Camera Shots

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Long Shot-This shot shows a figure from head to toe in order to show the details in a scene that you do not want to be missed. This shot allows the background to be shown and it usually follows an extreme long shot.

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Mid Shot- This shot is used to show the upper part of the persons body, usually from the hips upwards. It is important that this shot shows the persons arms are in the shot to help show what the person in the shot is doing. This shot allows the facial expressions of the person to be seen without it being a close-up.

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Bird’s-eye view/High Angle Shot- This shot is taken above the figure from a distance, this allows the audience to feel as though they are looking down on the character in a shot. As the picture is not taken directly above the figure, it could also be a high angle shot, this is to add a more natural feel to the shot, to make it look like a character is just looking down on something.

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Low Angle Shot-This shot is used to make the figure in the shot look taller and bigger then they truly are. This allows the character to seem in control and over powering. It is the opposite to a high angle shot, to make the audience feel as though they are looking up at the character.

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Close-Up- This shot is used to limit the frame of the shot to a certain view, usually a characters face. The background is unfocused and looks blurred so your attention is drawn to the shot. This shot allows facial expressions to be empathized.

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Extreme Close-Up- This shot is used to focus on details that are not usually seen from an average distance. The background of the shot is not seen so that attention is focused plainly on the thing that is zoomed in.

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Over the Shoulder Shot- This shot is done behind a character who is looking at another character. This shot allows the audience to feel as though they are looking at something through someone else’s eyes/point of view. This usually occurs during a conversation, to alternate between the characters to help follow the conversation.

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Model Release Form

Even though the main character in our opening sequence is George, we still had to get him to sign a model release form, as well as getting our three extra characters to sign to make sure that they were aware that they were going to be filmed, and then this was going to be uploaded to Youtube as well as our blogs for our teachers, fellow pupils and most importantly the examiner.

Here are the signed forms from our extras Baba,Blake,Alex and Isaac;

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And here is the model release form for our Main Actor George;

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Film Ident

A Film Ident is a short clip of moving images or video sequence used before films to identify who the film distributor is. However the Ident is not strictly for films, it is also used on every television channel to identify which one you are watching throughout the duration of the ad breaks etc.

After doing some research and watching a some what significant amount of idents, i picked my favorite which is the classic ‘PIXAR’ ident that brings me back to my childhood when watching monsters inc.

I love this ident, as it is not minutes long, it does not have some over dramatic music playing in the back ground like you do with the ‘Lionsgate’ ident, it is just simple and entertaining!

After a lot of thought, and searching the internet, i came across multiple websites that allow you to make your own logo, which you could then potentially turn into an ident. The best one i came across without all the annoying adverts was a website named ‘Graphic Springs’ that allows you to pick from thousands of different templates in various categories t create your logo.

I picked the ‘Entertainment & The Arts’ section as it as the only category that seemed relevant to what i was looking for. Here are some of the things it offers;

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I trialed a few of them, but nothing struck me and made me want it as an ident,however i had another issue on my hands…WHAT WAS I GOING TO CALL MY FILM IDENT?

Still after writing down various different ident name ideas, I still was not taking to any of them so I decided to do what any teenage girl would do…I asked my Mum, as there is no other person who’s opinion matters more(unless its stupid of course) and she instantly just came out with ‘Eye Dent Pictures’ which i thought was fantastic, and as we spoke about it more, we said that I should draw an eye, with a dent kind of like a sparkle, and then, to add something to like it back to me, to eye’s colour should be blue.

As i am now in a group, the final Ident our group are going to use is ‘VGI media’. The background is dark with a fire effect running through it to reflect on our theme of our opening sequence which is a psychological-thriller, that is quite a dark style genre. The Ident was created Adobe After Effects CS6, and ‘VGI’ stands for Viv, George and Isaac, and even through i am a new edition to the group we are going to leave it as we think it is quite catchy and snappy.

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Film Distribution in the UK

In lesson, we learnt all about film distribution and what it involves. We were shown a flow chart to outline the process of film distribution and what it involves.

Here is one just like what we have been shown in lesson;

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A Distributor plays a very important part of the film making process, as it handles the release of a film, and then markets it, making it available for viewing by an audience at home through DVD and Video format, or at the cinema etc. It also involves putting the film out in media to market the film even more and build up publicity about it, making the film known to promote the film so target audiences get excited to see the film upon its release date.

My Ideas

Idea 1;

Setting; An old Tudor mansion called ‘Burghley House’ in Stamford, however i will not be filming inside the house, its more the grounds and the outside of the house itself that i am more interested in. It is a beautiful house, with lots of detail, with well looked after surroundings, however when the grounds are empty, and the daylight starts to fade, a certain terror starts to set in, and the house looks eerie and as though it holds a thousand and more ghostly stories.

