Thursday, 27 January 2011

Response To Watching Documentary - Research

Question 1.
You need to grab the audience’s attention from the start so that they have an urge to watch the rest of the film and want to know what happens next; the audience might be disappointed.

Question 2.
The risk of an instant arousal is the fact that you might not be able to keep up the tension and what you can do next that is more exciting.

Question 3.
A good beginning must engage the audience and give a feel about what the movie is about, the genre; whether they should laugh or weather, they should take it seriously etc...

Question 4.
Critic Stanley Kauffman describes the classic opening as a wide New York City view, with the camera zooming into a building, then into a window, past the receptionist and end up in a private office room. this works because it gives a sense of normality, this lets the audience know that it is a normal day.

Question 5.
Kyle coopers title sequence to the film seven is effective because it tells the audience what the rest of the film is like from the start so the audience want to carry on watching to know what happens in the rest of the movie.

Question 6.
Orson Welles wanted to achieve a sense of what the film was about even before the film started. What he wanted to do was play his own music over universal studios logo without there sound. This caused a huge argument after they re edited and put their music back on. He wrote a 58-page memo telling them why he wanted to use his own music; in the end, they won the battle.

Question 7.
What "a favourite trick of film noir" means is showing the ending of the film right at the start, and after that, the rest of the film unravels telling the story. This is good because it keeps the audience engaged and makes the audience want to know what happens next.

Question 8.
The opening to the film "shining" creates suspense by making the audience feel as the car is being followed almost as a predator would hunt its prey. From high up and from behind. We, the audience know that the car is going in the complete wrong direction.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Audience task

In 2009, 503 films were released and 31 were thrillers. There was a little amount because of the age limit. On the other hand Action, animation and comedy was 52% in 2009 because it didn't have age limits and refers to both sex and family's. As i have read from the 'genre by gender' diagram it shows that more of women watch romance and men watch sci-fi, comedy is in the middle which state why there is more comedy films. Thriller audiences have an age limit minimum of 15 and goes up to 21.

Berivan Aslan

Friday, 21 January 2011

Watching documentary on film openings research

Thomas Sutcliffe has said "Films need to seduce their audience ….the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible" this suggests that he believes you need to grab the audience’s attention at the first look. This might be because the viewer will keep wanting to find out more and would continue watching.
However, Director Jean Jacques Beineix, believes there is a risk to an ‘instant arousal’. For example, he thinks that it is possible not to answer all the questions that the audience might have, which would make the film disappointing and pointless. However, it would be hard to keep up the tension and suspense of the title sequence, which could make the rest of the film unsatisfactory.
‘A good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn’t know nearly enough yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn’t know too little’ this is important because it keeps the audience wanting more, but at the same time they have information about what type genre it is, for example whether to laugh or cry.
Stanley Kauffmann describes the classic opening as; New York City, and then a slow zoom into a building past the receptionist into a private room. This works very well because it tells the audience about the setting and gives them all the information they need up to this point without any dialog.
Kyle Cooper’s title sequence to the film Seven is so effective because it suggests to the audience right away, what the film is about. However it still keeps you wanting to find out what will happen next.
Orson Welles wanted to achieve a sense of suspense right from the opening of a ‘Touch of Evil’. However Universal Studios wanted the film to start with the music that accompanied the logo. So Orson Welles wrote a 58 page memo which then turned into a court case, which he unfortunately lost.
What is meant by a ‘Film Noir’ is a film that has a very dark and sinister side. Most of the time ‘Film Noirs’ are made during the night, they use shadows to create suspense and anticipation. The trick of the ‘Film Noir’ is to start at the end and unravel the story as the film progresses.
The Shining does well in creating suspense in the opening, this is because it is "merely picturesque", the screen is full of omens. The camera seems to be acting as a predator that is following the car, as the narrator says "everything tells us that these people are travelling in the wrong direction".   

