Question 4:

How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

In terms of research, using the internet was of great assistance. We searched on YouTube for documentaries that were similar to ours and didn’t find many at all. This encouraged us to explore the topic further as it didn’t seem like a very widely looked-upon topic. However watching some documentaries of the same style (mixed documentary) enabled us to get ideas for some shot types and re-established the codes and conventions of a typical mixed documentary. We also researched the type of sound that would fit with the theme of our documentary.
Eventually, we found a multitude of royalty free music with an upbeat tone that would fit with the theme and could perhaps be used in the opening of the documentary. The sound research was also very helpful in regards to the radio trailer which we added as a sounded to make the radio trailer more entertaining and fit with the continuity. For continuity we decided to use the same music track as our sound-bed in the background for entertainment purposes and to ensure the radio trailer was directly linked to the documentary in multiple aspects.

Also, regarding the print advert, we researched other examples of real print adverts from our chosen channel BBC One. This was extremely helpful as we found out how to exactly position our print advert in terms of both the main image and the text.
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Moreover, we found lots of contextual information that we could incorporate into our documentary such as various statistics and articles on the history of toys, toys and education and toys and disability.
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In regards to planning, we used multiple software to assist us in creating various documents that any documents that would be useful such as questionnaires and planning. We used Excel and Word for the majority of our written work. This was helpful as it was easy to structure any planning such as running orders, log sheets and a variety of questionnaires that would be later be used for audience feedback. These programmes in particular were easy to use and made the structure of the written work clear and easy to read.
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During the construction of our project we primarily used the programmes Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro. We used Photoshop to construct the print advert and used various tools to manipulate the image and text. For instance, if any models face's had been made pale by the flash we would colour correct the image to add warmth. Premiere Pro was used to edit both the radio trailer and documentary. I was able to use the razor tool to cut the clips and use the audio gain to adjust any sound levels that did not match.

In terms of the evaluation process we edited videos of audience feedback using Adobe Premiere which is the same programme we used for both the documentary and radio trailer. Personally, I found this programme difficult to use at first.

However I soon picked up the editing basics and was able to contribute to the editing process It was primarily used for cutting and adjusting elements such as sound levels and colour scales.

Our school also has a radio studio available so we were able to experience the process of recording sound professionally which was useful when we recorded some individual audience feedback. We also had access to a wide range of camera equipment. Using the stills camera, video recording camera and tripod was quite simple to use so it made it easy to set up our kit on location for feedback which saved time and gave a more professional impression to our peers.