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G321 Use, Develop Or Challenge

  1. 1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? - Technical Approach Film Techniques Using Your Research Your Production – Use, Findings – Note typical Develop or Challenge generic conventions Titling – colour, font Out of the films I researched, When filming and editing style, over image or they all either chose to show our own film, we chose to black, timing, credits their credits embossed onto follow the titling conventions presentation etc a graphical representation of we observed relatively a character, or in plain black closely. and white. The fonts were always very simple, for We developed the idea of instance using the My Old using simple titling by using Remington font in Lock, white on black Arial, a Stock and Two Smoking simple font, so as not to Barrels. draw any attention from the content of the film. Credits were usually placed evenly throughout the Our credits were placed opening two minutes of the throughout our film very film, filling the whole frame of similarly to the other films of the film for a few seconds. the genre, showing quickly every few seconds, lasting for about two seconds.. We believed this helped to set the pace of the film and make the opening two minutes more exciting and less dull than if we had shown constant footage of crediting. Camera Movement A variety of shots were We followed this (panning, tracking, observed in the convention, including many crane shot and researched films, making different camera techniques crabbing etc) the footage less dull and such as panning and more exciting. tracking shots, as well as over-the-shoulder angles, following a character. Framing of Shot In the films researched, a We chose to use this (CU, MLS, ELS etc) variety of framing shots convention, one of the first were used. Most shots of our film being a noticeably, all films had a close up of our main close up shot of the main character. This lets the characters early on in the audience know that he is the most important film. Medium shots were character in the film, and then used on the also gives them a chance to supporting characters. find out more about him by
  2. 2. Long shots were used, more closely observing his often from stationary actions and costume. We points, to show the then edited a long shot to characters in their make it seem like CCTV surroundings. This usually footage depicted them in a lower Then, following the same class, inner-city area. convention, we used medium close-up shots of his two best friends in the pub, the supporting roles. This again lets the audience know that they will play a vital role in the film and should be paid attention to. Camera Angles (high High angles were used in We chose to use this idea. and low angles etc order to represent the When our main character characters that had some walks past people on the sort of dominance over street, the camera is those around them, and positioned just above his low angled shots were shoulder, looking down on those around him. This is used to represent the used to demonstrate his opposite. confidence and dominance over. It also gives the audience the impression that they are walking with him and are involved in the plot. We developed the use of camera angles in our film by also including a variety of other shots. By using an eye-level close up of our main character, we allowed our audience to identify with him as an equal. We also used many clips in which the camera was positioned and angled to show his walking feet, emphasising his movement and the fact that he was on a journey. Selection of mise-en- The films I researched We developed the use of scène including colour, demonstrated that mise- mise-en-scene we observed figure, props, lighting, en-scene played a vital in the films researched by objects, location and role in portraying the dressing our characters
  3. 3. setting; correct message behind a appropriately and film. stereotypically to represent the social groups they are Many props and costume supposedly from. We used items were utilised to help props such as baby prams the audience understand and cigarettes with the convention of the genre to more about the represent teenage characters. Costume was pregnancy and substance also used to demonstrate abuse. power and dominance within social groups. We filmed the locations of a council housing estate and Locations were often a pub in a working class shown, depicting the area, fitting with the story usually lower class setting and genre of our film. of the films. We used no extra colour as There was little to do with we felt it was not needed colour. Most colours were and would not add to the kept simplistic in black and quality of the film. This also white, and none of the suited the conventions of films I researched used the genre and other films we researched. colour to have any large impact on their film. Editing directions The films I researched We chose to do the same, (Match cuts, jump cut, varied in this area, some keeping a fairly constant reverse shots – cutting having very quickly cutting cutting rhythm at a steady rhythm etc) shots and others staying pace, saving a faster paced on the same shot for an cutting rhythm for scenes extended period of time. based more around action. We also used very simplistic All transitions were kept methods of changing shots, simple, without any form of as we believed that using fading. any more complex form of transition would take away from the rest of the film. Sound techniques This varied amongst the We chose to utilise the (diegetic, non diegetic, films researched. Most films technique used in silence, dialogue and used dialogue RocknRolla, placing a music etc accompanied by music. monologue spoken by the However, RocknRolla used main character over our a non-diegetic film, accompanied by the song Fast Fuse by monologue in conjunction Kasabian. The song is fitting with music. with the genre of the film as it is fast paced and In the films I researched, I aggressive, and the lyrics observed no areas in reference substance abuse
  4. 4. which silence was used to and “hooliganism”, working affect the film or the very well with the script of audience’s reception. our film. By using the layer of non- diegetic audio, it makes the plot easier to understand for the audience. Actor’s positioning and Movement is very Because of this, we chose movement important in the films I to include a lot of movement researched. There are very in our film. The opening two rarely points in which the minutes follow our main camera and the character on a journey from characters in the shot his home to a pub, and there are many shots just remain still. viewing his feet to emphasise this journey and his movement. The main character is usually positioned to fill more of the frame than any of the other characters, and is often central to the shot, demonstrating his importance.