently do not have some of the technical skills of filmmaking I would need to produce it. You also need good diplomatic skills to be able to talk with the client about the film they want you to produce and how you think you could improve on their idea to make the best product for them possible. Good time keeping is also another skill that is required when working with a client, as if you leave producing the film until the last minute an unforeseen event could come like sickness that could then mean the film is not produced and the client will not be happy with you and you won’t be paid for the project. Another thing is good communication skills so that you can talk with the client and understand the vision of the film that they want you to produce. If you don’t have good communication skills then you could end up producing a film that isn’t what the client wanted which could be a big problem.

What type of client do you think would commission you to produce your product?

I think the type of client that would commission my project would be Film 4 as they produce a lot of homegrown films in the UK or an independent film company that produces more short films rather than feature length.

Equipment Checklist

Location Recce

Legal Requirements

Risk Assessment

Budget

Synopsis

Treatment

Project Proposal

Script

Storyboards

Cast and Crew List

Costumes

Transportation

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