Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Blogging Etiquette

Posted: September 8, 2016 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 16_18
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As we go through the course, we will look in more detail about managing your blogs. For the moment, please just post! As we go on, we will look at using categories and menus to help organize your work.

At the very minimum, please create a category of “Induction” and post your CH4 Case study and swede posts in that.

Also, make sure you Shot sizes video is up, as well as the Raiders video with notes about you role underneath. You may find that some of these posts can be applied to more than one unit (hint, hint).


More Haste, Less Speed

Posted: September 29, 2011 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 10_12
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Haste – a necessity for hurrying; urgency

Speed – The state of being in rapid motion; rapidity.

We are about to enter the last week of filming. We should have all the names to visit by tomorrow afternoon. We are running out of time.

Is the project possible? Of course it is. However, the stress is beginning to show. People are starting to panic. And people panic in different ways.

Some run around screaming. Some sit and work really hard. Some just stare into space. Only one of these reactions actually helps…

Often, the first thing to stop is communication. People don’t talk. They assume someone else is doing the job. Communication is a two way process; You cannot communicate if the other person isn’t listening.

The most important thing to getting this done is to know what you need to do. You have a choice, either plug away for an hour trying to figure out what is happening, or think about it for 45 minutes, and then do it in 5 because you know what you are doing.

This is the difference between speed and haste. Haste is the point where something needs to be done with some urgency; take a medical procedure for example. It is urgent, but if you rush it there will be dire consequences. Haste is a need for acting quickly, not actually rushing in.  Speed is the object in motion – there is no cognition, just a physical measurement of how fast something is happening. If you rush, you are using speed and no accuracy  –  the phrase “Rush Job” refers to something that has been done shoddily.

The trick is to use haste. Do not rush, do not panic. Look at the job. do what is necessary to complete the job. No more, no less. Do it in good time. If there is a mistake, correct it. We need attention to detail just as much as we need timeliness.

So, follow the plan. If you don’t have the plan, find it. Talk to the team – and there are 40 of us – and focus on the goal. All films, edited, by 10th October.

If the plan changes, the plan changes.

A little Blogging advice

Posted: September 21, 2011 by Alan Hardcastle in CMP 10_12
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You are expected to blog reflectively about your production process throughout the project.

Got that?

Thought not. So, a little advice about blogging for you. And I will start by translating the above sentence.

So, first thing first. Remember that a blog is just a web log. It is an online diary where you share experiences with the world. Therefore you need o be aware that it will be read by other people, meaning it should respect other people. These other people being the subjects you write about and your audience.

You have had a bad experience with your group. We are not interested in how much of a S******* or B****** Peter is. We really don’t care. But Peter might, and he can take you to court if you call him those things. As it is in print, it’s called Libel. Don’t do it. By all means describe what he did to annoy you, preferably in graphic detail to spin the yarn and get us on your side, but you don’t need to name them. The log is of your experience. Which leads me to the next thing about respect – respect your audience. They are not morons. Do not treat them as such. Make it interesting. Make it fun. Make it readable. I have to read a lot of them, so for god’s sake make it entertaining!

Onto point 2 – Reflection. Look back on what you did. Explore what you did right, what you did wrong. What you could have done but didn’t. What you really wish you hadn’t done. And why. Also, be thinking how other people may have interpret what you did. How do you think your initial impression went? Did the hot pants and spice girls T-shirt really say “Media Professional”?

So – Production process. Yep – making stuff. The process is start to finish – so, right form the brief being set (and that means looking at films we put up on the Facebook site) up to the point where the live event has been completed, and the highlights edited. The whole process, inception – conception – production –  distribution. Across the whole project.

If it helps, make a little check list. What did you do? How did it go? What could you have done? What would someone else have done? Why did you do it that way? What would you differently in the same situation/ Why? And what will you do differently next time?

Got that?