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Harry Hitchcock Final Evaluation Questions

1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

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This first screenshot from our Thriller Opening shows the film name in the opening credits. There are two conventions we used shown here. The first is the lighting, the room is darkly lit with an earie torch used to light only a small area of the frame. This is very conventional of the thriller genre as it creates a tense atmosphere leading the audience into the film. On the right is a screengrab taking from the film Se7en (Fincher, 1995),SEVEN example it shows the convention in use as only one light is shining on the image darkly shown. The second convention we used and developed is the text we used, the font is a convention as thrillers commonly have a quite creepy and unique font, however the way we have developed it is by unconventionally adding colour to our font. This is unusual in Thrillers as they usual tend to keep their font quite plain and simple, which means their usually colourless, as it has a more dramatic effect then when you add colour. We decided to add colour to make ours become more interesting and vibrant, making it leap off the screen in a exciting way. The screenshot from our opening shows two conventions, the first which we used showing the dark lit low key lighting and the second which we developed showing the decision on font and font colour.

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This next screenshot shows Nicole with the revealed stalker behind her. One thriller convention shown here is that the narrative centres around a crime. In this part of the Thriller the screenshot shows is when Nicole is assumed to get kidnapped by the stalker, kidnapping and stalking are both crimes but aren’t half as bad as the crimes that will come in the rest of the film. Thrillers are conventionally focused on Crime and this is why we chose to centre ours around Crime, it clearly shows the audience what genre they are watching.

Screengrab 3British Pictures was the company we came up with and used as an ident in our Thriller opening for Followed. It shows a mug with blood in and over it and then has the ‘British Pictures’ shown in a blood coloured font. Involving an ident of a production company is an opening sequence convention as the company gets credited and is hence advertised. We have also shown a thriller convention with the font and image used. Blood is conventionally involved in some way in a thriller and our ident has a dark earie blood themed image with blood-coloured font. This is a thriller convention as blood is shown to the audience from the word go to immediately show them the genre of film they’re about to watch.

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This screenshot shows our antagonist, The stalker played by Mark. It shows the use of mise en scene, his costume. We dressed our antagonist in very dark clothing and made him have his hood up. This is a thriller convention, to dress characters, specifically antagonists, darkly to show their personality as evil and not very pleasant. We used this convention as it clearly shows the audience who the ‘bad guy’ is in a subtle yet effective way. It contrasts him from the bright clothes our protagonist is wearing and portrays him negatively and as a character the audience shouldn’t like. I think the costume convention is effective in representing characters strongly to the audience.

Screengrab 4CCTV footage styled editing is conventional in Thrillers. This is why we decided to edit an area of our footage to be seen as CCTV in our opening. We have used this convention as it has a scary presence to the audience and shows the theme of paranoia and being watched.

I really like the CCTV convention as it links back to the real world and gives something for the audience to empathise with, they are fully aware of what CCTV is and this convention reminds them that where they go, CCTV will be. It’s a very effective convention.

Overall we have involved many Thriller and opening sequence conventions to show the genre clearly to the audience and make our opening effective in the way that it can be enjoyed by the audience. We have used these Thriller conventions to show the genre successfully.

 

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2) How does your media product represent particular social groups?

The image to the left is a still from our Thriller Opening. It shows our antagonist played by one of the members in my group, Mark. Our stalker shown in the image represents the Gang side of England there is today, the chavs or hoodys as they are also known. Gangs are becoming a more frequent problem in England today and lead to more Crimes being committed, they commonly include troubled young men who wear their hoods up and try to intimidate the public. We used this particular social group to influence our decision on coming up with our antagonist, we have portrayed him as quite evil and menacing, someone to be feared by the audience. We wanted our antagonist to be someone that people can link to and link their lives too, perhaps even to remind who they are and what they do on a day to day life is wrong.

Still from Kidulthood

This next image is a still taken from Kidulthood, directed by Menhaj Huda and written by Noel Clarke, it was released in 2006. Our representation of a British Gang member or better known, Chav, is very similar to the same representation in Kidulthood. In the still we see Clarke dressed in a zip-up hoody with the hood up. The mise en scene of costume is used here effectively in representing the particular social group. We also see a very sinister, angry and evil facial expression coming from Clarke, this is also effective in showing the audience the social group.

