Faye & Charlotte

Faye & Charlotte
Faye & Charlotte

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Dear whom it may concern,
Thankyou for looking at my blog, have fun seeing our project grow! Hope you enjoy it!
 Faye Higgins

7) looking back at your premliminary task, what would you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full project?

Since the prelim tasks i feel that i have progressed alot more and i have better knowledge of how to produce a film! I learnt how to use the camera and the different shots that needed to be taken at sertain points e.g. extreme close up to emphesis to the audience. I learnt about the 180 degree rule, the camera can only be on one side of the actors during shot-verse-shot other wise it brakes away from exposition that they are in the same place and it doesnt look right. The prelims were obviously practise runs and i am happy to see the progress we have made since then.
We had many rough cuts that we kept building on, Our first one we tried to hide the identity of Jake we also were missing alot of shots e.g. when they bump into eachother (this rough cut was when we had our first set of actors who were unreliable), but then we realised that it is not really what our genre is, that is more horror than rom-com.
On our second rough cut we didnt get many shots to work with, we also needed to get the story across to the viewers as it was hard to get our narrative enigma across to the audience, nobody understood Jake's role and why he was running...
So in our 3rd rough cut we had re-shoot everything. We had alot more shot variations which gave us more to work with to show our knowledge of how to work the shots together but than we realised we needed to expose why Jake is in a rush aswell as why is Anthea in this small town? so we added the Morning shots of Jake and the book signing speech from Anthea. This gave us the opportunity to use shot-verse-shot and we also used the technique of panning the camera across Anthea's make up, to expose that she was famous and getting ready for an event.

The soundtrack was a new project to us as we didn't make one from scratch in the prelim, so this was a challenge and it was a success and fit in with our project wonderfully first time round!

This project has made me realise since the prelim how much pressure there is and how it takes alot of time to complete at its best, the prelim had to be done in a week and with 5 of us it was manageable to complete it, and at the time it looked good but compared to our Film opening it was rubbish! i am proud of the work we have come out with, it was a challenge and was interesting to learn of how different genres should be and what they should include, during the prelim i knew nothing about what a horror should include, i havn't done a horror but i didnt know much about rom-coms either so i have learnt a great deal of the genre itself.

  As a team i feel me and Charlotte worked better in a bigger group, there was less pressure on our shoulders when there were 5 of us in the prelim task (the mask). I feel that we clashed because we had very different ideas and we could not agree on alot of things. I feel that i was mainly putting the movie together during editing and filming where as she was more thinking of ideas. We tried to split the work as equally as possible and we both did a fair amount of research and planning but towards the filming dates I had commitments that i could not get out of at times, so did Charlotte, it wasn't just me been unreliable, but we pulled through in the end.

We had the problem of unreliable actors at first which set us back alot and we couldn't keep up with the other groups because of this so we had to change the actors - towards christmas i felt more confident we were getting somewere as we got alot done quite quickly. Towards the end we have been a bit more laid back as we have had alot of feedback and it was only small changes we needed to make to make it perfect, e.g. add afew things for anchorage that Jake was late - we used the interview sheet and mobile for this.
At times we both did seperate work e.g. i filmed nick whilst Charlotte was on a school trip and she recorded outside noise while i was busy. I feel it was equal imput and i am happy that it worked out.

6) What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this project?

Monday, 21 March 2011

5) How do you address/ attract the audience?

4) who would the audience be for your media project?

My audience is aimed to be young aged females, aged 12-24. This is because the age rate is 12 due to the matter of Jake using innapropriate language more than once, it is minor swearing therefore 12 is the best age rate for it. There is no sexual moments or use of illegal usage so a 15 would narrow our audience even further than it already is.
Examples of 12/12A age rated movies are ..
  • Wild child (2008)
  • Just go with it  (2011)
  • 17 Again (2009)
The majority of females watch rom-coms it is most likely to be younger women, with the young actors who are not as old as they look, they are both 16 going 17 but they look alot older! we will get more than just teenagers watching this because the slightly older audience (age 18-25) will feel that they can compare to these two actors as they are similar age, so they believe!
The male viewer figures may be alot lower as it is a romantic comedy and the few male viewers will be watching purely because of its comdey and the male gaze caused by our character Anthea Lovell.

