A Blog In The Wall

A conceptual blog to educate, inform, and chillout

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Media and culture

Today we literally analysed in depth newspapers. We took analysed the paper all things from price to the social demographics in relation to the news values.

We had handouts of an extract from a book on journalism, which helped.

We also had a handout of the papers jargon for each part.

Too much was analysed to fit into a blog post. It was an immense task.

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Tv journalism journal planning a news programme

Today we put together a plan of action for a tv news programme production.

Firstly we looked at our target audience.

Having deciding that it was going to be aimed at students we looked at what features for the program.

We decided on two features lasting 8 mins each. The features were about local nightclubs and about outdoor adrenaline pursuits. We left 8 mins for a studio piece to satisfy the brief.

Having known from experience that it is hard to get a guest in to your schedule, I convinced the group to have a backup plan. In order to balance the program we are aiming to have a policeman discuss crime, we also decided that we should have a backup guest. We hoped to get a drugs support worker.

Having looked at our content we decided to call it “where it’s @” in order to suit the local nature- our audience is aimed at students.

We then looked at schedule planning and allocated research roles to team members. The group decided research is due to be in two weeks.

We then allocated production roles starting with the studio. I will be working in the gallery doing the live edit.

The group nominated two female presenters, also someone to oversee the production schedule. The rest of us will be using the equipment to film features and script write for the presenters.

We decided that the format shall start in the studio to introduce the features and a live studio guest as previously mentioned.

During my lunch break I decided to contact Devon and Cornwalls PR department by phone. The outcome was a request in writing via an email address acquired on the phone. The police seemed polite and interested.

I also telephoned the Exeter Drugs Project and discussed the teams plans. I was given another email address which happened to be the directors. I was informed that she was a really busy person and that she might delegate it to a junior representative.

I was a little disheartened. Feeling that my email might not reach the representative I will follow up the emails and telephone numbers. Ultimately if we don’t get these guests we need another backup plan. This has not yet been put the groups agenda. Still there is plenty of time for them to respond.

Mobile technology

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Nowadays it’s a tough choice for developers in choosing what phones to develop applications for. So out of curiosity I thought I would start a poll. It’s also to test WordPress!

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Moving the blog to a Raspberry PI

In-between my short my short movie project I will also be blogging about making a $25 Raspberry Pi LAMP server that will allow me to host WordPress, and this blog.

The fact that WordPress want to charge you $99 to receive advertisement revenue is damn right scandalous, so I shall be moving it to a dedicated server.

I want to use my Raspberry Pi but I think it might be a better idea to mirror the host on a paid server.

Once I have made the LAMP server I will release an image, at present there are no out of the box servers with blogging tools- so it will be interesting to see what the download statistics will be like.

I shall keep blogging here during the mean time until a solid host has been produced.

Basically I am a student and I could do with any advertisement revenue!


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The use of slow motion

In cinema nothing brings out the magic of a shot more than slow motion. Slow motion is used literally to show the audience what is happening a lot slower. If you want to check out another websites list of all time classic slow Motion scenes here is the link.

Reservoir Dogs has a notoriously famous starting sequence in slow motion with the gangsters walking down the road like a pack of dogs. However this slow motion is just slowed down using regular filmed footage used to make the titles, it could perhaps be suggested that Tarantino used it as an after thought in slow motion- but hey it works!

The type of slow motion that I am interested in demonstrated in number one on the list in The Fall by Tarsim Singh. The man who deserves absolute credit for this amazing piece of cinematography is Colin Watkinson, this undoubtedly is one of the best composed title pieces in history. The continuity throughout the speed of the slow motion works classically well and reflects that you don’t need to constantly change the speed of the slow motion.

Now I can’t mention slow motion without mentioning the biggest piece of all time (which is not in the list of title slow motion pieces). ‘The Epopt’ scene of the baby in the pram falling down the “Odessa Steps” from the movie “The Battleship Potemkin”, is the probably the most famous slow motion piece amongst movie critics. It has been replicated in a gangster film right through to comedy. This work is significant because it was a completely new concept, and people were left in suspense as to what was going to occur. View it for yourself

by Eisenstein in 1925.

It’s worth watching The Fall completely, but the slow motion sequence however random is central to the films story. Next I will be explaining what I want to do, I sadly do not have the budget of these films but I plan to make a really powerful montage of slow motion. In the next article I will explain how I am going to attempt to do it on a shoestring. Please note that technical language maybe used and I suggest you use google to define a word by using the following syntax define:word in the search bar. I will try my best to accommodate you.

For my idea I will be planning to expand visually on the word
“destruction” and most of my shots will be related to something being destroyed. I quite like Fatboy Slims Gangster Trippin’s slow motion check it out below:

I plan to emphasise “destruction” in many different ways, in the next post we are going to get technical I need to work out how to do this mammoth task!…..

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Improvised slow motion and FPS (Frames Per Second)

I have previously stated that I wanted to do a piece of work based on the word and concept of “destruction” all filmed at slow motion. The work has to have a unique piece of my own style. I do like what Fatboy Slim did in his Gangster Trippin’ below:

However I don’t just want to have things exploding (I do not possess any high explosive). Crushing objects using bricks in slow motion is one way of which I can easily show destruction. I also have a couple of small pyrotechnic charges. I intend to put the pyrotechnics in glass bottles whilst filming light it then run, leaving the camera behind Perspex to protect it.

I also want to show the willingness for humans to destroy each other, I intend to go to a mixed martial arts training session and film them literally beating the crap out of each other. Hopefully this will be long enough for the backing of the piece (something to cut back to). I will also film small objects being crushed by vehicles. Perhaps even get to a scrap yard to film a car being destroyed or damaged at least.

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