Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Evaluation- Question Two: How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Gina played the killer in our opening film sequence. The killer costumes consists of all black clothing such as boots, hat, mac, leather gloves and trousers. Using one tone creates a sinister appearance which influences the audience into believing they are going to cause the changes within the plot. Compared to V, the mysterious anarchist vigilante and freedom fighter from V for Vendetta who also appears wearing all black clothing including boots, long cloak, leather gloves and body wear for protection again all who flee to kill him. It is well know that the character V doesn't remove his mask (apart from once in the comic story at Surridge's request) therefore his identity remains anonymous. His name "V" is also a code name within the film and continues to withhold his identity. At first V is recognised as the villain due to his past however throughout the film it becomes clear his plan would change Britain for the best, when his life ends, so does his stereotype of being a villain. The killer in our piece is also undoubted to known as a villain just from the appearance alone but his role in the film is to kill Lucy (the main girl). Although, unlike V, the killer will always remain a villain because he is a cold hearted killer. V who had copied Guy Fawkes' costume remains in 15th style using knives instead of guns. However, the killer in our opening piece is post modern using a guy which is quick and painful. Similar to V, our killer uses a hat to hide his identity and also remain a shifty look to his appearance.

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.

All the characters featured in this question are strong minded and are determined to fight issues that come in their way by weaponry. They also use their weapons for comfort because they also feel threatened by others that could assassinate them. They have the classical stereotype of testosterone poisoning believing the more masculine they appear, the more negative traits they would have.



Saturday, 17 April 2010

Evaluation- Question Six: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

we used a range of equipment/software in order to create our final AS piece.

Blogger.com is used to keep record of each individuals research, techniques and evaluation.

Dafont.com is a uncopyrighted website where you can download different types of typography for free that you can then apply to your film piece. We chose anonymous clipping.

Facebook.com and Myspace.com are both social networking sites in which I used to conduct my audience research as it is quicker than speaking to each individual personally. It was also a fast way of collecting critical comments on our final AS piece. Films are also advertised via the internet because it is cheap advertising and effective due to the large number of people who have access to it.

Google.co.uk is a search engine which can be used in numerous ways. I used this to collect images, watch videos and gain access to other information needed for our piece.

Youtube.com helped us begin my research into film openings so I could analyse them. It also became of great help when finding a cheap way to create characters costumes/make up.

Freesound.org is a uncopyrighted music website where we downloaded various sounds to create a soundtrack using garage band.

Garage Band is the software we used to create three soundtracks for our film piece. They have a selection of clips already available however you can import more via itunes.

Tripods help keep the camera steady whilst filming to keep a professional look. The tripods size can be adjusted. We used tripods in our piece however we were limited on space at some points such as the shot from inside the car therefore we had to use the camera by hand. We used the camera hand held for the coffin scene for extra distortion.

Imovie was the software we used on the macs to edit and produce our piece in post-production. You can change/add sounds and adjust the video effects on each clip individually.

Windows Movie Maker was an easy way to create videos with a lot of information and can contain videos/photos along the narration.

Paint was used to crop photos so I could use them in windows movie maker or on my blog.

Sony Camcorder was used to record our piece and even create videos like health and safety issues. Easy to use equipment that was spacious.

Slr Camera used to capture characters costume and make up etc.


By spending numerous amounts of time using each piece of software/equipment I can now confidently say I know how to use everything in the list above. I mostly enjoyed working on garage band where I can now understand on how to change the tempo of music, crop music and change the pace in which it plays. Using Blogger is an efficient way of keeping track of what you have done to get to the final AS piece. When I was using Imovie I learnt on about the clips and audio and how everything can be cropped, cut, change colour and matched with audio I made from garage band



Friday, 26 March 2010

AS FINAL PIECE;


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Feedback:

Tori Douglas- "it's actually really good :| i like the start bit where it's someone sat outside & i like it how you linked the scenes together when you closed the curtains. & the bit where you're in the coffin looks really good:| proper" effective"

Sam Marsh- "Wow. That's ridiculously good! It looks professional from start to end I love the music, make up, costumes. The whole fact it looks like a professionally done piece is stunning. Well done you guys!! xx"

Joseff Revill- "WOW! That was pretty awesome guys, top job on creating the atmosphere with the right sound score, dim lighting and the tapping on the car wheel is really eerie and helps draw the audience in, really good, i shall give it 5 revels out of 5 and my own personal HURRAY!"

