Alienation Production



Making a film online reference links:

12 tips on how to make a documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

  • a useful link for the future, in terms of marketing/ funding/creating a publishable documentary.

creative documentary theory reading , [online pdf], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

How to Plan

short films, big ideas, [online], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

5 simple mistakes in documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

story development, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

write a documentary script, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

documentary storytelling, [online], available at: (Accessed on 15th December 2015)

“Tell a chronological story, but not necessarily in chronological order” ( last accessed December 20th 2016)

Documentary modes:

  • Observational
  • Expository
  • Reflexive
  • Poetic
  • Performative


We wanted to create, an informative expository documentary that reflects on the ideas of  Michel’s panopticon theory, a video discussing Alienation, surveillance and identity. we want to have a voice that would narrate over matching clips, with also edits of interviews of people discussing and answering if they feel they are being watched.


  • Director- Tanvir Ahad
  • Editor- Akmol
  • Cameraman- Mahfooz
  • Voice Actor- Tanvir Ahad
  • Interviewee- Temi/Saadia/Abdullah
  • Actor- Akmol


  • Universtity Green Screen room
  • Various Locations in University of East London
  • Various Streets


  • Canon 600D DSLR Camera
  • Velbon Tripod
  • 3x studio lights
  • TASCAM DR 100
  • Camcorder


  • Final Cut Pro

Lighting Links:

lighting techniques, [online], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

lighting techniques through short documentary, [online], available at: (Accessed on 5th December 2015)

20 lighting tutorials, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

lighting techniques for dramatic filming, [online], available at: (Accessed on 8th December 2015)

3 point lighting, [online], available at:

standard 3 point lighting, [online], available at: (Accessed on 15th December 2015)


Recording the Documentary:

At the start of filming we have decided to start of with doing interviews first. On the very first day we were in a green screen room doing a shoot of an interview, the first interview we did needed to be longer than 2 to 3 minutes so therefore we asked 5 questions regarding privacy, lives and CCTV camera and what their views are about certain things. Since this was our very first shoot we had to make sure all the lighting was correctly set up to avoid any lighting error and to ensure the person face was clear and bright when recording. We nearly filmed this interview for an hour or so, it took us time to record it to ensure all questions were answered correctly and to make sure the shooting was done in a correct way. Once the first interview was done we took a break and started to record the second interview. This was a bit easy for us because for the second interview we only asked two questions and the time frame on recording the second interview was just one minute which we were happy about because we already had crucial information on camera from our first interviewee

On another day we chose to film some scene in the university because we felt that it was great place to show a person walking down the stairs and walking through the corridors. Our tactic for recording was to record using a CCTV camera angle which make the footage seem that it was recording from a CCTV because our documentary was about digital camera recording people so it made sense for us to use this kind of technique while shooting scenes. We spent nearly a whole day shooting scenes around the university, the problems we faced while filming was that we had to use two cameras because the battery life on the cameras were not that great. Also we wanted to film outside footage but it was raining therefor we had to wait until it was clear and sunny to capture images of CCTV on buildings. While filming we decide to go over our plans to see what other scenes we can use for the short film, the discussion didn’t really go well because some of us were not available to shoot on certain days that we arranged to shoot scene on but at the end we decided to come back to filming next week and decide which locations to go to.

The last shooting took place in the university so we decided to record scenes in tower hamlets, we took footages of parks and and street with the same technique of positioning the camera as a CCTV angle. We did couple of shoots in the area which we then didn’t use for our final film because it wasn’t really the video we wanted to use. Anyway the whole day we were shooting scene in a person how’s for quick interview to have as a back up when it comes to editing. And lastly we decide to come back to the university and film scenes in classroom to show someone using the computers and also shoot scene in front of a cash machine, which we did. This was the last day of shooting because we felt that we had enough footage for a good five-minute film.


After we had all the footage we decided that it was time to start editing because our deadline for video was coming soon and we knew editing will take time. Everyone in the group were not that experienced with using final cut pro but we decided to play around with it for a bit and get use to it. Finally, we managed to get some clips together and edit and add effects on it to make it interesting. We were editing mostly for 3 weeks or so as a group and the end result was satisfying because we believe we have a produced a good documentary. The only problems we faced while editing was that none of were an expert at using final cut pro so it took us time to get hang of it and also we had to do a voice at the very last minute because we didn’t have a script together but eventually we did and we started the voiceover.





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