Assessment Blog 4: Personal Reflection and Evaluation.


Overall, I have found this section of the course to be a very valuable experience. I have gained new skills and by taking the role of presenter my confidence has grown a great deal. It has definitely helped me improve my speaking skills to a large group or audience.

This course has especially taught me the importance and relevance of transmedia and how this is clearly going to effect me in my working career. I have learnt through the lectures and my studies that the public are increasingly eager to be involved in the media and take a part in the programmes they watch instead of watching it on TV and feeling detached from it. The use of websites and social networking tools are dramatically expanding this business. I enjoyed putting these ideas into practice when creating my own website.

Another important part of this module was preparation and practise to get ready for our live broadcast. Our group put lots of effort and time into the show and took responsibly for their roles. Even though  we worked very hard before hand, we still had some problems on the actual day of filming. This just goes to show how you can never be too prepared. My one concern about being a presenter was that there is  a huge amount of pressure  not to mess up  lines and to keep calm in front of the cameras. There were some slip ups during the first few takes as the nerves were starting to get to me but after the first few takes I began to feel more comfortable again. There were some changes made on the day by the director such as a change in the script and the order of camera links. This caused a slight confusion between me and the other presenter as we were not told which cameras we would need to look into at a certain time. However the rest of the instructions were clearly communicated and easy to understand.

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In the end we had two possible takes to choose from. Both takes had pros and cons. Take one had a very good introduction but failed towards the end and the magic trick went wrong. The second take had a slightly more rushed introduction and also a camera was seen coming into one of the shots. I personally wanted to put the first take forward for assessment. The fact that the trick went wrong didn’t matter as it was live TV and that was out of our hands. However having the camera come in on the second clip is really bad and people would pick up on that straight away. Plus I felt the introduction was very important and the fact that it looked very rushed was a bad way for introducing the show.

Although I preferred the first take,  I do feel that we did a good job. The people I worked with were very easy to get along with and we were all passionate about the task. Everybody gave lots of input to the creative side and worked well together as a team.

Here is our final chosen clip for magic net tv:

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Assessment Blog 1: Creative Critical Process


When first beginning this project I knew I would have to have a strong creative input. This excited me as I was full of ideas, especially for the website design. I started brainstorming ideas for the content and layout of my website.

My Brainstorm for website ideas

My Brainstorm for website ideas

The target audience for ‘Magic Net TV’ is males and females in their early teens. We were basically trying to attract audiences similar to Blue Peter who are interested in fantasy films such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. I wanted the home page to lead off into many different options that were fun and exciting for the audience. I also wanted to create a real sense of movement to entice the audience. I achieved this by creating moving parts like the self shuffling deck of cards, or the waving banner and zoom in buttons that lead to other pages on the site. Everything was carefully considered from the horror styled font to the colour design and layout.

My Website: Home Page

My Website: Home Page

During our lecture with Adam Swords (May 11th) we were made aware of how important it is to ensure that, as a professional,you present yourself as a brand. This made me think that the 10 minute broadcast and the website must work in unison. This would create a powerful impact with the audience and give unity to the work.This is why both platforms share the same colour scheme and similar fonts (I chose to change the font slightly for my website as I wasn’t so keen on the one used on the show). As well as being linked visually to the broadcast, the website has links at the top right of the screen that lead the audience to other official network sites such as facebook and twitter.

Another important factor when creating a website is sound. I instantly knew that I wanted the title track of the show to be playing throughout the website. For this reason I purposely made any other sound minimalistic in order to not overpower the title track and annoy the viewer. Every button on the website has been designed to play a ‘Pssst’ sound effect when clicked on. A page which relies more on sound effects is the ‘Presenters’ page. This page has a simple layout consisting of the two presenters faced back to back. I was aiming to try and re-create a boxing styled poster where you have two boxers Vs each other. A ‘whooshing’ sound effect plays whenever the cursor is above a presenter and the image of the presenter is then enlarged and changed to grey scale. When you click on a presenter you are then taken to a separate page full of fun facts and information about them.

My Website: Presenters Page

My Website: Presenters Page

This is what the page looks like when you hover the cursor over a presenter

This is what the page looks like when you hover the cursor over a presenter

I always enjoy the creative side of media and making this website was particularly rewarding. If this was a website for a real ongoing show I would update and develop  the site by adding more interactive features such as flash animation games aimed at our target audience.

You can see my website if you follow this link:

http://www.wix.com/simpsonsdude29/magicnettv

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Assessment Blog 2: Transmedia and Multi-Platform delivery


Over the last few weeks this part of the course has given me an understanding of multi-platform delivery and how to include this in my own work. Our fourth lecture given by Karen outlined how Television and Websites can be used to work together to create a strong impact and concept. From this I learnt how important it is to have an overall vision and theme to link across the different platforms. This idea helped me when creating my own website linked to our fantasy show ‘Magic Net TV’. I understood that the website and the TV broadcast needed to visually link together in order to create an impact on the audience. I used the same colour scheme in both platforms along with other iconic objects such as the playing cards and the paint splats. This gave unity to the work.

