Sunday, 29 April 2012

Audience Feedback (after final changes)

This is feedback recieved after we made the changes to our opening sequence. From this audience feedback, we have got a positive response and the man fits within our target audience.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Evaluation Question 7

Answered in directors chair.

Evaluation Question 6

With out technologies, we would not have been able to complete this task. A vital use of technology was editing on the macbook pro which our school provided. This allowed us to create the opening sequence we have created. On the macbook pro, we could create our sound along with edit together our opening squence and so made it efficient for use.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Evaluation Question 5

From our target audience we found that they were interested in films like:
  • Batman the Dark Knight
  • Inception
  • L.A.Confidential
  • Sin City
These are all thrillers and so we decided to make our film a sort of thriller. It is a psychological thriller. This hopefully attracts those who like thrillers. Our target audience will be attracted by the mystery in our film which is contained in all the films above.
Although our film is aimed at males, the use of male protagonist could increase our female audience.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Evaluation Question 4

As said in my directors chair, we are mainly aiming our film for males between 15-30. The main portion of those who come to watch our film will probably have had some sort of loss in family and friendship and so will be able to connect with our protagonist. Our film is mainly aimed at middle to lower class people as it is a low budget film which contains public landmarks which won't attract a higher class of people.

From our audience reasearch survey we found that males and females around this age generally liked films like:
  • Batman the Dark Knight
  • Inception
  • L.A.Confidential
  • Sin City
These films relate with our film genre of thriller and so we have based our opening sequence from on a genre based on the target audiences response.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Evaluation Question 3

Other ways in which we could get media institutes to distribute our product is by putting our product in a film festival. This will not only tell us if our product is good but who will also want to distribute our product. Only way for a real distributor is if we had a big production company already producing us like 20th century fox. 20th century fox is owned by News Cooperation which is a very big production company which has many different labels in different areas. This allows films made by 20th century fox to have a sort of security when making the film as it knows the film will have a distributor right away due to the companys vertical intergration in the film industry. This is not similar for films like 'Shifty'. Shifty is a low budget british film produced by BBC Films. When this film was made, they didn't have the security a film by 20th century fox would have like 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. This film would have had a bigger finacial backing and the film would have already had a distributor. Shifty would have had to showcase their film before getting any sort of distribution company apart from BBC behind them.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Evaluation Question 1

The genre of our film is psychological thriller and they have there own conventions. A usual feature of a psychological thriller is that there is some sort of mystery or drama in the opening sequence. We have this mystery and drama in our opening sequence when our ghost character which can't be seen which creates the mystery.

Danger at the mental level is also another convention of a psychological thriller. We shows this through some shots in our opening sequence to make our opening sequence seem like a dream or an illusion. Due to this shakeness we leave our opening sequence to be either an illusion or a dream which is another convention of a psychological thriller which is one of the characters playing mind games with each other.

As said in my Directors chair, a cructial convention of a psychological thriller is that it includes flashbacks or montages. We include a montage of images at the beginning of our opening sequence to set a mood of unhappiness.

We also use conventions which are in nearly all genres for example title slides and soundtrack of some sort.

Also, as said in the dirctors chair, we challenge conventions as we have an indian protagonist which is not as common in films.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Oblivious Opening Sequence

This is our final edit of our opening sequence. We did audience research and have put in changes to our opening sequence and this is our final product.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Audience Feedback

From all of these audience feedbacks we were told that they were unable to see the ghost character clearly in our opening sequence and so we have made changes to our opening sequence to change this problem. This feedback has really helped us as now we can make sure everyone can understand our opening sequence and so it will appeal to our target audience.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012


When we presented our opening sequence so far to sir, he explained that he taught our pictures were very similar. This was because during all the pictures, we zoom into the image. Sir told us to change it around a bit so it doesn't make the imagess boring. We will have to change them slightly and show sir again later.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Beginning Evaluation

Today in class, our teacher introduced us to evaluating our opening sequences. We are in a bit of a rush now to finish our filming and sound for our opening sequence but hopefully it can all be done in time.

Monday, 12 March 2012


We must compose our music for our opening sequence, the problem is, we can't find a very sinister piece of music to base our music on. This has created a problem and so we may have to ask people who do know how sinister music should sound. Hopefully this will be done by the end of the week as we are pushing for time. Our teacher told us our music should sound like 'Winkies Dream' from Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001) which had a sinister tone to the music.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

This Means War 2012

Today filming got cancelled and so I went to go watch the movie, This Means War. The film starts out to be another action thriller where two under-cover spies attack some bad guys. This gave me the impression that it was going to be an action movie. However it turned around to be about the two spies liking the same girl and battling to see who gets the girl. The film was funny and had an alright story line.

