Thursday, 31 March 2011

EVALUATION: 4&5) What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? How will you attract/address your audience?

"Duplicate" was produced by our own production team, Sixx Studios. However we associated it with Candi Studios, who is also our distribution company.
Candi Studios is an independent low budget production company. Our film will be distributed via cinema (The Screen on the Green), DVDs, social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Youtube as shown on the prezi presentation.)
There will be a private screening of our film and a release of 200 DVDs.


Due to the development of technologies, everyone now has access to the internet and have familiarised themselves with the software. Facebook is the biggest and most popular social networking site. Therefore it is a very ideal place to advertise out film.
I have made a prezi to show the many different ways of advertising on the internet,


EVALUATION Internet advertising

EVALUATION-4&5: What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? How will you attract/address your audience?



'Sixx Studios' is a low budget Production Company which is also an independent company. The way that this film would be distributed by the company, would be through ; the cinema ( and other private screenings , such as family viewings) the internet ( for example social networking websites/youtube/vimeo) and  a release of 200DVDs .





Our thriller film has been released in this cinema; we viewed our thriller in the lead of all our teachers and AS peers. It has been up on my facebook, this was done to show everyone and get feedback for it .















EVALUATION: 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Our thriller 'Duplicate' is very similar to 'The stepfather' their are very similar scenes




Changes identity 
In both films we see the characters change their identity , this shows that Duplicate is similar to real media products as it follows and develops the same type of storylines that real media products like The Stepfather. Both are in the bathroom doing their own things but we wonder why shes putting on the wig and why his wearing contact lenses.

Makes breakfast
Another similarity with the two openings, again making Duplicate, both making breakfast, coffee etc

Surprise of dead body
This is a major turning in both of the openings the first being the change of identity. This shocks the audience both are very similiar.

Both thriller is targeted to the older generation.

EVALUATION: 6: AUDIENCE FEEDBACK AND COMMENT

This a wordle showing the postitve feed back of our thriller film.

As in todays lesson, everyone watched each others thriller opening








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Today our group showed our film to the rest of our media class ( group 7 / 8 / 9 & 10 ) and after watching our thriller opening for 'Duplicate' they gave us feedback on our openings strengths and things that we could improve on.

The main positive comments that the group received about the music were that it creates suspense , which is critical
 in a thriller movie as it is one of the main conventions to have if the film is to be successful. Another positive comment in which the group received about our thriller opening was about the use of mise - en - scene , mainly the props.

EVALUATION - 4 & 5 - What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? How will you attract / adress your audience?

Our thriller 'Duplicate' was made with the help of 'Candi Studios' and our own self made studios named 'Sixx Studios' , which helped with the production of the thriller and its opening. 

'Sixx Studios' is a low budget , production company which is also an independent company. The way that this film would be distributed by the company , would be through ; the cinema ( and other private screenings , such as family previews) the internet ( for example social networking websites) and  a release of 200 DVDs .


The internet allows the film to be broad casted vastly and even globally. In the Prezi below is examples of how the film could and would be distributed to attracted the target audience.




Also there will be a cinema screening of the movie in an Islington cinema. It will be shown to students and teachers.This allows us to show the film directly to the main , targeted audience and also those who are not apart of the the direct target audience , but their reaction to the film may also be beneficial to our experience of making this opening.
Finally there will be a DVD release of 200 copies of 'Duplicate' .This allows us ( the makers of 'Duplicate') to give the film to those who we think we benefit from seeing it and also give the kind of feedback we want to hear and learn from.

Evaluation: Recording feedback








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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

EVALUATION: 3) Who would be the audience for your media product?

We watched all of the films made by the groups in our class. We gave and received feedback and suggestions on improvements. 
The students in our class are aged 16 to 17.
Our target audience were both male and female, with an age ranged from 15-30. This is because audiences aged between 15 and 30 will understand the plot as they have a mature mind.


