Professional Development Through Module 161

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I feel after this module I have grown professionally as a director/media producer. My time in the studio has helped to push my skills further and test how I react to pressure in a Professional environment. A key example of this is the actual studio recording on the 14th of May, I felt pressured and nervous having the module leader sat behind me in the gallery. But I realised the ‘the show must go on’ and tried my best to get over it and work to a professional standard which I feel (and from other people’s feedback) the show reflects just that.

At the beginning of the module I didn’t feel as confident as a media producer as I do now.  After being inside the studio and working as a team I feel it has helped me gain further communication and teamwork skills in which I’ve use to help develop myself further. During the last few weeks, members of the group backlashed against our producer because they felt he was not doing his job correctly. This made me open my eyes and realise that I needed to fill in for what they felt was missing from the producer in terms of leadership. After doing so I felt that we all worked much better as a result, and completed the content for the show at much faster rate.

 The module has also opened my eyes further seeing how social media can provide new ways of delivering my work as a way of advertising productions to a larger potential audience. Twitter and Facebook have played a huge part in all the work for this module, from the retelling of the classic story The Emperor’s New Clothes to NetTV and it’s website. 

I have gained a further understanding that social media gives people a chance to see how professional you can be with profile on twitter and Facebook. I made sure to clean up my social networking profiles so that my passion for media can come across to anyone who may come across my profile. Having an online presence makes also allows for greater communication among potential clients and or those who are within the production team; with the advantage of Facebook groups. It gave an easy way for members to see my work and give feedback straight to me.  Looking back now I can see that it has benefited me in the quality of my work, making me feel that if I hadn’t had a Facebook, people wouldn’t have seen my work, making it much harder to give myself a professional I.D.

Overall I am very happy with my development through this module it has been long and hard most of the time. Though I feel I’ve grown professionally in how I work with other people within a small team now, leading them and communicating in and outside of the studio. I feel that in having a professional I.D, it has given me the confidence to get through the module successfully with an important and pressured role.

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Studio Update 4

This week has been some what difficult for me. As director people have been coming to me for info that dan (our producer) hasn’t been able to say. I’ve had quite a few complaints from different members of the group on how Dan’s worked as Producer. He has been booking wrong times, forgetting to book equipment and sorting out the show. So I talked to him a few days ago and asked for him to step up his game and he took it on. We’ll see how that continues through the next week or so.

We decided in our studio session this past Tuesday that Shahed will be presenter instead of Mariam as Mariam still has not been showing up to our studio sessions. I had to bring her to the side with Dan and tell her which she took professionally I feel, Dan has now put her in charge of the Health and Safety instead. I feel Shahed will do a much better job as we all noticed in our studio session that Dan and Shahed bounced off each other much better as presenters and will boost the show in terms of entertainment.

This week we also got the titles for our show filmed which I shall do a quick edit for Mondays session so we have a real V.T to use instead of random skate footage. The rough title may also help boost peoples morale to get the show finished if they like what they see. Watching back the footage for the title it looks like it will be very good! I decided as director to change the idea of the title to them running late to the studio as I’ve seen with ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ another magazine show. We worked very well as a group to get it filmed today and it has help immensely that Richard and Fred have their own camera’s because the quality of the footage would not be anywhere near as good otherwise.

I felt that I directed the V.T’s well and clearly. It was good to get the input from other members and Fred came up with a good idea of tracking the camera to the left at our local skate park in which he’ll put the NetTV logo as if it was there at the park. I trust it will look good.

This week we also did a lot of set designing and bought 3 chairs for the set. We went with 3 “granny” style wooden chairs to go with the idea of our set being an abandoned house. We also decided to ask around the shops for cardboard to use as the walls of our set, which went very well and we were given a very large amount of cardboard boxes by Primark and M’n’S which will help out so much.

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This way we could save as much money as we could rather then having to buy card, the cardboard will allow us to put wallpaper and Graffiti on them then nail the individual cardboard onto the boards in the studio quickly and easy saving us time on the actual recording day. Overall this week has really shown great progress with the show and I’m excited to see the final show.

 

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Studio Update 3

After coming back from easter I’ve found it hard to get back into the flow of getting things done for our studio module. But during the break Sam created a logo and posted it on the Facebook page this week and personally I think it looks very good it reflects for me a style that we can continue to use throughout our studio work.

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They’re maybe a need for change to make the skateboard look less ‘cartoon’ and there should be maybe some graffiti would look nice behind it. But I think most likely it shall be the logo we use in our final product. As the director I have to think about the imagery of our show and seeing the logo made me really think about the concept behind the way the V.T’s should be filmed. I feel everything needs to be energetic to go with the extreme sports theme, in my mind i think that jump cuts would work well for a lot of the V.T’s (more specifically the presenter challenge: it will give that personal video camera documentary feel).

Some people haven’t shown up to the studio sessions again this week unfortunately however some are ill and or have family problems and have gone home to sort things out. However it has come down on my head as i’m the director i need to arrange people to do the jobs that are missing its made us have to get around their jobs such as presenting and the autocue but we did manage to do rough run throughs. The studio run throughs have been quite smooth and our 3rd year mentors have told us that we our run throughs on a draft script have been very smooth, personally I’ve made many mistakes but as the director it’s my job to notice them and improve on it for next time.

We still havn’t fully sorted or filmed any content for the show like V.T’s but this is something that will need to be done closer to the time we have a draft script and a perminant geust to interview. Lucy and Emma have been trying to contact a skater called “Rob Dyer” who skated across America for cancer but we have not been able to yet.

If it so happens that he is unavailable I’m going to ask a friend of mine who is starting to get his foot in the door of the Pro BMX world at only 17 his name is Jack Foley.

Having someone like Jack Foley will be visually stimulating for the viewers to see someone potentially putting their life on the line doing crazy tricks. It gives us some content to help fill our production.

Overall I’m happy with the progress this week and we are starting to get our heads into the show now. I can see the final product being a success!

 

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