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Forever Learning

With the arrival of my results today I have decided to carry on this blog. I started it as a way of regurgitating what I learned in university for the benefit of anyone who missed lessons, for anyone who was interested and to remind myself of what I had learned that day.

Finishing uni does not mean I stop learning. I will continue to make music videos, short films and other projects where I know I will be constantly learning new techniques, making new discoveries and above all making big mistakes. All wonderful opportunities to learn and grow.

Technique for Vox Pops

Recently I have had to film some Vox Pops (vox populi - "voice of the people") for a satellite TV series I will be making over the next year. It has been a long time since I have done Vox Pops. I am a naturally shy person. I hate going up to talk to people so Vox Pops are not my favourite type of filming but they are great for programmes and also so interesting. One thing I learned which I knew but had forgotten was that there is a good way to get as many as possible.

Initially I went up to people, camera in it's bag and asked, "Would it be ok if I ask you a couple of questions about...."

More often than not I got a hesitant smile and then as they thought about it in the awkward pause that followed and as I got even more nervous they shook their head and said, "Sorry, no," or "I don't really have anything to say."

What I realised was better is to go up to people, camera in hand, mic switched on, looking determined and hold it up to them as you say, "I'm making a programme about this....can I ask you..." and then start recording. It gives people less time to say no and usually when they see a camera they are not confused by what you are asking and they kind of also want to be on it. Also smile and be excited as if these Vox pops mean the world to you. They did to me. I was so desperate to get as many as possible I became a different character, running up to people, flirting, laughing and telling them their answer was wonderful (only when it was of course)


Recently I had to do a few short piece-to-cameras in Turkish for the same programme which meant I could not memorise what I had to say. While I was in Turkey I was able to use a teleprompter which was fixed over the camera lens which meant the eyeline is perfect.

However, after returning home and realising I need to find a way to use a teleprompt without the fancy equipment, my husband and I figured out that an iPad with some free teleprompt software angled above the camera at the right distance from the talent gives almost the same effect.