Friday, 19 April 2013

This will be our final piece for our coursework as the deadline is today. We are happy with the out come. We added into our sequence each of us presenting our powers in a different way, this was very difficult as we did not have the easiest of powers. However myself and Hayley filmed the powers for Air Girl, Fire Girl and Giggle Girl as Bobbie could not film hers. Holly went to her own house and filmed her power on her own. During school we managed to cut and edit our sequence so it was completed for the deadline.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Final Evaluation

I have answered all of the questions that were put in place to help me with my evaluation, here is the finished evaluation within a Prezi Powerpoint. Enjoy.

Breif description.

PART 1 of Evaluation

Rest of the last question-
We listened to the feedback given and also took our time to evaluate and take on board what had been said. To me this has been a lesson that has been learnt and if I was to re do this media product again I would leave myself more time to complete things. I have also learnt from the process of my preliminary task that I should involve myself more and get my views listened too as some of the time the others agreed, despite being assigned roles I felt that I would have liked to have put more input to some of our other tasks and put my ideas out there. My role was the makeup and locations and I felt this was best for me because I like to design things and be able to find the right locations for certain clips. We all had some input to each other’s roles within the group and by the end I think we all decided just to go along and help each other out as we needed to complete this within a short amount of time

Changes due to feedback

We have recently recieved feedback from our teachers and below are some of the changes that are due to be made:

In this shot, we decided that I should laugh as I write my name onto the mirror because my power was 'laughing', however this came across to the audience that i was immature and I could not be serious in front of a camera, which is the total opposite to what we tried to achieve with this shot. I felt quite annoyed because of this, purely because the power laughing is difficult to get across without it coming out immature, however I listened to my teachers and came to the decision that if I wanted a better grade I would have to put different ideas into the title sequence.

This was also a bad shot due to the lighting, despite the shot being done so it looks like the morning, it is far too dark and we will have to re shoot this because the other shots of us in bed are quite light and it looks out of place.

I also feel this shot needs to be changed due to the darkness of the top two screenshots against the bottom. Although these were the newest shots we filmed, if we wish to get a better grade we will have to adjust either the lighting or re shoot the whole scene again.

We was told that our title sequenced dropped grades due to it being too short, to over come this we have decided we will add even more shots of the Fantastagirls getting ready, but also make our powers look more like a superhero power rather than just 4 teenagers getting ready.
We also need to re do our story boards as we have re shooted/changed ideas so much over the course of our time to do this task.

Audience feedback

Above are some images of our online survey for our audience feedback.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

First attempt at the evaluation

Brief description

Our task to complete was to research and produce a title sequence based on a specific genre in which includes typical and none typical codes and conventions for a new film. The genre we challenged ourselves with was ‘superheroes’; we decided on this genre as it was unique and no one else had come across this type of genre within the class. Our title sequence consisted of the characters, played by my group and I, getting ready in the mornings while in separate houses and then meeting up to show us as we join together to form a new superhero group, despite starting out as individuals. Throughout our title sequence we decided it was best to hide our identities as we did not want to reveal too much until the very end. Within our title sequence the characters; Bubble girl, Air girl, Giggle girl and Fire girl all had done certain routines that fitted their characters. For example, we had Fire girl whose name appeared in burnt toast, this gave the effect that the characters powers were of course Fire. We had Giggle girl laughing into a mirror because she smudged her eyeliner and then her name was written onto the same mirror. Also Air girls name appeared within the bathroom steam from the bath, we felt this was suitable to her name as her name was displayed into the steam. Lastly we had Bubble girl blowing a bubble before leaving the house and her name appeared and then bounced off the screen to match her name. We chose to name our title sequence ‘ The Fantastagirls ‘ because it seemed more aimed to the audience of girls of a younger age, and this is what we wanted to achieve.

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

Our media product challenged the ‘superhero’ stereotype by changing it to a female role instead of the typical male hero. We felt that by doing this we could knock the typical stereotype, despite this being for young girls. Due to research and planning before hand, we all decided that our superheroes needed more of a superhero look; therefore we designed our own t-shirts that had our character names designed in unique writing. During our final shot of the ‘ Fantastagirls ‘ together we had a low angle shot to show the superheroes as superior to ordinary people. As we have seen in films such as Sky High and The Incredibles, we found that their front covers of DVD’s and film posters that they are also captured from a low angle. We wanted to keep our music upbeat, but also still aimed at girls, as this was our target audience, I felt like our music was in time with the cuts of our shots that we filmed of us getting ready. As superheroes are stereotypically always on the move and helping people out we have sped up our shots and this gives the audience a feel that the individuals are off to ‘save the day ‘.

