I used a Panasonic Video Camera to film the production section of
my media coursework. This allowed me to easily film all of the shots
within the narrative of the film trailers on location.
I filmed each of the sections of the trailer in separate sections as
when I have uploaded the film, I can edit the film trailer together in
the style of footage that I want to. This also means that I did not
have to film each of the scenes in a direct order which made the
work easier. This is because we could film the scene when we
reached any area that we thought would be effective in the
production and also we could film when all of the personnel was
available to film the production section of the coursework.
Another feature of the camera that was useful in the production of
my coursework was that the screen could be rotated. This means
that I could when I had filmed a section we could both watch the
scene together in playback mode in order to check that it matched
with the conventions of the Thriller film genre.
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This had the ability to take the images in a high
quality so that they looked professional.
Additionally, it had the software in which to edit the
image in terms of hue and saturation, face glow and
face tan. Therefore, this technology gave me the
ability to take and edit the photography of the
magazine and poster and improve the quality of the
Through the use of this I have learnt that the skills
required for editing a photograph professionally
does not have to be done on the computer and this
therefore makes it more mobile. Additionally, the
skills in which I have developed in this in which to
stage a photography including mise-en-scene to
connote a certain meaning to the image.
I used the notebook layout in
Microsoft word in order to list
the key features of my film
trailer production plan.
This allowed me to present my
ideas in a visual manner that I
could upload to my blog.
This had the software in which to edit the footage that I had taken together so that I could present it in a professional and conventional
looking manner. It also had the software to edit the images further and research other magazine and posters. This included the research
into the conventions which allowed me to create a magazine which matches the magazine’s which are currently on the market.
Through this I have further learnt how to work with other Apple Products. Additionally, I have developed my skills in research and design
on a different computer format.
To edit my film I used iMovie as this allows me to edit my filming in a professional looking manner and then upload my film to YouTube in
HD. It also allows me to annotate any film trailer that I have downloaded in the process of my coursework in order to identify any
conventions of the genre and form.
Once I had uploaded the footage onto my
computer I was able to replay the footage as I had
on the camera in order to check that all what we
wanted to present within our coursework trailer
was within our filming.
Once we had uploaded the footage, I optimised
the clips in order for them to look as professional
Once I have selected the scene that I want to upload
to the film trailer I can then upload it to the finalised
version of the trailer which has a ordered layout.
I do this by dragging the section of the filming that I
have chosen to the top in the place within the trailer
that I want it to add.
Once the clip was optimised this means that it
will not skip when in playback mode. This is a
necessary feature within the production as I
need to ensure that the film is as conventional
as possible and sticks to the style of the genre
Having optimised the film production
features I was able to upload the footage
in an ordered layout that was in the
correct style of the film trailer format. In
order to do this I selected the section of
the footage that I wanted to add a
trimmed this to the direct section of the
scene that I wanted to feature in the
If I have uploaded a clip into the top finalised section of the coursework and I find this to be
too long for the conventions of the film trailer I can trim the clip to my selected. I did this by
cutting the clip to the size that I want to feature in the trailer and left clicked in order to show
the option to trim the scene to my selection. This therefore allows me to make the film trailer
as conventional as possible.
When I added captions to my film trailer I
added a black screen in front of the clip with
the caption written on it in order for the text to
fade in. I have done this in order for the film to
be as conventional as possible. In order to do
this I had to get the timings of the clip correct
so that it is presented in a correctly placed
manner. I did this by editing the timings of the
black background and the timings of how this
faded into the next scene.
Once I have edited all of my footage together and ensured that the scenes flow together in
a conventional way I can then edit the sound to the footage.
Once we had chosen the soundtrack that we intended to use I then uploaded the
soundtrack to iTunes this means that it easily links to iMovie in order to add it to my finish
film trailer. Once I have uploaded all of the tracks to iTunes that I am going to use on my
film trailer I can then link the sound to the video. This can either me done through adding
one track the whole length of the film trailer or through taking sections of the different
tracks and adding them together in the finalised film trailer. I order to do this I dragged the
individual sound to the video and then edited it in order for the sound to match the action.
