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Planning: 'Britain's Favourite Hobbies - Painting' Documentary

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Katie Ashton

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Transcript of Planning: 'Britain's Favourite Hobbies - Painting' Documentary

Planning: 'Britain's Favourite Hobbies - Painting' Documentary Channel M 8pm
5 minutes 20 seconds Research We began research by simply researching a documentary to sample the conventions which we can then apply to our documentary. The following screen shots highlight the conventions which documentaries follow.
An establishing shot of the street helps to give the audience a sense of relating to the documentary from the outset—they could be one of the people being shown on screen.
The stars voice is used a voiceover to the documentary as other footage is played, which he narrates the audience through.
Voiceover and soundtrack are used together at the beginning, soundtrack to slowly introduce the documentary and to give it genre, whilst the voiceover explains what the documentary is going to investigate.
A sense of intertextuality is produced as the documentary involves footage of filmed advertisements. This takes the documentary to another platform of media.
The interviews are carried out on members of the public to find out their views on the purpose of the documentary. The interview is set up with the interviewee not directly facing the camera but instead facing the interviewer, the shot is at MS eye level.
A definite sense of intertextuality is produced here as film media is presented within the documentary to back up the points made by the voiceover/star.
This intertextual shot of a picture is produced as the subject is talking and the camera ‘looks’ around the room, to allow the audience to see into the life of the interviewee.
Documentary Conventions Another interview is carried out but this time with an establishing shot full of mise en scene. This background represents a typical teenagers bedroom, the unmade bed and messy floor. The guitar in the corner codes the room as someone’s who’s interested in music, this relates to the topic the interview is discussing.
The camera zooms in towards the new subjects face to make it more of a MS, this allows the audience to feel closer to the interviewee, as if by being closer they can gain more information.
This interview composition helps to create mise en scene, this band member is in an environment that represents her lifestyle, it’s as if the audience are looking into the ‘mind’ of a musician.
When we’d decided on our subject matter, we brain stormed ideas of what our documentary might include, how we could begin filming and what we needed.
Subject - Painting
Local Artists
Students Locations:
Vernon Mill
Aquinas College
Stockport Art Gallery
Corner Gallery
Art Shops
Art Equipment
No constant presenter
We then researched media which was similar to ours so we could start thinking about how we would structure our documentary, how we would use the camera and what props we would use.
Brainstorm Similiar Media This research into similar media also looked at a form of art (tattoos) so was clearly useful to show us how we may create our documentary. It helped by us looking at how we would set up our interviews and how to create mise en scene, for example in the still shown, the picture is noticeable in the background to represent a reflection of the interviewee. Far Beyond Tattoos Documentary:
The documentary also helped us understand how we could film art taking place, this was useful as we then knew how to create a sense of intertextuality within our documentary.
1. Imagine-Winter 2009
3. Own Art
The introduction to this documentary is very unusual and has a sense of intertextuality, this made us think about the possibility of drawing out the introduction of our title in documentary. 2. The beginning of this documentary allowed us to think of how we could begin shooting. By filming an ordinary street we could create realism and authenticity which would allow the potential target audiences to put themselves ‘in the’ situation.
School of Saatchi
The title sequence of this documentary allowed us to think about the possibility of using paint in our introduction, this would allow us to create genre and would establish representations of artists.
It also allowed us to look at the technique of placing voiceover and soundtrack together over footage.
3. Existing Media Product - Example interview set up
Our interview composition:

The interviewee not directly facing the camera, but instead facing the interviewer.

A suitable location, such as the artists galleries, to create representations through mise en scene

A subtitle edit in the bottom left corner to display the interviewee’s name. Interview Composition Existing Media Product - Example interview set up
Our interview composition (Asking questions to the public):
A MS eye level shot of the member of the public.

The interviewee to look into the interviewers eyes rather than straight into the camera.

