Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? The cheesy, ‘tongue-in-- Our film genre is mystery/ thriller, also with cheek’ element we an element of ‘tongue-in-cheek’ comedy. thought would add- I took most of my inspiration for a thriller another dimension to the film from one of the greatest thriller films story and slightly ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ differentiate it from a (1960) . In my opinion it is one of the best typical thriller film. films to present the conventions that a Keenen Wayans’ ‘Scary ‘thriller’ movie would usually present. Movie’ (2000) is a perfect- For example, the intense music building up example of a film to the murder in ‘Psycho’ has been humouring the classic conventions of a thriller replicated hundreds of times as movie movie. We wanted our makers know that this builds suspense and film to be similar to this prepares the audience for what is about to which is why we happen. exaggerated all the codes- My group’s film (Fixation) have in our film that indicate used this convention to make it that it is a thriller. clear that this is a thriller movie.- For example, at 1 minute 23, the music changes from its steady flow, to a loud and dramatic sound which we hoped would indicate a murder taking place.
The narrative of a film usually buildsNarrative Structure itself up until it reaches a peak at the end of the opening sequence where the-In film openings we usually action will cut and credits roll on. This meet the central characters first, or soon after the short introduction introduces the beginning. Because we see audience to key characters and should the character of ‘Mandy’ give them a taster of what the story is (the murder victim) first all about. some viewers may assume that she will be the main In my opening sequence, the character, however she is In ‘Death Proof’ these narrative flows and there is murdered and therefore main characters are no disruption in the storyline not seen in the rest of the brutally murdered half that throws the audience. film . (This again is slightly way through in a car similar to ‘Psycho’ as the crash Everything streams in And replaced with 3 chronological time and in main character is killed off new characters. half way through the film. present/real time. The Another film that does this narrative is completely is Quentin Tarantino’s linear. (Which is perhaps not ‘Death Proof’ (2007) where as creative but it does give the main characters are killed off and replaced by the introduction a good new ones. This is certainly rhythm.) unexpected and defies the usual structure of a story.)The character of the ‘stalker’ is the protagonist of the story, the rest of the film would be focused on findingout why the stalker is psychotic. ‘Mandy’ is only in it for a short time and although is focused on in theopening, she actually holds the least importance out of all 3 characters. Although Ted (the only malecharacter) is scarcely in the opening, he is still a key character and is pivotal to the rest of the story.
How we followed conventions Watching through the window (the audience can see this but the My character, the ‘Stalker’ characters being looks like a stereotypical watched are unaware) villain. The dark gives a sense of clothing/makeup and foreboding. behaviour (watching through the window) make it clear of what sort of character it is. Most thriller films have a dark and mysterious character, and The character of ‘Mandy’ was intendedFollowing ‘Mandy’ with an axe we conformed to this to give the impression of a ‘silly bimbo’makes is very obvious that she expectation. which is meant to give the sense thatis going to be murdered. something fatal is going to happen to her. ( As they usually do to the ‘popular/pretty girls’ in films like ‘Scary Movie’ and ‘Scream’) The setting of the alley way we used to indicate crime. Alleys are usually viewed in a negative way, which we used to our benefit in making a thriller movie.
