Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Peer Review of Our Opening

The reviews we had back form our class were mostly complimenting our editing techniques and how professional our camera angles were, they also mentioned our production logo; saying how professional and well made it was. the non diagetic audio was criticized for lack of tension, which we agree with. 

Monday, 21 March 2011

Final Cut

video
Finished Product

After we filmed

What was the weather like when we was filming?
The weather was extremely sunny and we found it too bright at times to get the exact footage that we were hoping for. But we did get the warmth that we were hoping for and it wasn't raining so we can not complain too much on the weather conditions.
Where did we film?
we was not allowed to film at our original location due to safety reasons but we did find a back up location at some garages and a parking lot along hills road. This was ended up being an ideal location to collect the footage that we wanted.

Editing process

Throughout the editing process there have been lots of drawbacks, including our footage getting corrupted and conditions for filming were not consistent. The film has all gone together well but the shots wanted were not produced as the surface we were filming on was to rough to use a dolly on therefore the shots are all static. This creates a amateur looking effect that had to be countered by adding effects and transitions throughout editing.

The sound track went through many edits before it was suitable and in time with the film, the first edit was not suitable and did not create the desired effect, it was to happy and did not make a serious looking production. The diagetic sound has been removed as I think it would be to gravely and consistent and would cause an irritation for the audience.

When putting both soundtrack and film together there were lots of little changes to be made to go together with the cuts and transitions. After many little changes the footage fitted well with the soundtrack and started to look more professional.

The  finished production has create the desire effect whilst not giving much away about the story the cut at the end makes the viewer wonder was it real, is it a dream and how much will this charcter pay in the story.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Call Sheet

Location of filming - Cambridge city Centre.
Who picks up the camera? - Felix
Who is taking the camera back? Felix
How are we getting to the where we are filming? Cycle, walking and bus.
What scenes are we filming? - All of them at once
How long are we filming for? roughly going to spend two hours on filming.
Are we meeting anyone where we are filming? - our main character.
What equipment do we need? Camera, tripod, storyboard
What time are we meeting? 4:30 p.m.
Back up plan if it rains? film all the shots that we need that are inside, then use the camera again on a day that we need good weather to film.
What happens if we can not use our location? use our number 2 location and if we can not use that, there is  back up location near where Felix lives.

Rough Cut

In our rough cut we have changed part of our film to make it seem more suspicious, due to this it appears a very basic and cryptic opening sequence. We aimed to give off this effect because the opening sequence isn't supposed to give the film away. It comes across very confusing although it would be unraveled if we were to film more. This intrigues the viewer as to what part the charcter plays in the film is he a main role or is he a dream, all will be revealed if you watched the entire film. We are pleased with the rough cut but there is still much more to do as we still need credits and a title.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Backing track for rough cut

Our first attempt at the music for our project didn't go to well. We didn't have the chance to fit the music with the film as it was unfinished therefore when we finally put it together we discovered it didn't match very well or sound like a thriller, it was too happy.
Due to this we are going to research more into thriller music and create a new soundtrack which suits the film.

Soundtrack Screenshot

This is our second attempt at the music, we are still unsure whether or not to use it as we yet have to add in some sound effects, we have made this one relate more to thrillers and sound more dark.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Problems

Our films have unfortunately been corrupted somehow, this was out of our control therefore it is something to do with the computer. This is a major set back as we now have to re film because we are unable to use the current film we were originally using. 
We are lucky to be able to re film as this is the solution to our problem, despite this we now have limited time and we may not be able to get some of the shots we used before. This is due to weather conditions, days people can't do and traffic etc. 
We are planning to come round this problem and make our film as successful as it was looking before. 

Friday, 18 February 2011

Fight Club Music

The cult classic Fight Club (1999) was a very popular psychological thriller, the music in the opening sequence matches this mood. There is no diegetic sound as the sequence is an animated series of shots going from an adrenaline gland all the way to the tip of a gun pointed at the main characters mouth. The music is rough and metallic, this gives a good impression of what is going to come in the film. The band used is Dust Brothers an American metal band.

