Evaluation – Children’s Film Unit
Samuel Brown
Conventions
The usual conventions of an opening sequence include:
• Introduction of characters; This will show the charact...
Conventions
• Theme Tune/Soundtrack; The program will likely have a sound
track, the types of songs used help to set the m...
Conventions
• Introduction of Film Genre; This will be done by all of the
parts of the introduction combined. I.e. The aud...
Conventions
My Children’s film uses all of these conventions in some way:
• It has an introduction of the characters by sh...
Conventions
• The establishment of location in my children’s film is made
obvious by a pan shot at the beginning of the fi...
Conventions
• The theme tune/soundtrack of my children’s film sets the
tone of the film. So if the audience is supposed to...
Conventions
• The title sequence/credits of my film were made to be
suitable for children. But they were not all made to b...
Conventions
• I know that the genre of the film was introduced
reasonably well. The genre of the film is fantasy/adventure...
Conventions
• The film’s storyline is mostly introduced by what the actors
do in the film. The main character towards the ...
Conventions/Genre
The genre of my opening sequence is fantasy/adventure. This
is shown in all aspects of the film bahr the...
Social Groups
The social groups that my film is aimed at is families, but
mainly children between the ages of 6-12. Also i...
Social Groups
My film uses the stereotype used in many films of there being
a main villain who has a side-kick. The side-k...
Film Distributors
An example of a children’s film distributor is ‘20th Century
Fox', 'Disney’ and ‘DreamWorks Entertainmen...
Audience
The audience that my film is aimed at is families, but mainly
children between the ages of 6-12. This is the audi...
Audience
The BBFC classification of my film is PG. This is because there
is minor violence in the film which means that it...
Audience
Areas from my production that attract the audience include:
• The music which is very child friendly, by being ha...
Technologies
During the construction of my product I have learnt how to
better use:
• Final Cut Pro; the editing software ...
Technologies
• Handheld Video Camera/Digital Camera: I learnt more of
the functions on the handheld camera that we used to...
What I Have Learnt
I have learnt how to film and edit video using Final Cut
Express. From my preliminary task I learnt how...
What I Have Learnt
I know that the successful points of the production include:
• The music; which was aimed specifically ...
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  1. 1. Evaluation – Children’s Film Unit Samuel Brown
  2. 2. Conventions The usual conventions of an opening sequence include: • Introduction of characters; This will show the characters and give a general idea of what their personalities are like. • Establishment of Location; This will show the location of the characters and so will give the viewers an idea of what type of genre the film is e.g. If the location is a forest it is more likely to be an adventure program.
  3. 3. Conventions • Theme Tune/Soundtrack; The program will likely have a sound track, the types of songs used help to set the mood of the scene. The music can also help to set the genre. • Title Sequence; This will tell you the title of the production, and any sub-title. Will usually be accompanied by an animation. • Credits/Media Company; This will tell you the name of the media production company, actors and of all the important people involved in the production e.g. Director, Editor, Director of Music and Director of Photography. It will also tell you the names of the people who published the production.
  4. 4. Conventions • Introduction of Film Genre; This will be done by all of the parts of the introduction combined. I.e. The audience will know what genre it is by the tone, the music, the location and the types of characters. • Introduction of Film Storyline; This will show the audience what the storyline of the film is. It is this part of the content of the film which will keep the audience watching the program.
  5. 5. Conventions My Children’s film uses all of these conventions in some way: • It has an introduction of the characters by showing who they are. But I know that the characters could have been introduced better, all that I did to introduce them is to show what they look like but I didn’t show what each of the characters are called. So the audience will know the names of the characters from the credits but they won’t know which one of the characters is which.
  6. 6. Conventions • The establishment of location in my children’s film is made obvious by a pan shot at the beginning of the film showing that the main character is in a forest. I chose a forest as the location of my children’s film because it is an adventure genre film and I feel that a forest makes it obvious that the film is an adventure genre film. I know this because a forest is usually perceived as an area where no-one would live and so it would be out of the way and perhaps hard to get to which makes it more likely to be an adventure film.
  7. 7. Conventions • The theme tune/soundtrack of my children’s film sets the tone of the film. So if the audience is supposed to perceive the scene as being happy then there will be a happy and bouncy song playing. But if it is supposed to be a chase scene then there will be faster paced music playing. Even with these rules set in place I had to think about who the audience was; which was children. So for example with the chase music I didn’t want to make the music seem to scary since it is for children so it had to be a happy and up-beat piece of music.
  8. 8. Conventions • The title sequence/credits of my film were made to be suitable for children. But they were not all made to be aimed at children, for example the credits of the film which say the name of the actors, director, director of photography and director of music. Were all just plain white on a black background, which I don’t think that children would find very interesting. The only part of the title sequence/credits that could be said was more aimed at children was the sub-title this is because I used a funky font and used pink as the colour which was used to make the writing visible against the background of the forest, but also because it related to children more.
