Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Production




28/01/2015
So we went filming near a river side close to college but unfortunately it started raining, so we could not record much of what was planned.
The video below is the only thing that we recorded.




Wednesday, 21 January 2015

production schedule



Production Schedule


Wed 28th: Louisa's lesson filming:

  • Located in Hackney Marshes
  • Starring everyone in the scene
  • props: balloons, bottle drinks, phones, cigarettes 
Sat 31st: Hackney Marshes:
  • All day filming: mid day- evening
  • The actual party 
  • props: food, balloons, bottle drinks, phones, cigarettes

Tue 3rd: Hackney Marshes:

  • past- showing our relationship on how we're all connected to each other
  • Morning and afternoon
  • props: 
  • Setting: 



EDITING DEADLINE 6TH MARCH!!


Technology Skills

Technology Skills


Handware:

  • Camera
  • Computer Mac
  • Video drive
Software:
  • Final cut pro
  • Garageband
  • Handbrake
The camera allows us to film and take pictures of each shot in our film. This helped us to  film and gather up shots in order to have a successful title sequence.

The computer Mac allows us to import videos and pictures. Also for us to do our blogging. This helped us to develop our skills and knowledge to make a good title sequence.

Final cut pro allows us to edit our film. This has helped us to develop our different techniques and skills in editing.

Garageband allows us to import soundtracks into our film. This helped us to get a variety of diegetic and non diegetic sound features.

Handbrake allows us to convert the sound into our blog. This allowed us to show and provide evidence to what sounds we have in our blog.




Risk assessment

Risk Assessment


  • Forest- If it rains it could cause problem as it would be hard to us to film with the cameras; the rain may damage the equipment, therefore slower production in filming. To prevent this from happening we will have no choice but to wait another day to film.
  • Being indoors and outdoors- If the cameraa drops on the floor and damages it will result a struggle in filming, if this ever happens we will have to use our own digital camera to film or pay for a new one. To make sure that this doesnt happen we will have to be really carefully with holding the equipment, if not used we should put it down on a save space where no accidents could happen.
  • Cast members- If an important character (main) gets ill or has an injury, we will either have to discuss who we would like to substitute her

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Font styles

Because our film is a youth drama with a twist of horror, we decided to go for a font that would really represent these themes. Also our title sequence is discrete so the font really has to stand out as not much will happen in the background (because we don't want to reveal too much). Our title is 'THE TRAP' which is quite short but catchy and has almost negative feel to it as is the font.



This one created by Film Himmel, works well because of the slashes shown in the font, this creates a horror effect to foreshadow what happens in the actual film







This one created by Iconian fonts also works well due to the blood dripping from the fonts; related well to our film because Mia is found lying on the ground with blood everywhere and
the rock






This one created by Blambot fonts similarly is a good font for a horror theme because its almost as if its been drawn with blood thats started dripping.

9.10.11 use for class


Sound design

9a.) We plan to use mostly diegetic sound: music coming format he party; ringing/ buzzing from the phone calls that Mia receives. Also rustling of the leaves when Mia is being attacked by her stalker. In addition to that, the different sounds that come from the party such as laughter, popping of balloons.
On the other hand we also plan to use non-diegetic sound: such as the blow to the head that Mia receives.
b.)

Title credits

10a.) Our title credits will look similar to many youth dramas however with a slight twist as our film is more on the horror side too. So the font will be more dramatic and dark. We plan to make the title sequence a discrete one so that not much is revealed within the first 15 seconds or so.
b.) We plan to use FCP because it allows us to edit our videos more efficiently and it's less time consuming than using Motion5, for example when it comes to rendering parts of the timeline  its much easier to do whereas with motion you would have to do that manually. In regards to that, FCP is more suited for editing videos.
c.) 

Cinematic details

11a.) Our animatic storyboard:

Our original full story board:

b) At the beginning we will use a wide shot in order to show the full surrounding of the room everyone is located in, also allowing the audience to see the phone ringing in the distance. This transitions into a close up of the phone showing the many messages Mia received. In the title sequence there will be many Canted angle shots  and handheld shot movements because the party will be seen from one of the students at the party's perspective (as if the audience are actually experiencing the party too). Over the shoulder shot to view Mia's phone when she picks up the calls from her mum. Then a bird's eye shot when Mia is laying on the ground after being hit by the rock. Furthermore, when the stalker swiftly runs back to the party we will use track shot movement to show this. Overall the type of camera shots that we will use will present distorted images in order to show that this was always filmed from a person's perspective (which changes each time throughout the title sequence)



Props for mise-en scene





Complete costume

Mia- typical school girl dressed in her school uniform when she arrives to the party. Changes as soon as she realises that she was going to her surprise party.



