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Friday, 8 April 2011

EVALUTATION : QUESTION 4&5

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? How will you attract/adress your audience?~
Our film is very low budget, the most we had to spend is 4 pounds on the duck used in our film everything else was from home, so if I wanted to distribute it I would upload it on Youtube and Vimeo and tell my friends on social networking websites such as Facebook and Myspace, to get more views and opinions. Luckily, another way we got to show off our video is our media department decided to rent out a cinema so we could view the film, we could do that and invite close family and friends. We could also show it to independent film companies, to see what they think and if they can expand on our ideas. Below I have posted a student film which has gotten a considerable amount of views on youtube. an dobviously they have worked very hard for it.

THE LINK FOR IT

EVALUATION : QUESTION 8

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progession from it to the full product?

The preliminary task was really practice for our final thriller. It gave us loads of practice and skills with using the camera mainly, and also abit of sound and text, though this proved difficult at first.

We had to film TWO preliminary films, because the first one was way too dark to be seen on Final Cut Pro. The task we were given is to produce a very short thrilling clip, in the style of any sub thriller genre we picked. We chose to do sci-fi, as we thought it would be interesting. However, we didn't really think about the mise-en scene, we had big limitations as we could only film in the college building. We tried to work with this, and went in a room and made it dark to make it seem thrilling. We moved the chairs into the background to make it seem as if it was an abandoned warehouse. This didn't look too good on the camera, it was way to dark to even make it lighter, it just looked unprofessional. From this I have learnt that doing any cinematic effects should really be left to Final Cut Pro! We attempted to add sound effects such
as footsteps and zaps, however this really messed up with the dialogue, it was like something our of those cheap anime/japanese films, where the mouth doesn't match up with sound.

Below I have posted some snapshots of our film compared to the prelim, I couldn't upload a video, it wouldn't work. Anyway, the differences between the two is immense, we didnt use any video effects in the previous one, it really looks like a homemade film, where as oru final edit looks more cinematic. We have also brushed up on our match cut skills, in our final cut it flows more smoothly, giving us the skill of precison. Really, we just brushed up our skills because some members of our group had some practice already.
This is much brighter and much more heavily contrasted than our preliminary film, it doesn't have to be dark to be a thriller!

Again, it is quite bright.
Not as heavily contrasted, looks unprofessional, we have improved greatly!

EVALUATION : QUESTION 3

Who would be the audience for your media product?

Our thriller film was made to be aimed at enthusiastic cinema goers, between the ages of 15 to 25, preferable women as a wide range of thriller films are aimed towards women, according to statistics. Here is a photomontage profile I have made of the perfect candidate that would watch this film.




Lori, 22, is a loud, out-going 'party girl' who works as a make up consultant in Boots and does a teaching course at Middlesex University. She is very fashion conscious, you'd never see her without bright make up or a without a ridiculously expensive brand name bag! She is the type of girl that loves going out, loves shopping and sightseeing, and most importantly, cinema going! You'd be bound to find old, crumpled up Odeon cinema tickets from the film she saw the previous fortnight. Surprisingly, she loves thriller films! She thinks rom-coms are typical and cheesy, she loves the fright thriller films give her, without all that gore used in typical 'slasher' horror films. She would definitely want to see our film, 'Signature'.

Our film was originally aimed at teenagers and perhaps, due to the femininity of the film, women and girls would be a more suitable audience. 

EVALUATION : QUESTION 2

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

We chose to use a female serial killer, to break away from the sterotypical view that males are serial killers, although this is statistically true, female killers do exists.


Our actress in 'Signature'

Alexandra Forrest in 'Fatal Attraction'

These two characters are very similar in terms of the way that they are made up. They are made up to look like innocent beautiful feminine women, stereotypical of how society sees them. They appear mentally stable. You wouldn't expect them to be serial killers, women typically look far too innocent for that. That is why, like in our film, Alexandra Forrest was an inspiration, as it twisted the normal conventions of thriller films, which usually use men, as men are seen as more aggressive. In our opening we made our character wear red (dress and lipstick) as although it does have connotations of love it also has connotations of blood, which is related to killing. The red lipstick was significant, as it helped place her status as a female, lipstick is seen as sexy. Although these characters appear different, they both represent woman to be girly and pure.

