Extinction Rebellion London: Beehive Babies

VT Package about Extinction Rebellion London’s ‘Beehive Babies’ event.

My group and I created a VT on an event, made for our final piece of course work for our ‘Intro to Broadcast Journalism’ course. For the piece, I acted as the Reporter, Craig was the cameraman and Alessia edited the video. Learn about extinction rebellion and why it is so important to SAVE THE BEES!

Extinction Rebellion is an international organisation that aims to fight against climate change. The Beehive Babies event was a protest that went from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, with the goal to pass a letter through the gates of Buckingham Palace to give to the Queen, asking for a bee rehabilitation program in all of her land within the UK.

Enjoy watching.

Georgie x

Culture and Diversity in Southbank

Above you can listen to my Audio Package on Culture and Diversity in Southbank. I discuss how the Southbank Centre won the Race Equality Recruitment Awards 2018, which they won by bringing in a new diversity strategy. This is accompanied with an interview with one of the staff members from the Southbank Centre who noticed a big change with the new strategy in place.

After this I talk about all the attractions around Southbank, which brings in diverse people from all around the world, this is accompanied with an interview with a Skater who skates at the Southbank Skate Space. He discusses how he meets many different people from all around the world and how he enjoys skating in Southbank because everyone can watch him and he is able to entertain them.

I finish off by discussing something we all love, food. There are so many restaurants and food markets around Southbank that sell a variety of foods from all around the world. I talked to someone who works at the Southbank Centre Food Market and he talks about all the diverse foods they sell and how he meets people of all races at the market.

Enjoy listening and I hope you discover a bit about Southbank.

Georgie xx

Audiogram: Brexit Podcast

Above you can listen to my audiogram on a walk around podcast which covers Brexit. Focusing on the environment outside the houses of parliament on the day when labour backed a second referendum and when Theresa May was delivering a speech to parliament.

On the 29th of February when we took a trip to the houses of parliament, we created a Brexit VT Package which has been published on my website, here, as well as creating an audio package.

For my audio package I choose to create a walk around podcast, thus what I had to do was walk around the area outside the houses of parliament and describe why I am there and what is going on around me. The piece is very descriptive and aims to enable the listeners to visualise themselves in that environment, as they are able to hear all the noises going on around me.

On the day, I made around 15 different versions of my podcast because I kept stuttering, making a mistake or just simply wasn’t happy with how it sounded. Eventually I came to a version that I wasn’t 100% happy with considering I messed up one part where I describe the signs however I tried my best and decided to use it anyway.

We used a website called headliner to edit these audio packages, the website allowed us to add images, a transcript, a title and a wavelength.

My audio packaged turned out quite nicely after editing it, I think I managed to add appropriate images and a nice title. I definitely enjoyed using the website to spice up the audio package, rather than just leaving it as an audio file. It is more satisfying for the listener to have some visuals while listening.

Georgie

Profile Interview VT Package

Some students like to spend their free time shopping, others drinking in their local pub but Rosie O’Regan, a student at London Southbank University, has taken a different approach to making the most of a day away from lectures and seminars. Juggling life as a film undergrad whilst being a part time DJ for her Student union. Rosie takes pleasure in tending to her personal garden in McLaren house (LSBU student accommodation) and making music.

Above you can watch our profile interview VT Package, which is about a London South Bank University student called Rosie O’Regan who uses her free time to garden and DJ and finds it important to focus on your hobbies.

Interviewing Rosie was a suggestion of mine as she lives in the same student accommodation as I do and I thought that she would be perfect for the profile interview. The reason I thought this was because she isn’t exactly a typical 22 year old girl, most people nowadays forget to focus on their hobbies as well as university and their social life however I always noticed that Rosie really does, which I find very inspiring.

On the day that the assignment was handed out my group and I decided who we would ask and a back-up just incase she wasn’t available or didn’t want to do it. After she got back to us, saying that she would love to do it, it was time to take action.

Craig and I (the other two members were unavailable) planned out the sequence of the interview, discussing the type of order that we would want to do and what kinds of shots we wanted to take. As well as we made a few interview questions. Before the interview I prepped Rosie with the basic questions we would ask her.

