Tuesday, 30 December 2014

How To Create Sound Tracks in Garageband

  1. Open garageband.
  2. Another window will pop up allowing you to name your project. Click "create".
  3. Pick new project
  4. Pick loops
  5. If the loops are closed, just go to the lower left an click on the button which looks like an eye
  6. Then you are shon the different genres, and you click on the ne that you want 
  7. Then you have the different sounds for that genre, you pick one, and drag it to the middle
  8. When you are finished, you go to the top and click share
  9. Then click on the option that fits you the most
Tip : start your sound track with a simple sound (not wild or "loud") .
You don't always have to pick the option "Loops", you can pick an instrument ( if you are using an instrument) or even if you are using your\ a voice.

Pratical Remake Activity

Planning decisions

Evaluation of the success of my pratical activity

  • What went well ?

 In my opinion the sound was pretty good, it took a bit long to be good but it was worth it. The voice over was really well structured and understandable which combined perfectly with the scene. The non-diegetic, background sound that was played right after the voice over was well structured was well, matching with the scenes shown on the clip. The sequence of shots in the clip, showing the different parts of school ( the watch, the corridor, the lockers), was really good, making a strong bond with the voice over. Our work as a group worked and went very well as well, we distributed the tasks so none of us would feel left out - almost everyone in the group was intergrated ( besides our forth member, which was not in college, on the moment).The title sequence went well as well even though it was quite long. We used different colours and positions to variate the title credits.
Finally another thing that went well was that we learned new things : how to omit the sound of a scene\clip, how to record a voice over, how to incorporate the voice over in the clip.

  • What did not went so well ?

Well our planing stage was quite clumsy. This was shown on the other stages , like in editing: because we didn't completed it fully we had to waste time watch the original clip to write all the title credits - something that we should of done when we were planing. Another problem was our video drive. On the lesson that we started editing ( we had ordered all the scenes, and organised some of the sound ), we had saved the work that we done but on the next day, in the workshop, where we were about to continue the editing of the clip- the clip was not on the video drive, it disappeared. This had a big impact on the editing stage, as we were lacking of time.
Some of the shots that we made during production were a bit clumsy as well. An exampla of this was when we were recording the girl number 1 (Eunice) coming inside the college, then walking through the corridor, then sitting down.Next we filmed the girl number 2 (Sarene) doing the same journey, but when it gets to the part that she was sitting at the table, the girl number 1 was not there; it was like she was never there. Unfortunately, we only realised this when we started editing.

  • What will you do for your next pratical activity to be better ?

Next time we will fully do our planning,leaving, no gaps, which is one of the  key stages. We will be very careful when recording the scenes so it makes sence . Make sure we always save our work in the video drive.

The Hostage

The Frank Miller's Sin City-inspired title sequence for Florent Siri's 2005 thriller Hostage, featuring Bruce Willis, places the viewer right in the center of a high profile crime scene taking place in one of L.A's upscale suburbs. The action scene - rendered in stark black-and-off-white contrasting colors, with deep blood red as the only supporting color- is frozen is frozen in time. As the camera pans across the scene, alternating between wide and close shots, the tension builds slowly but surely, culminating in the film's climactic opening scene.

Difficult to fathom, but a big part of the work on this title sequence was done by just one man, LAURENT BRETT.This French title designer has since established himself as the most productive, and quite possibly as the most important French motion designers of the last decade - one who continues to work in the line of his predecessors such as JEAN FOUCHET

The initial inspiration for the title sequence came from Frank Miller’s Sin City comics and the Panic Room title sequence. “I’m a fan of types in perspective!” says title designer Laurent Brett

“The director, Florent Siri is also French and I’d worked with him before on several music videos and on his previous movie ‘The Nest’. Because we’re friends, he involved me in this project since the first day. He wanted to make a high pressure sequence in a high contrast black-and-white style. I went to the shoot, took 1500 photos for reference and textures. We then built the set in CG and I made a lot of shots from macro to wide. I wanted to do shots that were impossible to do in real life, but with a realistic look. I edited the sequence with 30 CG shots."

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The different orders of both title sequences

Analysis of two youth drama title sequences

Youth drama: My brothers the devil

Youth drama: Kidulthood
Both are youth drama and have a lot of similarities.

Analysis of youth drama and High school showing camera, editing, Mise-en-scene and sound

HIGH SCHOOL: Inbetweeners

YOUTH DRAMA: Kidulthood 

Task 10 target audiences


Analysis of Kidulthood (youth drama) and Mean girls (High school)

Task 8

What is genre?

Genre refers to the 'type'/ 'class' of a film in the media industry.
The aim of genres is to categorise and organise  a large set of films into a small number of groups; which is a helpful way to inform an audience what the film is about.
Relating it to Altman's theory we can say that:

  • A micro approach of sub genres is semantic which is the way the film looks.
  • A macro approach is called synaptic which is what the story of the film tells.

