In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
When making my product I had to research other media texts and find out what generic media conventions feature in film trailers, film posters and magazine covers. I of course had to look at Romantic Comedies, and decide what I thought were they key aspects featured in all of them.
My Film- Shot 1 This is the opening shot in my trailer, you see Emma, the bride, walking into what we connote is a wedding shop. We connote this because of the mise-en-scene, Even though you can’t see any full wedding dresses you get the idea that she is somewhere “up-market” because of the colours. I wanted to introduce Emma in her everyday life, this being going to the wedding shop. Many film trailers introduce the main characters by doing this. For example in the wedding date, we see the main character getting ready in the morning. (pictured left). I filmed in the day because I wanted the bridal shot to be naturally light. The music is beginning to build up in this scene, and you can hear the diagetic sound of the doorbell. If I was going to do the scene again and if it was possible I wouldn’t want top have the other shops in the background. Because even though they allow to you know she is in a town. I think they look a bit cheap.
My Film- Shot 2 This is the second shot, when then two women embrace in the wedding shop. The shot pans across the room after them. You can see that they are friends or they know each quiet well because of the way they respond to each other. You can now see that they are in a wedding shop. Because of all the dresses, shoes and hats in the background. The music is again building up. The audience does not know what is happening in the film until the assistant says “this should be a perfect fit” and we connote that she is getting fitted for a wedding dress.
My Film- Shot 3 This is the third shot in the film. It zooms out in stages from the sequins on Emma’s dress. I was inspired by the opening titles of pride and prejudice, to draw attention to the detailing. So I started the shot on the detailing and zoomed out. The shot shows Emma in her wedding dress, this was again shot in the wedding shop. At this part of the film the music really clicks in, as there is no other diagectic noise for the next few minuites.
My Film- Shot 4 This the 4th shot on the film. Again there is no sound except for the music. It is a mid shot, and I wanted it to look like it was set out like a wedding photo, as shown below because I think that this looks professional. I also wanted the bridesmaids to have “chocolate box” smiles because this how they would need to pose in the wedding photos. If I were to do this shot again I would have changed the mise-en-scene slightly so there was not a radiator in the background, because I think this ruins the shot a bit.
My Film- Shot 4 This is a low angled shot of a church, I used a low angled shot to show the beauty of the church, I wanted to be able to get more of the church in the shot but I could not get further back without having a telephone wire in the way of the shot. I wanted the sky to be very clear so I decided to go at dusk, and hope for the best and I think that the shot works well with the tree over the edge. The music is again cheery, and suiting the mood of weddings- happiness.
My Film- Shot 5 The 5 th shot was close up of Emma's ring. This is the last shot in this series of clips, so I decided to end it with a close up, because it is my first, and you can also see the ring easily if you are close to it. I decided to set the hands, and ring out like this so it looked slightly like a photograph of the ring (left) I feel that this is how women usually show off their rings, and I wanted it to look like she was showing it off before the shock in the next shot....
My Film- Shot 6 This is the 6 th shot in my trailer, it comes after a few titles saying “but there was just one problem, no man, whoops”. This shot is a close up of Emma pulling a shocked face. This shot was filmed against a blank wall, but you can see the wedding dresses in the background. This is to show that she was busy doing something getting ready for her wedding, but then realised the big problem. The music in this shot is again cheery, even though it has just reached the climax of the film. Mainly because I felt that I wanted to carry on with the happy music to keep the mood up, and to show the audience that the film doesn't have low points.
My Film- Shot 7 The 7 th shot is Emma and her best friend sitting in what the audience connotes is her lounge, You can see that they have a close relationship because they are sitting near to each other. They are wearing casual clothes which shows that they are relaxing and could have been there for some time, just chatting. It is a mid shot, that I used to show both the characters together and see both of their conversation without having to flash from one to the other which could look quiet messy after editing. From this shot you can see that Emma is upset, and her friend is trying to get her hopes up.
My Film- Shot 8 This is another shot in the film, I had to film a computer screen, this shows the audience what the girls are searching for, rather than them saying “we need to search on google for internet dating” or something like that....