This week we started drafting out our storyboards and scripts for our trailer. As we only have one minute to fill, we had to make sure that our trailer was short, but snappy and included everything that we wanted our audience to know about the suggested film, without showing too much. We jotted down many ideas and brainstormed what would work best, which ideas were practical and which Key: we would have to plan out in order to Red Text = Camera angles/shots pull them off. There are several ideas Blue Text = Sound that were keeping at the back of our effects – diegetic/non- minds (the more complicated ones) diegetic but, for now, I think we have quite a Purple text = Transitions strong layout to our storyboard that, if executed properly, could turn out to be a very interesting trailer.
Storyboard – Scenes 1-3Our trailer begins with a wide shot of thewitch’s house; in the background we hear avoiceover briefly narrating this shot andhear soft Celtic music. It then cuts to 3 pairsof feet walking, including the sound offootsteps and crunching leaves/twigs.Another straight cut then fade into amedium shot of Hansel and Gretel (maincharacters). The music fades out and wesee them looking up at an unknown figureand we hear a deep voice (Hansel andGretel’s suggested father) saying hisgoodbyes to the children. We hear leavescrunching as the person walks away andwe get a close-up of their reactions –Gretel then calls out for her father.
Scenes – 4-6 In the next scene we see Hansel and Gretel give each other a knowing look followed by a close-up of them holding hands. Whilst this is happening, we hear a twig snap and a close-up of Hansel and Gretel swivelling their heads rapidly 5 to the side - they both gasp, and run off deeper into the woods, and we see a medium close-up of their feet scrabbling away. We then have a close-up of ‘Mars Studios presents’ written with twigs on 6 the forest floor, and only then does the fast paced music begin foretelling adventure.
Scenes 7-9 7We then have 3 shots of Hansel and Gretelrunning for their lives each with text inbetween. (Text to be decided on at a laterdate). One running shot would be a trackingshot from behind both children, the next 8from the side and the last a medium close-up of their faces. 9
Scenes 10-12 From a distance ( a wide shot) we spot 10 the witches house, surrounded by tall trees, then a medium shot of Hansel and Gretel who stop to catch their breath. We hear Hansel and Gretel breathing heavily. Then a wide shot of Hansel, Gretel and the house 11 altogether, with a loud heartbeat in the background (along with the breathing). We see Gretel try and go forward towards the house but Hansel puts his arm out to stop her. 12 The next shot is a close-up of the house door, which slowly opens with a creaking sound in the background. A close-up shows us half of the witch’s face, the other half covered by the door. A wicked smile slowly appears on her face.
Scenes 12 - 15 13Then blackout and the words “Hanseland Gretel” fade onto the screen, with astraight cut to the words “ComingSoon”. 14
Although we have our storyboard now, we did come across some hurdles, As we have chosen a fairy tale that, although doesnt require a particular magical element, there is mention of a house made entirely of gingerbread and other confectionary. As this house doesnt exist in real life, and we have no way of finding (or building) one, we decided to change the house into an old, abandoned shack instead; this may give the story a different feel overall as well. Other changes we made werent drastic, but will still change the tone of the story a little. For the witch, we decided not to portray the stereotypical witch with a large nose and warty skin. Instead we were going to make her look a lot more mysterious, with dramatic make up on her eyes and lips. For her clothing, we suggested all black, with a hood cloak. This look we feel gives the witch a whole new persona, and overall, makes the story that little bit darker.
We also used the time to think about who our target audience would be. We decided to go with the cinema rating of “12A”. As we figured our film would be a little dark and gritty, but there wouldn’t be any real violence or showing of blood for example.