262 – Blog Task 5


Reviewing our radio show. 

Our radio show was a game show about facts on Coventry. The format was to have different themes each week – all relating to Coventry in some way – and have the listeners call in with a guess on what they thought the show for the next week would be. The one to get this right would come down to the studio the following week and take part in our show. Originally we planned to do 5 rounds, which got condensed to 3.

The radio section of the module was really fun as I had not really had much experience in this area, unfortunately however, the 4 weeks went very quickly and it was hard at first to come up with a good idea that would work as a format. Once we had our idea nailed, it was a race against time to get it scripted and recorded.

I think the piece was well research, with a lot of information and facts on the area of Coventry, it stuck to the brief of “Undiscovered Coventry” very well. We could have worked on our presenting style by taking more time on each question and making it more tense by asking the contestant how confident they were with their answer and adding a bit more of a conversation element. This would have been more clear if we had done some extra research into other radio shows that have game shows, like Radio 1’s Real or No Real.

I also think the show lacked some sound effects, which could have been added over the questions, we could have played clips of music by certain artists mentioned, such as Chuck Berry’s My Ding a Ling, this would have just lifted the piece and made it a bit more exciting and involved. We could have added a running song all the way through the show the keep up the tempo. The sound effects we did use worked well, like the call in section, with the Dr Who theme tune and Jonathan Ross introducing Clive Owen, I feel we just needed to add more of this to get give the show some detail.

The show was technically sound, with audio levels set correctly and well edited to get rid of any odd sounds that may have appeared during recording. The format is also workable on all local radio stations, and would be easily transferable to Coventry and Warwickshire.

These are all things I will take in to consideration and things that can also apply to our TV show. I feel I have developed my confidence and script writing abilities, presenting is not something I particularly enjoy so this was a perfect chance for me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. The script writing was a challenge but I did enjoy doing this, so this might be something I consider when thinking about our TV show.

Once we had showed our radio show to our lecturers and peers, we received some feedback:

“Good use of music clips in order to introduce your theme. You could make more of your questions and responses, sound effects could be used to build the tension rather than a quick correct or incorrect. Perhaps you could ask the contestant to grade how confident they are. Overall though Good levels throughout, good research and a workable format. Well done” Paul Adkins

“Nice upbeat intro and the undiscovered format is clearly outlined. Lots of preproduction evidenced –all the questions and music clips have been well researched. Daisy holds the proceedings together well. A good mix of rounds. The questions were on the hard side – these would work for local radio. Good use of quiz callers  interactive. This is a traditional quiz representation for higher marks it needed to show more innovative ideas to engage a more tech savvy audience. Lots of research has gone into this piece. Good standard quiz format. Great title was expecting it to be used more the show. Well done.” Karen Arrand

We will now take this feedback into consideration and make alterations to the show, for the final hand-in on the 5th December.



262 – Blog Task 4

Blog task 4

For this blog post, I am going to compare and contrast Come Dine With Me and The Graham Norton Show. I will discuss target audience, why these formats work, audience interaction and how these shows may be improved.

Come Dine With Me (CDWM) was first broadcast in 2005 and is now on its 30th series. It was made by ITV Studios and has been sold as a format around the world. It now plays on Channel 4 every weekday at 5:30pm. The Graham Norton Show (TGNS) was first broadcast in 2007 and is on it’s 14th series. It was originally shown on BBC Two, but now plays on BBC One every Friday at 10:35pm. As you can see just from this information, CDWM and TGNS are very different formats, they air at completely different times, meaning they will have completely different target audiences. If we delve deeper into these two formats, it becomes very clear just how diverse formats really are.

The knives (and forks) are out as a group of strangers compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. And the £1000 on the table adds spice to the proceedings… (Come Dine With Me synopsis)

CDWM is a game show, which airs at 5:30pm, which in most households is just before or during dinner time, so this means families are most likely watching TV at this time. It also repeats a lot during the day, so also catches the attention of students. The show is based around cooking and competition, with the winner receiving a cash prize of £1,000. There are two different types of programmes for CDWM, one shows 4 contestants’ meals and a winner at the end of the one show, and the other show has 5 contestants for each night of the week, with the winner revealed at the end of the week. The main hook of the show is the narrator, Dave Lamb, who is very sarcastic and adds comic relief in some tense situations with contestants. They try to get diverse, loud and interesting people on the show, usually with people who are complete opposites to add some tension, competition and entertainment, as can be seen in clip 1 below:

The contestants go through a journey in the show, starting off all very individual, with their own views and opinions and ending all being friends and seeing a new light. This is not something that happens in every CDWM episode but it does happen quite frequently. This is the reason the show has been running so long and will continue to run for a lot longer.

