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You will find our film, Desperate Measures at this link

http://blip.tv/file/1648031/

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When we were first introduced to our coursework, in September we were given the main specifications for the coursework and the briefs of which we could choose from. The choice was between two assignment briefs, one was to create a college magazine, which had to include a photograph of a student in medium close-up, as mock up of a contents page and an appropriately laid-out text and a masthead. The other was a Continuity task which involved filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, a exchanging a couple of line of dialogue. 

I initially was in two minds about what brief to choose as they both posed their individual advantages and disadvantages.         The magazine brief appeared to be more difficult as it involved taking our own photos for both the front cover and the contents page of the magazine, illustrating advanced skills on Photoshop (a programme of which I did not feel very confident using) and finally it was an individual effort which meant that there was a lot of work involved for just one person. However comparing the magazine brief to the film brief, it did appear easier, in terms of not having to recruit actors or find a setting etc. On the other hand the film assignment did seem more appealing as it gave me the chance to be more creative with ideas that could conform to the brief, it also allowed gave me the chance to share my ideas within a group (as the task would have been too much for one person to complete). It was this that then led me to choose the film assignment.

In response to this I then had to find three other members of the media class that were too, interested in the film option, these were; Kimberly Grant, Elliot Bass and Rosie Golder. Once the group had been formed we looked at the brief in closer detail, it stated that we would have to film and edit a character opening a door and crossing a room then sitting down and exchanging dialogue with another character. Simultaneously we would have to ensure that the film conformed to continuity rules. For example this means having the characters wearing the same clothes within a scene, same appearances such as make-up and hair, the same props and finally the same extras. Furthermore we would also have to make sure that we obeyed the 180-degree rule, this meant only filming on one side of the characters to allow the audience to easily comprehend what is happening.

Once we ensured that we all fully understood the concepts of continuity and the 180-degree rule. We decided to think of different ideas we could fit around the brief. As explained in production log one I came up with ideas such as a speed dating event, and affair situation, a drugs situation and a police interrogation. I initially was quite interested in the drugs situation idea, as it would have given us the opportunity to experiment with dark lighting and creative settings, however after some discussion the group decided that the most sensible and viable idea to choose would be the speed dating event.

Once we had collectively decided on an idea we were told we had to create a presentation that we could show to our peers in order to gain feedback on the ideas we had chosen, after listening to the feedback from our classmates the idea was to rethink the film we were going to shoot to see whether it was the best and or most popular option with the class. In the presentation we included three ideas which where the affair situation, the speed dating event and the police interrogation. After giving our presentation many people stated that the affair situation emulated that of a soap story line, which is something we did not wish to recreate, we desired for an original and unique idea. We then showed our peers our ideas for a police interrogation, which we gained little feedback off, however our teacher expressed his interest in this idea as he suggested that we had the chance to develop an interesting and diverse story line here as well as using a range of camera angles. Finally we presented the speed dating idea, it was then explained to us that the speed-dating event was an original idea, we were told that we had the chance to make it comedic which is exactly the thing we aspired to do.  Considering all these aspects we went for the majority vote, which was the speed-dating event, despite the advice given by our teacher. Furthermore the team had originally expressed their desire to use this idea, even before presenting some choices to the class.

Once we finished presenting to the class, we created in detail our ‘speed dating’ situation. As we stated in the presentation we wanted to create a comedic situation, with an awkward dynamic between two people. From this we created our story line and main characters. Our idea was to have an upper class lady, to attend a speed-dating event as a last resort and last chance to look for love. However in a typical comedic genre way, things don’t go according to plan. In this scene she has to encounter a sleazy man who’s intentions are not appreciated by Jennifer. 

The Film would start in the toilets where the upper class women nervously prepares herself for the evening, where she applies make-up and straighten her clothes. This is to illustrate her desperation to impress, therefore bringing it back to the idea that this is her last chance. We would then see her enter the restaurant and immediately spot a ‘good-looking’ man, however she is unsuspectedly pushed out of the way by a second women, who then goes on to sit with the ‘good-looking’ man, leaving her with the sleazy man. They then have a conversation about a topic that clearly does not impress the upper class women, as the sleazy man tries to ‘make his move’ by touching her leg, she leaves the table unimpressed and disheartened. 

