ASSIGNMENT 11: REDRAFT #4.GETTING INTO GROUPS. Key Code: Abigail: Gledis: Joanne: Vera: Group Work:
FEEDBACK OF OUR FIRST OPENING SEQUENCE: Our opening sequence was too long + more like a film. We didn’t use enough transitions, or any special effects. The pace of our opening sequence wasn’t fast enough.We were missing outon marks, because we We need to be more waryhad no titles. of head space when re- filming, as we had a lot of empty space.
TEACHER ASSESSMENT OF OUR FIRSTOPENING SEQUENCE:
DECISIONS AND REVISIONS. Whilst filming our opening sequence, we had to make a few decisions about the script and the layout, which differed from our original ideas. Some parts of the script were cut out, as it was unrealistic that a character to say some of the written lines. There was also some confusion with the intended opening sequence. We had different ideas about what we were filming for it, so had to change it on the day.
D CONVENTIONS OF THRILLERS...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/ Challenge Fatal Use- Someone Attraction becoming obsessed after a relationship Challenge – using a female as the stalker instead of a Stalkers/ male. Obsession The Fan Develop – Instead of being obsessed with a woman and or a family, De Niro is obsessed with his favourite sports star and stalks him.
D CONVENTIONS OF THRILLERS...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/ Challenge The Hand Challenge- it does it That Rocks through using a The Cradle women as the crazy killer stalker who seeks revenge instead of the normal use of a Stalkers/ male Obsession Stir of Develop – Its more echoes obsession as Kevin Bacon tries to find the answers to an ever haunting mystery
D CONVENTIONS OF THRILLERS...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/ Challenge Eye For An Eye Develop – A woman is used as the person seeking revenge for the crime rather than the typical use of a Crime male character. The Ambulance Develop – Not giving the audience a clear understanding of what the crime actually is at first.
D (POSSIBLE)CONVENTIONS OF THRILLERS...Conventions Example Image Use/Challenge/ Develop The Others Challenge – In this film they made you aware of the wrong ghost, whereas in regular horrors, the ghostly figure is clear. Ghosts House On A Use/Challenge – Haunted Hill They used the ghost to create fear amongst the audience and for the characters. They challenged it by making the ghost physically scary.
CONVENTIONS OF THRILLERS...Conventions Example Image Use/Develop/ Challenge Use/Develop. The common feature of wrongful accusation was used and it was Primal developed because Fear the character accused was religious, young and didn’t fit theMisidentifica stereotype of who tion or would be accused. Wrongful Challenge – It seemsAccusation. to the audience like there has been a wrongful accusation, The as the only survivor is Usual then questioned about Suspects the incident that occurred and this typically doesn’t happen.
D Convention Explanation Use/Develop/ Challenge Our character is Using – We’re haunted by a ghost using this as weGhosts/Spirits in her home. are doing possession which can be quite a typical feature. Mysterious things Using– We’re are keep on happening using this to the character, convention by Mystery and as she included mystery becomes aware of all the way through this, these the plot. happenings get At the end of film, Developing – worse. our character is We’re developing fully possessed. this because our Possession But during the character is opening sequence, possessed slowly the character has a and is aware of close encounter this possession. with the ghost.
EINSPIRATIONAL FILMS What I found Inspirational about this scene is the kind of lighting they used through out the more dark scenes emphasises the emotions of the actor /actress
EINSPIRATIONAL FILMS Black Swan What I found inspirational from this movie is the use of close up shots which was clearly present in this film It gives a clear picture of the characters emotions and helps the audience to connect with the character by seeing their emotions so closely.
INSPIRATIONAL FILMS – THE RING E The film that inspired me most is ‘The Ring’ I want to use a similar long shot in our opening sequence. It’s an effective way of keeping the audience’s attention to the puddle of water whilst showing the character come up the stairs. I also want to use a fast zoom in our opening sequence.
EUSE OF COSTUME AND MAKE-UP IN ‘THE RING’ Quite frightening to look at and an effective way of scaring the audience. The lighting throughout the whole movie is kept more or less the same. This creates a very eerie and creepy atmosphere in the movie, common in most horrors and thrillers. I want to use dark lighting in our opening sequences .
EINSPIRATIONAL FILMS - THE HAUNTING INCONNECTICUT. Another film that inspired me was ‘The Haunting in Connecticut ’ Its paranormal theme has inspired me to make my opening sequence about a haunting. Slamming doors… It especially inspired me to set my opening sequence in a building that’s haunted. E.g. a haunted house. I would like to use old newspaperarticles such as this to briefly show thehistory of the area.
