People To People – The Decision!

In the group that I have become a part of for this task, we have decided to use my nan as the person to be in the film that we will be creating. I am looking forwards to telling everyone my hans story and being able to work in a team again after a long time! I am hopeful that my nan’s story will be worthy of this decision and we get a great short film out of it.

• What do you want to say about your character? – The commitment and loyalty to her family and her thoughts on the changes of family life throughout the years. What it was like compared to now and her experiences with being a young mother in the 60’s.

• What is the editorial hook or angle? – Including making a cup of tea, continuing with her everyday tasks. We have a lot of ways for her to do something, which allows the interview to be more interactive and visual. Focusing on images of the past, so that the audience can connect with the story that we are telling. We have her doing her normal stuff everyday. A standard interview with what she does in her everyday life.

• Decide on a visual treatment of the story? – Look like a documentary with a twist, by including personal attributes of the character. Things like images, personal items, photos, clothes etc. Having a kind of backstage view of the interview with the character. Guided tours etc.

• How are you organising each other as a research team? – Interviewer = Joshua, Director = Chelsea, Camera/sound = Shannon. We will all be sharing roles, but these are the main roles that have been allocated.

• Where will you find your secondary sources of research? – Questions that we ask would feature women’s role in the 1960’s as well as young motherhood and single parenthood. Family talk also and what it means to be the head of a big family.

• How will you gather and order your research information? – Everyone will be researching what needs to be done and also we will have regular meetings before the filming begins to make sure that we are prepared and everything is available to us for when we need it. We need to make sure that on the 10th February, we all have research and then we can compare and contrast it.

• What is the heart of this story that can be told in 3 minutes? – Giving an accurate view of motherhood now and then and what it was like for someone like the character we have. What it means to be a mother and how it feels. Everything changes as time goes on, so it is interesting to see what she thinks about it all and what it is like for todays generation.

• Why would this idea appeal to your intended audience? – Because mostly everyone will become a parent at some point in their lives and it is good to see how different views are and what it is like to be a parent and grandmother. Everyone will experience it somehow and at some point.

Storyboard

  1. Picture 1 = Picture of young Pat (To show ageing). This image is to help show the transition of the young woman into the older woman, what she is today to what she used to what she is now. This will help set up the interview as well as helping to set up the tone of the documentary. A good start for the film because it shows what is happening and what the film is going to be about.
  2. Picture 2 = Picture of motherhood (To show what it was like for her). To allow the film to also be about motherhood and Pat’s ideas on what family is like, morals and her attitude towards particular things like children and money. This is all about her feelings towards things following her life and how she feels about everything that she has gone through, including what it is like for her now and what it was like back then. 
  3. Picture 3 = Picture of  how she lives life today (how life is different for her now). Following her on what her life is like and also what she does everyday, she will be talking about her life and what she does everyday each week. This will feature appearances by myself (her grandson) and someone else from the group to make it look like a proper documentary. She will be talking more about ageing and how her life has changed.
  4. Picture 4 = Picture of interaction with people (To show interaction). Following her on what her life is like and also what she does everyday, she will be talking about her life and what she does everyday each week. This will feature appearances by myself (her grandson) and someone else from the group to make it look like a proper documentary. She will be talking more about ageing and how her life has changed.
  5. Picture 5 = Picture of Pat’s grandchildren (To show life goes on). This is the transition of her life and also where she is now, she has grandchildren and she has become the matriarch of a big family, she has a lot of opinions and she has a lot of authority in the family. Everything changes, that is the core of the documentary. It is important to show changes.
  6. Picture 6 = Picture of Pat giving advice (To show what she thinks). This is to end the film on a funny note as well as allowing what has been discussed to be rounded up quickly and in a swift mode. This would also be to allow the film to finish on a high. Giving advice of what she thinks is useful because she has been through so much as well as knowing so much having come out the other end of motherhood, everyone has grown as she can now reflect on her life and what she did and how she did it; it’s all about coming full circle and allowing closure to the character as well as showing her humour and loving side to what will be discussed.
  • Title = “Patricia: Past & Present”.
  • Director = Chelsea Ballaam.
  • Interviewer = Joshua Farmer.
  • Camera Work = Shannon Clinton.
  • Starring = Patricia Pratt, Joshua Farmer, Chelsea Ballaam & Shannon Clinton. 


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