Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Now that you have presented your pitch, you need to continue meeting and take minutes of points discussed and decisions made. One group still needs to upload their presentation.
Some groups have already encountered some practical problems with some of their ideas. You really need to consider the following questions (and be able to answer tehm all with a yes) when making decisions from now on:
1. Is it practical?
2. Is it an idea that works to the strengths of the group?
3. Will it show off the skills you have learnt so far on the course?
4. Is it something you can reasonably shoot and edit in the time available?
5. Can you get access/ permission to shoot in the chosen location at the chosen times?
6. Can you organise lighting to use in that location?
7. Have you included dialogue? If so, will it work to shoot conversation in that location?
8. Do you have guaranteed high quality reliable actors to play the characters?
Finally do please start to answer the Evaluation questions. All members of the group should be aware of them. See previous posts.
Important Health and Safety information for when you are out filming:
It is important to be safe when you are out filming. You will be focusing on your filming but don't forget that you still need to be aware of traffic and people around you.
Always be polite and respectful when interacting with the public.
Do not try 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 need to approach the people who are in charge of that place for permission.
Do not film in dangerous places.
If you encounter problems, ring the school on 0208 952 2803 and ask to speak to one of us.
Carry the letter we have given you to show to anyone who is asking you what you are doing and why you are out of school.
IMPORTANT: You cannot borrow the school equipment until your parents / guardians have signed the relevant letter. Make sure it is returned as soon as possible.
NOTE: YOU NEED TO HAVE DONE YOUR SHOOT IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS, BUT DON'T WAIT TOO LONG - DO IT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO ALLOW TIME FOR RE-SHOOT IF NEEDED AND TO START WORKING ON YOUR ROUGH CUT.
DEADLINE 1: YOUR ROUGH CUT MUST BE DONE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, BY THE END OF THE LESSON ON TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
1. What lessons have you learnt about the pre-production and production processes?
2. What mistakes did you make and will learn from?
3. What can you do to improve the continuity in your sequence, including refining its editing (i.e. the final cut as opposed to the rough cut produced so far)?
If you haven't finished your rough cut, find me asap to complete it before the end of the week.
The "Day dream" sequence needs to be up on your blogs as well with a short evaluation... There are some classic continuity mistakes that I hope you can learn from, but you need to identify them first. Live it; learn it!
Evaluation Questions and Sub Questions
Work hard and take care over the quality of your written expression. Some of your posts need some serious editing for added clarity.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
I think that a couple of themes are emerging from my own poster... Worrying, really...
Check out Hasina's moodboard!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Below is a list of what you should aim to include in your blog. A lot of personal research and consolidation now needs to take place as you need to develop ideas for your project and your groups need to start meeting out of lessons.
What to include in your blog (fairly standard list for schools delivering this unit):
1. moodboards - visual representations of thriller
2. Useful weblinks
3. Film sites
4. Explorations of theory discussed in class applied to films or scenes of your choice, and...
5. ... Short thriller sequences with analysis (such as film openings work done in class)
6. Film stills with analysis
7. DVD covers with analysis
8. How to. . . clips - for instance how to convey continuity, fx etc (see 'The Birds' task)
9. Definitions of the genre and its sub types, with your own examples
10. Research on a particular sub-genre you are interested in
11. Notes from your reading around the genre
12. A record of your thriller screenings - yes, you need to watch some thrillers on your own or in your groups - not much time in class!
13. Discussion of thrillers that have inspired you
14. Your own thriller related stills - for example trying to photograph / capture shots which could be used in your sequence
15. Research into a particular director who interests you
16. British film research, particularly UK independent thrillers and thrillers from the past
17. Audience research
18. And of course, you need to personalise your blogs at some point so they reflect the thriller genre.
In short, much to do... Ms Lyall and I will direct some of your 'home learning time' but you need to become more and more independent and focused.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
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.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Opening titles and roof top chase from Vertigo and opening titles for North by Northwest.
Opening titles North by Northwest
Opening titles Vertigo
First sequence from Vertigo - roof top chase
Remember that you will have to answer the following questions as part of your assessment:
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?
Here's the accompanying video (you were given a copy of the handout).
1. How many shots are there?
2. Where is the camera positioned for each shot?
3. Which principles of continuity editing have been followed?
After watching it, write an analysis of shots and techniques used in this sequence to demonstate your understanding of them.
In your groups, you also need to write about what you achieved last lesson and comment on what was successful and what you learnt in the process, for instance what mistakes you made or how you would improve your different sequences to facilitate audience's positioning.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
REMINDER: Hand in your improved film poster tomorrow (or else), leaving them in reception if you cannot find me.
The Home learning for next week includes some research and you need to post your work on your blog by next Monday.
There is also an analysis of the first 10 minutes of a film of your choice to complete. Bring that to next Tuesday's lesson.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Now that we are starting our first practical projects, you need to get used to writing your responses in blog form. In school you'll be practising and launching your first group blogs, and very soon, I have no doubt that you'll be the experts.
Do remember to read carefully through and sign the "Blogging Policy" document and return it to your teacher.