Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Feedback from R1-16

-Really good/professional production logo
-We like the font and colour of the title because it represents the genre well.
-The semi-exsposure/overlay of the pocket watch and the money on the map is really good effect.
- The end surroundings dont fit with the beggining of the titles.
-the voice over is effective.

Voice over effected and sounded good.
good illusion with the map and the watch.
logo is good.

Feedback from R1-17

- Logo is abit small but looks good, funny how it moves.
- Really good how film overlays behind the map.
- Voice over works really well, came there isn't a soundtrack during library scene.

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- Good editing combining the 2 scenes with the coins and the compass.
- Pans across the map effectively.
- Voiceover worked well telling the story as well as pirate accent which was superb.
- Cheese can be good, but bit too much going on.
- Not enough Brad Chapman!

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Friday, 6 March 2009

Final Cut



Our rough cut is not at the stage we would of wished it would be at this point in proceedings. Due to forgetting props there are missing images from the rough cut which will need to be added to the final piece. There is a small amount of fading in and out but no real special effects. We have achieved the voice over, but as a group we feel its to long and will need to be shortened. The logo at the start of the scene is to long, so like the voice over should be cut shorter.


Thursday, 5 March 2009

Rough cut


Changes of inital ideas

We have decided to change our first ideas because we believe as a group that the panning of the map will become boring. To solve this problem we are going to show faded images and video on top of the map. Things like the pocket watch and someone playing with old money in there hands. Also the voice over goes on for to long so we have cut it in half to keep interest.


Thursday, 26 February 2009

Images Of Props

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Title font ideas!!


Vocal Test 6


Vocal Test 5


Vocal Test 4


Vocal Test 3


Vocal Test 2


Friday, 13 February 2009

Vocal Test

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Call Sheet

Cast and Crew:

Joseph Legg
James Turner
Charles Littlefair
Jacob Fordham


Long Road Sixth Form College
Long Road

Telephone: 01223 507400
Fax: 01223 507444

Narrative schedule: Friday 13th February - Technicians room - INT - James Turner

Shooting schedule: Camera - Joseph Legg

1:05 - Media Studio - Rolling map out/ placing items on table - INT - Charles Littlefair

2:05 - School Library - Pupils leaving library/Boy finds map - INT - Jacob Fordham


Kit: Tripod, Camera and Dolly.

Props: Map, Books, Glass bottle, Compass/Watch, Candle and Candle stick.


Tuesday, 10 February 2009

New Deadline Dates

Roughcut Deadline: 27 February
Final Deadline: 6 March

We would like this shot to be a smooth pan showing books along a library shelf. This would symbolise someone looking for a book. An old book will will found were the map will be hidden inside. We will make the book and amp look old my putting dust all over it and make it dirty.

We will also use a high angle shot that shows lots of legs. Hopefully this will make it seem like a busy college environment. This will be the shot after the school bell rings.

After the book has been found the character will flick through the pages and unintentionally find the map. This will fit in with the speech at the the start.

Before the school bell rings there will be just panning and tracking of the hand over the map. there will also we a few close ups of important place on the map.



We will try to get some old fashion coins to place all over the table were the map will be. This will hopefully give the pirate look.

We will place a bottle to hold the corner of the map down when it is placed onto the table.


Individual Analysis

The opening that i am analyzing is Rush Hour 3. It is an comedy action film. It is the third rush hour film. The opening sequence is about introducing the main characters setting the story and it is a carry on from the previous two films, so it reminds of the audience of the characters. The film starts with diegetic slow pace music, then it zooms in on one of the main characters, singing to the music in the background, this helps to show the mood of the piece is comical. It introduces the characters, they are both completely different, one is just up for a laugh and wants to have a good time, on the other hand the other main character is serious, and wants to carry on making a good impression on the ambassador.

The sound in the piece is mostly diegetic with the cars horn sounding, the main character singing to the music that is being playing in the background, cars tyres screeching and car sirens, also people shouting at each other next there are conversation between the other main character and the ambassador, then a phone call between the two main characters.

The Mise-en Scene in an opening sequence is a combination of costume, props, location and lighting. This helps build up a certain mood or theme in a film and is very significant. The props that are in use are the mobile phones, handcuffs, notepad als a gun is used. the location in this opening scene is mainly on the streets with one of the main character who is a police officer and then the other main character who is in the ambassadors car on the way, the lighting is all natural.

