FMP evaluation

 

My aim was to create a short Horror film, different to the films I have made previously, by improving shots and direction.   I Intended to do better and more long term planning, which I did by letting my actors know weeks in advanced and gave them plenty of time to do read troughs.

 

I also stated that I would  do indoor, outdoor locations shooting, plus filming in the late evening, rather than early in the morning like I before, I accomplished all these things, and it proved to be more interesting with the variety of the locations and times of shooting during the day and I tried to make every shoot separate, thinking about the shoots like different genres, with a crime scene and Horror/ thriller theme towards the end of the film.

 

Adding in a storyteller early on also helped, because the plot of the story was getting too long and it was big enough idea for two-hour feature length film, so to the make the exposition easier I added a storyteller character to break up chunks of the story within the film. It also added more elements to the kind of Horror film I was trying to make, which was a 70’s style horror film.

For the films concept it remained the same but with a few changes. The length was shorter than anticipated but still around five minutes, early on I decided that keeping the film shorter would be better because there would be too many shoots and it would be too difficult to film.

I did not use prosthetics because it was too expensive by looking into lots of websites and too time consuming; we spoke to someone from the 3D department who claimed that moulding would take a week to set.

The film also changed from non-linear, into a standard linear film because I realised that I made too many non- linear films and just wanted a beginning, middle and end with no jumping around. I also did not act within my film this year and instead put more effort in the filmmaking

 

I kept to my filming times and made everything more dark and moody when in editing, because we were filming on sunny days, so I had to colour correct everything to make everything look like night, or early morning. I also added an effect to the storyteller scenes to make them look more interesting, because the light was very bright, so I had to dim the light to great effect.

The final film did not end up as a traditional horror film and ended more as horror comedy, the script was intended to have funny moments to break up the scary moments, but certain actors changed the tone and the mode of what was originally purposed for the idea.

The film also ended shorter than anticipated, being around five minutes and not even breaching the eight-minute limit I had. This made the film better condensed format, shorter and punchier.

 

I began my research by looking modern and classic horror films such as Hammer horrors such as the mummy form 1959 and 28 Day Later 2002 because of the thriller elements involved. This is because was the short of elements that I want to use when making my horror film, taking inspirations from both of the stories.

The Mummy mainly having mystery elements, which I used in my story, and not seeing the mummy in action until the end, which is another idea I used in my story. The film also gives the monster a backstory this is an idea I will not be using, as I don’t have time in my film to have enough exposition.

I have also taken some inspiration from German Expression with such films as Cabinet of Dr Calargi and Nosferatu. Taking note of the shadow and creepy atmosphere and the no sound adding to it. With the scene where Count Olorck walk up the stairs and all you can see is the shadows.

I also looked in the horror comedy ‘An American werewolf in London’ where I was interested in the subway chase scene with the close and tight camera shots and only showing the wolf for a brief second. Adding more atmosphere towards the final reveal of the monster. The scene also uses the location to create the isolation and the tension of no escape from the werewolf.

I also watched the Hound of the Baskervilles from 1959 the hammer version. Because one of the original ideas I have for my final major project was a Sherlock Holmes idea I came up with back in level one called wolf’s bane. However, I wanted to come with something new and fresh. The idea of a detective in the story stuck and I made the female character similar to Holmes.

The film has certain horror elements. However, it is mainly a mystery film and it does not become a horror film until the final few minutes with the climax and reveal of the hound. When violence and the sudden blood bath came from nowhere.

I also intend to make the sound design to add to overall tension to the film. Because the sound of a horror film is as equally as important visuals. Including creating all the monster glows to make it different and suspenseful.

After the research, it mainly stayed the same. I could not find any people who had claimed to have seen monsters and it was not helpful. I also added research in the form of the history of horror and why it has changed. Using mine own knowledge of the genre, because I been a big fan and look at many books, documentary’s, websites over the years.

I did not get to use any equipment because my budget was a bit steep this year and I could not book a fig rig because there was none available at the time. I had to use my camera and be as careful as possible and only used a tripod when I had to in order to make the shots less static and more interesting.

For mine main practitioner I was mainly influenced by Terrance Fisher, who directed many Hammer films from 1957-1973, I was inspired by his mix of tension and slightly camp feel, in order to break up the scarier horror elements within his films. What he would try and do in small space, is make it bigger by using camera angles to hide errors or flaws within a set or location.

I thought of what Fisher would do within mine film and having to film in small-crapped area and I figured I would make the location look bigger by using camera angles and quick cuts to make the location look bigger and more effective.

In my late edit I also added some stock footage of Exeter from 1935 to try and make things seem more older, to add mystery elements towards it.

When coming up with the character of the storyteller when I decided to use idea I was inspired by John hurt when he played a storyteller for Jim Henson in the title role. Although the show was for children and focussed on Greek myths. It might have connected the target audience with that sense of mystery that only could be found in their childhood.

I decided to go for something more serious and come up with a character that was condescending and harsh, this is a reference to teenagers the main target audience, somewhere between not to serious and not too childish. I made it this way because teenagers like to insult and it keeps their attention more.

For the target audience and the feedback, I felt the audience did not quite get what is I was trying to accomplish. The target audience should have been much older because mine target audience would not remember Hammer films, most were too young to remember, I should have uncovered the audience that grew up with that period of horror.

The younger audiences are not scared of monsters anymore; I knew that for the start. The Idea was to make an older style horror film for Modern audiences and maybe that is a bit older. With modern horror films its more off Scary games such as Cabin in the woods or brutal, films like Human centipede.

Maybe I took to mush influence from Hammer, I should have either embraced it or stepped away from it. If embraced, maybe more of a comic element.

How well does mine product reflect on my skills. I have improved in the near four years of starting this course. This time I did not do anything technically. My approach has changed, my mind-set, my planning and less guesswork. I do not tend to rush filming or planning anymore and take as much time as need, the same goes for the actors I work with, where as before I would tend to leave everything to the last minute and everything would not have intended to look as it did.

I think I did much better than last year; I had more problems last year, maybe because of planning. So this year I took more time over it this year. I also learnt to be fewer ambitions and not plan anything too long or complex and try to do something simple, with not many scenes or locations.

In addition, in a year, I perfected colour correction and managing to make might look like night. Feedback about sound and transitions, but this is before they saw the final film and adjusted them.

I think this project and course has helped me to identify my niche and skills. For someone who knew nothing about film four years has learnt much within that time. I very good at creating action, adventure, drama type films. My best aspect in filmmaking is directing because I proved and I can commutate with new people and tell them what I want.

I need more time to perfect my craft and maybe I would need longer film a project and use all my skills. Using my storytelling skills to spend longer on expansion of the story and characters, this is what I good at and like doing. I am storyteller more than I filmmaker and from now on I won’t squash my stories to fit a deadline, rather take longer in what I am doing.

If I were to have another chance to this project, again I would change the overall ethos, maybe more of a spoof, less serious. If I were to do the film for Hollywood, I would make it a two-hour horror film with every detail intended to do with chase in tunnel in train station. Also actually, use prosetics in order to create my own monster.

I have also learnt to my keep my acting and directing separate, because I can be quite talented in acting, but it is quite hard to do both at once and credit to anyone who can. In future, I plan to get a bigger crew on projects, and not do so much work myself, because after a while, I was becoming biotas and getting an ego. I thought I could get it done all myself, and working with new people helps improve skills, that’s the main thing I learnt this year, teamwork is everything in film. I am more confident to approach new people to act and ask for help within production.

The last thing I leant this year is about adapting an original idea to make it work and simplifying it, so I could cut a lot of grounds, cost and locations. Throughout my years in college I had to deal with deadlines and limitations, every FMP I done never looks how it was supposed to be, that’s because I was always to ambitious, I know now I can’t do that. I know now that takes a big budget and mouths to years of planning and filming.

If I did have a budget, I would get a crew and get someone else to edit my work and could take a different impetration of my work. However, this is only the beginning.

