Audience Feedback 1
When creating the questionnaire, Joe and I wanted to produce open questions for people to comment detailed responses of what they think about it. This questionnaire has been passed out to those in which take an interest in media and film and therefore know what they are looking out for:
- 6 people
- 3 male, 3 female
- Those interested in Media and Film
Overall, from the audience feedback we have gathered, we seem to have done well in focusing the documentary on a subject that isn’t typically touched upon- a positive representation of the elderly. This is proven by many of the respondents commenting on how Brenda lives a positive and regret-free life that makes them personally feel nostalgic and calming.
In terms of the music feedback, a lot of the respondence were happy to see a change in tone and key throughout the piece as it made the documentary as a whole come across as calming and natural, which is similar to the representation they saw of Brenda.
Some improvements that were suggested were mainly to do with the amount of shots added in within the whole documentary, meaning we possibly needed to add in more cutaways, or more shots to set the documentary up at the beginning. Or they suggested that we needed to lower the camera level down when filming Brenda, so that the camera is eye level with her, this therefore would make the documentary more personal to the audience as it feels as if you’re in conversation with her.
If i was to do this whole documentary again I will pick up onto what my feedback has taught me and change significant aspects that would make the audience have a better understanding of the documentary as a whole- e.g. make the theme of the documentary a lot clearer in the outset and throughout. One big change I would make if I was to re-do the documentary would be placing the mid-close ups at an eye level angle to Brenda as I agree this would make the audience feel more inclosed and involved in the documentary rather than seeing the setting behind her as it would therefore be viewed as a higher quality documentary.
Here is the final cut of Passage Of Time. Although there are a few things I will say that I don’t like about it, I personally love it and really think that it shows my nan as a person, and hopefully is something a lot of people can emphasise with.
Jamie: “I really like the way in which the documentary flows, it uses stereotypes of characters to make the characters visual and the cinematography is lovely”
Charlotte: “I like the intro and then the switch to the relationship scene, it works well and makes everything very nostaglic”
Shae: ‘The way in which you’ve use characterisation is something I really enjoy, your nan is a character you can emphasise with”
Chloe: “The way in which you’ve done this so far (obviously moving away from the placeholders) is really nice, you’ve broken the documentary up well. I really like the shots of George at the beginning. Excited to see the final project”
Matt: This really makes you emphasise with Brenda as she is a strong, yet heart filling character. Nice shots you’ve used too!”
After months of planning and weeks of rehearsals, here is our final music piece. I am so pleased with the outcome and hopefully our hard work pays off!
- Fender Strato-caster guitar
- Cajon drum
Other equipment used
- Orange Crush Pro Amp
- Reverb and Whammy Pedal
- Written in Open G tuning with a partial capo on the 7th fret
- Audacity Music Software
- Final Cut Pro- for any additional tone adjustments
Here is our first cut of our opening sequence, as the opening scene is so important as it is the area in which the audience either switch the channel or stay invested, Joe and I have chosen to do a variety of different edits and grab audience feedback on them and see which ones work the best. In order to create the perfect beginning cut. For this, I grabbed a group within our target audience, being non-media students so that they wouldn’t give me a biased opinion towards the documentary and gave them the opportunity to share their opinions on what went well and how we could improve.
Lewis- “The beginning shot is highly effective, it grips my attention as it is very engaging as the colours work alongside the transitions. There are some very smooth transitions between each shot that work well alongside the non-diegetic sound”
“To improve you need show what the granddad is actually looking at when looking around the garden and the need for the shot”
Lucy- “The music is very effective as it sets the tone entirely. It also fits very well alongside all the individual shot types- such as the close up on the granddads face.
“In order to improve you need to add more some shots so the audience can get a better idea of what the documentary is about before going into the speech”
Zoe- “I liked the first shot as it sets up the whole scene very well, I particularly like the steady pan as the lighting is perfect and makes you feel very nostalgic towards the scene.
“To improve I think you also need to add more shots that are relevant and reflect the documentary without even watching it.”
So from the target audience’s opinions, I believe that the first shot and the shot of George looking around was very affective therefore I will need to keep those in. They all mentions that the shots set the scene well and work well alongside the feel we are trying to create. However in order for us to improve, they all think we need to add more shots that introduce the audience to documentary themes slightly more.