Continuity ask involving filming and
editing a character opening a door,
crossing a room and sitting down on a
chair opposite another character, with
whom he/she exchanges a couple of lines
of dialogue. This task should demonstrate
on action shot-reverse shot and 180
Props we need are:
• Red Food Colouring
• Picnic Equipment
• We are planning to record at a park in Bermondsey/Rotherhithe. We
want to shoot here as we feel it lives up to the thriller conventions
and would fit what we want to do in Rumour.
• Dates: 5-01-2010(Friday) & 7-01-2010 (Sunday)
• Times: 4:30 – Late & 3:30 – Late
• These timings fit the setting as we want it to be slightly dark and
mysterious to fit in with the setting and again linking to thriller
conventions however we want to be able to see and get good
footage and we feel these times will be the correct time.
e Based on a rumour going around the park where a
part of the actual park is said to be cursed due to
there being something mysterious supposedly. An
Idea is a group of friends plan to scare the people
in the park pretending that they got hurt by this
unknown made up creature, Then Next day they
are just in he park and thing happen to them, Like
they Get Hurt and now believe there is defiantly
something there However people don‟t believe
them Due to them Joking around all the time.
• Gemma Lake (Main)
• Jade Morrison (Second)
• Deniz Osman (creature)
• Jessica Spiteri (Camera)
This was an image
of the surrounding
area that we chose
to record in, this
similarities to the
case study of the
Blair Witch Project.
• These are the
bushes we were
scene in, it
project but also
whilst we were
we had to work
This Is One of our
characters she is
wearing blue and
innocence of which
we want to portray
in Rumour. In this
shot Jade is
the camera, we Rumour…
Again this is jade
within the trees as
we wanted her to
walk through them,
showing that she is
We adapted the
surrounding area to
how we wanted it to
be, and so we made it
easier for our
characters to walk
through the trees by
breaking off branches
so it would fit our
scene the best it
This was what they
had to do,
The actions they had
to do for when we
This was when
we were filming,
it shows the
setting we were
using and the
This is Deniz
experimenting, with a
high angle we had to
experiment with different
angles to enable to add
a sense of being unique
and again following the
structure of the codes
and conventions of the
Gemma Lake (Main)
Jade Morrison (Second)
list Deniz Osman (creature)
Jessica Spiteri (Camera)
•[Psycho - Hitchcock
•Blair Witch Project
Psycho - Hitchcock
The opening sequence is unusual yet you would expect some things since it is a thriller. Psycho
belongs to a psychological thriller subgenre, and so there is slight things that suggest this due to
the playing on the mind.
As soon the opening starts there are high pitch violins playing which builds tension. As you become to
feel tense and uptight, you are open to the unexpected happening and that makes the audience
anxious. These names are coming from both sides of the screen, vertically and horizontally, after
a set of names have come up on the screen they fade and lines come up on the screen moving
quite randomly making it quite jumpy, Hence setting the mood for the film. But the fact that it i a
Hitchcock film the audience expectations of what is to come can be felt.
Once all these names have come on the music becomes slightly more subtle like it has calmed down,
at this point we have been placed in an unknown city with lots of buildings however as the music
as fades it could imply to the audience that we are now being placed in a calmer environment
however we still don‟t know the location we are in, this is the establishing shot.
The view we are seeing by the camera angle is like we are on top of a roof meaning it a bird eye view
shot is being used, as we are looking down and around the whole city. The place we are in is full
of building yet the music is quieter which is relatively ironic and could show juxtaposition, due to
the fact cities are usually live and hectic whereas the music is softer and mellow. The audience
are still eager to find out the setting of this plot.
Psycho - Hitchcock
We get a good look around the location, and then we become zoomed into a particular building
moving up the building then zooms in further into a certain window. However the blinds closed yet
we notice there is a gap, and so the camera zooms in upon this gap and we seem to be able to
make out figures, this is when the camera becomes focused ad we and clearly identify a man and
woman. As the audience can interpret that they are possibly partners. The man is had just his
trousers on whereas the woman is in her lingerie. They then exchange slight conversation not
saying much and go and lie upon the bed which could again imply they are partners.
