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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Evaluation 3

What Kind of Media Institution Might Distribute Your

Identity(2003)

Identity,2003, Directed by James Mangold.

 The opening sequence of the film begins in a dark room where their is only the use of artificial light which comes from a lamp as the sequence goes their a loads of props which appear to be newspaper cut outs are spread across a table which appear to articles from a newspaper which seem to display an accident which recently happened and this is clear for the audience to see because their are close up shots taken of the newspaper which look brownish which give the audience the idea that the film is set in the olden times. Their are diegetic sounds of thunder in the background add the sense of a thriller to the film or horror because that effect is used to make the audience fill scared which is why it is put horror films because it makes the film more scary or adds anticipation to the film . The non diegetic sound is the sound of music in the background which adds suspense to film with its fast and up beat tempo which puts this film in the genre for suspense thriller also in the opening their is a voice taking about something which sound like a series of events which will be considered as diegetic sound because he can hear himself when he speaks

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

True Edge moodboard

The Edge Moodboard

Hannibal( Ridley Scott,2001)



The opening sequence to Hannibal begins with a man talking to another as of they are narrating a story . Their is then a establishing short of both characters speaking to each other which shows that are having a conversation. Their is then a close up shot of a character sitting in a chair who looks disconfigured face the camera then switches to a close up shot of the male character he is speaking to who looks normal. The male character with normal appearance presents the old man with the disconfigured face with a gift which their is then a close up of which appeared to be a gold hockey which the man with the disconfigured face was interested in and this is represented with an eye line match of the old man looking at the mask. Whilst their is background music playing which has a slow tempo which adds suspense to the scene.

Blood Simple( Joel Coen, 1984)



The opening sequence starts of with a low angle shot of car driving down a dark road while it is raining. In the next part a woman starts to talk as of she's the narrator of story , their is then a quick cut to a man and woman talking to each other whilst in silouhette the male driving and the female character in the passenger seat. In the background their is suspenseful music playing at a slow tempo and as every at they approach whilst driving head lights shine through the mirror names fade in and out. A car then stops in front of the male and female l the male characters face is revealed as he turns around and the light shines on his face where as the females identity is still hidden.

Memento(Christopher Nolan,2000)


















The opening sequence to Momento starts off with a close up shot of a picture in deep focus which is shaken about every 5 seconds and every time the character shakes the picture it becomes lighter which gives me the audience the idea that it is going backwards because of how the picture was once had red on it and as it is shaken it gets lighter and lighter.After the picture is done being shaken their is a vertical pan shot which slowly reveals the appearance of the character as he puts the now clear picture into his camera and takes of photo, their is then a quick high angle shot of the body on the floor with blood all around it. The background music is playing which has a slow tempo which makes the audience feel anxious. As the opening sequence continues their are is a close up shot of blood moving on the floor which is in deep focus , their is then a cut to the a bullet on the floor and then glasses in the corner then a close up of a dead characters head. Then the character with the camera stands up and his gun flies into his hand and the bullet fragment back in to gun also the dead character on the floors glasses fly back onto his face and all of his blood is gone and the character is alive again.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tuesday's media lesson

Today's lesson was very good good because we went over over question 3 of the evaluation which is about media ownership and how to approach and answer the question properly