Our scenes we decided to film in, consisted of our houses, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens as that was what we was trying to give away, the fact that we all lived ordinary lives before going out an fighting crimes. We tried to keep the settings as natural as possible as our film was based on normal teenagers that found they had these powers and decided to join together to be more powerful. We decided to film in the Abbey ruins as they were quiet and obviously superheroes keep a low profile and hide their identities.

We have had a lot of problems along the way, regarding our filming and our plot. This was our second idea as we found our first did not meet the correct forms and conventions of our genre and that we didn’t challenge them as well as what we could have, regarding our abilities to do so. After a long discussion with the rest of the group and our teacher we came to the decision to base our title sequence around the ‘ Fantastagirls’ and we are now very pleased we did so, because now the clips and the finished product resemble that of real media products such as the films spoken about briefly before.

How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our media product represents the social groups of young girls, as this is our target audience. The social groups that watch our title sequence will pick up on the things our characters do, for instance, getting ready in the mornings, making their own breakfast and being able to do things for their selves. We would like our characters to be a type of role model towards our target audience. Since the characters used in our title sequence are known TV stars of their age groups. As a girl myself I always looked up to certain actors and girls of a similar age and I think from my own experience girls would look up to these type of females and maybe ‘ copy ‘ their actions that are portrayed within our sequence.

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

During other discussions we felt it was best for Walt Disney to distribute our product based on their films and TV shows that have been brought out in the past. Walt Disney produced films that we researched into such as ‘ Sky High’ and since that film has had viewings from young audiences we felt that would be best, not only that, the film is also based on young superheroes. We liked the idea of having our target audience wanting to watch our media product because of our characters as they like to watch their favourite TV stars in other Disney shows. This is why we felt that Walt Disney would be the best media institution to distribute our product.

Who would be the audience for your media product?

 At first our audience for our media product would be young girls aged 10-18. We decided on this because anyone younger than 10 could become exposed to certain crimes, that they maybe too young to understand. We decided girls would be the best gender to aim our media product at, as we have females playing the roles of the characters. We wanted to break the stereotype of superheroes and I believe girls could put their own view across and for young girls they would be able to say that it isn’t just a male role for superheroes.  However after our feedback that was given said that our target audience age was too high, we then lowered our ages to meet the target audience of our other films that we researched into, such as ‘ Sky High’ and ‘ The Incredibles’. We also felt we could aim our media product towards families and a lot of children tend to like watching films, similar to ours, with their families. There was also Pester Power mentioned within discussions because we felt that during research that the children often pested their parents to buy certain clothes or toys with their favourite TV show on or the characters and by them doing this the parents then had a feel on what to then buy children. We felt that if we were to aim it also to families that the children would ‘pester’ their parents into buying them either the film or other items related to the media product.   

How did you attract/address your audience?

We addressed our audience through the title sequence as we felt they could almost put their selves in the superheroes shoes as we displayed the characters as normal people until the very end. The targeted audience could almost look up to these characters. The characters we used to play these roles were those of the ages of our target audience , for example the TV programs aired on Disney and Nickelodeon, had the same characters we decided to use to play our characters. We decided this because we felt that the target audience would want to watch our film ( if we was to film the whole thing) due to the characters shown within our title sequence.  Also we found that the target audience enjoyed other films such as The Avengers and The Incredibles, so we based similar thoughts on those types of films.


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

During the editing of our title sequence, that was edited on final cut pro, I found out a lot of things I didn’t know before, however, I did find it very frustrating at first regarding trying to remember how to put our own font into the title sequence, despite over coming this problem that I had I could probably do with looking more into it so I could make it clearer for myself. Also within final cut pro we found the clip of Giggle girl turning up the radio very difficult as we had to try and turn the backing track up in time with me turning the radio up, we decided it was best to play around with different settings and try to lower certain tones and increase others, while doing this and experimenting we managed to get this sorted. I learnt that to get the clips and music in time with each other I had to change the speed of either the music or the clips and although I had a lot of fun while doing this it was also very stressful trying to get it in time with each other, this was one of the things that our feedback included from our class, that some of our clips have been out of time, so we edited more of our clips into the title sequence and have now completed what we aimed to do and hopefully this is now up to the correct standard of our class feedback but also with our target audience in mind.