 

 

link to Final film

 

 

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Feedback and Screening

FMP feedback questions

My plan for my screening is show to my class and hope they will find it tense and scary, and to provide a questionnaire about music, the story to know if they understood it, I will be showing an unfinished version. The main thing if the tension works and matches to beat of the music.

Last week I had my screening of my FMP, the reaction weren’t what I was hoping for and found people watching chuckling and laughing too much, there was supposed to be lighter and funny moments within the film, but it was supposed to be scary too. The feedback was useful and it made me think of how I would do it differently  if I were to do again, I should have made it over the top and funny. But I am glad must people go the story even if some audio was missing, because it was just supposed to be fun.My dream screening would be to screen my film at a convention and to show it to fans of horror comedies and classic horror films. But mainly Mark Gatiss  whom is a Doctor who writer, who loves old horrors and writes some over the top martial such as ‘ The league of Gentlemen, because in mine film there is some black comedy, which I think would appeal to him and he would enjoy.

 

FMP RESEARCH

Main pathway/ Medium: Short film

 

Rationale- Over the past three years I have done a different verity of projects such as Radio, Animation, Live TV and several FMP’s that which had never really been what I plan from the start.

This year Intent to surpass everything I have already done. By having better scheduling and planning. What I have leant over the years is that nothing is ever simple as you think it would be.

 

I have improved since starting in 2014, and this year I want to throw all the skills I have learned, and willing to learn some new ones too, such as filming indoors and filming at night. Using prosthetics and blood effects in order to create a better storyline and creating more detail to make this and future films better.

 

Project concept-

My aim is to create a short horror/ suspense film five to eight minutes long. It will be non- linear that will follow my own made up legend and an enthusiasm as he follows crimes scenes to find this monster behind the legend. It will also follow a detective following a murder spree. The detective will warn him of the dangers.

 

For the filming I will use two locations, one being an indoor location with a lot of space to run. Another scene will be set at late Evening so I can learn about shooting at different lights and times to later edit to make it look darker and look like night.

 

For the research I will be looking into real life Enthusiastic and people who have died from looking in legends. This will help me to further develop some of the characters within the film. It could also develop the plot and have a deeper meaning.

 

I also be looking with making and creating the prosthetics from scratch.

 

For equipment I will be using be a better resolution camera and will be using a fig rig for the opening chase scene of the film.

 

The costumes and props will be quite simple and basic waring normal basic clothes.

 

Casting should be quite straight foreword as I only have one person to cast left.

 

Evaluation-

I will sum up each part of the project beginning with any of the making parts, such as the prosthetics when and how complex it was to do. Reflect upon the research. I will also reflect on the three stages of production. Then the final thing I would reflect on is the three years I spend at college and state what impact it has made on this last final major project. I will keep a weekly written journal as I go along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I began my research by looking modern and classic horror films such as Hammer horrors such as the mummy form 1959 and 28 Day Later 2002 because of the thriller elements involved. This is because this is the short of elements that I want to use when making my horror film, taking inspirations from both of the stories.

The Mummy mainly having mystery elements, which I used in my story, and not seeing the mummy in action until the end, which is another idea I used in my story. The film also gives the monster a backstory this is an idea I won’t be using, as I don’t have time in my film to have enough exposition.

I have also taken some inspiration from German Expression with such films as Cabinet of Dr Calargi and Nosferatu. Taking note of the shadow and creepy atmosphere and the no sound adding to it. With the scene where Count Olorck walk up the stairs and all you can see is the shadows.

I also looked in the horror comedy ‘An American werewolf in London’ where I was interested in the subway chase scene with the close and tight camera shots and only showing the wolf for a brief second. Adding more asmasfear towards the final reveal of the monster. The scene also uses the location  to create the isalocation and the tension of no escape from the werewolf.

I also watched the Hound of the Baskervilles from 1959 the hammer version. Because one of the original ideas I have for my final major project was a Sherlock Holmes idea I came up with back in level one called wolf’s bane. However I wanted to come with something new and fresh. The idea of a deceive in the story stuck and I made the female character slimmer to Holmes.

The film has certain horror elements. However it is mainly a mystery film and it dose not become a horror film until the final few minutes with the climax and reveal of the hound. When violence and the sudden blood bath came from nowhere.

I also intend to make the sound design to add to overall tension to the film. Because the sound of a horror film is as equally as important visuals. Including creating all the monster glows to make it different and sirpersensefull.

 

 

 

Practitioner research

For the practitioner research I looked in a few practitioner the main two horror directors was Terrance Fisher, Danny Boyle and a local filmmaker who I contacted.   I tired to widened my sources by trying to find a old style horror director and a modern style director, but also try to contact somebody locally an idea of how they got in.

Terrance Fisher-  Fisher began his career in the navy, but he felt unhappy with what he was doing. Fisher always had an interested in film, and started as a clapper board boy, being the oldest around, and would later applied for film editor, he would later shift to other company’s before directing his first feature ‘ Colonel Bogey 1949’

His break came in 1957 when he was asked to direct a remake of the 1931 Frankenstein, Fisher had never watched that version and basically started from scratch. This film was classed as the first colour horror film.  The film was a blockbuster suggest and started Peter Crushing and Christopher Lee as the new horror stars. Who Fisher would work with him on other films and sequels.  He would direct for hammer until he would retire, while taking a  brief  hiatus to let newer directors.

 

 

The Gorgon 1964-  A one of Hammer film that featured a Greek myth rather than a book by an English writer. It features the gorgon, a creature when looked at turns you to stone.  The film is very typical of hammer being a period drama being set 1910, where a string of murders happen with the victims  turning to stone, within the town the police and people dismiss the legend. The story is very well phased, with you being interested in every clue they find as characters played by Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing leading the main investigation. Fisher captures both the high points and low of the story and in the end the story takes a twist that you see you coming by you can’t quite beveilve

I saw this film quite young and I think it’s always had an impression on me with the Greek myth is tells a lot of the ideas from my own Final Major project  come from this film, The police within the film dismiss the legend and only the locals people do the right think. Just like in my film with a detective leading the investigation, but dismissing the monster.   Christopher Lee  Character is the specialist in Greek myths  and knows all the details about the gorgon, Just like the expert in mine film who has all the information in mine film. However there are still many twists I put in my story.

 

Danny Boyle- Boyle started his career by studying a university, but he got bored and decided to leave and pursue theatre productions and produced many successful productions. He later began working for BBC northern Ireland as TV producer and later when on to product his first film Sallow grave, which is film based on drama, which Boyle is specialised at. Boyle choices in film stuck to heavy dramas and he would mainly used the same actors in some of the films. Such a Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston. 

 

 

28 Day later- An animal rage virus breaks free by accident and 28 later it effects most of the world, One person managed to stay within a coma and avoid the choas  and would walk around London, empty sheet unaware of what has happened he  meets small group of people are unaffected by the virus.  The plot is a typical zombie movie by with some twists.  However the visual style captured within the dead London is really good and feels very alienated, the fear factor that is presented is quite scary because it seems like this virus could happen in real life.  The shots are really simple but they are effective,  They have a dark tone that looks gritty when the zombie attack happens.

The video quality looks like VHS footage which adds to the tone of the film, making the footage raw and may look like there someone filming it the background.  The editing is well phased and the story flows nicely.

A lot of these Camera movements and shot composition I will use within my own film to widen the locations and storyteller upon the characters.

 

 

 

 

Competition  Research

I See you-

made by Eyes foreword productions a YouTube channel that makes short films are they are about my age.  The film is centred around a young man who is pannaioded and seeing a clown,  which is short of related  to my own idea with a monster you aren’t sure that is real, and it’s not clear if it real or not. It very cliché and seems very amateurish looking like it was shoot and made within a few days. But it is very well shot and edited and suspenseful sound. The film did win an award for a competition in the United states and looking at the shoots I can see why, but the rest of seems kind a bit same to some other student horror films I’ve seen and it might be a tad bit long a ten minutes, when it could have been more effective at five.

