Opening Film Sequence –


      Mentality
        Sarah Nightingale

 Media Studies AS: Foundation Portfolio
Introduction
 For my media project I decided to do an
 opening sequence for a film. We called it
 Mentality.
 Whilst makin...
Audience Testing and Social Groups
In our opening sequence, we wanted
something different from every other
psychological t...
We aimed our media product at ages 15-25
 and so we needed to show this in our
 opening sequence…

                       ...
By having our main ethnicity and nationality
 of the audience aimed at white-British would
 enable them to understand the ...
Media Distribution
If our media product was to be made, it would
most likely be financed and distributed by a
British comp...
Attracting and Addressing the Audience
An audience expects to see what kind of
thing the movie is about in an opening
sequ...
We tried to keep the music in our opening
sequence relevant to what was happening at
the time. For example, to create susp...
The shots we used depended on the mood in
the sequence. To use power we used a low
angle shot and to show emotion we used ...
Technology

 When in the making of my project I got to use
 a range of technology from Apple mac’s to
 video recorders.
  ...
Prelim Task and Progression

From my prelim task to my final product, I felt
I have learnt a lot…
                        ...
Conclusion

In conclusion, I would like to say we did a
very good job in the making of our opening
sequence.

     Its key...
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  1. 1. Opening Film Sequence – Mentality Sarah Nightingale Media Studies AS: Foundation Portfolio
  2. 2. Introduction For my media project I decided to do an opening sequence for a film. We called it Mentality. Whilst making this project I worked with two other girls from my class, Anna Hickling and Cassie Kinsey. It is a two minute clip for a psychological thriller which introduces the main characters and gives the audience an insight to what the film is about, without My main roles in the film were to sort out giving too much of the story costume and make-up. However we all away. contributed into the editing, shooting and identifying locations.
  3. 3. Audience Testing and Social Groups In our opening sequence, we wanted something different from every other psychological thriller and for it also to stand out from the rest. The thing we did different to our opening sequence was to add a twist and lead the audience in a different direction to what they thought was going to happen. By raising enigmas in our project, we kept the audience interested and this proved successful in our questionnaire. As you can see, all 10 people surveyed, answered yes to the opening sequence raising enigmas.
  4. 4. We aimed our media product at ages 15-25 and so we needed to show this in our opening sequence… We did this by making sure our actors fitted the stereotyped nature of their character. For example, the character Sophie, was portrayed to be an outcast and rejected from other teenagers. Therefore her clothes couldn’t be fashionable or popular among them. By keeping the lighting, setting and action/activities as ‘normal’ as possible, we wanted to show how the setting of this film was just another ordinary day for the life of the character Sophie. However we did need to have her facial expression and dialogue morbid, to show the audience she is not a happy person.
  5. 5. By having our main ethnicity and nationality of the audience aimed at white-British would enable them to understand the film and problems which occur in the film more likely than any other culture. As white-British is a large mass audience, our film would be financed fairly well and so achieve a lot. Our questionnaire shows us that our target audience fits well into our group as all participants thought the genre was thriller and thought the opening sequence was visually appealing.
  6. 6. Media Distribution If our media product was to be made, it would most likely be financed and distributed by a British company such as FilmFour. As FilmFour has produced such small films before and become very successful, i.e. Trainspotting, it could be possible that our project would do the same. Hollywood may consider distributing our film and making it Indiewood. Although this would be very unlikely as our film may not appeal to a very large audience and so Hollywood would not take the chance in losing a lot of money.
  7. 7. Attracting and Addressing the Audience An audience expects to see what kind of thing the movie is about in an opening sequence, e.g. murder, love. We decided to have our disruption set in a college as most of our audience go to college and can relate to the social aspects that occur. To attract our audience, we made the order of the opening sequence non-chronological to keep them intrigued. We created bio nary opposition by having two characters attracted to each other who were very different in appearance and personality.
  8. 8. We tried to keep the music in our opening sequence relevant to what was happening at the time. For example, to create suspense and tension we increased the pace of music and for sad moments, we had it quiet and soft. This was again very successful with our audience. The main ideology we focused on in our piece was teenage trauma and suicide. It is effective in our project as because it shows how other people may not understand what one person is going through, which is relevant in today’s society.
  9. 9. The shots we used depended on the mood in the sequence. To use power we used a low angle shot and to show emotion we used a close up. By keeping the lighting high-key we showed Sophie’s mood and personality was emphasised more than other peoples. We also used a blurred effect on one of our Our editing included a mixture of transitions scenes to show how that were aimed to be as simple as Sophie was having a possible, yet show one scene from the next. haluncination. Our main transition was fade-in, fade-out.
  10. 10. Technology When in the making of my project I got to use a range of technology from Apple mac’s to video recorders. I learnt that by using the grid on the camera really helped in the positioning of objects and also the tri-pod is great for steady shots. To keep a record of what The i-movie editing software was great for stage we where up to whilst allowing our sequence to be smooth running making our project, we and also gave us the opportunity to add in uploaded our progression extras such as voiceovers. onto www.blogger.com We also used a stills We used technology to show our audience camera to take feedback on graphs. This was great as it was photographs of our quick and clearly showed our results. locations and editing.
  11. 11. Prelim Task and Progression From my prelim task to my final product, I felt I have learnt a lot… The positioning of objects on the screen is now more accurate The editing of the shots run far more smoother. I also learnt what kind of thing the audience want to see and how to deliver it to them effectively.
  12. 12. Conclusion In conclusion, I would like to say we did a very good job in the making of our opening sequence. Its key strength was gaining the audiences and enabling them to enjoy it. I think the main weakness was having the story line a bit too confusing and not showing clearly what is happening in the sequence. Also my use of technology and understanding of filming has improved very much. Overall I would say our opening sequence comes fairly clear to the real article.
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