However, one thing that does set them apart from typical woman, is that they are killers, and that is revealed in their behaviour. In our opening, we didn't really show our character acting strange or out of control, perhaps in our absence of emotion we show that but it is a world away from Alexandras irratic, irrational behaviour in Fatal Attraction.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

EVALUATION : QUESTION 1

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

For this question I am going to compare 9 shots from the opening title sequence of our influence ( The Stepfather ) to 9 shots of the opening of our final thriller film.





These two shots are primarily establishing shots to set the mise en scene of the film. However, we decided to show the back of our murderess's head to evoke tension in the audience, as the fear of the unknown can be quite daunting. Another big difference is that we used a female instead of a male murderer as female murderers in films arent very common, and the use of a woman will allow us to reach our target audience, which is mainly towards the female spectrum. Both of these shots are slightly high angle shots towards the characters on screen, making them appear to have a sort of power, possibly over the other following characters on screen.



These over-the-shoulder shots both create a visual interest on the screen. They both allow us to have insight into what the character on screen is seeing, without using a point-of-view shot (which can create the wrong feel in a film, instead possibly making us feel empathy for the character as we are 'in their shoes'). Also, both characters are changing their appearance, but obviously in different was due to the different genders





Both of these cut away camera shots (or close ups are useful in building up tension, as it is a cut away from the current action. The major difference between these shots is obviously the contrast of items used. The make up in the first shot helps reflect and emphasis her femininity as a woman, which is a contrast to her character (serial killer). It is much less sinister than the second shot from The Stepfather, a suspicious rugged looking guy clipping and shaving his bushy beard. When you think of crazy, serial killers, they usually have a beard, right?




These extreme close ups allow us to see the psychopath nature of both of our serial killers, our character is dabbing away at a lipstick smudge, and The Stepfather is wiping a shaving cut. It is slighty OCD to worry about minor things like that, we can only attach its attributes to that of a killer.




Again, both of these shots are cut aways of items usually found in the bathroom, however ours is more used as an establishing shot as it was one of the first, or even the first shots used in our films. Our shot evokes more suspense, and their shot is more of a 'filler' shot, just to match cut the action previous to it.







The only similarity between these shots is the fact that they are both cut away shots, however we use our shots in completely different ways. The duck in our opening is what reveals the crime, that is why we use frequent cutaways of the duck between clsoe up shots of the make up to question the audiences mind and makes them wonder why we keep seeing this apparently harmless inanimate toy. The other shot uses frequent cut aways of normal things (toast, butter, toys, bricks) so we don't really know what is leading to our suspenseful moment.













I love this shot in The Stepfather! It is such an effective shot, pure genius. It is the moment when the normal turns abnormal. The tilt of the camera (compared to the other camera shots, evidently done on an tripod or a track) conveys the change of tone in the film. It is holy to sinister. We tried to create this in our film of using a close up of the duck hitting the dead hand, we wanted to do a tilt but the limitations of the small bathroom was a huge impact.




Both these shots again show the psychotic nature of both characters, of them arranging things when there is a dead body amongst them




Two of the final shots, similarities between the two are the eyes open as it gives it a creepy feel, obvious difference is the gender, one is male and one is a girl. However, the little girl is more effective as the fact that she is young and a female, plays on the audiences emotions and naturally they feel more sympathy for the child.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

EVALUATION: What kind of media institutions might distribute your media product and why? How will you attract/address your audience? (Q4&5)

Through researching many other independent and student films on Youtube, I happened to come across some really good low budget produced short films. Some of these independent have even gone to win many awards through Film Festivals.  This great achievement could only have been acomplished through appropriate distribution of the movie. For example our title sequence to 'Signature' is going to be distributed through booking a local cinema and having all of AS media students watching it. 



To get my opening title sequence across to my audience I could post it on a social network site like facebook or myspace and get feedback from my viewers. This would both help me distribute my film and get comments on it. Through using facebook I could make a page for my film which would help in geting it more recognized and also I could tell friends o post it on peoples walls. I could also post it on YouTube but through this I believe I would be recieving a wider audience so therefore I would be more successful in getting my work well known, also through Youtube I can again get feedback on my film. Through entering film competitions and festivals I can also get my film out to my audience, this also can lead to distributers sharing out my film. Also if I was to win an award for my film I would get my film more acknowledged.


Below is an independent short film, it received 100,695 views on Youtube and has also an award.