Teenagers/Tweenagers and young adults are going to be our main audience, also fans of rom-coms such as Notting Hill, Nipoleon Dinomite, P.S i Love You etc.. will be interested in our film as it is inspired by these films and has various similarities to them.
The audience we got feedback from were age 16-17. We asked several people (not including the class students) and they enjoyed our work which shows that we have achieved what we were looking for.

3) What kind of media institution might distribute your media project and why?

2) How does your media project represent particular social groups?

The film i have worked on is a rom-com, there fore typically for the female audience. The young cast may bring teens and young adults to watching it, it is not a romantic, it is both romantic and comedy - this will give the male audience a reason to watch the film as it is comical.

The stereotype of Anthea is a typical American young rich drama queen, this is going to make girls want to watch it to see how she lives her life as a famous young adult. There is no physical disability in our rom-com because we didnt feel that there needed to be, without been disrespectful. The stereotype of the character Anthea is that she is a fit, good looking and can be either blonde or brunette- we have given her brown hair to give less impression of a scream queen (typically blonde). The heels and the sun glasses signify she is trying to impress whilste been undercover/ trying to fit in without been noticed. The bags she is carrying are big well known brands to show her welth e.g. the louie vouton hand bag.
The stereotype of Jake is that he is a working class young man looking for work - signified by the interview sheet. He is unorganised as shown when you see he only has 30 minuits to get to his interview and him running around. These aspects of Jake will be comical and possibly make the female audience feel in power as the male protagonist is not as organised and well achieved as the female.
This binary opposition is a good contrast as it has two completely different social classes - this means that middle class and working class audience will be watching as there is no limit as to who it should be about.

1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Our film 'Spotlight Love' is a romantic comedy. We use alot of conventions to show this by having the normal structure of a Romantic comedy - 
  1. Meeting unusually.
  2. Something that brings them back together.
  3. A complication/ Brake up.
  4. The make up/ Solution to the problem.
  5. Happy ending.
These were the main 5 points we focussed on to structure our romantic comedy. Our basic story line is that the two protagonists, Jake and Anthea, meet by bumping into each other in a town that Anthea is holding a book signing, Jake is our comical character because he is a working class character that doesn't know alot and is a bit clumsy at times, were as Anthea is a very well known actress so she is very responsible and 'lady like'. Jake is the one that tries to find Anthea to return her phone, he finally finds her through phoning her manager, They meet up and swap back phones, he makes a fool of himself and she finds it funny, this makes them meet up again. They meet up afew times and finally start to fall in love, this is when the bad times occur. Anthea and Jake are found by paporatsy and put in the newspaper, Anthea's manager (has a secret crush on her) and her parents are not too happy so organise her to do a photoshoot in New York. This makes them fall apart but then Jake follows her to the airport before she flies off to New York. They reunite and fall in love, getting married not long after. - This is the basic idea of the story line. 

The best friends & family of both Anthea and Jake are introduced and they are also seen as comical as they are both Scottish - in many rom-coms e.g. Nottinghill we have a celtic comical character. This brigs a bigger audience, We also have the 'not so nice' characters, in this case it is Anthea's parents and her manager who seems to have a 'crush' on her but really he wants to be a success himself - Cinderella story had the step mother and step sisters as the complicators. These three characters are to become the compliction of the path towards Anthea and Jake's happiness but with a bit of help from the best friends Jake follows her and they fall in love all over again. 

We follow many codes ad conventions of the Rom-com but we also go against them. Our soundtrack doesn't use dialogue, unlike Juno and many other films, we didn't use this code of using a lyrical song. We wanted to have a sound to flow with what was on screen rather than lyrics to describe the feelings. Establishing shots are used in many rom-coms like 'Wild Child', '17 Again' etc, we didn't use this we jumped straight in, not only because it was a time waster but we had more than one place we were set in as we followed both characters. 

Friday, 25 February 2011

CB &FH-Audience feedback for Rough Cut 2

For this roughcut we got feedback from the class as well as from friends.We had a balance of negative and positive comments that were made.We like criticisms for they make us branch out and improve our work even more.

Here is feedback from our friends:-

CB & FH-Vodcast During Filming.


Just a general hello and to say that filming is going well.We were about to film Jake's scene's on the train, which is an important part for it shows off our quirky Film Idents !