TGNS is a chat show and airs a lot later then CDWM and is only on once a week. It is post watershed so is automatically aimed at an older audience. It does not have a particular synopsis or “hook line” because the show has different guests each week. Having said this, the intro to the show each week is practically the same, with slight changes made relating to the guests on that week as seen in clip 2:

TGNS has 3-4 celebrity guests on, usually one or two big stars, a performer/musician and a comedian, in that ranking order. Graham will talk to the guests about the work they are doing at that time, showing clips of new film releases and comedy sketches. The performer will usually do a song at the end of the show. TGNS is called The Graham Norton Show so, naturally, the show is driven by him, he acts as a link between the guests and offers comedic value when things get slightly awkward. He does his job very well and is very good at moving the show forward and linking conversations and the people on the couch. You can see that a lot of research goes into the making of the show, which is the main reason the show is so successful.

Come Dine With Me is all filmed on one camera, in people’s houses, which is very different to The Graham Norton Show’s studio based layout, this makes CDWM feel more relaxed, whereas TGNS is more formal, with suits, the posh “Red Couch” and the fancy lighting design. The equipment and location used for both of these formats work perfectly, CDWM would seem very unusual as a studio based show, just like TGNS wouldn’t be known as a single camera production, although this is something that could be thought through to create a new type of format, with Graham going to the celebs houses, instead of them coming to the studio.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006xnzc (BBC’s The Graham Norton Show Website)

TGNS is very audience based, as seen in clip 2, Graham always starts the show mixed in with the audience, making them feel like part of the show. Half way through the show he also asks the audience a question relating to one of the celebs on the couch, again, making sure they are not forgotten. Then, at the end of the show there is the famous Red Chair, where audience members sit and tell a story, if the story is interesting or funny, they get to walk off unscathed, if Graham is unimpressed however, he pulls a leaver and the person gets tipped backwards with the chair. The Red Chair emphasises audience participation and shows off Graham’s personality. This element makes The Graham Norton Show stand out from other chat shows. Audience participation is slightly lacking in CDWM, this is due to the format. Obviously, there is no live studio audience so the show relies on a narrator to fill the space a studio audience usually would with laughter or clapping. CDWM’s website is severely lacking anything to add extra content and interest to the show, they do have the recipe’s of the food cooked during the show, but something could definitely be done to spice this up and create something new and interesting for the show online. The website for this show is very basic, with no extra information or behind the scenes footage, only clips from the show itself, I definitely think this needs some improvements and an opportunity to make these would be to use the Red Chair as a way for the audiences at home to be more involved. There could be a Red Chair app, where you get to put pictures of your friends in the red chair and pull the leaver, or some sort of online page where people could vote for Story of the Month.

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http://scrapbook.channel4.com/experts/comedinewithme (Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me Scrapbook Website)

Audience participation is slightly lacking in CDWM, this is due to the format. Obviously, there is no live studio audience so the show relies on a narrator to fill the space a studio audience usually would with laughter or clapping. CDWM’s website does has a few extra things then the Graham Norton, such as the recipe’s of the food cooked during the show, more information on Dave Lamb, the presenter 10 steps to winning the show and a few links to foreign versions of the show, so this makes up for the lack of audience participation actual;y during the show itself. Something could definitely still be done to spice this website up though, as it is very formal and “wordy,” it needs to be more fun, creative and interesting, like the characters on the show. This would require a lot of planning and thought, maybe something involving an app again, like a Dave Lamb’s voice generator.

A way to improve The Graham Norton Show’s format could be to change the location, so instead of it being solely studio based with a live audience, it could be held in Graham’s home where he invites celebrities over for an evening and they can have a chat in the dining room over a glass of wine. There could be cooking elements to the show where the celebrities attempt to cook something in his kitchen and the whole atmosphere would be more relaxed and social. As for Come Dine With Me, the online presence and audience participation are the only things that really need updating, the format itself has proven to be quite solid and I think changing this would be a mistake.

