Fahmi NassirDean MullingsIn what ways does your mediaproduct use, develop orchallenge forms and conventionsof real media products?TRAILER
Title - MeaningWe chose to have “Vive La Révolution” as our title because it translates to “Live therevolution” however, the French say it to mean “Long live the revolution”.The reason why we wanted our title to be “revolution” based is because ourwhole film idea was about a revolution occurring in the society we live in today.We then translated it into French because the French revolution that occurredin 1789 was based on liberty, equality and fraternity; same with ours.Also, because the war was called “Vive la Révolution”, we had the opportunityto capitalize on a ready made name in order to market it well. We found thatthis phrase would only emphasise the meaning and theme of our film if wemade it the title, so that is the action we made.
To get this font we searched through a website (www.dafont.com) that allows ‘freefor personal use’ access to certain fonts. This particular font was called ‘Credit River’.We chose this because we felt that it complimented our title really well with the boldletters and the shape of them. It helped give off a war type feel to the title and madeit look more fierce and outstanding.Title - FontWe looked through standard fonts on Adobe Illustrator and we didn‟t feel that theyhad what we wanted. So we done some research on how we could get access toother fonts.
Setting/Location (1)The cityWe decided to input a time lapse of London at the start of our trailer.The reason why we used a time lapse of London at the start of our trailer isbecause the voiceover that occurs during this time period speaks aboutsociety and our whole film idea is based on altering the ways of society; so webelieved it would gel together well with the rest of our trailer.
Setting/Location (2)The headquarters (HQ)We chose to carry out the chanting scene in Dean‟s back garden.We done this because first of all, it was hard to expose a group of KKKmembers to the public whilst recording due to the potential threat and danger itcould cause and the fact that we would be breaking the Public Order Act. Also,Dean‟s back garden was a perfect fit for a HQ type of area according to ourfilm type.
Setting/Location (3)The empty fieldWe chose to carry out the shooting scene in an empty field. This was done in schoolbecause we were unable to reveal the KKK to the public due to the restrictions ofthe Public Order Act.We done this on an empty field to show the unlikely chance of Luke (the guygetting shot) escaping from the KKK; but to also give the audience some sortof false hope that he would actually manage get away.
Setting/Location (4)The empty hallway/staircaseWe chose to stab Mason in an empty hallway/staircase. This was done in schoolbecause we were unable to reveal the KKK to the public due to the restrictions ofthe Public Order Act.We chose this particular location because we wanted to give off theimpression that we were chasing Mason and we caught him in the middle ofhis attempt at getting away.
Setting/Location (5)The treeWe chose to hang Rachel outdoors on a tree rather than hanging her inside. Thiswas done in school because we were unable to shoot a hanging scene in public dueto the restrictions of the Public Order Act.We chose to do this because the scene looks very spacious and empty; whichleaves the audience asking how we managed to pull this off and adds enigmato our trailer.
Setting/Location (6)Dark environmentTo create the dark environment, we had to wait until night time and shine a light onthe KKK member. We then had to record the shot zooming in to him gradually.We also added in some Colour Correction to give it the mystical black andwhite effect. The reason why we chose this specific setting for this scene isbecause the darkness really complimented the KKK member in terms ofcontrast and creating suspense. This setting just seemed to be the mosteffective for it‟s purpose.
Costumes and PropsKKK CostumeThis costume was not easy to get hold of. We obviously couldn‟t buy it at anylocal retail stores; so we knew that if we wanted to get hold of it, we‟d have tobuy material and actually make it.
Rope, Safety Harness & KnifeCostumes and PropsThick rope - Noose Thin rope - Support KnifeBack brace (Our replacement for a safetyharness in the first attempt.
CameraworkShot 1 – London CityAdding on to what was said in the “TRAILER – Setting/Location (1)” slide, wechose to have this time lapse as an establishing shot to represent society (wethought a view of one of London‟s most popular attractions and the number ofpeople constantly walking by it represented that). The speed and darkness ofthe skies used in this shot was used to represent how fast society is moving.
CameraworkThis second shot was used to expose the main characters and the theme ofour film. It also reveals the fact that the people underneath the KKK costumeare not your typical “White” members. Also, this pan shot compliments thevoiceover that is running through the period of time that this shot runs throughin our teaser trailer.Shot 2 – KKK members (Medium Shot Pan)
CameraworkShot 3 – KKK meeting (Series of CloseUp/Medium Shots, split up 360° shot)This shot was used to signify to the audience that the clan was having a groupmeeting; possibly discussing a sinister plan that would end in chaos? Whoknows. However, it‟s purpose was to intrigue the audience and trigger somethinking.
Shot 4 – KKK leader (Series of CloseUp/Medium Shots, split up 360° shot)CameraworkThis shot was used merely to compliment the voiceover; strengthen theemotion in what is being said and prepare the audience for some action. Theaudio being played during this shot (drum strikes) also helps create theexpectation of high - paced action coming soon and has the same fast timeticking affect as a sand timer before preparing for an attack.
CameraworkShot 5 – Luke’s death (Series of Medium/Long shots)This series of shots were hand-held, jerky shots; used to emphasise theimpact of Luke running away from his death. However, we made the last shot(of his head blowing up) run much smoother to show that it is “game over” andhim moving is no longer a choice he can make for himself.