The music creates a good intro to the film as it builds tension within the animation sequence, along with it being called fight club you start to build an image of what is going to happen later on in the film. When the animation stops, so does the music it cuts to a real shot of the gun in the main characters mouth, the music cuts to a monologue from the main character explaining what is happening and creating a good starting image for the rest of the film,.

Inception music

The opening scene to Inception doesn't have a soundtrack or much music atall, despite this there is sound that starts before we see the first scene. This music doesn't occur for very long although the duration is long enough to build up tension and excitement. It is also stereotypical of a thriller as it is very deep and non diagetic.
It has a strong effect on the audience as it brings the scene together and starts it off, this gives away what genre the film is before it even starts and attracts the audiences attention.

The sound we will use in our film will be a similar to inceptions as our film possesses the same characteristics.












 

Monday, 14 February 2011

Target Audience

Our certificate is an 18, despite this our target audience can range from 16 to any age, this is because the storyline is basic and easy to understand. It does contain adult themes which explains the certificate, although 16+ can relate to this even though they are unable to watch it at the cinema/rent it etc.
The gender that our film is aimed at is mostly boys but it can also apply to girls depending on what type of film they enjoy.
People who would like our film would be those who are entertained by physiological thrillers and action films. Our film includes conventions from both of these genres alongside horror. Despite this we have stuck to the main genre of Thriller.
There are many existing films which have similar themes to ours, these include Momento and Fight Club.
They relate because they are based around memories and similar themes.
We will capture our target audience by using codes and conventions which apply to their interests and current themes which will keep it modern.

Top 10 filming tips

1. When possible use a tripod- this is to keep the camera steady to make it easier for the viewer to watch.
2. Get a good variety of shots- for example close ups, mid shots, long shots etc to make the story-line much lore interesting.
3. Check your focus, exposure and white balance.
4 Good time keeping- for example do not make the film to long of to short so that the viewer does not understand the film.
5. Recording- make sure when you are filming that you are actually recording and are getting of the footage that you need and remember it is better to have to much footage than not enough.
6. Film shots that match the story-for example keep to the story-line and do not go off task.
7. Work as a team- share your thoughts and ideas to ensure that the whole group takes part and come up with the best ideas possible.
8. Wear headphones to block out things such as wind.
9. Don't film to much. Although it is better to have to much than too little footage, try not to get too much otherwise the editing process will be too long.
10. Carry spares with you. For example a battery, you do not want to run out of battery while filming as it is very frustrating and wastes a lot of time.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

location research


This is our final destination for the first part of our opening sequence. The first picture is the building we will be standing on and the second picture is the staircase in which we will access it from.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Reflection on Children's film:

Three things we did well in the Children's film:
1. The editing- this was one of the highlights of our video, when a panning shot was going from side to side overlooking the college with the edits of different locations of the college edited over the top.
2. when george was walking down the hall way and me and felix come out and walk behind him at the same time. This makes the perfect ending for our intro.
3. The way that we combined all 3 personalities at the end after seeing them separate in different locations.

Three things we need to work on:
1. Get more different camera types in the clip.
2. Need to improve on all our preparation.
3. Use disgetic sound.                                  



This intro was made using after effects, it took about 30 minutes to make. This is also our final intro and it will be used for the introduction of our opening scene.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Inspiration for Opening Sequence: Koyaanisqatsi

The film Koyaanisqatsi was a experimental film made in 1982 using footage collected from all across the world from all walks of life. It uses sped up footage to represent the sped up aspects of life in the present and also in the natural world. It took years to complete and is a really gripping film for having no dialogue. There are no characters or script, it all works from the flow of the film and the music.

 
storyboard 1

Script (with annotations)

The opening sequence first starts on top of the roof in central Cambridge,
(EXT, Establishing Shot, Central Cambridge)

Where the main character is standing on the edge of the room looking over at all the people, thinking about his plans to control the world.
(EXT, Long/Tracing Shot, Central Cambridge)

