In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
During my film I used some of the conventions of a typical thriller film, here I will be using 4 aspects of thriller conventions and say how my film used them.
Build up of action – our whole film is a big build up towards a finally, we use quick snap shots of our actors running so that your eager to see more and see what happens.
Establishing mood and atmosphere – one scene in our film we show a close up of an actor’s face, it shows a feeling of stress and fear, this showed the atmosphere of the film.
Creation of suspense using soundtrack music – we had trouble finding the right track to create the right sense of suspense to our film, but after finding the right song, we found that is gave the right feel to our chase scene.
Encourages us to ask questions – our film leaves it on a slight cliff hanger, it gives the audience and ending, but one that they want to know more about.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our film was aimed at an age group of an 18 plus audience. The reason we did this was because of the use of needles in our film, it had to be made 18.
There are only male genders shown in the film, all about 17. They may be stereotyped as younger class due to the clothing they wear.
Due to the males in this film, they are seen as the more dominant gender and there is also no dialogue so it wont easily show who are the dominant characters, but since there are 2 characters are chasing one of the characters, they would be portrayed as the more dominant characters.
The stereotypes do like to the audience, but only on a certain level. Such as say a young person, about the age that watched the movie, they may relate to it through the age, or maybe the class that they are, but this would not be majority of the audience.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
The type of film that I have produced here would not be a major Hollywood film, I think it would appeal to a small audience to a certain country, mainly the UK. I think this because the stereotypes used within the film, would only relate to the British public, the age and class represented are seen within the UK.
I think it would be privately produced on the internet and sent to a 100 people and they would be free to send it to more and more people, just like the Nizlopi video, this is a cheap way of producing the film and if it is successful it can be a big hit.
This movie does not offer and franchise or merchandise opportunities, and it would also not be a chain of films to carry on.
The film itself would be similar to other films already made, but I would like to think our film would be different, due to the types of shots we have used and the music that we have added.
Who would be the audience for your media product?
The man audience for our film would be elderly teenagers for age and mainly for male. The reason for male because men seem to prefer the more violent gender and they prefer more aggression and physical aspects of films.
This film shows a lot of running and male genders, so we were aiming for it to appeal to men of the more younger generation.
The main reason that we choose for a male gender and the age that is represented is because it is our age, it relates to us, the producers.
How did you attract/address your audience?
I don’t think that any points of our film would scare of terrify any age groups, younger ages would not really understand what was going on and would not really get what the point to the film was, but the chase itself may be seen as exhilarating and gripping chase, but not terrifying.
The camerawork throughout our film is probably the most positive part of the film. We quickly change the camera shots and angle and we also vary the duration of the shot, showing short two second clips. The main effect of this was to cause a sense of rushing and impatience to the scene and how film.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
I found the camera equipment easy and simple to use, I had no problems when it came to using the camera equipment itself, but sometimes it took long lengths of time to charge the camera.
One of the problems we face was the lack of tripods, so we had to used a handheld effect, to start with, this was not very good but it turned out to give a good look on the overall outcome of the film. Though there were times when we could have done with using a tripod, on a one of the establishing shots.
The simplest tool was the most effective on the camera, and that was the zoom tool, that allowed us to get a lot of good shots, zooming in on characters and then zooming in, this helped greatly when it came to showing the actors moods and the atmosphere that needed to be shown.
I found that using the IMacs to edit was a task that you just needed to get familiar with. After using them for a preliminary I was confident in my basic editing skills, so I found that it wasn’t to hard to make changes to our full movie.
I thought that the most useful tool on the IMacs was the slowing down of the film. It allowed us to put in the music in at the right time and put in the credits at the right place.
I also found that changing the brightness and the sharpness of the film useful, allowing a dark and gloomy effect to put onto our film.
Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I thought the preliminary task was a necessary task to do so that we knew how to do the main tasks.
Researching into the genre was very simple, I watched several thriller films and then made notes on the thriller films and they applied them to the oncoming movie we made.
The story boarding was a long task, it took a long time to do, mainly because my partner and I kept changing the ideas we had and the shots that we wanted to take, but we eventually finished on one storyboard.
We had no script to our movie, that was something we decided on at an early stage, so there was no dialogue that needed to be noted.
Doing all this, helped create an organised plan for a film. It allowed us to know what to shoot and what we wanted to edit it to.
I think our overall shot taking, compared to our preliminary has greatly increased. Our preliminary gave us an idea on how to use a camera, but it was very basic idea.
The more we researched and learnt different shots the more we could incorporate them into our film.
Before the preliminary and the main task, the thought of making a short thriller film seemed quite daunting, but now that we have used the equipment and done the research, It all became a lot easier. The IMacs were easy and helpful to use after you had got used to them for a bit and the camera’s were simple to use.
I was very pleased with my overall film, everything that I wanted to add was added, though if done again I would of changed the time of day so that it was at night instead of mid-day.