Thursday, 31 March 2011

Question 4&5: What kind of media institution night distribute your media product and why? How will you attract/adress your audience?

My film is a distibution of a independent, low budget, small student production.

When researching and analysing the different types of distribution i was able to see different examples of independent productions and main stream blockbusters. And have come to conclusions on how different the distribution is compared to each other.

Independent film production is basically a set filmed outside of a main film studio, and are made in low budgets as they are not helped because less than half of a film's financing should come from a major studio.

Main stream film production - A major film studio is a movie production and distribution company that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box-office revenues in a given market

And from knowing this, it is clear to know that a main blockbuster movie would be able to advertise their trailers on all types of big productions for example TV and RADIO. However with a low budget you couldn't be able to advertise it on tv or radio' because of the low budget money given.
So with a low budget you would have to advertise and get it across to your target audiences through the internet, which could be anything from youtube to facebook.
Some more examples of ways independent films could advertise and attract their audiences:

  • Posters
  • Blogs
  • Making a special facebook just for the film
  • Facebook enabled
  • pop ups (on your schools website)
  • Msn
  • Google
  • Film festivals
social networking aswell:
  • twitter
  • facebook
video sharing sites
  • vimeo
  • youtube
  • Blogger
  • Tumblr
All of these examples are internet based and most of them are free to use and promote. 

Youtube - i would say that this is one of the best ways to get promotion to be able to advertise it to particular target audiences from young to old as it is a tremendously popular site . Its also very good because you can read reviews from the audiences as they can rate, comment and subscribe.

Here is a example of a low budget film opening made by AS students.

This was uploaded on to the web through youtube and is great, for different people to vue.
And it could be promoted through different people to pass on. From this i can see that its a thriller and will be targeted to people who like and enjoy watching thrillers. 


Vimeo is quite different to youtube as you can search in the browser for what superficial type of video you want to view, and placed where different audiences can find it easier

bbc is also a world wide known site where lots of promotion can be made as well. Where lots of people can search and find interesting stuff, which i say could be any independent film.

With all of these ways of uploading different videos on to video sharing sites, it can be easy way to view what people are posting and creating each day. It can also bring fans closer as you don't have to wait ages for things to be uploaded and published. People can also maybe even subscribe to channels that the creator posts the videos on for quick viewing eg youtube. As well as that these video's can also be enabled on to other sites for example blogs, social networks and much more which is one of the best things for a independent film to target audiences and allow promotion

For our film, we decided to use one of these examples for different audiences to use which was our blog, it is a good thing for out target audience as we only wanted people from our college too be able to view it and give us different opinions on our film. We could of done a lot more advertising for it for example putting it on youtube, uploading it on disk or even putting it on another blog or networking site but i was happy with us just making sure we had it somewhere so it could be seen. One thing that defiantly worked for me though to get people to view it was telling my friends about it through networking sites, telling them to come and see it after class or at lunch times. 

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

More to character similarities of 'Halloween' and our film the 'basement'

More to the contrasts of characters played in my group film 'The Basement' and 'Halloween'

The mask in 'The Basement' is not fully covering his face therefore we can see that he is a young black man. He is wearing a navy blue top which may represent his youth whereas the character from Halloween is dressed in raggedy black clothes which gives the sense of old and warn out. I can capture more of a story with 'The basement' as I wonder as to why a young person would want to be a murderous villein. Also because he is  black wearing a white mask over his face, it could be symbolic for the history of black and white people.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Who would the audience for your media product

Jonah, 20 years old enjoys thrilling and exciting activities. He always takes risks in life and hopes to enjoy and experience every opportunity that is thrown at him. He is into sports, mechanics and watching thrilling films however his most ideal kind of films are action and horrors.
He works part time jobs to pay of his university debts, but he doesn't yet have a fixed idea of what he wants to do in the future however his real ambitions is to perform dangerous tasks like bungee jumping or sky diving. Jonah is not really interested in the world of fashion and prefers to feel comfortable in the clothes he wears rather than to show them of, his main clothes shops M&S, JD and Nikey town just for the fact that they sale sport gear most suited to the activities he does.

Similarities between characters in our thriller and another thriller.

Both this characters have similarities due to the fact they both use mask in order to disguise their identities. Leaving the audience to question who they really our. However the character from halloween doesn't give too much clues away, age and race, whereas in our thriller film its quite obvious. 

character from the film 'Halloween'
Character from our film the'Basement'

These two victims are both similar as they both are females, the costumes are similar with the bloody white top and the scared worried facial expressions. 

Our victim from the 'Basement' 

Victim from 'Halloween' 

Evaluation of 'Se7en' and our opening sequence

'Se7en' Screen shot of title sequence

Screen shots of our thriller 'Basement'

The screen shots of our thriller are similar to the opening title sequence of 'Se7en' because they both use dark lighting, a lot of dark shadows are used to distort images so that the audience are not sure of what they are seeing.

