My final opening sequence and my production company logo
Thursday, 19 April 2012
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
My media product develops as well as challenges conventions of an actual media product. To begin with my title of my opening film does not go against conventions of a typical thriller film, with the title "Whereabouts" it highlights clearly the basic storyline and plot of the film. Similar to films such as 'Taken' and 'Gone Baby Gone'.
I tried to convey conventions of a thriller film through the shots I used at 2, 7 ,8. In these shots I showed a range of different angles, for example in shot 2 it is a close up of the mirror so the action can only be viewed through the mirror. This I feel has a creepy feel to it, I was able to get this after practising filming 'The Book of Eli' where a similar shot was used. Another shot, number 7 represents a thriller as it is a closeup but also an over the shoulder shot. I wanted to use this to show that the young girl was being stalked but to see you reaction on her face after she realised this, I thought this would be effective as it should make the viewers feel more involved in the action. This is similar to a normal convention of a thriller film, as they often use closeups of the victims face so it gets the audience more into the film. For example in the film 'The Woman in Black' shows a similar technique to what I used in my film.
For the costumes in my film I wanted to keep them as realist as possible, not over the top but what a normal 12 year old would wear. You can see the costume of the young girl in clip 3, 5 and 7, which shows by just watching my opening sequence that she is a normal young girl, which hopefully my target audience would have realised. However for the stalker I wanted him to wear something more heavy and dark you can see in clips, 1 and 8 where he is wearing a big black jacket and black hat even though it is sunny, I wanted it to seem like something wasn't right. These costumes fit the conventions of a normal thriller movie as they would have also had similar costumes.
I decided that I wanted the font of my titles to be bold, and not grungy because I didn't want my target audience to get confused whether or not it was a horror or a thriller. I wanted the font to be small but still easy to read, you can see this in clips 5 and 6. And because it had typical conventions of a thriller, I went by using a strong font. In addition, I believe that it shows the audience a clear difference between the camera shots and the titles themselves.
My opening challenges the conventions of a crime thriller genre film as it leaves the audience with many different views on how the film ends and the relationships between the characters we see during the film opening. We can see that the girl is being stalked, however the last thing that the audience see is the young girl being taken by the stalker. It is not official whether she is killed or not, which is up to the audience to decide after watching my opening sequence.
The characters are introduced separately apart from when they meet on the long road on the way to the corner store, challenging the convention of a real film opening. We are introduced to the girl in shot 3 where she portrays a naive and childlike sense, whereas the murderer is introduced through a medium shot of him going into a dingy room. My opening consists mainly of shots of the main characters in my film, the victim and stalker. I did this to show the audience their relevance in the film, which makes it a clear convention of most film openings.
In my film I based my character on the young girl from the film 'Trapped'. Our characters are similar because of the way they both get kidnapped, although it is not under the same pretences, I thought that I would add my own version, instead of coping. I havent based everything off the 'Trapped' character,
- They look similar
- Both get kidnapped
- Shows the venerability of young girls
- Fast moving shots when being taken
- Different ages (trapped character '5', my character '12')
- Different reasons behind kidnapping
- The way that the characters were taked down, to be taken
Both movies included stalkers, although my stalking scene was shown at the beginning so that the rest of the film would be about searching for the daughter. The film 'Trapped' has the kidnapping scene at the beginning but not as the opening to show that she is being held hostage. However the plots are roughly the same.
The job of a production company is to be responsible for the physical production and offer material into the field of the performing arts; new media art, film, television, radio, and video.
Production companies run from a small to a large scale , for example a independent small production company would be like Film4 and a large main stream one would be Universal Studios. The most successful and famous Production Companies are; DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, Summit Entertainment, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures. Because I have made my film into a thriller a production company such as, paramount pictures would have been an appropriate production company for my film. Paramount has produced films such as Shutter Island, which is similar to mine as it is also a thriller.
Metro- Goldwyn- Mayer (MGM) is an American Media Company based in California. They are primarily involved in production of films and television programs. MGM was founded in 1924 and has helped produce and distribute a total of 253 films, which include such films as, 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.
A film distributor is a company responsible for releasing films to the public either through the cinema or releasing for home viewing through DVD, Video-On-Demand, and Download. With this a distributor is responsible for the gross ticket sales. They are also in charge of film advertising materials; their aim is to attract the largest possible audience.
With my film funds would be very basic and minimalists because of this I would want to release it to a select amount of cinemas to see how well it is received. Using a distributor would be increasingly helpful for the release of a low budget film like mine. Coming from an unknown director, the film would need large advertising to make it a success. Having a film distributor would also help to attract larger audience.
If the film was not received well in the cinema, I would then release the film for home viewing though the Internet and downloads and on DVD. To do this the cost would be high and the funding would have had to be self-funded. There are three main methods of financing the production of films. Which I could possibly use and repay them when from the money the film produces.
1. Government Grants
2. Private Equity and Hedge Funds
3. Debt Finance
I created my own Production logo:
What film genre do you like to watch?
Where would you look if you were looking for trailers of new films coming out?
What type of music do you like to listen to?
Would you watch my film?
If so why and if not why?
Do you have any hobbies?
What sort of shops do you go into when looking for clothes?
What do you expect to see when you go to see a thriller? Do you think that mine holds any of these aspects?
How did you attract/address your audience?
To attract my target audience I have incorporated many different factors into my media product, I started off my film by building up to the kidnap at the end of the opening sequence. This should catch the audiences attention as I have made the opening interesting enough to watch even though there is not that much happening.
As well as these I used a clear narrative to attract my target audience was to make sure that I followed the typical conventions of a thriller movie, which would hopefully attract the audiences that would be interested in my film.