The Phoenix Players are an amateur group who produce three shows each year at the Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre in Bordon. My role in the group is backstage and I recorded preparations for a production of “Up Pompeii” during April and May this year. I tried to cover all aspects of the group working together and on the advice of my tutor, I concentrated on the personalities and interactions between them. I have selected three main areas which map the transition of their characters from the rehearsals through make-up and costume to the stage. I have tried to record the family atmosphere that existed backstage and some of the humour which resulted not only from the script but the general light-hearted attitude that playing comedy brings. I hope I have succeeded.
Reflection: I have listed the assessment criteria below and recorded my assessment of how well I have met them.
Demonstration of Technical and visual skills The particular requirements of this assignment (one camera and one fixed focal length lens) were challenging. I may not a have always been close enough to my subjects but I resisted the temptation to crop my images. Lighting was always a challenge, I tried to avoid flash although bounce flash in the rehearsal room was not a problem. Overall, I am pleased with my technical and visual skills.
Quality of Outcome I am still struggling with finding and bringing out ideas in my work. Luckily, working with a study group is helping me to improve in this regard. I am reading more now and find this useful.
Demonstration of Creativity My peers in the study group have helped me to identify the good and bad prints I showed them. I hope the subsequent edit has produced a worthwhile essay.
Context I am happy that learning log will show that I am now fully engaged in my studies and I spend as much time as I can looking and reading around the subject.