School uniform:
          


Into casual party wear:


Stalker: dresses in all black because its casual but still unsuspicious and also blends in well with the others at the party.


      

The close friends are also wearing party clothes similar to Mia



Pitch tasks 4,5,6



4) Representation


Which characters will you introduce in your title sequence? 
The protagonist : Mia . and her three friends


What different social groups are evident in your opening?
In our opening there will not be a range of social groups but mainly the hard-partying students. 

5) Institutional Detail




1. Will your film be mainstream or independent ?
Our film will be independent.

2.Which company(ies) will produce and distribute your film?
We will have four companies producing our film : 





Our film distributor will be : 

As we said before our film will be a independent production which will affect tremendously in our type of titles and credits. This is because this type of films have to rely on a low budget which does not allow them to have a bigger cast like in a mainstream production which can have a very high budget and have more actors. Also this ownership affects  the availability of the hardware and the type of title sequence. Because we cannot afford to waste a lot of money we have to rely on the cheapest. 

                                    6) Audience Detail
Who is your core target audience?
Our core audience is teenagers between 15-19 years old.

Who is your wider target audience?
Our wider audience is young adults and adults between 20-35 years old.

How will you attract them to your film?
The film will deal with teenage issues (parties, drugs, alcohol) which instantly attracts our core audience because lots of them are in touch with this kind of issues, so they can easily relate with our film. Also the film will be located in London, where lots of young people live. Another thing that will attract my audience is the cast. The cast involves mostly teenagers/young people, with maybe similar personalities with some of the audience.

How will you address them in your title sequence?
Firstly by our title because loads of teenagers/young people nowadays are trapped in a addictive lifestyle, they get used to this "so famous" lifestyle that they cannot see the way out of it. Secondly we will try to address them by our mise-en-scene which will be quite expressive and there will be a lot to interpreted by it. The type of sound will relate to our audience. it is modern and popular.


Analysis of 2 title sequences

THE CONJURING


The title sequence starts off with an image clearly relating to the plot of the film and the family name of the family in the picture; accompanied with a sinister feeling of suspense type of music which is played throughout the title sequence. This title sequence is more discrete because it doesn't actually give out any crucial information on the movie, instead it shows subtle hints. For example the black and white theme that occurs implies that it's most likely to be set in the 70's-80's; also the clothing of the people in the photographs proves this. In addition to this the news articles which present deaths of people/families helps the audience to understand the theme of the movie which basically makes them more interested.Furthermore, as the title sequence continues we can see the director's name is presented on a moving image, then it travels onto the production team's names. And then we are presented with the distribution company- A new line cinema which is now an independent film studio, followed by the directors name 'James Wan who also worked on Insidious. Last but not least the title of the film is presented also on a moving image.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS


This title sequence starts of with calm soothing music and shows the names of the actors/actresses (cast members). This form of title sequence motion pictures because in the background we can see the different stages of a butterfly's life cycle. Gradually as each actors' name appears on different scenes, the stages of the butterfly develops as does the music which gains momentum with more instruments being played. As the list of the cast is finished it shows the production teams names and is followed by the directors name as well; all presented on moving images. Finally the title appears with in the background is a fully developed butterfly and at this stage the melody has reached it's optimum.


Type of title sequence task 2



Question 2:-
We would like to make our title sequence discrete, not telling much of what the film will be about but enough to get the audience thinking about what they just saw. Like the title sequence Seven, it doesn't tell the audience the story, it gives little hints to what it will be about, for example the camera focusing on different things that have meaning to what the film's storyline is.
There the influence for our title sequence was, Seven, because it make the audience think about what the story will be about. 
We intend to take a similar idea of focusing on different items that would give clues to the storyline, in our case, focusing on objects like phones, make up etc, things to do with teenagers

Question 3:- 
The real teen film title sequence which we have been inspired by is Kid-adulthood, in this title sequence there is a large scene of the morning of a normal school day. The camera, crosses around the field and focuses on the different groups that there are and each presenting their problems or opinions of others. This whole title sequence does give the audience an idea of what the story will be about and it introduces us to the main character and the villains in the film. This is effective because it gives the audience a clue to the main storyline. We intend to create a title sequence similar to this, telling a story, but still not so descriptive to get the audience thinking.
We intend to challenge and also conform the openings, as we want our title sequence to give some clues to what the storyline is but also don't hint too much.