 

404 –

A short film made by high school students in 2014 another award winning film with very good location and creepy scenes. with what’s going on explained by the narrator  and played though acts, again it seems to something that you can see and uses fear a tool with things that you think are scary that play on your mind. With some creepy sound and lightning effect adding to the backgrounds .This film is very well shot and phased, I am still amazed that it was made by high school students, I can also see how it won an award.  When looking at the this film for inperatation  I taken into that you need a good location that best suites the story your trying to tell and adding to all the details throughout.

The Herd-

An award winning short horror film from 2015 which explores the dairy insturay, rather than using cows milk, it uses woman’s breast milk and they are put in cellars, where they are trochered and beaten by the people who work at the factory. The visuals are really dark which matches the tone of the film. It however can be quite hard to watch the pain and suffering these woman go though. There is not a lot of dialog  and most of the emotions from the characters is told though their body language. The camera angles add to the dark tone and it really gives me an idea of what I want everything to look within mine horror film.

FMP legal and ethical issues

Regulation and classification of the film: Main source bbfc .

Discrimination – n/a

Drugs- n/a

Imitable behaviour, no glamorization of weapons. The gun in the story is going to be used in an emergency and it is not an easy accessible weapon. 12A or above

Language- Moderate a couple of minor swear words. 15 or above

Nudity and sex- None

Threat- The threat and horror is quite strong most likely a fifteen

Violence- Mild, Violence is not gory only seen briefly and not in detail. The creature within the film claws one of the main characters faces, but you will not see it detail and it with cut back to another shot.

Summary- Overall the rating of my film will most likely be a fifteen rated film because of the high threat and mild violence within the film with some swear words, but none that could offend people. There is also a dead body but it is covered up with a sheet.

There is no ethical issues or legal issues because I don’t have any kids acting within the film. There is no racial or discrimination within the film either.

People who have copied horror films.

One exeplame is the film scream from 1996 which as a parody of a slasher film, but was still found to be quite scary.  The film had a concept of a murder wearing a ghost mask would be calling with a phone and telling  them who would die next, and it would be revealed it was one of there friends, trying to kill all of the rest.

It is a film that has caused a lot of copycats killers.

From a concept like that, I could see people copying it and it did. With in the same year and according to the judge who trailed the case a good way to teach murder. A girl named Alison  Cambier was stabbed 30 times by a boy she befriended who was 24 and inspired by the film.

But a lot of people that stabbed or caused the murders clearly had some problems because the film was clearly a comedy and the director, Wes Craven clearly did not intent this to happen.

 

The horror film ‘Saw’ has also been copied. The idea of those films is a ghost or demon type character that look like a dummy. Judges people that have done wrong things within  there life and punishes them.

Someone also did this in real life by stabbing them 17 Times in the spine which was a recreation from one of the films. In order hand over his bank details. So that stabber would buy crack cocaine.

 

 

 

FMP Target audience

 

The target audience for my short film is aimed towards adults aimed between 18- 24. The reason I think this is because this age group tends to enjoy horror films and seeing people being murder and killed and they tend to like being scared by something unnatural or demon like within something that is not scary. Also the age rating is 15 and up.

Because they get a thrill for it and if the film is popular they tend to scare each other with pranks.

It is more likely that my film will be aimed towards boys are or young men who tend to quite immerterture and find blood and violence to be more appealing.

However females could find it interesting as well because one of the leading characters is female and she is quite a strong lead being quite brave and taking risks, a role you would typically see a botch man in.

Because I swapped the serotypes around, making the man the being the one in danger. I tried to dievursitse rather than stick to trends.

The social grade for this audience is in middle class E- C. This purely because Horror films tend to quite cheap to product and easy to make and if they are they are low budget they cheap DVD’s to buy, making an easy night in for friends.

It is also possible that the higher social grade B- A+ may watch this film for an escape for their usual day-to-day jobs.

The characters within the film are also young and this also appeals to the audience as they can relate to them.

However my idea is too create monster and people this age range done tend to be scared of things like monsters. That is mainly a childhood fear, however I going to put another tie on that by inpmenting a storyteller character who will talk to them more grown up and will use a serious tone and will mark you go right back to your childhood, something like the beginning of Frankenstein from 1931 where they give you a warning.

Why I trying to make the audience see is an old-fashioned style horror film by adding modern elements. So that a modern audience will an idea of how horror films should be and not what they are know.

The audience is hard to narrow down for one reason as I a trying blend to era’s of horror films together, because there are two different age groups. Being an older audience in the age range 40-50 who where 18-24 that age when there horror films came out such as the Hammer horror films that where considered scary at the time but would be quite tame by todays standers. Those films would interest today’s audience of young people.

Because if Hammer are still running and they started there productions in the 1950’s and they still making horror films, that shows they are keeping up with the times. With one of the more popular being the Woman in Black released in 2012 only rated a 12 rating, so that mean lots of young people could watch it, therefore making more money.

Concept and Topic Research

The main concept and idea, is a horror film that play with the idea of fear, a monster warning people of it’s existence, it needs people to know about it to exist. It’s a psychological aspect.  I choose psychological because I felt a typical shasher was to much of stereotype with people my age or my course and feel like ever student does a shasher at one point and I wanted to make my Horror film more interesting.

A psychological Horror  is more about  the metal and emotion or not seen apset, this is used to fighted a viewer more and plays with there head, these horrors usuasaly use Ghosts or demons to tell there stories, or even sometimes relling on a mistake that one of the characters has made within a film, Such as the Ring form 2002 with the creature only existing when you play the video, therefore triggering the horror and psychological elements.

My idea came from looking into  newer horror films as young aren’t really scared by monsters, then  I though about one that might not even exist. The idea is possibly linked to metal heath issues and people who think they hear  or see thinks.

This also this leads the audience to decide weather it is real or not. Playing into if the character or the viewer is seeing things.

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I thinking about applying this theory to my film, because maybe the monster lives with the Unconscious thought, but it doesn’t become dangerous until it enters the conscious mind.

Sigmund Freud believed that our reaction to creepiness was a primitive fight or flight response, rather than a rational reaction. When you see something creepy, “you do the double take even before you know why you do the double take,  [ Quote taken form Quartz, from the writer Olivia  Goldhill on the 8th of October 2016]

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Meaning the though of something is more scary than you perceive to be or could connected to your childhood in your subconus.

Because according to Freud there are three kinds of anxiety

Reality anxiety-  The fear of danger from the world around you.  [Where a person is only happy within the head]

Neurotic anxiety-  The fear of causing somebody else harm, or cause that person danger and fear to hurt other people unintentionally.

Moral anxiety- The fear of your own conscience, when a person does something that does not match there own personal codes or feel guilty with they have done to others and will make themselves suffer for it.

The defence mechanisms used to protect for anxiety.

Repression-  Burying there though deep with there subconscious mind, sleeping away and not thinking about it.

Denial-  Pretending a traumatic event did not happen, with a person not even wanting to talk about the situation they are in.

Reaction formation- Acting opposite  to avoid what is really happening to a person.

There are many more developed by Freud.

 

 

There is an episode of the BBC Series ‘Sherlock’ within the second series episode ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ unlike the other version that I looked at they are very diffent and this version play idea of Psychological horror and there may not even be a dog.  Because of the lab upon Dartmoor and using drugs to create fake visions?

I think the reason they did this is it because one it’s more modern and two it makes there version of Hound of the Baskervilles different to other to other versions, it also gave the episode an interesting twist, when you find out there may not have been a Hound.  but they still managed to get the Hound within the episode, even if it was brief,

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HORROR TIMELINE

THE EARLY DAYS- 1896- 1920

Meaning the days that horror film began and the  first horror film by George Milles in 1896 called Le manoir Du Diable translated as the Hunted castle.

This film is not scary in any way

 

The next notable film being Frankenstein from 1910 which was a Thomas Edison production and doesn’t have much linked with the source martial from the book and plot is very toned down. Because it was a lot harder to get the rights back then for the book and was held Mary Shelly estate for a number of years.

