In year 1 I took the role of a producer on our 1st assignment to make a 3 minute unisex watch commercial targeted for teenagers. It was quite a task to think what kind of a watch would attract both boys and girls at this age bearing in mind they are either in high school or in college so I had to consider the price over fashion and other factors relating to teenagers in the 21st century. We met the brief and delivered quite a good finished film on DVD.
In year 2 after doing the research at the Somali social club for my Documentary films, Television and video production module, my colleague Daniel withdrew from the university and I had to go for my plan B since I couldn’t do it alone. After Dan refused to respond to my emails I informed my tutor and was granted permission to go ahead with my 2nd idea.
Below is our communication notes and my production planning for the brief.
Assignment 1-Two make a meal.
Evans mwangi 05/11/2011
please call me we arrange to kick start the assignment.or we can meet up on Monday at uni
I have a class from 10-12 then I’m free.
Oh yeah I can meet you at 11.45 tomorrow at Hendon.
Subject: RE: my number
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 13:50:30 +0000
Subject: RE: my number
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 00:34:10 +0000
Sorry have not replied sooner, we should meet on Thursday when we have lectures and just go through it, I’ve got all the editing software on my computer so we just have to film the thing.
My 2nd idea. Documentary
I interviewed a few Kenyan sole traders in diaspora among them Mr. Kimani from Oxford who runs a motor garage buying ,selling, importing, exporting, repair and servicing of all types of vehicles. I produced, directed, filmed and edited the entire documentary “A Kenyan entrepreneur in diaspora” all on my own.
I am currently producing and directing my final dissertation project, a short drama Lost Culture and i’m in production level at the moment having done all the research possible, done a budget, hired a screenplay writer, got the script approved by supervisor hired a DOP, sound recordist, gaffer, runners and extras. I have auditioned my cast and had a lot of trouble finding the right people for the required roles and make them available on the day of shoot having to rely on fellow students, family and friends as many of us are busy chasing deadlines with coursework and exams.