Friday, 19 March 2010

Final Thriller Video

Evaluation draft deadline mon 22nd 9am, final deadline mon 29th 9am

Thriller Film Opening Sequence Evaluation - 1500-2000 words
PowerPoint uploaded to moodle

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge conventions of real media products?
What conventions of professional products have you used in your own film? (narrative conventions, character conventions, genre, camerawork, sound, editing, special effects, mise-en-scene? Use screen grabs of your own sequence to illustrate each example where you have followed conventions or gone against (challenged) conventions. Also use images from the films that have influenced you where relevant.

2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? (gender, age, ethnicity etc.)
Compare a character in your sequence to a character in a professional film (use images). If you have included a villain/victim character, does the character follow conventions of characters in professional films. For example, is your villain male? Is your victim female? Therefore how are you representing gender?

3. What kind of media institution would distribute your media product?

Discuss similar professional films and their production companies (use images of the films and logos). Which production Company do you think would distribute your film? (if it was professional and if you had made the full film).

4. Who would be the audience for your media product? (BBFC and target audience) Use images from a similar product with a similar target audience. Remember that target audience is not the same as classification.

5. How did you attract/address your audience?

Refer to Significant moments in your sequence where you have tried to generate a response from the spectator (a close up to encourage identification with a character, music that encourages the spectator to feel suspense, tense, visceral reaction etc.) What techniques have you used to encourage the spectator to want to see the rest of the film? (Clues about narrative, character, etc.) Use screen grabs of your own sequence.

6. What have you learnt about the technologies from the process of constructing your product?

(blog, camera equipment, editing software – Final Cut Express, istopmotion, Garageband etc.) Use screen grabs/photos of all these things. Be very specific about tools/effects/techniques learnt not just ‘I have learnt a lot about the software’

7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to your final product?
Discuss your second preliminary task that you did in a week before starting Thriller. Discuss what you have learnt since then about construction of micro elements in order to create meaning, how to use different techniques, practical skills etc. How have you built on your knowledge that you learnt from the prelim task? Use screen grabs of your prelim task and your sequence where relevant.

Friday, 12 March 2010


1) what comments do we agree/ disagree with and why?
2)what can you do at this stage to respond to the feedback and make improvements?
3)why is it important to get feedback from your target audience when producing a film?

1/2)we agree with the comment that the music is repetitive, but we do not want to have the music upbeat but we can make it a bit more interesting .
we are in agreement that our scene needs to be longer, we will fill most of the transitions with names of actors and staff.

3)it is important to get feedback from the target audience when producing a thriller because

Rough Cut Feedback??

Please post what your feedback is on our production here please:

Group 54:

Editing is good although not very creative, think the credits need to be up for longer to read, the soundtrack is good but it gets repetitive it needs something with a faster beat or a shock point , it doesn't make you jump. We didn't understand why the boy was running it was a little vague just running and then someone just grabs him from behind.

Group s2-49:

We think that it is generally effective, with good shots, but we believe that you should include more shot variety. We also agree with the other group and think that the music is well done, but rather boring, and needs some more variety also, you could include some sound effects, for example. It does however build atmosphere well.

Group S2-50:
The sequence needs to be longer, it finishes early on 1:30 roughly, and should be 2 minutes. Throughout, the soundtrack is repetitive and we think you need to consider the juxtaposition of your shots. Your sequence needs to be more continous and the plot needs to be clearer.
You titles were really good though they fitted in with the sequence.

Group S2-51:
The soundtrack although does create a tense atmosphere, does get a bit repetitive. Although it is clearly obvious he is running from something, it is not obvious why. the shots could do with being a bit darker, so it adds a more intense atmosphere.

S2 52 feedback:
Personally the soundtrack should be more up beat instead of a sort of drowsy feeling this took away the suspense of it being a thriller. Also you don't really get much information of the story from what is seen and lastly it needs different shot types for it to be more varied.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Thriller opening Draft cut

This is our group video for the thriller project. Please could you give us feedback on the quality of the editing, if a conventional "thriller" atmosphere had been achieved and if our soundtrack goes well with the atmosphere. thanks...

Monday, 8 March 2010

Plan for Monday 8th

  1. Upload our rough cut video to our blog
  2. Work on improving soundtrack
  3. Edit our video to include our names and make it longer by adding blank spots to our video to give it more depth and atmosphere.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Storyboard - note from teacher

This group has produced a storyboard. It included detailed sketches of the shots and detail underneath about framing and character movement. It perhaps did not include all of the shots required to meet the brief of 2 minutes. Ben Armitage in particular worked well on the storyboard. The storyboard has since gone missing so will not be appearing on the blog. It would be too late now to produce another storyboard as the group has to concentrate on filming in order to meet the deadline.