Media Studies AS : Foundation Portfolio Delusion Requiem Evaluation! By Laura Eddleston.
1) In what ways does your media product use, develop forms and conventions of real media products?The genre of our film intro, in the beginning, was going to be a horror. But after slightchanges to the story, it became more of a physiological thriller. In our film ‘DelusionRequiem’, we used many of the typical thriller conventions such as:• The props we used in the film (Shovel and chloroform) , and also the costumes (Regular clothes, to not give anything away).• The type of lighting we used (Dark, natural lighting).• The slow, and at times fast paced music, edited to the film.• The type of eerie, deserted location.• The actual name of the film.
We thought it was vital to use the typical conventions of a thriller, along with things wecame up with ourselves, as we wanted to, using the films first 2-3 minutes, to give theaudience a clear idea of what genre the film is, before, and as soon as they start watching.We did use typical conventions of a physiological thriller, such as confusing theaudience, keeping them thinking and guessing, but also, we did challenge it a bit with thecostumes we used for the actors (clothing you wouldn’t expect in this type of genre).Example: Some films, such as Scream, The Strangers, and the Texas ChainsawMassacre, keep the bad guy/killers identity secret until the end, and sometimes they nevereven reveal who they are.
We decided instead of hiding our characters identity through a mask, that we would not give ANYTHING away about WHO the killer was, by making all the characters dress as normal as possible. A great example of this is the 2009 film ‘A Perfect Getaway’ A mystery thriller where Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands. The identitys of the killers of the actual killers are kept secret right up till the very end.We did this, because in the film industry, it is vital to do something new, with notjust this genre, but every genre. If all the films in a certain genre were thesame, the films would lose there excitement and originality, and there would benothing new and interesting, making you want to actually go and watch it.
Typical Phycological Thriller Conventions.• Characters would include some sort of evil/mad/killer stalker person, and usually a victim or a group of victims.• Chase scene? Builds tension.• Some sort of weapon. Maybe a gun, an axe, a saw, or knife. Something that the bad/killer character uses, or uses to intimidate.• A usual setting would be somewhere maybe dark, lonely, not very busy or populated. Many thriller locations include places such as abandoned farms/houses, woods, and small towns, ect.• Slow AND fast paced music to create tension.• Scenes which confuse the audience and make them think.• Death- Someone being murdered, chased, or taken captive.• The killers identity is sometime covered up, and not revealed completely (sometimes it is kept a secret).
Conventions we used.•We included a Stalker/killer, and a victim. But throughout thefilm we kept the audience guessing as to who is who.•About half of our opening sequence is a fast paced chasescene, which we used to confuse the audience, and to createtension.•Our weapons used in the film, were a shovel, and a bottle ofchloroform.•Our setting, was a nearby woods, which people rarelyvisited, only if hiking or walking a dog.•We edited eerie slow AND fast paced music to our film. Fastpasted music for the chase scene, capture scene, and at theend. And slow paced music for the moments when not muchwas happening on screen, and for the shots of Amberwalking, to confuse you as to who is chasing/following Darren.•Eventually when we see the killer, at the end, we keep theiridentity secret, to create a sort of cliff hanger.•Also at the end, Amber is murdered, or so you think...
2) How does your media product represent particular social groups?In our film opening sequence, are main characters, Amber Phillips and DarrenGregson, were teenagers, so throughout the film, we were representing the social groupof ‘Young people’.Dominant ways we represented them:• Their Appearance/Costumes: We told our actors, before we filmed, that we wantedto look and dress as normal as possible. We wanted this because first of all we didn’twant to draw any attention away from what was actually happening, towards theircostumes. And also, we just wanted them to look like normal teenagers, so that theteenagers watching the film, could possibly related to them, and know what kind ofage they are.
Dominant ways we represented them:•Actions: At the start of the opening sequence, we go back andforth from shots of Amber walking, and Darren running. The factthat he was running, shows the audience that Darren is in fact ateenager, as he is running away from whoever is following/chasinghim, rather than stopping and confronting them, like maybe aadult would.Alternative ways we representedthem:•Setting/Activities/Props/Speech: First of all, we set our opening sequence in anearby woods, in a few places, where we knew no one would interrupt our filming, and toset the mood for a ‘Thriller’. We challenged the stereotype of a young person, as thewoods isn’t really a place they go to hang out/socialise. Also, at the start of thefilm, Amber is walking through the woods with a shovel, something at typical teenagerwouldn’t do either. And also, the fact that there is no speech throughout the movie, notonly emphasises the fact that its a thriller opening sequence, but that we are challengingthe conventions of a teenager, as in a typical ‘teenage film’, there would most definitelybe a lot of dialogue.