Callum Cook- "That was brilliant XD The neck crack bit was freaky lols, i really liked it, Id give it my own personal hurray!"

Emily Cross- "The music is chilling and goes very well with the scenes, the shots are very different lengths which shows variety in the video. The make up and imagery is life like and the blood on the face is realistic, also the plain white shirt for the pjs gives the sense of an innocent victim. Very good Video"

Boyce Pratt- "totally spooky"

Abigail Wells- "it was really good, good acting and use of sound and camera shots, really worked well together :) and the scene with the black and white pictures was really dramtic and captured what it was about"

Jenni-Leigh Seaton- "i <3ed>

Jenna Thomas- "media blog is amazing babe :O you;ve done really well"


Editing- Creating the Soundtrack using Garage Band;

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Video showing some of the sounds used on our final piece.
www.freesound.org

Editing- iMovie;

Imovie is the software used to edit our video into the final cut. The simple layout allows you to import music, sounds and video to apply to your video. Imovie can even change the presentation of your videos/images by changing the adjustments. The advantages of using Imovie means you can crop and delete audio/video by your demand. I found Imovie easy to use apart from one problem found with audio on on selection of the film. However this was easily resolved by separating the audio from that part. Imovie involves making new projects and then editing the video to your standard.

Editing- Garage Band;

Garage Band allows you to create unique sounds either to be applied to a film piece or simply to record a song. There are a range of music available and is listed into different genre which makes it easier to look for when you have a certain piece in mind. You can also import your own music which can be downloaded from sites such as www.freesound.org. From this piece of software, I then created 3 separate soundtracks for the film opening. Most of the soundtracks was a mixture of heavy beats, eerie tones and built up to the peak parts which matched parallel with actions within the piece.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Images & Effects;

By using Adobe Photoshop you can adjust photo to your needs. There are a number of techniques you can use to change photos and these are some examples:

Vignetting; this technique often referred to as "fish eye lens" creates the illusion of what someone sees through their eyes. At post-production we used this idea with the webcam shot then the audience are seeing the female character from the stalkers point of view.

Posterize; Using this approach makes the image look distorted but artistically. You can change the strengths of Posterizing and if this image was stronger the picture would have a a smudging effect. Researching all different photo editing helped the group decide what would suit the montage coffin scene.

Invent; Changing a photo from positive to negative looks like the one posted above. Inventing gives the photo an eerie look. However, the outcome of the image depends on the depth and brightness surrounding it. This is the reason why Inventing was only used very briefly whilst editing because the use of bright lights during the coffin scene resulted in the female character barely visible.

Black and White; used mostly in Film Noir, Black and White makes the image look older than actually dated. This is a good technique when used to deceive an audience during the time scale of the opening piece.

These techniques can also be used on Imovie therefore practising on photoshop was great practice before the editing sessions began.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Typography- Researching Existing Fonts;

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Typography- Existing Film Titles;

During filming we researched different film typography and compared them to their given genre.
This helped our group visualise how we wanted our film titles and credits to look like.


TOY STORY (1995)

This title is bold because of the heroic primary colours used to make it stand out. Similar to superheroes such as superman and wonder women, the colours red, yellow and blue represent fun and a happy ending. Behind the title is the background full of clouds which show the film can take you anywhere and escapism is guaranteed. Even the title "Toy Story" identifies that the films target audience is children because their daily life is based around bringing toys to life as entertainment.

