Sound Investigation (Wednesday 13th-Friday 29th January 2016)


Wednesday 13th January 2016:


  1. ‘Earth’ BBC animal documentary show (3-4 minutes)
  2. Film Four: foreign language film without sound and dialogue.
  3. Radio 1: fill the gap of the missing 5-minutes
  4. Radio 4 :new radio drama (5 minutes drama)

exToday I will focus on the radio project and working in a team with Sinead and Sian. We decide to choose radio 4 for create ours 5 minutes of drama. We also discussed about our roles; Sinead and Sian will be actors and voice-over for radio while mine is creating a script. We also discussed about what type of drama program we wanted to create. Our idea was two people walking in a wood when they find a dead body, then they come with some plan.




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Research task (Wednesday 6th-Friday 8th January 2016)

1) The difference between primary and secondary research:

a. Primary research is new data (information) collected from a group or individuals using surveys that questionnaires or interviews. It can be number of settings.

b. Secondary research is research that has already been conducted. You can finish secondary research through the internet, books from library or newspaper(s).


c. I think both primary and secondary research methods are useful when working in the media industry because I am interested in interviewing or collecting data from a group of deaf people about their situation linked to barriers in the hearing world e.g. mainstream school. This would help me to prove that this issue need to be improve. Primary research may show finishings that can then be backed up by secondary. Both research used together leads to a more complete perspective. Therefore for secondary research, it would be also useful to research through the internet about other deal people’s opinion from different area s about how their life get affected by communication barriers. I could also look in the library for deaf history and fins newspapers article. Deaf people in the UK are interest in deaf history as it represents their true identity and incisor on passing on their next generation.

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Telling My Story for filming (Wednesday 11th November- Friday 11th December 2015)

Tell a Story project

Part 1: Research a Practitioner: BIM AJADI

  • Bim Ajadi is a deaf filmmaker. Before he become a filmmaker, he was a freelance graphic art designer and a director for pop videos.
  • According to the link below, he believe deaf people with different levels of deafness can access music.
  • Once Ajadi was refused by York City for a professional contract because he was deaf.

Bim Ajadi

  • Ajadi born in Nigeria and raising up in UK at age three. Later, he attend in Leeds Art college to focus on professional product designer which he want for his career. According to this link, he explain the reason he choose to become this career: “Design allows me to express my ideas, and it allows me to show people those ideas without the need for explanation or sound.” This suggests the art design is the vision for him and other deaf people. He also want to show that his work is not necessary for sound. It just show by the vision.
  • Unfortunately for him, his career of art design was failure as his skill of IT is lacking. However, he went different way to Shape London which is the deaf organisation. It involve the 2D graphic art and he enjoy it. He then move to the goal of 3D.
  • Finally, he know what he want to do with his career so he worked with Phil McNally whose include in SFX for Star Wars episode 2. Later, he was influence by Channel 4 and Jezebell the German company, to create his own film. He then involve twenty five deaf people (some of them are the dancer and crews) to create the pop video. 

  • Bim Ajadi created the total of twelve films when he was an editor. Some of his works includes documentaries and short films for example “Deaf Sisterhood” which is a TV movie documentary and is released in 2011.

  • However the best film awards he did that received is called Champion of the World. It is about a talented athlete girl who focused on her aim to become a hurdler.

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CREEP media project

Thursday 17th September 2015:

In the morning in college I carried on working with Jimmy and Connor on our short film: Creep. We finished with our risk assessment (weather raining etc) before walking outside to the park called Rougemont where we filmed Jimmy (who also act as a guy because our chosen actors couldn’t be involved in our film) so I set the equipment before started to film.


1) Creep script

1) Creep storyboard

2) Creep script

2) Creep storyboard

3) Creep storyboard

3) Creep storyboard

4) Creep storyboard

4) Creep storyboard

PRODUCTION: filming in Rougemont.


Friday 18th September 2015: Now Jimmy, Connor and me doing the editing our ‘Creep’ short film in Final Cut Pro and we are about to put the video onto our blogs:

Research of the role job

Thursday 17th September 2015:

After the filming I work on the different stages of:

  1. PRE PRODUCTION: before the film has start, there is lot of thing to prepare for the shooting.

PRE PRODUCTION: before the film has start, there is lot of thing to prepare for the shooting.

  • The producer’s responsible to find the right locations.
  • Storyboard artist have to create the storyboard for the film include to make it similar with the book.

PRODUCTION: the start of the shooting.

POST-PRODUCTION:aftermath of the film. There are lots of things to sort out with the film before it is released to the public. There would be editing the video, adding the music/sound, adding colour etc.