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

As an individual I feel I have learnt skills to do with photo shop that maybe I wasn’t strong enough on at GCSE and also final cut pro has been the main program used within our title sequence. I feel that I have learned new skills that I wasn’t fully aware that could be used. However, my group and I had to overcome a lot of difficulties regarding the time split between us, and the roles within the group, we found it difficult to find days where we all had the time and that did cause a few problems, despite that we did overcome them and managed to work around the problems caused. Also we have re shot footage at different locations countless of times. We decided half way through that we didn’t like our original plan and that we should come to a group decision to make changes, also this caused problems because we all wanted our ideas heard and some didn’t like what the others did. I feel my group and I have come a long way and I am extremely pleased that we have managed to put our difference aside to complete the media product. We listened to the feedback given and also took our time to evaluate and take on board what had been said. To me this has been a lesson that has been learnt and if I was to re do this media product again I would leave myself more time to complete things. I have also learnt from the process of my preliminary task that I should involve myself more and get my views listened too as some of the time the others agreed, despite being assigned roles I felt that I would have liked to have put more input to some of our other tasks and put my ideas out there. My role was the makeup and locations and I felt this was best for me because I like to design things and be able to find the right locations for certain clips. We all had some input to each other’s roles within the group and by the end I think we all decided just to go along and help each other out as we needed to complete this within a short amount of time.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Bloopers 1- new sequence take outs

Bloopers part 2- old footage


This was the start of our editing, we had lots of shots to choose from so we had to choose the ones with the best camera positions and the ones that suited the filming the best. 
This shot of Bobbie walking will have to be edited to a jump cut because we sped it up and it didn't look right, so we will continue working on our editing. 

Fantastagirls rough cut

Thursday, 31 January 2013

DIARY- 31st January


Just our luck, everything goes wrong when we are trying to edit.
We have had problems with the format of our footage because the format is in a format that the macs cannot read, so we had to download a converter. The first time this happened we managed to get the files converted, so today we expected everything to go smoothly as we only have a few hours left.
We started up the macs to find that the converter was no longer on my mac, we then had it re downloaded and tried to convert the files, then we found out, half hour later that we was trying to put the wrong files in the converter, after experiencing that we got the files to work. Then the final cut pro began to crash and we all began stressing. I was on one computer converting while importing files to final cut pro and Hayley was on the other trying to receive the files, this managed to work until we noticed a chunk of the files was missing, so we had to go through the process again until we both had the correct files.

DIARY- 30th January

Today we filmed the last shots we needed to complete our title sequence, the outcome has been successful and we feel with the editing we will do tomorrow it will finally be completed. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

DIARY- 29th January

I feel me and my group have done exceptionally well despite implications along the way. By all of us putting in the effort and time to complete videoing and also spreading the editing out equally we will have something to show to our class on thursday as that is the showing of our title sequences. Even though we have not completed everything I feel that we have pulled our socks up and worked well.

Blooper videos

Today we also decided to make blooper videos of things that have possibly gone wrong, or things we found we wanted to change. We decided on doing this so you could see our progress and the ability to be able to make our title sequence a better grade.
We have edited the cut outs and various shots that are no longer needed or that have gone wrong and made two seperate videos.
One of which consits of the previous story board recordings that we filmed in Danson Park and during school, which we are no longer using because we felt it didnt fit what we was capiable of doing.
The second consisted of the new story boards that we have recently filmed, these are the correct videos although we had difficulties. So to show you how we over come them from our final product, we decided we should show you what went wrong.

DIARY- 29th January

Today we began editing our title sequence and this went very well, we are pleased with how our situation turned out as we have had to change a lot of our original plans. We have included the 'Working Title' logo and the clips we have into the sequence. The problems we faced was getting the shots to fit together smoothly and not have them jumping. We found the filming of me and the makeup was difficult to over come as we had to cut a lot because that shot was the most difficult.

