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