Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Our final script

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shots of setting

The first shot of our film is a shot of the Appleby Street road sign, because it highlights the name of the film but also symbolizes that Appleby will be a main setting of the film. What we have done to create effect for the opening scene "Bad film" effect on Final Cut Pro. In terms of cinematography the problems we initially had were that we could not keep the camera still, so it looked like a point of view shot. But "bad film" stop that problem from frequently occurring.

This is the next shot in the scene, where my character will be waiting on the hill. This gives us the chance to introduce the characters, in this shot we introduced my character with text edited into the image on Final Cut Pro. But also we want to use the effect of mood progression and the use of pathetic phallacy which we can apply both to this shot as the lighting is reasonably light and also is not a sinister looking shot.The problem in terms of cinematography was to not get any continuity errors because the first day we filmed there, their was a giant skip behind the pole so we had to assure that was always there when we filmed there. 

This shot is where we introduce the character of "Aimee Bracebridge", we also used "text" on final cut pro to converge into first shot of Aimee to show that we will be the main characters in the film. With this shot it is uphill to represent that from know on the journey will get significantly more sinister, which helps us apply the mood progression and is also symobilized by how fast the lighting of the sequence is darkened. In terms of cinematography we had to make sure their was no random people in the background and that the cars stayed in the same place when we filmed.

This is the following shot after we have introduced the two characters, This shot applies poetic phallacy because tension is starting to rise which is reflected by the dim sky. Aimee and Ben will be walking down this road approaching the alley. This shot also represents the journey which we are going to apply video transitions in so it looks like time is passing. In terms of cinematography we had to make sure that me and Aimee were always on the same side when filming so there where no continuity errors.

This is a shot of the alley way which, we are going going to use for a shot reverse shot from the characters point of view, so the expressions on their faces are summed up by their view of the sinister alleyway. It also shows that so far the film has been tension building to create the inevitability that something will go wrong. We had to make sure that me and Aimee were always on the same side down the alley so we didn't have no cinematography errors.

This is a further shot down the alley, we created this scene so we can involve some quick reaction shots so that it reflects the characters moods and emotions and that the alley is a very sinister setting and will be involved highly after the opening 3 minutes of our film. In terms of cinematography we had to make  sure that the two characters clearly in the picture applying the rule of thirds, so that we can reveal their emotions through their expressions.

This is the end of part of the alley, we used this shot to represent the characters downfall because they have an option to take the roads instead of going down the alley which leads them to the field but they continue to go down the alley on to the next alley to represent that their is no turning back and the inevitability is deeming to become more and more present to the viewer. We had to make sure it was clear that we was going to go from one alley to the other
This is a shot to show the characters option for an attempt of survival because it can either lead them down the horrid path or they can take the safe option and go down the road in the light with the public which would leave them in a path which would lessen the probability of them meeting the villain. We created this shot because in all the horrors in which we studied the victim will always be left with an option for example leave the house instead of walking up the stairs but they always neglect the opportunity and walk in the villains path. In terms of cinematography we had to assure that you could see the faces of the two as they would express the emotions and moods.

This shot is to show that they have continued to take the horrid path to the party other than the safe option, which gives us the opportunity to use shots such as close up so that the characters emotions are revealed to the auidence but also the opportunity to create tension. We had to show that the alley was straight on to symbolize a journey and we had to assure that we were on the correct sides so we did not face any continuity errors.

This is the end of the alley, and we applied this shot so the auidence can see how the journey of the alleyway was, which will be revealed from the charcters expressions we could make them adjetated etc. In terms of cinematography we had to make sure we applied a mid shot to show the motion in what we are moving.

This is the start of the field, this shot represents the vulnerability of the characters and that when they enter the field it is inevitable that something horrific will happen, but we also applied this shot because when they approach the field they are together and that if they disintegrate (which they do) they will stand no chance.

This is a shot to show that its the begging of the end and once they have gone past the gate their is no way back and its start to come clear through their expressions that they unfortunately know it as well for example the close up reveals the scared look upon her face,

This is just a shot of the field to show that this is where the killing takes place, but also that this is the villains lair and that it will be a significant part in the whole film if the film would have carried on. But it also represents the fact that teenagers are vulnerable in every day situation because although it looks safe their could be any one anywhere hiding and if you cannot see then you are in an unfortunate position, In terms of cinematography we had to assure that we could see the character through the rule of thirds so that the auidence could see the characters not just the surroundings.