Underneath are some of the comments that were posted on YouTube about this short film.



EVALUATION : Looking Back at You Preliminary Task, What do You Feel You Learned In The Progression From It To The Full Product? (Question 8)

From the beginning of media when i started compared to now, there  is a big change of my skills and abilities. I Believe i have improved on most of the areas in media and have become more comfortable using them. Here i will talk about each area in detail:


Sound:
This area was never my best skill and did struggle with it, but i believe still next year i can properly catch on with how it works and how to create different sounds and soundtracks.

EVALUATION : What Have You Learnt about Technologies from the Process of Constructing this Product? (Question 7)

EVALUATION : What Kind of Media Institutions Might Distribute your Media Product and Why? How will you Attract/Address your Audience? (Question 4 & 5)

EVALUATION : Audience Feedback and Comments (Question 6)

Here are some views made from fellow peers about my groups opening thriller clip

Lets start off with the negative ones first
First of all we can see that our duck idea didn't work out as planned of  giving our clip an effect of normality but instead people said that it was weird and lets say more tacky as it was blue and wasn't the type of duck we needed such as a yellow floating one that tend to be in most bathtubs. Also, another thing was that our edits weren't enough and needed more and with that the make up shots were a bit too much and dragged our clip abit too much of just seeing our actress Edit putting make up on.

But enough of negative unwanted comments, lets move onto the good comments :)

Obviously I myself thought our video was just beautiful and completely fell in love with it :')
And to make me even more happy we had peers saying that the build-up was really good adding along with the soundtrack of the music playing adding to the excitement of the unnormality of our film giving the audience a good thrilling, suspence effect. And also to add to this, people loved the idea of the handsome actor, me ;) being dead in the bathtub with my clothing on being a shirt and tie attire, which added to the good ending of the film. 

EVALUATION : Who Would be the Audience For My Thriller (Question 3)

The main factors of the type of audience that my thriller is targeted at:
Age: 16 - 25 Year Olds
Gender - Girls And Boys
All Nationalities
Type of people : People that tend to enjoy going out with their friends to have a good time, boys and girls who are into thriller and a little scare.

Pictures to show the type of audience and their lifestyle :)

EVALUATION : How Does My Media Product Represent Particular Social Groups (Question 2)

Comparison of social groups with my opening film 'Signature' with the film 'Fatal Attraction' 




The point I'm trying to show, is about both male groups and and female groups and the differences between them. The point of how the more powerful force is always the males but however in this case with my clip and the film I'm comparing its the complete opposite.


The two girls I'm comparing below


Main Character 'Edit' From Signature
Main Character 'Alex Forrest' From Fatal Attraction

Okay, to start off, the similarities are that clearly they are both beautiful females, ;) Another point is that they are both crazy, psycho killers, this is like in the film Fatal Attraction the lady Alex is stalking a man along with his family after having a one night stand.
Both of these girls are seen as normal, ordinary women but as both movies go along we can see the similarities between them being not 'normal' and you can see their true personalities. Also the appearance of both characters are the same being smart, flashy, eye-catching type of clothes so they are stereotyped by the audience as being classy, sophisticated woman that appear normal and ordinary as everyone else but obviously this is just a show and later in the both films their true colours are shown.

Also a point about social groups is about the male social group being shown in a different way as being the more weaker one as in both films the male characters, in 'Signature' it being me. This shows the males as the more weaker targets and the female group being more in control of everything having the most power, so this is good for breaking that stereotypical look on how male are more stronger than women and how women are usually the victims of everything.

EVALUATION : In What Way Does My Thriller Use, Develop or Challenge Forms and Conventions of Real Media Products Conventions of Thriller Opening (Question 1)

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Audience Reaction To My Thriller Opening, That was shown in the Cinema

My Thriller Opening was shown in the cinema in front of every media student in the college on Tuesday the 5th of April. 

It was shown in the local independent cinema, 'The Screen on The Green'.


The Video Clip shows our Thriller Opening being played to the students, with a great round of applause at the end. 

On a more lighter note my thriller was played last, i cant help but think about the old cliché.

video

Monday, 4 April 2011

EVALUATION : Looking Back at You Preliminary Task, What do You Feel You Learned In The Progression From It To The Full Product? (Question 8)

I believe that I have learnt allot from back when I made the preliminary task film, by ways of better editing skills sound skills and also live type skills. 

video video

Above are my Preliminary Task Film and also my Final Thriller Opening and i believe that after watching both of them we can see how much i have improved in almost every aspect of the Media involved.

