Initial Idea• Our initial idea was to have a boy chasing a girl. However we decided to break typical conventions and to have a girl chasing a boy.• We decided that the stalker would aim to kill the victims girlfriend as she sees him as her possession like someone would own a phone or an iPod. This in itself makes the scene more creepier as people would assume she is after one of his personal possessions. Once the stalker has killed off what she sees as an obstacle (girlfriend) to getting what she really wants, the end of the scene ends in a chase sequence.
Mise-en-sceneCostume + Lighting• As it was set in a school the characters had to wear stereotypical smart clothes such as shirt and dress pants. This was easy for us to accomplish as we were already in costume as we are 6th form students ourselves.• Nevertheless, as for the stalker we wanted mislead the audience into thinking she was actually a he. For this we used a males hoodie. One downfall 0f this costume was that on the day of filming we didn’t have correct bottoms for the stalker.• The area in which the chasing scene took place was a confined, secluded area. This created an eerie effect which links to the whole stimulus.
Filming Process• For the filming process we took at least three takes for each shot. This was so we had a variety to choose from.• During our filming we encountered some trouble with people walking past. This made it harder to get the shot we wanted. If we did it again we would do it in a time period where we would not be disturbed.• Since we weren’t allowed to use dialogue it was harder to get the plot across. So we had to use effective gestures and acting.• We used a tripod to get steady shots which gave us a range of different angles as we accumulated a wide range of shots to include in our film, giving us more variety.
Editing Process• One main struggle we had whilst editing was fitting the song into the shots. We had to time it so the song would fit into crucial parts so the lyrics would be more effective.• Transitions were pretty hard too as we had to get the timing effectively. Too long and it would lose the shock, too quick would not have any effect at all.
Camera Angles andmovement• For the opening shot we used a birds-eye view of the victims as this connotes vulnerability, which is what we wanted to achieve from the very start.• A medium close up was used on the victims in the second shot as well as a close up of the stalker this was to create tension. As the stalker walks past the victims go into a slight birds-eye view shot making them automatically vulnerable and shows that the stalker is in power.• In the third shot we see the male victim sitting obliviously looking at his phone as the stalker walks by him in a long shot going after the female victim. We used this shot to create a spine-chilling feel and to create an eerie atmosphere for the audience. As the door closes the male victim turns to look at the door implying he knows someone is there.• For the next shot we used a hand held camera as the audience can see from the stalkers point of view as she follows the first victim. The shot ends in a close up of the females face just as she realises she is in danger. This leads to a blackout to leave the audience in suspense to what has happened to her.
Camera Angles and movement• In the next shot we see the females victims legs being dragged into the elevator. The camera was lying on the floor in a long shot. This was to make it more personal so the audience could feel more involved.• After this event there is a long shot of the stalker and a medium shot of the victim. In this shot the stalker is behind a window of a door. This connotes that the victim has no where to hide, he is trapped. At this point the stalker has blood on her hands to put across to the audience what she has done.• This leads to a birds-eye view close up shot of a hand rail, therefore showing the hand of the victim walking past and showing that he is soon followed by the mysterious stalker. This creates dramatic irony as the audience knows what the killer has done and he does not, this also creates an eerie atmosphere.• The next long shot shows the male victim walking out of the door with the stalker closely following, this again creates tension as we are anticipating on what is about to occur.• We again see the victim from the stalkers eyes as he walks around the corner. The victim then turns around and the camera pans down to the floor. This creates an unnerving feeling as the audience don’t know whether the stalker has been seen.
Camera Angles and movement• In a long shot you see the victim quicken his pace as he walks around the corner knowing someone is following him. Remaining in the long shot the stalker also quickens her pace which leads to a chase sequence.• Again using hand held we see the victim in the stalkers eyes as he runs helplessly away from her. This produces a panicking numbness for the audience. As the victim runs to a dead end the camera shot changes to the victims point of view and the stalker is revealed to be a female.
Digital Technology Digital technology played a significant role in the making of our moving image project as we have had a lack of professional technology our quality of recording is not as specialised as we would of hoped. However, all though we don’t feel we have had experience in moving image we feel we managed well and made a successful piece of work.
Strengths and Weaknesses Throughout the course of filming we found one of our strengths was the amount of ideas we had. Our actual planning was one of our weaknesses therefore when it comes to our main project we will ensure to know exactly what shots we will use for what part of the sequence. We had a lack of acting skills, so for our actual project, we will learn from our mistakes and make sure we get it right first time as it will save time and make the film a lot more professional. By the end of the project we feel we had gotten used to the digital technology available.
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