260 – The London Eye

For our interactive documentary we wanted to talk about how London attractions made money. One attraction we talk about is the London eye. The research behind the London eye will be used for a voiceover to tell viewers about what it is and how much money it makes.

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“The London Eye is essentially a Ferris wheel in the Centre of London, offering views up to forty kilometres in all directions. It opened in March 2000. British Airways was the main sponsor of the London Eye until February 2008 and up until November 2005 were joint shareholders with Marks Barfield Architects and the Tussauds Group. The London Eye is the United Kingdom’s most popular paid-for visitor attraction, visited by over 3.5 million people every year.”

Just this small extract from Paul Stoneman gives us a huge insight on the business behind the London Eye. Just one tourist attraction puts a massive amount of money into the economy.  The London Eye offers many different experience tickets for a variety of prices. One package can include champagne. The attraction is also used to hold many business meetings.

Here are some facts i found on http://www.visitbritainshop.com/world/articles-and-features/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-london-eye.html about the London eye.

  • The London Eye is not a Ferris wheel. It’s the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel. secondly, On average the London Eye receives more visitors per year than the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids of Giza.
  • In December 2005 the London Eye was lit pink in celebration of the first Civil Partnership performed on the wheel, just another thing for them to do in order to gain more tourist attraction.
  •  The London Eye can carry 800 people each rotation, which is comparable to 11 London red double decker buses.

Before this research I didn’t realise just how vast and successful this attraction was. Britain is so known for its history and royal family I did not think this fairly modern build would make this much money. 800 people in each rotation all buying one ticket and a photo at the end puts a massive amount of money into the economy.

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260 – Smart City

What is a smart city?

A smart city is a city that is connected to the internet. Just like a smart phone or a smart television. A smart city supplies to peoples needs and makes their life easier with things such as smart bus stops that show when the next bus is coming and the London Underground getting wifi for people to connect while underground.

In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. Buildings will turn off the lights for you, self-driving cars will find you that sought-after parking space, even the rubbish bins will be smart.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22538561

A new app has been developed that can be used around the world called Uber. This app allows you to book a taxi using your smart phone allowing you to pay online. You can order a taxi with the click of a button and track where it is too. Many other competing taxi companies are complaining about Uber for taking business away from them due to its ease. There has even been strikes from other taxi companies in Belgium.

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http://www.euronews.com/nocomment/2015/03/04/belgian-taxi-drivers-strike-against-uber/

https://www.uber.com

I found an interesting video of Hugh Green at TEDxEmory Talks that talks all  about building and designing for the city to fit peoples needs and to help world issues such as Global warming. He talks about some that already exist and some that have plans. He talks about the population of cities getting larger so the city has to adapt to this.

A big question that comes to mind when it comes to smart cities is how it affects or would peoples’ jobs. If many jobs are now being replaced by machines and robots how will they be affected. A guardian report shows that in the future we pay be operated on by robot doctors and online lawyers, jobs that have always seemed the more secure.

“Knowledge-based jobs were supposed to be safe career choices, the years of study it takes to become a lawyer, say, or an architect or accountant, in theory guaranteeing a lifetime of lucrative employment. That is no longer the case. Now even doctors face the looming threat of possible obsolescence. Expert radiologists are routinely outperformed by pattern-recognition software, diagnosticians by simple computer questionnaires. In 2012, Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla predicted that algorithms and machines would replace 80% of doctors within a generation.”

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http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/15/robot-doctors-online-lawyers-automated-architects-future-professions-jobs-technology

It could be argued that this constantly changing technology could be a new generation of the Industrial revolution.

In our documentary we cover the subject of jobs being took over and interviewed a person on their opinion of it being put in place in London. For more effect we used ‘text to speech’ as the voiceover for this part.

260 – Capitalism

For our research presentation we were given the subject of capitalism in the city and how this affects media. I had a basic idea of what capitalism is but more depth behind this will allow me to apply it more to a city and see the affect it has.

What is capitalism? 

Capitalism is an economic system, which revolves around the country’s trade. All of the country’s trade is owned by private owners that earn profit rather than the state.

“Capitalism is a system in which goods and service, down to the most basic necessities of life, are produced for profitable exchange, where even human labour-power is a commodity for sale in the market, and where all economic actors are dependent on the market.” (E.M. Wood: 2002 P2)

Initially I found it hard to grasp the concept of capitalism, but reading ‘The Origin of Capitalism’ made it much easier to understand. Looking at capitalism I could now research into other factors taking this into consideration and knowing everything is about money and profit.

The things we wanted to focus this around were – Capitalism and how it started, Jobs in the city and Smart and Playable cities. The result of all of our research came to everything costing money and being commodified.

260 – What makes a city?

A ‘city’ and what makes up a city can mean various things to many different people. For me, a city is always alive and there is always something happening. For me, a city is filled with all different races, religions and social class but for someone else this could mean a totally different thing. I come from a small town in the North East of England so I feel I notice many differences between that and a big city. The whole class added to a page to define what a city was.

http://padlet.com/dbreadmore/city

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Things added to the page consisted of

  • Transport
  • Various Buildings
  • People
  • Art
  • Internet
  • Music
  • Jobs

All of these factors are what have been brought to the city by people. Because a city has such a variety of people we see this through what is in the city by what has been built. Now knowing what factors people consider in a city I can use this and adapt it to how capitalism has affected them.

Finished Documentary

This is a short documentary about a girl named Bethany from a small town in the North of England having to come to terms with being gay after falling in love with her best friend. She talks about how she felt though the experience. Her worries about how her life could completely change from revealing her secret feelings and relationship.

Documentary Treatment

Our documentary is about Paige’s struggles with her sexuality and coming out to family and friends. The story of Paige will not be linear, it will start with her telling her parents or friends. It will then go back to talk about when she first knew and how she came to terms with herself (at school, being different).

We have decided for the visuals to experiment with colour and light representing their emotions in particular parts of the story for example red for anger and blue for sad. This will portray the ups and downs of her journey. For a visual metaphor of her story we are starting off with her walking into a park, a shot of her feet walking past some flowers, all one colour accept one, this represents being different from others. Using a wider shot she walks and sits on an empty bench, the camera fades in and out of focus; this symbolizes her confusing about her sexuality. She walks though the park and picks the flower that’s different from the others, this signifies that she’s embracing being different and comfortable in her own skin. In between these key points there will be over the shoulder shots of her flicking through childhood pictures and making tea and laughing showing the normality in her childhood and adult life. Making it clear that sexuality isn’t a choice or defines her as a person.

For the sound we were thinking of using a light murmur of voices in a slightly higher pitch this would agitate the viewer making them feel uncomfortable and tormented while mirroring Paige’s memories and paranoia from her secret.

Documentary Proposal

The initial idea for my documentary is to focus it around someone homeless or who was homeless. Some of the shots I could use could represent how lonely they are and also put the viewer into the position of the homeless person. Homeless people are always seen in a bad light but I would want to change this opinion though my documentary. I thought what would also enhance putting the viewer in the position of a homeless person would be a big use of audio. I thought the sounds used could be street and outside sounds. This idea of using sound came from British Sounds (1969).