CB & FH-Rough cut 2

Here is our second rough cut off Spotlight Love. If you look back to our first ever rough cut then you can see the drastic changes we have made,including actors, costume and variation of shots! Filming was successful, although we have decided to add in some more footage of Jake before he gets on the train and Anthea before she comes on stage.We also need to add in a soundtrack, which is currently being produced.Enjoy!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

CB/Company Idents (more detailed)

Production Company Name-  

We chose the name Cupidz  for 'Cupid' is the name of the God of Love.This of course links to our genre being,romantic comedy.Using  the letter z instead of an s , we thought made it more unique and that it would appeal to our target audience (15 onwards) for abbrevations are seemed to be cool.

We had ideas for the Cupidz ident and the main one which we thought would be brilliant to do was to have a cupid shooting in his arrow into the word cupidz (which is in a white curvy soft font like sans serif) and it would then turn into a red font for cupids arrow has struck it resulting in love, hence the red colour.However with discussions with the teacher we thought that this woul take too much time for we would have to animate it.Therefore I went onto Livetype and created our other idea that would function well on this software.I found it relatively easy to use Livetype and as I had key ideas already in mind , this also made it easier.After I desgined the basic layout on Livetype, I went onto use I-Movie so i could make further adjustments and special effects to make the ident stand out.

The finished design was pleasing as I think it looks professional and would be a good ident that  would represent the world of romantic comedy and be a potentional market for film producers.The ident's background was of some red material blowing gently in the wind, which I thought looke romantic and serene.The font of Cupidz Productions is in a white font that looks like it has been drawn by a child.I thought this style of font would work for a couple of reasons.1st reason is that it looks fun which is an element of what watching a Rom-Com should be like.Secondly when your young,your in own little world which is what you feel like when your in love with somebody,some would say you get all giddy like a child too.This text is also slightly moving which makes it more interesting for the audience.

When I went onto I-Movie, i used this special effect called fairydust which is fairy dust that moves across the screen in any direction you want.I thought it would look good if this 'travelling sparkle' would go through the title of Cupidz Productions as to say we create movie magic!I also thought this effect makes it look very Disney-esque!Next i made the font glow with sparkle which highlights the magic of our movie making and the warmth you get from love! Finally as the fairy dust is going through the Production Title we added a sound clip which is of someone playing a piano, going from high keys to low keys, which goes perfectly well with this as the notes of the music is travelling up, mirroring the action of the fairy dust effect.

Here is our Cupidz Productions Ident!

Distributors Ident-
'Pies in the sky'
For this ident we have filmed some mince pies being thrown into the air.This was quite tricky to catch them being thrown high into the air with the camera at such an angle.However, we managed to get some great shots! With these shots we uploaded them to I-Movie and then transferred this footage to Livetype to edit over the ident titles Pies in the Sky.

Here is the footage we caught on video camera!

Friday, 18 February 2011

FH - Sound track

Michael Buble...

This is a video of just havnt met you yet by Micheal Buble, this is the perfect song for our sound track because it's about how 2 people havn't met but it will all work out in the end, just like our film story. We have a male singer that plays guitar (Thomas Bearpark), he has agreed to play this for us and he is also going to make a new song up from scratch and we are going to see which song goes best with our fotage. 

Declaration of Sophie Dixon


BOTH - Declaration of characters images


Thursday, 17 February 2011

FH- pies in the sky ident idea

This is footage that we made to fit the name of our distribution company 'Pies in the sky'. We were going to make an animation but we dont have alot of time or technology to do that with so we desided that we would make a 'real life' ident. This was shot by us shooting the sky basically and then throing mince pies infront of the camera, these three shots are the best ones we got and we are going to be using one of them for our ident! we are going to slow down the footage so you can see the pies better and have a soundtrack that is similar to the sound track of Halelujah. This is a clip i found a youtube just to give the idea of the song choice...

...We have a good, strong idea of this and we feel it will be comical and it will work.

CB & FH-Vodcasts-On Research

Here are two videos of Faye & Myself talking about basis of research that we found on Romantic Comedies,which resources were the most helpful and the films inspired our film.

Vodcast 1

Vodcast 2

CB & FH-Vodcast on Film Idents

This is a video of Faye and myself talking about our inspiration behind our film idents and how we produced them.

FH & CB - Cupidz ident

This is our production company, we chose cupidz because it is romantic and has a 'ring' to it. We chose the colour scheme of red and yellow because they contrast and are intimate colours to love. The yellow 'starry fairy dust' was inspired by Walt Disney's company. it shows the magic of love which will go well with our rom com.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

BOTH - Audience's for Spotlight Love


Core Audience

We have certified Spotlight Love to be a 12 due use of moderate language and some sexual references.To see how we decided to certify this rating and potentially making it appeal to  'tweenagers' we checked out BBFC website and check out our 'BBFC rating' post.Therefore the audiences members we target at are 12-24 year olds.Our cast also reflects this age catergory for they are teenagers.

