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When introduced to the task we were told that we had to create the opening sequence of a film, including titles and it also had to be a maximum of two minutes. Kim , Elliott , Rosie and I decided that we wanted to stick in the same group as we knew we worked well together, and we all worked hard in the previous task we had to complete , therefore we understood that we would each be able to take on individual tasks to complete the film. As we where already aware of what we had to do for the main task, after being told about when being introduced to the preliminary task, we already had a few ideas in mind of what we wanted to do. After learning from the previous mistakes we had made with the preliminary task we knew that we did not want many extras and we wanted to use a simple idea in which we could use to create tension. 

Before putting our ideas down we had to do some research into film opening sequences , there were not many that were on Youtube, however i managed to find one of a film called ‘Momentum’. This was helpful in allowing us to identify in not what to put in to our opening sequence, and the basic aspect was not to give too much away and also take advantage of enigma code.

Here are the ideas we came up with:

 

1) ‘When trolleys go bad’: This film would have been about trolleys that turn violent and attack local citizens. We thought this idea would bring in the genre of horror however there would be a comical aspect to this, furthermore we would not have to use many actors. However although there we some good points to make this film , it would have required us to talk to a supermarket to gain permission to use their trolleys. As a result we decided against this idea as it was illogical and difficult to take to seriously.

2) ‘Drugs Situation’ : This idea would have involved a party where a lot of drug taking occurs , due to this someone has overdosed and unfortunetley dies. As suspiscion around the nature of his death arises and police investigation follows , where all is not as it seems.

We also dismissed this idea as it would have required an ambulance , a house setting and ultimately lots of extras, which as i have said previously we did not want to use.

3) ‘Mind Games‘: This idea would have involved the opening scene taking place in a dark room with a mentally ill person who is having crazed fits , we would have then used a jump cut to take us to an ordinary day. We thought this idea would be an interesting concept and allow us to take advantage by using lots of enigma code.

4) ‘I.M’: This name would stand for instant messenger as well as instant murder. This idea involves the serious idea of online predators. We decided that we would pan upwards to look through the window of a girl and her friend giggling over the attractive male that they are speaking to online to give the idea that she is being watch. We would then use a jump cut to move into the girls room , where we would see the instant messaging conversation taking place with the words ‘ would you like to meet up?’ on the screen. We would then flash forward in time where the girl is being chased through the dark streets of her town. We would then flash back to her chatting on the computer, as the conversation progresses. We believed that this would show the audience what might happen, and also leave them slightly confused therefore using enigma code

Between ‘I.M’ and ‘Mind Games’ we had a tough decision with what to choose as they both seemed like interesting concepts to explore, as we had the oppourtunity to confuse the audience and create a gripping film. After some disscussion we decided to choose ‘I.M’ as we had a more in depth idea of the story line , the camera angles, and the titles we wanted to use. Furthermore we would be addressing and everyday situation that internet users could probably relate to.  For this type of movie we suggested that our target audience should be 15+ this is becuase would contain violence , murder and strong language , considering the horrer/ thriller type of genre. I looked at other films of this genre such as ‘The departed’ and also saw that they were rated 15+ also , on that basis we decided to stick with our choice. We also thought that it would be more interesting to those of a higher age as they would understand the concept of the film. Furthermore we decided on the 15+ target audience based the the guidelines given by the BBFC for 15+ films, as we thought , if we were to continue making the film there would be violence and strong language. 

Furthermore in the previous task , no one in the group had a specific role which may have contributed to the unorganised style of our film, and also contributed to us almost running out of time. Consequently this time we created specific roles for each member of the group to take on. Here are the roles we decided on:

Production Manager: Kim

This would mean that Kim is in charge of organising auditions, equipment , shoots, costumes and in charge of the film as a whole.

Editing Director/Cameraman:Elliott

This would mean that Elliot has to make sure that all scenes are shot in the intended way , mis-en-scene is taken into account , actors take specific directions and desired camera angles are adheared to.

Editing and Continuity manager: Rosie

This would mean that Rosie has to edit the final film as well as make sure that no continuity errors are made. For example she must make sure that throughout the scene the girl is wearing a tie, rather than wearing a tie in the first half of the scene and not wearing one in the second half of the scene.

Sound Manager: Christina

This would mean that i am also in charge of making sure that sound is high quality , unlike the first film we created , in which it was quite difficult to hear one of the main characters.

I thought that deciding on what roles we would take on , made it much clearer and easier to decide what jobs to assign to what member of the group , this made the process a lot quicker , which meant that we could film and edit quicker. This also meant that we would be able to finish to the deadline , without worrying about completing our work.

After decided ideas and roles , we knew that we would have to presents to the class our ideas, despite the fact that we had already decided on an idea , we thought that it would still be an additional help to see what our peers thought of our ideas as it was the type of age group we were aiming at , and to also see what one they prefered in comparison to our choice. Elliot then went about making a presentation and a questionnaire , and then we were ready to present. However we also had to wait for the other peers in our class which meant our presentation date kept getting post-poned. To overcome this we decided to create our storyboard, script and scout our locations. This was so that we did not waste time waiting around to present. This both had its advantages and disadvantages it meant that by beggining to create our storyboards we could concentrate souley on one idea, developing it to the best of our ability. However it meant that we could not change our idea, if it received a very bad response from our peers. Despite this we carried on creating the items needed for our film, so that we did not fall behind. 

We held a group meeting to discuss what sort of shots and scenes we wanted in our film, how we were going to characterise the two girls in our film, what we wanted our characters to say and what locations we were going to film at. As production manager and Director , Elliott and Kim created the storyboard and decided on the scenes and camera angles needed, whilst myself and Rosie created the script. Both our original script and and story board can be found in Production Log 2. Once deciding this we needed to search for locations for the film. I suggested that for the computer scene we could use my house as it had the type of window we needed , which looked directly on to the computer. For the park scene we wanted to find a place with rusty swings that was surrounded with trees, Elliott said he knew the perfect place so we decided to use that.

Because the film was based around the concept of the dangers of social networking sites such as ‘facebook’. We had to create to Facebook accounts therefore we could make the characters talk to each other. We used two email account created profiles for both the ‘Danny’ character and the ‘Ruby’ character. We created typical characterisations for the two girls, such as pictures with them posing and status’s with them bragging about how much they love there friend. We wanted to do this to imply that they are like everyday teenage girls to illustrate how anyone can fall into the trap of a predator. 

For ‘Danny’ we found a picture of a man that we knew many people would add , purely based on his looks. We also wanted to ensure that the man we used in our film looked completely different to the picture we used on the profile. To show that obviously predators are not who they say they are.  

Once we had completed this we knew we had to prepare for our Auditions, to do this i went on photoshop and created a ‘facebook’ themed audition poster . to tie in with the style of the movie. Which we then posted up around the college. 

Kim the producer had to book all the equipment we needed so we could use it to film our auditions. Once the equipment was booked , we went to collect it on the day of the audition. However we encountered a problem as the media technician allowed us to book the equipment during his lunch break, this meant when we went to collect it , he was not there. In turn this meant that we could not film our auditions, therefore we had to cancel them. To overcome this problem we collected the camera’s once he had finished his lunch break, and filmed the auditions with myself , rosie and Kim auditioning for the part of Ruby and Emily. We decided that Kim and Rosie where to play the two girls as i personally preferred to be behind the camera. On reflection this experience worked out in our favour, as it meant that we could use our selves, therefore we wouldn’t have to rely on actors and work around their schedule, this way we could work around our own schedule and complete the film quicker.

At this point we had come very far in our planning , however we still had to present to the class, despite the fact that we would not have been able to go with the idea they liked, unless it was mind games. We presented to the class and handed out questionnaires that we had also made for them to give their opinions about our ideas on. We found that ‘When Trolleys go bad’ was a popular favourite amongst our peers with 5 out of 12 suggesting that we go with this idea. However luckily for us 6 out of 12 suggested that we go with the ‘I.M’ concept. This was a productive process as it allowed us to understands what our peers wanted to see , and the fact that they had chosen the idea that we were filming made us feel more confident about it, because we knew it would get a good response from them. 

We arranged another group meeting to discuss filming dates, how to get the to the location and who was going to bring the costumes in. We thought it would be the best idea to go during the media lesson as it meant not disrupting and missing any of our other lessons. We understood that the most logical idea was for Kim and Rosie to bring in their old school uniforms to use, although they were different it did not matter , because it could suggest that they go to different schools. After this discussion Kim again had to book the equipment , after some trouble we decided not to get the cameras from the media technician again , but to get the cameras from the library. This was a positive choice as the cameras from the library were much better quality. This was also good , as the previous film we created had very bad picture quality , so this way we could improve on the mistakes we made in our preliminary task.

When it came to the day of filming, we collected the equipment and set off on the bus journey to my dad’s house. We were determined to make this film better than the one we had created for the preliminary task, so we got to filming straight away , wasting no time. The first scene we wanted to shoot was the one of the window looking in on the girls. We found this very difficult as we tried not to get the image of our reflection in  the window , however we over came this by blocking out the light with a coat. We then went on to film the conversation scene between the two girls. We had to do several takes of this because we either needed to make alterations to the script or we didnt get the correct shot. However full details of this filming day can be found it Production Log 5. When looking over the footage , we were not to best pleased, this was because we didn’t feel that it was gripping enough. We also thought that the footage looked as if we had put no effort in as somethings we did looked quite careless. We assumed that with editing we could try and overcome this problem, However, we thought that it would look very silly to use lots of editing techniques and would show that we were unsure of what we were doing . Furthermore we knew we would have also had to film the scenes in the park , but would have to wait until it was dark , if we stuck to the same story board. In addition we knew that this would waste time. Looking at they many points we had come up with against what we had filmed, we disgarded the footage and re-draw the storyboard and make use of more close up and point of view shots . The full details of this can also be found in Production Log 5. 