E INSPIRATIONAL FILMS – ROSEMARY ’S BABY A scene from ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ also inspired me.Close up of hand reaching into cribDraws the audiences attentionto what shes doing.. Allows imagination to Close up of Rosemary’s It never shows what face run wild making the she sees, only her audience uneasy. emphasises her reaction. shock, and horror at what she sees.
E INSPIRATIONAL FILMS - GOTHIKAThe particular scene I found inspirational about this film,where the scenes where the ghost interacts with thecharacters by leaving scratched out messages on their armssaying ‘Not Alone’. I thought that a similar idea would be a good addition to our idea, as the ghost tries to communicate with our character whilst she sleeps. I also took inspiration from the non-diegetic sounds, because they were creepy and added to what was already a tense film.
EINSPIRATIONAL FILMS – PARANORMALACTIVITY Throughout the whole of Paranormal Activity, the characters use their own camera to document what is happening to them. I liked the idea of this as it makes the viewing experience more personal for the viewer as they literally see what the characters see. I want to use this in our opening sequence as the camera shots made it more exciting for the viewer, and we want to add tense excitement too.
EINSPIRATIONAL FILMS – THE GRUDGE The inspiration that I took from this film was part of the plot – that the ghost was trying to get revenge over her death. I also felt that the setting added to the creepiness of the film, and so I hope we can re-create this when we make our opening sequence.
EINSPIRATIONAL FILMS – CABIN FEVERThe camera shot for this The props of thisscene is a mini close up movie is veryshot of his face to disturbing for thedemonstrate fear, disgust audience as it hasand anxiety to the audience. disgusting images of blood everywhere.
E INSPIRATIONAL FILMS – CABIN FEVER The movie has some kind of old fashioned humour to it which makes it more entertaining and interesting to the audience.In this scene the lighting was verydim which makes it more scarybecause it emphasis death, dangerand fear. It creates suspense to theaudience as they don’t know what isgoing to happen next.
E INSPIRATIONAL FILMS – THE VILLAGEA scene where a character This scene has a middiscovers about the shot of a character who issupernatural things illustrating fear and alsohappening in the village in of the monster destroyingorder to prove to the people things in the village.that there is somethinggoing on.
F THEME/CONCEPT An idea we had for the theme was Revenge and the concept was Possession. Injustice Ghosts Grievance Twists & TurnsVictims Enigma Revenge & Hidden Possession! Vicious identities Ghouls Suspicious circumstances Unsuspecting Mysterious Shocking Someone who has revelations been wronged
F THEME/CONCEPT Another idea we had for the theme was Justice and concept was Death Murder & Manslaughter Righteousness Revenge Moral Rightness.Vendetta Justice & Death! A Cause Mystery Decay Supernatural Life After Death
F THEME/ CONCEPT These were our previous themes and concepts. WWW: We had a range of different words which helped us when thinking of our opening sequence. EBI: We could have thought of more themes and concepts.
FTHEME/CONCEPT We did not change our themes or concepts because it was suitable for what we wanted to do. We kept the theme revenge and the concept possession because the keywords on that brainstorm helped to provoke new ideas regarding our opening sequence.
FTHEME/CONCEPT As a group we have come up with a new idea as our first draft was to long and where missing some elements There were some bumps in the road as to the ending of the sequence but after meetings we came up with solutions
G RESEARCH OF TOPIC http://fspp.net/warn%20poss.htm On this website, I found all of the believed warning signs of demonic possession and this all linked in with what we had originally decided on for our opening sequence. The warning signs were things like self mutilation, changes in personality and attitude and blackouts in memory.
G RESEARCH OF TOPIC On this website, I also found that the outward manifestations of ghosts also linked in with our opening sequence. The manifestations that we had already chosen were listed on this website, and it included things such as: Knocking, banging or pounding being heard in one room. Electrical appliances turning on by themselves. A feeling of being watched. Scratching sounds being heard without an obvious source. And objects seemingly moving by themselves.
GRESEARCH OF TOPIC http://www.yourghoststories.com/real-ghost-story.php?story=2298 On this site I found out that a girl who had been possessed by a demonic creature at the age of 12, was seeing shadows appearing from walls, covering all over her, hearing mocking noises and could see a white round ball rolling towards her mother’s room and also hear noises when she is alone at home. She was possessed until the age of 22yrs but still had a strange feeling that someone was watching her when she went to her night shift at the mental home.
HIDEA DEVELOPMENT OPTION – OURPREVIOUS IDEAS. (THE WHOLE FILM) It starts with the opening sequence, where strange ghostly things are happening to the main character. The main character slowly begins to find out information about who lived in her home before her. She attempts to tell her family and friends but they dismiss it. The main character has a series of close encounters with the ghost. Whilst sleeping she dreams of its life in the home she now inhabits. The ghost possess the main character slowly. Thinking she is on drugs, her family hosts an intervention for her. At this intervention, she is fully possessed. Her family and friends, whilst trying to restrain her, collectively kill the main character and burn her body. The cycle continues, with the audience being shown a family moving into a newly built home where the main characters house used to be.
