Tuesday, 28 February 2012

New camera

Camera has arrived, the delay has came to an abrupt end. We will continue to film and edit, we are optimistically aiming for our first draft to be ready by next Friday.

sorry media guys

i have to go do a lot of philosophy and ethics revision as i have a practice test tomorrow, so i will currently be revising for next few hours but i will hopefully do a few more blog posts tonight.

Help!!!!! with killers name

Currently we have a "scooby doo villain name" as sir said, if you have any good ideas for a good name of a villain based in the woods please come back it would extremely appreciated.

Appelby street recap

Camera Broke

Unfortunately our camera broke, so our filming and editing stage is delayed for a couple of days till we get a new bloggie. Whilst we currently have time to anaylse our initial method of our film, we decided to recreate the method. we created a new script, but as the dialougue is not very clear we are going to go on garage band to voice over the dialogue so it is substantially clearer and we can edit the voicwe of the killer with the editing available to us.

Also we gained time to start thinking about the possible additions to our film, we decided that for the killer to gain a sinister look we decided for the killer to contain a mask and a big knife. But obvoiusly we need to get a fake knife as we could get arrested for holding a dangerous weapon. Aimee is going to create a wound on the neck of the character who die, with make up.

Monday, 27 February 2012

The auidence thinking "you idiot"

Why did the lady take a shower, after walking lonely across the street. Instead of reporting it or gaining protection by consuming in a place where you will be safer. Then the Victim leads herself into the Villains hand's to make his life easier.

Whenever i have viewed a horror there is always a scene where the victim paths their way in to the Villains hands. I call this "you idiot" factor (technical terminology i know). But in almost every horror the victim is always shown a bright light what they ignore for example they take the stairs in stead of walking out the door or ringing the police. To present their self to the Villain, making the Villains job extremely easier than it initially would have been.

Also significantly the character who is always taken up the "you idiot factor" is always a girl. I don't know why but in horrors, women are always portrayed Vulnerable to death and always have that chance to break away but never take the opportunity. We are applying this to our film as we have a girl character "Aimee" who we are going to make her consume the "you idiot" factor where the auidence feel they should intervene and tell her ("excuse me you're making the wrong decision"). The way we are going to consume that factor is by the Killer approaching "Aimee" rather slowly so it gives Aimee the time to run and give herself the chance of escape. But as usual "Aimee" maintains the role of women in horrors by cornering herself to the Villain into a large tree.

Also in this clip the lady is isolated, which promotes why she does not stand a chance. We also apply this in our film as we Get Aimee and Ben (me) to disintegrate so that the characters become significantly more vulnerable to the situation. By doing this, it gives the characters even less of hope of escaping.

Victim being Vulnerable

Whilst continuously researching horrors. The main factor which creates tension is that the victim is always vulnerable in the woods. It promotes irony because although the woods is significantly large, the woods is a product to the Villain, the woods being their lair and they bring the mentally weak to their lair and wait for them to be at most weak psychologically till they are ready to attack as the victim contains no hope of escape.

This clip is perfect for example

through the use if non diegetic sounds, you can hear the fear the character contains. Mixing the non diegetic sound with a sinister track it creates suspense as the sounds you the auidence can hear in the background make the Villain's actions to be inevitable. This is also reflected through the track in the back as it is sinister in contains the gut feeling that something is going to go wrong.

For our film, this clip has given me ideas that to only consume dialogue whilst the camera is in a close up shot as with our camera you cannot get the effect of dialogue to promote sinister events. so we can do this by finding a spooky soundtrack or voicing over our own non diegetic sounds over the film so that we consume the tension provided in this clip. we could do heavy breathing to make the victim seem mentally weak.

Also we can apply this clip in several ways to our film as, we are also in the woods so whilst in the woods we need to make the victim stand no hope of escaping. We are also going to make the villain brimming with confidence like the Villain in this clip. That will represent our Villain in a more sinister way and portray to the auidence that our villain performs these murders frequently because his calmness, to show that he is certain with the outcome and he knows when the victim is vulnerable so he knows when to strike.

