Faye & Charlotte

Faye & Charlotte
Faye & Charlotte

Friday, 10 December 2010

How to make the prelim better

  •  I needed to be included in the shots.
  •  Camera shots were shaky so we should of used a tripod.
  •  We needed to edit in the purposely broken 180 degree rule to show how it does not work.
  •  We could of had a set genre rather than just an everyday theme.
  •  We needed appropriate props and scene. 
  •  The acting needs to be more serious and thought out before hand rather than last minute decisions because then we would of had an idea of what to do during the filming as we only had an hour.
  • In the background we can see Sam, we should of made sure there was no one behind what we were shooting. 
  • We needed to have narrative enigma, We could of kept Charlie's identity hidden e.g. shot of feet coming through the door rather than his face.
  • There are a lot of jump cuts so we should of taken more shots.
  • The shots we took we should of varied and taken long shots as well as close ups. There is a shot when Harry says that he is much better than Sam so we should of taken a low angle shot to show him as bigger and more controlling.
  • To show the viewers anchorage of where we are we should of taken a master shot of the room/ surroundings.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Prelim 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- either an action commenced in shot A is completed in shot B, or an action in shot A is mirrored by an action in shot B, for example when we cut from character A in location A reading a letter to character B in location B reading the same letter.

Shot/Reverse shot-A shot in which one character is shown then cuts to the other character and back again.

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.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Deconstruction of Neclace (micro-drama)

The Props that we used did not give of much anchorage to the viewers as we only used one prop which was a neclace (been the magical object). It was meant to show that it would carry safety to the character although we did not make this clear. There were little props used which did not show the viewers which characters (possibly) were hero, villain/s, princess magical creature etc. The location was in a 'quiet' isolated area showing that the girl (charlotte) was been stalked. Charlotte was the victim been stalked and by using her mobile to make a call to some-one gave anchorage that she was alone and in the situation of been alone, possibly unaware that she was been followed and scared.

Our target audience were teenagers of a large varity. Steriotypically we asume that it would mainly be 13-17year olds and female viewers as there was not much violence.

We used non-diegetic sounds throught the film to create tension. We used the sound of a heartbeat at the times that the stalkers were on the move, this technique wa used to cause tension to the viewers and have that 'edge' of what was going to happen next. The sound of footsteps was also added to show the villains presense on screen and to give the effect of someone been followed. The dialogue was short and said "where are you?" giving the audience the impresion that the victim was alone and waiting to find some one as she may of been caucious and scared.

Expositiongeneral idea of the main character we made charlotte look vunerable as
Charlotte was our main character in the film, to give our audience the she was by herself. The two villains were obvious as they were whispering and keeping far from charlotte whilste following her to her destination, they also ran away at the end of the film when the victim had met a friend. The friend was 'sent' by the magical nechlace to protect charlotte, although this was not that obvious to the viewers, so she was the false hero as she saved charlotte with the help of the magical object without knowing it.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lessons learnt from Micro drama.

From the micro drama i leant;

  • The story needs to be planned properly and in detail, knowing who needs to be in what shots with certain props and dialogue.
  • Should take more shots of the scenes so that you have coverage to back you up when it comes to editing just incase you would like to change or add things. It is better to have more than less!
  • Include cross cut shots when people are using dialogue to brake away and make it less boring to watch. e.g. an extreme close up of a prop.
  • Take shots from different angles and positions to see which shot goes best with the situation.
  • Make sure that the story makes sense to viewers and doesn't cause confusion. 

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Top 5 Films

The Green Mile

Director-  Frank Darabont

Released (in UK)- March 2000

Budget- $60,000,000 (estimated)

I love this movie, it has alot of meaning and emotion, the movie itself takes a while to understand but in the end it all fits together. John Coffee is an amzing character and it is just a great film.


This is England
Director- Shane Meadows

Released (in UK)- April 2007

Budget- £1,500,00 (estimated)

This film is amazing, it creates a feeling of what racism was like. it is a funny film but also quite violent

The Shawshank Redemption

Director- Frank Darabont

Released (in UK)- February 1995

Budget-  $25,000,000 (estimated)

Gives a feel of what the high security prisons are like and how a man can actually be inoccent. the brake out is the best bit and most exciting!


 The Hangover

Director- Todd Phillips

Realeased (in UK)-  June 2009

Budget-  $35,000,000 (estimated)

Genuinly a funny film. it is a comedy that i could watch over and over without it getting boring. The whole idea of this movie was genius.  


The Wizard of Oz

Director- Victor Fleming

Released (in USA) - August 1939

Budget- $2,777,000 (estimated)

This film is one of my childhood memories, id watch this everyday after school. The colours and crops that are used are amazing.


Monday, 11 October 2010

My Coursework Task


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:

Before filming and planning it is best to keep blogging notes, this will relieve me of stress and will keep everything in order and up to date. the deadline is in may! this isn't as far as it seems!

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet