Screening Day. 🎬

The screening day on Wednesday 14th June was media’s separate exhibtion where we could screen our films to the other FAD students, our friends and family. 

We decided to have two screenings – one for FAD students at 13:30pm and one for friends and family at 17:00pm. In preparation for the 13:30 screening we put up our individual posters opposite the screening room and used a roll banner to display the bigger main poster which was created by Emma Newell. I bought red and blue ballons, which matched the colour scheme of the poster, and stuck them to the door of the screening room and scattered the rest outside in the corridor. 

I am disappointed that only a handful of students from FAD attended the first screening because we had arranged it specifically for them. The students who did come enjoyed watching the variety of films and gave us compliments and positive feedback at the end. 

The second screening was better than the first as more people attended, including some FAD students who had been busy that afternoon. I had invited all three of my actors, however Oliver Moore (extra, stranger character) was the only one able to attend. For the second screening we provided bags of popcorn and a variety of drinks in the room next door. Graham introduced the screening this time and talked about the course before showing the films. The audience enjoyed most of the films and had positive words for us at the end. 

I am pleased with how the screening went, although it would have been better if more people had attended. 






Production Diaries – Week 15. 

Tuesday 13th June. 

Today media started to set up the room we will be using for the main exhibtion on Wednesday 21st June. We started by stacking the tables and chairs against the far wall as these will be covered by curtains later. We then started to clean the chairs we had been given, however as there were only 6 of them we will have to look for more later. We then hung the curtains infront of the far wall (to block out light) and infront of the back of the room. We have left one wall bare as this is where the Mac Computer will go, which will show all the films with bad language as there will be families with young  children at the exhibtion. 



Louise Howarth and I then went to buy snacks and refreshments for the Media screening tomorrow from Aldi. We decided to buy different flavours of popcorn (toffee, sweet and sweet and salted,) lemonade, apple juice and orange juice so that our guests would have a choice. We gave these to Jo to keep until tomorrow afternoon. 

Wednesday 14th June. 

Today was the seperate Media screening in the STEM building. We decided to have two screenings – one at 13:30 for the FAD students and one at 17:00 for family and friends.

 We set up the screening room by making sure it was tidy and that there would be enough chairs. We then hung the big roll banner poster, created by Emma Newell, at the end of the corridor and put up our individual posters across from the screening room. I had bought red and blue balloons to match our big poster and these were dotted around the corridor and attached to the screening room door. 

The first screening was disappointing as only a handful of FAD students attended. This was annoying because we had arranged a screening just for them instead of just having one for friends and family. The students who did come seemed to enjoy the films and gave us positive feedback at the end. 

During the break between the first and second screening we decided to take a group picture of all the media students (unfortunately three couldn’t be there) and our tutors Graham and Brian.


We used the room next to the screening room to host refreshments and snacks for the second screening. The second screening went much better than the first, as more people attended and Graham gave an introduction at the beginning. Everyone seemed to enjoy the films and had kind words for the students at the end. 



Production Diaries – Week 14.

5th June. 

Today was the submission day for all work, which I handed in in a clear plastic folder. I included my storyboards and equipment booking forms as well as the work book I had written in throughout the project. I also printed off a copy of my poster to submit and will print another copy for the screening on the 14th. 

Before submitting my work Peter looked over my evaluation and said that it was well structured and well written, however he said that I had been too self -depreciating and that I should change the structure of some sentences. I will make these changes to the evaluation I have written on my blog. 

6th June. 

Media arranged a meeting for this morning at 9:00am in the screening room, I had posted this information on the FAD page but forgot to include the time which may be why a lot of people didn’t show up. Emma, Josh and I attended and they arranged the order of the showreel and gave it to Brian. I then made a list of food and drink we will need (popcorn and pop) which Jo will provide for us. We made a third list to work out how many tickets needed to be printed, how many posters needed to be printed and the cost. Jo will cover the cost of the tickets and a larger main poster however we will each have to print our own individual film poster to display at the screening. 

We have decided to use red and blue balloons for our decorations as they match the colours in the tickets and main poster. These cost £1 — from the market in town. We will also use red and white stripy popcorn containers which cost £1. 

Production Diaires – Week 13.

22nd May. 

Peter and I had a short talk about where I was up to with my blog work, which I have almost completed. He has begun to look through my blog and we have arranged a tutorial for Thursday. He later sent a message via Facebook saying that he liked a certain part of my research and that he has written down things for me to consider over the half term break. 



Tomorrow I will get my feedback from Graham from last Tuesday and include my ULN number and project date on my final proposal document. I will print out and fill in the submission sheets Jo has created, ready for the final deadline. I will also print two copies of my film poster in A3 to display outside the exhibtion, one will be for the media – only exhibtion and the other for the main exhibtion. 

