Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
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1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge conventions of real media products?
What conventions of professional products have you used in your own film? (narrative conventions, character conventions, genre, camerawork, sound, editing, special effects, mise-en-scene? Use screen grabs of your own sequence to illustrate each example where you have followed conventions or gone against (challenged) conventions. Also use images from the films that have influenced you where relevant.
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? (gender, age, ethnicity etc.)
Compare a character in your sequence to a character in a professional film (use images). If you have included a villain/victim character, does the character follow conventions of characters in professional films. For example, is your villain male? Is your victim female? Therefore how are you representing gender?
3. What kind of media institution would distribute your media product?
Discuss similar professional films and their production companies (use images of the films and logos). Which production Company do you think would distribute your film? (if it was professional and if you had made the full film).
4. Who would be the audience for your media product? (BBFC and target audience) Use images from a similar product with a similar target audience. Remember that target audience is not the same as classification.
5. How did you attract/address your audience?
Refer to Significant moments in your sequence where you have tried to generate a response from the spectator (a close up to encourage identification with a character, music that encourages the spectator to feel suspense, tense, visceral reaction etc.) What techniques have you used to encourage the spectator to want to see the rest of the film? (Clues about narrative, character, etc.) Use screen grabs of your own sequence.
6. What have you learnt about the technologies from the process of constructing your product?
(blog, camera equipment, editing software – Final Cut Express, istopmotion, Garageband etc.) Use screen grabs/photos of all these things. Be very specific about tools/effects/techniques learnt not just ‘I have learnt a lot about the software’
7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to your final product?
Discuss your second preliminary task that you did in a week before starting Thriller. Discuss what you have learnt since then about construction of micro elements in order to create meaning, how to use different techniques, practical skills etc. How have you built on your knowledge that you learnt from the prelim task? Use screen grabs of your prelim task and your sequence where relevant.
Friday, 12 March 2010
In light of some negative feedback we (2 group members) have decided that we need to film some extra shots some time next week to add pace and make our thriller the best it possibly can be. With sound I think we would have had more positive feedback from the other groups and the hand washing scene would become less repetitive. If we do all of this to our piece it should become top notch like some of the other we viewed today.
- No sound?
- Good costumes
- Good variety of shots, long shots worked well
- Enigmatic vibe
- Drug scenes could be improved, try using flour or sugar instead of blue tack.
- Hand washing scenes get repetitive and dull, could be shortened, try to get hold of fake blood. Tomatoes are not convincing.
The lack of sound doesn't create an atmosphere. The use of costume helps the audience to get a sense of who the characters are. The person is washing their hands for to long and it begins to become tedious.
We thought the fake blood worked well - disagree STRONGLY with p1-03. We thought that the sequence was very believable.
We thought for your soundtrack you should use very fast paced, heavy music as this will match your title 'The Chase' and make the sequence seem much faster.
We thought the variety of shots was good because it added to the atmosphere.
We thought cutting back to the sink scene linked it very well because it created some confusion which made it much more tense.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
- Due to College being closed on Wednesday we cannot gather our group together to film the shots we planned.
- So now our plan is to book a camera for Thursday at the start of lunch or Friday from 2:40 onwards.
- We will film all of our remaining shots with the experience we have from our Children's film project and the test shots we have done throughout our thriller project.
- We will edit our final piece with detail but at the same time quickly and efficiently. The shooting deadline is Monday this means we will still have time to edit throughout the week and make the sequence the best it can possibly be.
- We are also going to make a soundtrack next which will fit in the with the overall theme of our sequence.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
We also think the target audience they have chosen is good as well. It shows clearly who the target audience is and the ages of which people are allowed to watch. I think we should also add more detail to our posts instead of just rushing to post everything up as quick as possible.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Our certificate will be a 15. This is due to the showcase of violence and drugs which make it inappropriate for younger viewers. However we think 15 year old viewers and above should have gained a level of maturity at that age to understand and interpret our film without taking offense.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Friday, 5 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
- fake drugs which we will use skittles, sherbet and fruit pastilles.
- Money for when the dealer is selling the drugs to Jack.