H IDEA DEVELOPMENT OPTION – OUR PREVIOUS IDEAS. (THE OPENING SEQUENCE) The character is at her desk typing and researching ghosts, hauntings and the history behind where her house is situated. Suddenly, her television turns on by itself, she grabs her camera to document this strange experience. After turning off the television, she walks back to her desk, and the another person’s reflection is seen by the audience as they walk past her television. She hears another a noise coming from the drawer behind her, she scrambles to find out what it is. She finds an old photograph in the drawer that clearly doesn’t belong to her of a young girl wearing a similar necklace to the character. She hears a scream or thump coming from downstairs, she rushes to find the source of it and ends up in the bathroom. She sees the tap dripping and as she turns it off, she finds that the sink is full of blood.
HIDEA DEVELOPMENT OPTION –PREVIOUSIDEAS (THE WHOLE FILM) It starts with the opening sequence, where strange ghostly things are happening to the main character. The main character slowly begins to find out information about who lived in her home before her. She attempts to tell her family and friends but they dismiss it. The main character has a series of close encounters with the ghost. Whilst sleeping she dreams of its life in the home she now inhabits. The ghost possess the main character slowly. Thinking she is on drugs, her family hosts an intervention for her. At this intervention, she is fully possessed. Her family and friends, whilst trying to restrain her, collectively kill the main character and dispose of her body in a house fire. The cycle continues, with the audience being shown a family moving into a newly built home where the main characters house used to be.
HIDEA DEVELOPMENT OPTION – OUR NEWIDEAS (THE OPENING SEQUENCE) The character is at her desk typing and researching ghosts, hauntings and the history behind where her house is situated. Suddenly, her television turns on by itself, she grabs her camera to document this strange experience and this is seen from her point of view. After turning off the television, she walks back to her desk, and the another person’s reflection is seen by the audience as they walk past her television. She hears another a noise coming from the drawer behind her, she scrambles to find out what it is. She finds an old photograph in the drawer that clearly doesn’t belong to her of a young girl wearing a similar necklace to the character. She hears a thump coming from downstairs, she rushes to find the source of it, running through the corridors in her house she tracks the noise down to the bathroom and she listens outside the door. As she slowly reaches for the handle, someone else’s hand slams on the glass door from the inside.
WHAT WENT WELL/EVEN BETTER IF… What Went Well:-Our idea built up tension and suspense for the audience-It created enigma as it is not shown what is inside her bathroom making noise. Even Better If:-If was shorter as it went on for too long which meant it was no longer an opening sequence but a short film.-Less information is given to the audience to create even more enigma.
OUR NEW IDEA Footage from a night vision camera is shown, in which the character has her covers pulled off whilst sleeping by the ghost and the lamp switches off. Zoom out to imply the character is watching the video from her laptop and is horrified at what she sees . The door slowly opens and a gush of wind pushes the papers on her desk. She gets up, closes the door and sits at her desk. The laptop then suddenly turns off and a mysterious figure walks past behind her (seen by audience only). The door opens violently. She stands up in fright and the curtains behind her open by themselves. She backs away from her desk. Suddenly loud banging can be heard from inside her cupboard scaring her. She reluctantly walks to the cupboard doors terrified and opens them. It is not seen what is in their only her reaction. The camera zooms fast into her face and then a blackout.
STORYBOARD We have now changed the storyboard as we have changed the scrip Ideas have changed in our group adding and removing ideas Ultimately we have come to a set decision with our storyboard and made sure it ties in with the scrip in meets our visions
SLIDE SHOT We have also changed the shots list as with our first draft we had many shots but lacked in some areas We had to use more match-on-action and zooms and different transitions We hope to use a fast zoom at the end of our sequence to heighten fear and enigma for the audience As at the end the audience does not see what the character sees
LENIGMA The way we want to create enigma is through the combination of sound and pace. The actress is never fully calm which also keeps the audience on edge. The end of the opening sequence will leave the audience wanting to know what happens next as the ending is unexpected. You cannot see what the baby sees.
ENIGMAThe Hand That Rocks The Cradle Black Swan The opening sequence gives The opening sequence is every dramatic You a view at one of the main And to many unclear which is a Characters life. All seems Perfect portrayal of the whole movie in Till a sudden turn of events The opening. Enigma is given through thePace and wondering the reasons For the turn of events
LENIGMA We’ve improved our creation of Enigma from draft one, because we have made the ending of our opening sequence more thrilling and this helps to create more enigma as the audience will want to carry on watching to find out why the character is being haunted and what will happen to her.