Group 5 Finished Opening Sequence Removal

Group 1C Preliminary Task

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Signing Off

Having finished my coursework project, this blog is now closed and I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

  • More complicated and interesting shot types
  • Use of camera to show character and create atmosphere
  • Better framing
  • Smoother cuts
  • More complicated editing
    These are two similar shots of people opening and coming through a door from both my preliminary sequence (on top) and my opening sequence (below)

    The first shot is simplistic, being straight on to the character, and the framing is imperfect, as there is a lot of space above the characters head.

    However, in the second shot, from my opening sequence, the girl is in the centre of the frame so that she is the focus of the watchers' attention. Also, the use of the high angle makes her look vulnerable, appropriate as she is the victim of the narrative. Finally, as the light is brighter outside of the house compared to inside, it implies that there is something forboding about the house.

    Also, as we spend more time over editing in the main task and had learnt to film actions through in the prelim, the match on actions in our opening sequence are smoother than those of the preliminary task

    Finally, our preliminary task involved no music or sound fx whereas our opening sequence has multiple nondiagetic sound tracks that we had to blend together as well as diagetic sounds which we had to get to the right level to be heard over the music but not sound unnatural.

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

    • Progressed my knowledge of the camera
    • Improved my knowledge of editing
    • Learnt some skills with Macromedia Flash
    Specific Equipment

    The main hardware that we used to create our opening sequence was:

    Canon HV30 Camcorder
    Jessops 327 Tripod
    C6 Pag Lights

     The main software we used was:

    Adobe Premiere Pro

    What I Learnt
      • I learnt how to do more complicated shots, such as the through the floor shot at the beginning of our sequence
      • I learnt how to use the sound equipment with the camera which I had never used before
      • As I was responsible for the camera I became more confident with charging it
      • Use of audio tracks which I had minimal experience of before
      • Using websites in order to get music tracks and sound fx 

      Macromedia Flash
        • Used flash in order to create our Studio logo, although I feel that my skills personally could be vastly improved here

          How did you attract/address your audience?

          • Film would be rated 15
          • Main character of sequence represents target audience
          • Villain character based on the Joker from The Dark Knight, including psychopathic element
          • Use of handheld POV shots to create low budget British horror feel
          • Plot focussed on characters and implication rather than gore and special FX
          Our Victim
          • Mid-teens
          • Baggy, indie style clothes, including checked shirt and skinny jeans and star ring
          • Alternative makeup (black nail varnish and eyeliner)

           Our Villain Compared to the Joker

          • Costume of slightly eccentric suit and tie
          • Messy hair
          • Psychopathic traits
          Our Shots in Comparison to The Blair Witch Project
          • Use of POV
          • Villain's POV instead of victim's
          • Element of voyeurism rather than fear of the unknown

          • Low budget means no special fx
          • Minimal graphic viewing of events, more subtle implications
          Audience Feedback

          We screened our opening sequence in school, perfect for our audience of teenagers, asking everyone who attended to fill out a questionaire.

          The results of this were:
          • Our audience's favourite part of the sequence's narrative was the ending
          • Our audience's favourite character was our villain
          • Our audience felt that our film would be able to make it to mainstream, multiplex cinemas, despite the low budget feel of it
          • The majority of our audience could identify the title and themes of the film
          More detailed results of the questionaire can be found here

            Who would be the audience for your media product?

            • Indie/alternative young people

          • Interested in horror, especially those with psychological elements

          • Enjoy British, gritty, realistic films

          • Other films they might enjoy include Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project and The Dark Knight (the latter due to the psychopathic character of the Joker)

          • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

            Fallen Tree Studios
            • Small, British, independent distributer. Could be compared to Icon. Distributes quirky, unique films which challenge their audience.

            Black Cat Productions
            • Produces low budget, independent, British films. Name follows indie element of the production company
            Logo Analysis

            How does your media product represent particular social groups?

            Disability Representation

            Gender Representation