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This next image is of a real-life gang member taken in August 2011 during the London Riots by Kerim Okten (The Guardian Newspaper). The London Riots was a series of Riots taking place each night between the 6th and 10th August 2011 in various areas across the city of London and eventually stretched across into different cities in England. The above image shows one of the young men involved in the riots, again we see the typical hoody worn with the hood up. This image shows the type of social group in which Kidulthood and our own Thriller opening have represented. The man shown in this image is very similar to Clarke in Kidulthood and is therefore also very similar to our character in our Thriller opening, the man shown looks fearless and terrorizing which links to the idea of scaring the audience in our thriller opening.

Overall our media product, our Thriller opening for our film Followed, represents the Gang/Chav social group. This is the social group that terrorizes the British public. In all three of the above images, whether it’s a still from our opening, a still from Kidulthood or a real photo taken during the London Riots, the person’s Identity is hidden due to the hood being up. The Identity is further hidden in our opening by making him look down to shadow out his face, this technique hasn’t been used in Kidulthood and this is because they want to show the character more.

3) What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Question 3 IMDb Page (Powerpoint)

Above is a link to where I have used IMDb as a template and created my own page for our Thriller, Followed.

I think IMDb is the correct media institution that would distribute our Thriller as it is a website for all films to be displayed on, giving information on the film. IMDb stands for the Internet Movie Database. IMDb is a very popular website when it comes to movies.

I used several IMDb film pages to inspire me on how to make one for our Thriller. I looked at films such as Se7en, In Bruges and Broken City. By looking at how IMDb was layed out and set up I could then copy and paste certain areas and personalise them on PowerPoint to create a movie page for our film. I also used the Poster I had previously made to add in for a heading photo and then took some screenshots for other photos.

Overall I think IMDb would distribute our Thriller as it includes many films on the website, as of March 22nd it includes 2,467,314 Movies on the website to look through. Also it’s a very well-known website therefore making it easy for an Audience to find.

4) Who would be the audience for your media product?

Question 4 Answer, Word Document. (Click Here)

Above is a word document showing Empire magazine would present our Thriller opening and a film review I’ve wrote. These both explain the audience for our media product and that is for aged 15+ people, mainly focused at young men.

5) How did you attract/address your audience?

The above link is to a YouTube video of our final Thriller Opening with a voice-over commentary over the top of it. The voice-over was done by myself, Nicole and Mark (all three members of our group). We all said equal parts to contribute fairly.

It explains through the technical devices we used including about Camerawork, Editing, Sound and Mise en Scene. It shows how we attracted the audience into enjoying our thriller.

Beginning with Mise en Scene, we created very effective lighting in our Thriller Opening. We used a torch and a reflector to create very tense and earie lighting, this would attract the audience as the way it flickers amongst the darkness creates fear to an audience member which causes adrenalin and excitement all coming from one simple effect. Another strong aspect of Mise en Scene we used was costume, our antagonist is dressed in very dark, mysterious clothing wearing his hood up. It immediately makes him quite an intimidating character and becomes a character the audience can empathize with as perhaps they know somebody from the same background who acts the same as our stalker, this could create panic to the audience attracting them to watch on.

We used some different, interesting and exciting Editing techniques in our thriller opening. We used an effect called ‘Bad TV’ and converted it to black and white by desaturating it on a certain scene of our opening, we did this to create a CCTV effect of our stalker following our victim. By creating a CCTV effect we have attracted and addressed the audience as CCTV is very well-known about in present day and everybody is aware of what it is and what it does, this effect can link to Paranoia and the idea of being watched. The audience could experience this feeling just by seeing this clip, they could come to realisation of how being public isn’t private, this idea is shown in other films such as The Conversation (1974) and Enemy of the State (1998).

Our sound was very conventional in the Thriller genre. Using garageband we created a very tense, high pitched, scary soundtrack. Our soundtrack would attract the audience as it creates atmosphere to please the audience.

Camerawork doesn’t attract the audience as much as the other micro-elements. As long as you have variety of shot types and angles then the audience will be pleased as it prevents them from becoming bored. We involved a range of shot types and angles from close-ups to high angles, this should attract the audience as it will keep them engaged and interested.

The commentary we created as a group and the small amount of text I’ve written here explains how we attracted and addressed the audience in our thriller opening.

6) What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the project?