The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Bourne Identity title shows straight away that the film is based around one character. Jason Bourne is shown with serious facial expressions next to screen shots of the film where he appears to be violently fighting another character. Bourne has been circled as a target on the title representing that the film could be based around someone hunting Jason Bourne however the reason isn't revealed. This is already triggering an enigma and gets the audience involved. Ironically even though the colours used (yellow and blue) are supposedly heroic it is unable to determine what side his character represents. The white, bold title stands out from its dark background making the target audience see his role in the film is crucial to the plot.

Star Wars: Episode Three - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The audience can guess the genre of Sci-fi due to the out of space background with the dark galaxy and endless stars. Using Roman numerals to show which episode this Star Wars film is ranked, it is clear that this film is as big as space luring audiences to think this could be "out of this world". Each title is in a different colour such as "revenge of the sith" is a mix between red and white to represent heaven and hell showing there is a fine line between evil and good. The title enrols the plot without the audience noticing at first. "Star Wars" in gold implies the film is only of good quality, even by the shiny, capital writing. Within "Star Wars" the waves of sand suggest the film may flashback to prequels and sequels to draw the film together as a whole. This is a good tactic to attract the old and new generation fans of the world-wide known franchise.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The simple idea of a black background and bold titles enforces an audience to make up their own plot. The title alone uses bright and bold colours to attract people but even the name "pulp fiction" forces people to think what the film may be about. Using the plain black background makes the title look authentic and comic.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

The title is almost hidden by using all of the same colour but just changing the brightness and contrast between the background and the title. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix appears in front of clouds to suggest the film is forever changing similar to the weather. Harry Potter also has a scar in the shape of a lightening bolt which is included in the typography when you look directly at the letter P. Each individual letter of "Harry Potter" has sharp edges implying what his character may be like in the film. The dark use of colour represent the darkness and sin within the film.

Final Destination (2000)

Final Destination uses small lettering to reassure the enigma of the film is revealed in small steps up to the big finale. It is believe that once we die we go to heaven and by using the stars as a background it suggest this film already ends in tragedy. The title "Final Destination" is distorted and uses white font to look similar to the stars. The background and title connote each other because they both show the film will be tragic due to the destination being death.

Clash of the Titans (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

Titles- For Team Members;

Deciding the group roles: We allocated TWO title each, but we all took part in each role.

Our main titles include:
+PRODUCER
+DIRECTOR
+MUSIC EDITOR

In addition, we used these as further information for our audiences:
+POEM WRITTEN BY
+COSTUME + MAKE-UP
+LIGHTNING
+SOUND
+EDITING

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
Sound- Freesound.org
Lighting - Joseph Ryan
Costume + Make-up- Gina Eales
Editing-Victoria Parker
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.

Opening Credits;

Final checks on our AS media piece were observed by Nanette (our media teacher). The only feedback she gave was an improvement on the opening credits because they were ordered incorrectly. Opening credits usually start from the less important roles and end with the important information towards the ending of the opening sequences.

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

After comparing our roles to the list suggested on Wikipedia we rearrange the order of our opening credits.

Starting with the production company, the actors involved then the title of the film and finally the name of the director. Panic Room builds up the title sequence right through to the end where only one director can be listed which is orders from The Directors Guild of America. However, in rare cases such as death in mid-production there are exceptions.

Starting with the production company, then the title of the film, followed by the actors involved and finally the listed director.

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.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

On Location & Characters Costumes;

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This video shows the characters costumes and our research influence on how we created them. All four character:
  • Lucy (the girl),
  • Her alter-ego (the coffin girl)
  • The stalker
  • The killer
were discussed in forms of stereotypes and what effect they have given. We also discussed the purpose of the stalkers blackboard which created an enigma for the beginning of the film.


Monday, 15 March 2010

Film Legistrations- Weapons;

Since the rise in gun crime within the 21st century, the police and the BBFC have become more intense when giving films their certification. Within the last 10 years films released have been changed once they are distributed on DVD due to the audience response and complaints. Such as the recent Batman: The Dark Knight (2008) which features violence scenes using knives therefore due to public demand and current coverage on the news the film was classified as a "12A". The explicit detail of violence changes the certification- the more graphic, the higher the rating.

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.

