Sunday, 26 September 2010

Research into Vampire themes..

Twilight is massive, the books were loved widely and the films became instantly popular due to the success of the books and the 'dashing' characters within the film..
This is a trailer from the first film

Ideas for the film..

We are thinking of a 'vampire-esque' type film, with a twist of historical romance. Vampire themes are massive right now so it would definately link with a modern audience and catch their attention immediately.
We though of a story line where a woman falls in love with a vampire (disguised as a normal human being) but then has her life threatened as the man wants to kill her, so she must fight for her life. We thought the monologue from Shakespeare's 'A Winters Tale' where Hermione must make a speech to save her life in front of a court and this is relative to the women in our story because she must also fight for her life.

This is the touching speech:
HERMIONE:Since what I am to say must be but that
Which contradicts my accusation, and
The testimony on my part no other
But what comes from myself, it shall scarce boot me
To say, "Not guilty." Mine integrity,
Being counted falsehood, shall, as I express it,
Be so received. But thus: if powers divine
Behold our human actions, as they do,
I doubt not then but innocence shall make
False accusation blush and tyranny
Tremble at patience. You, my lord, best know,
Who least will seem to do so, my past life
Hath been as continent, as chaste, as true,
As I am now unhappy; which is more
Than history can pattern, though devised
And played to take spectators. For behold me--
A fellow of the royal bed, which owe
A moiety of the throne, a great king's daughter,
The mother to a hopeful prince -- here standing
To prate and talk for life and honor 'fore
Who please to come and hear. For life, I prize it
As I weigh grief, which I would spare. For honor,
'Tis a derivative from me to mine,
And only that I stand for. I appeal
To your own conscience, sir, before Polixenes
Came to your court, how I was in your grace,
How merited to be so; since he came,
With what encounter so uncurrent I
Have strained t' appear thus; if one jot beyond
The bound of honor, or in act or will
That way inclining, hardened be the hearts
Of all that hear me, and my near'st of kin
Cry fie upon my grave!


We have been looking at Tropfest which is an organisation of a short film competeition. They choose a theme every year which film makers entering have to reflect in their film. People that win the competiton have become very well known directors. It started out In Austrlia and is now in the US-New York. Here is an example of one of their films...

It was the winner of 'Tropfest' NY, 2008. It really inspired our group to make a meaningful short film, our ideas of romance are changing slightly now...

Choosing our film type..

We had a choice of trailer/short film or music video.
After researching all three our group found that a music video was too complex and we had already done a trailer last year, so we decided on a short film. We then researched short films and found a fantastic website called 'Tropfest', where thousands of short films are posted online for viewers to watch. We are still unsure of the genre as romantic comdey is quite hard, we think romance might be easier so we can concentrate on the editing of the film.

Choosing our Genre

To choose our film genre we picked out three trailers we liked within a genre.
I chose romantic comedy and my three film trailers were....

The Holiday

Love Actually

and Dear John

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Inception, Full Trailer

Looking At Trailers...


We looked at the trailer for the 2010 film 'Inception'. I filled out an analysis sheet for the trailer and as a class we then discussed the forms and conventions of the it.

Trailer Genre = Psychological Thriller/Action, from the maker of "The Dark Knight"
Narrative = Complete Enigma, lot's of narratives in one, sensory overload, feel like i need to wake up!
Unique Selling Point (USP) = Famous main characters-Leonardo DeCaprio and Micheal Caine, Super-natural fantasy (18+)
Music = Starts off slow, deep bass, gets much faster to build tension
Shot types/camera angles = Establishing shots, close ups, action shots, point-of-view, low angles-power of mind against human
Pace = starts slow but gets faster, shots get shorter, long shots make you take in voice over, bit of text-action shot-another bit of text
Dialogue = talking gets louder then culminates to women screaming
Voiceover = Done by Leonardo DeCaprio
Special Effects = lots of CGI, water crashing into buildings, cities collapsing, cities being burnt down, huge mountatins and flying through the air, slow motion
Credits and intertitles = Dark coloured credits, inter-titles calm us down, Warner Brothers have a dark city going through it. Title on a complicated maze

Monday, 13 September 2010

A2 and whats to come...

What am I looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to improving on some of the aspects of last year’s project. I’m also looking forward to creating a short film instead of an opening because it will give us more time to prove our skills.

What you want to achieve?
• To develop new editing skills
• To be more organised, therefore productive
• To have a successful short story that gets the point across quickly and effectively

Any fears/worries?
I am worried about the choice of storyline. This is really important to making an effective short story. I think editing will also be a worry this year as we are not sure if the software is working well this year.

AS Evaluation....

What we did?
This year we filmed and edited a 2 minute film opening for a thriller film. We had to carry out market research which included a questionnaire, gantt chart aswell as watching and analysing current thriller films. We then had to film the trailer at a location of our choice. After that we had to edit the shots on Adobe Premiere. We invited friends to watch our finished film and got audience feedback through a questionnaire which we then put into our final media evaluation.
What went well?
I think we chose our location well and our choice of music was very effective in the final piece. Our story line was appropriate for the Thriller theme and our team work was effective in meeting our deadlines
What could be improved?
I think we could improve the quality of editing and the dialogue volume throughout the film was poor. The software itself was incredibly slow and so editing was a problem but we managed to work around it by working after hours at school.