The first image shown here is of me using the camera. As the other members of my group were both acting in our thriller opening, I used the camera quite alot during filming. Before I came to the College I hadn’t really properly used a Video Camera or a tripod before so it was all quite new to me. However the camera was quite easy to get used to and I was looking forward to capturing a variety of shots. Tripod’s are essential when filming as they prevent shaky footage and keep the footage nice and static. A tripod was a tool I hadn’t had much experience with before and I learnt how to use it. As I found more and more about how the use the tripod, for example moving it up and down, I began to use it to create a variety of shots with various different angles to result in some successful footage. Overall I’ve learnt not only how to use the Video Camera and tripod but how to use them effectively to hopefully result in a successful thriller opening with interesting footage.

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This next still shows me using the reflector. The reflector is used to reflect natural or artificial lighting onto the subject of filming to create interesting effects to the footage. A reflector was another piece of equipment I hadn’t used or even come across before I came to Long Road, however they are really easy to use and you don’t exactly need practice on how to use one. For our thriller opening, I didn’t use the reflector at all. As a group we used it for our dark-lit scene but Nicole used it and with it she created interesting, effective lighting that flickered in the footage creating an almost creepy feeling. I’ve learnt that the reflector is really effective in creating Erie, creepy atmospheres. I’ve also learnt that it could be used to make a mood brighter but not on our case, in our case it was used to add tension and show the thriller genre.

The photo on the right is a still of me using the torch. Torch’s are used in filming as artificial lighting to effect the atmosphere and to create meaning. We used the torch in our thriller opening when our stalker (antagonist) is looking at the board which is full of photos of his most recent victim. We used to the torch to create a small low-key amount of light amongst the darkness of the room. As a group we used the torch successfully as a useful tool to create effective lighting. I’ve learnt that the torch can be used for different techniques and effects and in our case be used to create a mysterious, tense and dark atmosphere, showing the thriller genre.

Using Final Cut Express

After filming comes the editing and with the editing you use different software to piece the footage together and to create the final piece. The main piece of software you use is Final Cut Express and it is used to select, cut and piece together footage. It’s also used to add video filters, effects and transitions. Final Cut can be used in many different ways to create the thriller opening we pictured. Final Cut was a new piece of software introduced to me when I began studying at Long Road and with induction tasks I soon got to grips with it and I can do comfortably edit on it. From Final Cut Express I’ve learnt that editing is vital and of high importance when it comes to film-making. I’ve learnt that Final Cut Express is a great piece of software for editing the footage and piecing it together to result in a well-edited student Thriller Opening.

Final Cut Express isn’t the only piece of software which is useful when it comes to editing. The next still shows me using a piece of software called After Effects. After Effects is literally what it sounds like, you add effects in after you’ve edited your piece. After Effects is a program I wouldn’t say I’m used to and not one that I’m very good at. I’ve only used After Effects a couple of times and found it to be quite difficult but also fun to produce work with. From After Effects I’ve learnt that good effects, such as titles/credits, can be created through the software and further realized that editing technology is very important in film-making.

This final still shows me using Garageband, a program used to create original and unique sound effects and soundtracks to add to your piece. Garageband was, yet again, a piece of software I hadn’t come across before and therefore I wasn’t completely sure how to use it and I’m still not exactly comfortable using it. Garageband is used to create new and unique sound and to be able to add this into your piece on Final Cut. Another member of my group has been using Garageband to create some sound whilst I’ve been focusing on other work, such as Research and planning. The piece of sound he created was incredibly effective, it has a loud drone throughout an earie and tense backing sound. I’ve learnt that Garageband is a nice bit of technology and that it’s important and very useful in creating sound for our thriller opening.

Overall I’ve learnt that various pieces of technology, whether it be the Video Camera or using Final Cut Express, are very important in constructing the final product.

7) Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

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For Question 7 I have made a Prezi showing my journey from the Preliminary task to our finished Thriller Opening. It explains and shows the progression our group made from the Preliminary task right through and up until the final thriller opening.

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Nicole Atkinson Evaluation Questions

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

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2) How does your media product represent particular social groups?

