I wanted to create a stereotypical action film opening. The sequence starts and you can get into it quickly because the setting is recognizable. You see the main character and can instantly tell what he is like by the way he walks and what is happening to him. This kind of fast paced, action packed beginning draws people in because it is exciting and make you care what happens to the main character. You can sympathize with him because everybody bullies him for being different. The storyline of my film is probably a bit different to thestereotypical action movie because it is about an underappreciated, quite person getting his revenge whereas they are usually about secret agents or explosions.
The needs of an opening sequence• The sequence grabs the audience’s • I thought it would be a good idea for attention by jumping straight into Klaus to have a different accent to the it. rest of the characters to really make him• The very opening shot is dramatic seem like an outsider. with no music, just narration and sound effects. I introduce the story with narration. I think this is a good way to convey the story effectively because it tells you straight rather than leave it to guess work. • You want to watch the rest of the film because the way it is filmed makes you feel sorry for Klaus and you want him to be happy.
Addressing my audience • Viewing other movie beginnings of the same genre. I took lots of notes in the camera shots, music, costume ect. • Costume important because when in motion you see colours . Klaus to wear red and black; both dark and meaningful colours, black symbolised as death and red of blood.• Costume continuity problems-: some cast turned up in different clothes. Hard when filming takes place several weeks apart. • I addressed my audience by drawing them in with a sad story to make you feel sorry for Klaus and then a fast paced, action packed and thrilling chase.
Representation My media product mainly represents the quite kid (Klaus) who is bullied for being different. The bullies are sort of like the predators and the meeker are their prey, but this time the prey is to rise above them and become top of the food chain. I think that the school environment is really relatable to almost everyone because almost everybody has been in a school environment.
Does it make sense?I think that the story does make sensebecause it’s not hard to grasp due to the narration. The stereotypical characterstypes are easy to recognise in the school environment.
Pace • Fast pace for scene of danger • To do this I used lots of short clips put together. I wanted the shots to be strong and dynamic • Camera handheld sometimes to show fast and jerky movements of chase. • Music changes a few times to reflect the different moods. Sound is muted when Klaus falls down stairs to emphasise the fall.
Distribution • film company- :Universal Pictures; make action films.• I think that my film would be a twelve due to moderate language and violence.
Age rating • "Moderate language is allowed. The use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’) must be infrequent." • "Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context. Sexual violence may only be implied or briefly and discreetly indicated, and must have a strong contextual justification."
SoundtrackThe soundtrack I intended to use wasn’t compatible with the computer program I used, which was unfortunate but nothing could be done about it. So instead I had to use the copyright free tracks on IMovie. The original soundtrack was written and recorded especially for this sequence.
What have I learnt? I have learnt how to effectively film a chase scene, by using short clips and putting them together in IMovie. I also learnt that the beats in music really change the mood of the sequences. In progression from preliminary to main piece I have learnt are-: • You need permission to film in graveyards and on private land• It is very difficult to film in the middle of town due to the public and traffic • There are many limitations on shots e.g. you cannot very easily get areal shots If I were to film this again I would make a few improvements to the sequence including-: • Recording the soundtrack on a IMac compatible recording devise • Film all shots together to stop continuity problems• Maybe have the chase take pace through a park or somewhere where there is not much traffic. Traffic and people moving in front of the camera was a large problem