Thursday, 29 September 2011

Preliminary Task Script

Brief: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue.This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

The Script:(set in a school)
 Scenario: two people have a conversation about how one was looking for the other because they have a important parcel) 
character one walks down the corridor towards the meeting room, placing hand on the handle  and opens the door.
Character one: where have you been?
Character two: What do you mean?
Character one: I have been looking for you for ages.
character two: oh I see, i apologise, I was working on "the thing"
Character one: the thing is of great importance, I understand.
character two slides a brown parcel across the table, with a "? mark" on it, while giving a knowing
Character two: you should leave now.
character one departs swiftly.once the character is outside she turned the parcel over and it says"DON'T OPEN" she opens the parcel and it is a cookie so she eats it.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Unloved

Watched a interesting film this evening called 'The Unloved.' This film gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger.
  The story plot is about a girl called Lucy who is eleven, she has been neglected by her mother and father, this equals in her ending up in a children's home. The audience follows Lucy's struggle to cope with the system. Furthermore the only thing keeping her strong is her self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over by God. Therefore this film doesn't contain much dialogue because it is showing her isolation and what the audience feels her pain.

The Unloved (2009)

Director: Samantha Morton

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The boy in stripped pj's (watch 2.00 minutes -2.30 minutes)
Bruno:German boy on outside
 shmuu: Jewish boy in camp
 At the start of this clip it shows Bruno standing in a field surrounded by flowers, they have set the mise-en-scéne  with ambient lighting because it illustrates how free he is compared to Shmuu.
  Secondly the first shot we get of Shmuu he is sitting on the floor behind a piece of rubble this gives us the impression that he is hiding, therefore this could always be one of the reasons the colours are so dull in this shots of  Shmuu, so he blending in with the background. Furthermore in this 30 seconds of clip the director has used shot reverse shot between these two character as they are talking to one another, this is effective because it give the reaction of other character.
 Meanwhile at 2.13 just after Shmuu says " we are building a new hunt" the camera changes to Bruno's perspective of the camp this also symbolises how their worlds are both so different.
 In conclusion the camera shots all link with the genre of the film similarly so do the camera angles used, a mid shot from Bruno's knee upwards portrays how Bruno is able to see over all the flowers and the fence suggesting that he has freedom ambling him to travel. wherefore Shmuu has a mid shot of him positioned on the floor signifying how he is stuck in a concentration camp.

Sunday, 18 September 2011


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Media language ( film language)
Institutions (makers of the text)
Genre ( type/kind)
Representation (key concepts)
Ideology ( ideas/values/beliefs)
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