In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and
conventions of real media products?
The genre tha...
The aim of my trailer was to capture the story of a young man living in the heart of
London struggling to become successfu...
theory of films, for example the protagonist starts off in a state of
disequilibriumwhere he is homeless and is then disru...
Seven Pounds trailer

My trailer

Editing
The media product created also developed the forms of conventions of real media
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"the pursuit of happiness" trailer which was accompanied by the character narration.
This as a result set the scene by cap...
is speaking directly to the audience; therefore the shot allows the audience to see
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  1. 1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? The genre that was chosen for the film trailer was drama. This therefore focuses on using different forms and conventions held by drama films to identify with it. During the pre-production stage, research was conducted on the forms and conventions of a film drama by analysing factors relatingdrama. Mise en scene The film traileruses the forms and conventions of real media productsthrough the Mise en scene. For example inspirations were taken from the film the "Pursuit of happiness" which included a similar storyline to the one created. The location used in the film depicted both a suburban and inner city environment showing the juxtaposition between the two settings. Italso shows the protagonist’s development into success. This influenced the choice of location used in the film trailercreated. Shots from my Trailer Shotsfrom The pursuit of happiness
  2. 2. The aim of my trailer was to capture the story of a young man living in the heart of London struggling to become successful in life. I therefore chose to capture scenes in Liverpool Street for an inner city environment as highlighted in the beginning of the trailer. I also filmed in an area called Camdeninorder to capture a suburban environment for the typical Mise en scene thus creating verisimilitude. In addition to the chosen location, the lighting used in my trailer was another form and convention that was followed. For example the lighting used in the “Pursuit of happiness”trailer was very dull in certain scenes to portray a gritty and bleak nature. This therefore required editing to the background colour in order to create the same effect in my trailer. This was achieved by increasing the hue and saturation levels in the RGB curves using Adobe Premier in order to create a realistic environment. The shots below are examples of how similar lighting from the pursuit of happiness was used in my trailer. This lighting was applied because it sets the scene for the audience and also reflects the character’s state of disequilibrium through the dark lighting. Furthermore filmdramas conventionally exhibit real life situations and real life characters, therefore by applying this bleak lighting to my trailer it emphasised this exhibition creating verisimilitude. Shots from The pursuit of happiness Shot from my Trailer Social Realism The story featured in the trailer also followed the conventional concepts of other film dramas such as the film “Precious”. In both my trailer and "Precious" the story line covered deals with social realism in which it portrays real life characters dealing with real life issues. For example the film “Precious” deals with issues such as child abuse, rape and poverty whereas my trailer deals with homelessness, neglect and death. Furthermore both trailers reveal the protagonists development in their journey throughout their situation. However the trailer challenges Todorov's structural
  3. 3. theory of films, for example the protagonist starts off in a state of disequilibriumwhere he is homeless and is then disrupted by an event where he meets the rich accountant. The story is further developed to the characters state of equilibrium where he changes his life around and becomes successful. The protagonist is also portrayed as a young teenage orphan who is homeless; this breaks conventions as homeless characters in films are usually portrayed as being old or middle aged. An example of this will be the film "The soloist" as indicated in the shot below. My trailer Shot from The soloist The trailer also sets out to challenge the conventions of teenage characters. For example the protagonist is depicted as hard working and eager to be successful after with his encounter with theaccountant. This contradicts the stereotypes of teenage characters as they are ussually associated with antisocial behaviour, drugs, and as violent in films. Therefore may not be shown in a good light where as the trailer created seeks to portray teenagers in a good light. Text Text was also another form and convention used in my trailer. The shot shown below from the trailer "seven pounds" uses similar texts to the one I included in the beginning half of my trailer. Both “Seven pounds” and my trailer begin with the protagonist introducing his story to the audience and then is then broken by a fade into the text provided. This establishes the main character to the audience and suggests that the film is based around his life. Barthes suggests that using texts allow the audience to encode information in different ways and also sets an enigma code grabbing the attention of the audience and causing them to clarify the texts. An enigma code has therefore been set in the opening texts as it encourages the audience to question, "Why the protagonists has one chance only", as with the texts provided in the seven pounds trailer.
  4. 4. Seven Pounds trailer My trailer Editing The media product created also developed the forms of conventions of real media products through the editing used. For example editing skills were further developed using Adobe Premier, which is a well, knownindustry-editing site. The edits included in my trailer were transitions such as fade, dip to black and white as well as lighting and text included as previously discussed. Shot from Robin Hood My trailer The shots above are taken from the film trailer“Robin Hood” along with a screen shot of my trailer in which the same editing software was used to create this film. The editing used in"Robin hood"included fade in transitions and fast paced shots which were also depicted in my trailer. This was also used in other film dramas analysed which influenced me when creating the introduction half of the trailer. For example slow transitionswere used to symbolise the protagonists state of disequilibrium in the first half of the trailer as opposed to the fast past transitions used in the final half edited by my film partner. Shots/Camera movement The shots and camera movements used was another convention followed in which influences weregained from the film "the pursuit of happyness". For example a pan was used in the opening scene of my trailer similar to the one used at the start of
  5. 5. "the pursuit of happiness" trailer which was accompanied by the character narration. This as a result set the scene by capturing the Mise en scene. My trailer Pursuit of happiness In addition to camera movements, close ups were used in the beginning of the trailer to highlight the significance of the image held in the protagonists hand, which was also a feature used in the "pursuit of happiness". The shot of the close up used in my trailer is an image of the protagonist’s friend "Jim" who died. This is displayed when the character references him in his narration to indicate to the audience who the character "Jim"is. This is likewise with the example shot given from the pursuit of happiness in which the close up of the wallet is displayed with reference to the landlord asking for his money. My trailer Pursuit of happiness trailer The product also uses an over the shoulder shot similar to “The pursuit of happiness”. However this convention was developed as the character is not featured talking to another character as conventionally depicted with this shot. The character
  6. 6. is speaking directly to the audience; therefore the shot allows the audience to see things from the characters point of view as if they are entering the journey with him. My trailer Pursuit of happiness trailer In conclusion the evaluation has highlighted the ways the media product has used, developed and challenged forms and conventions of real media products. This was achievable by comparing my product with other media products which allowed me to identify particular features held by film dramas. Furthermore this has further developed my media skills and built my confidence in media.

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