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Final Film Edit

Preliminary Exercise

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Continuing my Thriller Research

I am thinking that a possible idea for our opening of our film could involve a mental patient so I found the trailer from 'The Silence Of the Lambs' I think that it is really effective. I like how it shows newspaper articles and is flashing in and out of scenes to create suspense. It has given my more ideas for our film.

Full Shot Analysis of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The first shot is an establishing shot, its also a wide shot this is setting a scene for the opening of the film and showing us that the location is in a jungle. The shot then stays in the same place but slightly and smoothly zooms out as Harrison Ford crosses in front of the camera and stands in front of the view so that all we can see is his back and his silhouette.
Again, the camera stays in the same place as more characters cross in front of the camera, then the camera slowly pans upwards to show us a midshot of more characters that cross the screen.

The camera then moves away to the next shot which is of characters moving through the jungle, it is a long shot as we can see the head and the feet of all the characters. The camera moves with the characters as they walk through the jungle, this is called a pan shot follow and probably used a track and a dolly to achieve a smooth shot. The camera then just zooms in and out into various people just so that we get a sense of the types of characters in the scene and the location surrounding them.

We then quickly see a cut in of Harrison Ford’s feet walking towards the camera while the camera is placed on the floor. The shot then goes to a mid shot behind the characters heads as they are still moving through the jungle. Throughout the whole opening we still have not directly seen the front of Harrison Ford’s face the camera has always either been behind him or on cut ins of certain parts of him.

There is then a point of view shot from one of the characters as he is pulling back leaves and branches as he walks through the jungle he all of a sudden is confronted by a big stone ancient statue. The shot then zooms out to a mid shot, as the character to run off screaming.
Then there is a cut away shot is shows Harrison Ford walking towards the statue, then of the reactions of the other guides as they see the statue then back to the shot of Harrison ford standing in front of the statue, and finally back to the faces and reactions of the guides which is also a two shot.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Thriller Research

I have been tryng to think of clips and openings of good Thriller films from YouTube:

Batman- The Dark Night


In class we have been trying to decided on a genre. We thought of many differnt genres such as Thrillers, Rom Coms, Chick Flicks, Comedys, Horrors. But the most popular choices seemed to be Thrillers/Horrors and Comedys.
I am personally leaning more towards Thrillers because i think they will make a better and stronger opening to our 2minute film. Also, in the opening of many thrillers the audience doesnt need to actually show something in order to make it scary. They just see flashes, blurred images or scary sounds to make it scary. Whereas if we attempt to make a comedy then we will need to have a very good idea for the opening, otherwise the audience will not be able to tell it is a comedy or will not find it funny.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Opening Scene Of My Choice

I chose the opening scene from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I decided to use this film because it is an adverture film it has a strong and attention grabbing opening scene. The best part of the opening scene is when he is trying to escape from the cave and is having to avoid all sorts of boobytraps and try to out run a huge rolling boulder. It absorbes the audience and keeps them on the edge of their seat hoping that he manages to escape alive.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

First Post

Hi this is Jess and I am testing out my Blog!