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

How suspense is created in Step Father

Stepfather is a triller film which is in the theme of a man who kills his family and targets another single parent family. There are 3 scenes of suspense that i have spotted which i thought was affective.    
                           The first suspense scene was in the beginning of the film which is when a christmas carol is played. The next thing that might happen isn't predicted as a slow and peaceful song isn't expected in a triller film. The part that creates suspension is when there are dead bodies around whilst the man is peaceful and acts like theres nothing wrong. I think that this was one of the best ways of creating suspense.
                           The second bit of suspense is created when the "Stepfather" watches the girl and boy in the bedroom. The door being open makes the audience realise that the man is watching them, then is there. When the boy jumps it also makes the audience jump.  
                            Finally, in the bit where the man drowns the lady there is suspense created because we as the audience know he is going to kill her.


How suspence is created in 'Stepfather'

The stepfather is a film that we watched together as a class. This film is about a single man who meets single mothers who have a family of their own in supermarkets and tries to make the family better however as the film shows he cant cope with many modern families and ends up killing or trying to kill families that he joins.  

This film contains many scenes of suspense like the first moment i noticed at the beginning of the film was when it was showing how he killed his previous family and the bodies all over the house followed by traces of blood and possible weapons he may have used to kill them. The music also adds to the suspense as he is portrayed as a normal everyday working man as he shaves (choir music). The main part that made the suspense effective was when it showed him walking out of the house and as he was walking out there was a camera tilt to show a dead child; the music then added to this effect as the music then began to sort of 'sink' or 'deepen'. After this first scene viewers then get a sense of what the film is going to be about.

The second moment of suspense that caught my attention was when he drowns the woman in the swimming pool.

what is intertextuality

intertextuality is the borrowing of scenes from film to film; for example one scene may have borrowed the thriller scene in the shower to be used in another film. This is greatly displayed in many modern movies which have related scenes from much older movies. This works effectively because us as viewers dont stop and think how we can relate those scenes to the older films. Another example is shown in 'Stepfather' when he falls into the shower where there was a close up then suddenly the shower curtain rips off, this is pretty much the same thing that happend in 'Psycho'. Also, in most thriller films we see the common scene of a character using a kitchen knife, as the film 'Psycho' uses this its a clear picture of intertextuality.

Aadam Suhotoo

Camera Skills

We were instructed on how to use the camera, we were taught how to use different camera shots, we were taught about the different camera buttons and what there functions were for example there was the record button which is used to record when pressed. Also we were told how to insert things needed to use the camera without damaging it, for example the memory card which you have to press in until you hear a click sound, also we were taught the functions of the memory card which was to save your work you were given two memory cards which were 2GB each we had to insert to memory cards each so we could carry on with the video if the memory with the other memory card ran out of space.

Monday, 17 January 2011


Intertextuality in Films
This is when one film uses the ideas of other films to create their movies.
Movie that has used intertextuality:
The Stepfather a movie that I have recently watched involves intertextuality, it uses the idea from a famous thriller 'Phsyco' it involves the use of the idea of the women in 'Phsyco' pulling the curtain, by doing this it automatically creates the sense of that something similar to the sene in Phsyco is going to occur so this causes suspense in the audience which is the aim of the movie.

Filming The Thriller Newspaper Thriller Scene

Filming the thriller scene seemed very difficult as we were only allowed to stay inside college and there aren’t a lot of places in the college that look very dull and scary. The only thing we can do is use strong camera techniques, shots and angles to make it look as if something is going to happen. 

We had to have a minimum of 12 shots. These shots had to include an extreme close up, a point of view shot, and also an over the shoulder shot.  

The basic story line of our scene was a boy sitting down reading a newspaper and a guy creeping up on him. We kept the suspense up by continuously switching back and forth from the boy reading the newspaper and the guy creeping up on him.

First we started off by showing the setting, panning across the room and then down to show the boy sitting down on his own in the empty staircase, straight away, the slow panning and him being on his own creates a sense of vulnerability.  Preferably I would have liked the area to be a bit gloomier which is a lot less lit up, to give a feeling of what time of day it is and to make it a bit scarier, even with the night mode of, it’s still very bright. I them cut to an over the shoulder shot of what he was reading, coincidently I found a page on the newspaper that had the word murder in the heading which also gave a hint or made the audience think of what could happen.