He then turns around dressed in all black, his face is also blacked out, so it appears as one big black shadow. 
(EXT, Overshoulder/Long Shot, Central Cambridge)

Then there will lots of cuts of mini urban settings to create a sombre mood that will run throughout the film.
(EXT, Montage of Urban Enviroment, Central Cambridge (This will be a reoccurring theme throughout the sequence))

The charcter will then be seen from behind before turning around and before you see his identity the shot cuts to black with the titles of the film.
(EXT, Mid, Central Cambridge)

The next scene is with the same character sitting in a very dim room surrounded by dark electrical equipment.
(INT, Establishing Shot, Central Cambridge)

TV screens showing obscure video (memories) this is a clue to what happens further on in the film.
(INT, Montage, Unspecified Dark Location)

The shots pan across the equipment and cuts to shots of the dark room and the character sitting at a big dingy computer terminal.
(INT, Tracking, Unspecified Dark Location)
The next shot is a close up of his hands at a rusty broken keyboard tapping furiously. The screen fades then pans across the screens flickering images. (Such as  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2iaB6vsQ4Y) 
(INT, Tracking (Reverse), Unspecified Dark Location)

The shot pans back across the room to black.
(INT, Fade, Unspecified Dark Location)

End of scene. Will be in more depth when finalised.

Health and Safety concerns

1. being on an edge of a  roof top will be a health and safety concern and may have an effect on if we can film there or not due to health and safety reasons.
2. One health and safety concern is having an actor on top of the roof looking down may cause some unwanted attention from members of the public. so whilst we are filming members of the public may cause a health and safety issue.
3. When we are filming at the bottom of the building we have to be careful of on coming traffic such as members of the public, cycles and cars.
4. Another health and safety concern is whilst filming near traffic light we have to be considering the amount of people that are trying to get past and the oncoming traffic.
5. The person who is filming on top of the roof is in as much danger of falling off as the actor is, so it is vitally important the person filming doesn't go near the edge while filming.

6. The weather is also a health and safety concern. for example if it is wet and rainy, it makes the ground slippery which increases the chance of slipping over. 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Videos to represent memories.

In the main characters lab there are screens representing memories of the people he is editing.
These videos have to look as the audience would think memories to look, random and fast paced, to get this effect I have found mash up videos from the nineties to give an effect of it being in the past and obscure.
Examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewuZnCRtqhE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhtUcdFdPrM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdEKmfT-WE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFfDEPqAMC

These will be on the screens in the lab.

After Effects CS5

Adobe After Effects CS5 is a professional editing program used by companies such as the BBC and movie producers, it can make advanced looking film intros with ease,  as our group had access to the program we thought we'd take advantage of this and make our introduction clip for our film using this program, it is now finished and looks very professional.

Monday, 31 January 2011

EDIT

The opening sequence first starts on top of the roof in central Cambridge, where the main character is standing on the edge of the room looking over at all the people, thinking about his plans to control the world. He then turns around dressed in all black, his face is also blacked out, so it appears as one big black shadow. Then there will lots of cuts of mini urban settings to create a sombre mood that will run throughout the film. The charcter will then be seen from behind before turning around and before you see his identity the shot cuts to black with the titles of the film.
The next scene is with the same character sitting in a very dim room surrounded by dark electrical equipment and TV screens showing obscure video (memories) this is a clue to what happens further on in the film. The shots pan across the equipment and cuts to shots of the dark room and the character sitting at a big dingy computer terminal. The next shot is a close up of his hands at a rusty broken keyboard tapping furiously. The screen fades then pans across the screens flickering images. (Such as  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2iaB6vsQ4Y)  The shot pans back across the room to black. End of scene. Will be in more depth when finalised.

Shot Location Recce

The shot locations are based on being as urban as possible this will help encourage the grimy feel of the film. The rooftops and graffiti are very obvious themes for a urban setting, electricity substations and danger of death sign have underlying connotations for later on in the film. The rooftops give an overview of the scene and start to introduce the character.

This shot is very easily arranged with most streets having a substation on them finding one that is as a menacing and grim as we want could be more difficult. It needs to be very industrial to have the desired effect.






 This shot shows the streets around the shot and puts the location in perspective.

 These shots show the rooftop locations around the city that are easily accessible and overlook busy or interesting areas, hopefully we will shoot on a sunny day and then make it more monotone in the editing stage.

 The graffiti is there to give ideas of what is coming later in the film, this piece could be used but a selection are available depending on how the mood of the film is coming along.












The locations will be visited and decided wether they are suitible for use.
The interior location is shot later and this will be in a very dingy room with electrical equipment and broken computers this gives off the image of a crazy computer antagonist.







Planning and organisation

(* = what we still need to do) 

5 main areas: - Script Writing
                       - Storyboarding*
                       - Test Shooting*
                       - Shooting*
                       - Editing*
- Don't rely on memory - write down ideas in a simple way
- Walk through and act out the script, this will help to identify problems and learn more about what works and what doesn't
- Research locations, take notes and pictures (is it noisy?) etc.
- Source local information - make sure everyone can get there.
- Digital storyboard - Frames/angles/shot types - print them out and use google maps for a birds eye view.
- ALWAYS have a shot list - annotate your script
- Test shots - get used to the equipment/location and props.
- Prepare a shooting schedule - Organize a day and time - what restrictions do you have?

Friday, 28 January 2011

questions and answers.

What is your music going to be?
- Echoing sound of a busy street full of people, background tense music
How are you going to blur out people?
- Editing techniques - done by speeding up the footage
What animations are you going to use on your production logo?
- the text shoots into a 3D back ground, the back ground is full of moving green particles. All made on Adobe After effects CS5. 
Is there an individual the main character focuses on?
No because he is focusing on all the world leaders, which the audience will see when the main character enters his office. 
What is the alternate to the rooftop?
Top of Grande Arcade car park (if we get permission)

mood board

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

10 Second Break-Down

This is a quick run through of the plan for the introduction for our thriller film.

0-10secs -   The screen fades in to a rushing city, lights and people.
10-20secs - Carries on panning across the cityscape stopping at danger of death signs and electric points
20-30secs - Pans up to a lone figure away from the bustle and rush on the edge of a high building
30-40secs - Sweeps along a roof with urban decor, up to the back of the figure
50-60secs - Looks over the figure, down to the street with him way above the bustle
60-70secs - Comes back round to a low shot of the figure from behind, slowly drags back
70-80secs - The figure turns around face in shadow. Walks towards camera face still obscured
80-90secs - Camera fades out to black and fades back in to a darkened room with technical equipment.
90-100secs - Camera runs through close ups of the equipment. Fingers, Cuts outs, News shows, FB.
100-110 secs - Title comes up over static and fades to black with the static still playing

Mise-en-Scene for our opening - EDIT

Props: All black outfit (Black urban wear), high tech computer, world news (paper cuts outs of scribbles of world leaders faces. ) some sort of weapon.


Lighting: Dark gloomy room, with small amount artificial light.

Colour: again keeping it dark and gloomy, applying a  cinematic colour correction using adobe after effects.

Set- In Cambridge town, on top of a building then into a dark room to film the computer scene.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Cast and Characters

The cast of the opening sequence is only one actor: Jakub Suberlak. The other part of the visual acting will be the general public however they will al be blurred in motion so no worries about permission to view.
The camerawork will be done by Felix Blake using a camcorder and tripod. This will ensure steady filming and a professional effect to the production. The editing will be done using the college equipment.
The soundtrack will be created using Logic Pro 8 this is the best music creation software and will create a very professional sounding soundtrack.

Possible fonts

Location Research

The ideal location for our opening shoot is during a busy day in town overlooking from a high vantage point making the people flow into one showing there insignificance. Whilst one character,  faceless, is standing overlooking the scene as if observing the mundanity of life.  The opening ends with the character turning around but not seeing his face. This gives a sense of mystery and wondering  what this character is to do with the film.



These locations will be ideal when busy as there is a lot to look at and there are easily accessible vantage points.

Initial Ideas and Name for Thriller Film

Initial ideas for names of thriller film:

Blogger - thriller about an invented family that lure two guys into a psychological trap via blogs, facebook and iphone. The family turns out to be one twisted woman who leads them on a trail that turns into a nightmare. The two guys struggle with the belief of wether the family is real or not until they fall out and carry off on different path further into the traps with the odd woman predicting every move.

EDIT - A high tension thriller where a man works out how to edit memories and convince people into working together to overthrow the world leaders, yet one girl stumbles upon his secret lab and has very little time to re edit the memories. This leads up to a very tense lead up and an explosive finale. The girl starts to get lost in the memories however and starts to like the power she has just found and starts to get addicted.

Entendre Conjugation - The film starts with a murder with two obvious suspects both looking like they made the kill, the story backtracks through the story with both characters trying to prove there innocence, however neither can remember being at the crime scene. Both characters are trying to prove the others innocence. Leading up to a massive reveal with a huge twist.

Death Derby - The film starts off with a normal football game with Arsenal playing Spurs, and there are two suspicious characters in the crowd. The two characters are contacting each other via mobile as soon as they get off the phone to each other they both make phone calls to a phone that is connected to the power to the lights. All electricity is cut much pandemonium ensues when the power is reconnected  both teams have vanished without a trace, story carries on explaining how and why.

These are initial ideas and the final idea will be discussed within the group and expanded.

Name for Production Company

Name ideas:

Kazim Kazim Productions (Olly)
Matchbox Productions (Fx)
Ice (George)
FGBO Productions ( Bethan)

To decide which name suits best we had a vote the winner.

The winner was: Matchbox Productions

Ident


This is a mock up of a possible design for the ident, we are using aftereffectsCS3 and using a similar green background. This design was made in photoshop and will be animated in the final, it will also be less pix elated and more complex.

classification 18

-Only suitable for adults.
-Only those 18 or over can view the film in the cinema or buy/rent it.

Despite this there are exceptions such as: 
 • where the material is in breach of the criminal law,
or has been created through the commission of a
criminal offense.
• where material or treatment appears to the BBFC to
risk harm to individuals or, through their behavior,
to society – for example, any detailed portrayal of
violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use,
which may cause harm to public health or morals.
This may include portrayals of sexual or sexualised
violence which might, for example, eroticise or
endorse sexual assault.
• where there are more explicit images of sexual
activity which cannot be justified by context. Such
images may be appropriate in ‘R18’ works, and in
‘sex works’ would normally be confined
to that category.

We are going to use this classification for our film as we then have less limitations and we can target our audience to adults. This way we can explore more themes and keep the thriller more serious and confusing.

                                                           ^^

Friday, 21 January 2011

Ident drafts

We started off putting fonts and shapes of words together to try to create a logo, we ended up attempted to do a logo on photoshop, it was very simple with a lighter being lit with the word on it.
The idea changed and the font was placed next to the flame. This is a clever idea as even though the word is matchbox the visual is a lighter which is ironic. As the ideas progressed they changed to suit the logo and company. More ideas have been discussed so this is not the final idea.
Another idea was to have a green backgorund with the font over the top this is a simple and eye grabbing design. This meets all the criteria for a ident.















We will decide on a final design next lesson.

Warner Brothers


The Warner Brother's production logo, uses buildings to represent the 'W' & 'B' of the logo, this relates to the dream world in the film and the image of the city moving, which it does in the film. Using the city t represent the letters shows the setting on the film, and also adds to the hype of the film as Warner Brothers are prepared to change their logo for the film.

Idents

Regency Ident:

Regency productions produce serious films from thrillers to action and even comedy.
The ident is suitable to the company because it is subtle and serious, with not a lot of action just a subtle R this gives off the correct image for the target audience and is suitable in the opening scenes of a thriller film.



