Friday, 8 April 2011

Evaluation: Question 3

This is the type of thing that our taget audience would like. They would like regularly going to he cinema with their cineworld unlimited card, allowing them to watch as many films as they want. There favorite genre would be thriller and horror as they like the suspense and tension

Evaluation: Question 8


EVALUATION QUESTION 7

EVALUATION: Question 6 audience feedback Video

From the feedback we have received from peers, we have discovered that the majority of people liked our film as a whole. They were pleased by many factors in our film such as the music, camera angles, lighting and ultimately the setting. They thought the music really matched the video well and were pleased with the train sound effect. One person said that they had preferred intensive slow music when the dead body was revealed and thought that it did not fit in well. Expect for that slight criticism, most opinions consisted of positive feedback.

Evaluation: Question 2






I have chosen to compare the main character of The Paper Trail to Hannibal Lecter. I have chosen this comparison as both seem normal however they both have deep psychological issues. At the start of our film  our characters identity is unknown, whereas Hannibals is revealed however both share a mysterious aspect about them, which makes us question do we really know their character?.

The character fits in well with our sub genre. Especially as the audience finds what both characters does disgusting and messed up, whereas too them they enjoy it.

Evaluation: Question 1

 












The top image shows the title screen caps taken from artofthetitle.com for the film Deadwood, while the caps below show our film caps from The paper trail. Both share similar aspects. Both show the opening titles in the beginning of the film, both also in a white background.

A similarity is the way that the titles are positioned, they are done in a way so the focus isn't taken off what is happening behind it. In both title sequences there is a shot of the scenery.

EVALUATION: Question 3


Chris is a working class 22 year old single man living in east london . He currently works part time at Blockbusters because of his love for films and videogames.















He frequently visits the cinema to watch the latest releases with his friends. He spends most of his time either at work or watching films in his home cinema. He is likely to have tickets from his last visit to the cinema and probably a receipt for DVD rentals in his wallet/pocket.

He is in other words a film fanatic because when he isn't watching a film or at work he is most likely to updating his blog on films he has seen, or is going to see. He is a dedicated fan to his favourite films such as The Silence of The Lambs and Halloween and etc. His favourite film genres are horror and thrillers like Silent Hill and Inception.




People like Chris are the people that are most likely to watch, understand and appreciate our film because  of the psychological thriller sub-genre which The Paper Trail falls under. It takes the audience on a psychological journey overstepping the boundaries of reality. 

EVALUATION: QUESTION 3


























James is a 24 year old, who works as Operations manager at a Nando's restaurant the o2, in
South-East London. His restaurant is in close proximity to a cinema complex and other venues, he has a lively social life and works monday to friday, so he always is looking for a good time! He's really in to action and thriller films, especially Psychological ones, as it freaks him out and is always looking for a thrill! He lives in a apartment by himself near by Canary Wharf and has plenty of mates. He's single, so that means he's not inclined to watch a certain kind of film if he's out on a date! He'll go with his mates to the cinema to watch the latest releases and a film, like 'The Paper Trail' catches his eye. As he's really in to those kind of thrillers... Blood, guts and a psychotic killer, well... that sounds good for him!

He drives a Audi R8, and has a good salary of £35,000. He shops for brand clothing like Ralph Polo, Bench etc. So he has a good taste in clothing and for fun, he's always looking to do something with his mates, like going go-carting and paint balling. He craves those thrills and is constantly looking for the next idea about what to do for his action-packed weekends. He has plenty of disposable income, as we realised something about our film, it wouldn't be suitable for teenagers of 15 years and over to be into. Our film is a hard cut and sophisticated thriller that would appeal to the 18 year age range, as they would possess more intelligence.

EVALUATION: Question 1
















Here are the selection of 9 screenshots taken from both, 'The Paper Trail' and 'Deadwood'. As you can probably notice, that the tones and colour schemes are similar in collalboration with the lighting shown. We wanted to keep the audience 'hooked and spooked', in the viewing of film as that would keep them engaged, in addition, it was essential to set the atmosphere and theme, as it was a Psychological Thriller. Also, there are similar compositions with the shadows, for instance, the shadow of the hand shaking (The Paper Trail) to the shadow of the hand in the doorway (Deadwood).
















Also, the scenery was greatly used in Deadwood, we wanted to portray that as well, as we had a excellent place to film in. The House Mill offered stunning scenery, which can be utilised to portray a desolate area. So we played that to our advantage, Also the range of close ups were used to place empathy on certain aspects that would make the audience identify what objects have specific importance. For this, the Paper crane was the symbol we wanted to put the empathy upon. This 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

EVALUATION: Question 8

Before we first started, we all had some experience with filming, techniques and general knowledge of what the audience expects in a film. I believe the preliminary film we made was like a realisation of what we have to and how it has to be done. Although we had some knowledge of techniques of how to make a film, our knowledge was quite basic. The preliminary allowed us to get know in more depth camera techniques, planning and relating this to editing. This was all done through trial and error and looking at what can be improved. We have progressed a lot since the preliminary task as it enabled us to familiarise ourselves with the process of filming and editing. When we first started filming the preliminary, we only had basic knowledge of what we were doing and due to this, we ended up improvising throughout the whole clip. This showed us the importance of planning as everything needs to link together to allow us to create and edit a smooth film. With some relatively believable acting and luck through improvisation, we managed to pull it off. The preliminary seemed like an introduction of what we were going to expect and allowed us to make mistakes which we can learn from to better our skills. Had we been thrown straight into filming our full product, it would be completely disastrous as even with planning of the storyline, camera shots, setting etc. we still found it difficult to make, (especially when it came to editing as we were unsure what clips we should use and where we should it). 

Filming:
The day before we filmed, I looked at the best techniques of recording and what camera effects and settings should be used for the best film effect. It was then that I discovered that all professional films are recorded in a certain format that gives it that "film effect" which looks different compared to a conventional TV program. The format that present films are recorded in are in 24fps (frames per second). I done some research as to why this setting is used to record films and discovered that it gives a more natural look to the human eye. This is because the human eye can only see a certain amount of frames per second and matching that will give a natural look whereas recording in another format such as 25fps will look unnatural. Even though it is only 1 extra frame per second, it does change the whole effect of the film itself. Some people had recorded in 30fps and when compared to ours, it was noticeable to see how unnatural and fake looking the film gave as an impression. 


The decision to record in 24fps seemed a smart move and this move was made based on how our preliminary looked in terms of "film realism." When we began recording, due to our location we discovered that we had to take many things into account when recording. We learned that lighting as well as camera angles and mise en scene had all had to be taken into account. This is where we experimented with various techniques. Intuitive camera angles were used to see if we can come up with something different, (something we had not done in the preliminary). 

Here we tried to be creative
but ultimately failed.
We learnt how to take different shots and explored the angles that seemed to fit scene. Initially in our preliminary, we did not take enough shots so the amount of shots we could use in editing was limited. Here, we learnt from that and took as many useful shots a possible so we don't have the same problem like we did in the preliminary. Trial and error was used to see what shots worked and what didn't. We recorded a certain scenes from certain positions; if it looked like it worked then we'd keep it and move onto the next scene. If it looked wrong and didn't seem to match the effect we were going for, then we redone the shot from another angle. This gave us a wider span of various shots, something yet again we did not think of in our preliminary.


Editing:
The preliminary task was a great way for us to get to grips with the editing program Final Cut Pro. Having little experience before hand with the preliminary, we only knew then how to do the basics such as cut clips and move them around the timeline with little perfection. Since then, we have developed our skills and been able to do more refined editing such as split the sound from the video, slow down clips and edit to more professional standards e.g. cutting out unnecessary and unrelated clips to precision. This was only done once we became more comfortable with the software. With the preliminary film, we only knew the basics and as we were not entirely sure how to use the program, the cutting of clips and along with timing and continuity seemed quite amateurish. Match cuts was something we had taken into account this time. Instead of just throwing in clips together that seemed as if they related, match cuts were used to link actions together from different camera angles making the continuity much better as the clips linked together better.

Sound:
As the preliminary was there for us to get to grips with the basics of film making, we did not use sound creating software as we did not have enough experience to use it. We did manage to get the hang of the soundtrack after we had a tutorial of how to use the software. The software we did use was Soundtrack Pro in the end. This program allowed us to effectively create music, sound effects and sound bridges to insert into our film.

EVALUATION: Question 4 & 5


Local Cinema
On Tuesday 5th April 2011, our film was shown to over 140 students and a board of teachers in Screen on the Green cinema. This is a type of media institution can distribute our film. Although a low budget film, a cinema can be used to distribute our film. Although it cannot be distributed mainstream, our film can distributed in a rented out cinema and shown to friends and family where "word of mouth" can begin to see our film on other forms of media such as the internet. The reason a cinema can be used to distribute our film is that first general opinions need to heard to spread word of mouth about the film so others can then see it on the internet to gain further interest. It can be also be rented out to locals as they are the public who can then spread word of mouth even more which might generate interest of more people and maybe even get media interest.

