Friday, 8 April 2011

Evaluation Question 8

Final Evaluation

The Problem with our prilim film were that the camera angles weren't varied  enough, the lighting wasn't thought about which left our film looking abit dark, the text used for the titles weren't given any thought, which left the font looking abit out of place, and we didnt create our own sound track for the film, we just ripped a turret from a song on youtube.

However, for our final film we address all those issues one by one. By adding an array of different shots and camera angles, so we had a variety to chose from when editing. We always made sure we had a lighting kit, just incase the location we shot is was abit too dark and characters couldnt be made out. Also we put thought into the text of the titles. Which we used the font Groudy, because it represented the font used in a school text book and because our film was set in a college it seemed highly relevant. Also we spent alot of time on the sound, to make sure it connoted the atmosphere the clip was giving off. And also that the music was relevant to what was going on in the clip.

To conclude I believe our final film was more successful that our primil because we had addressed all the negative aspects of it, and took it in to consideration when shooting and editing our final film.        

Evaluation Question 3

Target Audience Profile

Name: Kenny Moore
Age: 17
Hight: 5ft 11
Weight: 75kg
Occupation: Student (full time)
Hobbies: Movies, football, video gaming, bike riding, basketball and socialising  with him friends
Lives: Wood Green, London
Shops at: JD, H & M, Blue Inc and sports direct
Dislikes: Homework, College, waking up early, cleaning his room

Kennys Bag

Items found in Kennys bag

Evaluation Question 7

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


Looking back at our prelim film and then looking at our full product. A lot could be said to have changed. In terms of the way we shot, our awareness of mise-en-scene, attention to lighting and even the way it was edited.

 OUR audience has changed quite a bit.....
Our prelim film was based around a back swap between two criminals (or at least we tried to portray them as criminals with the use of a body guard character, dark settings etc)


 Since we went along the lines of making a crime thriller, therefore are audience would be the typical kind of audience that enjoy crime thrillers... I.e Males aged 18+ or even older because crime thrillers tend to be more popular with the older audiences. Other than the explosion at the end, there wasn't much action THEREFORE IT WOULDN'T APPEAL AS MUCH TO A YOUNGER AUDIENCE.

WHEREAS.... Four our FULL PRODUCT film this was changed drastically because we made some characters in our full product younger to draw empathy and link with a younger audience... We also based the location around a school area to create the typical school setting. The main character however (The janitor/caretaker) was much older having a set of young characters and an older character expands our audience from just a young audience to reach out to older ones... Although our audience primarily are young teens aged 15+ (15 IS USUALLY THE MINIMUM AGE FOR MOST THRILLERS) ... So our audience has changed quite abit in comparison to our prelim film... From an audience which targeted mostly grown men aged 18+ who like crime based thrillers... To a much younger audience 15+ who like thrillers.


Our attention to Camera work, Light, Mise-en-Scene and editing has changed quite a bit (for the better of course)

CAMERA WORK: During our prelim film although we used a variety of shots such as very low shots on the floor, close ups and match cuts.... Although a good variety i see them as quite basic and limited compared to our final product. We were limited to mainly just close ups and low/high angle shots = VERY BASIC SHOTS


WHILE IN our final product we had a wayy larger variety(including the type of shots used in the prelim) POV SHOTS, EXTREME CLOSE UPS, AND MUCH MORE here are just a few........ A better range of shots!



in terms of lighting there wasn't much changed although after reviewing our prelim film OUR TEACHER PHIL  did give us some helpful advice about turning off the neutral density filter to make our film look better and we took that advice on too improve our FULL PRODUCT


We became more aware of Mise-en-scene since when filming our  prelim we weren't dressed to look like obvious criminals, in fact we really just filmed in what we wore to college and picked the best looking room in college.... This showed poor use of mise-en-scene.

Although for our final product we did show signs of taking Mise-en-scne into account. FIRSTLY IN THE WAY OUR CHARACTER DRESSED....


For editing our film we tired to work more on sound because UNLIKE OUR PRELIM we were told that we had to make our own sound track (via sound track pro) in order to avoid any copyright issues.... draggg.
When editing we tried to make one half of the film really fast and the second half fairly slow in order to emphasis in the contrast between the young characters and the old grumpy caretaker
The young characters had an up beat sound track while the care taker didn't rather he had creepy sound effects. WITHOUT THE SOUND I PERSONALLY THINK WE WOULDN'T HAVE A FILM WE WOULD'VE HAD A DISASTER THE SOUND MADE THE FILM itself.

Its down to the two most important factors (in my opinion) for doing a project like this... Two things we lacked through out the production of the film and which resulted in it been such a... hard time.... ORGANIZATION AND TEAMWORK SKILLS. Although we were fairly well organized when it came to filming our prelim.

ORGANIZATION was a lacked factor, by all of us.... only towards the end of our full product (last two weeks)did we begin to organize ourselves well.
Organization is a very important factor.... and the lack or it resorted in a limited choice when it came to location and since the location is soo important with a limited choice of location comes a limited range of ideas....
Long story short our organization skills weren't the best overall id rate them as pretty poor, the only times when they were best were when we filmed our prelim and when we were rushed for time (WEEK BEFORE DEADLINE!)

PLANNING SKILLS were one of the few aspects of organization we actually had improved in, WHEN FILMING OUR PRELIM THERE WAS NO PLANING AT ALL, most of it was all spontaneous and it surprisingly turned out well....
for our full product on the other hand WE HAD TO PLAN (Last 2weeks before deadline) and it took it upon myself to plan EVERY SINGLE SHOT and what we should do on the day of filming!