With our knew story board in hand, we had to find someone to play the predator, and we thought our class mate James would be the ideal person for the part, we asked him and he agreed. 

We then had to organise another filming day, and again we decided to go during a media lesson. With the new storyboard we did not have to use the inside of the house , however we wanted to use the outside setting which had quite a picturesque setting , this way we could use juxtaposition. As something beautiful is contrasted with a sinister atmosphere. The full extent to which we filmed can be found on Production Log 5. After this filming day , i felt much more confident about the outcome for the film , seeing as this time round we had a better storyboard to follow and this time we were more motivated , so that we did not make the same mistake again ( obtaining footage we couldn’t really use).

After obtaining all our footage , we had to edit. We had a few problems with uploading the footage on to the computer as the software was not very compatible. However after spending almost an entire media session trying to upload the footage, Myself and Kim managed to edit the  beginning scene of our opening sequence, and i also found some music for the sequence. Seeing as it was the last lesson we had before the easter holidays, we knew that we would have to come in during our holidays to finish off editing the film. When we came in during the holidays we began editing, and had pratically by around 3pm however as the software we were using had an unexpected error, we had lost all the work that we had not saved. ( The full information on the editing process can be found in Production Log 6) 

After this experience i felt quite dishearted , although we had re-edited and made the film as close as possible to how we had it before, we knew that it was not as good as we had it before. However there was not enough time to go back and redo anything as the coursework deadline was approaching us. So we carried on and burnt it onto a DVD.

We then distributed our film on sites such as Youtube and Facebook so that we could show it to our friends and family and get there opinion on it. Kim also created a survey on the website survey monkey , so that once our friends had watched it youtube or facebook , they could then go onto survey monkey and fill out our survey.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=DfvCoTd3mW1YBXdY_2fhpN4w_3d_3d

 

In the survey we asked our peers to answer these questions

1.Rate it out of 10 (being the best) on how good you thought it was as a whole

All the responses we received where between 7 and 9. I think this is good as our peers believe that it is above average , and i did not expect anyone to rate it as a 10 as it is far from perfect. 

2. What do you think of the choice of music?

75% said the choice of music was good and 25% said it was Excellent. This was also a positive response as i feel that the music does play a big part in the film , in creating tension and a dark atmosphere. 

3. How did the music make you feel throughout the sequence?

Here are the responses given 

 

  1)It is increases the anticipation           2)A bit nervous

3)the music made me feel in suspence as to what would happen next.

4)like something bad would happen to them

I appreciated these responses as it made me feel that the audience understood the atmosphere we were trying to create.

 

 

 

 

4. Is there anything you would have changes about the music?

 

All responses said no apart from one who said it goes quiet at one point , however i think that this is when the pieces of music change.

5. How would you rate the camera work throughout?

75% said good and 25% said average. Honestly i expected a worse response than this as the camera work is very slanted. So saying that , i was quite pleased with the response we received.

6. Can you spot any problems with the camera work?

2 people said they could not see anything wrong with the camera work. However another two people said it reminded them of the blair witch project , which reinforces the idea that it looks hand held and a home made movie. 

 

7. Which shots can you see that were used?(pick as many as you want)

Close up     75%

Point of View   50%

Medium shot    75%

Long shot    75%

Over the shoulder shot   100% 

Wide shot  25%

 

8. What do you think of the location in regards to the storyline?

75% said good 

25% said excellent 

9. Do you get any connotations from the location we chose, if so what…?

Many said that they would not expect this type of crime to occur in this type of area , which is the impression we wanted to give off , so this was a positive feedback.

10. Can you spot any continuity* errors throughout the film,

Everyone surveyed said no , this was not quite surprising as there were not a lot of continuity errors , apart from the time , which is a very difficult thing to spot.

Looking over what our peers have said i think the answers they have given are very valid and i would agree with what they have said , however i would disagree with those that have said they could not see any continuity errors. Overall i believe that we have received a very positive response from our audience, also it is positive because we wanted to target the film at the age group of us and our peers. 

The way in which we tried to attract our target audience was to use a topic that they were familiar with and could relate too. We did this buy using the Facebook website. We also understood that teenagers are constantly being warned about the dangers of the internet , and are always told not to talk to people they don’t know. So knowing this we decided to develop a concept that our audience would understand. 

