’13 Reasons Why’ Netflix Original Series

Throughout the March-April, I decided to watch ’13 Reasons Why’ based on recommendations on Netflix.  13 Reasons Why is a novel by ‘ Jay Asher’ adapted into a US TV series which explores a strong subject matter which is ‘suicide’. The story is about a young girl called ‘Hannah Baker’ just an everyday student at high school,  the story through cassette tapes tells us about the horrible events that lead up to ‘Hannah Bakers’ death.

Brief Summary:

Personally, this Netflix Series has been one of the one’s that has touched me and made me feel connected to show.  The series explores the series of events that lead up to Hannah Baker’s death through cassette tapes.  Clay was one of the many who was on that tape, including his friends who had listened to all the tapes to get to theirs.  It was Clay’s turn to listen to the tapes and we could see it through his eyes and emotions as he unravels each cassette.

Throughout the tapes, we are shown flashbacks to Hannah Baker’s school life. It wasn’t easy for Hannah as she was constantly targeted by bullies, let down by friends and witness her friend been raped &  had also been raped herself.

Her family life at home revolved around her parents only caring about the business and arguing – leaving Hannah feeling isolated and even more alone.  This show connected with me to a certain extent to that I faced bullying in school and outside of school & I was let down by friends.  It is hard to convey such a tough subject through television and 13RW had done it perfectly, there are certain bits that do need to be changed but otherwise, it covers the subject of ‘Bullying’ very well and is very well written.

13RW is now returning on to its second season.  I aspire to create movies which convey meaning and a message like 13RW has done.


Week 12 – 14/4/17 to 21/4/17

Tuesday 18th to 21st April was  Creative Week in which both HNC TV Production and HND collaborated with HND Sound Students and artist/bands to create a music video. The brief to meet was to make a music video to the client’s needs.

I worked with a band called ‘Snout’ in Group C, they sound they wanted to make a music video for was ‘Revolution’ they already had a small vision of what they wanted within their music video.  Day 1 we discussed their ideas and did some research, they wanted a 60’s  B&W look but with the use of trippy effects and pastel colours. The story was about friends driving their car and meeting up to deal ‘lettuce’ and smoke it.   The HNC TV students within my team had to leave at 1 pm due to commitments which meant that myself and John (HND TV) did some shoots backstage. We, however, did bring the ideas any further in discuss as to it telling a story or properly assign roles. 

Day 2,  Our group finally managed to get the story together and right up to a shot list of what needed to be filmed. Dale McLean took the lead of this and made sure that the client was 100% happy.  We still didn’t assign roles but decided between all of us that we would take turns filming the music video and backstage.  Dale McLean got a variety of interviews during Day 2 then we got during Day 1 and started to edit it as we couldn’t film the music video during this day as there was only two of us after lunch again due to other group members personal commitments. We identified that we couldn’t do the green screen in the car due to the weather and time constraints, we also identified the location that we were going to film at.

Day 3,  Group C filmed all of the music video scenes required at ‘Luggie Bank’ in Cumbernauld within the given time frame from 10 am to 2 pm. We collected a variety of scenes for the music video as well as clips of the behind scenes part of the music video.  We then went back to the college to wrangle the footage and hand it over to Albert who was in charge of editing from the clips we had captured. Dale continued to edit the BS footage.  The band also finished their final mix of the song ready for the music video.

The final day, we prepped our music video and transfer the file to Andrea’s Johnson ready for the 2 PM viewing of all groups music videos on creative break.

I felt that creative break overall within my group could’ve gone better, there wasn’t really anyone taking a lead and nothing was really organised which mean that the day of filming it was rushed and no time and patience was considered in achieving decent footage as well as trying to stick with the shot list written on Day 2.  The edit I felt could’ve gone better also as the shot list had to be changed to somehow create a story with the usable clips that we had got.  I did, however, enjoy working with other students in different sectors and levels and took away from this the experience with working to a client’s brief. I feel I could’ve taken a more prompt role within the project – however, I was able to learn more within camera cinematography.



Week 13 – 21/4/17 to 28/4/17

Friday 28th, we went over notes in preparation for our upcoming exam on copyright, in this class I learned.

I also updated my journal, which was lacking appeal within the theme and blog entries which I lacked over the spring period as well as not working on my LO1 and LO2 for critical analysis and mainly only focusing on my showreel footage and documentary within that break.

My main focus now is getting the assignments done and completed for critical analysis and rough edits complete as well as completing my motion graphic ready for the final cut for presentation on 9th June.

I wasn’t able to film for my work experience due to the strikes, so rescheduled till next Thursday. In Alan’s class on Wednesday, I learned how to use the tracking dolly on the floor with the Sony V1E which gave the smooth pull-focus look, I also edited a bit more of my documentary.