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3) What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

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Here I have taken a template from a IMDB website, which contains information on films and tells people the basics about such films (such as who directed them, who stars in them, the plot, production etc). The template is of a page from this site, but I have put the information from the film that I created into the template, as if this database was advertising and showing the details of my film. This institution would distribute my media product because it distributes hundreds of other films across the internet, and from all different genres. Upon searching this particular database and institution, I found that they have a page showing the information and adverting many other thriller films, and in particular psychological thrillers such as Identity, The Roommate, and Shutter Island. All of these films are similar to mine, and they have a page on this website, so this is why they would have a page for my film. I believe that an institution such as Lionsgate would distribute our film as well, as this company is known for distributing many well known thrillers, so when the audience see that Lionsgate is the distributor, they will know what to expect. Similar works to mine that they have distributed would be Abduction, American Psycho, and The Day After Tomorrow.

4) Who would be the audience for your media product?

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Above is a link to the analysis of why I chose Empire magazine, and a film review that I believe would be found in such magazine for the film that we have created.

5) How did you attract/address your audience?

Above, I have included our opening sequence with a voiceover discussing what we did, all members of the group contributing to the script writing and the actually voiceover.

In the beginning of the opening sequence, we have used mise-en-scene to create a tense atmosphere to attract audiences as it’s a key element of thrillers and films belonging to the thriller genre. We have done this by using a reflector and shining a light on it, which reflects the light onto the board which we angled it at. This creates low key lighting, commonly used in thrillers, such as the thriller Identity, where within the first 5 minutes, low key lighting is a main feature as it creates a spooky atmosphere whilst the camera shows shots of different articles and pieces of evidence on the table, which is the same kind of feeling that we tried to create by using low key lighting.

We also used transitions between shots. This editing technique enables us to move swiftly from shot to shot, and also gives the audience a sense of prolonging as we used a fade towards the end of the sequence, this builds up suspense as the audience have to wait to see what happens in the next shot, attracting and engaging them with the film and what is going on. Straight cuts between other clips during the middle of the sequence are used to create tension because they’re straight and quick, giving a sense of pace to the film, addressing the audience and making them continue watching. Long shots are used to show the audience everything that is going on, and are used to show the board at the beginning, to show them the extent of the stalking, engaging them with the character being stalked as they can sympathise with her.

The soundtrack also corresponds with the effect we were trying to create and make the audience feel. We used various instruments and built up high notes and layered other instruments on top of each other. This creates a high pitched soundtrack, that makes the audience feel uncomfortable and on the edge of the seats, which they should be by watching someone get stalked, as that isn’t a comfortable situation, so it reflects what is going on on the screen.

Overall, we believe that our media product has successfully engaged the audience and attracts them because it fulfils the typical image of what a thriller should be and be made of, so we believe that we managed to attract the audience well, and the opening sequence would make them want to carry on watching the whole film.

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

Whilst creating the opening sequence of our thriller film, we used several pieces of equipment including a camera. Below is a picture of myself using the camera. When filming, we positioned the camera on a tripod. This made sure we would get shots that are still and static, making the sequence look authentic as if it what a real film created. It would also make sure that the audience get to see everything clearly, without having disturbance from the camera being unstill and shaky. We used several features that the camera held such as the ability to zoom in and out which we used to zoom in on a picture of our victim. This enables the audience to clearly see the character and learn about what she looks like, helping them identify with her. The only drawback we came across occurred when trying to zoom in whilst filming a scene, we found it would sometimes make it look slightly shaky and effect the filming, however we overcame this by being gentle when zooming in whilst filming. IMG_0269

The second piece of equipment we used and took with us when shooting was the torch. This soon become a vital tool we needed when filming because it helped us create the desire effected we craved when filming the beginning few scenes with the images of the character stuck to the whiteboard. We used a reflector, and shone the light onto the reflector, which reflected the light back on the whiteboard as we angled it towards it. We soon learnt that this created a low-key lighting effect, which made it look mysterious and slightly secretive, as if the audience was not supposed to see everything that was happening clearly, a common convention of the thriller genre. Using the torch and reflector together allowed us to create an atmosphere that was appropriate and matched what was happening in the scene, which was when the stalker was creating his board of images of stalking the protagonist. This is effective because it makes our thriller more realistic and engaging for the audience. IMG_0279