Blogging websites
Our film was also uploaded on the internet onto a blogging site such as Blogger. As being on the internet, Blogger can easily reach a large number of public reviews due to its wide accessibility. Blogger is a blogging website which mainly people use to upload opinions or articles of events and experiences; its a personal public diary on the internet. As it is widely public and is made for making opinions public, Blogger can be used to distribute our film and gain recognition. 
Blogger is a useful platform in which people can refer
their favourite blogs to each other.


Facebook
Social networking sites such as Facebook are other forms of medium where our media product can be distributed to an audience. Facebook in particular is used by millions of people worldwide and is the biggest social networking website on the internet today. There are over 500 million active members on Facebook where people are able to socially interact with one another. There are also over 900 million objects that people interact with such as pages, groups, events and community pages. It is here where a page can be set up entirely for our film to help address the audience and gain recognition not just locally like a cinema, but worldwide. An average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events on Facebook and with over 50% of "Facebookers" checking their account everyday, it is probably one of the best forms of media distribution. Statistically, an average user has 130 friends, which is where word of mouth can easily spread literally over night. With over 700 billion minutes per month spent on Facebook people are bound to come across our film if advertised correctly, therefore greatly increasing the number of views of the production and doing all the distributing legwork for us. There are other websites such as, Youtube and MySpace etc that can also help us get our film noticed by the global market as they are globally renowned because they are free, easy to access and a great medium for today's media.

Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world, so successful, a film was made about its creation and creator.




YouTube
Youtube - The worlds most popular and successful video sharing website.
Youtube has to be the most obvious way of distributing a media product such as a film to the general public. It is among one one of the most visited websites in the world just like Facebook. Youtube is known for allowing any member of the public with an internet connection to upload any type of non-offensive or explicit material. It is a great medium to distribute our media product to yet again not just locals, but to the entire world. The statistics for Youtube are insane. Youtube exceeds 2 billion views a day. That is 35% of the entire population of the world visiting Youtube every single day. With such a large amount of visitors, it is an excellent type of medium to distribute our film on. Youtube is free to use to upload and view videos therefore it appeals to literally billions of people around the world. An average person spends about 15 minutes a day on Youtube. 15 minutes times the number of people visiting Youtube a day means that it is the best chance of gaining recognition and the best place to release any type of video content. Statistics also show that 24 hours of video is uploaded every minute which just shows its popularity and recognition it can get you. Proof that Youtube is a great form of media to release a media product is the amount of normal people who have gained recognition and celebrity status from the website. One person who has taken Youtube to a full advantage and is now one of the most famous people in the English speaking language is Justin Bieber. He has gained recognition from Youtube by distributing his own made videos and gaining the interest of people who saw potential in him. From being an average teenager, he is now one of the most famous and richest out there today thanks to Youtube. That just shows the power and potential Youtube has to make our film successful and to gain recognition. 


Alternatives to web based platforms
This is the DVD cover Raihan had designed
for "The Paper Trail"
DVD
Although the internet is the best form of media to release and distribute our media product, there are also non-web based alternatives to those who wish to do it the old fashioned way. One way to distribute our film could be to release it on DVD and try and to distribute it. As our film is unknown by the public, people would be unwilling to pay for it would therefore be more logically to just distribute the DVD freely then to sell it on. This can attract people who have no access to the internet but is only available to locals and not worldwide such as Youtube.

Film Festivals

Film festivals can also be used to address a large audience in an event. Within film festivals, there is also media coverage and with that, the media coverage can bring in more recognition. Like a domino affect, the media such as television broadcasts can distribute our film for us automatically.

EVALUATION: Question 1

Deadwood

The Paper Trail

Here are 9 screen shots of our film compared to 9 screen shots from another film called Deadwood. The reason we chose Deadwood to compare to our film is because the openings of both these films have very similar aspects. Firstly, the fonts used are quite basic and do not require much attention due to the fact that they are displayed throughout the shots instead of on a blank screen used to make it the main focus. The positioning of the texts is similar because both the films display the texts on a different part of the screen so as to keep the audiences focus on the mise en scene. Another similarity is the use of close ups and extreme close ups which help build tension and set the pace for the film. These are crucial to development of the storyline and an essential part of establishing to the audience what kind of film it is. The lighting is mainly dark and depressing which also helps the audience identify the genre/sub-genre of the film.

EVALUATION: Question 3

Craig himself
His university

Craig is an average guy of 24 years enjoying life as a young adult. Studying a degree in architecture in university shows that he is no stranger when it comes to something out of the ordinary. When it comes down to it, he is a serious guy, but he always likes to see the funny side of things instead of the negative.
At the movies
He likes to do all the conventional things that most people his age like to do; listen to music, go out and make the most of what there is to make the most out of. This involves socialising and meeting new people to do new things.

Where he works
One of these is going to the cinema. As a film fanatic, when it comes to the latest must see movie, Craig is a sucker in spending his money he earns as an HMV employee.
Music fanatic
He loves to watch a good film which keeps him constantly intrigued and involved in whats happening on screen or keeps him constantly on edge eager to know what is going to happen next. This is where The Paper Trail comes into play. The Paper Trail is a psychological thriller which keeps the audience continually "in the dark" of what the motives of the killer are and exactly who he is. This is something which Craig likes to see in movies as unlike other genres, there is an element of suspense and constant urge to know what will happen next. Other films in other genres have no hidden story behind the main story which is something that intrigues someone like Craig as you don't see the bigger picture of the story until mainly the end.
Socialising and meeting new people

This is why people always say thrillers contain a twist in the storyline. It could make all the little bits of information shown in a film add up together and show a bigger picture of the full story.

This means instead of e.g. showing the journey of a character, the bigger picture will show how the character got there and why. This shows intelligence in the the storyline which is something the younger generation of adults like to see as the younger generation are not as easily as impressed as before.

This film generally appeals to young adults than the mid teenage category that we would like. This is due the violence and material present which may not be suitable for certain people. Also, most psychological thrillers consist of heavy twists which can be quite confusing for a younger generationg of people. An example of this is Inception. Although rated as a 15 film, its severe twists make the film very confusing and hard to follow. As The Paper Trail is an 18+ film, it can appeal to anyone in their 20's and early 30's.

EVALUATION: Question 4 & 5

Our film was presented to 142 students and a board of teachers. Our film was also uploaded on the internet; on social networking sites, like Blogger, where people are able to list their favourite blogs on their page and refer them to other people, therefore greatly increasing the number of views of the production and doing all the distributing legwork for us. 
Blogger is a useful platform in which people can refer
their favourite blogs to each other.

There are other websites such as, Youtube and Facebook, MySpace etc that can also help us get our film noticed by the global market as they are globally renowned because they are free, easy to access and a great medium for todays' media.

Facebook - one of the most popular social networking sites on the planet

Youtube - the global centre for online videos on the internet.

Alternatives to web based platforms

An alternative to web based platforms is creating a DVD for those that do not have access to a computer or internet resources. 

This is the DVD cover Raihan had designed
for 'The Paper Trail'.


Film festivals are another great way to get an independent film noticed as it THE place for independent movie-makers. They are held all over the world and it is where all the aspiring film makers come together to view, display and comment on the many productions on show. It is a great way for independent film makers to get critical feedback and get inspiration for their own projects. It is also a great opportunity to grab the attention of major film companies.

EVALUATION: Question 2

Both The Paper Trail and Halloween have a main character where their identity is unknown. This is a similarity between both the main characters in our own film The Paper Trail and in the blockbuster hit Halloween. In both films, the identity of "the killer" is never fully displayed to the audience. This is because in Halloween, Mike Myers is never shown as he wears a mask on his face throughout the film. However, the difference in our film is that although our main character does not wear a mask, his full face is not shown; sections of his face are shown such as his mouth (to show the characters emotion) but there is not one shot were the character's face is fully shown on the screen. The identity of both characters are always hidden which is why both characters can relate to each other.
Main character in The Paper Trail; the origami killer


Main character in Halloween; Mike Myers
The aspect of an anonymous character where their personality, thoughts, feelings and emotions are hidden, frightens audiences. This is due to the fact the audience are completely unaware of the characters capabilities, thoughts and emotions which we all use to gain a general impression of someone and what they are like. People fear what they can not understand. Both characters have do not speak in the film making which furthermore adds to the mystery of what the character is like. People can generally gain an impression of a persons feelings from the way they speak (e.g. loud fast talking can relate anger) and as neither character talks, they just seem like an empty soul in a human body.

The reason we incorporated this into The Paper Trail is because it fits well into that psychological thriller where the character seems abnormal to the rest of us in terms of human behaviour and emotions. The clothing of the two characters are very similar; both wear rough and dirty clothing that shows they have no care for appearance and are only focused on doing one thing.

