Final Cut

3 05 2011




Rough Cut Feedback

3 05 2011

What have we learnt from our rough cut feedback?

From our feedback we have noted improvements, which we will make for our final cut, upon speaking with our peers and teachers.

Negative Feedback

  • The titles go on for too long at the beginning – will we cut down some of the titles and possibly move the main title to the end of the opening which makes the opening titles considerably shorter.
  • Add more effects on key words during the titles – we have decided to add effects of key words such as ‘Al Qaida’ this makes a greater impact on the audience and asks questions as to why they are flashing thus creating more mystery, we will also used sound effects such as radio static to make the effects even greater.
  • The title of the film should go at the end of the opening – this links together with making the titles shorter at the beginning and also shows that the title of the film is very important and leaves the audience asking questions and creates a greater sense of mystery in the opening.
  • The order of the flashbacks doesn’t make sense – we have decided to re-arrange the order of flashbacks so they flow in chronological order and keep the continuity of the opening. This also helps establish the storyline of the character losing his job and then going home and drinking and seeing the faces of the bombing, it makes sense not to confuse the audience too much that they cant follow the story.
  • One of the shots during the flashback is too blurry and doesn’t make sense – we have decided to un-blur the shot because otherwise it has no purpose for being in the sequence, it also helps establish the mise en scene of the character sitting in their living room watching late night television.
  • Bad continuity during the flashback of the two men walking past – we have come to the conclusion that we need to trim one of the shots to make sure that the moment they pass each other is correct in both shots, this is minor but makes sense to correct it.
  • The water sound effect needs to be quieter – we shall make the water sound effect at the end much quieter because we don’t want to deafen the audience and the sound effect has very little importance and we don’t want to wrongly influence the audience that water is important throughout the film.
  • The pictures of the train stations and bus stops should go at the start – this relates to the flashback not making sense, these shots relate to the character losing his job but doesn’t go into anymore detail, this also makes a greater sense of mystery rather than confusion when the pictures were at the end.
Positive Feedback
  • The voiceover and red text are effective at the beginning – we will keep these if they are effective and develop them even more with effects on key words.
  • The fades at the beginning – we like these fades because it puts the audience in a calm and cool atmosphere which makes the impact of the loud train coming past even more frightening.
  • Good sense of mystery – we may try to make this even greater by building up more mise en scene during the titles using sound effects of sirens and ambience of a busy city.




Thriller Rough Cut

28 04 2011

Here is the rough cut to our thriller.





Shooting Experience

22 04 2011

Shooting Experience

After deciding on the logistics of what we needed for the filming, we then had to consider when we would actually film, and at what times. This had to be thought through carefully as we were going to have to go up to London to film half of the sequence and the other half at one of our houses.

We thought that the easiest and most practical way of filming these two sections would be to film them on two different dates, as this would mean that we didn’t need to rush around, and therefore not make mistakes like missing out vital shots. We then decided on what would be a good day for all three of us to go up to London to film, and what time and where we were going to meet.

During the shooting experience up London everything ran smoothly and we got almost all the shots that we intended on getting, plus a few extra general views that we thought would be appropriate. We didn’t really face any problems during this part of the shooting as no props were needed, and all the equipment which we needed including spare batteries were brought along.

Over the next few days after filming the first part of our sequence, we decided on when would be the best date to film the second half of the footage. However we suddenly stumbled across a rather large issue. This was that James was going away on a school geography trip to Spain over the next week and wouldn’t be able to be with us to film. after discussing which would be the best option to take, we decided that James would leave his camera and equipment with me, and that Andy and myself would continue with the filming whilst he was away in order to meet deadlines.

During the shooting experience of the second half of the sequence we again didn’t really come across any problems. This i feel was because all the props we needed for the filming we had with us, the mise en scene was already in place as it was just a living room and anything that needed changing was minor, and also that the costume was just casual clothing which was easy to get hold of.

Over the whole shooting experience not a lot of things went wrong concerning props, mise en scene, settings or costumes, however the main real problem was that there were a few shots and ideas from what we had drawn on the story board which where on the day, much too difficult to film. As a result of this, not a lot really changed, all it meant was that we had to cut the shots that were supposed to include the women, and also slightly change the one where he walks past the terrorist bomber, to where he walks past an unrelated bomber.





Soundtrack Research

1 03 2011

Why are soundtracks used?