Lighting: We are going to make the lighting low key so it keeps us hidden. We are planning on filming our sequence in the evening just as it is starting to get dark. We are going to make sure that the lighting is always behind who ever is in the scene so you can see them. Our equipment is only really going to consist of our camera. The lighting for our sequence is going to look something like this:
Make up/ Hair: We are going to keep our hair normal as we are playing subtle characters. We are not going to use any make up as you are not going to see any of our faces in the sequence.
List of equipment:
Times + dates + Back up plan: We are planning to film this at around 4:30 - 6pm as it starts to get dark around that time. The date we are going to film is.....
Locations: We are going to film some of our sequence around the Grand Arcade shopping center in town and around The museum of Zoology.
-Lighting (design /effect/equipment)
-List of equipment
-Times and dates you want to film and back up plan
-Locations (maps? permission? photos>)
-Actors (photos and suitability)
-Production roles - assign role to each member of the group:
- Camera person, director/s, producers, production co-ordination
- Provide definitions of each role and each persons suitability for that role - experience? skills?
Friday, 29 January 2010
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
- Where are we going to shoot it?
- Very good.
- Would be very tense with the chasing.
- A lot of opportunities during some shots such as the running, hands exchanging.
- Could be jump cuts.
- Leave plenty of time to edit.
- Use a lot of effects such as filters and dissolves.
- Maybe think of changing roles for the main character, Simon could be sympathized with a lot easier by the audience. Whereas Jack is tall and could be seen more powerful and intimidating.
This feedback made us as a group think of how much time we were going to spend on filming, we suggested we have one night of filming when everyone is free so we have the rest of the time to edit. We also thought a lot more about the location of where we are going to film. We came to the conclusion that we will be filming at the grand arcade. This is because its an enclosed pace and there could be a lot of potential there to film. We have also thought a lot about the organization of the group and who is going to be doing what and timing.
...By the start of filming we are going to have achieved.
- To have all props ready to use. ( we will all get our own props and if someone has something some one else needs, we will discuss this.)
- A definite location.
- How long were going to have the camera.
- What time we will meet and end, so we know what time to go and what time to be picked up.
- To know who'd doing exactly what.
- Story board.
- Definite idea what we are going to do when we get to the location when we are beginning to film.
- What shots we are filming and in what order.
- What lighting we will need.
- If we need any more actors, or help.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
The 'Human Factor' opening sequence by Saul Bass is very simple, yet i think effective. The red back ground gives a sense of danger. Considering there is an object that is compatable to communication, a telephone, it gives a clear indication that the film has something to do wtih communication or lost communitcation, or along those lines. This is all due to the colour red. As the shot pans across the wire of the telephone while the music that is being played in the back ground is digetic. The music is played with an acoustic guitar, which is creating confusion and tension, but at the same time a relaxed feel. As the sequence progresses so does the music, although it still has that relaxed feel to it, outbursts remind you that the film is horror. The image on the screen sometimes puts you off the music as they are very contrasting, the music is soft and security, but the image gives the feeling of being on edge, and not to trust what you are hearing. As the title sequence carrys on, it becomes clear that there is a break in the wire, hanging on my a strand. This backs my theory that the film is about lost communication, or broken communication. However it is just holding on. The title then comes up in a very blurry writting, this could convey the thought of communications being blurred or someones life e.c.t.
'The Chase' is about about a young boy who has to leave his family behind. A drug deal that goes wrong causes jack to leave home leave his family and his identity. Now hes on the run from his enemies.
Jack - This is the main character. He's 19 years old. Left home due to a massive drug deal, putting him and his family at risk.
Simon - In one of the shots, his hands and jacks hands are seen exchanging drugs and money. He is the drug dealer in the movie.
Ollie - This character is another drug dealer. Tied up for stealing money.
Other characters could be used to chase the main character, Jack.
The atmosphere of the film is going to be very tense, and upbeat. The chases will have tension and suspense, with an upbeat underlying sense. However there will be also a lonely emotion throughout, because he has had to leave his family and life.
Our title will be 'The Chase' this because Jack is always running, and being chased through out his life.
The first shot will be of bloody hands.
Exchange of drugs and money,
different angles at filming the same shot,
walking through a door,
character tied up,
more running and climbing.
