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Assessment Post 4 – Evaluation

This module has been not only interesting and challenging at times but it has also been one of my favourite modules in this first year. The best part of this module had to be the Recycled Media assignment we had to do. I literally spent about six hour researching suspicious journalist’s deaths in Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine. I was able to do the recycled media with relative ease because I already knew so much about Ukraine’s not so brilliant past….and not so brilliant present either. The most difficult task had to be the retelling of a fairytale/myth. To be fair, I made it difficult for myself because I said that I didn’t want to do something that everyone knew so I chose the Myth of Narcissus. Great! I’d chosen something not many people had heard of BUT that was were my creative side of my brain just went to sleep.


The TV studio part of this module was brilliant and I liked that I got to work with different people and got to know them a bit better. The thing I disliked the most about the Broadcasting Element was certain people in my group that didn’t turn up, they knew exactly when we were meeting and yet they still didn’t turn up and most of the time they didn’t even contact one of us, or post on our Facebook group, that they weren’t going to be in. Plain rude. There wasn’t a lot we could do about it, we did tell Karen but I’m not sure what was done next about it. Apart from that the live recording went really well. When we received feedback from lecturers they said that the sound was too loud….I don’t understand how it was so loud when I had been struggling to hear the two presenters the whole time we were practising. They also commented on the programme being a bit too ‘presenter heavy’ which I believe is a fair comment because it was but there was a reason for that. We didn’t want to just get videos and other material off the internet and have that take over the programme. Even though it was presenter heavy I still think this worked well.


Having Easter right towards the end of the module was really off putting because we’d be close to perfect before the holidays and then afterwards I think that’s when the problems in the group started to escalate because we had just that 1 week to remember everything from before Easter and get it perfect. But everyone powered through and it was all fine in the end.


All in all, a brilliant module!




Assessment Post 3 – Professional Development

At the beginning of this part of the module I was worried about what role I could actual do in the team that I wouldn’t mess up somehow (I’m quite a negative person really). I started thinking about being on camera but I soon found myself quite fond of the sound mixer, partly because its difficult to get wrong and partly because it’s an interesting piece of equipment.

During the first few weeks I was very quiet and this was because I’m naturally quiet with people I don’t generally know and most of the people that were in Spontaneity I hadn’t worked with before, apart from Shelley. But as the weeks went on I began to stop being so quiet and even started to put forward ideas, most were discarded but some were definite maybes. I was finally being myself in this group which was good, it gave me confidence in my work and I didn’t make as many mistakes as I would normally. The one thing I am amazed about myself from this module is that I am normally quite hot-headed and even though I got so annoyed at people not turning up to our practises I didn’t once loose my temper and was able to calm myself down. It must be something to do with this module.

Being in charge of the sound I had my fair share of problems. Our team, half the people didn’t show up most of the time so I had no choice but to use a microphone that was on a stand which was on the floor. This was alright, not the best, when the presenters were sitting down but when they were doing their intro it was particularly quiet. There was nothing I could do really, everything was on as high as I could get it and it was still quiet so the presenters had to speak louder…which they didn’t always do. The live recording was the only real time the whole group had come together so there wasn’t any time for me to play around with the sound then, the presenters just had to do their best.

I think the most important thing I’ve learnt from being with this groups is which people are the hard workers & I wouldn’t mind working with them again.

Assessment Post 2 – Media Forms

With this part of the 161 module we had to create a website with extra content and use social networking as part of the audience participation. We did start a Twitter account, although we don’t have any followers and we also filmed a behind the scenes video and an outtakes video.

During the live recording of our TV programme we were supposed to try and get some audience participation but we didn’t & I have no idea why…I’m not even sure who’s job that was.

On my website I have Twitter symbols which will link you to our Twitter account as well as a YouTube symbol which will take you to our YouTube account.

To increase our audience participation we need to do a number of different thing.

1) During the live recordings we need to show our Twitter name on the bottom left or right hand corner – This way if a viewer has a question they’d like to ask our guest they can instantly Tweet us.

2) During a live recording we can also tell our viewers what hashtag to use if they want to Tweet us a question. For example, our programme was about flash mobs so if someone had a question about flash mobs for our guest the hashtag would be #flashmobs. This allows the crew member in charge of social networking to find the questions easily because all they have to do is search #flashmobs on Twitter.

3) We could also make Twitter accounts for the two presenters. This would be separate from their personal accounts. It would give the audience a chance to engage with the presenters on a one-to-one level.

