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Lens to Use for Filming
February 28, 2011, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

I’m still undecided about which lens I want to film with. I’m stuck between the Canon 24 – 105mm f/4 IS or the Canon 24 – 70mm f2.8. Both have pros and  cons.

Canon 24 – 105mm:


  • Constant aperture when zooming in or out.
  • Built in IS (Image stabilisation) – smoother handheld look


  • fixed aperture so you can’t increased depth of field; therefore also not so good in low light

Canon 24 – 70mm:


  • Shallow depth of field


  • No IS –  meaning camera shake will be noticeable for handheld footage.

I’m more drawn to the 24 – 105mm f/4 lens as it does appear to be flexible for all the shots in need to shoot. I’m not really too bothered about having really shallow depth of field, as long as there’s some decent bokeh in the shots then it will at least look professional.

If I’m wanting to use the 24 – 105mm lens, I can only start shooting by end of March, which is a downside, but it may be worth while waiting for.


Brainstorming Video Shots to film
February 27, 2011, 2:27 am
Filed under: Professional Project

I’ve got ideas of what I want to shoot when I’m up in london. I want to make sure I get to shoot all the shots I need of the Person narrating the video done in one day. Here is a quick brainstorm diagram of what I’m needing to shoot for the video.

I did some sketched up shots to start thinking about composition.

Medium Close up on narrator.

Location: South Bank, London

Close up on Narrator. Will intercut between this shot and medium close up, to get some variation.

Location: South Bank, London.

Timelapse video showing the narrator standing still in a Tunnel, whilst people walk by.

Time: 10-15 Seconds

Shots on the Train





Gantt Chart – Planning
February 26, 2011, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

Key Points:

Gantt charts are useful tools for planning and scheduling projects. They allow you to assess how long a project should take, determine the resources needed, and lay out the order in which tasks need to be carried out. They are useful in managing the dependencies between tasks.

When a project is under way, Gantt charts are useful for monitoring its progress. You can immediately see what should have been achieved at a point in time, and can therefore take remedial action to bring the project back on course. This can be essential for the successful and profitable implementation of the project.

Here is my attempt at making a Gantt chart in Office Excel.

I’m currently heading into week 3 now. I’ve extended the time of the production to allow more time to make sure everything goes smoothly. I’m planning to do a London Shoot on the 8th March, which is week 4. This will conduct most of the shots I need for the video as it has all the locations and transport I need to film.

This week I’ll be booking my equipment and going out and doing some time lapse videos in the Bournemouth area, just as extra footage, if I can’t shoot certain things in London.

RNID Video: Don’t Lose The Music
February 23, 2011, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Professional Project


“We live in a busy world, but it’s a noisy world too. The social noise levels in the UK have tripled over the past 20 years, meaning we’re exposed to more noise in our daily lives than previous generations.

We all lose our hearing as we get older through the natural process of aging, but for the younger generation, they’re speeding up that process. On top of all the increase of social noise, younger people are adding extra noise from listening to mp3 players.

I think It’s great we’re able listen to music on the go, but we’re often in conflict with external noise, which compensates you having to turn up the volume on your mp3 player, especially if you’re using the basic headphones. This unfortunately is where the risk lies as you are being forced to crank up the volume to hear your music.

A lot of people think that clubbing or going to concerts is the biggest cause for hearing loss, but actually you’re more likely to damage your hearing if you’re listening to you’re mp3 player on a regular basis at a volume over 80 decibels. If other people can hear the music you’re listening to through your earphones, then your volume is well above 80 decibels.

I’ve hated the idea of losing my hearing, especially at early stage in my life. I love music. It’s something I can’t imagine being without. Until you’re in a situation where you’re struggling to communicate with other people socially, you don’t realise how precious your hearing is and it can make you feel completely isolated.

Tinnitus is another condition, which is often related to loud exposure to noise. It’s described as a ringing or buzzing sound that only you, the individual, can hear constantly. Everyone will experience this at some point in their lives, usually after a club or concert, but by the next day it usually disappears. Unfortunately, for many people the noise never goes away; therefore it can have a huge impact on someone’s life.

At first it’s not easy to come to terms with having tinnitus, because there’s nothing you can do to physically reduce the volume of it. However, there are special services available such as hearing therapy, which enables you to manage tinnitus to a point where it’s no longer significant in your daily life and you can move forward. It’s definitely something every sufferer should be aware of because you can over come it.

RNID’s Don’t Lose The Music campaign is about raising awareness on how to protect your hearing, whilst enjoying listening to music. The campaign isn’t trying to stop people from using mp3 players or go to clubs or concerts; it’s merely trying to prevent our generation from having future problems. As we all know, there’s no cure for hearing loss, but you can prevent it from happening.

  • If you listen to music, whether it’s through headphones or in a club, then take regular breaks, allowing your ears to recover.
  • Even turning the volume down, just a couple of decibels can make a huge difference.
  • Invest in some noise-cancelling headphones; so you don’t have to crank up the volume to compete against external noise.

Remember; if you really love your music then start protecting you’re hearing so you don’t lose it.”

London visit
February 23, 2011, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

Went up to London yesterday to check out some places to film. I have to say I was quite drawn to lots of tunnels/walkways as I think they’re really interesting places. I guess I could link in the idea of tunnels as a way of progression overcoming tinnitus. I was a bit overwhelmed about where to film. I guess a lot of the filming will be spontaneous.

This is a small underground walkway at Waterloo Station. This place would be good for some filming of the main character character walking through, listening to his music.

I think this tunnel would be great a for a time lapse video at the end part of the video, with the character standing still in the centre of the shot.

This was a nice location. I was thinking of having the narrator person leaning against the wall. I’ll do some static and handheld shots of him listening to his mp3 player.

I think this view of london would be ideal for a time lapse video at the beginning of the video as an establishing shot.

Possible location to film character speaking. The picture does look a bit grim, but that’s unfortunately down to the miserable weather.  Along south bank is normally really nice on a sunny day, and it’s also iconic so that’s why I initially wanted to use it. I want the narrator to be leaning against the railing, whilst talking to the camera.

I also made a short random video of my mate in a cafe listening to music, just to get me going for this project.

I used a:

Canon 550D

18 – 55mm Lens

Full HD 1920 – 1080p 25fps

Writing up Draft Dialogue!
February 19, 2011, 9:49 am
Filed under: Professional Project

Yesterday I started writing up a draft version of the dialogue I’m going to use in the video. As you can see I put pen to paper, accompanied with a large coffee! I had a lot of factual evidence to include, but i don’t want the dialogue to be full of numbers and statistics. I’m writing in a slight casual manner, since the campaign is aimed at young people.

Came across this article for some factual information that I can integrate into the dialogue.

Mp3 users ‘risk hearing loss’

  • More than two-thirds of young people who regularly use MP3 players face premature hearing damage because the volume is too high
  • 72 out of 110 MP3 users tested in Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham were listening to volumes above 85 decibels.

  • “It’s easy to crank up the sound levels on your MP3 player to damagingly loud levels, especially on busy streets or public transport.”
  • “But if people can hear the music from your headphones from just a metre away, you’re putting your hearing at risk.”

I also referred to the Don’t lose The Music campaign’s, About Us page for some information as well.

  • Social noise levels in the UK have tripled since the early 1980s. This means we are exposed to more noise in our daily lives than generations before us.
  • RNID research found that huge numbers of young people are experiencing warning signs of potential hearing damage (ringing and dull hearing) yet they don’t know what they should do to protect their hearing.

Idea Development
February 17, 2011, 5:00 am
Filed under: Professional Project

I’ve spent some time having a re-think about my idea for the video. I received an email today from Andy Glyde, senior campaigner for Don’t Lose The Music, about some feedback on this project.

  • Firstly, I need to carefully consider how I portray the campaign. The campaign is about enjoying music, but enjoying it safely. For people listening to mp3 players, I need to inform them that they don’t necessarily have to drop the volume dramatically, but dropping the volume by a few decibels can make a big difference in decreasing the risk of hearing damage. This would be quite hard to get across in the video… visually that is. I think the best thing is to have some dialogue in the video. Like in the Greenpeace video on my previous post, there is a photographer who is narrating throughout the whole piece about Global Warming.  To me, this is a really an effective way of putting across messages out there to inform people about issues etc.

So the change to my video will be using the main character to narrate. I know someone who will be really suited for this role. I think it’s crucial to have someone who is young to fully engage with younger generation of people who haven’t acknowledged the consequences of listening to music loudly without protection. I will write the dialogue for the character to narrate using factual information combined with my own personal experience of tinnitus and using ear plugs in clubs and also to discuss the idea of not being able to enjoy music in later life.

  • Secondly, the final part of the video looking at the character with tinnitus needs to be slightly less dramatic. Although the campaign does focus on the effects of tinnitus, they make sure that they don’t show tinnitus as a condition that would make someone feel like it’s the worst thing in the world. I think maybe my description of the content of the final bit of the video may come across a bit dramatic, so i’m going to tone it down a little bit. I think the crucial point that must be made is that you can overcome it and not be bogged down by it constantly.

I want to include a few time lapse shots of the character standing still because I think it is a good representation of how it can make someone feel, if they have no source of help. GP’s have been often criticised for being too light hearted when dealing with tinnitus patients and dismissing them without any help or advice. That’s what I want to get across in the video, but without it being too dramatic. The video will conclude on a positive note with the narrator informing people that they can get help and advice through RNID and Don’t Lose The Music.

Ok that’s it for today, but my next task is to:

  • start writing up a piece of dialogue for the narrator to refer to when it comes to shooting
  • speak with the person I have in mind for that role
  • Speak to Jason about hiring some equipment.

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