“Hello” Project

In this post I’ll be documenting the process I went through on my “Hello” project. The brief was to create a scene that reflected genre by only the look and feel of the scene without using any dialogue.
Here is my production schedule:

Proudction Schedule

mind mapGenres:

Horror – This is a genre that aims to manipulate, scare and cause fear for audiences. Main themes usually include an evil person, force, or monster terrorizing someone/ a group of people. Sometimes a lot of gore and violence is included, but it’s not always needed. There are different sub-genres of horrors like psychological, comedy etc.

Example: Saw (2004)

Rom-com – This in itself is a genre that combines themes of romantic and comedy movies that are usually light hearted and focus around the ideas of true love and it overcoming any obstacle.

Example: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Animation – This genre is often very imaginative and creative, as animation gives the opportunity to create anything, like bringing objects and animals to life and have them speaking. This meant that animated movies have often been targeted at children; however there are often parts that make the movie worth a watch for adults too.

Example: The Incredibles  (2004)

Sci-fi – This genre uses scientific themes to create a plot usually set in the future, and with advanced technology. They usually incorporate heroes, villains and new planets for the characters to explore.

Example: Star Trek (2009)

Western – A genre that is primarily set in the American Wild West. The majority of films are set between the American civil war and just before World War 1. The common themes of these movies include; the fight between cowboys and the Indians, notorious outlaws and gold hunting.

Example: For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Comedy – This is a genre that relies on humour and entertaining stories and characters. The aim is to make audiences laugh, but sometimes serious stories are incorporated, but there is usually a happy ending. Comedies are likely to merge with other genres as humour can be put into any genre.

Example: Pineapple Express (2008)

Thriller – A genre that revolves around keeping the audience on the edge of their seat in suspense. The protagonist usually has a mission or a goal to reach and ends with a hugely stressful climax.

Example: Interstellar (2015)

Action – The story is usually along the lines of a hero trying to achieve a goal, but is almost against impossible odds to achieve it. The film has long and continuous action and fight sequences.

Example: Mission Impossible (1996)

Film noir – This genre was created in the 1940’s and served as almost propaganda with the American solving the case and winning during the War, most plots were a P.I or cop would solve a case against a foreign criminal mastermind.

Example: The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Documentary – This is a non-fiction piece that tells the story of something that happened or happens in real life.

Example: Planet Earth (2006)

Hello scenes:

[1]

At 1:10 the joker says “hi” after just killing a cop in front of Harvey. There is very little light on Harvey’s face during the scene apart from the natural light from the sun coming through the window. There is more light on the jokers face, however it is still quite dark except from the sunlight coming through the shutters. I think the way the joker says “hi” is in a quite apologetic and cautious manner due him being responsible for the death of his girlfriend earlier on in the movie, and being responsible for half his face being burned off. As this movie is an action/thriller the way in which he says it is quite surprising, as clearly the joker has the power over Harvey.

[2]

This scene is from a comedy TV show and the hello is meant for humour purposes. The length of time she holds the word hello for is what makes the scene comedic so that’s definitely something to think about when doing my own scenes. The music used in the scene is a violin and is the kind of thing to be heard in a romantic scene, however in this scene Howard is clearly freaked out by this “woman” as they’re clearly a man in  drag.

[3]

This clip is from a horror comedy film, it uses a jump-scare when the man says “hello” but has comedy elements also as it shows the selection of weapons next to her, but she ends up choosing the banana instead. This shows an effective use of 2 genres so if I wanted to do that then I know it could work. The music used is in fact quite cliché I believe for a horror movie, but as this is a horror comedy and what we are seeing on-screen is some knives and a banana the music is over dramatic for a purpose.

Still Images

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This is one possible look that I could create; it’s quite dark and could potentially be from a horror or thriller. I would use lighting like this if I were to do a horror film for my project.

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This picture is more of a natural light and this is the kind of look I’d use if I were doing some sort of comedy/action or drama.

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This picture is very warm looking and could be a look for a family or a kids movie.

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This is my storyboard for the “Hello” scene that I will be creating. It contains a description of the shots and what shot types will be used.

For my location I’d like to film on a beach, as they can be quite desolate locations and this would be right for the feel of my movie.

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The location I am going to use is Margate Beach, as it is quite large without anything on the beach.

I’m going to need a horse mask and a member of my group owns one so I can use that for a prop.

I have chosen to do a horror comedy as I feel that the clip from scary movie, which is a horror comedy, works particularly well in crossing over the genres. I chose not to do a thriller as I felt it was difficult to portray thriller as a genre with one word and a clip probably less than 20 seconds. I also felt that a straight comedy would be difficult to do so I’m incorporating the comedy into my horror comedy film.

