MEDIA STUDIES TV FILM MAGAZINES COMICS ESSAYS TESTS SKILLS OF ANALYSIS PRACTICAL SKILLS MAKING A FILM TRAILER CREATING A M...
Objectives: <ul><li>To be able to write a ‘treatment’ for your movie idea </li></ul><ul><li>To learn about ‘film narrative...
AQA GCSE Media Studies COURSEWORK EXAM 4 Pieces. For one you plan & create a media production. The other 3 can be written ...
L.I.A.R.
Format for today: <ul><li>PERIOD 3: Learn about film narrative and undertake some activities to show your understanding </...
Your ‘package’ to present to the financiers: <ul><li>Pitch (verbal) </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment (summary of film, written ...
Film narrative: Average film length 2 hours Super-inventive to pack a story into this time
Tzvetan Todorov: <ul><li>Equilibrium – setting, characters and story introduced and established </li></ul><ul><li>Disrupti...
Equilibrium: Characters go about their daily business,  unaware they are being  watched… Aliens invade in ‘lightning’ and ...
Paired task: Think of a film you have seen, and try and relate it to Todorov’s structure…
But it’s not that simple: <ul><li>Not all film narratives fit into this ‘linear’ progression </li></ul><ul><li>Films often...
Techniques: <ul><li>Flashback </li></ul><ul><li>Flashforward </li></ul><ul><li>Twist </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel narratives...
Told in ‘chapters’, like a book. Events are not in chronological order and often don’t make  sense until the end
Told in ‘reverse’, because the  lead character suffers from memory loss and is continually piecing his life together each ...
Film Clip: ‘ Kill Bill: Volume 1’
Planet earth in the near future.  We can cure/ have gotten rid off 99% of diseases and viruses.  Life is good.  Life expec...
CLOSED NARRATIVE OPEN NARRATIVE Tidy ending, things are resolved The path is clear for the story to continue (Sequels?)
Task: Look again at the story.  Re-tell the story using one or more subversions.  Change the original version so that the ...
Feedback: How have you made the narrative structure different and interesting?
Treatment: <ul><li>Prose outline of your film (more detail than a pitch) </li></ul><ul><li>Essential and important story e...
BUDGETS: $73.2m $20m for Bruce Willis $10m for the director $7m for Samuel L Jackson $2.3m for Robin Wright Penn $1.5m ‘pe...
ICT: <ul><li>Think about the film narrative ideas we have looked at, and then finish/change your treatment (use Word, foll...
Camera Shots: Doing something different and unusual…
Camera shots: <ul><li>Long, complex takes </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual angles </li></ul><ul><li>Strange perspectives  </li></...
 
 
Your task: <ul><li>To plan and film an unusual/ different/ startling camera shot (or series of shots) </li></ul><ul><li>Pl...
Camera shot ideas: <ul><li>A long take, with lots of different things happening </li></ul><ul><li>An unusual perspective (...
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  1. 1. MEDIA STUDIES TV FILM MAGAZINES COMICS ESSAYS TESTS SKILLS OF ANALYSIS PRACTICAL SKILLS MAKING A FILM TRAILER CREATING A MAGAZINE OR COMIC
  2. 2. Objectives: <ul><li>To be able to write a ‘treatment’ for your movie idea </li></ul><ul><li>To learn about ‘film narrative’ and some interesting/unusual things you can do… </li></ul>
  3. 3. AQA GCSE Media Studies COURSEWORK EXAM 4 Pieces. For one you plan & create a media production. The other 3 can be written or practical or a mixture of both One ‘timed test’ (3 hrs). This will be on And you will get some info beforehand 50% 50% 120marks 100 marks
  4. 4. L.I.A.R.
  5. 5. Format for today: <ul><li>PERIOD 3: Learn about film narrative and undertake some activities to show your understanding </li></ul><ul><li>PERIOD 4: ICT; produce a neat version of your ‘treatment’ and use the Internet to work out a rough ‘budget’ for your film </li></ul><ul><li>PERIOD 5: PRACTICAL; learn about clever/unusual/trick camera shots and try and film one of your own </li></ul>
  6. 6. Your ‘package’ to present to the financiers: <ul><li>Pitch (verbal) </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment (summary of film, written in prose like a story) </li></ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul><ul><li>Possible stars and why suitable </li></ul><ul><li>Likely locations </li></ul><ul><li>Budget outline </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing spin-offs </li></ul><ul><li>Possible directors and why </li></ul>
  7. 7. Film narrative: Average film length 2 hours Super-inventive to pack a story into this time
  8. 8. Tzvetan Todorov: <ul><li>Equilibrium – setting, characters and story introduced and established </li></ul><ul><li>Disruption – story takes a particular direction, opposing characters introduced </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of disruption – characters deal with events, tension builds </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt to repair disruption- highest point of tension </li></ul><ul><li>New equilibrium – problems solved, questions answered, situation becomes settled </li></ul>
  9. 9. Equilibrium: Characters go about their daily business, unaware they are being watched… Aliens invade in ‘lightning’ and activate the buried ‘tripods’; begin to exterminate humankind Characters try and escape, find refuge, society begins to collapse as alien threat is more fully understood Military and other groups attempt to ‘fight back’, try to find aliens’ weaknesses Aliens succumb to cold virus, die; humankind left to re-build/re-start.