  9. 9. Conventions • I know that the genre of the film was introduced reasonably well. The genre of the film is fantasy/adventure. I know that this is shown by the music; The music that I used is very upbeat and magical this shows that the genre of the film is fantasy. Some of the characters that are introduced are not human and so this also helps to show that the genre is more fantasy based. The film is shown to be an action film because of the location; the location is a forest which shows that the characters may have had to have travelled a long way and so are on an adventure.
  10. 10. Conventions • The film’s storyline is mostly introduced by what the actors do in the film. The main character towards the beginning of the film is walking through a forest before they find a mask which shows them their past. The character then finds an item which the main evil characters of the film want. The storyline is aimed at children with the use of mystical characters and their music. For example the first evil character that is used in the film has their own theme song and moves in a creepy way. I know that the story could have been introduced and made clearer with the use of narration or some form of dialogue.
  11. 11. Conventions/Genre The genre of my opening sequence is fantasy/adventure. This is shown in all aspects of the film bahr the title and credit sequences. The music was made to be mystical and happy which makes the genre of the film more obviously fantasy as well as aiming the sound towards children. The location is made to be obviously adventurous by using a forest, this shows the audience that the character may have had to have travelled a long way. The general tone of the film is aimed towards adventure due to the chase scene which takes up the majority of the time of the opening sequence.
  12. 12. Social Groups The social groups that my film is aimed at is families, but mainly children between the ages of 6-12. Also it will be mostly aimed at males because I know that males would be more interested in fantasy/adventure films. The interests of the people who will be watching the film could be: • Since it is a fantasy genre film they could be interested in myths, legends and all around weird and wonderful creatures. • Since it is an adventure film they could be interested in far away places and travelling.
  13. 13. Social Groups My film uses the stereotype used in many films of there being a main villain who has a side-kick. The side-kick is less important and makes lots of mistakes. For example in the film he trips over during the running scene. My film challenges the stereotype of there being a group of people who are the main characters, and instead just has the one main hero.
  14. 14. Film Distributors An example of a children’s film distributor is ‘20th Century Fox', 'Disney’ and ‘DreamWorks Entertainment’. Because of my films genre and the social group that it is aimed at I would say that it would likely be distributed by ‘DreamWorks Entertainment’. This is because my film seems to relate to other films that they have distributed. For example a film they have distributed is ‘Shrek’ and it is a fantasy adventure film just like mine.
  15. 15. Audience The audience that my film is aimed at is families, but mainly children between the ages of 6-12. This is the audience that I first had in mind when I started the film and so I succeeded in creating a film for the audience that I wanted. I know that I have reached the audience that I was aiming for. I know this because I used conventions that other fantasy/adventure films use. And so if the audience enjoys the other fantasy/adventure films then they should enjoy this one.
  16. 16. Audience The BBFC classification of my film is PG. This is because there is minor violence in the film which means that it can’t be U. This classification means that the film can be viewed by my target audience. That would mean that if it was ever distributed it would be more likely to have interest by distributors. That means that the film would get more sales if it had a retail release. I could have done things a bit differently to reach my target audience better. For example I could have made the credits and titles more interesting for children instead of using plain colours and fonts.
  17. 17. Audience Areas from my production that attract the audience include: • The music which is very child friendly, by being happy and up-beat. For example the first song in the film. • The characters which are used a lot in different children’s films. I.e. There is a main good character, a main evil character and the main evil characters lackey. • The genre which is fantasy/adventure. This is popular in a lot of children’s films and so the audience might think that they will enjoy the film just from the genre.
  18. 18. Technologies During the construction of my product I have learnt how to better use: • Final Cut Pro; the editing software that I used to put together my production. The creation of my production helped me to learn how to use basic features such as cutting and moving video and audio. How to add effects to the different video sequences. How to render different sections of the video. How to export a film using Final Cut Pro.
  19. 19. Technologies • Handheld Video Camera/Digital Camera: I learnt more of the functions on the handheld camera that we used to film the production as well as the camera used to take pictures of the script, risk assessment and storyboard for the blog. • Tripod: I learnt how to attach the video camera to the tripod. This helps to make the shots more steady than using hand held shots. Unless you want hand-held shots to give the effect of it being a first person view.
  20. 20. What I Have Learnt I have learnt how to film and edit video using Final Cut Express. From my preliminary task I learnt how to choose a good location to shoot a production. In the preliminary task I know that the location for my production wasn’t correct and so I used a better location for the actual production. In the preliminary production I wasn’t too sure how to use the editing software and so some of the editing time was spent trying to work the software. So doing a preliminary task helped me to optimise my editing task for the final product.
  21. 21. What I Have Learnt I know that the successful points of the production include: • The music; which was aimed specifically at the target audience. • The characters which try to be similar to characters shown in other children’s films of the same genre to allow the audience to identify them easier. • The location which helps to relate the genre to the production. • The story of the production which allows the audience to see some of the events that happened in the preliminary task.

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