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