Final Major Project: Week 2 production log (Proposal)

Considering this is the first week of my Final Major project, I’d happily say that this was and may well be one of the busiest weeks of the project due to the completion of all the crucial documents that essentially gives permission for the production to commence.

First and foremost, I was given the project brief which clearly outlined what the project requires us to do. I also received the project criteria in which it told me what the requirements were of that criteria. However, I was to transcribe each criteria into a language I understood so that I knew exactly what work to do and how to analyse every little detail in order to meet every one of the set criteria and, as a result, make the project become more and more alive over the next 9 weeks.

Brief:

‘Aim and Purpose:’

‘This unit will provide you with an opportunity to make use of skills, knowledge and understanding developed through the previous units to complete media project. The unit will provide you with a measure of self – directed learning, and an opportunity to begin to clarify your longer – term goals through your choice of an activity to explore in greater depth. The concept and mediums that you use in this project are entirely based on your choice, based on your interest and where you see yourself in the future.’

‘Scenario:’                                

‘You must initiate your OWN idea for a Final Major Project production. What you choose to produce is entirely your choice however you must make sure the concept is detailed enough to address all parts of the criteria. You should incorporate all skills and disciplines you have acquired over the past year and apply them to a level that pushes your abilities such as conceptual thinking, organization, planning and development, problem solving, production, reflection and evaluation.’

 

(Covers unit 8 1.1)- After understanding the project brief and transcribing the criteria into my own language, the project plan was what I completed first. This plan outlined every little detail of my project. This was not only to plan how to carry out each required stage of my project but to also refer to throughout the project as a reminder of how each method will cover each set criteria. These details included: the main topic of my project and the medium I will use, research methods, my target audience, design skills I will use to actually create the piece, industry references and also personal management- which was my main focus of this entire week.

The project plan seemed to be the most challenging to complete for a number of reasons: the fact that I had juggle the numerous demands of each and every criteria into it was very overwhelming since they all symbolized different stages of the production and many of them cross-referenced each other as well. I also had to recall my experiences with previous projects and units to see which related to the most suitable method for covering each criteria. (Covers unit 8 2.1/2.2)- For instance, when it came to analyzing the research methods I would require I had to remember the first term with my research unit and my first final project, not to mention project two in which there was no escaping any research. This project is also no exception because it will consist of both primary and secondary methods but the sources highly depend on my medium and my topic. All of these factors are of endless importance since without the use of research or knowledge of experience, it will look nothing like the magazine I am trying to emulate at all or that I have even taken any consideration for the magazine brand or target audience for that matter. As an overall result, defeating the whole purpose of my Final Major Project!

Using the project plan and what I had written in it, I transferred this information into a UAL proposal document which has forced me to narrow it down to an approximate word count. This is the document I will be handing in when I submit all my Final Major Project work:

Name Grace Pulford
Pathway Print and Journalism
Project Title Why does photography exist in people’s lives?
Section 1: Rationale (Approx 100 words)
(Covers Unit 8 1.1) For my Final Major Project, I will produce two double-page spreads and an opening page for the magazine publication ‘Outdoor Photography’ and will be outlining the topic of why photography has become a part of people’s everyday lives- linking to how easy it is for people of today to produce outstanding photos due to the access and abilities of technology. It will all be entirely print-based and involve the use of the software InDesign.

(Covers Unit  1.1/2.2) I feel that this kind of topic area from my project should be fascinating for my target audience yet encouraging for them because it will outline that there is no one answer as to why it exists, especially if they see that that personal experiences are never alike- which I will include. A part of me feels that the audience- especially those wishing to take up photography- how technology and its availability has become widely used in the process.

Section 2: Project Concept (approx 200 words)
(Covers Unit 8 3.1) My project will be entirely print-based and require many technical skills- since Adobe InDesign features tools that are vital to help me achieve the perfect magazine emulation, including: page measurements, text and colour tools, paragraphing and image size tools.

 (Covers Unit 8 2.1/2.2) My project topic will be why photography has become a part of people’s everyday lives and how technology has enabled our generation to produce outstanding photos. This means that I will be using both primary and secondary research to cover both of these topics. Primary research will become more involved with why it exists with conducting email interviews with professional photographers and my own personal experiences to gain varied opinions on them. However, all photos featured in my double-page spreads and opening page will have been sources by myself so I will not need to Harvard reference any of them.