After creating and finishing our storyline we quickly went on to carry out some research into filming and specifically filming date scenes, in order to do this we looked at dates scenes from films and programmes such as sex in the city and the 40 year old virgin. This way we could gain insight into the types of shots we needed to use and the type of dialogue we would need in order to give our film that humorous aspect.                                                                                                                                                                               After deciding the types of characters we wanted in our film we also researched ways in which we could uniquely characterize and represent them, we did this by researching colour connotations, body language of specific types of people and their meanings. This way we could illustrate and create the type of movie we aspired to create.  The colours we decided to choose and the types of characters can all be referred to in my previous production logs.         

We then decided on names for our characters, we came up with Jennifer for the upper class lady as it suggests connotations of wealth and formality, the name Wayne was suggested to the sleazy man this was because it creates an image of uncertainty as it’s not the most simple of names. Finally we decided on to names for the other male and female within the scene, although they don’t have speaking parts and their names are not mentioned, we thought creating a rounded character would help us when creating the overall image for our film. For the ‘good-looking’ man we came up with the name Brett, as it reminded us of a ‘hunky’ American man that is desired by many females. Then for the second female in the scene, we came up with the name Laura, this implied simplicity and non-specialty. 

 Once we had decided on the colours each character would wear, their personality, name, genre of the film and ultimately the film as a whole, we decided that the audience we wanted to attract were women in their mid to late twenties and above. This was because the main female character (Jennifer) is a woman in her late twenties, this way our target audience could relate her character. Furthermore we felt that the genre of the movie was ‘romantic comedy’ which, I understand to be quite popular with women of that age range.

Whilst furthering the production of our film, we were instructed that we had to receive Photoshop training, this was mainly for those who had chosen the print brief, however the group was told that we would have to create a DVD cover for our film and ultimately we would have to use Photoshop to create this cover. We created some images using the advanced tools on Photoshop, of which can be found on Production log 1. 

As we did not need to use Photoshop as in depth as those who had chosen to do the print brief, we decided to use our time wisely and create the story board for our film and decide on a final script for the film. Whilst Kim and Elliot worked on the storyboard, Rosie and myself created two individual scripts, which we later merged together. 

The storyboard had to include drawing of the desired scene to shoot, what type of shot it were to be (or what camera angles we were to use), sound and dialogue. The storyboard became a crucial part of our filming process as it clearly set out the guidelines to what we needed to follow. I believe it was well drawn up by Kim, as when it came to filming there was no question of what we had to do. When creating the script, we knew it defiantly had to include comedy, to do this we decided the easiest way to do this would be to include a ‘Cheesy’ chat up line. Saying this I went on to the Internet and searched for chat-up lines until I found the most suitable one for the script I wanted to follow. When merging the script with Rosie we found that we had very similar dialogue, and very similar chat-up lines therefore making it very easy for us to create the script we wanted for our film, we decided to give Wayne a ‘Cockney’ accent and Jennifer a Formal English accent, this gave us the opportunity to show the vast difference in class, therefore representing the incompatibility between the two.   We then showed the script we had created to Elliot and Kim, who too expressed their happiness with the script. 

After Completing the storyboard and script we had to visit the camera technician to get trained to use the camera, this was an exciting experience as it meant that we were one step closer to filming. The camera technician taught us how to set up a tripod, mount a camera on to a tripod and ultimately how to use the camera, he also taught us how to use the microphone and play with sound. This tutorial meant that we could go on to film with the knowledge we had gained, however before filming the main production we needed to obtain actors, with this we had to set up auditions and film them. 

