Tuesday, 23 March 2010

images for evaluation

These are images we are going to use in our evaluation

Friday, 19 March 2010

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Evaluation Draft deadline mon 22nd 9am, final deadline mon 29th 9am

Thriller Film Opening Sequence Evaluation - 1500-2000 words
PowerPoint uploaded to moodle

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

Response to feedback

We felt that the feedback was fair and it informed us of various issues that need to be rectified in the up coming weeks. We agree and thank P1 02 for being nice about our piece and we agree that we need a soundtrack. This would add tension and pace to the scene.

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.

Rough Cut Evalution

p1- 02- we liked the variation in shot types and style of the film. we thought that the film flowed very nicely and displayed the story very well. we thought that obviously sound is an issue but we pressume this will later be added. sound that would be good with the seqeunce would be fast paced and tense

- 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

Rough cut of our thriller

We would like feedback on the order of the shots, and what sort of backing music/soundtrack would be fitting.


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Our logo

We have found this logo that previously we have forgotten to add up.

Our plan to meet the shooting deadline

  • 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.

Test footage

This is some test footage that Ollie filmed with the camera. The two shots filmed are the same sort of shots that we are going to use in our final piece. We may also have to use these two shots in the final sequence if we do not have enough time to film them again.