My group consists of three people; Me, Maheni and Raissa. On our first meeting we started discussingfairy tales we remember from our own childhood and the moral to the story etc. We did not choosestraight away what story we’d be working on as there was so many stories to choose from! This step wasdiscussed and openly worked on as a group, so we was all sharing ideas as what we would like from ourtrailer no matter what story we chose from.We then decided to go with Thriller genre. We was all aware that fairy tales are known by everyonebecause of their happy ever after endings so we decided to make a twist to whichever story we chose andwork on the idea that it had to be thriller. We chose this because, if we did a thriller based on a fairy tale –it’s like showing the audience a side they never knew or even recognise for that matter, and this is whatmakes it interesting; the fact we can ‘surprise’ the audience and give them something they’re notexpecting using the conventions they unconsciously know about.We was aware of the limited number of characters we have access to, but we also discussed to speak topeople in Maheni’s Drama class to act in our trailer. This would be great, not only because they haveexperience about acting but also because they must be pretty good at it.
Firstly, as a group we looked at all the possible fairy tales we could use and interpret it into our own. Forexample, Red Riding Hood, Cinderella , etc and many more…
After researching in depth various fairy tales, we decided to do Hansel and Gretel. Our decision wasmainly based on the fact we knew not many people would actually go for a story like Hansel and Greteland also because we was aware (due to our research) that there has not yet been made aninterpretation/adaptation of Hansel and Gretel… Unlike, Red Riding Hood (Most recent adaptation isRed Riding Hood – out in 2011, which the name was kept original) and also to the story of Snowhite(which there now is Snowhite and The Huntsman – Out in 2012)After we chose the fairy tale and we was determined about what we was doing, we then discussed changeswe would make to the original story everyone knows. Once again, this was done in a group and we alldiscussed and equally decided that we would keep loyal to the original story as much as possible. Reasonfor this is that, although everyone knows the story as said before there has not been any interpretationmade so we don’t really have anything to challenge or work on to make it different. Meaning, if there wasalready an adaptation we would have to look at ways to make it different (our own) so we could just saythat our trailer is just an up to date Hansel and Gretel, nothing more as we are not planning to changemuch apart from the fat that obviously it would be more modernised.
All of us in the group knew the story which made it easy to work with. The highlight of the story is thatthe kids are abandoned by the father – influenced by the mother, then the two kids get lost in the woodsand come across a witch.We focused on how many characters we need (this was a priority, as we have limited people who would bewilling to be doing it) and based on the people we have, we have to make it as realistic as possible i.e.: Thefamily – all characters must be the same race, at least the two kids because we decided we only need threecharacters – Hansel, Gretel and the witch. Yes, the father will be present in the story especially when heleaves them in the woods but we decided we can have an ‘unknown figure’ and just use a manly voice.This is ideal because the less people we have, the better! Meaning, there will be less hassles for when wemeet up to film and so on and we won’t have to worry so much about people turning up.
So far, all decisions that have been made regarding the trailer have been made as a group whichshows good skills of teamwork and independent work at the same time. But during one of ourmeetings, we have briefly discussed the roles. So far we settled down for, Maheni would be thedirector, Raissa would be the editor and I would be the Producer. We decided this upon reflecting on what we individually thought were our weaknesses, eventhough we would all have an individual role to focus on whilst shooting/filming we would stillwork as a group and make decisions together. So either way, we’ll work together and to make finaldecisions we’d inform all the other group members. This is to make sure everyone’s happy andsharing ideas, we would agree with each other and also, essentially discuss what works better andget our work done.For example, whilst filming, one person can have an idea, then they discussedit with the group and whether or not the rest of the group thinks it’s a goodidea we would make changes.We thought this would be the best way to work together, so we know everyone’sideas/opinions within the group and everyone feels confident.
The director’s role is to…• They have overall control over the project• Works closely with cast and crew (characters and editor & producer)• Make final decisions
Edit footage Work with camera and work on camera angles Find different ways to film particular scenes Works with both Director and Producer
Sets out the budget for the project Works with cast and crew
Our trailer begins with a wide shot of the witches house; in the background we hear a voiceover brieflynarrating this shot and hear soft Celtic music. It then cuts to 3 pairs of feet walking, including the soundof footsteps and crunching leaves/twigs. Another straight cut then fade into a medium shot of Hanseland Gretel (main characters). The music fades out and we see them looking up at an unknown figure andwe hear a deep voice (Hansel and Gretel suggested father) saying his goodbyes to the children. We hearleaves crunching as the person walks away and we get a close-up of their reactions – Gretel then calls outfor her father. In the next scene we see Hansel and Gretel give each other a knowing look followed by aclose-up of them holding hands. Whilst this is happening, we hear a twig snap and a close-up of Hanseland Gretel swivelling their heads rapidly to the side – they both gasp, and run off deeper into the woods,and we see a medium close up of their feet scrabbling away.We then have a close-up of ‘Mars Studios presents’ written with twigs on the forest floor, and only thendoes the fast pace music begin foretelling adventure. We then have 3 shots of Hansel and Gretel runningfor their lives each with text in between. (Text to be decided on a later date). One running shot would bea tracking shot from behind both children, the next from the side and the last a medium-close-up of theirfaces.From a distance we spot the witches house, surrounded by tall trees, then a medium shot of Hansel; andGretel who stop to catch their breath. We hear Hansel and Gretel breathing heavily. Then a wide shot ofHansel, Gretel and the house altogether, with a strong heartbeat in the background (along with thebreathing). We see Gretel try and go forward towards the house but Hansel puts his arm out to stop her.The next shot is a close-up of the houses door, which slowly opens with a creaking sound in thebackground. We see half of the witches face, the other half covered by the door. A wicked smile slowlyappears on her face.Then blackout and the words ‘’Hansel and Gretel’’ fade onto the screen, with a straight cut to the words ‘’Coming Soon’’