22. Initial ideas:

TRAP
Sub genre: Youth drama

Birthday girl: Mia (Eunice), just a normal school girl celebrating her 17th birthday
Stalker: Anonymous (Jessica), clearly someone that wanted revenge
Close friends: Linda, Caitlin, Justice (Simona, Sarene, Jessica)
Other people at the party: Anonymous

Social groups: Students who know how to get wasted at parties and take things way too far. Oblivious to serious situations, for example when they only found out Mia's disappearance the next morning. 


Plot:

  1. Starts of with a phone ringing/ buzzing in the distant and people are making noises as if the noise is disturbing their sleep. The room is very dingy and filled with smoke, the surroundings are cluttered with empty alcohol bottles and balloons.
  2. Someone picks up the phone and looks around the room for the owner.
  3. Then everything rewinds back to the day before this scene, where Mia (birthday girl) texts her friend saying she's arrived at her surprise party
  4. She walks into the house and is surprised by all her friends. The party commences and the scenery becomes distorted.
  5. In the distorted scenes, it shows the different activities occurring at the part such as: drinking, smoking, balloon inhaling, people dancing, and falling due to alcohol intake.
  6. Mia's phone rings and it's her mum, so she walks outside to pick up the call. She decides to take the call by the forest near to the house. However, someone follows her; the person hides a few times in order to not by spotted by Mia.
  7. As Mia finishes talking to her mum, the stalker hits her and they begin to fight (the screen turns black and only the rustling of leaves and Mia screams can be heard). Then as the camera is picked up we see Mia on the ground with a big rock next to her head with blood on it.
  8. The stalker returns to the party in a hurry.
  9. Mia is missing but nobody notices.
  10. All of a sudden the room goes dark and silence.
  11. Then the scene of the phone ringing is repeated and everyone notices Mia's disappearance. 
              




The Film (1)




TRAP


Dark Forest Shadows Wallpaper




The brief outline of the film opening we have decided to create is:
The start of the title sequence starts off with a group of people all passed out in a room and then the camera focuses onto the phone which is on the bedside table. The person the phone belongs to is nowhere to be found. The camera moving around the room, focuses on all the people and them searching for Mia. Then there is a flashback to the night before, Mia comes to a party (in her school uniform) and the camera is in her perspective, as she walks around the camera focuses on different objects to do with teenagers. Different title sequences appear on the screen. Then Mia leaves, whilst talking on her phone the camera is in the perspective of the person behind her, she is taken away and the screen goes black. Then the camera comes back to Mia on the floor, in a forest, hurt and bruised. The mystery person walks away leaving Mia and still the camera is at his perspective. Trap will be a youth drama film, which is  a sub-genre of Teen Drama films.






Saturday, 17 January 2015

how to use garageband

How to use garageband


  1. Open garageband
  2. Another window will pop up allowing you to name your project. Click "create".
  3. click 'new project'
  4. pick the 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 shown different genres



7. This screenshot is shown after you press 'loop' on garageband. The listing on the right shows all the different options you can pick that you want in your track. The big, space in the middle is the area where you drag the music choice on to it and you can adjust the length you want it to be.

On the left hand side, its where all the tracks would be layered out in rows

8. when you are finished go to the top and click share.



Sunday, 11 January 2015

Wardrobe

Planning Character Wardrobe: - 


These series of images are some of the clothing items I found in my wardrobe to fit my character, who is a 'good girl' in the title sequence.


 My character in the title sequence is the old friend of Mia ( the main character), they no longer get along because Mia turned bad and now they no longer have the same views.

I have chosen from my wardrobe, some simple, sensible clothing which makes her look nicely presentable and look completely contrasting to the other bad characters.
These are some of the colours I consider using, classic, simple colours.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Task 31 costume

Task 31:

Costume:

Clothing for the bad girls (Sarene and Jessica)

  • Black tracksuit bottoms( Adidas)




  • Just do it bag



  • Big stud earrings                                                                                                















Clothing for the good girl:

  • smart causal wear

Costume Activities - Task 1 ( Memorable costume from teen drama films)

One Teen Drama Film which was memeroble was Mean Girls, a High School Drama film:-


The costume of here is very stereotypical representation of girls and what they like wearing, pink, short skirts. It is evident by the style of the girls that they are popular and they are the ones that all the girls wish to be. The colours are very exaggerated and seems almost un realistic. The make up is big but it isn't as bold and big as I first expected. 

