This post comes from Sima Gonsai, a filmmaker who has been working with the young people from Four Dwellings High and Waverley School on this project.
The filming days were really successful, we managed to gather interviews from all the allocated pupils and they shared their stories about the six themes, ranging from 20 to 60 mins. To record the interviews we set a green screen studio, which consisted of lots of equipment. Overall we had a large green screen, five stands, three lights, a tripod, camera and radio mics. We used a green screen because we wanted to be able to insert photographs behind the interviewees, exactly the same effect as you see on TV and the weather. It was quite a transformation to see an ordinary room being turned as a TV studio, I thought it looked very professional.
The recorders sat next to my camera and asked their questions whilst I filmed the interviews. My aim was to make sure the sound was sharp and that each interview was filmed using a variety of shots such as close-ups, slow zooms and wide-shots. Using different shots makes the interviews more engaging and helps the audience follow what is being said.
The recorders grew in confidence by the end of the week and even started to use their own questions to prompt more answers. Pupils answered the questions as best as they could, I can imagine it was quite nerve wracking in front of all those bright lights and people! We tried different interview techniques such as asking questions, having a conversation and describing experiences like a diary entry. Overall we got an abundance of stories about home life, school, hobbies, family life etc.