In this version Frankenstein creates the monster not with bodies but with chemistry as he mixes all the parts into a courant. The film is very basic with the Camera movements and stay very static, this is because film was still very new at the time.

This era was stunned by the first world war as people no longer beveiled  in fansty  and saw the world for what is was.

 

THE SLIVER AGE 1920-1931

The days of German expressionism  with films such as The cabinet of Dr Callgari, the Golem and nosferatu  and later the Man the who laughs in 1928, this film later influenced the character of the Joker from Batman.

Also  is the age of American deformity  with films starting Lon Chaney with the Hunchback of Notre dame and the Phantom of the Opera, trying more a tragic and realistic tale rather than the fairy tale qualities of German expressionism.

The reason this era is called the sliver age is because how many countries would try horror and have different interruptions of a style, because of no sound the horrors of these days would rely upon there visuals.

The first horror film with sound was the Terror from 1928 however it know a lost film, meaning no known copy exists anymore and was most likely burned due to people not taking pereration seriously.

THE GOLDEN AGE-1931-1939

The age of Universal horror with there first being the Cat creeps witch is another lost film that was followed by Dracula and Frankenstein both from 1931 which sparked the birth of true horrors, despise them having not that much to do with there source martial.  They would rise Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff as the horror stars of legend.

They kept going though out the thirties realing the Mummy, the invisible man and squeals to Frankenstein and Dracula  with The Bride of Frankenstein 1935 and Dracula’s daughter from 1936.

Universal weren’t the only studio to make horror films during this period, paramount pictures realsled  the first sound version Dr Jekyll  and Mr Hyde 1932, which is a film very ahead of it’s time with the shoots, sound and phasing. But most films of this era can be quite slow, only just coming of the silent era.

This era ended with Son of Frankenstein  from 1939  being the last of the golden age of horror, because again another war would break out and people tastes changed, as people were more scared of world war two.

THE BRONZE AGE-  1940-  1946

Universal would still stand talk as the kings of horror at the time, setting most of there films during the world, so the risk would feel more real, but they would still have the trandissal horrors beginning with the wolf man 1941. Horror was mainly used as an espcasim at the time, in order not to think about world war two.

A noble film that crossed both horror and world war two together was the Invisible agent from 1942, the film was a wartime propaganda production that was part of a Hollywood effort to boost more people to join at  the home front of the war.  Which sees the grandson of the invisible man going undercover in nazi Germany, using the invisible man to undercover in enemy lines.

This era ended in 1946 with the She wolf of London  I think because universal ran out of steam in realising all these movies for sixteen years, It was becoming sale and tired. It could also be due to the war ending and a new more scary horror was on it’s way.

THE BEE MOVIE AGE – 1950- 1955

After the Hiroshima bomb dropping, the deserter film was born, that would create mutant creatures to be created from this. Such as Godzilla form 1954. Looking back most films from this era tend to quite cheesy and stories from this era aren’t very good. It started off well being grime with the first Godzilla being more about the effect on people, destroyed by desrution.  But after a while it become more of joke.

THE HAMMER REBIRTH- 1957-1973

From within a studio in London horror was about to reborn with colour  and high gore.  Frankenstein and Draulca would return now with more blood and new actors Christopher Lee as Draulca and Peter Crushing as Victor Frankenstein, they both would start in most of there films during there era. The films would begin to decline in the mid seventies, not finding period drama’s scary and people were more scared of the horrors around them.

THE GOREY DAYS-  1978-1999

Beginning with officially with the Pycho that inducted the slasher film, as one being chases down a bush of young people and kills them one by one. This craze mainly hit  the eighties with Halloween, Friday the 13th and The Nightmare of Elm street with them all having too many sequels and like Hammer it became tiring and dull.

THE MORDEN AGE OF SUPER NATURAL HORROR 2000- Present

horror films of a modern age still make films of the classics by mainly for Morden  audience, with them mainly set in morden day and featuring young people, due to this what what horror films are aimed towards now.  Young people aren’t scared of monsters and aliens, there more scared of what you can’t see.

One of the more popular films of the last 15 years The blair witch project realised in  1999 being the first found footage horror film, having the charather in the film videoing there experiences and using a lot of jumpy movements with the Camera, and yet it’s related on the best for serspense.

The reason I think that horror films stick to the more supernatural elements is because horror is aimed  more towards teenagers and young adults and people these days tend to suffer with more mental problems and the filmmakers feel that what can scare them and horror films tend to be cheap and easy to market, because the target audience is so simple for this genre.

 

Technical research

For the technical process of the final major project I am trying to  make thins look and sound better. By using a better high quality camera and also using my other camrea so I can have two  in some scenes to make the filming quicker and have more option for Camera angels and make the editing better and faster phased.

I also intend to use a Go pro for some point of view where you see things though the monsters eyes, and way it moves to capture the personally of the creature though the camera and movement, it wouldn’t not look realistic if I used a normal camera, due to looking too shaky, also it would be risky because it would be quite easy to fall over.

I am also looking into driffent ways to edit lighting and create more of creepy natural light in order to hide certain things within in shadow and adding a cast to certain scenes.

 

BUDGET

Horror Movie mask £7.49

Film Budget [ if I were doing this for real]

http://cameraworks.co.uk/hire/cameras/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnfLVBRCxARIsAPvl82FR36m1InFFtfIxIkgPIo9h7v2nzzSqWLcZ1jmrWYIH8TM-MsapTU0aAm33EALw_wcB

Prosthetic make up kit £45

Prosthetic make up craving brushes £21.50

beginning training course £350

Black magic URSA  Mini pro a week hire  £560

OConnor 2575D Head- Week hire £320

http://www.broadley.tv/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwnfLVBRCxARIsAPvl82HIdvEa3sqkGx_8NtMydmMRYrg_uMfkPfY1hqbweovKW1pn3J4CIvcaAnttEALw_wcB

Film Studio hire package £1600

Total £2896.5

 

 

Research Evaluation

This year’s research for my Final major was both easy and hard mainly because they were elements I could get quickly and others took more time to acquire, With the easiest being writing the horror timeline because I know a lot about why horror has changed, and the most difficult being looking into the more psychological part [looking into Freud], This was hard to because it was hard to some up and simply because there was so much information. There were a lot of complex theories looking into Freud’s work that you need a large understand of what he means buy an unconsciouss , or conscious mind, relating this to the main I idea of have of a creature you can only see in your mind and coming up with how that can be explained was tricky.

 

I enjoyed looking into the practitioners that I looked at because there was a wide range of different styles and I knew from coming with my Final Major project, I knew that I wanted to blend the old and new together without the viewer even realising. I know how I am going to capture this with both the storytelling and the visuals and thanks to the directors I looked at, I have more of where both those elements are going.

For the audience I know who they are and how to make them happy or unhappy and I understand that now people 18-24 my age aren’t scared of monsters or creatures anymore, there more worried about what’s going in the heads. I have spoken to many people within my own age group and none seem to be scared of monsters, only of something you can’t see and plays more on the mind. When undergoing this research I understood how many young adults and teenagers suffer from mental health and basically now I know how to make them scared.

This is the same for the classification I was surprised when my film had elements more of 15 rated film rather than a 12 rated film and how there really not that much difference between the two ratings and it’s only a few steps from an 18 rating if I showed one of mine characters after being scratched in heavy detail, I was almost close to showing that at its full effect, but I realised that I not an expect in make up or effects, in order to make look convincing.

The budget that I scoured if I was to make this into an official production was interested because I was still quite surprised how low the budget still was compared to the Hollywood budget in the end being near three thousand pounds.

Overall the research I have looked into this year has all been useful and helped my Final Major Project move forward. I tried to take longer this year in sourcing how much I could because I wanted a lot more verity. However I only wish I had more time look at other things, one of the things I would have done is conduct an interview with a counsellor about the issues of mental health/ and if horror is really helping? However this idea came a bit too late.

