Group 044’s (Lee, Ellie, Louie and Carla) Presentation For planning, we looked at different social realism films like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Adulthood”. Our film genre is social realism, so we can use the features used in these films in our opening scene. The features are:
Camera angles to show view of bystander.
Story centered around crime.
Story involves teenagers.
Location of story a poor area with a lot of crime.
Involves the story of a good criminal and a bad criminal against each other.
Our story Our story begins with a long shot of the area the scene is set in. There is a shot of two muggers walking down the street, talking that they need to mug someone for money. The scene cuts to two drug dealers preparing drugs in a house. The character is going to deliver the drugs somewhere and the other drug dealer threatens him if the drugs go missing. The character goes out of the house to the street and starts walking, but he gets mugged by the two muggers. The muggers run off, and the scene cuts to them looking through the bag. Their shocked when they find drugs. The scene cuts to the character talking to the other drug dealer, explaining to him how he lost the drugs. The drug dealer shoots the character, and the shot fades to the character lying on the floor. The scene ends here.
Target Audience For social realism films, teenagers are the target audience, so therefore our target audience are also going to be teenagers. We researched this by looking at professional films of the same genre and to see the majority of their audience and to see what the age group could understand the character’s situation. Another research approach is a questionnaire that we gave to members of the public to see which age group liked social realism films the most.
Characters The first character is the person who delivers the drugs, the “good guy”. The “bad guy” is the drug dealer and maker and two characters who mug the good guy. The audience will fell attracted to the good guy because he is doing this as he has no choice, which makes him innocent. The audience will hate the bad guy because he forces the good guy to do his dirty work for him. The audience will also hate the muggers as they are beating up the good guy who has done nothing. We are going to confirm the audience’s preconceptions as it will make the characters and their situation easier for the audience to understand if they know the characters well.
Settings and locations For our location, we will use Reigate. This is typical for social realism films as Reigate has some urban areas, like an social housing estate, in it that will give the feel that this is everyday life for some people in low income areas. The location is also practical for us as it is easy for us to reach and it doesn’t take much time to get to Reigate. An example below of the location that we’re looking for.
Key scenes and effects Suspense will be created at the end of the opening scene when the character will be shot and the audience will be left to wonder whether he survives. Action will be created when the character gets mugged as the pace will be fast when this action takes place. There is enigma around all the characters as we don’t know why the two drug dealers are dealing drugs for or why the muggers need to mug people.
Mise-en-scene Costumes that we are going to use are hoodies and jeans because this is commonly worn by the people who have this lifestyle in real life, so therefore the audience can see who the characters are meant to be. Props – ladies handbag, powder (sugar/salt or flour) for drugs in a clear plastic bag Lighting/colour – dark setting in the house, normal day light in outside scenes (ideally cloudy, grey day).
Institutional details Title: Working progress Production company: Working progress Distributor:Paramount Vantage Sponsors: Screen South Film festival link: Edinburgh Film Festival
Editing Techniques Straight cuts for most transitions to keep it as realistic as possible (e.g. as in beginning of Lock Stock, Shifty) No Special FX as they are not used very much in social realism films Fade to black may be used at the end of the opening sequence where character is about to get shot. This will let the audience think about what has happened and what will happen next. This will also avoid having to show the shooting which could be very difficult to do properly. Titles will be superimposed over the top of the film content.