To broadcast the auditions for the film, we created two audition posters, so that we could attract and acquire a range of people, we then set them up around the college for two weeks prior to the auditions. The posters stated audition times, where it would be held and the type of film we would be creating. The group and I were quite worried about the amount of people that would come to the auditions as the posters were put up at quite short notice. However to our surprise thirteen people showed up to the auditions, which was quite a lot in our eyes. Rosie and myself set up the camera, as we were most confident in using it, whilst Kim and Elliot watched and judged the auditioned. We gave each audtionee a script to read off and paired them up so that we could see if the ‘awkward’ dynamic that we wanted to portray in our film, would work between the two actors. 

Once the auditions were over we watched over the film and immediately agreed on whom we wanted as Jennifer, Wayne and Laura. However we could not find the right person for Brett, so we decided to ask one of our friends who went on to accept the offer. Furthermore for those who did not get a main part, were offered parts as extras. 

After all the parts had been given out we could go ahead and film. However we needed to notify the Brasserie (the setting of or film) and the actors of when we needed to film and see whether both were available on the days we needed. Once all dates ere sorted we began to film. The first scene we filmed was Jennifer in the toilet, in my opinion this was the easiest scene to shoot, as there were no extras involved so it was easier to consider continuity. The second shot we filmed was the close up of Jennifer’s hand on the door entering the brasserie. Amazingly this was the hardest shot to film, despite thinking that it was going to be the easiest. We had to get the hand the right position on the door and had to make sure that the door shut at the right time in order for editing to purposes, to ensure that the door opened and closed at the same time. Furthermore it was quite difficult to obey the continuity rules, as lighting and sound were different to that of the sound and lighting in the toilet, due to the fact that we had to use a different door than that of the toilet.

We then went onto film the scenes within the brasserie; we decided to film the conversation scene before the entrance into the restaurant due to the unavailability of the actors. This way we could carry on with filming without having any delays. Once all but the entrance shot had been filmed we realized we needed to quickly finish filming in order to get everything finished on time. As we originally stated we wanted Jennifer to enter the restaurant and immediately spot a ‘good-looking’ man, Brett, however this was not possible, due to the unreliability of the actors, so we therefore had to remove this scene from the film. We then overcame this problem by shooting Jennifer’s entrance in to the restaurant with a Point of View shot, from the eyes of Wayne. In my opinion we dealt with this situation quite well as we were able to obtain enough footage to create a viable film. The full extent to which we filmed can be found in Production Log 3.

After having completed filming we had to edit, Elliot was in charge of this as he had completed training in the software we required to edit, final cut pro. Whilst Elliot was editing the film with Kim’s help, Rosie and I created the DVD cover for the film giving it a sophisticated look in connection with the type of film we were creating. We then wrote a blurb for the back of the DVD and to gain opinion on the blurb we asked a women of this age whether she would watch this film, on what the blurb had said and her response was yes it seems quite interesting. We also had to think of a name for the film, this proved quite difficult until Rosie mention the title ‘ desperate measures’. We all thought that this was quite fitting for the film as you wouldn’t expect to see this ‘upper-class’ woman at a speed dating event, therefore implying that she is employing desperate measures in order to find love. Full descriptions of this process can be found in production log 4.

Finally after having completed the DVD cover and the editing of the film, we burnt the film on to disc and printed the DVD cover out. We then needed to gain feedback on our film so we could critically analyse it, to do this we created questionnaire which we handed out to 8 people, we then asked them to watch the film and answer the questions. Many of those we asked said they enjoyed the film and that they did understand the humor of it, however they also noticed the continuity error with the different extras, however as explained in Production log 4, we said that we could use this to our advantage as people change seats within a speed dating event.

Critically looking at the film our group made I would say there are good points to it and parts we could improve on. Firstly I think the main idea of the film was a productive one, the idea of an ‘upper-class’ lady with a ‘sleazy-man’ at a speed dating event, we believed that this creates a juxtaposition. I also think that choosing the comedy genre to attach to our film was another good idea, I believe that it sticks to the typical conventions of a comedy, for example not all things go according to plan, there is always one particular line in a scene that makes it comical etc. Our choice of target audience was another good decision, I think its the type of film that would attract those 20/25 +, we wanted to attract a similar audience to that of Sex and the City. Furthermore I think that the DVD cover created also helps to attract this type of audience, such as the elegant pink/red writing, and the Blurb.