I am glad with the research I have conducted.

 

 

Research Bibliography

 

Research found by the Internet

 

https://www.slideshare.net/isaac97media/horror-film-target-audience

26/2/18

This information was useful in finding more facts about the audience of Horror films. It helped me back up a lot of my information I found out. I do trust this source. But it was just made by someone on the Internet.

 

http://www.hammerfilms.com

26/2/18

I used Hammer’s main site to find out why they decided to make horror films rather than adventure movies. I do trust this source because they are a company that has been around since the 1930’s. The people who work there source information.

 

 

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xckMBAAAQBAJ&pg=RA1-

26/2/18

I never used this source

 

http://mentalfloss.com/article/26184/7-scary-monsters-some-people-think-exist

12/3/18

This source was not useful in helping me with my research and proved and was not interesting; I was trying to find people who have claimed to see Monsters of Aliens.

 

https://qz.com/804497/freud-on-why-so-many-people-have-a-fear-of-clowns/

26/3/18

This source was useful to know what Freud though about people’s fears. Whoever some of the quotes could be untrue, because you don’t know if he ever said anything like that and even if he did it’s from a certain point of view, for someone who’s trying to get readers interested.

History of Horror timeline composed of Cinemassace.com Founded in 2004

http://cinemassacre.com

I have been watching Cinemassacre since 2012 there site is devoted to movie reviews and game reviews, the main person who runs the site studied in film and Media and has been a horror fan since teenage years and ran a Monster madness every year from 2007- 2017 he does classic and Morden horror films. I picked up a lot of what I know from watching these videos. I do trust their site because the main person does his own research before he does any review.

 

FMP PROPOSAL

 

Main pathway/ Medium: Short film

 

Rationale- Over the past three years I have done a different verity of projects such as Radio, Animation, Live TV and several FMP’s that which had never really been what I plan from the start.

This year Intent to surpass everything I have already done. By having better scheduling and planning. What I have leant over the years is that nothing is ever simple as you think it would be.

 

I have improved since starting in 2014, and this year I want to throw all the skills I have learned, and willing to learn some new ones too, such as filming indoors and filming at night. Using prosthetics and blood effects in order to create a better storyline and creating more detail to make this and future films better.

 

Project concept-

My aim is to create a short horror/ suspense film five to eight minutes long. It will be non- linear that will follow my own made up legend and an enthusiasm as he follows crimes scenes to find this monster behind the legend. It will also follow a detective following a murder spree. The detective will warn him of the dangers.

 

For the filming I will use two locations, one being an indoor location with a lot of space to run. Another scene will be set at late Evening so I can learn about shooting at different lights and times to later edit to make it look darker and look like night.

 

For the research I will be looking into real life Enthusiastic and people who have died from looking in legends. This will help me to further develop some of the characters within the film. It could also develop the plot and have a deeper meaning.

 

I also be looking with making and creating the prosthetics from scratch.

 

For equipment I will be using be a better resolution camera and will be using a fig rig for the opening chase scene of the film.

 

The costumes and props will be quite simple and basic wearing normal basic clothes.

 

Casting should be quite straight foreword as I only have one person to cast left.

 

Evaluation-

I will sum up each part of the project beginning with any of the making parts, such as the prosthetics when and how complex it was to do. Reflect upon the research. I will also reflect on the three stages of production. Then the final thing I would reflect on is the three years I spend at college and state what impact it has made on this last final major project. I will keep a weekly written journal as I go along.

 

FMP Production journal

Weekly vlog

Week one 26rd of feb- 2nd of march 2018

This week I managed to come up with an idea of  Horror film, because I am big of fan of them and have never done one before. I also intend to do something different from other projects I’ve done. I also began my research by starting with Audience research because I believe it is the most important. I also started the concept research.  But some is unfinished due to the snow.

 

Week two 5th- 9th March 2018

This week I carried on my concept research exploring more  elements of Psychological horror and it’s history, I also began my Legal and Ethical research by looking in Freud and his theories the way the mind works.

Week three 12th- 18th of March 2018

This week I  was suppose to be making the mask out prosthetics, however looking into the websites Prosthetic materials are very expensive and the Shipping will take two weeks and it’s not really wroth the time or the money. So instead I decided to buy a mask on ebay and being mush cheaper and I can take it off and on it with no problems.

Week four 19th- 23rd of March 2018

This week I claimed I would do Foley and sound effect and make costumes,  I was unable to do so because the research stages and still being worked on with the concept research taking the longest part.

Week five 26th-29th of March 2018

This week I stated I would start to film the storyteller scenes, but due to my Family moving house and my actor not longer able to play the part I had to postpone filming, also the location that is standing at the moment is only letting me film for 90 mins, So I am not going to use it.

Week six  16th-20th of April 2018

After a two week break I have not managed to film anything yet and I felt majorly behind this week and the main reason for filming is because I wanted an indoor location and in my family we have just moved house. So this week I had to rearrange everything and change location within the town I live. I was unable to a storyboard due to no location, so I did a shoot list instead.

Week seven 23rd-27th of April 2018

This week I managed to film all the storyteller scenes with a new actor and film most of the main shoot and only have one scene left to film which will be next week on Friday at 4.30. The scenes this week went very well.

Week eight 30th April -4th may

This week I managed to compete filming and began editing, everything is looking quite good and effective with all the added effects within it. I feel I will be able to finish next week.

Week nine 8th- 11th may

This week I managed this finish the rough edit with some missing bits of audio still missing, I am also preparing for the screening next week and preparing a questionnaire.

Week ten 14th- 18th of may

This week I polished some editing and had my screening and I am bit surprised at the reaction. I wanted people to be scared and they weren’t twelve people watched the film overall and only one did not understand what was going on. Most people liked the music I choose and thought it suited the tone of the film, however they did state that audio levels are up and down, but I showed an unfinished version of the film.

Most people were happy with the length and about half tough it needed to be a tad longer, but there is a missing bit a narration that explains the context of the characters, who they are and the setting.

Week eleven 21st-25th May

This week the last week I been working on my evaluation and making some filming time for some extra shots, it feels kind of wired to think I not going to be in college soon. This project has felt so quick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live TV

Pre- Production documents

JOYSTICK OUTLINE

JOYSTICK DRAFT 2

TV Studio sprit

Multi- camera production

Uses-

Multi camera production is used for live TV formats, Sitcoms and most drama’s to create quicker most fast filming. Unlike single camera drama having to repeat the same shot over and over again and they don’t need to do a reference take and no re- lighting or changing angles it allows for quicker editing and more verities of shots. Usually there is three, six camera on a show.

 

A live show be all overseen by the director, as they will chose which shots they want to cut too, provided by the vision mixer, cutting the shots live on air.

 

Examples-1404ead17c30f0c5b07649e7603477ec

History-

The first multi camera transmission was the Coronation of George IV in 1937 recording the first live event in Britain, back in 1937 this was unknown and alien thing and no one really had a TV, because they were expensive. The productions were only using three camerasLooking at today just looks funny because the camera is so far away form what’s happening and looks like now someone could do a better job on their phone. However it is good to look at as piece of history.

 

 

Multi Camera Production_Initial Planning

Live TV show Concept idea

Generations

A game/quiz show that features older people doing what young people do and vice versa.  Such as saying slang sentences, playing video games, dancing, rapping   being quizzed. The game show will be twenty four minutes long, shown at ten o’clock and possibly broadcasted on Channel four every week on a Saturday. The audience for this game show will more aimed towards men towards the age 18 to 24 years old and I would also want the show to appeal to both male and females, in order to have more diversity and gain more viewership.

The concept is comedy based and not about winning prices. The show’s theme is based around the difference between generations as the older team plus a younger team will be slip into two groups.

The other teams will challenge each other .The host will decide what team won the round,  also will ask general questions and depending on how many each team gets right they get choose witch team member does the task and them also deciding which one they want to face up against.

There will be five rounds during the 24 min run time with each round being more out of the box.

The set design will be a blend of a young person’s youth club and will have some British bar elements with the contestants sitting on stools either side of the bar and the host sitting behind the bar and darts board on the side.

The host will be wearing a suit and will be very intentionally narcissistic and will give no remorse when the contestants get a question wrong and will be judging each team very harshly and will interfere in some of games if a team is winning too easily. The winners of the game will also be decided by the host too, that being the team who got the most questions right and who did the task better.

Graffiti will be on the main logo and will pool cues making the lower end of the logo, to match the blend of generations.

The adverts that would be shown would be the more edgy adverts they put on after ten’ o clock. Such as comedy trailers for young teen and adults, TV drama trailers, clothing adverts, product placement adverts such as food and drinks, celebrity endorsement trying to sex appeal.

These type of adverts would appeal to the younger demographic audience that this show is aimed at. Because half of the adverts that are shown at that time are takeaway menus, to extend, the advertisers know this age group sleep in all day and invite friends over to watch movies and TV shows, therefore they can get more orders in.

The half is about selling products that can better these young people’s life by a celebrity using a certain shampoo that makes him irresistible to woman and some men believe this works.

 

Live TV target audience

My idea for live TV show a quiz drama and comedy that relies on insults and idiotic behaviour the type of audience this would appeal to is teenagers and young adults aged between 18- 24.

This age group seems to find violence and things like toilet humour more funny that someone aged in their forty’s. This age range also seem to be more immature and therefore would find it more to their standers.

They may also still live with their folks or live in shared flat with other people their age and get up to silly things and seeing this TV show may want to try these challenges with their friends and many even their families.  Because teenagers and young people seem imitate things they see off TV which the find funny and appeals to them.

The social grade will either be E,D C2 because being 18- 24 they may have just started a part time job or they are getting into the first stages of their main jobs and these groups may have shifts on the weekends or weekdays and come home and watch late night TV.

Most of the adverts shown for this audience are products that can better these peoples life’s by showing adverts like skin care cream and pain relief and products such as Lynx

The main channel where my idea for my program would be shown, would be E4 which one of channel four’s secondary channels, is main target demographic is 16-34.

There highest viewed shows are, Made in Chelsea, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Hollyoaks. Which are all shows aimed towards 16-34 year olds and aimed at both male and female.

According to their sales presentation E4 viewers are highly connected, Ambitious, they like to go trendy places and early adopters. With all these categories E4 know their audience and know they their audience needs to use mobile phones and use social networking for their day to day, keep up with the latest trends and fashion, which is heighten by the celebrity endorsement they use in the adverts and TV shows.

 

Advert ideas

Looking into the target audience has narrowed down which are 18-24 and most of the adverts they watch are related to image, food, celebs and smell. You would want something that make the product money and channel money as well as appealing to this age demographic.

The Generations show being twenty-four minutes. I would have three adverts being 30 seconds each and appealing too different needs.

The advert that I would do would be about deodorant and you would have a young male who puts on cheaper brand deodorant and smells because of it and then you would have the better deodorant falling from the sky. The young male would not smell anymore and there would be some kind of slogan.

E4 Update Q3 2017_0

Live TV show ideas Rationale

My main idea for my live TV show I like and would enjoy to make because it was a diverse idea with the two different generational eras’ facing off against each other with quiz and games. However I think the idea would have been hard to put to screen. Because of creating the tone and funny game show with no rules, it would make it hard for anything to really be natural and it could be a show where the humour could be forced.

I feel that some teenagers would not always enjoy it because not every teenager would find it funny. When I pitched it to some peers, some were interested and some weren’t. The ones that weren’t expressed that they weren’t so keen because they game shows where there is there is competition for prizes where are this would be just for the fun of it.

I wouldn’t want the older people in the show to be stereotyped by the audience. I like to represent people fairly; I would be worry that the show would have taken fun of people.

The advertisements that I looked at all determined who the audience was being 18-24, this generation seems to like things simple and easy, which is why I decided to keep the adverts simple, The main idea I had for adverts was too add something new to what the viewers have seen already such as putting a twist on the usual Lynx type advert, by having the person in advert putting on bad Deodorant and then better version falling out the sky and then smelling better, making and seeing the effects better and more realistic then what there adverts usually are.

This also fits in with the time slot when the show and adverts would be seen, which was at 10.00-10.30 when most younger viewers would be watching TV at and this why most TV programme’s would show these products such as Lynx on TV and would know what would appeal to their audience at specific times, you wouldn’t an advert where most people turn over to another channel, a programme such as ITV or Channel four makes it’s money though adverts if most people switch to another channel, they begin to lose money and profit. They would try to have their adverts shown, as simple short or funny.

THE SCEENPLAY FOR GENRATIONS

TV Studio sprit

 

 

 

GROUP WORK AND JOB ROLE

Within the TV studio project we were devied into two main groups doing a driffent varity of roles. Such as producter, dricetor, vision mixer, Telepromer, carmea opprator. The show that I first began work on was called Joystick, it was gameshow that centered around old games. The pliot Episode would of featured Street fighter 2 and Goldeneye.

My main job roles within the team where writing the sceenplay of the show, my producter wanted to have my written degiol so it would feel more natural. Within the studio itself  was a carmea opperator where I would perrsion the carmea to the way my drictor would see fit and a teleprompter, moving the sceenplay text to seen by the actor, or host that is viewing it.

I also did some of the pre- recorded segments, by conducting game review of our two games, Street fighter 2 and Goldeneye. However I left the group only compeleting the review for Goldeneye.

Pre-production documents

JOYSTICK OUTLINE

JOYSTICK DRAFT 2

 

 

Evaluation

The TV studio training was useful, however I diden’t really feel we have enough time to preaper, because we never had enough time to train within the studio. The project fell though because the TV studio times go all mixed up and our two groups got the least amount of time, The project in the end felt kind of flat because both team were almost ready to go, but sheadling let everything down.

I did get a chance to use most of the kit. I enjoyed vision Mixing, live editing. but it proved to quite populer and tricky at some ponits, mixing in all the cut aways and pre- record segments.  I enjoyed carmea opprating, however you did not have the creative freedom when making a movie. Because in the studio you can only move the carmea when the red light insent on, meaning when it is live on air.  So most of the time your just standing around and waiting, You do have to focaus upon the shots all of the time and listen to the drecitor at all times.

There were times were things did get stressful and you would have to start the show from the begining and after a while you began to hate your opening titles, after seeing them five times in row.   There were some funny moments when something would go wrong the frist time, but if it kept happening you would just get tired of it.

Being a a studio can be quite tough because you have to stay focuased to what’s going to at all times and I am glad I diden’t have a bigger role such as productor, or I may have lost my cool at some ponits.  I also working with my own age group to tough sometimes, because I don’r share the same mind set as most people and there were times I did not see work happening.

I feel the TV studio was good. But I feel like I had a better expirence finding my own work exeprince and being a runner on short film I did a the weekend. There it was realisic because you started at the bottem and most of the day you would stand around waiting for something to do, I seen  the truth of media and know I can only keep going.

I would like to work in a studio again but just not live. I think I will just stick to pre- recording, live TV is way complex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FMP EARLY PRODUCTION SHEUDLES

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Progressions

Audit and Knowledge Sheet (Unit 11, 1.1)Self audit sheet

Media CV 2017

 

Research Looking at volunteering and radio work

Looking into university courses.

The first course I looked at was a Film and TV full time course in Brighton.  The course is three years and you spend most of it doing TV work in the studios. Also understanding social media.

 

The second is a creative course in Cornwall. This course has a variety of things that interested me including Narrative short stories and documentary and learning script to screen.

The third is the university of Hertfordshire. This course seems to be an interesting one with them offering Animation, special effects and model desgin and they state they work with Warner bro’s, Pinewood and Elstree studios.  Some students and staff have the opportunity to work on major films

The fourth I looked at was in Bristol. I liked the modules in the course, being, creative producer, designing screen fiction,an expimerimental short film. Thats all just in the first year.