(Covers Unit 8 2.1/2.2) Secondary research will apply more to how to emulate the spreads, opening page and researching technology involved with photography today. The sources include: online information on camera technology, mobile phone platforms and more opinions from professional photographers (relating to the interviews).

(Covers Unit 8 1.1/2.2) The target audience is a bit two-way; the magazine of ‘Outdoor Photography’ is aimed at those with an interest or passion for photography including well-known professionals who have their work featured- people of all backgrounds and genders. But my topic mainly applies to those who are beginners/wishing to take up photography. It turns out that my target audience is much more of an interest category than age because of what it means to different people- career, hobby or passion.

My aims here are to create two double-page spreads and opening cover that emulates the magazine ‘Outdoor Photography’; clearly portrays my two linked topics and also that the final pieces end with a distinction grade and meets every criteria.

Section 3: Evaluation (approx 50 words)
(Covers unit 8 3.1) I will recording all my reflections and evaluations using weekly blog posts. I will produce: a progress post with what I have completed that week, screenshots and what I intend to complete by next week- along with my final piece evaluation at the end. I will constantly make reference to what criteria I have ticked off that week. I also have my learner progress tracking book for me and my tutor to set weekly targets and provide feedback for the week’s progress.

I will Harvard reference all my information and research and ensure the bibliography is constantly updated.

 

Proposed Research Sources and Bibliography (Harvard Format)
Brief Presentation:

Campbell, L. (2014) ‘Life in the Wild’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 175 February 2014) p.68-69.

Pulford, G (2016) Email to Simon Swales, 10th April.

 

All of my references have been updated in my bibliography as the project progressed/progresses. Refer to my production logs.

 

Final Major Project plan:

For my Final Major Project, I will be producing two double-page spreads and an opening page for the magazine publication of ‘Outdoor Photography’ and will be outlining the topic of why photography has become a part of people’s everyday lives- which will link to how easy it is for people of our generation to produce outstanding photos due to the access and abilities of technology.

Research (Unit 8 1.1/2.1/2.2):

In relation to this project assignment and its content, it highly depends on both primary and secondary research. For my primary research, I already have my own personal photography blog so I can include my own experience. Every photo/image featured in the magazine are all ones which I have taken and sourced myself so they will require no Harvard referencing. (Covers Unit 8 2.1)- However, I will also be- and have already started- conducting email interviews with some professional photographers who have had work published in the magazine. (Covers Unit 8 1.1)- Not only will this method of research be testing my writing skills, spelling, sentence structures and general English but it will encourage me to use my prior knowledge of conducting interviews.

My secondary research will mean the use of existing magazine publications of my brand (including online) and investigations on modern photo technology since they will brush-up my previous knowledge of the layout, style and text of the emulated publication. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- This is because my double-page spreads and opening page must make the audience believe the page was created by someone who works for the magazine. It will also mean looking at online sources featuring types of camera accessories/ lenses (PARK Cameras, 2016) and photo-editing softwares (Adobe, 2016) and even smartphone platforms (Pakarklis, E. 2016)

(Covers Unit 8 2.1)- In terms of presenting my research, I decided to present all my findings in a physical portfolio book for a number of reasons:  I carried this out with my first final project and due to the success this resulted in with me, I knew I could pass it on to this project with remembering how it allowed me to become more thoroughly engaged with the content as well as seeking ways of organizing my findings by hand, and using my writing skills without the use of a computer.

Target audience (Unit 8 1.1/2.2):

(Covers Unit 8 2.2)– The target audience for my Final Major Project is a bit two-way; the magazine of ‘Outdoor Photography’ is aimed at those with an interest or passion for photography including well-known professions who have their work featured.

That is the broader audience though, but will still apply to my project. My topic narrows the audience down though to most likely those who are wishing to or have started to take up photography and those who hold an interest in the latest technology able to assist these tasks. Both of these cover all backgrounds and genders (especially with my topic). However, it has come to my attention and my tutors’ attention that my target audience is less about age and more about categories of interest since my topic illustrates no two alike reasons for people’s love for photography. (Covers Unit 8 2.2)- I will need prove to show that I have considered my research by using elements from my secondary research. The target audience/reader should be able to tell virtually no difference between mine and the original if the layout, text fonts, language style, etc. are all correct.

Design skills and industry job association (Unit 8 3.1/1.1):

Because my project will be entirely print-based and require mainly the use of the software Adobe InDesign, it will be the most beneficial software for helping me achieve a perfect emulation of the double page spreads and opening page- mainly due to the tools featured within it to. These include: the page measurement tools, paragraphing tools, image size tools, font size and colour tools.

These skills help me to perfectly emulate my double-page spreads and opening page in relation to my magazine publication, but this software and use of tools are very widely used within the industry as well- by newspaper and magazine companies but also graphic designers who work for webpage design within the media industry.

(Covers Unit 8 3.1/1.1)- It’s not just the skills of producing the final piece that are involved here; other skills such as self-organisation, research methods and techniques and working to a schedule to meet deadlines are all skills used within the media industry in many areas.

(Covers unit 8 1.1)- One major element to consider within the Production of my double-page spreads and Editor’s letter is defamation and legal aspects of the intended information for my project. As a journalist, this is of absolute importance to understand since it’s excellent preparation for the industry and sets standards of what information is acceptable and the consequences if a publication causes harm and/or disagreement in any form.

After taking notes in a class lecture and referring to the ‘Defamation act 2013’ (Legislation.gov.uk. 2013), I learned about some very important elements that would apply to my project pieces. For instance, according to the defamation act, it’s acceptable to include a statement or information that held proof it was a genuine fact and/or opinion (Legislation.gov.uk. 2013). This part was vital for me to get to grips with because of how my magazine publication is mainly based on experience and opinion. This alerted me for when I send the interview emails to state what their answers would be used for and the purpose of it. The emails themselves will also be count as extra back-up proof against anyone who goes against the information in my project. Since the magazine I’ll be emulating from is for the purpose of public interest as well, it came to my attention from the Defamation act that I will not get criticized for my information if it’s in the interest of the general public (Legislation.gov.uk. 2013).

Personal management (Unit 8 1.1/3.1/4.1):

(Unit 8 3.1)- I will be using the following documents to help me organise my production time wisely and meet my allocated deadline on time: (Unit 8 1.1)- a production timetable for the next 9 weeks, the criteria checklist that will have the transcribed project criteria and how I will achieve each one. I will ensure that I have a blog checklist of which blog posts need completing, the content of each and if I have completed them or not.

I have also been given a progress tracking book which will allow both me and my tutor to keep track of what tasks I have set myself to do, if I have done them, and a summary on the weekly work progress, all to help me plan ahead and fit the tasks into my schedule. (Covers Unit 8 4.1)- This also includes my feedback sheet in which I can record informal feedback given to me, what I have done to achieve it and when by- which will be helping me to keep to my deadlines too. With all of my documents, they must be approved and signed by my tutor at the end and every little piece of research and information that isn’t my own MUST be Harvard referenced in order to not get criticized for any plagiarism and possibly fail the Final Major Project.

(Covers unit 8 3.1)- Even just by meeting my deadline, the 10th June 2016, will be the evidence that I have met my criteria including self-management and time frame agreement.

(Covers unit 8 3.1)- when it came to personal management, it was more than just organizing my work and ensuring it was complete; there were a number of documents that counted as evidence that I had effectively covered criteria. For example, a 9-week production schedule and blog post checklist both cover (unit 8 3.1) very nicely since they are both piece of essential evidence that I have not only reached the deadline but also know exactly what task needs completing week by week. The production schedule mainly applies to this because I have considered its content based on: what research methods I will use and the approximate time this should take to complete. I have also considered the drafts for each double-page spreads and opening cover I will create because once I have done the drafts then I will be able to pretty much complete the final draft in two-thirds of the time since I will already know the software tools and the layout of my spread. the content of the production schedule consisted of: what task needs completing at each week and what criteria it covers and a tick box for when I have done it.

Below is my own developed production schedule with another one in the UAL proposal document right underneath it:

Week no. What needs to be done: Completed?
1 N/A N/A
2 Start to develop and complete weekly blog and production timetable (Unit 8 3.1/Unit 1 1.1), how I will achieve each criteria and how I intend the final piece to look at the end (Unit 8 2.2)
Present final plan (Unit 8 1.1/3.1/2.2) at the brief along with timetable, and how I will achieve each criteria.

 

Begin research portfolio (Unit 8 2.1) finish secondary research (Unit 8 2.1)
4  
Begin first double-page draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)
5 Finish first double-page draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

Start first final draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)
6 Finish first final draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

Begin second double-page draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)
7 Finish second final draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

Begin opening page draft (Unit 8 3.1)
8
9 Begin final evaluation (Unit 8 4.1/2.2) Prepare submission blog post- Harvard reference everything.
Project Action Plan and Timetable
Week Date Week

Beginning

Activity / What you are intending to do –

including independent study

Resources / What you will need to do it –

including access to workshops

2 18th April 2016 Start to develop and complete weekly blog and production timetable (Unit 8 3.1/Unit 1 1.1), how I will achieve each criteria and how I intend the final piece to look at the end (Unit 8 2.2)  No specific software required. Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book.
3 25th April 2016 Present final plan (Unit 8 1.1/3.1/2.2) at the brief along with timetable, and how I will achieve each criteria.

 

Begin research portfolio (Unit 8 2.1)

 

 Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book. I will provide myself with a black sketchbook in order to begin my portfolio along with at least two editions of the ‘Outdoor Photography magazine.’
4 2nd May 2016 Finish research portfolio (Unit 8 2.1/2.2)

 

Begin first double-page draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book. I will provide myself with a black sketchbook in order to begin my portfolio along with at least two editions of the ‘Outdoor Photography magazine.’ The software InDesign is required for my double-page spread production.
5 9th May 2016 Finish first double-page draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

Start first final draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book. My completed research portfolio and magazine issues will aid me with producing my double-page spread’s content. The software InDesign is required for my double-page spread production.
6 16th May 2016 Finish first final draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

Begin second double-page draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book. My completed research portfolio and magazine issues will aid me with producing my double-page spread’s content. The software InDesign is required for my double-page spread production.
7 23rd May 2016 Finish second final draft (Unit 8 3.1/2.2)

 

 

Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book. My completed research portfolio and magazine issues will aid me with producing my double-page spread’s content. The software InDesign is required for my double-page spread production.
8 30th May 2016 Half term  No software required as on half term. However, Word processor at home will allow me to produce the draft for the opening page which I can ask for feedback on once I return.
9 6th June 2016 Begin opening page draft (Unit 8 3.1)

 

Begin final evaluation (Unit 8 4.1/2.2) Prepare submission blog post- Harvard reference everything.

Resources include the project criteria, proposal documents and learner progress tracker book. My completed research portfolio and magazine issues will aid me with producing my double-page spread’s content.

The software InDesign is required for my opening production. I also have the Harvard referencing guide my tutor provided us with to ensure all my Harvard references are in place/ the right format.

Within my own developed schedule, I have deliberately left one or two of the weeks free of some tasks. This is due to the problem that the 9 week duration we have for this project includes the week off we have for half term and we have a Monday off as well. These spaces will allow me to finalise any work I may have fallen slightly behind on as a result of this and plan the remainder of my production schedule as a whole.

As for the blog post checklist, this will be holding evidence that I have covered all criteria (through the bog posts). To ensure that every piece is met and that my project progress are both up to date, there will be two weekly posts outlining the weekly progress I have made in terms of feedback given, weekly targets achieved and the progress I have made with completing my project itself. For the second one, It will be outlining the main processes of the actual production such as what skills and knowledge I have used to complete what I completed that week with reference to target audience, industry examples and my research findings. This will be especially useful when it comes to (unit 8 2.1)  where I will have to prove that I have used my research findings to produce my emulated double-page spreads and the evidence will not only be in my blog posts but mainly in my final pieces.

Week no. FMP: weekly progress FMP: Production log Unit tags Complete?
2 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

ü

 

 

 

 

3 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

 

4 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

5 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

6 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

 

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

7 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

8 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

9 Summarise:

·        The work that has been completed and how you went about completing it,

·        How effective were your methods of production?