3) What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? There are two kinds of institutions that our film opening sequence could possibly be distributed by: A big institution that makes films An English institution that is smaller than ones that come under the Thriller genre in America, and less mainstream. (usually American).Examples: Examples: •Paramount Pictures (Psycho). •Optimum Releasing (This Is England). •20th Century Fox (Fight Club). •British Lion Films (The Wicker Man 1978). •Columbia Pictures (Panic Room, Leon) •Channel 4 Films (East is East). •Warner Brothers (The Dark Knight). •Twisted Pictures (Saw). •Fox Searchlight Pictures (Black Swan).
4) Who would be the audience for your media product? When planning our film, from the start we knew that we were going to be aiming it at the older generation, such as over 18’s. We thought this because at first, we were going to involve a lot of fake gore, and fake blood, and basically a lot of scenes that wouldnt have been appropriate for young children.But after changing our idea, to more of a psychological thriller ratherthan a horror, and with replacing gore and blood with chase scenesand suspense, we decided it would be fine for the 16-18 age range. Reasons why we wanted to target Women and Men At thatOur film will be between the age of 15-25. age, teenagers/yostaring teenagers. ung adults havent really properly Teenagers decided on what aren’t picky. types of films they favour. Going to the cinema to watch movies is a popular pastime of teenagers. Its a very large audience.
Our results from out Questionnaire:(We gave out a questionnaire to various people around college, to find out who our mainaudience would be if we make a horror/thriller)
In conclusion, we though, our main audience, would bemale, and in-between the ages of 16 and 18.
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5) How did you attract/address your audience?Costumes: We madeour actors wear normalclothes, so they would How we attractedlook like normal our audience. Lighting: We had no specialteenagers so that the lighting, but just naturalteenage majority of the darkish (because of theaudience would be able forest/trees), lighting, to fromto relate, and to also fool the start, give the audiencethe audience about who the idea that the film is athey actually are, and thriller, and that somethingwho the killer is. bad is going to happen. Mis En Scene: We had just a simple setting of the woods, to create an eerie, almost dangerous effect. We knew it would attract the audience’s attention, as if they liked thrillers in general, they would like the setting as it was empty/lonely/scary.
How we attracted our audience.Ideologies/Messages: I thinkoverall, our film sends out thedefinite message that any Built up Tension andcrime, can be committed by Suspense: We built upanyone, no matter what age or tension and suspense throughgender. out the film to attract the audience. We did this through Editing Style: Since we our choice of music, and the didn’t use any special editing of certain clips. lighting, we decided to instead, lower the saturation of all the clips, to Distribution in the narrative: To establish the make the shots look more characters, and who was in the film, we split up darker, and less vibrant. shots of Amber and Darren, black slides (with text), and smooth transitions. We did this so that the audience would have a good sense of who is following who.
6) What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing your product? TRIPOD IMOVIE CAMERA ITUNES We used theOut of all of the We used a college ITunes was what we tripod for scenestechnologies we used used to play our video camera to in the film thatthroughout the making of music, and store it shoot all of our weren’tour film, Imovie was the footage, which we there , so whenever handheld, so wemost important, as it was we needed to edit it could keep the had not had anywhat we used to collect all into the film, we experience using camera still. Justof our footage, cut it before, so we had could easily go into like the videodown, add slides and to learn the basics iTunes to find it. We camera, we had notransitions and music, and such as how to turn already knew how to experience withbasically edit together the on and record, ect. use it so there were using a tripod, sowhole project. no problems. we had to learn how to set it
On the Internet:Blogger- Was the main We used YouTube We used a lot of online ‘Un-site that we used to right from the copyrighted Music’document everything beginning of websites, to find the rightwe did, such as planning, to research kind of music for our openingplanning, decisions, ch different films and sequence. Not only did itanges, feedback, probl opening have to be notems, and all of our sequences, that we copyrighted, but it also hadprogress. could take inspiration to fit our movie also. from. We also used it during the production, to also search for Uncopyrighted music.
