The presentation of my idea
I shall split this post into several sections so I ‘cover all bases’ of my idea, such as:
- Location + access
- Technical elements of filming + How to avoid issues
- What the film will consist of
- Other documentary makers work
I shall also attempt not to repeat myself from the post of my actual idea entitled, ‘My idea’, which is at the top of my homepage. (This was accompanied by a slideshow that I will not link off to as it contains all the points I shall make in this post.)
The biggest issue most people faced in proposing their ideas in week two was of access to their film’s subject. For my group and I this is not a concern as buskers are on the street among the public, trying to get watched/listened to. This means filming permission is not required as the grounds are all public, and access to a busker is not difficult to attain. This is also easier for a documentary film as it’s purpose is to reflect and document and reflect reality so the mise-en-scéne will reflect this.
Technical aspects + How to avoid issues
As we are filming outside, the elements are sometimes going to be against us. Issues may arise with the weather such as rain, and we can get around this by bringing an umbrella or checking the weather before filming that day (pretty groundbreaking stuff really).
With the time of filming, Winter, days are getting shorter so we may face issues of losing light at an earlier time, people who are busking may work shorter days, or may not come out in the cold weather. We can get around the losing light by simply filming earlier on multiple days but buskers not coming out in the cold could really be a negative for our documentary as our film relies on them.
One small issue may also be if the buskers in question do not want to be filmed. This I feel will not be common as the buskers are in public performing music and so I doubt will be camera shy. However, this may be an issue that is difficult to get around.
What the film will feature
We wanted to focus on a particular busker, so the film will have an interview with him, but this will be the only interview. If we are able to locate a social media expert, we may include an interview with them, but we did not want our film to just be a lot of micro-interviews with the public. We are trying to gauge the public’s opinion on buskers and the sustainability of busking as a profession, but I feel a conglomeration of interviews would not make an interesting film to watch.
Other documentarians work
I researched three different documentarians and how their works varied.
‘Bowling for Columbine’ (2002), is about the amount of gun violence and death in America, especially in relation to the Columbine school massacre. Michael Moore interviews all people around the subject, from those supporting his argument to those in opposition, the NRA in this case. I do think he doesn’t always fully listen to an opposing opinion the same way other documentarians do. He sometimes seems to have an agenda when making his documentaries, he does not remain neutral. ‘Bowling for Columbine’ does look at many aspects of gun violence in America however, from television to the police to comparisons with other countries such as Canada to understand the multiple variables affecting his subject matter.
‘13th’ (2016) Talks through a history of the ill-treatment of black people in America. The documentary interviews experts on black history with inserts of news clips and from contextual film and music. The story of history is told through these experts interviews. The film is more informative than Michael Moore’s agenda filled documentaries.
George Butler and Robert Fiore’s work
‘Pumping iron’ (1977), follows a particular person, Arnold Schwarzenegger, through his experience at the gym, why he is a Mr. Olympia competitor and what good he does. George Butler then follows a few other competitors in the competition including Mike Katz and importantly Lou Ferrigno. Lou Ferrigno gives the docudrama a narrative. He challenges Arnold Schwarzenegger as a narrative hero almost, trying to defeat the defending champion. An underdog. George Butler and Robert Fiore do not get involved in the film the way that Michael Moore does, approaching the film as either a fly on the wall or as an interviewer.