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, 30 January 2011

ALL - Company Ident Photos

Here is a couple of Ident photos we took whilst we were filming it. Sam will be editing this ident tomorrow and Tuesday on Livetype. Once we have the second ident fully edited we will upload it to Youtube and then Facebook for feedback, Once we have the feedback we will do all we can to improve it.

ALL - Behind the Scenes of the Re-shoot

Here is a quick video of behind the scenes of the re-shooting today

ALL - Fourth Vodcast - Re-shoot Summary

Here is our fourth vodcast in which we talk about us finishing the re-shooting today

ALL - Reshoot Photos

During the re-shoot I took photos to use as evidence

Saturday, 29 January 2011

ALL - Third Vodcast - Mise en Scene + Genre + Target Audience

This is the third Vodcast in which we discuss the Mise en Scene, The Genre and target audience for our film opening. Apologies for the camera angle not being perfect at times and cutting Asa off at certain moments. Here is a link to the BBFC 15 rating guidelines as I said in the video. Here is a link to our blog post on Target Audience and one here on Casting and Creativity.

ALL - Meet the group

Asa Newmarch
Nickname: Ace of Spades
Role: Cinematographer
Favourite Film: Inception
Famous Quote(s): "Where is she?" "Where have you been?"
Hobbies: Gaming, Watching Anime, Surfing the web
Favourite TV Show: FullMetal Alchemist 
Subjects Taken: Media Studies, ICT, Buisness Studies
Idol: Guillermo del Toro

Sam Pollock
Nickname: Cherub
Role: Director
Favourite Film: LOTR FOTR
Famous Quote(s): "The game" "1-0"
Hobbies: Football, Cricket, Facebook
Favourite TV Show: The Simpsons
Subjects Taken: Media Studies, ICT, Geography and English Literature + Language
Idol: Steven Gerrard

Rob Shaw
Nickname: Stanley
Role: Producer
Favourite Film: Tron Legacy
Famous Quote(s): "Stella!!!!" "Dingham"
Hobbies: Gaming, Blogging, Guitar
Favourite TV Show: Mythbusters
Subjects Taken: Media Studies, Geography, English Literature + Language, ICT
Idol: Matt Bellamy

The Group

ALL - Third Podcast - Feedback

This is our third podcast which is about the feedback we have recieved from our footage and company idents, and what we have done to make changes to them.

Friday, 28 January 2011

RS - Company Ident Draft Feedback

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I uploaded our Ident Draft to Youtube and then onto Facebook to get some feedback on it. After reading the comments we have decided to have a brainstorm of fonts, and try and choose the one that we think works the best. I will then re-upload the draft with the new font and post to Facebook again to see if it gets the same/similar comments or if their opinion has changes. We will also think about making different to the Doctor Who opening, so it will make our Ident unique

Thursday, 27 January 2011

SP - Second Company Ident Draft

Here is the second company ident draft, it was created on LiveType and then sound was added using Imovie. We added a few sound effects to the Ident to make it a bit more interesting and to fit in with the text moving toward the screen.

SP - First Company Ident Draft

Here is the first draft of our Distribution company Ident "Rasam Productions". Sam Pollock created this using Livetype. However it is a first draft so it has not got any sound on it yet.

ALL - Deconstruction Round-up

After watching our 20 film openings we have pulled a range of ideas from several different films together, we have put together "The Top 5 best ideas we have picked up":

  1. POV shot used from the original Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978): This is the shot when Michael is a child and goes into the house to kill his older sister. We see the knife in the foreground and the girl in the background about to be stabbed by him. We have chosen this because imagination is better than what we can record because of our budget. POV shots also make the film more immersive and draw you in more.

 Watch the first 30 seconds of the Halloween Trailer to see what we are on about

2. The narrative enigma used at the beginning of Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984). This sequence of shots is amazing for us, when Freddy is constructing his glove contraption, we don't see above his shoulders once which is the idea we implemented into our film opening. Using this technique we can conceal the mans identity, this will make the audience think he is the killer when infact he isn't.

3. The false scare after the opening of Scream (Wes Craven, 1996) The Jock boyfriend, makes his girlfriend jump by putting his hand on her shoulder, the audience think that it is the killers hand on her shoulder but it is his instead, a useful twist.