The extreme close ups allows the audience to try build a picture of the surroundings which is similar to 'Se7en' because they have ECU's of hands and objects in a room however due to the close up you have to build an idea of what the room looks like.

'Se7en' Screen shot of title sequence

Screen shots of our thriller 'Basement'

The screen shots of our thriller are similar to the opening title sequence of 'Se7en' because they both use dark lighting, a lot of dark shadows are used to distort images so that the audience are not sure of what they are seeing.

The extreme close ups allows the audience to try build a picture of the surroundings which is similar to 'Se7en' because they have ECU's of hands and objects in a room however due to the close up you have to build an idea of what the room looks like.

Q6 Audience Feed Back

As a group we are happy with the feed back we got, the feed back was mostly positive, for example; Someone noted that they liked the soundtrack and that we had a good use of lighting. Seen as all the feedback given was mostly positive it is clear that we got our target audience. We achieved our initial plan in making our thriller suspenseful. However there were some criticism's such as our thriller was too dark in certain places, but that was the whole point in order to create mystery to our title sequence. If we were to improve it we would add a bit more lighting in order to get more positive feedback.

Friday, 25 March 2011

jelly baby film

Suspense is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety about the outcome of certain actions, most often referring to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. Suspense is not exclusive to fiction, though. Suspense may operate in any situation where there is a lead up to a big event or dramatic moment, with tension being a primary emotion felt as part of the situation. In the kind of suspense described by film director Alfred Hitchcock, an audience experiences suspense when they expect something bad to happen and have (or believe they have) a superior perspective on events in the drama's hierarchy of knowledge, yet they are powerless to intervene to prevent it from happening. In broader definitions of suspense, this emotion arises when someone is aware of his lack of knowledge about the development of a meaningful event; thus, suspense is a combination of anticipation and uncertainty dealing with the obscurity of the future. In terms of narrative expressions, it may be contrasted with mystery or curiosity and surprise. Suspense could however be some small event in a person's life, such as a child anticipating an answer to a request they've made, e.g., "May I get the kitty?". Therefore, suspense comes in many different sizes, big and small.

Screen Shot From Inception

I love the way the camera is just focused on one thing, which leaves you wondering what might happen next or what might happen to the object.

What i think about thrillers?

In my opinion i think that they are ok depending on sub-gender but for me any thriller scares me, and i haven't really took a large interest in it since i started this course which has been about thriller films. I have also come to appreciate all the hard work that comes into making it, and all the techniques that have to be used to give it a certain appeal for people who want to be thrilled and driven off their seats.
For me my favourite thriller is inception, as its not scary but makes me always wonder what's going to happen next.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Interview about paranormal activity

At lunch in college I decided to interview my friend Sophia on the film 'Paranormal Activity' and find out what certain things she found thrilling in the film.

I asked her the following;

  •  What's the most scariest part you found in Paranormal Activity? 
'At the end when her face comes into the screen, I was terrified because it came really unexpectedly and her face  looked possessed.'

  • What did you find interesting about the sound? 
The whole way through the film there was no music apart from the dialogue used by the actors and the noises of the creatures that you could not see, this made me feel even more on edge as because I didn't know what to expect.'
  • What did you find interesting about the story line? 
'The first Paranormal Activity was kind of plain Jane but the Second Paranormal Activity created interesting story and gave me a better understanding of the first Paranormal Activity.'
  • Did Paranormal Activity scar you for life? 
'Yes it did, it made me feel scared to be home alone and if I heard things fall randomly in my house it would make me feel nervous because it reminds me of some of the stuff from Paranormal Activity.'
  • Would you watch it again ?
'Yeah, I love watching horror films in cinema's' 

Improve on anything in our clip?

If i could improve anything in the clip, it would probably be to have more time on it, so i could add:
  • More credits (text)
  • Make it more neater
  • Include more clips
  • More space to add extra parts of fancy editing 
  • Time to add on more sound

But apart from that im happy with the whole editing :)


My Experience

Throughout my time creating our film clip there was a lot of hard work and time that needed to be put into our efforts, but i feel like i accomplished this very well and was able to make time to make this as good as it could be whether i had time or not. Also making sure i kept in contact with my groups specially Malika for example as we have worked together in classes before so i could always make plans with her, so we could do some extra filming or just discuss any problems we were having.

Sometimes i would think to myself: 
  1. Would be get all the equipment that we needed? 
  2. Would we as a group have time? since we all have different lesson times. 
  3. Could we rely on each other? 
  4. Or would we even finish editing?
But everything was able to be done easily as i made sure i put a lot of effort into creating this film clip. and it defiantly payed off. And was glad that everyone participated into creating the film, by either filming it directing it or even featuring in it.

