Thursday, 24 February 2011

comments from Donna


Well done girls! Your new idea is great. Thanks for looking at ‘Single White Female’ – I thought it might inspire you. Your pitch and prezi are great and you are up to date now. Please look back at the previous blog notes I have given you, to make sure you have included all my suggestions. Thanks. Donna 

Friday, 18 February 2011

The pitch of our Thriller opening

Group Six- Pitch

Screengrabs from our Pitch

Here are some of our screen grabs of our pitch on prezi:


STORYBOARD

SKILLS

SUB-GENRE

PROPS

MISE EN SCENE

COSTUME

AUDIENCE DETAIL
TARGET AUDIENCE


PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

INSPIRATION

INSITUTIONAL DETAIL

SOUND



LOCATION

TREATMENT

TITLE

WHOLE PITCH

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The Pitch for our Thriller Opening




SCREENGRABS :


STORYBOARD

SKILLS

SUB-GENRE

PROPS

MISE EN SCENE

COSTUME

AUDIENCE DETAIL
TARGET AUDIENCE AND WHY


PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

INSPIRATION

INSITUTIONAL DETAIL

SOUND


LOCATION

TREATMENT

TITLE

WHOLE PITCH

Extra Research: Single White Female


During a break we as a group watched the film Single White Female (1992). After watching it we all decided the theme of stealing someone else's identity would be good to use in our thriller opening. The main use of intertexuality that we will use is identity theft.
Here is the trailer of Single White Female.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Evaluation Of Final Prilim Film

 
In lesson, we were given a brief to create a prelim before we started our real thriller opening. This helped us get a better understanding of how to create and plan our film opening. We decided to use an idea from the film ‘The Stepfather’. In this film, a male is seen doing the everyday routine. Such as brushing teeth, shaving, eating and so on. We as the audience do not know what has happened or is going to happen. Till we get the shot of the body.

In our film, we used that opening technique. We made the idea that the audience will not know anything until a specific shot, which will reveal the secret, which in our film is the bloody hands being washed and the blood flowing through the sink.
By using this as our starting point, we created a storyboard and filmed it in the college.

We created a very good prelim opening. We used many shots from different angles so that when we edit the film we will have a range of shots to work with. This will be something we will need to remember when filming our thriller opening.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Evaluation of the Prelim

I have created a PREZI version of this evaluation which can be seen here :



We were given a brief to create a prelim before we started our real thriller opening. This allowed us to get a better and further understanding of how to plan and create a film opening. The group started off by sharing ideas on what to do, plot wise. We then decided to use an idea from the movie The Stepfather. In the film, a male is seen doing everyday things, such as shaving and eating and as the audience we don't really know what is happening / happened until we get the shot of the bodies. In our film we our own version of that opening by creating the idea that the audience does not know what is going on until they see a certain shot , in our case the shot of the bloody hand and the blood running in the sink. So by using that as a starting point we developed the idea, created a storyboard and lastly filmed it within the college grounds.  

Overall I believe my group created a very strong prelim opening. Starting with the shots. We knew exactly what we wanted to shoot before we actually started as we created a detailed storyboard which helped us be prepared and allowed us to maximise our time whilst filming. During the actual shoot we made sure we got lots of shots, from different angles, so we had more to edit with ,and shot some extras just in case some did not work with our idea (something we will definitely remember to do whilst making our final thriller opening ).

A shot of part of the timeline
 During the editing process our idea was confirmed as we found out that it was good to have extra shots to work with as a few were not useable, if we had not done this we would have had a serious problem with editing with limited shots. After getting all the shots cut and placed in order on the timeline ( we were using Final Cut Pro to edit) we used soundtrack pro to pick and choose music to go along with the opening, the one we chose suited perfectly with the openings theme of suspense and mystery. 

As for the actual opening itself , i believe the group did create a good opening which allowed  us to showcase the skills that we have learnt over the last few weeks of this project. The opening shots lets the audience know who the main character is, but it does not give away what has happened, placing the the viewer straight into the film. The audience then gets a close up of the bloody hands and the blood running off into the sink.  Another shot we included was a wide shot, which shows the main character and the door that they had exited from in the start. 
An example of continuity
One thing that we made sure we did was keep the continuity , for example she leaves the door open and when we return to it , it is still open , by doing this we made the opening flow better. Another thing about the opening that i think is a positive is the tilt shot , that is also a POV from the person on the floor. By doing this it establishes the character , by automatically giving them a higher status. There music in the prelim is another positive, it fits perfectly with the scene and creates the right amount of suspense and the right atmosphere.

If i would change anything about the prelim it would be the sound. Even though we had placed a soundtrack over the shots, there is a slight problem with the sound. Some of the sounds from the shoot are heard such as background noise and directions being told to the actor. It does not affect the overall opening too much but it is definitely something that we have to go over and re-check whilst editing our final thriller opening. But overall, in my opinion,  we produced an excellent piece for our prelim considering it was only our second time filming and second time editing.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Extra Research: Obsessed, 2009

Obsessed is a psychological thriller. I recently watched the film and really enjoyed it. The film is about a successful business man Derek (Idris Elba) who is happy with his work and marriage with Sharon (Beyonce Knowles) and their only son. But his marriage who's relationship is nearly ruined when an obsessive temporary worker, Lisa (Ali Larter), who is hugely attracted to Derek. Derek is understandably a little attracted to her as she is a beautiful woman. However, everything eventually goes wrong when Derek manages to keep control of himself and rejects Lisa's flirtatious behaviour and nearly jeopardizes his marriage.
I particularly enjoyed the scene where Ali Larter silently breaks into Beyonce's house. This clip in included in the clip below (up to 2.46 seconds). The editing pace is slow but it creates tension. There are a lot of match cuts showing everything Ali Larter is doing. The music is very eerie and suspenseful. It reflects Larter's character's madness and obsession.

There are aspects of the film which I would consider using in my own film such as the plot and the match cuts shown below.
These are the match cuts from the scene