Monday, 16 November 2009

Finished Product!

This is the finished film opening for my group, Group 4.

we actually made two finished videos one with a voice over and one with an alternate ending because we were told our opening was hard to understand.

we found the one with the voice over made the opening very comical witch we did not like.
The alternate ending helped explain the ending and we think makes it allot clearer therefore it is the one we decided to use.

Alternate ending:

Voice over:

1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? (i.e. of film openings)

1st shot: This is an establishing shot of the setting where the opening takes place. Three people are seen sitting in a car and their identities are hidden. The shot was colour corrected and this plays into why you can't see the characters faces

2nd shot: We used a 4 point garbage matte in order to make the reflection of the smoker dark and once again so you can't see his face. The shot was also reversed so the cigarette is brought down at the start of the shot.

3rd shot: This is the title of our film. It rolls down with Rob pulling down his balaclava and rolls up again to reveal a panning down shot of Elliot sleeping.

4th shot: We gained a lot of praise for this shot. We lit a roll-up cigarette and put it hanging out of an ash tray. We changed the camera setting to manual focus and changed it so the foreground (roll-up) is focused and the background (Elliot and bed) are out of focus .

5th shot: This was one of the few shots where we used the dolly provided by the media department. A slight tint of red was put on the clip when the shot gets to the room where Max is sleeping and starts of blue in Elliott's room.

6th shot: Again a 4 point garbage was used to tint out the windscreen. The shot shakes down in a transition we created in the edit. This meant we had to keyframe the garbage matte so it fits the windscreen for every frame of the transition.

7th shot: This is an other shot we received praise for. This was one of the shots where we used the fish eye lens. The camera was placed on the dashboard and the shot was arranged from there.

8th shot: This shot was collected after the official shoot day whereby Rob and Elliot went to town and filmed this shot. It's placed outside a bank as this character is meant to be waiting to pull of the heist. In the alternate ending the shot is edited with a dazzle effect and is shown as a flash back as the script was tweaked for the alternate ending

9th shot: This is a panning shot of Max walking out of the house to the car. We timed this shot so Elliot behind the camera would signal Rob of when to open the window as Max arrived to the car.

2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?

For this I chose the character that is played by Max, who at the end of the opening is revealed to be working with the people inside the car, rather then the people inside the car coming for him. This character is the only person in the car who's face is seen, suggesting he will play a large role in the film as it necessary for him to be followed throughout the opening.
Like Hans Gruber, Max plays a character that is calm, and knows thoroughly what he is doing, and both are committing an armed robbery. Max plays a character that is confident and gets about his day like any other with no problems, and his confidence is shown on screen, while Hans is also very confident, stating in 'Die Hard' "I am an exceptional thief". Both characters dress smart, as not affected by the possibility of being seen by cameras and want to be seen as someone with smart taste, Hans in 'Die Hard' compliments the suit of a man he is about to kill, saying "It would be a shame to ruin it", displaying a calm ruthlessness in both characters, as Max calmly takes the gun from Rob at the end of the opening.

3: What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

this video is the Commentary version of our finished film opening.

4: Who would be the audience for your media product?

In media we created the target audience for our film, the ideal person that would go watch it, to aim towards in advertising.

We went with the main characters in 'Superbad'

How old are they- 17 and a half
What are they called- Rolliax
How do they dress- Casual, Hoodie and jeans
Where do they live- Anywhere on earth
What do they spend their money on- Games (Quake, COD, Halo), clothes (Hoodie and jeans), movies (Snatch, Kidulthood)
Where do they watch films- DVD, internet, cinema
What kind of music do they like- Pop music (So solid crew), download music
Leisure time- Socialising, facebook
How much TV do they watch- 2-3 hours per day
What is their favorite film- Pulp fiction

5: How did you attract/address your audience?

This is the annotated version of our finished film opening

6: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

This was our Timeline at the end of our project.
using Final cut i found it to be a very exciting and easy to use program with everything set out for the user.

Other online and computer programs we used were: youtube, flickr, blogger, final cut,photoshop and vimeo

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

7: Looking back at your preliminary task (the continuity editing task), what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to full product?

During our preliminary task i learnt a couple of rules to do with video editing. for example match on action shot.

A match on action shot is for example a shot from two sides of a door, you shoot someone opening the door and walking in from the outside and then from inside film them opening the door and walking in. When you edit a match on action shot you cut the shot of the person walking though the door at at a point, then match the angle of the door opening from the other side.

Below is a match on action shot from the preliminary task and my film opening.

opening from inside.

opening from outside.

we didn't rely have any dialog that wasn't a voiceover so we couldn't use the 180 degree rule.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Creative Risk!!!

The Creative Risk my group took was using the three of us to play six characters.

The risk was: People watching the opening may see the three of us play two people each.

The benefit of this was: We did not have to bring in any other people to help us out which would of taken up time.