 

Personally analysing the film i can see so many errors. The first error i can see is the time we see on the computer when the predator is on ‘Ruby’s’ profile. The time says 12.53pm, however the scene outside is one of the girls walking home from school , a normal time to finish school is around 3pm. However we suggested that we could work this into the film,  the girls could have been coming home for lunch. Despite this we knew it was not a major error and there were more important ones that we had made in our film. The next error i have noticed is that when Kim’s name appears on the screen there is a very quick edit which makes the shot appear very jumpy , we tried to remove during editing, however we found it difficult and as we were running out of time we knew that we would have to keep it in. Furthermore at that same time we have a still of Kim , but no camera click. Again we also tried to include this but it made the rest of our music out of sync so we could not include this. Another point of the film that i do not like is that i think the scene where James is walking, i think that its too long and the audience may begin to loose interest at this point, also at this point there is water on the camera, which we did not realize until we had uploaded the footage, however that was the only walking sequence we had filmed. Finally the thing that i dislike the most is the steadiness of the camera , it is very crooked , which gives it a very hand-held , home movie kind of feel.   However compared to our previous film , i do prefer this , there are a lot less silly mistakes, and the mistakes that have been made with the filming of this film , we are actually aware of . Therefore we can take that into account and take responsibility of it. I also prefer the overall storyline for this film as tension is built up quite successfully , with the help of the music as it adds and create a dark and sinister atmosphere. I think our film successfully represents different social groups. The predator is portrayed as an everyday man, who appears to be getting on with his daily life like the average citizen. However contrary to this he is harboring a dark secret , which implies that we don’t really know people , no matter how they appear. I think that dressing him in the long black coat also gave him that sinister look , however to the public he may just appear quite business like. 

We also portrayed the school girls quite well also. They too , were also typical school girls , who were interested in there friends and the internet. I think dressing them in their school uniforms highlighted how young and naive they really are.

I think with our film we stayed true to the conventions to a thriller , as much as we could , seeing as we could only produce and opening sequence. We were not able to use lots of tension building techniques and nervous situations , however we tried to do this as much as possible , through music and mis-en-scene. We decided that we wanted to stay true to these conventions , rather than challenge them because it may confuse the audience as to what genre it is , and as to what we are trying to achieve. 

With the type of film we created, we had to understand what producer and what type of institution would distribute our film. Researching producers , we found that Jerry Bruckheimer would be the ideal producer has over his career as he has produced many successful thrillers such as ‘Defiance’ , ‘Thief’ and ‘Dangerous minds’. Furthermore i think that the type of institution would be 20th century fox , as they too have distributed successful thriller films such as ‘Taken’ and ‘The league of extraordinary gentlemen’. We decided that we would use 20th century fox , rather than something like Universal as they produce more Comedic films.    

I think i learnt quite a lot from this process again.I learnt that we should film to our best potential the first day we decide to film , and realise that we don’t really have a lot of time in which to complete everything. In the previous task i did not have much time to work with the camera or editing. This time round i gained more knowledge into the technologies we had to use to construct our product. More about how to use the camera , and this time i actually learnt how to use the editing software , final cut pro , and with the help of Kim i edited part of the film.I also learnt the importance of saving your work as we go along.

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After obtaining all our footage , we had to gather it all and edit. We knew that we had to pay a lot of attention to editing , because we were relying mainly on this to create tension and a sinister atmosphere. 

We had to connect the camera to the computer in order to edit the footage. However we had a lot of trouble with this, the camera and computer where not very compatible so it took us almost the whole session to upload the footage , which was obviously a great loss of valuable editing time. At this point we knew we would definitely have to come into college during the holidays to finish editing. Whilst waiting for the footage to load , being in charge of sound, i looked for suitable copyright free music that would fit in with particular scenes withing the opening sequence. I first began looking for music for the first few shots where we are in ‘Dannys’ house. I knew the music had to be sinister and creepy. I started by searching royalty free sites on google, where i found the perfect site for the type of music that i was looking for.

http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/

I found 6 pieces of music that were compatible with what we needed. I then had to go on to find music for the scene in which the two school girls are walking home, we knew that this had to be quite upbeat to demonstrate how oblivious ignorant and naive the two girls are. This proved to be a harder task for me because i could’t find the right piece of music that fitted in with what we were looking for. So i decided i would have a more in depth look when i was at home , where i would have more time to look. When researching more i could not fine the right sort of upbeat music , so i then discussed with Kim and we decided we could use some more sinister music , that would evoke sympathy for the girls rather than imply naiivety. 

Once the footage had fully loaded two members of our team ( Elliott and Rosie)  had to leave to attended and take part i a charity event. However the two that had to leave where those who were in charge of editing. This left myself and Kim who were not experienced using the editing software ‘Final cut pro’. In addition we knew that we wanted to make a start on editing, to overcome this problem Andreas gave us a quick tutorial on the basics of ‘final cut pro’ , this way we could begin to make simple edits to our film and then get the two editors Elliot and Rosie to make improvements to it when coming in during the holidays. 

Sticking to the storyboard we began to edit the first few scenes. This is where ‘Danny’ picks up his his camera puts it in his bag and then looks at ‘Ruby’s’ facebook profile on the computer. This is all we got up to as it was time to leave college.

