Monday, 28 February 2011

thriller audience research

Age limits on films – research shows that there is a necessary need for a certain age limit on certain films for example 15 +, 18+ films. This is because the certain film contains strong language, some sexual scenes, and some horror scenes which can traumatise the younger audience. The effect of this is that it can brain wash them and change their attitude and behaviour. Usually PG rated films will get a lot of views because it has a vast target audience as anyone whatever age can watch it (animation, some horror, comedy e.t.c) . Last year 503 films were released and 31 of those were horror/thriller films; thriller/horror only got 4% of the years box office compared to other genres (Action, Animation, Comedy 52% 2009) this could be because of the age limit on the horror films as less people are allowed to watch the film.

camera skills

we were given a detailed guide on using the video cameras, we were shows how to use and fulm various shots and angles. The many buttons and features on the camera were expalined to us on how to use them in the correct conditions (brightness adjusting with a flick of a switch to adjust to surrounding). Was shown how to insert the battery and memory card correctly which we then demonstrated ourselves after we were shown how to, every group was given 2 memory cards just incase we ran out of recording time or space while filming.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Fonts are effective in films as they help show you what kind of film it is that you’re watching just by looking at the font.
The film cover of ‘saw’- the large font has significant meaning behind it. It shows that it is a thriller film and has complexity behind it. It shows that it’s a thriller film because of the colour of the font (black and red) which are very dark colours which can portray fear or sadness. Also the ‘w’ on “saw” looks like a pitch fork or some sort of weapon which tells the audience that this could be an important prop in the film.  In this cover Serifs are used, this shows that this is more formal
   

The film cover of ‘Rocky’ – the font is very bold and is big, it is a very masculine and simple font as it goes with the background image. The size could represent that ‘Rocky’ is a physically a strong character. San Serifs is used in this as it is used for less formal things, this could also reflect on the character of the film (less formal, simple person). From the font and the film cover, it is portrayed as a serious film and could be seen as boring.

Thriller film planning

Thriller film planning
  • We will be filming in a graveyard at Stoke Newington.
  • Also we will need the following tools to use for our film:
        A camera
        A tripod
        Two Memory cards
        Battery
  • Also we will need to take precautions as the walk paths are small and muddy during or after wet days. 
  • We will also need to we get their on time to film, this is important because it gives us more time to film and also more space as there will be less people around the earlier we leave.

Prelim evaluation

Our story line was about two girls who simply did not get on because of a previous event which took place which is then revealed slowly to the audience. This event was that one of the girls had flirted with the other girls boyfriend and she was very angry as she took the flirts phone and went. The storyline was slightly complicated as the audience woiuld still be in suspence after being drawn in to the clip.
As a group we decided to use various bits of comedy which included ‘taboo language’ . we decided to stick with this seeing as comedy is one of the features which appeals to a very large audience and can effectively be used to keep the audience engaged. We took a wide variety of shots to show the audience the surroundings of which it took place and also to create a better effect.
During editing, we worked as a group to help decide on our final soundtrack that would match and would play throughout our prelim and also the effects that we have used.  However I feel that there was more room for editing.

Premlim evaluation

Our story line was about two girls who simply did not get on because of a previous event which took place which is then revealed slowly to the audience. This event was that one of the girls had flirted with the other girls boyfriend and she was very angry as she took the flirts phone and went. The storyline was slightly complicated as the audience woiuld still be in suspence after being drawn in to the clip.
As a group we decided to use various bits of comedy which included ‘taboo language’ . we decided to stick with this seeing as comedy is one of the features which appeals to a very large audience and can effectively be used to keep the audience engaged. We took a wide variety of shots to show the audience the surroundings of which it took place and also to create a better effect.
During editing, we worked as a group to help decide on our final soundtrack that would match and would play throughout our prelim and also the effects that we have used.  However I feel that there was more room for editing.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Plan of film

Our film location is going to be at Stoke Newington cemetery. The reason we chose this location is because it is muddy, large, scary and is the perfect location for our movie. We are going to use a video recorder, tripod, 2 batteries, lighting and our memory cards. We will need to take some precautions as the floors are muddy and most of the graves have been surrounded by branches so we need to be careful. As i have visited the cemetery previously, i got locked in so when were filming next time we need to check the closing hours of the cemetery.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Filming Plan

  • We will be filming in a graveyard at Stoke Newington.
  • Also we will need the following tools to use for our film:
        A camera
        A tripod
        Two Memory cards
        Battery

  • Also we will need to take precautions as the walk paths are small and muddy during or after wet days. 
  • We will also need to we get their on time to film, this is important because it gives us more time to film and also more space as there will be less people around the earlier we leave.