Week 11 – 7/4/17 to 14/4/17

Wednesday 12th April, I helped Daryl Devine film the second instalment of his movie from ‘The Fellowship of Theo’ here I helped to set up the lights, give suggestions and also record the dialogue spoken by Sam McKay for sound. Unfortunately, due to illness, we couldn’t film everything that we had planned for the day of this shot.

Thursday 13th April, I filmed the final part of my documentary at ‘Megabytes Cafe’ in Glasgow which is just behind St Enoch. I spent from 10 am to 2 pm capturing cut-aways and two interviews within the cafe, unfortunately,  it wasn’t busy enough and there wasn’t a lot of customers during this time, however, I managed to get some decent interviews.

I felt, however, it was slightly overly rushed and I did not pay attention to the interview shots as much as they were both slightly out of focus on the subjects, however, I was overall pleased with the interviews and some of the cut-aways that I go to the cafe.

I then went back to the college to hand the equipment in and helped film ‘The Fellowship of Theo’ part two instalment were the cast we needed on the first day were able to attend. Here I helped set-up and dismantle the equipment as I only came in during the hours/minutes of filming.


Week 10 – 31/03/17 to 7/4/17

This is the first week of the Easter Holidays on Wednesday 5th April, I went to Glasgow to film some shots for my show-reel.  I met up with Daryl Devine, were we went to the East End of Glasgow and filmed at several locations –

  • Ashton Lane
  • Glasgow University (Outside The Grounds and Inside)

I got some really good DOP shots at Ashton Lane but mostly in Glasgow University where I captured the essence of spring with the daffodils and the culture of what makes Glasgow fit my treatment for my show-reel.

Thursday 6th April was my second day of filming my show-reel, I again met up with Daryl Devine in which we both went to the Glasgow Green to capture shots around the park such as the ‘Common Wealth’ Olympic statue, the botanical gardens & the park’s wildlife.

Through having Daryl Devine and also researching and studying beforehand, I felt more confident in setting up the camera that shots I have done previously in the past with the Canon DSLRs, although I wish for these two days of shooting my show-reel that I had a mixture of lenses than just the fixed prime lens. I also could’ve added in an extra day to go elsewhere to film as I had the equipment extended to keep over the weekend.


Week 9 – 24/03/17 to 31/03/17

This week I felt I moved forward slightly in filming my next part of my documentary, where I interviewed several people which in some way knew about competitive gaming.  I captured 3 interviews to use within my documentary. On the 14th April 2017, I plan to film at a gaming café/social area within Glasgow which hosts regular tournaments and game nights for avid gamers which will be the last bit of filming for this unit. Below is a screenshot of one of my interviews for which I feel is slightly over exposed in ISO, during editing I will colour grade these interviews so that there is less exposure.

I spent this week also writing out my script for my V/O for my documentary + a new set of questions for Megabytes Staff and customers as well as put the finishing touches on my research for my motion title. I need to complete a storyboard for the composition so after break/creative break – I will go straight into putting my motion graphic together.

  1. What’s your name? Where are you from?
  2. Are you aware of competitive gaming if YES what got you into competitive gaming and why?
  3. What platform do you play on and why?
  4. How long have you played competitively? (if played)
  5. Are you aware of the money side of competitive gaming?
  6. Would you play competitively for money or do you prefer playing in your spare time and why?
  7. Finally, what would you say to others wanting to get into competitive gaming?

” Competitive Gaming (e-sports) is a world of enthusiastic competitive gamers formed of organised multi-player video game competitions between professional players, the most common video game genres are fighting, first-person, shooter and battle arena  games, where you can catch these live events like Insomnia which streams popular and well-known tournament teams and players”



  1. What’s your name and what do you do at Megabytes?
  2. When did you first open?
  3. Could you tell us about Megabytes and what you offer?
  4.  Do you organise competitive events and if so what games do you regularly tournament?


  1. What’s your name? Where are you from?
  2. What brings you to Megabytes and why?
  3. Do you play games competitively?
  4. What games do you play competitively are you involved in any tournaments in Megabytes?
  5. How long have you played competitively?
  6. Are you aware of the career side to gaming?
  7. Finally, what would you say to others wanting to get into competitive gaming and getting involved at Megabytes?


I have rescheduled with Craig at Cumbernauld FM to do my work experience on Monday 10th April.

I have also outlined 2 days in which I’ll be going around Glasgow capturing footage at The West End, Barrowlands, etc in places that ‘Make Glasgow’ as my main focus and topic of my show-reel is ‘Glasgow’ and it’s scenery. I’ll be filming the first week of the Easter Holidays on Wed 5th April and Thursday 6th April for my show-reel and if I need anything else filmed I will be going straight from Megabytes on 14th April to the location needing to be filmed – if not completed within the two days of the first week of Easter Break.

I now feel at ease that I’ve scheduled dates for filming so when I come back after the holidays it just a matter of editing everything I’ve captured. I, however, have learnt from this not to leave things till last minute and that in future, I will schedule on a Google diary or on my phone – so that I’m properly organised.

Week 8 – 17/3/17 to 24/03/17

I have organised 3 interviews for my documentary on gaming in which I’m producing a script of questions for as well as producing my script for a V/O this week in preparation for filming on Wednesday 29th. Daryl Devine will be assisting me with Sound.  My final filming for my documentary will be at Megabytes which is a gaming café in Glasgow for gamers – which is used for organised tournaments for the locals and for general hanging out.  I will be also will be filming in the first week of the Easter holidays. I have also gained permission from them to use their clips/streams as cut-away during their interviews in which they have agreed on.

I will also be filming bits for my documentary during the first week of spring and the second week of spring. I aim to add bits of my promotional video within my show-reel.

I am also slowly developing my idea for my motion graphic production title, which I talked to Andrea’s about. I have decided to use pictures for my motion graphic of events I’ve been to as I feel this represents me, as I like to travel and go to different things & capture photos of that event.

My aim is to complete all my filming for both my documentary and show-reel plus its necessary paperwork for coming back after the Easter holidays so that it’s just a matter of spending the end of April and all of May editing it all.

Week 7 – 10/3/17 to 17/3/17

In Michael’s Class, we watched the second sequence on physiology in film from the documentary called ‘Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’ we have been learning this for about two weeks.  From watching these video clips I feel more confident and what to look for when/if discussing about physiology within my written critical analysis assignment.

I’m still in process of deciding dates and arranging suitable times to film. I need to get a move on and get my head down these next couple of weeks in regards to finishing filming for my short documentary as well as film for my show-reel and complete all the necessary paperwork in which is required. I want to get all my filming done by the end of Easter Break so when we come back, I can work on Creative Break and also all of May to edit both my documentary, show-reel and short work experience promotional video.

I still need to organise my work experience with Cumbernauld FM, where I need to produce and film content for a promotional video as well as having to get a separate contract signed for the 4 hours that I worked with Alan Moffat filming a rugby match in Stirling. Next week, I aim to get dates organised for filming.

Week 6 – 3/3/17 to 10/3/17

I’m very far behind with filming at the moment, so this month and next month – I will be dedicating my evenings and my time in the weekend capturing footage for both my GU show-reel and my documentary.

I watched ‘ The Perverts Guide to Cinema’ in my critical analysis class which focused on the psychoanalytic theory perspective within the film. I felt watching this helped me have a fuller grasp of physiology within film than it has before,

I’m slowly grasping how to work Adobe After Affects to make my opening titles for my production company. I have felt some of the tasks have been difficult and I haven’t been working as quick as I should, however I’ve been taking my time to grasp the software properly and complete the task effectively as I can, for this task we had to make a car move along with its wheels which I wasn’t able to finish so Andrea’s said we could all work on finishing it next week.

Week 5 – 24/2/2017 to 3/3/17

I discussed with Michael during GU my idea for my show-reel, Michael guided me by telling me that my idea might be too complex for my level and hard to capture as well as getting any of the necessary copyright clearances in place in time. I found this helped as I now have considered seeking music from HND Sound Production student Nikki, who is happy for her material to be used with credit given. I have thought about what I want to do which will be a bit more basic but will still consider locations within Glasgow.

For Work Experience, I discussed with Tommy in more detail about my objectives and what is needed to meet the brief, from here we also discussed dates in which is applicable to film at the radio station to meet the criteria of hours. From this, I have been thinking of ideas in which I’ll be discussing with Tommy who will then brief it to the

I need to schedule this, as I have to film a lot over the next couple of weeks. I will be developing a schedule of deadlines to meet so that when the end of April/May comes, I will be editing all my material. I find this would be beneficial as I find it hard to keep track of things.

I need to get on top of things in regards to scheduling and asking for assistance when required to help me with filming.

Wentworth Prison S1-3

My inspiration in the TV/Film industry is Wentworth Prison. Wentworth Prison has recently finished filming its 5th season which is due to air in May. Throughout the four seasons, I have seen development in regards to the camera, script, colour as well as adding a soundtrack. They use a range of angles and shot which brings suspense and effect. The colour is dark but not too dark which suggest the element of what prison is like. The overall editing of the episodes is edited sufficiently and with pace, making the clip look effective with the different angle shots.

I inspire to Wentworth Prison and hope to implement some of these shots and angles within my documentary and show-reel.