Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Our Groups

For the main task i am working with Jonny Hughes and Joel Colborne. We have formulated ideas for our film relating to pyschological thrillers and dramas by looking at influential directors and watching iconic films. Within my group, we all have similar tastes in films and genres as well as favourite directors and actors, which is useful because it avoids conflict and debate within the group.

Research - Useful Resources

The main directors my group are looking at for research are:

Alfred HitchcockPsycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Frenzy

Quentin Tarrentino - Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards

Stanley Kubrick - A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket

David FincherFight Club, Seven, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjiman Button

Darren Aronofsky - Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Wrestler

We are looking at these directors for a number of different reasons. Genre, cinematography, concept, editing, soundtrack, script, mise en scene and compostion.

Initial Notes on FIlm Openings

In the opening titles of most films you will see at least production company animation featured. These usually include the large distribution company, and sometimes the small independant production company.
Generally film openings always include a series of texts on screen regarding the cast, crew and the film title itself.
Usually a film opening provides anchorage for the location and the date the film is set in. This can be done with either denotations within the scene, or text on screen providing blunt anchorage.

For example, in the opening of the film Bride of Chuckie (1998) the Universal animation is play because it is the main distributor, and the text that follows also tells us this. The following text tells us the director, Ronny Vu, and the writer, Don Mancini. In the first shot we establish that the film is set in America because we see the US flag. However this could be polysemic because it could also be an embassy. The blue filter on the lense gives the shot a cold, creepy feel and the heavy rain and lightening signify that the is a horror.

In the next few shots inside the evidence depository, intertexual references are made to both Halloween and Friday the 13th because we see Michael Myers' mask and Jason Vorhees' hockey mask in the evidence lockers.
A scene on, a blonde woman dressed in a revealing black dress comes into the scene. This is for the male gaze beacause we don't see her face immidiately because the camera pans up her body revealing her figure first to introduce her character.

Initial Pitch

My initial idea that i pitched to my group was a pyschological thriller/drama in which the central protagonist suffers from insomnia, and schizophrenia as a result. The film would be heavily based on the film Fight Club, and the film would be included in our research.

The film wouldn't be too hard to produce in terms of mise en scene, and actors. However, editing and camerawork would have to be manipulated in a creative and orginal way.


This is an animatic consisting of images that relate to our final film.

Assessment Criteria

The Brief

Prelim task - In the opening sequence of our film we are to include the following types of editing; Match on Action, and shot reverse shot and 180 degree rule within a conversation. 

     Main task - Produce the opening sequence of a film lasting no longer than two minutes.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS and the marking is divided into 3 sections:

The DVD of the finished product and the blog are marked on approach and level of organisation.


These are the seven questions that need to be included in the evaluation:

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

- How does your media product represent particular social groups?

- What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 

- Who would be the audience for your media product? 

- How did you attract/address your audience?

- What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 

- Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full  product?

The Assessment Criteria

Each section of the coursework will be marked as one of the following:

- Minimal
- Basic
- Proficient 
- Excellent 

Podcast 1

This is the first installment of podcasts, done by Jonny and Joel.

Filmic Tastes - Task 2

Last 5 films i've seen:
The Hours
American Beauty
Pulp Fiction

Last film i saw at the cinema:
Toy Story 2 (IN 3D!)

Favourite 2 film genres:
Black Comedy

Favourite 5 films:
Pulp Fiction
Ferris Buellers day off (bueller..bueller..bueller..)
The Shining
The Big Lebowski
(One more..)A Clockwork Orange

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

The Shining Trailer

This is not the original trailer, this version had more content of the film.

Reservoir Dogs - Sweded

Sweding - Task 1

- The term "sweding" comes from the movie, Be Kind Rewind (2008). A sweded film is basicly the remake of a movie with little or no budget. There is little editing and each scene is usually just one take, with no complex editing or cinematography. A swede is often made to be humerous in order to pull off the poor standerd at which the film is made.

- The movie i pitched for our swede was Stanley Kubrick's, The Shining (1980. I thought this would be a humerous remake because iconic scenes such as the "Heeres Jonny!" scene, would be easily recognisable amoung audiences.

- The film we picked for our swede was The Shining. We picked this film for the reasons given in my pitch, and we believed it would be the easiest film out of our ideas to pull off and be effective at the same time. Sweding such an iconic film in cinema also adds to the humour because the contrast between the quality of the two is so great.

- Editing and Camera work were simple because the poor use and quality of them helps define the film as a swede. Tripods were rarly used to add to this effect, but it was used when we recreated the elevator scene.

Monday, 22 February 2010