Because we had only one day to film we had to make every moment count and get as many opportunities as we could. After e-mailing Bramley Baths it was suggested that on the first day we should arrive early enough to set up our equipment, familiarise ourselves with building and take any shots that would be best with not a lot of people around (such as establishing shots of the pool etc.) We arrived at 9.30 to do this, which gave us a nice chunk of time to deal with, due to the first session starting at 12.3o. This was also a good time for all of us to experiment with the camera, lighting and effects etc. before we did any vital filming.
Once the stay and play begun, we filmed as much as we could from as many angles as possible. Sam and molly took to the main filming at this point, whilst Hope, Thea and I too turns with the camera, sound, and documenting our project through taking photos.
When the pool session was underway, Sam and Molly took to filming and sound around the pool, whilst Hope Thea and I had the secondary 5D camera and took various shots from the balcony. This was quite problematic at points, due to Sam and Molly regularly walking into our shots and vice versa. This was the problem in filming a singular point of interest with a decent sized group of people. However we managed to get some really great shots in the end.
I felt that our second day went extremely well, due to us being able to obtain a 7D and 5D camera to film with, which certainly kept us busy. However, Molly was unfortunately unable to attend due to other arrangements, which left us with a little less manpower, but nonetheless didn’t hinder too much. The rest of the day seemed to go great due to i feel the teamwork. Everyone was able to use a different piece of equipment and we all had a go at getting footage in our own way. We interviewed a man and his sons at the Pirate Swim session, in which we got some great dialogue and feedback, as well as a double camera angle of the interview, which I feel looked smart. Hope had the chest tripod taking establishing shots of the interviewees and Sam was on the tripod filming a solid clip of them. I was manning the sound whilst Thea was interviewing.
After filming a great deal more, including the kids playing some indoor exercise games, an interview with Jennie and some more of the Baths in general I felt that we had more than enough good footage to be working with. Now to edit this into a 3-5 minute film was our next step.
I used this session to experiment with various lighting units and their intensities etc. I later incorporated the use of coloured filters which brought interesting results:
This session taught me some useful points regarding shadow and lighting when it would come to filming out documentary. It made me think about areas that I would like to be highlighted in a clip, and how much of a person I would want visible etc.
We had to complete a risk assessment form for basic health and safety, recognising the risks that are posed and how we can prevent their likelihood to the highest extent. This helps protects us and others around whilst filming, and the importance of this is amplified due to the fact that we will be working with children.
Today we got together as a group for the first time and made a detailed yet rough plan on how we were going to tackle our time and input into the project. Because we’re documenting the school holidays’ ‘Stay and Play’ group, we only have a limited time to film, being only two days out of the week long half term. This is approaching in the next coming week so getting together our arrangements so we’re ready for these days is extremely important.
However, this has made us realise that we do in fact have a longer amount of time to edit our film together post filming dates which can potentially make up for some potential difficulties when filming.
Upon arriving to Bramley Baths we were briefed about each of our groups we were documenting and given a timetable of the times that were best to come and film. Bramley Baths also made it clear that because we would have to be filming children for this project, consent forms and such are of the utmost importance. This means we will have to be very careful when it comes to permission on the day and time of filming.
Noteworthy elements Bramley Baths want us to include:
-Show how family friendly and orientated the Baths are.
-Take filming advantage on the ‘Mermaid Swim’, ‘Walk the Plank’, and times when the kids will be doing fun activities.
-What people want/think of the baths – promote.
-Focus attention on Jennie (especially for interview) and her interactions with the kids and other members. (Noteworthy member of staff)
A brief summary of the plans are to get at least an interview with a parent and child of the ‘Stay and Play’ program, an interview with Jennie, who is one of the main event organisers (predominately the children and exercise programs) and film as much as we can while we can. This will leave us with no holes in footage or content, and works well giving us a longer amount of time to work on the footage afterwards.
For this project I have been assigned to a group of 5 people, where we are to film a short 3 – 5 minute documentary concerning the activities of Bramley Bath’s ‘Stay And Play’ program for children in the school holidays. The documentary is to promote the organisation, most notably on part of its independent status (i.e. not being connected to the council or any other greater business). We are to document the positive outcomes on the program, and how it is good for the children.