260 – Task 4

Task Four

21/10/13 This week, we have been set the task of making a tutorial video about a certain film theory in small groups. We have been given Structuralist Film Theory and have to create a film that explains this to beginners in a fun and interesting way. The first step – as with the previous weeks task – is to research this theory before going any further. So far I have found only a few facts about Structuralist film theory, one of these being that it is closely linked to semiotics. The people I will be researching are CS Pearse, Metz and Marmet as well as reading from Culture Theory – The Key Concepts and Key Themes in Media Theory.

Culture Theory – The Key Concepts

In this book, they talk about Binary Opposition and Parole and Langue, which link in with semiotics. From what I understand so far, structuralist film theory is what is going on on the screen and the meanings behind everything, say a women was carrying a handbag and pushing a pushchair, that is what we SEE, but looking deeper into that, we ASSUME that she is a house wife, who stays at home to bring up the children. This can then also be taken deeper by the way society tells us she is a stay at home Mum, and how we make those connections just be looking at an image.

Key Themes in Media Theory

This book explains in an easier way the meaning behind structuralism and semiotics. This book talks a lot about Saussure and Barthes (listed below) and their theories on this subject. From this book, I understand that structuralist theory is about how things are perceived in an image. It is about how people view certain things. The book uses helpful examples from Barthes work where he talks about a French magazine cover with the image of a black soldier, who appears to be pointing upward, we assume he is pointing towards a flag. This image is significant because of the black man on the cover, suggesting that France is a diverse country, open to all races and religions. The meaning of this image would change dramatically if say, a women, or a black women, or a white male (and so on) were on the front cover. Meaning is the key word here, as everything in cinema is placed there for a reason, and structuralist film theory is the meaning behind the reason. These books gave me a list of further reading, so I will also be looking into the following people:

  • Ferdunand De Saussure

Ferdunand De Saussure was mentioned a number of times, he wrote a famous book about linguistics and the science of signs, which relates closely to the structuralist film theory. He felt that all things can be determined through meaning. He would be a key person to mention in our video, and to research further.

  • Roland Barthes

Barthes theorised in philosophy, linguistics, critics and semiotics. His focussed on revealing the importance of language

  • Roman Jakobson

Jakobson was influenced by Saussure and talked about the structural analysis of language.

  • Claude Levi-Strauss

Claude was an anthropologist, he has a book – Tristes Tropiques – which talks about his theories and research.  (Also see The Elementary Structures of Kinship.) He focussed more on human relationships and the structure behind that, but this can be applied to film.

  • Jacques Derrida

Derrida formed a semiotic analysis called deconstruction. He was a post-structuralism figure, but may still be interesting to look into. Other Influential Figures:

Hitchcock Theory on Structuralist Film Theory

Structuralist Theory Notes

Structuralism and Semiotics

Video structure:


262 – Blog Task 3

Blog Task 3

The Gimme Gimme Game Show:

Our radio show is a fun game show about odd or unknown facts on Coventry.


The Gimme Gimme Game show is a 5-7 minute quick paced fact game show. The show will be based in the Coventry area with new and interesting facts each week, which will all follow the same theme. The programme will have a different contestant each week, who will compete in the game to win prizes! The contestant’s job is to guess whether the fact we read out is a genuine fact or if it’s made up. There will be a selection of different sound files, which will back the facts asked in each round.

Genre and Characters

The show is in a game show format, with prizes, a main presenter and a contestant. When each question is asked, there will be sound files playing in the background, either a certain song or effect to add emphasis to the questions.

As well as a main presenter, there will be an assistant presenter, who will offer extra information and read out the scores at the end of each round. There will be a few phone-in’s to guess the theme of the next week’s show, one of those phone-in’s will be the contestant. There will be a short, informal interview at the beginning of the show with the contestant so the audience can learn a bit about the person.

Pace, Mood and Style

This show will be broadcast during the early evening, around 5pm, for the journey home. It would be perfect for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire due to the local theme, which could be adapted weekly or even daily. The target audience would be quite varied due to the topics covered in the show, but we are aiming for a young audience of 18-24 year olds in the local area. This will get the younger generation interested in local radio.