8/4/09 

Myself , and the rest of the group came in today , during the easter holidays, To finish editing our film. I continued to search for more music , however after a while i reliased the 6 tunes that i had found in our previous session where perfect for both the scenes inside the house as well as the scenes outside the house.Elliott and Rosie edited the film and Kim and i gave our opinions to what they were doing, bearing in mind what type of music we were working with . We followed the story boards and tried not to use too many transitions or stills, however the stills where necessary in order to make it appear that Danny was taking photos of the girls. Up until lunch time we had saved our work, after lunch we then worked for another 2 hours having practically finished our film , until the software we were using , final cut pro, had an error. This unfortunately meant all our work was lost. Feeling quite disheartened at this point we struggled to get the film exactly how we had edited it before, however after some time we got it relitavly similar to what it was before. 

 

We then uploaded it to YouTube and it can be found at this link :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBpDUPBXQkI&feature=channel_page

 

9/4/09

Myself and Kim came in again to burn our film on to the disc. The film looked and sounded exactly how we wanted it to be , when editing it in final cut pro , however once burning it onto the disc and looking at the film on a bigger screen. The sound became almost too loud and one or two shots were slightly blurry. However we knew that that was out of our control and we would have time to fix it , burn it on to disc and evaluate all in time for the deadline. 

In addition  analysing the film , a lot of the filming is quite wonky and unsteady , however being in charge of the music , i did not have much control over the filming. I also noticed that at some points there is water on the camera lense , as we track james through the street , but again i did not know this was an issue until we watched over the footage and began editing.

However i did enjoy taking part in editing this film , it gave us the chance to experiment with new fades and dissolves such as when james is walking , we used and additive dissolve and this gave the impression that the atmosphere is confused , disjointed and eerie. I also liked experimenting with the music ,for the first scene inside the house, we added in a peice of music however it did not create as much tension as we liked because it seemed very on dimensional, i suggested that we add another piece of music as well as the one we already had , this idea proved to be a good decision as it created the kind of atmosphere we desired. This was the same with the outside scene , so again we used two pieces of music instead of one , therefore again creating the atmosphere we desired.

Here are some print screens of our editing process:

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This was the shot we experienced most troubles with when editing, we decided to use it for titles, to show Kim’s name as I stop at the bridge, however it was tricky to get it to look smooth. To overcome this situation we added in a transition and a freeze frame , in which kim’s name appeared across the screen. However this did not entirley solve the problem as it looked quite jumpy, so we decided to work it into the story line as it could be said he is taking two photos of the girl. Furthermore we wanted to add another camera click to show that he is taking a photo , however by doing this it made the rest of the music out of sync, so we decided to leave out the sound effect for that reason.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are the final two shots , of ‘Danny’ walking around to get closer to the girls , and him standing and watching the girls. I personally think the walking sequence is too long, however to break it up we added in an Additive dissolve which makes the scene look hazy and confused and gives it a sinister feel, which i liked because it implies connotations of danger and bad intentions. As well as him walking we also decided to add in a shot of his feet , walking off the curb and here we decided to include some digetic sound to add to the atmosphere. 

The second shot is an over the shoulder shot , i like the shot because the music that plays over the scene becomes more intense as he is standing there,  which , again , creates a dangerous atmosphere and suggests that things are going to get worse.

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We arranged a meeting the day before filming just to record down everything we needed, where we were going and how to get there just to ensure that we had remembered everything we needed to do.

here are some of the notes we took at the meeting:

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Before filming we had to pre-booked a Sony Mini DV camera, microphone and an amount of cables for viewing including a HD lead and AV leads, so that we could obtain the required shots.In order to film this scene we had to go off site in order to achieve the ‘At home’ feel. For this we went to my house to film. We started by shooting the scene in which we were looking through the window , on to the girls,’Ruby’ (kim) and ‘Emily’ (Rosie) , who would be playing on the computer. At first this seemed challenging as we were only able to see the reflection of the camera in the window , rather than the two girls. In addition we had to position the camera in such a way that we would be able to see part of the window payne to imply the idea of being trapped. To overcome this we blocked out the light by placing a cover over the camera and we took time to position the camera correctly, by doing this we were able to film into the house and get a clear shot of the two girls.

Once completing this shot we then had to go inside the house and film the conversation between the two girls , and the conversation over facebook between ‘Ruby’ and ‘Danny’. We began by filming just Rosie ( Emily) in a medium close up shot , whilst she was conversing with kim (Ruby) , and then filming just Kim , and finally we included both of them in a shot , again using a medium close up shot. We used this method of filming so that when it came to editing we could have a range of shots to use to get the best possible outcome for our film. We took several attempts at each of these shots to get the correct timing , conversation and sound , after finishing these set of shots we then went on to film an over the shoulder shot of ‘Ruby’ ad ‘Emily’ at the computer , in which we made them repeat the whole conversation , again to get a range of shots. In addition we also filmed an extreme close up of the facebook conversation between ‘Ruby’ and ‘Danny’ , also for the purposes of editing. As our vision was to have lots of quick cuts to create tension within the scene, although it is only the opening sequence to a film we wanted to give the impression , that its the type of film that could continue with an unfolding plot.

Pictures of the filming Process :

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Once having filmed we had a look over the footage , and decided that we were unhappy with what we had filmed , this was because we didn’t feel that it was gripping enough. We decided that with editing we could try and overcome this problem, However the types of shots we were using were not of that typical to the conventions of the thriller type film. Such as the movie we looked at when researching ‘Momentum’ , they had use close ups and pointt of view shots to confuse the audience and create enigma code. Looking at this we decided to re-draw the storyboard and make use of more close up and point of view shots . After reviewing the new storyboard we were much more pleased with the shots , however it did require a lot more outside shots this time , so the weather was a concern when creating the new storyboard. However we decided we could use both sun or rain to our advantage. The sun would create juxtaposition against the sinister tone of the film we are creating , as it would appear that everything is okay. However the rain would go in unison with the theme of the film. Although saying this we also understood that if the rain was too severe we would have to stop filming , and start another day.

26/3/09

Today we began filming in accordance with the new storyboard and script we had created. We also had to sign new location and personal release forms as we used another character within the script, James Clothier, to play the predator. This job , however , was left up to Kim as she is production manager. She also had to create another risk assessment form in order to identify possible risks within filming , such as being near water , as the location we were filming at is by a canal , and such risks as that.

Here are the personal and location realease forms

Location relase form

Location relase form

personal release forms

personal release forms

Call sheet

Call sheet

Here are the new storyboards we created , we thought that these where a big improvement on the previous ones, not only was it a lot longer so at least this time it would last around 2 minutes, but it also included more opportunities to create tension. Furthermore we could experiment more with editing and music.

Storyboard 1

Storyboard 1

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At 10.45 Kim went to the library to collect the cameras and then met myself, James , and the rest of the group in the canteen. We then proceeded to the bus station to catch the 524 to Hertford , the location of the film.

Once arriving at location Kim , Rosie and James got changed into character , whilst myself and Elliott set up the camera and tripod , we also decided what scenes we wanted to shoot first and we thought that the most sensible, in which the predator is placing his camera into his bag , and shutting down the computer. We decided the best place to film this was the bedroom as it was dark and would create a sinister atmosphere. Elliott filmed the first shot, this was a POV shot of ‘Danny’ looking at Ruby’s facebook profile , then shutting down the computer. We then went onto film a close-up shot of ‘Danny’ putting the camera in his bag. We filmed this a few times just to make sure everything was done at the right pace, in order to ensure that the shot was quite slow. The reason we wanted this was because it would create a creepy and devious atmosphere. We also wanted to take several shots of the scene to ensure that that the lighting and camera quality was up to a good standard.

After this we decided to go outside and shoot the scene in which ‘Ruby’ and ‘Emily walk across the bridge into the house. We shot this from several point of views. From the point of view of ‘Danny’, ‘Ruby and ‘Emily’ and we also did several over the shoulder shots , which had not been planned on the storyboard , just for the purposes of editing , in order to have more options when wanted to create tension.

There were some problems when trying to film these shots because it was difficult to for Kim and Rosie to know when to go because the distance between them and Elliott and Myself was quite far. To over come this i stayed on the phone to Kim and told her when we had began filming and when she and Rosie should start walking, this was a good idea as it still fitted in with idea of the film, involving another aspect of new technology within it. In addition the weather also proved to be a problem , although we had said a little bit of rain would add to the style of film , it rained quite heavily some points during the day , due to this we had to stop filming and wait until the rain had died down in order to go back out and film again. However apart from these few spots of heavy rain , the weather was quite good as it was not too sunny and quite overcast , therefore no happy connotations could be created.

Finally we filmed the last scene , where ‘Ruby’ is at the computer on facebook , as well as typing the words ‘instant murder’. This scene did not take long as it was a very short scene. Despite this we did have to take a couple of shots to get the spelling and pace of writing ‘ instant murder’ out.

Overall i believe that this filming session was a vast improvement of the previous one. This was because this time round we were more motivated and had a more structured day with a better story board. Furthermore the shots we obtained would allow us to do a lot of interesting things in editing.

