Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Our killer is also similarly dressed to Commissioner James Gordon from the Batman series who always appearing in darkly dressed clothing and weapon of choice, a gun. Our killer is a professional who will have knowledge on how not to get caught. Much like James Gordon he works alone and doesn't want other to pull him down. However, Gordon fights crime for a living while our killer creates destruction and appreciates people committing crime. Gordon is open about his appearance as he represents a heroic figure in Gotham City but our killer remain anonymous to remain a threat to all of those who walk in his path.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Evaluation- Question Six: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
Friday, 16 April 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Clash of the Titans uses strong gold bold typography to connote the films plot which shows the fight between Zeus and Hades. The mixes of browns in the background imply the fight will be dark and sinister involving violence from the clouds. The typography uses straight lines in the font to put across how strong the titans are within the story. Gold titles imply this film is worth seeing because of its quality.
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Deciding the group roles: We allocated TWO title each, but we all took part in each role.
Our main titles include:
In addition, we used these as further information for our audiences:
+POEM WRITTEN BY
+COSTUME + MAKE-UP
we also acknowledge outside advantages such as dafont.com, freesound.org and Pamela Prentiss-Harrisson for her poem.
Producer- Gina Eales
Director- Joseph Ryan
Music- Victoria Parker
Lighting - Joseph Ryan
Costume + Make-up- Gina Eales
Poem By Pamela Prentiss-Harrison*
*in the final editing stages we didn't use the poem therefore her title was removed.
In the lastest developments films such as Batman: The Dark Knight (2008) and Clash of the Titans (2010) don't display the title of the film until it has ended. However, because the task is only a film opening we included the title of our film.
Deciding the title order: Whilst browsing wikipedia, I also looked into films that parallel our own conventions. I chose two films- Panic Room (2002) and Taxi Driver (1976)http://artofthetitle2.com/media/film/70s/taxi_driver.mov
Both film openings begin with the production company because the audience can instantly recognise what other films that company may have produced therefore are impressed. However, the listing of actors, writers and title of the film vary depending on what may attract an audience to the film more e.g. A famous actor such as Robert Pattinson from Twilight has a large fan base therefore the film company would use this to their advantage as a advertising tactic. In addition both films use one directors name at the end of the opening credits.
It is important that we use a common order which follows these two films for advertising tactics to attract our target audiences.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
- Lucy (the girl),
- Her alter-ego (the coffin girl)
- The stalker
- The killer
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
Our film opening has the medium/high risk of violence because of the girl being faced at gun point and being buried in a coffin. We need to over look our piece to make sure it suits our target audience of 15+ and doesn't move into the 18 certification category.
I analysed different films which have violence within them to devise a violence scale to rate films:
LOW RISK- Weapons appear to be pretend, for fun and unloaded.
MEDIUM RISK- Weapons appear to be loaded, and fired however the victim is not injured or visible.
HIGH RISK-Weapons are loaded, been fired and injuries or death are apparent.
- sense of the unknown
As a group, we then related these conventions to the words used to describe them. For example,the word "stalker" is usually described as an obsession or illusion. Therefore when looked up these words into the thesaurus and selected the ones we felt would suit our target audience.
Paramnesia and Chimera dominate the pie chart and so we continued to research into the two most popular selections.
Chimera is the term used for a fanciful mental illusion or fabrication
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
- Fishtank (artificial lighting)
- Black sheet (incase its not dark enough to film
Costumes required for bedroom scene
Girl: White shirt, white shorts, natural look
Killer: Black trench coat, black bowling hat, black boots, black leather gloves.
- Cobwebs and Netting
- Lighting equipment (artificial lighting)
- Black sheet
Costumes required for coffin scene
Girl: Black leggings, Black top, Black nails, Big hair, Spider ring.
- Digital Camera
Costumes required for outside scene
Stalker: Black leather-look jacket, Jeans, t-shirt, trainers.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Shooting Schedule; This allows us to allocate time in order to keep on track and complete the piece without any rush.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
- Long shot of the moon with an voice over of a poem by a little girl, the long shot then pans to the car.
- The shot cuts to inside the car with an over the shoulder shot of the stalker taking/looking at photos. This is also a point of view shot of the stalker watching the girl close her curtains.
- Cuts to medium shot of girl in her bedroom preparing for sleep as she walks away from her window unaware of the man outside.
- Close up of web-cam from laptop.
- Point of view shot from web-cam (edited in final process to look from web-cam) shows she's being watched.