In order to edit the sound I opened the precision editor as this allows me to match the
sound with the action in a accurately. I can drag the sound clip so that it only plays the
sections of the soundtrack that links directly to the genre of the film. Once I have done
this I can then move the sound clip to the correct place within the trailer.
Having done this to one sound clip I can then add another sound clip and can repeat
any clip that I feel would work on a longer scale through the trailer.
Once the precision editor I can also choose to fade the sound in or out and this makes
the trailer conventional to the Thriller film trailer.
When I have finished all of the sections of my
film trailer I can then upload it to YouTube.
This allows me to embed the video to my blog
and therefore it is placed alongside my media
I preparation for designing my media ancillary product I used the internet and various Microsoft in order to look into the
conventions of magazine and poster design. I did this by looking at features such as the colour scheme and images that
would be conventionally used within my media coursework. This therefore allowed me to make sure that my products
match these conventions.
Black connotes power, death, evil and mystery all
of which are conventional themes within the
Thriller film genre.
It is often associated with a fear of the unknown
with a negative representation of what could
happen next. When characters are often
associated with the use of black mise-en-scene
features they conventionally symbolise fear and
power. However, it is also used to symbolise grief
and this could signify that there is something such
as this that has driven the antagonist to take on
the feared role in the production.
Black is also a feature in magazine design that is
bold and lets the information clearly stand out
against the background.
Red is used to connote danger, power, fear
and determination. It is conventionally
used to tell people to stop and warns
anybody of any danger ahead. This is a
conventional theme within Thriller films as
it warns individuals of the dangers that
await them. However, it can also be used
to represent the protagonist as it is a
colour that conventionally represents
In the ancillary production it is also
conventionally used to make any key
features of the magazine stand out on the
White is often associated with light, innocence
and purity. It is a conventional colour scheme to
use in the representation of the protagonist who
is normally linked to the themes of isolation and
vulnerability in the Thriller film genre. It is
strongly apposed to the black colour scheme
conventionally used to represent the antagonist.
It is also a key symbol of faith and this links to
the antagonist wearing a religion symbol as part
of the mise-en-scene on my magazine front
Grey is conventionally used to represent
mystery and uncertainty. Within Thriller film
it is often used to depict a misty
background as this represents an
uncertainty of what awaits the antagonist.
It is conventionally used as a background
colour alongside black cover lines as this
allows the information on the magazine to
I used Adobe Firework within my ancillary production task to initially edited the key images within the magazine’s
production. On the image of the antagonist I used Firework to make the image darker as this is conventional to the
magazine design. I did this through changing the colouring of the image. I then sharpen the character so that he stood
out better against the background.
This allowed the image to clearly stand out when placed on the poster alongside the image of the protagonist.
In the original image of the protagonist
that I took I capture the picture against a
plain white background. This meant that
the background would be easily removed
in order to make it more conventional to
the magazine design.
After I had removed the background of the image I then needed to edit it
for it to look more conventional. I did this on Adobe Fireworks. One of the
features I added was making the protagonists eyes look darker
underneath as this gives a more tired and stressed appearance which is a
conventional representation of the character type in the Thriller film genre.
Image A was the image that I used for my magazine. However, I edited the
image further for the poster to give a darker appearance I did this my
changing the brightness settings of the image on fireworks for my poster.
Therefore the image that I used on the poster was image B.
ANCILLARY PRODUCTION- MAGAZINE
I created my ancillary products using Adobe Fireworks. This allowed me to edit all of my images and add all of my features of my magazine and
poster together in order to make a conventional looking product.
When I first loaded Fireworks I choose a
size that was appropriate for a magazine
style. Once, I had chosen this I selected a
background to use for the magazine in my
I selected a misty background in a grey
colour scheme as this is conventional of
the Thriller film genre representation.
