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  • 1. SFX Media Studies A2 Maheni Short
  • 2. Hansel and Gretel – Our chosen fairy tale The story of Hansel and Gretel is originally written by a pair of German brothers named the Brothers Grimm. The story is about a poor family, whose mother hatches up a plan to abandon her children in the forest, so that she and her husband will only have to worry about feeding themselves. The childrens father leads them into the forest and leaves them there, to fend for themselves. The children wander around for a while, then stumble across a magical house made of gingerbread and candies. Little do they know a witch inhabits the house and plans to lure them in, fatten them up and eat them for dinner. She ends up fattening up Hansel and keeping Gretel as a slave, but then, while the witch if checking on the oven, Gretel pushes her into the oven and kills the witch. They proceed to steal the witches jewels and are reunited with their father, and live happily ever after.
  • 3. Initial Research – Brainstorming fairy tales  Before we came up with our final idea, we did some brainstorming of different fairy tales that we could either adapt, or make into an interesting trailer. Some of these were… The Princess and the Pea CinderellaThe Sorcerer’s Apprentice The Frog Prince Sleeping Beauty
  • 4. Week 1 My group consists of Ana, Raissa and myself. Weve decided to make a trailer for a film version of the popular fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. We chose this fairy tale because there has not yet Snow White and the Huntsman film poster been a film adaptation, unlike Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman) or Little Red Riding Hood (Red Riding Hood). I have been assigned the role of director; with this role, I am in charge of constructing and directing Red Riding Hood film poster the various scenes that go into the trailer. Ive also been put in charge of casting as I can use the acting skills of my drama class to my advantage.
  • 5. Research Task – Fairy tales For my research, I decided to focus mainly on which fairy tales my group and I could either adapt to form a new version, or which ones we could just modify slightly to make the story a little darker/ more sinister. We made a list of about 10 fairy tales that we were considering, and then spoke about it together and decided which ones were maybe a little more impractical and which ones we could make really special. As our chosen genre is thriller, my group decided to analyse 3 different trailers that relate to our chosen fairy tale. These were: Snow White and The Huntsman - An example of a classic fairy tale adapted to fit modern times and conventions Alice and Wonderland - A film that keeps the fantasy/magical elements of the original story Taken - Classic thriller Something all these trailers had in common was their use of slow motion and fast paced scenes; everything has to be in moderation. Most of them had quite a slow start, and then up to 20 seconds of fast paced movement, then slowed down for the end of the trailer. This turns out to be extremely effective as the slow elements make you want to keep watching to see what happens next and the fast paced element keeps you on your toes until the end. I think this is some very important information to take forward for when we start shooting our trailer. Other creative elements included the trailers use of music, camera angles, cuts and narration. These different factors made the trailer definitely worth watching.
  • 6. Snow White and the Huntsman – Trailer AnalysisVisuals• Good amount of darkness/bright colours – diversity in colour scheme• Transitions between regular pace and slow motion; adds another dimension to the trailer• Having a straight through cut to some scenes and a fade in/out for others makes the trailer a lot more dynamic• Text – dark background and large letters; very punchy and is only on the screen for a short amount of time (2 seconds max.)• 8 seconds of lots of action, followed by calm moments/moments of dialogue• Powerful cinematography – Red flags flowing in the breeze/the queens face after a kill• Short, one second clips make you want to see more• Camera angles – birds eye view, close-up, extreme close up, mid-shotAudio• Sound effects help convey the right mood – plenty of non diegetic sound that outweighs the diegetic sound. This intrigues you whereas too much dialogue bores you.• Voice over – very low male voice, makes the audience wonder, who is he?• Exaggerated sounds – breathing, a knife being pulled out of a sheath etc. make the overall effect more dramatic• Lots of music throughout, although moments of silence is very effective as well.
  • 7. Alice in Wonderland – Trailer Analysis Visuals • Quite muted colours in the beginning – whites, pale blues and pinks, creams. Shows how dreary Alice’s world is before she falls down the rabbit hole • When Alice is falling down the rabbit hole, there is a 3D element, makes the audience feel as if they are falling down with her – involves the audience • The screen abruptly goes dark – shocks the audience • Exaggerated sounds – a door creaking open, footsteps etc. • As soon as Alice opens the door to wonderland, a kind of ‘victory’ music begins to play – hints at the audience that this is going to be a positive experience for Alice • Imagery – Longshot of the castle bathed in moonlight from a distance • Fade in/out of shots is more effective that straight cuts (in this example) • Camera angles – Close up, long shot, mid-shot, over the shoulder • Only one or two action scenes – the others are more ‘dream- like’ • Text – Ornate, gold on a background of ‘distressed’ red and keyholes • 18 seconds of fast paced imagery and only 2 instances of speech • At the end – the text “In Cinemas 2010”, we see the signature Cheshire Cat
  • 8. Research Task - DirectorI also researched my role as directorwithin the group. I found out thatalongside directing, I am in charge ofkeeping the artistic and dramatic visionin control. I think that I will do well inthis role as I feel directing is definitelymy strongest aspect, as opposed toediting, or controlling the camera.Although I can contribute to these Danny Boyleprocesses, being director I think iswhere I can shine the most.Some famous directors in the filmworld are:Danny Boyle -Slumdog Millionaire and Christopher NolanFrankenstein (the play)Christopher Nolan – Batman: The DarkKnight/The Dark Knight RisesChris Columbus – Harry Potter and thePhilosophers Stone/Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus