Planning: Equipment List

Lock down- filming day

  • Wednesday 23rd November 2016 (lesson 2, 3, 4 and 5)

What equipment will we need?


  • x2 Canon 600d – School
  • x2 Tripods School
  • x1 Dolly- School
  • SD Cards- Amy 
  • Rode Mic – School
  • iPhone Mic – Amy
  • Sony Machine Attachable Mic- School


  • Mac Computers – Amy’s and Schools
  • Final Cut Pro – School
  • Premier Editing Software- School


  • Brenda Penfold and George Penfold (Amys grandparents)
  • Props- include household objects (tea, gardening)
  • Nan’s house (Main Location)

Planning: Text Font Mock Ups (unfinished)

Within the documentary, we will have to make a title sequence starting it up as well as the title being advertised on both ancillary posts. Below you can find my basic font ideas and what I want them to refer towards the documentary.

Mock up 1

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Here is my first mock up, this one is pretty basic and one that I have used in my ancillary mock up. I used a basic font that will be eye-catching for the audience to read. And have decided to pick a colour that may refer to anything stereotypically old- e.g. rust, gold, elegant.

Mock Up 2


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Although this mock up is extremely similar to the last one, i have changed the text font used but have used a stereotypical button replacing the O in ‘of’. This gives away that there are some sorts of old age within the documentary, and can be referred to knitting. The background I used here instead of plane white is a paper affect, this will symbolise the education questions as part of the documentary too.



Planning: Music Mock Up

In terms of music, we have chosen to do a self composed piece that insures we fit the right music to the style of the documentary. For this, we have chosen a guitar being our strong main instrument as we have learnt that from analysing documentary music, its typically guitar, therefore we have chosen this to go against the normal conventions

Mock Up

Short Analysis

What went well

  • The elongated keys at the start, it builds up the tension quite well
  • The music can be used in a major or minor key way
  • The key changes can create a emotional response of happy or sad depending on the dialogue we put on top of it
  • Unconventional
  • Presents several tones that we can play around with editing and depending on what is said
  • The music is like a few within a different track within one track

Even better if

  • Getting rid of background noise
  • Recording the music precisely
  • Using a mic and proper recording system rather than a phone recording- again, the better the quality, the more our documentary seems professional

Planning: Short Evaluation Of Test Shots

As for planning with our test shots, we have done a variety of different tests for us to identify any problems that we may face when filming our documentary. Here are a link to all the blog posts that we have done test shots for:

Test shot 1: click here

Test shot 2: click here

Test shot 3: click here

Mic test: click here

Lighting test: click here

Short Evaluation


Overall, I would say that our test shots when particularly well. I think that Joe and I succeed in terms of the camera, setting up the best shots for the context of the documentary and changing the lighting to fit what we are filming. Mostly, we have filmed mid shots and close ups which is a shot particularly found in all documentaries at some point. In terms of the way we have used the camera and certain areas of lighting, I believe that is one factor we will not struggle with when filming our final product.

Lighting is one aspect that needs to be perfect when filming our final, we have tried a variety of different distances when filming a typical close up to show which positioning would be best. Personally, I loved the lighting in test shot number 3, this shot was fully lit showing both I and Davies’ clothing, facial features and some of the surroundings behind us.

I would argue that the aspect we need to improve most upon is the microphone and sound. Although Joe and I already have ideas of the background music, the mic is the most important factor within the whole documentary as what they’re saying is the most reflective. One way that Joe and I can improve upon this is do another test mic shot to see which mic (other than the handheld) is best fit for our documentary. But also, when filming our final, start using a laptop to upload our footage too so we can use the quality. This is defiantly one aspect that we need to improved upon to get top marks.

Planning: Test Shot 3

The initial idea behind this set of test shots was to change the lighting and positioning of the camera to see the difference it would make. As well as having Joe’s (the camera man) input every now and then giving the differences and/or conflict in a documentary.

Camera: Joe

Lighting: Amy

Microphone: Joe

So without further ado, here is our test shot number 3:


What went well?

  • Lighting- in comparison to the first and second test shots, the positioning of lighting is a lot better here as you can clearly see the two interviewees. 
  • On going conversation- the topic prompts created a conversation that you can talk a lot about
  • Positioning of camera- I like the fact you are able to see 1/2 our bodies so you are able to see any body language used

What can we improve upon?

  • Again- microphone sound. It is again very grainy on the background. To avoid this next time, Joe and I will have too take more than 1 type of mic and when editing, decide which one is best to use. As well as take a laptop with us so we can go over the footage every single time we film to see the quality. 
  • Introduce the cameraman to the documentary- as you can barely hear Joe as the mic is next to myself and Davies


Planning: Self Composed Music Ideas

The idea

In order to grab the best grade I possibly can, Joe and I have decided to take it upon ourselves to create our own music for the documentary. When researching documentaries, I noticed that all the music used had a very nostalgic feel and created a tone for the documentaries content. However, I found that due to the minor tone music used, it felt like all directors tried using the music to make viewers feel bad for whatever the documentary was about.

I personally would like the music for our documentary to be completely unconventional, my main idea behind it was that it used major and minor key to our advantages. The music piece that  we want to create is something that anybody would listen to without it behind a documentary, but setting a nice, calm tone to go along the documentary.

In order to create this to be best of our ability we will need a team. Without further ado, meet the team:


Meet Chris

JOB: Guitar and Cajon player


Meet Joe

JOB: Recording

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Meet Amy

JOB: Software director and creator of music