Once we filmed all the shots we had planned out on our shot lists and storyboard, we took all the footage and uploaded it to final cut pro, in which we formed a basic rough cut edit order by cutting the clips we wanted and placing them in a basic order for the opening sequence. This was a fairly easy process, and importing the clips and then editing on final cut was simple and I soon learnt how to use the software effectively. I learnt how to put together a series of clips in a good and orderly fashion, and once that was done, we began putting effects on different clips. We applied a ‘bad TV’ effect and black and white effect on one clip to create a CCTV camera like image, and this was another skill that I had picked up in the process. I also learnt how to add transitions between clips and titles, which we used by applying, fade in’s and fade outs on different shots to create a tense atmosphere, a convention of the thriller genre, which would engage the audience. Once we had completed editing, we converted it into QuickTime so it could be played and watched easily. I learnt to do this by following some simple steps, which just meant we would have to change several settings on the video, which was very easy to do. IMG_0287

We wanted to create a soundtrack, to have played behind the footage in the opening sequence, so we did this by using the software named Garage band. Firstly, we began by choosing appropriate instruments to add to the soundtrack, ones we believed would create the desired tense atmosphere. In order to achieve this, we used woodwind instruments such as a flute, and several string instruments and pianos. We also laid down a track we had imported onto the mac via freesounds.com, which delivered a very eerie and creepy tone to the soundtrack. By using garageband to create the soundtrack to accompany our sequence, I learnt how to use this piece of software as I had no real prior knowledge of it, so I have gained skills on how to add instruments and produce a soundtrack made of different instruments and pre existing sound clips. Overall, we managed to produce an authentic and convincing soundtrack that creates suspense to match the storyline within the footage. IMG_0286

Finally, we tested out creating credits on a piece of software called After Effects. We played around with the different types of text that can be used for the credits, and looked at what would be appropriate for our chosen genre and mood we wanted to create in our opening sequence. On this software, you can also animate the text that you create by having it do things such as fade in, or have come in at an angle. There were many different techniques that we found on there would look good, however we didn’t believe any would be quite right for the film we were trying to create, so created credits on final cut, by placing text on top of the footage and have it fade in and out to create an element of suspense. We chose not to use after effects for the credits and titles because we did not like all the texts that came with it, and found it was slightly complicated to use, and using final cut seemed a lot simpler and more effective, so we settled on sticking to final cut. IMG_0285

Overall, I learnt many things from all the equipment and software we used both in shooting and post production, which will benefit me in the future if I were to complete a similar task, and it has given me skills which may come in handy when creating more films or moving image. I believe we worked to the best of our ability, and that I grasped all technologies used, and picked up skills along the way.

7) Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt  in the progression from it to the full product?

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Above is a prezi presentation I have created taking you from the very beginning of the task where we created a preliminary task getting to grips with different camera angles and techniques, and editing styles, to make a coherent and continuity error proof piece of footage. The skills I learnt from that enabled me to create a opening sequence to a thriller which I believe, on a whole, was successful, and addressed my target audience and fulfilled the conventions of thriller which I found are present in other thrillers from analysing other thriller opening sequences. On a whole, I believe the whole thing was a success, and I am pleased with the overall outcome.

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Evaluation (by Mark Harris)

Question 1

In this first screenshot the camera is at an angle showing the shadow of our antagonist making the views feel intimidated and vulnerable also the fact you can’t see much light in this clip either

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In this screenshot we had a zooming in shot of a photo of our victim so that our audience can get a feel as to who the story is about and we finished this clip of with a close up of the photo

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In this screenshot we are focusing on the lighting as we can’t see a lot of what’s in the picture of what is happening and that’s could fill the audience with mystery and questions and scare some of them as they could be intimidated, all you can see if the outline of the stalker with the use of our lighting.

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Here for one of our opening conventions we introduce 1 of our main characters showing the focus as she is the only person in this clip.

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Here is our second screenshot of our opening conventions introducing our second main character as well as looking at the angle of the camera and where is located separating the clip into two parts.

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This screenshot is showing the Title of our film taking up most of the clip and with a relevant background to the story with it.

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Question 2

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I took the photo from our film to represent the teenage social group and who its aimed at saying that as a teenager we are all vulnerable to this crazed stalkers

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This is a photo of Drew barrymore who played casey in Scream she was the first victim of the stalker called ghost face and she was about 19 years old, the socail group of the film is based around a bunch of high schoolers so they are around the same social group

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This photo is of a girl who was found dead after posting that she had a stalker on Facebook she was around the same age as our actor Nicole and was in the same situation this just proves that these films also reflect on real life and make people aware of what can happen.

