Friday, 18 February 2011


Here is Group 13's Production Schedule. Here is a plan about when, where and why we are going to film. We start off by when we are going to film so we can stay organised with filming the specigic scenes. Then the plan about where we are going to film in order to pioritise our setting of the film if whether we need to book any rooms for specific dates where we would have the camera equipment. Then we have the plan of why we are going to shoot this part of the scene to sow what kinf of effect we are trying to convey. This Production Schedule should help us be organised and to keep to deadlines and to make sure we can plan ahead on what the next scene will be.

Evaluation of Preliminary Movie

I will be evaluating Group 13's Preliminary Movie.

What I think went really well with our Preliminary Movie is that it has really great match cuts that flows smoothly in order. It makes it look professional and not amateurish. The part when Ayub is holding the handle of the door, then we get the camera inside the room where the match cut of him entering the room looks flawless like a real professional movie scene.

What I also like about our movie is the range of different camera shots that we used to convey a specific emotion to the audience. We have a low angle shot of Ahmed washing his hands to convey that he is a sinister character that has something to hide. The fact that the scene starts off with a normality of him washing his hands creates a false plateau building up suspense towards the audience by making them feel un-easy by the normality, and this is heightened by this low angle shot to extend this feeling of uneasiness. 

I also liked the extreme close up of Julien’s eyes because it feels up the whole screen and also he is feeling uncomfortable of the situation and having this being sown as an extreme close up will make the audience feel the same way of uncomfortableness. 

What I think we can improve on is the fact that when Ahmed finishes drying his hands off on the towel, we immediately get a really bad jump cut after. It looks really awkward because it doesn’t seem to fit in professionally and it looks out of place.

What we can also improve on is the lighting of the scenes because here is a failure in keeping the lighting the same with the scenes. When Ayub is ripping off the tape off of Julien’s mouth, he lighting changes from light to dark, making it look weird because our feelings of he scene changes by the switch of the lighting.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Evaluation of Preliminary Film

I will now be evaluating on my prelim clip called Double Dealing, I will comment on the possible improvements and the any parts, which I particularly like.

I really like the part where Ahmed opens the cupboard and reaches for the handcuffs (0.29), I find this particular part interesting because it shows a close up of Ahmed hand, which diverts the audience’s attention at this particular location, the reason being that this cupboard is holding something significant. In addition the when he has the handcuffs in his hands it builds suspense on what Ahmed he is going to do with it and also what is yet to come. Therefore raising questions for the audience, as the suspense and tension continues to rise perhaps putting the audience at the edge of their seats.

Another part which I really like and believe is very effective in dramatising the scene is where I am punching Julian a match cut is used (1.20). The shots begins with an over shoulder shot of me looking at Julian and subsequently a close up of Julian’s face where I actually hit him. I find this match cut to be very dramatic because the close up of his face as I am about to hit him portrays to the audience the compact of the punch.

Lastly I really like the way me and my group used the close up shot of Julian at 1.12, after Julian says to Ayub “who are you, where am I”. The close up shot shows him blinking and moving his head around like he is in the middle of nowhere which portrays his confusion and ignorance to what is going on.

However despite all the really nice and fluent scenes, there were also some aspects which could have been improved.  One part in particular is when Ahmed removes the handcuffs from the cupboard the camera jumps straight to him heading to Julian to Handcuff him (0.32). This part could have been improved by using the dissolve transition, which shows that we have intended to precede with ‘manipulation of time’. One the other hand rather than using a transition, we could have also used another shot where Ahmed is closing the cupboard door and then proceeds with the handcuffing of Julian.

Another possible improvement lies at the heart of making mach cuts more continuous and fluent. The match cut occurs at 0.36 where Ahmed places the cuffs on Julian and then the subsequent shot is a when there is a close up of Ahmed cuffing Julian, however from the first shot to the second one is nort continuous as the first shot ends with both Ahmed’s hands placed on the handcuff and the second shot which is a match cut shows Ahmed’s hand proceeding to the cuffs when he hand should evidently already be there.

Lastly towards the end when Julian is by this point in pain and fright, a close up of his face by have fitted really well in this part, as the close up would show his face which gives the audience an idea about the pain and anxiety that he is going through.