I can confidently say our planning skills have improved well.... Also i learn t how good planning can make a good film because looking back at our prelim film we could've made it sooo much better if we planning we may have came up with even better shots and vartiety of camera angles to make the clip even more interesting.
Although our planning skills only started shining after we were backed into the (almost deadline and we have no film corner)

TEAMWORK had improved well as when we got down to filming we all could depend on each other to bring in different props and aspects of mise-en-scene, were able to decide quickly on who should bring what..... One thing that helped alot with communicating with each other was the fact that everyone in my group had a BLACKBERRY making getting in touch so much easier and a lot less stressful.

Although we managed to EVENTUALLY work well as a group i think we would've worked a lot better if we were more decisive... Often our ideas and opinions clashed!

Well first of all without meida tech we wouldn't have a film.....

Media technology was very useful,we used it for communication, filming, editing, researching, distributing..... BASICALLY EVERYTHING.

FOR FILMING WE USED cameras and lighting and memory cards (to save clips onto)
for research i used YOUTUBE and IMDB:
 Very little research was put into our PRELIM film because we had to film and edit in the same lesson  where as for our final film we had plently of time to research and we could use SITES ON THE INTERNET SUCH AS Google, Wikipedia etc..... BUT the main ones were YOUTUBE.COM (THE BIGGEST VIDEO SHARING SITE ON THE INTERNET)
AND IMDB.COM (THE INTERNET'S BIGGEST MOVIE DATABASE) Holding information on almost if not every film released covering every genre and types of audience... A VERY USEFUL TOOL FOR RESEARCH.


  • Lighting


                 Final film

One thing we learned had a major importance over the look of the film that we didn't realise while making the prelim was the significance of lighting. Using more light was necessary, even for shots that we wanted to be dark, it was important to let the viewer see the location and costumes it would be a waste of time working on mis-en-scene just to have the film too dark for anyone to even see any of it.

  • Shot Types

I think that our framing was a lot better in our final film. We paid more attention to detail in the way we manipulated everything that was shown to the viewer.
In this shot of Ade walking down the stairs we cut off his head its supposed to be an establishing/ long shot the first time we see Ade's full body but he's entire body isn't in the frame and we filmed everyshot only once meaning when it came to editing some shots couldnt be used and this meant we either had to re-film (which we didn't have time to do or scrap together wasted footage

This is a shot from our final film. Aykuts head is right at the top of the shot. also we made it a point to get more shots of the samme thing so that if there is anything wrong with one we dont have a big problem it took longer to film but it meant we had more shots to choose from and there was a much lower risk of having to re film.

Furthermore we filmed from a lot more angles and locations covering every area of the location.   

  • Editing
In our prelim film we used much more effects and transitions the reason why we didn't use any special effects in our final film is because none of the title sequences that inspired us used any. But we did get a match cut that was very well complemented in the feedback, the football sequence where we filmed a character shooting the football the cutting to the ball going into the net it flowed really nicely also we got through the editing much quicker it only took us about 3 hours total to edit the clips together the longest part was finding the right shots on the memory card because in our final film we shot a lot more footage than our preliminary film.

  • Mise en scene

In our final film we paid much more attention to detail when it came to mise-en-scene.we transformed this empty room into a caretakers closet. Our characters where appropriately dressed for their roles. we actually had a discussion and brainstormed what each and every character in the film should be wearing whereas in our preliminary film our costumes where just what we came to college in I was supposed to be a big time crime lord but there was no way of the audience knowing that until the storyline revealed it.

 Aykut was supposed to be a bouncer but this had to be acted it wasn't shown to the audience and that's another thing I learned sometimes things have to be made very obvious or people just wont understand.

  • Sound

The sound for the final film was completely original composed on soundtrack pro for the football sequence the sound needed to be upbeat the tempo needed to match the speed of the action it was edited really fast so the music needed to be fast as well. For the second part with the janitor I used some eerie background noise to create suspense with some occasional jumps just to shake the viewer and make sure it doesn't get too boring and repetitive. Also i put in a sound bridge to merge the two scenes together. There was some diegetic sound like the ball bouncing or the janitor chewing gum.

The soundtrack for our preliminary film was chosen because we heard Jay Z 99 problems in the opening sequence of "the taking of pelham 123" and that film opening had the effect that we wanted to recreate and thats why we used it we cut out all of the diegetic sound and just had the track play the whole way through then there was the sound of an explosion at the end.

  • Planning skils

For our final idea we changed our mind about 4 times which was a major time waster. We just couldn't think of anything good and original. Unlike in our preliminary film when we just had to make a bag swap look interesting. We planned our preliminary film with a jelly baby animatic but the only thing we didn't do was plan shots using the jelly babies.

When we finally did come up with an idea for our final film the planning was more about shot types and angles than plot really, and when it came to filming the list of shots made it a very quick process.

  • Teamwork
Working as a team was crucial we all had to come together and respect each others ideas. It would have been much harder to film alone. Fortunately all of us had blackberry's so we had 24/7 access to each other in-case their was something needed for example when we thought we had put our rough cut on the blog but we hadn't so Aykut realised then sent me a message then i went into college and put it up thats good teamwork.

  • Technology
We used technology for everything other than the plan for research we had to get onto youtube and watch movie trailers. For filming we used 720hp HD cameras for editing we had to use final cut pro on the macs.  

Evaluation Question 6

In this wordle/word cloud, consists of the all the comments given by the audience that watched our film, the more common a word was used the bigger the word is on the word cloud.

Generally the audience liked our film, they really enjoyed the first half, the football montage. They liked the fast pace editing and the fast and up beat music. Which really went well with the fact the students were playing football. The thought the soundbrigde used once the Caretaker comes into the frame was really effective, to sperate the two parts of our opening.

However, they also thought the second half dragged on abit, killing the fast pace of the beginning, a couple also mentioned that they missed the title of the film, and that thought it was a basement, which was supposed to be dark and creepy, they couldnt see parts of the basement.