Buses Stop at Bus Stops, Coaches Stop at Hotels

Unit 4 – Creative Production Management Project, Unit 5 – Working to a Brief in the Media Industry.

The brief for this college graded assignment was to devise, plan and produce a 12 minute non-fiction TV segment for a professional broadcasting organisation suitable for a pre-watershed slot, that conformed to the disciplines of factual programme production techniques and was supported by pre-production paperwork – (production proposal, treatment, running order, shot list, script breakdowns, interview questions, production schedule, location recce, risk assessments, contingency plans and filming consent forms).

I decided to make an expository documentary called, ‘Buses Stop at Bus Stops, Coaches Stop at Hotels,’ an extension of my previous documentary, ‘The Wheels on the Bus.’ Using two Cambridgeshire coach companies called ‘Kenzies Coaches’ and ‘Cambridge Coach Services’ to show the change in the coach industry over the years and the differences between public limited/family-run companies. It is both an informative and respectful documentary celebrating the success of local family-run businesses. I used a range of Interviews, voiceovers, filmed footage of the Kenzies’ daily activities and archived pictures for the video. I was in charge of the artistic vision + direction, production and composition of the entire documentary to make a programme that was both informative and interesting for a large young adult and adult audience. I filmed using a Go Pro, Canon XF 100 camcorder and Rhode shotgun microphone. Edited using Final Cut Pro X software.

Analysis of work:

  • I’m really pleased with the strong personality of Cyril Kenzie and his family business that comes through in the programme, driving the documentary forwards, adding to the charm and acting as a selling point of the video. The light hearted music, humour and short + understandable informative sections add to the joy of the production, blending nostalgia with professional opinion.
  • The video is informatively and visually interesting with a wide range of content fit into the 12 minute segment. The visuals that help to tell a story, along with interesting framing and moving shots to keep the audience’s attention.
  • However, there is an issue with the sound from the interviews as the audio is drowned in wind and very difficult to hear. I should have recorded audio closer to the subject with headphones, used a dead cat over the microphone to try and stop the wind noise or tried to fix the final soundtrack in a post-production software. I think the production would benefit from reshooting some of the windy scenes and fixing the issues on the soundtrack.