Saturday, 28 April 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012

Main Task: Evaluation Question 7

This is the link to ' looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?'
 I answered this by making an animation.

Main Task: Evaluation Question 6

what have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

This mind map shows different website we used to help with are opening clip and also why,but other technologies we used to make this where the equipment such as:

  • HDV camera-to record our piece in high quality, this helped and worked well on the wood scenes
  • Tripod- make it able to hold a shot still when needed and help with panning
  • sound boom-make the wood land scene diegetic sound loud from example the wind. 

Main Task: Evaluation Question 3-5

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
Who would be the audience for you media product?
How did you attract/address the audience?

prezi on all three question together and then audience feedback.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Main Task: Evaluation Question 2

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Main Task: Evaluation Question 1

In what ways does your media product use,develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Our media product develops forms and convention of a stereotypical teen horror with isolated teen alone in a abandoned place this link in with horror such as, 'prom night, Jennifer body and also Scream'. This films are mostly set towards the end of a school or college year and this was the idea for ours have a group of teen getting away to go camping in the wood but they never get there. The stereotypes that is piece goes up again is the girls are more unsafe and scared easier this is shown when the boy bangs on the window and they jump, but on the other hand there is only one male present on this trip,makes him seem likely to be the victim. The conventions at are also shown are the car breaking down and the phone being lost. We also picked the phone to be the main focus point in the film as it is a big part of teenagers lives and they feel lost with out it, giving as the main plot and the phone is then has the characters become victims Meanwhile we also decided to have a female driver as in most films it is a male.
Film at show this:
  • Wolf creek
  • The human centipede
  • Jeeper creepers 2
  • Vacancy's
  • Dead End
  • Eden lake
  • Wind chill
  • The hill have eyes

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Main Task: Editing

We continued to edit are task on final cut pro today, by adding in diegetic sound and names today for the actors an our group, we have added them in place where we think they all fit in will on different sections which we believe they look good. Furthermore we have shows them in different places an angles for example along the car when it drives past.

Main Task: Diegetic sound

We have been going over are diegetic sound recently and from looking at our story broad our ideas have changed on what and where sound was going to be placed in our opening. So we have stared ti opening with creepy music to help set the genre as teen horror so we picked instrument music because it shows scary but not to over the top. We were going to change to pop music as the actors are in the car but the transition would heard right or fit well therefore we are going to have to sound continue through the piece and add in sound effects for examples when Harry jumps up and hits the car window sound will be add to make it more effected at shock the audience.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Main Task: Place that our film many facture

As extra research we have been thinking of place at which are film we be shown and we don't believe it to be a box office but yet something like i film would be shown on a channel such as MTV or channel 4, as it is a independentt film that is low budget, therefore these channel show film such as our film, furthermore we would be likely to show it on other of these channels as they appeal to our target audience, with channel four being a more lied back channel compared to  a BBC channel, this would help as a film would show strong language, also MTV main target audience is teen ages and with our BBFC being a 15 this suits our film well .

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Main Task: Filming

This week our group started filming our opening 2 minutes.
 Monday13th:This was our first day of filming with are actors and main prop being the car, we arrived at are setting but found out we were unable to film there so we quickly had to change are plans and find other setting for the car scene then we came up against the fact that one of are actors pulled out in the morning but this wasn't going to stop us so Tabatha ( member from our group) decided to take there place so we didn't have to reorganise the whole thing. From looking at our storyboards we got the scene when the car drives past the camera and all the shot when the male character asks to go to the toilet and drops his phone. 

 Tuesday 14th: As we got most of are actors scene complete we set out to the wood that where shown in are location hunting to film the establishing shots and the rest, we filmed the shots shown on our storyboard but we also added in other shots that we thought looked scary and would fit in with our genre.

After filming all of this we has decided that we need to redo some of it and this time play more attention to times because we didn't realise how long it would take to film some sections but over all for are first filming i believe we have some promising shots.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Main Task: Non Diegetic

Today i spent looking for non diegetic sound for when the camera is in the woods, i was looking for unknown artist to use for this and we don't want to use well know music some example of sound we may use are:

 Listen to this sound tracks ( with pink album art) we have decided to maybe use the last one as it isn't to heavy ad has what we are looking for.

