Sunday, 13 May 2012

Evaluation Question: Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

When we were first handed our Bloggies, our first task was to create a preliminary task, a way of finding out how to use the camera and giving us a slight idea of what our filming would be like when it came to the actual making of our proper film. In doing this preliminary, I felt that I learnt some useful techniques but the filming was extremely basic and not very well thought out, and so because of this, there is a lot of different techniques and tasks which I believe I have developed and progressed with during the process of the making of our final product. Time management This was a very basic skill that I have learnt to deal with during the process, and I feel that, although we were fairly organised in arranging the dates for filming, I would try and get the filming done as quick as possible, leaving us with a longer time period in which to analyse and develop our filming further. Sound Through this process I have learnt hugely about the importance of diagetic and non-diagetic, and the relevance of each in terms of tension building in our film, when they need to be fitted into the footage, and the level of noise needed when acting out the footage. Although I feel that the dialogue in our film is arguably the weakest area, I feel that if we were to do it a second time around I would now know that we would need to be clearer and more vocal in the actors performances. Mise en scene During our preliminary,the use of the props and the clothing of the actors played no real part in our film and we made no special plans for what we needed to use/wear, partly because we felt no real attention was needed for the clothing. However, it's safe to say we were most definitely wrong! During this process, it has become clear just how relevant the characters clothing and props are to the filming, for example, Bens clothing is that of a typical teenage male, allowing our target audience to become fond of the character and see him as someone they can relate to, therefore enticing the audience further. Before this process I would have had no clue what I just said there, bur through developing our footage and planning ways to attract our targeted audience, it became clear how mise en scene is very important as a way of portaying a character, attracting an audience, and also highlighted the genre of the film. Editing From our preliminary task, it is quite obvious that was any of our groups first piece of editing, and that the skills we used and had were extremely basic, and mostly ineffective. But from the progression of our editing, I think that it has become clear through the viewing of our final draft, that we have learnt heaps of editing techniques, and ways in which to get the best editing effect needed for out footage. Examples include, the sound edited in, such as the piano background music, which was used as a way of creating suspense and building tension, and also, my favourite piece of footage, the 'time lapse shot' in which we edited an hour long piece of film into a 10 second clip to show progression of time, something that again created suspense and showed a turn in the storyline, something which has been favourably noticed by some viewers. Feedback In the process of our preliminary, we felt no real need to ask for feedback from our peers or sir as we felt we could just 'chuck the clips together' and make a half decent piece of footage. However, during Appleby Street we focused sharp attention on feedback from others as a way of striving for improvement and gaining a better perspective of what we should use or change, and as a result it seemed as though we came out with a much better developed and neat product.

Evaluation Question: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

During the process of producing our film, I have learnt a lot about technologies through the use of the many different technologies reused in order to make our final product, this is technological convergence, as this is the use of different technologies contributing together to produce something. Sony Bloggie The main piece of technology which we used to create our film was of course our primary piece, the Sony Bloggie. The bloggie was the camera we used during our filming, and so I have had to learn quite a bit about this piece of technology throughout the producing of the film, especially in my role as camera man. Firstly, it became apparent from the start that unfortunately the sound quality on the camera is not great, and so we had to adapt to this in order to make our dialogue and plot clear to the audience. Also, although the camera records in high definition, due to the setting of our film, I found it extremely hard to try and make out the characters in the filming initially, and we experienced many problems due to the light balance, making it too hard to see the footage clearly. Because of this we were made to adapt our film to include the torch in our plot (hence the rather cheesy scene in which they miraculously find a torch turned on in the middle of an alley way). Although, despite the inclusion of the torch, the footage was still quite strenuous on the eyes at times. The video is saved on the bloggie via flash memory, making it easy and efficient to upload videos onto the Imacs we used as we simply had to plug in the Sony Bloggie and we could get started. iMac The iMac involved many features stored on it in which we used to create our film, most notably Final Cut Pro, and so therefore has been extremely useful in the editing stage of our film. The iMacs include numerous features which has been made even better by the fact that they have been easy and quick to load up and get to terms with the use of each one. Final Cut Pro Final Cut Pro is an editing application on the iMacs, which we used to edit our footage throughout all stages of the process. This technology does many different things in terms of editing, which we have used effectively in the editing phase of our film. Final cut pro has been used to; firstly decide which of the video clips we would use in our final piece of film, deciding which looks best and fits in well with other pieces of video. It was also used to add in pieces of sound into our footage, enabling us to include both non-diagetic sound (the background music for example), and diabetic sound (such as the birds tweeting effect). Also, the ability to include video transitions was another useful technique of Final cut pro, enabling us to use transitions such as the fade-in fade-out transitions in between different shots and even before and after the music starts and stops. In addition, the ability to involve effects via Final cut pro was extremely effective in the making of our final film, highlighted in the shot of Ben dead on the floor, in which we used the 'bad film' effect, giving the shot a unique look in comparison to the others. Finally, garage band was another technique used thanks to Final cut pro, allowing us to find and add in pieces of music or sound effects to develop the dialogue and plot of our footage. Websites Two of the sites we used in the making of our product was Youtube, and of course Blogger. Both of these sites had significant involvement in the developing if our film, allowing me to upload pieces of footage we have developed and also talk about the making of our film through our blogging process.

Evaluation Question: How did you attract/address your audience?

Our films targeted audience was for teenagers of 15+ years of age, with no real specific gender (although as our film is a horror it is probably most suited to males). It seemed as though our film satisfied the needs of this specific audience, as the feedback we gained from our film evaluation day was mostly positive, with the majority of viewers being around this age bracket of teenagers. There was a number of ways in which we attempted to entice our targeted audience. Also, the fact that our characters were around a similar age did help us a lot as this allowed the audience to gain a better understanding of the plot of the film as they felt they could relate to the characters and gain a good perspective of there actions and how they would interpret the situations. Ways we attracted the audience: Characters Again, the characters portrayed in our film will attract the targeted audience as they are of a same age, letting most of the audience the benefit of being able to relate to the characters. Dialogue The use of dialogue in the fin is very laid back and said in a casual manner, something the teenage audience may be able to relate to as if they too are just talking to a friend, as shown in the film. The use of the way the characters tam to one another is very easy and free-flowing, and dialogue such as 'arrrrr', and, 'you're kidding me' sets the laid back tone of the characters, which also helps in the suspense building of the killing as it gives even more of a feel that the characters don't suspect a thing prior to the murders, highlighting their naivety. Clothing The clothing of the two characters will be noticed by the teenage audience as they are clothes of popular and familiar brands, clothes which perhaps the audience may even have themselves, and therefore give a sense of realism to the film, and is another way in which the audience are able to relate to the characters. Most notably in Ben's clothing, he is seen to be wearing fairly fashionable clothes and so encourage favouritism towards the character, and as a result, entice the viewers even more as they are intrigued towards the path of the character. Setting The setting is also another way of attracting our audience, due to it's gloomy and scary footage. Although not diverted towards our target audience in specific, the setting will help gain the attention of the audience as a whole because it is the type of setting typically associated to a horror, thanks to it's dark, mysterious nature. This will attract the audience as they will be favoured towards the film because it seems to be going along the right tracks in terms of creating a good horror movie. Background music In the opening of our footage (when introducing 'kwirk productions' and 'sphinx studios') we included both a loud and sharp backing sound and also a deep voiced introduction of one of the titles (done through garage band). In doing so, we created a sense of horror and tension before the footage had even begun, attracting our audience from the very start and allowing us to keep hold of their attention in the build up to the killing scenes. Also, closer to the build up of the killings, we included some tense, scary background music as a way of creating suspense and tension through these non-diagetic sounds. In doing so, we managed to attract the audience and get them to keep focus on the film as we created the thought that something of great importance was about to emerge.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Evaluation Question: How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Our media product is based on a horror, involving two characters, one of which is a teenage male, the other a teenage female.
We portrayed two different types of social groups through these characters in our filming; age and gender.

