Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Thriller Project Timings & Deadlines
14th Jan to 18th Jan: Analysis of real and student examples/ Production logos.
21st Jan to 25th Jan: Planning and delivery of pitches.
28th Jan to 1st Feb: Storyboarding, shot lists and other planning.
Cameras are available from Friday 1st Feb at 4.10pm until shooting deadline of 9am Monday 4th March. Students can have 2 overnights or one weekend to film.
4th Feb to 8th Feb: Filming.
18th Feb to 22nd Feb: Filming and editing.
25th Feb to 1st March: Filming and editing.
4th March to 8th March: 8th March Shooting deadline. 2nd lesson of this week is Rough Cut Deadline. Third lesson of week, rough cut feedback.
11th March to 15th March: Editing and begin evaluation tasks. .
18th March to 22nd March: End of second lesson this week is Final Cut deadline. Plus evaluation tasks.
4.10pm 28th March: Evaluation tasks deadline.
Labels: Thriller Opening
Monday, March 12, 2012
Thriller Evaluation Tasks
G321 Thriller Evaluation Tasks
Below are details of the 7 tasks you and your group need to do in order to answer the 7 evaluation questions also listed below:
Question: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
Task: Choose 6 stills from your finished thriller that you think illustrate how you have used thriller conventions and opening sequence conventions (3 each). Annotate each still with notes on exactly which convention is being shown and whether you are using, developing or challenging it.
Question: How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Task: Select a still from your thriller that you think shows an individual from a particular social group you have represented. Then, select a still of a character from A. another film that discusses the group and B. a still of a real individual, possibly from a news story, who also represents that group. Write annotations for all of the stills that discuss why you have represented this group in your particular way and how your representation compares or contrasts with both your chosen real media text and the still of a real person.
Question: What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
Task: Use the www.IMDB.com template to create a page for your film. You will need to fill in all of the blank information.
Question: Who would be the audience for your media product?
Task: Decide on a film magazine that you think would be most likely to carry reviews and adverts for your film. Create a word document that includes an image of the front cover of the magazine, a 300 word analysis of why you think the publication would be appropriate for your film and a 300 word review of your film that could potentially be found in the magazine.
Question: How did you attract/address your audience?
Task: Re-import your finished thriller sequence into Final Cut and create either a voice-over or text that discusses key technical devices and other strategies that you used to engage your audience.
Question: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
Task: Use the stills of you with shooting equipment that you took whilst shooting, screen grabs of software and of you using the software. For each of the stills, note down what you learnt about the equipment/ software, what it allowed you to do and what you might consider its drawbacks.
Question: Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
Task: Create a Prezi that takes your ‘reader’ on a journey from preliminary task to finished thriller. Include images to illustrate your points.
Labels: Evaluation Tasks
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
2011 Thriller Opening Examples
Monday, January 23, 2012
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A FILM SHOOT
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thriller Blog Archive 2011
Here are the links from student Thriller blogs from 2011:
Friday, March 18, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Here is a video that highlights some of the Thriller conventions seen in the movie INCEPTION.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Video Lighting Techniques
These two videos give some simple tips for lighting. There are pleanty more on your tube!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A FILM SHOOT!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Thriller Opening Sequences
Sunday, October 03, 2010
The following questions must be answered in your evaluation PowerPoint:
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
4. Who would be the audience for your media product?
5. How did you attract/address your audience?
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
7. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
Monday, February 08, 2010
Exemplar Shot List by Vincent Lin
Friday, January 22, 2010
Six Feet Under, Main Title Sequence
Lord of War:
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Real Thiller Opening Sequence Examples
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Obviously, many thrillers these days are hybrids ie. they draw from more than 1 set of conventions. However, it is still possible to create a list of thriller conventions. Consider the list below in your analysis and technical construction of a thriller:
Thriller Generic Characteristics
The narrative centres around a crime eg. a theft or a murder.
The protagonist is fallible and has an 'Achilles heel' that is exploited by the antagonist. The title of the thriller may relate to this weakness eg Vertigo and Insomnia.
The protagonist will be seen 'in peril' in one or more scenes before the resolution.
The antagonist ensnares the protagonist in an increasingly complex web, until the protagonist feels isolated and helpless.
The narrative presents ordinary situations in which extraordinary things happen.
Micro elements combine in a build up of suspense.
Themes of identity are common: mistaken identity, doubling/doppelgangers, amnesia.
Themes of seeing, reflection and mirroring. Manipulation of perspectives, visual McGuffins, and optical illusions are common.
The audience of a thriller is placed in the ambiguous position of voyeur. Voyeurism can also be a theme and the objectification of female characters is common especially in earlier thrillers.
A series of/ one important enigma(s) are/is set up in the opening sequence of the film, is further complicated during the first part of the film and only resolved at the very end.
Labels: Thriller conventions
Previous Student Thriller Blogs
2009/10 BLOG ARCHIVE
2008/09 blog archive
Monday, November 10, 2008
Guidance for Thriller Questions
Labels: IMPORTANT DEADLINES
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
VERTIGO (1958) - Opening Sequence Analysis
PART ONE: Titles
PART TWO: Rooftop Chase
Labels: Thriller Opening
Friday, October 10, 2008
The following is a list of thriller conventions. Use it to both to create your own sequence and analyse existing ones, remembering that different films will use different conventions in different ways............:
A crime at the core of the narrative (often murder, but not necessarily).
A complex narrative structure, with false paths, clues and resolutions.
A narrative pattern of establishing enigmas which the viewer expects to be resolved.
A protagonist who is systematically dis-empowered and drawn into a complex web of intrigue by the antagonist.
Extraordinary events happening in ordinary situations.
Themes of identity.
Themes of mirroring.
Themes of voyeurism.
Protagonist with a ‘flaw’ which is exploited by the antagonist.
Titles often reflect an aspect of the pro/antagonist’s psychological state.
There is often a scene near the end of the film in which the protagonist is in peril.
Mise en scene which echoes/ mirrors the protagonist’s plight.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
*IMPORTANT* Health & Safety for FILMING
Important Health and Safety information for when you are out filming:
- Remember that although you might be concentrating on your filming, you still need to be aware of traffic.
- Always be polite and respectful when interacting with the public.
- Do not attempt to film anything which could be construed by a passer by as illegal.
- If you are going to try and film in a public place, you should approach the people who are in charge of that place for permission.
- Do not film in dangerous places.
- If you encounter problems, ring the college on 01223 507400 and ask reception to be put through to Media Studies.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The Third Man
Labels: Thriller Opening
Labels: Thriller Opening
Labels: Opening Sequence