Monday, 26 March 2012

Media Studies Evaluation


1.       In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Our opening sequence uses conventions common to many thrillers, for example our opening scene pan shot over letters which gives the viewers a numerous amount of ideas related to what the letters may be about and what they are for and why the word “failed” is written in big bold capital letters which builds up suspense in a lot of ways because it keeps the audience on their toes about what’s going to happen next. These effects used in suspense thrillers can be seen in the opening sequence of Identity 2003 directed by James Mangold which starts off with a pan of newspapers cut outs on a table in a dark room with only one form of light which comes from a lamp. I find that at the start of thrillers like those stated above they start off a story at what you see and hear in the beginning is always a key part to what happens in the next film or towards the end, also while the camera scrolls across the newspaper cut outs in Identity there is a soundtrack with a low tempo and pitch paying in the background which I think adds suspense because usually when something starts off slow it’s because they’re building up to something so I feel it gave me the audience something to look forward to, this to me is a key part in thrillers because it builds up the tension an makes the viewer feel like they have to know what happens next because the newspaper cut outs mean something. Lastly, the titles of thrillers are what make them what they are for example “identity” gives away many ideas of what the film might be about and gives audiences who like thrillers the chance to try and predict what the film may be about before they see and I believe that’s why in police shows that have murder they always show the victim dying in the beginning so that a “who did it” concept can come into the viewer’s mind because while they watch it they are trying to fiqure who did it before the show ends which is what keeps them interested and watching from beginning to end, an example of a detective/ cop show that does this is “Diagnosis Murder” which at the beginning of every episode shows someone getting killed and say around 10 minutes after that they reveal a list of suspects which could of done it and may make one person look like they done it so that you/I the viewer can put together a story in our minds of how they did it and when according the show. In our opening scene it appears that our challenge is going to be how were going to build up suspense in the film and made us have to rethink the initial idea and change the story a little bit because the title “Over the edge” can either tell a lot of stories or none at all so we will stick to the suspense thriller an may adjust it so that the audience create an who done it situation instead of making every key part in the opening sequence happen quickly because it I now clear to us that the idea of a suspense thriller is for people to create an idea in their mind of what’s going to happen and slowly build up to the idea of what’s going happen, how and why. So we had to rethink what the initial meaning of “Over the edge” was and how we can adjust it by adding in other ideas and we have done this by adding in another character at the end of the opening sequence which will keep on the edge of their seats and to this we may add an action match to our parallel edit and how to make it seem like it was part of the plan all along.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Last Wednesday filming

Last Wednesday me and my group went Wandsworth common to film down more of our opening sequence, Wednesdays filming went well because I got to film the remaining parts of my part in the opening so were nearly finish which is good because then well have more time to focus on the exam

Last week Tuesday media lesson

In Tuesday's media lesson our teacher informed plus of the evaluation that we will have to do on our film and how we should attempt answer them because some things that we say can be frowned upon an example of this " every thriller has a chasing sequence" which shouldn't be said because no one has seen very thrilled to know that this statement is true. We were also given had outs which gave us an insight on how to start of the questions when answering them of we have trouble.

Last week Fridays lesson

Im last weeks lesson we learnt about why films are released in the cinema and how they are promoted so that the audience that the film is for will be attracted to it. We also learnt why some cinema films are released in different countries before the UK and what the process is of getting films to cinemas across the globe and how complicated it is.

Last week Thursday lesson

In Thursdays lesson we went over what would be in the second part of the media exam and how to approach it. The second part of the exam will be similar to the English exam we were taught some key media aspects to help us to answer the questions properly.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Evaluation of Hit Station

Today  me and my group went over the concept for our opening sequence for Hit Station and have decided that our idea wasn't as good as we though it was so we attempted to improve the story so that it would be more interesting. For example we decide that instead of their being two characters in the sequence that their would only be one, after we decided this we had to figure out how the character would recieve a signal and beign the story. After some intense thinking with our media studies teacher we decide that we would bring the future of technology into the opening scene and with this idea to focus on we decided that everything would be electronic instead of using paper based letters. Even though we were almost done remaking Hit Station we decided just to drop the idea.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Media Lesson

On Tuesday 17th January 2012 in my media lesson the class task was to watch previous media studies students opening sequences and to pick out the good and bad aspects of the opening sequences and from the three I watched all of them had good storylines but their mistakes were simple things which could have been prevented such as problems with the costumes which that they didn't fit the part of the characters and another problem was the non diegtic sound which was constantly used which is good but it was also mixed with diegetic sound which sort of over rules the point of the non diegetic sound. This lesson was very helpful because it helped me and my group to realise which aspects to look for and which ones to avoid because marks can be loss easily.