The final university I looked was in Staffordshire becuase they offer some good employment placements and contacts such as the BBC and  ITV. They also have had students work on hollywood films, such as James Bond and the X-men

After looking at these placements it has me interested, if I was going to choose I would be somewhere closer to home and more Practical, because I don’t like all the theory side of things.  Even though they seem interesteing they are a bit far out of reach, because I would  have to pay for fees.  I know that you can get funded, I just don’t want a big chunk of debt lying around and I would be worried about it always being there. I also would have to find somewhere to stay and it would have to be the right place to stay, meaning I couldnt just live anywhere. Some of  the courses of the modules put me off. I am also worried that there may still be paperwork, and I would rather not do that anymore.

I also don’t think I would get into some of the uni’s because I have not passed GSCE maths and that might stop me from getting in.

I would rather find work exeperience somewhere and learn hands on.

 

For work experience I have been looking at local radio stations  mainly Radio Exe and BBC radio Devon. However they don’t offer out work experience on their website and I plan to send a email within the next few weeks and finish my CV and Media CV. I am interested in doing radio because I have a good understanding in how it works. I have done radio as part of enrichment at college and ran two projects upon it in level two and level three.

I want to try and get some experience  so I can understand how radio works day to day and witness how they run the programmes and see how the production is like.

This may even give me a chance to pick up a few contacts along the way ,or may  even lead to a part time job if I am lucky enough.

I am interested in a lot of things and I am open to do anything. I have former clients that I have worked with, that allready have more poetentail clients that I can work with.  I also want to try out different fields such as, working behind the scenes on Thearte, so that I can see the differance between stage acting and sceen acting. I would also like to find a local media production company making a film, so I can see first hand what goes on during filming.

I am going to research local theatre  companies   or work exeperince and see if they offer any posts, such as The northcott theatre,  Exeter university and Little theatre company.

 

 

Apprenticeships

I looked in serval Apprenticeship placements ,some of the one I have looked  have been with the big TV companies BB1, ITV and Channel four. Where they offer you a part time post working and getting to know the bisnuess and even having the chance to work on some of thier upcoming programme.

I was going to try and submit a from for channel four, but the last deadline ran out and thier will not be another for another three mouths or so. When the window to submit come along again I will enter my CV and exeprince in.

I also been looking a placements within the local area, but I haven’t found anyhting of interested yet and most of seem to be dinning work.

The main apprenticeship I looked into was independent film companies base in the south west.  I did not have mush luck in finding anything, however since producing  a corporate film for one of my clients I may have an apprenticeship lined up.

 

Update 2018

I was emailing radio Exe back in Dec 2017,and they manged to get back to me after sending a cover letter of why I was interested in doing work exeprince  for them.

I meet up with the the producter of radio Exe. Where we dissus my exeprinces in radio and film. We also talk about the audince and listeners. I talked about my interest in news reading and witting stories for film, TV and my voice inpressions.

I  was offred work exeprince from the 20th of Jan 2018.

 

Showreel 2017

 

Research task

Research log 1

Critical frameworks

 

Genre-

The categories of films, for audiences, such as Horror, Sci if, Western, [but mainly so producers can sell it] for marketing and selling. If a film has genre that might make it more appealing to the viewer who is watching and by watching a trailer or seeing a poster you would be able to pick up the Iconography with the things that relate that genre such as ‘horror’ where you would think of blood.

I think that Genre is a good thing, however I think it’s slightly out-dated and one Genre isn’t enough to keep you interested in a film anymore. There needs to more sub genres to twist films and make them more interesting, rather than the same film every time.

Narrative-

The narrative is the story of what you are trying to tell. With pictures, sound and video. It leads people to understand what is going on. Either being liner or non-liner, meaning in order or out of order.

What I think about narrative depends on what mode I am in. Sometimes I want to watch simple or straightforward and other times, I want to see something more deep and meaningful.

 

Representation-

The choices the filmmakers chose in a film to portray a character’s development, such as camera techniques, acting style, editing and sound.

The way something is portrayed.

I think that the way Woman is portrayed in film is outdated and it makes me thing we still live in the Victorian times. The way directors shoot them is stick and turns my stomach.

 

Audience-

Who is the person watching your media and reading what you promote. Matching the market you want to meet, things like, genre and style will it appeal to their interest.

I think that having an Audience awareness can be useful for making sales and promoting your product. The problem however is that film makers don’t change and will stick to their audience and don’t try to change things.

 

Regulation-

To protected viewers from what they might think is offensive or is uncomfortable. It creates industry standards, boundaries and guidelines.

It protects younger viewers from seeing anything to horrific or sexual, as they might not understand the awareness that adults have. However adults should have the choice what films they want to see and it shouldn’t be decided by some guy I n a suit.

Also when things are cut from the movie it doesn’t feel the same because something is missing and it just feels silly because you taking away many hours or days of work from people who made it.

Technology [Digital media]

How media has progressed over the years, how technology is changed and adapted it has made things cheaper and easier for companies and independent people to films, because cameras and other resources are much cheaper and affordable. It also affects how we watch film and TV because you don’t even need a TV to watch TV anymore.

Personally I think that seeing something that is real in a film that is made out of practical effects is more impressive than something that was created by computer and I think CGI is over used in films and there are too many movies out with it.

 

Production/Distribution/Exhibition

Production- Budget, days on set, tech used, actors. Using time management and communication skills can be a problem with making a film.

Distribution- The Company that founds your film or TV programme. How do you get audiences? Who are you going to get the money to make your film?

Exhibition- showing films at the cinema or direct to –DVD. The issue being that once you sell your film you don’t own it anymore and Cinemas may not take it.

I think for filmmakers doing production is important and nothing should change. However I wouldn’t want to sell my films because I afraid they would change my film or even input in changing endings and it won’t be what you made anymore.

 

 

Marketing and promotion

Marketing – How your product is sold and how much money it can make, is it marketable towards a younger demographic and can it sell merchandising.

Promotion- how your product is advertised, where will it be showed on radio, TV, poster or magazines?

I think marketing can be good, I feel it can get overwhelming at times because you see the same movie trailers again and again, especially with blockbuster movies with all there adverts everywhere. I feel like the advertisers are rubbing my face in these movies until I see them. I know there trying to make money, just cut them back a bit.

 

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Has narrative in science fiction TV changed over the past 50 years? An exploration of the way stories have been told with specific reference to Star Trek (1966) and Doctor Who (2017)

I have always been interested in TV narrative and the stories you can tell over multiple weeks rather than see a movie that’s only two hours and sometimes the narrative feels rushed.

TV Narrative can have better-developed characters and more time spend towards them and TV dramas especially British drama seems to last for many years with shows like Doctor Who constantly changing and more shows changing there tone.

But even not researching TV narrative I began to notice that the narrative in TV shows is changing, the mode and tone of TV shows are becoming more Modern and realistic, Dark and moody. Compared to what shows used to be and that was simple and laid back.

But has narrative changed with the time or it is the audience have changed? With my research I plan to look into why TV narrative is changed, how a storyline arc is thought out and who plans it?

I plan to interview a full time story writer to learn the full process to conducting a storyline and asking how much freedom to they get in book and if it would turned into film or a TV show what short of limitations they would be if that ever happened to one of your stories?

I also plan to interview a head writer of TV show and what goes though their head and ask them the question why has TV narrative changed? Do you have any guidelines you have to follow?   Such as subject matter or violence? And asking them if there commission for another series, but the writer feels if the show is done, what do they do? How long do you spend writing a script? How long do the BBC or ITV give you to write a script? Do you think it would have been different ten or many twenty years ago? Is this why some show finales fall flat? Does affect the narrative of the story if the actor wants to leave the main role? How does it feel when you pull off a long-winded narrative off?

I also plan to look at audience reviews and feedback to shows back when TV narrative wasn’t so risky and look at TV reviews now to see if the narrative or the audience has changed?

