Friday, 27 November 2009

CCTV Poster

This poster has a very simple colour scheme of black & white and green & white. I decided to use this because the running time on the CCTV shots in the film are in green and a black & white picture helped to make the text stand out. I hazed out the edges of the picture so that the picture is more focused on the camera and so that the text on the edges were more effective. Having text on the edges makes them bold because they are on a black background and they are out of the way which emphasises the larger text "CCTV".

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Poster Research

When planning to make a poster for CCTV, I decided that a CCTV camera would be the focus of the poster because our film wanted to show how CCTV has been a huge part of most people lives whether they know it or not. I wanted the majority of the poster to be in black and white because it would make the rest of the writing stand out.
By looking at what films are similar, I decided that the film "Eagle Eye" was the most relevant to what our film wanted to show and what our target audience is. By looking at the "Eagle Eye" poster i noticed that the poster also had a black and white theme that made the colour text stand out more. From research of other film posters I found that the majority have a section of text that is dedicated to saying what actors are in the film,who wrote the screen play and who directed it.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

A2 Media Coursework

My A2 coursework will be a 5 minute film, which i will be making along side Stuart Sharples

Our film will have two main themes, these are surviellance and modern society.

The film will hopefully represent how peoples privacy is neglected because they will always be monitored,. whether it is by people or machine. This film will show the many ways in which people are "followed" during their day to day activities, also we will atempt to represent why people are continuously monitored.

To give the impression that in modern society everyone is being watched by someone else we will use a variety of camera shots and techniques to portray the suspious characteristics of the modern man . . . or women. One of the techniques we will use is the use of CCTV footage.

To begin the film we will have use archive footage and CCTV footage to establish the scene and tone of the movie. By using this footage we hope that the audience will understand what we are trying to show in this film straight from the start.
For a film to make continuitical sence it must have a begining, middle and end, however our moive will challenge this theory in that a movie can have a begining, middle and end but not in that order. In our film, after the archive footage, we will start with a important scene that is situated towards the end of the story then when shall flash back to the start where it will build up to the scene shown before.

In more detail, after the archive footage we will start with an establishing shot of an ordinary street. We then see a police car speed past with its flashing lights (the police car will represent the police that is linked with CCTV). When the police car has gone we see an average male walking round a corner into the shot. This character will be carrying a laptop in a case. We will have diagetic sound of the street and the man's ipod music.

We will then film a women opening her curtains onto the street that the man is on. We then cut to a POV shot of the women's view of the street, we see the man walking and we also see a white van near by. Then we cut to a medium shot of the man in the street, this is followed by a cross focus to the white van and those inside. Next we see the men in the van looking at the picture of the man in the street. Then we cut back to the POV shot of the women at her window (this will act as a master shot) where we see the van pull up next to the man in the street and him get bundled into the van. As the van speeds off we fade to white.
from then on we fade back into the events that lead up to the man's kidnapping using various techniques to represent a CCTV society. Once we reach the part in the story that we showed at the begining we unfold the truth.

The target audience we will aim this film at is ages 18 - 30. We believe that this would appeal mostly to those who are from a working class background because of the tone of the film. Also our film will intrest those familliar with crime movies and have intrests in modern day society and the secrets behind it.

The genre this film falls under is a crime drama. This is because the movie will explore a variety of emotional receptors to react in different ways to a majority of our taget audience. Because we will feature many suspence filled scenes alongwith a kidnapping it is reasonable to call this film crime related.

Our film would be most similar to television whows such as 24 and spooks, this is because they both deal with smart crimes and even smarter solutions. Movies that may share technical attributes are "Eagle Eye" and "Enemy of the State".
Institutions that would be interested with a film like ours are Dreamworks and Touchstone because these both have funded and supported films with the same themes. Also with the film having future teleivision prospects the BBC may be interested in airing it.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