The editing of the sequence starts off slow with the main character singing, then as it progresses the pace of the piece gets progressively faster. Fades are often used as a transition between shots which helps slow the pace down. The titles are simple and easy to read.


Shots Types

The shots that we may use will point of view when the person is walking through the school.

We will also use lots close ups when he is trying to find the book.

Another shot we could use would be a long shot showing that it is an ordinary library.


Friday, 6 February 2009



Friday, 30 January 2009

Shot List

1. Black screen
2. Map being unwrapped
On a table
Birds eye view
3. Bottle slamming on the table to hold the map down
On a table
Close up
4. Compass spinning
On top of the map
Close up zooming out from the middle
5. Panning across the map
Panning birds eye view
6. Spain found on the map
Zooming on a part of Spain
7. Moving around the map
Panning birds eye view
8. School bell
Bell on wall
Close up
9. Peoples legs walking in different directions
Low angle shot
10.Finger running along books
Point of view panning
11.Finds the right book
Point of view
12.Flicking through pages
libary on table
Close of up point of view


Thursday, 29 January 2009

Props + Location

Old bottle
Compass or Watch on chain
Old looking map
Dust/Powder (talcum powder?)

Location - School Library. ASK FOR PERMISSION!


Company Logo

This will be at the start of our opening scene.


Charlie's Analysis - The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a film from 1963 made by MGM Studios and produced and directed by John Sturges. Based on a novel by Paul Brickhill, it tells the real-life story of an attempt by allied prisoner of war to execute a mass escape from a German pow camp during World War 2. Brickhill had been a prisoner of the camp with his friend George Harsh and would later base the book on their memories of the experience.

The film is set in Germany on a very open stretch of land showing that there is nothing around, it is also very green and this makes it peaceful and like nothing is happening around. The cars and motorbikes come through and ruin the peace. The guards are wearing dark grey army uniforms this shows that they authority, also they are all armed with guns and other weapons. The set then moves to the prison which is all fenced in with large poles and metal wiring. the lighting in the opening is all natural as it is all outside.

There is a constant soundtrack at the start which is instrumental and very joyful. The music stays on until they arrive at the prison where the music stops. The camera shots used are mostly long shots so you can see the surrounding area. Also they pan along to follow the cars another shot used is the high angle shot that makes it look like the camera is hidden in the grass. so it is hiding from the German soldiers.

The pace of the opening is quite slow in between each shot and this makes it as if the guards are cruising alone. in this opening i think that it shows that the men how power which they do. the titles are bright red in very clear writing, this clashes with the background making the titles easy to read.


Tuesday, 27 January 2009


Here is the narrative that we are going to put at the start of our opening.

Back in the day where pirates roamed and the skull and cross bones ruled the sea. Lived a man who would change the course of Pirate history forever. John Morris was a captain, but not a pirate captain or particularly fierce. He was just a sailor who preferred the life of a buccaneer and enjoyed the company of hard drinking ruffians. He had seen plenty of action with his life at sea including the famous siege of Marabou under captain Henry Morgan. At this siege he had obtained a wound and had to take refuge, in a near by monastery ruin. By sheer chance on this bleak looking outcome of a day, he stumbled across a large piece of parchment which he was initially going to use to hold his wound together. The Captain found it was a map with an X on it and pirate or know pirate you know what that means. After returning from the siege back to the Port of Vagna, injury healed, Morris found a small ship straight away and headed for the X, returning 6 months later in the largest ship seen in the port, with a full crew on hand, and clothes never seen on the island before. It was clear to everyone that what he had found. After living the life and luxury on his death bed he revealed to his oldest son why he had no money for him to inherit. According to the story the treasure he found all these years ago a condition, that as when Morris died the treasure would be returned and the rest be put back into the sea in a rum bottle to keep it safe. The son being short of money sold the story to anyone he could just to make ends meat. This surged a storm of pirates to find the map knowing it must be in the Vagna area. Know ever found the map and the Legend of Captain John Morris's treasure still lives on..............



We have chosen to now do a children's adventure film. The idea is to do a pirate based opening introducing the the story and what will happen. We want to have our story to be told and to be explained on a map. Also in our opening we will have some pirate like the objects shown in the images below.

Here is some inspiration for our main map, and our storyboard.



