Web Documentary Changes

After presenting my web documentary to my lecturer and the class, the feedback indicated that the documentary was not immersive enough. I have created an idea with my changes and are in the duration of creating a prototype.

This is my idea:
The documentary opens with a simple title page with a “play” button in the middle of the screen of the tablet. The user presses the “play” button and it starts a video. The video includes clips from the Hull Bid video, and is a documentary about how Hull got from applying for the city of culture to winning the title. However, during the video it may stop and ask the user if they want more information about other things, for example information or the bid videos from the other competing cities, or it asks if the user wants to see a gallery of images of Hull and it’s culture. The user can simply press a yes or no button and it opens up a pop up gallery or video or a text page. If it is a gallery, the user can scroll across different images, if it is a text information page they can scroll up and down with their finger, or if it is a video they can pause, play and rewind, and close the video to return to the main video.

Screenshot of Editing Process

To edit my short documentary, I am using Adobe Premiere Pro. I feel very confident using this software because I have used it many times before and know the basics of editing, such as adding titles and cutting bits of video and putting them back together.

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The above screenshot shows a sample of my editing. I have been to the museum and taken a picture of someone looking at one of the exhibits, but I have carefully made sure that he stands to one side as I can then fit the text at the other side. I have then used the titles menu to add a back box, fill it with text, and then changed the opacity of the box so it isn’t obvious (shown below).

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Museum cuts and funding – Script and Voice Overs

Here is the script/shot list and voice overs for my short documentary about funding cuts and how they have affected local museums. I am using the case study of Hull and East Riding Museum as my main topic.

Script/Shot List:
– Entry titles: “Museums and Funding cuts”, fade in “Hull and East Riding Museum”.
– Video shot of a “tour” around Hull Museum with voice over (1).
– Interview with Pete Mackie, ex-flint specialist for the British Museum, about what he used to do at the British Museum and his views on funding cuts. N.B: Cut halfway through the interview for a statistics on the subject with voice over (2).
– Shot of around the museum including narrative voice over (3).
– Interview with Simon Marsh, amateur archaeologist.
– Final voice over (4).
– End titles: “all footage filmed at hull and east riding museum filmed with permission from paula gentil” and special thanks: “with thanks to peter mackie, simon marsh, and josh baker” (photo in background of statistics).

Voice Overs:
1) Like museums all around the country, Hull and East Riding Museum has been hit by severe funding cuts. While some museums have been forced to close down, other museums, such as the Yorkshire Museum in York, have been forced to charge extortionate entry fees as a way of raising money for the funding. The British Museum is one of the museums who have been seriously hit, causing them to cut their professional staff, such as paleontologists and flint specialists, and are replacing them with volunteers.

2) Due to a recent survey, it has been found that:
– 49% of museums in the uk have experienced a cut to their income
– 37% of museums in the uk have cut a high percentage of their staff
– 47% of museums in the uk have increased the number of volunteers rather than paid staff
– 27% of museums in the uk have now started charging for events, reducing the number of free events on offer

3) Also suffering are the British Museum’s Finds Days, which sees professional archaeologists go around the country identifying and recording valuable antiquities for historical records. It is these Finds Days that help locate hoards and sites of historical interest, such as the Staffordshire Hoard, and due to the funding cuts, their staff has been cut and they are struggling to juggle the amount of finds to be recorded between very few people, meaning the amount of finds being recorded had been cut. This has caused some amateur archaeologists to argue that because people and their finds are having to be turned away at their finds days, we are losing important history.

4) There is speculation as to what will happen to our museums and our history in the future. Will Hull and East Riding Museum remain free, like many others around the country that are facing the same threat? Will the British Museum cut its’ finds days completely, and if so, what will happen to the parts of our history that still lay in the ground, unfound? Time can only tell.

Blog Reflections – Web Documentary

For our task, we had to plan and create the wireframes for a web documentary on the subject of Hull being the City of Culture 2017.

First of all, I found this very hard due to both personal problems, which had followed on from the problems I had last semester, and the fact we had to learn to juggle work around, as we had a lot to do. The project was out of my comfort zone for two reasons: a) I don’t know much about the City of Culture because I’m not from Hull and therefore don’t find the City of Culture interesting, and b) because normally when I start a project I don’t do much planning, I normally come up with an idea and see if it works before doing a little, if any, planning.

Secondly, I think I did rather well creating my wireframes on Wix. I am learning to use Wix and I feel I am getting a little better with the software. In this project I have learned how to use the button function, and how to use it to link pages with each other. I will use Wix again for another project, now I am getting better at using it.

Finally, I think this project went a little better than I expected, because I really struggled with it, but when I started it, I found it very enjoyable.

Web Documentary Research – The Future of the Web Documentary

I have researched into web documentaries and I have found that people are creating more and more of them.

A web documentary is like a film that is in the form of a film, however it allows the user to have control of what happens, or where they want to go. It delivers information in an online format, through images, video and text, and allows the user to click on text or video to get more information on the subject, therefore why they are known as documentaries; because they emit information.

Web documentaries have had an increase because more information is being shown online, and sometimes it is cheaper to make an online documentary for the public to see, rather than spend a lot of money and have it filmed for television. These documentaries in the future will become more and more because the online world is changing, because of the introduction of new media, and more people are spending time online than watching television.

I researched the City of Culture during my documentary planning, and found most of the information I needed online, such as pictures (thanks to google images) and created the wireframes on Wix. However, I think I didn’t do enough research into web documentaries before create mine, which was why I found it so hard.