The style of the characters is clearly presented to the audience as quite fake and also could be classed a quite dumb as mostly (stereotypically) the popular girls don't really spend time studying, they just sit around looking at themselves and fixing their make up. It is also evident by the props used that these girls are rich and they don't have to work or do anything for themselves. The way the 4th girl on the right hand side is holding her bags shows the stereotypical way the popular girls in High School Drama films work around.


Youth Drama Film

The stereotypical costume for Youth Drama films is tracksuit bottoms, huddies, dark clothing, creating a style that is the complete contrast to the High School Drama film. The film which presents that is 'Attack the Block', this film is a stereotypical youth drama film, where there is a gang and they have no makeup of course but the clothing is very much simple but yet it is bold and this type of costume is always identified as a stereotypical youth in society now

Task 30 Locations : 


  •   Dark Bedroom :














  • Friend's House Party 












  •        The Bench 















  • Front of the college 




How to use garageband

GARAGEBAND

Firstly, this is the screen thats shown after pressing loops on garageband. The layout is simple, on the left hand side is where all the tracks will be layer out in rows. In the middle is where your tracks can be adjusted tot he length you want etc. And on the right hand side you'll find all the different options of the tracks you want.
 Here is a closeup of the right hand side of the screen. Here you can choose different styes of music/sound; with a selection of instruments and tones. Choose one of the options and continue to filter it by choosing a specific instrument of your choice.
 After selecting your filter, a list of different sounds will come up underneath. You can select any one that suits your preference, and save it by favouriting it by clicking the little box next to your sound.
You click your sound and drag it into the middle section which then creates a timeline of your music. Then layer the different sounds by dragging it underneath the previous sound to wherever you feel is suitable.

On the left hand side you can also control the volume by dragging the circle along the line.
Here is an example of layering the different sounds so that they are played simultaneously

Edited sound remake

Task 27 : ' 10 things I hate about you' 
remake garageband sound 

We were introduced to Garageband before this lesson but as a result of not using it much during the lessons we forgot the basic things you need to do to ensure you get a sound fit for our title sequence. 
We were told how to choose the right project for our production of our sound and in this remake task we were able to practice these new skills.
We had to remove the original sound and from there we began creating our own sound for the film, there was a range of different choses of sound and that made it quite difficult to choose, Also making sure we save as we go along.

Here I dragged in another sound to add some more rhythm to the track and also the sound needs to fit it with the plot of the story and the surroundings it is in.


I was able to adjust the fade in and fade out of the sound, this allowed me to introduce other sounds without making it clash. I selected the area I wanted to change and I free to change it how I desired.
Finally the last job was to export it but selecting 'expert setting' was important to ensure the video is exported properly.
I enjoyed creating this sound track it allowed be to get some practice on how to use to properly and understand all the tools so that when it comes to creating a sound track for the title sequence, I know what to do.



The final video was far too long for posting onto the blog, which meant I had to go onto 'Handbrake' and compress it.






Task 19Creating your own soundtrack in the clip 10 Things I Hate About You (practice)


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

X-Mas Work

Analysis of Youth Drama (Attack the block)




How to create sound tracks in Garageband?



Create sound tracks on Garageband


Garageband is the key tool in producing your own original sound tracks. In this image on the left, that is what is seen when you open up a new project on Garageband.
You click onto your desired instrument and begin producing. 
When you open up a new project it will be empty so the first step would be is to open up the icon button at the bottom right hand corner to reveal all the sound that you can choose from.
When choosing the sound you can focus on certain themes of music or genres, depending on what you would like your final sound track to sound like. Once you have chosen your desired sound, you then click and drag it into the middle of the screen and then that becomes the first track. Then you continue dragging and dropping until you have got your final desired sound. 

Some of the sounds tend to be quite short so to make it longer you can loop the sound as many times as you want to make it longer.
Finally the last stage is to export your sound into a suitable file that can then be used in final cut pro. You click onto 'Share' and then 'Export song to disk' which will allow you to use it as a portable file.