Welcome to the blog of Rasam Production's Rob Shaw (The Producer), charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Wrenched", jointly produced with Sam Pollock (The Director) and Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer). Here is a link to our final cut! There are various short videos and vod/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy, and please feel free to comment/add suggestions! Remember there are links lists on the side of this blog to make it easier to navigate to useful posts!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

RS - My Top 5 Favourite Films

My 5 Favourite Films

1. The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Leone, 1967)

Budget: $1.2m 
US Box Office: $19m 
UK Box office not given.

Ranked 5th in the top 250 films of all time on IMDB!!!

Why I like it: Entertaining, lots of violence and action! Clint Eastwood being a badass. Great duel between the 3 main characters at the end. Lots of extreme close ups in the duels to show the characters emotions which is really effective. The final to the "Man with no name" trilogy and what an ending! Has the most epic sound track, worth downloading off Itunes, especially "Ecstasy of Gold" which Metallica use before every concert, a perfect intro!

The Trailer

2. Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985)

Budget: $19 m
US Box Office: $210m
UK Box Office: £460m.

Why I like it: Lots of humor and entertainment. About the only film all of my family likes, so watch it alot. And now they have re-released it into the cinemas celebrating the 25th anniversary.

3. Star Trek (Abrams, 2009)

Budget: $140m
US Box Office: $257m
UK Box Office: £21m

Why I like it: Great action and special effects. You don't need to have seen the old Star Trek films to know what is happening! Cannot wait for the next film, but I hope Simon Pegg is in it a bit more

4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Cameron, 1991)

Budget: $100m
US Box Office: $190m
UK Box Office: £18m

Why I like it: Arnold's one liners! Action and lots of cool chase scenes even with liquid nitrogen. Classic film and definatly worth a watch. But dont watch Terminator 3 or Salvation they are dissappointing and dont live up to 1 & 2.

5. Saving Private Ryan (Speilberg 1998)

Budget: $90m
US Box Office: $216m 
UK Box Office: £18m 

Why I like it: The best action scenes on a film! Filled with action, gore and Tom Hanks what more can you want? However the plot is a bit pointless but who cares, have you seen the action?!

Friday, 8 October 2010

RS - My Coursework Task

Your mission is to carry out the following brief:
Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?