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.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Film Noir is not a genre, but a film movement which had been inspired by the most unusual and upsetting time of history, World War II. This classical period was often based around a hard-hearted and shallow male character such as Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942) who encounter beautiful, seductive women across his path. The female character usually used her alluring looks to manipulate the male into become the guy to take the fall, this usually follows with a murder. The plot then comes across a betrayal or double-cross which frequently results in the female characters death as well as her hero's. During World War II women became more independent and earned a living because they took over the male dominated job as they fought in the war. In result to this, women within films suffered which made reality seem much happier with freedom even in the certain circumstances.
Saturday, 6 February 2010
The Usual Suspects was directed by Bryan Singer in 1995 and written by Christopher McQuarrie. The plot involves a twist which engages the audience in working out or solving an enigma but the audience finds the final moments of the film more clear when the story unravels. As The Usual Suspects is a crime mystery thriller the police where majority involved in the storyline and became the centre focus of the film. Thriller often over cross other genres most likely mysteries, crime and action to wider the audiences interests and expand their marketable strategy. The identity of the villain is usually known from the beginning of the film but only revealed and made clear at the end. The villain in The Usual Suspects is played by Kevin Spacey who takes on duo characters Roger Kint and Keyser Soze. The two separate characters are played off each other and even have different effect on people such as Roger Kint who is a disabled character and seen as the weaker member of the usual suspects. On the other hand, Keyser Soze is compared to the devil, an evil mastermind who remains a mystery to those who continue his legendary story.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
- Avoid illegal substances such as cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
- Avoid use of self transport (e.g. cars, mopeds) as you may cause distractions affecting health and safety.
- Foul language is inappropiate for your AS production.
- Nudity is also inappropiate for your AS production.
- Your media production doesn't exempt the law therefore if abused the police will be involved.
- Don't misuse the equipment. Breakages will be paid for by the student responsible.
- When filming in outdoor spaces be aware that the public must be asked to be filmed. Only include them in your production if consent has been given.
- In specific public places permission must be acquired off your local council.
- Copyrighted sounds/products must not be used in your production due to copyright theft.
- As long as you follow the rules, production will be fun :)
Monday, 1 February 2010
- 12: only used on Video/DVD releases due to the renting and buying guidelines
- 12A: only used on cinema releases
Friday, 29 January 2010
- The dark, blue/black clouds correlate with the title of the film, "The Dark Knight" to suggest that the title is shown at night time due to the darkness effect. The clouds zoom to form the Batman logo and this then becomes clear why they decided to film the title sequence in the darkness of time. Also, Batman has always appeared to be a sinister character in The Dark Knights given plot therefore the choice of colors connote this.
- The cut zoom into the city defines the location of the film and also suggest the Gotham city is full of crime due to the given name which is similar to Gothic. In result this implies the perfect setting for the enigma to begin.
- The zoom into the mirrored building shows no reflection which implies there could be no hope for the city.
- The first showing of violence is the windows exploding. The broken glass is small but lethal and could be used as weapons which could show the film is bound to break laws and be full of action scenes.
- The shot then cuts to medium close ups of characters in masks. The childish form of identity is ironic because they are shown to be holding guns. Children are usually seen as sweet and innocent but The Dark Knight destroys this stereotype and takes a new role to make audience believe that anyone can be evil. The masks are different clown faces.
- In the banks building, the shot cuts to a high-angled shot of two clown characters dealing with weaponry. These characters are hiding behind childish masks to suggest they wont do no harm but there given guns makes the audience feel uneasy and prepares them for any violent scenes ahead.
- The scene juxtaposes with a cut to the lower ground outside where one character is filmed from behind holding his mask in his left hand and reveals his identity with no hesitation. The broad shoulder tell us that the character is male and his greasy, slick hair and big bag stereotype him as a typical bank robber. The shot is then zoomed in to gather extra detail of the character.