I also learnt about the advantages of multi-platform delivery and was able to include these elements on my own website. For example I included pages featuring a competition, bloopers, photos and interviews from the cast and crew. These are additional features that can only be attained by visiting the website and add another dimension for viewers who have enjoyed the television show.

My Website:Competition Page

My Website:Competition Page

This multi-platform delivery also has an impact on viewers by encouraging them to watch tv shows in the future. For example news of future shows can be advertised on web pages. Another important feature is the interactive element where the audience can share their opinions of the show straight to the website. This makes them feel as if they are involved and participating with the presenters, guests and each other.  An understanding of this encouraged me to add a ‘Get Involved’ page on my website where viewers are able to send videos of them performing a magic trick to the site. The best ones are posted for everyone to see. This interactive element has an important impact on the success of a show and I have learnt that this will become increasingly important in the future.

My Website: Get Involved page

My Website: Get Involved page

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Assessment Blog 3:Reflection on my Professional Development


This module has given my the chance to explore new ideas about multi-platform delivery at the same time as developing my confidence when speaking to a group or audience. I particularly found Adam Sword’s (an ex-student who is now a professional photographer) lecture on the 11th of May inspiring. He showed how important it is to get yourself noticed and this module has given me the opportunity to get noticed and take lots of responsibilities within the group. My main role as presenter required confidence, adaptability and improvisational skills (areas that I had previously found challenging).

I worked very hard to be involved in the creative process of this project. As well as my role as Presenter I was able to take on other responsibilities such as script writing. By reworking the script again and again I developed my skills in this area and also working to a set deadline. I spent a lot of time researching existing magazine programmes focussing on the presenters talking style and this was incorporated into my own script.

The success of this project depended on all of us working well in a team. I enjoyed working with the other people in this group and felt confident to give my ideas and listen to others people’s comments.  These skills helped us to come together to produce an end product that worked and was successful.

I also got involved in other aspects. I was responsible for the idea of the show having a countdown of the top magic tricks featured on the internet. This was later developed by myself and others into the top three magic tricks countdown mixed with an interview with a street magician.

Reworking the Running Order

Reworking the Running Order

I also got involved in primary research, visiting magic shops and retail stores for resources. I met regularly with certain members of the group to plan colour schemes, possible tricks to use on the show, clothing and running time schedules. This gave me a chance to use research and organisational skills independently and in a group.

Working on script and running order

Working on script and running order

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Fantasy Group Magic net TV- Script (4th Draft)

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Easter Holiday work


I am now halfway through the Easter holiday and script writing is going well. Just before we left for the holidays I met up with Chelsea (the PA) and Delavi (co-presenter) and went through the script. We timed how long it look us to get through each section and made changes to fit the running order. This was very important in making sure the script was practical and worked. However the script was still not complete as there was a lot more to add. I worked on the second, third and forth draft in the holiday. I sent the fourth draft to Karen and am still waiting for feedback.

Here are my Second, third and fourth drafts for our Broadcast ‘Magic Net TV’:

Fantasy Group-Magic net TV- Script (2nd Draft)

Fantasy Group Magic net TV- Script (3rd Draft)

Fantasy Group Magic net TV- Script (4th Draft)

More progressed has been made as we have secured a guest for our show called Levitating Leigh (an amateur street magician).

Levitating Leigh

Today I have been in to uni to help set up the background flats and set ready for all four of our years shows. Some concerns were raised as I was unaware at how bulky these flats were until they were set up. This gave us even less space than we thought we had for the show. Stacy and myself were here at the time from our group so we began to discuss possible solutions and later on I raised this concern to the Producer and Director on facebook.

 

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Lecture 4 and script


This was the final lecture we would have with Karen. The lecture focussed on safety and risk assessments. All productions have to fill out forms to outline the possible hazards when filming the show. This could range from use of liquids and a hazard of slippery surfaces, to the cast and crews medical conditions and whether their fit for the job. Considering all of the content we aim to include in our program, there is not a huge risk in peoples health and well being. The only thing that may cause concern is the magicians trick (which as of yet is undecided).

When talking in our group we had decided that it would be better to have our guest do the magic trick performance. This would mean that I would no longer be needed to perform a magic trick at the end of the show. I felt this may have destroyed the structure of the show slightly as it ruined the aspect of ‘a presenter being given a task to complete for the week’. But I saw this as a chance to get more involved to work behind the cameras. I volunteered to write the script for the show and began work straight away.

Here is my first draft of the script.There are still issues with some elements therefore the script still needs working on. I will share my first draft with the group and we will then work on it together

Magic net TV- Script (1st Draft)

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