Friday, 10 May 2013

evaluation part 1

How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

Firstly, I started to use blogger throughout my process of AS & A2 media studies course. I used blogger as a way to demonstrate my work and initial group ideas we had as a team, and it was a way that we could get cricitism and feedback from our peers based on the work i was producing during the A2 media studies course. Also, i used other computer softwares like microsoft powerpoint, word , Scribd which contributed greatly to the processing of handling work at a different level in terms of quality and standards. They were plenty of strengths and weaknesses which were exploited and needed to be improved on which our Media studies teacher was able to point out including minimual amount of work which was non-existent in the start of my blog. The internet contributed nicely in terms of researching different genre, films, stories throughout the course since the majority of our work was internet based therefore it gaves us time to improve our computer skills alot more during the course of the year.
The strengths of the blogger is a powerful software to use. The techonological aspects are directly connected to other mainstream internet resources such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube,MSN, and so many other connections which gave us the tools we needed in order to expand and broaden my horizons. Also, it had allowed me to organise all posts revelant to my product and media research.  I was able to perform and edit and date all my posts regarding the current work we were assigned to do by our media studies teacher.
One of the main weaknesses is that i was unorganized in terms of handling my work on my time and reorganizing certain things on my blog.  This made things alot more difficult for me as i had alot of previous work to catch up on which set me back a bit. Another thing was making sure my work was accurate enough and i understood what i was talking about in each of my posts.  My post had alot of inaccurate information as times therefore, it made some of my work difficult to read and understand at times.

I used scribd as a way to evaluate and hand in work during most of the A2 media studies course. Our first introduction of the scribd was demonstrated to us during our Media Studies class. Scribd allowed us to access and upload our questionnaires, blog work, surveys and other useful work needed to be in our media studies blog. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Evaluation part 2

In what ways does your media products use, challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

The first way our media products challenege forms and conventions is by creating a poster to advertise our film, as it not something that is usually produced by independant film makers alone due to the reason they are made and established.Our poster shows to our audience that our film falls under the mainstream line than it actually is. Another reason is being the focus of our posters when compared to mainstream posters . The main convention being the advertisment of the film's main actor or actors, we challenged this by using a motif of of a chessboard below the main character's face to create the film's main genre.

Also, the majority of the poster is taken within the image of the main character in the film's costume. Then we decided to place the main character in the middle of the poster to portray the main character in a different in terms of comparing the magazine cover to the poster itself as it creates a barrier between all the other characters and the main protagnist himself.

In terms of our film, the lack of budget is what restricted from using a studio to begin producing our film. Therefore we where dissapointed in the lack of resources and most of the filming was done on set. This, on some cases, made planning alot more easier and we didn't know to replicate or pull off the majority of scenes we where tending to do. Also the limit of technology was also a difficult, for example the cameras could not pick up on-set dialogue very well due the quality of the camera.

We also had to use diagetic sounds and voice overs with the limited techonology. For example we used final cut pro not only to reshuffle and put everything into order but also it was valuable use for our voice overs for our project.

With our magazine, there we not many conventions that could be challenged to be honest . We researched magazine such as Total Film, Prevue and Empire and decided that we wanted a light review that focused on the film's theme's and more  of the different sides of the production company we had produced with our product which was called south end studios.

After reading the article we decided that it was best to stick to the conventions of Sight and Sound. We felt that it was the best way to approach these articles as it was something that we were looking for and was willing to incorporate it into our product. We mainly used bold italics for the heading and the main text as we needed something new to basic fonts used in most magazine reviews.

 But again we decided to follow a convention that is commonly used in Sight and Sound as it was the magazine that we felt best suited what we wanted to show within our film.

Evaluation part 3

The first way that our product work  is through the genre. Throughout each product the one genre that is highlighted throughout is Crime Thriller. This is something that we decided to focus on  alot more with the magazine cover rather than the poster as it would have a greater impact on our target audience of the ages of 18-25. Also as this would benefit and target a certain audience who read magazines in their everyday life. Also we decided to do this because of this we chose to aim our poster at youn people male and female, as young people are easier to attract and the themes in our film is something that alot of teenagers would relate to more. Young people tend to love explosives and gory violence, also the conventions where broken with alot of mature content like serious romance which was demonstrated in small parts of our idea. With the magazine review, we decided not to focus on it as much as it was something that we did not want to highlight while working on our other projects of our product.

Our film, however, is the product that does not highlight the genre as much as people expected. The main theme throughout the film is loss rather than the genre of Crime Thriller. Also the final film and the shoot of our product tend to portray the genre quite well. By combining it with our current magazine cover and poster, our genre is cleraly portrayed in between each of the products, the magazine doesn't tend to mention and portray the genre too well but the poster highlights it very well. But in terms of what we have been producing is has somehow fit perfectly together.

In In terms of narrative our products, the poster works the best. With the poster, we wanted to immediately show that barrier of the main character. Which is why i decided to put the main character in the middle with a chess piece covering half of his face. It creates a barrier for the main protagnist but yet it shows he still has a spark of a heroic figure and character which the audience will be drawn to.

