Treatment

Title

Bramley Baths – Stay and Play

Audience

Young children and parents

Duration

2 – 5 minutes

Overview

In this short video we will introduce Bramley Baths and what activities they run for children and families during the week and during the holidays. We will show the variety of activities, conduct interviews with parents and how it helps the community and benefits the children. Our main goal is to make it fun and exiting, we want to show the children having fun and we want to know why they like it. It will include a variety of shots, most of these will be very active for example jumping, running, swimming and dancing. The aim of this promotional video is to influence the viewer, we want them to watch it and think ‘wow that looks really fun’. It will be energetic, exiting and informative, as we will conduct interviews with the leaders of the activities. The video itself will probably be around 3 minutes, we don’t want it to be too short as we wont get all the information we need but we also don’t want it to be too long so the viewers don’t lose interest.

Interview Questions/Details

Whilst reviewing the interview footage with David, we came to the conclusion that we needed a solid narrative for the film which would have to be created based around the interview answers we obtained. However, after bringing our footage to the computer, we quickly realised that our audio was not a crisp as we had first imagined. In points of some of the interviews some words were ineligible, and so we were suggested to use subtitles or go back and film.

Jenny interview
What favourite thing about working at Bramley baths
Involves community lots of activities diversity
What makes it unique?
Do things like the mermaids, cinema, open to lots of ideas
What love about job?
The people everyone knows everyone community atmosphere
Do thing it’s good to get kids out?
Good to get kids out and of their IPhone and things get them in the pool let kids be kids
Why do you like working with kids? Motivation
Energy enthusiasm for me it’s good for them to just come and have fun and let them play
Their energy keeps you going

Dad and kids interview
Kid has swimming lessons here
If not here probably just at home making something
This is a lot more family based. Nice atmosphere could throw stuff really relaxed good to spend time with family could play with other kids everyone was nice playing
Slugs have 3000 teeth and 4 noses and hippos are more dangerous than lions

Mermaid interview
Not really come here
Going to do it every Wednesday
Did mermaid swimming got to see other people
Bubble kisses
Mermaid name Arial
Me and mum have been looking for somewhere I love swimming

Mum and daughter interview
Got a leaflet from school because it said mermaids we signed up because she’s got a tail
Close by community based nearby
Probably watching tell or on iPad good to get out and exercise together
Messing about trying to do different moves
Couldn’t stand up
Exercise getting her away from iPad not too expensive
Can come and join in
I like to come to Bramley baths because you can put on your mermaid tails and do dances and meet other people
Likes to sing and dance at home do your own thing

Final Editing Touches and Upload

Hope, Sam, Thea and myself met today to touch up on the filming and agree on a final look before we uploaded.

We added the names of the Interviewees, neatened up the subtitles and toned down some of the audio to avoid reverb when screening next monday. We also realised we had to loop our music again to fit in and sync with some of the shots which wasn’t too much hassle. Sam then went on to do some colour correction on some of the clips to give a fresh vibrant outcome. Fortunately we were quite lucky on the lighting side of footage, and managed to get mostly nice looking shots.

One last problem we did have however was where to place the titles of the interviewees on screen. Upon our research we came across various ways of doing this, and there wasn’t really any one rule to do it either, according to the BBC Guidelines. However, we felt it looked the smartest just above the subtitles on the bottom left hand of the screen.

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Video Editing – Subtitles

I was unable to acquire any footage to work with over easter, due to only 2 people in my group having a hard drive, and so today was a very busy editing session.

Sam, Hope, Thea and I made our main priority making sure audio was usable and sounding the best it could sound, and figuring out alternatives to parts that were rough. After some experimenting on Adobe Audition with some interview audio, it was clear that we were going to need subtitles in parts, on account of the loud background noise. As a group we looked through various TV extracts with subtitles, notable BBC News stories and figured out how we were going to incorporate them.