Aside from Twitter there are many other things that we could potentially do to boost out audience participation and hits. One thing on YouTube that I follow quite religiously are vloggers. Vloggers make a living by making videos and posting them on YouTube. Two classic examples would be Jenna Marbles and Grace Helbig. Videos on YouTube get more hits than a pre-watershed TV programme could ever dream of! So, an idea that I’ve had is that the presenters of Spontaneity Net TV could upload video diaries every so often to the Spontaneity YouTube channel and this will allow the audience to also comment on those videos and therefore interact more with the programme.

Assessment Post 1 – Creative critical process

It took me a while to get into the swing of things with the website and it took me over a week to complete it. I didn’t look at any websites for programmes like The One Show which you may think is foolish but I didn’t want to consciously or subconsciously design my website like any other.

It took me a total of 8 days to complete my Wix website. By day 4 I thought I had finished but the links to the videos weren’t working and that is when I found out that Wix does not support Vimeo…which is very annoying. I had to download the videos from someone’s Vimeo and upload them to my YouTube account. This process in total took about 4 hours.

Home Page:

Throughout the entire website I’ve stuck to the same colour scheme of red, white/cream, black and grey. It was better to keep that level of continuity throughout so the audience could instantly recognise that it was Spontaneity Net TV by just looking at the colours. The photos I chose for the home page where:



I chose this photo for ‘The Show’ part of the website because it was a photo that was taken during the live recordings and it gave you a tiny peak at what you could expect.







I chose this photo for the ‘Cast and Crew’ part of the website simply because it showed the team as a whole.






I chose this photo because it shows you a part of what happens behind the scenes, it doesn’t give too much away.













All the photos on the home page are linked to the corresponding pages. The YouTube and Twitter links are also on the front page to entice the audience member to follow us and subscribe to our channel. The e-mail is there so the audience can contact us without having to go onto the contact page. My wordpress URL is there just for some more information about the process we went through because I blogged about each meeting and practise we had.



The Show:

This had a similar picture to the one I used on the Home page, this was so the audience could recognise that they were on the right page and for continuity reasons without using the same image again.

I wanted to keep this page short and sweet so all I did was write a short paragraph about the programme, this week’s show and next week’s show and then I embedded the link of the programme.










Cast and Crew:

I decided to keep this all on 1 page because it saves the viewer switching from page to page just to look at the crew members. I did originally have it on two separate pages but there wasn’t enough content for it to be on two pages. For the two presenters I used these two pictures and decided to edit them so it would look like a head shot:

I did this using PhotoShop CS4 on my laptop. I cropped the image, changed it into a black and white image, changed the brightness/contrast slightly and added a boarder. I did exactly the same for

the photo of Daley and I was going to use both of the edited images right up until day

6 of creating my website. I looked at the images

and thought ‘nope, too childish’ and decided to keep the image and the name the same but to get rid of the boarder and try to match the red back ground with red at the bottom of the image. With the crew slideshow I made it like that because it was the easiest way to fit everyone on one page. If you hover your mouse over the slideshow it will tell you the name of

the person you’re looking at and their role in the crew. This is how the Cast and Crew page turned out:


Extras: Again, having the YouTube channel and Twitter link at the bottom so the views can follow us and subscribe to our channel.

photo gallery: There’s not text with the photos because the photos speak for themselves but you can hover your mouse over the images and it will tell you a bit more about it.

Videos: I decided to put all the VTs in one place because it is easier for the viewer to look at what VTs there are for the weeks programme and the longer videos, like the behind the scenes and outtakes, I’ve put on a different page called ‘Extra Videos’.







Contact us: Same colour scheme, as it is throughout. The e-mail is a

 real address that I made. It took me a while to come up with that e-mail address because for some reason I wasn’t allowed to use them, which was slightly annoying. I used the photo of all of us because I wanted it to look like if an audience member did contact us then they are contacting a member of the team and not just a random person sat at a desk.











Overall I am very pleased with how my website turned out, all the annoyance and difficulties I had were worth the outcome.


Today was our live recording day. We were given a two hour slot in which we were supposed to set up, record and pack away. Today was always going to be interesting because us ‘regulars’ wanted to see who turned up. EVERYONE turned up! There’s a first for everything I guess. One person hadn’t turned up since the second week so that person didn’t have an official role but our producer found this person something to do. Setting up wasn’t a problem, the people in the studio had it under control. To help calm everyone’s nerves we bought sweets for the crew…you may think ‘how unprofessional’ but we didn’t eat them during takes and it really did help calm those nerves.

