1. Evaluation of Thursday’s
2. Introducing my Crime Film
My Name: Charles R H Bennett.
Name a Film: Thursday’s Runner
Genre: Crime Film
Members of the Group: Charles R H Bennett
Additional Actor: 16.2.10
3. In what ways does your media product use, develop or
challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
• Our Film is similar to real life crime films in the sense of that it has a simple story, a frantic opening scene
with an element of violence. It also has a reference to drugs.
• Our prop use was minimal as we only used both a briefcase and a bag of mixed herbs acting as Marijuana.
We filmed outdoors all the time and so we had natural light and we decided to use everyday costumes to
add more realism.
• Thursday’s runner will be considered to mainly be a Gangster film. Two different sets of people fighting
over drugs and using violence is a stereotypical convention of a gangster film and that is the what we have
based our film on.
• We were inspired to make a gangster film after viewing the opening scene of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking
Barrels. We liked the idea of the freeze frames and applied this into our film to add a similar effect.
• Our music is a mixture of slow and fast. The fast music typifies gangster films during the chase scene but
the slow, creepy music is something that would normally be found is a psychological thriller.
• Our lighting also goes against the stereotypical gangster film. We have filmed in total daylight as opposed
to darkness, which is where most of the violent scenes would have been filmed.
4. How does your Media Product represent particular
• We have three characters in the film and all of them are young males which
typifies the stereotype of gangsters. We decided to use the three males
because they were mainly seen in the real life films that we had researched.
• The group is portrayed in a negative way because we see violence and drugs as
the main focus in the opening scenes. We portrayed them this way because we
decided that it would make a fast action-packed opening scene.
• We used stereotypes in the way that young men are seen dealing with the
drugs and the violence. We thought this was more realistic, of everyday media
representations oh these particular groups.
• The audience are meant to sympathise with the man on the run. This is
because he is so poor that he has resulted in crime that eventually doesn’t
• We have dressed the main character in low quality clothing that mirrors
someone who doesn’t have a lot of money. An old tattered brief case is also
used to show this.
5. What kind of media institution might distribute your
media product and why?
•Our research found a company called Coffee Films. They have produced several crime films
before and being an independent film publisher, they have a history of publishing amateur and
low budget films and promoting them to audiences. As our film fits in to the amateur and low
budget category they would be ideal.
• Coffee Films would be more likely to distribute our film in local circles. Local Art-house
cinemas are the more likely venue instead of big multi complex cinemas in the cities. This is
because our film is a lower budget than mainstream developers.
•YouTube and Facebook would also be a good way to promote the film. They would distribute the
film to everyone online and people can watch it for free.
6. Who would be the audience for your media product?
• Our film is a certificate 15 so all of our viewers will be this age and over. From
our research males would be the majority of viewers with females the minority.
This is because stereotypically it is Males who would be more interested in this
gangster film. We chose it to be certificate 15 because there is some violence
and showing of drugs, which fits into regulation laws highlighted by the BBFC.
7. How did you attract/address your audience?
• The audience would enjoy the chasing scene as it has a lot of excitement in it.
The voice over explain what is happening so that the audience understand what
they are seeing. This would make the audience enjoy it more as they
understand the different characters and who is good and who is not.
• As you can see in the chart our questionnaire results show that chases are the
most popular element of a crime film. We used this to our advantage and chose
to start with a chase so to draw in the reader and this encourages them to
watch the rest of the film. This appeals to younger people because the
criminals are young men, which typifies the stereotypical criminal, and the fast
upbeat loud music.
What elemnts do you enjoy most in a crime film?
Number of Votes
A. Chases B. Death C. Money D. E. Humour F. Sexual
of the Crime
8. What have you learnt about technologies from the
process of constructing this product?
• The Internet was very helpful because it allowed us to research different aspects for
example film certificates. We also used it to view opening scenes of other films and this
gave us many ideas about what we could do.
• I learnt the basic skills of using a digital camera and the Final Cut Software. Although I
found it difficult to begin with I was successful in using the programme. I thought that Final
Cut was very effective because you can do so many different things on it but it sometimes
froze and was at times very temperamental. I found the same with garage band which was, if
anything, a little too detailed so it took along time to create something we like.d
• If I were to do this again I think that I would either use a different piece of software that
I am more confident on, such as Sony Vegas, or I would get more experience using the
• I struggled with uploading my work to e-blogger. I found that uploading images was difficult
and time consuming while the system regularly caused me problems and crashed. I had to
load up certain things several times for it to register.
9. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have
learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
• The Preliminary task taught me about different camera angles and techniques. I
learnt about the 180 degree rule, shot-reverse-shot and match on action. I was
able to learn the basics of continuity editing, which helped in my gangster film.
• In our film we used many different camera angles. We used the match on action
during the end of our opening scenes so that the viewer can see everything. For
example we used the shot, reverse shot when we filmed the chasing scene, this
enabled the audience to understand the narrative.
• For our research we looked at the history of Crime Films and analysed some.
This gave us better ideas about the type of film we wanted to create and how we
should go about it. We looked at all the different genres and how they are
similar and how they are different. This helped us to get the right components
within our film.
• In our planning we started to build up a story and we worked around it. We made
a cast list and made notes of all the props we were going to use and a location
report. Planning was good because it allowed us to think of every little detail and
make sure it related to the film.
• We filmed for about 2-3 hours. We stuck to our plan during filming and this was
good because that meant that we didn’t spend a lot of time discussing what we
were doing and we just got on and did it.
• Editing was interesting because it allowed us to see the film properly and decide
what bits were god and which weren't. We spent a lot of time discussing this and
eventually made a mutual decision that we were all happy with.
• I most enjoyed the filming of the film itself. This was because I enjoyed some
of the acting and putting into practice some of the new camera techniques I had