4. The mise en scene in the opening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974). This uses it to a good extent, it makes you wonder what has happened to the corpse and also what the flashing in the back ground.

5. Dutch angles used in the opening of My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981). The whole aspect of not knowing who the people are, mixed with the narrative enigma of not being able to see their faces makes this opening very successful. 

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

RS - Target Audience

Our aim is to make our film a rating of 15 (BBFC Rating). The reasoning for this is because of the actors ages, sexual references, strong language and bloody violence. However we don't see the man getting stabbed therefore it is not as violent as an 18 rating film. The girl is wearing revealing clothes which backs up the reasoning behind the 15 rating. We expect the majority of the audience to be male, because of the sexual themes in it but also the ammount of gore.

We know that there is an audience available for this genre because we have seen the success of films such as Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978). Scream (Wes Craven, 1996). And Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984). Using these three as examples we know that our film fits into this genre and has a similar audience to these, teenagers from around 15-25, both male and female.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

AN - Sample Opening - Halloween Remake

Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007)
Remake of the 1978 classic.
Budget: $15 million
US Box Office Takings: Over $58 million

  • White Sans Seriff font is used for the opening titles, along with a black background.
  • A quote then appears by Dr Loomis, "The darkest souls are not those which choose to exist within the hell of the abyss, but those which choose to break free from the abyss and move silently among us."
  • A child's voice can be heard in the background along with a distorted noise, this could symbolise the death of innocence.
  • Close up of young Michael picking up a rat.
  • Shot ver shot used for the arguement between Michael's parents.
  • The baby's crying symbolises the pain between the couple.
  • Shakey camera used for most of the shots = unnecessary  

RS - Rough Cut Feedback

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Here is the evidence of feedback we recieved on the Rough Cut. I uploaded the rough cut to Youtube and then to Facebook for feedback on it. After discussing the feedback we have decided to re take a few shots, such as making sure the car is still in the drive at the end of the film! (we moved the car after a while and didn't remember to move it back). Re take the shot when the girl turns around to find her boyfriend, because of the lighting not being good enough. Create some coverage by taking a CU of the article in the newspaper, therefore the audience know why the man has gone to the house in the first place (we got feedback saying it was unclear why he had gone). And we will consider slowing the footage down slightly because Olivia's (the girl in the film) movements seemed slower than the males in the footage, so it seemed a little odd. We would have to consider how much time we have left for the 2:30 limit, and come up with a solution.

SP - Sample Opening - Saw 5

Saw 5 (David Hackl, 2008)
Budget : $11m
US Box Office : $56m
UK Box Office : $6m

  • It is raining heavily and there is non-diegetic sound of thunder in the background
  • The opening shot is of a door lit up by a light and the camera slowly starts zooming in on it 
  • We see a sign on the door that says trespassers will be prosecuted which signifies someone who has done something wrong is going to be punished in this building
  • Extreme long shot of a dark room with someone tied up 
  • Mid shot as the camera pans over one side of the persons body and we see he has a series of tatoos on his chest
  • Man suddenly awakes and thre is a close up of him to show his emotion of finding himself unable to move.
  • Lights come on to add anchorage of the setting 
  • High angle of body signifies his lonliness 
  • A TV turns on in the corner of the room and a man wearing mask apperas. This is narrative enigma as we never see his face
  • He has a very deep, one toned voice which adds tension
  • Another light is turned on to discover an axe that will swing above his body
  • Close up of clock shows how long he has got until the axe his kill him
  • Close up of device that will cut off his hands but freen him from being killed by the  axe
  • Quick paced shots as the axe starts swinging above his body 
  • Close up of hands being crushed in device
  • High angle shot as the axe cuts his body in half 
  • Cut away shots as blood hits the walls 
  •  Final shot is a POV shot of the victim looking at a door and there is an eye looking back at him through the hole 

RS - Sample Opening - My Bloody Valentine Opening

My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981)
Budget: $2m
No Box Offices Figures given
Remake released in 2009