Looking at the production I can see what parts of the process and the overall film I would improve if I were to do the task again. To begin with I would create a film that didn’t require as many extras as we needed due to the unreliability or unavailability of actors. When thinking about the actors I would also consider their availability as well as their acting skills. However this has taught me a lesson for the next film we have to create for the main task. The group has decided to create a film that involves fewer extras. 

I would also consider booking equipment earlier and generally speeding up the whole process of the film, as we found ourselves filming and editing very close to the due date of the coursework. For the main task I have learnt that once the group have decided on a main idea we should put up audition posters and book equipment and other such things as soon as possible. 

Furthermore commenting on the actual quality of the film I believe that sound and picture quality could have been improved. Watching the film back the actors voices, mainly Rosy’s sound quite faint, this was probably due to the fact that the Microphone was not held close enough to Rosy therefore resulting in a quiet sound. Also it was mentioned by our classmates that the picture quality was quite fuzzy. For the main task we suggested that we play around with lighting a bit more carefully and use cameras with high quality resolutions.

Ultimately I believe we met the brief with success, furthermore I also think our film was successful as our intentions were achieved, to make our audience laugh, which the film did particularly the cheesy chat up line.                                                    Analysing the film and thinking about what type of institution would be likely to distribute our comedy film, I would say film companies such as Universal studios, Paramount or 2ost century fox, this is because I believe that it create and distributes films with a similar style and genre to ours, such as ’40 Year Old Virgin’ (Universal Studios) which is one of the films we looked at when doing our research and ‘Bride Wars’ (20th century fox). Film Companies such as MGM would not take on our film as I think they deal with a more old and serious style of film.

Although there were quite a few problems along the way I believe that this was vital in teaching us a lesson about how prepared you need to be to make a film, furthermore I think that it will help improve and influence the decisions that we make for our next film.

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4/12/08

After a final filming session we decided to spilt into two groups; Kim and Elliot were to edit the footage we have obtained and Rosie and myself were to create the DVD cover for our film. 

Before designing the actual DVD cover we had to decide on a name for our film, after several ideas we decided on the name of ‘Desperate Measures’ which is a play on the saying ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’ .When creating the DVD cover we had to research the dimensions of a DVD cover  and the typical conventions you would find on a DVD cover such as the DVD sign , the film rating , the production company etc. When deciding on a colour scheme we all agreed that we should stick to the ‘romantic’ style of the movie and therefore use the colour of red/pink and black. We also chose ‘swirly’ writing for the titles to create a fancy and classy look. 

We also had to choose photos for the Cover and had a difficult time deciding on what to choose, as we knew we would not have time to have a proper photoshoot for the cover. However to overcome this problem we decided to print screen some shots for the movie and place them on the cover. Furthermore we chose to have the images in black and white to create a more structred and simple colour scheme. However i had trouble deciding what else to add to the front cover as there was quite alot of space , to over come this i added a Heart brush , although there is still quite a lot of free space i didn’t want to overcrowd it by adding too much.

I then tried to make it as close to a real DVD cover by adding age restrictions , the DVD sign , production company names and a bar code.

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17/12/08

In this session we held a focus group we asked around 8 people from our media class to view are film and write their views on the questionnaire kim had created. The reason we decided to only ask those from our media class to comment on our film is so that we could ask them about the 180 degree rule and continuity as it had already been explained to them, this way it meant that we would avoid confusion with those who do not fully understand the concepts of continuity and the 180 degree rule; Here are the results we recieved;

1

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

Yes

Do you think we chose good actors?

No

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

i think its fitting for the film

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

Yes with the extras

Do you like the DVD cover?

It’s simple but i think the colours go well with the movie 

What did you like and dislike about the film?

The ‘maths’ quote was funny , however the fade edit when she walks into the room is not needed

What could we do to improve the film?

