So the only reason this blog exists is for college. I made it to post production diaries and essays for my projects so my tutors could access them easily. But now I’m in the University of Lincoln studying media, and I think this blog could be very useful to me!
So from now on I’ll be posting here every now and again for various reasons. Either a film review (slightly inspired by my friend Daniel Brown when he started a film review blog) or maybe just an update on my progress in uni (mainly to help with my own production diaries) or even an update on whats happening in AWKOR.
All this will be dotted with the occasional post I like that I’ve reposted.
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Me and Alistair went to town with the camera and mic to interview some random passers by about their opinion of cosplay. As it turns out, a total of ONE person knew what we were on about. ONE. A bit of a disapointment, however it succeeded in another way. Most of the people we talked to didn’t see the problem in cosplay. When first shown the idea people accepted it reasonably. We drew the conclusion that in fact the bad light it is shown in the media turns people against cosplayers. Damn the media!……can’t help feeling I’m shooting myself in the foot saying that….
Expo was really fun! I want to go next year. But on to documentary related stuff. We got what we wanted, mostly. It was more packed than I thought so we couldn’t set up the tripod in the main bit of the expo, but a handheld look could fit for that reason. It shows the truth of the situation. We got a lot of interviews with cosplayers playing a variety of characters, some of which were just OK, but from a few we got great answers that work perfectly. I would like to be able to go again without being loaded down with equipment to get the feel of the place but for the documentary that isn’t possible before the deadline.
And yes, I got shot at by a Stormtrooper…and a guy from Final Fantasy 7…yeah it was good.
I found a comic convention on the 18th of February in Telford run by MCMEXPO group. It’ll be £6 each to get in and at the moment a train would be £40 each! As that’s a little out of our price range we have asked Ben to give us a lift so at the moment thats all ok.
Also we decided we should do some interviews in town for opinions on cosplay.
In our group of three (Me (Dan), Alistair and James) we decided to use Alistair’s idea and make a documentary on ‘cosplay’. Cosplay is the act of dressing up as a fictional character (sometimes argued to be dressing up in general, though commonly held to be specifically as a character). Looking up cosplay online will show people dressed up as Pokemon characters, various Anime characters, a green army man (Toy Story style), Samus Aran (from the game Metroid), the Soldier (from the game Team Fortress 2), and many many more. We want to show cosplay as it is, going against the negative stereotype it has (attention seekers, weird, Japanese obsessed) and showing it in a positive light.
Personally I like the idea of cosplaying, and Alistair seems to like it. James didn’t really know about it before now so it’ll be new to him as well as some viewers.
There are four main sections to an interview (broken down into more specific sections). The introduction, the confidence building, the main section of the interview and the conclusion.
The introduction is simple enough, its mainly telling the interviewee what the interview’s purpose is and introducing them to yourself and how the interview will work. Confidence building is key to a successful interview. If you ask someone a personal question when you just met them, they will not answer. So first you need to ask some general questions to get to know them, and for them to get to know you so that they feel comfortable talking to you. When interviews are televised this confidence building is usually off screen, these include film promotion interviews mentioned in my previous blog (Styles). The main section of the interview is where all the key questions are asked, usually this is where the viewer comes in. The main part will include developmental questions (if these weren’t included in the confidence building questions depending on the interview) which builds up a framework for the rest of the interview. These questions reveal what you already know on the subject (from the research you did before the interview, very important!) to set a starting point for the rest of the questions.
The rest of the main sections compromises of key questions. Key questions are the main point of the interview, these are the parts that will be televised/shown on the final edit with most emphasis. The key questions can be direct (did you have an affair?) or indirect (I heard that you and your wife/husband have been having disagreements, can you elaborate?).
To end there is a conclusion compromising of a summary and a wind-up. The summary does what it says, it summerises the interview and what has been found out, often for the viewer. The wind up ends the interview and takes the program to the next topic/scene.
Throughout these there can be soundbites. These are when sound from the interview is played over clips of other things.
There are various different forms of interview, often easily identified by where they are featured, but each can be seen anywhere.
Currently, the most common is ‘entertainment’. Its an interview that’s made to entertain the audience. For example: ‘Alan Carr: Chatty Man’ (and other is a hugely entertainment based interview show. It hosts big celebrity names from TV or music (usually) and has bands/groups playing and games. Its almost entirely entertainment based. There is some ‘investigative’ style to the interviews, Alan Carr asks them about parts of their lives and what they are doing, but this style is mainly in shows like ‘Piers Morgan: Life stories’, where the interviewer goes in detail into the interviewee’s life. Investigative is also seen in ‘Newsnight’ e.g: ‘Jeremy Paxman Vs. Michael Howard’ In this interview Paxman tries to get a strait answer to a possible condemning question and investigates it with facts from other sources. Another sort of interview (also seen in Alan Carr) ‘Promotional’ interviews are made to promote something. The most obvious examples of this are movie stars interviews when a new film comes out. The usual setting is the actor/director/editor/etc sat in a black room with big posters of the film behind them, talking about the film. It’s light-hearted (the opposite style to Combative) and hugely promotional interview.
'Combative' is an interview where the interviewer and the interviewee may not have the same opinion, causing disagreements and/or tension in the interview. This is often seen in political shows, where politicians try to dodge questions or twist their opponents answers. Opposite to this, a 'light-hearted' style (mentioned before) is a friendly atmosphere of interview like on chat shows.
An obvious but sometimes unnoticed interview style is ‘hard news’. These are the interviews that are exactly what the title suggests: news. It’s an interview made to get facts.
Interviews are the method of collecting information that involves talking directly to the subject, or “interviewee”, and can be used to get lots of different types of information. It is more personal and can get more information than a questionnaire, which makes it a very useful technique for research. As well as research, interviews can be found in many places in our daily lives. In documentaries, political question shows, chat shows, “behind the scenes” movie shows, promotional videos and in the news, interviews are everywhere. There are different types and styles of interview, this can often come down to the questions asked. There are 6 types of questions: Open, Closed, Single, Multiple, Direct, Suggestive.
Open and closed questions relate to the types of answer they allow. A closed question only allows a selection of set answers, for example: Do you like cake? The answer has to be either “yes”, “no” or “depends on the cake”. An open question leaves room for the interviewee to make up their own answer, for example: What sort of cake would you make up? This could be answered with “Lemon” or “A pizza shaped cake with chocolate stuffed sponge ‘crust’” or anything in their imagination.
Single and multiple questions are exactly what they say, one or more questions. A single question would be: Do you like cake? Multiple questions would build on this knowledge by adding: What topping? and Do you like sprinkles?
A direct question is a question that gets directly to the heart of an issue. For example: Is it true that you have a problem with eating too much cake? This question is strait to the point and isn’t dancing around it using questions like “You really like cake, right?”.
A suggestive question is one in which the question suggests the answer. These sort of questions often end in phrases like “is this true?” and often start with phrases like “I have heard…” or “People are saying…” An example of a suggestive question would be: I heard you are cheating on you’re wife with a woman with cake, is this true? It’s a question that suggests something about the interviewee. It can also be seen as a question that the interviewer suggests the answer, which can be an innocent question simply trying to get the interview onto a certain topic.