They then notice what the time is and so the woman gets up ad starts to get dressed whilst this is
going on, the woman say to the man that she isn‟t to impressed in meeting up at their break in a
cheap hotel, and that she would much rather him meet her sisters and this would show a bit more
respect. Her tone of her voice sound serious yet trying to get her point across. The man then
come out with a joke however this don‟t go down to well with the woman as she was being totally
serious and so he just goes onto shrugging his shoulders and agrees with her. By doing this is
could suggest to the audience that although he is happy to meeting up in a cheap hotel he don‟t
want to lose her and so agrees however this is playing upon her mind which is exactly what the
conventions are of this particular thriller.
Throughout the opening sequence of Psycho although there is a slight sense of the thriller genre there
isn‟t much and so the audience is still wondering what‟s going to happen next. So if you just
watched the opening sequence you left on a cliff-hanger and you aren‟t really sure where the story
is going to go which is a convention of the thriller genre as you left wanting more however some
people could just give up on the film and turn the film off
1) In what ways does your media product use,
develop or challenge forms and conventions of
• real media products?
The preliminary task we produced is called „Torment‟ it is a psychological thriller.
Torment challenges usual forms and conventions of thriller films as we challenge
stereotypes for example our main character a woman at the end shoots the man
whereas stereotypically the male would usually be more powerful and kill the woman.
• Torment is set in the 1920‟s era and so the ways in which it follows forms and
conventions is we used suspense to build tension. We used circular panoramic shots
which creates a sense of mystery since the camera angles we used build tension as
the music builds the sinister atmosphere.
• We developed the female character from her being troubled on the phone the damsel
in distress; the audience is left wondering what‟s that about, and that‟s typical of
thriller films where the characters is at a lost. So as the female goes out in a rush, we
see her entering a spiral staircase the audience is unaware of the exact location and
at the end the audience can see who the more dominant character is as the female
character pulls out a gun and all we hear is a gun shot. Which shows how we surprise
the audience by challenging stereotypes. From watching, one would think that the
man (Patriarchy) would threaten the woman (damsel in distress.)
• With the main task “Rumour”, we decided to change the style but adopt the
conventions of thriller in a different way in order to challenge our skills.
• Our case study was Blair witch project which is a free style filming with very
simple locations. It was a low budget film which made a huge success due
to the unique style of filming which involved tracking an dollying. Our
inspirations come from that film and we also decided to choose the
woodlands for the main task setting of our opening sequence. We wanted to
follow the conventions of thriller films where extraordinary thing happening
in an ordinary place. The woods create an eerie atmosphere that already
creates a sense of discomfort for the audience. We were very selective in
the use of our camera shots since from the preliminary exercise we learnt
how camera angle create meaning. Use a variety of shot, also allows the
viewers to get a better understanding of the plot or characters. Besides the
audience would be involved.
• By following the 180 degree rule, the audience was able to follow the action
whilst making them familiar with the setting and context. On shot that we
found effective was the use of low angle shot which gave importance to the
surrounding. The variety of shots and the high angle made the characters
vulnerable to the empowering setting.
• We tried to conform the conventions as much as possible such as we added
a mysterious character to confirm it was of the thriller genre as in many of
this particular genre there is a mysterious unknown character that we the
audience want to find out about. Another way he withheld thriller
conventions is, by The atmosphere and setting we created, we set it in a
woodlands this is a popular setting for the thriller genre, however we
created a weary, uncertain atmosphere creating tension and suspense
2) How does your media product represent
particular social groups?
• Torment attracts the old generation of the audience due to it being set in the 1920‟s
era. By being in 1920 vintage Torment gives off a classiness idea and older class.
