25th July 2012
Having watched many of the My Life episodes I took these thoughts and contemplated how interesting a My Life styled documentary about guide dogs would be.
The more I thought about it I soon realised that it combined all of my passions and was the perfect final research project for me.
I came up with two possible types of contributors that could provide an interesting story:
- A family member who has an assistance dog and there under 12 children, niece/ nephews or grand children tell the story
- A young person of under 14 year olds who has or is getting an assistance dog.
And so in early February 2012 I set about trying to find the perfect contributor, to begin with I contacted charities, Dogs for the Disabled, Canine Partners, Support Dogs, RNIB, National Blind Children’s Society, An many local deaf support centres. (to name a few)
Most got back to me and although were very interested in the project, but due to being charities did not have the resources or contacts to be able to provide me with any assistance.
It was a huge disappointment but I was not going to give up that easily!!!
Throughout my research into assistance dogs, I started to really appreciate the work that the support charities do and how important volunteers are to them. And so I decided that I could spare some time to volunteer.
18th July 2012
I wanted to create a documentary about children for children.
So the idea: way back when things were colder and we were signing carols and I was certainly craving mince pies I watched a documentary on ITV called ‘My Child’s Not Perfect’ now the title grabbed me…..surly every child is perfect I wondered how they were going to make a programme with presumably negative connotations to their parenting.
But I loved it I thought it was not only really interesting but also inspirational, and I don’t just mean this because it inspired me. Having watched the documentary in the evening I woke up the next day and knew what I wanted to complete my final project on. A sort of role reversal my parent’s not perfect.
For many years I have been interested in assistance dogs, since Brownies when a local lady who had Multiple Sclerosis came to give a talk she had a beautiful black poodle who was her mobility assistance dog, the dog could support her to get back up if she fell over get the washing out of the machine. From this moment I set about learning about assistance dogs.
Picture description- Guide dog wearing harness walking down the street.
Picture description- Hearing dog wearing coat.
Picture description- mobility assistance dog reaching for bank card at cash machine wearing purple jacket.
17th July 2012
So for those of you who don’t already know I am currently completing a Masters in Children’s Digital Media Production and if you haven’t been an avid follower of my main blog: My Box It’s Life and Me you might not know that I like the CBBC series My Life.
My course is taught at the University of Salford in Media City, where I take many if not all the photo’s for my main blog- including my time lapse photo’s of the new Coronation Street.
This section of my blog will take a slightly different format and is about the research project that I am completing based funnily enough on the series My Life. I am luckily enough (in my opinion) to not have to write a dissertation instead I get to produce, direct, film and edit my own version of an episode.
Of course a masters is a masters and so there is a reasonable amount of research and writing that needs to be involved. (Not enough to put you off reading my progress blog I hope)