What is teen drama film?
It is a specific category of films that focuses mainly on teenagers.

Teen drama title sequence:

Pie chart showing the list of genres and the percentage of
people that prefer the specific genre.

Youth drama:

Kidulthood list of credits:    
Hanway films
Stealth films/ cipher films productions
in association with TMC films

High school:

Mean girls:
Where the company that made this movie (Paramount) has a larger budget which means that they can afford to recruit more casting crews/actors. In comparison to Kidulthood where their budget is limited which makes their credits a lot shorter due to less people in production stage.

Target Audience research

One of our survey results that fell under the film: 'Kidulthood'

Analysis of camera, editing, sound & mise en scene in High school and youth drama

High school: The inbetweeners

Youth drama: Kidulthood 

Institutions that produce teen drama films and how title may differ about the genre

Sub- genre conventions
Youth film

My Brother The Devil

Sub genre conventions
High school

'Not Another Teen Movie'

'History Boys'

What is a genre and sub- genre

4 Types of film openings

Title on a blank screen

Titles on still images

Titles over moving images

Titles using animation or motion

Sub-genre Conventions 
Analysis of Camera,editing, sound, and mise-en-scene

of Youth Drama Title Sequence:

And High School Title Sequence : 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

 A documentary: Kyle Cooper 

Kyle Cooper is accredited with what?

Is a man who single handed revitalised the main title sequence as an art form.

What does he think makes a good title sequence?

He says " it makes you thrilled to be in the threaher at this moment, getting ready to see the movie.
It makes you glad that you're nowhere else in the world except where you are now and getting ready to see something amazing".

What is important about the font used in the film Seven?

Identifies key aspects of the film

What reasons does he give for liking the following title sequences?

Dead zone:

  1. Simple typography 
  2. music was great 
To kill A Mockingbird:
  1. It is beautifully photographed; marbles distort the background
  2. The typography is being intergrated 
  3. Focused on the macro objects
What does he mean by a "story based" main title sequence?

Something that has been more comfortable to him: specific back story but also a metaphor or a poster like pun that has to do specifically on what film it is.

What problems might a studio face after an audience test screening?

  • They might not have the enough of a budget to go another shoot or scene where they realise that the test audience doesn't seem to understand 
Why do the 2.5 minutes of the title sequence become important for the studio? 
  • To become another scene the movie, become a prolong 
  • Help put in some information that the audience didn't seem to get or got left out

Friday, 26 December 2014

Analysis of sub-genre convenctions 
High School Drama

Youth Drama :

Summary of macro conventions in High School and Youth Drama Films:

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

10 Things I Hate About You 
Analysis of the type of title sequence 

Title Credits

This film uses wo types of title sequences: titles on a black screen and ttles over moving images (main one). At the start, as usual, we see the company's name, then the second and third title credit are shown on a black background, whereas from the fourth title credit, it is shown over moving images. Dialogue is usually not present in this type of title sequence, but  this film is an exception for that. During the title sequence we her quite a lot of dialogue and sound o help introduce characters, tone and storylines of the film to the audience.
The fourthto the tenth title credit are used as a long establishing shot, to show the location, where the film will take place, so it can be called a narrative title sequence.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

High School Drama Title Sequence
Analysis of camera, editing, sound and mise-en-scene

The Sub Genres

The sub-genres of Teen Drama Films

These can be split into 2 sub-genres:



Genre is the type or category of a film. This is useful when discussing film because it helps to group or organise different films according to what they are about (syntactic) and what they look  (semantic) . This is a key to a film because :

  1. helps producers make their film;
  2. helps producers market their film to audiences;
  3. helps audiences decide which films they like and want to see.

Teen drama films is a film with a major focus on teenagers and young adults . They often deal with the tough ups and downs of adolescence (romance, friendship, school).

How the title credits may differ ?

  • Mean Girls title credits are much longer than My Brother The Devil. This is because the company that made Mean Girls (Paramount) is a conglomerate company, so they have lots of money which makes them able to have a bigger cast: more actors and more people to help make the movie. This contrasts with My Brother The Devil which had a very limited money to spend.

Categorizing Title Sequences Sheet: 

The Sheet below focus on the last two types of title sequences:

-> Titles over Moving Images
-> Titles using Animation or Motion


  • Films use a title sequences as a way of credits that appear in the beginning of the film and usually at the end as well. 
  • This is used to show the audience who is acting in the film, the team behind the film and who has made it (owners). 
  • It can give information about the film we are about to watch. The aim of the title sequence is     to establish a genre, mood, a character,  setting or atmosphere.

Below is my sheet that i've done in lesson about "What is  a title sequence? "