David Whitfield – Video Final Export

Having completed changes to the rough cut video in Premiere Pro, I have exported the final video for my Creative Futures assignment.

During the editing between the rough and final cut, I completed the following changes:

  • Changed font on opening and closing titles.
  • Altered background music volume
  • Changed key frames for fade in/fade out on background music
  • Changed key frames for fade in/fade out on video feed
  • Removed dead frames in the video to ensure smooth transitions
  • Changed the script between 0.10 and 2.20
  • Completed a new voice over section between 0.10 and 2.20

The final edit of the video is being hosted on Vimeo, and can be viewed here

Final Script – David Whitfield

This is the logo that will become more recognisable as Hull has been designated as the 2017 UK City of Culture.

As part of the celebrations, Hull’s music will be at the forefront of events held, including here in Queens Gardens.

The focus of my documentary will look back at a name from a long line of recording talent connected with the city.  A man who performed across Hull and the East Riding, before moving further afield.  His rich tenor voice was also heard across Europe, thanks to broadcasts by Radio Luxembourg, and via the BBC.

He was born in 1926, and grew up in the east of Hull.  Educated at St. Peters School, his love of music developed at the nearby church, and this grounding started the musical journey.

Hull was a seafaring city, and after leaving school, David joined the Royal Navy, and was part of the D-Day landings aboard HMS Ramilles.  He also saw further service in the Far East.

After leaving the Navy, David continued his singing career, performing in venues such as Hull City Hall, and impressed packed houses across the country.

His statue, commissioned at a cost of £50,000, was unveiled in 2012.  Sculpted by Graham Ibbeson, it portrays a humble man sharing his voice with the audience.

His audience that became worldwide after sell out performances in North America, Australasia, and the Far East.

He performed on the Ed Sullivan – Toast of the Town show, even before The Beatles.  His final performance had a TV audience of over 65 million people.

So in this documentary, I want to look at what drove a working class man from Hull to such success, how his path has inspired others, and why his legacy deserves further recognition.

A name and face not particularly well-known to the younger generation, is this man.  This is David Whitfield.

From humble roots in the Drypool area to international recording artist conquering America and Australia, in this documentary, I will be looking at the life and career of a man who had 2 Number 1 Singles, 9 other Top 10’s and wowed audiences around the world until his untimely death in 1980.

So please join me on my journey of discovery to find out just who David Whitfield was, and why his contribution to Hull’s rich heritage deserves to be celebrated in the run up to “Everyone Back to Ours”, Hull as City of Culture, starting on the 1st of January 2017.

Filming – David Whitfield

Throughout the last week, I have filmed at a number of locations in and around Hull City Centre for my David Whitfield documentary pitch.

I have created a first edit of the video, using the footage, and have noted a few observations regarding the initial cut.

Having looked at the footage, I feel that the locations are suitable, but the use of the on-board microphone doesn’t give enough volume or quality of audio, so I will be looking to go out over the next few days to re-shoot the video, but with external microphones to ensure that the audio is of a higher quality.

Provisional Script – David Whitfield

As 2017 approaches, with Hull designated as The UK’s City of Culture, the eyes of the world will be focused on this city, nestled on the north bank of the River Humber.

Hull, or Kingston Upon Hull to give it it’s full title, has always had a rich cultural heritage, be that in Poetry, Acting, or Singing.

Being a radio presenter, music has always had an influence on my life, so I’ve decided to focus on the music of the city, and how we have got to the position we are in today.

Bands such as The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, Everything But The Girl, and musicians including Mick Ronson and Roland Gift have been around since the 1970’s, but chart success first came to the focus of my documentary in the 1950’s.

A name and face not particularily well known to the younger generation, is this man.  This is David Whitfield.

From humble roots in the Drypool area to international recording artist conquering America and Australia, in this documentary, I will be looking at the life and career of a man who had 2 Number 1 Singles, 9 other Top 10’s and wowed audiences around the world until his untimely death in 1980.

So please join me on my journey of discovery to find out just who David Whitfield was, and why his contribution to Hull’s rich heritage deserves to be celebrated in the run up to “Everyone Back to Ours”, Hull as City of Culture, starting on the 1st of January 2017.

