In terms of my contribution for the day, I was the one who decided where the four of us should initially meet; I chose the town centre as it was a central location for all to get to. Also, it meant that it was fairly near the bus stop we could get to Prestbury (the village we shot in), or good place for a taxi to pick us up, where it would not cost us too much. As a group we decided to get a taxi as it would save more time, than getting the bus, as we wanted to make use of the light and filming time.
When in Prestbury I helped hold and look after some of the equipment - this involves making sure we have it all with us, at all times (basically making sure we do not lose any of it), and also assuring that none of it gets damaged while I am looking after it.
When we shot the interview in The Plough Inn, with Cathy, the Landlady, I was in charge of sound - something I had not properly been in charge of before, so fingers crossed I did okay; I could hear the interviewee well, so it must have been fine. However, there was a slight echo, but that may be part of how it works when listening to the sound through the headphone. I did accidentally, at one point, tap the tripod with my foot when moving to a better position; this made a noise on the microphone, but hopefully that can be cut out during editing, without affecting the interview too much. Also, we only used the microphone which was on the camera, as we are still getting used to the new cameras, and together could not figure out how the other microphones worked. Plus the Boom microphone did not have any batteries - I am unsure whether we were supposed to be provided with them, or whether we were supposed to bring our own batteries. We were supposed to book out portable LED lights, but Dani didn’t as she could not carry all the equipment by herself - perhaps if she let us know when she was going to pick it all up, one of the rest of us could have gone with her to collect it, including the LED lights. Saying that, the lighting for the interview, I think was good, as there was a spotlight, and other lighting which made the scene look really good and warm - which is how you want a pub to feel, and because we shot her next to the fireplace which is featured in one of the ghost stories she told us about.
Sami shots various pieces around Prestbury that Dani and I had previously scouted. Rushka took the main role as presenter and interviewee, which included deciding what questions to ask the Landlady of The Plough Inn. Dani did various things such as initially booking and collecting the equipment for the day, she booked the appointment with the Landlady at the pub, and also helped carry equipment. Even though Sami was the camera operator, we all added ideas of what exactly she could shoot.
The day after the filming, Dani went to the library with the equipment, plus my USB sticks to upload the footage onto and to return the equipment. However, she ran into some technical difficulties as there was not enough room on my USB sticks for all the footage - the last time we did shooting the footage wouldn’t save on Dani’s harddrive, so this time when I met up with her in the library, I brought mine, but that didn’t work either, so instead, together, we had to buy another USB stick (with more memory than my two combined). Unfortunately, I had to scoot off to work, and she had to find the technician to sort out the rest of the issues, and to hand in the equipment.
In reflection, I would improve by making sure we had enough people available, so we could book out all of the equipment needed, I would have a refresher session on how to use the camera and sound, I would also make sure we had more time to shoot as there were other destinations in the area we could have shot at, but did not have the time, plus there was the threat of rain. I would have also maybe told Dani to lengthen the time she booked the equipment out for - just in case we wanted to do extra filming, and so it would give us more time to cope with technical issues, like the ones we had. I would also make sure to bring my own batteries with me for the Boom microphone, and to perhaps invest in my own SD card instead of relying on the University’s - meaning we do not have to panic of making sure we get all the footage off in time to give back to the Uni.