Music choice

Recently we have changed our title sequence and have also decided to re do the music choice. It was decided that we should now have more of an up beat song that will show the audience the type of film we would have produced if this was our task. The type of music also shows that the title sequence is aimed at young girls. We have used the same website as before and now have our options open to which music will suit our title sequence



We have decided as a group to keep our typography the same through out our title sequence. I feel that this is the best type of typography for our target audience and also it fits in nicely with the story of our title sequence.

Filming photos

Our fantastagirls filming

Monday, 28 January 2013


Lately we've had a few problems based on our story boards and our story line. We have had countless discussions regarding this problem and have spoke to both Leanne and Shaun, during this we have made various changes to our title sequence and have decided to base the sequence more around the aim of the Fantastagirls instead of the Vilan 'Zorack'

DIARY- January 28th

Today we decided to film the first attempt of our new story boards as our original plan did not work as well as we expected.  We have our shots of the Fantastagirls walking down the stairs, as individual shots.We have also completed our outfits as we felt our outfits before was not very superhero looking. We decided to have our names printed onto our backs to show the audience the main characters during the title sequence. We have now filmed us doing our daily routine and have snippets of our faces to give away parts of who we are. Throughout our filming things did go wrong, with me, the makeup shots we first planned did not work. We had to re think our shots and came to the decision that I should change how I do my makeup. Over all we are very pleased we have came to the decision of changing our sequence as we feel it has given us more of push to complete the sequence and to get better grades on this and our blog. I feel I am more happy to post successful blog posts to show our progress.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

24th January- changing decisions

After speaking to various people and Leanne we have came to the decision to change our sequence to fit more around the Fantastagirls instead of the villain. After editing our first attempt we all felt like it was not at the best of our ability and we have decided to re shoot on Monday. 

We have decided to include various shots of a daily routine to show us coming together. We have decided when to film this and have organized our time and have realised we need to put in a lot of effort to get this completed within the time given.  so we hope that it will be more successful. The sequence includes each Fantastagirl walking down the stairs after waking up and getting ready without their whole image being shown. We will then have each person doing something associated with their power. For example, me (giggle girl) will be applying makeup which I will then make a mistake and this will lead to making me laugh and will have my name written into the mirror. Hayley (air girl), this includes her getting out of the shower which has been making the mirror steamy and then she will write her name in the steam to give of the affect of steam. Holly, (bubble girl) will be chewing her chewing gum, which will pop and we will edit to write her name. Bobbie, (fire girl) will be eating her breakfast, and her name will appear in the food, which we will shoot hot, and this will create steam, we hope to do this with spaghetti letters . Also in the shot of bobbie we will include a newspaper in the background while she is round the table. This will then lead on to them coming together.

We understand how much work will have to be out in to make this possible and we are prepared to put the effort into making this sequence work. 

Thursday, 17 January 2013

DIARY- January

Today we went to Danson park to film the Fantastagirls coming together. We have over 30 different shots. We had a shot of the Fantastagirls by the lake, and then at the end we have a jump cut shot of us all appearing next to the lake, just before that shot we have a shot of a person reading the Fantastagirls newspaper and then says ' its not real ' and puts the newspaper down onto the bench, we then had the camera pan to the jump cut shots.
We filmed the shots over again to make sure we had an option between each shot.
We also re filmed people on benches reading the Fantastagirls newspapers, we re filmed this because our last attempt was not very good as we panned back and forth and it became shaky and one continuos frame. We did not feel that was at the best we could have filmed so we re filmed it.

Monday, 14 January 2013

DIARY- January

Today we filmed shots of Zoracks dad that had recently saved the day and was being surrounded by fans and reporters waiting for him to explain what had happened that day. We filmed this shot several times in different angles to see what shot came out better. After shooting Zorack from the distance he was watching his dad become surrounded by people, this made him angry so we decided to film Zorack dropping his toy down at the floor upset that his dad is neglecting him. 