Main Task: Media Pitch

As part of our Research and planning we had to do a pitch to so are ideas to our teacher and class mates the is are outline for it made on prezi.  /

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Main Task:Dates for filming

This is the date to which we are going to do things.
30th January- practise shoots and establishing shoots
13th-14th February- filming are whole opening to Out of service 
 by the end of February Half term we will have the whole of are opening filmed this will leave us about a month to do all the editing, adding titles and evaluation.

Main Task: BBFC

Looking at the BBFC ( British Board of Film Classification) helped us to choose are age classification of 15 for are film, this is because are target audience is 15 and over because it is a teen horror, this is because it will include drugs alcohol and swearing, it will also show violence but not alot therefore it is an under 18 film. 

Universal: All ages admitted, there is nothing unsuitable for children over 4.

Parental Guidance:All ages admitted, but certain scenes may be unsuitable for 
children under 8. May contain mild language and sex/drugs
references. May contain moderate violence if justified by 
context (e.g. fantasy).

12A: Cinema only. Introduced in 2002.Films under this category are
considered to be unsuitable for very young people. Those aged 
under 12 years are only admitted if accompanied by an adult, 
aged at least 18 years, at all times during the motion picture.
However, it is generally not recommended that 
children under 12 years should watch the film. Films under this 
category can contain mature themes, discrimination, soft drugs,
moderate swear words, infrequent strong language and 
moderate violence/sex references.

12:home media only since 2002. 12A-rated films are usually 
given a 12 certificate for the VHS/DVD version unless 
extra material has been added that requires a higher rating.
Nobody younger than 12 can rent or buy a 12-rated VHS, 
DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game. Films in his category 
may include infrequent drugs, infrequent use of strong
language, brief nudity, discreet sexual activity, 
and moderate violence. 

15: Only those over 15 years are admitted.Nobody younger 
than 15 can rent or buy a 15-rated VHS, DVD, 
Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game,or watch a film in the cinema 
with this rating. Films under this category can contain 
adult themes, hard drugs, strong language and one use of 
very strong language, moderate-strong violence/sex references, 
and undetailed sex activity.

18:Only adults are admitted.Nobody younger than 18 can rent or
 buy an 18-rated VHS, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, UMD or game, or 
watch a film in the cinema with this rating. Films under this 
category do not have limitation on the bad language that is used. 
Hard drugs are generally allowed, and strong violence/
sex references along with strong sexual activity is also allowed. 
Scenes of strong real sex may be permitted if justified by 
the context.

Main Task: Naming our film

As a group we found naming are film was one of the hardest things we had come up against in are research and planning so far. We decided not to have a title with just one word as it makes the film look like it is going to be a Hollywood blockbuster. We eventually come up with the title 'Out of service' this is because it links with the idea of social media, and giving the idea that there are lost and something will happen to them. We also thought this linked to our genre well and added a horror effect to it.

Main Task: Rough Script

This is are rough script, we haven't finished are full script because all our actors are good friends so they will made up conversion themselves but there is just some key lines they will have to say, this is were our script comes in. This will make sure that are dialogue isn't unnatural and will help it follow.

Main Task: Media storyboard animatic.

This is our Storyboard in it's animated form

Main Task: Settings (location scouting)

 Towards are main task research we took some photography of the setting that we are going to be filming are open in.These photographs include an establishing shoot, and different areas with in the wood land area. The reason we cause the thicket in maidenhead area is because it is easy for our actors to get there and we believe it is going to give us the right effect that we are looking for because is contains lots of paths, with trees fallen  down this adds to our genre of horror and will give us the mise-en-scéne that we planned. 


This photos show the different types of wooded area that are with in the thicket, this also shows how the light shines through the trees and the different colour of the leaves adding to the darkness and deadness to the area chosen, linking to our genre.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Main Task: mise-en-scéne and camera angles

Over the past week i have been looking into the different types of camera shots/ angles and mise-en-scénes that are normally used in horror films, this will help when it comes to us filming our opening to a new fiction film as  i will have a good idea to the angle and type of setting that help to show the audience the genre that is being portrayed, this would be achieve for example if the camera at a high angle looking down at the victims to show how they are helpless.

Images to help show this:

Main Task: Extra main task research

Here are some website that link to their chosen genre that are interesting, which contain useful and helpful information that could be linked with our filming

Different Camera angle's we could use:

Point of view shot- shows what the character can see, this can be used to create a relationship between the character and the audience as they see exactly how the character sees things. 
High- angle shot-When the camera is slightly above the character, making them seem weak and helpless, this makes the audience feel more powerful and shows how defence less the character is.
Over the shoulder shot-This is where the camera is over one characters shoulder, this is used mainly in conversation as it directs attention to the character speaking.
Close-up shot-The close up frames the face and shoulders, this helps the audience see the emotion and therefore engages with the character,this is used to create an unsettling feel in horror movies.
Extreme close up-This would just be a section of the object for example a characters eye's, this again helps us to see the emotions and is often used in horror.
Low angle shot-This would be so the camera is looking up at someone, so its although its on the floor, this makes the character gain power and dominance and leaves the audience feel weaker as they see the power that the character creates, this angle could be used on the killer in the beginning when they cause more fear. 
Medium shot-This is a shot which is close enough to see the characters emotions, but we can still see some of the location or background.
Long shot-used to show the setting of the scene, usually used in the beginning of a scene to show the location and set the scene.
Cut-in-Shows a different part of a person up close, for example hands.

Main Task: Mind Map research

Working towards are Main Task of producing a opening to a new fiction we sat down and mind mapped are ideas. This was to help us come up with a plot.We also wrote down different ideas that we all had between are group.

Film Deconstruction 1 Prom Night

Analysis from beginning to 3.50

At the start of this clip the camera is a birds eye from over the top of the sea that then edits showing match on action with the sky this work as they both have the same colours because of this it sets a time period for the audience. This being night linking with most horror films, it also gives the idea that it might be set in winter because of the coldness shown in the water. A straight cut it used from the clouds to the trees that then follows to the use of a crane to go over the tree tops and revile and church with just one light at the top linking with the genre. It continues to show a city with a bridge going across the water from the opening mise-en-scéne with the wave crashing, showing a couple of house lights on. Similarly the whole time this is happening 'time of the season by the zombies' is being played it is a soft voiced song with drums in the background and a cracking microphone giving a beating effective giving the idea it is building up to something.

Meanwhile the clip moves to a close up of the bridge focusing on a black 4x4 travelling a long the bridge. 180 degree of the bridge is used allowing us to follow the car along this connects that the people in the car will have a part to do with the film. At 2.39 the first character we see who ending up also being the main character gets out of the black 4x4 outside her house, the mise-en-scéne shows a young blonde girl standing outside the car but looking through the passenger’s windows. This suggests that she is no longer safe because she has left the car.

The main character is a young blonde female, this helps us to illustrate the stereotype because of her gender. It gives the viewer the idea that she is going to be the victim, because she is portrayed as a easy target, therefore this is linking with the genre showing a young women alone walking in to her home at night/ in the dark. Close ups are used of the mother, daughter and girl faces to show their reaction this also brings in shot reverse shot pan from the characters using continuity in the editing. Once the girl is in the house diegetic sound of the television is used for a weary effect symbolising that someone is at home, furthermore the television is showing American football this links to the setting showing it is an American film.

Final the tension build when she is in her room and opens the wardrobe, the house it pretty dead silent with the door creaking open adding to the genre. A straight shot is used from the outside to the inside of the wardrobe with a voyeuristic type shot giving the audience the idea that maybe someone is in the wardrobe or watching her, this is where my clip finishes.

In conclusion this isn't the only things we need to focus on in are 2 minute opening because we need to add in actors ect name in this example the text they used was like handwriting, because we need to make sure we use the right front or it will not link in.