Taking Effective Shots:

One thing that i learned from the progression from preliminary to the final film is that how much of the screen is used and not used is a very important element in good story telling. Now that i have completed my Thriller opening i can look back in hindsight and see what could have been done better. 

In the preliminary film some of the shots had our main character shown in a very small part of the screen meaning that 60 to 70% has been wasted. In our Final Thriller film i think what we consciously aimed to fill up the screen as much as possible with things that where relevant to the story and this helped added a certain cinematic tone to tour final work.  
Final Film : used majority of the screen

Preliminary:  large parts of screen left empty

Learning that the Mise en scene can make or break a film:

Mise en Scene is a pivotal part in making a good film, regardless of genre but especially in the thriller genre. The Mise en scene in our Preliminary wasn't entirely great or even helpful, as you can see from the picture below, to what we were trying to achieve and this is something i have taken on board when it came to our final Thriller.    

In the Final Thriller film we used Mise en scene extremely effectively to set the scenes, the surroundings; everything that was on the screen was there for a specific reason. One example of this, is our use of the ' Toy Duck'. We used the duck to add a contrast with the evil nature that is the backbone of this opening. 

In the Final Thriller film we used Mise en scene extremely effectively to set the scenes, the surroundings; everything that was on the screen was there for a specific reason. One example of this, is our use of the ' Toy Duck'. We used the duck to add a contrast with the evil nature that is the backbone of this opening. Also everything from the clothing to the 
Final Film: Mise en scene, shows the setting cleary

Preliminary : Printer and Mac can be scene, shows college
Improved Editing:

In the Preliminary the editing was simple to say the least, simple shots where used such as mid shots and close ups, along with this we did not use transitions but rather simple cuts to the next shot.

I believe that for our Final Thriller film the editing improved vastly,  and this improved the flow of the scenes from shot to shot. We also used an array of different shots such as extreme close ups to mid shots, something that wasn't evident in our Preliminary film.  

an example of extreme close up from our film

Sound: 

The sound was never my best skill but i feel that i have improved slightly from the Preliminary. The fact is that we did not even use sound in our Preliminary as we struggled with the Soundtrack Pro, we couldn't manage to get the music on time with the events of the film, and this frustratingly meant we couldn't use sound for our Preliminary.

For the final thriller i believe  that the sound was used very effectively. W had a motif for our titles when they appeared and this added a very eerie feel to our opening sequence.  The main problem i had encountered before  with soundtrack pro is that getting the music to correctly sync with the film was very hard but we overcame this for our final film and created a well paced and good tension building sound.

creating our music on soundtrack pro
Planning and Teamwork:

For our Preliminary Film we basically had a single hour to plan it all and then film, so there no shock to learn that i have improved vastly in the planning aspect of making our final thriller opening. 

We planned for about 2 to 3 weeks just to ensure the location was right and also trying to story board our final film to allow us to have a clear picture in our head of what kind of shots we would need to use. The planning also meant that we needed to look again at the mise en scene. Clothing, Props and the Things within the setting had to all be used in a way that enhanced the realsim of our story.


Below is an example of our planning:
video


I think that as a team we all worked very well with each other and there was a real sense of achievement when we has finished our editing of the final thriller. I always thought i could work with other people well and constructively and now i firmly believe in this because my group and i worked extremely hard, met every deadline with time to spare and never let each other down. Organisational skills have also improved because i always kept up to date with the work and never missed deadlines.  





Saturday, 2 April 2011

EVALUATION : What Have You Learnt about Technologies from the Process of Constructing this Product? (Question 7)

video

We apologize for having no audio to describe the technologies we used for our research section from the answer above, below we will talk about what technologies we have learnt to use throughout researching.  

Research:
The technological things we used to research about out thriller opening was to use the online search engine Google. We also used things such as the thriller teaching blog for our resources along with having to maintain and update our own blogs. 

Friday, 1 April 2011

EVALUATION : Looking Back at You Preliminary Task, What do You Feel You Learned In The Progression From It To The Full Product? (Q8)

EVALUATION : What Kind of Media Institutions Might Distribute your Media Product and Why? How will you Attract/Address your Audience? (Question 4 & 5)

For this question i have decided to place my own thriller film into the real world of general cinema release.