In the filming we had trouble getting "reporters " for Zoracks dad as people are in lessons or revising after school. We still managed to get the shots we needed. If we was to re shoot we would have made it better planned 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Saul Bass

Bass became widely known in the film industry after creating the title sequence for Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). The subject of the film was a jazz musician's struggle to overcome his heroin addiction, a taboo subject in the mid-1950s. Bass decided to create a controversial title sequence to match the film's controversial subject. He chose the arm as the central image, as the arm is a strong image relating to drug addiction. The titles featured an animated, white on black paper cut-out arm of a heroin addict. As he expected, it caused quite a sensation.

Saul Bass reinvented the movie title as an art form. By the end of his life, he had created over 50 title sequences for Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, John Frankenheimer and Martin Scorsese. Although he later claimed that he found the Man with the Golden Arm sequence "
1920 Saul Bass is born in the Bronx district of New York
1936 Wins a scholarship to study at the Art Students' League in Manhattan
1938 Employed as an assistant in the art department of the New York office of Warner Bros
1944 Joins the Blaine Thompson Company, an advertising agency, and enrolls at Brooklyn College, where he is taught by the émigré Hungarian designer and design theorist Gyorgy Kepes
1946 Moves to Los Angeles to work as an art director at the advertising agency, Buchanan and Company
1952 Opens his own studio, named Saul Bass & Associates in 1955
1954 Designs his first title sequence for Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones
1955 Creates titles for Robert Aldrich’s The Big Knife and Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch. The animated sequence he devises for Preminger’s The Man with a Golden Arm causes a sensation
1956 Elaine Makatura joins the studio as an assistant
1957 Devises titles for Michael Anderson’s Around The World in 80 Days and Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse
1958 Forges a new collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock by designing the titles for Vertigo. Works with the architects Buff, Straub & Hensman on the design of his home, Case Study House #20 in Altadena
1959 Creates the title sequences for Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder
1960 First title commission for Stanley Kubrick, Spartacus, and the last for Hitchcock, Psycho
1962 Devises titles for Edward Dmytryk’s Walk on the Wild Side and directs his first short film, Apples and Oranges. Marries Elaine Makatura
1963 Stanley Kramer commissions Bass to create titles for It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
1966 Directs the racing sequences and devises the titles for John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix
1968 Wins an Oscar for the short film Why Man Creates and develops a corporate identity programme for the Bell System telephone company. Creates an installation for the Milan Triennale, which is cancelled after a student occupation
1973 Designs the corporate identity of United Airlines
1974 Directs his first feature film Phase IV
1980 Designs the poster for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and devises the corporate identity of the Minolta camera company
1984 Creates a poster for the Los Angeles Olympic Games
1987 James L. Brooks persuades Bass to return to title design by creating the opening sequence of Broadcast News
1990 Begins a long collaboration with Martin Scorsese by creating the titles for GoodFellas
1991 Devises the titles for Scorsese’s Cape Fear and a poster for the 63rd Academy Awards. Bass designs the Academy Awards poster for the next five years.
1993 Creates the title sequence for Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and a poster for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List
1995 Designs titles for Scorsese’s Casino
1996 Saul Bass dies in Los Angeles of non-Hodgkins lymphoma

Two types

The two types of typography are;These are - Serif and Sans serif.

Serif is Sans serif with a flick type ends onto the bottom of the lettering which is used to make the font look more fancy and professional. 
Below are examples of these fonts.
As you can see the Serif font has the fancy ending to the letters. Where as the Sans Serif is just a plain block lettering.

Our props

These are the other newspapers we have created. These again look better when blown up to A3. Each superwoman has a different section of the newspaper. This shows them fighting their own crimes individually before they join as one.

Our props

This is our first newspaper front page. We attempted to make them as realistic as we could. They looked like a real newspaper when they was printed out and blow up to A3 size.

Typography and Existing productions


These are often the order that the credits will run by.

  • Name of studio
  • Name of production company
  • Producer name
  • Staring (starting with the main actors)
  • Featuring (featured actors)
  • Casting director
  • Composer of music
  • production designer
  • Editor
  • Director of photography
  •  Producer
  •  Writers
  •  Director

We then looked at an existing production.

Catch me if you can

  • Titles are integrated into sequence (become part of the action)
  • Exit screen smoothly looks elegant and could resemble the character who plays the police officer.
  • Typography looks stylised and works in sync with music.
  • High production value
    Font is sans serif
  • 60's styled which hints time era of film/setting
  • Informal font suggests film wont have a consistent serious tone and elements of humour could be present.
  • Smaller words are serif which resembles an old typewriter which again references the 60's and suggests significance of the object in the film.

