Introduction <ul><li>For our media production we were set into groups of four and our task was to make the opening 2 minutes of a a thriller movie, the name we chose for our movie was“Trapped”. </li></ul><ul><li>I will evaluate our film by answering a series of questions. </li></ul>
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>I think in some ways our film challenges forms and conventions of real media products, for example in this shot you can see that it has a horror feel to it which we created by using a blur effect. This is not a common feature in thriller movies. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of conventions in our thriller indicates that the sub genre of our thriller is horror. </li></ul>Blurred shot to add a creepy effect makes car look like its at high speed Shot behind tree and shot using hand held technique to give impression that someone is watching the car Our thriller has many influences from other films, I think the start of ‘Get Carter’ was an influence on the start of our piece. I thought that the idea of starting the thriller in a moving vehicle would set the tone and build suspense. Music is also used to build suspense
How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>There is only one social group represented in our opening to a thriller and that is 18+ year old, middle class, white British male. </li></ul><ul><li>Having the protagonist as a young, white, middle class man suited our target audience as our target audience were to be mainly young adults who could then identify with the protagonists position. </li></ul>Dressed in suit, middle class, age 18+ Driving a car makes him look middle class I feel that the gender of the character is represented in a very typical way as he is not afraid to wander straight onto an empty farm to look for petrol which shows he is mature, confident and dominant.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>I feel this film could be produced by a major British film company and backed and distributed by a major Hollywood studio. I feel with a professional standard, the story could be made into a very gripping and entertaining thriller. </li></ul><ul><li>There are some similar films in the industry such as ‘28 days later’ this has the same concept of starting the film with just a single character who appears in the opening sequences looking very isolated and everywhere he goes seems deserted, we also used similar shots to those used in ‘28 days later.’ </li></ul><ul><li>I think that ‘Trapped’ could be released as a TV movie as the certificate would be a 15 it would appeal to both male and female audiences and would be very gripping and entertaining. </li></ul>I think that our thriller would offer opportunities for franchises and sequels as it would be quite a versatile thriller that could have lots of twists and cliffhangers.
Who would be the audience for your media product? <ul><li>The audience for ‘Trapped’ would be people over the age of 15 who enjoy the suspense and excitement of thrillers. The certificate for the film would most probably be a 15 because although there are are no violent scenes in the opening, the tone of the film means that there might be scenes later which are unsuitable for under 15’s.The storyline would be quite complicated to follow as well, so it would not be suitable for younger children. </li></ul><ul><li>A similar film to ours would be ‘28 days later’ as it has the same central idea of a man who is alone and and it has the same eerie, disturbing style, although it was given an 18 category </li></ul><ul><li>Another film that I think uses similar techniques to ‘Trapped’ is ‘Blair witch project’ as it has the same idea of never showing the antagonist. I think this is a very good effect as it adds a huge amount of suspense and tension. </li></ul>I asked a group of 8 people, 4 girls and 4 boys to see which gender would like our film the most. Overall both genders liked the film. So I think the film would appeal to both men and women
How did you attract/ address your audience? <ul><li>Our film was produced in a way that was intended to scare people. For example scenes where the protagonist is just in front of a white screen looking very scared. Also when you see the shot of the car behind the tree, I think these two parts would scare people under the age of twelve as they are quite forceful and visually strange scenes. </li></ul><ul><li>I think a part of the film that would appeal to adults is when the protagonist is driving along listening to music as this may be a part of the film that they could relate to and the audience would be able to put themselves in this position very easily, as if something was about to happen. </li></ul><ul><li>This helps to build a feeling of tension in the viewer who is experiencing a real-life event. </li></ul><ul><li>Suspense can be created in this way using generic conventions . </li></ul>
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>There were a few problems that we faced when we were filming our product such as when we were filming the scene in the car, the camera wouldn’t stay steady so we decided to wedge it in position so it wouldn't shake. </li></ul><ul><li>We were able to use a high definition camera which meant that our thriller was very good quality which gave it a professional look. </li></ul>We used an application on the Mac's called ‘Final cut’ express’ to edit our films once we had collected all of the footage. The editing was tricky to get the hang of at first but once we had watched all of the tutorial videos we were all very capable of using it. For the title sequence we used cuts and fades to give it an opening feel, we also used blur and motion streaks throughout the film to give a spooky effect. The application we used to edit our soundtrack was ‘Garageband’ we had to edit our soundtrack using this application as we were not allowed to use an unedited soundtrack.
Looking back to your preliminary task,what do you feel that you learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>I felt that the planning stages was one of the most enjoyable parts of the coursework as we were able to come up with completely different ideas for our film, as a group of four we came up with 3 initial plots each then discussed our plots and then chose the best ideas from each plot. After finalizing our final plot we were able to storyboard our chosen idea and this helped a lot with getting the right shots and getting organized before we filmed. </li></ul>When we started filming I felt very comfortable using the equipment and I was able to use the equipment to a high enough standard to get the specific shots that were needed, such as low angle shots and hand held shots. Overall I think our product has gone very well we were unhappy with a few elements of our film but we used our editing skill on Final cut to sort all of the problems out. Our task was to make an opening sequence to a thriller film and I think that we completed this task very well, making a well executed film. I think that another film that we could link ‘Trapped’ would be Alfred Hitchcock's ‘Birds’ as it uses the same technique of starting with the protagonist in a car by themselves, I think this is very effective and also works very well in our thriller.