Both characters can also relate due to their persona's. The audience know that in both films, both characters are obviously not "the good guy" but "the bad guy" instead as their main focus is to harm others with no regret whatsoever. What can be distinguished between this however is the way in which they harm others. Both characters go out to kill their victims, but the difference is that in Halloween, the event is more confronting and violent whereas in The Paper Trail, the event is more secretive and calm. This is displayed shown as in Halloween the audience can clearly see the murder weapon and see & know how the victim dies. In The Paper Trail, it is completely different; the audience do not see the murder and are unaware of how they are murdered.

EVALUATION: Question 1

Here are 9 screen shots of our film compared to 9 screen shots from another film called Deadwood. The reason we chose Deadwood and compared it to our own film is due to the way the titles are shown on screen. 
Deadwood

The Paper Trail

Both The Paper Trail and Deadwood and show titles such as actor names, producer etc... on screen unlike other films where it cuts to e.g. a blank black screen to display the titles. It is notable that both Deadwood and our film The Paper Trail use the same style in which we display our fonts. Instead of placing the titles all in one specific area of the screen, they are dispersed around the whole screen; the actors name in The Paper Trail is placed in the centre to the right of the screen much like Deadwood which too has the actors name placed in the centre to the right of the screen. Furthermore, the colour and font are yet again quiet similar. Both films have kept to a basic white colour for the text to maybe outline the context of the film, and both have also used a font style which is neither basic or dramatically disorientating; both fonts are chosen to match to suitability and nature of the film in terms of mise en scene and storyline.

EVALUATION: Question 2 - How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Michael Myers from Halloween


Origami Killer from The Paper Trail

















In The Paper Trail and Halloween the identities of the villains remains anonymous as this in itself creates tension for the audience because it creates the belief that anyone can die at any time because the murderer could be anyone. It is for this reason we decided to base our villain on Michael Myers but with a twist. both the villains have a similar dress code; an old, work jacket, messy hair, stiff rigid movements. These similarities are what makes the Origami Killer be seen as the villain, he is not seen as a normal person due to the similarities between him and Myers.
Although looking at the two characters there are some very obvious differences such as; the Origami Killer does not wear a mask to hide his identity, the Origami Killer does not show himself to be psychopath because there are not any weapons shown such as the signature kitchen knife Myers butchers his victims with. Another difference between the two is that Myers is shown performing his evil deeds on his victims whereas the Origami Killer is not shown in such a way. Instead the Origami Killer is linked to the murders by the paper cranes he leaves behind, his calling card, because the majority of the opening the main focus is the creation of the paper cranes and this information is presented to the audience so they can put the pieces of the puzzle together themselves. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

EVALUATION: Question 8

Planning

Our preliminary film, first of all, was down to a idea we gathered from a newspaper!
We didn't really sit down and plan, it just was a burst of ideas that we decided to align
to make a film out of. This was really risky! As we could've been there for a long time
arguing, however, we knew with the task at hand, we had to cut out all nonsense and get on with it. This displayed our character and commitment to getting the task done!

Headline for our prelim

A screenshot of a storyboard
A screenshot of our pitch


Our Final film, on the other hand, required planning, so documents such as, storyboards and pitches were produced to draft up and develop our ideas, into something that would work. It was then we sat down for... quite a long time, to think up something! The main aspect that we wanted to get across, was that we must stick to the elements of Psychological thriller and not to get carried away by the storyline!



Filming

Regarding our camera skills, me and my collegue Mustafa were really well equiped with the skills of handling a camera, so we put our ideas into motion, with playing with different techniques. As we progressed through the Final film, we stumbled across the fact that certain techniques of filming don't go well with others; such as, the focuses with a fast speed etc. Also, we were trying to get perspective shots in a really effective way.  However, we managed to put our bundle of skills together, to produce something well-worked together. We had a excellent location which had lot's to offer, all we had to do was film to show the audience, what great stuff we had at an advantage.

Editing

Final Cut Pro
Soundtrack


Livetype


We were barely amateurs when coming to use Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack and LiveType. However, through the tutorials we had received from the technicians and questioning, we mastered the program and used it to its potential to create our film. We all designated different tasks amongst each other, through this method of management and planning, we were able to finish everything straight to time. We learned how to make soundtracks and add transitions to our film and combine it together with the credits from LiveType. Planning was crucial at monitoring our progress through out each of these programs, we had to trust each other that we would get the task done. In the prelim, we hardy used soundtrack, except for the gunshot clip as we thought we didn't require sound. Final Cut pro was essential and we didn't put in credits because... we didn't know how to!