Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Evaluation Part 6

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

When we were in pre-production for our title sequence we knew that we wanted to use a DSLR camera because after testing out the cameras that were available we noticed that the DSLR gave off the best image. After recording small clips we also knew that we should use a Tripod that way the shots would look better and it would flow better if the camera was as still as possible. We decided  to only use these technologies because the production company that we were going to use, After Dark, were an independent company so we wouldn't need a lot of high technologies. This also fits our genre because horror films do not use a lot of technologies for example, CGI whereas  the Syfy genre would use a lot of technologies. We knew that by using Final Cut Pro we could include the conventions of a horror/ thriller genre.

I have learned that you do not need a lot of high tech technologies to create a horror/ thriller film because it is supposed to look real and by using too many technologies it would take the 'real' effect of it away.

Evaluation Part 5

How did you attract/ address your audience?

After looking at research we knew that the target audience for our film would be for the ages 15-25 and males were most likely to watch horror films. We addressed this audience by making questionnaires that way we could get the information we needed. This was a good way of getting our information because we could manipulate the questionnaire so that we got the answers that we were hoping for which would help the project overall.



After receiving the feedback from our target audience we got all of the questionnaires together and looked at the similarities and differences and decided to work from the information we had, this is also how we picked the title of the film and the font that we would use for our titles.

When we planned our title sequence we knew that we wanted to use a range of different shots, for example the canted angle which would foreshadow that bad things were coming in the film and it also gives a disorientated look which would make the audience uncomfortable and so they would be more engaged in the film.
We also planned that we wanted there to be a contrast in the way the two girls were going to be portrayed and as one of the girls is a ghost we wanted to put an effect that would jitter the screen and make the audience uncomfortable when she was in a shot.

Once we got the feedback from the people in our class when we first showed our project to them they said that they liked the effect that was put on the ghost girl. A number of them also said that they liked the disorientated sound of the music and how it doesn't sound put together and that made it sound better.

My group really liked the ending for the title sequence because it shows the little girl go with the ghost which would connote her losing her innocence and the fact that she is growing up. When we got our feedback it said that the ending should be stronger so we decided to keep the girls walking off together but we added a clip which shows the two girls linking hands in a match on action sort of shot and it has the ghostly effect that way the audience knows that the innocence in the little girl has disappeared when she goes off with the older ghost girl.


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Evaluation Part 4

Evaluation Part 3

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

In our group we chose After Dark as our distribution company because they have distributed a number of films that we believe can relate to our target audience.

They have distributed some films such as:
  • Reincarnation
  • Lake Dead
  • Dark Ride
  • Slaughter
  • The Abandoned
I think that they would be interested in our film due to the fact that they are known for their horror films. We chose to use an independent distribution company because we think that our budget will be small like the other films that After Dark has distributed.

Evaluation Part 2

Evaluation Part 1

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

When my group first picked the horror/ thriller genre for our title sequence we had to look at the different conventions of the horror genre. We noticed a pattern in the films and most of them turned out to be based on a killer that is hunting down college kids, the setting for the horror genre is usually in a remote or urban looking area. The perfect example of this would be the well known horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Due to the idea that we had, we also chose to make our film thriller. We noticed that the best thriller films had a huge plot twist at the end of the film which is one of the conventions that we chose to use for our own title sequence. The films that we looked at that had the best plot twists were Se7en and Hide and Seek.

These films can relate to our film idea because the music in Se7en's title sequence is distorted and extremely uncomfortable which makes the audience feel uncomfortable and the imagery in the shots that was in the title sequence is fantastic and inspired us hugely to do these genres.

In the Hide and Seek film a huge shock comes at the end and that the person who was killing everyone was actually Robert DeNiro due to his mental health problems and dual personality disorder. This shock plot twist is what gave us ideas for our own title sequence.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre gave us the idea we needed for the setting of our title sequence which we chose to be set in the woods which is an extremely remote area to a lost child (which we used for our title sequence).