British social realist drama- - social realism in films is representative of real life, with all its difficulties. the stories and people portrayed are everyday characters, usually from working class backgrounds. Examples are Green Street and This Is England.

A supernatural thriller with a strong female lead - Is a filmnot existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws and a suspenseful adventure story or play or movie with female as the leading actor.

An adventure story for younger audiences - Is a wild and exciting undertaking usually quite unrealistic but suitable for a young audience sometimes with young characters and cast.

A teenage romantic comedy - a film with a young cast including a lot of romance. a lot of problems are encountered and are very comical. there is usually a good ending.

A crime caper with an ensemble cast - a large crime is made in these films stealing big money or expensive possessions, also it is done in big groups.


Teacher Feedback

Your blog needs some work in terms of content, there are a few significant posts missing. You need to have a discussion of all 5 scenarios - include a quick definition and an example of each. You also need to have a discussion of your chosen scenario and lots of examples.
Also everyone in your group needs to write a full analysis of an opening sequence, Joe's is excellent so use it as a good example of the level of detail you need to go into for your own analysis. Everyone MUST do one.
Also include evidence of the research you are currently doing into pirates, include links, images and a discussion of what you have found and how it is useful.
Good work, keep going.


Opening Ideas

Start off with a black scene with voice over starting, then a few titles come onto the blank black scene. Then a old map is rolled out onto the scene and held down by 4 objects. The voice over is still continuing telling a story and setting a scene using the map. Titles will be hand written across while the map isn't being to tell the story. Lines and information will appear on the map showing where the treasure is located. The last few words that are heard are "and there is only one person now that can find this treasure." Then the camera will change into a point of view shot of someone walking and finding a map!


Sunday, 25 January 2009

Film Analysis - Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

The film opening i am analysing is Lord Of The Rings: The fellowship of the ring. This is a Fantasy/Adventure film and was released in 2001. This film is the first of the trilogy. Originally a novel written by J R R Tolkien but more recently has been turned into a film directed by Peter Jackson. It's won 4 Oscars and many other awards.

This opening scene is 7 minuets long and has been used to introduce characters, setting, time and the background behind the story. It starts by playing non-diagetic music. This is a classical piece with string instruments and a choir singing and sounds very eery. This is straight away introducing the audience to a signature theme tune that is played through out the film. Then a narrative voice is herd. Its starts by a women speaking in another language (elvish) that helps build this fantasy genre up. The woman's voice is slow and soft which also adds to the eeriness of the music. She begins to tell the story and introduce characters. I feel this is a good way to introduce characters briefly and would like to use a similar technique in our opening scene. Other sound consists of diagetic sound which is played under the music. For example the roaring fire helps add excitement. The screaming of villagers to show terror. The sounds of swords clashing together in the battle and the close-up shots of the helmet and ring thudding against the ground.

Mise en scene is a combination of costume, props, location and lighting. This helps build up a certain mood or theme in a film and is very significant.

As the characters are being introduce by narrative, clips of them are shown so the audience knows how each type of fantasy character looks. There's tracking shots of the elves hand and their rings, birds eye view zoom-out shot of the dwarfs. The good use of costume helps separate the different characters. The elves are shown with long hair and pointed ears. The woman is wearing a bright white flowing dress, which shows a peaceful character. Whereas the dark lord Sauron is a large character, wearing thick steel armour and a pointed mask over a black cloak build a darker character and is shown to have power as a low angle shot is used when he is looking at the enemy. The costumes is a way of emphasising one of the representations of good and evil.

A lot of props are used in this opening scene but the main one being the ring. Which its importance is shown throughout the film often by extreme close-ups. Its journey is shown through each owner and its location. The film is based around this one prop. Another important prop in this opening scene is the map. Pans of this map are shown before clips making the location obvious to the audience. This is also a feature that i feel would be effective to use in our opening scene. A pan of the battle field shows props that consist of weapons. For example the men and elves are using golden handle swords which shows their strong and professional army whereas the dark army are using axes, clubs, swords and many other props used as weapons.

There are many locations in this opening. It begins in castles that are dark as they are candle lit showing the time periods. The the location changes to the mount doom by using and establishing shot which is dark and lit by the red glow of the flames which builds a dark evil mood. The battle and the village being destroyed is all outside and the weather is gloomy which correlates with the mood. The other location is in the cave where the character Gollum lives. This is also dark and gloomy only lit by moonlight beaming onto the character.