Having added the main image on the
magazine front cover I then added the
masthead. This means that the magazine is
easily recognisable and I have placed the
masthead at the top of the route of the eye
which is a conventional placement of the
Once I had chosen and added the basic
background I then faded an image of a
tree that I had taken in our trailer location
into the background image. This therefore
directly links the magazine to the
woodland location and also give the
magazine a thrilling appearance. From
the magazine’s that I have studied this is
a conventional layout.
Having added the masthead the next key feature
that I added was the main cover story. This is
written in a different font to the others that I intend
to use on the front cover of my magazine and is
also a larger size to the other cover lines that I am
going to use.
The next feature of the magazine that I
added was the image of the protagonist
in which I have cropped the background
out of. It is conventional to feature the
protagonist on the front cover of the
magazine, it is also conventional to place
the image between the centre and right
third of the magazine section.
Once, I had added the main cover line and
image I added a section at the bottom of the
magazine. This is a picture of a film reel and in
each magazine the contents of these three
spaces can alternate to match the cover story.
Due to the film I made being of the Thriller film
genre I featured snapshots of iconic Thriller
I then added the images of the Thriller films to the
spaces in the film reel. These are all of easily
recognisable film in the Thriller genre and therefore
makes the magazine stand out as the target
audience can easily recognise the snapshots. This is
also effective as the image is placed at the bottom of
the route of the eye and is therefore the last piece
they see when scanning through the information on
the magazine’s front cover.
In order to make the magazine
conventional and have a distinct
ordered layout I then added a title
above the images of the Thriller
film to signify their placement on
the front cover of the magazine.
Having added all of the previous sections of
the magazine I then added the cover lines
to the magazine. This is a conventional
style for the magazine as it attract the
audience to all of the additional features
contained within the magazine’s layout.
Once I had finished all of the sections of the magazine and ensured that the magazine is conventional to the layout of
magazine productions I then uploaded the image to the blog. I did this by saving the image as a JPEG file and then uploading
this through the section of the blog that allows image files to be uploaded. This means that the magazine is placed alongside
all of the other sections of my coursework.
I created my poster using fireworks with a
black background. This works as a good
background layout and is a conventional
colour scheme for the Thriller film format.
Additionally, I set the layout of the design so
that it is the correct size for the conventional
Once I had set up the basic features of the
fireworks file I then added three separate
split sections in order to break the space up.
This is a conventional layout of poster
design as it means that I can add the
caption, title and film production company
information in separate sections.
The second image that I loaded was one depicting the antagonist of the production. This is a shot
that I took as I believed that it was strongly linked to the title of the production and is conventional of
the Thriller film genre.
After adding the image of the antagonist I then added the image of the protagonist to the same
frame. This links the two characters together and the dark mise-en-scene creates a mysterious
atmosphere. Additionally, when designing the poster I ensured that the antagonist took over the main
section of the image. This represents the theme of power and the antagonists control over the
Having set out all of the basic layout features
of the poster design I then added the
images. The first image that I uploaded was
an image of the location. This image that I
took shows a empty and isolated
environment that is conventional of the
Thriller film genre.
Once I have uploaded all of the pictures
to the posters design I then added the
title. This is a conventional representation
as the font is the same brand identity as
the film trailer and magazine production. I
added this to the top of the page so that it
is the first feature that the audience see’s.
The second feature that I added to the magazine was the captions. I used the captions
that I used within the film trailer production as this links the products together. I added
the caption to the middle of the poster as it links the isolated woodland location to the
image of the antagonist and the protagonist.
The final feature that I added was the
production company information. This
ensures that the poster looks
professional as it presents all of the key
information such as the release date
and the stars of the production.
Once I have finished all of the key features of the poster production I can then add it to my blog. In order to do this I
change the saved file to a JPEG image as I did with the magazine. Once I have done this I can then upload the image
to the blogger post section.