  • First shot is at a dutch angle, and the two people in the shot are wearing helmets for narrative enigma so we don't know who they are.
  • The two people are both holding picaxes, foreshadowing things to come
  • Both fully clothed and nothing is exposed
  • The next few shots are all using dutch angle
  • Non-diagetic sound is used in the soundtrack because you can't see it in the film.
  • Diagetic sound is also used when one of the people move the objects in the way of the path, they make a noise replicating the movement. You can also hear the people breathing in their masks
  • They both stop next to a wall and one of the two begins to look around and see if anyone is watching them, foreshadowing actions to happen.
  • The other person is undressing, revealing a red heart tatoo above her breasts, again foreshadowing blood, death and also romance.
  • The person takes off her helmet revealing a typical "scream queen" stereotype underneath, we expect her to be killed because of this, and the fact she is sexually active with only her bra on.
  • The other person gets close the woman and then slams his picaxe into the wall behind her, at first it looks as though it is going to hit her. This is just a false scare.
  • The woman then starts un dressing the man, reiterating the face that she is sexually active
  • We begin to hear a heart beat getting louder and louder as the two people rub each other and feel each other
  • The other persons helmet stays on, and theres an ECU of the womans tatoo and his hands shaking next to it, signifying he is going mental because of her and the tatoo
  • The other person then rams the woman into the picaxe that had been in the wall behind her, in anger. This ends the scene
Techniques we can use from the opening:

  • We could use the dutch angle shots that this opening adopts, because it adds to the whole confused aspect, we are not really sure what they are doing, or who they are, until they stop and the woman takes off her helmet
  • The narrative enigma aspect is great, because we have no idea who these people are, there is no clear anchorage as to who they are, until the "scream queen" reveals herself.

RS - Rough Cut

Here is a rough cut of our coursework idea. We have not added sound effects or the soundtrack yet, so it is not quite finished. I have just uploaded the clip to Youtube and then Facebook so we can recieve feedback on it. We have already noticed a few floors to the footage like some of the shots lighting is not ideal, and a couple of shots are too shakey that require a tripod instead. We will be re-doing a few shots later in the week to solve this issue.

Monday, 24 January 2011

RS - Coursework Update

Today we have uploaded all the final coursework footage onto the Mac at school, and began to edit a rough cut of our film once it has finished. We have nearly got half way through editing it so we shall expect to see a rough cut finished in the next couple of days. Once we have a rough cut we shall get a full quality version of it and pass it over to our Media Teacher via memory stick, he will then screen the footage to the rest of the class for feedback on it. I will then make a web quality version of it so I can upload it to my youtube channel and then onto my Facebook profile for further feedback. Once we recieve feedback on the rough cut we shall make any changes necessary to the footage and reflect on the film so far.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

RS - Behind the scenes of the filming

Here is a video i recorded of us filming, showing the location and a brief explanation of what we where doing at the time.

Here is the second video of evidence of us filming

Here is the final video of evidence of us filming

RS - Coursework film Update

We have finished our filming of the coursework today, and will begin to edit our footage tomorrow once we get to school. Next week we will also be brainstorming soundtrack ideas for the film and sound effects to go onto the film.

This is a picture I took whilst Asa (Cinematographer) was filming Sam (Director + Actor) putting his shoes on for one of the scenes in our film
This is a picture I took when we where filming Sam walking up the stairs to find the girl

Here is a picture I took when we where filming the scenes for the girl on her phone to her boyfriend

Finally, this is a picture I took when we where filming the scenes of the man in his house, looking in the newspaper for a new car

Saturday, 22 January 2011

SP - Final Coursework Idea (To be filmed tomorrow, Sunday 23rd, January 2011)

We have mainly only made changes to the end of our opening
  • A man is looking for a car in a newspaper  
  • When he finds one he circles the address and details of the people who are selling it
  • Then rips out the page and travels to the house by car.
  • Meanwhile a teenage girl home alone and she is talking to her boyfriend on her phone when she hears a knock at the door.
  • After a brief conversation she invites him in and then goes up stairs to get changed.
  • The mysterious man follows her upstairs and walks into a room he thought she went in only to find no one there.
  • He looks around the room and in a chest of drawers
  • As he opens the draw we see a hooded figure standing behind him 
  • POV shot of the murderer with the knife and stabbing his victim
  • The camera cuts to outside when we hear a girl screaming.
  • It then cuts again inside the house where there is a hand on the girls shoulder and when she turns around it is her boyfriend.
  • After a conversation they decide to go upstairs to the bedroom
  • We see a shot of the "dead" man lying on the floor and background noise of the pair running up the stairs
  • Extreme close up of the "dead" mans eyes opening 
  • The last shot is the man who was suppose to be dead sitting up when the scrren blacks out

RS - Filming Tomorrow

Our group will be filming our final coursework idea tomorrow at my house (for the first location) in my car (for the second location) and in my next door neighbours house for the remainder of the film. When I am not acting in the film I will be filming Asa, who will be filming our film. This will be to give evidence that we have genuinly filmed it. I will also show the location we will be using and giving a little talk about which stage we are at of the filming etc. It can also be used to evidence roles within the group such as the director, cinematographer and producer.

RS - Soundtrack

As a group we are currently brainstorming ideas to be used for our soundtrack. We will use GarageBand on the Macs at school to create our soundtrack. We are thinking of having long keyboard notes and we will try and make it similar to Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street because the soundtracks aren't very complex and they both also create suspense and make your heart beat change due to the tension.

RS - Script Draft

This is the draft of the script for the coursework. Bare in mind it could change due to use doing coverage on the shooting day (tomorrow) so expect to see an updated version in the few days to come

Script Draft                                                            

ALL - Second Vodcast - Research

In this vodcast we discussed the different ways in which we did our research, such as watching/deconstructing the openings to certain horror films, reading up on horror genre books and finally looking at blogs on the internet.

ALL - First Vodcast - Techniques we used from the openings

For this vodcast we discussed the techniques/ideas we got from watching and deconstructing film openings

ALL - Final Story Board

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AN - Call Sheet


ALL - Changes to the ending of our opening

So after a long discussion on the ending , we have come to decision to make it end like this.

  • Theres a close up of the mans eye opening
  • And then a mid/long shot of the man sitting up, after we think he has been killed.
I have provided a clip of what we think it should look like. Watch the clip from the beginning to around 10-15 seconds. We couldn't find a clip of the bit in Halloween when Mike Myers also does this, which is an example of it working in a horror film and not just being a bit silly

Thursday, 20 January 2011

ALL - Change to Company Name

We have decided to make a change to our second company name (the distribution company). We have changed the name to "Full Throttle Entertainment" because of the changes to our story. We have checked on IMDB to make sure the name has not been taken .

ALL - "Test Drive" Storyboard

This is the most recent storyboard for our film opening

Test Drive Part 1

Test Drive Part 2

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

AN - Sample Opening - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Budget: $80k
US Box Office: $30m
UK Box Office: Non Given

  • Time period anchored with text at the beginning
  • Non-diagetic sound in background, nothing on the screen just black, narrative enigma
  • Flash of decomposed hand, half a second on the screen
  • Flash of decomposed face
  • Flash of decomposed feet
  • Signifies CSI (the flashes) so something has happened to the bodies the police want to find out about
  • Flash of decomposed head
  • The music adds tension
  • Flash of hands again
  • Flash of teeth and then decomposed face
Techniques we can take from the opening:

  • We could anchor our time period like this film at the start of ours and maybe anchor a location to give the audience more information on it.

    SP - Sample Opening - Nightmare on Elm Street Opening

    Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)
    Budget: $1.8m
    US Box Office: $11m
    UK Box Office: Non Given

    • Low angle CU of feet, don't see mans face, use of narrative enigma.
    • High angle of putting knives on table, only hands are shown
    • CU of hand picking up gloves
    • CU of man cutting object with narrative enigma, foreshadowing things to happen in the future
    • CU of man hammering knife/glove contraption (the object Freddie wears on his hands)
    • CU of filing down knife contraption
    • CU of man using blow torch on the contraption - he is a skiller craftsman
    • ECU of him sliding the glove contraption onto his hands
    • CU of him looking at his hand and weilding the knifes on it.
    • The whole sequence of shots are close ups/ECU so you don't see the mans face for narrative enigma. The shots are also very quick and don't last longer than a second or two.
    • The man is wearing a red sweater, signifying blood, death
    • Non-diagetic sounds, very long keyboard notes
    • Knifes, gloves, blow torch, hammers are the props used
    Techniques we can use from it:

