Friday, 11 May 2012

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Evaluation Question 7:

Preliminary Exercise:
To start off, we used my Blackberry Torch 9800(Phone) to record the first few drafts of our preliminary exercise, then when we recieved The Sony Bloggie video camera we shot the whole of our preliminary exercise and used the available Apple Mac's to put together the clips on the applicatin 'Final Cut Pro' and used GarageBand to find a scream like sound to add on top of our recording.

Final Coursework:
We used the Sony Bloggie to record all the drafts and extras of our final coursework, then once again we used the Mac's and Final Cut Pro to put together the shots we recorded but this time we used cuts like Fade In/Fade Out and effects to slow down time which gave emotion and effects which made it look as if the characters were drunk with a blurry drunk effect. We used my phone once again and this time we recorded a theme tune for our film, the phone was to record the first draft of our lyrics which we improved and used a microphone for our final lyrics, using Garageband we found sound effects for certain scenes and sorted out the audio for our theme tune including bass and instrumentals. We have definately improved with technology using everything in much more detail than we had in our preliminary and using much more technology to.

Preliminary Exercise:
We thought of putting my character in a black suit to give him a more darker look as he is a russian spy and thought it would suit his personality, we didn't do this with any other characters, they just happened to be in suits at the time due to it being in school times. We didn't use any props and thought to use our hands as guns, so we obviouly didn't think much into it. The most obvious thing is the lighting, it is different in every scene and would of need to be sorted out if it were our coursework. Whoopsy.

Final Coursework:
All 3 characters were in suis for our coursework, this was purposful nd we decided to make certain characters look less smart, for instance one doesn't wear a tie and another wears a hoodie to show the rebellion in the teenage characters. We improved with props definately in our coursework as we used glue on Olivers shoulder as bird excrement which i believe would be a prop, we also used a hat and a wine bottle and from this we definately see an improvement from 'hand' guns to wine bottles. The lighting is also a lot more improved in our coursework, we made sure all shots were shot in around about the same lighting and same time of day, then used colour correction on shots that were more dark than the rest, which sorted out the lighting and gives a definite improvement.

Preliminary Exercise:
We were told to put at least 5 different shots in our preliminary and we did this without fail and in my opinion used a varied amount for our preliminary which would be hard to beat in our coursework. The camera was extremely unsteady in our preliminary which we didn't really seem to realise and we broke the 180 degree rule i believe. Unpurposful of course.

Final Coursework:
Our shot types had improved massively, although we already had a varied amount in our preliminary, we were able to use medium shots and long shots in our final coursework due to it being filmed outside, we also showed a lot more expression and friendship with close ups and two shots. Unfortunately our camera skills were still quite shaky in this piece but had definately improved from our preliminary and varied shot types definitely improved as time went on.

Preliminary Exercise:
We didn't think much into this for our preliminary, we simply put the shots together in order using Final Cut pro and added sound effects such as Stephen's character screaming and a gun shot at the end. Also at the end the screen does freeze but we didn't think much into editing.

Final Coursework:
We put together the shots as we did for our preliminary but we thought that cuts between shots looked to jumpya nd fast paced so we decided to use Fade In/Fade Out to make it look more professional, this is definitely an improvement. We also added a lot more effects such as the slow motion of the scene my increasing gaps between frames and also the drunken 'WideTime' effect, we definately thought more into this and aded a theme tune hich we edited together with audio and sound, then of course added title credits over the tp of this so our skills definitely improved.

Preliminary Exercise:
We didn't do anything with sound in the preliminary, we simply filmed with our Sony Bloggie and whatever sound we picked up is what we put in our final preliminary.

Final Coursework:
We realised here that the sound was not of high quality and this was probably due to us filming by a busy road, most dialogue was picked up but there was a lot of background noise such as wind and cars, so we decided to overdub the dialogue which was a good idea and helped us understand what the character's were saying but we didn'tnhave eenought ime to finalise the volume.
We also added sound effects such as a bird sound, the sound of someone walking into a door and the theme tune which we made sure was of similar volume to the dialogue and we thought went very well, considering the fact that we didn't even consider sound in our preliminary, we definitely improved.