Also to gain the Villain persona we need to display our Villain like the Villain is in this film, patient. patience is the Villains main feature because he does not rush into the attack he awaits till the Victim is under severe pressure, then allows the victim time to run. But the Villain knows the place where the Victim will arise as he has been in this situation many a times.

Tension rolling through the use of imagery

As well as actions we need to create tension and suspense through the use of imagery. By illustrating a pattern of setting it symbolizes a routine, that the Villain frequently performs these action and he times them perfectly so he can carry on killing the vulnerable. The illustration paints suspense towards the auidence because the edginess performed by the auidence is contained mostly when the setting is Dark because it makes it more realistic, also the illusion that every dark woods consumes a villain.

Also the pattern of setting represents the path to the woods and how it starts of a pleasant idea and then from there the characters regret the path they toke, then start questioning whether it safe.

This is a perfect example of setting creating suspense because as you can see the characters are continuously under psychological pressure. They cannot maintain mental strength and crumble under pressure so therefore they are vulnerable. We can apply this to the last part of our opening clip to our film because it represents the routine of the villain, which gives our film the ability for it to carry on. This also gives the auidence the thriller factor that it starts pleasant then goes on to get more scary then by the end of the scene you will be on the edge of your seat which links to the classical literature convention of tragedy that possibility becomes probable then becomes inevitable (i know this has no relevance but it fits in really well.)

We will start with this "dusk" imagery as it is not to pleasant but yet not spooky. This gives the chance to introduce the characters properly because you we gain better effects in the light as our camera is not the greatest (well at the moment mine is broken). This represents the possibility of the murder.

From this we are going to spook the possibility to probability

This is where the characters start to reconsider if going through the woods was a good idea, but yet the dim light signifies hope. This is why there is hope because the imagery still contains some source of light which makes the auidence try and guess the outcome. Then as the characters become satisfied the imagery has become more sinister to create the tension.

Finally the inevitable appears when the characters cannot see nothing, they become vulnerable and stupidly the characters split into pieces and disintegrate for there own safety but ironically become more present and vulnerable for the villain. Whilst the scenery it is easier to promote a murder because the auidence cannot see the escape for the victim so the auidence loose that light (the sense of hope), then finally the villain strikes.

Camera Broke!

unfortunately my camera broke, so therefore this week there will not be alot of updates towards my film. But yet i am going to take this time constructively and research how we could make our film better.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

A short clip to show why its to dark and we need to redo the filming

As you can clearly see, you cannot see clearly (see what i did there). This gives us an disadvantage of gaining effects we wish to receive. So for next time we will bring a Torch and shine it on the person as then you can gain the effect of the facial expression whilst performing "close up" or "head shot" but also we will be able to get a perfect "mid shot" as then we can gain great definition of the personas hesitation, backed up by the spooky dark woods so it creates a bittersweet image. (that we will get a great picture of the character then the background promotes suspense). As it is a horror we need their to be a set of tension rolling because if it starts spooky and we introduce the Victim and the Villain straight away their will be the inevitable. Whereas if you introduce them differently then start fitting in pieces for the auidence to try and work it out themselves it keeps the auidence interested but yet on the edge of their chair as they no they can be many times to expect the unexpected.

Appelby street film (no sound)

Preliminary Task full

Appelby street anaylsis


Slide share account says i've got 749 views on a slidehare what i put on last night!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Inspiration to film

Development Of The Clip

What I did is i used Garage Band on our Mac to edit my voice of "Kwirk Productions" and edited using deeper vocals and then found a beat from garage band to make the production label spooky with the irony of the scary film.

The intro to our production company "Kwirk productions"

This is a short clip of the start of our film revealing our production company. It also applies suspense because of the picture of the strange women.