It is hard to discuinguish the Genre of this film because of the shapes that have been used. The typography is well used throughout, but would not be suitable for our groups title sequence. The shapes used are similar to Saul Bass' work with title sequence.

DIARY- january

January 10th

Today we filmed alot. We have nearly completed our filming and can then move on to the editing of the shots.
Today we filmed the four people sitting on the bench reading our newspapers and we got them in an over the shoudler shot. This worked well despite the weather conditions. We then filmed the girl holding the iphone in an office reading the same article about the 'Fantastagirls'.

So far we are pleased with the progress.

DIARY- december


We began filming our newspapers and this didnt go as well as we first thought it would do. The newspapers were too small so they didnt look like proper newspapers, we over come this by using the 'dolly' this made it easier to record the newspaper because we was able to move the camera around without it shaking, by over coming the size problem we decided just to focus on the titles of the newspaper and this was alot easier.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Roles in the group

There was four parts to decide who was who
- cinematography- Bobbie- directing- Hayley- design and props- Holly- location and makeup- Me

We have all been given roles within the group that we feel will fit us and what we can do.
I have been given location and makeup, We all decided that I would be best at doing this role because I like to experiment with makeup and I like to make certain decisions.
With locations I feel I could explain certain areas we could film in and that would fit our title sequence.

Monday, 10 December 2012

DIARY- december

End of December.

During December we started making our props, the newspapers, these went very well and we are pleased with the finished product.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dawn of the dead analysis

Dawn of the Dead title sequence analysis.

The genre of the film is constructed by the red writing that is displayed in the beginning, when it changes to the next name, you find that the writing smudges like blood; this then gives people the impression that the genre of the film is horror/thriller because of the way the writing is set out. The first shot of the person we see, it looks like someone has been hung, or been tortured. This portrays that the film is going to be violent. This film touches upon the idea of Holy War as harbinger to the apocalypse. We are introduced to the cast names, to me the reason the names are placed in red and at the bottom of the screen because it indicates people dropping to the floor dying or keeping low to get out the sight of other people. 

The music is quite fast; on the odd occasion you hear screams that also gives the viewer an impression that this film is a thriller.  As we get into the sequence and we see the news reports the music becomes very country and western. Through out the sequence you can hear people talking, often news reports on people dying or odd occurrences that have been happening. Half way through the sequence a man speaks out as if he is talking to a news reporter; he says, “there is no hope”. This indicates people fear for their life.  We hear the song in the background mention that ‘ everybody is the same’ this indicates that people are not being picked on; they are all being wiped out.  The song could also give people an insight on to how the viewer could be feeling through out the film ‘ the hairs on your arms will stand up’. We also get the impressions a lot of people have died because of this disease as we hear in the song that the singer mentions ‘ 1 hundred million angels ‘. In the last scene we hear a news reporter say ‘god there here’ and we get a close up from the zombie and the shot goes black, so we don’t know what happens after, we are left wondering how it ends and that draws people to get the attraction to watch this film.

This film is associated with the war as we see a lot of soldiers throughout the sequence. This isn’t just a one-city disease it is based worldwide; we know this because the sequence is based on news reports from all over the world, they want to warn people who don’t know what’s happening. We get all source of our information from the news and information from other people, so the sequence being based on different news reports show that this could be serious. We get a close up of a man who behind him has ‘disease prevention’, and all he keeps mentioning is that he ‘doesn’t know’ how to prevent this happening, this gives people a worry because he is supposed to be able to help others and stop this happening, but he doesn’t know if he can.  We get the sense of religion, because of the first image we are shown shows people bowing down, we also see people helping each other even though they are trying to save their own life, this could also back up that religion could be a part of the film.

This film has Women, Men from young to old, and also children, this shows the viewer that what is happening in this film is affecting everybody. Through out this sequence we see people being violent and fighting and running away trying to flee their country.  This disease that is being spread has come from blood cells and blood from ‘zombies’, we know this because we are constantly being shown images of blood and blood cells.  We are also being shown to Zombies covered in blood and seeing blood dripping from various scenes. The viewer gets exposed to offices that have been fled from because they wish to get away from this disease.

