Successfully reported this slideshow.
You’ve unlocked unlimited downloads on SlideShare!
Question 1In what ways does Last Man Standing use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
What are codes andconventions? Codes are systems of signs put together, usually in sequence to create meaning Conventions are habits of doing things through repeated experiences. Over generations, audiences have become familiar with the procedures of a certain genre. The codes and conventions in media can be separated into 3 distinct groups - - Technical (camera techniques & shots), - Symbolic (ie clothing, colours) - Written and audio (music etc). These give the text meaning and determine the response of the viewer. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_codes_and_conventi ons_in_media#ixzz1thXIt02H
Titles in the film In our opening sequence, We show titles in the form of the calendar, which show how long the character has been alone. We have not seen titles in films done this way and tried to challenge other films by doing them this way. In production, we thought they went well with the film and genre, to show how many days he has gone without company. We got the handmade titles idea from the film Submarine where the title’s were made out of food.
Title We chose to call our film ‘Last Man Standing’ as we thought it fitted well with the genre and the theme of the sequence. This goes with general codes and conventions of the genre as the word ‘Last’ has a lot to do with the genre and things that we tried to emulate from other films. The character was also male, so we thought that man was a relevant second word. We put the two words together and decided that we should go with the popular expression.
Costume/Props Our costume uses codes and conventions from other films as we needed to portray that the character was a normal chap, we used some Inspiration from I Am Legend to get the right costume because you see Will smith wearing everyday, casual clothes, so we made our character do the same. We also copied the costume from the film Chronicle, where the character, who is also a teenager, is dressed in a Hoodie and trainers
Setting/Location Again we used similar codes and conventions from other films to get inspiration for ours. We thought that it needs to be set in a rural area to show that it’s deserted, such as I Am Legend where it’s set in a City. I though we developed this by looking in people’s houses to show that nobody is to be seen.
Camera Work/Editing We have used a Cross Dissolve when the character has been walking the streets. This speeds up the process of the character walking so the audience don’t get bored and makes him movement look smoother. This uses other codes and conventions from many films as it’s a popular technique
Title font and style We thought the way we did this challenge codes and conventions as ours are hand written whereas other products use images to do it. We though that this could be a good way to do them and after we changed them, it seemed a hit with colleagues who watched the sequence.
How Characters are introduced We did this different from other products as we showed our character stirring from a dream and then waking up. We thought that this would be a good way to introduce him as it can show that he is going through a tough time, which i feel other films have missed when introducing characters
Genre and how the openingsuggests it The product suggests that it’s this genre as there are many shots of desolate places, which we feel gets the genre across in the first few minutes. We took inspiration from other similar films as they have many establishing shots of empty spaces.
Subliminal Messaging We followed the codes and conventions other films when using this technique. As said earlier in an earlier blog post, we used The Exorcist as our inspiration as that is know to be one of the best horrors of all time. We practically used it in the same way they did and thought it went well and added to the suspense.