We also hope our audience's evolves into a 'hybird audience',  meaning we would like to interest both female and male.Statistics show, Romantic Comedy films are known to be a female dominated audience so we would like to challenge this and break the mould by attracting Males.Our film will attract the attention of males by the comedy aspects and showing the banter between the male protagonist and his mates so they males can relate to it as if they were talking to their mates about love issues.

Secondary Audience

Now we have established the age range and gender for our core audience, there is a secondary audience.The secondary audience are a potential audience even if they dont fit the 12-24 age range.

The following marketable elements/hooks can attract this specific audience.Each genre such as Romantic Comedy or Thriller attracts different audiences and those audiences can be further fragmented.Loyal fans to Romantic Comedy,maybe interested to see this film for this film is a Romantic Comedy.

The material of this film source also attracts another kind of audience.The film could be based on a real event,best-selling novel,cartoon or it could have possible inter textual references like taking a spoof of an existing movie e.g Date Movie ( which is a spoof of many other romantic comedies!)

The soundtrack could influence people to see it for the music generally gives a huge clue to the audience,the main feel of the film.Our soundtrack is primarily familiar to the youth audience and the adult audience,as the song 'Your Song' was written by Elton John which the older generation will relate and just recently it was covered by Ellie Goulding which a lot of youngsters will know about.

The attractiveness of the protagonists could be another hook that engages this secondary audience to come and see the film.Or you could challenge this a go for someone more ordinary looking to which the audience can see themselves reflected in the protagonist.

BOTH- BBFC 12A/12 (In More Detail)

The guidelines of a film being a 12A/12


Discriminatory language or behaviour must not be endorsed by the work as a whole. Aggressive discriminatory language or behaviour is unlikely to be acceptable unless clearly condemned.


Any misuse of drugs must be infrequent and should not be glamorised or give instructional detail.


Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained.

Imitable behaviour

Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicide and self-harming) should not dwell on detail which could be copied, or appear pain or harm free.  Easily accessible weapons should not be glamorised.


Moderate language is allowed. The use of strong language (for example, ‘fuck’) must be infrequent.


Nudity is allowed, but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet.


Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed. Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable.


Mature themes are acceptable, but their treatment must be suitable for young teenagers.


Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context. Sexual violence may only be implied or briefly and discreetly indicated, and must have a strong contextual justification.


CB/The importance of the youth audience in the film industry.

Importance of Youth

Children are a prime target for marketers. Not only do children today have more disposable income at younger ages, but they have significant influence over family purchases. YTV's 2002 Tween Report estimated that Canadian children aged 9 to 14 spend $1.9 billion and influence $20 billion in family purchases per year. Marketing experts call it "pester power," or the "nag factor" -- the ability to get kids to nag their parents to buy a specific product or take them to a specific restaurant. After all, if your child asks you for the latest toy 37 times a day for a week, the odds are that you'll eventually give in and buy it. source-Blogspot.com

Therefore many film companies are makinf films friendly for all the movie, achieving box office hits.Here is an article from campaign live,1999 on how Pearl and Dean are targeting children.-Article

However film producers are continuously being careful of their representations and references included in their films for they simply don't want the children to learn from these bad role models/habits.In which case the film rating increases to avoid this.

FH - New actors!

We now have another set of actors because the other two were unreliable so as a last minuit resort we have asked Sophie Dixon and Nick Lockier, Nick has the same description as the character Jake but Sophie has dark hair rather than blonde, this is ok as we have desided that it will not matter as the genre (unlike horrors) doesn't have a typical blonde scream queen so this slight change will not matter as much.

Nick Lockier

Sophie Dixon

Monday, 14 February 2011

BOTH - BBFC age rates (draft)

Exactly the same criteria are used to classify works at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories are awarded where the material is suitable, in general, only for those aged 12 and over. Works classified at these categories may upset children under 12 or contain material which many parents will find unsuitable for them.
The ‘12A’ category exists only for cinema films. No one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult, and films classified ‘12A’ are not recommended for a child below 12. An adult may take a younger child if, in their judgement, the film is suitable for that particular child. In such circumstances, responsibility for allowing a child under 12 to view lies with the accompanying adult.
The ‘12’ category exists only for video works. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a ‘12’ rated video work.