The viewers will become instantly drawn to the film because they wish to know how or why this has happened. We see a scene of the president and the white house being invaded, they have men trying to protect both the president and the woman in the shot. 

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Our pitch for Fantastagirls

Our group pitch went well as the class understood as we can see from the feedback on my other post. We included: genre, narrative, target audience, characters, details on the character Zorack, the budget, underlying messages and the director, although the director has now been changed as we decided he wasn't suited for our film. We have listened to the class and decided we should make slight changes, which was the target audience. We are going to make our main target audience for a younger group, and we are then going to have a secondary audience which will be for a older group.

Continuity Sequence

I was pleased with our continuity sequence over all, despite not being in when this was filmed, although I did complete my own edit on Final cut pro. I feel like the swearing maybe ruined this sequence because I had to beep quite a lot of it out and I feel that this has had an affect on the final outcome, so if I was to redo this sequence I would definitely cut that out. The background sounds fit in really well i thought, although when the noise of the door shuts, it doesn't fully shut , where as the next scene the door is closed, so I feel the filming of that scene perhaps could have been re done. Also I think i edited it too short when Aaron puts his hand on the chair but doesn't pull it out and the next scene is of him sitting down. Over all we kept to the 180 degree shots and used different close ups and also different angle shots.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Film pitch feedback

Powerpoint of pitch

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012


-'typography that seeks to match letterforms with the subject matter and even the zeitgeist — including typefaces inspired by art movements such as art nouveau, art deco and expressionism — as well as the commercial vocabulary of packaging design and advertising'
To me this expression it's completely true, the typography in a film gives the audience an insight of the film and also gives away the genre by the way the lettering is presented.

-'As movies grew more popular, their titles evolved. Movie producers invested considerable sums in film production' 
I chose this because back in the day they had very simple title sequences, by this I mean they would be various shapes and colours with the characters and directors names, where as now they have different effects and clips from the film that helps promote the film they are watching the title sequence for. 

-'As much as possible, they liked to convey the tone of a movie through the “dressage” of its main title' 
I like this quote in the article because I believe that the main title gives the film it's audience, people who wish to see a film will often judge it on their first impressions and that comes under the title name and the way the title presents the film. 

-'It could be argued that typography lost importance in this era of title design. The imagery behind the credits received a lot more attention' 
I chose this because I didn't realise this until I finished reading this article, I think this is interesting because a lot of people see a film for its title, but the imagery is very important in a film as well, this also gives away the genre and an in sight into the film. The imagery also draws the audience to see the film as they wish to find out later in who that person or what the image is of and how it ties in with the story line and the selected title. 

-'As designers have always known, the opening moments can make a deeply satisfying contribution to any film.' 
I like this because I also believe that the very first impression for anything should be enough for the audience to wish to see that film, the opening moments are what bring people to want to carry on watching the chosen film. Viewers won't wish to see a film if the opening moments are some what boring or not up to the standards of they first thought. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Analysis of 'the Incredibles'

The incredible a title sequence is a cartoon animation, through out the title sequence the animation continues but the animation becomes extremely fast so the animation looks almost like shapes. This gives the audience the genre of the film straight away; action and adventure and the target audience being children.  The use of bright colours such as red and orange is associated with 'danger' and that ties in with the genre of the film.

Throughout the title sequence the music is kept fast and up beat, this can give viewers an exciting feel to the film. The shots are shown short and quick and in each shot their is a different character pulling a fighting pose, and this could relate to children's books, the one image on each page. By doing this it is showing the viewers the main characters and their different powers that might come with the film, also the characters are pulling a 'punching' pose that ties in with the connotations of a action and adventure film. You also see the villain throughout the shots and this also reinforces the genre of the film.

The typography of this film is big and bold ' The Incredibles '; this is common in a lot of super hero films as it sticks out and gives the impression that because the font it capitalised it could be seen as strong and this gives the typical 'superhero' look, where superheroes are made out to be big and strong. The directors names and other characters in the film have been placed into bold and solid typography, the way the writing is slightly slanted gives an impression of fast movement and this could also show that the characters are always out doing things and like to get things completed fast.