Health and safety

As we are film was a horror there was some health and safety issues which arose, i will take you through them an  describe how will dealt with them. As we did not see the attack on my character,  we avoided the most significant health and safety issue which would have been physical contact. Most of the health and safety issues took place on the shots which we didn't use.

Villains accessories- The villain had a knife in the ending shot, which you could unfortunately not see. But we had to make sure it was a fake plastic knife because otherwise we could have been stopped by the police with possession of a violent weapon. Also that when holding it as i am prone to the odd mistake, Ben could have misplaced it somewhere and could have deeply hurt someone in the process, So I bought a fake knife so none of theese issues arose.

Down the Alley- As it was very dark we had to make sure the torch was on at all times, because there could have been all sorts on the floor such as glass and if we slipped we could of been hurt severely. Also we could have been vulnerable to any old stranger on the street, we checked the floor mainly for dog poo with the torch so we didn't hurt ourselves.

Walking around- As Ben looked like a hitch hiker with a camera, torch and two bags on my back, we had to be careful in case we got attacked by anyone on the streets as it was dark and we was in Cheshunt it wouldn't seem unusual if that happened, so we made sure we stuck together so we had less chance of being attacked.

The ending- As it was very dark and we was on a massive field with one torch between 3 of us, we were extremely vulnerable to any one who felt free to attack us, but also if we slipped their could of been any forms of danger on the floor so we made sure we thoroughly checked the ground on which w

Vacancy inspiration

 How Camera angles have been used to create an engaging opening / develop the narrative / position the viewer; 

To make the audience jump, the camera angles were severely varied so that the audience could gain a perspective of everything around them. This worked to an effect because once the audience have realized the surroundings they can start then making casual links and they are on the edge of their sitting in anxiety to whats going to happen next.

What camera angle and movements have been used; 
Body shot
Overhead shot
Close up
Medium shot
Shot reverse shot
Extreme close up

What the prominent or main focus of the opening is; 
The main focus are the two characters of the man and women, they have introduced the characters with an argument so that when the plot starts to occur it is unexpected. Also the main focus it the motel and how disturbing it is which was shown on the video in the room.

How editing has been used to create an engaging opening / develop the narrative / position the viewer;
Their are several quick cuts between shots which creates suspense, especially at the petrol station where it was completely unexpected (I nearly fell of my chair but that's besides the point), also the sequence was full of short clips which creates suspense as the audience are constantly peeled to the screen because they don't want to miss anythhing because its happening all to fast and then when suspense is created they put in a jumpy bit.

What transitions have been used and why (such as wipe / fade /dissolve / rapid cutting etc); 
There isn't much transitions what have been used in this because they don't want to slow down the flow of the sequence which promotes anxiety. They do use fade in fade out, for the titles etc.

How mise-en-scene has been used to create an engaging opening / develop the narrative / position the viewer;
The mise en scene creates an engaging opening by the use of the clothing, as the clothes which from all the people involved in the film are normal clothes and are is no hint that the people of the motel where involved in such a cruel at. So when the casual links start occuring in the viewers head it is even more unexpected as no one would have expected any of theese.

What happens in the opening;
The two characters run out of petrol, the car then breaks down. So they go to a motel and then they go into one of the rooms and turn on the telly. Where they view a horrible video of a girl being assaulted and then put the links together and realize the room in which they are in is where the assault took place.

How the titles and studio idents have been presented - think about font, colour, position in the shot, length of appearance; 

The titles came up in the end of the opening 2 minutes, the font colour for them all was orange, to show that it stands out. The position of the shot was central to show the "Vacancy" is a key feature for the rest of the film. It was only in the shot for a short period of time.

Why this is an effective opening:
Because they auidence are continuously peeled to the screen, so they we will want to watch on further. The film promotes tremendous amounts of anxiety because of the way have used editing and cinematography to use a varied of shot clips, continuously after the other. The narrative is clearly established which will makes the genre horror portrayed as the narrative is clearly the horrid motel.

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Video diary alleyway

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