Monthly Archives: January 2013

opening credits inspiration

this is the opening credits to the walking dead TV series we liked the idea of the panning and zooming allowing us to show our opening scene while also showing our opening credits in a mysterious way.

We will include the slow panning and zoom technique at the beginning of our sequence with the pictures and belongings of the victim which are attached to the stalker’s board, and we will run the credits over the top of this footage whilst it’s playing. This will allow the audience to see the images on the board of the stalker which will reveal the story-line in little bits to them, but it will also give them time to read the credits, and we think this will look good.

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Location Ideas

We were thinking about filming around the town centre and the small streets/alley ways around the area of Cambridge.

We have thought about this location as it’s quite a normal and common location, in the ordinary. This is a convention of the thriller genre. Also, the character will be on her way home from college and going about her daily life, however during this she will be being followed by an unknown character who will soon become her stalker. 

We will also be using our friend’s house which is also located in central Cambridge to act as the victim’s house, and the stalker will be seen hanging around outside her house. 

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Research into types of titles used in opening sequences of films

In the opening sequence of every film is the credits/titles and production companies such as Dreamworks, Pixar, and MGM, which are all known for their notable appearance at the beginning of their films, making the audience aware of who is responsible for said feature film.

This is an example of well known production company Dreamworks, and their trademark titles used in every film they produce. This is used because it is creative and easily recognisable amongst audiences because there is no other titles like this. It’s got the word ‘dreamworks’ written amongst the clouds, making it seem dream like and heavenly, like the name suggests. It’s also very inventive, so very memorable within the audience’s mind. It can be easily read, as it’s of a large size and clear font, ensuring the audience will definitely be able to read it before watching the film. Running the titles before the film begins ensures the audience will definitely be watching, as they’ll have to watch the titles before the actual film.

This is a second example of opening titles used, and is for famous company Disney, who are known for animated works such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Beauty and The Beast, and also blockbuster hits Pirates of the Carribean. This is also very recognisable as this shown before any Disney film is shown, making sure the audience known that they’re watching a Disney film. This hints at what the content of the film will be like, as they can associate the name with other works of the same production company that they have seen. The actual titles consist of a fairy/light flying over a typical princess-style castle. This has connotations of dreams and fairytales, suggesting what sort of films they produce. This will inspire us in our own coursework and film making as we will create titles which reflect the styles and themes throughout our opening sequence, which will be thriller orientated. We could create a title sequence which is fast paced, and slightly tense/mysterious, which are conventions of thriller, so when the audience see the titles, they’ll know they’re watching a film belonging to the thriller genre.

This third example is from North American production company Lionsgate, who are known for American Psycho, Buried, and Abduction, which are big thriller films. Lionsgate are famous for producing thrillers which fit all of the conventions, and this is shown in their titles, which are a close up of a mechanical door opening to reveal a very steel like ‘Lionsgate’ written in a dark and gloomy sky. This connotes a sense of tension and mystery, which is commonly portrayed in thrillers. This is  a slightly more appropiate style of titles we could base our own for our own thriller. We could aim to produce titles which are equally tense and that fit the conventions of the specfic genre like this one does.

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Actor and Character Planning- Nicole/Protagonist.

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Nicole will be playing the protagonist who is stalked. We have chosen Nicole to be the victim as she looks vulnerable and innocent, which are conventional characteristics of victims.

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This is a photo of the protagonist from the resident. She is put under similar circumstances and threats to our character. And this character has inspired our character.

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Juno Opening Text Analysis.

The font style is cartoonist and looks like it was drawn with pencils and crayons and is slightly 3D.

The names of the people are bigger and in different font colour.

The position of the text is where ever there is space as it is made big enough to take up the rest of the space.

It makes it look childish that attracts teenagers and a young adult audience which is the target audience of the film.

The text is in capital letters that is conventional in opening sequences as it emphasizes the text.

The title of the film JUNO flashes and glows to tell the audience that this is the title of the film it is also the name of the main character.

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Six Feet Under Opening Text Analysis.

This is a video of the opening sequence from the TV series, Six Feet Under. We watched it and then analyzed the font, size, style, movement and position.

The text fades in and out and begins slowly but then picks up pace as a soundtrack/piece of music is introduced, the text appears quicker as the music goes on. The font is quite basic and in capitals, emphasizing the people involved. Something interesting about the style is that the colour alternates between white and black depending what is going on in the background. The text appears in different positions and only some of the text moves. 

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Panic Room Opening Text Analysis.

We watched the opening title sequence of Panic Room, starring Jodie Foster, and analyzed the different font, size, style, movement and position.

The font is 3D with lots of shadows, this creates dimension. The font is quite large in context of environment. The titles were always in different postitions or angles and in front of famous landscape. All these points make the titles look part of the location, it fits with the buildings and makes them look real, like they’re actually there. The title’s look like they’re there, floating in the air above and around the city. Real but surreal. The text of the name of the film is larger and centered in comparison to the rest of the text, which is positioned differently and slightly smaller. This is to emphasize the name of the film and make it bolder. There is no movement of the letters, they’re static, there is only movement of the camera again adding to the idea that they’re permantley there. Some of the text was hard to read as light that would shine of buildings also shined of the text. This is a thriller convention as it gives the impression of hidden identity and mystery.

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Feedback from Initial Idea Sharing.

Lighting- We were told we need to think about our lighting and be very specific with it. This is because we don’t want our stalkers face ever to be seen so the lighting always needs to shadow out his face, this will be quite hard but with thought it can be done. 

Costume- We were also told we need to think about costume. The costume of the stalker needs to make him look older than he is, we can do this quite easily by dressing our actor differently to what he would normally wear. We also need to consider the color of the clothing, it needs to be dark (Black and greys) to make our character look evil and guilty. 

The feedback of the class informed us that we had a good idea but also that we need to think about the fine detail to create a successful piece.

From now we need to come up with an initial shot list and begin to come up with a storyboard to be aware of exactly what we to film. 

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Character Planning- Antagonist.

<div style=”position:relative;”><div style=”width:600px;margin:0 auto”>Movie Photos: Wes Bentley star as Thomas in horror thriller P2.</div></div><br/><small><div style=”text-align:center”><div>Movie Photos: Wes Bentley star as Thomas in horror thriller P2.   (clipped to polyvore.com)</div></div></small>

This is a photo of a character from P2 called Thomas, played by Wes Bentley. Thomas is the atagonist in the film and he stalks a woman in a car park, he’s mentally unstable which adds to the creepy characteristics of him. He breaks her car so she can’t leave the car park and drugs her before putting her in a dress to rape her. His characteristics immediatley imply he’s a stalker and is a key character to inspire our character.

Our character will be called David, he’s recently become an adult and is now 18. He’s in the year above the girl he stalks. Inspired by Thomas, David has a physiological disorder which influences his behavior. 

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Brainstorm for Thriller Opening

STORYLINE.
  • Somebody gets kidnapped.
  • Someone gets murdered
  • Could involve a stalker- a man follows a woman. Cork-board full of pictures. Shadowy figure. 
  • Take photos and make a fake newspaper.
  • Dark room with board on wall, camera pans across and zooms in on a certain area (edited to enlarge image/photo). This then cuts to another scene.

LOCATION.

  • Streets
  • Towns- Cambridge, Gransden, Cambourne.
  • College- Empty Room. (The dark room in which the board is).
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