Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Opening scene: Fortnight

Evaluation 7- Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

On looking back on our preliminary task there are defiantly similarities between it and our final product.

The first is the way in which we edited for both tasks we decided to split the editing, each taking half of the task and editing it.

Usually this would result in each half being a completely different pace but we both have similar editing styles so it worked. We were a lot faster at editing than in the preliminary because we were both familiar with the software this time around.

Evaluation 6- What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

Evaluation 5 - How did you attract/address your audience?

There are many genre conventions we adhere to and they are often used to address the audience. The film is an independent British film and it shows that through its use of Camera and editing which is often a lot more organic than the gloss seen in American blockbuster releases. The characters are also used to address our product’s audience as they are designed to represent the different aspects of the social group our audience is a part of.

There is no music in the piece this relates to theconventions of the genre we were working in. It also allows the audience to make their own assumptions rather than the music trying to guide them through music. The use of non-diegetic sound would also clash with the realism we were trying to achieve.

Our film was very similar in technical styling to fish tank as previously mentioned and also other films distributed by optimum releasing such as submarine and also four lions. The similarities between and relations to these films through optimum distribution (our distribution company) would attract an audience who seek quality, as optimum have distributed for film 4, who have a reputation for pushing boundaries and producing some high quality films.

Our Film provides an in depth look at southern youth Culture, specifically characters from a working class background. This contrasts to other films of the genre which are more likely to have London/ Birmingham based settings/characters and narratives. This would attract our audience to our product due to it being a fresh take on English youth culture.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Audience Feedback

From the feedback we got for our film. people said it was very much an independent British film. which was good as it fit with our brief. Some people commented on the use of handy cam and said it was a bit too much at times so in another production we would have used less handycam.or utilized a steady cam in order to reduce the more extreme movements in the film.
here is an example of some of the audience feed back. A comment from Youtube.

Like the titles over the various signs and some good editing, particularly the punch. There might be a bit too much handicam stuff but I am interested to know what George has done to provoke Sam. 
Facebook comments 

Saturday, 30 April 2011

film opening: post-production-- the edit

Using Adobe premier pro edited the film opening much like we did the original preliminary exercise by splitting it in half and Martin editing the start due to that being where most of the visual effects where. I found this arrangement to be highly productive as we finished the bulk of the edit in just two days.

(inset pic of editing)

 From then on we just had to tweak it as according to feedback from peers who fell into our target audience also having to be done where the Blender FX by martin who is experienced in using the Blender CGI program. A few of the problems we encountered were some minor issues with the footage that we had to edit around and also the fact that due to our editing pace we had to severely shorten the film in comparison to our animatic from 2:10 to 1:30. due to this we had to add some establishing shots to the start and an extra shot of the main character walking.

Martin explains how he uses blender to create the FX

Film opening: The Shoot-- Day Two!

production schedule

Thursday 10 th march
      11:10 - 12 :50 (school period 3-4)

no props needed
same costume

On the second day of filming we completed the filming of our opening this included all parts of the scene with Alice in. due to having problems with the actor we had originally chosen to play Alice we both chose to recast the role to Beth Turner (see cast list). Due to our actors not having any prior commitments on this day we could take more time on each shot this was good as on the day it was highly windy and so shots needed to be constantly redone due to impromptu gusts of wind messing up shots. overall there weren't many problems this time and we managed to finish filming just before it started to rain. we used much the same techniques as we did in the first day with me setting up the establishing shot and the steady shots with martin doing the handy-cam work.

Film opening: The Shoot-- Day One!

Production schedule:

Wednesday 9th march
      11:10 - 2:10 (school period 3 onwards)

Props needed:



Hoodie/leather jacket for Sam
Fake blood
standard teenage wear for other characters

Due to this being the only day Ollie and Paul were free to film, we decided to film the shots they where in first meaning we in large worked backwards for this shoot starting with the bits we needed Ollie for before moving onto Paul the two of them had to leave promptly after. This meant that the conversation between James (Me) and Paul (Paul) was filmed without the other one being there.

this clip also showcases one of the many problems we faced which was that of people walking in and out of shot. we overcame this by simply taking more takes for any shots where someone walked in front of the camera

We managed to film all the way back to the chip shop scene during day one however due to the actor originally playing Alice dropped out last minuet we couldn't film the whole thing. this was one of the main problem we encountered during the shoot. the other was the fact that every Wednesday a market is set up on the high street of Ringwood exactly where we wanted to film the start of the film so we couldn't have filmed everything first day anyway.

the only make up work that we had to do was a little bit of fake blood for the penultimate shot of our opening.

