Moving Image (Diversity in London)

Diversity In Londondiversity

Chosen Theme: 

 As a group we chose the subject “Diversity in London” because it illustrates London at its best we wanted to tell the story of how multicultural London is by undertaking interviews with people and having conversations with them where they will hare their experiences of multi cultural London with us. We would also be focusing on people that are not originally from Britain and their story of how they came to the UK and how it is to live and settle in a country that you were not born in. The main focus for our project is to film around certain parts of London to show the different types of communities and cultures that live there and how they have adapted to living in these areas and if it has affected their day to day lives.

Research:

We looked at certain films and documentaries about Diversity In London one of them being a short documentary made by a student from cambridge university as the documentary itself had the same subject matter so therefore was worth watching it to find information on how we could start our own one

From this documentary we gained a perspective on where we would do our filming and how we would edit our final video.

We also looked at different films that relate to multiculturalism in London such as “Miracle in Soho” and “Dirty Pretty Things”Stephen Frears the director of the film is fascinated by the multicultural side of London and how immigrants live in London. [1]

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[1] En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Dirty Pretty Things (film). [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Pretty_Things_(film) [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].

Elephant & Castle

 

 

elephant1In the 1900s to the 1930s Elephant &Castle was the main location for a thriving shopping centre and was known as “The Piccadilly Circus” of South London. The area has recently had a reputation for successful ethnic diversity and centrality. Elephant & Castle is now subject to a master- planned redevelopment budgeted at £1.5 billion [2] The area is also known for its huge Latin American.population which is constantly growing every year and Latin Residents are also taking part in the regeneration project and plans are being made to build new shops and homes to transform it in to a “Latin American Corridor” The Elephant & Castle shopping centre also has a lot of shops and restaurants which have and sell products that are from Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and Argentina to name a few. [3]

Bibliography:

[2] team, L. (2017). Lib Dems promise ‘Latin American corridor’ from Elephant to Stockwell. [online] London SE1. Available at: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/4503 [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].
[3] team, L. (2017). Latin Americans must take full part in Elephant & Castle regeneration says London Assembly chair. [online] London SE1. Available at: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/3846 [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].

Brixton

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Brixton’s identity has changed enormously over time, as during the 1920s it was South London’s shopping capital and in to the 1950s it became home to immigrants from the West Indies and In the 1980s it was well known for its many riots. But today it has become one of London’s trendiest places to live.   The area itself has slowly undergone a process of gentrification since the 1990s and has resulted In many wealthy middle-class individuals taking advantage of the areas location and thriving Bohemian art scene, and in the 1980s Brixton developed into a major shopping centre and now the famous Brixton market sells a range of African American products as well as products from Asia. [5]

Bibliography:

 [5]  The Happiness Project London. (2017). The Brixton rennaissance. [online] Available at: https://thehappinessprojectlondon.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/the-brixton-rennaissance/ [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].

Chinatown

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  • London’s first Chinatown was actually in Docklands during the 20th century until the area was damaged by the bombing during the Second World War. [6]
  • The current Chinatown in Soho did not develop until the 1970s is famous for its Chinese restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, souvenir shops and other Chinese run businesses.
  • The area boasts over 80 restaurants that showcase the finest Asian cuisine that London has to offer.[7]

Bibliography:

[6] En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Chinatown, London. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinatown,_London [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].
[7] Coren, G. (2017). Giles Coren reviews Empress of Sichuan. [online] Thetimes.co.uk. Available at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/giles-coren-reviews-empress-of-sichuan-lq0s5m08chq [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].

Edgware Road

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  • Edgware Road is known for its Arabic community and its shisha pipes and cafes. The area began to attract Arab migrants during the late 19th century during a period of increased trade with the ottoman empire.
  • There are many Lebanese restaurants, shisha cafes and Arabic-themed nightclubs that line the street.
  • Edgware Road is also rich in ethnic culture, and is known for its distinctive and diverse communities from across the Middle East and Africa. [8]

Bibliography:

 [8] En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Edgware Road. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgware_Road [Accessed 26 Apr. 2017].

 

Filming Day 1:

On our first day of filming me, Deborah and Oceane went to Brixton in South London where it is mostly known for its black community and we went there to interview people on how they have grown up in a multicultural city as London. When we got there we didn’t find it hard to find people and we managed to interview around 5 people so it was a good start and we were happy that so many people were willing to participate in our documentary. For our filming we used the Sony X70 video camera and it was quite massive and as a group we did not know how to use it properly so we had to quicky look up some tutorials of the camera on YouTube and after that we learned the basics of how to operate the camera.

 

Final product

 

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My Video Project: MS5101 2016 CW1

technology


Technology in the Supercity

Chosen theme:

We have been given the theme of Supercities and the sub-themes of either Nature, Technology and Poetry. Out of all of these I have decided to focus on the use of Technology in the Supercity as I find this a more broader topic to research and to film. I have chosen this particular theme because technology is a very important factor and is used everyday by people and we rely on it a lot for all sorts of different things, some being that it serves a variety of functions in many of the most important aspects of modern society, education, communication, business and scientific progress. As a group we will be focusing on the use of the Iphone 7 and how this brand new specimen of technology is used throughout the day for various functions.

Where was the project shot and how is this relevant to the theme:

As a group we wanted to shoot in various places around London from an eye point of view on the use of the brand new iphone 7 and show what advanced functions of technology it has and how this can be used whilst travelling on different forms of transport throughout the day. By focusing on the use of the iPhone 7 I think this is relevant to the theme of supercity as London itself is a supercity where technology has advanced at a high rate during the last couple of years and filming the use of an iphone 7 through a users eye point of view will highlight how fast pace moving through London actually is and how much technology has actually developed throughout the years. As a group we travelled to Greenwich on the  DLR  where we showed close up shots of using the “Apple pay” to touch in and out as we were leaving the station, this showing how the latest new technology in the form of the iphone 7 can be used to tap in and out instead of using a oyster card.

 

Research:

http://www.theukcardsassociation.org.uk/contactless_contactless_statistics/

As our main focus in this video is the use of technology based on the iphone 7, as a group we looked at different statistics of how much contactless cards are used in the UK and smartphone payments such as Apple Pay. Figures have shown that there are a total of “97.1m contactless cards in issue in the UK, these cards are split between debit (66.3 m) and credit/ charge cards (30.8m), this is an increase of 2.1% on the previous month and 30.4% over the year”. This clearly shows that contactless payments have made a huge impact on how people pay for their merchandise as it is a much easier and quicker way and can be accessed through the use of a smartphone in which this couldn’t be done before but now it has become possible as the UK’s digital technology industries are growing 32 percent faster than the rest of the UK’s economy, according to a new tech report. The use of technology has become a necessity to most people and a relied- on tool that is going to keep on growing and finding new ways to benefit peoples day to day lives.

 

Technical Information  and Techniques used:

As a group we used the Sony X7 camera in a handheld motion to shoot the video which is around 3 minutes long. We wanted the video to be shot from an eye point of view showing the use of the different types of technology especially the use of the iphone 7 and all its features.The video was edited we used “Sony Vegas Pro” which took a couple of days to finish, as well as this we also added various types of music to be included in to the video so give it that upbeat look to it as we didn’t want it to be boring so the extra music just gives the video more of a cool vibe to it.

 

My Critical Reflection:

Throughout this project, I actually enjoyed working with my group and I feel that we have produced a good piece of work as we all got involved together and made sure we each did our bit. Our video was filmed in a single day and we were all happy with what we had filmed and we didn’t need to re-shoot any parts at all. I am not very confident when it comes to editing so we worked as a group to edit the piece together and am happy with the final outcome as we did our best to fit everything with the theme of technology in the supercity so I am satisfied that we have achieved this. The only thing that I would complain about is the lack of guidance we had from our module leaders as I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing right until the final week, I feel if we had more guidance and if the project was explained better I would of started this project weeks ago and done more research about it as I didn’t do that much at all. However, as a whole I am happy with the end outcome of the video piece.

 

 

My Video: