Friday, 8 April 2011

Q8 Looking back at your premliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it to the full product?

Comparing what we done in the Prelim I feel that myself and my group members have come a long way. I say this because some of the shots in the Prelim were good but not as good as what we've achieved in the final product.

The equipment that got given to us was basic but we had to make do with that we had seen as our film had no budget whatsoever so that was a bit of a struggle.

The equipment that got given to us was; Lighting kit, tripod and a camera.

I feel that the equipment that got given to us was of a basic stanard. The mis en scene of 'The Headteacher' was meant to be in a office but that didn't work out for some odd reason so it ended up being in the canteen. Unfortunately the character kept on looking into the camera when he should of been looking at the other character so it was not realistic at all. Also the camera movement of the prelim didn't seem to flow very week and that was another set back we had. Whilst ending the prelim we started to notice that not only our thriller did not look like a thriller but it seemed to of started to look like a comedy/spoof. One member of the group and I were discussing this situation and I thought to myself that 'If we struggled on the prelim, we are definitely doing to struggle on the real thing' and we did.

It was very difficult to communicate with some members of the group because everyone had ideas and wanted their ideas to be used in our final cut so it was rather annoying people talking over each other to get a point across. I feel we have made a huge improvement from our prelim to our final cut because the mis en scene of the final cut was on point and that the darkness of the mis en scene fitted in well with the whole theme of the film.

I feel that the digital technology which I have used in making this was improved on immensely as I didn't really think making a opening sequence was going to be hard but you literally have to consider everything and thats what makes it so difficult.



The production scedule and I encounted was rather good because myself and my group members decided to film in the one week holidays to get it out the way and when we come back to college all we will have left to do is to upload it onto our hardrive and edit it. We decided to do this because from our prelim we thought that we'd struggle and be behind so we just thought to ourselves to just get it out the way.

Q6 Audience feedback and comment (Part2)


I decided to use my initiative and post it on facebook seen as our target audience is 17 - 21 years old. I thought posting it on Facebook would also help to get honest opinions on whether or not my Thriller sequence was successful or not. Also, I'd get different peoples perspectives on things that could of been improved on and so on. With posting it on Facebook, it would also help me publicise the sequence a little. I feel that if I was to officially post a sequence of this, I would do the following.

- Create a page
- Put it under the catoregy 'Entertainment'
- Then invite people to join.

THEN, HOPEFULLY Get a lot of FANS! :D

This is what some people said about Addicted...



Q4/5 What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? How will you attract/address your audience?

6)Audience feedback and comment

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                             This was my class' feedback after watching my group's film 'Addicted'

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                                                                     Student's feedback

Evaluation 8)Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it ti the fill project?


Looking back at our preliminary and our final film, there is a big difference. 

http://thriller11group19.blogspot.com/2011/02/headteacher-pre-lim-film.html(link to 'Evil Head Teacher)

http://thriller11group19.blogspot.com/2011/03/addicted.html (link to 'Addicted')

The main differences are the Sound in our Preliminary, which was pretty basic, we wanted an eery effect, but ours sounded pretty basic and simple. When we did our final film, we wanted to have more of a build up. Which we achieved in Addicted by changing the music and adjusting the volume towards the end. In 'The head teacher' there was some dialogue but it was slightly unclear. We added voice over to our final film. Which was more effective then basic dialogue. The sound effect used in Evil Head Teacher could have been improved too, because it seemed slow compared to the action. 

We used good close ups and lighting in 'Addicted', whereas in the other film, everything was simple, and unorganised. In Evil Headteacher, the setting was also all over the place, it was in the college's open space, ans as seen, there's worker's on the background. A good positive coming out of the film is the over the shoulder shot, which was also used in Addiced. Also, the mise-en-scene could of been improved in the headteacher, where the headteacher was in his own clothing, opposed to a suit or something more similar to what a headteacher would wear.





Media technology was not very good in the first film, it took us quite a while to get used to it, but because we kept practising with 'The head teacher we were able to feel comfortable using it for our main film. One of these was the camera as before we were absent for the introduction to it, and so it was sort of guessing and improving  as we went a long. Whereas during the real film we knew what we were doing and therefore was able to do better shots. Similarly with Final cut pro, we were able to edit much quicker and effectively. We had more time and more dedication to the real film, and it ewas evident. 

Q3)Who would be the audience for your media product?





















