Change of narrative structure & Final Voiceover script.

I wanted my interviews to tell a story, by alternating between my main contributors I hoped to bounce the questions and answers back and forth between the two.
However, I am now in post production, and have been finding this very hard.
As the answers I received from my contributors are much more similar than I thought. There are issues with continuity when bouncing back between the two.
I am going to re-draft my script to see if being more secular, and keeping each interview together as one scene, would improve issues of continuity.

I spoke with my tutor who advised against me re drafting the script in this way.
So I have re-drafted it again for a number of different reasons. One of these being that my initial rough edit, using the script for my documentary voice-over, is far too long, lasting over nine minutes.

I have had to focus more on two questions, and avoid the topic of “a cull on grey squirrels” as I was having real difficulties fitting in all of the area’s I have covered, whilst still cutting the time down.
This has had a negative effect on how interesting and informative my documentary will be. However I have managed to redraft the structure of the documentary in order for the narrative to still be strong and still make sense. I have focused mainly on the voice over, as I already have the sound recorded from the interviews to edit into my time line as needed. I have used the transcripts to aid in my vice-over script.
Final voice over, draft.
Final Voiceover


Sefton Park – Location Recce and Skills, Shot Type Practice & Cutaways

I spent two evenings during my pre-production period, in Sefton Park, completing a location Recce and practicing with the logistics of shooting squirrels.
I learned that as my research suggests, the squirrels can be lured with feed to get them to act in a manor that makes filming them effective.
I also gained practice on filming with the cannon 70D, this helped to develop my technical skills.
As well as this, i gained lots of cutaway shots that can be used in my final documentary.
The recces also served as research into the surrounding wildlife in the park, which adds to the narrative of my film.

Script/Narrative Development.

In order for my documentary to have a strong narrative, and to be informative, it needs to tell a story, and provide information.
I would like my documentary to be led my interviews, with a variety of contributors providing the different facts and opinions necessary to lead the narrative in the right direction.
I would like my documentary to explore the different reasons for the decline of red squirrel populations, and to raise the question of, are the grey squirrels really to blame. The documentary will raise the controversial issue of whether a cull on grey squirrels is either humane or effective.
I would like to show both sides of the argument in a balanced and neutral documentary. I believe this will be most effective in raising awareness of the issues.
If I gain the correct amount of interviews with varied contributors, then my voiceover will generally lead the narrative and link the different interviews.
However i have had some difficulty securing dates with my contributors, meaning I do not want to be left relying on them.
Because of this I will be working on two separate scripts, one in the case i do get the interviews i need, and the other to lead the full documentary and provide a strong narrative that can be illustrated by my footage.

Below is the first draft of my voice over script that will be integrated with answers from  my interviews.

Voice over script draft 1

This is a script for the voice over, and interview sound bites only.
I will create a storyboard to accompany each version, with a final script and storyboard at the end.
I have filmed two out of three interviews at this point, and have been working from a rough storyboard, and separate ‘Question Scripts’ for the interviews.
I have transcripts so far for one of the interviews which i have integrated into my script.
Even without the answers from my other contributors accounted for  estimate the script to be around 8 minutes, which is too long.
I will need to ct t ow, by being more selective with how much of each answer I use, and being more creative with how the voice over links the contributors together.



Questions for Contributors.

The narrative of my documentary will be strongly backed up by the responses from interviews with my contributors.
In order to ensure i receive relevant replies i have been formulating questions that will prompt my contributors to provide me with information that is contextual to my narrative.

The questions are mainly open, to leave room for my contributors to provide information or opinions that i have not considered. They are also leading in which they promote the answers that I hope will tell the story of my documentary.

Below is the first draft of these questions for each of the 4 contributors i have set dates with.

Questions for contributors

Sills Development – Cannon D70 Practice, Shooting Squirrels – Sefton Park 26/04/17

As a part of my pre-production i will be researching the best kit to use, and the best way to use it, for shooting squirrels, interviews and for my sound design.

In college we have access to the Cannon D70 DSLR camera. Last Wednesday 26/04/17 I took a cannon d70 along with a zoom sound kit and a small tripod, to one of my locations Sefton Park. This allowed me to practice with the settings on the camera, the exposure being my main focus. It also enabled me to practice with shot sizes, and the practicalities of actually filming squirrels.

I found the shoot very productive, finding the camera very easy to use, and very adept at capturing well exposed, high quality shots. I was able to capture lots of footage of squirrels with a large variety of shot sizes, some of which are of a high enough quality to use in my  documentary. This was easy and enjoyable and very effective.
I also captured some shots of the surrounding wildlife and had a chance to adjust the shooter speed and aperture, and play around with the lighting of the shots.

I also was able to capture a lot of ambient sound, the quality of the sound on the Canon was not good so the sound kit for my ambient sound is necessary.
The tripod was handy for accessibility and moving around the park, but is only useful for capturing still shots, this is no good for filming wildlife.
This week I will practice with the cannon and a shoulder holster, this will hopefully work well for moving shots, and the need for mobility, as animals do not go where you want them to!