Author: ecashmore09

SWOT Analysis


Pre – Production – I feel one of my main strengths in pre-production would be doing a storyboard because, although I am bad at drawing, I feel as if the storyboard is the one that really gives you a plan of your work.

Production – For my project, I will be interviewing someone, but my main role for the piece is producer/director. I really enjoy interviewing people. This is good for me because I have had previous experience helping to direct a music video last year in level 3 year 1.

Post Production – My greatest strength in post production would be video editing because I have some basic knowledge of editing from past experiences. I will experiment with a variety of new editing techniques for example using Adobe After Effects to change eye colour.


Pre-Production – I feel my biggest weakness when it comes to pre-production is script writing because although I have an imaginative mind, I feel like it is a challenge to be able to imagine myself or my character as speaking to someone else with it being interesting.

Production – I feel my greatest weakness is directing when it comes to production because I am not a very outspoken person so I find directing quite challenging for me.

Post-Production – The post production that I struggle with is the evaluation and getting enough words. This means that I am reflecting and evaluating rather than just stating what I have done well and what I need to improve on to the best of my abilities.


Pre-Production –  By shooting interviews, this could help lead into a career in the media industry as it covers many different aspects of the industry. I aim to improve my films with every film I shoot as I gain more knowledge.

Production –  The opportunities that I will gain from production will be that it should help me get a full time job in the media sector when I leave college. Once the film is edited and uploaded online for the public to view, I can add more footage to my show-reel, so that it can help me to gain a career in the media industry.

Post-Production – In post-production, I will be able to write my reflection and evaluation to know how to improve when I am looking for a job.


Pre-Production:  A threat I could possibly encounter when it comes to pre-production would be that I could potentially lose all my pre-production folder or all my documents on Word so this could mean I am late for the deadline and could possibly fail. Cast and crew could be put at harm if the risk assessment is damaged for example and it would be your fault if they were and you lost your forms if they’re not on Word, or if Word crashes. Another threat could be that if the storyboard is damaged, the film could be altered completely and could look amateur or unplanned.

Production: A threat I could come across when it comes to production could be that the cast may not turn up on time or may let you down or they may not have also rehearsed their lines. Another could be continuity and their hairstyle or clothes may be different to the trailer.

Post-Production: When it comes to post-production, a threat could be that my work could all crash when I am editing it, or the SD card could become locked or corrupted. Also, when I save my edit and come back to it another time, I might have to locate the media and this could become quite an issue.


Methods for Practical

The methods I used to make my interview included pre-production where I had to make a storyboard to plan my piece, risk assessment to ensure that all the cast and crew is kept safe and some questions so ask the interviewee.

When all the pre-production was completed, I then began shooting my interview. This is the production. I shot myself in a wide shot the whole time and mainly Matt in a mid shot although there were a lot of wide shots of him too.

When the production was done, I then completed my post-production. This included writing my evaluation to the best of my abilities and reflecting on my work.

Evaluative & Reflective Writing


What happened? – The Beach

You have used Past Tense.

We got in the minibus to Cornwall beach and arrived at the beach. We set up a barbecue and cooked some food.

What feeling/emotion? Past tense.

I felt excited when I arrived at the beach knowing I was going into new territory I had never been to before.

Subjective – Good or bad?

Make sense of the situation – rationale – source research (x3) – compare – Present tense

conclude generally then specifically

Actual plan for the future e.g. next time i will… – Actions and timescales – Future Tense


You MUST reference books

Title (Author, date)

Sources (urls)

Evaluation 6.1 Evaluative records (dates) – Highlight problems

Minimum 500 words

Evaluation – Depends upon who is evaluating. Peer evaluation who took part in production. – Angle

Reflective – Gibbs – Completed cycle x5 times

Success – Your own goals

Blog Diary – 18/5/17

30th March 2017

This lesson we learned about rationale and concept which is your plan and your idea. I wrote a bit about my plan for my FMP and then for concept, mentioned about the idea of my FMP.

