I N W H AT WAY S D O E S YO U R M E D I A P RO D U C T U S E , D E V E L O P O R CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MEDIA P RO D U C T S ? By Hannah Atkinson Evaluation: Question 1
WHAT CODES AND CONVENTIONS DID YO U F O L L OW W H E N M A K I N G YO U R SHORT FILM?Narrative: we have used flashbacks to tell the audience about Sue’s past and I would say they are out most powerful scenes. They tell the audience that she didn’t cope well whilst in the mental home. They also show the audience when Sue was happy and having girly days out with Mazy. Genres: Our film is a Psychological Thriller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_thriller). It follows the conventions of apsychological thriller by using a stream of consciousness (the diary entries); first-person narrative (voice-overs); and a back-story (flashbacks). Choice and style of music: we used dramatic and sad music at the beginning, during the flashbacks and at the end. For the rest of the film we just used the radio to make it seem more homely and life like, easier for the audience to relate to.
WHAT CODES AND CONVENTIONS DID YO U F O L L OW W H E N M A K I N G YO U R SHORT FILM?Voice-over: The voice-over during the flashbacks is Sue reading her diary entry as she iswriting it. Steve’s voice-over at the end shows the viewer how he feels about the situationthat they are in. They give the viewers an insight into the thoughts of the main characters.Mise-en-scene: Décor – home scenes are very cosy and light. The mental home is plainand has no personality. Props – knife, blood, motorbike, diary and pen, tattoo, cutlery and food, medication, phone. Lighting – dark lighting in the mental home. Bright lighting athome. Gloomy lighting in grave yard. Costume – plain white shirt for mental home. Nice comfy clothes for at home. Bike leathers and helmets. Sophisticated coat for grave yard. Sound – music throughout the film. Church bells at the end and the sound of the motorbike pulling up. Thud of Sue hitting the floor after she has killed herself.
H OW D I D YO U F O L L OW T H E S H O RT FIL M RUL E S YOU PUT ON YOUR B L OG ? When I researched about what made a good film I can up with: good storyline, simple narrative, good camera work, few characters and a fast storyline.Good story line: in our audience feed back to our pitch people didn’t understand the story line but that is because we didn’t explain it as well as we should have since we wanted to keep what happens at the end a secret.Simple Narrative: to start with we thought it would be very confusing but after putting the film together, it flows well and is easy to follow. Good Camera work: we used lots of different cuts and angles to make the scenes look different but flow at the same time. We used match-on-action and cross cutting. Few Characters: all together we have 4 characters in the film and by the end we only have 1. Fast storyline: with having the flashbacks so early on in the film it helps the audience understand the story line and they develop them too which helps with keeping the story line moving quickly.
H OW D I D YO U F O L L OW T H E C O D E S A N D CONVENTIONS OF FILM POSTERS AND D O U B L E PA G E S P R E A D S ?Poster: I used the same conventions by only having one main image and by having the title as the biggest font on the page, I also placedlogos at the bottom to show who sponsored us. The main actors are separate from all the other information too.Double page: I made the main image come across onto both pages, I have 3 columns of text, along with smaller pictures scattered across the pages, and a factfile about the film.
H O W D I D Y O U C O N S T R U C T, D E S I G N A N D L AY O U T T H E C O N T E N T S T O L O O K L I K E A M AG A Z I N E A RT I C L E ? We had to use InDesign to create the poster and the double page spread, however, I edited some photos in Photoshop. I created flat plans with everything that had to be on both the poster and thedouble page so that I knew what I needed. I have placed pull quotes,title, article in columns, photos, headline quotes, page numbers on mydouble page. I have placed a strap line, title, actors names, studio logo, production logo on my poster.