At night/dusk. Dark no special lights needed. Maybe flash light or torch.
The props we will need are limited. Money, bag with flour in, or sugar.
Black clothes for jack.
Ollie jeans and normal hoodie.
Simon normal everyday clothes.
Very dark and sinister, but faced pace. Maybe the sound effects of the water running, the rope tying and footsteps.
Camera work & editing.
Short duration shots to make it quick paced.
And there will be long duration shot also.
Monday, 25 January 2010
The title sequence of a Saul Bass film I am going to analyse is “The Human Factor”. The title sequence of the film starts off by zooming out and showing you an establishing shot of a object which is a telephone. This is on a dark red background, which is often associated with danger. The sequence doesn’t really give anything away to the audience it actually leaves you thinking what is going to happen in the film and gives you a sense of confusion as it gives nothing away about the film. This makes the audience tense because they do not know what the telephone is there to represent. The camera then pans across the telephone cord showing it at different angles. It then shows a break in the wire, which is creating a sense of tension and suspense. This could be suggesting that the film has something to do with murders or kidnappings. The brake in the wire could also be representing the loss of a person or the loss of trust that someone has in someone. When the camera finally shows you the phone with a medium shot it is still crating mystery for the audience. The music that is being used is diegetic soundtrack, which has no word to it. The music is an acoustic guitar. The music starts off quite dark at the beginning, which is creating confusion and tension. As the sequence progresses the music starts to lighten up a little bit but is still putting the audience on edge about what is happening. This is also contrasting to the image of he telephone and the red background because the music is making you feel at ease with what you are seeing but then you still feel a tension of what the films is going to bring. The break in the phone cord is where the title of the film appears. This could be showing a cut or break in communication leading to the loss of life and the failure to help someone in need.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
This thriller sequence is very simple and quite to a certain degree effective. The first shot of the sequence is of error codes e.c.t i think this as a first shot makes the person watching very confused about the genre of the film to come up. However i think this also becomes very effective. This group hold a shot steady where appropriate, throughout the whole sequence they use a shaking action to create depth to the sequence, causing confusion and disorientates the scene. They use this well towards the end, when the shot merges into the title. The editing on the title is excellent, making the film look a lot scarier, using fire. The lack of information in the sequence creates an ambiguous feel and leaves the viewer questioning the genre and ethics of the film as a whole. However the sound of the sequence lets it down. There are a lot of pauses for silence, however i don't know if this is for effect or a mistake in not planning enough to have time for a detailed sound track. On the other hand it doesn't give a lot away still creating the aura of suspense and mystery.
For all of these effects and editing techniques we will be awarding this group; 36/60. This is because they seemed to lose track of the aim, and rather than focusing on a good structure, they use there time up with editing for the title.
We will use this information to our advantage, putting this knowledge into our own thriller sequence.
The thriller sequence called Easy Target is quite a good thriller sequence. This is one of the best openings we have seen from last year. It doesn't go into to much detail about what is going to be happening in the rest of the film which is a down side but on the other hand the sequence uses a lot of steady shots where appropriate. There is also a good use of mise - en - scene in the sequence which is very effective in making the opening sequence look like a thriller. he soundtrack used in the opening sequence also creates a sense of mystery and also makes you want to carry on watching. The way they have made the sequence makes the film mysterious and dark. Overall we think that this opening sequence could of been made better, but it is still on the borderlines of a high level 3 and a low level 4; we give this opening sequence a 48.
We will use this opening sequence to our advantage because we will use it as a guideline to when we make our opening sequence. The mise en scene in this opening sequence has told us a lot because it shows how using good props and costumes makes the clip a lot better.
Friday, 15 January 2010
The dark knight does follow the conventions of a thriller film for example the mise en scene when the crooks use the scary mask that is used to represent evil, the masks also are used to make the men look mysterious but if you look closely you can tell who the joker is. Another way the dark knight follows the generic conventions of a thriller is because of the sound that is used; At the start of the sequence there is a screeching sound which sounds spine chilling but for the rest of the sequence the music is simple and makes the audience feel excited and on the edge of there seat and this is unusual for a thriller because the music should be more thrilling to fit the genre of a thriller film. One last thing that does follow the conventions of a thriller film is the narrative and how they go to rob a bank. this is stereotypical of a thriller film
How does it make you feel?
