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Reflection 3 – People to People Completion

Before starting editing David went through all of the footage and put together a transcript of everything that Flori said. He also highlighted the most relevant parts so it would be easier to cut the footage down once we had got to the editing stage.

Looking back at the editing process it was very time consuming and by the end of it we were all exhausted. During the edit, we learnt the importance of how to cover up the cuts by using photos  or other clips. We used the relevant photos to correspond with what Flori was talking about e.g. her mother, work and university.  After a lot of cutting down and four hours later we had finished the editing process.

We had to make several difficult decisions during editing because the documentary had to be 3 minutes so we had to cut a lot of the footage down, even some of the parts that we really wanted to keep. She had some really brilliant and touching stories from her life including things about her abusive father and her struggles she went through as a teen when her father kicked her out. We had to choose a maximum of two aspects in her life to focus on because we had originally kept the part about her abusive father but the video ended up being 9 minutes long.

I feel the edit went well and the final outcome was good. The only thing I would change is just maybe a bit more description about why Flori left Romania and maybe, if it didn’t add too much time, why she chose England and not America or Canada. The presentation could have gone better than it did. The audio on our video failed to work at the beginning of the video. This made all of the group panic a bit but eventually we got it to work. This audio error didn’t happen when we watched it back after editing or when I watched it at home so maybe it was an error at university or the part of the video that the audio wouldn’t play had a different audio setting than the other clips. We will have to check this and make sure it works properly. The video below is the completed piece. I am very pleased with the outcome and I really have to praise the people that I was in a group with.

People to People progress – Reflection 2

The interview:

As soon as we got to Flori’s house and introduced ourselves, we instantly saw that she was a very relaxed person with a laid back attitude. This was good because we knew she would be comfortable talking about the events that happened in her life in front of all of us without being embarrassed. Having said this, we thought it was a good idea to have Shelley conduct the interview as Shelley and Flori have known each other and worked together for a few years. Before the interview we went over basically what Flori was going to talk about and we went through some of the questions we wanted to ask her. This was a good idea because we wanted Flori to just talk with minimal interruptions from us but if Flori didn’t know how to continue Shelley would step in and ask a question so the interview didn’t loose any time or emotional build up. All in all, the interview went really well and Flori was able to talk for about 30 minutes non-stop. She did get a little emotional when she was talking about her mother but this didn’t turn into a big problem. She didn’t burst into tears or stop for a long period of time, she was very professional and carried on going, which must have been difficult for her.

The Team:

David Bird: Camera operator
Shelley Phillips: Interviewer
Vinuri Perera: Sound
Myroslava Terlecky: Photographer

Here are a few photos from the interview day:

The above video was made by David Bird. It shows a few clips of what Flori spoke about in the interview and also gives you an idea about which parts of her life we decided to focus on.

People to People (photos)

This picture shows Flori and her relative when they were children. Flori has told Shelley she thinks she was about 10 years old at this time. They are in Romania near the flat they lived. This picture is to support what we want to show in the beginning of the documentary, we want to interview Flori and ask her about her childhood in Romania, about her relationships with her family, the struggles she went through when she was growing up in poverty. How she had to live with her grandmother from the age of 13 because her father used to beat her mother. Little details like her mother used to make one big stew for the whole family and deliver it to all of the houses at dinnertime otherwise they would go hungry. We really want to show the hardship of her younger life before she got into school and before she got the ambition to go to university. I want an audience to realise how different some people grow up. In the documentary we will show this by asking Flori questions and showing her answers, hopefully Flori can also provide us with some photos of her childhood like this one.

This is a picture of Flori, which was taken not long after she got the job at the Royal Oak pub. This currently is Floris only source of income as student finance is not supporting her education this year. We want to show in the documentary footage of Flori working in the pub, this is because this is her lively hood. This is how she survives and how she helps her family to survive. We want to show in the documentary how Flori began working her 7 days a week in the pub when she moved to England, as well as studying Law at university, and she currently works there now for 5 days a week. This is where she earns the money to not only keep herself alive but also to send to her family in Romania so they can survive. This is key to show in the documentary because it shows Floris selflessness as a character, and how she is surviving on a minimum amount of money to help her family.

his is a picture of Flori’s brothers children, so her niece and nephew. The picture is great for showing her relationship with her family and puts a face to what Flori will be explaining in her story. This is a really important image to include explaining Floris story, the background gives you an idea of the poverty her family are living in. It is really important for us to show Flori’s relationship with her family in the documentary and the importance of it. These are the people who she is supporting financially and in the documentary we want her to explain her relationship she has with them and explain how difficult it is to provide for herself and her family on a part time wage.

This is a picture of Flori on Christmas day taken by her roommate Karina. It is important to show this because this is where the majority of the interview we film will be set. Also it shows where she lives, which gives the documentary an authentic personal feel. However you can read this picture in both a positive and negative way. It is sad that she is not spending Christmas with her family as neither can afford to fly over and spend it with the other. However it is also nice to see what Flori has now, where she is living, she is living in a nice house near work and uni and it is important to show this in the documentary, just how much of a better way of life she has here.

This is a picture of Flori, which was taken before one of her competitions in her law degree. This is a very important image because it offers a resolution to Flori’s story and it shows the real positives of her life here in England. I felt this is the most important image to include last as it shows where she is today. It shows her journey from struggling in poverty in Romania to making something of her life here in England, it also shows her passion and her ambition and we want this to come across to an audience.

David drew up five segments of storyboards to illustrate, how we will set up the shot and what locations we will film in to best represent Flori’s Life.

The first drawing shows a close up of Floris face. We plan to interview her in her home, to illustrate to the audience where she now calls home. This shot will be a close up. I think close ups are key when people are talking about their personal life, as it captures all their emotions and facial expressions and gives the audience a more one to one feeling. The interview section of the piece will be key part as the documentary will keep cutting back to her talking about her life, intercut shots of her going about he key daily routines will be intercut in with it, and her voice will still be heard over the top. The reason were going to do this is to re-enforce what she is saying with visual stimuli.

This shot is just going to be another angle in which we will shoot Flori. This shot will be key when the audiences are connecting to her as they will be able to see her surrounding and where she lives. Many people have said in history that people’s objects say a lot about a person, and that is why we will shoot from a long to medium shot perspective. The other plus point by doing this will be to show her body language when she talks.

This drawing shows the audience where she works, we plan to film her working at the pub she works at. This will interlink to the moments she talks about working to help herself and her family live. Therefore the audience will not just hear her talk about it, but will also see he doing it. We have permission to film in the pub, as Shelley also works here; therefore she has already sorted it out with the management.

This shot will show Flori studying for her Law degree, which takes up a lot of her time. Once again this shot will be used to back up what she is saying when she discusses her education. The reason why we know when we will be able to use these exterior shots other than the interview is because we will ask her questions regarding each section of her life that we want to look at, and then with some planning, they will all link up well.

This final shot will show Flori in a courtroom, for Floris course she has to practice doing mock court cases and coincidently she has one coming up next Friday, therefore as long as we can get permition to film. (Which shouldn’t be a problem) we will film her taking part in this activity. She will be wearing all the traditional robing and as a group we think it will be an exciting aspect of her life to capture. This will then be a good end to the piece, as they are quiet positive visual images, which contrast to her negative stories at the beginning of the interview.

Reflection 1 – My Poetic Eyes

This was the first time I had used achieve material in this way and I found this project to be really enjoyable although writing the poetry was difficult. The subject I chose to do was something that I knew a lot about so it was easy for me to find all the material I needed to put my video together.

SWOT analysis

Strengths – The clips and pictures I used went well with the poem I had written because some parts of the poem and the footage linked well together and were quite powerful. The last three lines of the poem were better than the rest of it as I believe they had the most impact.

Weaknesses – It was rather difficult to write the poem because I’d never written poetry before and I think the majority of my poem could have been better. The way I read the poem on the recording was quite fast and I think I could have spoken a bit clearer.

Opportunities – Keeping this down to just one minute was a challenge in itself. If it was allowed to be five minutes I think the group would’ve got a better understanding of my subject. If I have time in the future I might do an extended version.

Threats – The group didn’t know which country Holodomor happened in by just looking at my one-minute clip and listening to my poem. This was a problem for me because I thought some of the effect was lost. The way I could’ve made sure people knew it happened in Ukraine was to have put an image of the map of Ukraine with highlighted parts of the most affected areas.

People to People Treatment

The people that I am in a group with are: David Bird, Shelley Phillips and Vinuri Perera. We all shared our ideas; my pitch was about my granddad and how he fought for the Ukrainian army. However my grandfather passed away when I was 12 so the interviewer was going to be my dad talking about his father’s experiences. But we thought that the interview would loose meaning and effect than if we spoke to my grandfather.

David then pitched his idea, which is on his Nan becoming a full time career after his granddads stroke, and how she is coping with how her life has changed so much. This idea was a really strong idea but we all agreed that it would be too upsetting for David’s Nan to talk about.

Shelley then pitched her idea. Shelley’s idea was about her friend Flori, and how she is originally from a run down area in Romania. Flori moved over to England and now studies part time as well as working full time at a pub. She works so that she can send the money she earns home to Romania to support her family. As a group we decided that this was the strongest pitch and also the most practical.

Flori is a close friend of Shelley’s and also works with her. Shelley has been asking Flori questions about her life for the past two weeks and even thought the rest of us haven’t met Flori yet we’ve been giving Shelley input into what questions she should ask her.

The issue we are trying to get around is what part of Flori’s life we should focus on. The reason this is an issue is because she has had such an eventful life, that it was initially difficult to pin point an exact topic on which to focus on.
Events in Flori’s life are:
• Her life of poverty in Romania
• Her struggles moving to a different country
• The pressure of having to earn money to stop her family from starving
• Her abusive father

Talking about these elements will make the interview more interesting than just focusing on one specific part or focusing on too much. This is because we don’t want the audience to be bored or too overwhelmed with information.

My Poetic Eyes

I’ve enjoyed this assignment but I have found that writing poetry isn’t easy. If you have looked at my previous blog post then you will know what topic I have chosen for this assignment, if not then here is a little recap:

The topic I have chosen is Holodomor which means death my starvation. Holodomor happened in Ukraine during 1932 and 1933 and it was Stalin that ordered the famine because the Ukrainian peasants didn’t agree to his plan of collectivisation. In total around 7 million Ukrainian died but some say the number could be up to 10 million.

My Poetic Eyes:

Best kept secret

He had a plan,
They disagreed.
His plan failed,
They suffered the consequences.
He told his authorities to take their food, their livestock and their grain,
They were left with nothing.
He ordered his authorities to shoot them if they were hiding food,
They still did, they didn’t have a choice.

The authorities took the dead and put them in mass graves,
Loved ones didn’t even say goodbye,
The authorities just left their bodies to rot.

7 Million starved to death,
All because of one man
And the best kept secret in history.

People to People (more photos)