Lighting

img_1867In today’s workshop I learned how to set the lighting up, using the gel to change the colour of the light to create different atmospheres. The different lighting includes: Back light which is directly behind which is used to eliminate shadows, Fill light which is off to the side and the key light which is the main lighting which is placed at the front.

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Digital Technology

Describe how you have used digital technology in your production work and how your ability to use digital technology for production has improved over time.

  • Surevymonkey – I used this to gather information about my target audience.
  • YouTube – I used this as a platform to upload my footage to the internet, this is also a place where I can receive feedback from the audience.
  • Adobe premiere pro – Editing my footage
  • Canon video camera – use this to film

 

Digital technology allows us to create our media productions through the use of various tools and skills that I have developed throughout my time as a media student. It also allows me to upload any footage I have created on the internet and this means that I can receive feedback from the audience about what they liked and what I could improve on, which will help me in the future. I can use word press to hold all of my research, planning and my final production which is useful as it is all in one place and it’s easy to access.

 

YouTube has been very useful to me as this is where I upload my main production and this is also where I can receive feedback from the audience which I can use when doing my next production. Or even when I go back and edit to improve what I have already uploaded. The way I use YouTube is I would sign via the college’s login and simply upload it from there. From then I would wait for a couple of weeks and then I would go back to it and look on the comment section and to see if the audience liked it or disliked it. From that information I can go back and edit the production so that it meets the audience’s needs. For example for my last production I uploaded my footage that I had produced and the feedback I got was very negative therefore I re done the whole production again this time listening to what my target audience expects and wants to see in the production. I have come far on my skills on using YouTube as at the beginning I didn’t even know how to upload what I have got and without YouTube I would have really struggled.

 

Furthermore to find what my audiences want to see in my production before even starting it I brought together a survey from Surevymonkey, This is a website where you can create your own survey. Which was shown very effective as I received information about my target audience and also I received their opinions on what they want to see in a horror trailer. From the knowledge I got from the survey I was able to give the audience what they wanted to see for example a lot of them said they expected to see a lot of gore and low key lighting so then I would use these aspects in the horror trailer so that the audience are happy with the production. The way I got my survey to reach my audience is through social media, I sent a link out on my twitter and people around my age range would take part in it. This is useful as my age range is who I expect to watch my horror trailer, therefore I am receiving information from my target audience.

 

Adobe premiere pro is where I would edit my footage so that it comes out very clear and smooth with added extra bits such as filters, effects and the sounds. My skills on using premier pro has definitely improved since last year as this year I am aware of different editing tools that I can use in my production which will make it look even better than last year. This tool is very useful as this is the stage when you have got all the footage and now all you got to do is edit it so that all the shots go in order and that they make sense in that order. Also the added extras are useful as this can include writing on the shots for example the credits, which have to be in the production.

 

Another process that has to be done is Photoshop which is used to create my own production company which gained me the higher grade. Although my skills on using Photoshop last year wasn’t as good I still managed to create a fairly good production company logo that I had used in my main production. This year however my skills have improved massively and I am now confident in using Photoshop when I have to for example when I am creating my film website and my film poster, also I may create my own production company again to put into this production.

 

In conclusion I have used many different digital technologies which have aided me in producing good quality projects. They have also helped me to send my work out to people on the internet via YouTube and social media. I believe that now my skills on most of the digital technology has improved through practise and researching into how to use certain tools in the different technologies. In my opinion my main production this year will be of better quality as it will contain new aspects and I would have developed new skills which I will be able to use in the making of my production.

Iconic director

Wes Craven (The Master of Horror)

Wes Craven was an famous American film director, writer, producer and actor. He was best known for his pioneering work in the horror genre, especially slasher films which he had a huge impact on this genre. He was named “The Master of Horror” due to his success and cultural impact in the horror genre. His impact on the horror genre was considered prolific and influential.

His most famous and popular work he produced was, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, all four “Scream”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, “Wes Cravens New Nightmare”.

 

Certificate Ratings

The age ratings are: U, PG, 12A, 15 and 18. They are there so that the audience can see if the film is suitable for them. Although even if they think thye can cope with the film it will be illegal for them to view it.

Films that are given a U are suitable for kids aged 4 years and over. For a film to be a U it must be set within a positive framework and a reassuring response to any violence, threat or horror. There will be no descrimination, no illegal substances and no anti social behaviour.

For PG films anyone can view it although if you are under 8 years ol then you must be accompanied by an adult. Again with PG films discriminatory language is vcery unlikely, there must be no refernces to illegal drugs unless it is carrying an anti-drug message. Mild bad language is approved but it can’t be frequently used.

