Thursday, 7 April 2011

[Q2] Representation of social groups

The character in our film "Demented" has been inspired by the female character in "Fatal Attraction". The character's are similar as they seem to have split personalities, in relation to "Fatal Attraction", the character is seen to be innocent whilst being attacked, however she then changes and become aggressive and violent. Our "Demented" character is seen to be quite "normal" when sitting on a bench and looking at a baby scan. The character can be seen to be sad as she has lost her baby. However, she changes her appearance and her behaviour when she is seen killing babies.
Character attacking man with a knife

Character attacking baby with knife

[Q8] Looking back at preliminary task

Final film opening credits
Preliminary opening credits

The credits for our opening for both the prelim and the final film are very similar. For both we have used a watery effect. We improved the effect by making the colour of the watery effect darker. This was done to make the opening seem darker and more fitting to a thriller film's opening.

Preliminary scene
Scene from our final scene
In our preliminary film we used shots that cut out the head of the character, in our final film we made sure to have a gap between the head and the screen.

In our preliminary film, we did not use any effects. In our final film we made sure to use effects that were relevant. For example, we used fades to switch from flashbacks to real time scenes. 

Monday, 4 April 2011

Q) 4&5: What Kind Of Media Instution Might Distribute Your Media Product and Why ? How Will You Attract / Address Your Audience ?

Task 4: 
From the research I have completed I can see certain similarities in the ways our clips have been distributed & Exhibited .The first most obvious one is that both have been placed on the internet by being embedded on to a web site  our thriller film has more of a link to Copy Cut  as they have both been made available  on vimeo but our thriller could still make its way onto other forums such as you tube .With the websites having the function where people are able to view , rate and share opinions on the clips.

Also as many independent films are screened at film festivals we will be having a screening of our own ! 

where all thriller openings will be displayed .As well as the 200 copy dvd release 

Q7: What Have You Learned About Technologies From The Process Of Constructing This Product


Q8) Looking Back At Your Prelim , What Do You Feel You Have Learned In The Progression From It To The Full Product

Before we started planning and making our thriller opening sequence we did 2 experiments where we filmed 2 short sequences. First one was a Newspaper thriller where we had ti create a suspenseful short thriller by using different camera angles and edits. this exercise helped us to learn how to use the camera also editing programs such as :Final Cut Pro, Live Type to create the title sequence and Soundtrack Pro to create  sounds.
The second exercise was a Preliminary thriller film ,this time we had to create a short dialogue and plan the whole sequence ourselves.Also we had to use shots like Match cut, follow the 180 degree rule and over the shoulder shots. This helped us to prepare so when we have to film and edit our thriller opening sequence we would know what shot types to use.

These are some shots from our preliminary film called 'The Confrontation" for the title sequence we used a liquid mercury background in grey with white font. We tried to use a similar font to the one used in 'What Lies Beneath'.The background has a water effect which makes the title sequence more mysterious.

This shot and the next one are examples of match cut, we used it in the scene where Nelema opens the door and enters the room, we changed shots from a close up of her opening the door to waling in the room and then to extreme close ups as she closes the door.

Throughout the short movie we also used over the shoulder shots during the dialogue and we followed the 180 degree rule.

These are some of the shots from our final thriller opening sequence. We used the same background for the title sequence to the one used in our preliminary exercise. Again we used the inspiration form what lies beneath of the water effect to make it more mysterious.However we changed the colour to avery dark grey to represent the movie as its also very dark.

Throughout the shirt film we used various shot types, such as over the shoulder shots close ups, extreme close ups, wide shots,panning, etc.

Q8) Looking Back At Your Prelim , What Do You Feel You Have Learned In The Progression From It To The Full Product

Lessons learnt in the preliminary in the filming stage were valuable  use to us when filming our thriller opening little things like counting five seconds after hitting the record button  before we continued with what we were shooting . as those five seconds were valuable in the editing process if any cutting of clips needed to be carried out which we found out and had to re shoot due to the clips being to short.In our preliminary we mainly focused on including shots such as 180 rule , match cuts and over the shoulder shots .
Another valuable filming experience we had was the framing in shots . In one of the shots in our preliminary part of the characters head is not shown  we also were careful of the mise- en – scene as different objects that may appear in the clip can connote different meanings which could alter the point we were trying to get across  . Something else that we learnt was to be aware of the digetic sound  as whilst filming  our preliminary after the completion of editing and uploading to the blog we realised there was the sound of someone swearing .
From the editing process we learnt lots of the technical aspects of a media production our preliminary  task  which is where we made most of our mistakes  were made as it was our first real time using the equipment and the software on the Mac which were totally new to everyone in our group  the such as final cut pro , sound track pro and life type text , hand break etc. 

above are two screen shots one from our prelim and the other our final product
We decide to use the same ripple effect in both our prelim and in our final product .We decided to us the ripple effect again as we felt it was effective in creating an suspenseful atmosphere .One thing that we did change in the titles compared to our prelimnary was the font we decided to change the font as we wanted something to represent our main character.

Another similarity was the shot types we used over the shoulder shoulder shots to convey mystery

This is ascreen shot of where we made a mistake  with the framing of a shot as you can see we cut of the characters head after watching through our edited sequence and noticing this .We were able to progress from this mistake in demented as we tried our hardest to make sure that all shots were framed as they should be .

Our audience feed back from our cinema screening was great
and I managed to find someone who had something to say about our thriller opening !