Soundtracks are used to create atmosphere or a mood within a scene which is generally used to create a greater impact of the action within the scene and signify its importance. It may also be used to set the scene or location such as using foleys of a bus to tell the audience that the scene is set in a city etc. Soundtracks are also used to accompany scenes which have no dialogue to make them flow better and not become boring to the viewer. They are made effective by using sounds or instruments which are related to the content within the scene or the image which the composer is trying to portray to the viewer. Soundtracks differ in tempo to create different atmospheres such as a low tempo to portray love and a high tempo to portray mayhem. The instruments used also have different effects such as using stringed instruments such as violins to show a different emotion compared to a piano etc. The pitch of notes can also connote different meanings to create emphasis on the action. A full orchestra will also have different effects on the viewer compared to a single guitar playing which could represent loneliness. The soundtrack relates to the target audience in order to create closer connections with the audience and can be used to make the audience more comfortable or restless which can be played on to create a larger impact on future events.

Our Soundtrack

We have decided to try and use as many sound effects which are associated with London, Big Cities and Emergencies. Examples would include: Sirens, Big Ben Chimes, People walking, Cars driving and so on. We feel this would set the scene of a busy city and we wouldn’t need to worry about copyright issues if we record them ourselves or download copyright-free material. This method of soundtrack is also very rare and we believe it would make our piece stand out from the crowd.

The Strangers



This soundtrack uses lots of abstract sounds to create a creepy and dark mood, this was good because it put the viewer into an uncomfortable position which is the aim of the entire film and also accompanies the action and makes it better. There are also instruments such as horns, piano and violins which are used at either end of the scale to create weird and scary sounds. The music has little structure but i presume would have been created alongside the scene. The strengths are that it makes the viewer uncomfortable but it does lack in structure which could cause the viewer to simply ignore the sound and not gain the desired effect. In relation to our idea, the use of abstract sound could be used to confuse the audience to a setting or time period and could make a greater impact when the action is revealed.

Se7en



The Se7en soundtrack also uses abstract sounds but has more structure with the use of drums and rhythm, they also use foleys such as doors creaking and speech. This array of sounds creates a weird and uncomfortable atmosphere because it could portray many different images. It creates an empty mood with the use of doors creaking which signifies a breeze sweeping through an empty room but there are lots of sounds used in the soundtrack which confuses the audience. Overall the soundtrack is good because it is so random, the viewer forgets the individual sounds and is confused by the mesh of sounds which are unrelated. The strengths in this soundtrack are the use of simple sounds which when combined create a large impact on the audience. The weaknesses being that because it is so random, it may not be a pleasurable experience for the audience. In relation to our idea, we could overlap lots of sound to make the soundtrack gradually get more hectic as the scene continues.

The Dark Knight

This soundtrack uses the more conventional orchestra and structure which includes lots of organised instruments and tempo and volume. The use of simple violin loops with added piano bridges creates a tense atmosphere for the audience, it creates a sense of mystery and the key action which is happening on screen is made even bigger by the use of sharp loud notes when they occur. I think this soundtrack is good because it sounds professional, has a purpose to the music being where it is and also fits in well with the movie as a whole. The strengths in this soundtrack are the use of simple riffs and loops which when repeated make big impacts on the viewer if they are slightly tweaked. A weakness could be that the audience may not appeal to a stereotypical score soundtrack and could lose interest. In relation to our idea, this soundtrack has given us ideas on how to create tension between characters using soft, short notes on stringed instruments which can be used again later but loud and sharp to create a different impact on the audience.





Costume, Props, Setting and Mise-en-scene

24 02 2011

Costume

Male Actor – The male actors costume will be casual clothing, most probably jeans and either a polo or t-shirt. The clothes may have a few stains on them wear he had spilt his drinks or dinner on them from the night before. The clothes worn in the flashbacks of when he was working however will be more smart clothes to show his high status in his work place.

Female Actor – The female actors costume will most probably be something very casual like a track suit or maybe something she has slept in. This is because she is first seen in the living room where then man is sleeping which suggests it’s the morning.

Both costumes are very relaxed so that the audience can relate to the actors so to portray that both are equals.

Props

– A backpack: used in one of the first flashes at the beginning of the opening to hold books.

– Books: used to fill the backpack during one of the flashes at the beginning of the opening.

– An oyster card: used when filming a person getting onto a bus.

– A mobile phone: shown on the floor of the living room where the man is sleeping on the sofa.

– A digital alarm clock: used when filming the empty bedroom to show the time so that the audience can relate to the jump cut.

– Empty cans/bottles of alcohol: used in the filming of the living room to show that the man has been drinking.

