Sunday, 9 December 2012



In today lesson I have done my presentation for my self-direct project. However, the initial pitch day is Wednesday 12 December 2012, but due to the holiday I will go I had chance to do my presentation on 5/12/12. Moreover, I was told by tutor, to do my pitch front of head tutor Colin, and peter. So therefore, in the morning I papered for my presentation and I did my pitch for Colin and Peter, I think I done well during presenting my idea, and I was happy with what I done but I will be looking forward to hear from tutor about his point of view about my presentation.    

Wednesday, 21 November 2012



In today lesson we were told in the morning by Ricardo that they (Peter & Ricardo) have swapped their class for one day and Peter was introducing himself to first year students and also Ricardo was in our class to hear our pitch ideas for our self directed project for documentary. However, firstly in the morning we started pitching our idea and the first person pitched was Danny Jack and then I decided to pitch my idea, but I didn’t had my power point pitch with me so I had to go through my treatment and summaries my pitch then after me Jack pitched his idea. Moreover, after Jack finished pitching Ricardo decided to show us some videos, which can help us to develop better documentary, and we watched the video called (I can), after watching the video we went to launch break, and then after launch break we watched more video. After video finished the rest of students pitched their idea one by one and until they all finished their pitches.
Overall, after all of students finished their pitches tutor decided to see us one by one for tutorial but due to the time he changed his mind and decided to have tutorial next week. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012



Today I went to a BVE North seminar in Manchester, it was my first time ever I involve in such as exhibition with so many amazing cameras and other broadcasting equipment such as tricaster, tripods and lights etc.
However, I check a lot of cameras from different makes such as Canon, Sony and ARRI and I found it really interesting. The ARRI cameras was first time ever I see in my life and I loved it. Also there was few more cameras which was really interesting, the camera call Nikon ‘G’ and PL lens mounts and the interesting and amazing thing about this camera was the 20.000 frame per second and the video they showed.
Moreover, as I looked around and saw more amazing broadcasting equipment such as wonderful Canon, Sony cameras and Gib on the tripod it made me to love my subject I am studying currently, and hopefully one day I will have chance to get them incredible kit to work with and make my own projects with it.

Furthermore, the thing was really interesting was the guy who making the Canon camera with ice, it was really interesting to watch how he done the remarkable work as you can see in below pictures.

Also I joint to the few seminars about cameras which was amazing and helpful about using camera and what kind of lens can be good to use with it, also the seminar about cinematographer who involved with few good films he filmed by himself and it was really good to watch them films which I found it prefect.

Overall, I think It was one of the best day for me which it was my first time ever to attend those kind of seminars / exhibition, and I am looking forward to attend more seminars like todays one and gain more experience about cameras, tricaster and etc.

I have taken quite few photos in today seminar, which I like to share here.

Nikon 'G' and PL

Atomos samurai HD-SDI recorder 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012



In today lesson which we started after a half term. Firstly in the morning we told about a BVE north seminars which will take in place on Wednesday 14th November in Manchester, so we had to register to get ticket for entrance. So therefore i registered and i got my badge number through email. Also we had lesson about how to use Panasonic P2 camera in the right way of using. In the lesson we learned how to match cameras if there is more then one cameras, by checking the format of the cameras in the setting to find out what format the camera is being set up, after checking the cameras setting we put both cameras in to the 1080i /50i and then we worked on cameras to match white balance, gain and aperture to have same colour and format for filming.

However, after we done all the cameras work and matched the white balance, gain etc. we had launch break. After we back from launch break, we given a lesson by tutor how to use Glide Cam HD 4000; it’s a piece of metal, which can help how to balance the camera and using it while moving around, it was really interesting to know how to use the Glide Cam, but I found it really hard for using and also it takes time to fix it and balance it. Moreover, the Glide Cam is really good to use if we get use to it and get fix it as quick as we can, I think it will be great to use in our production projects.

Foretheremure, after we learned how to use the Glide Cam, we set the camera to use lighting and new sound mixer with it which is the small box call SQN known as portable sound mixer, which we can connect the radio Mic or Boom Mic to the sound mixer and then control the sound. Also in this lesson we learned how to change the sound from camera and only use the sound coming from the sound mixer SQN portable sound mixer.

Overall, I think I gained a lot of experience today about use of camera, sound and also the Glide Cam; I’m looking forward to learn more about sound mixer, and also the Glide Cam. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012



In today lesson we were given some task that we had to do in the class, but firstly in the morning we had to choose the rep for our class.
However, after tutor asked all students about a rep there wasn’t anyone interested on this job and we had long conversation about who want to take this position, last year we had Rebecca as a rep for our class but I don’t know what happened that she gave up. Also we were given some task in below

Ø  Vimeo video should be uploaded.
Ø  Analyse current content – what’s out there?
Ø  Realise our strengths and weaknesses.
Ø  Create reference for our editing work.
Moreover, after we were given the task and explained what should we do we all start researching about the subject above. In the begging I had some problem about my vimeo video, which I couldn’t upload to my vimeo account due to the big file. After I found out my video is big file and cant upload the file bigger then 500MB I compressed my video through handbrake and made it smaller file size, then I uploaded my video to my account in vimeo, also I updated my vimeo account and we had to write our Bio in the vimeo. Then we went for short break.
After break time we had to decide who would be the rep for our class, fortunately Nyasha decided to candidate himself to become our the rep.

Foretheremure, I start to do my own task about what kind of format will I use for camera and editing my projects in future, I did researched about this task a lot and I thought about it what kind of format should I use in my filming and editing style. However, I was confused about this task and didn’t understand the task fully but I done some research about it decided to film my projects with Sony V1 with format 1080i / 50p and editing in final cup pro (FCP) with format ProRes LT 422.

Also today we had personal tutorial with Peter, about idea, which we choose to make documentary.

Overall, today was the good day and it was nice to learn more about use of formats when filming and editing. Also how to use vimeo in proper way,
In the end of the day I think my tutorial with Peter was good and I’m glad that he (Peter), like my idea, which I choose to make documentary about it.

In below is the short written word about my idea, which I will film in the near future.

There are a lot of good stories that we can make a perfect documentary out of which can be interesting. However, the documentary, which I decided to research about and create it, is about an Amanj Mardokhy, a Kurdish talented artist who lives in Stockport greater Manchester, and has recently graduated in Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
This story is about Amanj Mardokhy an artist who immigrated to this country and worked hard to be at this level. In this documentary I will show to the world Mr. Amanj’s brilliant artistic talent, also I will show his passion for his work,
Story structure
The structure of this documentary is different and it is very interesting.
Firstly, it will consist of a tile sequence for the show, which will be designed earlier by my self through the motion or after effects or might be designed by Mr. Amanj himself because he is a designer and artist. Moreover, the documentary will include some archive footage, which I filmed by myself for Mr. Amanj exhibition if needed. Also this documentary will include short interview pieces of friends, family members or colleagues talking about Mr. Amanj character, personality and work.
In addition the film will begin with Mr. Amanj working on his latest piece and will include an interview of his daily life.
In this documentary, I will use steady, hand held and wide shots when I film to show what art means to Mr. Amanj. I will film as much general view (GV’s) as I can which will be needed. The GV’s will include of Mr. Amanj doing work when drawing also during interview when he uses his hands and include when he walks outside or when going university / work.
‘Untitled’ is an example of Mr. Amanj’s artwork below.

‘Untitled’ Amanj Mardokhy, 2006

Target Audience
 My target audience is going to be art lovers. However, the reason I have decided to have the above audience is because this type of documentary can be watched from above mostly and people who are interesting in art & culture.
The length of my documentary will be around 10 to 15 minute long which I believe that’s will be enough time to explain my subject to the audience and I want to make this documentary knowledgeable and interesting for others to watch.