Have better picture quality

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

It’s well done , apart from the fade i mentioned earlier 

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

Yes

2

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

yes

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes , they looked good in their costumes

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

Realistic

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

Yes you did obey it 

Are there any continuity errors?

Yes with some of the extras

Do you like the DVD cover?

Looks sophisticated

What did you like and dislike about the film?

It’s quite funny , i’m not sure  what i dislike about it 

What could we do to improve the film?

Continuity

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

Good editing , some strong cinematography 

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

yes and it worked well

3

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

yes

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes but not the extras , they kept looking the camera 

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

good

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

actors

Do you like the DVD cover?

yes , it’s fancy

What did you like and dislike about the film?

It was colourful

What could we do to improve the film?

Better acting

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

very, very good

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

 

yes

4

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

yes

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

it was a good choice

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

yes with the extras

Do you like the DVD cover?

yes , i like the big and bold heading

What did you like and dislike about the film?

I liked the man’s sleaziness 

What could we do to improve the film?

Make sure extras do not stare at the camera

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

The fading effect when she walks in was ‘pro’

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

yes

5

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

yes

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

It meets the target of the film

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

not that i noticed 

Do you like the DVD cover?

I like the images and use of colour

What did you like and dislike about the film?

I liked the personality of the characters

What could we do to improve the film?

Make it a bit longer

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

It worked well and looked good 

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

yes

6

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

yes

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

yes

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

no

Do you like the DVD cover?

yes i like the colour scheme , and the blurb was well written 

What did you like and dislike about the film?

It was funny , not much i didn’t like

What could we do to improve the film?

Make it longer

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

The editing was very good 

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

yes

7

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

Yes very clearly

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

looks like a realistic setting

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

no

Do you like the DVD cover?

yes i like the black and red theme 

What did you like and dislike about the film?

The opening scene , however i think you should have played music in the this scene 

What could we do to improve the film?

said in previous question

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

very good 🙂

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

yes

8

Do you understand the concept of the film? 

yes , speed dating

Do you think we chose good actors?

yes

What is your opinion of the location we chose?

Very realisitic

Do you think we obeyed the 180 degree rule?

yes

Are there any continuity errors?

Extras

Do you like the DVD cover?

The red title stands out , its impressive 

 

What did you like and dislike about the film?

I enjoyed the humor and the facial expressions of the actors 

What could we do to improve the film?

Make the sound better 

Do you think we met the brief?

yes

What comments can you make about editing ?

I like the establishing shot where rosy is in the bathroom , the editing makes it looks as though she has spend a while in there getting ready for the date.

Do you think the script was fitting with the story line ? (Sleazy man and upper class women)

yes , very effective.

After reviewing the comments that our classmates had made the general consensus suggested that the film was a success. The majority of people stated that they liked the actors , setting , DVD cover and the overall general idea of the film, the focus group said that they had enjoyed the humor in the film and found it quite funny , this was a surprise to myself as i was initially pesamistic as to how successful the humour would be in the film .

A lot of the people who had said they enjoyed the film noticed the continuity error with the actors, however this was explained to them that we had no choice but to use different actors , but we also said the we could use this to our advantage , as it is a speed dating event and therefore people change tables throughout the night, this idea was also explained in  production log 3. The only other negative comments we received was about picture quality , however we felt that the quality of the camera was a problem that was of no fault of our own.

 

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Before filming we had to identify and analyse any potential risks that may occur during filming , to do this we have to fill out a risk assessment form and illustrate how high or low each risk was.

Risk Assessment Form Risk Assessment Form 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore we also had to have signed a Location Release form. This was in order to gain permission to film at the desired locations, we asked the manager of the brasserie and the site manager to sign the forms. The form consisted of dates that we would need to film.

Location Release formLocation Release Form 2  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also had to gain permission from the actors in order to film them , to do this we required them to a sign and personal Release form.

Personal Release Form Personal Release Form 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20/11/08-Toilet and Door Scene 

Before we began filming we each allocated ourselves to a job Kim checked the actual scene matched the story board, Elliot and I manned the camera and Rosie dealt with sound.