Filming Times

Our Group is planning to film during the half term period as we feel that it is the suitable time for us to film at that time, it allows us to have much more time editing our clips and also allows us to have more time retaking shots or taking new shots to add to our Film, also we chose to film during the half term and not before because we wanted to make sure that we got in most things that we want in our shots in as much detail as possible. However there are some disadvantages to us having a shorter period to film will mean that we may have less people turning up and therefore less filming done and we are aware of that, this is why we have decided to make a timetable which would be suitable for everyone. Additionally we also need to film during a particular time during sunset or just before sunrise, we need to do this as it is relevant to our mise-en-scene, having a darker atmosphere with not much traffic around creates a more tense atmosphere for our film, also at that time there will be less people around so we will be able to film more freely.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

Shots We Used For Preliminary Project

Match Cut
A match cut is a cut in film editing between two things. an example of a match cut is when a charecter is doing something and the camera is in 1 angle, then the camera changes position to a different angle or shot but the character is still doing the same thing.
Heres an example of a match cut from my prelim.

























Shot Reverse Shot
a shot of one subject, then another, then back to the first. It is often used for conversation or reaction shots.


Heres an example from my prelim.





Evaluation Of Prelim Film

Our story line was about a guy who wants to flirt with a girl and she ignores him as he gets her name mixed up with 3 other girls. the story line was simple but we planned to make it interesting with the type of shots, angles and sound.

We decided to go with comedy as it appeals to a wide audience and amusing to watch.
We took a lot of different shots and had to do a lot of takes as i thought some of the angles were not really that interesting.

when we went to edit our clips, i watched it over and decided that it wasn't really interesting, so we went back to    take a few more shots. editing for my group is always easy as we all work together and pitch in ideas. part of our task we had to have a match cut and over the shoulder shot which i made sure we had. i think our match cut worked really well and looks very professorial.

when it came to adding sound, i'm really talented in that area, i knew exactly what i wanted and we went for that corny feel. we made it simple with a quiet drum beat in the background with the guitar..
i really enjoyed filming and editing this even though some bits my group disagreed on, we always came to an agreement, the only difficult thing was coming up with a good storyboard.

Film Research-audience task

In this lesson we had to research how the age limit on films effect who watch them and how they are viewed. 
15+ and 18+ films have that age limit because it has strong sexual content, gore, explicit language which are usually related to horror/thriller.
animation films which are "u" rated or films that are 12+ will get viewed a lot more because it is open to a wider rage of audience. films that are open to a wider range of audience have more advantage, such as animations. 
we also done research on statistics of films watched. 
last year 503 movies were released and 31 of those were suspense/thriller. the genre gross of this was  £42,578,104 4 percent of the years box office and the top three films were Angels and demons, knowing and harry brown.
Animation released 14 films and the gross was £159,209,734.
57 of the films were Action/Adventure the genre Gross was £175,605,809 million it was 16.4% of the years box office, the top three films for this genre were Transformers: Revenge of the fallen, Sherlock Holmes and X Men Origins: Wolverine.
57 Documentary's were released last year making a genre gross of £12,008.787

Jellybaby storybord

 here we had to do a storyboard with jelly baby's for the preliminary project. we took a few shots of  the jelly baby's together with different angles.
some of the shots we took were long shots, close ups, over the shoulder shots etc..

our story was about a guy that spots a girl in a room and goes up to her to try and flirt with her.
he gets her name wrong and mixed up with different girls and so he fails to talk to her.








here is a extreme close up of one of our jelly baby's face. this expresses his expressions.












here is a long shot of both of the jelly baby's 













Visiting the location of the film

video

Friday, 11 February 2011

Using Final Cut















This is final cut pro the program we used to edit our newspaper thriller and our preliminary project, we had one screen to see our original shot and another screen to see the edited version, we found this useful as we could see if the edit we had added worked out or not. Also our group had a tutorial on how to use this program at first it was difficult however as we used it more we got used to it and learnt how to edit more creatively and more professionally. Also one thing that we found useful in final cut pro is the fact that we can move shots around and add effects to them.

Using Soundtrack Pro


This is the program that we used to create our sounds for our films, our preliminary project and also our Newspaper Thriller. Personally I found it very useful because it allowed us to watch our film and add sound to it at the same time. We were taught how to use the soundtrack pro program, we were taught how to access any type of sounds from ambience to sci-fi, we could also use it to insert sounds at certain positions, soundtrack pro allowed us to edit them so they can be cut down to how long they can go on for.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Governor - "Here We Go Again" feat 50 Cent Music Video

Shots We Had To Use In The Preliminary Project

Match cut
A match cut is a shot from the previous scene, where there character continues what they were doing from the previous scene, but the camera angle changes however the character has to continue on what it was from the last scene precisely.
Here is an example of a Match Cut,

This is an over the shoulder shot of the conversation of the two characters.
Here the characters are doing the same thing carrying on from the last shot but at a different camera angel.