Firstly I have to be very realistic about how far we could take this film both commercially and also into the public conscious. Our Thriller is a independent film and so realistically would not be backed financially and also promotion-wise by a large production company therefore meaning the distribution wouldn't come to much either.

I believe that my thriller film would have to appeal to a very niche market of cinema viewers that look past the Hollywood hype and would rather watch British independent films. We have to realize that we are not a colossal film like 'Avatar' and shouldn't be aiming to market our film in such ways.

Types of cinemas our film would be played in: 

Of course we would not get a nationwide release into all cinemas but rather specifically independent ones such as:

Genesis Cinema located in Mile End 
And the very cinema our Thriller was viewed in
Style of our Marketing Campaign: 

I would imagine that we would not have enough financial clout to fully promote this film, this is why I believe, good reviews from critics and also word of mouth could allow us to get some small success. 

I also believe in the idea of making the audience demand to see this film in their local cinema, and an example of such a thing happening is by the film 'Paranormal Activity'


Director Oren Peli asked movie goers to vote on the film website about which town to play the film next and in essence for people to demand it in their local cinemas.

Types of Media that would Promote my Thriller: 

A few TV Spots wouldn't be out of the question, because thats one of the quickest ways to reach a mass target audience, also the timing of the day in which the advert would appear also plays a key role as we would want to ensure our target audience are aware of it.

Also medias such as these, would promote are Thriller:

newspapers 

Radio Film Shows

Films Magazines





Advertising on Billboards: 
I believe that billboards are a influential force to promote and independent films because millions of people will be able to view them and also they are worth the expense because you are guaranteed to reach more then your intended target audience.  

Trying to Gain Distribution:
    
The film would have to be shown in as many film festivals as posible, this is to attract a possible distributor. If a distributor is attracted than the film has the chance to be release nationally in man cinemas  and of course this creates the chance to be financially successful.    

EVALUATION : How Does My Media Product Represent Particular Social Groups (Question 2)

I compared how my own thriller opening represented particular social groups in comparison to the representation shown in 'Fatal Attraction'




In my thriller opening we have used two different social groups, the Female and Male groups. The idea of our thriller was always to try and not use default conventions such as the Male social groups always being seen as the dominant force.


The main character in my opening is a woman mass murderer. She is shown in a quite feminine way at the beginning, this was done intentionally by me as the director because i wanted to show the audience a sort of false reality, where i sold them the convention of a woman just caring about how she looks and such, the audience wouldn't look further into the character because this stereotype of the gender is so commonly accepted.




We can see the same technique being used in Fatal Attraction to show the main character who similarly to ours is a female.  
In both my thriller opening and Fatal Attraction, the Male social group is shown unconventionally in a more vulnerable way. The male characters are both the victims of attack in both the films. This shows that the males are being shown as victims and not brave, all action people, that role has been given to the woman, and this creates an interest in the audience, because it is trying to be unique and break away from stereotyping social groups and conforming to conventions.

EVALUATION: How does your media product represent particular social groups? (Q2)

Main character from 'Signiture'

Alex Forrest from 'Fatal Attraction'

There are clear similarities between these two characters, the most blatant one of course is that they are both woman. But surely there are more, for example they are both psycho killers, as in our opening you can see that the main character has just killed a man, and in ‘Fatal Attraction’ Alex Forrest begins to stalk a man and his family after having a one night stand.
Both of the characters are portrayed as normal everyday women, but as the story progresses their odd and psycho personalities are starting to show. This aspect of an ordinary woman being a psycho killer will definitely surprise and horrify the audience. The clothing of both characters is more or less the same, seeing as they both wear smart and elegant clothes this comes across that they are both intelligent and sophisticated women so when their personalities are discovered it’s even more shocking.
An additional similarity they both have in common is that the audience can very clearly see that the characters have a split personality and also they are both displayed as psycho individuals.
However there are some distinctions in these two plots. The main one is that in our film the woman would kill her victim without any reason and wouldn’t stalk him or give him any reason of suspicion unlike in ‘Fatal Attraction’ where Alex Forrest becomes obsessive and begins to stalk her victim because he is avoiding her seeing as he is a married man. Yet the story line may be a bit different both characters nevertheless work in the same way to portray their main characters as psycho and neurotic.