Form Characters Narrative In most films of any genre the By the opening sequence, the aim opening scenes will introduce at is to have captured the audiences Credits least one main character, it would interests by showing them the One of the main features of not make sense to do otherwise. characters, themes, genre of the opening sequences is credits film, and basic knowledge of either during the opening what’s going on. I believe our sequence (e.g. ‘The Cleaner’) opening does a successful job of or at the end of the opening introducing these key aspects. (e.g. ‘Se7en’). We decided to have ours throughout as we did not feel it necessary to have them separate from the opening .Style Soundtrack As a group, we created our ownWe wanted our film to soundtrack using Garageband. Cheesyhave a cheesy 80’s era 80’s synth is used to give the 80’s vibe.theme, we presented this But also the more dramatic musicthrough mise-en-scene when the ‘stalker’ is on screen is usedand the soundtrack. to show that she is a sinister character. The sudden dramatic music at the end is used to tell the audience that theWe wanted to achieve the 80’s And here is a photo of Lucy murder has taken place.‘pop’ look in Mandy and Ted’s Findlater as Mandy. (We feltlook. This is the idea that we we had achieved the desiredwanted Mandy to look like. look quite well)
Question 2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Question 3:What kind of Media Institution might distribute your media product and why?-I definitely believe that our film could be something an -Another way in which filmsindependent film company may be interested in. For example are able to make themselves‘Warp Films’ is one of the most creative independent companies accessible is through filmbased in England. It has produced a number of successful films festivals.such as ‘This is England’(2006) and ‘Submarine’ (2010). I believe -A popular one is thethat these films received the support from ‘Warp Films’ is ‘London Independent Filmbecause they are British–set films and reflect life in Britain at Festival’ which is a greatcertain times. place for anyone to submit--Identity is important to Brits, which is why I believe that films their films. The festival issuch as these are received so well. “dedicated to showcasing new emerging film talent”.- I feel that a good way that we -Here is a link on the ‘LIFE’could distribute our film is website where anyone canthrough a local film festival, if submit their own film. This isthere isn’t one that would something my group and Iaccept our type of film, we could consider if we wantedcould try and begin our own to showcase our productmovement and create a new (http://www.londonindepenfestival dedicated to dent.org/submit.htm)independent horror film.
Question 4:Who would be the audience for your media product? -Which is why we thought creating a film that would -’The Devil Inside’ (2012, William appeal to both male and female Brent Bell) is a new thriller film young people, ages 15 to about which has been very well 25. We felt this was quite a-Being a group of 16/17 year olds received by viewers between 15- broad audience range andourselves we all agreed that one 20 years old, similarly to would be well receivedof our favourite film genres was ‘Paranormal Activity’(2007, Oren internationally, especiallythriller/slasher as we enjoy being Peli). I believe the reason for appealing to the mass market inscared and are usually entertained these film’s success is because both the UK and USA and evenby the storylines. teenagers/young adults tend to other areas or Europe. be drawn to typically -To conclude, our target ‘thrilling/frightening’ films. audience is both male/female from the -I believe that the reason that ages 15+ (though will thriller/gore films attract a probably stop at around younger audience is due to under 30). Our film could their tastes in media. When also appeal to any people are young they tend nationality. We feel that to look for thrills and this is an excellent market excitement. Whereas an older to aim for as it is so wide generation may seek that we would be something with more depth These 2 films conform to the usual appealing to their needs. or perhaps something more conventions of ‘thriller’ films, just ‘feel-good’. as we intended ours to.
Question 5:How did you attract/address youraudience? -Themes The themes of our story include, jealousy, -Expectations envy, hatred, love and desire, all of which Everyone knows what teenagers/young adults can relate to, and the expect from a these are likely to be some of the themes thriller film – a they are experiencing in their lives. murderer/mysterious character, a victim and suspense-building -Genre storyline, all of which As I mentioned in question my film has conformed Ways we have 4, we created our storyline/chose our genre to. Conforming to genre expectations attracted our that we knew would appeal to the ages 15+ means the audiences knows what to expect audience: and they will probably -Editing Technique be able to guess -Enigma We kept the flow of the narrative whether they will like I believe the sense of enigma that comes continuous in order to keep the the film before they from this film is from the mysterious audience guessing but also to not even see it. (Which stalker character. My groups aim was by confuse them by jumping around can be both positive the opening sequence, we wanted the time. We didn’t want our story to and negative for the audience to become interested in finding be too complex, which is why we producers). out more about this enigma character, kept our editing simple. which should cause them to watch on.
