Key Code:Joanne: Abigail:Gledis: Vera: Group work:
Joanne. For my Assignment 8 project, I obtained a grade . The skill I bring to the group is my imagination and quick thinking to solve problems and contribution to concepts and ideas. Some targets I have made for myself are to: Add more visuals to my work and use less words. Sometimes go into greater depth with my explanations.
Gledis. In assignment 8 I received a grade. From this assignment I leant: How to apply elements and ideas used in other films and opening sequences to my own opening sequence. I also learnt the significance of making my opening sequence appealing to my target audience. The skills that I bring to the group are : Creativity My attention to detail and perfectionism My ambition to get things done Targets that I have set myself are: It is very important to organise my slides and information neatly so that they are understood by my audience. It is essential that I include more images and diagrams rather that too much text I must speak louder when presenting my work to an audience.
Abigail. I received a on Assignment 8. I learnt about the importance of props and makeup as well as how to properly design a brainstorm. I bring creativity and organisation to my group. These skills will be particularly useful when we make the opening sequence. I want to improve the design of my presentation and work on writing briefer sentences.
Vera. I received grade because I was missing a piece of my presentation. What I learned from this assignment is that i need to improve more on my PEE. The skills I bring to the group is my range of new ideas to help make a good opening sequence. My targets to improve my individual presentation is to obtain a grade C or above.
Joanne. My choice in theme was Thriller and my concept was identity. My idea for my opening sequence was: An unknown main character who the audience knows nothing about is shown. A second character who knows the identity of the unknown character is shown. A dead body in a body bag is being dragged across the floor. There is then an extreme close up of a woman screaming. A black out, followed by a woman being grabbed. (Taken)
Gledis. The theme of my opening sequence is the supernatural /discovery. The concept of my opening sequence is being haunted and terrorised by ghosts and spirits. Main idea: The main character (a student) runs up the staircase to the top floor of the school. (close up of feet running) A long shot from the end of the hallway of the character as she reaches the top As she walks down the hallway, incoherent, but loud whispering can be herd coming from the walls. In between shots flashing images of newspaper articles will appear revealing that the school used to be a mental institution and something happened involving a patient. She continues walking. At this point the character is very frightened and shaking. All the doors begin to slam by themselves. The students drops her folder from the shock. She notices blood on a door knob, opens it with her sleeve and follows a trail of blood to the cupboard door. As she opens the door, high pitched music to plays, what she sees is not revealed you only see her reaction.
Abigail. The theme of my opening sequence is obsession and the concept was the idea of serial killers. The office worker is working late at the office following the latest murder. A colleague leaves them to it and exits the scene You see this from the killers POV who is silently watching from afar. The writer slowly starts to pack up and suspense building music will start. As they close their office door and turn down a series of corridors, a dark figure hides behind one of the corners and blocks their way. A series of camera angles will be used to film the killer stabbing the writer and as they die, the killer pulls out a camera to take a picture. The final part of this opening sequence is a cut to the killer sitting at a desk and printing the picture and carefully placing it in his scrapbook and slowly closing it as the scene ends.
Vera. What went well is that I had a lot of images to support my presentation and have improved more on my work. It would’ve been even better if I included my PEE structure. The film that inspired me is Precious because it has abuse in it e.g. Sexual and emotional which helps a lot because my chosen idea was drama.
Conventions of Horror...Conventions Example Image Use/Challenge/ Develop The Challenge – In this Others film they made you aware of the wrong ghost, whereas in regular horrors, the Ghosts ghostly figure is clear. House On Use/Challenge – A Haunted They used the Hill ghost to create fear amongst the audience and for the characters. They challenged it by making the ghost physically
Conventions of Horror...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/ Challenge Saw Use – Close up of the face so that the viewer can see the terror in the victims eyes. Terror The Human Use– Close up’s of Centipede the victim’s face to show terror. They also let the character and the audience know exactly what would happen. (Diagram beforehand).
Conventions of Thrillers...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/C hallenge Fatal Use- Someone Attraction becoming obsessed after a relationship Challenge – using a female as the Stalkers/ stalker instead of Obsession a male. The Fan Develop – Instead of being obsessed with a woman and or a family, De Niro is obsessed with his favourite sports star and stalks him.
Conventions of Thrillers...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/ Challenge Eye For An Develop – A Eye woman is used as the person seeking revenge for the crime rather than the typical use of a Crime male character. The Develop – Not Ambulance giving the audience a clear understanding of what the crime actually is at first.
My Inspirational Films This film is inspirational Gothika because of the scratch marks and engravings that the ghost leaves on her arms is similar to the idea we had about our character waking up with the same marks that the ghost had when she died.