To help represent age as a social group in our product, we developed the dialogue and the script based upon two teenagers on their way to a party, making the ridiculous decision of taking a shortcut through the dark woods. This not only highlights a stereotypical horror story line, but also displays the highly questionable thought process and actions of teenagers that are looked upon in Britain.

Also, through the use of our characters, we highlight age by using mise-en-scene. Most notably in the character of Ben, we used costume as a way of displaying the characters age and also gender as he is seen to be wearing typical clothing of a teenage boy in the modern day. This will help relate to some of our audience as they could relate to our teenage characters through not only their clothing but also their dialogue.


The social groups of age and gender can also be displayed through the dialogue of the two characters in our film.
We display a view of a typical female teenager at points in our film when Aimee is seen to be bossing Ben around and leading the way; thus satisfying the beliefs of a 'moody' 'bossy' teenage girl.
This is seen most obviously on their journey when Aimee says; "Yes. It's the only way!" This highlights the character as being bossy and the 'center of attention' in our film, portraying the idea of a stereotypical teenage girl. This is also displayed at the very start of the film as Ben is made to wait for her before they can leave, once again reiterating her need for attention and the dominance she has.

Another way in which we have presented age as a social group in our film is through the use of Cinematography, as we have used different camera angles that have created/displayed the teenagers in our footage.
Through the use of a close-up shot the viewer can quite clearly understand that these characters are of around the age of a teenager, and so therefore the audience are able to gain the perspective of which these characters are coming from, in terms of their actions in the film.
In addition, these types of shot allow the facial expressions of the characters to be highlighted to the audience, as well as their facial features etc. meaning it is made clearer as to which age group these characters solely represent.

Evaluation Question: What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Results from Media open day Question 3



What do you think of the use of Editing?

For this question the audience were viewing our editing techniques, and they judged how well/effective we made them in our footage. Examples of editing include video transitions, video filters (both of which we edited using Final Cut Pro), and also soundtracks, such as the 'thunder roll', which we edited using Garage band. My favourite editing technique that we used was the 'Time lapse' shot, in which we filmed roughly an hours worth of footage and, using final cut pro, managed to scale that down into a 10 second clip. We done this by converting the rest of the shot on 'motion' to '3002%'. In doing this, we sped up the clip to give the effect that time was passing, and the viewing of the sky changing from light to dark created suspense and gave the impression that this was the turning point in our film in terms of events.

These are the results of the 74 participants we gained:
 52 positive answers
 9 negatives
 13 neutrals.

I am extremely happy with these results as these gave us a good idea of what we need to improve in our editing, but also gave us satisfaction that we seem to be doing a good job as most of our results were positive. In gaining these results and feedback we now know what we could do more to fulfill our audiences needs, enabling us the chance to improve our editing techniques next time around.

Example comments:
"i like the shot of the sky, to show times passing."
"i like the use of the transitions."
"the soundtracks used, are very effective."

and some negative comments:
"their were to many transitions."
"the sound levels were not appropriate."


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Results from media open day Question 2




This is question 2, and 73 participants took answered this question.

The question was: How do you think the film fitted in with the conventions of the genre? (our genre being Horror)

Our Genre being horror, so the conventions of a horror, would normally consist of someone dying, applying a villain and at least one victim who is vulnerable. The conventions of horror can be seen similarly to the conventions of tragedy derived from Aristotle, for example how we applied Aristotle's convention of tragedy 'casual links' which consists of the 'probable' becoming 'inevitable' which is used when the ccharacter of Ben dies, Aimee's death is inevitable.

Again the answers which we received were significantly positive, which you can see in our pie chart. The answers which we gained  were:
Positives: 57
Negatives: 7
Neutrals: 9

We were very thankful for the answers which we gained form evaluation day, because it gave us a better insight into how our film had met the conventions of tragedy. 57 answered positively which means that we done fairly well which is impressive as it was very hard to fulfill the conventions of a horror as the camera which we used for our film was not of great quality when it comes to filming in the dark, which means we couldn't apply the footage we initially wished to film. Although the answers were not as positive as question 1, as a group we are very happy with the feedback we received.

Some comments from participants:
"Yes, as it was very scary."
"Yes because tension was built."
"Yes because the music created suspense."

Comments which were negative:
"No because it wasn't scary at all, needed more tension."
"No, as the villain was not introduced as being scary."

What we can take back from the negative feedback is a better insight into what we done wrong in terms of applying the conventions of the horror, which will help us evaluate our film and how we could improve it to make the theme apply the conventions of a horror.

Results from Media open day Question 1




Thankfully we recieved a set of results Question one 1 was:
 Was the setting appropriate?

We had 74 participants and the results we recieved were extremeley possitive as we had 67 possitive answers, 1 negative answer and 6 neutral answers.

As our film is a horror, the audience will be analyzing this question in terms of a horror, they would be looking for dark scenes, a villains lair and a place where the victims are seen as vulnerable. Which is shown in our inspiration for our films, for example in 'Vacancy' the victims become vulnerable in the motel, which could also be seen as the villains lair, as all the deaths in Vacancy are performed in that room.

From theese results we gained, we can see that our choice of setting was extremely well placed, meaning that question 1 was a huge success and that the research we done was successful as for example we used "Halloween" as our inspiration, where most of the action was outside. Also the producers of Halloween used pathetic fallacy like us as the mood was always sinister in the scenes where it was dark and outside.

The comments we gained which help show that is was a success were:
"Because it was dark and gloomy."
 "it started not scary, but then the ending setting built tension."
"the darkness of the setting madeit scary."
"use of dark alley created suspense."

Final script questions

Questions on Final script:

To establish the environment what I needed to do was:
 To use a torch, otherwise it was not clear to establish the environment in which we were in. Especially the nature for example trees, we could not see the surrounding unless we had a torch in our hand.

 Also to show establishing info: made it clear through the dialogue for example stating we were walking down the “alley” and then to show its scary the face expressions revealed the emotions.
 The significant eye lines are:

 When Ben die, he makes a huge grunting noise. In reaction Aimee shows a concerned and scared face and this is shown by the close up, which is in line with Aimee’s eye line. This shows that Aimee is desperately concerned, and shows the inevitability that she is also in danger.

