Hidden Evaluation Emily Manning, Sophie Drewery and Katy Flett
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
We have used a female antagonist and protagonist in our film which is un-stereotypical of a thriller film and goes against the conventions. In our film opening we used a female character as the victim. This contradicts with the point before as a female victim is very conventional of a thriller film.
We have included a non-diegetic soundtrack that adds suspense and mystery to the film which helps develop the thriller genre and typical conventions.
Low-key lighting is very conventional of most thriller films and therefore we decided to use it in our film. However, due to our limited filming schedule, we filmed during the day and our editing software would only allow us to darken the shots to a limited amount. If we were to film again, we would try to film during a darker time as we feel the low-key lighting could have been improved.
Having used only two sets of graphics in our film, this means that the audience are more focused on the film opening and the conventions we have used to develop the thriller genre have been experienced to the full. Our graphics at the end are unusual and move around the screen. This put the audience on edge, emphasising the conventions of a thriller genre. The use of numbers in our graphics helped create an enigma code and left the audience with questions which is typical of a thriller film.
Throughout our film opening, we used some very unconventional camerawork and shots such as hand-held, over-head tilt and restricted view shots. This follows distinctive thriller conventions by adding an enigma code and leaves the audience with questions.
We used a deserted and closed-in location to build on the conventions of a thriller film. This added to the suspense and mystery of the film.
We used diegetic sound at the end of the film opening in the form of heavy, panicked breathing, footsteps and a high-pitched scream. This added drama to the film and emphasised the idea of the female victim. This follows the conventions of a thriller film by adding suspense and violence to the opening.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our film opening represents females as being the victim, vulnerable and in need of help.
Our film as a whole, contradicts this as a female is the protagonist which represents females as being the heroines and the more powerful gender. Also we have a female antagonist which represents females in an un-stereotypical way by making them as the villain as well as the heroine.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
Our film would be produced by a British independent film industry such as Film4 because it is a low budget film with a small location, limited and unknown cast and no special effects.
Who would be the audience for your media product? How did you attract/address your audience?
Primary: 15-24 year old females.
The female main characters will attract the primary female audience.
Secondary: 15-24 year old males.
The males would be attracted by the thriller genre, the use of female characters as objects of the male gaze.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
When constructing our film, we learnt certain editing skills such as adding low key lighting to shots. Cutting and splitting shots and deleting and adding sound.
We also learnt how to use the camera to our advantage, to add unconventional shots and film a variety of different angles.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from the prelim to the full product?
From our preliminary task, we learnt how to improve editing and make the continuity editing of our film smoother.
We also learnt how to get rid of unwanted diegetic sound that occurred during filming.
Another important aspect we learnt was that the filming didn’t need to be filmed in order and instead we could group together separate shots that are similar or in the same location.
What would you improve and why?
Going back over our film opening, there are certain aspects that we would like to change and improve if we could do it again.
For some of our camerawork, the shots were quite unsteady. We would have liked to have made these shots smoother and steadier by improving our handling of the camera. Also we could have used the tripod more to keep shots steady.
Due to the fact we filmed during the day, we could have had much darker lighting if we had filmed at night. This would have improved the film and added to the suspense and enigma code.
Before we started filming, we should have taken more care in thinking about continuity between shots. For example, we filmed on different days which made the lighting different between shots. If we had thought about this in advance, we could have made we had got all of the outside shots filmed on the same day as this would have made the shots the same.