As a part of RMIT’s Film TV 1 specialization, a group of students and myself produced a short, fictional film. The course criteria required our team to complete all of the filming in one day. This proved to be a challenging task, however it encouraged our team to be highly organized and focused on the day of shooting.
Here is our story idea for the romantic comedy titled ‘Coffee and π’, written by Evan Paris:
Adrian, a socially awkward mathematician, is a regular at a local cafe. Adrian, quite literally, sees the world through numbers, and can produce calculations for life itself. But when a girl enters the equation, human error becomes a major problem, and the theories he creates cannot work.
The finished film, ‘Coffee and π’ was shown at RMIT’s end of semester screening.
Mustafa Izzy, Max Conroy and myself have been working on the production of a collection of short exploratory documentaries. Primarily the short pieces profile individuals within the community, focusing on what assists immigrants assimilating to life in Australia, and some of the hardships or potential joys that they might face. As a part of our Film TV 2 specialisation, our committed team formed ‘MKM Productions’ and began the process of sourcing, interviewing, filming and editing our intended documentaries.
Within both the course and time constraints, MKM Productions filmed two pieces as well as produced one completed short film. Our team will resume editing of our second documentary, ‘EP2’, and has also made arrangements to film our next short piece in early 2015. Additionally, over the last semester of 2014, MKM Productions kept a dedicated blog that entails some of our research, production processes and exploratory concepts.
MKM’s first completed film titled ‘Mosaic: The Series EP1’ profiles an aspiring Melbourne based musician, 18-year-old Angelo from Kukuma, Kenya.
As a part of the last analysis/ reflection for Film-TV 2, I have been asked to discuss what I have gained from this course and if it has lived up to my expectations. Firstly, I have gained a lot throughout this semester from various elements of the documentary film-making process. It has been a strong learning experience, particularly with the subject topic that we decided to explore. The two documentary segments that we have produced investigates how immigrants assimilate to their new life in Australia, what challenges they might come across and what can assist them to adapt within their new society. With investigating the subject topic at hand, the team faced challenges with interviewing the documentary participants and presenting information. However, it was a good learning curve into how to consider and deal with sensitive topics. Additionally, I gained a lot based on the subject topic that we investigated as I have had a strong desire to explore the topic for a while and it provided me with a great deal of insight.
In regards to the technical process, I have also gained insight into what I would do next time and how to approach certain technical elements. Importantly, when making another documentary I would use two cameras instead of one to allow for the team to capture a more diverse range of footage inclusive of various camera angles and cut away shots. The importance of gaining a varied range of footage was evident in the editing process when we had limited stylistic options.
Overall, I have highly enjoyed the course that has enabled me with the support and base knowledge to produce documentaries. Furthermore, I am ambitious to continue practicing documentary film-making and am looking forward to making my next piece.
The student documentary titled End of the Line, also known as ‘the Broken Hill film’ features long-term locals expressing their passion and life-long loyalty for the rural town. In doing this, the film presents some striking views of small town mentality. Particular from an elderly woman who obsessively voiced her desire for death as well as connecting her supposed near death with the town whilst conveying a sense of religious harmony.
I’m unsure if the filmmakers achieved what they originally intended to do. I’d like to think that no documentary filmmakers could presuppose precisely the type of film their going to end up with as it often dependent on the subjects or often things are discovered in the process of making the film. I do perceive that the filmmakers remained in line with their original concept however the subjects and the brutality of the town itself perhaps revealed certain views as well as a sense of reality to the filmmakers.
Having assisted in the launch of the very blogging platform that you are reading from now, Adrain Miles underpins blogging basics and why blogs are so great. Miles tells that what is unique about CMS (Content Management Systems) on the World Wide Web is that it allows for the author to publish information rather than a single or sequence of webpages. Additionally, Miles defines the ability for a blog to carry the various tones, styles and entries of the blogger amongst an assortment of hypertext as “Exemplars of an interlinked, networked, fluid and contemporary writing practice and communicative space”. Sounds pretty lush right?
Speaking of a blog’s uniqueness in comparison to a journal or diary, Miles observes that with blogs being an online medium, the blogger has an awareness of readers, or maybe just a reader. But all the same, the blogger is aware that what is put down (or uploaded) will or can be seen be others. This entails for the author to care more as apposed to a private journal. This may involve an array of mixed media in place to immerse the viewer in whatever it is the blogger is indulging in. Perhaps even this…
Anyway, where was I? Right. Miles highlights a ‘host’ (fitting yeah?) of aptitudes maintaining a blog can bring.