·        What are next week’s targets? What feedback have you been given and how will you incorporate this into your schedule? Refer to the feedback sheet.

·        Have I achieved last week’s targets and followed my schedule? If not, why?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

Final evaluation blog post:

·        Analyse the final piece compared to the intended idea prior to beginning production. Comment on:

o   How well I stuck to my schedules to get things completed,

o   How professional I feel the final piece looks- is it better or worse than hoped and why?

o   Have I followed all the feedback given and how has it made a difference to the piece?

Analyse:

·        How the work was completed using the software, skills and knowledge from industry and prior projects.

·        How you used these skills to a distinction/industry standard. What jobs use these skills?

·        So far, does it look like a piece that would attract the target audience and/or what it was intended to look like? Refer to your research when required.

Unit 8:

·        3.1

·        1.1

·        4.1

 

Unit 8:

ü  1.1

ü  3.1

ü  4.1

ü  2.2

Here is the official UAL proposal format document which also contains updated information and references from later on in the project:

Unit-8—Project-Proposal-Pro-Forma

Not only did I have to just produce this document for my own benefit, I also had to convince my tutors that I knew exactly what I was going to be doing for the next nine weeks and that I was going to meet all my deadlines to my aspired distinction standard. This was when I prepared my project pitch which was intended to do all of this. Putting together this project pitch together meant applying all my proposal and project plan documents into a PowerPoint presentation as summarized versions including my research ideas and main project idea/topic.

Final Major Project pitch (Campbell, L. 2014) (Swales, S. 2016)

 

(Covers Unit 8 3.1)- However, it’s not just the production schedule and checklists that organize this whole project for me; This week, we were all given a learner progress tracker book  with the intentions of recording all our targets, reflecting on the work completed that week and setting new targets for the next week. It’s not as simple as that though: all of these factors are discussed weekly with my tutor and we both meet in he middle to agree on my targets and it gives him the opportunity to provide me with some feedback on my work as well. This can range from anything to what I have done well in general to what he would like to see next week in my work ethic and project progress- which can develop into my targets for the following week.

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(Covers Unit 8 4.1/3.1)- I also have the privilege of making even more room for improvement via my feedback sheet which records all means of informal feedback from peers and my tutor(s). This sheet allowed me to record: any means of feedback I was given, good or improvement-wise; what improvements I need to make (sometimes in relation to any feedback); what week to have it completed by and what I have done to complete it. Not only did this and will this aid me to keep track of my work progress in the future but it also builds the habit of deadline-meeting and reflection on how those little changes to my work made an impact to the overall piece. Some of the feedback given, however, was related to covering the project criteria so it was vital that I took this on board and ensured that it was completed. This all reflects on to (unit 8 3.1) because this document is also evidence that I am becoming more aware of my progress, organisation and that this criteria is covered for sure.

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Both of these documents here are what basically covers all of (Unit 8 3.1) and are also one of a few tickets to passing this project.  They both show clear evidence that I have and am making steady progress and that I am keeping track of what I need to improve on and have completed to a good standard. Although, it has come to my attention that this will be the first project of the course that I have used the learner progress tracker and the feedback sheet so it will be most interesting to see throughout and at the end whether or  not it has made a positive impact on my Final Major Project. But with the way it has turned out this week with my feedback and targets set, I can sense that it will most probably be a positive one!

Due to the fact that I have not been able to begin the production of my double-page spreads and opening covers at this stage, it doesn’t mean that I am unable to refer to any examples relating to the final pieces yet; all of these documents are put in place for me to ensure that my double-page spreads and opening cover are exactly what I intend them to turn out like in my proposal: an emulation of my chosen magazine publication, that they clearly portray my chosen topic, that I make clear references to my target audience and that all my pieces look like what my target audience would pick up and read.

 

Bibliography:

Campbell, L. (2014) ‘Life in the Wild’. Outdoor Photography, (issue 175 February 2014) p.68-69.

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Final Major Project: Week 2 production log (Proposal)

Final Major Project: Week 2 Weekly progress

In terms of ‘progress’ at this stage, even though we haven’t begun the practical stages of our FMP yet, I can happily say that this week has and will be probably one of the busiest weeks of the project for the amount of progress made.

