Cumbernauld FM (Promotional Video)


Brief Summary:

Cumbernauld FM promotional video for work experience.


Show-reel (Fine Cut)

Brief Summary:

Cinematography with several captured footage from over the years (fine cut) for Graded Unit 2.

Week 19 – 2/6/17 to 9/6/17

This week, I put the final touches to my documentary and show-reel for the final cut. I am overall satisfied with my fine cuts – however, I do feel that they could have been better quality wise and the way they were shot and sequenced, especially the documentary. I don’t feel there is much drive for the documentary and that it kind of wanders into different parts instead of focusing on one core subject/location/area.  I felt it personally lacked attention with both editing and filming from lack of focus and leaving things till last minute which I was bad for doing back in HNC.  I do feel that this is a step from HNC level though and that somewhat I have improved from then.  My goal once I’ve finished college is to find full-time work as well as applying to be a runner for a part of a production. I feel that the course and lectures as a whole have guided me throughout the past 2 years – providing support and guidance within my work and been critical when they feel improvement is needed. I have always needed that extra push, as do many – procrastinate and end up rushing last minute.

I feel that the course and lectures as a whole have guided me throughout the past 2 years – providing support and guidance within my work and been critical when they felt improvement is needed. I have always needed that extra push, as do many who like myself procrastinate and end up rushing last minute.  This has prepared me for the world of work and has helped me find myself as a person and matured me in where I consider myself in the next few years.

My final cut of my show-reel is slightly better,  I took my peers and lecturers advice on board and tried to implement that in my show-reel. The lack of footage again in this is a let down as I felt for ‘Cinematography’ there could have been different shoots instead of the same/similar ones. I am overall satisfied with my show-reel and felt that I added as much of my peer’s comments suggestions within this.

I have also finished my promotional video for work experience, I am overall not satisfied with this but pleased with the footage that I captured.  Due to time constraints, I decided to make it a music promo with no dialogue. I did not have time to edit most clips to a professional standard and film also as there were more presenters within the station that were there at different times in the week – which I was not available for most.


Doctor Doctor (Australian Drama)

‘Doctor Doctor’ an Australian Television Drama set in a small town called ‘Mudgee’ is another many of my inspirations in Australian within film-making.  Doctor Doctor currently has one season out with 10 episodes. Doctor Doctor is filled with likeable characters that have a sense of humour, its location gives you that feeling of warmth and security as you can see that the community are all in good spirits and know each other.

There is a great use of camera work within this including, lighting and story-line. Although a serious job as ‘doctor’ – there is an element of comedy which keeps it funny. The show is also well written.

YouTube Generation (HNC Short Film)

Jessica a YouTube Fanatic and gamer decides she wants to become YouTube Famous after she stumbles upon iJustine’s videos. Jessica becomes inspired and decides she wants to make her own YouTube recipes. Will she become the next YouTube Star?

Personal Feedback:
I did this short film ‘YouTube Generation’  during my HNC level, I felt I lacked technical skills and narrative as well as poor quality editing and colour correction. I’m overall not pleased with this project as felt it lacked quality in regards to my filming and organisational skills. This helped me push myself more and concentrate when going back in to HND, to be able to shoot better quality videos.

Week 18 – 26/5/17 to 2/6/16

This week, I’m working on assembling a rough edit for my documentary. I got my lecturer looking over it to see what I needed to include and improve on, Alan Moffat gave me some advice to fill in the awkward blanks by recording a robot like a voice-over which he kindly volunteered to do for me. He also told me to add footage of clips of when the Megabytes Staff/Interviews are talking about certain subjects.    I’m not too overly confident on the documentary and still feel that it’s lacking taste, however, within the time constraints I am pleased with what I have so far. My aim for completion of my final of this is 7th June, along with submitting it appropriate paperwork.

My aim is to have a final edit of my show-reel by 4th June, ready for next week’s presentation for both the movie night to display our work and also during the GU presentation.  I am hoping to obtain a ‘B’ for my Graded Unit.

Wednesday Morning, I have assembled the video for Cumbernauld FMs promo – I felt I could’ve implemented more interviews within this – but due to lack of time and not been able to get certain presenters on days I was available, I couldn’t do this. I stuck to my two interviews which I have compiled of both presenter ‘George’ and ‘Craig’ along with the logo and sound fx of introducing Cumbernauld FM, I have used pictures and clips as cut-aways over the interviews fading out to contact details and address at the end. I have also included a  royalty free soundtrack within the edit.

I have spread out the re-sit amendments for my LO1-LO3 of critical analysis over 3 days working on them at night time from 31st May-2nd June so that next week, they can be signed off.

I have finished my motion graphic title for my production company.

I am overall satisfied with the graphic, however, feel that some elements could have gone better, due to time constraints I wasn’t able to implement more motion, which makes my graphic look pretty basic, overall pleased with the final project.

As this course draws to a close, I feel privileged to have work along side some amazing students as well as working with lectures that have had previous experience in the industry. It has been a learning curve for me these past 2 years at NCL.  Even though at timed I struggled, I pushed myself harder and tried better. I do feel that if I concentrated and stuck with deadlines properly that the detail of my work could’ve been better, I have seen slight process within my work as I’ve processed on to HND but still feel that it could’ve been better.  Overall, I am privileged to have been able to have this opportunity to learn and gain skills as well as contacts in the industry that I love which is HND TV production.

Week 17 – 19/5/17 to 26/5/17

I have to film my interview with Shaun and Caitlin again this week as well as going back up to Cumbernauld FM to film Craig as I accidentally put the SD with the footage into the CD slot of the Mac. This was a bit of a set back for me as I had to wait the following week to re-shot these.  However, I managed to re-shoot the footage and put it on my hard drive ready for editing.

