Documentary Task 2

Documentary task 2: Pre-production



Documentary Project Proposal
Working Title: SFX Make-Up Documentary

Producer: VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Make-Up Artistry


Cameraperson/s : Andrew Miles, Craig Ellis, Frankie Burrows, Gareth Skinner, Sam, Vicky Grant

Sound recordist: Frankie Burrows

Editor: Vicky Grant

Other collaborators: Rob Prior

Working Hypothesis 


We want to show the process of the Level 3 NVQ make-up artists applying make-up to actors to turn them into zombies for filming. We want to show the techniques used by the make-up artist and the process they have to undergo to transform the actors. Ultimately this documentary will be used as evidence for their work, which will be seen by their tutors. It could also be used for future students to see examples of previous work and to get a feel of some aspects of the course.



The documentary will mainly focus on the students on the Level 3 NVQ make-up course at Brooksby Melton College and their application of special effects make-up.

We will also focus on the actors as they are the subjects that will be transformed by the special effects make-up. We will also include some information from the group’s tutor to give an overview of the task assigned to the students, this will give the viewer a fuller understanding of the activity. This will make an observational style documentary.

Shots/ Sequences


  1. Interviews with students
  2. Interview with tutor
  3. Interviews with actors
  4. External Location shots/ internal location shots
  5. Close-ups of Equipment
  6. Close-ups of application of make-up on the actors
  7. Work areas/ stations.
  8. Medium shots of the artists touching up the make-up during the actors filming.
  9. Long shots of the actors on the shoot.


Main Characters

We will focus on the make-up artists who are applying the make-up to the actors for their assessment, this observational documentary will evidence this. In addition we will show the subject (the actors) as the process progresses.


We will show how the artists apply special effects make-up to the actors to make them look like zombies in preparation to filming. It will show the techniques used in the application of the make-up, how the make-up artists work under time constraints and how they cope in a real working environment. We will interview the students for a fuller explanation of the process and to get their point of view on their assignment.

On Camera Interviews

For each interview, list:

  1. We will interview the make-up artists to establish the process they are taking, what techniques they use, how they feel the process is going and how they feel about the finished product/subject.
  2. We will interview the class tutor to get an overview of the activities that are taking place with the students and what the aim of the task is.
  3. We will possibly interview the actors to see how they feel the artists have dealt with them, and what they think about the end result.


This will be an observational documentary to show the application and creation of special effects horror make-up from the level 3 NVQ make-up artists. We will start by establishing the external location with a wide shot and some wider shots of the internal locations and setting, showing the actors waiting for the process to start and the artists finishing setting-up their stations in preparation. We show the beginning of the application in medium shots and integrate it with close-ups of the equipment and the make-up itself. We will then go in closer on the artists applying the make-up and intersperse it with interviews from both the artists and actors. We will use wider shots of the artists applying the make-up as a group, showing how they have to work around each other, as well an interview with the group leader to reveal more information about the task given to the students. We will then progress to show the actors with the finished make-up applied, and interview a couple about what they thought to the make-up and how the artists handled them. We will show how the artists keep the make-up touched up on the actors during their film shoot. We will end with footage of the actors on set whilst being filmed to show the end result.



We have little to no budget. The crew consists of 5 cinematographers and 1 person on sound, we have all volunteered to help the special effects make-up artist students. To save money and time we will act as all crew members on set. There are no travel costs as the shoot is located at our college. The shoot is only a day long so we will not need travel expenses, etc.




We are filming in the makeup department of Brooksby Melton College. The morning is dedicated to filming the set-up of and application of the make-up, so we will need to be at college before 9.30am to set-up for 9.30am when the make-up artists and actors will arrive. We have to capture all aspects of the set-up, the equipment and the application but only have the morning to do so as the actors have to be ready for the film shoot in the afternoon. This means we will take staggered breaks of approximately 15 minutes so we can continually film to get as much footage for the edit. We can easily complete the filming as the shoot will only last a day because the task the artists have been given is only a day long. We will have finished the set-up shoot by midday and will only take a couple of hours in the afternoon to get footage of the artists and actors on shoot. Gareth and I have estimated that it will take us a week to produce individual edits but our deadline can be extended for in 2 weeks time, which is feasible. Our schedule will run from 9.00am to Approximately 3pm.


Legal/ Ethical Constraints 

Legal Issues.

There are defimation laws in place to stop untrue and maybe even offensive things being said about people. For example a libel defination would be when an unjustifies attack, in the form or writing, publication or broadcast is carried out in some way. This mainly applies to journalists but also media producers. Another form of defimation is slander, which is when a verbal attack is carried out. When these defimations are carried out, they can only be justified if what is said, written or published can be proved as fact, or if it can be deemed as a fair comment that is done in good faith, or if something is in the greater public interest, and it protected by parlimentary reporting.

Another legal issue is copyright, which is part of an intullectual property law. The original makers of books, plays, songs, photographs, etc have autamatic ownership over their own work. Although it is wise to seek legal protection to ensure extra protection. You cannot copyright an idea, only the application of that idea. These pieces of work cannot be used or copied without the permission of the originator, which is usually in the form of payment or royalties for example the distribution of CD’s.

The style of this documentary is factual so we will only be showing  the  actions of those involved which shouldn’t show any untrue information.

Ethical Issues.

Discrimination is also a legal contraint but also an ethical one. It is illegal to dicriminate and offend anyone on the basis of their gender, disability, age or ethinic prigin when employing in the work place. How the media would present such groups and issues are by representing them as architypes or stereotypes.

Ethical issues are not inforced by law, but certain practices and protocal are in place with some media companies to prevent issues such as offensive material (watershed), privacy, explotation, etc, which are all issues of morality (what is right or wrong).

Our documentary just shows the actions of those involved which isn’t of a religious, ethnelogical or cultural nature.


Our documentary will only be used for educational purposes and will not be released to the public for personal profit, therefore we are not infringing copyright.


Call Sheet


Personal releases

Because our video is for educational purposes only, we are not oblidged to acquire personal release forms as it will not be distributed or shown to the general public. However, just to be on the safe side and to get acceptance incase it is shown to other students in the future and not just educational authorities, I gathered personal release forms from all the participants, here are a couple of release forms I acquired :

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