Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Brief outline of our coursework idea - WAXED.

The idea of our film opening is:
 about a woman who owns a salon in a small town, she is around thirty years old and has just been through a break up with her boyfriend of 7 years, She tortures her customers in her salon using salon equipment e.g hot wax, hence the name, before killing them off.

The beginning of the opening will consist of the salon owner/killer setting up before her customers arrive for their appointments.

The target audience: for our film is teens and above but is not suitable for under 15's.
The mise-en-scene: will be a made up woman with tied back hair and beauty equipment in the room.
We will shoot our opening in a real beauty salon in Ilkley.
There is narrative enigma: at the start you think she is the victim not the killer.
For the cast: we are going to hopefully have a real beauty technician to play the role of the killer.
We will have 2 women waiting in the waiting room to be seen to and a customer we see in the opening being tortured.
Shot types: We will have a panning shot of the outside of the salon, a point of view shot from the salon owner, a close up of the wax equipment, a close of of a kettle boiling and a medium close up of the other customers that are waiting.

The ending will be the salon owner coming out of the room and saying 'who's next please.' she smiles at the two women waiting and one of the gets up and walks towards her. The killer beings to follow her through the door.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010


'Sweding' is the term for recreating (typically in a humorous way) movies in a low-tech, zero-budget fashion, and that is what you are going to attempt to research, plan, shoot and edit for the lessons on Wednesday December 8th. You will be pitching your own idea for a swede to the class in Monday's (Nov 29th) lesson, with Tuesday and Wednesday to plan and shoot (you can shoot more over Thursday/Friday/weekend if need be), and the lessons on Monday and Tuesday next week to upload and edit. It may be that you all complete this by Tuesday, which would be nice!

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

Match on action- either an action commenced in shot A is completed in shot B, or an action in shot A is mirrored by an action in shot B, for example when we cut from character A in location A reading a letter to character B in location B reading the same letter.

shot/reverse shot- After an establishing shot, the shot-reverse shot refers to the close-ups used when two characters are in conversation. (Because we have already used an establishing shot, we now know where the characters are in relation to one another.)

180-degree rule- The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. ...

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Deconstruction of Matchmaker

Film name: Matchmakers
A Working Title film.

Non-digetic sound from the tv in the room.
Accent of the people on screen denotes the film is set in Ireland.
Digetic sound at the beginning of the film to introduce and give anchorage that it is a romantic comedy.
Non-digetic sound played on the radio on the bus.

Shot types:
180 degree shots between the two participants at the begging of the film.
Lots of long takes to give us more information on the setting and idea

Tittles on screen give us more anchorage of the location of the film where it was shot.
Slogans on t-shirts and flags etc we can denote that there is an election going on
One of the main characters is referred to as senator giving us more anchorage that the film theme is based around an election.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Lessons learnt from Micro drama.

I learnt from our micro drama that you should:
  1. Always go out knowing your story line and shots you need, so always have your call sheet with you.
  2. To take more coverage than you need incase there is something wrong with any of the shots or you want to cross cut shots.
  3. Use short takes to keep viewers interested.
  4. Think thoroughly about shots before taking them although it is better to have more then to have less takes.
  5. Think about the plot of your micro drama to ensure it makes sense and people will understand it and know what's going on.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

My Top Five Films:

Home Alone (1990

Box Office US:
Box Office UK:

This is my favourite film because it's the one that I used to watch with my family every year. I think it's a great idea for a film as any kid would love to be left at home by themselves which is why it did so well. Family film classic suitable for a wide audience because of the humour it's also bareable for adults to watch.

The Parent Trap (1998) 

Budget: ?

BOX OFFICE US $66,304,095 (USA)

BOX OFFICE UK  £4,996,756 (UK)

Another all time favourite great story line used to watch it all the time when i was younger. It's one of those films that never get old and even though its immature I just find it amusing and like the idea of the story line and plot even if it is a little unrealistic.


The Hangover (2009)

Budget: $35,000,000

Box Office:  $277,313,371 (USA)  

                     £21,620,272 (UK)

Possibly the funniest films I've ever seen . Great actors especially  Zach Galifianakis, what a legend. Saw it the day it came out in the cinemas with my friends, it had the whole cinema histerical.

Step Brothers (2008)



Box Office:  
$100,468,793 (USA)
£6,355,081 (UK)

Great film, another must see. So unlikely but unbelievably funny.
Will Ferrell, what a genuine hero, never fails to disapoint.

Inception (2010)



Box Office
$288,405,376 (USA)
£35,264,403 (UK)

Such a complex but amazing film although i found i had to watch it twice to fully understand it. Leonardo DiCaprio, brilliant actor also in Shutter Island another new release this year. Believe every second of it. 

'In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.'