2. Research and Planning
Before starting our documentary we
needed research. We used the
internet and Google to find the
necessary information such as types
of biscuits and the most popular
biscuits. We also used Google earth
to find the locations we were
filming at for our location sheets.
We applied this information to
Microsoft word and Blogger to
make the information more
3. Research and Planning We then needed to plan the structure of our
documentary. We studied the codes and
conventions of several documentaries so that
when we come to producing ours we know
what to include. We watched these videos on
You Tube and the Channel 4 website where
you can look specifically at documentaries.
This also helped us know what to include and
exclude, how to frame an interview, where
sound should be used, opening titles and
Research and planning helped us decide what
our documentary should be about. After
making a brainstorm we thought it would be
a good idea to do Biscuits in Britain as they
are cultural and popular in Britain and there
for there would be enough people to
interview and enough footage to make a
For the production of filming the interviews we
used a XM2 manual camera which was simple
to use as it required a tape instead of digital so
there was no chance of accidentally deleting it.
You can play the footage back on the camera
and plug a microphone onto the side of it and
listen to the sound quality through a pair of
headphones and with a tripod to fit with it.
This insured that the framing was still and
looked more professional.
For the editing process we used an SR-DVM tape deck to capture the footage
and put it onto Adobe Premier which was the programme we used to edit the
Step By Step
1. Open Adobe Premier
2. Insert the tape into the machine, insuring that the cable is connected to the
3. Press ‘F5’ on the keyboard so a new window
comes up and click the record button.
4. Find the footage in the left window.
6. On this bar, to select the
Editing required footage you click ‘I’ on
the keyboard to start and ‘O’ to This window shows what
Captured footage finish where you would like to is on the time bar
After selecting the footage you then
This box has different kinds of cuts and
drag the footage onto the line on the
Transactions that can be dragged onto the timeline
order you want.
The red line shows where
you are up to on the video
Titles are graphics
That go over the video
You can adjust the level of the sound by
moving the yellow line up or down.
We used the blue screen for our opening titles. We put a pile of biscuits on the
screen and took a picture. Then we removed some more biscuits and took
another picture and then over and over again so it looked like the biscuits were
disappearing. When we put this footage onto the computer we changed the blue
screen background into a British flag by saving the picture off the internet then
opening it with Adobe. By doing this it looked like the biscuits were disappearing
and revealing the British flag.
9. Print Advert
Our Print advert follows the codes and conventions of a channel 4 poster as our
documentary is on channel 4. Before starting to make it, we researched what
Channel 4 posters look like by going on the website 4creative where you can see
the posters from real Channel 4 documentaries.
16. Radio Advert
Britain loves biscuits, but why are they so popular? Why have we fallen head
over heels for the Gary baldy? -Vox pops from beginning of documentary- We'll
do anything to get our hands on them, weather its grabbing a pack off the
shelves or making our own -Home bakers and Gregg's answering questions-
Relax with a cuppa, a bourbon and watch Britain's Biscuits - Wednesday 20th
December on channel 4 - dunking the nation!
After scripting the radio advert we found a
suitable voice over (That we also recorded and
used for our documentary.)
We recorded it in the radio room as it is quite
and will come out at a better quality when we
open it onto Adobe Premiere.
During our research, planning, creating my blog and making my evaluation I
used several computer programmes to help me achieve this.
I used word to
and then putting
I used Powerpoint to them onto my blog.
help create my
evaluation. I also used
it to make a
brainstorm of ideas.
I used Excel to create
graphs such as the
running order, to help
me film my
I used paint to make
pictures into a JPEG file
so I could put them
onto my blog.
We used an online YouTube converter which allowed us to convert videos to audio
from YouTube and put them on our documentary. We used this when we made a
music bed to go under the home bakers and the opening title.
Find the video you want off You Tube and copy and paste the link onto You tube
converter. Convert, save the file and then Import it onto Adobe premier. It will
then appear in the left window. You can drag it onto the line and cut it like you
do with filmed footage.
Another online programme I used to help
with my evaluation was Prezi. When I
made my slideshow I used Debut video
capture device to record what I had
created on Prezi, put it on You Tube and
embedded it onto my blog.
I used the social networking site
Facebook to broadcast my
documentary and get feedback from
my target audience to put on my blog.