I  prefer to work on post production the most because I enjoy editing the video to make the film look more realistic before releasing it to the public. I also like the editing because I can add the subtitle and other people can add sound/music too. It will help me to confident to communicate with deaf and hearing people in the film/ TV company.


  • PRE PRODUCTION JOB (storyboard artist)- Martin Asbury. He was drawing James Bond series (Skyfall e.g.), Harry Potter series etc.

Martin Asbury’s storyboard of Skyfall (2012)-

Harry Potter and the Deathly hallows 2

Martin Ashbury’s one of the storyboards- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 (2010)-

  • PRODUCTION JOB (camera operator): Alec Mills (six James Bond film-), Star War (The Return of the Jedi)

One of Alec Mills’ camara opearate film: Licence To Kill (James Bond- 1989)

Another Alec Mills’ camera opearator: Star War (The Return of the Jedi in 1938)

  • POST PRODUCTION JOB (sound editor): Karen Baker Landers (Gladiator (2000), Braveheart (1995) and Skyfall-2012). She is often work with Per Hallberg.

Gladiator (2000): one of Karen Baker Landers’ work


a) Martin Ashbury is the storyboard artist for:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Deathly Hallows part 1&2

James Bond (Casino Royale, the Quantum of Solace and Skyfall)

Batman Begin


Chicken Run (animation) etc.

b) He was working in pre production to draw the storyboard by what his director (Sam Mendes from Skyfall) expect for the film (production).

c) Because he also use storyboard for Chicken Run in animation, his skills are:

  • to draw to tell the good story
  • to understanding of the different angles in the different area of each scene(s)
  • to complete on time of the deadline.

More information about him:

  • He works as storyboard artist, illustrator and strips cartoonist.
  • His first strips cartoon is called the Flash Gordon which first published in 7th January 1934.
  • He then continued to draw the strips in white and black called Captain Scarlet in 1971.
  • In 1973 he got the opportunity to draw more strips in colour including working in TV Comic- Doctor Who (1975) and TV Time’s a Star Wars in 1982.
  • He drew the strips for the Mirror about the biography of Elvis Presley.
  • In 1984, he moved to create the movie storyboard for Greystroke: The Legend of Tazaran and  the Lord of the Apes.
  • He continue working on the stripes.

a) Alec Mills is the camera operator for  production (in the set of the film).

b) He is known for:

  • Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Licence To Kill (1989)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

c) His skills as camera operator are:

  • to aim to get film style become more visual and realist- use director and director of the photography
  • communicates well and manages other crew members and actors.
  • to get prepare all the equipment for the film.

More information about him:

  • He was born in 1932 (May 10th) in London.
  • Married to Zsuzsanna Mills on 22nd February 1977.
  • Had one son name is Simon Mills.

3a) Karen Baker Landers is the sound editor.

3b) She is known for create:

  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Skyfall (2012)

3c) Her skills for sound editing in the post production are to create soundtracks to match the film.

  • A good knowledge of the music that includes editing and recording.
  • Have a good hearing of the music that includes the pattern, rhyme and a good timing.
  • Good communication with the crews.

She also won twelve awards for example:

  • In 2013 she won the Oscar award at Academy Award USA for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Skyfall (2012) and she shared this award with Per Hallberg.

She also won sixteen nominations for example

  • In 2005 she won the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Domestics Features – Sound Effects & Foley for The Bourne Supremacy (2004).

Wednesday 23rd September 2015: Research the directors

Alfred Hitchcock (director and producer):

  • Born in 13th August 1899 in Leytonstone at Essex.
  • He grew as strict Catholic so he went to St Ignatius College which run by a man called Jesuits. He attended there for three years (1910-1913) before leave for London to study on mechanical drawing (draughtsmanship) and advertising design.
    Hitchcock then went to involve in the film industry in 1920 and he started to draw the sets as he was really skilled artist.
  • He then complete the film for his director who was ill. The film was called Always Tell Your
    Alfred Hitchcock

    Alfred Hitchcock

    Wife (1923).

  • In 1925 Hitchcock directing the popular film- The Pleasure Garden which was the German and British production.
  • He married to Alma Reville on 2nd December 1927, which was the same year of the film: The Lodge, and have a daughter, Patricia, who born in 1928 (7th July).
  • He achieved the frame from the USA after created the lot of films for example The Lady Vanishes in 1938 and Jamaica Inn (1939).