Shot Reverse Shot
Shot reverse shot is when a shot is taken of one character the moves on to the next character and back again to the first character in a shot reverse shot only two characters can be used and the timing also has to be perfect for it to work.
Example of a Shot reverse shot,
This is the shot of the character looking at the other character, the first shot of the Shot Reverse Shot.






This is the second shot of the other character looking back at the other character the second shot of the Shot Reverse Shot.






This is the third shot of the Shot reverse shot of the first Character looking at the character walking inside the room.






180 Degree Rule
The 180 degree rule is a rule that is used when there are two characters in the scene it says that the camera cannot go over the 180 degree angel as it will be crossing over which will look unprofessional. 

FONTS

Fonts are effective in films as they show what type of film your watching by just looking at the fonts, there are many things to look at in fonts of films, these include things such as the size the colour the the type of font it is if it is Serif or San Serif.
 Here are two film examples to show how fonts contribute to films:
Rocky Balboa
This film cover of Rocky is bold, showing he is more masculine and very simple. Also the title 'ROCKY' is large this could show that he is a strong person (physically). In this cover they use San Serifs this is used for less formal things this suggests that Rocky is a straight forward guy. Also the colour of this is very important as it is a dark colour which shows that this film is not a fun film but does include a sad story.







Pearl Harbour
Unlike the cover of the 'ROCKY' cover this is not as bold rather it uses more normal font, this could be to emphasise that even though this was a war film it had a love story in it. Also the colour in Pearl harbour is not as dull as 'ROCKY' but still has some fog over it, this could show that the love story overhauls the dull war. In this cover Serifs are used this shows that this is about a more formal person.

Film Research-audience task

    In todays lesson we had to research on Films and their audiences and how the age limit of a film affects who watches is it and how it is watched. For example horror films have less views than animations for example this is because they are available to more audiences which will mean they will get more views than the horror genre which has an age limit (15+/18+) this means younger viewers cannot watch it, this will also give an advantage to films such as animation.
   Also today we learnt about the statistics of movies watched for example there was 503 movies released last year and the 31 of those movies were suspense/ thriller, the genre gross of this was £42,578,104 4 percent of the years box office and the top three films were Angels and demons, knowing and harry brown.
   57 of the films were Action/Adventure the genre Gross was £175,605,809 million it was 16.4% of the years box office, the top three films for this genre were Transformers: Revenge of the fallen, Sherlock Holmes and X Men Origins: Wolverine.
   Animation released 14 films and the genre gross was £159,209,734 also the percentage of the year's box office for Animation was 14.9% and the top three films were Ice Age 3, Up and Monsters Vs Aliens.
   In the comedy genre 99 films were released and the genre gross was £219,228,278 and it made 20.5% of the years box office, the top three films in the comedy genre were The Hangover, Night at the museum 2 and Alvin and the Chimpmonks 2.
    57 Documentary's were released last year making a genre gross of £12,008.787 and the it made 1.1% of the year's box office with the top three Documentary's being Michael Jackson's This Is It, The September Issue and The Jonas Brothers' 3D concert.
   With 17.2% of the years box office at third place was the drama genre it released 176 films and made a £184,040,456 genre gross with its top three films being Slumdog Millionaire, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

Jellybaby storybord












This is the project that I and my group worked on to create a storyboard for our Preliminary project, we took many shots and put them together to create a storyboard, our story was set on two characters having a conversation. Also our story board was based on the famous love story, Pride and Prejudice
                In our storyboard we took different types of shots such as long shots, close ups and mid shots, we used a different range of shots as we thought it would have been more effective and also more professional.

This shot is a long shot of the two characters talking, the yellow jelly baby is the female and the purple jelly baby is the male, we chose these characters as we thought they were suitable.








This is a close up of one of one of our jelly baby characters talking to the other character the female character; this shot is also a POV shot.








Here we had the Female jelly baby walking away as she is not impressed by the male character.