London Today Newspaper

Evaluation of Newspaper

We first started off by doing some research into newspapers, we looked at a variety of different newspapers most of which were free and local. Because these newspapers were free and local they had more advertisements on the front. Once we had a brief over view of what we would need to have on the front. We then decided to go out and take pictures of stories that we wanted to portray.  
These picture had to be our own, therefore we had to go out and take the photographs. We decided to have a UFO sighting as out main story. To do this we needed a picture of a sky. Other pictures we took were of a movie star, who was part of 'The Package', and the student that had spotted the UFO. To make it easier to pick pictures we took 87 photos. By having so many photos it made it easier to get the story we were trying to get across, each photo gave a different style to the story (e.g. smiles means a happy story). After we had taken all of the necessary images we uploaded them to the iMac. Once we had done this we then needed to change them in specific ways to portray to the audience what the story was about. For example we had a photograph of the sky in which we edited to show a UFO to go along with our story.  
To create the UFO I (Harry) used Adobe Photoshop, by using this program and its detailed tools I managed to create a similar looking object to a UFO in the sky. The image was then dragged to indesign and we made it look smaller so that it would look more realistic. 
Indesign was the software we used to complete the task of creating a local front cover with the story of our choice. Indesign allows you to create different boxes and guidelines so that you can comply a page that has the same style of a newspaper. Using this software was a learning experience for the both of us as this was the first time we had used it. Overall we thought that this software was pretty easy to use as it was similar to other programs such as Microsoft Publisher which we were more common to. However Indesign was more complex and this was an advantage in completing the task  as it had more tools and options to allow us to have our page looking the way we wanted to.
All together we manage to complete the task and get the result we wanted. We got the paper to look the the way we wanted by using a variety of programs and techniques that helped us to develop our skills for the part of the course next year.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Your video work and the evaluation:

Comment on the best bits: Some very clean shots and very good hand held work. The camera positions are excellent. An excellent edit.

Things you can improve: Hand held work has to be better still, though!

Marks are out of 3 for this:
0 means you haven't done it.
1 is lowest - it means that there is a lot that needs to be done, but that you have the material to sort it out and make it work.
2 means that you've done the job competently and it is OK.
3 means that you've done some parts of it really very well, and should work to exploit this.

Medium Shot MS 3
Long Shot LS 3
Close Up CU 3
XLS - extreme long shot 2
XCU - extreme close up 2
Pan 3
Tilt 3
Zoom 3
Cross focus 1
Deep focus 2
Tracking shot (dolly, hand held, shoulder shot) 3
Point of View - POV 2
Use of tripod 2

Shot - reverse shot 2
Establishing shot 3
Cut 2
Dissolve 2

Total out of 54 = 41

76% B

Evaluation: clearly done, could do with a bit more detail. 90%, A

Your site seems to have some problems

Harry - I can't see what has been posted by me, and I need to to check it, and if necessary revise it.
So I won't put up a review of your evaluation until that is done.

Monday, 29 June 2009

The Package Evaluation

We first started off with a list of camera shots that we had to include in the film titled 'The Package'. With all of them in mind we sat down together to discuss and draw up our ideas, and finally put them together so that we could film our ideas. 
After this we chose who our actors were. We need to select people who fitted the character's attributes. Our actors were David Finch (Suspicious guy) and Tom Hayward (Mystery man) and Stuart Sharples who was a random character. 
We now had to find a location to shoot our first scene. We chose a quiet class room which was adjacent to a long corridor. This was helpful as our second scene was to be in a corridor.
We made several changes to our script whilst filming but none were major. 
All of our clips we over ran so that we had sufficient film footage to edit later on.
Now the filming was complete we now had to extract the footage onto the computers and edit it via Final Cut Express, which is a software which allows you to use several tools and techniques to put together your film.
We found the software easy to learn as Harry was already equipped to the software due to previous experience's therefore Harry was able to show me how to use Final Cut Express. The tools available such as adding transitions and cuts made it easy to merge together the clips we had and make changing scenes more attractive on the viewers eye.
It  took us long period of time to find specific music that would fit our film and one that we liked as well.We both looked through Harry's Ipod which had a variety of music that we liked but ended choosing Linkin Park - In the end. We thought of merging this song with another half way through the film but instead chose to fade the music into the background by making the music quieter and then pick up its sound again and finish at the same level it started off at.
One problem we had with editing was that it was hard to get the right heart beat and make it sound real because one bar was only 2 heartbeats and we wanted more so we had to join them to make it sound real. Another problem was that it was frustrating to film as we had to film during school time we had a lot of noise in the background and interruptions from people passing by interested in what we were doing.
All together we both found this task interesting to do and enjoyable to put together and we learned a lot to do with editing and how to use a camera to show different representations and how to capture the same thing but from a different position.

The Package

By Harry "The Great" Aquilina and Stuart Sharples

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Thank you, Harry

Excellent. I won't sign up as a reader yet. Evaluation now.