I then cut to a point of view shot of a medium close up of the heading on the newspaper; I panned the camera right to make it look like us the audience are reading it from left to right. The next shot was a medium shot of the guy that’s creeping up and walking past the camera, I then turned the camera around 180 degrees and shit him walking from the back. We then jump to a point of view shot from the guy and to get the best result I held the camera free hand so it shakes when I walk with it through the corridor. The next shot was a shot of him reaching out to the door handle but instead of showing him going for the door handle, he reaches out for the camera lenses as if he is reaching out to us and it cuts very quickly when he is close to the lenses and shows a close up of him grabbing the handle. This is a very good technique as again it builds suspense and tension. 

Then I cut to a close up of the eyes of the boy reading the newspaper, he looks left and right, this again builds up suspense to make it look like he heard something so his looking around to see, but he sees nothing.  After that we have a low angle shot and the guy is running up the stairs, we follow holding the camera free hand, it then quickly jumps to a high angle over the shoulder shot of the boy looking down to see the guy running up, and then again cuts to a point of view shot of the boy moving the newspaper away only to quickly see a punch coming towards him and the camera freezes. All this is rapid jump shots so the thrill is at its peak.

The last process was to select the start and ending of the session and export it as a movie file. We then used a programme called handbrake to compress the video to an mp4 format to make it a smaller file size to upload to the blog, by doing this, it speed up the uploading process, but decreased the quality.

When it came to editing, my group new exactly what we wanted so it was no problem getting it done and we finished before everyone. The only effect we put on  the clip is we speak up the end punch by a tiny bit.
Overall, for the first time I’ve shot something, I think the outcome is great, I think it could have been improved if there was time for sound fx and audio, as well as proper props and lighting, and it would have made a big impact in a positive way if we had a different setting I really enjoyed making it, I feel like I put in a lot of great ideas while filming and put a great deal of contribution editing.

The Last 

Jabedul Islam

Introduction To Basic Camera Skills And Funtions.

In this lesson we were taught how to set up and function the cameras.  The media technician ran us though a PowerPoint presentation and I found it all pretty easy and basic. We learnt how to set up the camera stand. We then learnt how to insert the two memory cards into the camera.   

Each memory card has about an hours’ worth of recording time, if 1 runs out, it will automatically switch to the other. We had to learn how to insert and take out the battery safely without damaging the camera is I had to push it right first before ejecting. When the camera is on it would make a sound.   

After that we were taught how to use manual focus adjusting the lens to focus on distant or closer objects, we were also taught how to use functions on how to adjust lighting settings for when there’s too much sun light or too little sunlight, similar to “night mode”.  It was important to know how to safely place the camera onto the stand, and then how to release it, as pulling it harshly without pressing the red release button could damage the equipment.

Jabedul Islam

Saturday, 15 January 2011


Intertextuality is a term to describe the visual referencing between films. In the two films Psycho and What Lies Beneath there is two shower scenes which is an good example of Intertextuality. 

Berivan Aslan

Friday, 14 January 2011

Analysis Of Thriller clip

What Lies Beneath:
The clip I watched is what lies beneath, unlike other clips this clip does not provide a lot of production companies and names of starring actors and actresses. However it does contain some information on the production companies.
In the opening of this clip the first production company is shown, the production company is 20th Century Fox, this is a widely known production company so it shows that this is a good Film, also it is shown for 20 seconds which is a long time considering that it is a two minute clip so this shows that having the production company is important, After a couple of seconds a second production company is shown this time it is Image Movers which is shown for 14 seconds this may show that it is less important than the 20th century fox production company however it does not mean it is not important.

Newspaper thriller group 45

Thursday, 13 January 2011

What Is Intertextuality

Intertextuality is when films borrow scenes from each other. Many movies we now see have scenes from other old movies. We don’t stop and think about it but if we did we can relate scenes from movies to others. For example in step father were he falls in the shower, the part where there is a close up of the shower ripping of is pretty much exactly the same as the famous movie psycho. Also when he reaches out to the shower curtain, the same thing happens in psycho. Even the fact this death scene was shot in the shower is intertextuality.

In step father he uses a certain type of kitchen knife. This type of kitchen knife is used in a lot of movies. And psycho is the perfect example.

Jabedul islam


Step father is a film that the whole class watched together. It’s a thriller film that is about a man who targets single mother families and kills the whole family. Here are three scenes that I thought had a lot of suspense.