For the toilet scene our idea was to have an over the shoulder shot whilst Jennifer ( Rosy) were to put her make-up on in the mirror. In order to do this we had to position the camera so that we were not scene in the mirror and also so that we were positioned at the desired  angle, this proved easier than anticipated. For this scene in particular we did not have to film many takes as we achieved the desired outcome quite quickly. 

The second shot we filmed was Jennifer’s ( Rosy’s) hand pushing the door open into the restuarant. It took several takes to get this shot right as the lighting was slightly different and it was difficult to get the positioning of the hand right. However after several tries we felt we aquired the shot we needed.

27/11/08-Wayne and Jennifer Conversation scene

Initially we had wanted to film the entrance scene into the brasserie with the characters Laura and Brett, however this was not possible as the actress Gemma who was to play the part of laura was ill , and the actor craig who was to play the part of brett was not being very co-operative. Due to this we decided to post-pone this scene and carry on with filming the rest of the scenes we needed. 

For this scene everyone Kept the same jobs as they had , had for the pervious scene , except for myself. We realised that we did not have a waitress for the scene so i volunteered. We had to film the scene twice over the shoulder Jennifer (Rosy) and once from over the shoulder of Wayne (Charlie). When doing this we obeyed the 180 degree rule, which was part of our brief.

1/12/08 -Under the Table Shot

This shot was very quick to obtain. Our idea was to shoot Wayne touching Jennifer’s leg to do this we placed the camera under the table, facing the actors leg. We asked Charlie to touch Rosy’s leg whilst simultaneously saying their lines. This is so that we could edit the footage to make the conversation and shots flow more naturally.

4/12/08-Entrance to restaurant scene

Our initial idea for this scene was  to have Jennifer walking into the restaurant to see the ‘good looking’ man Brett, only to be pushed out of the way by Laura , however due to unreliable actors we had to competley remove this scene from our film, although this meant that we did not get the exact film we desired, it still meant that we would get a complete film that made sense. Instead we decided to have Jennifer ( Rosy ) walk straight into the restaurant to sit down with wayne (charlie) , furthermore we decided this would be a point of view shot , from Wayne’s point of view. 

We also had trouble with getting the same extras as we had in the conversation scene and thought that this may effect the continuity of the film , however we realised that the different people would fit in well with the speed dating theme.

From this experience we decided that in the future we would not use friends as extras as it allows us to become easily distracted and defer from the task. Furthermore we decided that for the next film we will have to make , we will try to use a minimal amount of extras.

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30/10/08

After our photoshop tutorial , we decided that we would concentrate more into putting the features of our film together. We knew we had to consider costumes , colours , venues and actors. We started by deciding the appearence and costumes and costume colours we wanted the actors to have, this was so that knew what to look for when it came to the auditions. We knew that in all films the colours that characters wear are specific components into the meaning of the film, so in order the add this attribute into our film we searched colour meanings and found a website that provided all the information we required:

http://www.color-wheel-pro.com 

With this website we decided what colours we wanted our actors to wear , in order to reflect the personality of the characters we had created.We decided that the characters should look like and should wear the following;

Jennifer ( the main female character)

Appearence

  • Brunette
  • Formal
  • ‘perfect looking’
  • Clean 

Costume

  • Pencil skirt-Black to symbolise elegance and power
  • Blouse-White to symbolise cleanliness and purity
  • Necklace and bracelet-Purple to siginfy independence 
  • High Heels- Black to again reinforce the idea of elegance and power 

Wayne ( the main male Character) 

Appearence

  • Slicked black or brown hair
  • Rugged looking
  • Dirty 

Costume

  • Jumper- Red to signify desire or sexuality or green to represents fertility
  • Old and Ripped Denim jeans- Blue to suggest confidence and arrogance
  • A chain and a ring- Gold to suggest decay and dirt
  • Scummy Trainers- White with brown scuff marks , to again suggest uncleanliness and dirt

Brett ( Male needed for a particular camera shot) 

