Thursday, 7 April 2011

EVALUATION QUESTION 8- Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it to the full product?

PASSWORD : student


When we first began using the camera we understood the basics of filming and we were able to get good shots for our first time. However I think a key strrength in my group is using the camera and using different shots anyway. However we did not take in consideration of the little things. In our preliminary (on the left) as you can see there are people in the background who were not apart of our scene as a matter of fact they were not meant to be there at all. The shot on the right however, looks much more professional, there are people in the background however, it is suitable for the storyline and the focus is on point. We also learnt the importance of eye level being 1/3 of the screen regardless of what shot it is, unless it has a particular significance. 


In our preliminary film, we tried to do a match cut of Elias closing the door, however if you notice Elias closes the door a few seconds after we begin recording. This could have been avoided through editing the clip so as soon as the audience see the door it is already being closed and not 'paused then closed'. For our final thriller opening we avoided this very well, we were able to embed clips onto each other to create a confusing and frustrating effect. As well as a black and white effect to signify the audience which scene was a flashback. We also used transition effects such as fade ins and fade outs. as well as jump cuts which directly takes us to a particular scene. 

Mise En Scene

As you can see in our preliminary we used a tesco bag to suffocate someone. As a group when we looked back on we realsied it was very unproffesional and we should have used something else like a black bag or a brown paper bag. In our final thriller we portrayed the importance of mise en scene because, it was the props and clothing that creates a 'spark' between the killer and victim. For example we see Demi's character drop her map and the killer instantly knows that this is his chance, likewise he notices my character playing with a flower and he can then ome up to me and speak about the 'amazing flower' which leads to further altercations. As we thought a tesco bag could still be used as a significant part of mise en scene we used it when Kudiwa's character dropped her shopping which also gave the killer reason to approach her. In order for the audience to identify the main character he wore roughly the same outfit throughout, this was usually dark coloured clothing which connotes, he is a very closed, dark, evil person. The females however wore very casual outfits which we learnt was important because, it makes our characters seem realistic. 


In our preliminary, the beginning of our clip started off with the director. As important as the director is it is very crucial to put the ident for the production company first. This is something we did not do and, had we been apart of a large conglomerate and under a big production company such as 20th Century Fox there could have  been serious problems. Luckily we notice our errors and for our final thriler opening we made sure the ident for the production company was the first thing to appear. Through our research and planning we watched a documentary based on production companies and film openings called 'Watching'. Director Jean Jacques Beineix highlighted the importance of the risks when using 'instant arousal' in filming which is what we decided to do. By plunging your audience in with a huge shock in the beginning means you have to 'plunge' them in throughout the film. We added the sound track over the production company ident  so the audience could instantly feel drawn into the film, although some production companies dislike this, we done it anyway because we are apart of a small independent company. 


Titles are also very key in thriller openings. We learnt the importance of the title sequence and the order it should go in and who to credit first, which is usually the production company and associates. Furthermore it is very important to have a particular font type that corresponds with your film genre. The titles of our film was in a thick serif font, which was not to fancy, and very plain which connote the simplicity in the killer as killers tend to be very straightforward and simple. 

Group work! 

A very big lesson I learnt by the end of this project was the importance of group work and participation. It is very crucial that everyone includes their ideas when creating such a big project like this. I got along very well with my group and we usually had the same types of ideas. When there were differences however, we worked around it and looked for other possibilities if someones idea did not fit, this usually resulted in us doing much more thinking and later creating a better idea than the one to begin with. Our communication skills were very good despite the very stressful lessons (last few days of editing especially!). However, we were very tolerant of one another which made us at ease to contribute our ideas and this was a key reason why we got along. As this project was group work we learnt that being organised was very essential, all our filming times were done according to each others schedules and it was important we were all on time to not disrupt peoples other plans. 
The most important thing we learnt was that planning and research is very essential and crucial when carrying out a task like this. Without planing and research we would have made various errors and not known the key conventions of a thriller opening which would mean we would not complete our task. 


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