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In our group there is Becky Wholley and Hannah Ferreira. Our media coursework is a two minute opening to a horror film, our production is called Sleep Tight.
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Sunday, 12 December 2010

My Coursework Pitch

My idea for the 2 minute opening coursework task was a horror, the film When A Stranger Calls and the book The Babysitter gave me inspiration for my idea.
There have been two versions of When A Stranger Calls, one in 1979, Directed by Fred Walton.

And the re-make made in 2006

I would like to open the film with a throwback to the black and white hammer horror classics, with a twist of emphasizing the gore in colour to show reality and to create a dramatic effect on the audience, this means the last shot will be in colour.
In the opening 2 minutes we see a babysitter finishing a bed time story to a child.
Later we see her on the phone to her boyfriend as she invites him over, saying the parents won't be back till much later. A reference is made signifying the girl is sexually active.
After the call she starts to hear noises upstairs. Interposed shots used of the girl downstairs as you hear a scream from upstairs.
The babysitter goes to the girls room and finds the bed empty and blood on the bed and floor, this shot will be in colour.

Complete Pre-lim Task

I worked on this task with Maddy,
The first edit of our video....

However after completing the first edit, we agreed to edit several things.
We realised that the clips didn't run smoothly and the cut between shots were very obvious, we then edited some of our clips to make the transition smoother. We also decided that we would get rid of a clip of Maddy coming through the door as we were unable to make the transition from her entrance to her sitting down perfect, therefore we used a clip not shown in the first edit, from a different angle to show a perspective of her sitting down without the concern of the clips not fitting together.

Final Edit...

If I could change my final edit I would have made the story line more interesting instead of the simplicity used in this one and would have also tried to use a shot that broke away from the 180 degree rule to show the contrast in the type of shots.
Overall I was happy with my final edit, it had completed the task given but with more time I would have liked to have made it more original and creative.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Pre-Lim Task.

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule. 

Match on Action- connects two shots cut together by having a character finish an action in the second shot begun in the first shot. For instance, if a character lights a match in the first shot, the same character will draw it up to a cigarette in the second.

Shot/Reverse Shot- After an establishing shot, the shot-reverse shot refers to the close-ups used when two characters are in conversation. (Because we have already used an establishing shot, we now know where the characters are in relation to one another.) First both of the actors engaged in a conversation are shown in a two-shot then the camera cuts in to mid shots and close-ups of one actor and then the other, usually from a position 'over the shoulder' of the other actor.

180-degree rule-The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line.