Preliminary Exercise:
Considering this was our preliminary and all we had to do was walk into a roo and share dialogue, i think we established a very clear narrative of an interrogation that got out of hand and ended up in death.  Now this wasn't meant to be of a high standard so i think we did very well anyway.

Final Coursework:
From my feedback, a very clear narrative was established and therefore all the audiences could tell what was going on, compared to our preliminary we did much more preparation on this as we went out of our way to think of a genre, storyline and script, this took time and effort and we put so many hours in for our coursework, in filming, editing, rehearsing and finalising. Overall our final coursework is better than our preliminary in every single way, we used more technology, everything was in more depth, the audience had nothing but positive feedback for our coursework and therefore it was a success.

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Evaluation Question 3:

To start with i thought i'd talk about the way 'The Inbetweeners' is produced, Bwark Productions is a London based comedy producer founded in 2004 by two former Channel 4 commissioning editors – Iain Morris and Damon Beesley. Bwark is best known in the UK for its hit E4 comedy series The Inbetweeners. From this i can tell these are the sort of producers that would attempt to distribute our film or at least know those who would, it isnt a hugely well known production comedy which is good as i need a company that would distribute my film and they wouldnt be a major film distributor but would focus mostly on the lad, teenage, comedy genre.

I believ that to find a distributor, they must be a British film distributor engaged by the genre of comedy, so that they will see this piece and immediately feel like it is the sort of film they want to share.
The film distibution company that distibuted 'The Inbetweeners' in my opinion would be perfect, although they are quite well known and a high class Brithish film distributor, i believ they are the best chance, they are 'Entertainment Film Distributors'.

Here is the first thing we see when we go onto the Entertainment Film Distributors website, it immediately shows off the latest and best selling films that the company have distributed recently.
For example, it is currntly showing the 'Lockout' trailer in this screenshot, and goes through over trailers such as 'Piranha 3DD' and 'Underworld', this shows to me that this company distributors a wide range of genres from comedy to horror.
As we got huge amounts of inspiration from 'The Inbetweeners Movie' and this was the distibution company they used, they are bound to enjoy the comedy of my coursework piece and would hopefully distribute it.
Doing research on the Entertainment Film Distributors i have found out that its first big success was with a film called Terror, in 1978.
This company has distributed a huge range of films including:
  • The Inbetweeners Movie
  • Ausin Powers
  • Rush Hour
  • Lord of the rings
  • Dawn of the dead
  • Final Destination
Other distributors i believe may distribute our film if it were complete or the closet we could get would be Warner Bros or Universal Pictures, although they are American big film distributors, i blieve they distribute films for the age group specified in our film such as films like 'Hangover' and 'Get him to the Greek', these may not be the greatest people to distribute us and there is always the possibility that they know of british independent distributors who could help us start out and eventually grow to make big screen films that will be blockbuster hits.

Monday, 7 May 2012

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Evaluation Question 2:
Here i will tell you what social groups are represented in my media coursework, considering age, gender and social class as i thought they were most shown thoughout the film.

In our coursework we used many ways of representation to show the social group that our media product focuses on; our 3 haracters are British male teenagers and are seen as rebels trying to look cool. Teenage males are represented as funny and rebellious.
To start with, we considered age in our social group, as they are 3 teenagers we thought a great place to film would be as the 3 characters leave school in their suits showing  they are in sixth form and are meant to be responsible role models.

We are wearing suits so are immediately seen as responsible adults for our age; as in people would believe us to be calm, collective and sane.  This is representation of our age and although people think we may look smart, we do end up drinking and this shows it is tyical behaviour for our age group.
I am seen to be wearing a blue hoody underneath my suiit, this could be subverting the idea of looking smart, also Samir does not have a tie on, so although people may think we are smart, teenagers will be teenagers and brake rules and this is shown by not wearing the correct uniform.

