Monday, 6 December 2010

The Prelim Task

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule. 
Match on Action- connects two shots cut together by having a character finish an action in the second shot begun in the first shot. For instance, if a character lights a match in the first shot, the same character will draw it up to a cigarette in the second.

Shot/Reverse Shot- After an establishing shot, the shot-reverse shot refers to the close-ups used when two characters are in conversation. (Because we have already used an establishing shot, we now know where the characters are in relation to one another.) First both of the actors engaged in a conversation are shown in a two-shot then the camera cuts in to mid shots and close-ups of one actor and then the other, usually from a position 'over the shoulder' of the other actor.

180-degree rule-The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Four Weddings And a Funeral Deconstruction

  • High class stately music throughout the opening titles.
  • Old fashioned font in titles signifies class and money.
  • Bunches of flowers represents the wedding, and the single bunch of flowers represents the funeral.
  • The colour of the title card is clean and white this connotes elegance and class.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Babysitter Wanted Deconstruction

• The music at the start of the film builds the tension that makes the audience know this is going to be a horror film.
• A close up of what appears to be a females body covered in black pen, drawn on like a rough line of where to cut. Like a plastic surgeons patient.  
• The audience is more aware that it is a close up of a body as the camera pans the women’s body from toe to head.
• A jump cut to a wooden door draws attention to the low angle shot of a man’s feet walking through. The loud creaking of the door makes to scene even more eerie.  
• Not showing the man’s face ads to the mystery of not knowing who the villain in. This creates suspense among the audience.
• The blue tint of the cellar makes the dark room feel cold, which makes it appear scarier.
•The camera jumps to the women’s body again, but this time shows her face. This confirms that it is a woman, who is tied in ropes to a wooden desk.
• The footsteps of the man walking through the cellar makes the scene more creepy and ads to the scare factor.
• Extreme close up of the women’s eye crying, shows how scared she is.
• Close up on the tools covered in blood, signifies that they have been used before to kill something or someone.
• Birds eye view, and medium shot as the camera pans the women’s body. She struggles to get free as she is tied up with ropes, with a piece of cloth in her mouth.
• Close up of women’s face as she is about to be hit on the head with a hammer.
• False sense of mercy that he knocks the girl unconscious before he operates on her. It would be the least amount of pain possible for her.
• Music really fast as the villain is about to kill the women. Music builds a high amount of tension.
• The screen flashes black as all you can hear is the crunch of bone as the villain hits the women on the skull with the hammer. This creates mystery and excitement among the audience.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Deconstruction of Microdrama: The magical apple

The audio of the film includes a variety of different sound tracks and effects. The start of the film includes a tense, agitated music. This connotes that something bad is going to happen. The natural audio of outside is still left in the film. This gives the film its realistic quality and shows that it is filmed in a natural setting. The special effects that are added to the outside setting include the foggy background edited in, in iMovie. This gives the film its mysterous edge when the villian is approaching the unsuspecting victim.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Lessons from microdrama

Top 10 things I have learned, when filming for my Microdrama

1. How to use a camera, and the equipment involved in filming a movie.
2. How use iMovie.
3. How to cut film clips in iMovie.
4. How to add audio music to my film in iMovie.
5. How to add subtitles to my film.
6. How to add special sound effects to different clips in my film.
7. How to make titles and credits to the start and end of my film.
8. How to shoot different angles when filming e.g. long shot, close up.
9. How to

Top 10 things I can improve on

1. Make sure all actors are speaking loud enough when filming.
2. Account for all natural occurring problems such as rain, wind etc.
3. Try to make the actors take their roles seriously.
4. Make sure the camera is recording before your actors start to perform.
5. Try to film when there are no passers by, so the film will be more believable.
6. Make sure the camera is securely attached to the tripod when filming, to avoiding the camera from falling.
7. If filming without the tripod make sure the camera man is not filming shakily.
8. Add costumes in the film so people are represented well.
9. Make sure all actors know what they are doing before pressing the record button.
10. Add bloopers at the end of the film for a comic effect.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Deconstruction of debut film