- The zoom focuses on the mask of the single character which shows he isnt wearing it due to the significance that his identity doesnt involve a mask and maybe his indentity will be revealed further into the plot.
- The pace of the opening building up quickly once the villians car turns up and the non-diegetic music starts with an upbeat, heavy tone. The single character puts his mask on, gets in the door and the robbery begins. We know this because the constant reminders of masks, slammed doors and quick pace of shots.
- The medium shot cuts to juxapose the the two clown characters and car in different places. This highlights the planning of the robbery and that it was well planned in order to be successful. A tracking shot follows the two clowns down the zip wire then intakes a high angled shot of the busy city which makes the scene more intense because of the close call situation the villains have put themselves in.
- The shot then cuts to the clowns within the car and a medium close up of the clowns conversation puts the other clown out of focus's either to suggest he isn't important or throwing the audience off so he can reappear as a significant character.
- The robbers are ALL wearing clown masks however they all have different emotions on them and create an individual effect which suggests "every man for themselves". This saying unravels after the shot cuts to upon the rooftop where talk of the Joker causes one clown to shoot the other in order to make more money in the pot. The roof is the high point avaliable on location and the sorting through weapon gives that extra boost of power to the villains.
- The sound bridge is continued as the scene continues with its montage of shots to the lower ground. The music has a fast pace beat which forces the robbery to its peak and makes the audience be on the edge of their seats as they continue to attempt to unravel the indentities of the clowns.
- The shot then cuts to pans from outside the bank and inside to follow the characters every movement and grasp the other characters reactions to the situation they were unaware of. Inside the bank is the first time we get a point of view shot from a banker to show the victims side of the story. This helps viewer understand the feelings and actions from people other than the villians.
- The zoom out, tracking shot of the mayhem within the building builds pace into the scene and continues to help the scene peak to its enigma. The diegetic sounds of screams from the innocent characters puts pressure onto the villians showing their plan is working but they may be caught due to the attention risen by the screams.
- The montage of shots makes sequence faster and parallels actions within the film.
- Innocent characters hidden under the tables makes the audience see they are insecure and feel terroised. These actions make the audience see both sides of the story and develops emotions to feel sorry for the innocent.
- A long shot of the bank shows one clown aggressively pulling a banker over the counter. This clown is showing authority and showing aggravation to scare the victims who surround him.
- However, the victims in this scene fight back such as an over shoulder shot of a blonde, female banker shouting "NO" to one of the clown to take a brave stand against giving them their desire (money). These actions make the shot more intense because its unable to determine how the clowns may react to this act of rebellion.
- The shot cuts to the roof where the clowns are shown to be clever by hacking the electricity in order to make the banks vaults easier to rob. This is clever and classic action of robbers and is also a sign of determination to shown that no matter what education you have you still can fall into the wrong hands of the law.
- At the same moment where the two robbers were cutting the electricity, the over the shoulder shot shows a clown drawing a gun to the electrician robbers head but still continuing normal conversation whilst the electrician robber is unaware he is about to be killed. This action shows theres nothing normal in illegal activity and friend is a word that doesn't exist in criminal activity.
- The music by now is much heavier as the pressure and tension rises as the bank robbery gets deeper and more intense. The plot thickens and one brave banker prepare his gun to fight back which shows pride and concludes the scene into a war between victims and villains rather than a crime itself.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Fight Club (1995)
Staring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
- At the beginning the audience can't make out what the image is portraying. However it is shown that the shot is overly detailed as if it has a microscope effect as the tracking shot zooms out of the body.
- The shot which zooms out of the body represents the blood pumping throughout the body possibly to do with adrenaline which reflects the given title of the film "Fight Club" where blood is expected.
- The title was of bold, white font which exploded in sequence to the non-diegetic music and with each explosion it acted as catalyst for chemical reactions within the body similar to scientific experiments.