  10. 10. Paired task: Think of a film you have seen, and try and relate it to Todorov’s structure…
  11. 11. But it’s not that simple: <ul><li>Not all film narratives fit into this ‘linear’ progression </li></ul><ul><li>Films often try something different or unpredictable </li></ul><ul><li>We call this ‘subversion’ ; when a techniques does not fit a theory or the usual way of doing things </li></ul>
  12. 12. Techniques: <ul><li>Flashback </li></ul><ul><li>Flashforward </li></ul><ul><li>Twist </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel narratives </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-stranded narratives </li></ul><ul><li>Voice over </li></ul><ul><li>Direct address to camera </li></ul><ul><li>Non-linear storytelling for effect </li></ul>
  13. 13. Told in ‘chapters’, like a book. Events are not in chronological order and often don’t make sense until the end
  14. 14. Told in ‘reverse’, because the lead character suffers from memory loss and is continually piecing his life together each day
  15. 15. Film Clip: ‘ Kill Bill: Volume 1’
  16. 16. Planet earth in the near future. We can cure/ have gotten rid off 99% of diseases and viruses. Life is good. Life expectancy has increased to 115. The world is at peace; nations have settled their differences. An alien spacecraft crashes to earth, and although the aliens are killed on impact, a deadly virus escapes and begins to contaminate. A team of scientists search for a cure as people again have to deal with illness and disease. Conflict and fighting re-start as people try and remain virus free. Some people find they are immune to the virus. Humankind is nearing the verge of extinction… No cure can be found, so humans must live underground, as those few who are immune to the virus become part of a separate society living in the world above…
  17. 17. CLOSED NARRATIVE OPEN NARRATIVE Tidy ending, things are resolved The path is clear for the story to continue (Sequels?)
  18. 18. Task: Look again at the story. Re-tell the story using one or more subversions. Change the original version so that the narrative no longer follows the same path
  19. 19. Feedback: How have you made the narrative structure different and interesting?
  20. 20. Treatment: <ul><li>Prose outline of your film (more detail than a pitch) </li></ul><ul><li>Essential and important story events </li></ul><ul><li>You will try and describe the opening (and possibly other key moments) in detail </li></ul><ul><li>It should read like a ‘story’, but in present tense using phrases like ‘we see’ and ‘we hear’… </li></ul><ul><li>You should be working on this, and you will then be called to show your filming from last week </li></ul>Try and keep it to about 1 ½ pages of your green books.
  21. 21. BUDGETS: $73.2m $20m for Bruce Willis $10m for the director $7m for Samuel L Jackson $2.3m for Robin Wright Penn $1.5m ‘perks’ for Willis $20m Rest of cast and crew $10m S.F/X
  22. 22. ICT: <ul><li>Think about the film narrative ideas we have looked at, and then finish/change your treatment (use Word, following the format of the ‘Terminator’ example) </li></ul><ul><li>Find out how much your stars will cost </li></ul><ul><li>Find out how much it might cost to visit and film in your locations </li></ul><ul><li>Find out how much your special effects might cost </li></ul><ul><li>Find out anything else about film budgets (eg: how much will crew members get paid?) and provide us with an approximate budget for your film </li></ul><ul><li>Create the budget outline on a Word or Publisher file (look at the one for ‘Unbreakable’) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Camera Shots: Doing something different and unusual…
  24. 24. Camera shots: <ul><li>Long, complex takes </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual angles </li></ul><ul><li>Strange perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Not showing key details </li></ul><ul><li>Jump cutting or repeating scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Camera ‘tricks’ to make it seem like something has happened </li></ul>
  25. 27. Your task: <ul><li>To plan and film an unusual/ different/ startling camera shot (or series of shots) </li></ul><ul><li>Plan in this room, using storyboard sheets from last week and lined paper </li></ul><ul><li>When you are ready, attach to clipboard and collect a camera </li></ul><ul><li>Get filming! </li></ul>
  26. 28. Camera shot ideas: <ul><li>A long take, with lots of different things happening </li></ul><ul><li>An unusual perspective (eg: within an object like a cup, through a key hole, directly above or below a person, etc…) </li></ul><ul><li>A trick shot, maybe a person disappearing or instantly changing clothes, etc… </li></ul><ul><li>Not showing something an audience might expect to see in the shot (eg: a character getting killed!) </li></ul>

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