Production Diaries – Week 12. 

15th May. 

Today was the start of the exhibition prep process, which meant that we (the class) had to clear out and clean the Foundation room in order to set up the exhibition space. We started by clearing out our drawers and moving any work that had been left around the room. We then cleared the tables, which were stacked along one wall and then the chairs which were stacked on top of drawers. These will be hidden by the exhibition boards, which were put up after the space was cleared. I then helped by cleaning the sink areas and chairs that will be used during the exhibition. 


16th May.

In the morning we had a group screening of our final edits with Brian and Graham, who would give us feedback. I chose to go first as I had to leave before 10:00 because of my meeting at the WISH centre. Unfortunately I had to leave before my film could be shown, but I asked my peers to write down their feedback and I will collect it, and the feedback from my tutors next week. 

The meeting at the WISH centre was with Lauren today as Julie is still away. The group talked about how domestic abuse between parents can affect children in the household, a discussion was held about what the women thought their children needed, what they needed and what they thought an abusive person needed. We then watched the BBC drama Murdered By My Boyfriend (2014) which I have analysed for my secondary research earlier in the project. The film was very hard – hitting, for myself as it brought back the reality of what some people go through and for the women in the group as most of them had had very similar experiences to the character in the film. 

Originally after the group I wanted to show those who stayed behind for my interviews my own short film, however I felt that it wasn’t the right time as they had just watched a film about domestic abuse and were emotional. Five women stayed behind and allowed me to interview them anonymously on their experiences with abusive partners. I asked the women how they had felt then, how they felt now, how the WISH centre was helping them / had helped them and what they were moving forward to. It was nice to see that despite the things these women have experienced, they still had a positive outlook on life and were working towards goals and aspirations. I will link the interview recordings to my primary research post through Google Drive. 

18th May. 

Continuing with the exhibition prep, we spent the day painting the exhibition boards and cleaning, sanding and painting the corridor outside the Foundation room. I helped by painting some of the boards, painting part of the corridor later on and washing the paint trays and brushes at the end of the day. Next week we will begin to display work and media will put together a showreel of our films to be shown at the main exhibition and our seperate one. 


Production Diaries – Week 11. 

8th May

As I had finished my final edit I began to work on my final evaluation, where I will reflect on the work I have done and evaluate each process (research, filming and editing) in terms of what went well, what didn’t go well and why and what I would do differently if I were to do the project again. 

11th May

Today is the last day to complete pieces of physical work as the deadline to hand it in is Monday 17th. I will be giving my film to Brian via USB as he is editing all of media’s films together so that they can play on a loop during the main exhibition. 

In the afternoon I had a short meeting with Peter and he gave me feedback on my finished film, which I have uploaded to YouTube. I will privatise the video after showing it to Jo as it has not been marked yet. Peter said that my film was powerful as it tackled a delicate subject and that I had resolved telling a complex story through the narrative and shots I had used. He mentioned that one of my strengths is planning how I shoot scenes and that he has noticed this in my other work, this is similar to what Brian has told me before as he also thinks my strengths are planning and organising. 

In his opinion, the strongest scenes are the flashback scenes as he likes the interior shots and thinks that the black and white effect works to hide the strong lighting. Peter also liked the ending, which he said was a dramatic way of concluding the story. He mentioned that I had managed to convey the narrative, the time changes and the pressure the character was under due to the abuse in a short space of time which gave the film a good pace. He was pleased with the film as a whole and said that he felt involved with the narrative and the characters. 

I am happy that I have recieved a lot of positive feedback about my film as I was slightly unhappy with it before as it wasn’t what I had imagined. I have planned to have a tutorial with Peter next Thursday to look at my blog work. 

Post Production – Exhibition Plan and Poster.

Exhibition Plan.

My exhibition plan is to include my short drama film in a compilation of work done by the other media students, this will play on a loop from a projector in a separate room from the main exhibition space.

Media will have a short film screening sometime before the main exhibition in either the screening room (located in the Future Centre) or the lecture theatre (located in the University Building.)

Poster.

Part of my exhibition plan is creating a poster to advertise my film, this is something I did for my FMP on my previous course. Creating a poster will draw attention to my film as well as inform people of what it is about and when / where it will be shown. I will display my poster either in the main exhibition room, or in the corridor near the room media will be using to show our films.

I created my poster on www.canva.com and used a still image from my film as the main image / background. I chose the name ‘attrition’ because it means ‘the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure’ I have applied this meaning to my character as the abuse has worn her down, causing her to act un rationally.

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