12A/12 are suitable for 12 year olds and over. People under 12 must not waqtch these films unless they are accompanied by an adult. The adult must make a decision if their child is suitable to watch a 12 rated film. If there is any drug use in a 12 it will only be used maybe once or twice.

A 15 rated film are only suited for 15 year olds and over. The film must not have discriminatory language or behaveiour however in 15 rated films there may be racist and homophobic language. Drug taking can be shown although the film must not support/promote drug taking. Dangerous behaveiour can be allowed but it depends on the realism, context and setting. Strong language is permitted and so is very strong language but that depends on who is saying it.

Lastly, the 18 rated films are suitable for adults only (!8 year olds and over). In these films a lot is permitted for example, sex scenes, nudity, very strong language, violence and dangerous behaveiour.

When i do my opening sequence i will have to decide what age rating i will give it. But before i even start my opening seqeunce to see what age rating it should be i must take into account what my target audience is (15). Therefore my age rating will be a 15 which means it can contain dark scenes, drinking alcohol and dangerous behaviour but i can’t go into detail of the behaviour.

Audience expectations of genre

Research aims and hypothesis:

From my survey I expected to find out what is the most popular genre at this time ad I expected to discover that the majority of people liked comedy’s the best. Also I expected to discover that the most frequent age rating of film would of been 18 rated. Also one of the main aims that I wanted to achieve with the help of my survey was to discover what people though would make a good opening scene to a horror film.

Methodology:

I got 19 respondents from my survey because  shard it on my Facebook so some of y friends of there took part. I didn’t personally chose the respondents on Facebook but I can trust all of my Facebook friends. Although  did also give my survey o some of my close friends and a par of my family therefore I was sure to get responsible responses. I designed my questionnaire through survey monkey because it was quick and easy, the type of questions I included required to give opinions so that I can truly know what the respondents wanted to say. I did encounter some problems which was getting invalid responses which came from people who didn’t really care. Next time I do a survey I will make it more public in order to get more responses.

My findings:

The respondents age?

  • 12 or under: 1
  • 13 to 15: 2
  • 16 to 18: 15
  • Over 18: 1

From the ages of the people I can tell that the responses I get will mature and I should be able to get their opinions on the horror genre has the majority of respondents are at a age where they’re able to watch them.

Gender:

  • Male: 12
  • Female: 4
  • Other: 3

From the gender you cant tell much however I do expect to get more films that have a male target audience.

The amount of times they go to the cinema in a month:

  • 0 times: 5
  • 1 to 5 times: 13
  • 6 or more times: 1

The majority of people go to the cinema at least once a month therefore I will be getting information of people who have seen a lot of movies which means they’re knowledge of films should big. Which means the data I get from my survey will be very valid as they’ve seen many films so they will tell me what I should include in an opening sequence to a horror film.

Their favourite genre:

  • Comedy: 7
  • Horror: 5
  • Action: 5
  • Crime: 0
  • Other: 2

From this data I can tell that the three main genres is horror, comedy and action. Which means that I have chosen well as I had the chose to go for crime but instead I wen for horror thinking it was more popular and this survey has confirmed that.

Most popular age rating:

  • U: 1
  • PG: 3
  • 12: 1
  • 15:8
  • 18:6

From this data it is clear that people enjoy films that are age rated higher which could mea that they wont more adult humour and they wont horror films to be as gory and terrifying as possible.

How they watch films:

  • Cinema: 2
  • Netflix: 7
  • Other: 10

Most of the people these days prefer to watch films at home on their TV or on their laptop through either Netflix or an illegal website.

When I asked the people to give their opinion on what two things wold make a opening scene to a horror effective I got a range of ideas although I did see many people say “Tension”, “A death” and “gore/blood”. This data is very useful for me when I begin creating my own opening scene because through the survey the respondents have outlines key features to a opening scene to a horror film.

 

 

 

My opening sequence

Location: Me and my group will be filming by goring gap because it is usually quite there and there aren’t any houses by the road therefore it seems like we are driving down a road in the middle of nowhere giving it a scary look to it. It also seems like we are far from any help if we were put in danger, it also makes our story even creepier as it would be unlikely to come across a car driving down the road. Furthermore the road we are filming on is surrounded by the woods which is a very iconic location for a horror film.

Risk assessment: The main risk of filming in a car is that we might drop the camera however if we are wearing the strap then even if we do drop it hopefully wont hit the floor.

Actors:

  • Myself (George Milton)
  • Ella Bourne
  • Charlotte Barber
  • Cameron Munson
  • Jessica Milton

Props:

  • A knife
  • A plain mask
  • A car
  • Bottles
  • Glass

Equipment:

  • Camera
  • LED lights