There are two different paces of editing in the opening scene. Faster pace is used during the battle to add more excitement. Faster changes in shots are used to do this. The rest is a slower pace of editing. Fades are often used as a transition between shots which helps slow the pace down. Another use of transition is fire. The fire swipes across the screen and the shot changes. One effective piece of editing that i liked was where the map was shown behind and the actual location was shown above, as if they were over lapping. A lot of special effects are used which also helps to show the genre of film. The glowing of the ring. The flashing of the dark lords weapon and the explosion of Sauron.

There are many techniques used in this film that i feel should be carried out in our own film opening.


Friday, 23 January 2009

Analysis 2

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated family film, directed by John Lasseter and starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. The film was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and was distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It was written by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow, and featured music by Randy Newman. The film was rated G by the MPAA, and PG by the BBFC. It is the first feature film in history produced using only computer animation.

For Mise en scene the location is in Andy's house. The character of Andy has made a set within the scene which is a salon in a western town. You originally see the toys as normal plane old toys but later the scene you come to realise they turn into actual characters.

The sound within this opening sequence is effective with digetic and non-digetic. The digetic sound was the toys making random noise in the background, woody's string being pulled and when Andy is holding woody he makes his own sound effects. The non-digetic sound is the song being played in the background. This song adds to the scene as it quickly revels the strong relationship between the two characters.


Thursday, 22 January 2009

Mood Board


Genre change

We have come to a group decision to change our initial genre idea of a crime caper to Children's adventure.

We have decided to do this as we feel that in our situation a crime caper will he harder to produce a professional looking film opening. Finding people to be filmed for this opening would be difficult as we feel teenage characters will not suit the right look for the genres characters.

We have chosen to do a children's adventure because we like this genre and we feel we can produce a better film opening.


Film Analysis

We chose to analyse The Goonies, as it is appealing to the same audience as we are trying to.

The mise-en-scene in the opening scene, most significant, props are the hand guns, which are used to ignite the fire and to shoot at the police men, also the petrol can, and the noose to fake hang himself . The two settings are the prison cells, where the lighting is dim showing nasty envioment, also the location is the streets where the car chase happens. additional lighting is natural as the rest is all set outside in the middle of the day. Costumes are police officer uniform, general everyday clothes and some sportswear where the american football is being played.

Right at the start, the sound is mostly natural, with the cell doors being opened and closed and the clanging of metal, as the villian attacks the police guard tense fast pace non-diegetic music comes on, it changes to happier music as they are beggining to escape. Other diegtic sounds are the police sirens, car tyres screaching, also the radio and tv.

The camerawork used are close ups in the prison cell showing facial expressions, of the cell mates. Then the villians eyes open a close up used again. Other shots include tracking and panning following the car chase. Mid shot when the police and villan come out of the prison building. low angle shots are used to be the people on the sides of the street.

The editing is very fast in the car chase with short cuts changing camera angle. also there is a lot of parrell editing where you see one thing that is happening then another, also there is a lot of shot reverse shot. the tittles are bold white writing which come on a regular intervals in different areas of the screen.


Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Initial ideas for childrens adventure

our initial ideas for a childrens idea:

A them needs to be developed. For example, pirates is one of the strongest ideas we have come up with so far.

The use of props will help us acheive this theme. Pans or close-ups of a compass, maps, treasure. This will also show that there is a search for something taking characters on a journey.

After viewing other childrens adventure films we have found a narrative voice over to tell the begining of the story is very effective and we are hoping to do the same in out final project.


Inital Ideas

we have come to the full decision we will be doing a crime caper.

This will involve a certain style to it:

the con
Hard man
comic element
flash looking suits


Friday, 16 January 2009

Title Ideas

1. filmed handwritten titles in own hand writing, on lined paper

2. still shot of character in black and white or just one colour name fading in and maybe small amount of information about characters position e.g. Brother of Fred

3.classic titles coming up at random interval when the film is being introduced when film is the background



Conventions of any genre opening scene

Details of cast and crew.
The film's title.
An introduction to character or character type.
Indication of place.
Indication of historical period.
Information regarding mood and tone.
Introduction to signature theme tune.
Information about genre.
Questions that the viewer finds intriguing.
Patterns and types of editing that will be echoed in the remainder of the film.
Mise en scene and cinematography that will be echoed or elaborated upon later in the film.


Friday, 28 November 2008