Team members and their roles;

Our group is made up by three people:

Joseph Ryan (stalker, editor, director)
Gina Eales (killer, editor, director)
Victoria Pratt (Parker) (Lucy, editor, director

When filming our film piece, we all wanted to experience the different equipment. Therefore we played different parts when scenes where being filmed. Such as the coffin scene Victoria acted so Joe and Gina could be co-directors. But on the final part of the opening where Joe plays the stalker, Victoria had the chance to film since she plays the main character and this was her only chance.

Film Title Development;

When researching into film names we looked into the typical conventions within our film piece.
  • stalker
  • death
  • gun
  • sense of the unknown
  • murder
  • jealously

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.

Paramnesia is the term used for a distortion of a memory in which fantasy and objective experience are confused.

Paramnesia is the perfect candidate for our piece of film because the definition sums up the whole plot. Paramnesia is also not in the English dictionary but is an American term which could suggest the film is mainstream rather than niche.


Sunday, 14 March 2010

Script;

In our film opening there will be little or no script as it is controlled by a voice over which will be a selected poem from the Internet (not copyrighted). The poem will add to the eerie atmosphere and create a dramatic effect that will build upon the opening. The slight script of begging as the girl pleads for her life will only be quotes like "please don't", "stop" and "don't do this". At the end of the opening (also known as the beginning of the film) the stalker repeats "she picked her finger upon my rose" over and over until the end of the clip to empathize his love for her.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Prop List;

Prop Lists; Here is a list of props we will be using throughout our media piece. The list will keep our group organised when the day of filming finally begins

Bedroom Scene
  • Laptop
  • Bed
  • Fishtank (artificial lighting)
  • Curtains
  • Black sheet (incase its not dark enough to film
  • Gun

Costumes required for bedroom scene

Girl: White shirt, white shorts, natural look

Killer: Black trench coat, black bowling hat, black boots, black leather gloves.

Coffin Scene

  • Coffin
  • 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.

Outside Scene

  • Car
  • Lampost
  • Digital Camera

Costumes required for outside scene

Stalker: Black leather-look jacket, Jeans, t-shirt, trainers.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Weather and Shooting Schedule;

As the plan states the group and I begin filming for our film coursework tomorrow and I am rather excited to be putting all the groups and my ideas together and finally bring them to life.

Shooting Schedule; This allows us to allocate time in order to keep on track and complete the piece without any rush.

Our filming days are:
Tuesday 9th March 2010
Friday 12th March 2010
Saturday 13th March 2010
Tuesday 9th March Schedule
15.00-16.00: Film the ending of the film (storyboard shots 16-18).
16.00-16.45: Set up film sets (coffin scene, bedroom scene etc).
16.45-17.00: Team meeting.
17.00-18.00: Experiment with lighting for coffin scene, darkness in bedroom scene.
18.00-18.15: Review what has been filmed.
18:15: End of Day One filming.
Friday 12th March Schedule
15.00-16.00: Costume design and set up of film sets (take photographs to form a photo album of process).
16.00-17.00: video on how to use the camera and other equipment used.
17.00-18.00: BREAK/Develop voice over poem and brainstorm a film name.
18.00-18.30: Film on health and safety.
18.30-19.30: Dark Scenes being filmed. Outside then Bedroom scene.
19.30-20.00: Prepare for coffin scene.
20.00-21.00: Coffin Scene filmed.
21:00: End of Day Two filming.
Saturday 13th March Schedule
An extra day has been added just incase the schedule changes due to weather, equipment or adjustments in team members. If any of these issues arise then we can film the parts left out on Saturday.


Weather; The weather is important to our filming because some of our scenes require filming outside. Some weathers such as snow, wind, ice or rain are not permanent therefore the schedule may have to change if these condition become a problem. After looking on www.bbc.co.uk I found the weather forecast for the next 5 days. The light rain may benefit our film because it adds to the dark and dreary atmosphere however we would need to film all the scenes in that time slot so we can be sure the weather remains the same.