Question 6: What have you learnt about technologiesfrom the process of constructing this product? -However some functions I had difficultyFinal Cut Express: doing, for example, making and adding the-In the process of editing I had credits I was unsure of how to do. What I didto quickly learn how to use to over come this was use a Youtube videothe editing software Final Cut that taught me how to do it. (As silly as theExpress. Luckily I had some clip is, it really did help!)experience with Final Cut Pro -After I got the hang of using theand therefore I could grasp -If I could offer anyone new doing the software I was able to get into athe basics of what to do. same project as me I would advise good flow with the editing, even if it was not perfect. playing around with the software andGarage Band: getting used to it before going ahead and beginning the real editing.- Because we could notuse copyrighted music,we had to create our own -Eventually after almost 4 hourssoundtrack which I found of working through making thewas the most difficult soundtrack and rectifying thepart of the whole mistakes we made, we managedprocess. The most tricky to finish a piece of music that we -Similarly to Final Cutthing was working out the were happy with. Express, I would advisetimings as we needed a anyone to get to know thecertain sound to go a software before using it forcertain place in the film. the fist time themselves.
Filming -I don’t like working with the - The only other hardware we had was a tripod which -We shot all our cameras that the school we used for most shots. footage in one day, provides us with, so we used However, I think our shots which I felt went my own Canon 500D camera would have been smoothly and to plan. and Lucy Findlater’s Nixon significantly better if we camera which both haveHD had a dolly when doing recording. This enabled us to action shots. For example have better ease with the the video below shows a camera work. couple of shots which I felt would have looked better if Other Issues: a dolly was used. Even though most of the shots in the film are of high Here is Lucy and Catherine definition, some of the setting up one of the others are just slightly out cameras on the tripod of focus, which is frustrating as we could only tell this after our day of filming. I suppose we -In hindsight I wish we had gone back should have gone back and and done another days filming as we filmed it again, but it is could have been 100% sure we had the hard to replicate settings perfect shots we needed. Another thing exactly as they were I wish we had done is use a wider variety before. Setting up the tripod in the of shots to make the film look a bit more setting of the living room interesting.
Question 7: Looking back at your preliminary task,what do you feel you have learnt in the progressionfrom it to the full product? Coursework Task: The Preliminary task: To produce a 2 minute -In my opinion the Was named ‘Have you fed the opening sequence to a film. difference between the 2 fish’. We were given a small In this task we were given tasks is huge and I really script to follow between 2 100% freedom on what had to step up for the characters. We were also genre to do, whether to actual coursework task. directed what type of shot we have a script, who the For the preliminary task should do for each part of the characters would be. We my group and I were able script. have complete creative to plan and shoot it control. within hours, then we were able to edit it in less than 2 media lessons. The planning for the actual task took 2 weeks as we had to decided what ideas would/wouldn’t work.
Evaluation Storyboarding:Process: For the prelim task we used sticky notes to draw Location:When we on the script we were provided with and Choosing a location for both tasks waspresented our arranged them in the order we decided on. For straightforward, we were able to usefirst edit of the our opening sequence it was much more the roof of a warehouse for the prelimfilm we received complex, we had to decide what we wanted each task and we used our friends house tosome positive shot to look like and what order to put them in. the opening sequence. This was a lengthy process as we needed to makefeedback and sure everything made sense.constructed Running the shoot:criticisms. Most Running the shoot for bothof the things that Prelim Task/Final tasks I felt was quite relaxedour peers said and not as stressful as Iwe should work Product thought they would be. Foron we already the opening sequence weknew would be shot everything accordingthe case. We to the storyboard but ifalso asked some anything came into ourmore friends our Editing Process: heads that we felt weage to watch the For the prelim task we used iMovie to edit and in the should do, we did. Althoughfilm and ask opening sequence we used Final Cut Express. In my there was no speech in thiswhat they opinion, iMovie is a far more straightforward programme task, there was obviouslythought. They all to use and I had hoped we could have used it for the still a script that we hadliked the opening sequence. However learning to use Final Cut made that we wanted tostoryline and taught me new skills and is a large contributing factor of stick to. We also used thesaid they would my progress between the preliminary task and the final same cameras for bothsee it in the product. Once we got into a motion of editing, I found it tasks, which helped us getcinema if it was a easy to move different shots and replace them if need be. used to usinreal film.