The pacing of the show will be quick to add tension and excitement, both for the contestant and the listeners, with fast paced music and ticking sounds between questions. This will make the show upbeat and fun, taking away the serious competition element. The show is quite easy to grasp, and has a simple structure, which will be easy to adapt weekly. This will make it easier for listeners to pick on, even if they have missed the first half of the show, or last week’s show.

This show is something completely targeted at a new audience, with exciting content, a wonderful presenter and different contestants and content each week.

260 – Task 3

Task Three

14/10/13 Task three was a group task where we had to recreate a famous dialogue scene from a film in a different cinematic style/movement. We were given the Italian Neo-Realist movement and were in a group of 6. We were all pretty clueless on what Neo-realism was so the first thing we did was research. We decided to do this individually then meet back up later in the week to report our findings and start thinking about which scene we wanted to adapt. As this movement does not have any set rules or even guidelines to follow, it was very hard to figure out the codes and conventions of Italian Neo-Realism films. Final video: Neo Kick Ass

262 – Blog Task 2

Blog Task 2

There are a lot of different views about radio’s future. Some people believe that podcasts and internet music sites like Spotify and also Youtube are taking over the radio scene and taking up listeners, but this isn’t strictly true. “Recent RAJAR results showed an increase in the number of radio listeners, reaching an all time high. Today radio reaches 92% of the UK population 787,000 more listeners than a year ago.” Richards, E (2011). So this means that peoples’ perceptions on radio aren’t true. Radio has had to move forward with new technologies in order to survive. It can now be accessed online and through mobile apps, this is how radio has survived for so long and, I think, will continue to survive for years to come, if not in a slightly different format. “So many technology and media companies are working on things that will make up the future of what we today call radio.” Titlow, J P. (2012).
The BBC has looked into making Radio 1 a TV channel, which can be accessed on the BBC iPlayer, on demand and on catch up. This may sound like Radio is just merging into TV, therefore radio is going to become extinct, but this is still a unique viewing experience for audiences and is specific to radio and music. “Content on the new channel will include music from Radio 1’s Live Lounge and the annual Big Weekend festival, as well as interviews with stars.” Sweney, M. (2013). There are also a lot of online radio sites, such as Stitcher Radio, which “blends terrestrial broadcasts with popular podcasts to let users build a highly personalized, lean-back radio experience.” Titlow, J P. (2012). It also streams local radio stations, making it easier to access radio at different points throughout the house and the day.
So what is the future for local radio? Well, without commercial radio, there is no local radio. Local radio is key for audience interaction and community spirit. “Without local, you’re back to networked shows that have less relevance to the listener, you’re back to the music and you’re back to the hundreds of alternatives.”  Andrews, G. (2008). Local radio is such a key part to the radio world. It offers detailed information about a specific area. An important part of this is content, not only music and conversation, but breaking local news… The challenge, therefore, is not for radio to change its core characteristics. Instead, it is to innovate and adapt to new technology, to new markets and above all to the changing pattern of consumer and listener behaviour.” Richards, E. (2011).
Changing radio is hard, because listeners like the way radio works today. Radio has a lot of older listeners, especially local radio, and so for them, this is something that has been prominent in their lives for a long time, and is also something that doesn’t appear to need to be changed. “Changing radio, for the BBC is the thing you get the biggest audience reaction against” Klaveren, A V. (2012).
Richards, E. (2011). Radio’s digital future. Available: http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2011/07/06/ed-richards-radio’s-digital-future/. Last accessed 5th December 2013.
Titlow, J P. (2012). 5 Companies That Will Define The Future Of Radio. Available: http://readwrite.com/2012/12/12/5-companies-that-will-define-the-future-of-radio#awesm=~opaifmqxp8GN5A. Last accessed 5th December 2013.
Sweney, M. (2013). BBC Radio 1 to launch iPlayer video channel.Available: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/07/bbc-radio-1-iplayer-video-channel. Last accessed 5th December 2013.
Andrews, G. (2008). The future of (local) commercial radio. Available: http://www.garyandrews.net/2008/07/09/the-future-of-local-commercial-radio/. Last accessed 5th December 2013.
Klaveren, A V. (2012). The Art of Successful Radio. Available: http://coventryuniversity.podbean.com/?s=adrian+van+klaveren. Last accessed 5th December 2013.