Ultimately I can conclude that looking at the whole thriller the positives aspects certainly outweigh any improvements which need to be made. Also what is more important then the mistakes you make are the things one can learn from them. I have personally certainly through my mistakes in the ‘Double Dealing’ learnt a great deal about ways in which I could improve and have gained an insight on what really makes scenes more effective. Now I am really looking forward to using my transferable skills on my final recording of a thriller called ‘Dead fall’.

Lurpack sequence

Quite a while ago our class watched an advert for lurpak butter which was amazing and extremely creative. I wasn’t able to blog about it then, but recently I came across the advert again and decided to post about some of the things I like about it.
The advertisement shows a man making an omelet which doesn’t sound very interesting but the creativity that went into the camera angles and sound transformed a boring idea into a brilliant advert.
The sound is eerie and a little sinister and made the simple task of making an omelet sound like an epic adventure of some sort.  I like the sound of the finger tapping against the fridge door; the dull ‘thud’ sound can be heard and is enhanced so that it can be heard even over the voice and the background music.
The camera angles are also quite ingenious such as when the man is stirring the eggs and we see the camera is moving with the fork. They accomplished this shot by attaching a small camera to the handle of the fork so it moves the same way the fork does. Another shot I really liked was the Extreme close up of the eye and when the man blinks the camera moves in even closer.
The whole advert was really inspiring as they have made such a dull event seem like something significant and crucial, as if the process holds some importance in the world.

Story Board (Dead Fall scenes)

The following below is an outline of what will occur in our thriller opening in the form of a story board.

This is the story board of the outline of our thriller opening that shows a quick summary of all the events in our sort film .

This story board shows the beginning of our story line in which the main character is showering in the bathroom with credits as the (title sequence) runs across the screen. This was inspired by the step farther when the credits show up whilst the film is beginning on the screen.
The main character is then being analysed by an unknown individual, who is searching up on the computer information of the character in the shower. He then finds what he needs and this section ends when the unknown character has accomplished his task and pointing at the screen.

The main character then leaves the shower half dressed and enters his bedroom and then puts on his clothing, then exits the bedroom with a briefcase  which he packed up with an unknown item and walks down the whole way to find the exit of the hotel.
He passes the information desk and there is an establishing shot of the residential/hotel building that his he was in, then him exiting the door of the building. The main character then makes his way to his car and there is a medium close up of the vehicle and a close up of him opening the car door. He then enters the car and gets ready to drive, fixes his seat belts, switches on the car engine and fixes his rear view mirror to see an individual at the back. This is how the thriller ends.

Images of Group 13 doing the Pitch

When Group 13 presented the pitch for the Opening of the Thriller Movie, we started off first by the slide called the 'Treatment'. This slide was based on what the Thriller Opening is all about, giving an idea of the story line and what we hope to achieve. 

Here is the slide containing 'Planned Locations and Location shots'. In this slide we wanted to show that each scene was inspired my scene from a thriller movie that we watched for example: The bathroom scene from 'What lies beneath' and 'The Stepfather'. We used these intertextuality features to show that we have been inspired by these movie scenes. 

Here is the slide 'Props, Costumes and Mise en Scene'. In this slide we have talked about what key objects are needed in the scene to convey the situation of the scene to the audience which is that the character played by Juilen is hiding something that Ayub wants desperately. 

Here is our Storyboard which we are about to talk about. 

Now Group 13 is talking about the Storyboard for our Thriller Opening. Here you can see the visualisation of how we plan our scene through these rough images which corresponds to our first scene

Here is the slide focusing on 'Institutional Detail'. We at first thought about having 20th Century Fox as our film studio that will help us with the finance, distribution, production and exchange. But then we thought about it again and realised that this company will be very doubtful in producing our movie because they focus on big budget movies which is not like our movie which is a small budget movie. 

Here is the slide 'Audience Detail'. Here we focused on the discussion of who our target audience is. We said that our audience will be towards 25-45 year old on the female side because from our research we have seen that more women watch thriller movies then men. 

Risk assessment

In our pitch we had to go over a risk assessment and outline any possible risks involved with our filming, for our own safety.

we have to make sure not to leave anything unattended, especially the tripod as a lot of accidents are caused by people tripping over the tripod legs.

we have to leave our phone numbers with the teacher and make sure that the teacher knows when and where we are filming.

we have to make sure that we are careful when we are filming and respect the law and other people in the area, making sure that we do not break any rules and do not do anything that will endanger our safety.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Genre and Audience

1) How many suspense films were released in 2009? How many films were released altogether last year?
During 2009, 31 suspense films were released and 503 films were released altogether in the UK

2) Action, animation and comedy account from 52% of Box Office in the UK in 2009. Why do you think these genres are so popular?
These genres are really popular as their target audiences are mainly the people that go to the cinema often like teenagers and young adults which make up a large percentage of the UK. While the older people have less time to go and see movies and these genres might not appeal to them as much.

