Personal Project Proposal
By Michelle Dee
I propose to make a series of films exploring the true nature of creativity in Hull. These films will involve filming in different locations in and around the city. The aim of these films is two-fold one exploring different forms of creativity and two in order to promote and publicize my journalistic practice.
My first is a film about procrastination; that idea around thinking about doing stuff talking about doing stuff but never actually getting around to it. It is based on my entry to the hundred word competition, published on thisisull.
I am currently putting a film schedule together and working on a storyboard for the project and looking at the short film genre. The soundtrack to the film will be a narration of the hundred word piece. There are decisions to be made whether to record the soundtrack in situ or in a studio, I am proposing both and then comparing the results to see which works best. Also there is a question about filming times, locations, how many cameras will be needed etc. This will mean I may need to engage a film crew. Possibly made up of tv and film students.
Link to location shoot
Another of my ideas for this series is a news report about the benefit cuts in relation to Ian Duncan Smith’s three strike proposal. Those people who will have to engage in community work in order to earn their benefits will be working for less than the minimum wage far less about two pounds an hour. I propose to script a news report and then to use green screen technology or editing two film tracks together to have the image of slaves going past the screen almost ghostlike. I’m also interested in connecting this with a piece connected with the Wilberforce Commemoration and modern day slavery.
I have previously written about modern day slavery when I reviewed the Andrew Pearson Play Disposable People.
I recently watched programming from the Slavery Season on Channel 4 and BBC and was very much moved by the drama “I am Slave.”
I intend to start filming when I my ideas feel more concrete and I have explored more about presenting stories around issues.
I also have an interest in developing the idea of what is seen after the camera stops. Something about what happens after the interview interests me far more than the interview itself. The interview is edited for an audience presented in a particular way perhaps with a particular slant but what is the real relationship between interviewee and interviewer, what are each’s real feelings on the subject in discussion. I have been given the title “Stranded in Canton” to research after discussing this idea briefly with my film tutor.
In addition to these series of films, which are very much at the drawing board stage, I will continue to attend and document HumberMud monthly networking events by doing brief interviews with speakers at each and uploading on the media page for HumberMud.
This will further my networking opportunities and further my role as being the voice of the Fruitmarket. (I owned the byline for all the articles on Hyperfruit.net homepage last Friday)
I intend to take the role of speaker myself to discuss my film ideas further to see if I can garner more interest from the digital community.
I will continue to produce content for the Student Magazine hyperfruit.net, thisisull.com and other sites. I need to produce a comprehensive list of outlets where I can send my content to further my journalistic output.
I will continue to document as much of my extra curricular activities and associated events both for print and online to build up my portfolio of recent work.
I have contacted J. Howell press officer Beverley East Riding Yorks. Council and he has agreed to me shadowing him for a few days. I am in the process of contacting Julian from Mapa to see if I can do the same at their agency. There is a paid copywriting job I am chasing and I am open to offers of other work as my schedule allows. I am also very much enjoying encouraging and facilitating the first years to get involved in outside journalistic endeavours, to this end two of the first years have produced content for thisull.com.
I have often thought I was the most prolific journalist in the city and now hope to add to this claim with content of higher quality and variation from my usual text and image based works.
Links to some of my published items this semester.