Thursday, 7 April 2011

Evaluation 6) Audience Feedback and comment. (2)

I thought posting my film on Facebook would firstly start to distribute my film to the public, as well as get some feedback from my target audience. That aren't necessarily confident with media but enjoy watching films.
I posted it and within a bit I got a few comments. There were a lot of good ones, saying things like it was thrilling - which definitely hit the target. And they were very nice, but perhaps some of that might have been biased as they were my friends. But I did get some critics, like the length was a bit long. That one I took into consideration, as I wouldn't want to bore my audience, after Hitchcock said the beginning is the most important part of the film.

Some comments were as follows: 





 We also went to the cinema for a screening of the film. And I was very reassuring when we were getting to the build up, or end and people fell silent,eyes fixated on the screen. Which is exactly what we wanted. There was no unwanted giggles, or any muttering in the audience to show boredom, and after talking to some people after they seemed to really enjoy and found it creepy, 'wanting to watch more'. Overall I think people enjoyed the titles to my film, which is good as we aimed it at this age group.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Evaluation 8) Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it ti the fill project? (2)

The Sound in our Preliminary was pretty basic, it's creepy but it doesn't really change, therefore. When we did our final film, we wanted to have more of a build up. Which we achieved in Addicted by changing the music and adjusting the volume towards the end. In 'The head teacher' there was some dialogue but it was slightly unclear. We added voice over to our final film. Which was more effective then basic dialogue. 


Organisational skills was key for our filming. when we filmed the preliminary task there was  
no organisation which showed, as it took us quite a while and we were behind in filming and editing. However we kept on top of our work this time and was constantly on top of the work. This also involved teamwork as we communicated well with each other as to when to film and if for some reason someone would be absent. When filming the preliminary, it wasn't really like that.
Media technology was not very good in the first film, it took us quite a while to get used to it, but because we kept practising with 'The head teacher we were able to feel comfortable using it for our main film. One of these was the camera as before we were absent for the introduction to it, and so it was sort of guessing and improving  as we went a long. Whereas during the real film we knew what we were doing and therefore was able to do better shots. Similarly with Final cut pro, we were able to edit much quicker and effectively. 

Evaluation 8) Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it ti the fill project? (1)


Q2) How does your media product represent particular social groups

A Short Clip.


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There were a lot of different similarities and differences when doing this thriller opening. Some similarities were the titles as they looked very similar to Se7en's titles and there were a lot of differences like for example;
The extreme close up of the man slicing his fingers is rather gruesome.


On the other hand, our take on trying to immitate this didn't work so well as it was not an extreme close up, if it was an extreme close up then maybe it may have looked disgusting in a good way.

Q1) In what ways your Media Product use, developer challenge forms and conventions of Real Media Products?

In our film we were mainly inspired by the film 'Se7en' as you could tell with some of the extreme/close up shots that we included in our sequence. 

We decided to use a discrete title sequence as it is similar to 'Se7en's title sequence and use more or less effects with the font, with the etched out/scratchy look to it.  




One of our main priorities was to capture the whole 'scribbling out the picture' scene as in Se7en it seemed to be the main bit in the sequence. Our take on Se7en's version wasn't as successful in making it as 

creepy as in Se7en but we more or less still got the view of 'What a weirdo!' It gave us the audience a view of this guy being a lunatic and an absolute crazy person. Which was the whole point of capturing this. 


One criticism we got was that the comparison we done with the messy handwriting in the title sequence did not really go with how the characters handwriting so I feel that if 

the characters handwriting was how it looked in the title sequence then that would have made a slightly better comparison and would of reflected upon the titles and how they look.



The extreme close up of the book was highly effective because we captured this in a clever way. The lighting played a very good part in exposing all what 



is on the book and nothing else and the background pitch black. Also when watching the film you can see dust particles 
in the air so this is very effective. 





Photographs were the main priority in Se7en's film so myself and my group members thought that it would be best to feature this in our sequence and to make it the main part of it. 



Using intertextuality references from Se7en really inspired me and my other group members to create this weird and creepy thriller and it has really taught me to think outside the box in order for us to create a sequence like this. 





Evaluation 6) Audience Feedback and comment.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Evaluation 7) What have you learned about technologies from process of constructing this product?


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Evaluation 3) Who would be the audience for your media project?

Our film is targeted at older teenagers and young adults, this wold appeal to them as that tis around the a age of our characters, and focus' on a particular issue with people of that age group - relationships, break ups ect.  This was our original target audience, and as we kept for the same age and story line for our characters.  


Here is a profile of a could-be audience member:
Age:17
Occupation: Student
Gender: Female
Music interset: Chart music
Film interest: Thriller, Romance, Psycholigical
Siblings: 1 older brother



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