3) Why do you think Thrillers account from quite a low proportion of UK Box Office takings (4% in 2009)?
I believe the reason thrillers are not viewed as much could be due to the age ratings. Most thrillers being 15 or 18+ this means that people under these ages will not be able to watch the film and people under these ages are the main ones that go to the cinema. Therefore there are less viewing and less box office takings.

4) Looking at the 'genre by gender' diagram above, what information can be derived about Thriller audiences and gender?
From the diagram of ‘Genre by gender’ we can see Thriller audiences are more likely to be males as it shows that crime and action genres appeal more to males than females and thrillers tend to have more Crime and action elements.
It also shows that females tend to watch more romance, period and suspense films, although thrillers contain lots of suspense characteristics it is more towards the middle, in-between male and female than crime and action genres.

5) Look at the age certificate for 10 of the films featured on the teaching blog. What does this tell you about Thriller audiences?

Looking at the above age ratings we can see that most of the movies are either 15 or above, with one at a 12 and one at pg. This tells us that thrillers are generally directed towards older teenagers and adults, so the younger teenagers are not supported as much and because of this the majority of people going to cinemas being teenagers are unable to view these movies.
As a result of this the box office only had a percentage of 4 and a gross of £42,578,104. Whereas genres that do support younger audiences such as Animation have been doing much better when it comes to creating money, in 2009 animation genres created around £159,209,734 in the UK box offices.

‘Watching’ Documentary on Film openings

In Lesson we watched a documentary called ‘watching'. This documentary talked about the importance of film openings. I also had to answer a few questions related to the documentary, which is listed below.

1) What does Thomas Sutcliffe mean when he says "Films need to seduce their audiences into long term commitment? While there are many types of seduction, the temptation to go for instant arousal is almost irresistible"?
What Thomas means is that a film should Make sure to keep its audience enticed from the start, therefore the film can’t be too slow and dragged, but it also can’t be too fast so the audience can appreciate and ‘savour’ the film.

2) According to Director Jean Jacques Beineix, what are the risks of 'Instant Arousal'?
The risk revolves around ‘what happens next’, if the film starts off too strong then the audience will have high expectations and the director wouldn’t know what to do next to keep the momentum up.

3) Explain why " a good beginning must make the audience feel that it doesn't know nearly yet, and at the same time make sure that it doesn't know too little"?
There has to be a good balance between the two as if the audience knows too much then the plot becomes too predictable and the film becomes boring. However if the pace of the film is too slow then the audience will get bored and lose interest.

4) What does Critic Stanley Kauffmann describe as the classic opening? Why does this work?
Stanley Kauffmann’s opinion of a classic opening is one that opens with an establishing shot, for example there would be high angle shot on a building, the camera would then move to a window, through the window to an office where the main character is. This shows where the scene takes place and we can infer on the characters occupation.

5) Why is Kyle Cooper's title sequence to the film Seven so effective?
It is effective as it gives us ideas on the characters mental stability and we can tell that the person is psychotic. It also gives us an overview of the characters and how the overall tone of the film will be.

6) What did Orson Welles want to achieve with his opening to the film ' A Touch of Evil’? What did Universal Studios do to it and why?
Universal studios wanted to have their traditional logo and soundtrack in the beginning and the titles to be over a black background; however Orson Welles wanted his own soundtrack and thought that universal studios ideas would mess with his scene. In the end Orson Welles got what he wanted.

7) What is meant by ' a favourite trick of Film Noir '? What is the Trick?
The trick is where the beginning of the film is actually the ending of the film and after the beginning is over we rewind back in time to see how whatever happened, happened. an example of this type of opening is in the movie 'casino'.

8) How does the opening to the film ' The Shinning ' create suspense?
In the shining throughout the opening, the camera is in a helicopter chasing a car. From this bird’s eye view shot we feel like a predator chasing its prey. The area around the car is also isolated and the car is the only life around, which gives us a bad feeling as if the car is heading towards danger.