Final video

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Reflection on video

For my video assignment, the story I covered was Hornsea Third Marathon.

Within this video I ensured I included a variety of general views, more than one interview and a piece to camera/introduction. The only thing missing from my video was a graphic. I didn’t include a graphic because I didn’t think it was necessary for the type of story I covered.

This type of story would typically be an end item because it is an event and it’s light hearted news.

I was very happy with my camera shots and I thought I used the rule of thirds very well. However, the only issue I had with the shots is that I tended to interview people on the same side. This caused problems when I was editing everything together because I couldn’t transition ¬†from one interview to the next. In the future, I now know to change sides every now and then.

The main issue with my video was the sound quality of the interviews. In each clip there is a lot of background noise. At the event it was very difficult to find a quiet place. I did prepare myself for this situation and I took a dictaphone with me to hold closer to the interviewers. However, the dictaphone recordings were too quiet so in the end I used the camera recordings. Luckily, I was able to edit the audio using Adobe Audition to reduce the background noise. However, it still wasn’t enough.

Script for voice over 

Hornsea and East Ridings rotary club held their annual Hornsea third marathon on Sunday.

With sunny weather, spirits were high at dunsholme farm in great Hatfield and many people turned up to take part in the event.

The day wasn’t just about the runners. As well as raising money for the rotary club, money was also mainly raised for Marie curie. Canine partners also had their own stall at the event, and they brought along some of their dogs to show people how clever they are.

Overall, the day was really good and lots of money has been raised for good causes.

Interview questions

Runners:

  • have you ran this marathon before?
  • how does the amount of people compare to last year?
  • are you sponsoring a charity?
  • what do you plan to do with the money if you win?
  • is anyone here to support you?

Marie Curie:

  • how many people are sponsoring your charity today?
  • roughly how much money have you raised from the event?
  • how do the figures compare to last year?
  • what have you been doing today?

Police:

  • what have you put in place for today?

BBC Look North

Whilst watching BBC Look North, I found some stories more interesting than other due to how they were covered.

One of the stories I particularly liked was one about Hull Truck Theatre having special shows for hearing impaired people. I like the way this story was presented because at first, viewers were shown a snippet of people performing on the stage doing sign language with a screen behind them with word from the script on. Then after showing the visual side of the story, the reporter began to do a voice over to explain what was actually happening. In a sense, the reporter draws the audience into this story by making them be in the audience at the theatre.

Another story I liked was one about a footballer who had claimed on Twitter that racist comments were made towards him during a football match. There was a lot of different things to see visually with this story, which made it more interesting to watch. For this story BBC showed the post from Twitter, an interview with another footballer talking about it and the people playing football.

The stories I didn’t like on the news were the ones that covered court cases. This is because there was a lack of visuals and there was a lot more voice overs used. For example, there was a story that covered the fire in Club Valbon and the only things viewers were shown were 3 still images of the club. This makes me, as a viewer, feel distanced from what has happened. However, it’s understandable that you cannot cover a lot when it comes to ongoing court cases.