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Evaluation on Cabinets of curiosity presentation

Over and done with

Initially our idea came from a TV series called Scandal, “A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the onimages.jpegly ones with secrets.”

(Anonymous . (2012). Scandal. Available: Last accessed 26 nov.)

We thought that we could work with this idea to create a short drama piece slowly revealing aspects of ‘Taylors’ Character. This enables us to hand out different roles within the group giving us equal chance to talk also to make a convincing case.

Our end result is quite different to how we thought it would of played out at the start, it started of quite basic, she wasn’t a character you could have feelings for but as we developed he it gave us a clearer idea of how we would present ‘Taylor’ with out her actually being there as we know her inside out.

The case was about a missing girl called ‘Taylor India Johnson’ who was a daughter of rich parents and lived a decent life with her family but they have to move around a lot because of her fathers work, she logged on youtube and was Instagram famous. In the presentation we showed CCTV footage on the day she went missing, audio on a emergency phone call she had with the police and he Instagram account IMG_0740.jpgwhich has photos with the stalker appearing from the background. All these clues were put there so the audience felt like they were in the investigation too almost making them active participants even if they are just watching.

I feel we done a good job but there will always be room for improvement as it was no where near perfect. The fact that we went actors and instead we are media producers might mean the presentation suffered at point for example somebody might forget their line but you can’t move on as you need your Que. and the audience can very easily pick up on that mistake. Also the gaps between the lines and getting stuff up on the presentaton could of been awkward to watch but we definitely tried to cover up any technical difficulties by having a conversation in character.I was the hacker so I was able to go into databases and find stuff like her hospital records which does let the audience know bits and pieces of our character.


This is the script we as a group came up with the Farai took note and printed us out to practice with which made us feel a bit more organised.

One problem I do feel we had was coming up with a fresh original idea because many other groups do the idea of some sort of detective, its been done to many times so it wasn’t much of a surprise to the audience. Its negative because I would like to keep the audience on their toes, engaged wanting more.

If we had practiced a bit more we would have been able to get the performance on point flowing nicely and even might of been able to implement quirky ideas into our presentation.


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Cabinets of Curiosity

Week 1. (3 of November)

Our first meeting consisted of each one of us sharing personal items which have signIMG_0675.jpgificant value in order to create a character that reflects all our inputs. I brought my collection of hats because I consider it to be a part of my identity, if you know me then you should expect to see a hat and if I am not wearing one it usually comes as a shock. Hats can symbolize a variety of clues about the character, you could either detect the idea that the person could be really stylish or really shy but at this point we weren’t entirely sure how we were going to use this to our advantage.

Mohammed contributed to the character with his collection of currency he has from all the countries he’s visited. Its an interestinIMG_0228g way of indicating that this character travels a lot.

What Abbey brought to the table was her interest in mental health issues and the fact that a person may look fine on the outside but we don’t really understand what they are feeling within. so these hidden layers that make up a character hidden in the closet was a nice twist to the group.

Farai has a passion for fashion so he brought along his vogue magazine from 2010 which definitely links with my hats idea if we do decide to go with the fashion side if representation. He also had a book on fame and pop culture and how it can effect the mass, so as a group we thought including the effects of how pop culture effects our character individual could create one realistic gripping character.

Lastly but not least was Alex’s skiing goggles just highlights the adventurous side that we could bring to our missing character we are going to create and does show in a sense that the character must be privileged in a sense to be able so experience everything above.

These ideas lead us to a very breif idea on a female character who does a bit of blogging, very into fashion. She is quite popular amongst her friends and through her social media presence but suffered from loneliness and depression.

We were highly influenced by an Instagram  model who recently quit as it was making her miserable.


 Week 2 (12 November)

we met up once again to discuss our idea more in depth, we needed to sort out all the ins and outs of our character and we needed all of us had to make sure we knew ‘Taylor India Johnson’ like our very own friend.

So we then went on to making an Instagram account, an email address a Twitter and a Tumblr  just to emphasize the her attachment to social media.

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Her Instagram profile is very clean cut and classy this reflects on her as a person and we can also indicate that she spends quite a lot of her time perfecting this profile.

we took a look at a number of different Instagram accounts to guide our group into making the most realistic account, so believable that members of the public wouldn’t even know themselves that it was made by 6 Media productionScreen Shot 2015-11-25 at 5.19.25 PM.png students.

In order for it to be believable you need likes on your photos and followers and as it is almost impossible to make a viral account with no budget we had to generate them with external apps. what this involved us doing was spending hours on end liking and following other people to add up the credits to buy followers and likes. Our aim was to get to thousand but it occupied to much of our time and we gave up when we reached 500. However,these are real accounts following and a lot of them are active in liking ‘Taylor indigos’ photos and as we created a bit of buzz fIMG_0235or the account other people started to follow without the help of the app.

We also talked about what we would film, what audio we would use and how we would link all the little bits and pieces to make on overall flowing story.  picking the days where everyone is free so we could get it done as quickly as possible.

What we came up with was a stalker who follows her, he’s a psychopath and came across her Instagram account and has been obsessed with her ever since. The Instagram account will document the moments before Taylor goes missing and gradually you will see the stalker in the back of every recent photo she has taken but he is very well hidden so the average person wouldn’t be able to spot him. This was our idea but wether we are able to pull this off successfully we will see.


Week 3

Our group went out to film ready for the pre-presentation, w12248798_946022495477188_1390143269_ne got an actress to play Taylor and we started filming the scenes where the stalker was following her Instagram through her  posts. This is like evidence for the investigation as its key to finding out where Taylor has gone missing to. I edited this video adding music and blurring aspects of the farm that wasn’t necessary so the audience could focus our eyes on the stalker.

On the same day we made vlogs for her youtube channel just to establish that this is what she does for a living snd what she dedicates her time to.

This video is the first one Taylor indigo posted before her life got messy.

On the same day I also  made a few receipts to build up the character for Taylor, so you can see the types of things she buys from the shop and what it says about her.

These Show that she like her cosmetics and her expensive materialistic products. In he logs she’s been saying things like thank you to new look for this top making it seem as if they are sponsoring her but really she’s going out buying these products for herself which is quite sad, going on length just to fit in and become popular.

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4 Week project “The Last Game”

Over the course of 4 weeks our group had been given the task to create the film we’ve always wanted to make, our dream film basically. Individually we went our separate ways and built our own little narrative for our personal dream scripts. Later on the whole group reunited, discussed our plans and constructed one perfect  idea with all our specific elements included.

For example my idea was based on my background and where I grew up which was tottenham which is surrounded by struggling working class families with young boys sometimes taking the wrong path and joining gangs. I wanted that to be represented in our short with the fact that they don’t really want to be there but they have to in order to have a chance of changing their life for the better.

initially we had a few issues including the fact that after pitching our possible media text, the feedback we received was unsure as the audience did not understand where our project was going. This was definitely because as a group we did not discuss in depth about the back story and develop the character enough for it to be believable for the audience. Therefore we went back to the script and amended it which I feel was quite successful the second time round.

Another aspect of the task was to use dubbing because a lot of big films use this method which can be a very effective way to control exactly how the sound is represented and understood by the audience. So all the violent punching, screaming, doors were  all created and recorded separately and added in post.