 

 

 

 

Analysing Certain Shots:

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This is the establishing shot in the movie. A close up of the camera. We wanted to imply the theme of technology withing the movie as well as suggesting that the camera will play a part within the movie, almost foreshadowing.Directly proceeding this shot is ‘Danny’ picking up the camera in a slow sinister way which also adds to the effect. Furthermore we decided to keep the Ironing board in the background , and have a normal bedroom setting. To imply that he is a normal man , living his everyday life , however this is juxtaposed with the dark secret he is harbouring

 

 

 

 

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This shot is a medium close up of James (Danny). We did this to establish who’s point of view the audience will be looking through. It also identifies what he is doing , taking pictures , of which we don’t acutally know as of yet. The shot also includes the camera that was featured in the previous scene.Therefore reinforcing that the idea of the camera and being watched will be a continous and re-occuring theme throughout the movie. In addition the setting here plays a key part, before we see the two girls in the next shot , it may appear that ‘Danny’ is simply and innocenly taking pictures of the river and the rest of the scenery, to the audience. However to the characters in the film it seems that he is taking pictures of the scenery making use of dramatic irony.

 

 

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This is a long shot of the two girls walking home from school. We thought this was a good shot as mis-en-scene added extra connotations to the scene. We though that the sun shining on the two girls in the picturesque would give happy connotations and the impression that everything is ok , however this is then juxtaposed with the rain , which suggests dark meanings. Furthermore the fact the the girls are walking behind bars , can either suggest that they are being kept safe , or that they are trapped, which can be left to interpretation.

 

 

 

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We decided to film this over the shoulder shot to show what he is looking at. It also makes him look very big powerful and dommineering , in comparison to the two girls who appear very small and ignorant.

 

 

 

 

 

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Although we had decided on our main idea , we still had to present all the ideas we had thought of to the class. Before we presented we added the finishing touches to the presentation that we had been working on for a few weeks , to ensure that we had all the information nesseccery. Seeing as the first online predator video we had researched was no longer avaliable on youtube , we could not put that into our presentation to show to the class . To overcome this we looked for a new video and found an even better , more realistic portrayal of the online predators.

Here are the links to the video we found :

Once we had finished this and added these links into the presentation we were ready to show it to the class.

When presenting to the class we suggested our ideas and gave them a questionnaire to fill in once we had completed our presentation.We found out that they thought the ideas for films such as ‘I.M’ and ‘Mind Games’ where more realistic , however they thought the the idea of ‘When Trolleys go bad’ seemed more entertaining. Although the group had already dismissed the idea before presenting as we knew it would be unachievable. Furthermore no one really mentioned the the ‘Drugs Situation’ so we knew we could totally dismiss that idea. 

The final question asked the group what film we should make and the results were:

When trolleys go bad :5

Drugs situation: 0

Mind Games:1

I.M: 6

Although we had already decided on our idea before presenting , in order to save time, we did find this process helpful as we found the idea we had chosen to use was the most popular , therefore it gave us more confidence in our idea. Furthermore the class suggested possible criticisms for our chosen idea , which gave us the opportunity to make improvements to our idea.

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Before the auditions we had to create slips for the auditionees to fill out , that would tell us when they are available , what position they are auditioning for and how to contact them if we wanted to use them in our film.

Here are the slips we created:

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After we had created these we then went on to collect the cameras needed in order to film the auditions. When we arrived we found that the camera technician was not there , and therefore we were unable to collect the cameras. This meant that we could not continue with our auditions at the time we had hoped. Once we had found the camera technician the times we had designated for the audition were over , therefore we could not film the auditions today. We contemplated setting another date for the audition , however this meant re designing the audition posters to change the date, putting them up around, and leaving them up for another two weeks for them to gain enough publicity. After discussing these issues with the team we decided not to rehold the auditions, but to use the camera to film my self and the other female team members auditioning, this way it meant that we would have held at-least some sort of audition process . With Kim being production manager she found a place for us to hold our audition , whilst i set up the camera. I then filmed Kim and Rosie auditioning , whilst Elliott kept an eye on sound, however we realised that camera and sound quality were not as important as we were only filming the auditions. Elliott then took over my role as director whilst i was auditioning with Kim and Rosie .

We found that using members of our own team meant that we would have actors we could rely on , and we could also film outside of college hours.

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Whilst Rosie and Elliot went on to create a questionnaire,in which we would give to our class mates after showing them our presentation. Myself and Kim went on to create audition posters. We knew that we wanted to base the posters around the subject of the film, which was an cyber/online theme. As well as the posters relating to the subject of the film , we also knew using a social networking site , such as facebook would attract the attention of the students in the college as it popular site to use among students .In order to do this we decided to take print screens of the audition information in comment boxes on the popular social networking site Facebook, . Our initial poster didn’t turn out so well because the quality was not so good and the writing was difficult to see.

Here is a picture of our initial poster:

Our original Poster

Our original Poster

As you can see the quality is quite grainy and the writing is impossible to read.

Seeing this we knew we had to overcome this problem somehow , we did this buy print screening a plain comment box , and then added the information in later on Photoshop. With this we could make the writing bigger in order to be seen easily, and we also thought we could further the ‘online/computer’ style by using a typewriter style font.

This is our Final Poster

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Here is a copy of the questionnaire Elliott and Rosie created created for our peers to answer.

