Monday, 7 May 2012

Evaluation Activity 7

Looking back at your preliminary task (the continuity editing task), what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to full product?

I learnt continuity when doing the preliminary task, when editing how to use the frames to make sure it was correct, continuous and not repetitive. I also learnt about the different shots needed to make the film make sense and easy to follow for the audience. - 

 I used a medium establishing shot to open the film as it immediately tell the audience what is happening and roughly who the characters are that are involved with the film 

I had to use the 180 degrees rule to keep the consistency and to make sure the characters and the storyline was easy to follow for the viewer. 

I had to make sure I got the match on action correct so when I had different shots of her walking up the stairs I had to edit it so that when the shot change she was on the same leg as she was before. This shows me using the close up shot of her feet walking up the stairs, this is effective as it is different than just an average shot of her walking up the stairs so it breaks it up and makes it more interesting.

This is an long shot as it is quite far away and has there entires bodies in the frame. This shot also introduces the other characters that she passes whilst going up the stairs. This is effective as we then see the entire character and her actions to the other person, enlightening the audience with how the character's personality is. 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Evaluation Activity 6

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

To film and edit my movie I used a tripod, 7D canon camera, dolly and tracks, and a macbook pro with Final Cut Pro and Sound Track Pro to edit it. I enjoyed using the equipment as it wasn't something I had done before. However I found the editing hard, especially the sound as what I wanted wasn't always available so I had to try and create what I wanted out of what was available. Using these were useful as we were able to use professional equipment to create and edit our footage and films. 

However we also learnt how to use other equipment, should we need to use it for our film -

We also learnt how to use Photoshop, iMovie and garageband, this opened many more doors for us and our storyline. We used Blogger to upload all our work to, this we really useful as we could access this from home and therefore be able to work or edit work at home on the weekends or during holidays.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Evaluation Activity 5

How did you attract/address your audience?

I decided that the an important and crucial way to attract and address and audience was to make the film relate to them, either by location, situation or characters. I chose characters and location as these were practical to my resources and the situation of a thriller movie is extremely unlikely to happen in real life. I used my friend in her house to help relate the age, style, and life style to my target audience.  I filmed in her house not only because it had a good setting that I was able to take advantage of but because she would also look more at home in her own house, once again helping the audience relate to the film as they all know how it feels to be at home. I also hope this would scare them as you are meant to feel safe at home and because the film is based in a home, it takes that safety barrier away from the audience making this memorable.    

The sound I used was usual of a thriller move as they were synchronised with movements just as people crossing the scene, or places where I intend the audience to jump. I different sound effects from Sound Track Pro as I was able to edit and synch them precisely where I wanted the sound to go. The sound made the action more intense, therefore making the scene more exciting and the movie more enjoyable to an audience. Sounds I used were soft creepy music that was able to be built up to show the climax in the storyline. I also wanted to use some of the sounds that I recorded when filming such as doors shutting or steps up and down stairs. 

To attract my target audience I also looked at other popular thriller movies and saw what they did to address their target audiences that were similar to mine. I used similar conventions such as friends meeting up and possibly the use of nightmares. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

Evaluation Activity 4

Who would be the audience for your media product?

Evaluation Activity 4

This is Tanguy . He is 17 years old and and is the mean age of my target audience. His favourite kind of film is either horror or comedy and he doesn’t like romantic films. He shops in clothes shops such as Topman, Jack Wills, and Abercrombie. He really likes all music but listens mainly to chart music, and loves comedy and documentary programmes.
Tanguy would watch my movie because he enjoys horror movies and enjoys watching moves with friends. I did a survey on SurveyMonkey and surveyed 30 people, 15 boys and  15 girls. Most of the girls said that comedy, romance and horror were their favourite films genres, on the other hand the boys said action or horror were they favourite. However the genre that came up most across both boys and girls was horror, so that is why I went with it.
The audience expectations that a horror movie would have suspense during the film as it is crucial in building the tension. Another expectation would be where the visuals would give make the audience jump as it is frightening and sudden.  I have tried to include all of these in my film and hope that they make the movie scary and memorable.