Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
I decided to create two character similarities from two different films. In one of the films the male actor is seen as the antagonist while the females are seen as the protagonists. Whilst in the other thriller, the male is seen as the protagonist, while the female as the antagonist. By doing this I’m showing the possible outcomes of our thriller and what might happen later on, because the opening leaves us with a lot of questions which is good because it means the audience would want to carry on watching.
The Last Seduction (1994)
The ex wife
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
The order of our title sequence was inspired by the Stepfather. Just like it we start with the company that presents our film and the production company, however then the actual name of the film comes up in The Stepfather, however we decided to place our name right at the end by following What lies beneath. We did it that way because we thought it would have a greater effect on the audience as it would be the last thing they see, which means it would make them remember it. After the tittle the Stepfather has the actor's names and then music, editor and director of photographer name. In our production, we changed that order by having the actors names come after the rest of the names so that its not exactly like The Stepfather, however there is still intertextuality.
1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
|Panic Room title sequence|
Here I have chosen to select nine still shots from the title sequence of 'Panic Room'. This opening choses to use a range of ariel long shots and high angles in order to establish the surroundings whilst also incorporating the titles in to the setting itself. However, for our two minute thriller opening, we chose to use basic, plain and simple titles that appear then fade away after about two seconds of being exposed, we chose to do this since it links to the simple theme, idea and environment in which we filmed our thriller.
Since the title sequences within our media product does not reflect the titles seen within the opening of 'Panic Room' and our shots are not as difficult to achieve, our media product therefore challenges some of the forms and typical conventions of real media products.
However, Panic Room and our thriller opening (One Way 61363), both chose to input the production studio, production company and the main actors names as the initial titles within the film, although, we chose to place the film's title at the end of the movie rather than the beginning since there is a link between the title and the penultimate shot.
Evaluation - Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
As you can see there are similarities between some of the shots used in "Dexter" to the shots used in our thriller opening "One Way 61363". For example the over the shoulder scene while the character is looking in the mirror, the putting on the shoes scene, the sink scene.
While there are some similarities, there are also some differences between our shots. We do not have a close up of the character's face, a match cut of the character locking/unlocking the door. Also while our character is walking inside of the room, in "Dexter" the character is walking outside.
For our movie opening we have used many long shots to establish the environment in which the scene is happening. The use of long shots was also useful because it shows all the Mise En Scene in the scene to, as most of the Mise En Scene is important.
We all watched each other's films in class, and afterwards asked our classmates for their thought and opinions of our thriller. Now, they were not our original target audience, because thrillers are usually aimed for mid age 25 to about 30 year olds, even though our one starts at about 18 plus mainly because of the young actors, but the story line is still in the mid age boundary. Even thought they were not our target audience, we still gathered useful information on technical issues such as the different shots, lighting, music issues etc, because everyone that watched it, had also produced a thriller of their own and therefore was able to give us an opinion from a film maker's point of view. After talking to our classmates, we went on to wordle.com and created a word cloud of all the feedback. Most of it was positive with the audience liking our match cuts and shots over all, however although they thought the music went well with the film as whole, some felt it was overpowering and too loud.
www.wordle.net we each typed up feedback given to us. Wordle mixes up the words and makes it like this.
Friday, 25 March 2011
As you can see there were times when the actors did not know if it was time to actually act or not and so we wasted a lot of the camera's battery on this.
Some shots were really hard to do because we kept laughing, but in the end we got there :) .And more laughing..
At times because the actors were not sure if they were within camera focus, they were not in the right position for instance the girl on the bed was originally meant to have her leg falling out, but because she thought the camera only focused on the male actor she didn't have this and also the male actor started laughing, because he too thought she was in the shot.
This is a screen recording of us producing our sound. We combined two sounds to make it sound more dramatic and have a bigger impact on the audience, however the top sound was not long enough so we had to add the same one and over lap it in order for it to last throughout the whole thriller.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
When thinking of what our title should be we knew it had to be short and catchy otherwise it would be too hard to remember. At first we thought about having it as just the number of the ticket one of our main props, however after doing a bit of re search we realised that there aren’t really any films which use numbers for titles, and for good reasons. Because of that we finally came up with ‘One Way 61363’ which reflects the ticket the main actor was holding, and the fact that its one way suggests that he does not plan on coming back here, to her. The number 61363 symbolises the number of the ticket which we found online and printed out.
Also by using numbers in our title it rule out the possibility of attracting only a certain type of audience, because numbers appeal to everyone, and thrillers too appeal to both female and male audiences, because they have crime which is more toward a male audience, but they also have suspense which leans more towards a female audience.
Once our rough cut was done we noticed that there were a lot of changes that we needed to do (I talked about them in more detail previously) however once we worked tem out, we noticed that the best way to cut the time down was to cut out whole scenes and added effects in certain places to make it run smoother.
During the making of our titles we had to come up with any names we were to use in it, the main reason being because it gave it a more professional look, instead of just having our names there. Due to that reason we made up names to put under certain headings such as who the film was by, which ended up being a film by Jeff Cole, or music by Anthony C. Chase. We also came up with fake names for the actors in our thriller, as shown bellow:
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Because it’s a low budget thriller, the actors that we would look to higher would logically be ones that we could afford. We would have to think of the budget that we have, in which case top
Hollywood actors would not be our best choice. Also we need to take in consideration that fact that our thriller is a small British production, therefore most of our audiences would be British and a good idea might be for the main actors in our thriller to be British too, in order to relate to our target audiences. So after doing a bit of re search if we could use real actors, the ones we might consider would be perhaps someone like;
- The rough cut was very useful in showing us exactly what things we still had to work on and even change a bit. For instance, the titles themselves on the rough cut were only there to represent a rough idea of where they would be placed in our final edit, however we still had to produce the titles and place them with the correct animation.
- Also we still have to finish creating our sounds and add them to our thriller, because in our rough cut there were no sounds apart from the diegetic sound, which we plan on removing anyway.
- The last change we need to do in light of the feedback from our rough cut was concerning the timing. The time limit for our thriller opening is 2 minutes, however at the moment our one goes over that limit by 50 seconds, which means we have to cut out a whole scene or cut down a few of the scenes.