For the AS production in media firstly we will be doing Unit G321,Foundation Portfolio in Media which is 50% of the AS grade.
In this unit we will be doing two associated moving image, productions, including the titles and opening sequence of a new feature film.
Doing this we will have to be able to use creative and technical skills as that is what we will be assessed on.
The mask scheme goes in 4 levels , level 1 incomplete, level 2- basic, level 3-average and level 4 excellent.
AS media is also divided into two units and Ms Connell unit is based on coursework; presentation of research, planning and evaluation of the main product. We will also have to make a story board before moving on to the opening sequence.
History of film and genres
The history of film is the historical development mostly known as cinema, motion pictures, film, or the movies which started since the 6 th century .
Motion pictures developed gradually from a carnival novelty to one of the most important tools of communication and entertainment, and mass media in the 20th century. Motion picture films have had a substantial impact on technology.
Conventions of horror movies
Meaning :What I would expect to see
Blood- most horror movies have a lot of blood to make the scene realistic to create fear and also to have a gruesome effect.
loud screams and repetition of words when a dramatic scene occurs : to get every one out of their seats which is a signature thing for horror movies and they repeat words to engage the audience.
Pale makeup- which makes the movie more unusual
interest in film genre
I’m interested in horror movies firstly because , I enjoy being left in suspense (guessing what the big twist at the end is going to be).
I also like horror movies because It draws you in from the start because of how loud or soft the music.
I also like the way the special effects are used in horror movies as it doesn’t make me think that the film is fake even though i know it is, and also most horror movies have a flawless production to each scene .
history of horror
Horror movies has been around for almost as long as movies have been made. One of the people that started horror movies is a guy called Georges Méliès and he created Le Manoir du diable or 'The House of the Devil' which was released in 1896 this is sometimes credited as being the first horror film.
Filmmakers then continued to merge elements of science fiction and horror over the following decades which created movies such as Frankenstein and later SAW which was influenced by the 1980s franchise, Friday The 13th as it has the same kind of bloody and thrill to it which is what horror is best for.
As you have seen, music, sound and lighting has a huge impact on horror movies and also adds the suspense and effect to horror and as technology has increased it betters the movie. If there was no sound ,the film wouldn't be frightening but can be gruesome. Which tells me that horror movies rely on the sound to make effects .
Opening sequence of SAW
What was effective
The use of back focus was effective as the image of title was really sharp as the special effect of the snake like rope which tightened the title
The crashing soundscape which was used in the beginning reflects the genre as it adds the fear factor which horror movies usually have.
A great lighting effect which is included in film opening sequence, (a Striker One machine that controls several lights around the set at once) this gets the audiences attention quicker as the beginning is sharp
Also the name twisted pictures is a very effective name as it links to the story line of the movie saw which is a twisted movie.
The characters dressing is dressed down which is very interesting as it represents how their feeling, which was a really thoughtful thing that the director displayed .
Establishing shot and zoom used as soon as the lights were turned on to show what the victim was feeling
Mise en scene:
The costumes( dragged down suet, used reflected how the guy in the beginning was feeling
The lighting is supposed to be very bright which is also very effective.
The emotions is usually intense in the beginning which made the opening a cliché of a horror movie
My opening sequence
I would like my title to smoke and fade out because it would illustrate that’s it’s a horror movie and also to reflect the mystery of my opening sequence.
My story will be about man who is in human form and he befriends 3 girls on earth and they disappear once at a time but he does not reveal himself until the last girl disappears. Him and the last girl alive calls the one of the other girl and it end with a phone ringing on the bed. What triggered this story was when I went open evening and the girls I was working with all disappeared
My story board ……………………… ……… ..
The rating I will give for my targeted audience is a 12A because my opening sequence is a more matured theme and relates to revenge which shouldn’t be viewed by a 10 yr old. I also rate this a 12A because there will be no nudity and physical violence in my opening sequence.