Appearence

  • Spikey hair
  • agreeably attractive
  • Friendly/approachable look

Costume

  • Cardigan- Blue to suggest masculinity
  • Shirt- White to signify cleanliness and decency
  • New/crisp jeans- Blue to suggest trust and truth

Laura ( Female needed for a particular shot) 

Appearence 

  • Long brown hair 
  • ‘loose’ looking 

Costume

  • Dress- Red to imply Danger and lust 
  • Necklace and bracelet- Black to suggest mystery 
  • High Heels- Black to suggest mystery and desire once again

Extras

Should be dressed formally as they have the desire to ‘impress’ their fellow speed daters. They will be dressed in a variety colours to suggest a plethora of different meanings such as vanity, energy , saftey and delight.

Once we had decided what we needed to look for , we then realised we had to go about finding some actors. In order to do this we had to create audition posters and place them around the college , on the posters we included what the genre of the movie was , the time and date the auditions were being held and in what room they were going to take place in. We left the posters up for two weeks awaiting a response.

Once deciding on outfits , we realised that it would be wise to start creating our storyboard , this is so that we could gain insight into what shots we wanted and needed in order to create a successful film; here are the shots we created. 

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6/11/08

Camera Tutorial

In order to learn how to use the camera, we had to visit the on site camera technician Brendan. He showed us the types of camera we may have to use in order to make our film, one was a small camera and the other was reltivley large in comparison , we were told that for quality purposes it would be better to use the larger camera in order to get a better picture. To begin the tutorial we were taught how to set up a tripod safley and correctly, we were then shown how to mount the camera on to the tripod securely. We were then shown how to position the tripod and camera in order to obtain a level shot. Finally we were taught how to use the different functions and settings on the camera, which gave us a clearer idea as to how we would set up and film the shots we required.

13/11/08

Auditions

These are the posters we put up around the college asking students to come to auditions.

Audition Poster Audition Poster 2


 

 

Initially i was quite pessamistic as to how many people would turn up at the audition , as the posters had only been out for two weeks, which i feel did not give people enough time to decide whether they would be able to do it. However after we had prepared the audition room and set up the camera, people began to show up. We asked the auditionees to simply follow the script for the film, so that we could see who would be best for the part. In total 13 people turned up to audition , and we felt that , that was a sufficiant amount in order to find who we needed to play the main parts. It did not take us long to decide who we wanted for each part as there were only a few people that stood out. Ultimatley we cast;

Rosy as Jennifer

Charlie as Wayne

Gemma as Laura 

Craig as Brett

Rebecca as the Waitress. 

 

We then told the others who did not get main parts that they coould be extras if they so wished.

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25/9/08

For my foundation portfolio, i had the choice between two assignment briefs, one was to create a college magazine which had to include a photograph of a student in medium close-up , as mock up of a contents page and an appropriately laid-out text and a masthead. The other was a Continuity task which involved  filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, a exchanging a couple of line of dialouge.

 

I was initally attracted to the film brief because i though it would allow me to use my imagination and express my creative ideas more freely, i also though it would give be the opportunity to gain valuable new skills, unlike the print brief which felt quite restrictive, and i did not feel that i would be able to create any interesting and original ideas from this. Furthermore i felt like i needed more of a challenge which would be provided by the film brief. 

In response to the brief i imeadiatley formed a group with like minded members in my class , who also shared a desire to complete the film brief; these were Kimberly Grant , Elliot Bass and Rosie Golder. Once the group was formed we came up with seven potential ideas that we could develop in order to conform to the brief. These ideas were; A husband walking in on an affair, a drugs situation, a police interview, a hospital situation, a teenager starting a new school, a prison visit and a speed dating event. 

We believed we could potentially use these ideas because in each scenario we thought there was an opportunity to use key concepts , a variety of camera angles and that it would give us the basis for a good script. Futhermore it would ultimatley  fufill the assignment brief.

