Project 2: Week 3 Proposal script and recee.

Today, since it is the last official week of pre-production, we have obviously needed to finalized all of our proposal ideas in preparation for the physical production of our project- which I had already completed a few weeks ago so that made me ahead of schedule. However, what we have also done today is create a shooting script as another part of our pre-production paperwork. The overall purpose of this it just like with the shot schedule: to ensure that all shots are taken in the order that we require for the video piece and as a result, no time, resources or money are wasted. The only difference in comparison with the shot schedule is that it contains the number of shots throughout the whole piece, the action occurring in each shot and the dialogue, commentary and/or sounds that will take place during the shot. In my script, I have included: the shot number, action and audio that will be included in the shot and also the type of shot which will be used along with the dialogue and commentary in the background/ whether or not it will be voice-overs or live.

Here is my final proposal script:

Final Project 2 plan

Final Project 2 plan.

Aims and objectives:

Our aims of this project (the interactive video element) will be to produce a video piece which will be 2 minutes long and clearly explains the topic (Red Squirrel endangerment) to the audience. It will have a balanced combination of facts, interviews and relevant footage of the topic to make it professional but interesting to watch. The objectives are to show that we have achieved our aims through the final video and also to show that we have stuck to our research ideas, shot plans and professionalism with the filming equipment while filming.

Who is your target audience and why?

The target audience for this video piece will be people who are interested in these endangered species; animal and wildlife trusts who are protecting these species and other endangered animals and even people who adopt any endangered animals would be interested. The reasons being this case is because our final piece would bring them a number of facts that they may not know already and it would even give us ideas for primary research interviews to include in the final piece.

Synopsis; Describe what you want to include in the video and why. (Montages/interviews/vox pops):

For this, we have selected different areas we want to investigate in the video. These include: How the Red squirrels are becoming endangered; how the Grey Squirrels are ‘outsmarting’ them; what other trusts are doing to help them and even diseases that play a part. All these gave us ideas for what to include and what shots to take: for example, for investigating what other trusts are doing, that would be the chance to carry out a live interview and include it in the video.

In terms of researching the topics, me and my project partner (Carris) have split the content between us so we each have 50/50 to research, which is also reducing the work load for both of us. I have taken up what other trusts are doing to help and also investigating suitable shooting locations. Looking up all the different local animal and wildlife trusts is really handy for two reasons: because it helps me get ideas for interview questions and we can both read about what action is currently being taken- more facts for our video. Carris has volunteered to look into squirrel diseases and how the Grey Squirrel species have an advantage over the Red Squirrels like this. This means we can refer to what has already happened with the Reds and how the Greys have already had an advantaged over them.

Think about how you will meet the aims of the video:

There are a number of ways we could achieve our aims. For example, Carris and I have split our research so that we can share our ideas and depending on what we find out, we can organise our video content from there in a way which will make sense to the audience. It will also help us organist our camera shots too. For the objectives, it would be a good idea to refer to them throughout to ensure that we have ticked part of it off as we go along. This is because it is basically saying the evidence of our aims will be in the final video, so we could see what we still need to do to meet the aims during the production and what we have done already.

Lists of questions for interviewees:

  1. How long have you been trying to protect the red squirrels for?
  2. In what ways are you trying to reverse the endangerment of the red squirrels?
  3. How have they been effective so far?
  4. Regarding they grey squirrels and their powers to compete against the red squirrels, do you feel they should take complete responsibility for their endangerment?
  5. How do you become aware of what other wildlife trusts are doing to take action?
  6. What other tactics are you hoping to achieve in future for the red squirrels’ survival?
  7. What goals do you hope to achieve in the future for the red squirrels?

 

Below is my shooting script for my 2-minute video piece:

project 2 Shooting Script

Location

Shot No. Action/audio Dialogue / Commentary / Sound
 

1

(Establishing shot) The city centre of Canterbury with busses passing by.

 

(Audio) faint noises of the busy high street with buses passing by.

 

(VOICE OVER) This is where many of us are everyday…
 

2

(Establishing shot) A nearby park which features squirrels (mainly grey).