– Half eaten Chinese takeaway: used in the filming of the living room to suggest whilst he was drunk he ordered a takeaway which he couldn’t finish eating.

– A cardboard box, in which are books and belongings: used during filming a flashback of when the man left his work place after being suspended.

– A bottle of water: used after the final flashback to suggest he is hung over/dehydrated and also leads into the water flowing from the tap in the next shot.

These props should work very well as they are everyday objects that the audience can easily relate to. also because of the target age group, the audience should be able to relate to the drinking of water to cure a hangover, and getting some fast food when you have been drinking.

Setting

The main setting of the opening is within London. This is made clear due to the many shots of London’s famous landmarks and landscape. There are also many shots of trains, train stations and buses which relate to the bombings which the thriller is based upon. These places should easy for the audience to relate to as the event was very devastating and therefore very memorable. The other scenes are shot in a house which is tidy and clean which represents the people living there however because of the mess of the living room it gives the scene a bit of a twist.

Mise-en-scene

In order to make our thriller engaging and effective, we need to make it believable. To do this we must therefore use realistic lighting and mise-en-scene. The lighting used in all the shots of London will be just natural lighting, and the mis-en-scene will be whatever is on camera when filming the landmarks or trains, e.g. crowds of people, birds, trees etc. When filming in the bedroom we will again use just the natural light coming in the window. This will suggest that the curtains had not been closed or that someone is already up. The mise-en-scene in the bedroom will be the bed and the bedside table with the clock on, and possibly a wardrobe. In the scene in the living room the lighting will again be natural, however with the television on, it will add extra light to the otherwise dark room. The room will then lighten up as the women opens the curtains due to the sun light. the mise-en-scene here will be the t.v., some side tables, some photos, and the sofa on which the man is sleeping. also there will be lots of alcohol cans and bottles over the floor and sofa and also some food.

All the mise-en-scene is just everyday things that the audience can therefore relate to and also makes it easy to film as there is no high price objects to find.





Risk Assessment and Logistics

24 02 2011

Risk Assessment

We have produced a risk assessment of all the issues that could occur during filming and decided how they could be avoided.

Item Level of Risk Methods of Avoidance
Camera doesnt work. 3 We will take two cameras along with us to avoid this risk. The cameras will also be tested the day before and just before leaving.
Battery runs out. 3 We will test the batterys the day before incase they need charging which could take a few hours. Also we will take an extra battery, along with the ones for each camera, just incase they run out quickly.
Actor is ill on the day of filming. 3 We will ensure that another actor is made aware prior to filming that if this does happen he may be called upon at short notice.
Cameraman is ill on the day of filming. 1 We will make sure that atleast one out of the two of us at filming is able to work the camera.
Storyboard is left at home by one of us and no one else has a copy. 4 We will ensure that we all have a copy of the storyboard either on paper or digitally on a phone or computer and so it is more likely that at least one copy will be with us.
Actor doesnt arrive at location. 3 We will ensure that another actor is made aware prior to filming that if this does happen he may be called upon at short notice.
We are not allowed to film at a desired location. 3 We will check beforehand with the land owner to make sure that it is okay to film there and also that they are aware of the times we will start and finish.
Whilst filming in london the camera is convescated by police as we do not have a licence to film. 4 This is easily avoided as we are going to be using a handheld camera which does not need a licence to be used.

 

Logistics

Here is a list of who’s doing what, some of the locations/landmarks we plan to film, and a list of props, people and equipment.

Camera Operator – James Perkins.

Cinematographer – Joe Bilton, Andrew Dennis, James Perkins.

Assistant Camera Operator – Joe Bilton, Andrew Dennis.

Actor/Actress – TBC

Editor – Joe Bilton, Andrew Dennis, James Perkins.

Director of Sound – Joe Bilton, Andrew Dennis, James Perkins.

London Eye:

 

Big Ben:

The Gurkin:

People: In order for everything to run smoothly, the people needed at filming will be;

– Joe Bilton,

– James Perkins,

– Andrew Dennis,

– one male actor (yet to be confirmed as is likely to be one out of the three of us),

– one female actor (also yet to be confirmed).

Equipment: The equipment we will need in order to film successfully is;

– two handheld video cameras,

– three batteries for the cameras (one as a spare),

– a tripod stand.

Props: The props we will need for the filming are;

– a backpack,

– books to fill the backpack,

– an oyster card,

– a mobile phone,

– a digital alarm clock,

– empty cans/bottles of alcohol,

– half eaten Chinese takeaway,

– a cardboard box, in which are books and belongings,

– a bottle of water.