I plan to compare an Older TV show with a newer TV show and looking into shorter stories that would one play once and newer TV shows that rely on arcs to their story over the series. To see if jumping into a show randomly and seeing the main character with a random supporting characters that back in the day it look they main have shuffled around, is it better or better developed characters in a arc.

I am also going to compare US TV drama and UK TV drama and see if 22 episodes per year make a difference over our 13 or 6 episodes per year?

 

Annotated Catalogue

 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2014/jun/18/american-vs-british-drama-bbc-box-sets-danny-cohen

16/11/17

 

I trust this source because the guardian published it, and usually have a lot of facts and the witter has back up some of his claims. You aren’t be too sure how much has been changed or how depended the writer is, or how much has been edited or cut down.

 

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NarrativeDevices 

 

10/11/17

 

This source was not very useful, however it did have some useful keys in what to look for in TV narrative. I trust this source, but it is just mainly a list that could have been typed by any one and you don’t know what their background could be and there is nothing that can back them up.

 

http://www.medienabc.org/page5/page23/page29/page29.html

10/11/17

 

I trust this source because it’s a website that seems too aimed towards Teachers, however it just asks geranal questions of where to begin teaching Narrative. It does no go in depth, mainly a guideline of where to start. Plus you don’t really know if the article was written by a Teacher or Lecturer.

 

http://changingminds.org/disciplines/storytelling/articles/barthes_five_codes.htm#

16/11/17

I short of trust this source because of the main theory of the Roland Barthes five codes which is very useful. But I can’t be sure of much might have been cut down or changed since he first came up with the five codes. Because it seems to have a good basis, but there still could be more information.

 

 

http://theconversation.com/why-has-tv-storytelling-become-so-complex-37442

 

16/11/17

I trust some elements of this source. The main issue I have with this airilce is it’s just talks about US dramas and speak about no other dramas around the world. This source is also two years old and some of the TV some may have changed their tone is two years. The airlce is it written on I never heard of it before, so I don’t know how reliable it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2011/03/22/why-cliffhanger-endings-are-ruining-television/

16/11/17

 

Some of the things stated in this source I trust, but again it talks about US drama and gives only one outlook on the subject it is talking about. Again the source is slightly old being six years old and I don’t really find anything stated really that revenant anymore.

 

 

https://the-artifice.com/do-we-need-cliffhanger-endings/

16/11/17

 

I don’t trust this source because it isn’t very dependable. Because on this website seems to be more of a forum and people’s opinion on the subject of TV cliff-hangers, you have no idea if these people have studied media or work within the industry or even have a degree or anything that can buy up what they are saying.

 

http://www.veronicasicoe.com/blog/2013/04/the-3-types-of-character-arc-change-growth-and-fall/

16/11/17

 

I trust this source because it was written by someone who is actually published books, and the page has some good information Character Development and theories that are helpful and I will use some of the things that have been stated. Anyone can publish a book however, and from the article you don’t know what their background is or what they have studied.

 

Magazines

 

Media Magazine Article- Battle star Galactica

16/11/17

 

I trust this source because it was published in a magazine. The information is quite detailed and the article discusses, the narrative and genre. However it is only a two page spread and you do not get all of the information. It only discusses the plot and the story so far, making more of an overview and anyone can overview a TV show. Also the article was written in 2013 so it may be a little dated.

 

Media Magazine Article- Broadchurch

I trust this source because again it was published in a magazine. The main source talks about the show Broadchurch and its overwhelming viewing figures on the first episode and its main narrative and speaks to the main writer Chris Cibnall. The only problem with the this source is you not sure how much of the article has been edited down and again the source maybe a tad out of date because Broadchurch just finished and this is when it just started.

 

Has narrative in science fiction TV changed over the past 50 years? An exploration of the way stories have been told with specific reference to Star Trek (1966) and Doctor Who (2017)

 

Introduction

TV Narrative – explain what that means

Briefly introduce Barthes Codes

Intro the main TV Shows you are looking at

Main Points

Talk about how much TV has changed since the sixty’s, and talking about there were only four channels back then and talking about the endless TV channels now

Stating why shows like Doctor who were so popular back then

 

  1. Star Trek – Episodic – jump in at any time. Back this up with specific examples from that show (Western in Space)

With a main cast of characters Captain Kirk, Lt Spock being the leads of the show and supporting character’s such as, Scotty, Slu, Mc Coy    and because of the fact you can jump into the show at any time it usually swapping their supporting cast but keeping their leads in the main series.

The series focus on a five-year voyage across space, to baldly go where no man has been before.

The episodes are not linked together and episodes can range from them being on other planets to other spaceships and sometimes involves time travel with them travelling to other periods of time such as the 1920’s

The plots can sometimes be simple, but other times being complex depending if the writer explains the story well in one episode.

This can be a problem with the show as they were sometimes rushed and couldn’t get the whole story told in one week.

This was a problem that was later fixed in the Star Trek: The Next Geraration with them having three or two parts arcs that would tell one story.

 

 

  1. Doctor Who – Ongoing narrative – long story arc – examples

The Master [Missy] Locked inside a vault and the Doctor having to guard it for a 1000 years, having the Doctor needing to stay on earth and becoming a university lecturer and taking an interest in a woman called Bill who has been going to his lectures, finding out she works in the canteen. They begin travelling together, despite Nardole thinking the Doctor needs to stay and guard the vault.

Later due to the Doctor taking to many risks becomes blind and has to hide the fact he’s blind. To have his sight restored by the Monks who lead a three-part arc in the series and needing Missy’s help to stop them. When stuck on mars it is Missy who saves the Doctor and Bill and the Doctor thinking she is beginning to change, and tests her.

Leading to Bills death and becoming the first Cyberman and lured by another version of the Master, John Simm and Missy joining him and leading an army of Cybermen.

 

(Sci-Fi Soap Opera?)

  1. Barthes Codes – Explain them and apply to both TV Shows – are they the same or different?
  2. Compare Star Trek to Dr Who –in what ways do they use narrative differently? In what ways do they use narrative the same?

Conclusion

The new Dr Who – back to more like Star Trek – a mix of the two

More Evidence being the latest series of Doctor Who had more call backs to older series with the original Cybermen coming back, The Ice warriors, The John Simm Master and the Frist Doctor portrayed by David Bradley.

However some new fans did not really take to this and some find this oversaturating because some new fans may have even heard of the older episodes.

TV has not really changed it’s mainly the audience that have changed around it, that have changed how storylines have changed of what people relate to at the time and people seem to like realism more in TV. Depending on people’s modes

Series 10 feel like the show was going back to it’s routes of being more a fun family show, but still some of the tone all over the place and not sure what it wans to be.

 

https://prezi.com/9pgtcaoenfd-/tv-narrative/

 

 

 

Title sequence

Ananylis

Production

TV idea for Title sequence

Title- The Phantom Zone

Genre- Mystery, Drama, Sci- fi

Narrative structure- one arc going over three episodes and will follow and non-linear format with the series having long flashbacks of the characters life before. I could not see it running for more than one series because there is a not a lot to the series.

Channel placement- BBC 1 because they like short running drama series that would have a limited cast and might be cheap to product for them.

Synopsis-

A famed scientist Zack Simms lives a happy life with his wife, until she passes away in mysterious circumstance. Driven into exile and disappears, with many mouths pasting. Zack is then found by a colleague Peter, in which finds that Zack in rough shape and beaten and taking drugs.   Peter confronts Zack about his situation. Zack does not listen to him or anyone. Since that time Zack has discovered to travel in time by using a shift machine. That breaks the walls of reality itself. Zack then makes the adventure in time and sees his wife again. But he cannon interact with people or save his wife from death. Zack is a ghost and discovers that he is locked a phantom zone, a place where no one exists. Zack stuck in time tires to leave his untapped self-messages. All of Zack work seems to fail as soon realists he is not alone. Can Zack find his way out of the phantom zone and can he save his wife?