31st March 2017

This lesson we listed our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to media production so for example, I said one of my strengths was video editing and a weakness was directing because I’m not a very controlling or outspoken person.

26th April 2017

Today, I wrote about 500 words on my research for my final major project for example listing all the research techniques like Wikipedia with the link to the website.

28th April 2017

I rewrote my 2000 word essay to include research and a bibliography about my topic which was the female role in the soap EastEnders.

4th May 2017

Solving Practical and Technical Problems. This lesson we wrote about 500 words about solving practical and technical problems, for example anything that could go wrong/has gone wrong in video, audio and compression.


Unit 13 3.1 – Solve practical and technical problems


Some problems I might encounter whilst videoing my piece could be that the video might not be White Balanced. This is when you have to place a sheet of something white like paper in front of the camera and change the settings to ensure the piece gets colours correctly called RGB (Red, green and blue) which is when the camera is at 100%. If you don’t white balance the camera, then then it won’t be RBG so it could be over exposed. You are making the camera know what white is. There are two types of filming: interlaced and progressive. 1080p video is called progressive scan. 1920 x 1080 pixels in HD movies are progressively drawn line after line so they aren’t interlaced. Usually, films are filmed in 24fps (frames per second), TV is usually filmed in 30fps and PAL is 25fps.



The audio cable (left and right) is called an XLR and this could easily stop working in the film so this could be a problem I might encounter. We use Bars and Tone for calibration back when analogue recorders were used to setup the VTR (video tape recorder) to the same levels as were recorded by the original camera so that they got the best footage. It is also used at the start of the tape to lay down the start of timecode. Timecode is when you set the time of the film to hours, minutes, seconds and frames. This is how you identify a precise location of the film and is very handy when you are filming on more than one camera that may be filming at different times. A variation is known as time of day timecode, which means it records the actual time the recording was made rather than the time of the footage.

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This is an example of Bars and Tone.


Unit 13 3.1 – Solve practical and technical problems

Technical Aspect/ Learning

Video technology

Scanning of the frame (25fps 24fps)

Interlaced & progression (i and p)

Audio – LR, PPM, Level, VU, dBs, Bars and Tone, Time Code

Compression – Files, Lossy and Lossless (Small and large), Examples, Camera and edit suite, BPS (Bits per second)

Rules for video, audio and compression. What problems? Audio cable (l&r) is called an XLR. Switch channels. Analogue. Bars? Calibration. You are making the camera know what white is. (RGB at 100% – Red, Green and Blue) – White balance. If you don’t your colours won’t be RBG so it could be over exposed – Tungsten.

Final piece compressed (MPEG – Moving Pictures Experts Group) .mp4. Lossy? Too large

Evidence and examples (Photos of the camera settings for example, screenshots and examples of solving technical problems

The Female Role in EastEnders 2000 Word Essay (2)

My essay will be based on the television programme EastEnders because I have watched it for many years. I will talk about the role of females in the soap and the fact the women work in all roles such as shops, market stalls, bars and restaurants. However, women have never worked in a car garage in EastEnders so maybe this is stereotyping women a little. In Neighbours, you have both women and men working in all professions so this is maybe the most stereotyping thing that EastEnders has ever done.

EastEnders was first broadcasted on BBC One on 19th February 1985 which first introduced gender equality. ( EastEnders has always featured the everyday domestic and professional lives of people living in London and the struggles of living in London with very little wages whilst balancing children and work. EastEnders is on four days a week on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm usually and Tuesdays and Thursdays at half past 7. Every episode of EastEnders is exactly 27 minutes 15 seconds long exactly. ( 

EastEnders is filmed six to twelve weeks in advance and is usually filled in the mornings running throughout the day so if actors need to eat food in a scene, it would usually taste cold and horrible but they have to obviously pretend to enjoy it. ( 

The name Walford was thought of from where the creators Julia Smith and Tony Holland were born (Walthamstow and Stratford.) Most scenes are filmed in Elstree Studios although some are also filmed in and around the Watford area. (

I feel EastEnders is a programme where women are treated fairly. In EastEnders, there are women and male deaths with women involved as murderers such as in the storyline with Janine killing Michael, Danielle and Barry and Stacey killing Archie, and the sexual abuse storylines with Linda and Whitney too to show awareness that these things happen.

One thing about EastEnders is that it is on the channel ‘BBC’ which has to show equality. I know this because the BBC have made a promise that they must not be diverse. The show has always  ( 

Women have the same employment in EastEnders as the men do because we have women who work in the bars, women who work in restaurants as chefs and waitresses and also women who work in small shops and market stalls.

One woman in particular, has been in the soap for many years but has never had a real speaking part. She has mainly worked in the cafe and the Queen Vic (pub). her name is Tracey. She is probably one of the most well-known women in EastEnders followed by Peggy Mitchell played by Barbara Windsor. She recently took to Euthanasia with Pat Butcher who was her on-screen best friend. Pat died a couple of years before her and with Peggy getting her breast cancer back, she didn’t want to live on so she overdosed on pills.

Another woman who is well known in EastEnders is June Brown who plays Dot Cotton in EastEnders. She has been the oldest woman ever in EastEnders who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Most of the clothes she wears on set, come from charity shops. She always wears the same dress every Christmas Day and at 28 years, it celebrated the oldest item in the show’s wardrobe department. She is also the only character who had an entire episode of just her talking. This was closely followed by Pam St. Clement who played Pat Butcher as the second longest serving cast member in EastEnders who was on the show for 25 years. It is rare to have old women take up primetime TV slots these days because for example, in Strictly Come Dancing, Arlene Phillips got sacked because she was too old. ( Every week, the costume designers have to prepare about 150 costumes for the actors.

I chose to base my essay on EastEnders because I have been watching the show for as long as I can remember for many years since my mum introduced me to the show. EastEnders also brings the female role to light by introducing surrogacy and people having trouble conceiving. The best example of this, was when Steven Beale was first introduced to the soap. He had an argument with Jane Beale (his step-mother) and this resulted in Steven accidentally shooting Jane causing her to have a hysterectomy meaning she could no longer have any children.

On the other hand, the soap has also featured many teen pregnancies to relate to life these days because it has had Lola who fell pregnant as a teenager and had to deal with life as a young, single parent who has a very strict budget and very little support from her friends and family so she was living in the streets until her grandad Billy Mitchell took her in.

The soap also features LGBT because this shows equality which the soap must also always show. These include Johnny coming out as gay to his parents who, at first, had different views on it like in reality. His Dad, Mick Carter, was happy for him, however his mum Linda Carter was not at all accepting him into the family for ages. This was also similar for Ben Mitchell who dated Abi Branning before he finally came out as being bisexual by hiding his feelings for the late Paul, the son of Pam and Les Coker from the funeral directors. The show has also featured lesbians such as Tina Carter and bisexuals like Steven Beale and Sonia Fowler. It also had Kyle who was born as Stacey’s sister but changed into a man.

The show has also featured characters of all different ethnicities and people of different countries, for example, the show once featured Aleks from Russia although he is played by Kristian Kiehling from Germany. The cast has also featured women such as Shabnam and Zainab who are Islamic and Denise who is of a different race/ethnicity and this also shows lots off equality in the show.

The show has also had recently a major storyline about Michelle who was dating a student from her school when she was a teacher before she lost her job.

EastEnders uses ‘uses and gratifications’ to make the viewer feel sorry for the characters, to love them and to hate them and to be able to relate to them in a physical or emotional way. The programme focuses on gender theory because they always show equality between the characters and make sure the women wear appropriate and not too revealing clothes just like the men and the camera doesn’t angle towards the women or male parts inequality. The soap has equal pay between genders too because male and female actors get paid equally but it all depends how much or how little hours they work. (

The soap is probably one of the most watched television programmes because they have some live episodes every century which always reach over one million views.