Friday, 9 March 2012


We have almost finished editing. We now only need to finish a bit of filming and add that in and then we need to add the music and we would have finished our opening sequence. We are hoping to finish filming on Sunday.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


We as a group have decided not to include the final scene of our opening sequence. This is because we want Tyler to remain mysterious and we think when Dylan sees Tyler, it will be a climatical aspect to the remainder of the film and so we think it should come later in the film.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Real Steal 2011 (Directed by Shawn Levy)

This opening sequence was not what I expected at all. In the opening scene, Hugh Jackmans character Charlie, is driving down the country side, passing amazing sights like a circus and the green meadows off the country side. This showed he was isolated from others, but yet he was a peaceful person.
However, this is contrast to how he is actually, he is a man who wants money and even trades his only son for it. the film is mainly about his journey with his son as they train a robot to be a fighter. The film is quite good and the opening was very well done and surprising as the trailers never showed any sort of peaceful aspect.

Here is the trailer and you will see that the peacefull opening is not in the trailer.

Sunday, 4 March 2012


Today we went to film all of our footage again due to technical difficulty due to our camera setting. However, due to the heavy rain and other factors, we only completed half our filming and still have another half to do. We are hoping to do this filming on Thursday.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Production Label

In today's lesson we made our first prodcution company logo to put in our opening sequence. The production company is called Scheming Studios.

Thursday, 23 February 2012


Today, me and my group were hopefully going to start editing the footage we had. Unfortunately, we have suffered another set back as there aren't any labtops left for our group. Hopefully things will change.

Monday, 20 February 2012


Today, we went to film our Wandsworth Common Train Station scene. Filmimg was going smoothly but half way through filming, we were told to stop by a security gaurd. This stopped us from filming and now we must find a way to over come this set back.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Costumes - Tyler

Tyler's costumes is a blacked out. This should give the effect of him being a bit scary and a bit intimidating. This is also a usual colour used to try to camoflague in the dark and so it seems as if this character has something to hide.

Sunday, 12 February 2012


After showing sir our filming from last weekend, he gave us a way in which we could improve our opening sequence so that we can obtain maximum grades. He suggested we go to the city and film our main charcter Dhylan Khan, sobbering over Tyler's death and then we could take some establishing shots of London in the night and put it into our opening sequence. This is what sir has told us will look good in our opening sequence.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Title Slides

In today's lesson, we learnt about the order in which titles come up in the opening sequence of a film and also what is shown on the slides.
The main things that we found out were that the Director's name is usually at the end or the name of the film is at the end. We also saw names being superd and then other names on slides. This gave us the idea to use both superd and slides. The fonts are important as it can slightly suggest what the film is about or the tone of the film. Finally, if there were slide used, they would have a black background and the text is usually light colours to show the contrast.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


Today we filmed our cemetry scene in the freezeing cold snow. It was a good experience and we found filming quite easy as we knew what we wanted to do.

The tombstone we used for our opening sequence.

Our lead characters on set.

Friday, 3 February 2012


For our Montage we need pictures of our two main characters together. The images have to set the right tone and so must go in the right order. First we need a happy image and then end with an upsetting image of a newspaper showing that tyler is dead.

Saturday, 28 January 2012


In our opening sequence, we need to have some sort of sound or music that we have composed by ourselves. From the music in the opening sequence of Johnny English, we can already kick out any sort of up beat music. However we will need a sinister more mysterious piece of music that will go with the tone of our opening sequence.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Johnny English 2003 (Directed By

This is a film about a weird MI6 agent. In the opening sequence, he dreams of being a MI7 agent where all the women love him. If we were doing an thriller type film we would use the same music that was running in the background of this film. However we are not.
The rest of the film is how Johnny English unravels a case when he makes silly comedic mistakes.
The film isn't very good and as the genre is different from our opening sequence, we will not be needing ideas from this film.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Filming Tips

In today's lesson, a group had gone out filming and had edited their first piece of their opening sequence. From their experience they were able to tell us some useful tips on filming. They told us that the tripod is a bit stiff and so very difficult to pan and tilt and so they explained that we have to hold down the tripod before panning or doing a tilt. Also they told us that taking the same shot from different angles and spots will help make our film interesting and so we plan to use these tips for when we go out to film.