- Girl gets into bed and zooms into her eyes. The shot is then graphic matched.
- Shows girl in her nightmare in a coffin.
- Cuts back to reality where girl is restless in bed.
- Cuts back to coffin as she expresses her emotions by winking with evil laughter whilst coming out of the coffin towards the camera. But then collapses back into coffin, she is now dead.
- Eyes are then graphic matched when she comes out of the nightmare, the girl is in bed when her eyes suddenly open (this is to thrill then audience).
- Girls actions followed with tracking and match on action shots as she sits up in bed. The non-diegetic sounds of the poem has now ended.
- A gun is then put to the girls head, the gunman's identity is hidden and only his hand with the gun can be seen.
- Girl begins to protest and beg for mercy.
- Cuts to black frame parallel to the gun shot.
- 2nd gun shot and title appear within a sequence of each other.
- An over the shoulder shot shows the stalker picking up a camera.
- Shows half the LCD screen of camera and man's face.
- The LCD screen shows a picture of the girl.
- Zooms into the LCD screen photo then juxtaposes the photo into reality.
- A girl in her bedroom suffers from a nightmare.
- Flashbacks and match on action shots to show suffering.
- Stalker effect from someone watching over her.
- The scene in bedroom switches between reality and abnormality- It is unable to determine which is which.
- Voice over(possible poem) suggests eerie atmosphere and begins to untangle the story.
- Possible panning shot of creepy toys however this may not be included due to the age of the audience.
- A number of locations and different time setting connotes to confuse audiences and juxtapose.
- Main character is a male.
- Voice over of character.
- Characters running (diegetic) takes over voice over (non-diegetic) to produce the sounds of panic.
- Running will take place in an urban location.
- Running climaxes as he arrives at a shop to get milk- this creates false panic for audience, gives thrill.
- An event happens to move the story along into the next scene.
- Dark, evening setting.
- Garage setting in an urban location.
- Use of speeding up on editing e.g. fast paced walking.
- Male character with baseball bat doing tricks with strong sounds to go with the blows as he swings it around. This sets an enigma.
- Dark, evening setting.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
The advantages in media technology have allowed us to use gadgets such as a camera wheel which looks similar to a steering wheel in a car. This gadget keeps the camera steady so shots like panning and tracking can remain clear. In this video we demonstrated these shots by shooting a panning and tracking shots.
Our Examples are:
- Panning the scenery which could be used as an establishing shot
- Tracking shot of the boy running
- Point of view/tracking shot of someone getting up from off the ground and then panning the camera to suggest the location.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
1. What is your age?
2. Which media products promotes films to you?
3. Do you think most mainstream horror/thriller films have similar plots and outcomes?
4. Do low budget films create a unique outcome compared to mainstream films
5. Does the name of the film influence you to go and watch it
6. What is your favourite sub-genre of thriller?
7. Can you usually predict the outcome of the film due to the stereotypical conventions
8. In your opinion, do you think thrillers end in tragedy
9. Have you heard of Film Noir?
Question One was basically to ask what range of people are participating in my survey. This shows that we arrange a similar amount of people from different age ranges to collect rich data of opinions on the questions we have selected.
Question Two was to find what type of advertising was most eye catching to promote a film. The pie chart shows the majority are influenced by trailers and I think this is because they can be visually brilliant. Trailers only show the exciting moment in the film advertised so they can attract their target audiences to consider watching it at their local cinema. One result which I found disappointing was the lack of promotion through Internet/social networking. Considering the numerous amount of people using websites such as http://www.facebook.com/ and http://www.twitter.com/ I would of thought most advertisement (and because it is cheaper) would of been done through this.
*spelling mistake on graph: outcoe is suppose to say outcome.
Question Four tells us low budget films have different responses to those with large Hollywood budgets. This is because when working on a budget actors, setting and props have to be taken into consideration in pre-production due to money issues. Although it has been proven that even niche films can succeed across the globe such as Slumdog Millionaire winning 8 Oscars and another 100 wins elsewhere.
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
After research into film certification, we decided to focus our attention on possible target audiences. In order to do this we selected important questions and interviewed people from a range of ages:
- Under 15
In the under 15 interview it was interesting to find that the person wasn't inparticularly interested in horror/thriller films and only had a brief knowledge of their conventions. This is a direct result of horror/thriller films usually being in the older film certification such as 12A, 15 and 18 due to the graphical violence and language.