 What kind of coverage we need to make our film more effective: Is a better camera because we cannot see the surroundings other than what is in the light source of the torch, so we could not put in a killing seen because in the dark an attack could not be established because the torch couldn’t require enough light to see both characters in action.

 We used composition to show relationships by:

The arrangement of characters, because it shows the character of Ben was far from heroic and impatient as when Aimee was on the phone Ben walked on and lead to his death. Also the relationship of the two was obvious to the viewer through use of dialogue, Aimee’s character was very demanding with quotes of yes “it’s the only way” and “wait a minute Ben”, whereas in contrast Ben was very many with quotes such as “ar you kidding me”

Appleby Street - The final script

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Questionnaire of latest update Part 4

I continued to ask the 10 people on what they think about our latest video, the ten people where our target audience of the age 15-25. To get a fair answer I asked 5 boys and 5 girls, so we got an average answer of the target audience and did not base our survey on strictly one gender.
Whether they think it suits the conventions of our genre? (horror) and why? And if yes could you give an example.

The 5 boys where:

Harry

Ben K

Alex

Jake

James

The 5 girls where:

Lauren

Holly

Rosie

Jess

Zara

Responses:

Harry: Well at first it didn’t match up to your genre, as there was not enough viewing of the villain. The end music with the piano created suspense and made it fit in to your genre.

Holly: Yes because it contained what most horrors do, a villain a vulnerable girl and a killing. The music was scary at the end.

Rosie: Yes straight away because the “sphinx studies” noise was unexpected and from then on I was waiting for a killing scene and then you applied the killing scene. But would want one of them to die.

Lauren: Yes because it was inevitable that your character was going to die because he did not seem comfortable shown through expressions.

Jake: Not really because the lines like “I’m a doughnut” does not create suspense, it is too comical to be a horror.

Jess: Yes because your character was useless and it was inevitable that you was going to die. The music applied made it inevitable for example the “bird singing” on Aimee should it that she is dependent and when you die we know she was going to die.

Ben K: Yes especially the part where you two split up, it happens in every horror the idiots depart and both lead themselves into the villain, oh and the fact you was useless and it was inevitable you was going to die. (Cheers mate)

James: Yeah because you created suspense for example, at the very start with the “Sphinx Studios” made me jump.

Alex: Not that much, there wasn’t many parts of your film which made me jump.

Zara: Well I thought some part applied to the theme of your film, especially the ending when Ben died because the music matched it perfectly.

This survey was produced, so we can see what our target audience think the progression of the film is on, in terms of the conventions of our theme. That being horror theme. All participants gave us a helpful answer, regardless if it was a positive or negative answer because we can strive to progress so our film fits the needs of the conventions of horror. We gained mostly positive feedback, which can only be good as we are near the final stages of our film and to find out that we are on course, in terms of conventions of horror.

How we applied survey responses into our film:

Development of Appleby Street 8



This is our latest video; we have made these changes due to the feedback we received from our survey.  Basing on the question “what would you improve?”  We got positive feedback from the other questions as well but we found this question to be the most important because we are acknowledging the audiences demands of our film in the process it is in this moment of time.
The most popular issue which was answered by our survey participants was the fact that “Kwirk Productions” was not loud enough or not the right soundtrack which we should apply to the image. We just made the soundtrack which was recorded via “Garage Band” with the effect of “Male deeper vocals” louder so the vocals are clearly conveyed to the audience. The problems we faced with this was we couldn’t properly define how loud the sound would come out because the first couple of times we put this soundtrack on “Final cut pro”, the loudness of the soundtrack seemed clear enough but when we converted the film via “quick time conversion” on “Final cut pro” so that the movie would be in Mov format. Then once it had been converted he sound of the clip was not as loud as it was on “Final cut”. The reason we done this was because during our survey research, when we asked what do you think is “wrong with it” and how would you “improve it”, to sort out the loudness of “Kwirk” was a popular answer and we agreed with the participants so we applied ths.
  
The part after Ben shouts “come on were going to be late”, then we meet at the lamppost. The sound level of the dialogue was to quiet and the sound of the wind overpowered the dialogue. We came up with several different solutions for this problem, but the solutions made us face some other problems. For example we thought this would be an easy situation, we would just tighten up the sound levels of the clip so that the loudness of the dialogue would increase. Then when we tried this, the problem we faced was that the clip itself contained too much levels of wind in the background. So then you could still not properly hear the dialogue still. Then we thought, we could try to lower the sound level of the wind we put in “wind 6” of “Garage Band”, but then the flow of the sequence did not go with the scene. As the levels of wind was reasonably high, shown with the wind pushing against Aimee’s hood,  then the wind went quite in the same scene, it didn’t match. Then the last solution worked to the best ability out of all 3 solutions. The solutions was to use “cut” on the “toolbar” of “Final cut pro” to “cut” the clip where the dialogue was involved and then increase the sound slightly so the dialogue was a tad clearer and the levels of the wind in the short clip was not to different from the rest of the clip what got “cut”.
We have moved the titles which were initially after the confrontation between Aimee and the killer, to the start after introducing the characters to “Starring”. The reason we done this was because during our survey research, when we asked what do you think is “wrong with it” and how would you “improve it” the most popular answer was that the ending looked like “credits”, and I “presume you are going to carry on” so we took it into account and decided to act on it. So we got rid of the still image of the woods, although it was a really good image. So moved the sequence from “Final cut pro”, which was created to put in the background of the image of the woods. We then put the sequence into the start of the movie, after the “starring” of the two characters, to keep the flow going. The transitions we used are “Fade in Fade out”, which is available for us on “Final cut pro” so that the flow of time passing was carried on. The problems which arose from this were that the sequence we copied from the end was too large for the scene which we put it in. So we used “cut” again from the “tool bar” to shorten each of the titles so that the sequence fit in with the scene.
The middle scene is still not finished yet unfortunately; we have applied a clip to fit in between the scene where it is light and then all off sudden dark. The reason we want to do this is because otherwise it does not look realistic. So we have come up with a clip of the sky for about an hour, but then through the use of “Final cut pro” we have made it so the video is about 10 seconds long. We have applied this video so the audience can see time has passed.

Questionnaire of latest update Part 3

The question was, what parts would you improve in our film?

5 Boys:
Harry
James
Alex
Jake
Ben K

5 girls:
Rosie
Lauren
Zara
Holly
Jess

Harry: I would make the sound from "Kwirk productions louder" and make the clip of that more like the "Sphinx Studios" as that created suspense whereas "Kwirk" didn't.

Lauren: The ending looked like credits, and as it is the opening 3 minutes of the film i would persume theres going to be more of the film, so i would re do the ending clip.

Zara: I would make your character more manly because he keeps saying lines like "are you kidding", also i would change  the clothing of the villain.

Holly: I would put in more backing music, it is only scary at the end with the piano playing ion the background.