Being able to hear the interviewer asking the interviewee the question.
Internet Research The Big Art Project documentary carried out by Channel 4 made us think about how we could include the public within our documentary, to discover how they feel about art and if they’re involved with it.
Researching the plans of other documentaries on the internet allowed us to pick up many ideas that various other art/literature documentaries use.
Research into local artists These are the leaflets and cards of the artist’s we found, these may feature in our documentary to show the public how many artist’s are based in Manchester.
To find out about art around Manchester, we visited and researched various artists that are based here in order to understand the world of art in this region.
This is the research we did to find the artists that we would interview.
This newspaper research was helpful as it looked at how art is related to people’s everyday lives, and looked at how it affects them. It helped us think of suitable interview questions for amateur artists as well as questions for members of the public.
Documentary Structure Storyboarding Beginning –
Introduction into what the documentary will look at;
Brief voiceover introduction into amateur artists and a question to the audience of ‘how do we perceive artist’s?’.
Title sequence: General opening to ‘Britain’s Favourite Hobbies’ and then a specific opening to this episode of ‘Painting’ along with a soundtrack.
Middle –
Voiceover will then explain that they will now go to see the life of an amateur artist David Hartley, in his gallery where he hosts his art classes.
Voiceover will then cut into interviews of the public answering questions such as ‘How do you view artists?’, ‘What do you believe an artists lifestyle consists of?’, ‘Have you ever bought a piece of art?’ etc
‘Meanwhile’ I will appear on camera unwrapping a paint by numbers set, explaining to the audience directly that anyone can be an artist, and that I’m going to try it myself
End –
The documentary will then cut to, narrated by voiceover, to David Hartley’s art classes where the public themselves are creating ‘DIY’ art.
The voiceover will then narrate the footage to the website of ‘The Big Art Project’ by Channel 4 to create a sense of intertextuality and to show the audience that the media is interested in art.
Voiceover then finishes the first part of the documentary; “Coming up in part two of ‘Britain’s Favourite Hobbies”, and then there will be a short clip of me mid way through the paint by numbers kit.
TV Listings Magazine synopsis We wrote two synopsis for a TV listings magazine in order for us to see which best fitted our documentary and which would suit our ancillary 2 (Double Paged spread) the most.
Britain’s Favourite Hobbies – ‘Crack In The Canvas’
The Britain’s Favourite Hobbies series begins with an interesting insight into the increasing popularity of ‘underground’ amateur artists. The episode, cleverly named ‘Crack In The Canvas’, quickly takes the viewer into the magical world of artist Alan Knight. The interview located in his studio, gets the creative juices flowing by inviting the shot to involve the walls, which scattered with his work allows the audience to feel as if they are being presented with a secret viewing of his lifetimes work, whilst Alan narrates the documentary through interview. Not only does this fascinating documentary appeal to those with an eye for art, but it involves the viewer by giving a tour of Vernon Mill, where Knight’s studio is located. It simply describes the basic history of the quirky building, whilst footage of the cocoon of intriguing art work is displayed to the audience. The narrative then changes by linking Vernon Mill, to the ‘could be artists of the future’, and redirecting the footage to a local village art gallery. The documentary creates a sense of community for the viewer, by simply stating that there are amateur artists out there exposing their talents. The camera then takes the viewer in to a small room in the back of the gallery, to show the ‘secret’ working of amateur artists that the public never get to see. The owner of the gallery, David Hartley, explains why he set up the classes and also who attends the classes designed to encourage the artist within everyone. The documentary then creates a sense of a ‘do it yourself’ theme, by the voiceover being identified and introducing the role of a presenter, she then takes it upon herself to ‘give it a go’, positively encouraging the viewers to try it themselves, as they never know what talents they could discover. The footage then displays the newly found presenter creating a new trail of narrative by entering a well known arts and crafts shop, and taking the audience through every step of how she plans to ‘make herself an artist’. Using the classic paint by numbers task, she sets herself up on her work and the camera zooms in on the nervous amateur hand of a so called ‘new found artist’. The narrative then returns back to Vernon Mill where Alan Knight describes the threat the mill is under, as if giving the audience an ultimatum to try out art, otherwise the glorious world of Vernon mill artists will simply disappear.
Britain’s Favourite Hobbies: Painting
This episode of the ‘ Britain’s Favourite Hobbies’ series is an uncharted look at the current state of our local art communities, be it good or bad, and the popularity of some Amateur and professional artists. In this episode we are introduced to David Hartley, owner of the Corner Gallery and amateur artist himself, who talks us through his experience of the industry and how its changed over the years he has been involved. Some of his students are also seen in the documentary from an 8 year old boy to a 65 year old woman, this brilliant insight into what the majority of us would never see is thought provoking and more importantly it is interesting. Putting the public on the spot shows just how little we know about our artistic culture, interviewing a group of students proves how un appreciated older art and how the culture of Modern art’ is a lot more appealing to them. The documentary also takes us to the Vernon Mill art gallery and studios, a little known diamond in the rough of Stockport. Here we meet Alan Knight, a professional painter, with his own studio and he talks in-depth about the future for the mill, where is it going? Will it be here in 5 years? The answers to things questions may prove surprising to hear from a professional but also show that there is truth in the words, this documentary is serious about the decline of our artistic culture and asks important questions to the audience. There is a theme of ‘Do it yourself’ throughout the documentary designed to show just how easy it is to get involved in your local community. The host of the show, Katie Ashton , tries her hand at a paint by numbers, possibly to show that even such a childish creation is art and that it really is that easy. This positive attitude towards the process makes it seem like the makers are trying to advertise art to the world but the harsh truth is that we are losing out to more popular and commercial ‘Art’.
1. 2. Storyboard of documentary
We created a storyboard to represent the basic outline of our documentary and to show which footage we already had. A key was made to show where voiceover was used, where soundtrack was used and where both were used together.
We then brain stormed ideas and placed them on sticky notes to understand what else we could include in the documentary, this was done so we could re-think the structure.
We then placed the new ideas/sticky notes where we thought they would fit in with the structure of the documentary. This helped us to try and improve the narrative in order for the documentary to have a clear motive/purpose.
Scripting Voiceover
How do you feel about art?
Today on Britain’s Favourite Hobbies I get messy with paints and take a look at the declining popularity of amateur art work. But first, lets see what you really think.