The location lives up to the 1920 set as the setting was old such as furniture, clothing
and props. Due to the settings being of the era it caused a sense of realism.
• Rumour attracts audiences in the teens + so approximately 16-25 as they would be
the audience most interested in this genre of thriller. Rumour would attract this
particular audience because of the use of camera angles , misenscene, sound and
action involved. Due to scenes of blood this may take some stomaching and so they
audience should we warned of this, as many audience member prefer not to see
blood and guts. The way in which camera angles would attract this audience is
because we tried to use some interesting angles, including low angles, high angles
and 180 degree rule. We also made is home made like so some parts had a shaky
camera to show the overlap of the Case study of Blair Witch project
• To be exact Rumour would apply more to the middle class of people, and to
the younger generation of people who prefer to watch action thriller films.
We represent social groups by using young actors in the production but also
the language is very simplistic English so anyone could understand it, we
don‟t have any explicit language so we aren't excluding the younger aged
audience however as stated before scenes may be to hectic for some.
Rumour is the total opposite of Torment as in Torment we cater to the older
generation of audiences, and due to it being a psychological thriller the
storyline plays on the mind and so is suitable for any age however I believe
it specifically caters to older generation as it is set in the 1920s era, and so
maybe the older audience could relate to it more and get more of a
experience out of it.
3) What kind of media institution might distribute
you media product and why?
• The Blair witch project is distributed by Artisan Entertainment, they distributed other
films such as dirty dancing, House of the dead and Pi. This distributors produce films
of a variety of audiences they don‟t stick to on type of audience. For the Particular
case study of the Blair Witch Project had a budget of 20,000 this is quite low
considering being of the thriller genre as they are usually quite eccentric with the
setting, costumes and everything that makes up the mis en scene. Although with the
narrative of the Blair witch project was wanting to be very home made, this budget
allows them to limit themselves. They ha the age certificate of a 15, they had this
restriction as it contained some strong language, violence and horror. Therefore I
believe Rumour would have the age certificate of a 15 also.
• Another institute that might distribute „Rumour‟ could be „20th century Fox‟,
they have distributed films such as ice age, Alvin and the chipmunks and
planet of the apes. Although the majority of these films would be audience
to children. I believe they could stretch to distributed our media product,
because as they have distributed planet of the apes although this is of a
different genre this s for a different audience, and so with „Rumour‟ they
could widen their audience by distributing another genre and therefore
making a bigger profit, by stretching their audience, of which would be
young adults, such as teenagers from the age certificate of 15 .
4) Who would be the audience for you media
• The audience for my preliminary would be the older generation, specifically between
the ages of 25+ approximately due to it being of a vintage 1920 era and so they could
relate to it more, and gain more of an enjoyment out of it. In contrast the audience
most attracted to the main task of Rumour is the younger ages of audience roughly
16-25, due to the conventions of thriller genre such a blood and quite disturbing
scenes. The ways in which Torment would apply to this particular audience as it
shows similarities to the film God father, I created the misenscene by clothing and
furniture to add a sense f realism to 1920 era and so our audience will be able to
relate to it to the fullest. In contrast the way in which Rumour will have to audience of
16-25 is that it shows likeness to our case study of The Blair Witch Project, and
according to research this is their target audience and so with all the shots we used
and the plot of the storyline this would have to be our target audience.
• The age we decided was 16-25, because our film is rather serious as there
is scenes of violence and blood. Anyone who is a fan of the thriller genre
could relate to „Rumour‟ as it does show the conventions of the thriller genre
and therefore could show some relevance and relation to them. Younger
children would not enjoy this film due to gore and blood, which could be off
putting for younger children, and in that case we could there imply that the
older generation of people may not enjoy this opening sequence either.
• There is no particular gender that we would target, as it isn‟t gender based
we feel that both sexes could watch this and enjoy it as it isn‟t extremely
scary it is an action thriller showing evidence of codes and conventions.