Taking both points into account i think we made the right decision, Because we did not have the time to spear finding actors and we managed to conceal our identity for the robbers.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Feedback for Christina & Angelica

L3 - GROUP 1 (Christina & Angelica) Film Opening Rough Cut from cmdiploma on Vimeo.

first off i like this opening and think the soundtrack rounds off the atmosphere and creates a almost creepy uncertain of what is going to happen feeling.

I think the shaky affect on the titles at the beginning (production company ect) makes the text a little hard to focus on.

the way the sequence is shot makes the viewer almost in awe of every little detail, for example the bolt on the door.

The only think i think could be improved on this is the text at the beginning and the fade from the close up book shots at the end.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Film open rough

Elliott,Matt,Rob rough cut from cmdiploma on Vimeo.

This is the rough cut for my groups film opening. (Group 4)
Using the feedback we got in class i think people like the odd "artistic" shots dotted around our opening for example the lit cigarette with the defined line of smoke rising up from it. As shown here...

I think people didn't like how often we used the fish eye in our opening and this may be something we later change.
We still have yet to do our sound track to the opening but we have a few ideas floating around, Also we still need to input our titles.

Monday, 19 October 2009

This is a picture i did in tutorial.
It represents the shot in the car with the fish eye.
I decided to draw this because i think the shot came out rely well.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Fridays Filming

On Friday our group began filming in the morning at Max's house, after a brief spell at Coleridge to collect the camera and other equipment.
All in all i think the filming was a resounding success.
We spent the morning getting all the shots we needed in and around the car, also using the fish eye lens witch produced an awesome in car shot of the three characters inside.
We then took a brake wile Max rode off to Long Road to get the Dolly and then continued to shoot, getting all our indoor shots and shots that involved the Dolly.
We were back at Coleridge in time to upload our footage and watch it though.

Editing is yet to commence.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Film Timeline

This is the timeline i did for the film ironman the timeline is to show what comes up in what order in an opening to a film.

Sunday, 11 October 2009


Where is the homework for me?


Animatic and storyboard

L3 Group 4: ELLIOT, MAX & ROB - OPENING SEQUENCE ANIMATIC from cmdiploma on Vimeo.

This is the Animatic (moving storyboard) made by my group (Me Elliott and Max)to show the rough opening to out film.

Picture shows us in the proses of making our story board.

Blue-Team productions ident

L3 ROB (Blue Team Productions) IDENT from cmdiploma on Vimeo.

This is the production indent i made for my production company.
first I made the finished image in photo shop then imported it into final cut to animate the layers to create my finished animated indent logo.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

9 frame mock

This is a nine frame shot of an imaginary film. all the pictures were gathered from google and titles from a free website and uploaded to photoshop.

Best 2 Pitch's

Indie: Young musical savante in abusive family turns to drugs and crime. meets girl, girl gives ultimatum, drugs or her? he chooses her, she dies. He writes amazing piece

hometown boy moves back to the street he lived on as a kid and discovers his old best friend is still in the the 'Wrong crowd' 

Sunday, 4 October 2009


all good- can you paste bits in when you are at coleridge, so your blog is more visual

Friday, 2 October 2009

Credits list

A Blue-team productions presents
A Long Road Film
(cast) David Skinner
(cast) Sam Dilan
(cast) Alison Ford
Costume Design by James Hendon
Art Direction by hannah Manson
Production Design by Tom Bennit
Casting by Anna Ross
Film Editing by Dorn Samson
Cinematography by Dody Zimmer
Original Music by Sean Scott
Produced by Elliott David
Directed by Jamse Handson
Main Title.

Font Board

This is the font sample me and Elliott gathered. We picked these fonts because we thought they where all individual but still close to a normal easy to reed font, witch we toughed would be important.


This is the mood board me and Elliott designed for an action film. we picked these pictures because they all have an action feel to them because they are all full of motion and show movement with the guns and explosions.

25 word pitches

Film Brief 1
A mainstream action film that will appeal to 15-25yr old males
Your film should appear to be based on a "fictional" comic book:

one man; Tony Storm has an accident at work witch grants him the ability to control the elements!
after a the shock goes on to save the world.

Film Brief 2
A supernatural thriller that will appeal to female audiences
Your film should appear to be an international co-production:

A girl from the city moves to the country and discovers a town full of Vampires, then devotes her time to setting the townsfolk free.

Film Brief 3
An independent movie featuring a young protagonist
Your film should appear to be financed through regional funding:

hometown boy moves back to the street he lived on as a kid and discovers his old best friend is still in the the 'Wrong crowd'

Film Brief 4
An animated feature to appeal to adult audiences
Your film should appear to be based on a "fictional" novel:

Brother and Sister find them self's on an amazing space traveling cargo ship and help unravel the missterys on board

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Preliminary Task

†We were given a Preliminary Task to complete, the task was to shoot a short sequence of a character entering a room and having a conversation with an other person.
We then used the Continuity editing style to put it all together.

Continuity editing is a style of editing used in cinema and television. Its point is to smooth over any rough parts of your shot for example cutting to a close up of a door opening and the door continuing to open from the other side.

in the making of the shot we had to include three things.
one. The 180 Degree rule
two. Match on action shot
three. Reverse shot

The match on action shot is for example the door opening slightly on the close up of the hand and then continuing to open but from the other side of the door.