Question 3

Here is my PDF file of my IMDB file

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Question 4

The audience for our film would probably be teenagers and young adults as the main character is in her late teens so teenagers would be able to think in her position and feel how she is feeling In that situation, the film magazine that I think would EMPIRE as they like the different and sometimes creepy films, I think it be appropriate because they would give it an honest review and give it a good amount of advertisement space for what it is, it would be attract a large audience to our film and would support it as well, I feel that it would be better than other magazines because of this reason also as we are trying to attract a younger audience they would feel that they won’t a younger audience reading there magazine and then maybe they would become a subscriber so in that case we would both win, I wouldn’t be expecting a front page but I think even 1 page in the empire would be good to have

Following is a film about a girl who is stalked and eventually kidnapped by an unnamed stalker who eventually tries to sell her for a sum of money, acted by Mark Harris and Nicole Atkinson, it was very well acted and the filming and lighting were very well done, the first scene introducing us to both the main characters was very creepy and atmospheric all you saw was a dark room with lots of pictures and writing on the bored and acasionly you would see the shadow of the stalker and it filled you with question and mystery, I was really impressed with the lighting in that scene as it was incredible we could just see enough to know what was happening and what was about to happen, throughout the film they keep this atmosphere on us the whole time and we never get torn away from that, I was interested all the time as it always changes and there isn’t one scene that is the same as another one I would say if you’re interested in seeing this film make sure you’re ready for a surprise and a jump at the end and a massive plot twist I will tell you now be prepared for an awesome ride.

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Question 5

Question 6

Here I am using the camera that I am already very familiar with however during the project I managed to use my previous camera skills to make our shots even better.

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Here I am using the torch to bounce on a reflector to light up an area I haven’t use much lighting in the past so doing this I learnt that a small torch can make a massive difference as shown in our first scene.

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Here I’m using the reflector I have previously used a reflector before however this time I used it more and we used it in our first scene to light up the board.

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During our process we had to use a lot of editing and different software.

One was called final cute express in the past I have used a lot of different editing software so the basic stuff I could do however doing the more advanced stuff was a bit harder but I eventually researched how to do each thing and got the hang of it all.

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Another program we used was garage band iv used this on my friends Ipad a lot however on the mac itself it’s a lot different so I knew the basics but using the proper program was a bit different and there were a lot more instruments you could use however I finally got the hang of it and made our soundtrack.

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Another program that we used briefly but didn’t use in our final piece because we were running out of time was after effects which is a program that you can add titles and indents and do special effects with them I only learnt the basics about this program.

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Question 7

This is the power point presentation for question 7 that has been uploaded as a PDF

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The Journey to our final Piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How we worked as a group

For this task, I worked with two other members from my class to create a short 2 minute long opening sequence to a thriller film. Firstly, we chose groups then ran through some initial ideas which we could develop and use for the storyline for our whole film and opening sequence. At first, we argued on ideas and narratives, but shortly resolved them and settled on an idea, which all members of the group contributed to. Overall, the group and I worked well together, and whenever a disagreement arose, we quickly dealt with it by talking over everyone’s view and idea before it caused a problem or conflict. On the whole, because of a cohesive group that worked well with one another, we managed to meet all deadlines on time, with a completed product that we worked hard on and are proud of.

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Evaluation – Voice over, script, task 5

Speaker One: In the beginning of the sequence, we have used a low angle shot looking up at a board of pictures of the protagonist, giving the viewer a sense of how extreme the stalking of this character is.

Speaker Two: A zoom in shot has been placed where the camera zooms into a picture of the victim, which tells the audience what she looks like – helping them identify with the character.

Speaker Three: Low key lighting is used in the beginning shots to create a spooky and tense atmosphere. It also makes it look mysterious as if you’re not supposed to see it clearly – making it secretive, a common convention of thriller, to leave the audience wanting more.

Speaker One: A shot of the antagonist walking past the camera is used a method os transition between one shot and another. This makes it look as if he in charge, giving him power, making the protagonist look weak and vulnerable.

Speaker Two: We have editted scenes using colour corrector, where we lowered the saturation and added a bluey-grey tint, making it look less welcoming and more tense and cold.

Speaker Three: Static shots of the character being followed enables the audience to get a clear view of what is happening.

Speaker One: Cross cutting is used between shots of the actual stalking, and the pictures of the victim on the board. This gives the audience more information about the character, engaging them as they can feel they can then identify with her.

