Friday, 13 March 2009

Question 1

Silence of the Lambs - Interview scene.
The Transporter - Physical violence/Gun attack.

Death Sentence: One main Influence for the actual piece.


Evaluation question 7

Our Film Opening Sequence has shown clear development from our original preliminary task. The clearest development has been our match on action shot, we have come from a simple opening of a door, to a forced kick which suited the action theme of our sequence.

Evaluation question 5

Question 6

Final Cut Screenshot.

Left Monitor shows the Raw Camera footage of an Over The Shoulder shot.
Right Monitor shows a 'desaturated' (Black & White) clip from our final piece.


A screenshot of the GarageBand project.

Photoshop - Hysteria Logo

The logo in Photoshop.
Layers panel is on the right.

Black & White effect is called 'Desaturate'.
Hysteria Logo used a tutorial from 'Photoshop Dragon'
Camera is a 'Canon MD205'


Wednesday, 11 March 2009


Question 3

Our production company name is Hysteria productions. This title along with our Mp4 of the logo suits our Product perfectly because it creates an eerie atmosphere with suits the supernatural theme of our Product.
Our idea for a distributor would be the esteemed company 20th Century Fox, they are the fourth largest market share holding film company in the USA. The reason we chose this distributor is because it is a well-funded company responsible for the release of some of the most successful film/film franchises of all time including Star Wars. It is also the distributor of Death Sentence which is the film we have based our product on. Although 20th Century Fox releases many Action films such as Die Hard series and the classic film Independence day.


Evaluation Question 4

We had a look at the BBFC website and after viewing the certificate categories and the views from the feed back grid, we decided that an appropriate certificate would be a 15. This is because the violence level would not be high enough to warrant an 18 certificate; even though a murder is present, and more violence would be shown throughout the film, none would be 'extreme' enough.


Feed Back from the class

The feedback we received shown both positive and negatives points.

Camera work was praised with "good close ups" and "Good range of shots". The placement and font choice for the titles. along with the use of Mise-En-Scene, were also worked well. The use of Greyscale was praised also.

One thing mentioned was that the music was a little too loud during the second half of the sequence. Another point made was about the location.

Target Audience:
The people viewing for feedback gave one overall thought for what they thought the target audience would be with that idea being 18+/Young Adult.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Evaluation question 2

The film that we relate most to our Opening sequence is Death Sentence. Our protagonist has been based of the main character from Death Sentence played by Kevin Bacon, in both cases the Protagonist is a very ordinary man who has suffered the loss of a family member, and our Opening sequence hints that the film will develop in the same way as Death Sentence; citizens justice. Both projects show clear social roles in an average man in a happy relationship, and the woman being portrayed as the vulnerable victim.


Monday, 2 March 2009



Evaluation Questions

The following questions must be answered in your evaluation PowerPoint:

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?

3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
4. Who would be the audience for your media product?

5. How did you attract/address your audience?

6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?

7. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?


Friday, 27 February 2009


Friday, 13 February 2009

Lighting Tests

We did a few experiments with different lighting effects. The first still was taken while only the one spotlight is being used whereas the second still has both the spotlight and 'full' light are on. The result we came to was that the shots without the 'full' light on gave an overall better look.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Title Font Styles

These are some ideas for fonts which we have thought to use for the title of the sequence, "Judgement".
The font names are listed next to the samples themselves.

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Opening Sequence Credits

Here is the list of credits which will be shown during our Opening Sequence.

A Hysteria Productions Presents
A Chalmen Film
(Cast 1) Ian Lakin
(Cast 2) Aaron Mercer
(Cast 3) Karina Stousen
Costume Design by Perry Annual
Art Direction by Leah Ferris
Production Design by Jonah Quinlan
Casting by Lionel Zehton
Film Editing by Adam Preswell
Cinematography by Violet Holder
Original Music by Helen Jackson
Produced by Travis Kadden
Directed by Calvin Chalmen
(Main Title) Judgement

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Friday, 30 January 2009

Animatic sequence

This is the animatic sequence that we have made. In this sequence we intend to use lots of long-shots but also many others including close-ups. Our story will be based on a character who has lost members of his family due to a murder.

Here are the storyboards we made.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

This is our moodboard for our crime Opening sequence. Our inspiration for our opening sequence comes from the 2007 film Death Sentence, here is the link to the IMDB page for this film. It is an exciting tale which explores the fine line between revenge and justice. This moodboard shows some of our characters and possible settings. These include the victims (morgue photo), the killers, some settings (crime scene/courtroom) and our main protaganist (centre photo).

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

MP4 of Logo

This is the animated version of our Hysteria logo. We used a variety of techniques including fade ins and blurs.
This logo was aided by the use of a tutorial from the website "Photoshop Dragon". The original version of the gas mask image was a dark grey but because we wanted to have a black background we decided to invert the colours on the image to make it a 'standing out' white.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Hysteria Logo

This is the logo we created on Photoshop for use in our opening sequence.

We used a variety of effects to create it.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

In this opening sequence the images on the screen lead on to other images; for example the eye "burns" to reveal "magma women". The constant switching between the flames and the water shows the contrast between good and evil.
When the water droplets fall, the focus pull technique is used as clips from the actual movie are placed in side of the droplets.
Different camera angles are used, as well as various levels of zoom, during the opening sequence.
Throughout the opening, a backing music track is played.
The titles used are fairly plain with a simple fade in/fade out technique. The colour of the text changes from a fiery orange to a little grey depending on whether the flames or the water are on the screen.

The background music in this opening sequence does not really add anything to the film itself. It doesn't link to the plot either.

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Friday, 28 November 2008