making film openingsAdapted from P. Fraser’s original
Step 1: take stock• what’s the task?• what’s the assessment?• what’s the timeframe?• what’s the equipment?• Write a blog about this. Title it: Taking Stock
task and assessment• Titles and opening of a new fiction film• up to 2 minutes• 20 marks Research and Planning• 60 marks Construction• 20 marks Evaluation• You could comment on these. See previous slide.
timeframe and equipment• build your skills• build up your research• build up your planning• give yourselves time to shoot and edit• keep evidence throughout the whole process• The above are tips/suggestions/things you should do/things you have done.
step 2: set up a blog• and keep evidence of everything you do!• Look at the next slide. There is a top mark blog there. Notice how it is visually appealing, uses a range of different media, shows progression and is well managed. Time management is key.
good blog exampleshttp://scasmediagwpahs.blogspot.com/?zx=fd277084e4b7cc3b http://cmdiplomayasmin.blogspot.com/
Step 3: investigate• what do film openings actually look like?• what does other student work look like?• what do you need to know about titles?• how are you going to do something that stands out?• You have started this. Develop it by making graphs, doing focus groups, researching real thriller openings, conducting surveys. Title your blog: Thriller Research and Investigation
search for student films on youtube
Titles exerciseIt’s a worthwhile idea to do the next task. Go to the art of the title.com and do a titles exercise. Reflect on what you did/ learned.; how will it impact your idea??? Title Blog: Titles Research
Step 4: brainstorm ideas• possible scenarios for pitches/treatments• 25 word pitch• moodboard treatment• peer and teacher feedback• realistic expectations- keep it simple• know the film but make the opening• Do the above. Title the blog: Our Thriller Idea
Avoid these Cliche Openings: Six most common student film openings• Saw: victim tied up in shed• Scream: hooded stalker follows female victim• Waking up: clean teeth, brush hair, leave house• Se7en: killer sticks knife in polaroid photos• Lock, Stock: gangsters play cards• Flashback or Flash forward
possible pitch scenarios• low budget UK film with young teen protagonist, set on housing estate• supernatural thriller aimed at a female audience; co-production with europe• a character returns to town after years away
Example of Mood Board
Step 5: Planning• experimenting with camera and editing• recce shots of locations• examples of shots, costumes, props, etc onto blog• post-it storyboard, animatic, moodboard• logistics planning- including risk assessment• Do the above. Title this blog: Planning
step 6: the shoot• people, places, props, costumes• rehearsing• equipment, jobs on the day• keeping a record of the process• Title this blog: Shooting Experience
Step 7: edit• all having a voice/hand in it• screengrabs of process• importance of audio and titles• foley - not just music• rough cut deadline and peer feedback• Post your rough cut on your blog• Do the above. Leave plenty of time to edit and refine your coursework. Look at the marking scheme--the examiner will. Title Blog: Editing
big picture before fine detailtitles could be laid down first
step 8: final cut• post teacher and peer feedback on blog• reshoot if needed• post editing process on blog• submit on burned disc and post on blog
most common problems--review yourthriller to make sure you don’t have any of these problems• looks more like a trailer or a short film• insufficient titles• poor sound, poor lighting• confusing for the viewer• uses one of the six common openings
ways to make your blog posts creative/engaging• prezi’s, scribd• edit shots• scanned images of your notes, diary, texts, e-mails• ‘test’ video/focus group videos/videos that inspire your idea• images of your group working/images that inspire you• Soundcloud, Flipsnap, Slideshare• Writing• and many many more• Examiners want to see you engage in many types of media