The Reverse shot is when the camera switches fro person to person but over the other actors shoulder so both actors are in the shot.

The 180 Degree rule is if one over shoulder shot is on an actors left the next in the conversation should be over the other actors right, so the camera is always on the same side of the actors.

I think over all my group succeeded with the three rules and used them effectively.
But If i could i would go back and reedit the match on action shot with the door because after watching it back it is slightly out.

Monday, 28 September 2009


Good on q.5- but why no visuals for the Juno task? you need to put those in as well.

Sunday, 27 September 2009


The film i looked at was Watchmen.

The first thing you see at the beginning of the film is this image introducing the studio
"Warner Bros" and "Paramount" Warner Bros being the most likely place the film was shot.

The second shot shows us that the film was produced by 'Lawrence Gordon' and 'Lloyd Levin'.

Shot three introduces the director 'Zack Snyder'
And also showing us a Key character 'The Comedian'This is the fourth shot showing us the name of the film and an introduction to all of the heroes in the story.

The rest of the of the first two minuets give us the names of the actors playing the main characters in the film.
.Malin Akerman
.Billy Crudup
.Matthew Goode
.Carla Gugino
.Jackie Early Haley
.Jeffery Dean Morgan

The hole clip sets the scene and time period for the film.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Juno Film Opening

This Video is the Juno opening shot by me Sven Tilly and Hannah, and edited by me and Sven.

The task we were set was to remake the Juno opening as accurately as possible. the location didn't have to be the same but the angle and length of each shot had to be as close as we could get to the original.

First off we were given the Juno opening to look at. We had about an Hour to watch this clip and plan ours. We started by talking about what we needed to do this shoot for example; A red jumper skateboard and other props like the guitar, Then we made a storyboard and shot list for all the shots in the sequence.

On the day of shooting we had the morning to finish any planning we hadn't yet done and have a look around for potential shot locations. After a brake we were introduced to the cameras and tripods for the first time, then let out to shot our opening.

The shoot went pretty smoothly and we got all the shots we wanted. It took about an hour and a half to shoot the sequence but we found a place for each shot.

To edit the sequence we were split into two groups, Me and Sven were in one group and Tilly and Hannah were in another.

We had about one hour to edit the video. Me and Sven split the hour in half so we both did some editing and then both went though it at the end. We pretty much just put the shots into sequence and trimmed them off to fit the actual video. We added a flashing text in the titles to give it more of the Juno opening feel.

overall i found the shooting and editing of this video allot of fun and cant wait till our next one.

Monday, 21 September 2009


Though I am happy for you to make the blog look more attractive, do remember that this is submitted as part of your assessment, so just Rob’s blog is enough for the title!

You make some very astute observations about the placement of characters in Touch of Evil.

For the post on Shifty, you need to say more about how the moodboard task worked and how it was based on a particular scene and trying to give a sense of atmosphere from that. Later you will be creating moodboards for your own project ideas.


Sunday, 20 September 2009

Student Film Opening

i found this student film project on youtube.
i like the idear behind this fim and thought that it was filmed well but the zombie acting was a little random.
Im not sure if it was suposed to be a funny flim but it did make me laugh.
Over all i think it was a good opening but im not sure if it give the desired efect on the viewer.
if this is suposed to be funny it realy works.

Film Openings

The three Film Openings i watched were -The Player
                                                              -Touch Of Evil
                                                              -Saul Bass Title Sequences

Im going to write about the " Touch Of Evil" opening.

I found the black and white style of the film and the old costumes and look of te set realy made it feel like you were going back in time atching it. I liked that the people in the car who where going to blow up were almost always on the right of the screen, as if it was the les important place to be as they only had a small part. overall i liked the opening and thought it was well put together.

Here is the opening

Thursday, 17 September 2009

I made this Postcard using Adobe Photoshop. We were given basic instructions to create a postcard using layers, to advertise creative and media.

First of i uploaded two pictures into Photoshop then set out the first as the back ground.
To give the comic book look to the picture i use the crosshatch tool and picked the style of hatching, "Dark Lines". Then i used the magic wand to take out the unwanted image between the links of the fence and put it on top of the background. I used the find edges tool on the fence, crosshatched it and then put it to about 65% opacity. After adding and editing the text i moved the mesh fence over to the top of the hole image so the viewer has to look though the fence to see the rest of the image.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Final Cut

the video below was created on the final cut video editing program.
i had never use this program before but it was vary easy to use. its identicle to other editing programs ive seen before so i think i picked it up quite quickly.

i found it relitivly easy to get into the editing and found the program well layed out.

during the day we only did basic fades and text but i found it enjoable to watch the end product.

My Video

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


This is the moodboard me and my group made for the film, Shifty.

The basic thought for the board was a urban
grimy feel so we added city scape, and strange
looking people to give a psychedelic drugged up
feel. The dark look of the streets is how i feel the
movie would be with the drug dealing and unlawful

Saturday, 12 September 2009