Shot 6 – Mason’s death (Series of Close up and Medium shots)CameraworkThis series of shots were close ups/medium shots to really emphasise theemotion in the character‟s face and really boost up the sympathy that theaudience feels. The transition from showing that the character „Mason‟ hasbeen caught to the stabbing is very quick, hence why we let the last close updrag on, so you have time to really see him suffer and feel sorry for him.
CameraworkShot 7 – Rachel’s Hanging (Long Shot)In this scene we used a long shot as it reveals the whole character from wayabove her head to way below her feet. This makes the audience wonder howwe‟ve managed to „fake‟ a hanging scene, at the start we tease the audienceby only showing her hanging for about a second but by the third shot, we allowaround 3 seconds so the audience can try and find our „trick‟ however still willnot find anything in the shot as it‟s a camera trick not a special effect.
Shot 8 – KKK (Medium shot/Close up Zoom In)CameraworkWe constructed this part of the trailer as the section that introduces our filmidea and exposes the plot of the film. This is the informative section that wasdeliberately made to keep the adrenaline levels and the nerves of theaudience calm.
The “3 part structure”Part I - The calm before the stormWe constructed this part of the trailer as the section that introduces our filmidea and exposes the plot of the film. This is the informative section that wasdeliberately made to keep the adrenaline levels and the nerves of theaudience calm.
The “3 part structure”Part II - The stormWe constructed this part of the trailer as the section that makes the audiencefeel as if something is about to happen but not knowing when and thencausing jumpy outbreaks at the point of the murders.
The “3 part structure”Part III - The recoveryThis scene is all about mystery and attractive, eye catching camera tricks. Thisscene takes you away from expecting gun shots or explosions and leaves youwith many questions, possibly why she‟s hanging? Why the murders beforetook place? And finally, when is the film out?
GenreThrillerIn terms of breaking out of typical thriller teaser trailer conventions we haven’tchallenged them; we haven’t given a female character a main role or even a child amain role however to really make the audience feel fearful, some of the killing sceneswe’ve allowed to stretch on for longer than the typical amount of time.
Key character traits (1)The KKKAs our film is supposed to resemble a lot of violence and anger, we purposelyused the connotation that the appearance of the KKK automatically meansthere‟s going to be violence. By editing out the eyes we‟ve simply took theconnotation and took advantage of it to our benefit.KKK: Typically represented in films to associate with some sort of violence
Key character traits (2)WomenWomen: Usually very vulnerable characters in thrillersWomen are usually seen as vulnerable in thrillers and in a lot of cases are feltsorry for when tortured/attacked etc more than a man would, so we took thisinformation and come to the decision that the person getting hung would be awoman, therefore creating more of a tense, horrific emotion for the audience.
Key character traits (3)In a lot of thrillers there are casualties (usually involving innocent people whoactually have nothing to do with the main story). Having these in our film was amust as it gave us the opportunity to make the audience sympathise for themwhile we used special effects to kill them in the most dramatic way.CasualtiesCasualties – Very innocent however still get killed
Special effectsThe headshotWe created this headshot by cutting out a small hole in his head at the first frame.We then made the hole bigger and bigger after every frame until his head wasno longer there. After that we imported movie files of blood shooting indifferent directions and a blood explosion to make it look like his head actuallyblew up. This process was done on Adobe After Effects.
Visual effects (1)Spitting bloodWe disguised the blood by mixing tomato ketchup and water together.Mason (the guy getting stabbed) then put the mixture in his mouth and slowlyspat it out once being stabbed on recording. The colour wasn‟t originally asred as we wanted it to be but we later sorted that out through ColourCorrection, on Adobe After Effects.
Visual effects (2)Hanging sceneWe then tied a rope to the safety harness underneath her clothes by her hipsarea. After that, we just had to tie her to the tree by the rope attached to thesafety harness and have someone in the tree holding up the noose around herneck. The reason why we didn‟t tie the noose to the tree was to ensuremaximum safety.We disguised the hanging scene by making Rachel (the girl getting hung) wear asafety harness underneath her clothes.
Shot transitionThe method of transition we chose to go with on most of our transitions is“fade ins” and “fade outs”.The reason why we chose this method is because we done some researchon the method of transition that official trailers use and most teaser trailersused “fade ins” and “fade outs”.
Length of trailerOur film teaser trailer is 1 minute and 11 seconds.Now that we’ve studied teaser trailers, we’verealised that a lot of the very known films can getaway with a 13 second teaser trailer; however, asa new, unknown film it isn’t the same case aspeople have no idea what to expect.Therefore, we left the first 45 seconds to basicallyintroduce our film and the other 26 seconds toshow snippets of the action and mystery toexpect within this film. Typical teaser trailers varyfrom 1 minute to 1 and a half minutes, trailersvary from one minute to two minutes and teasersvary from 10 seconds to 30 seconds so we had tomake sure it wasn’t too short but also not toolong. Therefore, by settling with 1 minute and 11seconds, we was very satisfied with the type oftrailer this is; it’s very clear from the content in itand by looking at the length.