Bashir Ahmad’s Interview

Today we finally got the chance to interview the “The Godfather” of the pakistani MMA fighter Bashir Ahmad. The interview took place at his commercial gym at Synergy-Gym in Lahore. Bashir talked about his experience and how he ended up becoming one of the greatest phenomenon of one of Pakistan’s fighters. He also mentioned Awais training with him and how he met him the first time.

He was talking about Awais Raja and how he met him. He also talked about Awais’ potential and that he is one of the fighters that comes in his top ten fighters of all time.

Even though we preferred not to place him against the wall, it was a busy time at the gym and Bashir’s pictures on the wall provided a good background. Our subject was kept in focus. We used the sparring sounds of the gym as naturalistic sound effects which worked in our favor to create the atmosphere.a.png

Poster

Today we designed our poster by choosing a screenshot of our footage that we shot for the movie. The picture shows Awais punching with fierce and looking sideways. The colours attract the audience and gives the audience an idea of what the movie is about.

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Communist flag inspired us. Pakistani map is on it to emphasise rising above class struggle.

First Cut (1)

Today the first final cut was introduced where we talked about what could be improved and what could be taken out or added to our documentary. This is basically just close to the conclusion to our project.

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In this picture we are just talking about what could be improved on our first cut and what we should add. We also started adding subtitles to Awais Raja’s speech as he is talking in urdu and we want our international audience to understand it

Publishing the Website

Today we have published our official website via WordPress which is about our documentary. The home page of the website gives information about the documentary and what its really about, with a picture of Awais Raja in a boxing pose. The home page also includes the link to the official Synergy page and the official website of Pak MMA.

On the website, I wrote the “About Us” part which is just an introduction to the documentary and what its aim really is. I also designed the website and published it on the internet. The link to the website is mmadiariessite.wordpress.com/

The website is about the documentary and each individual that has contributed to the documentary. The website also gives contact information in case anybody else in the future is interested to work with a special individual.

 

 

Editing Script

Today we introduced the editing script to show how the documentary will be edited depending on the scene. For example when will voice-overs  be used and also transitions.

Our series documentary is based on continuity editing where time is moving forward and no kind of flashbacks are shown. The techniques that we used while continuity editing are:

  • 180 degree rule
  • Match on action
  • Eye-line matching
  • Parallel editing

The software we will be using is Sony Vegas 13.0.

Our documentary consists of many cutaways which are scenes cutting away to other images. We are going to keep the voice continues as it will overlap other images to keep it continuous. The pace of a footage will depend on what the scene is. E.g Boxing a punching bag could be shown in a fast pace or even in a slow pace to show the action and that the viewer has enough time to think about it. The film will be roughly 5 minutes long. We will use straight cutting to show realism in scenes like conversations. We will overlap some scenes to make it look professional and interesting to watch. We will also fade in a couple of scenes so it looks more realistic. If we have to blur out certain objects that take out the focus of our subject, then those special effects will be used.

We have noted down camera angles we will

Narrative Mis-en-scene: 

Mis-en-scene in french means everything placed in front of the camera, will it be the setting, costumes and make up, lighting, performance and staging.

In our series documentary we made sure that we have got all these these aspects in mind while filming our documentary. We did not have to consider costumes as it was a conversational documentary. Staging was all set due to the usage of the gym and outer areas of the city. We did not use any additional lighting, as we used window lighting and the lighting from the gym.

Narrative:

These are types of conventions that are useful to to tell the story of the documentary. An example is timing issues where the editor can use techniques such as camera, lighting, sound and fades.

Our series documentary uses texts to narrate the story where in the opening scene statistics are given of how popular mixed martial arts in Pakistan is. We kept no narrator as we think that the story is pretty easy to understand and we used subtitles to make it easy for viewers.

As we know, setting creates a sense of place and a mood which can reflect on the characters state of mind. We fabricated it as an authentic reconstruction of reality, where we show situations that people live like and how Awais Raja, our main character, is used alongside his situation to create a reality scene and promote peace through the sport.

Awais’ character was reflected by his appearance of wearing sport kits as he is a mixed martial arts fighter. He was not needed to wear any make up or other costumes as we want to keep our series documentary as real as possible.

The sunlight from the window was our key light while we placed Awais at such a place where he was focused on the camera. We did not need a back light to keep it natural and real.