“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

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“Hello” Project

Week 1/4: Life on Mars – Creating a Scene

Introduction:

In this task I’ll be trying to recreate the process the producers went through when trying to create the first 5 minutes of Life on Mars. I’ll be researching the location, Actors, Catering, Cameras, Sound etc. Everything needed for a film set in order to understand the magnitude of pre-production that takes place to create such a short amount of film.

Location:

I’d use the location of The Red Road flats in Glasgow, as1 the flats look quite old and rough and there seems to be a lot of empty space around them which helps for space for cast and crew and health and safety reasons. This location would be good as wide shots could be taken from one of the flats in the towers. The towers give a certain look off that makes the area look rough so would be perfect for a kidnapping scene.                                [1]

For the first scene with the main character entering a house I would need to rent out a house for a day. To do this I would research areas on the outskirts of a city and find a house that is currently vacant and speak to the landlord about hiring it out for a number of days to film the scene there. https://www.purplebricks.com/ I could use this site to search for properties to rent. I’d send my Location recce out to look around the area that the house we were using was to see if he can find a suitable location for the alleyway fight scene, and if not to find an alleyway that is right in a different location that could be conceived by the viewer as the same place.

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I found this alleyway which is located in Middlesbrough which looks like an ideal location for the scene in the alleyway and the fight. It has bins as well so when the criminal wields the bin lid he can take it from one of them. [2]

Actors:

Using a website like http://www.castingnow.co.uk/ where you can advertise for acting parts and extras could be very good when trying to find cast members for a TV show like this, as a lot of people would see it and you could get some very skilled actors and actr2esses. Another site where actors advertise themselves is called http://www.peopleperhour.com/freelance/actors this is also good as you could pick actors and actresses that fit your parameters of the characters by their bio and reviews. It helps by being able to see if the actor is reliable and will get the job done to a certain standard by what other people have said about their past work. The creator/actors portfolio is also available so you can see to what standard their content usually is and what kind of acting skills they have.

Props:

As this is a BBC production the BBC have a large costume and prop department that we could use for outfits. As seen in this video about the costume designer on the 8th season of Inspector George Gently: http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/production/article/art20150218105336161

At http://www.tellycars.com/ you can hire genuine police vehicles for the scene at the beginning when Sam Taylor is travelling to the criminals house to try and arrest him.

Computers for the police station will be needed, which can be sourced for cheap on the internet on sites like eBay for around £60 per unit, or if money needs to be saved then cases could be bought if you cannot see the screen, as it doesn’t matter if there’s anything inside.

Costumes:

For the entrance into the house scene suits can be hired for the police detectives that are getting out of the cars from http://www.burton.co.uk/en/bruk/category/formal-hire-281505/home?geoip=noredirect

At http://www.policeuniformhire.com/ you can hire an extensive amount of police uniforms that can be used for the driving scene and the chase scene at the beginning.

Script:

For the script I’d employ a professional screenwriter like Tony Jordan, as he has done script work for other drama shows like Minder, City Central and EastEnders.

Equipment:

For the camera I’d use the RED one, as it is currently one of the best cameras on the market. It costs £250 per day to hire or £1250 per week. http://camerakithire.com/

For audio I’d use the RODE NTG2 Shotgun Mic, as I feel this would be sufficient for the sound recording I’d have to do when shooting. http://www.amazon.co.uk/RODE-NTG2-SHORT-SHOTGUN-MICROPHONE-Black/dp/B00093ESSI

For lighting I’d hire http://ftvs.co.uk/ as they have a good resume and have worked with Big Brother, Most Haunted and other dramas.

A custom mount will have to be produced for the wheel shot, as I am not able to find a mount that will fit that position.

Crew:

http://www.bluefintv.com/ For my crew, as they have over 20 years of experience as a company and have worked with the BBC before and are an approved supplier of them. They can provide anything from:

Directors of Photography, Lighting Camera Op’s, Videographers, Sound Recordists, Camera Assistants Steadicam Operators, Jimmy-Jib Operators, Grips Electricians, Producers Production Managers, Runners, DP’s & DoP’s, Broadcast Editors, Motion Graphics Artists, Autocue / Teleprompter, Photographic Services, Studio & Set-Designers, Hair & Make-up, Artists, Lighting Gaffers, Directors, Creative / Copywriters Production Assistants.

An animal handler will be needed for the chase scene along with a dog, as there is one barking at the main character when he’s running through the house.

(http://www.theknowledgeonline.com/search/MakeUp_Artists) At this website you can find respectable Make up artists to hire with reviews of their previous work.

Legal:

Permission will be needed from the police and local authorities for multiple things. Permission from the police to have actors wearing police uniforms and having police cars on location. The police will want you to represent them in a positive manner or may not give advice or permission if they think you’re portraying them in a negative way.

Permits of some sort will be needed in order to close the road for the driving scene under the flyover and for when they enter the house. (http://filmlondon.org.uk/filming_in_london/planning_your_shoot/get-permission-film/road-closures-filming) here you can see that it costs £1000-2000 to get a street closed in London and you have to apply at least 8 weeks before and 24 weeks in some places. There is also a 24 hour limit on each order.

Advice from the police will be needed as well, for instance what the main character said when knocking on the door is a police call and they will want to make it realistic so will get what the police would really say.

Evaluation:

This task is harder than expected, as there are so many different aspects and components to consider for such a large production. However it is quite easy to get hold of some props I thought would be hard to find. It has helped me to understand just how much work goes into pre-production on even lower budget TV shows, so there must be so much more for feature films.

[1] Urban Explorations, (2007). Red Road Flats, Glasgow. [online] Available at: https://urbanexplorations.wordpress.com/red-road-flats-glasgow/ [Accessed 29 Sep. 2015].

[2] Mail Online, (2013). Gardening? It’s right up our alley! Community transforms Victorian passageway behind homes into oasis of greenery. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2397899/Community-transforms-Victorian-passageway-Middlesbrough-homes-oasis-greenery.html [Accessed 29 Sep. 2015].

Week 1/4: Life on Mars – Creating a Scene