Narrative for 'Fantastagirls'

There are four main characters playing the roles of female super heroes.
Fire Girl (causing fires), Bubble girl (restraining people with gum), Giggle girl (deafening people), Air girl (moving people, and herself with air)

At the beginning of the film the four main characters are going about solving crimes independently, all in which reflect on their power. A crime has happened and they all go to the scene and they are all involved in a conflict where each superhero cannot solve the crime because they are not powerful enough. They are all introduced with each other and they conclude that they cannot work alone and that they will work better if they are in a team. At first, they are all apprehensive of one another, but a long the way they realise that the only way that they can defeat evil is by working together.

The evil villain is ‘Zorack’ and he builds a machine, which will steal all powers from any body that has one. His power is mind control, which can allow him to control people’s thoughts and make them give him his power. This initially can allow him to be the most superior person in the world.
‘The Fantastical  are faced with obstacles, caused by the villain ‘Zorack’ which they must overcome to save the human race. They must use their powers in certain circumstances to help them achieve this. 

Zorack uses his mind control where he makes people become almost mind clones of himself. The 'sidekicks' of Zorack cause conflict for the fantastagirls as they try to think of ways to defeat Zorack. The 'sidekicks' also have powers but they use them against the fantastagirls when they are on their mission to destroy the machine. When they finally defeat the sidekicks they are faced with Zorack. Together, they set out to destroy the machine and put the magical world at peace. When they arrive they are faced with many decisions.
Zorack wants fire girls power, and says that he will only take her power and then he will leave. The fantastagirls have to choose between themselves and friendship. They realise that they need friendship as they would have never of got far alone. They continue to work together, where they finally use their powers together to defeat Zorack and destroy the machine.

The Budget for our film is £35,000,000 and we have estimated a profit of £80,000,000. We have researched in a film similar to ours 'Sky High' and we have estimated the budget and profit around this film.
Because the film is targeted for a younger audience we can produce merchandise out of it which can also be a benefit in the profit.

Underlying messages within the film:
- friendship, the disruption of loneliness; the impact family has; and jealousy.

Our primary target audience is for the film is for girls up to the ages of 13. We also think that the film can be targeted at family audiences too.

The release date of our film is going to be in August 2013, this is because it will be in the summer holidays and it will be more suitable for children to see it.

The Director of the film is Mike Mitchell because he has previously made films that are similar to ours. For example: Sky High (super heroes), Shrek (younger audience)

Friday, 2 November 2012

Zombieland anaylsis 

In the start of the sequence 'Zombie Land' it starts straight away with the man falling from the building, this shows that the film is possibly violent. They want you to concentrate on the man falling by having him fall in slow motion with ' rock ' music in the background.
My first impression of this film would be that it was an action/horror type film.

We then see a midshot of a man spitting out dark coloured blood. He has blood everywhere, this shows the audience that this film is a horror. Then we see a woman being chased by a 'zombie' looking woman. The woman who is running shows the expression that she is very scared and by her drink coming out of her cup also shows the audience this film is a horror.
By the woman being dressed in light colours and holding a cup of drink can be seen as she is just an ordinary girl.

In the next shot we see a man holding a sign saying ' the end is near' and by the 'zombies' running towards him just goes to show that the sign could be correct. The fear in the mans face shows us that he is scared for himself because of the zombies running towards him. In the background there is a couple looking like they are running from the scene because of the 'zombies',
The next scene shown is a man who looks like he has just come from work, hense the suit he is wearing, and he is being chased my two zombie men. Behind the characters there has been a car set on fire, this gives the impression that the zombies are planning to cause chaois in the city. At this point everything is still in slow motion so you can get a feel of the fear from the characters.

We see a man in a suit, at a wedding and then a 'zombie bride' covered in blood, this is meant to be a innocent day because its a wedding, where as here it is shown to be a disaster. After this we see a nudity scene where there is a woman running with no top on. We can then get a sense that this is a horror film based on the man who is running away, we get that impression because of his facial expressions.

Throughout this sequence we see different characters fleeing from a danger scene and this then rounds up this film is based on Zombies and has a horror genre.
The typography in this film is in red writing, this could be associated with blood and when the colour red is shown it can also mean danger. At the end of the sequence we see a man been thrown on top of as car, the blood that splatters on the window and then the smashed glass after also gives an impression that it is the 'end '