 Another thing representing age and irresponsibility would be the way Smi walks when we stroll down the street, for one we are walking down a road wihout worry and Samir tries to act 'gangster' showing a stereottypical teenager in the eyes of an older generation.

Gender is represented in this piece of coursework as the 3 main chracters are male, rebellious, they runaway from teachers and try to act cool.
The blue hoody is again used to represent gender, as a majority of people link hoodys to male's they see as 'gangsters', these three characters walk down the oad drinking without a care in the world about being caught, this is something we mainly see with males rather than females. So using the rebellious and layed back attitude for the characters definately shows off their gender, especially when they try to look cool by walking like a 'gangster'' or accidentally walking into things therefore being the opposite to cool.

The last thing i looked at when choosing how social groups are represented in our film, was social class. As we are seen as upper class students as being in sixth form, the use of drinking subverts the reputation viewers expect to see.
We are in suits and are therefore seen as an automatically higher class, but using the subverts make our reputation of a less high class, for instance wearing the blue hoody makes the character look less smart, and therefore of a less high class.
Also the fact, Samir's character isnt wearing a tie and is walking as if to look cool, he is again seen as a lower class. Then to top it off the 3 characters find a wine bottle and drink iresponsibly on the streets almost as if they ar attention seeking.
Although the suits and sixth form give the viewer an idea that these characters are of high class, as they run away from teachers, try to act cool and drink alcohool we see their reputation of social class decrease.

Evaluation on Feedback

During an assembly open to friends, family and teachers, we introduced our preliminary exercise and coursewrk piece to our audience and they filled in a questionnaire about our coursework for feedback, these were the results we recieved for our 2 minute introduction to a film, coursework.

Male: 15
female: 30

0-20: 39
21-34: 1
35-51: 7
52+: 2

Favourite genre:
Action: 5
Comedy: 29
Horror: 8
Rom Com: 3
Thriller: 3
Drama: 2
Crime: 1
Fantasy: 1
Spy Detective: 1

Score out of 10:
1/10: 0
2/10: 0
3/10: 0
4/10: 0
5/10: 0
6/10: 0
7/10: 9
8/10: 19
9/10: 14
10/10: 9
Average score out of 10: 8.45

Example Comments
‘OK’ and ‘yes completely, good for sixth form’
‘Made me laugh, new inbetweeners’ and ‘could have had more comedy’
‘Sound was quiet, dubbing was off’ and ‘well synchronised, love effects’
‘Very successful, amazing shots’ and ‘camera was a bit shaky in places’
All were complements, except a few which thought it ‘didn’t have much narrative’

Most people said comedy was their favourite genre, this wasn't representative of the audience as they were mostly family, friends and teachers.
Most of the participants were of age 0-20 so maybe would of preferred the film as this was our target audience, but even the older participants seemed to enjoy our piece just as much.
Our average score was 8.45/10 and in my opinion that is a very good score and involves a lot of positive feedback.

Some people found the shakiness of the camera off putting and didnt like it, whereas others thought it fit the personalities of the charaters trying to be cool when they arent and also adding to the drunka nd unorganised effect.
The overdubbing was the biggest prolem pointed out in the questionnaires, although this meant that viewers could hear our coursework a lot better than they could with other groups as we were the only AS group to overdub, they did find it to be at different volumes at certain points and i definately agree, due to a last minute decision to overdub we didnt have much time to perfect it. It wasnt perfect but it did the job, there were technical difficulties with sound in the asssembly showcase which gaves us an advantage as ours was easily heard even if each piece of dialogue was at different volumes.

Most of our feedback was completely positive and things to improve were like 'make it longer' and 'we want more' so there is no doubt that we definately engaged the audience and left them wanting more.

Someone said that humour is hard to pull off and we did it so they loved it, others said we worked to hard for humour and it was cheesy but they still enjoyed it.
One participant suggested 'more action' but that was not our genre and to pull off both genres in a 2 minute introductio would prove difficult, as it was only an introduction i think we did a great job at engaging the audience and suiting a target audience.