Sample Of Preliminary Task

My Prelim for some reason, must have saved it wrong through the use of Final cut pro. I will be updating it soon as. keep viewing.

Youtube being useless

Videos will be on shortly just my account is delaying the videos.

My youtube account videos will be coming soon


Monday, 6 February 2012

Digital Screen Network

 What  Digital screening provides is to cut the cost of releasing films (a digital copy costs around one tenth of a 35mm print). That's why UK Film Council (now BFI) and the Arts Council England created the Digital Screen Network – a £12 million investment to equip 240 screens in 210 cinemas across the UK with digital projection technology to give UK audiences much greater choice.

This is a brief example of how Digital screen network affects Britain:

Belmont Picturehouse Aberdeen, The 1 screen
Cameo Edinburgh, The   2 screens
Cineworld Aberdeen 1 screen
Cineworld Dundee  1 screen
Cineworld Edinburgh 2 screens
Cineworld Falkirk    1screen
Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street     2 screens
Filmhouse Edinburgh   2 screens
Glasgow Film Theatre   1screen
Macrobert Stirling   1 screen
New Picture House St. Andrews  1screen
Pavilion Cinema Galashiels:  1 screen
Perth Playhouse:    1 screen
Vue Hamilton    1 screen
Vue Inverness    1 screen
Vue Livingston    1 screen
Northern IrelandVue Belfast    1 screen
Queen's Film Theatre Belfast 1 screen

Institution power

Institution power Vs Audience Power

Audience power is a theory that the institution rely on the audience's demands, therefore the audience can manipulate the institution into making the film based on what the audience would like to happen e.g plot main actors. 

Opposing to the theory of institution power, laying on the fact that the Institution delude the public into wanting which they get. This gives the institution a huge advantage because after success it easier to retain the success through the use of the same genres, actors and producer because you already have the backing of the public in a certain criteria.

I have been following a case study on the British film the Inbetweeners. Although many will interpret the film to be followed on the auidence demands, through the several demands of making a film after their 3rd series on Channel 4. But in fact the institution remained with all the power because the huge success they gained through their 3 series they had a huge backing of the public, they would be able to delude the public through the continuous exaggeration of the four main characters which will carry out exquisite amounts of humour to the demanding public.

           <From this to this>

The institution continued to exaggerate the characters personalities from the series to the film

Simon: The lover boy, seen at the start of the film crying after the breakup. continuously weird in love around Karlie.

Neil: carried on his non intelligent behavior to provide humor for the auidence, his impressive dancing skills continued in the night clubs followed by his idiotic statements "God backwards spells dog".

Will:  The smart teenager who lack streetwise skills, carries on his lack of skills in front of girls in defining moments which provide laughter for the auidence.

Jay: opening scene shows the institution followed his explicit sexual behavior with his repetitive lies.

Media key terms....

 Mise en scene

  • Lighting: high key/low key
  • Costume
  • Props
  • Set/location
  • Charactors/actors
  • Production design
  • Make-up
  • Body movement/gestures
  • Dominance
  • Camera proxemics
  • Colour: dominance/symbolism
  • Diegetic (meant to be in the scene eg. dialogue)
  • Non-diegetic (not meant to be in the scene eg. soundtrack)
  • Pace/tempo
  • Instrumentation
  • Volume
  • Transitions: rapid cut, fade in/out, dissolve, cutting on the action, action match, eyeline match, intercutting
  • 180 degrees rule
  • Rule of thirds
  • Shots: extreme long, long, full, close-up, medium, extreme close-up, wide, weather.
  • Angles: bird's eye view, high angle, eye level shot, low angel, oblique angle, over the shoulder shot, point of view.
  • Camera movement: pan, tilt, dolly or track, crane, steadicam, hand-held, zoom in, reverse zoom, snorricam, zolly (dolly and zoom - zooming in at the same rate as a dolly moving away).
  • Framing
  • Shot/Reverse shot.