How does it achieve this?
The first thing we see is a comic book looking opening, the cartoon smiles and low key lighting starts the scene with a tense apprehension. Another part of the sequence is the fire, this gives the impression that the film is violent, and the thudding of the music creates a tense atmosphere for the film to begin. The establishing shot is of buildings, this gives the audience a clear cut view of where the opening sequence will be shot. However the convention of a normal thriller hybrid is that it is set at night, but this scene is in the broad day light, which challenges the conventions of a normal thriller scene. The smashing of the glass seems much louder than the music that is playing in the background. This gives the smash a focused point in the shot. The masks that are worn in the whole sequence makes me feel uneasy. I think they used masks to disguise the criminals because a lot of people find masks, clowns, and things that are abnormal scary. They had the same effect on me, they also made me feel scared if the unknown. The use of guns during the whole sequence and how freely they are used made me feel uncomfortable, this is because guns are not meant to be used with a care free attitude. This gave the characters a care free veiw of death, which made it more on edge of what was going to happen next. There was also a hint of mystery when there is a long shot of man holding a mask in his hand and we cant see his face.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
In the opening sequence of the film 'Vertigo' a chilling tone is created. This is created through; Narrative, Character and Atmosphere. Firstly, the first thing we see if a mouth, then a close up of the mouth, this gives the sequence an edge of apprehension, this is because it makes the audience feel on edge when it is something to do with the human body, and harm. The music at this point in the sequence is very tense, using a string ensemble with a high pitch. When the camera leads to the mouth, and then lingers there the music changes into more of a tense and ends into a crescendo ( also when the character engages in dialogue, this is at the end of the opening sequence). Then after the focus on the mouth, the camera moved slowly up past the nose, towards the eyes. The same thing happens with the tone and atmosphere of the music when the camera hits, what looks like, a woman's eyes. This builds a lot of tension in this scene.
The title sequence of the film doesn't have very much to do with the film. The image of a man that you see in the water could either be a representaion of 'Max Cady' or of 'Sam Bowden'. Seen as the film is a thriller it is more likely to be of 'Max Cady' as he wants to get revenge on 'Sam'. The idea using the water could be a good representation as the film is set in Florida and that is right on the coast of America. This is linking back to the synopsis because 'Max Cady' is seen as dangerous in the film and in the water.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
* Action thriller: This may include movies such as the Bourne trilogy or the James bond movies. These often include a lot of fight scenes and fast action scenes which may include one character chasing another.
* Conspiracy thriller: Where one man/woman is against a large group or society.
* Crime thriller: Which includes a storyline solely based on a crime committed Recent movies including 'Sherlock Holmes' fall into this category.
* Disaster thriller: Movies such as war of the worlds and independence day fall into this category as they both show large scale (most of the time exagerated with CGI) disasters including the end of the world.
* Drama thriller: Drama thrillers conventionally have numerous plot twists and a slow pace. Movies such as 'The Illusionist'
* Erotic thriller: These include erotic scenes and also a plot that is thrilling and full of twists for the audience.
* Legal thriller: Usually there is a good character and a bad character and they make the viewer take a moral judgment on one of them. The setting is usually in a courtroom or a prison.
* Medical thriller: In which there is a rush (usually against time) for a hero-type character to save another character with medical skills. Films such as awake fall into this.
* Political thriller: This type of sub genre which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government that employs him. Films such as Agency.
* Psychological thriller: In which the main character is mentally and emotionally disturbed instead of physically. Films such as 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' fall into this category.
* Spy thriller: This is when the main character has to go against enemies, usually this includes agents or in recent years terrorists. Films such as 'Mission impossible' comes under this sub genre.
* Techno-thriller: In which (typically military) technology is described in detail and made essential to the reader's/viewer's understanding of the plot. Films such as 'The hunt for the red October' are under this sub genre.
* Religious thriller: This is when religion is closely connected to the plot of the film. Films such as 'The Da Vinci code'.