Expressions Of The Week

From this ^^^ early this week with lots of work needed to be done

To this ^^^ Finally completing all the work for our film clip 

Film Finally Finished

It was a very stressful hour and a half as we had to know finally finish everything off for our film clip. I thought i had saved everything correctly onto our hard drive but some how something had gone wrong with saving it or i hadn't saved it properly. However shortly after looking for it we found it but it was saved as a mov. and the sound wasn't saved separately onto the file with it. After we i had to get some help from the teacher, which helped as we was able to then just paste the sound and video clip onto final cut pro and edit some more from there. 
I was able to add more credits for the clip and make sure everything was as neat as possible. 

What is suspense?

  • Suspense is the feeeling  of uncertainty and anxiety which may lead to a dramatic event or moment causing emotional tension.   

Suspense In Thrillers films

Thrillers are about giving the audience some excitement keepeing you at the "edge of your seat" as the plot reaches a climax.  They make you feel expectation, anxiety uncertainty, tension and suspense.  The suspense plot usually has characters who come into conflict with each other or outside forces.  Playing with peoples minds  psychological thrillers, and romantic thrillers, passion, love triangles and murder.   They have to overcome these forces in the film.  This is what makes the film exciting and watchable. 
Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense films.
 For example, 
 Rear Winsdow, North by Northwest, Psycho
 Alien  Sci-fi thriller, 
What lies Beneath .Supernatural  suspense.
He loves me, he loves me not.  Romantic thriller
Momento. psychological thriller.
Enemy of the State Political thriller.


Synopsis: Police drama about two cops, one new and one about to retire, tracking a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his motive.
Rated: R
Running Time: 2 hr. 5 min.
Distributor:New Line Cinema
Directed By: David Fincher
Written By: Andrew Kevin Walker


Synopsis: A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
Rated: R

US Box Office:£23.8M
Distributor:Newmarket Films
Directed By: christopher nolan
Written By: christopher nolan guy ritchie

The difference between a horror and thriller

A thriller is more interested in suspense, putting you "on the edge of your seat" or in plain terms, making you nervous for the fate of the characters. A horror movie wants to make you fear for your personal safety, to make you afraid that what happened to the characters may happen to you even after you've left the theater.
As a good horror movie often contains a great deal of suspense and as a good thriller can be pretty scary in spots it's more down to the intentions of the film maker and the subject matter of the film. Hitchcock is regarded as a suspense director but his films Psycho and The Birds are more correctly classified as horror films because they deal with horrific subject matter and their intention is to terrify, not make you nervous about the fate of the on-screen characters. Hitchcock's film North By Northwest has a terrifically suspenseful ending but it is not particularly horrific in that it is not specifically designed to scare you into thinking you may fall off Washington's nose on your next visit to Mount Rushmore.

top 15 pyschological thrillers

The Talented Mr Ripley
Anthony Minghella, 1999
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The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie’s cultured fiancĂ©e, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom’s talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf’s privileges his own. This was the first film I saw Matt Damon in, and I was extremely impressed by the way he managed to make me feel so uncomfortable in every scene. To top it off, Philip Seymour Hoffman makes a cameo appearance in the film.

Fatal Attraction
Adrian Lyne, 1987
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Happily married New York lawyer Dan Callagher has an affair with his colleague Alex, and the two enjoy a love weekend while Dan’s wife and kid are away. But Alex will not let go of him, and she will stop at nothing to have him for herself. Just how far will she go to get what she wants? This film has prevented me from ever seeing Glenn Close as anything but evil – watch this for some good old 80s frights.

The Game
David Fincher, 1997
When workaholic businessman Nicholas Van Orton turns 48, his long absent drug-addicted brother turns up and gives him a special gift for his birthday – membership of an exclusive game. Nicholas, against his better judgement signs the waiver form and his life is turned upside down. This film is a lesser known work by the director of Se7en – and while it is not as popular, it is an excellent film which really draws you in to the suspense and intrigue. I guarantee you will love it. From a perspective of the twisted psychological aspects of the film, this probably tops the list.
Cape Fear
Martin Scorsese, 1991
Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney/”Leave It to Beaver”-esque family-man. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years, ago Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady’s rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss. It was a toss up between this film and the Departed – and I chose Cape Fear because the Departed is a fairly new film and is a remake of an Asian film. Having said that, if you haven’t seen the new Departed – you should see that too.
American Psycho
Mary Harron, 2000
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Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This film has more cringe moments than any other I have seen. This is probably the most gruesome of the films on the list – but it does manage to keep it as “tasteful” as possible. The worst scene for me is one involving a drawer full of medical implements. If you have seen the film you will know what I mean.

Les Diaboliques
Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955
The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school’s filthy swimming pool… but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared – and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his ‘killers’ (and the audience) up the wall with almost unbearable suspense. This film was remade under the title Diabolique in 1996 starring Sharon Stone. The original is so much better – avoid the new one.