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Sam listened and noted down the dialogue in the interviews, whilst hope played it out on screen. We tried to make the subtitles look as natural as possible, but it was quite hard due to the colloquial nature of the interviews. Because of this we found online the BBC ‘Online Subtitling Editorial Guidelines’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guidelines/futuremedia/accessibility/subtitling_guides/online_sub_editorial_guidelines_vs1_1.pdf

This was extremely helpful and following the guidelines that were stated made our subtitles look a lot more professional and cohesive with the images on screen:

We most notably looked at the parts concerning presentation, and accents (which came under the idea of chatting and how t directly quote someone grammatically correct).

A lot of extracts we found used subtitles very differently however, which I felt sort of reflected their subject matter. For example, as seen in the BBC News extract above, the writing was kept into a dull transparent box which struck me as very composed, linear and formal and almost separated definitively from the subject the video was dealing with.

However, our documentary is being made in a promotional sense, and dealing with children at that, meaning something more intimate or less formal is probably a better choice. A documentary I found called ‘What makes Germans so successful’, has some english subtitles on it, with really seem to fit the feel of the video – i.e. a familiar, upbeat documentary on the subject at hand

Furthermore, these subtitles seemed to use a a black outline around a white basic font, making it simple and easy to perceive, but not overly formal. I felt this was the aesthetic we needed.

 

 

 

Documentary Research

I wanted to find some recent documentaries that can help me understand what to include, how to work with camera angles and working/recording in a live, spur of the moment atmosphere.

After our first tutorial, I realised that the two most important things to get right were the audio quality, and camera work, as if these things are on point then we will be able to work with them to some positive extent when editing, even if we have lesser or worse footage than we expected. The subjects of this documentary regularly had mic’s on their shirt, as it is clearly a very dialogue based documentary. The nature of our documentary is more playful and promotional, where I think we will be grabbing people to talk quickly for 5 minutes, in a very informal manner. This made me realise that we may not be able to be as meticulous as we wanted when recording.

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They also used their statistics and facts by putting them on screen in a white box, which looked both easy to read and formal enough. I think this could be a potential use for our film.

The Child Documentary was concerning child protection and to what extent families had their right to raise their child as they see fit and where it would be crossing a line in the eyes of the government. The main argument was if the government had any more right than the parents to judge their methods.Basically, this documentary uses a lot of interviews, and is almost based around them entirely. A narrative is constructed through pure interviewee feedback put into the right place, which makes it both real and firsthand. I feel like our documentary will have to rely quite heavily on a dialogue feedback narrative, to explain what Bramley Baths in about. The camera angles were mainly simple but effective, as there was no need for any dramatic shots of the family, due to their subject matter being shocking enough. It’s clear that the camera work needs to reflect quite truthfully what the subject matter is for highest and most sensical effect. The music was one of the most important dramatic effects, as unlike a certain camera angle or vision, music is widely suggestive to the situation. The fading in and out of the music and the syncing was noticeably good in this documentary and certainly something we need to think about for ours. There were however some points in this that were a little poor such as some lighting at points, as well as some subtitles used for bad audio, but this just tells me that when filming live and on the spot you need to make do with what you have.

This short New York Times Op-Doc used a really great narration narrative which was extremely easy to follow and understand. Although, for the topic at hand this is probably the best means of documenting it as the details need to be accurate, without any human flaw one may obtain in say various interviews. Mr. Wright is clearly talking from a sense of reason, and though one may disagree with him he still stands respectable and easy to listen to. For our documentary, we’ve been told to make Jennie our focal interview due to her vast involvement with Bramley Baths, and so need to make her sound like the voice of truth and reason within the documentary. The overlaying of appropriate clips and footage whilst Mr. Wright is talking is also done well, and what we will need to do also. This has made me realise that interviews rarely stay on the subject for an elongated amount of time, rather their voice is the most important part. Clearly this means we will have to be extra careful with audio, and make sure we get the best we possibly can.