Monday, 17 January 2011

Analysing 2 Post Student Videos


 Holding a shot steady were appropriate:
 The camera was used appropriately throughout the filming
Using a variety of shot distances:
The group only filmed using only close ups which doesn't give the viewer a chance to understand the surroundings, but you could make an assumption of the setting from the soundtrack and gore.
Shooting material that appropriate to the task:
although the opening was very creepy, the material was more of a horror genre, as the amount of blood and gore used was a bit too much for the average thriller.
Selecting mise-en-scene 
The audio used was all non diagetic, with the soundtrack consisting of young girl laughing which is contrapuntal. The lighting was quite dark which created an creepy atmosphere. The location; as you can't really tell because of the such close camera angles, you could imagine.





The Yearbooks soundtrack suited the clip very well, they didn't use enough variety of camera shots, mostly used close ups which didn't  but props were used really effectively,

Analysation of Student Videos

http://51thriller10.blogspot.com/

This opening thriller sequence made by this group was very well thought out and conforms to the marking scheme for the opening sequences.

Holding a shot steady where appropriate:
They managed to hold the shots steady during the shots were it was  necessary the handheld shots also add a good effect.

Using a variety of shot distances:
There was plenty of variety in shot lengths with an emphasis on close-ups this creates a more intimate feeling with the opening sequence.

Shooting material appropriate to the case:
the material is very thriller-esque you are not entirely sure what is going on but it still entices you to carry on watching to find out.

Selecting the mise-en-scene in shot:
The mise-en-scene has not been thought through very well as the things in shot change depending on the shot and  character. The way the mise-en- is portrayed is also quite confusing as you are not sure what has importance.

Editing so the meaning is apparent to the viewer:
The meaning is very clear to the viewer yet still keeps some mystery from the viewer enticing you to watch on.

Using titles appropriately:
This was probably the best thing about this clip the titles were very proffesional and help add to an overall effect of professionalism. The way it is imposed on the scenery forces you to look for them slightly and they take you by surprise.

Friday, 14 January 2011

The Recruit- Analysing Crime & Convention

The conventions that make up a crime thriller, the film are usually confusing and have two main characters, one being the more official and well behaved role, sometimes the detective; in this case, the recruiter. Then the other is usually played by a less serious role. There is always a lot of twists and turns to confuse the viewer.
The charter James is introduced as someone who has lots of potential to succeed in life but doesn't entirely realise it at the start. His character starts of as normal as a bar worker and a part time inventor. The invention that he creates then leads to the next step in his life when he realises he is CIA material once he has been recruited by Walter Burke who is a very shifty man himself although it is technically part of his job. What is clear about James even in the early minuets is that he has a big chip on his shoulder about what really happened in his dad in his life and he knows that Walter knows the truth.

The film effects and filming techniques  are a key part in making the film as good as it is. The lighting in the film was alway very dark, which gives a serious and exciting effect; for example, when the recruits were giving the task over breeching a building with out being caught, the lighting made this scene feeling more like it as an actual break in. The types of close ups also have an effect on how good this film is. For example when recruiting, there was a close up of Walters face and this showed us as the audience how serious he was about recruiting james.



Action Conventions:
The fact that in action thrillers there is a lot of different filming in other countries which is very conventional. This often happens in action thrillers because there is a higher budget. action thrillers tend to be more fast paced. They also portray the main character as a tough guy, good looking and high skilled in combat. Weapons, Money and explosions are often related to Action films also.

The Recruit- Analysing Crime & Convention

The conventions that make up a crime thriller, the film are usually confusing and have two main characters, one being the more official and well behaved role, sometimes the detective; in this case, the recruiter. Then the other is usually played by a less serious role. There is always a lot of twists and turns to confuse the viewer.
The charter James is introduced as someone who has lots of potential to succeed in life but doesn't entirely realise it at the start. His character starts of as normal as a bar worker and a part time inventor. The invention that he creates then leads to the next step in his life when he realises he is CIA material once he has been recruited by Walter Burke who is a very shifty man himself although it is technically part of his job. What is clear about James even in the early minuets is that he has a big chip on his shoulder about what really happened in his dad in his life and he knows that Walter knows the truth.