Ben: It was impressive, but i think you need to sharpen up some of the darken clips, especially the brightness so we can see whats clearly going on.

Jake: I would re do the middle scene because the light difference is to different, all of a sudden its pitch black maybe re film in the middle between the light scene and the dark scene.

Jess: I would change the "kwirk" so it is louder or get a new backing track, also re film the middle scene all together.

Alex: I would get rid of the last scene with the titles and put the titles of "producer" etc at the start along with the "starring".

James: I would make the villain scarier, maybe give him a shot of him attacking Aimee or Ben.

Rosie: I would make it so you could see the killing of Ben and also make Aimee die instead of ending it.

We asked the question of "what parts would you improve in our film?", because the 10 people i asked were all part of the target auidence 15- 25 most of them being about  16,17. This is extremely helpful because they give us an idea of what they would like to be improved in our film, so we are fulfilling their needs.

Of course we couldn't act on all of their ideas, for example "Rosie" stated that she would like to see the "killing of Ben", (cheers)  of course we cannot do this because i am playing the role of two characters of me and the villain. So we could not contain a shot of me and me in the same shot, i'm not Eddie Murphy. James also stated he wanted to see either "Aimee or Ben" being attacked by the villain"but when we done the survey of anyone surviving the boys and girls had a divided opinion. So we thought to respect both views we would make one survive and the other to not.

But we took some into consideration, for example to improve "Kwirk Productions" was a popular view from the survey, Jess stated that she would "make it louder" or even get a "new backing track", Harry had a similar view but also stated make the clip of that more like the "Sphinx Studios" as that created suspense whereas "Kwirk" didn't. As this was a popular opinion we are going to look at the clip and see if we can use their ideas to improve our film.

Also one view was to "get rid of the last scene with the titles and put the titles of "producer" etc at the start along with the "starring". We are going to try this idea as we feel this is really effective idea as we were thinking of a way to try and change the titles because we had a similar view to "Lauren" as she stated that "The ending looked like credits, and as it is the opening 3 minutes of the film i would presume theres going to be more of the film, so i would re do the ending clip."

Inspiration: Halloween 2

In the start of the film to introduce the titles "director", "producer" etc they used a simple black background and then used orange writing which is normally bright but darkened the orange. So they could distinguish the writing from the background but still keep it sinister. They were all positioned in the center of the picture to show they all contributed a significant amount.

They transitions they used were "fade in fade out", mostly in introduction of the film, with the "producer" etc to show that times passing but also so the words do not pop up straight away they take time to introduce to keep the flow and rhythm going. Also they used a transition called "dissolve" at the part of the "end of the tunnel" and then dissolved /into the man by the door.

The camera angle on Mike Myers is usually a "body shot", so you can see the whole picture, which reveals his masculinity what makes him more sinister because and the victims more vulnerable as he has a physical advantage. Narrative is also defined by the fact that Mike Myers reveals no emotion, shown through the constant "close ups" on his mask. When he kill the person with the knife he doesn't even flinch on the "body shot", which reveals to the auidence that he has done this before and will carry on which makes the character of Mike Myers iconic.

Camera angles used: They used a "extreme" long shot to show the character of Mike Myers through the window of the lady whom is looking out of the window.
A "long shot" on the man policeman, with the torch.
Camera movement: "Tracking", this occurred a few times the first one occurred at the very start when they was walking down the tunnel.
"Pan shot" this was the shot at the massive building moving horizontally right ways.
They "eye line shot" was used in the "Tracking shot" down the tunnel because it looked like it was a "point of view shot" from someone walking down the tunnel.
Body shot: There was many body shots most of them being on the character Mike Myers.
"Close up" was used on the mask of Mike Myers so the definition of the mask was clear.
"Extreme Close Up" was used when the tracking shot went on the door, through the key hole then straight into the boy with the mask on.

The main focus of the film film was the revealing of the character of Mike Myers, the tale of his "resurrection" and the horrible acts he is capable of when he kills the "policemen". Also the connection between Mike and his sister and that she is not really ill she is looking at the window for a reason.

Editing has been used in this film especially for reaction shots, when something sinister is occurring for example when the policemen dies the editor uses quick and repetitive shots so it creates suspense. Also the editor uses video filters using "slow motion"on Mike Myers with the paramedic outfit on to give the auidence enough time to realize that it's not really a paramedic.

Mise en Scene has been used to a significant amount to create suspense, for example the clothing of the character of Mike Myers he has got the symbolic "Mask" which makes him look dangerous. Also the props he consume for example the "knife" it makes it inevitable that a death is going to occur. The lighting is significantly important to contain the horror theme because the "torch" represents that the "policemen" is vulnerable and in a dark place, but also the light which on the policemen revealing his shadow promotes suspense as it is clear he is in view of Mike Myers and the inevitability that his going to die.

What happens in the opening is that the character of Mike Myers is introduced more cruel than ever. Then his sister is seen to be apparently ill which we know that she isn't so we know that she knows that she did not kill the right Mike and that's whats on her mind as she is constantly looking out the mirror to Mike.

I think this is extremely effective because it reveals how bad Mike Myers as a character is and leaves the auidence with an idea that Mike and the sister will be re united which leaves the auidence to want to watch on.

Inspiration: 'Halloween'

Appleby Street survey- How boys and girls compared

Would you like there to be blood involved?

Boys:
Yes 7

No 0

Don’t mind 0

Girls:
Yes:4

No:3

Don't mind:0

In comparison they are slightly different, but still the majority on both of them are to involve blood so from both answers we are going to decide to involve blood in our film but as their is a minority who feel their shall be no blood we shall just make the blood not to a significant amount.

Would you prefer the film to be carried out in light, dark or both?

Boys:
Dark 3

Light 0

Both 4

Girls:
Dark: 2

Light:1

Both: 4

They are both have similar answers, so from an average the target auidence would like us to include both light and dark which is perfect as we were going to apply pathetic phallacy with the lighting of the sky reflecting the characters moods and emotions, which means it would be suitable to apply due to the answers we have gained.

Would you like backing track in the movie?

Boys:
Yes 5

No 2

Don’t mind 0

Girls:
Yes 5

No 2

Don't mind: o

Both views are exactly the same on this answer, with the majority claiming they would like a backing track, which we means we will try and put in as many soundtracks in as possible, but to try and keep every one satisfied we will remain some clips with out soundtrack so the people who claimed that they don't want soundtracks in can enjoy the film.

What would you like the villain to wear in the movie?

Boys:
Don’t mind 2

Mask 3

Other: Mask with a knife
• Dark clothes with a cape

Girls:
Don't mind: 4

Other: where Mask, mask and knife and mask and cape

They have some similarities and differences in comparison, but as an average i think we need our villain to wear a mask, but we could easily put any piece of clothing as the majority of the answer was don't mind so their is not a specific look which we should go for.

Do you reckon there should be a lot of dialogue involved?

Boys:
Yes 5

No 2

Don’t mind 0

Girls
Nope:2

Yes:4

Don't mind:1

In both the majority is for dialogue, so we are going to apply some dialogue so it fulfill the needs of the public.

