Friday, 30 September 2011


In lessons we had to choose a film that had similar opening credits to the way we would like our final pieces to look like. I chose 'The Fall' because I like the way that the names and title, are being shown while there is also action, and it isn't just a black screen.
Here is my timeline that shows all the different names, so that I can have an idea as to when to put what names at what time.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Example 10 - The Shinning

The Shinning  - Horror/thriller

This shot is of the beautiful landscape, the camera is moving in a way over the water, I think someone is filming this while on a water aeroplane, the shot is amazing

The way the camera angles as well makes the viewer feel like they are going on a plane ride to look at all the scenery with the rest of the makers. I also like the reflection and the detail that you can see while flying around

Then you have a shot of the car from a bird’s eye view, and following the car, so you are taken along with these characters journeys

Then there is a shot of along side the car while it is driving, all these shots make you feel more apart of the journey so you are able to fully understand where you are going and how in the middle on no where you are

The angles of these shots are amazing and show the scale of the place that you are driving through

Another note would be that the music that is put in the background is very dramatic the sound is big brass instruments, to then plucking of strings making a big bellow this creates a very tense and mysterious mood and atmosphere. (The music)

You are then right next to the car, like you are almost able to touch them, the credits are rolling on the screen going from bottom to top, this shows that this is quite an old film because of the way there are no special effects of fancy props any where and the font is plain, it is very basic and simple

I like the way it suddenly goes from the grass area to the snowy area the shot is very good

And then right at the end of the opening sequence you see the destination, which in this case is a HUGE empty hotel in the middle of nowhere. This is a good setting for the film and I felt it was a nice journey they took us on to get there

One thing I like about this film is even though it is quite old and doesn’t have any special effects, it is still affective and I understood how dramatic it was, because of the music and the place where they had filmed

Example 9 - Sahara

Sahara - Action packed. drama, comedy

You can tell by this shot that there are big explosions happening, this is exciting but I wouldn’t be able to replicate this because it is a big budget film, but the idea is nice, it also sets the scene for the film. The smoke also makes it hard to see the detail. I think it would be better without so much smoke

I like the way this shot is changing from the scene into a pictures, although I wouldn’t be able to draw out the scene I would like to recreate it with a special effects programme

I like the props in this shot because it shows that this is someone’s working place, it would be easy to recreate and I think the clocks add a good touch

And all the old photos make it seem like it is a adventure film, this is a nice way to show the viewer strait away what sort of film this is going to be. The way the camera pans around the room to show how all the news paper articles are set out is very good

The way the title is being shown in this films beginning is also very nice, as a postcard, and then zooms up on it, nice and different 

Another nice pan up and down around the room, you are able to see what the character is like when shown all the trophies, pictures and other objects in the room

The pictures can also add a humours atmosphere to the movie

The way things are magnified and shows through the glass is a good way to make the beginning more interesting

The cool part of the beginning of this film is the way it always zooms up on the objects to show the clarity, and in this shot it is zooming so that it can show you where the character is in the movie and show you where abouts the character  on his adventure he is on, I feel the first bit was made up well making up to this moment where the film really starts

Example 8 - The Fall

This shot is lovely because of the focus on the rippling water, I also think the black and whit e effect is a nice touch

Then when the man comes up from under the water, it looks like his head is bubble and then you are able to see that it is a person. I like this because it is done in slow motion and makes it seem more dramatic. The spitting in slow motion is also nice and the detail the camera adds is very nice

This is another good screen shot, because unlike other films it is nice to see action when showing the title, instead of a black drop with just the title in white etc

This shot is good because of the close up to show the emotion on the mans face, like something dramatic is happening

Here is another shot of a man in the water, this is shown also in slow motion, and the way this has been shot is also as if someone is on the riverbank watching him

This is an interesting shot of the camera being low on the ground and it pointing up, with a man running past, you are only able to see his legs but then a full body shot of a man in the distance; this is nice use of depth of field, but with both objects being in focus

Another shot of a man coming out of the smoke, you are able to see the expression of the man and it is also done in slow motion as well

This is one of my favourite shots because of the use of shadows. You are able to see what the men are looking at, without the camera having to see the object, even the man throwing the rope into the water for them, this is very clever

Then you can see this shot is switched to the other angle where you see the man throwing the rope, but you can see that he is still the right side which is cleverly done

Then you see a low angle shot of the men trying to pull the other men out

This is a good reaction shot

This is a good shot because it is done as if the camera is a by stander watching the events unfold

More by standers views/reactions

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Example 7 - The Mothman Prophecies

I like the way this has been put at the beginning, it makes the film seem more serious (which this one is) and is a classic and simple start

It has a very long introduction with just the names of the companies running the films; it is very simple which is nice and effective

I like this shot because the phone is in focus and the mans head is out of focus (depth of field). I would like to use this in my final piece

than goes into focus altogether, so you can see the scene

It is then shot from the opposite angle but it is a mid way shot

I like this shot because of the way the lights look like blurry balls in the corner next to the Christmas angel

This is a nice shot because the camera effect goes from, reality to going into the TV, the way it is blurry and a bit ‘pixilated’

The way the lights are a cool effect of lighting the walkway up, they look like they are going vertically. This is very interesting, and I have never seen it before and think this is very nice

And you can see it here as well

And after seeing this opening sequence, I haven’t noticed it until now, but you can see the title reflected in the lipstick case this is very cool

I like the effect of the lights looking like sequences, or glitter

Example 6 - The Pacific

The Pacific

The opening title of the film, I like this shot because of the coal pen breaking off when it is being dragged along the page, it’s a nice close up

Then after a bit you are able to see the picture that is being drawn with the coal. It is taken from an birds eye view, but upside down so that you can’t really tell what it is yet

Then you are able to see the picture the right way, and you can tell it has something to do with war, I like this shot because of the way art it is very special

Then the picture fades into the real world, which I think is a really cool affect, and would like to somehow add this to my final piece

You can see in this shot of the coal pencil shading on the ground and in the sky, this is a nice touch, as it looks like the art is coming to life

I like the way that there is a red blotched all around this shot, the first thing that comes to mind is blood drops. This is very nice against the black and white back drop

I like the detail that you can see in this shot, it is the piece of coal stick and is very zoomed in, and so you can see the texture of the stick

I like how the war and the stick of coal are put together and made relatable, I think this effect is very nice and it is a nice way of going from one scene to the other in a specialised way