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

Evaluation Question 1:

Our media coursework involves 3 male British characters walking down the street after leaving sixth form for the day and finding a wine bottle, who knows what could go wrong...

An already existing product that we got inspiration from to make our film and that we also look up to is the inbetweeners movie, I believe this is competition and will compare our coursework to the inbetweeners movie.
The narrative that i believe the audience will establish, is the boyish behaviour seen in the footage, such as running away from teachers, walking into things/acting stupid, and go out drinking after school. These are things that I believe are also established in the inbetweeners movie, I think the humour that we have in our coursework is similar to the inbetweeners but definately a less sexual and less swearing humour as we couldn't use this in our piece, in my opinion this gives us an edge over the inbetweeners humour as it fits a wider range of audience. We are not likely to see children or the elderly age group watching the inbetweeners and enjoying the humuor, so those age groups are more likely to enjoy our coursework than the inbetweeners.
We got inspiration from them and although they do pull off the act of lad comedy better than our coursework does, I think our coursework will apply to a wider range of audience.

The inbetweeners movie use similar camera shots as we do, for instance they use a lot of close ups, mid shots and two way shots to show emotion, friendship and loyalty. We have  used a lot of close ups and two way shots for the same reason so you can guess we got a lot of inspiration from the inbetweeners. Another shot the inbetweeners use regularly are long shots as a specific thing happens in the scene such as the characters leaving the scene as one of them does something embarrassing such as walk into a door, we have used this as olivers character wipes bird poo on my characer as we leave the gates.

We were in our suits at the time we filmed this, not only because we had just finished school before filming, but because we wanted to capture the effect of boys leaving school, this happens in the inbetweeners a lot and again got inspiration from this.
Also the inbetweeners school always seems lit up and bright, so we decided to change a few shots that we thought were too dark, meaning that we had to redo scenes in the same costume, this was because we thought it was too dark and wanted to make it seem brighter like the inbetweeners does. We also had to use colour correction to get the right brightness.

Clarification that we werent drinking wine
This video shows that we were not really drinking wine in our production and that it is just lemonade from Tesco and apple juice...from Tesco.

Final Coursework
This is our final coursework, of a two minute introduction to our comedy film that we have named 'The Lads'!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Filming Schedule

We didnt have much planning of when we would film, one of us was always busy or ill and when we got the chance when all of us were ready for it and we had sorted out shots and script, we finally went out filming.

Due to the rainy day, we didnt have a plan of when we would film the last few scenes and redo old ones, we just had to wait until the weather was the same of the day we filmed on, when everyone was up to it and eventually we pulled it off. Also having samir in our film who isnt actually in our media class proved annoying as we had to make sure he was alright to redo scenes nd obviousy we would have to wear the same clothes.

Social Networking

We posted our preliminary exercise on facebook and my friends have seen it, media students and friends have all given positive feedback and enjoyed it. I have not recieved any negative feedback and this is only our preliminary.

I haven't posted our final coursework piece yet but i could do, frends have already seen it and definately enjoyed it so i would be ccounting on great feedback. I could also place it on twitter butmore people will see it on facebook, i chose facebook as its where most people would see it and a wider variety of eople would see it, so i can get different peoples opinions but the all had positive things to say.

Music-Theme Tune Doobie doobie doobie doobie doo!

We thought that if we were to create a theme tune for our coursework, then it would be remembered and thos who knew it could sing along, so we needed to come up wth something that is upbeat, suitable for the target audience and in context with the twominutes of footage.

So me and oliver decided to have a go and came up with lyrics we thought were very catchy and would be easily remembered, after a while of coming up with lyrics as well as a chorus, harry had made the perfect beat to go with it so we quickly rushed to the quitest spot and recorded the lyrics on my phone as a short preview.