In our opening 2-3 minutes would you like there to be any survivors?

Boys:
Yes 2

No 5

Girls
Yes:5

Nope:2

These answers are completely different which has left us in a sticky situation, initially both character were going to die, but know we are going to differ the situation so that the end of our 3 minutes finishes with a confrontation between the villain and Aimee, so that the ending can be interpreted that in the rest of the film Aimee will die in that confrontation or that she will manage to run away which will suit both answers.

Shall we name the villain?

Boys:
No 5

Yes 2

Don’t mind 0

Girls
No:4

Yes:2

Don't mind:1

This answer is more simple as both of the answers are near enough the same, so if the public feel we shouldn't name the villain there is no point trying to give it a name.

How often do you see horrors?

Boys:
Often 4

Rarely 3

Never 0

Girls:
Often 4

Rarely 3

Never 0

The answers we gained from this question were exactly the same which is great news as the majority of our target auidence watch our theme of film often so that means we have picked a good target auidence for our film.

Girls survey for Appleby Street

 We have already completed a survey of 7 boys, so to make it a fair questionnaire we needed to complete a test with 7 girls as well so we can get an average public response to our questionnaire, as our target auidence is 15 and above we asked 14 teenagers ranging from 15-19.

Question 1: Would you like there to be blood involved?

Question 2: Would you prefer the film to be carried out in light, dark or contain both?

Question 3: Would you like backing track in the movie?

Question 4: What would you like the villain to wear?

Question 5: Do you reckon there should be a lot of dialogue involved?

Question 6: In our opening 2-3 minutes would you like there to be any survivors?

Question 7: Shall we name the villain?

Question 8: How often do you see horrors?






Question 1: Yes: 4 No: 3 Don't mind:0

Question 2: Dark:2 Light:1 Both:4

Question 3: Yes:5 Nope:2 Don't mind:0

Question 4: Don't mind: 4 and the other responses where Mask, mask and knife and mask and cape

Question 5: Nope:2 Yes:4 Don't mind:1

Question 6: Nope:2 Yes:5

Question 7: Yes:2 No:4 Don't mind:1

Question 8: Often:4 Rarely:3 Never:0

Questionnaire of latest update PART 2

Did you like the part of the film where the character died? and why?

Harry: I thought it was really good, especially the part where it went into detail of the wound on your neck and the effect you used gave it an effect which exaggerated the death which created tension.

Rosie: It was really good because the death created tension.

Ben: It was good because it saddened the mood and created tension but the wound needed to be clearer.

Lauren: It wasn't really that scary because their was not enough blood in the scene, and i would prefer to see the death rather then just a grunt and then a shot of him dead.

James: I thought it was really good, especially the soundtrack which went extremely well with the scene because it created tension and revealed that the two characters were week.

Jess: I thought it was a really good end to the opening scene and i like the effect of the fuzzy camera on your character, annoyed me tho that they split up although it made it more scary.

Alex: Wasn't very scary needed to reveal the villain more.

Holly: it was very scary, and i really liked the shot of Aimee running because the music fitted in perfectly with it.

Jake: Thought this scene was your best and most sinister scene, it really was a good use of tension building because throughout the film it gets a bit scarier each time and then as soon as you reach the fields its the begging of the end.

Zara: It was very good and scary because the effect made it feel like the killing was not over, but maybe have a better ending.

This is also a gave me some extremely useful information because we have built the opening 2 minutes up so the last minute of our film will be at its most sinister and we applied pathetic phallacy and mood progression to try and highlight this to the auidence. What this questionnaire gave me was where we stand at the moment with our last and most important scene. The majority gave a severely positive answer, for example "tension building" which we tried so hard to try and create, "beginning of the end" which signifies the inevitability of the downfall and the vulnerability which we also tried to apply, "i like the effect of the fuzzy camera" meaning Bad Film on Final Cut Pro which as editor is very good news because this is an effect which i put into try and give the shot an sufficient effect. but there was also some criticisms from the minority, which we will still take into account "Wound needed to be clearer" i am going to have a talk with the rest of my teem and see if we need to recreate this scene or if its good enough to sat in the scene.

Questionnaire of latest update PART 1

For our latest questionnaire I decided that 5 boys and 5 girls should take part in order to abtain a balanced with of our film and what we could include, unlike the last questionnaire in which only 7 boys took.

5 Boys:
Harry
James
Alex
Jake
Ben K

5 girls:
Rosie
Lauren
Zara
Holly
Jess

1.What do you think about the production and studio company names?

Harry: I think the Sphinx Studio label had a better effect that the Kwirk, didn't like the "Kwirk productions" sound in the background.

Rosie: I liked the Sphinx Studios because of the background and the writing looked like blood which made it quite scary.

Ben: I like both of them, they both were unexpected which makes the film already seem quite sinister

Lauren: I loved the Studio name because it took me by surprise, I like the production label name but just need to tighten the sound.

James: I really liked the first 1 because it was tension building, but the second one didn't have the same effect.

Jess: I preferred the Kwirk productions because the sound made it more sinister, need more sound for the sphinx.

Jake: I didn't really like either of them, they didn't really build up tension, need better soundtrack.

Holly: The Sphinx studios was very unexpected and made me jump whereas Kwirk didn't have the same effect, Kwirk needs a different sound.

Alex: They were both really unexpected and sinister , just make the Kwirk productions then the laugh more clearer and then i think it will have a better effect.

Zara: They were reasonably good but didn't make me scared so it didn't wantt me to watch on, i feel that the Studio company name had to much more of an effect than the production label, maybe even them out.

From an conclusion, form these 10 results the majority said they thought there were good, especially the Studio name but their was one who said they didn't like either. This result helped us tremendously because the majority liked "Sphinx Studios", "took me by surprise" that was the effect we wanted it to have because it creates suspense also "tension building" this was also the effect we wanted to gain because all horror films apply tension building so we will keep this clip of Sphinx Studios for definite. We received mixed results from our production label but most of them said they liked it but it was not as good as the studio label so we are going to have to edit the sound either re record the soundtrack or tighten up the sound or the other solution is to get another soundtrack in the background but we do need to apply a soundtrack because in the other survey we received an answer of the majority that they want a soundtrack in their horror film.

So we are going to carry on editing our film tomorrow, as editor i need these results so i can understand what they target auidence think of our initial company labels and how we applied them to our film because i need to how i can improve it to fulfill their needs.

Development of Appleby Street 7



We have just made a few changes from the latest video up till know. We reviewed our film and decided that we need to edit our film with some effects. So we looked on Final cut pro with the several video transitions and filters which we are freely available to use. After a couple of hours we went over most of the video transitions, but they were not really effective as the only effect we gained by using them was that, time was passing. So then we looked over the video filters to gain an advantage. We overlooked several and applied them to different scenes of the film to see if they were effective. Then we found a video filter called "Sharpen" and it worked to great effect on one of the shots, but for us to apply this effect we would have needed to use this effect on all of the shots. So we tried out this effect and unfortunately after 20 minutes of rendering the effect was not effective with all the shots. So then we had to get rid of that effect.

