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Film Sequence EvaluationOur film extract is from the middle of a horror film, it iswhere the protagonist is being chased by the antagonist. Ouraim was to try and confuse/disorientate our audience sothat they felt the same as the main character. My aim as theeditor was to sequence it all together and to change thejuxtaposition and to add filters where necessary to try andcreate this. Some of the things I did was change the pace ofclips and used colour correction to make it clearer. I also hadto make it clear to the audience that this sequence was froma film of the horror genre. The editing style in our filmsequence has been changed to make the audience confusedand feel as if they are in the same situation as her.As we can see from these images the ordering of shots waschanged, we cut up the clip and switched it around to createa jumpy effect in which the audience would feel confusedand unsure about what was happening. As this is of thehorror genre we wanted the audience to feel the same as thecharacter, thus creating this confusion. The confusion ismade through the jump cuts in the editing and the mise-en-scene, the confusion on the actresses face.
We changed the speed of some shots to try and disorientatethe audience and to add tension. An example of slow motionin another horror film is when the basketball is bouncing inthe empty gym in ‘F’, this is used to build tension andsuspense. We did the same thing, as the character is runningwe slowed down the pace, this was to try and build thetension. It also helped with the narrative. In the shot belowwe can see that she is running away from someone, byslowing it down it becomes clearer to the audience what ishappening, further building tension.The fast pace disorientated the audience as it made thingsseem unclear thus more confusing. This is the effect that wewanted our film extract to have on our audience as it putthem in the same situation as the character. This is aconventional method that film makers use for this genre.Through the juxtaposition I managed to place a sped up clipnext to a slowed down clip. This further effected theaudience and the way in which they interpreted what washappening. Rather than seeing it normally and all in thesame pace they are seeing contrapuntal images, making thespeed of the clips seem more dramatic. When placed withthe soundtrack this worked even better as the sound stayedat the same pace where as the images changed. This is whatwe wanted to do as we knew that it would be a simple yeteffective way of making sure that we got the audience toreact in the way that we wanted them to.
By using the colour corrector I managed to make the imagesclearer. We filmed in the dark and when the footage wasuploaded on Final Cut Express we found that we wereunable to see what was going on, we were also told this byother members of the class when they watched our roughcut, thus we changed it further to enable a better viewingexperience. By bringing up the whites and the mediums wewere able to make the footage clearer, thus enabling theaudience to see what was happening, making the narrativeclearer. As a result of this there was a grainy look to thefootage which made it look like it was a home made video(done using a hand held camera making it look like theaudience are there experiencing the action as it happens).The effected the audience as they were unable to see asmany of the details that we wanted to see in the mise-en-scene such as the blood on the costume and the isolatedlocations. This would have made it easier for them toestablish that this is from a horror film as they areconventions of this genre.As a group we worked well to ensure that all of the microelements came together to create a disorientating andconfused feeling in the audience. This was mostly throughthe pace in which the cinematography, sound and editing areat. Although they match throughout most of the clip thereare times when the sound and editing are contrapuntalfurther created the wanted effect in the audience as they areunsure as to how they should feel/react to the situation.Alice Arnold