The film effects and filming techniques  are a key part in making the film as good as it is. The lighting in the film was alway very dark, which gives a serious and exciting effect; for example, when the recruits were giving the task over breeching a building with out being caught, the lighting made this scene feeling more like it as an actual break in. The types of close ups also have an effect on how good this film is. For example when recruiting, there was a close up of Walters face and this showed us as the audience how serious he was about recruiting james.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Psychological thriller example analysis

Flight Plan (2005)

Flight plan is a simple psychological thriller compared to others as it is easier to understand, throughout the film the location stays the same (the air plane) and we are introduced to the main character right away.
 We know something is wrong with Kyle at the beginning as she is shown taking pills, we also see her identifying a dead body in a hospital, this sets the scene but doesn't give away any of the storyline. We are then introduced to her daughter (Julia), we are aware these are the main characters as the plot follows them throughout. Kyle and her daughter Julia then go to the airport, we know something is wrong when Julia wonders off, her mum panics and the music gets faster and more suspicious, this gives us the idea that the film could be based around the daughter going missing. The colours are very dull and dark, this is a main convention of a thriller.

There was no film clips we could find on the internet but this is the trailer :

Political thriller example analysis

Blood Diamond (2006):
in the film Blood diamond there is a big threat against the safety and well being of all the people who come in contact or are caught up in anything or anyone who possesses an extremely rare diamond. Innocent people are shot dead due to a mass shoot out as some fellow south Africans desire to posses the famous diamond. For example when the two characters are running away from the people who are shooting at them, hundreds of south Africans are caught in the cross fire and lose there life's and this is without mentioning the vast amount of people who become captured. innocent or not they are caught up in "blood bath" as people become fixated with the diamond. The location of this film is in africa and where the shooting takes place is in a very run down part, this increases the viewrs sympathey towards the young chilldren who lose there life's or who are fighting to keep them, as it is clear to the audience that they all are very scared.

Momento Conventions

From the beginning of memento you can tell they are trying to confuse the audience as there is a lot of twists in the timeline, the main character is isolated as he has a memory condition, this gives lots of scope to the director to make it confusing, yet it looks as if it is trying to hard to be about the psychological aspect. There is use of black and white flashback to reassure the audience but is still probably another twist in the tale. When viewing it is inviting you to watch on as you feel like you want to find out what the mystery is, even though you don't even know the cause of his anguish. The way it is filmed and edited really keeps you thinking and this takes quite clever writing as generally you like to have some base knowldege to guess from.

Psychological Thriller Example Analysis

Psychological Thriller:
Fight Club:

Fight club is a psychological thriller that takes a different take on the concept as you only get hints that something is wrong and hints to the finale, however it still conforms to the conventions of a psychological thriller with a twist in time at the very beginning, this hints toward the twist at the end. The hero is a very ordinary civilian that gets chucked into a world that he doesn't really know what is going on.
The camerawork and lighting is all kept very low-key and this creates a feeling of gloom and brings you down to the characters level. The film explains itself very slowly and you begin to settle into the wrong idea, this help when revealing the big twist at the end as it seems so unexpected.
The feeling of time is very much lost and this helps you feel as the main character does as he is an insomniac and has no real aspect of time.
The main character feels isolated as he has a problem and this keeps in from partaking in normal society, the editing is very subtle and keeps its main focus on the antagonists struggle.
The film starts in a broken equilibrium and is sorted and then broken by the protagonist, yet the protagonist, Marla Stringer, never does anything truly wrong but is made into the bad character as you see things from the antagonists point of view. There is also use of flashbacks to disturb the flow of time.
Fight Club is a very deep psychological film and has to                         break some of the conventions to be as effective as it is.

Political of thriller conventions

Examples of political thriller conventions are JFK, Blood diamond and last king of scotland.