Final Filming Locations – David Whitfield

Having created a storyboard for my 3 minute documentary pitch, I have compiled a list of final filming locations for my documentary on David Whitfield.

These locations are:

By using a range of locations across the city, it will not only showcase parts of the city that are relevant to the story, but will ensure that the pitch has wide scope of possibilities for the full 60 minute final documentary.

Storyboarding – David Whitfield

Whilst researching the David Whitfield story, I am very mindful of using storyboarding to plan out the 3 minute documentary pitch.  My plan is to hand draw the storyboard freehand, before using online technology to properly formalise the storyboard into a form that is accessible online.

I have started to read From Word to Image – Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process, which I hope will give me further skills in the art of storyboarding.

In the book, it talks about the 5 A’s which are crucial in terms of storyboarding an idea.

  • Assessment of the narrative.
  • Ability to express vision.
  • Attention to the frame.
  • Awareness of movement.
  • Agreement between text and image.

By keeping these in mind, even in a small way, I hope that I can show due process in all aspects of planning during the pre-production stage of my pitch video.

These 5 A’s, go hand in hand with the usual 5 W’s, Who, What, Why, When and Where.

Research – David Whitfield

Looking into the David Whitfield story, I have looked across different reference portals in order to get as much information about my subject as possible.

I will be using all of the following reference points to gain as much information about David Whitfield as possible.

  • Hull History Centre
  • Hull Libraries
  • Hull College Library
  • Online
  • David Whitfield Museum

By immersing myself in the story, then I will be able to gain as much knowledge as possible, so that I can make the initial video pitch a strong one, so that I can make the full documentary in Semester 2, whether it is part of the course content or not.  With this information, I will able to ensure that the magazine pullout has all the necessary information required for a finalised product.

Filming Locations – David Whitfield

When thinking about filming locations for my three minute pitch documentary for David Whitfield, I have been mindful of using a variety of locations, without using too many different ones.  Locations need to be visually stimulating and add to the script that I am writing for the piece.

Suitable locations that I have selected for the pitch documentary are Hull New Theatre where there is a statue of David Whitfield, Hull Marina, Queen Victoria Square, and Queens Gardens.

By using a combination of these locations, together with a piece to camera outside the Hull New Theatre, I feel that I can use these locations to add to the piece, and create a three minute video pitch using HD video, audio both onsite and voiced over, and then editing them all together using Premiere Pro.

Shot List – David Whitfield

On my way into work this morning, I walked past the statue of David Whitfield that is located outside Hull New Theatre.

The sun was peeking through the clouds, and gave a nice setting to the statue, which was surrounded by leaf fall.

One of the main shots that I am considering using for my video piece is the statue in the morning sun, with the different colours of leaves on the trees and also on the ground surrounding the statue.

Using this lighting from the morning sun, will also be for a brief piece to camera which will give a background to my reasoning for the documentary pitch.

I will be using my camera and tripod, which will be controlled by my camera assistant, so that as I walk towards the statue, the video footage will pan across my walk, with me ending up at the statue, with a direct shot of me talking to the camera.

Key Elements – Pre Production – David Whitfield

Whilst planning the documentary pitch for David Whitfield, I have to be mindful of a number of factors in the pre production stage.

I have to put in enough information in order to give a flavour of what is to come in the main 60 minute documentary, but not try to cram in too much, to make it hard to go forward from the pitch.

I am keeping these factors in mind when planning.

  • Powerful images and video shorts, so that rather than just talking to camera for 3 minutes, I can intersperse the video with voice pieces, either as a piece to camera, or as a voice over.
  • Use relevant locations to tell the story.
  • Keep a tight shot list, with precise timings to ensure that when the final pitch is edited, there is no wasted time within the 180 seconds.
  • Be factual, but also creative with the way in which I tell the story, to ensure that the commissioning editor wants to go forward with the full documentary.
  • Look at different platforms to showcase the pitch/documentary.  Youtube, Vimeo, and Personal Website are 3 possibilities for showing the video.
  • Plan out different visual effects, but not use too many or just because I can.  Only use them where they can add to the story, not detract from it.

By early planning using relevant tools and technology, it ensures a tight ship to be able to meet my personal deadline of before Christmas to give me the festive break to further hone the paperwork and make any additional edits to the final pitch video.