162mc: Tea room


The tea room scene could easily have looked very boring and flat so to make it a bit more interesting we added in some depth of field using the 50mm lens and an interesting close up shot. Inspired by the above scene, in Better Call Saul‘ s very first episode, we positioned  the camera right in front of the tea mugs. We then focused on the mugs but soon realised there was no way for our actor to get the cups placed in front of the camera in exactly the same place each time without some kind of marker. And we needed it to not be too obvious so it wasn’t spotted immediately by the audience. Searching through the cupboards in the kitchen we came across a pot of sugar. Inspired, we sprinkled a few grains on the table top and it seemed to do the job.

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As the tea room we were working in was in a busy corridor of the office building we decided to record the sound of Thomas boiling the kettle and making tea before we started filming the rest of the scene.



162mc: The boardroom


For the boardroom scene we set up three different cameras around the room. The first on a tripod on a raised board to get an angle looking down across the long boardroom table. The second with a 50mm lens set up at the end of the table, tilted slightly upwards towards the actors. Finally the third camera was mounted on a tripod facing towards the door Thomas enters through and then pans across the office following his steps.

162mc: The final scene



Our final scene involves Thomas’ boss choking on a doughnut after Thomas wishes he would ‘drop dead’. As we wanted the scene to be quite dark and reflect the change and growth in the wishes power we decided to film part of it on a dutch angle. We combined the ball pivot head with the portable slider and set it up on the boss’ desk so we could start the filming at a slight angle and, as Thomas’ boss continues to choke, the angle becomes more severe with it turning completely on it’s side as he collapses across the desk and dies.


161mc: CW2 Blog Task 1: The One Show


For those of you who may not have seen it, let me try and describe The One Show to you:

The show airs LIVE every night on BBC ONE at 19:00 Monday to Friday, to the whole of the uk, and is just half an hour long. As so many items are covered in such a short space of time the show is famous for having very tenuous links between segments and things going wrong, due to being broadcast LIVE. But as the show is considered light hearted, early evening entertainment, we accept all this as part of it’s charm.

Each show combines a mix of live studio interviews, pre recorded VTs and live out of the studio segments – normally at local venues with members of the public interviews. The show often concludes with a live band’s performance, a demonstration or some kind of challenge, surprise for the interviewee or similar ‘feel good’ piece. Guests are generally pop stars, actors or musicians advertising their latest tour/tv series/film/album. There is a lot of topical content, tying items in with National Holidays or items that are in the news that day/week. If it’s a particular day in history we may have a historical report.


The show is mainly presented by Matt Baker and Alex Jones, sedate, reliable presenters who remind you of the boy and girl next door. This is intended to make the audience feel they are familiar and put us at ease. We can rely on their responses and don’t have to worry about being shocked or offended over our evening meal. Matt is from the Midlands and Alex is from Wales, still retaining her regional accent, which helps to appeal to the whole of the UK.


The One Show is considered warmhearted programming to cheer up your day. It is aimed at all ages and all tv tribes. This is reflected in it’s bright, colourful set and in the vibrant look of their website. They want to grab your attention and stop you changing channels. The One Show is currently number 30 in the audience viewing, averaging approx 4 million viewers.


The show’s website and Facebook page run many online challenges to tie in with the evening’s theme. Often asking viewers to send in funny photographs or encouraging them to tweet responses to the show as it broadcasts. The website even has a page requesting viewers stories; a story for them to investigate, a programme idea from the local area or a personal story for the show. This audience participation helps to keeps viewers connected and involved, to feel they have some ownership of the programme, and to keep them tuning in and then sharing The One Show content, through online forums and word of mouth.

My tagline for The One Show would be:

Interviews mixed with lighthearted, topical fun to appeal to one and all.


162mc: Morning wake up call


to film this scene we used two takes. one with reginald positioned over our actor and the next with my new slider set up on a table next to the bed, while hussain had to climb inside the wardrobe to operate it 🙂


it was the sliders first outing so i wasn’t sure how smooth it would be, it looked like one of  those cheap roller-skates you had when you were little that used to velcro onto your shoe.


but it worked really well and got us some lovely footage in combination with the 50mm lens.





poem in progress:

As she embedded the seeds in the soil

She knew it was worth all the sweat and toil

The bed was ready, ‘Time for you to grow.’

She whispered as she tiptoed along the rows

She turned the tap and water began to spurt

Into the rusty watering can peppered with dirt

The sun beat down on her weary head

Blooming her face a pleasing shade of red

160mc: Dashing Blades – Take Two

After looking listening through our previous audio interview we decided to take the film down the route of either Barber as Counsellor and Listening Ear: People confiding in Robert and his place in the community or Ex Teacher still Teaching with the training up of his apprentice: Showing that despite leaving the lecture hall Robert is still imparting his knowledge in a new way. After much discussion we went with the Barber as the Listening Ear as we felt this portrayed the real Robert we had come to know since filming.


we wanted a slightly different look for the next series of shots so set Robert up behind his writing desk with a few vintage items in view. as Robert cleared the desk before filming we left the camera rolling and got some really lovely, natural shots of Robert that we decided to leave in the final edit.



i set up this shot using the 50mm lens. i just really liked the idea of seeing Robert speak ‘through the foliage’ almost. felt it made it seem more like he wasn’t talking to camera and i think works well for the more touching moments of his story.


to end the film i thought it would be nice to see Robert shutting up shop for the evening so we set up a camera in the corner of the shop to film the lights as they switched off and another two on the floor to get a good close up of the broom as he was sweeping up.



161mc: Underwater lighting? That’s ‘handy’ :)


After Thomas wakes up we wanted to film him washing his face in the bathroom and thought it would be fun to try and get an underwater shot of him as well as his reflection in the mirror. We booked out the Go Pro and dive housing and headed to our filming apartment. As the Go Pro has an almost fish eye lens we knew that if we used it in a shallow bathroom sink we were going to end up with an extremely up close shot which was not what we wanted. We proceeded to fill up the kitchen sink instead and did a few test shots to see how things looked. Unfortunately the kitchen sink was also too shallow so we started filling up the bath instead! This worked really well but the footage was too far dark. So how to get some underwater lighting? Our solution – five latex gloves knotted around a portable LED battery operated strip light. this worked perfectly to light the shot and kept the light bone dry.