 

(Audio) the faint background noises of wind blowing and very minimal sound from the traffic

 

(VOICE OVER) But this is one of many places where the problem lies.
 

3

(Three sequence shot):

1st– a mid-close up of plant bed area of the entrance.

2nd– another mid-close up of

3rd– a close-up shot of branches with leaves, which will become a focus-change shot (from near to far).

 

(Audio) wind and nature sound effects slowly black out.

(VOICE OVER) Ever since the introduction of the Grey Squirrels during the 1870s (¹), the Red Squirrels have clearly met their match due to the other species’ powers to compete for food and natural resources- with the evidence being a worrying decline of them.
 

4

 

(Full body shot) me walking towards the camera in the same park location.

 

(Audio) due to dialogue being spoken live to the camera, wind and leaves quietly crunching can be heard alongside my voice.

(LIVE AUDIO) Though sadly, this has had its consequences; there are a staggering less than 140,000 left in the UK today, from 3.5 million in the 1950s (²).
 

 

5

(Tracking shot) Carris and I walking along the path of the park.

 

(Audio) The conversation between Carris and I can be heard beneath the voice over.

(VOICE OVER) This worrying decline is the result of the Red squirrels becoming out-competed by the greys…
 

6

(Close-up shot) my hand on the computer mouse.

 

(Audio) No audio.

(VOICE OVER) …as well as catching what is known as ‘squirrel pox virus’ from the Grey Squirrels.
 

7

(Three sequence shot):

1st– a close-up of the computer screen showing information on the Squirrel pox virus.

2nd– a mid-close up from behind of Carris and I looking at the information on the screen. The focus changes from far to near.

3rd– a mid-close up of a side view of Carris and I looking at the screen.

 

(Audio) No audio.

(VOICE OVER) This virus is passed on in a way that means it’s totally immune to the Grey Squirrels (³). whereas it can be lethal to Red squirrels. But the question is: are these the only reasons that these species have become endangered over recent years…?
 

8

(Close-up shot) The computer screen showing the Wildwood Trust page on Red Squirrels.

 

(Audio) No audio.

We were lucky enough to visit the Wildwood trust in Kent- who have spent a number of years…
 

9

 

(Mid-close up) behind the computer we were using which changes focus from near to far.

 

(Audio) No audio.

…helping to protect these vulnerable creatures in order to investigate more upon this matter.
 

10

 

(Rule-of-thirds shot) showing an interview with the member of the wildlife trust.

 

(Live audio) The faint sounds of birds tweeting and gentle breeze in the background.

INTERVIEWEE: Talking about their opinions on culling the grey squirrels- (Live)
11

 

(Three sequence shot) All of the shots show mid-close ups of the red squirrels.

 

(Live audio) The faint sounds of birds tweeting and gentle breeze in the background.

INTERVIEWEE: Talking about their opinions on culling the grey squirrels- (Live)
12 (Mid-close up) A mid-close up of a red squirrel in its enclosure.

 

(Live audio) The faint sounds of birds tweeting and gentle breeze in the background.

(VOICE OVER) We know that the act of culling has been considered amongst many wildlife trusts. But what are the options for this one?
13 (Rule-of-thirds shot) A rule-of-thirds shot showing an interview with the member of the wildlife trust.

 

(Live audio) The faint sounds of birds tweeting and gentle breeze in the background.

INTERVIEWEE: Talking about their opinions on culling the grey squirrels- (Live)
14 (Rule-of-thirds shot) A rule-of-thirds shot showing an interview with the member of the wildlife trust.

 

(Live audio) The faint sounds of birds tweeting and gentle breeze in the background.

INTERVIEWEE: Talking about their opinions on culling the grey squirrels- (Live)
15 (Three sequence shot)

1st a mid-close up of water running out from the water fountain.

2nd a focus change shot from a bench outside the college.

3rd a close-up of Carris reading from a book on mammals in the library.

 

(Audio)- The faint sounds of a water fountain in the background but fades away when the shot changes.