Speaker Two: Another shot of the antagonist’s shadow blacks out the camera and creates a transition between shots, once again making him look in control of the situation, which he is.

Speaker Three: A high angle long shot of the female character being followed has been edited into a blacvk white effect, with a ‘bad TV’ effect also applied, making it look like a CCTV camera. This gives a sense of voyeurism, as the audience is giving priviledged access, engaging them with the clip.

Speaker One: A sound effect named ‘static’ has been applied under the footage of the CCTV camera to make it sound athentic, and replicate the sound of the camera cutting off.

Speaker Two: The soundtrack was created on garageband and gives a scary and tense feel to the sequence. The high pitched eerie sounds makes the audience uncomfortable and puts them on the edge of their seats.

Speaker Three: The last few shots are of the female character reaching her front door. There is a tracking long shot of her getting close to thge door. This following action replicates the following that has been taking place throughout the whole of the sequence, putting the audience in thew position of the stalker.

Speaker One: The last shot of the characters is where the camera ios placed as if it’s the door, and she moves slightly and the stalker can be seen going to grab her. The camera then fades to another shot of the board from the beginning. The audience is left with a cliff hanger as they do not know what will or has happened to her.

Speaker Two: Finally, the sequence finishes with a long shot fading in of the board from the start showing the extent of the stalking, making the audience empathise with the stalker’s victim.

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Evaluation of Rough Cut

We had to make a rough cut of our final piece, so for this we had to upload all our clips onto the macs this was the easy part of our task the harder part was choosing the clips we wanted on the rough cut, we had to think about what would look best where and also think about including sound and text to get feedback for when we make out final piece, even if it was just a quick demonstration we were told it be best to add some so I created an account on freesounds.org and downloaded some soundtracks that I thought would be appropriate for a rough cut as well as work on some of our own music in garage band but if that didn’t work out we always had the soundtracks we downloaded.

For our first scene we used the darkest room we could get hold off to film when then dimly lit it with a torch and reflector and tried to get a lot of clips showing that this person was definitely our stalker, this introduced our audience immediately to our stalker and start them asking question about who this guy is and what does he want, we used short clips to show the room that he was in and finished that scene with a long shot showing the entire room.

To move from one scene to the other the stalker walked in front of the camera and walked off revealing a change of scenery to an ally way where we first meet our victim Nicole as she is just going around doing her daily routine, we enjoyed seeing how this transition turned out and thought it worked really well.

We used a lot of editing techniques in our rough cut like the split effect this seemed like a good idea at first but I didn’t like it in the end product as it confuses the audience too much and is too much to look at, another effect we wanted to put in was the CCTV effect however we just ran out of time and I was not there on Friday and I was the one who knew how to do the effect so we unable to put it in but we are definitely going to add it in to our final piece.

Overall I really thought the rough cut was a success we met our deadline and criteria just I think we need to move some clips around and play around with some effect definitely finish our soundtrack and add or remove some clips, as well as make the transitions between some scenes more smooth maybe some fade ins and outs.

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Short Evaluation on How we worked together to Produce our thriller Opening.

Our Thriller Opening is complete now and this post is just to shortly and quickly sum up how well we worked together.

I think we worked really well together as a group to produce our opening. With all of our input we managed to make quick decisions and put them into the action to hopefully achieve a high amount of marks. If we were to ever disagree on anything then it would soon be resolved after we discussed about it.

Overall I’m really happy with how our group worked and would be happy to work with them again as I think our thriller opening went successfully.

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Location Photos

we choose different locations during our shoot to film different parts of our film but we started of in an empty media studies classroom in our college.

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we then moved our shoot into Cambridge where we used different locations e.g ally ways and top story car park at the grand arcade

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for our last scene we used my sisters house to films as we needed access to someone front door who lives in CambridgeImage

and with all these different locations as well as some along mill road we were able to film our thriller opening

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Final Thriller Opening.

This is our final Thriller Opening.
As a group we think it went successfully.

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Lesson by lesson Plan.

Thursday 14th March: Begin editing again, re-arrange sequence and include our new footage to improve ending.

Friday 15th March: Sound. We need to make unique sound. And if we have time start to create an ident.

Tuesday 19th March: Finish creating the ident and make the effects including the CCTV effect.

Thursday 21st March: Make sure everything is running smoothly and editing is complete. Make tiny touch-ups to it. Upload our final cut.

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