Canon 60D

Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR

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The Canon 60D was made mostly for the purpose of stills, with the video feature added more as an after thought, until they realised how brilliant the videos looked and people started to use them solely for film. The “movies” are in full HD 1080p. Some features on the 60D that are unique are the high-res, free-angle screen, which was something not seen on Canon’s until the 60D, this means the LCD screen can be turned upside down to get a better, more personal image without having to lie on the ground and in awkward positions. The 60D is also lighter and smaller then other Canon models.

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The first pro for the Canon 60D is most obviously the amazing video quality, when they say HD, they mean it. The picture is always very crisp and clear, without the overly expensive price tag to go along with it, which brings me on to the second pro. The Canon’s are slightly expensive (£799 with a 70-300mm lens, according to the Canon Ebay Site) but for the quality of image you get, the price tag is very good.  Another pro for the 60D is the size. They’re very compact, meaning no big heavy case to carry around, which can be very irritating when filming on location. The camera seems very easy to get used to, with quite simple buttons and features, there’s an external microphone port so that when using the camera in a more professional manner, it is easy to plug in an external mic and avoid using the built in one. I am quite excited to get started with this camera and see what footage I can capture. I think the 60D would be at it’s best when used for showreel type work, maybe also music videos and short films, where the cons won’t affect the outcome quite as much.

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The first con for the Canon 60D would be the battery life. Although a lot of the reviews I read said the battery life was above average, they were obviously referring to the camera as a stills camera and not a video camera. Comparing the battery life to that of a professional video camera, it is quite bad with only an hour of battery, this can be overcome of course by buying more batteries but then the user would have to stop filming to change the battery, similarly, the SD card only records around 14 mins of footage, so again it would be best to have spare SD cards to hand. This again means there would be an interruption in the filming, so this camera wouldn’t be well suited to film concerts or shows where the camera needs to be running for a long period of time. The biggest con, I think, would be the audio quality. As previously mentioned, the video feature was only really added as a bonus, meaning they didn’t thoroughly think through the things a professional video camera would need to, so the microphone on the camera is very small and is situated above the camera, meaning most of the sounds recorded are from the camera itself, rather then from the subject you’re trying to focus on. Luckily there is an external port so audio equipment can be plugged in separately, but this means carrying around more equipment, which may mean more people are needed for the shoot, making it harder to organise and film. The 60D’s are also very small, although this can be seen as a pro in the sense it is easier to transport, it means it is harder to use as a decent shoulder mount when doing hand held filming, the camera is also very light so shots may be more shaky then when using a camera with a heavier weight, making it sturdier. this is something I definitely need to consider when doing my own work as I’m not as confident as I would like to be when doing hand held work.

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I found several Vimeo groups dedicated to just Canon 60D filming, which will help me see the competition when using these cameras, and also see the standard these cameras are capable of producing.





[Canon Ebay site – http://stores.ebay.co.uk/canon-outlet/_i.html?_nkw=60d&submit=Search&_sid=114950978]

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262 Blog Task 1

Blog Task 1a

The point of local radio is to create a close relationship between the presenter and the viewer. The viewer receives more useful information relating to the area they live in, instead of a more overall view of the West Midlands, for example. Local radio stations can give more information on local news and weather, giving school closures due to weather conditions and traffic and transport information on local roads/trains. They also showcase local sport and entertainment news, so people in that area know what might be going on at the weekend or in a few weeks, they might say what’s on at the Belgrade for example, or if there are any exhibitions on at the transport museum. The point of local radio is to keep the community in that area up to date and connected.

The target audience for BBC local radio shows are 50 years or over, but there is also a wider audience group who may just be interested in local issues. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire reaches 14% of the population of Coventry. (99 out of 690,000), which seems like a very low percentage. However, the BBC local radio shows have 7.2 million listeners a week. (17.3% of adults in England). With 1.3 million people only listening to these local radio shows.

BBC local radio stations are more focussed on the community and hold debates, whereas mercia, or touch’s priorities are entertainment, so they play more music and have more of a chatty show. BBC local radios have a slightly more serious approach and only talk about things happening within the local community.