Report on research processes:

The different research processes I used were primary research of photos I took, secondary research of existing film scenes, mind maps and research on different genres. The photos I took were quite useful as I was able to see the kind of looks I’d be able to pull off. This helped me to decide what genre I was going to pick as I knew I could create an eerie look to it. The mind map and research of different genres was helpful as it taught me some of the common themes of different genres that I wasn’t aware of, and these helped me to make an informed decision. I think that researching different existing film scenes and analysing them has helped me the most in coming to a decision on the genre that I am going to pick for my “Hello” project. By having a visual representation of the kind of hello that is used in these genres it has helped me to decide whether it is viable to make a scene that reflects that with my time and budget.

Here are links to my two edited films:

Review of production:

For the film that I planned and created I feel that the camera work was the strongest methods that I used. This is because on my storyboard I had planned out the shot types; so it came out better than the lighting, as that was less planned and we just thought about it on the day of filming. I planned to use slow eerie music for my film as to build tension before the filming day; that allowed me to film based around the music that was going to be used so that the end result flowed well. I think that my film turned out pretty well and the ending is very unexpected; which is what I wanted when creating it. The second film that I edited, but wasn’t in charge of filming I again thought that the camera work was the strongest part. This is because the shots flow very well and there are parts where George (who shot the film) has changed the focus on the camera manually as the character is walking towards the camera so that they are always in focus. I thought this was particularly good work. The film I think works well as a whole at building the suspense before the comedy ending.

Events that can affect a production:

There are a large number of things that can go wrong during the production of  a movie, for instance over-spending on your budget. This happens quite often on the sets of movies due to many things like re-shoots, longer time needed on location than expected, wages for actors and many more. An example of this is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides the original budget was $250 million, but it went over that to almost $380 million. That is now the highest costing movie of all time. Another thing that can go wrong is an actor having problems with scheduling/ not wanting a part in the project any more. This can lead to re-shoots and the time taken to find a new actor to fit your role can be quite long which can mess up timing on the production. If a timescale is not kept and the filming process overruns then the financial backers of the film could pull out as you didn’t meet their deadline. This could potentially be the end of the film unless they can self fund or find new backers.

 Impacts of the contexts I experienced during production:

Our productions didn’t have any budget; this made it more difficult, as we then could only film in public places, have to use only ourselves for actors and couldn’t purchase and kind of expensive props. This limited our production, but there is still a lot that can be done without a budget depending on creativity. There was only a 2 week timescale for my production which is very short compared to a full scale blockbuster production which goes on for years, however as my scene was only 30 seconds I think that I was able to time myself correctly to get all the work done, however if I hadn’t done this then I wouldn’t have been on schedule and probably wouldn’t have made the deadline which is very important in the media industry.
Overall I think this was a good learning experience if anything. I learnt a lot doing this project, about working in a team and having deadlines and much more. It was quite an enjoyable project and it has definitely helped me to understand how to make films for larger projects so that will definitely help me in the future.

[1] Warner Bros, (2008). The Dark Knight: Hospital Scene. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRG1tWQN6e8 [Accessed 5 Dec. 2015].

[2] skintbitch. (2008). The Mighty Boosh. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCT8PRfsHiA. (Accessed 4 Dec 2015).

[3] Movieclips. (2011). Scary Movie. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9QJ_S62yVo. (Accessed 7 Dec 2015).

[4] https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Margate+Beach,+Margate,+Kent/@51.3876108,1.3746322,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x47d953acf8ccd385:0x323730ef0ab763a6

“Hello” Project

Week 5: Peer Evaluation

For ‘Week 5: How to become a Sound Engineer and what they do – Unit 3’ George went into a great amount of detail for each job involve sound and how someone would get into that line of work. The ‘Week 5: Introduction to Audio – Unit 1’ piece of work had good examples of the types of Polar Patterns used in microphones, the tasks given were really well done and very creative ideas. ‘Week 5: Sound and meaning; an analysis – Unit 4’ this work was good, George went into a great amount of detail for each scene and talked about the sound well, he also mentioned how to the iconic music from Jaws is still very well known now as it was 40 years ago which is a good point.

  • Declan Baxter
Week 5: Peer Evaluation

Week 7: Representation in the Media – Unit 4

Introduction:

In this task I need to research into how different groups are portrayed in the media and find examples of when their is a positive representation of them.

The groups are:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability

I will be looking into two of these groups, Disability and Race, and will find 10 positive representations of them.

Race

1. Masters of None (2015) This Netflix original series follows the story of a struggling Asian actor trying to get parts in productions in New York. There is an entire episode based upon racism in the media industry and the number of Asian actors that could be in a TV show.