I haven’t made a start on my work experience edit as I’m concentrating on having a final for both my documentary and show-reel. I will, however, concentrate next week on producing a quick promotional next week to be completed before 9th June at the latest so that I can get feedback for the last outcome and get the unit marked as completed.

We had a peer review on 19th, where we looked through everyone’s rough assemble of their show-reel and gave feedback for room to improve for the final edit due for presentation on 9th June.  I’m not too far off finishing my rough assemble for my documentary my aim is to have the rough next week and continue to work on my final within college time and after college on Thursday as well as getting a MacBook from the library to work on it within the weekend.

We also revised over notes for the next Law and Communication exam, which will be taking on 2nd June.

I’m overall not so confident on my documentary but more on my show-reel than anything. I do not feel that there is enough substance or drive within my documentary which shows my lack of motivation and heart for the subject.  My show-reel, however, is good but needs improvement in regards to shoots, colour correction and pacing the video to the beat. From watching my other peers show-reel it helped me gauge what I needed to improve on to work towards making my show-reel quality and editing wise

I am pleased with the idea of my motion graphic, however, it doesn’t feel very colour or vibrant enough and I could’ve experimented more if I had more time. It took me 2 days to assemble a moving carousel as I was overly rushing with instructions however, I did manage to complete the task leaving me with just adding my title and contact info as well as the soundtrack next week.

I will be working very hard over the next week on completing all my final edits, including my motion graphic.

Week 16 – 12/5/15 to 19/5/15

I have been working hard on both completing a short rough edit for both my documentary and show-reel both are gradually getting there. I am blessed with some of the shots that I have got for my content development and research unit for my documentary on gaming.  I, however, feel that from my presentation and treatment that it has slightly changed and is focusing more on Gaming within Glasgow as a whole.

I have to, however, film the interviews again that I got to college, as during the process of factory resetting my laptop, I realised that I’m missing the sound clips for interviews. I am happy to do the interviews again as the composition of the shots and the area in which it was filmed wasn’t very good.  I am re-shooting these on Thursday 18/05/17 during lunch time, along with getting Adam Norvah from sound production to do my V/O’s for me.  Once I get home, I will be editing these last key elements within my documentary to be able to submit a rough.

I am working on multiple things at the moment, my main priority currently being my documentary and my graded unit. I am currently working towards finishing my motion graphic title within 2 days, starting on Thursday 18/05/17 and finishing next week on 24/05/17. I am also working on finishing my work experience unit and producing a quick rough, my aim is to have all edits finalised by Monday 5th June to a good quality standard.

I feel that my journal is also lacking my own media of what I have done throughout the course of 2 years in NCL.  I will be adding my motion title once finished and my documentary/show-reel once finalised. I’ll be also adding some of the stuff I worked on within work experience to bulk up my page to show future employees or university interviewers what I can do.  I am hoping that this year my camera work shows more strength than it did last year, where I was only just getting used to new equipment as during my previous course in Stirling I didn’t use all the latest industry equipment or editing software.  I’ll also be adding what my inspiration was behind some of my projects as well adding reviews of some shows/films that I have been watching.  I am currently working my inspiration for the Netflix TV series ’13 Reasons Why’ which has become popular and most talked about the show recently.


Week 15 – 5/5/17 to 12/5/17

This week, I focused on completing my LO3 which was due for submission was I picked ‘Miss Congeniality’ to study.

I, however, completed half of the assignment but didn’t understand what framework I was supposed to put in and how many.  The presentation on Mahara had several – which I thought for LO3 you had to implement all of these frameworks, slightly confused I did half and the next day spoke to Micheal about it in our Wednesday class. He explained to myself and the rest of the class what we needed to do, I had brought in the DVD of the film I was analysing that day so during class I had a head start to finish when I got home.  We were given an extended deadline which was the Friday 12/5/17, I submitted on a Thursday evening for marking. I personally don’t feel 100% confident with all these assignments and feel that there are key elements missing within it.

I have also been working on add clips within my show-reel to make it flow, I still do not have a suitable royalty free/non-copyrighted soundtrack yet, however, I do have a short basis of clips which cover a wide range of shoots.

I feel that I’m getting there, with the work eventually but I am stressed at the same time with all the strikes that are going on – especially with deadlines coming up. I feel rather rushed with completing thins and not making them to the best standards.

Week 14 – 28/4/17 to 5/5/17

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

I spent my day fixing my critical analysis assessment and making sure it was pristine and that everything was covered for submitting, I wasn’t entirely confident with both assignments, I was still working towards finishing my LO1, however, I submitted my LO2 ready for marking.  I worked on a trailer for Doctor Doctor for my LO1 assignment.

Thursday 4th May 2017

For Work Experience, I am involved making a promotional video for Cumbernauld FM. I went during the morning of Thursday 4th May to film within the studios. I spoke to George, one of the radio morning broadcasters who broadcasts the ‘golden hour’. I interviewed George about the radio station, where people can find them, what shows and events are on, etc. I also got some cut-aways of gorge recording and using the equipment.  For this, I used prime lenses and experimented with different shoots.  I had Andrew Irvine helping me with sound.  I felt the shoot could’ve gone better in regards to perhaps more shots and steady shots as well as more shots from the tripod but with the size of the station I was limited. I feel that I’ve got a good amount of footage, however, I would like to get an interview with  ‘Tommy Marshall’ a broadcaster on one of his shows that he does at Cumbernauld FM.  I also finished off my LO1 ready for submitting for marking, again not 100% confident.