Monthly Archives: November 2014

360MC: Process and Development – For Submission

I have enjoyed completing the process and development I have done so far towards my final media project. Developing my ideas and gaining some inspiration, have resulted in me being very excited about the work I still am yet to do and creating my FMP.

One of my sources of inspiration was then I watched the 2012 film, ‘Cyberstalker’. It has the same stalker theme as my FMP, except the narrative is slightly different, as someone online stalks the girl. It was this film that inspired me to come up with some of the ideas for our film. Also, watching this film has taught me more about the techniques used to show the theme of stalking.

I have developed my idea over a number of weeks. Every other day I would read over the treatment I have written and make slight adjustments. If there were something I didn’t like or wanted to add, I would make the changes. Kelly and I would also sit down together and talk about the ideas we both had. We seemed to be very compatible; we liked one an others ideas and develop them together.

I have also created artefacts for my FMP. In the first one I wanted to show the Stalker theme and drama genre. I filmed what I will be some of the scenes of Fred starting to follow Stacey. Filming these scenes shows the audience and myself what shots and techniques I will be using for my film.

So far, I have undertaken some research by watching a number of films, short films and documentaries. By watching these, I was able to expand on ideas for my FMP. I wrote a brief treatment, which helped me decide where I wanted the story to go and what should happen. I also then wrote a character profile for my main character ‘Fred’. Writing this helped me get a clearer understanding of his personality and characteristics. I then did some research by reading and watching short films about depression, drugs and alcohol. Learning how a person with these problems acts day to day will help me write my script and learn more about the character.

Overall, I am happy with the progress I have made so far. I feel that if I keep going with how I am working, then my FMP and blogs will be up to a good standard come the final hand in. Also the progress I have made with preparing my FMP, such as writing the treatment, brainstorming ideas and working with Kelly has been have successful and fulfilling. Next, Kelly and I will soon be writing our script and searching for actors. This is when it all starts to feel real and when the pressure really starts.

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360MC: Primary and Secondary Research – For Submission

As part of my research I have watched a variety of films, short films and documentaries. All based around the same theme as mine including stalking, drugs, alcoholism and depression.

I watch the 2007 film ‘Alone with her’, staring Colin Hanks, which is based on a male stalking the filming by setting up spy cameras in her house. Watching this film was a good research piece, as I tought me how the girl should react when she notices she is being stalked, also how the male changes throughout the film when he gets closer to victim.

I have been looking at other media sources such as News articles, TV shows/ documentaries and books to research for my film. I have mostly been looking at drugs, depression and alcohol, as I think learning about these topics will help me understand my character more. I will know more about his mental health, his needs and personality. ‘ 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year’ (1) Some of the research I have undertaken, has told me that more men are involved with drugs in the UK then women. ‘The research estimates that, for the year 2010-11, there were 298,752 opiate and crack cocaine users in England’ (2). I have also researched the effects drugs and alcohol can cause, long term and short term. Knowing what they cause gives me the knowledge of how Fred should act and if he was to have any illnesses. As drugs cause paranoia, this gave me the idea of the entire film being just one of his paranoid thoughts/ dreams. The facts and stats that I have looked at are helpful to me, as they show my reasoning for getting my character to do what he does and act how he does. It will also give help to think of a good and clearer ending for my FMP, as I am yet to have one.

This research has helped give my work its substance and integrity as it gives me a more clearing vision of my main character and his mother. My inquiries into these issues have helped me learn about the effects his mothers attitude and treatment towards Fred would have on him. By understanding my main character, it will help the audience connect with my film and it will give emotion.

 

Bibliography:

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/

http://www.drugscope.org.uk/resources/faqs/faqpages/how-many-people-are-addicted

http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/professionals/Interesting-Statistics

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/drugs/Pages/Drugsoverview.aspx

360MC: Context – For Submission

The film has a Stalker theme, as it is based around a guy stalking a girl. It will be in black and white, set in the 21st century.

My film fits into the Drama genre, as it shows the realistic characters dealing with emotion and the development to overcome that emotion.

My film will be set in the 21st century, as I wanted it to be about the present time. I think the issues that are in my film, will be more relevant for this generation and the audience will be bale to connect more with it when it’s the people of today in the film.

The setting will be a number of locations; Fred’s house, the park, Stacey’s house and shops etc. the places he follows her too.

The context of my film included mental illness and drug awareness. As you can see from my other blogs, I have researched this topics and I feel I am now more informed about them. This means my character will be realistic.

My work complies to the past lecture tasks such as ‘Take one Chicken’ as it has taken a subject that I do not know much about, such as depression, drugs etc. and helped me research them. I was able to do this from the chicken task we completed. This also relates back to the sex task. The cliché task has helped me, as I have learnt more and been made aware of typical clichés which I will now stay away from.

My wider reading has taught me about mental health, drugs and other addictions. Completing this reading has helped me understand my character and the reasons as to why he is the way is he and does what he does etc.

360MC – Artefact Three – For Submission

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to complete the original idea I had for artefact three, so I have to take pictures instead. My original idea was to create a 2 minute short film using my narrative. I wanted to show to the basics of my storyline, how to characters would be behaving etc. I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to do this, but it was my own fault as I didn’t organise my time well enough. However, I went out and got some pictures of some of the camera angles and techniques I would like to use in my film.

