Thursday, 16 December 2010

Costume and Props.

Our extra's will be told to wear casual party clothes as they are playing characters that are near to their age and as they are only extras they won't be seen an awful lot.

Sohpie who is playing the character Evie will have a party outfit as well which can be put together easily from our own wardrobes.

Hair and make up will be styled like in the picture below, to make it look as though they have been partying all night.

The props needed for our title sequence will be rubbish such as beer cans and bottles that we can place around our location and then just general rubbish we can find from places to make it look like there has been a party. All of this should be available at no cost.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Performers and Casting

Me and Katie have selected our cast, we may not use all the people we have chosen it depends how many we decide to use on the day, but just in case we have auditioned them all.

Sophie-Jo Lusted will be the main character Evie.

Annie Coghill, Gemma Brookes, Liv Davies and Kate Dufton will then play the extras.

As we aren't having a script our actors wont need to rehearse any lines, so it shouldn't take too long for us to get them to terms with the film piece.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Research and Planning: Audience Profile

The audience that my film will be aimed at is women. Mainly in between the ages of 15-24 but also it will appeal to older women. The type of girl who will watch this film will be very mainstream and fit on the B-C jicnar scale. They will be up to date with current trends and have an interest in fashion. Taking time out from work and schooling to go shopping with friends. They will keep up to date with the news, trends and world of fashion by reading magazines and watching television. Shows like skins, misfits and x factor will be popular with my audience. They will like to look their best when out dressing in stylish outfits with their hair and make up done too. Buying their clothes from stores such as Topshop, River Island and H&M However they will also just love to curl up on the sofa with a hot drink in a tracksuit.
The music they will be in to will be very current and mainstream by people such as Lady Gaga, Diana Vickers and Rihanna. They will enjoy listening to this on ipods and phones when out and out or when out with friends. Technology will be important to this type of girl as she will love to check her Facebook/Twitter updates regularly. Also they will want to be on trend with the lastest technology in the way of laptops, phones and ipods.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Time Plan.

Research in to target audience - to all be completed by the 7/12
Performers and casting - to all be completed by the 9/12
Organisation of locations/permission - to all be completed by the 10/12
Costumes and Props - to all be completed by the 13/12
Scripting and rehearsing - to all be completed by the 14/12
Shotlists and storyboarding - to all be completed by the 17/12
Work in progress - to all be completed by the 17/12

Monday, 29 November 2010

Genre Research Summary.

The fonts used for the titles are small and quite plain and simple. The transitions appear to wipe away the clips and the fonts. More then one thing happens at once which draws attention to certain things.

The titles used in this film are centred and quite large so you notice them. They are only in the middle of the screen when no major action is happening they change to smaller credits when action is happening.

Pop music is used as it appeals to the audience of Romantic Comedy's as they are mainly aimed at young girls/women. This video shows you the song that is used in the Sex and the City title sequence. The music is usually heard before the title sequence begins. Music in 10 Think I Hate About You is used to reflect the character.

In 10 Things I Hate About You we see one of the main teenage characters portrayed through the mise en scene to start with as we don't know anything about them other then looking at their costume and props. These can tell us a lot about their character and how we expect them to behave.

The mise en scene provides us with key information about the characters in Sex and the City by showing them in a busy city environment shopping, so we can tell they like to spend money and the props used tell us they are your typical young woman.

Sex and the City title sequence has used the Enigma code as it uses lots of short, tight close ups, as above.

10 Things I Hate About you doesn't have a narrative code.

We can easy establish that 10 Thing I Hate You is a romantic teen comedy as it is set at a high school and we see this in the title sequence. We can tell for instance that it is not a horror film as there would be some editing to make the school seem scary and the music would be different to give a different feel to the film.

We can tell that Sex and the City is a romantic comedy by looking at the editing of the title sequence, the lighting used has made the clips on the screen have a pink shade to them, which gives the clue of femininity. The character used in the title sequence are also all women going shopping and going to work which would be appealing to women and romantic comedy's are mainly aimed at women.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

10 Things I Hate About You Analysis.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) is your average romantic comedy targeted at teen aged girls. Directed by Gil Junger. I will analyse the title sequence to see how to portrays the film.

Firstly we are presented with a pop/hip-hop song while the first credits appear on the screen. I think they chose this song as it reflects the type of music teenagers listen too, so it will therefore relate to the audience the film is targeting and also the characters where the film is set. The music then quickly changes to a rough edgy rock song as we are presented with the rebellious unpopular female character. The lyrics in the song reflect her attitude as a character, “I don't give a damn about my bad reputation” which is also shown in the way she looks at the girls in the other car.

Mise en scene is introduced when we see the characters cars act like a costume. We have typical cheer leader girls in a sports car playing pop music contrasting against the anti stereotypical high school girl in a plain car playing rock music which shows her to be rebellious. This tells us as the audience a lot about these characters in a very subtle way and allows us to already set up scenarios for the film in our minds. This is also when we are first introduced to the setting of the film, a normal American school of course full of props to make it seem like the average school, for example the characters outside playing hockey.

At the start of the title sequence a aerial shot and pan are used as the camera comes back down to normal level to reveal the characters. I think this is a very clever camera angle to use and is really pleasing to the eye as you feel like you are really being introduced into the world of the film. A clever transition is used at the start by making the clip animated before it appears normally, this is the first sign of the film showing any child like qualities. Low camera angles are also used in the clip where we see the hockey players, this angle allows us to really feel like we're involved in the actions. A lot of establishing shots are used at this point so we are properly introduced to the setting of the film.