Then i asked a fellow classmate what effects did their group "cats in space" use, as they also are doing a horror film as the theme. So they showed me their impressive film and they used several shots, the most impressive ones for me was "Bad TV" and "Bad Film", as it created tension because the "Bad TV/Film" highlighted the inevitability that there was something going to go wrong. Then i found a shot in our film where Bens character was lying dead on the floor and we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to try out the two effects, then when we reviewed which one was more significant to our film. As a group we came to a conclusion that the best effect was the "Bad film" as it highlighted the image betting than "Bad TV". So we applied the "Bad Film" effect to our film where my character was laying on the floor.

We also used the same effect on the opening of the film on the "Applebystreet" road sign, which worked perfectly because one of our roo,s for improvements was to make the clip of the "Applebystreet" road sighn to be still as initially it was to much of a moving clip for the opening of our film, but the use of this effect allows us to keep the clip as the effect makes it look like we wanted the image to move around. So we applied the "Bad Film" effect to our film and then we tinted with an effect to darken the image so it made the sign look more sinister.

Questions for our film opening

1. What is our films theme?Our films genre that we decided to go with is the horror genre, as we gathered from ourselves and friends that the most popular films for teenagers tend to be either horror films or comedies. Due to the fact that we believed it to be extremely hard to make a comedy, despite our obvious charm and knack for making people laugh, we decided that making a horror would be better suited to us and would be easier to keep good consistency in having the film in keeping with the genre and pleasing the audience


2. What are the mood progressions?
Through research, we saw that horror films openings dont tend to start sinister but instead find a way of smoothing in the sinister side of the film This is called 'Tension rolling', which we applied to our film because at the start of the film, where Ben and Aimee meet, they are, to some extent, in high spirits but they are certainly not worried at this moment in time. However, as the film progresses the emotions become more revealing, for example, at the shot reverse shot of the alley, the two characters faces symbolizes the slight anxiety they are consuming. Then finally, they get more anxious and the tension continues to rise, for example, when Aimee confronts the killer you can see the scared look upon her face. Also in our research we saw that we need to be effective in creating pathetic fallacy, that the weather reveals the mood of the characters/film. We applied this to our film because the start of the film it is reasonably light outside and then it gets dimmer with the moods getting more anxious, then finally, when Ben dies, it is pitch black to show an end of his night metaphorically speaking.

3.What location should each sequence have?
It starts at the top of the hill, then the journey will begin to the alley way were the anxiety starts. They then will go through one alley leading on to another alley. Then they will come out the second alley and approach the field as it is said to be a shortcut. Then finally they end their journey in the darken woods, were the killings will take place.

4.What statement should each location make towards the film premise?
First of all we are meeting at the top of the hill, because it represents the mood at the time because it is just a journey and there is no reason for anxiety or tension. But then we are continuously on the move to portray that time is passing, so they then next approach an Alley way. Then this portrays a sinister look to represent the theme of horror. So all the scenes have huge significance for the film, they all convey the emotions to the auidence. Also the represent the bad decisions bad by the characters which occur in most horrors for example in ours they go down an alley instead of the streets then they depart in are darken woods which only deems a negative outcome, and represents that this field is where the killers murders occur and that it will be a main location throughout the rest of the film so would be key to introduce the most important location in the opening minutes. Also the main plot has to be carried out in the woods as it is the best possible venue which we could freely use in our film to represent the theme of horror.

5.How should each set be lit?First of all the lighting is quite bright because we applied the effect of pathetic phallacy, so that the setting was sinister at the beginning to show a journey and how the journey continues to get severely more uncomfortable. Then the journey to the alley gets slightly dimmer. Then when we reach the alley the lighting gets considerably darker so thus is why we introduce a torch by picking it up on the way, for two reasons one to make it more realistic because if you cannot see we wouldn't know where we was going, but also to gain a better effect of the characters emotions by revealing the anxiousness on their faces. Then finally at the end of the film it is significantly dark, which works very well with the clip of the wound on my characters neck because the definition of the wound is a lot more revealing when it has a bright light on it.

6.What kind of belongings do the characters keep around them?From our research we decided that to consume the props which were most popular, for example we used a mask and a knife, following the footsteps of the film "Halloween" as the character "Mike Myers" uses these props. But also The characters find a torch on the way of their journey so we can gain a better picture in the dark of the characters as the bloggie does not gain a great picture in the dark.

7.What do the characters wear?The character of the villain wears a mask and a jacket with a hood, so it does not reveal his face as then the auidence would see that i am the villain and my initial character. But also to portray a sinister image of the villain because every Villain needs to look severely sinister otherwise it does not carry out the theme what we are trying to reveal. Ben wheres normal teenage clothes in a jacket and chinos so the target auidence can connect with the character as that is what you would usually associate with an average day teenager. Aimee is wearing a jacket and jogging bottom which are half covered up by Hunter wellies, which also you would usually accociate with an average girl teenager. The reason why we have revealed Ben and Aimee like that is so t reflects our target auidence which will make them interested with our film.

Development of Appleby Street 6



We have made a few changes from the previous video, for example we introduce "Sphinx studios" followed by "Kwirk Productions" which we edited on power point to create a background for our companies name to make it more sinister and exciting which links to our film (and also it looks much more professional!) We also introduced the main roles in the opening 3 minutes for example "Starring Ben" and "Aimee" with the Directed by "Aimee", produced by "Jacob", Edited by "Ben" and director of Photography "Jacob Brown" so that we have all been allocated 2 roles each to show the equality during the making of this film. Also when we introduced the last four set of roles we picked a background of the woods to keep the horror theme occurring. The only problem is that the image was still so that it didn't look realistic and didn't fit in with the rest of the movement in the film, so what we have considered is to see if we could film a clip of the woods with movement to make it more tension building.

Development of Appleby Street 5

From this:

 To this:



As you can see we made some very slight but significant changes, we have changed the loudness of the sound in certain parts of the film and the sounds tracks. We have done this because our initial video was shown and the responses of the target auidence where 'to change the sound and also' to add a backing track. Because the wind only offers 1 musical interpretation to the film whereas the backing track will interpret the intensity which we want our film to have. In every successful horror there is high levels of intensity because the music makes the viewer become tense. So if there is no intensity the horror is taken away so we thought that by adding music we will create suspense and tension.

I done this is using Garage Band, because this allows you to gain free soundtracks and interpret them in your own way with special effects. We interpreted our soundtrack with Male basic because we want our soundtrack to be masculine, as you would normally associate masculinity with a horror, whereas if we edited our film with female basic it would be more delicate and fragile and we would not gain the effect of a horror.
We added a soundtrack with birds tweeting when at the first meeting because it portrays her character early on that she is not dependent on her own because she takes her time and is not decisive. Which we use to an advantage because when my character and Aimee split up we see the inevitability that she will die because she will not be able to run away because she does everything in slow motion. We also done this to keep the auidence interested, because in many horror films there are glimpses of comedy especially early on in the film because it keeps the viewer interested and is a friendly way to introduce the character, this also allows mood progression to be applied, at first the characters were not friendly and then later on they become vulnerable.

