SWFTA Project Plan
Use other people’s voices to tell your story.
Layout of video:
In chapters (chapter 1 “we fought for this”; chapter 2 “you fought for this”; chapter 3 “you worked for this”; chapter 4 “we are still fighting for this” etc.)
Freedom of speech definition:
“Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction.”
“Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference”
Freedom of the press definition:
“Freedom of the press is the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the government.”
What is your message?
That freedom of speech is a right every person should have, and freedom of the press is a right everyone deserves. No government should ever interfere with these two basic rights, and we as citizens should never let these rights slip away from us; but even though we have fought for them in the past, we are in fact letting them slip away.
What is my view/thoughts?
That everyone has a right to say what they want within reason. Everyone has a right to debate. Everyone deserves to be told the unbiased truth by the newspapers.
- War – news on war, battle of Britain, troops fighting.
- Adverts from around 1980: Generic advertisements (Coca Cola?)
- News idents. (BBC, ITV etc.)
- Aftermath footage of cleanup from German Blitz on London. (To show resilience of British people)
- Civil war – IRA news footage.
- Clips of reporting on war.
- “We fought for this”
- Fighting for freedom of speech.
- Active demonstration.
- Effort to gain freedom of speech.
- Movements – Poll tax riots.
- Victims of both sides
- “I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It”
- “We fought for this”
- CND march 1983
- Debating clips/political debates
- Public opinion clips.
- Miniskirts/high heels controversy
- Posters; newspaper headlines
- National secrets in newspapers/TV.
- Too much freedom?
- Old movies; old adverts
- (sexist/racist undertones)
- Hate crimes
- Crowd dispersal.
When does freedom of speech become incitement of hatred?
I visualise the beginning of my footage showing various scenes of demonstration to introduce the idea of freedom of speech.
To follow on from the introduction, I would like to show: interviews of the public; the public in a studio environment answering questions; and professional people in a studio answering questions as a panel, further showing how everyone is entitled to a difference of opinion.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall was quoted as saying “I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It”. After this I would like to show: tolerance to other people’s views; videos highlighting both sides of the argument or opinion, finishing off/summarising with footage of crowds dispersal.
We visited the SWFTA archives today as a class. We were shown around, and met some of the staff including Jilly who we will be corresponding with during this project. The visit helped me work out what direction I wanted to go down with my SWFTA video: freedom of the press.
We discussed SWFTA during our Thursday afternoon session with Chris, and I now want to widen my video to be about “freedom of speech” and “freedom of the press” as both go hand-in-hand.
Today was my first proper visit to the archives where I had a chance to check out some of the footage and get an idea of what is available. I spent a good hour with Jilly, and I learnt that the South West archives do not have footage from the World Wars due to it being under Crown copyright. This meant I had to re-think some of my ideas as I wanted to have a lot of war clips, and clips of soldiers returning from war.
This visit also allowed me to discover some other footage which could fit into the ‘freedom of speech/press’ video, with one being of people’s reactions to women wearing the newly in-fashion mini-skirts and high heels.
I returned to the university with Stephen after the visit, where we organised our ideas onto word documents and lists. I also started to think into how I would edit my video, and at the moment I want to edit mine in the style of Quentin Tarantino – in sections/chapters. For example, chapter one would be “you fought for this”, followed by footage of soldiers and post-war damage. Chapter two would be “we fought for this”, followed by footage of riots etc.
Jilly informed me of this useful site which will help me research footage in my own time – https://player.bfi.org.uk/search/free?q
I met up with Tom in college today to discuss the SWFTA project. We sat in the library Mac suite, where Tom gave me his thoughts on what I had written, and added in his own ideas to the Word document I created for the project. It was very useful to hear some of his suggestions as it was things I hadn’t really thought into, and it was also really good to get a second pair of eyes to proof-read what I had written.
At the moment, we are very close to having a finished list of what we want that we can send into Jilly. Tom also thought of a really cool idea of editing the video in a way that makes it look like a news broadcast that is then taken off the air by the TV network, with the sentence “returning to scheduled programming” appearing on the screen. However, as we will have to edit our videos separately I will stick with my chapter idea.
I have just finalised the list of footage, and sent an email to Jilly and Chris informing them. Tom and I have asked to go down to the archives on Friday at 2:30 PM to collect the footage on a hard drive so we can start editing.
Tom, Stephen and I visited the Archives today. The trip was for Tom and me, but Stephen joined us so he could get another look at what footage is available. It ended up being useful having Stephen with us as he gave me a few ideas, and we also decided to share each other’s footage for our respective videos.
We sat with Jilly for two hours going through her list, picking out clips that we thought had potential and would fit our SWFTA videos. We kept referring back to the list Tom and I put together as well, but in the end I think it was better just looking at Jilly’s lists and picking out footage.
Overall, it was a fairly successful trip as we came out with 137 GB of footage, but I do think I’ll need to re-think my edit as I couldn’t get a lot of the clips I envisioned originally.
I finished my soundtrack today for the ‘Sound Piece’ task. It started out as me just wanting to do an atmospheric piece, but as I progressed further with this task I definitely worked out that I’d be using it for my SWFTA video.
After getting back from university, I decided to look through the BFI website for some more clips, preferably ones that are more specific to my video and to my ideas. I actually found 7-8 really good clips for my video, which I’ve requested off Jilly and should hopefully get them on Monday the 3rd.
The clips I requested are:
- Bideford Shipbuilding (1978)
- Textile Factory in Redruth (1975)
- Pre Fab Chudleigh (1964)
- The Blessing of the Sea Ceremony (1969)
- Chipmunk Aerobatics (1950)
- John Doyle in Torquay (1971)
- Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Invincible off Falmouth (1980)
We listened to each other’s soundtrack projects today during the Friday Crit session. It was really good to get everyone thoughts and feelings on my ‘Freedom’ soundtrack I did, including Larry Sider. I got the responses I was looking for; most comments were that it was eerie, tense and had them feeling uneasy. Jon said it would fit a montage of old war clips, which is perfect! It’s made me think about my video a little more, and how I’ll decide to edit it. At the moment, I’m waiting until I have all my footage before I think any more into the edit.
I collected the extra footage I wanted from Jilly today, and I’m now ready to start editing.
My soundtrack I made for the ‘Sound Piece’ task was longer than two minutes, so I spent this evening cutting it down in FL Studio. I also cut down Reagan’s speech, mainly the bits where he mentioned or indirectly mentioned the USA. I then added in a really good speech by Winston Churchill. It took a while to do as cutting it down and keeping it sounding ‘right’ wasn’t easy, but it turned out great I think.
Arguably, the last time Britain was truly united was under Winston Churchill and that is why I decided to add him in. Using Reagan stirred up some interesting responses and leaving him in adds to the video in my opinion.
I’ve now started the editing process. I spent today going through all the footage I have and cut out the bits that would fit my video. This was a big task as I have around 50 clips, but I managed it and I was then left with 17 minutes of footage on my timeline. I finished off the day by cutting those 17 minutes down to 10 minutes, and will continue editing on Tuesday.
Some notes from my phone:
- Get footage of someone talking to camera, and then put Reagan’s speech as text at the bottom. Guy slowly walks towards camera.
- For each part of the speech, such as “we must defend it”, intercut with footage of protesters etc.
- “I’ve been John Smith with the BBC News at 10”.
I’ve done a lot more editing today. The video is now the required two minutes, and I’ve edited the footage to match the music. There isn’t much more to do now, just more tweaks, plus the starting and ending DMP/SWFTA cards we’re required to add to the video.
I didn’t go for the chapter idea in the end as I felt it didn’t match up with the music. However, the video was structured mostly in the chapter style, with war clips at the start, followed by post-war clips, followed by police and protester clips etc.
The video is now finally done. I made a few more tweaks which were:
- Matching clips to Reagan’s and Churchill’s speeches.
- Added in the DMP/SWFTA cards.
- Intro effected to match start of music.
- Crop effect to make video look like it was all shot on old film.
The video also ended up being more about freedom as whole. It was hard to be specific to freedom of the press and freedom of speech with the footage I had available to me, but I think the video worked out better in the end.