However it could scare people some people for example people of the faint
hearted. The nationality for our film isn‟t any in particular although I believe
the British audience would relate to this more, as it was produced by the
British however other countries could be targeted as it could be distributed
in other countries if successful.
5) How did you attract/address your audience?
Torment attracted our audience targeted by the wide range of shots we used we tried to
use a variety of shots, making them as interesting as possible. Such as in the preliminary
task we done a panoramic shot this was an appealing shot and gains attention. The
audience we was aiming for was male and females who like action thrillers, with slightly
gory storylines. Although we did stick to conventions that the audience would be
expecting in some way or another as they may be interested in particular shots or
scenes. Such as Levi-Strauss‟ theory of binary opposites, including good vs.
evil, hero vs. villain (or in our case victim vs. murderer our unknown person)
this is a usual convention in the thriller genre, although to draw the audience in
further, we wanted to use interesting and different shots such as a really high
angle from the bushes this was filmed very effectively.
• With „Rumour‟ the way in which we addressed the audience is by the way in which we
edited. When editing the opening sequence I used techniques which we common to
the thriller genre such as fade outs, and dip to blacks to show that „Rumour‟ was part
of the thriller genre and did follow the code and conventions of the genre.
Furthermore I added more unusual effects such as roughening the edges of the film
so it look even more homemade, which showed similarity to the Blair Witch Project.
Although I did show some uniqueness and originality as with the most dramatic scene
I used a visual effect called ghosting. They made the action layer on top of each other
creating an interesting unusual scene. By the way in which this could attract more of
an audience if I didn‟t of edited it in any particular way.
• Death was a theme in our main task, the build up to the death of the two young
female characters, caused suspense and tension towards the audience as they would
be thinking what‟s going to happen? How did that happen? Who did that? What
exactly done that? By all these ideas popping up it creates a flow of excitement and
interests making the audience want to keep watching. This engages the viewers
making them want more, as this is an opening sequence the theme of death is pretty
much a common theme that is shown in the thriller genre I feel that we were
successful when watching it back as it did show originality yet did stick to the thriller
genre, by mixing both of these thing together they would attract a wider audience.
6) What have you learnt about technologies from
the process of constructing this product?
Overall I have learnt quite a lot, and have developed my ict skills in general
On both the laptop and Mac software. I have also improved my production
skills in filming getting steadier with the camera and becoming more confident
to experiment and film appropriate shots. For editing we used the program
Adobe premier. This software was totally new to me and so had to learn how
to do everything from scratch. At first I found this practically hard although I
soon got the hang of it when editing the preliminary and mains task. When
editing the preliminary this was where I experimented the most trying out
different techniques and effects, and s when I moved onto editing the main
task I was more aware of which transition and effect would fit each shot and
so knew where to find them.
• When editing the main task I found the effect called ghosting I thought this
particular effect was great and very interesting, as it allowed the shot to
echo the movement, which in fact layers two of the shots over each other.
By using this effected it added a more dramatic effect to the shot.
• When using the filming equipment such as the camera, tripod and
microphone. When looking back at the preliminary task you can see how
some scenes could have been filmed better although moving into the main
task, the filming did improve as the it took much practice and slight
technique to keep a steady camera. I had practice with camera movements,
with taking different angles and when zooming in and out you had to keep
steady pace otherwise it would become out focused.
7) Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel
you have learnt in the progression from it to the full
When looking back at the preliminary task, I have learnt and improved my technology skills
enabling me to improve the footage we filmed for the main task.
When looking back at the preliminary although we did prepare for the production I feel that
it is evident that we didn‟t do enough, meaning that our fluency with the technology we used
wasn‟t greatly shown to our best ability. By how our preliminary task turnt out I feel that
when it come to the main task, it was evident that we were more confident with the camera
and our planning was more shown by the end product. Another thing that I learnt more
about was premier pro, during the preliminary task editing I was experimenting with what
everything was and how it changed our footage, and was harder to use but when going
onto editing the main task I found it easier to edit as I knew what I wanted, was more
familiar and confident with the software and was able to edit at a better level than in my
preliminary task. The preliminary task taught me to watch what is seen on camera by going
over everything in detail so we knew what we did and didn‟t want in the shot to make sure
the mis en scene is the way we want it.
• The production of the preliminary task did help us prepare for the production of the
actual main task, as it was like a practice run of how it was going to be, this
automatically taught us the things we needed to improve so that we could enable the
main task was going to be much better and an improvement. During the main task we
made sure we went though everything that the actors needed to know to make sure
the acting would come across the best it could be by gaining background knowledge.
And as we have done this al before we knew what we had to make sure we got right
in the main task for example our 180 degree rule as in the preliminary task it wasn‟t
shown very good and in the main task we proved that we could do it as we gained
knowledge and practice using the camera. Another problem we was made aware of
was to not rush through scenes as to get them done and so we can do what we want
to do, as by rushing in the prelim task it was clear that we never got all the shots we
wanted to as many scenes we shot could be improved in one way or another.
Whereas in the main task I believe we never rushed and took our time when
recording as so to get every shot we wanted to and we were reassured that the shot
was necessary and useful to us. Something useful we done with the main task is we
took extra footage, from different angles to vary the options we had when editing. As
when editing some shots I believed didn‟t go together and so took another shot which
suited it better by taking the extra shots.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
• We Went to the CLC Centre to edit out main task, Rumour. when editing the
footage i found it much easier as i knew what i wanted to do with it and how
i wanted it to be. The first thing i done was cut all the shots i defiantly
wanted to include in the 2 minute production, once i narrowed it down by
collecting together all the successful and nessary shots, i then had to piece
them altogether. i played around with it by again cutting little bits of them to
make sure they all flowed properly. by then i added effects and transitions
such as ghosting, roughening edges, colour contrast etc. this allowed me to
incorporate as such of the thriller codes and conventions in Rumour as
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Filming Final Production
• On Monday the 15th February we filmed Rumour our Main task Production.
We filmed it in a Park/Woodlands in Bermondsey We chose this location as we
thought this fitted the scenario and setting we wanted and lived up to the codes and
conventions of the thriller genre. The filming went well, we had to search everywhere
to find the best place to film. as one of the case studies was the Blair witch project we
wanted it to look in some way like that to show the influence and some similarities. i
believe we was successful in doing this.
We used the Area Around us to incorporate a scared weary atmosphere.
We had to practice many time with the actresses to get the act right, it was quite hard
at first as we had to get the right thing across, and make it look real and professional.
After a little bit we really go into it and everything went well, and the footage we got
was overall good and we should be able to edit it well so everything fits together well.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
• In today‟s lesson we went to the CLC to do further
editing on our preliminary task. I Didn't have that much
more to edit. Although i added in the soundtrack and
cropped out the parts i didn‟t need and want to use. I
also added part of the dialogue into it getting all the
timings on point. I Also added titles to the task one that
said 'Torment' And then one at the end with names on to
show who produce it.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Sounds We could Use
• In the main task the sounds are really quite important for
our idea, so i have been looking at what i could consider
using, for sound both diegetic and Non diegetic.
This video has more musical sounds that we could use
to create suspense and tension. However we would
have to limit it due to we need real sounds for things
such as footsteps, breathing and screams...
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Todays Lesson- Presentation, And Main Task
• We finished doing our story board for the mains task, we have also
made the Animatic, and made a shot list, however we need on find
the exact dates for which we will be filming our main task!
This lesson i was working on my presentation, i added hyperlinks to
words and downloaded more fonts that match the theme of my task.
Me And Deniz also worked on the shot list and have now completed
it, we have been also looking for sounds that we could use in our
main task as we have noticed alot of the main task would be better if
the diagetic sound works with it and is a vital part!
