T1-27 THRILLER FINAL
Today our class viewed our thriller title sequence and left us some feedback on it. We are proud to say that we only received ONE negative comment. Some of the comments were...
Today we put the finishing touches to the final cut of our thriller title sequence. All that was left to do was apply video filters to a couple of shots, adjust the soundtrack a little so it mirrors the visuals, and obviously check that everything else was completed and we were happy with it. When watching our finished product, our group was quite impressed with what he had achieved in so little time. I think that our planning gave us a considerable advantage, as it helped us make sure we stuck to our deadlines, and got everything we intended to do, finished. Overall, i have probably enjoyed the editing stage of production most, as you're able to play around with effects, speed, filters, etc, on Final Cut, to see what works best with each individual shot. Putting all of the footage together in a sequence is also quite fulfilling as it gives you a sense of what the finished product is going to look like, as well as giving you a greater idea of how to move shots around, in order to achieve the effect you want. This project has helped me familiarise myself with Final Cut, and i now have a greater understanding of what tools to use to create certain effects. In our title sequence, the part i am proudest of is probably the editing, as it gives our film a bit of an edge, and techniques like darkening the shots makes the thriller genre more prominant in our creation.
1. We have included many typical thriller conventions to convey the genre of our opening sequence, almost immediately. For example, darkness, mystery, and suspense are all conventions of a thriller, and we have included these as much as possible to intrigue the audience and indicate what's to follow in the rest of the film. However, we didn't want to make our thriller opening completely unoriginal, therefore, we tried to include different shots that added diversity and made our film differ from the typical thriller setup. We have also included the theme of voyeurism, (the repeated blinking eye shot), to accentuate the stalking part of the plot. As well as illustrating the actions of the antagonist, and indicating to the audience the details of the protagonists plight, the montage that makes up the title sequence also gives the audience a hint of the main character's identity. For example, we have shown the main character as the villain when he is doing things such as putting up the polaroids of the girls he has an obsession with, but we have also shown him reading a book. This is to humanise his character, in order to make him different to the typical 'bad guy' stereotype employed in most thrillers, and to make him more believable and his problem realistic.
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
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I think we have worked really well on editing our shots on rough cut. We have made some good effects to our shots, that fits well with our sequence. For example, the 'cross dissolve' effect we used with a couple of shots that linked well together. The effect that changes speed and darkness, has worked particularly well. For example, we have a shot of my eye that we have made faster so my eye is flickering. Also, we have made the shot darker, to create a suspicious effect to our thriller sequence. Filming my eye was quite difficult to keep a straight face, which explains why my eye is slightly closed at times. But, when editing the shot, we realized that this worked quite well anyway with the effect we are trying to create. Overall, i feel that the speed of our shots has worked really well, because it creates tension and suspicion to our sequence, which was the effect we wanted.
Today we started editing our footage. We began by selecting the footage we definately wanted to use, i.e. the more effective and professional shots. We then started to build up our timeline, adding shots that mainly went with what our storyboard instructed. However, we did make a few creative decisions about changes to our storyboard, such as the opening couple of shots. We had intended for our opening shot to be a sink overflowing, but when looking back at what we had captured of this, we decided that it would be more effective to begin with a shot of the moon, followed by a deserted street, and then a photograph being developed, before the fast-paced shots and music starts. We also included some of the shots we filmed but hadn't planned, which meant that original shots were shifted about a bit. When cutting our footage, and putting them on the timeline, we started to get ideas about different effects we might put on certain shots, and played around with the effects tool on Final Cut. We then noted our effects ideas on our storyboards for next week when we begin polishing our final product. We were happy to note that we had plenty of footage to choose from, thanks to our effective time management during filming week. Our preparation definately gave us an advantage, as because our sequence is mainly made up of lots of fast-paced shots, we needed to film a lot of different shots in the limited time we were given. We are definitly on schedule with our editing, and our rough cut will be posted tomorrow!
The mention of what we was going to call our film caused quite a debate in our group, and quite a few methods for selecting one were tried. Having thought up quite a few suitable names for our thriller the night before, i had a choice of names that i posed to the group. Some of these were....
Having planned in advance what shots we were going to film when and what props we would need on certain days, we started our first session of filming knowing exactly what we wanted to achieve by the end of the lesson. Our first shot was of an overflowing sink, which as you can imagine, involved a lot of water, therefore was quite an eventful shoot. Hovever, we did manage to shoot all of the shots we had planned for that day, and even started on some of the shots we had planned to film next lesson. The next two lessons, we spent filming and achieved everything we had set out to do in each session, making us right on schedule. We also made sure we captured all our footage after each session, including the shots Aiko filmed when she took the camera home with her. As we finished filming our intended shots on the third and final lesson, we filmed a couple more shots that we spontaneously thought of, that fitted with the theme of our film.
For an effect we wanted to have a sink flooding with water; but since with the circumstances we had, we had to use the toilets in our school. Since we wanted to flood the sink we made a lot of mess, so we made sure we cleared up afterwards by mopping the floor. It was hard to block the sink, because we did not have a plug; We had to use apples to block the sink. Also for better effects we made the water overflow ourselves to make it look like the water was overflowing; By using our hands and pushing the water out.
When I took the camcorder out I had to do a couple of shots that were in different places such as cambridge town which involved public vehicles and the public, this was difficult because it started raining meaning I could not shoot the scene for the good of the burrowed cam corder. The other place I had to shoot at was at my house as I had the props that I needed. This was a success! My shooting at my own home was a succes because not only I had the props my uncle was happy to prticipate and be the mystery stalker of our thriller opening, as we did not have to see his face.
Labels: shots done at home.
after showing our class our animatic, we received both positive and negative feedback on it...
Labels: elyse and christina
A Newbie Production presents
The opening title sequence of Seven is very mysterious and ambiguous. The actions and the setting of the place lead the audience to believe that we are watching a criminal at work. The images the clips show such as the guy with metal stuck through his head, give you an idea of what will be in the film. Furthermore the flashes of the film in between certain parts of the titles keeps the audience hooked and wanting to know more. Unlike in the opening sequence of Memento, seven is fast paced and contains a lot more variation in footage, keeping the audience entertained and knowing more about the film, while withholding the plot. The eerie music that accompanies the opening, adds suspense and thrill and emphasises the content of the film. The music is fast-paced which goes very well with the footage. the font of the title credits looks handwritten which makes the whole opening sequence look mysterious and connects to the genre of the film. the opening uses a lot of sound effects to go with what the man is doing. The sound effects are quite creepy in places, which has an effect on the audience, startling them and making them apprehensive about the rest of the film. the footage at the start shows a lot of gadgets and tools, the music goes with these as it is almost sci-fi like in places and almost paints an image of someone working in a place like a mental institution. overall, the opening sequence of Seven is very eye-catching and fast-paced. this persuades the audience to watch more. In particular, we thought the music and the editing was the best part as it is unique and it holds your attention, making you want to find out what happens next.
Labels: Aiko and Elyse
The first impression of this piece, was that it was very good. The story line was quite clear, but we think it could have different meanings. All the way through it had steady shots and a variety of shot distances. Because of this, it also had appropriate shooting material for the task. The lighting was good in changing, according to the mood and atmosphere of the shot. For example, when something good happened, the music fitted with the bright lighting.