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Spot the difference?

5 Sep

You may have noticed some changes on my website. I have three new
pages where I will be posting some video, audio and photographs which I took to
accompany the radio documentary.

And while we’re on the subject, the documentary is finished and
handed in! Friday was the hand in, which goes some way to explain my silence
online for the last week and a bit. It got a bit frantic at the end, it always
does doesn’t it?! I was tweaking until 11am on Friday, but it
eventually came together in my first ever twenty minutes of radio documentary.
Very exciting.

I was surprised at how quickly I made progress. I’d been practically
having nightmares about Audition. But sticking to my guns, and editing at home
proved to be the right choice in the end. Several times, I got up out of bed at
midnight feeling guilty at having one too little of it
during the evening. I swear some kind of magic happens at that time of night
and I had some productive spells. As the bank holiday drew to a close, I dared
to preview the programme to a select few, which proved to be a very valuable
thing to do. -I made some quite radical changes to the structure, and managed
to chop the programme down from nearly thirty minutes to twenty.

And then it was time to get arty! (Or at least as creative as I
dared.) Authenticity was so important to me whilst producing my documentary. I
wanted the programme to have a flavour of Ethiopia and Kenya, and for them to be
easily distinguishable from each other. So I used actuality, music and sound
effects, as well as pieces I had recorded, trying to describe as best I could
my surroundings.

So, the big question… am I pleased with the result? Well, yes, I
suppose I am fairly. But it’s not over yet, not until I get everything up on
here and looking lovely. I’m working on it! So keep your eyes peeled during the
week!

Let’s do this…

31 Mar

Blog post number 1.

This is where you can keep tabs on my preparations as I begin to plan my trip and my documentary. It’s all very exciting. I’m also aiming to start putting together a bit of background on my project. It’s a fascinating area and it’s getting its fair share of media attention. So keep checking back to see how I’m getting on.

Getting the website up and running has been a bit of a milestone. I’ll be making changes as the weeks go on, so slowly but surely things will come together.

I’m eager to get lots of really interesting projects on board for the radio documentary, so I’m currently sending lots of emails. More information soon, but it’s all beginning to sound pretty exciting.

Oh and I’m really pleased to say that I’ve been awarded funding for my documentary by One World Media Take a look at the link, the other students’ projects all sound brilliant, a very eclectic mix.

So, whilst I beaver away, watch this space.

In the meantime, my colleague Rebecca Novell is heading to India to make a documentary soon. Take a look at her website.

And for more on African agriculture, watch John Vidal’s report from the Gambella province in Ethiopia for the Guardian. Farming is changing in Ethiopia, as it is all over Africa. The big changes are boosting national productivity, but they’re bypassing, and even marginalising local people.