Documentary Task 4

Documentary Task 4: Evaluation

 

The first aspect of my evaluation will be a comparison of my final finished product against the agreed proposal. All members of the crew were present for the shoot and carried out their roles well. We devised roles as a group on the day and collaborated well, keeping communication throughout. However, we became less organised towards the end of the day, probably because we grew tired of continually filming, but had we captured and collated all the footage to one place instead of waiting till the following day, we may not have lost Sam’s footage and we would have had Frankie’s audio. In the future I will strive to keep concentration throughout and will keep the moral of the group up so we can keep on the ball and prevent any mistakes. The final product needed 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 final documentary does evidence the process including point-of-views from a couple of artists. However, I think we could have shot a better variety of footage to give the artists more evidence for their work. In the final documentary there was only the application of make-up on a few actors, it would have been better to have seen everyone’s process. In addition to this, my documentary only shows the initial stages of the application of the make-up, and the end result at the film shoot. A better way of showing this would have been to capture all stages of the application of make-up so the audience could follow the process better, this could have been shown in the form of a time-lapse. I think this problem arose because there were 4 cameras filming, but at least 10 make-up artists working. We rushed to film everyone and in doing so we got snippets of everyone, instead of a whole make-up application from one of the make-up artist on one of the actors. If we ever undergo a project like this in the future, I will try to better organise the group and assign them more specific roles like certain sections/people. This will avoid confusion  and keep organisation. Having said this I think our final documentary was acceptable to give to the Level 3 NVQ make-up artists as evidence.

The final documentary included the majority of the shots I pre-determined for the sequence. We included interviews from the make-up artists, the tutor and an actor. We originally had interviews from at least 6 members of the make-up group, however the audio got lost and the sound was only recoverable from a couple of interviews. Better organisation skills would have avoided this, however at least there were some point of views included in the final product. I also think we could have asked more specific questions to the actors, as they were theoretically the clients of the artists, this would have given the artists feedback on how to deal with clients which could have been beneficial to them for any future projects involving models. In the future I will better plan questions for any interview. The only shot I didn’t include was an external shot of the location, however I did include an internal shot of the environment leading up to the room that they were based in. I felt the audience didn’t need to see the outer location as it is shown visually and verbally that it is taking place at a college. Although I included all the shots I wanted, there could have been a larger amount of shots to make the documentary longer and include more evidence for the make-up students. This may have been possible had we not lost footage and audio, which again reflects on organisation skills which need to be improved.

I wanted to show the troubles the students faced whilst transforming the actors, for example time constraints or working in a crowded room.  This would have been shown in some of the interviews we filmed, however it was not included because we had no audio to accompany it. It was shown in the fact you could see they were in a crowded room, but it could have been better evidenced.

I think the structure of the final documentary was good, we interchanged between interviews, close-ups and medium shots which created variety and made it more interesting to watch. It flowed well with a combination of static and hand-held shots. As I have stated before more footage would have prolonged the documentary and showed more information the students could have used for evidence. If I participate in a project like this in the future, I will plan the schedule better and include more detail.

We created a proffessional  looking documentary with no budget which was a good accomplishment. Luckily, we had the facilities of the college such as tripods, spare batteries and computers to import the footage which worked to our advantage. For future filming I will look to the college to book their equipment as it is free.

 

In the edit I used a song from incomputech, a website with loyalty free music. I referenced it as a graphic at the end of the documentary so there were no copyright issues.

 

Technical  

 

The finished product was technically good, we prepared the equipment well before the shoot aside from my slight issue with forgetting the SD card which we quickly recovered from. The footage was easily inter-changeable because we’d set the white balance, shutter speed and aperture to the same value on all the cameras. My technical criticism is that we should have grouped together at the end of our filming, and collated all the stuff we had recorded so we had it ready for editing the next day. This would have given more choice in the edit and I could have portrayed more information. Because we did not do this, footage and audio was lost, although I managed to salvage some of the audio from the interviews using the sound from the camera. I also feel that if I were given more time I could have created a better finished edit, but I was only given a working week to get an edit for the make-up students.

Aesthetic

I think the aesthetics of the final documentary were good, I interchanged between interviews, close-ups and medium shots which created variety and made it more interesting to watch. It flowed well with a combination of static and hand-held shots. As I have stated before more footage would have prolonged the documentary and showed more information the students could have used for evidence. One example I stated earlier would have been to include more stages of the make-up artists applying the make-up, and showed it as a time-lapse. This would have showed the passing of time along with all the stages the subjects had to undergo to be transformed. If I participate in a project like this in the future, I will plan the schedule better and include more detail. I received good feedback  from my tutor and the Level 3 make-up students, saying it was a good edit and was interested. Both their criticisms were that they would have liked to have seen more of the application of the make-up. This may have been possible if we’d had more footage, but in future projects I will monitor my peers closer to make sure no mistakes like this are made.I also feel that if I were given more time I could have created a better finished edit, but I was only given a working week to get an edit for the make-up students.

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