The target audience for EastEnders would mainly be women who are aged above 12 because it has many scenes which feature a range of characters ages.

One of my favourite episodes aired on EastEnders would be when Ronnie discovered her friend Danielle, was actually her daughter Amy who was told by her dad that she was stillborn but really he put Amy up for adoption with a different name. When Ronnie finally discovered that Danielle was her long-lost daughter Amy, Janine drove fast around the corner and knocked Danielle over killing her instantly at the scene. (

The show has also featured many controversial episodes because it had Syed Masood who had a gay affair with Christian Clarke which is strictly forbidden in Islam. (

EastEnders tries not to stereotype and tried to always show equality with women by making sure that both the women and men have similar storylines for example rape, same-sex relationships and also EastEnders makes sure that women are acting in the same way as men for example smoking cigarettes. The most common smoker in EastEnders is Dot Cotton who would usually smoke in almost every scene.

In conclusion, I believe that EastEnders is a good show that will always show equality in the show. The BBC are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK. The BBC is aimed for everyone to watch so they should include everyone no matter their background and I believe EastEnders are the best for doing this.

5.1 100 words

Identifying practical areas of production

You must write 10 words on what you have and intend to test.

E.g. Technique, how you applied theory and practical learning

Explore steady cam and describe shot types, tested mountain and shutter speed . Can be expressed as a shutter angle (360 degrees open)

Colour Temp

Lens (MM, ND Filters, colour filters, gradient)

When will i employ this technique in my FMP

Post Production


Slip and Slide

Capture – Film, Tape and stills

Graphics? Lower 3rd

3D Graphics, After Effects

FMP Research

I have done a little research for my FMP but most of the information I have used is from my experience on the show Teen Wolf. The show is aired in the UK on MTV and online too. The show is about a boy called Scott McCall who is at school with his friend and one day gets bitten by a werewolf. This pains Scott and he feels himself changing. Whenever he gets angry, he would turn into a werewolf. Scott falls in love with the new girl, Allison who is setting up a plan to kill Scott and all the other werewolves in the area. ( Scott now has to try and balance his out of control life, figure out how to control his new powers, try not to be killed by the alpha wolf that bit him, and protect Allison whilst trying to keep her from finding out his big secret. The interview will be a story-telling interview where I will be asking Shaun, a fan as far as the interviewer is concerned. The interview will have no real ending because the idea is that the viewer will think of their own ending. The interview will consist of me asking Shaun a load of questions any interviewer would ask any fan but will have quiet, dramatic music in the background to make the audience become nervous and anxious. Then I, the interviewer, will ask Shaun why Derek Hale, the new alpha wolf in Teen Wolf, is his favourite character, as this would just be a standard fan to interviewer question. We will hear the music become slightly louder and see Shaun becoming agitated and shuffling around on his seat. This will all lead up to the big finale where we will see Shaun’s eyes turn from natural to glowing red like another alpha wolf. Then the screen fades to black and we hear a growl and loud howling before the interview ends where the audiences should try to picture their own endings.

The programme Teen Wolf is rated a ’15’ certificate which means anyone under 15 cannot and should not watch the programme. This is because they have very minor swear words and contain also lots of blood and violence.

Most of the high school scenes in Teen Wolf at Beacon Hills School are filmed on the campus of Palisades Charter High School in California, USA. (

The show is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name but is far more serious and dramatic than the comedic 1985 Teen Wolf. (

Teen Wolf first premiered on 5th June 2011 following the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. On 9th July 2015, Teen Wolf was renewed for a sixth series of 20 episodes which premiered on 15th November 2016. Unfortunately, the show was ended at the beginning of this year but will not be aired in the UK until June 2016. Each series has had at least one million viewers on average. In October 2015, the United Kingdom’s Channel 5 had the rights to broadcast the show on Tuesday nights at 9pm. The channel premiered the first season on October 27, 2015 however channel 5 has not yet made any statements about the further broadcasting of the show.