G325 Q1a Exams Preparation Table


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G325 Q1a Exams Preparation Table

  1. 1. Creativity AS Production - Opening Convey the psychological thriller genre. Convention of creating suspense through the use of tense background music and a deep red font to connote fear, darkness and tension similar to that demonstrated in ‘Secret Window’ and ‘Hannibal’. We went against the convention in terms of setting and characters; in films such as ‘Cold Creek Manor’ and ‘The Butterfly Effect’ storylines were adult driven and based on families whereas the storyline for my production is based on the psychological problems of a high school student. From my research, I found that audiences want to be scared as many pay to go and watch horror/psychologically challenging movies. However, instead of creating another story about an adult’s battle with the world they live in, we decided to appeal to a younger audience by focusing on a student in a high school with typical high school features such as the school, popular girl and her association with popular cliquesdemonstrated this through Horatio writing an article echoing Mia’s popularity whilst looking at pictures of Mia with friends. We wanted to make a film that left our target audience in suspense and caused them to question the motives of the main character, Horatio. We were successful in this as we Digital Technologies IMovie- Used IMovie to edit our film. Used various tools such as the titling tool, audio tool, lighting tool. Youtube- Used to research 6 of my films and highlight codes and conventions. PowerPoint- display my research on Slideshare and refer back to it when developing my product. More attractive than a simple blog post. Blogger- create posts detailing the stages of my productionresearch, planning, post production. Easier to cross-reference my work and go from post to post without any difficulty. Embedded pictures, videos and various documents and this made it easier for me because I could access all of my work through one location rather than going through various files on my computer to find them thus saving time. -Web 2.0 technology (O’Reilly, 2004) Research & Planning Results of research and planning. 2/6 films used red titling developed convention. Used Codes & Conventions Post Production- red titling developed convention. 6/6 films use diegetic and non-diegetic sound in the opening 2 minutes. Use of diegetic sound and nondiegetic developed convention. Edited using Imovie titling tool. Also used blurring tool to blur the title ‘Neurosis’ and make it appear shaky to reflect the main character’s mind. 6/6 films featured mature characters and the film was shown from their point of view. 6/6 appeared to use Todorov’s narrative theory of equilibrium in the first 2 minutes. Went against convention by focusing story on a teenage character. 3/6 films used dark lighting from the offset (The Secret Window, Hannibal and The Butterfly Effect) Studied ‘Secret Window’ and ‘Memento’ titles and found that all the titles were 1 or 2 seconds apart however ‘Secret Window’ was more erratic titles were spaced 2 seconds apart in the beginning but 1114 seconds towards the end. We used Todorov’s narrative theory of apparent equilibrium, disruption to the equilibrium however we only used the first 2 stages as it was the opening 2 minutes of the film. Also used Levi-Strauss’s ‘binary opposites’ theory dark (Horatio) and light (Mia). Debunked convention by using two types of light. Used bright light when Mia was on screen and used dark lighting when Horatio was on screen. Used convention however spaced the title 6 seconds apart to follow the music and what was on screen. Editing using Imovie audio tool to include non-diegetic sound. Used footage from our camera, imported into IMovie. Hannah edited the clips and put them in order to start off with Horatio’s following Mia. Hannah used the lighting tool on IMovie to adjust the lighting on the footage to make the beginning lighter and Horatio’s scene in the computer room darker. Used the titling tool to create the font of the titles and space them apart. Uploaded edits of our film on Facebook to get feedback. Feedback enabled us to make further adjustments e.g. make lighting darker (both AS and A2).
  2. 2. Creativity Digital Technologies Research & Planning Used Codes & Conventions Post Production A2 Digipak For our digipak, my group and I wanted to create a product that conveyed the image of the band as well as what their interests are. I was unable to find a digipak of any indie band therefore I had to make do with album covers of bands such as ‘Razorlight’, ‘Franz Ferdinand’ and ‘Snow Patrol’. From my research, I found that the band members were featured on the front cover of the album therefore we did the same for our digipak-I took a picture of the band together to feature them on the front cover. We also included pictures of the band having fun and playing their instruments to emphasise their dedication to song writing and playing music like in The Kooks album where there are images of the band playing their instruments. My group and I developed in creativity as we used Adobe Photoshop for the first time in many years to create a product that we did not create in our Foundation Portfolio. Creating a digipak allowed me to develop my skills on Adobe and it also allowed to me to channel my creativity which resulted in the creation of vibrant and aesthetically pleasing digipak. Developed creatively as I used a professional camera for the first time. 3/3 used a contrasting colour scheme. Slightly developed convention. Used black and white against blue. E.g. band jumping in the air, band members are in colour whereas the background is in black and white. Used colour enhancer tools on Adobe to create this contrast. Used the colour palette to select colours. Canon SLR professional Camera: Borrowed from media teacher. Allowed me to adjust the lighting on the camera to create a visually pleasing photo. Also used the zoom on the camera to zoom in on members and adjusted the lens for a more professional outcome of the photo. Professional camera allowed me to produce clear pictures in contrast to a normal digital camera that is only suitable for everyday activitiesnot photo shoots. Dafont: Used Dafont to find a cool, edgy font. Narrowed font list down to 4 fonts and went with our gut instinct and chose ‘planet estyle’. Dafont allowed us to use more bolder fonts than the ones available to us on the MACs as they were very simple and not edgy enough for an indie band. IPhoto- Used IPhoto on MAC to upload the results from the photoshoot. New technology as I didn’t use IPhoto for our Foundation Portfolio as we had no need for it. Adobe Photoshop: Allowed me to use various tools such as the ‘Blur’ tool, colour palette, text tool and hue/saturation tools to Used conven 3/3 used the same font on the digipak. 3/3 used Logos, barcodes, band introduction, readable font and a copyright notice. 3/3 digipaks featured bands that are wearing the same clothes or wearing one part of the colour scheme. tion. We used ‘planet estyle’ on the name of the band, copyright notice and song name and band introduction however we used ‘hand of sean’ font from dafont to make it look like the band’s signature. Used convention. Included an introduction on the inside left of the digipak, readable font, a copyright notice on the band and the record label’s logo on the front. Used convention. All of our band members are wearing blue- blue jeans, blue hoodies, and blue scarf. Embedded font into the computer then added the font into Adobe fonts to use it. Used the colour palette to give the font a colour that matches the colour scheme of the digipak. Used the ‘text’ tool to create short message from the band. Also used the colour palette to select the colour blue to keep in with our colour scheme. Used the copy, paste and positioning tools to position the logos, copyright notice etc. Used the ‘blur tool’ on the background of one panel to make it look more aesthetically pleasing. IPhoto- Used the black and white tool to adjust the inside left of the digipak. Used the black and white tool give it an edgier effect and then edited it further on Adobe. Uploaded the digipak onto Facebook and asked for feedback in order to aid us in postproduction. We found that our target audience liked the overall