Friday, 11 December 2009
• This was the animatic we created from the story
board we made. We add transitions and effects
to the animatic as we made it on movie maker.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Main Task Idea
• Title: Rumour
Genre: Action Thriller
Based on a rumour going around the park. The Park is
said to be cursed due to a mysterious creature in the
bushes two friends come together and decide to scare
people in the park as if they were attacked by the
creature, when they try and do it again another day it
they find out it was true and then no one believes them.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Camera Angles We Want To Include:
- 360 degree rule
- Tilt of the bushes and trees
- Close-up of peoples faces (emphasises their facial expressions.)
- Extreme close-ups of the two friends after coming out of the bushes
- Blair Witch Project
Sentence we want to put on at start of film:
- 'Isit all a Rumour? or is the truth hidden within the bushes.'
- Dygetic sounds of tress and birds
- People talking then the writing appears on the screen
- 'Emily don't go near those bushed darling, stay close so i can see you.'
- 'Don't talk to strangers and make sure i can see you.'
- '(whistle to dog) Come here boy!'
Monday, 7 December 2009
- White Clothes
- Fake Blood
Monday, 30 November 2009
In today's Session I updated my homepage further by editing the image
on the front as I deleted one of them due to the fact I though it was
being to packed together. I also added hyperlinks to the pages such
as the preliminary link and the main task title.
Monday, 30 November 2009
• In today‟s Session i updated my homepage further by editing the
image on the front as i deleted one of them due to the fact i though it
was being to packed together. i also added hyperlinks to the pages
such as the preliminary link and the main task title.
Monday, 30 November 2009
• I also worked further on my preliminary task page so, I added
the subheadings that were needed, I also then added
hyperlinks to these subheadings, meaning so when you
clicked them they went to the co coordinating page. i also
made a title homepage on the top right hand side so also
when you clicked on this page it took you back to the
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Gun Shot Sound Effect
• We found this sound effect on YouTube, this has all different sound
effects of different types of guns, however the gun sound we are
going to put in our opening sequence is at 1Minute as this is an old
style gun, which matches our 1920 era.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Music we are going to put in our video
This is the soundtrack we found whilst searching on
YouTube, we want to have this music sound track in our
preliminary task as it create a suspense feeling which we
want as this is a convention of thriller film.
Monday, 23 November 2009
• This is the shot List for Torment in a table From 1-24 it includes the
shot number, a brief description of shot required, Location,
Date/Times and any special information.
The purpose of the shot list is to show the types of shots we used for
each scene of Torment.
It helped to prepare for the preliminary task because, it allowed us to
see which type of shots we had to prepare for. It also showed us the
locations for which shot was being placed at allowing us again to set
a date and time for filming particular scenes.
Monday, 23 November 2009
• Filming the preliminary task
We Filmed our opening sequence on the 13th-14th of
October 2009 Due to us having the camera and
equipment for the weekend.
On the 13th October we filmed all the shots that had to
be taken in the house which were shots
Shots 4 and 6 were being filmed at the monument
because this was the location where the spiral
staircase was, we went to the monument on the 14
October 2009, we actually climbed 311 stairs to get to
the top so we could film our actress walking down the
stairs, and this also enabled up to get some really
good shots the spiral staircase down from over the rail.
And Shot 5 was being Filmed at another House on the
14th October 2009 as we wanted to use her door for
this particular shot.
Monday, 23 November 2009
• I was working on my homepage and Found some image that i liked and so i was debating whether
or not to include them i had quite a few and i came down to 3 of which was someone covering the
face due to the fact some thriller are pretty scary and so you want to cover your face and another
image is of a man in black you cant see their features you can only see their outline as in this is a
convention of the thriller genre as you don't know who the person is usually. And the final image is
of blood dripping as in some thriller films they can be quite gory and will contain blood in some
way or another. i add faded effects to the edges of all the images which ass to the effect. Also with
blood image it had a white background and due to me having a black background for my front
page i made the white transparent on Microsoft word however it does still have a slight white
outline i don't mind it as i thinks it adds to the effect, i have also slanted it so its at an angle as it
didn't look right straight.