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Story Line; The house was originally built by the Tudors but many years later, a very rich man named ‘Dr Alfred Willard’ took it over. He claimed to treat people of things that in the early 1900s were seen as morally wrong to the public eye. For example, homosexuality. He would have them pay money to see him and ‘stay’ in the house to get better, however they were then treated as patients in an asylum(which is technically what it is). The patients are only allowed to bring with them a single suitcase of luggage, with their most sacred belongings, however they are never actually allowed them, and only recently when the house was bought by ‘Mrs Burghley’ were the suitcases discovered.

The film will pretend that Burghley house is abandoned, and it is referred to as ‘The Willard Asylum’ that is only visited for ghost tours and children looking for a scare on Halloween, as it was rumored that if in the pitch black, you look through a window, you can see certain treatments being performed on patients in the Asylum and how much they suffered.

Characters; (are still yet to be decided)I will ask a few members of the drama club, or those that take a level drama to film a few short clips in the auditorium, with a flashing light to resemble the flashes of electricity being emitted when someone gets treated by electroshock therapy.

Props;

  • I will need cardboard to make the electroshock therapy probes.
  • Make up to make the characters look ghost like,old and fragile.
  • Clothing, like robes that are meant to be white but are not, and instead are dirty and unsanitary.
  • Good outside spotting lamps or lights to allow my camera to actually capture some good shots rather than some dark fuzzy sequence.

Research;

  • There is actually a famous asylum in New York, called ‘The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane’ and was open from the 1800s to 1995.
  • As i learnt all about the Asylum in GCSE Drama, i decided i would apply what i knew about the asylum and the story of the suitcase project, to this idea to create the background of it.

Idea 2;

Setting; At night in a forest or wood in either Stamford or my local area. I could use a public walk way near to my house that actually has lots of greenery, which would be prefect for the fighting scene.

Story Line; The passage way that leads to a darkened field, is very secluded due to the activities going on. There is a slave club that goes on in the field, where normal people off the street are captured to be slaves,that are then bid on by rich people to chose which ones they want to fight until the death. Once they are captured,they are stripped of their clothes and put in gym clothes, as they get the bids if they have a good body, and that can been seen through this,then  they are chained up outside were they can see their opponents that they will be fighting. They are kept strong by the food they are given, however this club is all about survival.

Characters; Once again i will ask either my friends or members of the drama club to be in this, however i will focus on one specific character to try and show their journey and how they survive.

  • Props;
  • Chains or rope to tie the actors up with
  • gym clothes as that is what they fight in
  • fake money
  • an attachable microphone
  • lighting

What do you think makes a good film?

I decided to ask the people around me what to them made a good film in order for myself to come up with ideas and eventually an opening sequence that satisfies those needs.

I made a short video of the responses i was given;

From this i can see that people care a lot about how the film makes them feel and whether or not they can relate to the story line or not.

This has been a great way for me to see what sort of things i should take into consideration when thinking about ideas for my opening sequence.

BFI media conference

Okay so, yesterday (12/11/2014) my fellow media students and i visited London to attend a media seminar at the BFI to give us an in site on how to make our media course work better and what sort of things we should include on our blogs, and in our final opening sequence piece.

After lunch, and after all the excitement as i spotted Pixie Lott grabbing a coffee in Starbucks, we were introduced to our guest star of the conference, who was indeed Dexter Fletcher.

 

Dexter Fletcher was born January 31st 1966, in North London where he started his career as an actor, and now has been in multiple films and TV shows including the amazing Bugsy Malone, Stardust, Kick-Ass, Hotel Babylon,Misfits and the most well known, Press Gang. Here is Dexter in one of his first films, the classic Bugsy Malone;

I think Dexter Being there, and explaining to us how he got to where he is today was really interesting,and engaging. However, he told us about how he directs films and that his first film ‘Wild Bill’ was a low budget film that was inspired by western films as you can see by the titles here;

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The film ‘Wild Bill’ was a narrative by Fletcher based on his personal life, and how he was thrown into adulthood from an early age because he was a child actor that had a lot of responsibilities. Fletcher told us what skills you need to learn in order to create a successful film with virtually no money. The first point he made to us was “THE ACTOR”. It has become clear, that without a known actor in a film, the less companies tat will fund you, and then the lower ratings you receive at the box office. The established actor in ‘Wild Bill’ was Will Poulter whom started his career in ‘Son of Rambow’.

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We also got to see a clip from another of Dexter’s films which was ‘Sunshine on Leith(2013)’ which is based on stage show by the same name. The film is sort of like a comical musical with added drama as it is about two soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Dexter told us that he liked the contrast between the two genres of the films and that in order to make a good film you have to communicate with the audience. In this film he did this through the singing, as the characters actually sang in ‘Sunshine on Leith’ before they even spoke.

Overall the BFI conference was an amazing experience..not because we had a day out in London, but because we got a chance as pupil to learn what we needed to do to wow our examiners and reach our full potential as media students.