Group Roles

Published by George Gamble

Throughout the filming progress we will all take on these roles:

Cinematography - Harry Knight
Director - George Gamble
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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

GG - Brief idea of our coursework idea

Published by George Gamble

Working title - Road-Side
  • The opening scene in our production is a women driving a car along a country road. We will use many different camera shots of the car traveling along such as; a close up of the car wheel moving, the car driving past a standing camera. Also because we have the use of two cars we can use motion pictures of the car following a car in front with a camera in. 
  • Our next scene will be of a young child sat in the road, breathing heavily whilst wearing a mask. 
  • They will also be wearing a blood stained shirt to create an evil feel to the plot. The car will be driving up a hill. We will see the car from over the shoulder of the child. 
  • The women will stop the car. We will get an extreme close-up of her looking towards the child followed by a long-shot of the boy. 
  • Her door will be pulled open and a man dressed in a black suit will drag her out the car. She will be screaming. There will then be a sudden cut, we will have changed scene into a dark basement. 
  • We will see a long-shot of the women sat tied to a chair. A man will then walk past the camera holding some sort of weapon. (either a kitchen knife or a baseball bat) 

Actors Needed

  • We will need a girl aged around 17-21 to be the main character. 
  • We will also need a male aged around 17-20 to play the male murderer. 
  • We will also need a young child aged around 10-12 to play for the short role of the child sat in the road.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

GG - A deconstruction of '5ive Girls'

Published by GG

5ive Girls (Warren. P. Sonoda, 2006)

Budget: $3M

  • Starts with an extreme long establishing Shot of an old building with a high fence around its perimeter. This could signify that the building is either trying to keep people on or keep them out. 
  • We can denote that it is a religious building because we get a close up of a girl holding Rosemary Beed's which connotes religion.
  • The school girl in a school is the equilibrium.
  • A soft piece of non-diegetic music is used to help create suspense. Piano and soft strings. 
  • A cross falls off the wall and breaks. Foreshadowing bad events are to come. 
  • The lighting becomes dark signifying bad is to come, the non-diegetic music speeds up creating tension. 
  • Not much dialog is used but a lot of Mise-en-scene is used. 
  • An extreme close up of the girl touching the priest's hand has polysemic meaning that she could have sinned. 
  • An extreme close up of her eyes shows fire in them which could signify evil. 
  • There is a lot of shot variation used to create a feel of un-certainty and to make it more interesting.
  • Lots of use's of cut away shots.  

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

My Prelim task

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule. 

match on action - A match on action, a technique used in film editing, is a cut that connects two different views of the same action at the same moment in the movement. By carefully matching the movement across the two shots, filmmakers make it seem that the motion continues uninterrupted.

shot/reverse shot - Shot reverse shot is a film technique where one character is shown looking at another character (often off-screen), and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking at each other.

180-degree rule - The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. 

Friday, 26 November 2010

Deconstruction Of Bridget Jones opening

Film: Bridget Jones (Beedan Kidron, 2004)


The first shot is a close up of a diary with soft non-diegetic music whilst the narrator talks over. Anchorage is provided because she writes 'brand new diary' as she also says it when narrating over.
We then move to an establishing shot, a slow fade is used to change scene to signify ellipsis.
Mise-en-scene signifies it is christmas through the clothes they are wearing and the snow outside.
The opening scene lasts for 3.4 minutes.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lessons from Micro-Drama

  • I have learnt when making my Micro-drama how to plan a story board. We found that you can always change the plot of your story as your making the film, but from my own experience this is hard to do. In our production we didn't do enough shots so the camera angles didn't change during a scene. They were all one shot. Next time when filming our production i plan to do the same scene, but more than once from a different set of angles to help make the scenes more interesting.
  • When filming i learnt how to fully use and prepare the camera and tripod.  Once i had done this we experimented with all the angles and shots we could use. They are easy to use once you have gained the full idea of how to function with them.
  • During the production of our Micro-Drama i leant how to use the basic's of imovie. Although i have used it in the past i needed refreshing on how to work it. I found there are a lot of things you can do to drastically improve the film and make it much more interesting for the viewer. 

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

My 5 Fave Films

Peter Jackson
1. The Lord Of The Rings - Return Of The King - 
Peter Jackson (2003) 

Budget - $377 million
UK Box Office - £61.06m

The editing of this film is outstanding. A film that really catches the viewers. 


2. Dodgeball - 
Rawson Marshall Thurber (2004)

Budget - $20 million
Rawson Marshall Thurber

I film that can be watched over and over. It never fails 
to make me laugh.

3. The Dark Knight - 
Christopher Nolan (2008)

Budget - $185 million
Christopher Nolan

 A film which is good all the way through. Heath Ledger plays the Joker superbly.

4. Anchorman - 
AdamMcKay (2004) 

Budget - $25 million
UK Box Office - £50 million
Adam McKay

 A Will Ferrell special. Great set of acting and very well thought of storyline.

5. The Shawshank Redemption - 
Frank Darabont (1995)

Budget - $35m
Frank Darabont

A wise film with a very well thought of storyline. Shows that
not every man in Prison is a criminal. 

Monday, 11 October 2010

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet

My Coursework Task

Your mission is to carry out the following brief:

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:


Your work is marked partially on my observations of your approach and level of organisation, but fundamentally its a DVD and your blog that are marked.

Friday, 8 October 2010

My Coursework Task

Even before you start shooting (let alone planning) your production, you need to keep this final stage in mind. If you start (b)logging notes on this now it will save you a lot of stress as the final deadline (in May!) approaches. You are tasked with answering these questions (see below for details on how this is marked):

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

When i am being marked, a paragraph will be written explaining my mark that has been given to me. For each section there are key components of my work