After the Video Production has been screened to an audience you will carry out a written Evaluation of the whole project answering the following questions in review of your final product:
Here you need to demonstrate an awareness of why you did what you did, and justify or support comments on these production decisions through precise and well-chosen illustrative examples.
· What did I do?
· What skills did I learn?
· What went wrong?
· How well did you work as part of a team?
· How was your work received by the audience?
· How well did you manage your time?
· What went right?
· What would I do if I started again?
Structure, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar should be of a strong standard to ensure the Evaluation is a clear expression of your findings.
Your Podcast and Evaluation need to be uploaded to Google Classroom.
What did I do?
I created a documentary based on today’s education system and how the new digital team of Basingstoke College are implementing edtech and the use of blended learning into the college for all level two and level three students. I filmed and asked why they started, what they wanted, why they wanted this and what their end result would be. I tried to keep it casual and asked their favourite parts of the year and when and how this all began. I filmed the manager of the digital team as well as an apprentice, two blended learning facilitators and a couple part-time digital leaders so I could get information from everyone in the team and the impact they are making on the team.
What skills did I learn?
I was not very good with a camera before I started this so I learnt how to use a camera and how to film. I also learned how to use a tripod and how they work to hold the camera.
I learnt how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit all the footage together and cut parts that were not needed.
I learnt the most after I created the video by watching back. I learnt better ways of interviewing i.e. having the interviewee not looking directly at the camera and I learnt how to make things look more professional this way. I also learnt that I needed to ensure things were in focus before filming, luckily this was covered OK as I was able to cut it over with different footage.
I used YouTube Live / Google Hangouts on Air for one of my interviews, so I learnt how to use this and ensure it would be suitable enough.
What went wrong?
Most of my footage was shaky regardless of being filmed on a tripod which was my fault as I was still anxious about the camera staying on the tripod. I played around with the focus too much during some of the interviews so footage went in and out of focus which didn’t look good for the overall documentary. I couldn’t get a lot of the footage from some of the members of the team as times clashed or illness which left me with only a few members of the team rather than the entire team. I did not have a lot of outside footage so the footage I did have of the inset days was over-used and repetitive, there were unfortunately not a lot of training days that ran during the times I was filming so I could not get a lot of better quality footage (all other footage than member footage was taken on a phone).
How well did you work as part of a team?
I worked independently during this project which probably was not a good idea. I managed a group of people and tried organising them to film them on time to my schedule which sometimes would go wrong or I would get last minute cancellations. There was a lot of stress and worry as time was going quickly and it was difficult to get people in or match their availability with mine, next time sharing calendars or using another system would work better.
How was your work received by the audience?
I screened the documentary to two people, Scott and Sam.
Scott feedback: Embraced new skills including the new camera skills, editing skills and use of tripod. The documentary is structured well and the cutaways are precise. The framing and the focus (Sky) at some points is inconsistent, you should try and use the manual focus more and film each actor 2/3 times which could be hard but sometimes it is needed. The story is really well, it is fluent, pacy and is good promotion for the team. The editing is concise and has a good narrative. It is a solid piece of work for your first video project.
Charlie feedback: I agree with Scott’s comments because I do need more practice with both the camera side of things and the editing.
Sam feedback: The quote at the beginning, out of focus a lot – needs more camera practice, good use of overlay with the training videos, good music that fits well with the documentary, audio isn’t the same volume all the way through (Scott is hard to hear), title card should fade in rather than snap in, Scott goes off-topic and speaks for too long which could make the viewer lose interest, some good setting shots (Sky on her desk), all fit for purpose for the most part.
Charlie feedback: I agree with most of Sam’s feedback as I did need more experience working with the camera and the editing software. I think with Scott being on for too long could depend on the viewer as I did not mind too much and Scott’s points are valid to the purpose. I could fix the audio issue and the title card fade-in with more work. I think the quote at the beginning is OK for people who struggle to read but can be seen as being on for too long.
How well did you manage your time?
I think I managed my time quite well until the end which may mean I spent too much time in preparation for the video. I was really worried to start it as I did not have a lot of experience with the camera. Time-management was hard as I had to rearrange times a lot with the team members as seen in the weekly blog I kept where there were constant cancellations or reschedules due to illness or unavailability. I think I needed to manage my time a little longer as we were given an extra week to do the assignment which I had to use as I did not work on the editing any other time other than lessons and after that lesson and what I needed to do was work on it fully for a few days which was difficult as I do not have the programs at home and I had to be given structured time to get the assignment done. I think my lateness of other assignments meant this one was then delayed and having time to get everyone’s footage who wanted to be involved was also difficult – if I were to do this again, I would have worked with someone else to try and enhance availability so there would have been more time available to get everyone in.
What went right?
I managed to get at least one person from every role in the team which helped to give a variety of answers and view points. I think the music I used fitted really well with the documentary and I loved overlaying the inset day and training day footage over the team members audio footage as I thought it worked really well for the documentary as it showed what the team did as they spoke. I don’t think the overall documentary was bad, it could have been better but I feel like it puts the point across well and shows the team in a positive light which is what I wanted.
What would I do if I started again?
If I were to start again, there are a lot of things I would redo given that I had the experience the first time. I am a lot better at using the camera now so I think the filming point of view would be better and higher quality. I would definitely look into making the interviewees look at me rather than the camera and possibly introduce my own voice with asking the questions rather than having the title boards, which aren’t bad but I feel like my voice would make it more personal. I think before I started, I would definitely play around with the filming a bit more as even though I am better skilled at it, I am not confident. I would also try and get my own footage of the inset day and get more teachers involved as well as the Principal and Head of Teaching and Learning which I aimed to do but ran out of time. I would time-manage everything a lot better and make a plan of everything I should do and make milestones of each sessions and ensured I met each target. The time management of getting the members of the team in I would have tried to improve using Google Calendars and therefore sharing calendars and ensuring everyone was available without the need of cancellations or reschedules. I had a lot of issues of some members not knowing what to say so perhaps having a brief skeleton version of a script of things that have happened and they had been a part of as pointers and I would have implemented something (like the original animated idea I had) for the camera-shy members of the team. I would have also played around with Premiere more and ensured I knew all the cool features I could have used within the documentary.