- threat against a back drop of political struggle.
 - Plot is designed to give a political power to someone while the opponent tries to prevent it.
- innocent people drawn into the political world.
- proving innocence
- different locations
- different cultures and countries
- Deceit and false hero's
- "helper" charter

Psychological thriller conventions

Examples: Inception
                  Donnie Darko
                  The Game
                  Sixth Sense

- Confusing and clever plot
- Mind games
- Possible twist/cliffhanger?
- Questioning reality
- Parallel editing is usually used
- Flashbacks/conflict
- Unpredictable (many possible endings)
- Fake equilibrium 
- Themes are dark and dull
- Unusual heroes (unexpected)
- Big finale
- Build up of tension

Monday, 10 January 2011

Thriller Conventions

Thriller films stick to several conventions that define the genre. These make it easy to tell that it is a thriller, these often get confused with horrors but there are a few main differences.

Conventions of a thriller:
Music:
The soundtrack is usually quite subtle but constantly tense and keeps the mood of the film serious and keeps the audience engaged.
The instruments used are usually orchestral and are kept to a minimal score.

Lighting/Camerawork
The sets are usually very dimly lit and this is because of the use of low-key lighting and dingy locations.
The camerawork is all low level and kept below or at eye hight this gives a effect of being there or on the same level as the main characters, this keeps you involved on the characters level.

The Set
Thrillers are usually set in a city or urban location this also gives the effect of a never sleeping set where anything can happen at any time.  The grungy location also ad to the sad or depressing feeling of the film. The sets are usually very dark and dusty, this helps you feel for the characters as you would not like to be there yourself.

Narrative
The narrative in thrillers usually slowly builds tension and creates an air of discontent that make you want to know what happens at the end, and this gives time for the characters to grow on you and by the end you feel strongly for the characters and this creates a better feel when, eventually, the film comes to a happy (or sad) conclusion.

Characters
In thrillers there is always a antagonist and a protagonist, the antagonist usually has a weakness that is exploited by the protagonist, this is often hinted at by the title. 

Conventions of Seven

Seven includes many of the stereotypical conventions of thriller movies. The opening sequence is made up of a montage of clips in which relate to crime and possibly police work, the clips are extremely short and flash up quickly. The colours are very dull and dark, this shows the film to be tense and makes it suspicious. The location is set in the city and we are introduced to the villain, this is a convention as the scene is set. Despite this, because it is a thriller not much information is given away.
 Also, there is a certain prop used, in this case it is a ticking metronome, when this is shown all other sound is turned off, it zooms into the metronome and then goes to a cut, this builds up tension and confusion, the audience feels like something is going to make them jump.
 Another convention of Seven are the actors included, Morgan Freemon and Brad Pitt are binary opposites and they are all big name actors, this draws attention to the film and persuades people to watch it.

Friday, 7 January 2011

prestige

 The dark lighting at the start of the scene and before and magic trick takes place in the scene/ carrying on throughout the film, helps build suspense for the audience. The costume that balden the magition is wearing makes him look like a normal person and not part of the act, so when he passes under stage he looks guilty to the death of the other magition (the great danton).
when danton was drowning, frantic/ fast beat music was going to suggest that the great dantons life was in danger and then he dies following the insedant. The fact that Balden was watching Danton drown and did nothing to save him earlier suggests he is an evil character.

The Prestiege opening.

Mise-en-scene -
Bird represents life and when it disaperars it is a sign of whats to come later in the film.

When he is in court there is a large crowd who are clearly on Danton's side this sets up the feel as a villan for the rest of the film.



Character Roles -
Narrator - Initates his role as a main charcter and a wise guy.
Great Danton -
Bourdon - Shows him as a the bad guy but you stil are unsure of his role in the


Narrative Themes -

The Prestige comes up as an important word and relates to not only the trick but him dying as this is the prestige of his career

To Finish ?/1/11

PRELIMINARY Task

video

This preliminary task went better than last time because the shots were cleaner, and Olly took his role alot more seriously which did show in the filming. When filming the cameraman made a mistake of filming and stopping filming whilst it should have been.