(VOICE OVER) From what we have witnessed just now of the endangered red squirrel and what harmless beautiful creatures they are, who wouldn’t want to save them? From what action is being taken currently, the future of the red squirrel seems more and more positive.
16 (Piece-to-camera shot) A piece-to-camera shot in the library of Carris looking directly into the camera.

 

(Audio) Background noises of fain chatter coming from the library.

(LIVE AUDIO) So there we have it, after what has been said today, we know more about the future of these creatures and what is being done to help them.

 

References:

  1. Unknown surname, C. (2008). How did the grey squirrel arrive in the UK? co.uk, http://www.woodlands.co.uk/blog/flora-and-fauna/how-did-the-grey-squirrel-arrive-in-the-uk/# [accessed 21st January 2015].
  1. Coles, J. (2015). How conservation is Saving Britain’s red squirrels. BBC-Earth, http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20150924-how-conservation-is-saving-our-red-squirrels [accessed 5th January 2016].
  1. Northern Red Squirrels, available at: http://www.northernredsquirrels.org.uk/squirrels/squirrel-pox-virus/ [accessed 6th March 2016)

 

We have also started and completed creating our location recce based on our 2-minute video piece. Using this we have filled it in in relation to the shots we will be taking for the video, which was fairly easy because we had already had a very good idea of where we wanted to shoot our footage for our video piece. This recce consisted of: the location and the purpose of shooting in the location; any requirements that we might need depending on our location (lighting, power generators); audio problems that we may come across and how we will prevent any problems from getting in the way. Knowing all this information and applying it myself made myself really engage with how all these factors could impact the final piece and also encouraged me to come up with a plan B for almost everything in case these do get in the way to the point that it could jeopardise the final video piece.

Project 2 location Recce Sheet

 

Activity at each Location.

 

Lighting Required? Position of sun?

Clearance for shooting agreed with owners? Is there power available? Has access been agreed? Do the police/local council need to be informed?

 

Audio problems, such as traffic noise or planes frequently flying over?

 

Action taken to overcome each problem.

Canterbury College Classroom E105: Filming in this location will be a part of a 2-minute video piece. It will consist of shots featuring use of the computers with research on the Red Squirrel endangerment being carried out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury City Park: We will be shooting here to show where the Red Squirrels used to be highly populated but are now almost non-existent in these areas because of the Grey Squirrels.

 

Wildwood trust, Herne Bay: this is where a filmed interview will be carried out as part of our video and radio pieces along with the article.

No additional lighting required. Power sockets are located around the classroom since computers are present, although we have no access to the charging devices for the cameras being used. No approval required from police or local council.

 

 

 

 

 

Natural lighting outside- no additional lighting required. Shades may be useful to block out excess light. A travel-sized battery charger may be handy in case the camera starts to run low on power. Mild obstacles such as slippery surfaces, tree stumps and mud. The local council may need to approve our plans.

 

 

We may need to bring some additional lights in case the room being filmed in is too dark- maybe even shades if the room it too light. Power supplies may not be accessible. Proposal emails, application forms and arrangement contacts will need to be made with the trust.

Unwanted or excess noise may occur due to other students passing by the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background noises such as: wind, rain, other pedestrians passing by, buses and other transport/traffic noises.

 

 

Background noises coming from: other animals, members of staff passing by and traffic noises coming from outside.

A notice will be put on the classroom door stating that filming is taking place and asking others to consider this. Most of the windows will be out of sight to prevent other students being captured in the shot or distractions caused by sunlight, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking up the weather forecast in advance will help us plan the day. Stating to the council that our shots will not be used for any advertisement. Preventing background noises getting in the way by facing the camera away from them.

 

 

 

 

A notice will be placed on the door to warn others to consider the volume of noise. We will also warn the staff being interviewed that we will need to use a location or room with as little animal noises and disruption as possible. We will bring our own method of recharging the camera.

Signed: Print Name: Grace Pulford Date: 9th February 2016

 

 

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Project 2: Week 3 Proposal script and recee.

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