After this we then posted the posters around the college , in the hope of a good response.

We then knew we had to decide on the roles and responsibilities with in the group. We decided upon these roles

Production Manager: Kim

This would mean that Kim is in charge of organising auditions, equipment , shoots, costumes and in charge of the film as a whole.

Editing Director/Cameraman:Elliott

This would mean that i have to make sure that all scenes are shot in the intended way , mis-en-scene is taken into account , actors take specific directions and desired camera angles are adheared to.

Editing and Continuity manager: Rosie

This would mean that Rosie has to edit the final film as well as make sure that no continuity errors are made. For example she must make sure that throughout the scene the girl is wearing a tie, rather than wearing a tie in the first half of the scene and not wearing one in the second half of the scene.

Sound Manager: Christina

This would mean that Elliott is also in charge of Editing as he was in the first film. He is also in charge of making sure that sound is high quality , unlike the first film we created , in which it was quite difficult to hear one of the main characters.

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Now that we had created the presentation we knew we could get in to the motion of creating storyboards, characters and scripts. We held a meeting within the group to discuss what location we were going to use , what types of shots we needed for the film and what music we wanted, we also created a script and thought of characterisations for our characters. , after completing this we created.

This photo shows us disscussing the options for our film

Location: We decided that we could use my house to film the scene where the two girls are chatting on the computer, this is because we could use the style of window to our advantage to give the impression that they are trapped , so this location was the best suggestion as opposed to using one of the computer rooms within the college. We then thought that we could use the local park, of which Rosie and Elliott looked at too see how suitble it was for the scene, that involves the girl running away through a foresty type setting in the dark.

Here a some pictures of the swing and the park we plan to use in our film:

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Here are some pictures of  the house setting:

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Characterisation:Girl one: Ruby Partridge

Either wears a white top to show innocence or a school uniform to also suggest the same meaning.

She would be a typical girly teenager interested in clothes , make-up and boys

Girl two: Emily

Has the same characteristics as Ruby as they are of similsr personalities.

The predator: Danny Jefferies

He will pretened to be 18 years , when he is actually 30/40 years of age.

On his profile there would be a picture of him posing in the mirror , which are typical profile photos found on social networking sites nower days.

Scenes/ Shots needed:

Shot 1: Pan up looking into the window of the room through blinds. With sombre, dark music playing.

We decided to have the shot looking through the blinds with sombre music , to create an air of mystery and suspision and the illusion the the girls are being watched. This also reinforces the idea that it will not be a lighthearted film.

Shot 2: Edit through the blinds into the actually room. Sombre music fades out and a non copyrighted version of The Kooks song ‘naive’ will be playing.

We though that it would be a good idea to play the song ‘naive’ to demonstrate the naivity of the two girls. Therefore reflecting the situation that the two girls are in

Shot 3: Girl 1 ( Ruby) looks at the screen and calls her friend ( Emily) over

Shot 4: Camera looks at the screen revealing the young male’s ( Danny Jefferies) profile.

Shot 5: Flash foward to a shot of a creaky swing in the middle of the dark park.

We thought that this shot would illustrate the girls vulnerability and demonstrate how they are still infact children.

Shot 6: It would then flash back to the screen of Ruby typing ‘c u wednesday’ over the social networking site.

Shot 7: Flash foward to the girl running , breathing heavily and crying for only a few seconds

Shot 8: It would then flash back to the girls in their room saying ‘ i can’t beleive your going to meet up with him , giggling and laughing.

Shot 9: This will then flash foward to Ruby to running again with two sets of footsteps , a scream will be heard and the title ‘instant messenger/Instant murder’ Appears on the screen.

We thought this sequence would be effective as the flashbacks create enigma code and an exciting begining to the film, also the shots we’ve chose will give the atmosphere of the girls being watched.

 

Story Boards

Story Boards

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Script :

[turns to emily , calling her over with her hand.]

Ruby : Oh my god Ems , come and look at this , im on Danny’s profile , and he’s uploaded new pics!

[Big smile travels across her face]

[Shocked but happy facial expression ]

Emily: Wow , ruby , your so lucky , he is gorgeous!!

Ruby: Ahh , he is talking to me again , i think he really likes me !

[Excited tone in voice]

[camera looks at computer screen ‘ do you want to meet up?]

Ruby: Do you think i should ?

Emily: Yeah, defo , you have to meet up with him!

This is our original written script

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We decided to use colloquilisms such ‘defo’ and ‘yeah’ because we though this type of language was common to the average , every day teenager , this is in order to demonstrates the equality between the two girls , it also shows that they are of the same peer groups. Furthermore we shortened the name ‘Emily’ down to ‘Ems’ to show the closness between the girls and also how comfortable they are with eachother.

 

After this we then went on to create the facebook pages of Danny and Ruby Here are some print screens of their profiles:

print screen of Danny's profile

print screen of Danny's profile

 

 

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