Friday, 19 March 2010

Final Thriller

Evaluation draft deadline mon 22nd 9am, final deadline mon 29th 9am

Thriller Film Opening Sequence Evaluation - 1500-2000 words
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1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge conventions of real media products?
What conventions of professional products have you used in your own film? (narrative conventions, character conventions, genre, camerawork, sound, editing, special effects, mise-en-scene? Use screen grabs of your own sequence to illustrate each example where you have followed conventions or gone against (challenged) conventions. Also use images from the films that have influenced you where relevant.

2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? (gender, age, ethnicity etc.)
Compare a character in your sequence to a character in a professional film (use images). If you have included a villain/victim character, does the character follow conventions of characters in professional films. For example, is your villain male? Is your victim female? Therefore how are you representing gender?

3. What kind of media institution would distribute your media product?

Discuss similar professional films and their production companies (use images of the films and logos). Which production Company do you think would distribute your film? (if it was professional and if you had made the full film).

4. Who would be the audience for your media product? (BBFC and target audience) Use images from a similar product with a similar target audience. Remember that target audience is not the same as classification.

5. How did you attract/address your audience?

Refer to Significant moments in your sequence where you have tried to generate a response from the spectator (a close up to encourage identification with a character, music that encourages the spectator to feel suspense, tense, visceral reaction etc.) What techniques have you used to encourage the spectator to want to see the rest of the film? (Clues about narrative, character, etc.) Use screen grabs of your own sequence.

6. What have you learnt about the technologies from the process of constructing your product?

(blog, camera equipment, editing software – Final Cut Express, istopmotion, Garageband etc.) Use screen grabs/photos of all these things. Be very specific about tools/effects/techniques learnt not just ‘I have learnt a lot about the software’

7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to your final product?
Discuss your second preliminary task that you did in a week before starting Thriller. Discuss what you have learnt since then about construction of micro elements in order to create meaning, how to use different techniques, practical skills etc. How have you built on your knowledge that you learnt from the prelim task? Use screen grabs of your prelim task and your sequence where relevant.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Response to feedback

we agree with all of the soundtrack comments and will work on it and take help from what was said. however we disagree with the mise-en-scene comment because they meant it about the costumes and we wanted the costumes to use imagery.
to respond to the comments we will create a sound track with tension building in all of the parts said.
it is important to get feed back from your target audience when producing a film because we need to know what we did right to appeal to the audience and what could be changed.

rough cut feedback

Group S2-49:

For the Text messages at the start we think you should just show the text itself without the typing bit, but we think that the texting is still very significant to the sequence.

We also think that your soundtrack should build tension from beginning to end and make use of your scream within this. We think that you should include some diegetic sound effects for the hitting of the baseball bat on the mans hand.

The last point we would like to make is that maybe your sequence shouldn't be as revealing to the storyline as it is, create more mystery.

Josh, Fil and Lydia

S2-50 Feedback:
Really good shots of the texting, but maybe add effects to the texting in the soundtrack to build up suspense. Texting could be just the shots of the texts themselves instead of the writing of the texts.
Soundtrack needs to be apprehensive and build up a lot of tension, for the meeting of the two characters.

S2-51 feedback:
Narrative is clear and shown well. The chase section between grace and sam lacks continuity and a bit of fluidity. With more editing and possible jump cuts the tension could be built. The sequence could benefit from more shots of grace prior to the meet up and a possible point of view from the murderer. Also, a soundtrack which builds up slowly to the chase section will make the opening more suspenseful. BIG POINT, when grace is jumping over the ditch, you can see sam in the corner of the shot standing still.

S2-52 feedback:

When cutting to scene of 'hotman22' the sounds has different volumes each scene and it hurts the ears. Scream was well done, and very effective, When hotgirl ran away she just ran in a circle which didn't make much sense. The spelling error made by hotguy which was corrected took away took away some of his menace.

S2-53 feedback:

sound needs sorting out, unrealistic chase sequence, scream sound needs sorting out, good use of editing, mise-en-scene doesn't work out that well, location was good , edit stream jump abit more u can still see sam, sam needs to play the part abit more. Yuu need 2 keep ur hand still when its on the floor

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Rough Cut

We haven't made a soundtrack yet. We would like ideas for our soundtrack.

We would like feedback on:
If the text message bit is too long at the start?

Monday, 8 March 2010


we found that we were very organized when filming and getting the camera out because we were only filming in college so we had time to get all of the footage done. we found that most lessons we were filming to get different angles and shots to back up our footage.
we had to make sure that our actors were wearing the same clothing which we found difficult because we didn't know which lessons we would be filming.
once we finished our filming we had to work on editing which is very time consuming. our deadline is friday and it is monday. in this lesson we are editing, and now next lesson which is tomorrow we are going to do our sound track.


we have decided to have the male character dressed in a blue shark Jumperwww.topman.com_50204a4f163918301664af6c43299040_s.jpg

this is because it is fierce and scary. also because we will not be showing his face we needed a eye catching item of clothing for his top half. it is from topman which is a regular, well known shop for teenage boys.

he will also be wearing jeans to look like a normal boy.

it is a dominating top because of the image on it and it will cause the audience to feel cautious of him. 84251_lg2.jpg

the female character will be wearing an I heart L A top,

this is because it is a typical top for a teenage girl to be wearing. it will show that she is trying to impress the man when she meets him. it will make the audience relate to the girl because her clothing is casual.