Evaluation Task 1In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of realmedia products?The Title of the FilmThe title we chose for our film was ‘Don’t Look Back in Sadness’. We chose to display it in the finalshot of our title sequence when the boy (Sam) sat beneath the tree returns to the present day andgets up and walks slowly out of shot, leaving an empty space in which the title appears. Not only didwe choose this shot to place it in because we thought it would be most visually pleasing, but alsobecause we thought it came best at the end of the sequence as the title itself reflects back on thelonging flashbacks that feature in our title sequence itself.The font we used for the main title wascalled “Zaphia“ and the font we used for the accompanying titles was called “Apple Gothic”, both ofwhich were in white.I took these print screens from the title sequences of two films also from the Romantic Drama genre(Titanic and The Notebook) to compare to our title sequence. They both use white text as we did to
reflect the delicate nature of the film, however ours seems to be the only one that uses a script likefont to illustrate the main title.Setting/LocationOur establishing shot reveals the location of our title sequence. The location we chose for our filmingwas Danson Park in Bexleyheath. We chose this setting for a number of reasons. Firstly because thearea is quiet and usually quite empty which was good for filming uninterrupted. It also has lots oflarge trees and wide open spaces which is vital for our storyline as it revolves around a big tree. Thelocation could be shown as both romantic in the flashbacks, and isolated and depressing in thepresent day scenes. In addition to the appearance, the location is also safe and easily accessible. Ourfinal reason for selecting this location was a very practical reason because the children we wanted touse in our filming live very close to this location and therefore it will be easy to get them to thelocation for filming.When filming we did have some issues with things such as dog poo left aroundour location, however we had covered these issues in our risk assessment and they were easy to getaround and sort out. In Titanic the establishing shot shows a crowd on a docking station waving at a departing ship. The camera then pans left to reveal the entirety of the Titanic, where the film is set. The Notebook opens on a shot of a lake at sunset, creating both a romantic atmosphere and also revealing one of the key revolving locations of the film. In that our title sequence mirrors both of these as it reveals a location that will feature again within the film andhold great significance.
Costumes and PropsThe costume and props are very important in most films. For ours the main purpose of them was toshow the aging of the two children to teenager, and also to emphasise that the female character isnow dead. For this the main actor wears a black suit in the present day scenes to signify he has justreturned from a funeral, and is also carrying a funeral program and a childs watch. The costumes inthe other shots weren’t as important because they were just casual clothes both children andteenagers would be wearing, but the props were vital sometimes in carrying along the opening plot.Particularly the watch from the first shot which appears again on the wrist of the young girl and theteenage girl, signifying she is the one who has passed away. Of course our most vital prop was thetree in the location as our entire title sequence revolved around it and used it to show progressionsin time.Our title sequence differed from the two I was comparing it to in the fact that neither of themfeatured their main characters during the title sequence, and therefore there were no key storylineprops except maybe the presence of the boat in the Titanic.
Camerawork and EditingThe camerawork we used in our sequence all flowed together and rotated around the pin point ofthe tree. We used a variety of shot types during filming as well as slow pans and zooms to followspecific actions of the characters. In editing to transition between it we used fades and crossdissolves to allow one shot to glide over the next, also signifying transitions in time. This transitionadds a dreamlike quality to the scenes and signifies to the audience that what they are seeing is amemory and not something that is currently happening. The most significant piece of editing thatwe did was the rotation and fade through of the photograph to real life. The main aim of thephotograph was to allow us to make the transition back in time and also to signify to the audiencethat we were travelling back into the main characters memories. The fading on top of the mainimage again adds a dreamlike quality to signify that it is not the present day.The Titanic also used cross dissolves in their title sequence in order to show the flashbacks to theday the ship was departing, however the Notebook used straight cuts which is something we alsofeatured in the opening of our film and occasionally during some of the memories.
Title Font and StyleThe font we used for the main title was called “Zaphia“. We chose this font because we liked howflowing and delicate it was. It appears like calligraphy, almost handwritten, which relates to thepersonal and emotional storyline we chose. We had also previously decided that we did not want abold or sharp font as the straight edges and pointed corners would appear too harsh against ouremotional story. The font we chose is also quite feminine so would play out well with ourpredominantly female audience. During the editing process we decided that we wanted to use adifferent font for the credits that accompanied the title so we chose the font “AppleGothic”. Wechose this font because it was quite soft and had rounded edges, however was not too detailed thatit would distract from the main title. The colour we chose for our text was white; not only because itstood out well against the green grass where we proposed to put all our titles, but also because itmade them very soft and delicate and sympathetic to the story line. We also used a cross dissolve atthe beginning and end of each title so they would fade in and out delicately.Both films I compared it to also changed their font for the main title, however they used fonts a lotmore similar than the drastic change of ours. We also shared the pale colour of the text in commonwith both the films.
Story and How the Opening Sets It UpWe used the first shot to frame the boy under the tree, which is the pivotal point of the rest of thefootage. The opening shows him as he opens and studies the funeral program, whilst fondlyclutching the watch. It sets up for the rest of the film as we already see that he has suffered the lossof someone close to him which the title sequence will reveal further, and implies that the rest of thefilm will be about his strive to rebuild his life and move on.Using memories to set up the storyline is common in our genre, as illustrated by Titanic, howeverThe Notebook does not follow this and keeps a much simpler sequence overlooking an idyllic lakeinstead.Genre and How the Opening Suggests ItThe genre we created our film to fit into was the Romantic Drama genre. We show this through theuse of close intimate shots between the teenage characters under the tree, and then against thestark contrast when the sequence returns to the present day to find the boy sat in the same spotalone.
Our film seems to challenge the genre as in the other two films, the characters end up togetherinstead of being ripped apart before the film has even begun. However death of one of thecharacters near the end is quite common and is shown in both Titanic and The Notebook.How Characters Are IntroducedThe first character we see is Sam, and although during the title sequence we see him transition froma child to a teenager and almost travel with him as he grows up, we decided not to introduce hisname in the sequence as we wanted no dialogue for dramatic effect. He is featured first and is theonly person in the shot to reveal that he is the main character and is central to the storyline. Thesecond character introduced is Emily, she is brought in via the introduction of her name on the frontof the funeral program, then is brought to life when we enter the photograph and travel into Sam’smemories with her. Although we watch her grow up alongside Sam, the return to the present dayand the lack of her presence emphasises she is dead and that it is affecting him greatly.Because neither of the two sequences I was comparing with featured the main characters at all, theintroduction of ours so early on was quite uncommon in the genre.Special FXSpecial FX is extremely uncommon in our genre so our film did not really feature any either. Thiskind of technique is more common in sci-fi, action and fantasy films. The only element of special FXor difficult editing that we did feature in our film was the rotation of the photograph to signify afading transition into Sam’s memories and away from reality of the present day.