7) Looking back at your preliminary task, how do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it, to the final full product?Looking back at the Preliminary task we started with, to practice filming andediting, we have come a long way from that, in ways such as our ability to film, thequality of the footage, the use of props and other settings, how we edited ourfootage, and what we could add to it.Preliminary Task. Final Product. http://laurahandteigan.blogspot.com/2011/0 3/final-film.html
Preliminary Task. Final Product, Delusion Requiem.Shots- For our preliminary task we Shots- In Delusion Requiem, we used manyused many basic shots such as Extreme shots, and in different angles also.Close-ups (of my hand opening thedoor), Medium Close-ups (of us sittingdown/walking in the room), and LongShots (of me walking down the stairs).Comparison: We did use similar shots used in our Preliminary task in our finalproduct, but in Delusion Requiem, we interlinked lots of different shots to createtension, confusion, and different effects. The shots were also a lot more interesting.
Editing/Transitions- Our final productEditing/Transitions- For our Preliminary task needed a lot of editing, since there waswe didn’t use any editing, we didn’t change more clips. We had a lot of clips to sortthe colour in any way, didn’t insert extra through, and a lot of things that weslides, add any transitions, and we didn’t add needed to cut and get rid of. We addedany music at all. We stuck to the basic editing things such as transitions, slides with textof cutting the clips we needed, and deleting (for the title, ect), and we also edited thethe bits we didn’t need. colour of the whole film, and added in music.Comparisons: It was clear, looking back at both the pre-lim and final product, that thefinal product was much more professional, due to the fact we knew a lot more aboutediting, and Imovie, and we also wanted the final product, to look as much like an actualfilm introduction.
Preliminary Task. Final Product, Delusion Requiem.Characters- The only 2 characters in our Characters- In our final product, there werePreliminary task, which was myself and 3 characters, Amber (The ‘Killer’), DarrenTeigan. We were both introduced to the (The victim), and Me (The actual Killer). Weaudience at the beginning, there was only had much more developed roles, and weresome dialogue, and nothing really more interesting.happened, and our characters didn’t haveany particular roles.Comparison: The characters in our final product were a lot more developed. They hadspecific roles to play, were a lot more interesting (in ways such as they had stories behindthem which would be revealed later on in the film), and also, the script itself, had thecharacters do many more things.
Preliminary Task. Final Product, Delusion Requiem.Sound and Lighting- In our Preliminary Sound and Lighting- We didn’t use artificialtask, we had no special lighting or sound. lighting either in our final product, as weFirst of all, we didn’t really know how to didn’t need it due to the fact it was aadd sound, and we didn’t know how to thriller, and was meant to be dark-ish. Theadd lighting. There was also no need for it fact that we had no dialogue, meant weas we were in college, and didn’t need could add more music. We added the rightany lighting. type of music for the right scenes, such as up-beat music for the chase scene, and calmer music for transition scenes, ect.Comparison: We may not have used any special lighting in either the Preliminary task orFinal product, but we did have better knowledge of how to edit music into the film, whichin the end, made is look and sound a lot more professional and realistic.
Title and font- For our Preliminary Title and font- The title we decided on fortask, we didn’t use any extra slides, with our final product, in the end was ‘Delusionany text . We didn’t give it a title (only Requiem’. We had many other ideas before hand, but we chose this one‘Our Preliminary Task’), which makes particularly as Delusion, meaning thingsour first attempt of such as ‘Confusion’ and ‘A false belief’, andediting, unprofessional. Requiem meaning A mass for a deceased person. We thought this may be significant as the aim of our ‘Thriller’ movie, was to confuse audience, reveal that the first scenes were part of a dream. On our added slides, we used a regular font such as Georgia, to keep it looking more simple, to not draw to much attention to it from the film, and to not give away anything about the film through the font.Comparison: Our final task was in many ways better, since we had a title, mentioned whothe production/Distribution company was and who stared in the film. By doing this it makesthe whole thing look more professional, like an actual film.We have also now learnt how to insert more slides.
Conclusion.Overall I think, we did a pretty good job making Delusion Requiem.I think throughout, our strengths were the actual script. I think the idea of havingthe intro being part of a dream, which (later on in the film), becomes reality. I alsothink, the filming of the film was quite successful also, with our range of differentshots.A lot of things did work well, but quite a few things, could have gone better thanplanned. Such as the fact we could of added more scenes towards the end, toshow more of the killer instead of just one scene. And we could have also, eventhough it doesn’t affect the film badly, we could have gotten a better actor to playthe victim, as Darren in some shots, was smiling, and in some shots where hiseyes should have been closed, they were opening slightly.