Blog Task 1b

Greg James – Rage Against The Answer Machine

Greg James is on BBC Radio One from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, the target audience for Radio One is 18-24 year olds, so, naturally, there is a lot of music during Greg James’ show. He keeps the talking light hearted and minimalistic. At the start of his show, he does a 10 Minute Takeover section, where the audience write on the Twitter and Facebook pages which song they want played on the show and the people are picked at random, the only reason a song wouldn’t be played would be if they couldn’t find it on their system. This is great audience interaction section, getting people hooked right from the start of the show, it also gives a variety of different songs and gives the shows producers and researchers a chance to see what type of songs their audiences are listening to, giving them a better idea of target audience.

When we come back to Greg after each song, he tries to link with something coming up later on in the show, so he will say he is going to reveal a joke, but later on in the show. He also says the news will be “right after this song” when in fact, this doesn’t happen until 4 songs later.

The types of songs played during the show are quite new and in the top charts, these are songs like Lilly Allen – Somewhere Only We Know, (which is currently 4th in the UK top 100,) Alesso – If I Lose Myself (which is like an undiscovered track)  One Direction – Story of my Life (which is currently 3rd in the UK top 100.) So this fits in nicely with the target audience. Greg also plays a song that he specifically has picked and likes. This song is called I Lost Myself, by Sivu. He asked for the audiences thoughts on this track, bringing the listeners back into the show. He reads out some tweets and comments after the song has finished. This is just after half way through the show, so the listeners don’t feel forgotten.

The longest bit of dialogue between the presenters is near the end of the show, when Zane Lowe joins Greg James and Chris in the studio, they talk about a song Chris and Greg did called Mulled Wines by Father Chris Smith. This is a mock version of Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. This adds a touch of comedy to the end of the show, and also introduces the next presenter nicely.

After this little conversation has ended, Greg James plays another song and then introduces the line up for the evening, signalling his time has come to an end. He says goodbye and plays a song, which is where Zane Lowe will enter the studio. Playing a song last adds a nice crossover between the two shows.


Blog Task 2.

Ellen Terry Actress:
Ellen Terry (27 February 1847 – 21 July 1928) was an English stage actress, who became famous  in 1874 for her different roles in Shakespeare plays, along with other classics. Her entire career lasted nearly seven decades.
The story:
We could try and find some of Ellen Terry’s relatives and get them on the show to discuss her, they could give us all sorts of information on the life she lead and the person she was. We could get them to take part in a fun reenactment of a famous play she once did. We could then also link this to the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and see if they could do an Ellen Telly tribute night.
John Lennon and Yoko came to Coventry to plant acorns:
In June, 1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono came to Coventry to submit a piece of art at a sculpture exhibition at the Cathedral. They were to plant 2 acorns enclosed in a white iron circular bench, so the tree would grow inside of the bench. The acorns were planted in easterly and westerly positions to symbolise the meeting of John and Yoko, and also to show the piece and reconciliation Coventry displayed after the second world war, but it all went wrong when the bench was planned to be moved to a different part of the cathedral by event organisers. Somebody also stole the acorns and the plaque. So Lennon sent someone to collect the bench, probably in an attempt to forget Coventry ever existed.
The Story:
We could try to find the acorn thief, or ask the people of Coventry if they had ever heard this story and what their thoughts on it are, whether they think it actually happened and how truthful the story is. We could try and find somebody who saw Yoko Ono when she revisited Coventry some years later.
Coventry twin cities:
First twinned with Volgograd, in Russia during the 2nd world war. It was the first twinned city in the world. They joined because of the battles faced in both cities during world war 2, both cities were turned to rubble due to German forces. Town twinning was invented to create friendship and understanding between different cultures and to act as a peace barrier to countries who didn’t always see eye to eye. It was also invented to encourage trade and tourism and in later years it has been use to form international business links between cities.
The Story:
We could try and find out some more information on how cities are twinned, could completely base our show around a different Coventry and get a Skype interview with someone from that city, asking if they know about the Coventry in the UK.