This child like approach also appears in the way the credits are presented to the audience. They are written in pastel chalk colours in a type face which looks like scratched hand writing, relating back to the fact the film is set at a school and aimed at teenagers. These credits are positioned on the screen in the centre drawing your eye to them as you watch the film, this in some ways is distracting from what else is going on but the credits are never there when a character is talking or anything major is happening. While action is taking place they begin to be places at the corners of the screen so we can begin to concentrate on the film.

Sex And The City Title Sequence Analysis.

Sex and the City is a typical romantic comedy film targeted at women over the age of 15. Directed and written by Michael Patrick King and produced by Richard Brener, the opening credits give a very clear picture of what the genre of the film is and what it’s going to contain.

Sound is the first thing to feature in the title sequence. I think this is used mainly to set the scene more than anything else. The song used is called “Labels and Love” by Fergie, a young trendy pop singer. The chosen artist represents and reflects the type of woman the film is about and aiming at, the song also does this by talking about fashion and love, things most women relate to. The songs lyrics revert back to the story and the clips on the screen. This also relates back to the genre of the film, romance. A voice over is then used, the main character is used for this, she introduces herself and begins to set the scene of the film for the audience by explaining recent events. This is when we see the hermenuetic code being used as we are kept guessing as to what is going to happen in this film as we are gradually introduced to the 4 main characters.

The mise en scene plays a huge part in this title sequence. It would have the same effect if all the young women featured were shown in their gym wear with their hair un-stlyed. Instead they are all featured with designer clothes, styled hair and flawless make up, representing the young image conscious women the film contains. The title sequence is set in Manhattan, which shows that the film must be set in a big busy city. This relates back to the target audience and represents the glamours city environment women put themselves in to or where most aspire to be.

A wide variety of transitions are used in the editing of the title sequence. They are all very interesting and easy on the eye. They consist of thick black curved lines sweeping the screen to either to wipe on to the next cut or split the screen so more then one clip can be shown at one time. This is to show the main characters appear more then once on the screen to make sure we perceive them to be of higher importance. Also many different camera angles are used for example, aerial shots which make the clips more interesting to watch as they are all slightly different.

The purpose of a title sequence is to display the credits of the film in a pleasing way. Sex and the City does this by displaying them on the thick black lines, also used as a way of transition between two clips, either in the top corners or bottom corners of the screen which makes it pleasing to the eye. The colours used match the feminine theme which runs through the title sequence and reflects the marketing of the film.

Thursday, 14 October 2010


Over the past 5 weeks we have been studying and understanding continuity editing. We then had to put all we had learned into practise by creating a short film using a few of the techniques of continuity editing including match on action, shot/reverse shot, cut in, cut out and use of the 180 degree rule.
Before filming my group went out and took photo stills of the shots we would be using in our short film. This was useful because we had a defined plan to follow and we could see the layout of the shots and if they all fitted together. After this we set out to film. My group found filming fairly simple and we all had a go at choosing the camera angles and shots. We made sure we had a couple of each shot so we had variety in the editing suite. Filming went well and we got it done quite quickly.
We then had to put all the shots on to the computer. This bit was the part my group struggled with the most. None of us had experience with the programmes we used, so it was all very new to us. It took us a couple of attempts to master the software and to really understand what we were doing. We got the hang of it and started to put all our clips together, the hardest part was editing the match on action technique. We had filmed plenty of these shots to put together as we knew this was going to be a challenge. We played around and made sure Zoe (who was walking through the door) was walking on the same leg as she passed through the door and also that the doors where in similar positions in each shot so they matched correctly and that it flowed smoothly. The cut away was easy to edit in and all of the other shots fitted in nicely. We then also had a problem with the cut in. It was very hard to place in with the audio as we didn't film it for long enough. We just about managed to fit it in but some of the audio was cut off the end. If we had more time we would go back and film this again so it looked more professional. This was the last problem we encountered after that we had no problems with the other shots and had finished. We then saved the film and uploaded it to Youtube. Overall the task went well and we all learnt a lot about filming and certainly editing. The things we learned will all come of use when we next film and edit.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Post Production

All in all the editing of our Preliminary Production Video went quite well. We didn't come across any major problems. Until we realised we had done our cut in wrong, which created extra editing for us. Some parts of the audio are cut short which at times is distracting but we have managed to use all features of continuity editing that we needed to include.

Preliminary Production Video

Monday, 4 October 2010

Health and Safety Audit.

Even filming in a class room can be dangerous, there are many risks.
When we are filming the tripod might be up so therefore people could trip over the feet if they are not paying attention this could result in a serious accident, to prevent this we could use yellow warning like they use when they clean floors so people see these before they have the chance to trip over the tripod. The person on the camera will have the responsibility to warn people who pass and walk around near the tripod. Also when using the camera we must remember to move the box it comes with and keep it off the floor as again someone might fall or trip over it. We must make sure we are fully concentrated and not have things like drinks around the electrical equipment especially hot ones as we may burn ourselves with them. When we film the shot involving the door we must make sure that we do this with care as you can easily break your fingers by trapping them in the door. To ensure that no accidents take place we must think logically and take care when using equipment and make sure we are focused at all times.

Storyboard For Preliminary Task :)

Here is a brief storyboard for my groups preliminary task.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Continuity Editing.

Continuity editing is basically when the editing is smooth and flows so it is easy for the audience to watch. For example cuts are not jumpy or staggered in anyway but all lead on from each other in a pleasing way.

180 Degree rule

The 180 degree rule or sometimes known as the line of interaction is simply an invisible line that the camera cannot cross when two people are having a conversation. If the camera does cross this imaginary line the characters talking will be looking in the wrong directions and this will distract the audience.

Match On Action

Match on action is when a cut is made when a movement is taking place and the movement flows from one cut to the next. It is done so as you watch it you don't notice the cut and you don't get distracted from what is going on in the film.