Monday, 19 March 2012

Evaluation 5














Voicenote on school computers, will upload on Monday 19th.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Evaluation 4

Evaluation 3

Research has been done into distributors and what types of films they distribute. Walt Disney and 20th Century Fox unarguably distribute the most films of a certain genre, and they distribute the most films which they feel will become successful.
Walt Disney Pictures is set in America and are a very successful distributor which was founded in 1923. They have a lot of hit films which include Pirates of The Caribbean Dead Mans Chest which brought in $1,066,179,725 of worldwide gross and Toy Story 3 which created  $1,063,171,911 in worldwide gross. But they do lack in distributing thriller films and films of the same family such as horror, which shows that it would not be a good choice for them to distribute our film, plus they most likely wouldn't. Walt Disney Pictures distribute and create films which are more family orientated, where the whole family can go to the cinema and watch a certain film.  

On the other hand, while studying 20th Century Fox films, they do have a wide range of films from different genres. They have also distributed films which have been really popular such as Avatar which brought in 
$2,782,275,172 worldwide. Avatar is the most successful film ever and this shows what type of films Fox would distribute. But Fox seem to not distribute many films which are of a thriller or horror genre. They seem to distribute a lot of action and adventure films. This means that this would possibly not be a good choice as a distributor for our film Mindgames.

Our film is definately of a Hollywood standard and a company like Hammer or Universal would be suitable to distribute our film as they distribute more thiller and horror films. This would be a good choice for us, but even then a company would have to take a major risk in having trust in our film.

Evaluation 2

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Evaluation Question 1 : In what ways does your media project use, develop or challenge forms, and connections of real media products?

1: Camera work:
Shot 6 and 4 are examples of unique camera work and these shots show the creativity that we had in planning and creating our thriller opening. Shot 4 shows a low angle shot from behind the radio to show the villains power. We also see the villain move towards the camera which creates a tension in the audience as he reaches towards the radio, very close to the camera. This shot just simply shows the power of the villain and his composed and concentrated posture. Shot 6 is an extreme close up of the villains hand as he reaches into a draw to get a self rolled cigarette and a lighter. This is a shot which makes the audience focus on the center of the screen where the drugs are placed. This also shows conventions we have used and it gives an insight into the villains personality and his life. From this you can tell he is most likely addicted to some sort of drug whether this be the cocaine and various other drugs in Shot 1 or others. This can show signs of disturbance and of weakness and it shows that he uses drugs to help him gain a positive buzz or feeling. This is vital for the story and is unique.

2: Lighting:
Shot 2 is an example of the way in which we used lighting to add to our opening as it is a convention of thriller. The shot contains a man who is quite badly lit and this adds to emphasis of what kind of person he may be. The darkness projected on his face does show that he may be a bad person and you can also see that from the look on his face, he doesn't seem right.
 This strengthens the thriller as we know later on in the movie something may occur, a murder, kidnapping, something negative. I think the lighting we employed in this shot really connects with conventions and shows that we have taken conventions strongly into consideration and how we would like to present them. 

3: Story : How does the opening set it up?:
Shot 1 and 2 are the two first shots of our thriller opening and they consist of a shot of cocaine and tobacco roll on a table, placed messily on the table. The darkness in both shots indicates horror/thriller due to the lack of visibility. Darkness adds in to the shot and is very significant. The shot was a slow pan of the drugs, as an extreme closeup This is a good sign of the thriller genre and it creates an image of the storyline and what the film could be about just by Shot 1 as drugs carry a negative aura and you can almost sense that there is something bad about the film. This leads the audience to think that the drugs belong to someone whos maybe not such a good person, but a significant and definitive person in the thriller. 

4: Title of the film and credits:
Shot 3
 above shows the film title 'Mindgames'. We used a text with an added effect which we all felt it fits in with the genre of a thriller. The capital letters grab the audiences attention and the effect on the title also adds effect. The font looks mangled and looks like ravaged which is exactly what we had wanted for out title to look like. We wanted the background to be black just so that it would make the title bold and strand out. The colour red also adds effect as it gives the message, danger, blood, and warning. Shot 9 shows a credit from our opening. We chose to make the colour white so that it would stand out, becoming effective, even though the attention of the audience is probably more focused on the actually film.

5: How the characters are introduced:
Shot 2 shows the villain and his introduction into the opening and this is presented with the lighting being a key feature. As you can see the light is scarce upon his face and he can barely be seen while he is drowned in darkness. His facial expression also shows a much negative light of this character. This then creates an idea in the audience that maybe he isn't such a good character. The police officer is shown first in his car, after just parking up. He then steps out and walks towards the entrance of the flats and we can see from this his presence and authority. He comes across as big, brave and bold. This is positive and creates a feeling in the audience where they believe he is here to save the day and stop a criminal or crime, and he will succeed.

6: Genre, and how the opening suggests this:
Shot 1 shows a cocaine hill and tobacco on a table. These drugs fit in with thriller conventions as it portrays negativity. It creates a possible story for the viewers and from this one shot and we can see that the owner of these things is most likely troubled and relies on drugs to feel better about something. The extreme close up of the drugs also adds emphasis as the audience focus on the drugs. 
We also see a bit of the setting and and from the darkness and lack of lighting it seems as if the person who lives there, wants to keep themselves closed up and away from the world. The darkness plays such an important role in our opening and from the darkness in the opening the audience will understand that this is a thriller or horror. The thriller conventions that we included in our opening are well represented and we feel that they where successfully employed into our opening. This shows that thriller conventions have been used with the drugs, indicating negative activity and the darkness which creates uncertainty and suspense. These all add in to create a stronger picture of the thriller genre.

7: Editing:We used many techniques to try and show that we can create a high quality of editing. Shots 7 and 8 show our creativity and how we produced a piece of editing. They show cross cutting between the officer coming closer to the area which the villain is situated and then it shows the villain with a knife at the door listening. This created suspense as it the shot kept crossing from the villain to the officer. This links in with thriller conventions as the cross cutting creates suspense and a thrill. With Shot 4 shows a shot from behind the radio facing upwards towards the villain, this shot was created by us just placing some books underneath the camera and having it at a low angle. We felt that this shot shows how our editing was successful and creative.

8: How suspense is created:
Shot 7 and 8 are the most obvious shots to show how suspense was created as noted in Question 7. The cross cutting between these two shots creates so much suspense that the audience do not seem to know what is going to happen. There is much anticipation created within the audience and plus there is also a sense of fear for the police officer. In my own edit of our opening, i added a cliffhanger to the ending which creates so much suspense as the you haven't an idea of whats happened when the screen blacks out and the thumping heartbeat stops. This is also a convention of the thriller genre as it fits in with the characteristics which contain, uncertainty and suspense.

9: Setting and location
Shot 10 shows one of the several locations we used in our thriller opening. We used my room to film the scenes in the villains room. We also used a block of flats near my house in Mill Hill for the scenes in which the officer is walking up to investigate this person.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

UK Film Companies Research

Working Title Films

Working Title Films is a British film production company, based in London in the UK. The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983. It produces feature films and several television productions, including films starring comic actor Rowan Atkinson also known as "Mr Bean". Eric Fellner and Bevan are now the co-owners of the company. In 1992, PolyGram became the company's corporate backer. Radclyffe left Working Title, and Eric Fellner, a fellow independent film producer, joined the company. The company produced a variety of films for PolyGram's London-based production company PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. An Anglo-Dutch film studio, PolyGram Films became a major Hollywood competitor. In 1999, PolyGram was sold to Seagram and merged with MCA Music Entertainment, to form Universal Music Group. PolyGram Films was merged and sold to Universal Studios in 1999.