Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Thriller Audience

Thriller movies nowadays are generally rated 15 or 18, it depends on really who had directed it and the sub genre. Many famous directors who do all sorts of films will often make the impression to the audience of when a film is about to be released the audience can judge what they are in for due to seeing what the director has done in his/her past. If they have done/thriller movies and they are known to be notorious to make it a very twisted film (Saw) then personally it's rated 18+. And Thriller movies that are aimed at females are most likely to be 15/18 rated movie whereas males are 18+, it's not biased or anything but it would not be suitable for a woman to go into a cinema and see a film thats not suited for them.

Monday, 14 February 2011


This is the sheet we was given to give us a rough idea on pitching our film opening.

Livetype: Skills

Livetype is a program where you can create animations to add with you video along with titles, templates, objects and textures.

When using livetype you need to know it presents 4 window's which are:
  1. The Canvas
  2. The Timeline
  3. The Inspector
  4. The Media Browser
The Canvas shows all the items you have added after you have added them on the timeline, where it is inserted it's transparent so you can add your own video behind it. The Timeline is where you add your text,objects etc. The inspector is used to make changes through five tabs:
  1. Tracking and Alignment
  2. Text Properties
  3. Attribute Properties
  4. Style Properties
  5. Timing Properties

Friday, 11 February 2011


During our media lessons, we were given the task of taking pictures of jelly babies, in a particular scenario so that we can edit them together, and make them look like an actual film. This is similar to stop motion, which worked well since we gained a strong understanding of how to form images and shots in a sequence of an actual story.

Sound: Skills

Soundtrack pro is a program on the computer that allows you to edit or create music.

Soundtrack Pro is Mainly used for two main modes it has, which are:
- Multitrack Mode
-Editing Mode

Multitrack Mode
This is the mode where basically you can synchronise sounds and effects with the video track, all audio format types can be used.

Editing Mode
This is the more technical mode, you can edit the separate clips, sound waves and the lengths of each sound etc. You can also fix those common problems which involves popping at occasional times and clicks, those minor glitches can be fixed.

Jelly Babies

The teacher gave us a set of jelly babies for us to set a little film about them, we were giving a camera so we could take picture's of the jelly babies in every position we put them in. Our goal was to merge all these pictures so then it look like it's actually filmed, a lot of people use this method and it is VERY popular with Lego Star Wars. Here's a link below to show you how it can be done:

Friday, 4 February 2011


Extreme Long Shot - This normally shows an EXTERIOR, e.g the outside of a building, or a landscape, and is often used to show scenes of thrilling action such as a war film or disaster movie. 
There will be very little detail visible in the shot, to give a general impression rather than specific information.

Long Shot -   This category includes the FULL SHOT showing the entire human body, with the head near the top of the frame and the feet near the bottom. While the focus is on characters, plenty of background detail still emerges: we can tell the coffins on the right are in a Western-style setting, for instance. 

Medium Shot - Contains a figure from the knees/waist up and is normally used for dialogue scenes, or to show some detail of action. Variations on this include the TWO SHOT (containing two figures from the waist up) and the THREE SHOT (contains 3 figures...). NB. Any more than three figures and the shot tends to become a long shot. Background detail is minimal, probably because location has been established earlier in the scene - the audience already know where they are and now want to focus on dialogue and character interation.


During our media lessons, we were taught how to use industry standard cameras which were HD and capable of filming cinema like scenarios.  Here are some key points:

  • Make sure the camera's are held right (By the handle and grip)
  • The batteries are inserted and removed correctly
  • The memory card is inserted right
  • The legs on the tripod are set out even
  • Making sure the camera is locked in properly

  • Ensure you focus the camera before filming
  • Get a good angle and shot 
  • Change the effects and lighting using specific buttons
  • Find a good position for the camera and maintain it
  • Ensure that the camera has everything in shot = Mis en Scene