Another day when we had finalised the lyrics, we recorded us singing through a microphone and added it to he beat, this was our firstdraft and we later went on to making the voices seem almost deap and like a robot, this seemed to fit perfectly with the wine drinking scene and was therefore used for our titles.

The lyrics are things we may think of about an average teenager and involves us rapping so we have definately fit the audience, also the chrus involves wine drinking and the name of our film 'the lads' so we believe we have successfully put it in context with the film.

Coursework Filming

When we filmed our coursework, we started in school and filmed olivers exit from school where he runs away, along with mine and samirs exit. We filmed us leaving school with varied camera shots of each scene so we could choose the best one without using the same camera shots all the time.

We filmed a scene where we find a wine bottle and walk down the street drinking it, this was filled with apple juice and lemonade and has been clarified in a video that i will later upload here.

We did have to come back a few more days to reshoot scenes due to a lack of consistency and lighting problems, the lighting in the room that samir puts on his hat was quite dark s we filmed it at an earlier time on a different day so it fit in, one shot involved the wine bottle and was differently placed in the next shot so we reshooted it so it fit. This was a struggle as we first filmed on a day that was quite rainy so waiting for a similar day proved hard, also attempting not to get anyone else in the shots was difficult asits on school premises but we managed to pull it off.

Initial Audience

As sixth form students ourselves,  we knew what our age group are interested in and what they'd look forward to as well as want to see more of, so using teenage comedy and therefore teenagers as our target audience we could definately engage the audience.

Although this is our main age group, we also believe that those of older ages up to about 50 will enjoy it just as much, even older ages. Children  may not be the best audience as there are guaranteed to be things their parents wont want them to see such as the characters drinking.

But i think its a genre of film that can be enjoyed by most ages, me being a teenager i know that my age group will enjoy it for sure and i have showed my family and friends of different ages my preliminary exercise first draft and they are very impressed with it so i believe that my coursework can be enjoyed by all ages.

Inspiration for Coursework

When thinking about what genre and storyline to use for our coursework, we were great fans of  zombie films and the inbetweeners and at first we were thinking of making a zombie comedy and although we seemed sorted on this idea we thought it had already been done in 'Shaun of the dead' and we thought it might be too far fetched.

We were certain that our coursework would be the genre of comedy and now we considered how much we love 'the inbetweeners' and thought we were like them, and came up with the idea of using us as kids in sixxth form and making it as funny as we can without going over the top.