In my short film I have used Mise-en-scene to describe the design aspects of the film. The props in the film include magical objects such as the wand and the staffs. This is used to create a magical quality and aspect to the film. This builds a sense of adventure and excitement. The main focuses of objects used in the film are the hero and villain’s enchanted staffs. They use these in their fight scene mainly as weapons like in a sword fight, but the magical power of the villain’s staff is able to zap and harm the hero’s sidekick. The setting of the film was meant to be interpreted as being located in an abandoned field where the fight scene takes place. We came across difficulties of trying to uphold this concept, as we found the schools buildings and pupils to get in the way.
The costumes and props have an important role in any film, as it is a visual aid as to what people are perceived as being like. The princess in my film has long, blonde hair which is a common stereotype among women in thriller films, as they are seen as being helpless and unintelligent. She wears a tiara to signify that she apart of royalty. This shows her social class to the audience, that she is powerful, rich and well respected. The sidekick wears a cloak and carries a magical wand, this signifies her magical abilities, as wizards are commonly known to wear long cloaks and hats, and to have magical qualities. The villain wears a white mask to cover his face, and a black hood to cover the rest of his head and neck. This creates the illusion of mystery to the audience, and that this particular character is not to be trusted.
I edited the film into black and white to create the effect of a thriller and to build the tension of the film to make it appear more chilling. The magical objects in the film help create the verisimilitude that the film is going to include action and adventure.
The main target audience for this film is the teenage genre. As we have used teenage actors as characters, this will appeal to teenagers. The adventurous quality to the film that includes action shots and scenes would be more suited to a teenage audience as the music and content of the film is modern and youthful. The film appeals to both genders, but mainly addresses males as the content includes lots of fight and death scenes. The film could also attract a female audience as they could be interested in the concept of the princess and how she seeks her vengeance on her dead brother.
There could be a secondary audience to this film that involves a younger audience of 7-12 years. As this is an action film this also suits this age range as it is not too violent and has a simple story line, and is easy to understand. As the Harry Potter films have also been popular with this age group.
I cut the speech in the film and replaced the audio with subtitles to make the audience pay more attention to the film. This makes the film more thrilling and tense without the words, with just a tense playing music as audio. I edited the camera to shake and the music to become suddenly shocking when a character died, this created suspense. When the hero and sidekick are running to seek the villain I added agitated music to imply that something bad is going to happen. The tense music being played throughout the play adds to the audiences concern and their worry for the hero and sidekick.
The binary opposites in the film are of that of the hero and villain. The hero is seen as being the courageous, strong man who has no fear and is content of doing everything for the greater good. Whilst the villain is stereotyped as being cowardly, deceitful and evil, and is doing everything for the wrong reasons. The hero in my film is seen as courageous as he is not scared to fight and seems unfazed by killing the villain. This also shows that he is very strong willed. This binary opposition is an example of Levi-Strauss binary opposition concept.
I have included Propp’s character archetypes idea, by including a hero, a villain a victim a princess and a helper. These characters all have importance to the film and are just five of the basic character types.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

My 5 Favourite Films

The Dark Knight (Chris Nolan, 2008)

Budget: $185,000,000
US Box Office Total: $533,316,061
UK Box Office Total: £48,685,166
I enjoyed this film, as it included lots of special effects, which made the film even more exciting to watch. The actor heath ledger, who played the joker in the film, gave the film its edge and realism, as his performance was incredible.

Mean girls (Mark Waters, 2004)

Budget: $17,000,000
US Box Office Total: $23,618,786
UK Box Office Total: £20,792,585
This film is a favourite of mine mainly because of the comedy factor. It pokes fun at the typical teen cliches in the most obvious ways possible.

Hot fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)

Budget: $16,000,000
US Box Office Total: $23,618,786
UK Box Office Total: £20,792,585
This is my favourite comedy of all time. It is non stop British comedy throughout the whole film, it had amazing acting talents which made me laugh the whole way through.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Mike Newell, 2005)

Budget: $150,000,000
US Box Office Total: $290,013,036
UK Box Office Total: £48,328,854
This is one of my favourite Harry Potter films out of the series. The visual effects and story line to this film, made it one of my favourite five films ever made.

Paranormal activity (Oren Peli, 2009)

Budget: $11,000
US Box Office Total: $107,917,283
UK Box Office Total: £9,649,669
This is one of the most intense films I have ever seen. As the whole film is filmed by non professional cameras it makes the film appear even more beliveable. As the film had such a small budget, they have made a massive profit in America and the UK.

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Youtube Video

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