My Inspirational Films I found this movie Paranormal Activity inspirational because the characters used their own camera to document their experiences, which I thought would be a good addition to our opening sequence with our character doing the same.
My Inspirational Films The Grudge The ghost in this film is trying to get revenge for her death, which is just like with our film where our ghost is trying to avenge her own death.
Location We have two locations with this idea. The first, is a bedroom in which all of these supernatural things happen to the character in. There are no health and safety risks in this locationIMAGES The desk that the character is working at, when she hears the noises coming from...
Location ...this wardrobe. More images of the desk...
The television that’ll turnLocation Another view of my itself. on the desk and her working area.
Location This location is nearly always accessible as its my room, however, the only problem we may face with this location is when we can film as my mother works from home and noise from filming could be an issue. We can get there from school by getting the 266 or 260 bus to Church Road and then a short walking distance, where we’d have to cross four non-major roads.
Location The second location will be an office-like space or a general area where the two characters can talk about the supernatural events that are happening. I have yet to take pictures of an area that’ll be suitable for this.
Target Audience! Age: It is aimed at 15+, this is because the main character in the film is a teenager and a younger generation can relate to this because it will appeal to them. Location: the fact that it is set in London will appeal to a great number of people who actually live in London. This is because the audience will be able to relate to the character and the film and therefore will be more affected by the film. E.g. many people who live in London were terrified of using theLondon Underground after watching the movie ‘Creep’ which is set inCharing Cross tube station. This scared many people who used thestation, which is the major aim of a horror/thriller film. Lifestyle: The movie itself is quite slow pace this doesn’t take away from it’s excitement. Therefore our target audience would be people who lead an active life and enjoy trills and sitting on the edge of their seat whilst watching a movie. The mystery and enigma throughout our film will appeal to our target audience.
Why Our Target Audience Will BeInterested In Our Film! The Idea: Our target audience will be interested in our idea because it is thrilling and exciting and creates mystery (the history behind the house and the ghost). This will intrigue our audience, because they will want to find out more. Form: We want to use very creep and eerie music in some parts then fast pace violin music to create excitement. This will interest our audience because the are aiming our film at thrill seekers. Conventions: We are targeting our film at an audience who regularly watch horrors and thrillers with conventions such as terror, and we will intrigue people who enjoy being frightened by films. We will include ghosts and spirits in order to attract an audience who are interested in supernatural happenings and life after death. (Ghost girl). We want to satisfy their interest in paranormal activities by including spirits and weird unexplained events such as the t.v switching on by itself.
Theme/Concept An idea we had for the theme was Revenge and the concept was Possession. Injustice Ghosts Grievance Twists & TurnsVictims Enigma Revenge & Hidden Possession! Vicious identities Ghouls Suspicious circumstances Unsuspecting Mysterious Shocking Someone who has revelations been wronged
Theme/Concept Another idea we had for the theme was Justice and concept was Death Murder & Manslaughter Righteousness Revenge Moral Rightness.Vendetta Justice & Death! A Mystery Cause Decay Supernatural Life After Death
Our New Idea! After feedback, we decided to do option 2 which was to collaborate multiple ideas into one idea. We collaborated Gledis’ idea and Abigail’s idea and then developed it further. And this is the product...
The whole film It starts with the opening sequence, where in conversation with another character, the main character speaks of the strange ghostly goings-on in her home. The main character slowly begins to find out information about what her home was built on top of. She attempts to inform her family and friends. The main character has a series of close encounters with the ghost. Whilst sleeping she dreams of its life in the mental hospital that was where her home was built. The ghost possess the main character slowly. Thinking she is on drugs, her family hosts an intervention for her. At this intervention, she is fully possessed. Her family and friends, in a frenzy collectively kill the main character and burn her body. The cycle continues, with the audience being shown a family moving into a newly built home where the main characters house used to be.
The opening sequence The character is at her desk typing and researching ghosts, hauntings and the history behind where her house is situated. Suddenly, her television turns on by itself, she grabs her camera to document this strange experience. After turning off the television, she walks back to her desk, and the another person’s reflection is seen by the audience as they walk past her television. She hears another a noise coming from the drawer behind her, she scrambles to find out what it is. She finds an old photograph in the drawer that clearly doesn’t belong to her of a young girl wearing a similar necklace to the character. She hears a scream or thump coming from downstairs, she rushes to find the source of it and ends up in the bathroom. She sees the tap dripping and as she turns it off, she finds that the sink is full of blood.
Narrative Our opening sequence has a linear narrative with foreshadowing. The structure of the opening sequence will not change, its all in one place and at one time. Also, our character will be researching ghosts, a series of hauntings etc which hints at what will happen throughout the rest of the film.