On the day of the interview Craig and I weren’t completely prepared as we had many different ideas, with Rosie having her own ideas too. We kind of went with the flow and filmed all the things that we thought would be relevant to the interview and would be a nice addition to the package. We decided to do the actual interview inside, in my student accommodations common room as it had a cozy feel to it. The gardening shots were obviously filmed outside, where Rosies garden is and the music production shots were taken in Rosie’s room where she has all her equipment set up. One shot of her DJing was taken at the universities student union, where Rosie DJs often.

Regarding the feedback that we were given, we had a range of helpful comments given considering that each of us had to edit the video separately, meaning my group all had completely different versions. The feedback given specifically to my video was that it was slightly long, which I was fully aware of and know for next time that I should make two versions (one to hand in and one for my youtube). I was also told that they wanted to hear more about Rosie, they felt like they didn’t get to know her well enough. When it comes to Profile Interviews you don’t need a piece to camera, so Craigs speaking piece at the end was an unnecessary addition. They liked all the shots taken that were added into the interview.

What I learnt from this assignment is that I have to learn how to get more information into a shorter period of time. I think this can be quite challenging, especially when just starting to learn how to edit. For next time I can do things such as make the questions shorter, or get rid of the questions all together and only have shots of the person talking about the topic. In general our packaged turned out well, I just think that we over-thought it a bit too much and added way more than was actually needed. Although the editing isn’t amazing (I am getting there) I think the video turned out really well and it was great fun working with such a talented person.

Georgie

Brexit VT Package

With March 29 just three weeks away, we aimed to give a voice to the younger generation who feel that their needs are being ignored, even though they are the ones that will face the long term effects of Brexit. 75% of people aged under 25 voted to stay in the EU, according to YouGov whereas the majority of older people voted to leave. We spoke to two international students who spoke about how the Brexit outcome could change their view on the country they’re studying in, and we also asked them their opinion on how the Labour Party have backed a second referendum.

Above you can watch our very first practice VT Package, which covers Brexit at the houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

My groups VT package was focused on the younger generations, at the time, current opinion on the Brexit Situation. At the time, labour had just backed a second referendum, meaning that younger people could have their chance to have a say and vote. With Brexit being the hot topic in England, many angles are covered by different news stations, we thought being young ourselves, it would be interesting to see what young people had to say.

My VT Package group met up the day before where we jotted down a few different ideas of the angle that we could take, we choose one specific one however had a second favourite for a backup story if the first one didn’t work out. We then discussed what type of information we would need. Knowing exactly what we wanted to talk about, we wrote down a step by step order of how we wanted out package to be laid out (thus starting with a presenter, moving on to shots of the protestors and houses of parliament where a voice over will be attached etc..). We then gave designated roles to each member of our group, meaning that some of us had to go home and prepare some things for the next day. On the day, knowing exactly what we wanted to film, we got everything done quite quickly, we shot the establishing shots and the presenters (my) pieces. The only part we struggled with was the interview, the reason being because it was a normal day, most young people were either at collage/university and not outside protesting, which we didn’t think to consider. Thus, meaning it was very hard to find young people to talk to. Once we had gotten all the footage we needed, we sent it all to Alessia so that she could edit it all together.

Regarding the feedback that we were given, we were told that the presenter should do all of the audio in the VT package, the voice over should have some kind of natural sound behind it, rather than only talking. Specifically, regarding the interviews, we were told that it looked slightly un professional as we had one reporter either side of the two girls we were interviewing as well as that the interview didn’t fit in that well considering the girls were around 25 and thus didn’t fall under our story idea of talking to younger generations. Regarding the positive feedback, I was told that I spoke very clearly with good pronunciation and acted as a very enthusiastic presenter.

What I learnt from this process is that you have to be fully organised on what you want to do in order to make the filming process easier and quicker. I learnt a lot about how a VT package should look, especially with the feedback given. Realizing that the talking should all mainly be done by the presenter. I think my group and I also learnt a lot about how to compress a lot of information in a short video as well as what are the most important parts to include, as we had a lot more information however that would have made the video far too long. Next time my group should make sure to think thoroughly about what we are doing so we don’t come across a similar problem (all young people were busy with collage/university and thus weren’t around houses of parliament). In general I think that my group did very well, we were really organised and knew what we wanted to do, we just came across a few small problems and this practice VT showed us what we need to think about next time.

Georgie