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.

The above information was found on:

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

FH - Research into rom-coms

Falling in love again... 
Chapter 7 is titled ' Transatlantic Exchanges & Influences'
This chapter is about how when making a rom-com when the genre and a culture come together you have to blend them to make sense.
While Levi-Strauss noted the link between genres and nations by saying that narrative is a culture's way of making sense of itself
This Quote (page 92) is saying that basically you need to move the rom com and its story, props, clothing etc to suit the setting and culture of the story, Example used in the book is that 'Both views need to be considered when thinking of the romantic comedy within a french context.' In France the rom-com, that we know in Britain, is a recent finding and is very rare to be found, their french films is about romance between two people but one of them usually ends up dying, where as our traditional rom-com is about a happy ending usually leaving us to guess where they go next, it can sometimes end with a wedding or pictures of a wedding during the end titles, but this idea has not yet been introduces to the traditional french cinema.  

The above information was found in the book 'falling in love again'  by Deborah Jermyn and Stacey Abbot.

A Traditional Rom-com...
The rom-com focusses on light humour as well as a romantic story line. Usually it is a male and female that are the main protagonists, they happen to meet and then have a complication to their relation ship (e.g. ....) but then in the end work it all out and get back together. The protagonists do not always come together as a 'lovers' relationship at first because along the way they find out they actually love each other (e.g...) 

"the screenwriters leave clues that suggest that the characters are, in fact, attracted to each other and that they would be a good love match. The protagonists often separate or seek time apart to sort out their feelings or deal with the external obstacles to their being together."- Quote from Wikipedia

After the difficulty in the relationship the characters reunite and admit their love for one another, usually one of them goes to find the other after letting them go earlier in the movie. Sometimes it is not the main characters that fall in love with each other but they help each other realise their love for someone else instead. (e.g My Super-ex Girlfriend.) 

"Some comedy films, such as Knocked Up, combine themes of romantic comedies and stoner comedies, creating a subgenre that appeals to both men and women. This genre is slowly becoming known as the "Bromcom" (Bro's Romantic Comedy) among the film review community, originally quoted by amateur film reviewer Luke Dilena in a number of his printed underground independent film review columns. These type of films usually uses sexual content and this brings the two characters together. Films in this genre include American Pie 2 or even Wedding Crashers."- Quote from Wikipedia 

This Quote shows us that theirs more than one type of comedies that are blended with other genres, but this is not what our film is going to be like, we are trying to make it more of a traditional rom-com. 

Television Rom-coms...
Romantic comedies are not always movies, they can be television series as well..
  1. Sex & The City (1998–2004) (HBO)
  2. Desperate Housewives (2004–) (ABC)
  3. How I Met Your Mother (2005–) (CBS)
  4. Gavin & Stacey (2007–2009) (BBC)
The above are examples of the television romantic comedies that have been around and still are.  
This is the link to the Wikipedia page that i used to collect all the above information;

Examples of more romantic comedies...
There are many inspiring rom-coms and the genre is based towards young females as they are romantic and most girls love watching romantics as they wish theyr life was a bit more interesting like that. The comedy has basically been added for when a girls tags her boyfriend along to the cinema to watch the new movie out that she's seen on an advert that brought a tear to her eye, the comedy is for the male so he does not switch off or fall asleep. Examples of more rom-com movies are on this website: 
There are over 100 rom coms and they all basically have the same story line, two people (usually male & Female) meet and basically fall in love, theres a complication which is soon resolved after one of them realises what they are missing. 
Rules of the Romantic Comedy ...
  • Usually the two characters are the complete opposite (in our film one is pop star and other is working class)
  • When the two meet it has usually got a strange way of them coming together, this makes the female audience feel happy for them and say aww whereas the males role their eyes (as said on the website)
  • Usually a friend/ some one close of the main characters is the one that is the comedy maker, they have the funny parts of the film e.g. the hangover.
the above info was found on this link:

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

BOTH - Declaration of characters images


CB - Filming diary

Friday 4th February 2011

First day of shooting went reasonably well except one of our actors didn't turn up so we were stuck to only shoot scenes of the character Anthea Lovell.We shot the 'red carpet scene' in a drama room at school.To make it more believable,we used the specialist lighting effects and put a spotlight on Anthea. This also linked to our film title- 'Spotlight Love'.I also brought in some cameras and took pictures of Anthea as if she was posing for the paparazzi. Her costume was very glamourous which anchored she was at a special event (Oscar Nominations). To show the transition from the picture into video footage, I thought it would be creative get Anthea to pose in the same position as she is in photo on the front page of the Newspaper. Therefore we zoomed out of the pose she was into her posing for the cameras.

