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This is my project management page it has all the information about how we managed our documentary
Interview Structure and Conduct
When planning our interviews at the beginning we found that our interviewee wasn't always aware of what we required from them answer wise all they knew was that the documentary was going to be on censorship. As a result of this some of their answers weren't as well thought through as they could of been so we learnt from our mistakes and decided it was in our best interests to pre warn the interviewee about what sought of questions we could ask them in order to get the best and most thought through response from them. We achieved this by emailing the questions to the interviewee about three days before hand so they were able to fully grasp the question. In some other interviews we went to the interviewee and spoke to them about what the interview was going to be about and we had a little meeting where we spoke about the types of questions and the possible answers that could be given to the questions. In some cases we had some interviews that were very short notice due to the tight schedules of some of our interviewee's so in order to best pre pair them for the interview we got them to meet us 10 or 15 minutes before the interview where we got a chance to briefly go through the questions so they could begin thinking of how they would respond to these questions. We had a list of questions which were scripted, this enabled us to show the interviewee so when we asked the interviewee some improvised follow up questions they would not be thrown by this as they will understand how it links onto our next point as they would of seen the next question which again helps the interviewee give good detail answers but as well as that it also helps keep the interview relevant. When we scripted the questions we had a mixture of open and closed questions where the closed questions were used to get more of a general consensus almost like statistics or a survey. The open questions although they were open were worded in a way that made them relevant and helped lead the interviewee to the answers we wanted. When we conducted our interviews we decided to go for a formal but friendly style we felt this was best because we wanted to show that our documentary was a very serious topic and we wanted to make it look professional so that is where the formal element comes from. The friendly element comes from the fact that we didn't want to challenge our interviewee's and cross examine partly because they volunteered for this but also because they are the experts in their field and they know what their talking about where we don't, we were mainly interested also in their opinion and you cant challenge someones opinion as wrong as everyone has a different opinion. We wanted to keep the atmosphere in the interview calm and friendly instead of combative as if we offended the interviewee they might be difficult and refuse to sign the release agreement. When interviewing our interviewee we had a certain structure to the interview where we started by saying thanks for agreeing to be interviewed at this point the interviewer and interviewee got aquented but this bit was not filmed. We then kicked off with our first question of what is censorship and who censors in order to get a general overview of how much our interviewee's knew about censorship. This part is also going to be at the start of our documentary so to an extent the structure of our interviews represented the structure of the documentary. We then asked our interviewee's what effect do they think the media has on people in order to try and grasp how powerful and influential the media can be in everyday life. The interviews then developed onto why do we have media censorship and do you think we need it, this was done in order to try and justify media censorship which would of helped keep the documentary balanced. We also asked some of our interviewee's about what they thought the world would be like without censorship and what would be the worst scenario that could happen if there was no censorship. This question was asked in order to see how important censorship can be and to empathises some of its positives. Later on during the interviews near the end we asked the interviewee's whehther there has been any times they know of where there was no censorship or a lack of censorship that caused problems e.g. innocens of muslims which lead to the americian ambassador being killed. This was a key question as it help put forth the argument or viewpoint that possibly there is a lack of censorship in certain areas. But to counter balance that question we also asked the interviewee's whether they knew of any times that there was to much censorship or to extreme censorship so much so that it caused harm e.g. nazi germany which put forward the argument that censorship can be dangerous and cause totalitarian dictatorship. Near the begining of the interview we also asked people do you think the media has effected any opinions you hold, this was asked in order to link back to how powerful the media is and how much influence it has. We also asked people different question depending on there field of expertise e.g. if they were a media teacher we asked them more specific question on censorship within film and about films that have supposedly caused tragic incidents like natural born killers and batman the dark night. If they were a journalist e.g. we asked them question about the Levison inquiry and about the phone hacking scandal, we also asked more specific questions about media witch hunts. To wind up the interviews we thanked the interviews for there time and sometimes we ended with the question do you agree with media censorship in order to point there point across especially as they are experts of some kind. In some of the interviews e.g. the interview with the journalist at the end we summarised a few points by asking them overlapping questions in order to empthasise key points. When interviewing there were some questions that went particularly well where we got a decent response e.g. questions such as can the media ever cause people to commit crimes, this question went well because we got both sides of the argument where some interviewee's stated how powerful the media is and explained how it can influence young and vunerable people into doing unnecessary things. But over people argued that the media is not solely responsible and clearly there must of been something wrong in the first place to cause them to act this way. Another question that went well was when we asked about who censors and whether they censor effectively this was because the question automatically triggered out interviewees to talk about the relevant topics that we wanted to cover such as the leveson inquiry, the phone hacking scandal and the press complaints commission which have all been hot topics in recent debates. During the interviews we also had some questions that didn't go so well or we didn't get the response we wanted e.g. does media censorship benefit national security, this was a particular difficult question as people didn't really understand the question as they didn't know much about how it effects national security they also couldn't think of any good examples to support there view. Most of our questions went well because we pre prepared the interviewee as best as we could but also what helped is our interviewee's understood the context of the questions and due to the events being so recent alot of the infomation was quite fresh to an extent particually the Levision enquiry and the death of jacintha Suldana.
Attempts at contacting BBFC
Attempts to contact Ofcom
Attempts to contact free speech network
Attempts to contact index on censorship
Equipment booking form
Filming at the BVE
I wanted to film some actuality footage at the BVE exhibition but I wasn't sure if I needed permission so emailed the BVE.
This is the email I got in response.
This is the email I got in response.
On the day of the exhibition I went to the press office on site. I had to security check my camera and tripod. I didn't take a microphone as I didn't need the sound from the exhibition as I didn't want to carry around too much as we would be walking all afternoon. I was given a press pass as a Producer to film at the Exhibition. This meant I could film what I wanted provided I ask permission from the people at the stall.
How I dealt with Youtube Third Party Ownership
When I uploaded the archive footage part of section five on media censorship it appeared to be blocked as it contained third party content.
I then decided to click on the matched third party content link next to the video and it took me to this page:
I then simply clicked on the Acknowledge button which allowed me to use the footage in the video on Youtube. This discovery may be very useful when uploading the full documentary to youtube.