Is it really as bad as you think? I visited David Hartley, amateur artist and gallery owner, to hear his views on the matter.

We’ll see how that turned out later, but for the moment lets visit Vernon Mill. In order to simply create the voiceover, we scripted it before we had any footage, this also helped us gain a structure. Research into finding a soundtrack Having done research into shot types, similar media, documentary structure and local artists. We began thinking about how we would choose our soundtrack, we found this print media to help us make our choice so that our documentary could use soundtrack conventions of existing media.
Production We planned which shot types we could use for our documentary once we had scheduled what footage we needed to shoot.
Shot Types In order to shoot the documentary we will need a video camera and a tripod, the tripod will help us to film a steady shot, to create a hand held shot we will use the video camera without the tripod.
After filming with the video camera we will use a fire wire lead to import the footage onto an iMac, once on the iMac we can then start editing and making our documentary.
We will use a computer in the video camera footage to create intertextuality and to present the audience with the ‘Big Art Project’ website.
We will use a ‘Painting By Numbers’ set to represent to the audience how they can create art themselves without being a professional artist.
Props Locations Corner Gallery, Location for interview 1 - The pictures took help us to see which angles will look best on video camera footage.
Location for art class footage
These stills are various locations of possible interview backgrounds.
We chose areas which would create the greatest mise en scene.
Vernon Mill, location for interview 2
These stills show the locations we will look around within the documentary.
Interview Questions Why did you decide to open the gallery?
What did you do before this?
Your relationship with art?
How old were you when you first started working in art?
Do you thinkamateur art/artists get enough recognition?
Do you sell your art?
Is there abig enough market for amateurs to sell their artwork?
Is making art a job or a hobby?

Interview Questions
Artist Interviews
Art Classes
Public Interviews
Potential Target Audience People interested in series that have a different topic in each episode – the series attracts the viewer.

Diverse and varied:
- Various ages are interested.
- Both genders produce and buy.
- There is no boundaries of ethnicity within art.
- Religion does not affect personal taste.

People interested in media debates, this allows the audience to form their own opinions and helps with the creation of discussion which provokes enthusiasm for the documentary.

Local public interested the area in which they live.

Members of the public who may be able to see their views expressed through other members of the public who are interviewed.
Channel Channel M claims to know what’s happening in Greater Manchester today so by showing this documentary of people’s up to date views of art, will help the channel show the audience how the people of Manchester view art and what links there are in the region.
Channel M uses the line ‘Whether you love Manchester sport, music, lifestyle or entertainment, there's a programme for you:’, this shows that the ‘Britain’s Favorite Hobbies’ series will fit perfectly into providing entertainment, this episode on lifestyle (painting) and maybe future episodes on sport and music.
We think that Channel M is a suitable channel for our documentary as the documentary involves local artists from the North West so will attract an audience from that area. It will give the documentary a specific region in which people may be interested in, creating a regional genre for the documentary.
Ancillaries Newspaper Advertisement

Double Page Spread
Draft Ancillary Products When creating our documentary we need to think about the sponsors, broadcast time and advertisements. So we created a number of ancillaries to showcase our documentary.
Draft Ancillary 1 – Newspaper Advertisement
1. 2. We drafted various ancillary 1’s (Newspaper Advertisement) in order for us to see which best fitted the genre of the documentary, it also allowed us to experiment with the channel production, to see which broadcast/narrowcast channel it fits best with.
In this one we have used the Channel 4 logo to see how it would look, however we decided that our documentary was not the right choice for the station as the documentary is about local art in the community.
3. 4. We decided that Channel M best fitted the genre and narrative of our documentary as it is strongly links with regional artists/views. We then tried using the artist research leaflets we gathered to create a newspaper advertisement.
Draft Ancillary 2 – Double Page Spread 1. 2. Final Ancillary Products Ancillary 1 – Newspaper Advertisement Ancillary 2 – Double Page Spread To create the perfect final newspaper advertismenet we researched existing advertisements. Looking at the Samsung and Ambi Pur adverts allowed us to decide that our final ancillary should evoke humour and have a sense of enigma behind it. We researched existing double page spreads in order for us to follow the conventions such as; similiar advertising, large speech marks, a picture over the fold etc. Before shooting our documentary we filled in a footage timetable in order for us to be able to film efficiently and follow the guidelines of what we needed to do
A typical night?
Are these regulars?
What skills are taught?
Can beginners start these classes? Have you ever bought a piece of art?
How do you view artists?
Do you believe artists create artwork for hobbies or as a job?
Do you believe you could create art to sell?
Do you have to have a natural talent to become an artist We drafted an ancillary 2 (Double Page Spread) in order for us to experiment with the background image, font type, placement of images, colour scheme and title.
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