260 – Task 2

Task 2:

7/10/13 This weeks Obstructions:

  • You only have 6 shots at 10 seconds each
  • You must try to evoke a particular emotion:
  • One of your shots should contain the use of one point perspective
  • One of your shots must be influenced by a Photographer/Cinematographer
  • It must not be within 500 metres of the university.
  • You must think creatively about the title of your work
  • You can use natural sounds only. No music.

Thought process:

I looked at some Vimeo videos by simply typing in “Cinematography” and found the videos below: Move – Rick Mereki – This is a video of a guy standing in different places around the world and gradually moving closer to the camera. He then moves off in different directions but always in a different place. It is edited nicely with the music. I like this idea because it shows how different locations can effect us as people. I would love to do something along this line but as I only have 6 shots, each at 10 seconds I don’t think this would work very well and is something I might recreate in another project. Dark Side of the Lens – Astray Films – I love how this video looked and made me feel, you could see the dedication and thought he had put into each shot so I thought I would look at other videos on the same Vimeo page: Esmeralda (Ben Howard) – Astray Films – At 3:57 there is a nice shot of a man standing alone at the top of a hill with the camera slowly moving backwards, it shows a vast empty space, which symbolises loneliness. Maybe this could be the emotion I create with my own work. This shot is one I would like to recreate but maybe with an object instead of a person. Old Pine – Astray Films – I liked all the wood scenes in this video, maybe a wood would be an ideal location to film. Looking at these videos made me start thinking about what type of emotion I wanted to portray in my piece, and felt that as the weather is quite downcast and cloudy this week, the best emotion to go with would be one that’s not particularly cheerful. I started to look at the idea of loneliness and re-watched the videos above, which kind of displayed this theme. I then typed the word “loneliness” into google images and this is the first page I saw: Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 17.37.38Most of the images above are in black and white or have a greyscale to them. They often show vast spaces, with one single person in the image. They often show people with their head on their knees. I like the first picture in the image above, but would prefer it without the person as I think the image on it’s own would have been a strong enough symbolisation of loneliness. I also like the second image on the second row down, which is in a one point perspective. I think this is a powerful image when trying to get across the emotion of loneliness because of how far away the person is from the camera, and how they are indistinguishable as a person.  There were also a lot of images of people on park benches, but this has been done so many times I am going to try and stay away from this in my own creation of this emotion. I came up with the idea of filming in a park that’s not really in use, is quite run down and unused and creating the emotion of loneliness here, maybe from a child’s perspective, so using very low angles and mostly hand held work. I know of a park very close to town, which fits this description perfectly and I now have a solid idea to work on and expand. I thought more about this idea and found that this kind of gave the back story of lost youth and growing up too quickly, maybe the playground is so abandoned because children want to grow up too quickly or are being forced to by the media and modern world. I then had a look at last year’s work and found this: Swings and Roundabouts – David Bird Which is very similar to my idea, I decided to not look any further into filming in a wood as a lot of the videos I saw seemed to be in woodland, I also think the weather isn’t going to be bright enough to get any decent footage, so I am sticking with the idea of filming in a children’s play park. I liked the second image in the video above and am going to create something similar to this in my video. I want my video to be in colour though as I feel black and white just over kills the idea. I also like the see-saw clip and was thinking of doing something similar but with a round-a-bout. I wasn’t keen on the girl being in the last clip and I don’t want any human contact with my video as I think this will emphasise the thought on being alone, the camera is the person in my piece and I want the audience to feel like they are the ones at the park on their own.

– opening scene in harry potter, 1:20 nice shot of round-a-bout. something I had in mind.
 – Blue colouring is nice, night time – don’t have resources to film then. 1:16 – swings start moving – feeling of loneliness, afraid… Whole scene kind of what I want to create but less frightful and more lonely.


I looked again at the lecture slides from Mondays lecture and found the one point perspective video, which led me to look at John Alcott, who was the director of photography for The Shining, Clockwork Orange and half of 2001: A Space Odyssey. I liked all the one point perspective shots he had used in his work. I thought I could use his style for my inspired shot and also my one point perspective shot, after thinking about it in more depth, I feel his cinematic style is right for the emotion I am trying to portray, as The Shining was all about a man trapped in a building alone, which drove him to insanity. http://film-grab.com/category/john-alcott/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005633/bio My final video: https://vimeo.com/76821916