We then added a Dark soundtrack under the category of piano to take place, whilst we see Bens character on the floor because it reveals the emotions of the characters and saddens the auidence which normally occurs in every horror. We see that Aimee is sad also because she has just lost a friend and also that she knows that she is vulnerable to death because she is lonely in a dark field next to a victim who has just died, meaning the killer cannot be far away. So the effect which we gain from this soundtrack is that the auidence will feel sorry for Aimee, as she is in the opening two minutes throughout we want at lest one of the main characters to be connected to the auidence because in every film their needs to be a favorite character or a good character, which relates to Aristotles conventions who states the protagonist must be more noble than evil.

The next piece of music involved shows that the scene is upbeat, and reflecting the tension through Aimee's heartbeat because the music is loud and rapid to show she is scared. The response i gained was that it fits in perfectly with the clip but not with the genre. Which i will need to review and analyse because This scene is meant to be significant to the film and genre, which means i may need to replace it with a sound of more suspense, or i could interpret this soundtrack with deeper vocals.

The last piece of music is relevant but not useful because it does not sound realism and the review i got on this is that it does not create suspense which i hoped it would. So therefore, i am defiantly going to replace the sound either with a different piece or just no backing sound at all.


Feedback

We got several responses with an average answer being that it has the right intention for a good horror but there needs to be several finishing touches for it to be deemed scary.

For example we need to re film certain clips with more lighting and more sound. But also to edit with more backing sounds to make it more interesting.

From the survey i offered i gained some helpful results, 1 which i am going to act on soon as possible that we need some backing music which i also agree with. Because the film is good but it is 1 dimensional we need ranges of emotions sounds and lighting for it be exciting for the auidence. With the limited resources we have it is going to be hard to find a significant soundtrack for our film but fortunately we have the opportunity to use freely use Garage Band which allows to have basic sounds in our film without permission, so i am going to play about with Garage Band then see if i can fit some of there sound in our film.

Appleby Street survey results- Boys

1. Would you like there to be blood involved?

2. Would you prefer the film to be carried out in light, dark or contain both?

3. Would you like backing track in the movie?

4. What would you like the villain to wear in the movie?

5. Do you reckon there should be a lot of dialogue involved?

6. In our opening 2-3 minutes would you like their to be any survivors?

7. Shall we name the Villain?

8. How often do you see horrors?

I gathered results from 7 boys to give our group a overview of what our target auidence wants our film to improve on and include. Also, to see if the stage of the film in which we are currently on meets their needs.
Here are the results:







Thanks to these results I have gained an insight into the audiences perspective on horror films. However, the 7 people I asked were all boys meaning that the results gained may be a bit one sided, which will explain the answers for example "no survivors" and want to see "blood" during our film.
In most horrors or action films there is male references in the film, for example fighting/killing which we contain in our film at the minute when the killer shoves the knife at Aimee and go to kill her, but also when Ben has a wound on his neck with blood (ketchup) on his neck, which gives the film a gory approach which will keep male audience interested in the opening 2-3 minutes.

Here is a an average for each question results:

Would you like there to be blood involved? Yes 7

No 0

Don’t mind 0

Would you prefer the film to be carried out in light, dark or both?
Dark 3

Light 0

Both 4

Would you like backing track in the movie?
Yes 5

No 2

Don’t mind 0

What would you like the villain to wear in the movie?
Don’t mind 2

Mask 3

Other Mask with a knife
• Dark clothes with a cape

Do you reckon there should be a lot of dialogue involved?
Yes 5

No 2

Don’t mind 0

In our opening 2-3 minutes would you like there to be any survivors?
Yes 2

No 5

Shall we name the villain?
No 5

Yes 2

Don’t mind 0

How often do you see horrors?
Often 4

Rarely 3

Never 0

Each result gave us a idea if our film is relevant to the requirements of our target auidence or in fact we need to improve our film to match their requirements.

Question 1: All 7 boys answered with yes, fortunately we have a seen where there is a wound on Bens neck with fake blood.But this is a quite significant requirement we might need to redo the scene so the auidence can gain more of a glimpse of the wound to show how substantial the wound was.

Question 2: This made us change our scene partly as was focusing on Dark and light but as they want both we are going to contain interval lighting to show the process of the light changing to raise tension and as the answer which was superior to the others was the light to be both.

Question 3: As most of the auidence answered that the film will need a backing track, we will need to add a soundtrack in the background to keep the auidence interested, which i will do in the editing stage to make sure the consistency of the sound matching the image in the video.

Question 4: We gained a diverse answer, but most containing a mask, which was in our initial list of props in the first place.

Question 5: we surprisingly gained a different perspective of the auidence of what we initially we had presumed. So we are going to create a new script with adding more dialogue which will also mean we will need to create more filming so that our film matches the requirements of the public.

Question 6: Of course boys wouldn't like there to be any survivors which was backed up by my survey, so we are going to recreate the ending so that i definitely die and depending on the results of the girls to see if Aimee should survive as well.

Question 7: As we got most of the results containing that we shouldn't name the villain, we are not going to as it will save time and we wouldn't of gained any purpose as the auidence don't require it.

Question 8: We didn't get any never which was good as it shows that most of the public either rarely or often watch horrors, which was shown by my results with it being roughly half each with Often just edging it with 4, This shows that we picked the right auidence as our survey shows most teenagers watch horrors.

Appleby Street Survey

We will carry out a survey based on our film in order for us to gain a better perspective of what our audience would like from a horror film and the contents they woulld ideally like to see in our film. The questions we used are as follows:

1. Would you like there to be blood involved?

2. Would you prefer the film to be carried out in light, dark or contain both?

3. Would you like backing track in the movie?

4. What would you like the villain to wear in the movie?

5. Do you reckon there should be a lot of dialogue involved?

6. In our opening 2-3 minutes would you like their to be any survivors?

7. Shall we name the Villain?

8. How often do you see horrors?

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Roles and responsibilities

Director: Aimee: this means that she is in control of where the characters are positioned and were the setting shall take place.
Producer: Jacob: as I come up with the initial plot of the play and am adapting the plot due to my research.
Editor: Ben: this means that he is in charge of editing the piece post-filming. Although, it is hard to distinguish this role as me and Ben have both put in alot of hours into the editing.
Director of cinematography: Jacob: as I am the camera man so am responsible for the shots etc.
Lighting: Ben: this means if the lighting's bad, he will have to fix it to a suitable light and is also in charge of the torches to gain light.
Craft services: All of us.
Make up: Aimee: this means she's responsible for creating the wound on Bens neck when he dies.
Costume: All responsible for our own costumes.
Prop wrangler: Ben: he has to take care of the camera, torch, fake knife and the mask.
Transport manager: me and Ben walked or had to get lifts down to the location.
Cast: Ben as himself and as the killer and Aimee as herself.
Location manager: Aimee: because the place is near her house so she knows the most about the setting.
Continuity editor: Ben and Jacob: We made sure the process is consistent throughout, for example; the props will be introduced instead of poping up throughout the scene.
Set dresser: Jacob: I makes up the set, so it fits in with the scene.

Missing clip

After filming, we came to the realisation that during our editing phase we have stumbled upon an error involving lighting. Unfortunately in our film there was a stage in which the light difference from one scene to another was too substantial, and so we have for the time being added in a picture saying "missing clip" in which we will soon replace with footage of clouds over a period of time. Hopefully this clip will give the 'Time lapse' effect to highlight how long the journey has taken the charcters, and will be another good editing technique and camera shot we can add into our film.

Development of Appleby Street 4

We developed this video from the video i posted just before this one. We done several things to it for example we muted most of the sound as it was not appropriate and gathered many different tracks in the background remaining with few amounts of dialogue. We used garage bound to gain our sound, we used a wind track to produce the non digetic, but to make the wind sufficient we made the loudness of the wind due to the estimated amount of wind on the characters face and clothes. For example we started it with reasonably windy noise when they walked round the bend , but then the next part of the journey their was not but much wind so we made the wind slight. Which made it more effective when we looked down the alley, with the wind pushing on our faces. This was effective for two reasons, being it made the journey look significantly more realistic. But also to use poetic phallacy that the weather (the wind) reveals how much in fear the characters are and how the night becomes more sinister.

But by no means is it at the standard we are aiming for, as the video has slight mistakes for example in the opening ten seconds the wind breaks then starts up again which is something we need to examine and recreate. But also we need to redo the dialogue with voice overs to create tension because we need to hear the voices to reveal fear.

Also the birds tweeting, was substantially loud because it over powered the wind in a great deal and that didn't reveal the effect we initially thought we was going to gain, so this is also something else we are in need to edit.

Development of Appleby Street 3


The background sounds for example the wind over power the dialogue, so from this we are going to go on Garage band and find a windy backing track which is consistent and then we are going to create the dialogue through voice overs as it makes it more realistic.

Also the video transitions used look like time is passing, which is not the effect we wanted to produce, so we are going to edit the film so the video transitions so we don't consume time passing effect, the possibilities of which we could edit in our film is rapid cutting to create suspense. We need to make the whole film interactive for the audience otherwise our film will not the match the conventions of a horror as they don't create suspense or tension.  We also need to include a wider range of camera angles to create tension, for example 'close up', 'panning shot'. These shots will create tension as the audience will gain a wider perspective of our film.

Target Audience for Appleby Street

Our targeted audience for Appleby Street is of aged 15 and above, due to its planned reasonably scary context and excessive scenes which may be innapropriate for some of the younger ages. The target audience reflects the characters in the film, which would effectively give the audience the chance to relate to the characetrs and their way of thinking, and to consume the emotions displayed by the characters throughout the film.
Also, with the target audinece being of a similar age to me, this enables me to consider what would entertain myself through watching a horror and what I would feel to satisfy the conventions of the genre and the audience.
 

Development of Appleby Street 2

Props

To add effect into our film, we decided on adding props into our clip, in order to give the killer a stereotypical look, and also give him a trademark weapon for his killings.
The props we intend to use in our filming are a mask for our killers face, and a fake knife as a weapon.
The mask is used as a way of hiding the killers identity and creating a sense of fear into the characters, and hopefully the audience. And, the knife we will use will obviously be a fake knife, as we don't plan to be arrested for carrying a real knife, and will be shown to let the audience create the gruesome image in their heads of how the killer carries out his killings with the weapon, leaving the viewers with different thoughts which they interpret to be scary and severe.


A Vulnerable Victim and A Masked Killer

Through research, and mainly common knowledge, it is clear that most, if not all, good horror movies have a vulnerbale victim, led to their downfall through stupid, idiotic mistakes that the audience can most clearly see, and yet remain glued to their seat nonetheless.
We've tried to portray this type of victim, or in our case vicitms, through the use of dialogue, setting, and the storyline of our movie. Attempting to highlight the mistakes made by the characters through obvious downfalls in their characters and in their actions.

By filming in a dark forest for our setting, we have created the suspense typically associated with a horror movie due to the dark, scary background that the trees create when merged with the darkness in our clip,  hopefully creating a scene something similar to the picture on the right (although don't get your hopes up).
In using scenes similar to this, we tend to see the Villain come into their element, capitalising on the vulnerable victims obvious mistakes, creating the illusion that they seemed to have lured the victim in, when in actual fact this could have been easily avoided. Yet, this seems to be a repetitive feature in horror films, and still creates suspense for the audience because although they know the vicitms are destined for their doom, no one quite knows just when this will happen, more often than not cathching the viewers by surprise and maintaining the thrill of watching the movie, something we hope to emulate in the making of our film.


Also, in our film, we have gained inspiration from films such as 'Halloween' in which the killers identity is never revealed as they wear a trademark mask when carrying out their killings, leaving the audience with a clear idea of the plot of the killings as they can identify who the killer looks like wihtout actually knowing there true identity, leaving them thinking if they will ever be caught, or if the killer is also playing another character in the film, leaving them guessing on who the man behind the mask is.


Creating tension through imagery

As well as actions, we need to create tension and suspense through the use of imagery. By illustrating a pattern of setting it symbolizes a routine, that the Villain frequently performs these action and he times them perfectly so he can carry on killing the vulnerable. The illustration paints suspense towards the auidence because the edginess performed by the auidence is contained mostly when the setting is Dark because it makes it more realistic, also the illusion that every dark woods contains a villain.

Also, the pattern of setting represents the path to the woods and how it starts off a pleasant idea, and then from there the characters regret the path they took, and start questioning whether it is safe.
A perfect example of setting creating suspense is when you can see the characters are continuously under psychological pressure. They cannot maintain mental strength and crumble under pressure, so therefore they are vulnerable. We can apply this to the last part of our opening clip to our film because it represents the routine of the villain, which gives our film the ability for it to carry on. This also gives the auidence the thrill factor that it starts pleasant then goes on to get more scary, then by the end of the scene you will be on the edge of your seat, which links to the classical literature convention of tragedy that possibility becomes probable then becomes inevitable.

We will start with this "dusk" imagery as it is not to pleasant but yet not spooky. This gives the chance to introduce the characters properly because we gain better effects in the light as our camera is not the greatest quality. This represents the possibility of the murder.







This is where the characters start to reconsider if going through the woods was a good idea, but yet the dim light signifies hope. This is where there is hope because the imagery still contains some source of light which makes the auidence try and guess the outcome. Then as the characters become satisfied the imagery has become more sinister to create the tension.




Finally the inevitable appears when the characters cannot see anything, they become vulnerable and stupidly the characters split into pieces and disintegrate for there own safety but ironically become more present and vulnerable for the villain. With this scenery it is easier to promote a murder because the auidence cannot see the escape for the victim as the auidence lose that light (the sense of hope), then finally the villain strikes.