Friday, 11 January 2013

Thursday, 10 January 2013


Television Programmes which we were influenced by in producing our television programme:
  • Balls Of Steel - (Channel 4)
  • Punk'd - (MTV)
  • Armstrong and Miller - (BBC/ Hat Trick Productions) 

- Young, R. (2009) The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro 7. UK: Focal Press.

- Apple (2005). Soundtrack Pro User Manual . USA: Apple Computer, Inc


  • Overall looking back at the work that me and my group have produced I am really pleased with the final outcome. 
  • All of us have tried our best and worked really hard on 'Laugh Out Loud' to produce a high quality piece of work. I personally have learnt a lot more than I already knew about Final Cut and other software programs which we have used to make this production. 
  • We wanted this programme that we produced to not look like an amateur student constructed project, but instead a professional piece of media that we are all proud to be a part of and have made.
  • Everyone within the group has put in an equal amount of effort into making this production in each of the planning, practical, research, and production areas. We can definitely all work together as a good team. Both Shannen and Carys are dedicated, hard working, enthusiastic and reliable, and I would absolutely work with these guys again in any future projects. 
  • We have all decided that we are going to spend some of our spare time next semester producing some other videos together. This will help to keep us focused, improve our research and planning, editing skills, working cooperatively as a team, and will also help us build up our own portfolios of work. 


  • We used Final Cut Pro 7 to edit our work. 

  • We all have had experience with using this programme before from doing other projects. 

  • Familiarising ourselves with the software didn't take very long, and the techniques and shortcuts were quickly picked up again. 
  • The green screen was also easy to get to grips with, we found adding all of the effects and filters for it a lot easier than last time. This was mainly because it was just us presenting and all of the green screen shots were the same set up. Because we had past experience with using green screen we planned it in a certain way so it was straightforward when it came to the green screen post production. 
  • Taking lots of coverage shots left us with scope and space to play around with the clips if we found that any of them weren't in focus, were shaky, or they simply just didn't fit as well as we hoped them to. 
  • Because of the boom mic issue we used Soundtrack Pro to add effects and filters, get rid of the booming wind noise, and to make the quality better. We are all pleased with how well this worked and the interview clips sound nearly as good as the others. 
  • When we did get stuck with editing in Final Cut Pro, we looked up 'How To' videos on Youtube (see this for example: These were really quick, helpful, and gave us hand on advice that we could very easily follow step by step. They include videos of the screen so you can see what exactly you need to click and where exactly that is within the programme. We also used a few pages from 'The Focal Easy Guide To Final Cut Pro 7- Rick Young'. 

Monday, 7 January 2013

Our Green Screen Virtual Studio.

  • This is the image which we are using for the virtual studio as our green screen background. It will be used as a background on screen when Shannen, Carys, and myself are presenting and introducing each of the features within our programme. We have chosen this specific one because it's bright, vibrant and fun. Other programmes of the same genre, and also aimed at similar audiences to ours, (such as MTV, and Balls of Steel) all use brightly coloured, bold, and vibrant backgrounds that easily catches the audiences attention.
  • Our aim is for the programme to appeal to a teenage/ young adult audience. The humor which we have written into the television programme will suit them perfectly at this age category. We feel that marketing the show at this age group will hep us attract more views because they are roughly the same age as us and will therefore understand the comedy and humor we have put into the programme. 
  • Social media sites such a Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr will also help to attract a bigger and wider audience. Pople of this age group (roughly 15-35) are more likely to use social media websites than any other age group. We have decided to reach out to certain members of the audience that might be on Twitter or Facebook by incorporating it into our programme. This is done by directly asking them to voice their opinion and point of view on the programme, which characters they like, and also getting them to vote which challenges they want us to complete. This is very easy and accessible for anyone that wants to contact us and ask us questions about the programme, or suggest features. 

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Audience Feedback

Even though we still have quite a bit of editing work and polishing to do on our production, we have already received a few bits of audience feedback. All of the comments given to us were very positive and assuring which we are all very happy about. People commented on the scenes and features in the programme saying they were highly comical and that they made them laugh. This was great news to us because we all had some fears within the group, that what we thought was funny and comical wasn't going to be humorous and entertaining to the audience. Therefore the show would just be a massive failure, so this feedback from people was really good to hear. People also pointed out to us that the music we had used in some of the features really helped to bring out the humour and comedy. The comments also made us more motivated to get the programme finished so we could screen our work to others.