Straw Dogs
Sam Peckinpah, 1971
Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house. This is Dustin Hoffman as you have never seen him. This is one of my favorite psychological thriller cum revenge movies – it is definitely worth the purchase/download. Be warned: some of the scenes in this film are quite disturbing.

Play Misty for Me
Clint Eastwood, 1971
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Disc jockey Dave Garver (Clint Eastwood) attracts the amorous attentions of a demented fan named Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter). Evelyn lets Dave pick her up at a bar; later at her apartment, Evelyn admits that she is the cooing caller who repeatedly asks Dave to play the Erroll Garner classic “Misty.” From then on, the film is a lesson in how one casual date can turn your whole life around. Evelyn stalks Dave everywhere, ruins his business lunch, assaults his maid, mutilates his house and all of his belongings, and finally threatens to butcher his girlfriend Tobie Williams (Donna Mills). You’ll never be able to hear that song again without looking over your shoulder. This was Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, and what a debut it is!

The Usual Suspects
Bryan Singer, 1995
After a waterfront explosion, Verbal, an eye-witness and participant tells the story of events leading up to the conflagration. The story begins when five men are rounded up for a line-up, and grilled about a truck hijacking (the usual suspects). Least pleased is Keaton a crooked cop – exposed, indicted, but now desperately trying to go straight. The cops won’t leave him alone, however, and as they wait for their lawyers to post bail, he is talked into doing one more job with the other four. All goes tolerably well until the influence of the legendary, seemingly omnipotent “Keyser Soze” is felt. Although set in the modern day, it has much of the texture of the forties, plus suspense, intrigue (a fairly high body count), and lots of twists in the plot. This movie ranks #20 on the IMDB top 250 – and for a very good reason: it has a star studded cast, excellent direction, and excellent cinematography.

Christopher Nolan, 2000
Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line movies forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time. This is not just a thrilling film – it is a clever film that really does leave you guessing all the way through. Guy Pearce is fantastic in this must-see movie.

David Fincher, 1995
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This thriller portrays the exploits of a deranged serial-killer. His twisted agenda involves choosing seven victims who represent egregious examples of transgressions of each of the Seven Deadly Sins. He then views himself as akin to the Sword of God, handing out horrific punishment to these sinners. Two cops, an experienced veteran of the streets who is about to retire and the ambitious young homicide detective hired to replace him, team up to capture the perpetrator of these gruesome killings. Unfortunately, they too become ensnared in his diabolical plan. Anyone who has seen this film can not deny the psychological thrill of waiting to see what nasty thing the serial killer has lined up for the next sin! This is a brilliant film and if you haven’t seen it – you must.

Taxi Driver
Martin Scorsese, 1976
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New York City cab driver Travis Bickle constantly, almost obsessively, reflects on the ugly corruption of life around him, and becomes increasingly disturbed over his own loneliness and alienation. In nearly every phase of his life, Bickle remains a complete outsider, failing to make emotional contact with anyone. Unable to sleep night after night, Travis haunts the local pornography emporiums to find diversion, and begins desperately thinking about an escape from his depressing existence. The superb acting of Robert De Niro gives this film a constant chill. Every minute he is on the screen – the viewer is nervous. This is a masterful thriller by one of the modern greats – Scorsese.

The Manchurian Candidate
John Frankenheimer, 1962
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After Raymond returns from the Korean War as a decorated hero, the other members of his platoon can’t really remember what he did to win his medal. Two of the soldiers start having recurring nightmares, and one of them decides to investigate Raymond’s current activities. What dark and sinister secrets are being withheld by the Government and the Army? This film was so good that it spawned a remake (a far inferior one, I should add) starring Denzel Washington. This original version includes excellent performances from Janet Leigh, Frank Sinatra, and the indomitable Angela Lansbury.

Rear Window
Alfred Hitchcock, 1954
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Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbours. He begins to suspect that the man opposite may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his society model girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his nurse Stella to investigate. I could only select one Hitchcock film for this list (otherwise it would be a top 10 Hitchcock list) and Rear Window seemed the obvious choice. It has brilliant acting, excellent film work, and plenty of suspense.

Silence of the Lambs
Jonathan Demme, 1991
Clarice Starling, a young intelligent FBI trainee, has been sent to the Batlimore state hospital for the Criminally insane to interview an inmate Dr. Hannibal – the cannibal – Lecter. A brilliant and renowned psychiatrist turned serial killer. She must match wits with Lecter to gain clues in the search for “Buffalo Bill” – an unknown psychopathic serial killer. Silence of the Lambs has to take number one spot – not only is it clearly the best of the genre, it introduced to the world one of the most scary, intelligent, and vile characters in film history: Dr Hannibal Lecter. I think it is also fair to say that it was one of the best performances of Jodie Foster.