Context• 3) = Our clip• 4/5) = question 1: in what ways does your piece challenge, develop or use different forms or conventions of real media products /thrillers?• 6/7) = question 2: how does your main product represent a particular social group?• 8 to 10) = what kind of institution may distribute your product / piece and why?• 11) = who would be the audience for your piece?• 12) = How did you attract / address your audience?• 13/14) = what have you learnt about different technologies while constructing your piece?• 15) = looking back to your preliminary task what do you feel that you have learnt leading up to the final product?• -END
Movie (link)• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IDhdS2e DTM&feature=g- upl&context=G2049f84AUAAAAAAAhAA
In what ways does your piece challenge, develop or use different forms or conventions of real media products /thrillers?Thrillers consist of a variety of conventions, one of the key ones being that themajority of them revolve around some sort of crime. In our piece this crime was amugging. We are left no reason behind the mugging as we wanted to create anenigma, a question for the audience along with who are these people?.
In what ways does your piece challenge, develop or use different forms or conventions of real media products /thrillers?Thrillers normally involve some sort of chase scene, whether this will be a one waychase or a chase involving both the protagonist and the antagonist. In our case it wasjust the antagonists chasing down our protagonist to take her money, during which wekept Foley sounds in such as the wind and climbing the staircase. Our piece also stuckto general media conventions shown by the second image. We created our own titlesfrom fonts such as jailbird Jenna and a logo from Photoshop.
how does your main product represent a particular social group?• Our piece addressed two working class groups, the first being higher shown here which is established by:• Smart clothing• Expensive phone• Purse• Upright posture and other similar attributes• Our upper class character is our protagonist, target to our antagonist who want her belongings for money.
how does your main product represent a particular social group?• Our antagonist, shown here on the right, are our lower class people. In this case, money has become such an issue that they retorted to crime for their income. Things that show that these characters are lower class muggers are:• Dark clothing• Disguised facesWe would have further emphasised their role with the use of weaponry but this was too much of a health and safety factor as we lacked authorisation within a public area.
what kind of institution may distribute your product / piece and why?• Legendary Pictures GK Films Thunder Road Film• Warner Bros• Relativity Media Working Title Films Blue eyes Productions• Universal Pictures• I believe Institutions such as these producers and distributors would help spread our movie around if it became a full fledged piece as they took part in recent crime thriller movies such as ‘Contraband’ and ‘The Town’ which both followed some sort of crime. I further believe they would distribute our piece based on our IMDB page which are under one of my blogs.
who would be the audience for your piece?• I believe our piece to be suitable for audience members aged 15 or over after viewing the BBFC age ratings and comparing them to our piece. I feel that 15 is suitable as our movie contains strong language, fear and violence which would be too much of a shock to children.• We aimed our piece at thriller loves, asking them things such as their favourite thrillers and what they liked best about them.• Here is the link to the BBFC to show more understanding of why we aimed it at thriller lovers of 15 and above.• http://www.bbfc.co.uk/classification/guidelines/15-2/
How did you attract / address your audience?• After doing some research to find out what our thrillers liked by asking questions such as “what is your favourite thriller?” and “what strikes you the best in a thriller?”. We started creating our crime thriller about a mugging. Enhancing moments with music and a variety of camera shots. Upon showing our rough cut to the group we learnt that our fonts were in the wrong places and certain scenes should be moved as well as making the music more fast paced. We done these improvements they work better then what we thought. Our music track fits the movie well especially when the muggers appear and it changes to give an impression of approaching danger. We also learnt through some of our responses that viewers like there to be a few enigmas set up in the opening sequence so that they can try and guess what the movie is about before being contradicted by a plot twist. So in our beginning sequence we left enigmas about our characters identity and the reason behind the mugging along with minor enigmas such as why were the muggers so frantic etc.
what have you learnt about different technologies while constructing your piece?• Over the past few months my knowledge for media, thrillers and the techniques behind everything have grown vastly. This is strongly shown in the music piece I composed in garage band. Using imported sound effects such as the sirens to create a more realistic piece. In relation to keeping foley and obvious diagetic sounds in place I muted some so that our music track builds suspense up to the mugging itself. I believe I used around 5 instruments, mostly guitars, to create a piece that would show sort of increase in suspense. Starting off with a simple chord pattern inputted with a bass pluck as our protagonist is introduced. Upon exit though I used a sound accent such as an elongated beep that are used in thrillers, this was put in place to show that the event is now going to become more intense. As the first piece of music fades down another fades up, this consist of a faster more complex chord pattern that was playing with a deep, loud and equally fast paced strum rhythm that emphasised the danger these muggers posses.
what have you learnt about different technologies while constructing your piece?• I also learnt how to input certain effects in via final cut programming however we didn’t have time to use these in our piece. These were going to be split screens for a more complex and frantic chase moment, high angle shot complemented by a greyed and broken screen to symbolise cctv footage and using colour blends or fades in other areas to create a more darker feel for the piece such as when the muggers appeared we would have changed the brightness so that the shot becomes darker, emphasising that they are the antagonists.• Despite not being able to do these things I still believe our piece reflects a good thriller movie as we met the conventions we wanted and created suspense through cinematography and music.
looking back to your preliminary task what do you feel that you have learnt leading up to the final product?• Personally I didn’t have much of a preliminary task due to problems within the classroom, upon completion of what I did do - which was experiment with a variety of shots to make sure we know the 180 rule – we started researching into thrillers. Our main sources of inspiration were Alfred Hitchcock and how he impacted thriller and what it stands for today. We also looked at snake eyes and rear window to identify different conventions such as voyeurism which is the act of seeing something we shouldn’t be watching. For example in rear window this was made clear from the start as we looked into the neighbours personal lives and ways of living. Both movies had a crime at their base in which the other conventions revolved around. Rear window had a murder and snake eyes had an assassination. Upon seeing these our group liked the idea of keeping with the crime convention yet felt that a murder would be too generic so we decided to throw our viewers into a crime plot that if was to continue further would be complex. This plot was a simple mugging. Our only fears at the time were keeping the public calm, that’s why we chose the upper floors of the car park where we knew it would be quiet. However we did face issues with the public none the less.
Problems we encountered:• We encountered problems with the public as mentioned previously which as a result left them startled or just plain confused like this gentlemen on the right. We kept safe though by giving the public the respect they deserved and waited until they passed or moved away before filming it was only through mid filming did the public get caught like this which apologised for.• We also noticed that within our piece we have a continuity error, this is when the muggers appear, they stand to look at the elevator number before giving chase but our protagonist gets in afterwards. If we had time to go back and change this we would simply swap to the two shots around.
Problems / extra information:• We also had problems with our surroundings, shown here on our right. The example here is that we had to be aware of reflections, especially with a mirror at the back of the elevator which could of easily caught the cameraman on tape but we simply positioned ourselves correctly to avoid this. Furthermore the time and weather of the day meant that re filming shots was inevitably to tricky to do. We also had terrible wind on the day so in places it over powered dialogue but we did change the volumes of some shots so that they could be heard.• In our next piece we would consider our environmental factors to greater detail. Despite our problems I believe we achieved a well portrayed thriller.