The first moment of suspense I came across was the beginning of the movie. Where the whole house was a mess and there’s choir music in the background. You can see the family on the floor dead with blood splattered. This builds suspense in the audience making us wonder what this could be about. The main part of the beginning of the movie which built the most suspense for me was when the camera tilted and we saw a dead boy. This was a bit scary and the music in the background adds to the suspense that is created, from there on we go to see more dead bodies and we can assume what the movie is going to be about.

The second bit of suspense that I was drawn to was when the step father goes to the old ladies house to murder her. The whole audience jumped when the cat jumped out, but this was false Plato. The audience knew something was going to happen and what adds to the suspense is the fact there was a few over the shoulder shots to increase her vulnerability and the use of mirrors.

The last bit i found to have a lot of suspense was when he murders the lady in the swimming pool. When she was just about to leave she hears a sound, she turns around and walks towards it to see what it is, and when she sees an umbrella in the centre of the swimming pool, we the audience think in our heads “don’t go to it” as we know what’s going to happen. The rainy stormy weather adds to the suspense and sets the atmosphere. When David strangles her the weather almost gets worse and heavier and the expression on her face being strangled makes us feel un easy.
Jabedul Islam

Friday, 7 January 2011

The clip I watched was not jammed with a lot of titles. It had very few than you would usually see. The three things the title sequence included were productions titles, producers and the title of the movie itself.

The first one that we saw was “image movers,” one of the production companies. This was shortly followed the “20th century fox” logo, this company is one of the six major American film studios as of 2010. The last production company we saw last was “DreamWorks pictures”.
These all include the logo and audio to go with it and we, the audience automatically recognise these companies as they are all well established.

After that we saw the image mover’s logo once again, the purpose of this is that so the audience recognise and remember the logo. Most of the title sequence is shown while there isn’t much going on in the background, all I can see is what appears to be a blue background flowing like water. The last think we see in the title sequence is a lady’s face rapidly appearing from the surface of the water. This would make the audience jump and link back to the genre which is a thriller.
Jabedul Islam

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Title sequences ( What Lies Beneath)

The following information is provided in general title sequences; Costume design and edited by, music by, producers, director, (starring namess of actors, individual actors, casting, sex design, music supervisor, written by, director of photography and film title. 

In the title sequence of What Lies Beneath, out of the range there is only the producers stated and film title, which is 20th Century Fox, Image Movers and What lies Beneath. The producers titles takes approximately 50 seconds altogether, and takes most of the time given. The producer 20th Century Fox is kept longer than Image Movers which show that one is less important than the other and is more representative. The difference between this title sequence than the other ones is that What Lies Beneath has only got the film title and producers, whereas others have more than this. 

Berivan Aslan

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Font Analysis : RESEARCH

The type of font in anything is very important and can have a massive impact on the message you are trying to give. you can set a mood just by using a different font. Changing the font, colour, size is also very important.

There are two different types of fonts, sans serif fonts and serif fonts.
Serifs are semi-structural details on the ends of some of the strokes that make up letters and symbols
sans-serif font is one that does not have the small features called "serifs" at the end of strokes. 

I watched the opening title sequence to “sev7en.”  They used serif fonts to make it a lot less formal. The font was very effective, it almost makes you feel uneasy. This scruffy writing makes us aware that its going to be a rough film and its going to have a lot of quick sharp shots and its probably going to have death. The font also flashes a lot like lightbulbs which always indicates in films that something bad is going to happen.

Livetype And Soundtrack PRO: SKILLS

In our lesson we were given an introduction to livetype and soundtrack by the media technician these instructions were very basic. I finished my task before the class so i explored soundtrack pro before the introduction.

i found soundtrack very easy to use and i understood it in detail as i use similar programs such as logic pro and reason 4.0 at home to produce my own music as i am a passionate musician. i put music into my film for my group and added extra fx such as reverb and compression. I also added extra sound fx like the noise from the door opening, the footsteps, and also the punch in the end.

Soundtrack was easier to use than most other music producing programs and the layers helped a lot. Adjusting the volume, fading in and out was easy as well.

I have never come across live type before but this also was very easy to use, the introduction from the technician helped but I think I could have figured it out for myself as it is very basic.