The recording: Everyone was nervous and you could tell. But today there wasn’t any time to be nervous or make any mistakes. We were able to get 3 recordings done and all the recordings went well. The only thing that was bad was at the beginning when the presenters’ names came into the shot the sign with Jaypee’s name on it either wasn’t in shot properly or wasn’t in the shot for long enough. The only other thing that could’ve be changed was when one of the presenters kept getting the guest’s name wrong. It was humorous at first but doing it so many times it just got a bit old. The presenters worked really well with each other and the on-air chemistry between them was hilarious. The guest was well prepared and the presenters worked well to bounce off the guest and his opinions and fill short spaces where they were possibly a bit fast.

SWOT analysis of the recording:

Strengths: Got to hand it to the presenters, they did a brilliant job. They stumbled over a few words but nothing went wrong. The crew in the studio and the gallery were on the ball.

Weaknesses: In one of the shots, when the guest came onto the set, you could see the microphone on the bottom middle of the screen. Daley getting the guest’s name wrong, although it was for comedic value it didn’t add any comedic value to the show.

Opportunities: Maybe a few more different and adventurous camera angles…We’ll known that for next time.

Threats: Its no secret that our group has its fair share of problems (people not turning up, arguements/disagreements etc) so I think one of the biggest threats we had on the day was: 1) to see if everyone turned up (which they did, I was actually quite surprised at that) and 2) if an argument broke out. Everyone pulled together and there were no arguments, everyone just got on with their job.

Great teamwork. Great show.

Just a few days left! Final week of practises

Monday’s meeting:
There was a lot of confusing about what time the TV studio was booked for because our producer, Charley, booked the studio for a different time to what was written on the Media Production blog that Bex had written. So some thought that we were in for 11 and some thought we were in at 1. There were a few of us that went in a 11 and we found out that that was the right time. With not enough people to work the equipment we decided to go to Ikea to buy props and other things for our set.

Tuesday’s meeting:
We met early on Tuesday to film our planking flash mob in The Hub. The day before we decided who would be filming and taking photos. We thought that one of our presenters was going to film but when it came down to it he walked away saying that he was busy. One of our camera men, Andrie, and our director, Dale, filmed the flash mob and I was taking pictures. After this we had a normal two hour practise in the studio. With only a week to go we had to make sure everything was perfect. I think this is time when people started to get slightly annoyed with each other. The practise wasn’t bad, a few heated discussions but no full blown arguments.

Wednesday’s meeting:
Unfortunately our director was at work and was unable to attend this meeting but he told us before so we had prepared for this and did the practise as best we could. We had 3 hours in the studio on this day. We went through the first run through without any problems. When we came together as a team to talk about the run through our producer started the talk off. This was the time we absolutely HAD TO pay attention to every single detail. This didn’t do down well with one of the presenters. He thought that we were all having a go & felt that we should do our jobs properly before we start criticising him. After we had gone through it a few more times, said presenter was getting very annoyed and baring in mind we still had an hour left in the studio he walked out and left. Everyone was overly annoyed by this because without the second presenter we couldn’t continue with the practise. Not a successful day.

Meanwhile, a small argument sparked on our Facebook group between one of the most hard working people and one of the people we hadn’t seen since week 2. One was trying to keep the peace and the other was being very rude and disrespectful. But this soon died down.

Friday’s meeting:
Surprisingly there wasn’t any problems during this practise. We were able to get a lot done in just 2 hours without arguments or disagreements! A good way to end a long and difficult week. We were all confident and looking forward to the live show.

Before the Easter break

Before Easter:

Just before Easter we had a few practise sessions in the TV studio and once again…we didn’t have a full team. We barely had enough to work the equipment….sounds very familiar.

Despite the lack of people the practises went really well. It was time that we had to iron out some of the kinks before we all went home. I think the biggest problem was timing. At some parts of the script the presenters would finish talking a few seconds before the VTs or they ran over some parts by a few seconds. This meant that the script had to be changed slightly to get the timing perfect. This was done by taking out a few words from the places the presenters were running over.

Problems with the microphone:

The problems with the mic were not technical problems. The lack of people in the group meant that the microphone was on a stand and was just put on the floor. If we had a person spare we would be able to put the microphone on a boom pole and the person would stand there holding it. But since we don’t have people to spare the presenters have been doing the best they can by just trying to speak louder. That works sometimes but sometimes they forget and talk quite quietly.