Then Anthea did a drastic costume change into her 'everyday' Anthea Lovell outfit.We made her wear bright,funky,fashionable clothes to make her stand out and to reflect her bubbly fun-loving character.We went down to Cafe Nero in Ilkley and asked if we could film a short clip inside and outside and they agreed seeing as it was for A-level coursework.We filmed Anthea's ident clip.Her ident clip was of her drinking a milkshake and wiping away her 'milkshake tash' with her napkin.On the napkin is her ident,written in bold marker pen. Finally we filmed Anthea coming outside and her phone rings and its her best mate,she talks about last night which was the night she was the Oscar Nominations and won an Oscar herself.As it was outside we had to be cautious of the wind and rain affecting our footage quality.We had a boom mic which helped with the wind for it picks up the sound in much better detail even in wind.It slightly rained but it was okay for we stood under the shelter of the shops.

We plan to re-film urgently next week!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

CB/Deconstruction of 'The Proposal'

The Proposal (Anne Fletcher,2009)

Director-Anne Fletcher
Writer-Pete Chiarelli
Production Companies-
Stars-Sandra Bullock,Ryan Reynolds and Mary Steenburgen
Running Time-108 mins

Rating-12A due to sexual content,nudity and language
Filming Locations-Massachusetts,Rhode Island and California-USA
Box Office Gross-$2,494,131,102 (USA,2009) £42,101,816 (UK,2009)

Here is the trailer for The Proposal-

Tagline-Here comes the Bribe...

Opening Analysis- (2mins)
Deconstruction of shots in opening scenes
First shot makes us think that it is set in/near a wood? Perhaps someone running,this opening shot is odd for it would suit being seen in a horror movie.The camera then zooms out and we then realise that this wood is shown on a television screen.Then we get an 'over the shoulder shot' and we see a possible protagonist of the film? She is on an exercise bike watching the screen and reading various notes.Different shots of her are shown like a close-up and a side shot view.It then cuts to the other possible protagonist? He is in bed  and the time is 12:00 which could connote that he has slept in and is late? He anchors this by looking at his watch and announcing "Shit!" Then it shows a close-up reflection of the girl who is looking in a steamed up mirror signifying she has just had a shower perhaps? Her wet hair could also anchor this? It cuts back to the guy who is running fast down the road, showing he is determined to  get to work as fast as he possibly can.This contrasts with the next clip of the girl who is leisurely eating her breakfast and reading a newspaper.The next shot shows a midshot of the guy running outside of a shop window,it continues to be a mid-shot as he enters the coffee house.The shop owner says "Andrew,Hey!" This signifys that this is his name and by skipping the big queue he has somehow bribed his way into doing that on a regular basis.(Also 'bribe' is a key theme.)Then it shows a mid-shot of the guy dodging through traffic on a busy road emphasising just how late he is.Then there is a side shot view of him as he is running with his coffees through an office, the office could be his workplace?The last shot is a  mid-shot of him in a packed lift.

Soundtrack-Gabe Dixon Band-Find My Way

Film Titles
White bold,curved font over the film footage.The actresses name flashes on at the side of her anchoring that she is playing this character.Then another actors name flashes on signifying he too could be a protagonist? The actual film title 'The Proposal' scrolls on from the left behind the bike.This is quirky which is an attribute and perk of making film titles in Romantic Comedies as you can do almost anything.

Girl-Her apartment is quite small signifying she is living alone, single and is a possible candidate for the romance? However her apartment is filled with gadgets such as the exercise bike linking to the large plasma flat screen television.She wears a smart suit, signifying she has a high rank job?
Boy-You don't really get to see his apartment but you can see he has a double bed which could signify he isn't single, is expecting someone or he has a lot of space for it?

America-Yellow Taxis,Tall skyscraper buildings, lots of people and traffic (vibrant city life), American accents, American police outfits.

Office-Phone's ringing,people rushing about with papers and briefcases.

Any influence?
We took on board the idea of keep cutting back to each character to show the difference of their way of life.