  • Hitchcock create his first silent nine films (without sound) between 1925 and 1929 (The Pleasure Garden 1925, The Farmer’s Wife-1928).
  • His quote of silent movie: “The silent picture were the purest form of cinema”. It suggests the use of silent movie give more visual and clear understanding of the event in the film.


  • That how Hitchcock become the film director in five years later.


Hitchcock’s awards:

  • Hitchcock got thirty one wins of the awards for example Golden Globes in USA for ‘Best TV Sow’ in 1958.
  • However he got twenty six nominations for example he got nominated in Oscar award in 1961 for best director for film called ‘Psycho’ (1960).
Psycho poster

Psycho poster

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My everyday in college/ Academy/ weekend (2015-16)

Exeter Royal Academy For Deaf Education

Exeter Royal Academy For Deaf Education

Monday 2nd September 2015:

This was my first day of college and I went to Exeter Royal Academy this is a Deaf College. I felt very nervous and excited because this college is the boarding college and I have never been in boarding. I will stay there and then go home for the weekend every three weeks and for holidays. Because I live in St Albans it take about four hours to Exeter and i went to Exeter with my Dad, Mum and my young sister, Emma whose was year seven in Stag School for Girl (in St Albans).

When I arrive at the Deaf Academy

Wednesday 9th September 2015: First day at Exeter college. It is my first day of Exeter college and I’m bit nervous but look forward to meeting new people. I walk to the college with my friend Joel.

Saturday 12th September 2015:

Woke up at 7.15am, I read the book (Bible) and change my clothes before make myself breakfast (hot Porridge Weekbix). Next I pack the media work and other things in my bag before walking downstairs to greet other staff (there are about four) including deaf students (about 7 or 9 students) in the dining room. I sit on the wooden chair and do writing the draft script and it is easy though I have to think about how to add the type of  angles. Then I copy this draft on the laptop before I print the 6 pages and I divide them. One paper for me as my role is the director,  other for Connor (assistant director) and Jimmy (producer) include for Chris and other guy who doing actor. In addition, one paper is backup and  after that, Joel and me went to walk to pier nearly to the Deaf Academy. While we were walking, I bumped into my old friend, Katie and she gave me her mobile number!

Then Joel and me walked to a small café and I had ‘Mary Berry’ smoothie (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries) and it is delicious!


Empty Mary Berry smoothies

Empty Mary Berry smoothies

Mary Berry smoothies

Mary Berry smoothies









Joel had a hot chocolate with a brownie.Then we had chat about tomorrow; we thought about going to Teighmouth to meet her friend. When we finished, we walked back to the Academy and we had pasta with mince and vegetable for dinner before we went to the girl’s flat to watch TV and I Skype with my family (miss them so much!) and typing the blog!

Sunday 13th September 2015:

Woke up at 6.30am, changed my clothes, made breakfast and grab my bag to meet Joel outside (been let the staffs know about our trip). Walk to the bus station and when we catching a bus that take us to Teighmouth which is about forty minutes journey.

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Working in Media

In the future I would like to become director or editor for either TV soaps or film.

I use the BECTU site to find out more about theirs wage:

There are some media jobs I would like to being such as TV director, TV editor, film director and film director.

However there are different wage for each job. Firstly is TV editor’s wage are variable as there are different editor role within hour and different programs (soap, drama etc) such as 1st assistant editor whose wage is £107.05 for eight hours a days while working in the soaps. Surprisedly, if the assistant editor working for sixty hours for a week can earn £869.76.

For TV editor’s wage which is (tv editor)

Secondly the 1st assistant film editor’s wage which is £128.46 in eight hours a day (film editor)

ADVERTISING project (Thursday 15th October- Friday 6th November 2015)

Notes :class adverts (Wednesday 14th October 2015)


  • Show it is cheaper than other stores.

  • Show objects from different places and the price.

  • Logo

  • Focus on all ages.


  • Use a celebrity (someone with big lips)

  • Location- California

  • Use the special effects such as fireworks and explosions.

  • Make it memorable and original.

  • Close up shot


  • Man at a game see someone with a cap on stopping the sun getting in his eyes. A solution to a problem- cap stops the sun in your eyes.


  • Starts with a boy wearing a superhero costume. When the boy is older he stops a lady from being mugged. Also, when he grow older, he wear in an army outfit.


  • A man breaks an egg into a bowl. He then drops an eggs or the floor then explode . The man says ‘eggs’.


  • Show how essential it is in your life (through school to business).


  • A dog not on a lead, running away from its owner.

  • Give the owner a lead and the dog comes back.

  • A solution.

  • Tracking shot.

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