Friday, 5 March 2010

Character Recreations;

For further planning into our horror/thriller opening part of the ideas was to look into costume and make up ideas. I selected 6 characters for my group to recreate so we could gather ideas for our own characters. The typical characters for horror/thriller films are innocent females, cold-hearted males, corrupted children and suspicious serial killers. Here are some of our creations:



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Thursday, 4 March 2010

Filming Locations;

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For each initial idea I have put together a video featuring photos of possible filming locations and explained their advantages/disadvantages.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Gantt Chart;

As we come closer to the filming stages my group devised a week-by-week chart in order to keep on the tight schedule and make sure we include everything needed on our blogs.

Week Beginning:
22 Feb- Keep blog updated, finish audience research (questionnaires), storyboards, voice record opinions on intial idea
1st Mar-Finish storyboards, sounds, typography, lighting, scripts, recreations of characters from exsisting horror/thrillers, shooting schedule
8th Mar- Filming, video diary of filming (podcast), weather updates, changes in storyboard and schedule
15th Mar-Editing stages, final blog touches
29th Mar-5th Apr- HALF TERM finishing blog, guides on how to use macs, cameras and how to edit.
12th Apr- Editing
19th Apr- Evaluation
26th Apr- Evaluation
FRIDAY 30TH APRIL- DEADLINE

Initial Ideas;

In order to decide what initial idea was best our group analysed the results from the audience research (questionnaires and interviews), advantages and disadvantages of filming locations and additional information such as props, production rules and health and safety. We then decided Idea One was more appropriate and had more potential because I personally visualised the process and the post-production I saw success then communicated this thought to the group. Idea Two and Idea Three were very brief but don't have the opportunity to expand and would be very short pieces of film. The timing of the final film opening piece should aim to be a minimum 1 minute and maximum 2 minutes.

Planning Outline for Final Piece
Before drawing up out storyboards our group sat down and decided step-by-step what would happen within the film opening. In chronological order the story follows as:

  • 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.
THESE CUTS ARE QUICK TO BUILD UP TENSION AND PACE WITHIN THE FILM OPENING TO REACH A CLIMAX.
  • 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.
BEGINNING OF FILM
  • 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.

Initial Ideas;

Idea One
  • 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.
Idea Two
  • 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.
Idea Three
  • 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.

Intial Ideas;




Thursday, 11 February 2010

Camera Experiments;

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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

Audience Research- Questionnaires;

Further research into audience reception of thriller films I decided to interview 20 people of different age ranges using a questionnaire.
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.

Question Three shows that mainstream films are more likely to all have similar conventions unlike niche films. This is something we have to take into consideration when deciding who should market our film opening.

*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.

Question Five shows that before the film trailer is even seen by an audience the majority are influence just by the title. In order to be successful with this tactic my group must come up with a unique name to influence our target audience to consider watching this film. To do this we must brainstorm different ideas about how our film opening would be percieved.

Question Six shows the popularity of genres such as crime and action. Our genre thriller will be using a crime storyline however only little action is weaved into the opening. I think the crime genre is a good choice because it involves many twists in the plot which will make our opening more interesting to the target audience

Question Seven shows that even though stereotypical conventions are known internationally when involved in films that are unpredictable. It would be useful to change the convention and make them unique to what they have originally be branded as.

Question Eight implies that people will be surprised if thriller ends in tradegy therefore as part of our film opening we could show tradegy to make our audience want to find out how the storyline got to that point.
Question Nine shows that our participants haven't heard of Film Noir and this could still benefit our film opening if we included it. Using conventions of Film Noir would create an interesting reaction to our audience as they will experience something never seen to them before.





































































































Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Audience Research- Interviews;

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
  • 16-25
  • 26+
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.

16-25

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In the interview with a male from the age range 16-25 I found that he had been more aware of thriller/horror film knowledge due to personal interests. They have been aware of horror film conventions and the stereotypes involved in the making.

26+ female + male interviews






These separate interviews with female and male participants show they are aware of thriller/horror films but not the stereotypes involved. All interviews show they don't favour the horror/thriller genre but are aware of films that are of the genre.