- The static noise of the electricity in the body begins the non diegetic drum and bass music which connotes the title of the film "Fight Club" because of the beats of punches and fouls. The music almost has a mystery, spy effect which could suggest that the thrill in this film has to do with something criminal/illegal.
- The flash effect on the titles awakens your ideas of the film and draws your attention to impress your views on the film right from the beginning.
- The time spent whizzing through the body continues to make the audience curious of who's system does this body belong to and creates an element of mystery through a black-hole effect.
- Eventually, the shot zooms right out and we then encounter beads of sweat on an extreme close up of a mans face which focuses on his glaring eyes which we then assume he is in danger.
- The shot tracks his face from eyes downwards to his nose where deliberate detail is shown through his flaring nostrils and nose hair which suggest he is heavy breathing due to the stress. This also connotes his beads of sweat which appeared earlier on his forehead.
- The zoom out, tracking shot peaks when it reveals the man has been held hostage with a gun in his mouth. This is the first shot of violence in the film and the non-diegetic music is then halted as the villain speaks however his identity is not revealed to build the tension.
- The point of view shot from the villains position focuses on the distressed male character who's body language (sweat, anxious eyes) clearly shows hes under pressure and faced with an ultimatum.
- The narrator takes control the diegetic music which can only be heard by the film audience. This is dramatic irony and lets the audience know more than the characters do about the plot. It also helps the audience understand the enigma of the film. Quotes such as "People always ask me if I know Tyler Durden" imply this is dramatic irony.
- Theres a contrast between dramatic irony and the script when a timescale is kept by Tyler Durden constantly being efficient with time quoting "three minutes" and " two and a half minutes". Time is also a major part of the title sequence as the fast-paced music and quick montage of shots parallels how limited time is to the plot.
- The shot then cuts to a medium close up of the gun in the narrators mouth which suggests the scene will soon progress into violence. The narrator remains calm which is ironic considering he is being faced with death.
- The shot then cuts from medium close up to an over the shoulder shot where Tyler Durden is still not visible with the gun. However Tyler controls the narrative by overtaking the overvoice of the narrator. This shows that Tyler and the narrator equally share the changing of the plot.
- Tyler is then out of focus while the audience remain to look and listen to the narrator as he continues the story.
- Tyler is dressed in a strict, army style wearing khaki combat trousers, tank top and short hair style to show his efficiency on his particular mission to recreate history. His muscles are exaggerated to show his masculine strenghth which also connote with the use of the gun as his form of masculine backup.
- The narrator gasps for air as the gun is pulled out of his mouth by Tyler which connotes that he is taking each breath as a reward for living and surviving Tylers psychotic ways.
- An extreme close up of the narrators face turning as he becomes more intriguied by Tylers talks shows a change in interest.
- The cut to the long shot of the city out of the window makes the audience aware of the location, timing and that Tylers plan centers a busy area. The reflection of Tyler and the narrator in the window implies they are ghosts in the eyes of the citizens as they will die for what they believe in.
- The narrator is tied to a black chair and is hopeless in changing the enigma because he is laid back and watching Tyler as he unravels his plans. The narrator has been stripped to his boxers and top to suggest he is equal to every other man which in Fight Club the males were stripped so they had no background and the only reason they were there was to fight.
- The pace is then built with the fast track/zoom down the building to define the location and hunt the bomb similar to what the police would do. The shot goes deep down into the underground where there are apparent illegal happenings such as Fight Club and the bombs. Until the search of bombs reaches its location and the bleeps highlight it is active and the scene is almost finished. The speed of the shot sequence connotes the little time left for the bomb to blow up.
- Tyler quotes the time constantly to show this is the essence and motif of the title sequence. It shows that there isnt enough time to mess around and that his revolution is serious.
- The extreme long shot of the room, characters and city gives the audience a feel of the atmosphere and the shots surroundings.
- The shot of the narrator is cut and zooms into a medium shot then extreme close up to suggest he is worried of the outcome.
- The narrators voice is dominated by the ticking of the bomb.