We went through many ideas and finally decided that we would film each student leaving school in ifferent ways and go out drinking, so our inspiration was entirely from 'the inbetweeners' and other comedies such as 'get him to the greek'.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Preliminary Exercise
The shots we have used in our preliminary exercise obviously will be improved in the creation of our coursework filming.
0:00 Close up -  This shot shows olivers face as he opens the door to enter the interview room, we catch olivers emotions due to the close up showing him almost serious but scared.
0:02 Medium low-angle shot - This shows oliver bursting through the door from the perspective of the character i play and is shown in the next shot.
0:04 Close up - Shows my characters expression as i seem like a high class character who is not scared considering the situation he is in. The close up shows this emotion.
0:05 Close up - This shot shows a drawing on the board of two cartoon people who my character has supposedly killed, this is used as comedy as our general theme is comedy, action.
0:07 High-angle shot - This shows stephens character from a high angle showing he is a high classed character, ossibly a body guard or lawyer. The high shot makes him look big and butch leading the audience to the thought he may be a bodyguard.
0:08 to 0:25 Over the shoulder shots (shot/reverse shot) - For these shots we used the over the shoulder shots to show the intensity between the two characters as they talk in the interview room. We filmed this piece of dialogue from both ends of the table and then put them together for the final product.
0:25 Wide shot - This shot was to show a skip in time but didnt work as well as we'd like it to of, it just skips forward a bit from the previous shot.
0:45 Medium shot - This is showing olivers charaters reaction to my character talking in a suppposable 'russian language' but is actully just nothing. We thought it would be better to show olivers reaction than me saying it considering i was in the last two shots.
0:54 Low angle - Once again filming stephens character and how he is this big character we have filmed him from a low angle to show his position as high.
0:57 Medium shot This is showing oliver losing his patients as i refuse to answer hs questions so we just used an average medium shot.
1:00 High angle/medium - This shows me pull out my gun and carries on till i kill stephens character, this was humurous and therefore we added a scream to show the comedy rather than being serious.
1:03 Close up - A continuation of the previous shot showing stephen falling to the ground and therefore dieing.
1:04 Medium shot - Camera follows where the gun is when oliver is pulling it out of his jacket.
1:10 Medium shot - This shot shows me picking my gun from the table and obviously we dont see me put the gun down but i could of obviously done this after stephens death. This was used for tension as me and oliver both pick up our guns.
1:14 Wide shot - This is used to show the whole room as an environment as we chase each other round the table. Showing the whole room gives the viewer more insight nto the interview room and shows tensions as it i not a very big room.
1:19 Wide shot - his continues on from the last shot from the opposite side of the room and therefore has the same effect and just continues on the chase.
1:27 Close up - Yes, there is a slight continuity error here - Ths shows oliver put his hands up and therefore is in fear of death, the close up shows this fear and therefore  gives emotion.
1:30 Close up - This close up shows my face close up also looking quite scared with fear and also quite angry so there is a mix of emotions and the close up shows this.
1:31 Two shot - The use of the two shot allows me and oliver to both e in the shot as he pulls out his gun and we arent sure who will shot first, this is tense and as we dont know who will win the use of the two shot allows tension.
1:35 Grey screen - This is used as a cliffhanger, after the last shot finishes it freezzes and switches to a grey screen where we hear a gun shot, this is huge tension as we arent sure who has died and who has survived. A pretty awesome cliffhanger, if you ask me!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Noam Chomsky!!!

Avram Noam Chomsky was born on the 7th December 1928 and is an American linguist, philosopher, cogitive scientist, historian and activist. His work has influenced fields such as computer science, mathematics, and psychology.

He says that people in media will cause things to happen that will suit the audience, mostly in newspapers, news reports or radio. his 5 filters is an attempt at systematic bias meaning the media is changed to be bias against the audience, these will distort a story before its published. The first is ownership: The size and profit-seeking the media uses to create bias. The second, funding: Funding generated through advertising. Third is  sourcing: Relating to the sourcing of mass media news. Fourth is flak:  It may take the form of letters, telegrams, phone calls, petitions, law-suits, speeches and Bills as a negative response and the 5th and final filter is Anti'communism and fear: As manufacturing consent was written in the cold war, anti-ideologies exploit public fear and hatred of groups that pose a potential threat, either real, exaggerated or imagined.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Hot Fuzz EXPLOSION Poster!!!

Here is the Hot Fuzz explosion poster where we see action due to the fire but also comedy from the character of which Nick Frost plays as hes seen as a less knowing character leading to comedy!!!

My British Film: Hot Fuzz!!!

What category of film is it and why?
Hot Fuzz has an English director (Edgar Wright), English actors including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman and also English writers therefore has English involvement. One of the three producers of Hot Fuzz is from New Zealand (Tim Bevan), but the other two are British. It is produced by both british and French sudios and therefore isnt totally British but has a fair amount of British involvement.

Find, analyse and explain how the film was marketed in terms of trailers, posters and billboards. When were they released and how?
From the Hot Fuzz trailer we see that it is meant to be an action comedy involving well known British actors and will attract the attention of teenagers to lovers of action and comedy, the sound is also of a humourous style and again will attract the specific audience aquired. From posters and billboards we see a raging fire behind the actors showing the action with a spark of comedy as nick frost is seen as a less knowing character giving off the comedy effect and will again attract the eye of those interested in this style of actors. The first two teaser trailers were released on 16 October, 2006. A panel was also held at the 2006 Comic-con in Sandiago, California.