St. Andrew’s Church (Minister Church of St. Andrew) is located in central Plymouth and is the original parish church of Sutton, one of the three towns which were later combined to form the city of Plymouth. The church is the largest parish church in the historic county of Devon and was built in the mid to late 15th century.
I walk past this church every day and always admire the architecture of the building. What really intrigues me about this certain building is the story my Grandmother told me. During The Blitz, my Grandmother spent time harbouring in the church while bombs were being dropped on Plymouth. This was after the decision of using this building as shelter instead of Charles Church which was almost destroyed and is only a short walk from St. Andrews.
Our documentary will concentrate mainly on St. Andrews Church and its involvement in the growth of Plymouth. We are also going to go into the history of the church and an exclusive interview with my Grandmother, Muriel Adkinson on her views on the Church, her experience of being in the church during World War 2 and how the church has changed.
Our filming style is going to be the typical documentary style, with long and panning shots of the building and close ups of certain aspects. The interview will be conducted at the interviewee’s home and filmed in the traditional ¾ screen shot with cutaways of certain movements and reactions of the interviewee. If we can get hold of any primary resources, such as any videos or photographs which shows the history of the Church, we will ask permission to include them in the film.
I will be in charge of the filming and Maddie Gill, my colleague will be in charge of the audio, however we will be working with both. This will also be the case with editing, working together to make sure we both have input to make the film the best we can, making it a team effort.
The editing software we most likely will be working with will be Premier Pro, with it being available to us in the college and both of us having enough knowledge of how to use it. Also having editing software at home, any quick editing or final touches can be done at any time, this is especially useful if we come close to our deadline and the film is unfinished. Our equipment list is made up of: DSLR camera, Tripod, Lavalier Microphone, Zoom, Headphones, memory card, small light with cover (this is because the interviewee is elderly and we don’t want the light to be too bright for her), lens cloth, extension cable (if needed), camera cases, XLR cables.
Our budget will be very small, transport being the only thing to cost any money. Our main transport will most likely be the bus; this will be no more than £10 for the whole of the shoot. However, if I can get the help of my sister and her car it would be much easier for us to travel with the equipment, especially to the interviewee’s home which is located just outside of Plymouth. I have discussed availability with my colleague and the days we will have free and we both came to the agreement of once we have set dates, not to change them and to keep to our production schedule. Our interviewee has also given us the days she is free for us to go around her home and film. I have also explained to her what our project is about and the topic we will be questioning her on.
The interview will be made up of 8 to 10 questions. Depending on what answers we get, either some are longer or detailed than others, not everything the interviewee has to say will be used, only the dialogue that best represents the topic will be used in the final film.
We are going to head towards getting as much footage as we can so we have plenty to choose from when it comes to editing, so we are prepared if we need to add any cut aways.