Another feature i added was a ? as in a lot thriller films the audience have ablot of question that
they want answered and even in some films they never really get answered. I used a particular
scratchy font as it gives it a good effect and reflects the thriller genre as the thriller genre has
Monday, 23 November 2009
• I worked further on my homepage i have now sorted out the fonts i
am defiantly going to use and i have sorted out the layout of which i
want my homepage to look like However i still need to find suitable
images to fit my homepage, i know i want something that links with
the thriller genre but at the moment i am still undecided of exactly
with my preliminary page i haven't really done much with the
particular page although i know some fonts i want and their are a
few icons i want to include within the page as they link to the 1920's
Monday, 23 November 2009
• In todays Session, I worked on making my homepage and was working how to arrange it and
what to out in it.
I thought about the the colour scheme of the homepage and preliminary task page.
I Looked at more interesting fonts which i could use that could reflect what my task was about and
show contrast within the writing.
I Downloaded Many Fonts to see which best one would suit the whole theme/genre of the task.
What i was thinking even though the genre is thriller i could do that sort of writing on my
homepage however for my preliminary task page i was thinking of a more sophisticated look due
to mine being based on the 1920 era i thought it would suit it much better!
i was then thinking of what else to have on the page so images and design layout i was thinking
where to put everything. i kept swapping it about enabling me to figure out the best options.
What i need to do still :
I need to sort out all the homepage
i need to sort out all the preliminary Page
Figure out How to use Fireworks Properly...
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
• Production Planning
The Language we are using is English this allows us to connect with quite a lot of people as the
man language in London is English so the positive thing is that we are able to connect with a lot of
people enabling a lot of people to watch our opening sequence.
In our production we are representing the a woman who was been now stuck in a position and is
actually scared of the man she was met up with.
Our product would be consumed I the film market as our medium is film- moving image.
Due to use applying to a 12A there are restrictions such as no swearing should be used and there
shouldn‟t be any very gory or really gruesome scenes.
The primary audience is teenagers as they would be more likely to watch this sort of film, however
the older people may watch due to us setting it in the 1920 era.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
• Production Planning
Title of your proposed production: Torment
1- What equipment will you need for your production?
Video Camera, Tripod
2- List other resources you will need :
Deniz‟s Lounge, The monument for the spiral staircase.
1- What relevant skills do you already possess?
Experience of using video camera, some ICT skills.
2- List the skills you need to learn:
How to use Adobe Premier, Fireworks, and Improve Video Camera Skills.
1- What medium are you going to work in?
Video- moving image
1- What is the audience for your product?
The audience would be around 12A as some younger children may get scared.
1- Are you intending to work as a group?
I am working in a pair.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Props and Costumes We Need To Make Torment (the 1920's
These are the things that we need to sort out to make 'Torent' the breif successful as these things
really set the mss and make the scene proper and look more prfessional.
Vintage white shirt dress
Italian Mafia Suit
Bowler Hat/ Italian Mafia Hat
Vintage Male Shoes
VIntage Black Heels
Somewhere with a Spiral Stair Case
Sunday, 18 October 2009
• Idea for preliminary Task
• Story 1 Classic style 1920's
It starts off by
1- Lady Looking tense she would be classy and especially feminine- she is a victim of blackmail.
2- She receives a phone call-
she pulls a gun out of the draw and transfers it into her purse
Very vintage phone
3- She then gets into a vintage car.
4- Rushes to a derelict spot- HERE we would have a aerial shot of the man looking down on the female- this shot would then
make the woman look vulnerable and the man look like he has all the power
5- Mounts the stairs ( spiral staircase!) - CIRCULAR PANORAMIC SHOTS!!!
