Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Using Programs to Create our Movie Trailer

We used the program Adobe Premier to edit our trailer, this picture demonstrates how we combined both sound and video within our product. we were able to add multiple layers of sound, which gives depth to the audio. This made our trailer seem more professional and added to its overall impact on the viewer. 

We were able to import titles from After Effects, the titles allowed us to convey narrative to our trailer. Using Adobe Premier we were able to adjust the length and speed of the titles. 

Adobe Premier allowed us to split up video and sound to create an atmosphere, we added a heartbeat and made it rapidly accelerate to create tension. We also made the screen straight cut to black which interrupts the flow, adding enigma to our trailer. 

After Effects enabled us to apply a randomised stepped fade to the text within our titles, this made them more intriguing and followed the conventions of titles within existing trailers. 

We used the program Celtx to type out the script, Celtx was very beneficial to us, as once we had input the script and character names, it created a shot list and production schedule. 

We used the converter MPEG Streamclip to convert the cannons default movie setting into DV, so that it was compatible with Adobe Premier. 

Using Fake Blood

make-up - slideshow maker with music

The first fake blood that we tested was relatively inexpensive, and bought from a costume shop. The blood had a thicker consistency than normal blood; though it still looked realistic on the skin, through the lens of a camera. However, due to the thickness of the fake blood, it did not drip well, which was the effect we were intending to create. Therefore, we decided to make our own fake blood. 

Experimenting with Make-Up effects - slideshow maker with music

Secondly, we attempted to make our own fake blood using syrup and red food colouring. Its constancy was good, and after we added some more syrup its colour turned to crimson red, which looked extremely realistic. We also added coffee granules to give the blood a texture.

We were happy with the result of our second test; and we use this blood during our filming. 

Monday, 30 January 2012

Character types in Our Film

The Popular Girl 

Our Final Girl

The popular girl is most often white, tall, blond but sometimes brunet. She is attractive and has an athletic boyfriend and she the envy of all the other female characters. Her parents are rich and most likely not divorced, and her life is seemly perfect. The popular girl has the ability to make others feel bad about themselves and she is the benchmark for popularity and success. Jessica from the film ‘Sorority Row’ is the archetypal popular girl. She uses her beauty and popularity to influence others, which eventually leads to her own demise. Another example of this character type is Britney from ‘Bring It On: All or Nothing’, a cheerleader living the American dream. Other popular girls include Danni from ‘Piranha’ and Kirby from ‘Scream 4’.
The Jock 

Our Jock

The jock is also a regularly used character stereotype in the film industry. In some ways the jock is a male version of the popular girl. He is alethic and is popular with women, although rarely is a jock good at anything other than sports. Jocks often bully weaker classmates and it is unlikely that they will make it to the end of the film without some misfortune coming to them. An example of an archetypal jock is Hunt Wynorski from ‘Final Destination 4’; he is often depicted having sex with beautiful women, but struggles to comprehend the concept that he is being chased by death.

The Final Girl 

Our Final Girl 

The final girl is a generic survivor and the last remaining female character, who had managed to escape from the killer and evade death. An example of this is Sindy from the scream franchise. The final girl is much more intelligent than the popular girl, however usually less attractive. She also gives film producers an opportunity to produce a sequel, while still maintaining popular characters from the previous film. 

film certification

We anticipate that our film will carry a rating of 15 years and above. This is due to the fact that our film contains an atmosphere of strong threat and menace.

‘Suitable only for 15 years and over. No one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a cinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a ‘15’ rated video work.’

Discrimination: ‘The work as a whole must not endorse discriminatory language or behaviour.’

Our film has a mixture of different races and sexualities meaning that no minority has been discriminated against.

Drugs: ‘Drug taking may be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse. The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances (for example, aerosols or solvents) is unlikely to be acceptable.’

The setting of our film is a reality show; therefore, drugs would not be assessable in this setting.

Horror: ‘Strong threat and menace are permitted unless sadistic or sexualised.’

Although our film does evolve around a sense of threat, it is not sadistic or sexualised menace, the villain is simply trapping the victims in a house as a form of revenge.

Imitable behaviour: Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied. Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.’

No imitable behaviour can be seen in our film, the way in which the villain traps and kills his victims is elaborate, and would not be easy to replicate.

Language: ‘There may be frequent use of strong language. The strongest terms may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable.’

There would be some strong language featured within our film, which would be used by the victims, but justified within their situation. However, there would be few, if not no uses of the strongest language. No strong language will feature in the trailer.
Nudity: ‘Nudity may be allowed in a sexual context but without strong detail. There are no constraints on nudity in a non-sexual or educational context.’

There is no nudity in our film, making it well suited to the 15 years and above certificate.

Sex: ‘Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context. Works whose primary purpose is sexual arousal or stimulation are unlikely to be acceptable.’

There are no sexual scenes within our film.

Theme: ‘No theme is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15 year olds.’

Our film features the theme of revenge and immorality, both of which are completely acceptable for this certification.

Violence: ‘Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or sexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable. There may be detailed verbal references to sexual violence but any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification.’

Although the violence in our film could be considered strong, it is not sexual. There may also be gory themes within the films; however they are presented pragmatically rather that visually.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Risk Assessment

Prior to filming we created a risk assessment to minimise any possible damages. We took inspiration from the style of forms, after investigating how other companies evaluate their risk. To create this form we used excel, due to its calculation capabilities.

Here we have evaluated one of the many risks that comes with filming; injury to actors:

(click image to view form)