Sunday, 22 January 2012


The TV series Hustle has given me an idea about our opening sequence. In the series Hustle, everything unravels it self at the end of each episode. We could do the same but at the beginning of our opening sequence. We could unravel the death of Tyler and then end the opening sequence with Tylers ghost.
However this is only an idea and we will be continuing filming what we planned through out the couple of months that we have had.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Location Ideas

This is a haunted mansion. If we have problems with filming in the train station as we almost ready to film. We could continue our story in a haunted mansion.
This is only an idea but if need be we could use this as our other location and our story will still remain the same.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Captain America: The first Avenger 2011 (Directed by Joe Johnston)

In the beginning of the film, a man who is the leader of the evil organisation Hydra is looking for a ancient artifact. The opening sequence shows us how he finds it and a bit of why he requires it. The rest of the film is about a scientist wanting to make an American super natural army, Captain America being the first of these super-natural soldiers and the last as Hydra kills the scientist. The rest of the film is about Captain America defeating Hydra. 
The opening sequence of this film is something we could consider doing as it is a flash back. Flash backs help explain a situation happening later in the film and we could have used a flash back in the same way for our opening sequence. 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Other opening sequences - Relapse

In todays lesson, we studied our older AS Media courseworks. Today we did Relapse. The positives from this film was a location for where a teenager has been kept held hostage. It was dirty, dark and hidden as the person holding the teenager hostage had to come doen stairs to the place. This set a very good tone for the rest of the opening sequence.

However, there was a major problem from their film, we couldn't hear any convosation and yet there was peoples lips moving in the film. This was a major problem and it was the reason for there average grade. This is why our group has decided to include no dialogue. That way this problem won't happen for us.

Saturday, 14 January 2012


During our lesson, we came up of the idea to having a few low angle shots in the cemetry scene. This is due to the fact that we don't have a variety of shot-angles and we are hoping a few low angle shots will help us achieve the variety of shot angles we require.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Props - Costumes

Dhylan Patels costume is very formal as he is going to moarn for his lost friend.
As you can see, he is wearing a very formal suit and so looks the part for this particular scene.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

In the Class

As we are close to start filming, we have to finalise what we are going to film and when. This is when we got out our scripts and schedule plans so we were ready to go start filming.

Monday, 9 January 2012


In our montage, we are having images of Tyler and Dhylan as mates just hanging out. We are then going to have newspaper headlines indicating Tyler has died. We are going to do the newspaper headlines on photo shop as one of our group members, Salim has this software and knows how to use it. We shall hopefully have these ready in the next few days.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Enemy of the States 1998 (Directed by Tony Scott)

At the beginning of this film, there are quick cuts from two people who seem to just be hanging around what seems to be a park. A car pulls up and an old man starts playing with his dog. This is a very happy mood as the sun is shining and the character looks like he is having a good time. A medium close-up is then shown of another old man in a very fancy black car. This shows that he is quite wealthy and as he isn't the one driving the car, it also shows that he must be someone of importance as he has a driver. When the old man playing with his dog she's the wealthier man his first response is 'oh god damn it'. This shows he knows this man and also he doesn't like this man. They both have a convosation where the man who was playing with his dog disagrees with the other man, this then leads to a sudden attack from behind fromt the two men at the scene at the beginning and they inject something into the man playing with his dog. This was mainly due to the fact that this man didn't agree with the man with money and so he killed him.

This is quite an interesting beginning with a quick shift of moods. There is then a montage of road crimes which kind of give the audience a hint of what the film may be about.

Thursday, 5 January 2012


Today, I saw an extordinary sight around my area. The circus was in town. This gave me the idea that we could use the busy circus scene to our advantage. We could do the train scene at the circus as Dhylan would be off gaurd to see Tyler at a circus whislt he is enjoying himself. 
This couldn't work though as there would be too many people. Also Dhylan wouldn't go to the circus by himself and so we would have to have more characters. But we wanted to have him on his own so he would she lonely as he has just lost his best friend.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Immortals 2011 (Directed by Tarsem Singh)

This film is about Greek History on how humans have saved man-kind and become a god. The opening scene is a dream of a orical who sees the future to be bad. From this OK opening scene we could see that the ending is going to be about a hero who changes the oricals dream. The rest of the movie goes down-hill as the film only contains violence from that moment on.
This would make a good film for people looking for a blood thursty battle but other tahn this, the film wasn't good.
So we will not be using any ideas from this particular film for our film as there wasn't a good story line to the film.


Monday, 2 January 2012


As we are making a montage at the beginning of our opening sequence, we have to make it dramatic. Seeing a montage from the film The Incredible Hulk, they made a sort of Montage of how Bruce Banner became the Hulk. The music was especially influential as it really help set the mode.
From this sort of montage I learnt that the music could be the most vital part of our opening sequence.