The magazine was something that did not focus on the narrative as much. This was because we did not want to give too much of the story away.This best decided that this was best as it challenged a convention of most magazine reviews.With the film, we used the shots and non-digetic sound such as the voice-over and score to relay the story's narrative. This was because the parts that was happening between the scenes the audience may have got a different view from our film based on the information they received . Before viewing our film, our audience would proabaly have to at least see the poster first to get some idea of what our film would be about.

We wanted the audience of our film, poster and magazine to be around an appropriate age. This is why our film is targeted at 16-25 year olds while our poster and magazine focuses on 18-25 year olds a more mature age range. We chose to do this as it would help to attract a wider audience. We approached this by creating the poster that advertised the violent gory crime genre side of the poster. With the film, it was easier to take a more masculine approach which was shown through the use of the non-digetic sound and the genre as women would most probably relate more to the themes within the film and our products.

The film poster and magazine are important to the marketing aspect of our film it attracts our audience. It would also begin to spread  word of mouth  of the  film, which would help to increase our audience massively . They help to tell your audience to a certain exent, what the film's about. Without them, the number of people who would watch the film would be  reduced.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Magazine research-Film magazines

There are a variety of different film magazines. Each magazine carries a different aim and purpose. They range from magazine covers such as Empire, Sight and Sound and many more. But the main film magazine covers include Total Film, Empire, Prevue and Screen International.

Empire magazine first published its issue in the late 80s. It is one of the biggest film magazines in britain and is also published in other countries including Russia,Australia and Turkey. The magazine mainly focuses on the mainstream aspect and house films but it mainly focuses on the aspects of the mainstream industry. It has a range of features which include a Top 10 feature aswell as DVD reviews and even a photo/cameo of a the edition of tron legacy.The Magazine mainly aims to give out a light hearted view on different genre of films and they leave it up to the audience or the people reading it to decide whether or not they agree with the content of the empire magazine.

The language throughout the article is mainly  informal and relaxing. Therefore, the age range of Empire magazine is 18-25 and typically is aimed at men and people who enjoy the comical side to watching a film. Empire magazine tends to be more light hearted and witty. They use sleezy jokes and unneccesary banter which mostly targets men. The magazine tends to portray something new and begin to bash the content of that particular thing, this could typically be associated with a latest hard action type movie coming out in the cinemas, for example.

Sight And Sound

Sight and sound magazine was first published in the 1930s and was recently owned by BFI (British Film Institute). The magazine tends to focus more on the art house films,although they show and review all films within every month. It is mainly targeted at people who tend to look at film as a form of art  and enjoy the history and thinking process behind the. film rather than the enjoying the film itself. The language is mainly formal so the target audience would be around 30+ and over the older audience generally and the kind of approach that the journalists take which makes it this age rang.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Final filming date

Our final filming date will be on Thursday 7th of march. And since there isn't that much time on filming individual scenes alone, its only best if we start filming the whole thing therefore it will give us an edge before the deadline date. And at the moment the group hasn't filmed as much as we should be therefore we have been left behind

Thursday, 28 February 2013

risk assessment

Persons who may be harmed
Property which may be damaged
Risk controls already in place
Further action required to control risk
Behaviour of Bystanders
Actors and crew
Actors & crew to watch equipment at all times.
When not involved in a film. Crew must have a area to stand on.
Burns from fire incident
Actors and crew
Fire extinguishers and trained operators at site.
Fire brigade/ ambulance on board.
Using dangerous equipement without supervision
Actors and crew
Adult supervision
Adult supervision to use equipment which may be harmful to you or the people around you.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Actors Contract

Actors Contract

batman magazine cover



Storyboard is another way to re-think and express your thoughts and ideas for a film. The storyboard that me and the group have created has given us a wide range of ideas for our stoyboards. At the moment we will need to review our ideas now, and adapt previous ideas to the currently new ideas we have.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Company logo

We have decided to call our production name called South End studios. Mainly due to the fact that the film is based in South East london and it also connotes to our company logo which is a golden compass which defies and shows the true meaning of our production centre.

Monday, 21 January 2013

beginning to research scenes/locations

So far we have gone out filming near the estates around wandsworth common. We have decided this because its suitable for the type of film we are going to produce for the audience. Also since we've started on locating a few shots of the destined area for our short film it will give us a feel of what we need to do in order to make it successful. The reasons we choose the destination because it creates a certain dark atmosphere despite being such a posh neighbourhood therefore adding something different to what previous films have done.

Friday, 18 January 2013

focus group

This is our focus group that me and elliot produced and broadcasted on youtube. Anyways this focus group gave us the chance to explore and evaluate our ideas to other students around the college. And this alone will allow our group to take in the ideas we have put into place and make it another additional thought to our film. And using this as to bring out our ideas to the mainstream audience would give us an idea of what kind of tastes different invidiuals have.