Final Major Project Report

Posted: May 15, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in FdA 11_13
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As you may have noticed, the reports in the second year are slightly different to the 1st year reports.

It all seemed so easy at level C – I give you a subject, you read about it and repeat what you have read to form an understanding of the given subject. Documentary? Easy. Studio Production? Oooh, I got a history. Location? Look at the Health & safety Paperwork! LOOK AT IT! and despair….

Now we have a report that is specific to what you have chosen to do, and has more in common with your reflective journal than the historical report approach. And you have 3 outcomes that you need to hit within it.

1. Industry practice

So. You have decided to make a promotional film. Or a Horror film. Or Film Noir. You have done your research. Now, you are making it. So, this section of you report can talk about how films are made – this will influence how you do your planning, pre-production, production and post production because you are expected to read and explore how these things happen professionally. You also need to be blogging what you do and reflecting on how your knowledge is affecting your process.

In other words – how are these things done professionally? And how can you do it?

The SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and PEST (Political, Economic, Social, Technological) are framework standpoints to look at your production from. EG Economic – what budget do I have? What budget do I need? etc. This will help you in the blog by giving you a way of breaking down the production issues to reflect on them more clearly.

2. Recruit and manage.

You need to gather you cast and crew. You also need to manage them – again, you record what happens in the blog, as a record (duh!) of events. You report should then refer to how you managed them, again with the professional practice bit, and legal issues (H&S, working time directives etc).

This is also the point where you need to get feedback of these people – how did they feel about being recruited and managed by you? You will need to gather this information in a similar way to gathering client feedback and WBL feedback in the first year.

Reflect on the Cats & Crew in your blog – report on them in your report!

3. Identify & Solve Problems.

Now, this is the biggie. When you blog, you can swear. Who let you down. What failed. How did you cope when you took the equipment and the card was full & the battery empty. Get it out. Then reflect on it in a  more controlled manner. Then report on it.

If you have had an issue with sound that was solved by a Dictaphone, sweat band and a tea towel, get it in. If your battery has run out, get it in there. If you have had problems finding actors, get it in there.

It’s all about reflecting on the problems you had and how you solved them and how you could prevent them – how are they prevented in a professional environment?


All of these need to be covered, but you also need to make connections between all the things you have done to show how you have become an holistic practitioner and content generator.


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