As I said in a previous blog, males generally enjoy psychological thrillers, which is the genre of our film. Females will be attracted to our film because our main character is a woman, who steals another woman's identity. The outfit the main character wears is also quite stylish for an identity theft.














This is Melisa Mert, aged 17 and is a student. She is an outgoing person and enjoys spending time outside. Her hobbies are dancing, singing, acting, fashion and shopping! Her favourite genres of films are romcoms and thrillers. Duplicate is a thriller which she will enjoy as the protagonist is a female and converts her appearance which links to fashion. Her favourite places to shop are Selfridges and Topshop.


The prezi shows the contents of her bag which she takes to college.


EVALUATION: 2) How does your media represent particular social groups?

Jasmine, Duplicate                                Hedy, Single White Female










The character who inspired us the most was Hedy from Single White Female.
Single White Female was the film that inspires us with the concept of identity theft and fraud. Hedy relates hugely to our character, Jasmine. She becomes obsessed with another woman and eventually begins to adjust her appearance to exactly like the victim. Although their aim is the same, the characters have a few differences. Duplicate has a more action side to it as the main character murders the victim in the beginning then converts into them.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

EVALUATION : Recored feedback



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EVALUATION-6: Audience feedback and comment

Here is a wordle on the strengths of our opening from others
During today’s lesson with Donna, we showed our peers (groups: 7,8, 9 and 10) our thriller opening (Duplicate). After they viewed the opening, they gave us feedback on the strengths on the opening sequence and aspects of the opening sequence that they think could be improved.
The main positive feedback that our group received was about the music, how it was suspenseful and thrilling.



Then for the aspects of the opening sequence we cold improve on was to signify the importance of the protagonist which cold be done by more close ups of the face which is showing facial reaction.

EVALUATION-3: Who would be the audience for your media product?

Out target audience for our thriller is for  older females around 20years and over.
This is because our thriller is about 'identity theft' and 'murder' which is mainly for that era target, i believe if it was for 16+ year olds not many teenagers would watch it .

I believe the  typical audience member for our thriller movie would be  a women in her 20s.
here is what i imagine would be in her bag :
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EVALUATION-2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?

The Stepfather (obsessed) 
Duplicate (obsessed) 



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EVALUATION - 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

After roaming around on the website Art of the title sequence i found the opening of ....

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EVALUATION - 2 - How does your media represent particular social groups?

Whilst creating this film we had an idea of who we wanted to relate to and who we wanted to feel as if they were exactly like the main character.  In order to achieve this we had to carefully look at aspects such as mise en scene and also look at other similar films and see how they relate to each other.

A film that was used for inspiration was 'Single White Female' (1992). This film revolves around the same plot of a stolen identity , so this shows that Duplicate is compareable to a real media product. The fact that the key protagonist characters are both female is also a similarity , this means that Duplicate mainly represents females.

Another social group in which Duplicate represents are adults. This is because our protagonist in the opening is an adult [ around 22]. This is a common group that is usually represented in thriller openings [ for example Single White Female] so Duplicate is the same as many real thriller openings , that are made by high budget companies.

Our opening also represents a certain race - Asian. This quality is different to Single White Female and many other real media products. Typically lead female characters are caucasian , so Duplicate does not follow the typical conventions for a thriller opening , allowing it to represent a race which is not commonly seen in thriller openings , especially not British low budget films.

By use of mise en scene the group and myself have been able to represent more social groups. For example costume. The main character is wearing a black dress [ a cardigan ] and heels , an outfit usually associated with a working woman. The location is also relevant in representing social groups. It can be seen that the character lives in a house , which means she can afford to have a home to herself. This connotes her class.

Overall the opening to Duplicate represents many different social groups.This is done by props , gender and location , and other aspects. By doing this i know that it allows us to reach and target a wider audience , who would be attracted and interested in the film.

EVALUATION: 1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Blue Valentine (2010)


Searching on Artofthetitle.com I found the opening for Blue Valentine. The font used for this film is very similar to ours. The title of the film is shown big and bold in the centre of the screen. This is exactly what we did for our film. However, I did not find the films on this site relevant to my final film.


One of the films that inspired our opening was The Stepfather. Here is a reminder of the opening of this film,


Our film has many similarities to this The Stepfather but also has its differences.
Similarities

The unusual actions cause suspense as they change a part of their feature. The difference is the gender of the main characters.

EVALUATION -1 - In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge conventions of real media products?

The main title sequence that Duplicate relates and is similar to is the title sequence from the movie 'The Stepfather'. Below is a video that i have made [using Windows Movie Makers that shows how the films relate to each other by showing the similarities and differences between The Stepfather and Duplicate: 
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Changes identity 
In both films we see the characters change their identity , this shows that Duplicate is similar to real media products as it follows and develops the same type of storylines that real media products like The Stepfather.

Makes breakfast
Another similarity with the two openings, again making Duplicate more like  a real media product. 

Surprise of dead body
This is the major turning in both openings , the first being the change of identity.This shocks the audience and makes the plot  move obvious.

Gender of main characters
This is something different about the two openings. Duplicate challenges the typical movie opening as it revolves around a female lead , typically males dominate this genre of film , which means that Duplicate is challenging the forms of real media products.

Whilst on the Art of the title sequence website , I found the opening for 'Stranger than Fiction'. In relation to my groups own thriller opening there are a few similarities. Firstly the fact that it is starts with the protagonist getting ready , just like the female lead in the opening for 'Duplicate'. However the protagonists are two different genders, which challenges the conventions of what a lead should be.

EVALUATION: 6) Audience feedback and comments (Part 1)



In todays lesson, our class watched each others film and got feedback from everyone. These are the words from the feedback on our film, "Duplicate"

These are the recorded feedback from a few of our classmates on "Duplicate"


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EVALUATION - 6 - Audience Feedback and comment

A Wordle showing the comments from others



Today our group showed our film to the rest of our media class ( group 7 / 8 / 9 & 10 ) and after watching our thriller opening for 'Duplicate' they gave us feedback on our openings strengths and things that we could improve on.

The main positive comments that the group received about the music were that it creates suspense , which is critical
 in a thriller movie as it is one of the main conventions to have if the film is to be successful. Another positive comment in which the group received about our thriller opening was about the use of mise - en - scene , mainly the props. One comment which was written said ' The use of props were very good and allowed the audience to understand what was clearly happening' , this is exactly what the group wanted to achieve with the use of the ring and wig. Below is are videos from three students giving us feedback on our opening ( they student fit into our target audience so this feedback is very good for us , as it is coming from someone who we want to watch our film).

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After the cinema showing of the opening [on 05/04/2011] , i decided to get feedback from the audience , made up of people that are included in our the target audience.Here is a picture of a sheet of which i wrote down feedback from a person :


Here is another piece of feedback that was sent via email:
I thought that the overall production and editing was great. Personally I thought that the sound used when the main character was getting ready was effective and it added to the overall theme of the opening, I thought that it should of been extended to make it more atmospheric, however I thought that the narrative was so intriguing that it made me forget about it. GREAT FILM

Friday, 25 March 2011

"DUPLICATE" - FINAL FILM.


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Our Experience of creatng "Duplicate"

Before uploading our final film, we wanted to post a quick and short blog about our experience of creating "Duplicate".

Whilst creatng "Duplicate", we had an insight of how it would be like to create an actual film. We had to go through the steps an actual writer or director goes through, such as presenting a pitch and selling your film to people.
We enjoyed working in a team and asking each other for their opinion. There were no arguements for the whole time we worked together. If there was a disagreement, we would discuss the issue properly and come to a resonable agreement. Everyone in the group got along with each other which made it much easier to create the film.

The parts we enjoyed the most was filming and buying our props. Even though we had to re-film some scenes, we acted like proffessionals and were motivated to get the shots right. We looked back on to our rough cuts and compared the shots to our final film. It was much better and had a better flow.
Because we filmed indoors (at Sanchita's house), there was not a worry about the weather and if there was going to be a problem with continuity.
We also enjoyed blogging. Even though at some points we were behing on our blogs, we managed to complete them all and were updated.