(Covers unit 8 1.1)- Firstly, we were given the project criteria which we would constantly be coming across and ticking off throughout the project via different stages and methods- which is also when (as a class) broke each criteria down to understand what it meant and what elements we had to include and complete in our FMP. Using this, I used the rest of the week to complete the following documents: my criteria checklist, blog post checklist and, probably most importantly, my Final Major Project plan. (Covers unit 8 1.1)- This plan covers every little element of what my project idea is, (Covers unit 8 2.1/2.2)- research methods and how I will carry these out, (Covers unit 8 3.1)- how I will manage my time and record all my progress and feedback and also my target audience for the project.

This plan is vital evidence to my tutors but also myself that I know exactly what I’m doing for the next 9 weeks until the deadline (Covers unit 8 3.1)- which brings me on to all my checklist documents. I have put together a weekly schedule which outlines all the tasks that have to be completed by the end of the week along with what units they cover, along with a blog post checklist which features all that needs commenting on within them. In both of these I have constructed the content of them based around the demands of the project criteria so that I can provide solid evidence that I have completed them during the production and also for my pitch next week. (Covers unit 8 1.1)- This pitch will be presenting a summarized version of my FMP plan with all elements that cover all criteria within it. Like mentioned before, this will be pitched to my tutor in order to ‘convince’ him that I know my project inside out and how everything will be carried out over the 9 weeks but most importantly, how I will cover each and every criteria to a distinction grade standard.

(Covers unit 8 3.1/1.1)- However, I personally feel that these time-management documents are slightly more for my own use as with the project itself; if I have all of these documents at hand by the time I start my research next week, I can just have a look at them and get on with it without getting stressed and overwhelmed with where to start. I have also done these schedules in weekly orders so that once one week is over with I can make a straight ahead start the next week in college.

(Covers unit 8 4.1/3.1)- It not just the documents I’ve created myself though; I have also been given a learned progress tracker book which I fill in and discuss what I have completed for the week and any issues I may have faced with my tutor- including the learning outcomes I may have covered. This is where we also set targets for the next week and what my tutor has thought in response to my progress made that week.

(Covers unit 8 4.1)- I know that this week I have had very few short-term targets to work towards since this has only been the first official week of the Final Major Project. These included: ensuring that both my project proposal and plan are completed by the end of the week- which I did achieve! And also to finalise my blog post check-list by this interim deadline too- which holds the proof of this blog post existing every week. However, every week brings on the new opportunity to conduct new targets, whether they are as simple as making minor adjustments to work to getting an entire piece of work completed. Regarding the target we agreed on this week, they included: to obviously carry out my pitch for next week; to complete my secondary research altogether- with at least 8 sources of information for it; and to identify and justify all interviewees for my primary research. (Covers unit 8 3.1)- It was also agreed that we wouldn’t set more than three targets a week because I felt that it would help me break everything down more in relation to covering the criteria and allow much more precise focus on achieving each one to the highest possible standard. I did mention during this that I found all the separate elements of each criteria very overwhelming to deal with when including it in my FMP plan and other documents so this would also make it easier with paying more detail in achieving each one to a distinction standard.

(Covers Unit 8 4.1)- In relation to non-target feedback, I was told that how I was breaking each task into manageable amounts was positive to see and  that it was encouraging to see me asking questions about the criteria in relation to deciding what need prioritising and what I personally need to complete next and in the future. It was also commented upon that I needed to question myself on how my journalism was going to be authoritative and journalistic enough- regarding my topic. (Covers Unit 8 2.1)-  This was fairly easy for me to expand upon because I had worked out that this would tie in to my secondary research on camera technology, editing software and accessories for both of these. This did form into one of my targets to find at least eight sources for this area but since I will be doing this from a variety of sources, I will not be doing this process separately; I will be researching it all next week when I start producing my research portfolio. Although I have already made a start with some secondary sources, I do not want to become confused when criteria cross each other and with the organisation of research content. One major element I have to ensure is perfect are my Harvard references; if these are in the wrong order, it will immediately be assumed that I haven’t referenced them properly and could jeopardise my entire Final major Project.

Final Major Project: Week 2 Weekly progress