Wednesday, 15 December 2010

AS coursework Possible Film Titles

  • Schism
  • Dissension 
  • Acid, blotter, cheer, dots, drop, flash, hawk, L, lightning flash, liquid acid, Lucy, micro dots and other names for LSD, as the drug is a main part of the story line.
  • Fissure
  • Rift
  • Disunity
  • Partition

  • The names that aren't related to drugs are all synonyms of the word 'split'. They are used because a split is what happens in the story line, as the main character is separated, or split from reality through drug use.  

Friday, 10 December 2010

Edits to Pre Lim task

After the initial filming and editing task we had to make a change to our original final piece because of a mistake in the match and action portion of the task.

We had edited the first shot to show a hand opening a door and then a cut to the other side of the door to see it being opened, this was wrong because it gave the impression of the door being opened twice instead of being opened once and then someone walking through the door.

We fixed this problem by simply cutting out the extra shot of the character coming through the door on the other side.

As an improvement to our task I think we should have improved our sound editing to make the cry seem more continuous and possibly have included a close up on characters faces to show emotion.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Prelim Task

You can watch my prelim video here

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Pre-lim Task.

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule. 
Match on Action- connects two shots cut together by having a character finish an action in the second shot begun in the first shot. For instance, if a character lights a match in the first shot, the same character will draw it up to a cigarette in the second.

Shot/Reverse Shot- After an establishing shot, the shot-reverse shot refers to the close-ups used when two characters are in conversation. (Because we have already used an establishing shot, we now know where the characters are in relation to one another.) First both of the actors engaged in a conversation are shown in a two-shot then the camera cuts in to mid shots and close-ups of one actor and then the other, usually from a position 'over the shoulder' of the other actor.

180-degree rule-The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Analysis of a Micro Drama

The film from 12A that we were analysing was edited by Alex McCluskey and Sam Boyes. The film is about the kidnapping of a Princess and the search by two others to rescue her.

Incorporated into the film are a number of Propp's Character Archetypes: A hero, a villain, a false hero, a princess and a donor. Each have a key role in the film. The Princess is the prize at the end of the quest and the whole reason for the quest to happen. The donor gives the Hero the magical object to assist them in this quest, in this case the magic object is an apple. The false hero attempts to become the hero by rescuing the Princess in the end, but they are unsuccessful. The Villain commits the bad action, taking the princess, and is in the end beaten and the hero is the one who sets out on the quest and is successful.

Binary Opposition (Levi-Strauss) is represented in the film in the forms of male and female; good and evil.
Todorov's theory of equilibrium is also shown; the state of equilibrium is at start when the False hero is reading, then the Princess is kidnapped and we have a state of Dis-Equilibrium, before the hero rescues the Princess returning us to a new State of Equilibrium.

The film uses a large variety of shots. The shot used most often is the mid shot, although they use a lot of low angle shots, especially of the legs of the hero and the villain, building suspense because you can not see who the person is. The film also uses many shots when the subject is walking towards the camera. Hand held shots are used very frequently which gives the impression that somebody is watching what is going on. Towards the end of the short film, the group use two-shots and three-shots a lot, as well as using wide angled shots and close ups. The speed of the shots from the middle of the film to then end increases building up tension and suspense as the film becomes more flowing. An interesting shot that is included is a moving subject shot, and this stands out amongst the others as been more advanced and challenging.

The film doesn't include many transitions between shots; there is only one occasion where a transition is used, a fade in. Most shots simply cut to the next shot. However the film does incorporate other effects, such as a lightning bolt, non-diegetic sounds, slow motion shots and a shaky camera effect. The lightning bolt is added to show a change in the Hero and it happens when he receives his magical powers. The shaky camera effect is used in the same shot. The slow motion shot happens at the end, when the princess is saved, and it signifies some romance or a relationship between the Hero and Princess.

The setting for the short movie is natural because it was filmed in school. Most of it is shot outside with a small number of shots inside. The clothing tells us nothing about the characters because they are dressed as they are for school. They improvise with their hoods for the Hero once he has the powers and the Villain as well. Apart from the hood, there is very little to understand the characters from their clothing. There are two props that are used in the movie; a book and an apple.

Many different sound effects and music has been added to the short movie, but diegetic sounds are still the most frequently used. Throughout the film Diegetic sounds are dominant, but there are also quieter, less dominant non-diegetic sounds added. The sounds added are informative to the audience as to how they should react; at the beginning of the film the music is deep and scary, and tells the audience something bad may be about to happen. However, later in the film when the princess is found, the music turns very happy and tells the audience everything is good again, informing us of the return to a state of equilibrium. Non diegetic sounds added include a rewind sound, a lion growling, a thunderbolt and a spring over some speech at the end. The reason for these sounds is generally to add effect to the film that can not be added when filming for any reason, but generally because the sound effect is natural, but the group were unable to create it at the time.

Group notes on All the boys love Mandy Lane

Opening credit - Red background signifies blood. Title - blade slash/girl screams - typical for horror.

Blood drops down and the shot pans down to a school – Normal school day.
Song hints at what is to come in the film?
Mandy Lane appears – typical blonde (Looks an outsider or new, by how everyone reacts to her).
Range of shots used: Establishing shot, close up, medium shots, long shots ect.
A typical person that the audience wants dead from the start appears and is immediately offensive.
Shot scrolls up to establish next scene this is a pool party – Normal setting, nothing out of the ordinary, normal swimming pool/party clothes.
Music again – Hint?
Again a different range of shots are used to focus on people enjoying themselves – quite quick shots.
The person the audience wants dead is offensive to Mandy again, her friend water pistols him which turns into a fight, and this is used to build up the tension. Something going to happen with these two in the future? Fight shows who is the strong out of the two. Both want the same thing – Mandy Lane.
Binary opposites of each other – Brain vs. Brawn.
Night – something going to happen?
Mandy’s best friend of roof – shows power? Loner?
Talk about Mandy – argue (never can get along). Best friend tricks him to jump off roof to impress Mandy. Guy slips, clearly drunk – outcome revealed? People are worried about him (the sportier guy) about him jumping off the roof – still drinking, Mandy shocked.
Song again – Hints outcome?
When the sportier guy jumps of the camera is like it’s a PoV (Point of View) of someone falling slower (as he exits the shot).
Hear screams, makes audience tense and want to know what has happened, as the guy enters the pool which blood surrounds him, audience is shocked.
Brains beat brawn.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Lessons from Microdrama

1.   Be organized: Make sure that everyone you are working with knows what they are doing and what they need, and that applies for yourself.
2.   Be prepared for problems:   Consider all eventualities when filming incase you come upon a problem.
3.   Make sure the audience can hear the dialogue.
4.   Pick your camera angles.
5.   Learn to incorporate Propp's archetypes.
6.   Learn to incorporate Todrov's states of equilibrium.
7.   Make sure to include binary opposite
8.   Add bloopers and other extras for higher entertainment value.
9.   Learn how to use I movie.
10. Don't be embarrassed when acting

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Brief, Evaluation + How its all Marked

Your mission is to carry out the following brief:
Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:

Your work is marked partially on my observations of your approach and level of organisation, but fundamentally its a DVD and your blog that are marked.

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