DOCUMENTRY ON FILM OPENINGS

In today’s lesson, we watched documentary on film openings in particular we looked at thriller openings and how they grab the audiences’ attention how they make the audience want to come back and watch another movie made by the director.
     As Thomas Sutcliffe famously says films need to seduce their audience into long term commitment. 
While there are two many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible.’ here I believe Sutcliffe explains how the opening of a thriller causes the audience to want to come back and watch another movie made by the director even if the ending of that particular movie is not as effective as the beginning however the audience will still want to come back And watch the next movie as they know they will get the same thrill as before from the beginning of the film.
      However some disagree with and opening of the film being an 'instant arousal' to the audience, an example of someone who disagrees with this is Jean Jacques Beineix who says the risks of this type of opening is that the director will give away all the story and there will be nothing else to give to the audience.
     But a good beginning could make the audience feel that they know something but don't know enough and also make the audience feel that they know something, An example where this is shown in our clip is where the camera moves in into the window of a tower block and goes past some people in the office, then it goes through some people into the office and finally to the main character, this establishing shot reveals the main character and also reveals what is going to happen, however there is a twist which makes it a good film as it applies to the above.
    An example of a good beginning is the film Seven by kyle cooper, it is a good beginning as it uses various techniques which sets a film apart, for example it gives the audience a strong feel for what genre it is, it also gives the audiences enough information on what the film is going to be about however it does not give away enough for the audience to know what the film is about.
   However other directors such as Orson wells chose to have a completely different approach to film openings, in his film a touch of evil, he wanted to begin the film by not having any credits or music however the company did not agree to this as they believed it would damage their reputation in the end Universal Studios added their music and credits to it.
   Another opening would be starting a film with the end, this would then create an effect between the audience and the film as this isn't usual for a normal film, this was was use by film Noir.
  We also looked at another film opening 'the shining' a film created by Stanley Kubrick, has a very effective opening it gives the genre of the film and also engages with the audience, the opening of the film is a car being followed from a birds eye view, I believe this creates tension as the car is being followed, using the birds eye view makes it seem as if the car is a prey being hunted like a predator, similar to a eagle hunting a mouse, which often ends with the mouse dying so this would give you this idea about the car.
   
     

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Using Live type

                                                                                         
This is the program that we used to add text to our projects we firstly had to have a tutorial of how it is used we found it really useful as we could watch our film and add text at the same time. There are many different types pf things you can change for example we could change the colour of the text, the size and so on.
Here is the Text we used for our preliminary project.

PRELIM Movie.


video

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Fonts

 Fonts in film titles are used to drag attention to the audience. In the film Avatar there is a chipped font which is used to represent an old tribal film. The font is thin and isn't really eye catching. This font refers to different age groups as it looks old but in the other hand uses white which is more attractive than the colour black. The genre of the film looks like a historical film.






The film Rocky has a BOLD font which is black and eye catching. Rather than the colour the bold writing grabs attention. This font represents the male character in the film as the woman is behind the man. The genre of the film looks romantic.


The two types of font are;


Serif fonts- i.e. Times and courier.
More traditional and more formal than sans serif fonts. Serif has slight more detail and the end of each letter.


Sans Serif fonts- i.e. Ariel and Verdana.
Generally more informal and more modern.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Jelly babies storyboard analysis.

In this lesson we used jelly babies, to represent the plot of our preliminary film. We used a digital camera and took still photos, which we inserted into final cut pro to make the still photos into a movie. The genre of our storyboard was romance and about two people talking. I enjoyed making the storyboard because it gave me an experience of making up a animatic.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Newspaper Thriller

Newspaper Thriller
Today we had to make a thriller about someone reading a newspaper, it was not difficult as we had a storyboard planned so we had steps of what to do and what camera shots we had to make, however it was the first time using the camera so we had to get to using it professionally for example we made sure that we had no shots that were above head level but overall it was simple.
Camera shots
We had many variations of shots as we needed them to make the video more tense video, for example we had a Extreme close up to create more suspense in our video. Also we had to have particular shots as they also made the film have more suspense but also it made it look more professional, for example having a close up of the eyes creates more suspense than if you had a long shot of the eyes in this clip. We also had to make sure that we did not make any mistakes using the camera for example we did not have a shot which was over the targets forehead also we tried not to use the zoom in button as we would have had to make look professional this is something which is difficult to do.
Mise en Scene 
For Mise en scene we had a limited choice as we had to make our newspaper thriller in the college meaning that we had less choice of where we had to film, however we chose to film in the darkest place possible as it is more relevant for the genre we where trying to achieve (thriller), also we chose to have a story of a murder case that involves children and we were in a school so we thought it would have been relevant to use this article from the newspaper as it adds suspense to the story. also we chose to have Aadam in the story attacking Jabedul as he is of a larger build which makes Jabedul seem more vulnerable and also creates tension to the story. Also in the shot Where Aadam is walking down the corridor the light turns off and on quickly we had noticed that the light was faulty and thought that by using it in our shot we would create more tension.
Sound
For sound we chose to have a spooky/mystery approach, we chose to have a low beat choice of sound we chose to have this because we believe that it creates more tension but also we believe that it creates an atmosphere of what is going to happen next the climax of our thriller, also we had sound effects added to create suspense, for example we used sound effects when Aadam is walking, we also had sound effects when Aadam opens the door.  
Edit
When editing this thriller we had to consider the fact that we had to make edits that would create tension, we used the computer to edit some shots such as us having to cut down clips so they can fit each other also we had to edit some parts of the clip out as it would run over and also not match our next shot, we also had to adjust the lighting so it would be darker, this would therefore create more tension to our thriller. Additionally, we used the camera to edit instead of editing on the computer, for example instead of cutting out shots we paused and to the same things in the frame from another angel, we found this easier.