Overall, this has been a very beneficial experience and we enjoyed it very much.
We are looking forward to watching our film on the big screen and getting feedback!

LAST DAY OF EDITING (Deadline day)

25th March

Today was the deadline for our film. We used this day to look over our film thoroughly and check for any mistakes or adjustments that needed to be made. We also added the Candi Studios title at the beginning.
We saved our film for the final time then converted it on handbrake so we could upload it on our blog.
We were worried in case we did not manage to get everything done before the deadline as there was a very high chance of no computers being available for us as everyone else had to edit their final film. Thankfully, we came early enough to find a computer and finish off our film.

Yesterday (24th March) we added our soundtrack to the film. We choose two different sounds, one two show a sense of normality when the character wakes up and another to show a sense of tension when the wig is shown.
We also adjusted our titles in the beginning.

So now our film is completed and up on our blogs!!

Update on the last day of editing

Yesterday [ 24th March] was the final lesson in which my group edited. During this lesson we fixed the titles and added sound. For sound we sused two different ones which blended into each other, this did take a long time to do though , as it was really hard to find a sound which suited our film , but we found two in the end. So , we found our sounds fixed our titles and finished adding our sounds , basically group six is done. All we need to do is upload.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

FINAL LESSON

As today was our very last editing, we put in all the names e.g. directors name, actors name etc, we completed all the names and added them on, then came to the hard part of finding the right soundtrack, there were lots to look from and we did struggle to find the 'perfect' one to go with our thriller, it took us literally the whole day to find the right one. However we found two tracks we believed will go well with the opening. After we put it down on to the sound bed.

Editing final thriller

For this lesson (Tuesday 22nd March) we had a three hour lesson and uploaded our new thriller, everything had to be quick due to time. We put our clips on to final cut pro, we had to be aware how long the thriller is as we did go over two minutes so we had to cut some of it down. We decided to make our titles on final cut pro.
0:00 - 0:07 -  We did an ariel shot of the main character waking up.
0:08 - 0:11 - showing the character getting out of bed a wide shot was used
0:16 - 0:18 - Match cut of opening door.
0:19 - 0:25 - To the bedroom to the bathroom a tracking shot was used
0:26 - 0:27 - Match cut of switching light on.
0:28 - 0.33 - Tracking shot of character entering bathroom.
0.34 - 0.42 -  Close up/ over the shoulder shot
0:43 - 0:45 - Match cut of character picking up the wig/ close up of the wig being picked up
0.46 - 0.56 - Putting the wig on, over the shoulder shot
0:57 - 1:02 - Mid shot from outside the bathroom walking out
1.03 - 1.08 - Tracking shot of walking out of bathroom and into bedroom.
1:08 - 1:11 - Titles
1:12 - 1:20 - Long shot of character opening bedroom door and walking out, then walking down stairs.
1:21 - 1:27 - Mid shot of the character coming down the stairs
1:28 - 1:33 - Wide shot of character walking through hallway & into kitchen.
1:34 - 1:35 - Over the shoulder shot of the charcter walking to the kitchen
1:36 - 1:41 - Tracking shot of character walking into kitchen & to the counter.
1:42 - 2:08 - Match cuts of making the coffee
2:10 - 2.18 - Over the shoulder shots of character walking out of kitchen and across hallway.
2.19 - 2.21 - Long shot
2:23 - 2:26 - Long shot of body.
2:27 - 2:29 - Match cut of putting cup down on table.
2:30 - 2.33 - Mid shot of character stepping over dead body's hand.
2.34 - 2:46 - Slight tracking shot of character taking ring off dead body's finger and sliding it in her own finger. 
2:46 - 2:47 - Close up of the dead body’s face.
2:48 - 2:53 -  long shot of the chracter walking out