    • Use the whole narrative enigma style this opening uses, by making shots so you can only see the hands or feet of our man in the film, this way he can look as though he is the killer, and make the audience believe he should be the one out for the kill when its a twist.
    • We will try to make our soundtrack do the same thing, have long keyboard notes to add tension and make the audiences heart beat differently because they are scared
    Snapshot taken from the film using VLC player, this is when the man flexes his hand out showing the glove contraption

      ALL - Casting and Creativity


      ALL - Treatment

      SamPRobAsa Treatment                                                                

      Tuesday, 18 January 2011

      ALL - Recent Change to the Coursework Working Title

      After a discussion we have made the decision to change our working title to "Test Drive" the reason for this was because of the changes in our story, and the previous working titles therefore would not fit with the title. However this is a working title so it could change in the near future.

      ALL - Production Schedule

      Here is the Production schedule listing the locations we are using to film our coursework

      Production Schedule                                                            

      RS - Sample Opening - It

      Stephen King's It (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1990)
      Budget: Non given
      Box Office: Non given

      • Begins with an old theater, with the writing all wonky perhaps forshadowing something
      • Lightning in the background signifying a storm coming for foreshadowing things to happen
      • Clothes on washing line blowing in the wind of the storm coming
      • CU of cups/pots full of water and rain pouring into them
      • Girl on her tricycle peddling down the road and singing "incy wincy spider" which is ironic because the clown in the film lives in a drain
      • Her mother is taking the washing down and brining it inside, she sees her daughter and asks her to hurry because of the storm
      • The girl walks towards the front door but sees her doll in the middle of the path up to the door and stops to pick it up
      • She looks at it, but then hears laughing from behind the washing line, she stops and looks over to see the clown looking right at her.
      • The clown moves in for the kill
      • The mother walks out the door to get more washing to find her daughter has gone missing
      • The tricycle is just left on the path and she lets out a big scream ending the scene
       Techniques we can use from this opening:

      • We could get a character to say/sing something linked with what the film is about like "It" this could add a bit of humour to the film. The man could possibly sing the Top Gear tune seeing as our film is all about a man buying a car.

          RS - Feedback on our Second Sample Footage

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          Here is evidence of feedback on our second sample footage recorded. I posted the sample footage on Facebook so I could get peoples opinions/feedback given to me in a comment below the video. We will use this feedback to improve our film.

          After reading all the feedback we recieved, we have made the shots quicker, as we thought it would allow us to fit more into the 2 mins we have and also keep the pace going and not bore the audience. We have also made it more obvious as to why the car was being used in it, by making a clear shot of a newspaper with "motoring" written on the top and the man circling a car inside it. Once we have made the rough cut we will also post the video to youtube and facebook for further feedback to get the film just right.

          RS - Sample Opening - Silent Hill

          Silent Hill (Christophe Gans, 2006)
          Budget: $50m
          US Box Office: $45m
          UK Box Office: £4m
          The film is based on the highly sucessful game franchise

          • Starts off with a woman in her pyjamas shouting for Sharon, and makes the audience believe it is her daughter (polysemic)
          • Very dark scene, outside the family house
          • A man appears behind her on a balcony shouting for Sharon too, we expect him to be her dad
          • Woman runs around and finds a teddy bear on the floor and lifts it up to her face to inspect it, we guess it belongs to Sharon, she also shouts for her again and runs off
          • They both continue to run and look for her in the woods and surrounding area
          • Diagetic sound of crickets and insects in the wood
          • The woman runs under a bridge with diagetic sound of cars going past above her
          • Cut shot of the cars wheels above and then a CU of the womans face, she realises the danger above and shouts louder, running once again
          • Camera pans to a cliffs edge in which the woman runs towards and she looks down to a huge chasm, shouting once again to see if she has fallen
          • She finally notices Sharon above her to the side in some kind of trance or possessed. Her eyes are black, it looks as though the devil or some creature is inside her
          • Sharon sees something in the chasm and the camera moves down into it showing some weird CG effects and then moves back to Sharon who has now dropped to the floor in pain, screaming
          • She screams "Silent hill!"
          • The parents finally reach her and hold her in their arms trying to comfort her saying "we are here now" "it will be okay" "you will be fine now" before finally zooming out and "Silent Hill" is on the screen signifying the end of the opening
          Techniques we could use from this opening:

