Children’s film evaluation


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Children’s film evaluation

  1. 1. Stacey Hubbard 12Q1-09
  2. 2. Professional film  Title sequence  Credits/media company  Introduction of main characters  Establishment of location  Theme tune/ soundtrack  Introduction of film narrative  Introduction of film genre  Title sequence  Credits/media company  Introduction of main characters  Establishment of location  Theme tune/ soundtrack  Introduction of film narrative  Introduction of film genre Our film
  3. 3.  A good film opening sequence needs to be short but also introduce the key settings and characters as this helps capture the audience’s attention.
  4. 4.  Our film is a adventure fantasy  It is similar to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as the credits are done in a similar way.  The soundtrack fits with the genre as with fantasy films it needs to be emotional as is the same with our film and this can be compared to the Harry Potter films.
  5. 5.  By using a soundtrack we are able to build suspense and make the audience use their emotions all through the sense of sound.  With a fantasy film this should happen all the more as it has factors that wouldn’t happen in real life and the characteristics of a fantasy sound track are that it should convey all different emotions such as danger, excitement, anger, etc. Which ours does quite effectively.
  6. 6.  Overall our camera work is quite good although we didn’t use a wide variety of shots which is one area we could improve as within the fantasy/ adventure genre usually there are many shots used.  However the shots and quality of our camera work is of a high standard which would compare very highly to a professional film as we kept the main characters a mystery which in a fantasy/adventure opening sequence it is key to do.
  7. 7.  Our mise-en-scene was limited as we didn’t use many props or very drastic costumes although those that we did use was effective and suited the genre.  Our main set locations were the library and the woods as these represent the characters, the geeky school boy in the library and the magician in the woods.
  8. 8.  Geeky school boy set location: Library  This gives the impression the boy likes to read and study
  9. 9.  Wizard set location: The woods  This shows the area is mysterious and magical
  10. 10.  Our editing was of a high standard and we used transitions that were effective and suited the genre, although we didn’t use an special effects as we didn’t feel this would be appropriate to the content of our footage.  Compared to a professional film our opening sequence was of a very high standard although it could still be improved to give it an even better finish.
  11. 11.  Our film was aimed at families with children  Many children have a very vivid imagination hence why we used the fantasy/adventure genre.  By using a school boy the audience are able to relate to the character in the film.  Our film uses the stereotype of a ‘geeky school boy’ to do this we used the library as the character’s main setting and used typical clothing and glasses.  We used the character as we felt they were under represented.
  12. 12.  Narnia ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures  Similar to our production through the fantasy and adventure genres.  This distributer could be interested in our production as it is similar to their current products and productions.
  13. 13.  The main audience we were working with was children  We decided that the most appropriate classification for our film would be PG as it was what most fantasy/adventure films were classified with that are suitable for children.  I think this film is both appropriate for children and is also appealing to children as it fits into the market of fantasy/ adventure films available today.
  14. 14.  We attracted our audience by using a child friendly and fantasy appropriate font.
  15. 15.  We also used characters that the audience could relate to, school boy. To make the character more real we used realistic clothing.  We used a small number of characters so that it is easy for the audience to follow.
  16. 16.  We used a basic plot as this would be easy for the audience to follow.  This helps the audience as they are unable to understand in depth plots.
  17. 17.  Was used to capture the footage in a professional manner as we used a high quality camera and a tripod. These helped to give a good quality finish to our final product.
  18. 18.  Is a video editing software that allows us to edit the footage we captured and insert effects and transitions.  As we captured the footage in a different order to what we want it in the final product it enabled us to cut the footage and rearrange it. We were also able to delete the footage we didn’t need. An example screenshot of Final Cut Express
  19. 19.  By using various transitions it makes the final product smoother  They also make the continuity a lot better as the final footage is easier for the audience to watch as it doesn’t jump between cuts
  20. 20.  In the opening sequence it is important to keep the shot length short to keep the audiences interest.  However in our production our shots where probably slightly too long as we wanted to keep the characters face’s unknown until right at the end of the opening sequence.  Although keeping the identity of the character’s hidden for the opening sequence fits in with the mystery element of the fantasy genre.
  21. 21.  Is a music editing piece of software which we used to edit our soundtrack. The software is already loaded with loops that you can edit which is really good if you aren’t able to compose your own music. An example screenshot of Garageband
  22. 22.  To create a professional finish.  Different pieces of software have different purposes eg. film editing, music editing etc.
  23. 23. Preliminary  Low quality  Bad sound quality  Bad acting  Better continuity  Better transitions  Better sound quality  Better acting  Higher quality of camera work Final Product
  24. 24.  We were able to understand how to work the camera and software properly so our final product was of a higher quality  The acting was better as the actors were more comfortable in front of the camera