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2. The Walking Dead (2010-) This show contains Asian and black actors in the cast, but doesn’t make a big deal out of their skin colour at all and it isn’t to do with any of their plotlines.

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3. The Flash (2014-) This show has the main characters step father as a black man, he is a policeman which is the opposite of a negative racial stereotype that black people are criminals, also he raised his daughter and the main character alone as the mother abandoned them which is also a counter to the negative stereotype that black dads leave their families.

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4. East is East (1999) This film centres around a Muslim family which is rare for a Film 4 production in the UK. All of the main characters are of Pakistani descent which is good as there should be a more fair balance of races on TV.

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5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-) This series follows a precinct of cops in New York City and in particular one slacker cop who has to shape up when he gets a new captain. This captain is a black gay man, and the sergeant is also a black man which are both positive representations on TV.

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Disability

1. Lost (2004-2010) In large portions of Locke’s flashbacks he is in a wheelchair. Even though he is physically disabled he tries to go on walkabouts in the Australian outback and stays very active for a disabled person.

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2. The Theory of Everything (2014) This film documents the life of Stephen Hawking; who suffers from motor neurone disease, or as it’s more commonly known ALS. Even though he suffers from this he is able to be one of the most prestigious physicists of his time and create the widely accepted theory of the big bang .

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3. Forrest Gump (1994) The story follows Forrest Gump, a man that has a development disability and a very low IQ of 75. Despite this he is able to achieve many things in life, including being a decorated Army sergeant winning the Medal of honor and running across America multiple times. He is a good role model for people with disabilities, as it shows that anyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it.

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4. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) This film follows the character Ron as he struggles with his diagnosis of HIV and can’t come to terms with his own death. The film is a positive as it gives awareness to HIV and Aids sufferers and how straight people can contract the disease.

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5. Breaking Bad (2008-2013) The character of Walt jnr has relatively bad cerebral palsy and can’t speak properly or use his legs very well. The actor who plays this character, RJ Mitte, also has cerebral palsy in real life, however a less severe version. He is a good role model for disabled actors trying to get into the industry, as there are not many parts for disabled actors.

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Evaluation:

In this lesson I learnt a lot about the different types of roles that are available for disabled people and ethnic minorities, and also how there needs to be more of a range of different people in acting roles. How also there are positive representations of these people, but not enough.

[1]Netflix, (2015). Master of None. [image]. Available at: http://instantwatcher.com/ca/title/80049714. Accessed 18th November 2015

[2] AMC, (2015). The Walking Dead. [image] Available at: http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/08/08/amc-leaves-daryl-out-of-the-walking-dead-season-5-picture-while-/ [18th November 2015].

[3] The CW, (2015). The Flash. [image] Available at: http://www.mtv.com/news/2139405/danielle-panabaker-flash-who-is-harrison-wells/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[4] East is East. (1999). [image] Available at: https://enchantedbyfilm.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/movie-quote-of-the-day-east-is-east-damien-odonnell-1999/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[5] Fox, (2015). Brooklyn nine-nine. [image] Available at: http://www.eggplante.com/2015/11/23/brooklyn-nine-nine-3-8-ava-review/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[6] Bad Robot, (2004). Lost. [image] Available at: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/lost/quiz/show/289/how-did-john-locke-end-up-wheelchair [Accessed 18 Nov. 2016].

[7] Focus Features, (2016). The Theory of Everything. [image] Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/movies/in-the-theory-of-everything-stephen-hawkings-home-life.html?_r=0 [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[8] Forrest Gump. (1994). [image] Available at: http://galleryhip.com/forrest-gump-bench.html [Accessed 19 Nov. 2015].

[9] Dallas Buyers Club. (2013). [image] Available at: http://www.mtv.com/news/2162580/matthew-mcconaughey-superhero/ [Accessed 20 Nov. 2015].

[10] Breaking Bad. (2012). [image] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jan/07/rj-mitte-walt-jr-nothing-compare-to-breaking-bad-cerebal-palsy [Accessed 20 Nov. 2015].

 

Week 7: Representation in the Media – Unit 4

Week 7: My Career Timeline – Unit 3

Introduction:

This piece of work will document how I plan to get to my dream job. Going through things like university and how to get into a job.

If possible I’d like to be an editor of some sort. Preferably in visual effects.

After college I’d like to go to university if I felt that there was no opportunity for work that I could get into that was to do with my job prospects. This would be my dream course if I could get the grades to get in: http://aub.ac.uk/courses/ba/ba-film-production/

This is one of the most prestigious universities for arts and film so I’d like to go there. After university I’d like to get a job in as an editor. The ultimate goal would be to work for a company like Industrial Light & Magic (http://www.ilm.com/) who do the visual effects for huge movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). There is also an ILM outpost in London so I could work there without having to work in America.