          • I think the majority of this film opening is a bit too high budget for us so it would not be easy to replecate some of the major factors within it, like the special effects used in it
          • However the parts before that with the dark scenery and the props to signify a girls toy could be used

              ALL - "The Boot" Storyboard

              This is the storyboard for "The Boot" which was an advance of the story of "The Groundsman" this is the first storyboard

              The Boot Part 1                                                            

              Here is the second page of the storyboard

              The Boot Part 2                                                            

              ALL - Groundsman Storyboard

               This is our first idea "The Groundsman" and our first storyboard for it.

              The Groundsman Part 1                                                            

              This is the second page of the storyboard

              The Groundsman Part 2                                                            

              RS - Second Sample Footage

              This is the second sample footage, in which we tried out our new idea, and tested out the different scenes and shots with the changes we made. However there we seemed to have a problem with the camera and it randomly missed out bits of shots, which makes it look like it skips parts, in which we cannot fix

              AN - Sample Opening - Cry Wolf

              Cry Wolf (Jeff Wadlow, 2005)
              Budget: $1m
              UK Box Office takings: £190 k
              US Box Office takings: $10m

              • Narrative enigma of the killer, due to the lack of lighting.
              • Phone symbolises time period. It also provides a small ammount of light for the girl
              • Point of view shots are used when the killer is chasing the girl during the opening.
              • A white flash transition is used in the opening to move onto the next scene.
              • A gun shot can be heard during the transition, this signifies what the killer's weapon of choice is.
              • High angle panning of a red forest is used to signify the season the film takes place in.
              • The wolf in the lying game could hint at a possible killer.
              • Cry Wolf has similarities with The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
              • The killer's face is hidden via a mask = another narrative enigma.

              SP - Sample Opening - Bride of Chucky

              Bride of Chucky (Ronny Yu, 1998) 
              Budget : $25m
              US Box Office : $32m
              UK Box Office : £526 k
              The sequel of Childsplay (Tom Holland, 1988)

              • White text with a black background signifies a serious film and may also connote good and evil
              • The American flag signifies the location but also the pride Americans have
              • It is windy, raining, there is thunder and lightning and it is set at night are stereotypical features of a horror film
              • Establishing, panning shot and dutch angle signifies something is wrong
              • Information on the sign adds anchorage and exposition
              • The flashing and shadows connote thunder and lightning but it also adds tension
              • There is an evidence locker and things are moving inside it which signifies that someone is coming or has gone past
              • The mask and chainsaw etc are intertextual references
              • Close up of hand signifies the opening of the evidence locker but also danger
              • The low angle / long shot is a POV which signifies the man is being followed and probably killed

              AN - Sample Opening - Babysitter Wanted

              Babysitter Wanted (Jonas Barnes and Micheal Manasseri, 2008) 
              Budget : Not Given
              Box Office : Not Given

              • Music is very slow and childlike at the start which links in to the film name 
              • Close up and fuzzy effect of an unknown object which is polysemic 
              • Low angle/close up of someones legs wearing black trousers which is narrative enigma as we never see his face but also he is the killer
              • Unknown object turns out to be a girl tied up
              • Close up of a box of tools on a desk which signifies a weapon could be used from that toolbox 
              • Extreme close up of the womens face and it shows her eyes which shows emotion because she is crying
              • High angle of the desk again but htis time there are a series of knives lined up 
              • High angle of the women tied up and the camera slowly pans over her body where we find she is only wearing her underwear but she also has lines drawn all over her which could connote that the killer could be about to disect her body
              • Close up of womens face when we see a hammer being lined up on her forehead. This signifies the mental state of the killers mind 
              • The music at this point is really loud and intense to create fear in the audience 
              • The last shot we see is the hammer in mid air and a sound affect to signify that the girl is dead
              • We dont actually see the killing as our imagination is better than anything they could film 
              • The music stops and the camera goes black 

              SP - Sample Opening - Scream

              Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)
              Budget: $15m
              US Box Office: $100m
              4 films in the franchise. Scream 2 was released in 1997, Scream 3 in 2000 and Scream 4 is due to release in 2011

