Monday, 28 March 2011

Radio Podcast Idea

     One of my ideas is to have a Penwith College radio podcast which will be weekly and easily downloaded from the college intranet/internet page.
My idea was to have a Penwith College Radio (PWCR) to listen to throughout the college, however the college doesn't have the budget to supply deejay equipment and pay for air time, etc. So I thought of just having weekly podcasts that would be easily downloadable from the intranet. They were originally going to be about 1 or 2 hours long but this would be too long to create every week so I shortened them to about 30 minutes.

     The podcasts have 5 main aesthetics:

1. College radio
- the college would have its own radio station/podcasts which means after I leave or after the project is over then other students can take it on: for example, for enrichment on a wednesday afternoon students could work on the podcast and create hour long mixes or interviews every week.

2. Student's music
- not only will the podcast play chart music but will also showcase students work to the college to get their name out. Also it isn't just restricted to the college, anyone from around the world can listen through the website so students could get signed through the radio.

3. Themed podcasts
- each week could have a theme like, reggae, hip-hop, dubstep, classical, metal, 80's. So that it isn't just what some students want to hear but the whole college, lecturers included. Also an 'add-on' to this idea is to have polls on the website. for example: the podcast is available for download every monday morning, so on that day have a poll on the website of what song to play on the next one and have a list of options and do this every week so that there is a list of songs to play for the next one.

4. Competitions/Prizes
- this is open for any kind of thing. It would be similar to other Radio competitions such as: playing a sound or audio clip and getting students to post it on the intranet what the answer is and they could choose what songs to go on next week or just win some pens or something from the school shop. Also if the catering department don't mind then have winners being able to get free food from the refectory like: a portion of chips or a can of

5. Modern day technology
- although radio isn't modern at all, the fact that you can download sections of a radio broadcast (podcast)  from the internet makes it very modern and we live in a technologic age where teenagers and kids are almost raised by computers/tv and technology so the students will relate to being able to download and listen on their ipod/itunes or mp3 player.

Radio Podcast Music Questionnaire

     I printed 10 copies of this questionnaire and gave them out to random people in Zennor building.
For question 1, most people said: hip-hop, dubstep and rock. Most people said that the college in general would be into chart music and popular music, so not much 'old' music or classics.
     Everybody said that they would listen to the radio podcast if it was easily downloadable from the intranet and/or the college website. Again; everyone said they would like to hear about events happening around the world, eg. news stories. I think this would be good because it wouldn't just be a podcast with about music with talking but it being a podcast, it wold be downloadable for a week so the news might get old and students would hear about it a week after it happened after already watching it on the news on tv. Not many people were interested about winning prizes from the college shop because students aren't that interested in winning pens and paper; this and the college has no budget to win amazing prizes like boats and holidays. 
     The idea of 'themed' weeks was a big success, everyone, not only answered yes but were asking me when it would start and giving me suggestions of what to use for the themes - island week.
Generally everyone wants the podcast to be downloadable from the intranet including past podcasts from weeks or months ago.

I think this questionnaire worked well because I found out alot of information about what students at the college actually want and their ideas. This has helped me and my work and I will tell Martin my ideas next time I have a meeting with him, which will be next week.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Music Webisode Storyboard

     Although I am not very good at drawing you can see a basic idea of what the webisode will look like. It starts off with the Penwith college logo and then fades to Zennor building. For the next shots I wanted to s how the music rooms in the college so it starts off in one room which is empty and then it speeds up (like from Cribs when they walk up stairs or something) then into the middle three music rooms. It ends up in the far music room to find the band playing. The video is basically the band playing and talking about the college, all the time the band's music is playing in the background of the video.

     I think that this video will work well because it will show possible students what the college is like, what the new buildings are like and it has a quite light-hearted and non-threatening theme to it which will hopefully make kids want to come here.
Although I originally wanted the students and Lee to use their own words about the college but in the end I've decided to write a script for them to say, this way will work best because I can make the speeches flow together.

     I will hopefully be filming this week so I will upload a mock-up edit of the webisode.