Natalie Malcolm

Week 1 – 26/01/18

This week was the first week of the module, I am looking forward to it alot as in college I produced a 15 minute audio drama as part of anti bullying week called ‘Cyber Maddie’ which was based on cyberbullying. We listened to different dramas and discussed as a class how each one was different and different techniques that was used within each of them. For the second half of the day we were put into groups and went off to produce a 3 minute recording – we could either make up our own or go by a script which was given to us. My group went by the script and tried to make it as dramatic as possible. We wasn’t allowed to edit anything and we had to record in 3 different locations. It was a really fun task and made you think creatively, also listening back to the other groups was good because it sparked more ideas.

Week 2 – 2/02/18

Unfortunately I wasn’t here this week but I emailed Jeremy beforehand to let him know my first and second choice of roles which were producer and production co ordinator. My group is:

  • Producer – Me
  • Director – Afia
  • Studio Manager – Simon
  • Script Editor – Ellen
  • Production Co-Ordinator – Adam

We have chose the play Theo and Tat Versus The World written by James Mortimer. We created a group chat and arranged to meet on Tuesday to read over the script and make any changes aswell as cast potential voice actors.

Week 3 –

Tuesday 06/02/18

Unfortunately Afia was ill so she was unable to attend and Ellen was unable to attend but submitted work through our google drive we have set up. Adam sent emails to the cast members to introduce himself as production co ordinator and got a response from Rosanna confirming that she can play the role as Tatiana. There are some issues with cross casting as he needs to meet with the other groups production co ordinator and director however this will be resolved Friday. Simon wrote down the sound effects for every scene which we will look at on Fridays lesson. I set up a google drive which has been shared with the group and inside I added a script folder for Ellen which she has put suggested ideas on what to change and also made a copy of the script adding in (highlighted) what she thinks should be added which we will all look over on Friday. I made a pre production and post production folder for all of the documents to go into and I also made a production schedule as a whole setting deadlines and organising editing sessions. I also created a meetings action points document with gives an overview on what we will be doing in each meeting and a document where the group can put down which day they are free so we know when to meet. I also created a minutes document where I document everything we have spoke about when we meet.

 

The cast we have confirmed so far:

  • Rosanna Miles – Tatiana
  • Bart Lambert – Kieran

On Friday we are going to listen to the actor and make sure they suit our sound, if not we will recast. On top of that I am going to speak to Simon about SFX recording which he is already working on at the moment.

Friday 09/02/18

Today Jeremy showed us some of 2015s dramas which was really useful because it taught us things that we could do and also things to avoid doing. Recording footsteps in the studio with the actors is a good idea which Jeremy suggested. One of the groups that we listened to had someone who edited the “heart” without the group hearing it and they did not like it. That wont be happening with our play as I have scheduled in editing sessions for me, director Afia and studio manager Simon. Jeremy also went over pre production documents and talked about post production too which was very useful in order to organise which is what I did afterwards as I made notes on the production to do list and wrote in bold who should be doing which job.

We also had a meeting with ‘Drama Darlings’ and Jeremy about cross casting as we had some issues of communication however we managed to sort it all out and we casted our actors. It is as follows:

BEN AYERS – THEO

ROSANA MILES – TATIANA

BART LAMBERT – PAUL AND EXEC

JAMES DUNHAM – KERIAN

OLIVIA WARREN – EXEC

On Tuesday we are going to meet and will be talking about potential back ups incase we get let down on the day. Jeremy also talked to us as a group and asked us where we were at and what we are doing. After that as a group we looked over the edited parts to the script which script editor Ellen had made and gave our input. We can up with a final script and Ellen sent an email off to James the writer talking about the minor changes and the small flashback segments we would like to add when Kieran and Theo meet again as we thought that there is more to be explained about them both. Afterwards me, Simon and Ellen attended a literature review session so I set Adam and Afia a task of sourcing sound effects as I have made a deadline for next Friday to have them sourced. I updated a few documents and I went through with the group what we will be doing in the next meeting. Monday after Pop Up station I have organised the group to go into the studio for 30 mins to get a feel for the following Friday and the real recording session. I put all of the post production and pre production documents in the google drive folders and filled out the front page document. On Tuesday we are going to meet for longer and read through the script acting it so that we can add anything that we feel how the script needs to be said. We are also going to discuss what SFX will be recorded on the day due to timing and what will sound better. I am also going to be creating a production schedule for the day and work out timings by splitting each scene down and the order of how we are going to be recording each scene.

James replied Friday night to Ellen saying this:

This was really good news, Ellen is going to work on the smaller changes and on Tuesday we will discuss the bigger changes which Ellen will then write up.

Week 4 – 

Tuesday 13/02/18

Today we met to have a read through of the script all together. Unfortunately I was very ill with food poisoning so I couldn’t make it in the beginning of the meeting but I arrived at 11am. We went to the library with printed scripts and read through the script to time it and see if everything sounds good. The first run was 14 mins so we went through the script again and made changes to shorten the time. Without sound effects and the complicated flashback execs scene we made 9 mins which was good as then we can add that scene creatively and add sound effects on top of that time. This process took a while as we had to get the script just right because Adam will be sending them off on Friday to the actors. Ellen sent the amendments to James the writer and he responded with this

As people had to dash I quickly ran through what we will be doing Friday and I started to create my production schedule. On Friday I want to show everyone my production schedule and run through scene 5 in the studio in the morning. Also talk more about sound effects as the deadline for sourcing the majority is Wednesday 21st February.

Throughout the week Ellen has been contacting James as there are some parts of the script that he has suggested sounds for us to do instead of what we came up with. As a group we have decided in post production to try them all to see how they sound as for example in one scene James wants the sound of kissing instead of the sound of a belt and zip being done up however we are not too keen on the idea of having kissing sounds but we will test them all out. Tomorrow’s lesson we are going to utilise the time in the studio (especially Simon and Afia) to see how it would be like next week. Simon is going to get some advise on SFX for on the day off Jeremy and he is going to finish the pre recorded ones for next week.

Friday 16/02/18

This morning we had the chance to go in the studio

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