If I wasn’t able to go to University for whatever reason then I’d try and get a job as a runner on a set or as an apprentice on a set. This wold then be a good start to work my way up to an editing role, but this would probably be a harder and longer method.

Evaluation:

The research has helped me, as i have got to look at many different university courses and potential options that i have in life in order to get to a job that i want and will enjoy

 

Week 7: My Career Timeline – Unit 3

Week 6: Research Project – Unit 2

Introduction:

In this post I will be researching into a question that I have decided on. The question is: Are ethnic minorities represented enough in UK media? I will be doing primary research through a survey and secondary research by finding information on the internet about my question.

I created a survey using SurveyMonkey in order to get answers to my questions so that I can create a suitable conclusion for my work.

Here is a link to my survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KZMNTVR

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Through my survey I found out that 75% of people I surveyed thought that there were not enough ethnic minorities on TV; compared to 25% who thought there were enough.

For my question “In your opinion does it matter if an actor is an ethnic minority?” most of the answers consisted along the lines of “It all depends on the role and if their ethnicity has an impact on that” and “It does if it is relevant to the plot, but if not then it doesn’t matter that much” this may point to people wanting to see more ethnic minorities in lead roles, but only when the role is for their character and it isn’t forced to fit diversity quotas.

I also did secondary research into ethnic minorities on TV and found out that exactly 1/3 of news presenters on the BBC are ethnic minorities compared to ethnic minorities being only 13% of the population.

There have been movies in recent years to get more minority actors into roles on TV, as seen here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2608492/Lenny-Henry-calls-boycott-BBC-licence-fee-unless-corporation-diversifies-gets-black-ethnic-people-television.html. Lenny Henry, one of the most well known black actors in the UK, along with others like Idris Elba want funds to be ring-fenced for specialist programmes to get minorities into acting.

 

Week 6: Research Project – Unit 2

Week 6: Introduction to Narrative – Unit 4

Introduction:

In this task I’ll be analysing film scenes to see how the narrative is told.

[1]

This scene is from Inception (2010). This scene can be interpreted as realistic, or non-realistic, as this scene has previously been shown in a dream sequence. Therefore when he spins the totem he is trying to discover whether he is dreaming or not, however the scene cuts off before it falls or keeps spinning indefinitely. This means they have used a cliff-hanger as a narrative technique to keep the audience guessing whether he’s back in the real world or not. The genre of Inception is thriller and a cliff-hanger is a very common technique used in these types of movies. This means that people will be thinking about the story more complexly when watching the movie.

[2]

This scene is from The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The scene begins with a voice over of Commissioner Gordon reading at Bruce Wayne’s funeral, whilst there is a shot of Robin throwing his police badge away. This helps to explain a situation without having to visually show it; so that something else can be shown. It is also a multi-stranded storyline, showing perspectives from multiple different characters. This is trying to show us that all these characters storylines are important.

Evaluation:

I found this task quite challenging, but I think that I understood it by the end of the lesson. This task has helped me for my future productions, as I now know many more techniques that I can use to tell a story.

[1] Warner Bros, (2013). Inception. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khYx7P2t59I&w=560&h=315 [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015].

[2] Warner Bros, (2012). The Dark Knight Rises. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvtJ_XC2bz8&w=560&h=315 [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015].

Week 6: Introduction to Narrative – Unit 4

Week 6: Introduction to Editing – Unit 1

Introduction:

In this lesson we did step-by-step walkthrough of how to setup an edit on Avid Media Composer and some basic editing skills.

1 First we opened up Avid Media Composer and selected external.

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2 Next we set the drive where the edits are stored to our storage location on the extra drive.

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3 Then we set up a new project using the British standard for TV, 25p PAL, and set the aspect ratio to 16:9.

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4 Next we set up 3 new bins for Audio, Edit, and Footage. We put the sequence in the Edit bin, the music file in the Audio bin and all of the surf footage in the Footage bin.

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5 Then we set up the “Media Creation” setting. We changed it so that all the edit files go into our area. This keeps all footage and finished files in the same location.

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6 We double clicked the footage and then set in and out markers for the section of footage we wanted. We pressed either V or B to insert it into the marker on the timeline. V inserts the footage and splits it between two other clips. B inserts the footage and overwrites the other clip.

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7 We inserted multiple clips to make an entire video.

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Evaluation:

I enjoyed this lesson a lot and think that learning avid will be very useful for my future. It was quite simple to understand and I knew most of the terminology already due to using different editing software before like Premiere Pro and Vegas Pro 13. This will help me on future projects as now i know the basics of another editing software which is highly valued by potential employers as well.

 

Week 6: Introduction to Editing – Unit 1