Thursday, 12 March 2009


Thursday, 5 March 2009

Class Feedback

we got feed bk from the class in 5 key areas one good thing about the area and one things that needs to be improved on, this is what our group got for each of the 5 key areas

Mise en scene

  • Limited, basic because its animated. titles like water splashes are cleverly done perhaps some live action needed.

camera work
  • Good variety of shots
  • the camera moving about is good because it makes the sea look rough
  • could include some more angles.

  • Quite a slow pacce
  • theres a flash of carpet part of someones hand shown
  • no soundtrack or a title
  • lots of shadow
  • nice cartoon animated idea

  • no sound need to put some in

Generic Conventions
  • the style of the animations match the target audience.


Monday, 2 March 2009

Rough Cut

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Friday, 13 February 2009

Props List

  • big map which has been tea stained and burnt round the edges to give a old rustic feel authentic feel, the maps below is like how we would like ours to be like.
  • Pirate ship that will be pictured moving from island to island.
  • old compass to give the impression of history and maybe a sense of using it to lead some where unknown. this also helps to back up our genre of adventure because compass is found in most adventure movies, like pirate of the Caribbean.

Finished logo animation

this is our finished logo animatic

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Production LOGO

this is our production label we still have to make it animated but this is going to be the final position of the logo.


Revised Opening Sequence Deadlines!

Wk 1: beg 23rd feb- Rough cut deadline - end of last lesson that week.

Wk2: beg 2nd march - Final Cut deadline - end of last lesson that week.

Wk3: beg 9th march - Draft of evaluation of film opening to moodle by 9am monday 9th march
9th- 12th march - Feedback will be given on draft evaluation

Wk4: beg 16th march - FINAL DEADLINE for film opening evaluation powerpoint. upload to moodle by 9am monday 16th March

Mood Board

Our mood board is based up of lots of children adventure movies that we are trying ideas from.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Teacher feedback

There is some good blog work here.
You need to do a mood board to help effectively communicate your idea. I would also like to see a bit more research into your chosen genre. include some clips and discuss the features of those films that you are influenced by.
It is also essential that all group members write an analysis of an opening sequence and put it on the blog.
After the pitch you need to flesh out your idea and start on your storyboard and shot list.
Good work guys.


Friday, 23 January 2009

Synopsis of film

Our film will be a children's adventure film. Where our characters find themselves on a quest to retrieve an object stolen from them. In the opening sequence you will see the object being taken in a mysterious way then the main character will wake up in shock and will immediately he in contact with another boy then it and another until a few characters are all speaking together. The characters will all be youngish characters and will all hold different roles and skills like the goonies also the characters will all be quite comical with each other as the film will not be deadly serious. As for location i think an inside location would be better as it would allow us to film the waking up and the stealing of the object and it would be warmer as well.


Thursday, 22 January 2009

Analysis of the Goonies

The film The Goonies was made in 1985 and the idea was first created by Steven Spielberg. The Goonies is an example of a childrens adventure film and the conventions which are generally associated with this genre can be seen throughout this opening sequence of this film. The first image of this film is the title of 'the goonies' where the dot in the 'i' is a skull and crossbones. It makes you wonder that there is going to be treasure or something along the same lines in this story, which has been used in lots of other childs adventure films eg: treasure island. The story then cuts to a prison warden gathering prisoners, he then comes to a prisoner who is pretending to be dead but then he manages to escape. The music used when the prisoner is escaping and going to the car is quite fast paced and it keeps an element of humour with the dramatic high pitched sounds.


Discussion of the 5 Scenarios

1. A supernatural thriller is when the conflict is between main characters, usually one of which has supernatural powers. Example of supernatural thriller are Ghost rider, what lies beneath and The Sixth Sense.

2. A British social realist drama is representative of real life, with all its difficulties. The stories and people portrayed are everyday characters, usually from working class backgrounds. Typically, films within the social realist canon are gritty, urban dramas about the struggle to survive the daily grind. Example of British social realist drama are This is England, The full Monty and Football Factory.

3. An adventure story for younger audiences is typically applied to works in which the protagonist or other major characters are consistently placed in dangerous situations. examples of Young adventure is The Goonies, The Golden Compass and The Incredibles

4. A teenage romantic comedy are movies with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as a true love able to surmount most obstacles. Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. Because of their appeal to women, romantic comedies are sometimes called "chick flicks". Examples of a teenage romantic comedy are Mean Girls, What Women Want and Mr. Deeds.

5. A crime caper with an ensemble cast is a crime film in which there is no designated main character. An example of a crime caper is The Italian Job, Swordfish and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Elements of an opening sequence

Typically, an opening sequence will contain:

* Details of cast and crew.
* The film's title.
* An introduction to character or character type.
* Indication of place.
* Indication of historical period.
* Information regarding mood and tone.
* Introduction to signature theme tune.
* Information about genre.
* Questions that the viewer finds intriguing.
* Patterns and types of editing that will be echoed in the remainder of the film.
* Mise en scene and cinematography that will be echoed or elaborated upon later in the film.

Key dates

5th - 9th Jan: Opening sequence conventions discussion/ analysis and blogs.
12th - 16th Jan: Production company logo and pitch planning.
19th - 23rd Jan: Pitches and storyboards.
26th - 30th Jan: Animatics and planning/ shooting.
2nd - 6th Feb: Planning and shooting.
9th - 13th Feb: Shooting and editing to roughcut (ROUGHCUT DEADLINE END OF LAST LESSON).
16th - 20th Feb: HALF TERM
23rd - 27th Feb: Final edits/ Post-production.
2nd - 6th Mar: FINAL PRACTICAL DEADLINE END OF FIRST LESSON and feedback for evaluation.
9th - 13th Mar: Feedback on writing in lessons.

Friday, 28 November 2008