Thursday, 17 March 2011

Peer Feedback on final opening sequence

1. Describe the type of camerawork which has been used. Do you think it's effective, and why?

-Good longshot, POV and close-up
-POV shot related the the genre
-good closeup on phone
-phone shot was too long
-good variety

2. What type of sound has been used? Does it work with the visuals? How?

-The soundtrack was tension building
-soundtrack wasn't clear
-music fitted with genre
-non diegetic and diegetic sounds worked together
-the diegetic sounds made story clear

3. How has the mise-en-scene been constructed? does it have an impact on the thriller genre?

-could have used better lighting. The narrative shows it is a thriller but the mise-en-scene isn't clear
-could have had better poles (props)
-good casual costume

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Final product evaluation.

Our final thriller opening sequence is slightly different to how we first planned.
in our plan we did not have the running scene and the protagonist shouting at the antagonist. we added this so the excitement in our opening sequence was higher.

16th March

Today is our last editing lesson in which to finish tweaking any footage, and to add our logo in and the 15 certificate. We finished added transitions to the credits so they fade in and out, and also made sure the soundtrack was in sync with the footage.

At the end of the lesson we uploaded the video onto youtube and then put the URL into a new blog, which we named "The Watched. Final thriller production".

Production Logo

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This is our production logo, we feel it relates to a thriller as the image is of blood. we wanted something quite simple but very effective. We came up with the name after we had seen others for inspiration and gained ideas from viewing others. Examples we looked at are 'New Line Cinema' which is a still image which is quite simple as well. The logo we used and looked at for help were all still images, a lot of production logos now include a short clip which contains movement. To keep things simple and down to basics we opted for the still image as it works well with our piece.
The most famous production image is 'Dreamworks'. The logo of dream works only used two different colours and has thriller conventions about it, for example the darkness. Although this is a still image of dream works, they now have a moving image and the logo changes depending on what type of film they are producing. We tried to combine the best features of both of these images to create ours.
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The Watched. Final Thriller Production.


The credits in our opening sequence are over the top of the video. They fade in and out, we used this transition as we thought that it fits with the thriller genre. The credits include, 'starring', 'edited by', 'music by', 'director', 'producer', 'filmed by' and 'actors'.
Our credits are in red as this relates to the gory, bloody side of our thriller.

Monday, 14 March 2011


Ratings are based on how much bad language, discrimination, violence, sex and drugs in films. The more, the higher rating the film will receive. the guidelines are updated every four years.

The classifications are either a 'U', 'PG', '12/12a', '15', '18', 'R18'.

For thriller films, its highly unlikely a film will be rated under a 15 due to the footage in it. 

A thriller film rated 15 will contain a certain amount of criteria which the BBFC will allow children under the age of 15 to watch it. No one younger than 15 may see a '15' in the cinema. Also, they cannot rent a '15' rated film.

If a film is rated an 18, no one under 18 can view the film within a cinema or rent/buy an '18' rated video.  most thriller films are rated 18 because of the amount of violence and bad language used within the film. 

Within our thriller film, we feel the rating for our film should be a 15. this is because it contains certain features such as violence. The violence in or clip is limited and there is only one scene which contains this. although this restricts the amount of thriller conventions we can apply to our film, we feel as if by classifying our film as '15' it will appeal to a greater audience. 

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