              • First shot is of a blonde woman (scream queen) on the phone to mysterious caller 
              • Narrative enigma is used on the man on other end because you and she doesn't know who he is.
              • Shot of outside the house and a swing attached to a tree is moving. This signifies that the mysterious man could be outside
              • Close up of woman putting popcorn on the cooker when the phone rings again but this time the girl is quite flirty with the man and plays with a kinfe which could foreshadow later events
              • Popcorn starts over cooking but the woman is distracted with the phonecall
              • Camera tracks woman through her house when man says "I want to know your name ............ because i want to know who im looking at". This is when the music stops and the camera zooms into the girls face showing her emotion
              • Music suddenly starts becoming loud and dramatic and we can hear a dog barking outside
              • Again she hangs up and she runs back into the kitchen where the popcorn is on fire which signifies danger
              • The phone rings again as if he is stalking his victim and this time he is really angry and he starts playing on the girls mind 
              • The next shot is of her boyfriend tied up on the porch with blood and bruises on his face
              • Intertextual references from Halloween and Friday The 13th as mysterious man plays a game with the girl to save the boyfriends life
              • When girl gets the second question wrong the boyfriends insides gets ripped out which signifies the mental state of mind of the killer 

              RS - Feedback on Sample Footage

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              Here is some feedback on our sample footage, with this feedback we have made the relevant changes to make it suit their opinions. Taking these opinions into consideration we will make sure you can see what the man is circling in the newspaper, by making sure the man doesn't get infront of the camera whilst he is doing so. And finally make it more obvious why the girl would kill the man in the first place by providing anchorage.

              ALL - New coursework name

              The new name of our coursework film will be "Test Drive" we have checked on IMDB to make sure we can use it.

              Monday, 17 January 2011

              ALL - Podcast Number Two - Final Coursework Idea

              For the seconds podcast we revealed our final coursework idea in which we will film at the weekend and edit the following weeks.

              RS - Company Idents

              We have come up with the name of "Rasam Productions" which is a mixture of all three of our names (Rob, Asa, Sam) and we thought it was the best of the small number we came up with. We looked on IMDB to make sure it could be used without copyright issues.

              The second company ident we have come up with is "Terror Terror Entertainment" which will be the distribution company.

              RS - Sample Opening - Friday the 13th (Remake - 2009 )

              Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009)
              Remake of the 1980 classic with the same title
              Budget: $19m
              US Box Office: $65m
              UK Box Office: £2m
              Only has an IMDB rating of 5.6/10 but the original has 6.3/10

              • Second shot anchors the location as there is a sign with "Camp Crystal Lake"
              • Woman screaming in pain/fear signifies the genre
              •  Very dark shots with lightning in the background so you only see things for a very short period and credits pop up every few seconds so the shots are very short, typical for the genre
              • Raining like most horror films
              • Jasons mother gets be-headed foreshadowing things to happen later on
              • Typical scream queen is weilding a machette and be-heads Mrs Voorhees
              • Time period is anchored by text at the bottom of the screen and a transition is used to signify the scene changing along with text to acompany it and tell the next time period.
              • Black and white effects have been used to show its a flashback
              • The womans head on the floor anchors the genre of the film
              • This is the reasoning for why Jason goes on the rampage, it can be foreshadowed when he looks down at his mother or watches her get beheaded.
              • The necklace he picks up is a family heirloom which is important later in the film.
              • The mother saying "Jason our special boy" can anchor on who the boy is 

              Techniques we can use

              • This film is a bit too high budget to get ideas from, such as the bit when the woman gets beheaded
              • However we could use the aspect of using clothing to represent the scream queen

                RS - Female Killers in Horror Movies

                I have done some research into the female killers in horror movies on the internet to show that there are examples of them and they do work well. They are even on some of the most influential horror films of all time.

                Mrs Pamela VoorheesFriday the 13th (Original) (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980)

                Tiffany from Bride of Chucky (Ronny Yu, 1998)

                Samara from The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002)

                Debbie Salt from Scream 2 (Wes Craven, 1997)

                Using these female killers as evidence that it works and isn't always just male killers. We have used aspects of these killers and implemented them into our film for greater effect.