After a lesson of exploring and discussing possible ways of developing these creative ideas , we narrowed the choice down to three main ideas; a speed dating event , a husband walking in on an affair and a police interrogation, we then collated these ideas into a Power Point presentation and presented our ideas to our class. This was so that we could could listen to constructive critisisms and feedback , which would then go on to influence the idea that we were to pick.

In the presentation we gave a detailed response to how we would develop and represent each idea in our film clip. From the presentation and the feedback we received we decided that the speed dating event was the best idea to go with , this was because it was unique and original and our peers told us that it also gave us the opportunity to make the film clip entertaining and comedic, furthermore it was the idea we had had our hearts set on from the very beggining We decided against the affair because our peers told us that the affair idea sounded like a soap story line, which was not an idea we wished to aspire to. We also decided against the police interrogation idea as we did not receive as much positive feedback on the idea as we had hoped and therefore felt we wouldn’t be able to do the idea justice. 

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These images show the initial ideas we came up with when we were introduced to the breif.

 

2/10/08

After we had decided souly on one idea we then had to come up with our SMART targets. These targets were to ensure that the targets need to complete our idea were; specific , measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time based.

The SMART targets we came up with were as follows; 

S- come up with ideas and develop these ideas further

M- The goal will be achieved when we have come up with all our ideas 

A-This is when everyone has agreed upon an idea

R- It is realistic because we will easliy be able to come up with ideas that conform to the brief

T-These ideas will be created in the initial weeks on the task.

 

S-Learn how to use computer programmes such as photoshop 

M-This will be achieved when i am confident using the programme

A-This will be when the entire group feels confident with the programme

R-This is needed in order to fulfill the assignment brief

T-We believe it should take one week to learn how to use the basics of both programme.

 

S- Create a story board, Script and find actors 

M- The goal will be achieved when the script has been written, the story board as been drawn , and actors have been recruited.

A-When everyone in the group has come to a unanomous decision on the scenes chosen and actors picked.

R-Its an achievable task

T- We estimate that it should take two to three weeks to complete this.

 

S-Start and finish the filming process

M-This will be achieved when we have finish filming all the scenes we need.

A-This will be when all group members are happy with what has been filmed

R-This is needed in order to fulfill the assignment brief

T-We estimate that it may take three to four weeks to film

 

S-Edit the film 

M-This will be achieved when the film has been produced

A-This will be when the group is happy with the scene selections and edits that have ben made.

R-When we get the desired outcome

T-We estimate that this will take three weeks

 

 

16/10/08

After fulfilling our first target, we went on to complete the second of our smart targets , this was to learn to use Photoshop. Our first task was to find one picture of a penguin and one of a desert, we were then told we had to make it appear as though the penguin was in the desert. In order to create this image we had to add several layers to the image of the desert , this was just incase any mistakes were made further along the process. We then had to select on the penguin image and cut the penguin out of the photo using the lasso tool, there were three types of lasso to choose from, these were: freehand , magnetic and smart edge. I decided to choose the magnetic lasso tool as i felt this would allow me to cut the penguin out of the image more accuratley. I then had to transfer the image of the penguin on to the image of the dessert. After i had done this i tried to make the image more believable by feathering the image of the penguin , this meant smoothing out any sharp edges that may have been created when using the lasso tool. 

The next task was to create an image that used the idea of juxtaposition , this meant putting to images together to create a new meaning. In this instance i decided to take a picture of Jude Law and a picture of a woman in a dress, to create the image of Jude Law in a Dress. Again i added several layers to the dress image , and used the magnetic lasso tool to cut out Jude Law’s head and went through a similar process as i did when creating the penguin/desert image. However this time i used to features to gain more experiance in using the programme. I used features such as the stamp tool to add extra hair on the head and i also used the Hue and Saturation adjustment to try to get the skin tones of Jude Law and the Women in the Dress to match.

Here are the Two images that i initially started out with;

 

Jude law

Jude law

 

Women in a dress

Women in a dress

 

 

This is the final image i created on photoshop

Image created in photoshop tutorial

Image created in photoshop tutorial

 

 

 

 

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