Sunday, 29 March 2009

Last post !

Sadly this is my last post I have finished my blog. In a way I am happy it is all over as now I can concentrate on my exams. But I really enjoyed creating the opening title sequence even though at times it was a struggle. I hope everyone enjoys the sequence that my group and I made.

Its been fun bye x

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Evaluation - Question 7

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

I have learnt a lot about media studies during the months of doing the opening title sequence. I have gained many skills throughout this whole process.

I realised that working in a group can have its pros and cons, when I first joined a group I thought it would have been straightforward, yet I found out at times it was extremely complicated to work with three other girls. I believe this happened as we all had our own individual ideas for our group tile sequence and we all had to compromise and take on board everyone Else's ideas. In the end I am glad I joined the group as I feel that I have gained some much needed people skills. When I was working with the group each of them gave me great advice and we were able to support each other this helped me gain skills in every process of creating a title sequence.

During the preliminary task I have attained more confidence as I had to act in front of the camera. At first I was hesitant but this was for my project so I put my confidence issues aside and I did the part I was given.

As I was taken out of my comfort zone I have achieved a lot more than I expected. When I began the opening title sequence I just thought I would come out of the preliminary task with an opening title sequence and some knowledge of how to film and edit media work.

To summarise the skills I feel I have learnt as far as creating an opening title sequence are how to use a video camera correctly, how to create the right mood for costume and lighting and how to edit. It has improved my confidence the fact I had to be in front of the camera and step outside my comfort zone, how to create a blog, over all it was harder than I first anticipated. I have also learnt that working in a group can have it's pitfalls as you have to compromise, listen to other peoples suggestions and come to a group decision that everyone is happy and comfortable with but also feel the upside out weighs this, as you also have help and support and can also bounce ideas to each other. I am really pleased I decided to do it as a group rather than on my own.

Evaluation - Question 6

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

This is my first year in media studies, I have learnt a lot during the process of making my title sequence. I also study photography which i feel helped as i had the basic understanding of cameras and tripods.

I learnt that practise is essential as you need to get to know your props such as the tripod and the video recorder. I had some experience when it came to the tripod, when using the video recorder it was hard to grasp the vital skills needed to use the recorder. The practise shots were crucial as i gained the experience i needed to handle the video recorder So during this process i learnt how to use a tripod and how to operate a video recorder.

My group and i used light to get the right atmosphere which we found problematic, the light used was extremely bright and we needed a dim light to make the scene work. We tried to cover the light with fabric but felt if wasn't giving the effect we wanted. We then changed the position of the light we moved it against the wall this gave us the dim light necessary to create the right tone for the scene. I learnt that the props and lighting can work well together if you just explore different positions and ideas.

The technology i found difficult to use was imovie, I used this when editing my title sequence, I struggled with this as i had only used it briefly before when editing my continuity piece which was scene by scene, whereas with the opening title sequence i wanted to explore new ways of editing. Music was an element i found quite difficult as it was a new experience for me eg:- had to learn how to up load music/sound to my work.

As far as technology I feel i have learnt and become more confident in cutting/ editing scenes, how to add sound to work, adding text and how to add effects

Evaluation - Question 5

How did you attract/address your audience?

I addressed and attracted the audience through mise-en-scene, casting, sound, camera and editing.

Mise-en-scene attracts the audience through props, scenery, lighting, and setting the stage. I feel that my title sequence does this as the mise-en-scene was essential to the making off my work. Props were really important to the making of my title sequence as my mini scene was made just for the work and was part of the story line for our sequence. light was extremely significant to the opening title sequence as this made the eerie look i wanted.

The scenery for my work was crucial as i wanted it to look abandoned, if i used a clean shower room then it would not have worked, I feel this would help attract the audience. When the stage was set i was exceptionally precise as the way the cast was placed was vital for the whole scene to work.

Casting is a way to attract/address the audience, if the viewer relates to the characters they get more involved in the film.

The music in my sequence is soft but tense which would attract the audience. which was a big factor for me because sound in a thriller is what can help make the film. With the music choice i believe I conformed with the expectations of a thriller as the music was eerie and gives a tense feel to my opening title sequence.

I feel the way a film is edited is crucial, at first my group discussed having our scenes flash from one to another but then decided to edit it scene by scene which I think works better for the audience.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Evaluation - Question 4

Who would be the audience for your media product?

My target audience would predominantly be around the age of 18 - 25, I also feel that the older viewer and thriller buffs would be an ideal audience for our sequence as it has many components of a thriller.

I feel that the main audience would be female. Men would also appreciate the opening title sequence as it stars and all female cast, but feel that both men and women would enjoy the twist of it having a female serial killer.

Evaluation - Question 3

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Rogue pictures because it is a well know producer of thrillers so my title sequence would be well advertised and they have a lot of experience which is a plus. Also as people know the name rogue pictures it gives the audience trust in my film. Rogue pictures released a film called 'The Strangers' which has been a big success in ways this film is similar to 'A Dolls House' as the j#killers both want to be in control and want revenge for something.

Evaluation - Question 2

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

My title sequence is aimed at the younger generation 16 - 25 but i also feel that some of the older generation would watch 'A dolls house'.

As my work has an all female cast i believe a lot of women would be interested in watching my film. Also because it has a woman playing the lead roll females will also like this as in many cases the lead roll is played by a male. Even though my sequence has solely women i think it will also appeal to men. This is because the three victims are women who concentrate on their appearance and are infatuated with them selves. This will get some men interested in the film.

If i had to selct a social group i would choose too, working class and middle class. This is because i believe working class and middle class are very similar. Some people say they are middle class when other people see them as working class. They are both more likely to sit down with the family to watch a DVD or to go the the cinema.

I chose those social groups as the four girls cast in the film were working class or middle class. They didnt look upper class or lower class so i think the social groups i selected were just right for my opeing title sequence.