6- Close ups of her hand- purse - heels - facial expressions- eyes - Lips (making her look like a damsel in distress)
7- Shot of a man in a classic suit- make him look like he is part of the Italian mafia very classic! he has his back turned to the
camera he's be smoking a cigar and would wear an Italian hat( implying he is part if the Italian mafia)
Zoom in onto his shows then tilt upwards with the camera- this is a really good effect as it allows him to look superior and all
powerful. Creating intrigued shots.
THEN shot reverse shot the Man would be smiling a very smug look, heavy footsteps and evil eyes.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
• Here we think would be the 180 degree
8- DIALOGUE WOULD BE PLACED HERE (still need to think what they are
going to say exactly !)
We were thinking that the man would make her sit here by saying
However there would be a heated conversation.
The woman would be in distress/ confused whereas the man is confident
and all smug- he'd be coming towards her.
The man would have an envelope in his hand with photographs he's be
flicking through he photographs when she tries to snatch them off him.
However she moves and so she cant reach them !
She then pulls something out of her purse.
9- Goes to a black screen- then the audience hears a gunshot- after the
gunshot we here her crying and hurried footsteps as she runs out of the
room and down the stairs.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
• Analysis essay of the opening sequence of Seven.
• In the opening sequence of seven does relate to the thriller right at the beginning. So the film starts off with a male
detective in his room however he is just about to leave the audience can imply that he is going to work due to him
being dressed in a suit. The man goes to a house of which is now a crime scene a there is a man dead on the
floor, this dead man is in a pool of blood.
Another detective then says that he has been allegedly murdered by his girlfriend. This then makes sense and the
audience can think this is of the thriller genre, due to there being someone dead on the floor in a pool of blood.
A new detective walks in as this male detective is about to leave this crime scene, they then introduce themselves
and then go to walk down the street together. It scene then changes and this male detective is in bed there is a
load thunder storm with sizzling sounds, meaning there was a lot of non-diegetic sound which creates tension
towards the audience leaning them on the edge of the seat which is a convention of the thriller genre.
This has now happened and goes to a black screen then its like books fade in with their pages turning rapidly, a lot
of the books pages have been sewn together the audience could imply this means that they have took out all the
stuff they wanted and put the things they want in. words are being cut out and crossed out as if they don‟t like
them, there is no need for them.
Once this has gone on it skips to the new detective in bed with a woman so the audience could suggest they are
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
• Analysis essay of the opening sequence of Birds by Alfred
• This is quite a odd opening sequence for a film of the thriller genre. Although I can understand why they can sort
of call it a thriller genre in the opening sequence.
At the start here is a load of crows flying around this could relate to the thriller genre as the crows have a relation
of being evil and due to them being black, the colour black has the connotation of death, and darkness. While all of
these birds are flying around the words of the people in the film and directors are coming up in bright blue. The
background sound s full of the crows squawking it I quite a hideous sound and isn‟t nice sounding as an audience
member you feel like you want to fast forward it as it literally hurts your ears.
The film birds is a quite old film. So you can tell that it is as things nowadays have been much move developed.
You then see a woman walking down the street she then goes in the pet shop and goes upstairs to the birds floor
if is packed with birds which the audience would sort of expect due to the film being called birds. Diagetic sound in
the bird‟s squeaking making their little sings and tunes. The woman is where basically to pick up her parrot
however it hasn‟t arrived yet and so the worker at the store goes to the back and rings up the people who are
meant to be delivering it.
A male customer then walks and the woman customer pretends she actually works in the store and goes along
with what the man wants and she basically makes a fool of herself. But the catch is that the male customer was
playing along with it also as he knew who she was he knew her name but she didn‟t recognise who he is. In actual
fact him and her were going to go to court and so they sort of leave on a bad note. This could sort of be of the
thriller genre as people are under cover but also because they know information about each other.