Monday, 31 January 2011

Jelly Babies

This is our sequence of our jelly babies.It took us a while to upload but thankfully got there in the end !!! Will we will aim to use all the shots we used of our jelly babies in our preliminary exercise

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Cinema Audiences

How many suspense films were released in 2009? How many films were released altogether that year?
-In 2009 31 suspense film were released altogether that year 501 films were released.

Action , animation, and comedy account for 52% of Box Office in 2009. Why do you think these genres are so popular.

-I think these genres are so popular because they are aimed at a wider audience and appeal to a larger amount of cinema goers.Films such as Ice Age 3 or Night at the Museum 2 are aimed for adult and children to enjoy watching.These films have combined two most popular genres to create films that would be very popular.

Why do you think Thrillers account for quite a low proportion of UK Box Office takings (4% in 2009)?
-I think that thrillers account for a low proportion of UK Box Office takings because they might not appeal to as many audiences as some of the more popular film genres do.For example people would be more likely to go and see a funny and uplifting movies like the Hangover (2009), something they are more likely to enjoy.

Looking at the 'genre by gender'diagram on the teaching blog , what information can be derived about thriller audiences and gender ?
-That women are slightly more likely to watch a thriller film .

Look at the age certificate for 10 of the films featured on the teaching blog. What does this tell you about Thriller audiences.

-Majority of the thriller films featured on the teaching blog , are certified for age 15, but there were also a few certified for 18 This shows that thriller films are targeted at mostly young adults +. The film I have looked at were : The Shining-Certificate 18, The Stepfather-Age certificate 15, What Lies Beneath-certificate 15,Fatal Attraction -Age certificate 18, Enemy Of The State-Certificate 15,Se7en-Age Certificate 18,Arlington Road- Certificate 15, Panic Room-Age Certificate 15,Dead Calm- Age Certificate 15,Mesrine-Killer Instinct-Certificate 15.

Camera tutorials.

A couple of lessons ago we were given the task to create a thrilling and suspenseful footage of someone reading a newspaper as our first experience in filming. Before we could begin with the filming we were introduced to how the cameras work and how to safely operate them.We were shown how to turn on and off the camera, where to insert the memory card,also how to zoom and set a focus. We were also shown how to use and set the tripod and place the camera on and make sure it is safely locked.

Editing techniques

As a group, we have looked into different editing techniques that are used in films. These techniques being match cut, and jump cut.

Example of match cut.

The character is moving down the stairs, but to shorten the length, the scene has been edited to show a close up the feet. The when the camera is back to it's original place, the character is seen to have already travelled down the stairs.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Introduction To Camera's

A couple of lessons ago as a class we were shown how to operate cameras by one of the media technicians .We were shown the basics from switching the camera on and inserting memory cards to how to focus and zoom.We were also instructed on how to use  a tripod. This was really enjoyable as it was out first "hands on" experience with the equipment. 

Animatic Story Board

In my last lesson we started brain storming ideas for our preliminary exercise .In our groups we were given the task to use jelly babies to create a story board for our exercise.
We were also given a list of shots to use in our preliminary exercise which had to be shown on our story board which was slightly difficult as the jelly babies would not say in place !! we managed to over come this by glueing the jelly babies  to a surface while we took our shot's.
Also we had to make sure the shots we were taking of the jelly babies were "doable" by humans ! and at times had to toll down the imagination of the group !
We managed to get all the shots we needed for our storyboard but we ran out of time so were unable to upload and edit animatic sequence so it will be completed next lesson .

Documentary on Film Openings

As a class we watched the documentary called "watching".It gave a brief insight into the ideas that directors have for the opening of thrillers. Whilst watching the documentary we were give the task to answer some questions about the documentary .
1)The first question was when thomas sutcliffe says Films need to "seduce their audience into long term commitment. While there are many type of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible".He  means that when  a film director starts to think about the  ways to create the film so that it will  will keep the interest of the audience . According to Thomas  the easiest way to keep audiences interested is to use "instant arousal" which by you  shock the audience at the beginning of the film .
2) Director Jean Jacques Beniex thinks there are risks to instant arousal such as the director having to work even harder so that it lives up to the audiences expectations and does not leave the feeling fed up.Jean Jacques Benix believes that by letting suspense progress and build up  it will keep the audience more interested as they will be more keen to find out what is coming nest .3) A good beginning must make the audience feel that they don't know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that they don't know too little " This means that the audience are given a clue to what may happen in the rest of the film but they are not completely sure and therefore it leaves the audience anticipating the rest of the film  .
4) critic Stanley  kanuffmann described the classic opening he used the example of establishing shots  of tall buildings in  New York city from the east , followed by close ups of windows then inside the window  ,past the receptionist desk, then into the private office.This classic opening seems to work as it lets the audience know where the action is taking place , the occupation of the hero and that every thing is well but most importantly it leads the audience into the story slowly.
5)kyle coopers title sequence in the film seven is effective because it wakes every body up and begins to tell the story as it introduces the main character and foreshadows what will happen in the rest of the movie  .
6)Orson welles  wanted  his title sequence for a touch of evil to plunge the audience in to the film but universal studios decided to put title sequences and music into the opening sequence because it was not what usually appeared in film openings.
7)"A favourite trick of Film Noir" The trick is that the beginning of the film starts with the ending.Then the rest of the film shows how the character get to the particular event at the beginning of the film .
8)The opening of The shining creates suspense as a helicopter shot of a car driving the camera follows the car from a high angle and from behind, giving the audience the impression that the car is being followed  as the camera is fixed on the object , the sound track also help's build up the suspense .


LiveType is a program which can create animated title sequences. 

LiveType interface
These are tracks. Tracks can be used for different uses. For example, one track may be used for text, another for effects and another for the backgrounds. These tracks can be moved, shortened and lengthened on the time line.

LiveType interface

This image shows the technical controls in LiveType. There is a navigation bar which has different features, such as fonts,textures and effects. In our project we used a watery texture with text fading in and out. 

Soundtrack pro

In lesson today we learnt how to use the program "Soundtrack Pro". This program enables the user to choose from a variety of sounds. We used this program to add sound to our video "The Confrontation". We chose sounds which suited the genre of our video.

From the sound search section, different sounds can be selected. These sounds are classified by mood and instrument. For our sound, we chose a sound with a dark mood.

Sounds selection

Cinema Audiences

1) How many suspense films were released in 2009? How many films were released altogether last year?
 31 suspense films and 503 in total 
2) Action, animation and comedy account for 52% of Box Office in the UK in 2009. Why do you think these genres are so popular?
I think these genres are popular because of the target audience the film is geared towards  and the fact that films in one of the above three genres usually  have sub genre's of the other. An example of this is the film  shrek, The genre which is  animation  & comedy by combining the two genres audiences are getting their favourite genres in on film making it more likely to be more popular .
3) why do you think Thrillers account for quite a low proprotion of UK Box Office takings (4% in 2009)?

4) Looking at the 'genre by gender' diagram , what information can be derived about Thriller audiences and gender?
That the target audiences  for thriller / suspense films are slightly geared toward women 

5) Look at the age certificate for 10 of the films featured on the teaching blog. What does this tell you about Thriller audiences?
The Ten films that i looked at were : 
The Step Father - certificate 15
Marathon Man -certificate 18
Pelham 123-certificate 15
What lies beneath -certificate 15
Enemy of the state-certificate 15
the shining-certificate 15
Fatal Attraction-certificate 18
Psycho-certificate 15
Deja Vu-certificate 15
Collateral-certificate 15
The majority of certificates of the thriller are age 15 this shows that the target audience of thriller films is generally young adults .