Final Opening Sequence


Monday, May 24, 2010

Note to Moderator

Dear Moderator

Thank you for taking the time to look around through these blogs, I hope you have enjoyed them! The link for the group blog can be found on the right hand side. There are also links to the blogs for the other students in my group and a link back to our teacher’s central blog, called Foundation Blog,  which has links to all the other student and group blogs.

You will find all my individual research and initial ideas and planning, mainly from the early stages of the project before I got together with my group on my individual blog, You will also find my work on the preliminary task, including the video clip, reflections on the development of the project as it progressed and my answers to the evaluation questions.

On my group blog, you will find evidence of my group’s planning and project development work, and any research we did together that influenced and inspired our project.

The finished film opening sequence is linked to both blogs.

I hope these blogs are easy to navigate. Everything is organised in date order from the start of the project in November 2009 until we finished in March 2010. I have used labels to identify all the research, planning and evaluation work I have completed on my individual blog. On the group blog, we have used the same system and I have also labelled the posts I was individually responsible for, with my name.


Bianca Albano, 4010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Closing Post

For the last few months now, i have been using this blog to post all my coursework and this is now my final post

I have really enjoyed working on this project especially with my group.

I would like to say thanks to Jay Patricia and Catharrin for being such great team members :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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

For our prelim we had to create a sequence of a character:

• Opening a door

• Entering a room

• Sitting down in a chair opposite another character

• Having a conversation with this other character

This was a continuity task in which we had to demonstrate:

• Match on action

• Shot reverse shot

• 180 degree rule

For our main task, it was to create a 2 minute opening sequence for a new film.

There were 4 processes we went through whilst completing both these tasks:

• Planning

• Shooting

• Editing

• Evaluating

Planning included lots of research such as finding a suitable location, storyboarding our idea and making sure we had reliable actors. From the prelim, I learnt the importance of having a storyboard. Things were made so much easier as we had a guide to follow.

When running the actual shoot, there were many things to consider and remember. These included time schedule, shot order and master shots. The prelim helped me to focus on managing all these things together in order to achieve what I wanted.

When editing the prelim, we had to make sure all our continuity was accurate. This task came into extreme use when we were editing our actual sequence as we had previously practised how to make the continuity perfect and I had learnt how to do so.

When evaluating, we had to get feedback from different people and from this I learnt how to organise it all so it helped when preparing feedback for our actual final piece.

I also learnt the importance of getting on with team members. During our prelim, we only had to work together for a short amount of time and I noticed, that even for a small task, everyone had to work together and agree. For our main task, I knew that getting along was the most important thing in order to achieve what we wanted.

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

We used a variety of different technology throughout the course of the project.

From using the above technology, I have learnt how each one is useful in the making of a film and also in other products. I have seen the capability of each and have learnt how to handle and use everything correctly.

5) How did you attract/address your audience?

In order to attract our audience, we used a variety of techniques. These included:

• Choosing a genre popular with the audience

• Following conventions

The teenage and young adult audience are the widest audience and a genre very popular amongst them is horror which is why we chose to make an opening sequence of this genre.

Above is one of the questions we asked in our questionnaire during out film screening. The majority ticked the horror and thriller boxes showing that these are the most popular genres amongst this audience.

We aimed to focus on audience pleasures and fears.

In horror films, audiences like to experience emotions such as fear and confusion. We focused more on confusion in our opening and the idea of not knowing. By this, we hoped to gain audiences attention in order for them to want to know more and be able to understand.

Our main character was of our target audience so this enabled our audience to interact and engage with our character as they could relate to her, therefore appealing to our audience further.

4) Who would be the audience for your media product?

When producing our film, our key audience we had in mind were teenagers and young adults, particularly those who are interested in the horror and thriller genres.

Here is a character profile of a typical audience member:

This was our core audience.

Our secondary market was general horror film fanatics of any age, those who purely enjoyed any film from the horror genre.

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

Our production company is Moonlight Studios, a London based company, which create mainly horror/thriller films for the teenage/young adult audience. They make low budget independent films.

Our distribution company is Black Rose which work together with Moonlight Studios in order to reach out to the target audience.

The different platforms that are available for films to be exhibited are:

• Large multiplex cinemas (such as Odeon and Cineworld)  

• Small independent cinemas (such as The Phoenix and Rio)

Seeing as our film is made by a production company who creates independent films, then The Phoenix in East Finchley would be an appropriate place for our film to be screened.

Also it would be a good idea for it to be screened at film festivals as this would gain a wider audience. For example, during Halloween week, there are film festivals dedicated to horror films.