360MC: Editing Notes – For Submission

36MC Editing:

The cut represents a total and instantaneous replacement off one field of vision with another

Why does editing work?

In the blink of an eye: the blink either something that helps an internal spa ration go thought to take place, or it is an involuntary reflex accompanying the mental separation that is taking place anyway (2001: 60-62)

Walter Murch’s ‘rule of 6’:

  • Rhythm
  • Two-dimenaional plane of screen
  • three-dimensional space of action
  • story
  • emotion
  • eye trace

Real order of importance:

  • 1. Emotion
  • 2. story
  • 3. rhythm
  • 4. eye trace
  • 5. two dimensional plane of screen
  • 6. three-dimensional space of action

360MC – Scriptwriting notes – For Submission

I feel that my scripting skills are definitely lacking, as I have never properly written a script by myself before. So I have been going along to Cliftons script writing lessons, and made some notes. I will be taking these notes into consideration for my FMP and after I graduate from University.

  • Good films make you want to find out about the subject
  • What the story is behind the story
  • Visuals!
  • A story – something that happens in a linear way
  • A narrative – how we chose to tell the story
  • Every story has a beginning, middle and end, not necessarily in that order
  • Don’t let it be a sketch or an ‘incident’
  • Pitch, outline, treatment, script (1st draft), re-write, re-write …
  • Don’t take shortcuts
  • Layout – Celtx, final draft

Characters

  • Know your character – Write a paragraph, physical appearance and traits they might have
  • Each character speaks with a different voice
  • When you’re familiar with your character, good dialogue come naturally
  • Characters who are not clearly defined come across as stereotypes
  • Stereotypical characters are secondary characters
  • An idea is not a story
  • SHOW DON’T TELL! – Don’t be too descriptive

Dialogue

  • Scripts – Laid out/ formatted correctly
  • Spelt correctly
  • Relevant to the character who is delivering it
  • Make sense
  • Consider other ways of getting across the info other then with dialogue
  • Good dialogue is short
  • Good dialogue takes time and effort
  • Dialogue is not precious – have someone else read and comment on your script
  • Write – revise – re-write
  • Script report form
  • Logline
  • How do they meet? Where? Why?
  • Do you have to know either name?

Formatting

  • Something important in capitals
  • First appearance from each character should be in capitals
  • (a beat) = a pause
  • Best when no one talks
  • Write the script then put it away for 3 days then reread it
  • Each character should have a different ‘voice’ and attitude
  • If you can’t think of anything for them to say, don’t say anything
  • Dialogue is integral to the image of the screen
  • Dialogue arises from a  source not on the screen
  • This is making use of voice over or narrative
  • Reproduced Speech – TV, radio, newspaper, P.A systems, texting
  • Dialogue has a clear dramatic function
  • Relates to the visuals on the screen
  • Monologues – character reveals more about the character

Thursday 20th November notes:

  • Your main character doesn’t have to be in the whole film.
  • One page is one minute on the screen
  • Movies are good at telling stories but not good at telling very complicated stories
  • ‘What if’ is a good way to start generating stories
  • The Three act Structure – Act 1, set-up (location and characters) – Act 2, confrontation – Act 3, climax and Resolution
  • Protagonist – The good guys or girls
  • Antagonist – The bad guys or girls
  • Antagonist do not have to be people
  • Screen plays are constructed/ hinged around two act breaks or commonly referred to as ‘turning points’
  • Act 1: The set up: introduces our characters and story plots, (and with its own 3 acts structure) it takes us to …
  • ‘turning point one’ – A point where we have had a mini-story that ends, but then leads us into a new story, this will be the main direction the rest of the story follows
  • Essentially the moment the hero takes on the main quest/problem/confrontations

360MC – Artefact Two – For Submission

THIS IS THE ARTEFACT I AM SUBMITTING.

For my second artefact, Kelly and I decided to film together but edit separately. By getting more footage then we needed, we thought it could make our artefacts slightly different from one anothers. We wanted to shoot a scene from our film, there the stalker is following the girl. We thought that this could help up practise the shots we wanted to do, be sure there was no dialogue needed, see which lighting we like and see if the storyline worked. Looking back at our artefact now, it is clear we didn’t really have an ending to the artefact, we just got the stalking scenes but no ending. I think we would need to re-shoot before hand in, if either of us wanted to use this as our coursework.

The feedback I was given in the seminar, has left me feeling happy about my artefact but knowing there are some adjustments I could make to improve it. The feedback from my peers included;

Good – nice shots, colouring, left them wanting more, interesting angles that helped tell the story, lighting fit the theme, framed well, stalking theme is clear and they liked how there was no dialogue.

Improvements – use sound effects to help tell the story, clearer narrative, the ending was upclear, music didn’t fit, need eerier music, needs a punchline and left on an awkward cliff-hanger.

Overall I am happy with the feedback I was given. I am going to take the improvments I was given, into account and re edit the artefact. I will change the music to something more creepy and eerie and try edit the film to have a clearer ending. Although I will not have time to reshoot, I hope that editing will make these improvements. If I am going to use this artefact as my hand in film, I will re-shoot to make the ending clearer, give it a punchline and add sound effects.

The feedback Kelly received has helped me too. She was told some shots were too long and at some points it was hard to tell he was a stalker. My feedback was slightly similar, which I agreed with it all.

 

Original: https://vimeo.com/110867423

Re-edit: https://vimeo.com/112183350