Two slight problems with misé-en-Scene.

throughout the shoot we utilised mainly Hand held camera operated by Martin (Due to me being largely in the opening and him having the steadier hands) I then set up any tripod shots that where required.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Film opening: the cast list

The cast for the film has been finalised and is as bellow:

James- George Attwill
Sam- Ollie Francis

Paul- Paul Richards

All of the above have worked with us in the past for elvis did not star in this production so we work well toghether and it was easy to get hold of them also thy have prior to this worked in front of the camera and have a degree of professionalism.

Alice- Beth Turner

Beth is part of a local amateur dramatics group 'Poulner Players' and has been in several shows therefore has acting experience.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Film Opening: The Animatic

Our animatic gives us a basic idea of how our opening will progress and how long were going to hold each shot for. in our animatic we have included, in subtitles, the script to give an idea of how long the shots will need to be to include the dialogue.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Opening Scene- Location

when deciding on the location for or film opening we wanted to show an area which demonstrates the gritty ambiance of an independent film for this we chose the Marketplace and the furlong road in Ringwood.

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the reason we decided to choose this area was because we felt that the image of the dilapidated old cinema was quite a poignant one and wed felt that it would be a good opening shot for our film.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Film Opening: production company

To in keep with the brief that we are doing we have to make it appear that our film it financed through regional funding for this we have decided to use South West Screen as our regional production company.

Film opening: the stimuli and conventions

Buy using certain stimuli we can begin to establish the conventions of an independent film and we can also then use these conventions or adapt them:

  • limited non-diegetic sound
  • use of a hand held camera this
  • shots are held for longer and slightly drawn out
  • Gritty feeling
  • High key lighting for a sense of realism
  • Washed out coulor

limited non-diegetic sound this can be seen in the opening of fish tank

use of a hand held camera this again can be seen in the opening to fish tank and also in this extract of this is england

also seen in this extract the shots are held for longer and slightly drawn out we are planning to use this in our opening.

high key lighting and washed out colour it used to convey a sense of realism and grittyness this can be seen in trainspotting.

we decided to have a non- linear storyline which whilst not nesasseraly  a convention of independent films is typically used in British Cinema. two examples of films with non- linear storyline are memento and inception.

Inception opening link

the idea for drawing opening credits on walls and signs in grafiti etc came from this promo poster for this is england.

It is also seen in the opening to Napoleon Dynamite.
Napoleon Dynamite contact sheet

also included in our stimuli are mass effect a computer game by Bioware who are well known for emersive stories and cinematic cut scenes

and we looked at cut scenes of Halo: Reach by Bungie which have a gritty feel just to see if we wanted to play around with it

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Film opening: Initial ideas


The film is about 2 people with a grudge that began as something petty. The film is about the situation escalating and the consequences of the characters actions throughout the film. The opening is the present day whilst the film is seen as a flashback. In the opening we see the culmination of the events of the film, which leaves the audience with questions which lead into the rest of the film.

Character profiles

Protagonist, confident arrogant at times.
Friend of James, brother of Sam.bit of a push over.
quick to anger, quiet, subdued,
strong willed, clever, frequently overlooked but accepts it

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Film opening: the Briefs

I'm in a group with Martin.
Before planing our opening scene we where given a selection of briefs which can be seen here.

We chose to do ...

Film Brief 3
An independent movie featuring a young protagonist Your film should appear to be financed through regional funding
(Opening to Fish Tank, This Is England etc)

we thought that it could be ideal for us because it means that we don't have to so much concentrate on making it look like a big budget film and concentrate more on conveying the narrative to our audience, as independent films tend to be more focused on telling a story of a selection of characters as opposed to making money and simple challenging narratives.