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What brought me here? Good Question, looking back at my life i have always had a passion for movies and film, i would spend hours searching for movies which i hadn’t seen and become addicted. I remember watching all these films and questioning how thats was made? or why is this plotted out this way? After a while i began thinking how interesting it would be to create these film. Another reasons i choose film was my love to catch moments and turn it into something memorable to look back. The skill of turning a basic video into something moving by adding effects, sound and manipulating it to what you want.
Blog 05 Vox Pop Class Workshop
Debrief on the Class workshop on Vox Pops.
– What was the vox pop interview process like for you – as interviewer?
– Reflect on the process of developing the questions and lessons learnt. Did the questions work to gain responses (grabs)?
– Do you believe you have overcome fears (as an interviewer) by taking part in this exercise?
– What would you do differently next times (interview technique/camera/choices made)?
– What lesson(s) can you apply to your Major Documentary Production?
This week’s blog topic: Interview Techniques
Debrief on the Class workshop conducted by Jodie Taylor.
– What was the interview process like for you – as interviewer? Reflect on the nature of the question and lessons learnt.
– What was the interview process like for you – as interviewee? Reflect on the nature of the question and lessons learnt.
– How was the dynamic different for you in each of the differing roles?
– How did you fill in the remainder of the time (describe the dynamics)?
– Do you believe you have overcome fears (as an interviewer) by taking part in this exercise?
– What lesson(s) can you apply to your Vox Pop Exercise next week?
My pitch of “Behind the Curtain” a short documentary film about a man name Ed passion for community theatre. For the major documentary pitch i choose the style to be Expository for this film. This is as the style fits the aim in contrast to the others as it allows us to interview with the subject without interfering to much.
To define and justify why i picked Expository this is because it is define to be a style which emphasises the verbal commentary aspect by having voice overs as explained in the book introduction to documentary (Nichols, 2010).
An classic example of this is the ‘ The Plow that broke the plain’ (1936) directed by Pare Lorentz. This is an example provided in the book which represents expository. A film i found also is expository which is more common is the documentary ‘ Super size me’ Director Morgan Spurlock’s. This film is a social experiment in fast-food gastronomy which sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. Both two different takes on this style but both has the same elements throughout.
When editing expository the mode is commonly serves less to establish a rhythm or format pattern in contrast to a poetic mode. However will maintain continuity by spoken argument or perspective. ‘The plow that broke the plains(1936) ” had interlayer landscaped shots of Arif prairie coming from all over the Midwest. An example of how they incorporated interlay was cutting in shots from Kansas and Texas together thus enhanced rather than detracting from the claim that the great plains stood in serve danger of permanent damage (Nichols, 2010).
In order to achieve my documentary style of expository i will use techniques previous spoken. For instance, to use voice over in my film Ed interview will be cut throughout as the main story line with his voice of he’s answers carrying on as interlayer with other sources. This brings me to my second part, cut away for this piece the cutaways will mainly rehearsal footage of ed directing fellow cast and what happens behind the curtain. However will have other cut aways of archived footage of ed on stage from previous performances as he talks about his history on stage. All these elements fit the modality of expository as it is very much of a point of view piece so without the interaction with him the story would fail to work.
Nichols, B. (2010). Introduction to documentary (2nd ed.). Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press.
Super size me. (2004). FILM USA.
The Plow That Broke the Plains. (1936). FILM USA.
Blog Post 02 – Errol Morris
Speak to the documentary: Standard Operating Procedure (Morris, 2008)
– What is Errol Morris’ Directorial Style?
– How does he achieve this style?
– How does Errol Morris approach ‘truth’ in his work?
– How is his concept of ‘truth’ reflected in his Directorial Style?
– How is his concept of ‘truth’ reflected through his of documentary topics for his feature length projects?
– A few references to get you on track. You’ll need additional references to go above Baseline:
And for those who haven’t seen it: The Thin Blue Line (Morris, 1988) http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/317055555901/the-thin-blue-line
What is documentary you may ask? After researching into this topic i have constructed what i believe documentary is for myself. In order to form an educated opinion watching “Capturing Reality; The Art of Documentary.” The film explores the creative process with 33 leading documentary filmmakers involved to explain their take on documentary combined with interviews and extracts from over 50 different films.
Within the film it spoke to the filmmakers asking there definition of documentary. A couple of them stood out to me influencing me to form my opinion such as firstly, Jennifer Fox who is an american producer and director in films such as; An American Love Story and Flying; Confessions of a free Woman. She explained it as its about the joy of letting something effect you and respond, weather its with your camera or yourself as a person if your the interviewer, its like relating in a space like dancing.
Her alliteration to dancing is how i found i related to her explanation. As just like when dancing you have to feel the space its like having the camera and feeling the story letting you respond through the lens.
The second filmmaker which quote stood out was Errol Morris who is an american director and is best know for he’s work on “The Thin Blue Line.”
he spoke about that the parts he likes of documentary is that it can be anything. However the parts he doesn’t like is that being constantly being told that it only has to be one thing rather than a whole multi of possible things. This point he brought up stood out to me because if you look into documentary it can be a wide variety of things from fiction to non fiction and crosses from all genres.
Moving passed from the movie the idea of documentary to be defined as something which can be created as anything and that you need to be able to feel the emotion and show the respondence.
An example of an filmmaker which shows similar views is Stephen Fry in his documentary which explores the disease of manic depression. This shows real emotions and captures the reactions of their emotion journey (Fry,2008). If you look into this filmmakers career he has worked on a wide variety of production and has an Television series called ‘Out there’ which is an documentary about homophobia. This is completely on a different scale compared to first documentary showing how you can create it on anything.
From the book ‘Introduction to Documentary’ written by Bill Nichols it talks about how documentary now has become ” the flagship of cinema of social engagement an distinctive vision” and now can be outputted onto various platforms on the internet to sites like youtube and Facebook (Nichols, 2010) Along with supporting the idea of being anything it also backs up the ideas when he talks about documentary embracing new forms and tacking out fresh topics. Both these points from the book supports the central idea of what Documentary is.
Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary. (2008). Canada.
Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary. (2017). National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 14 February 2017, from https://www.nfb.ca/film/capturing_reality/
Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman. (2006). United States.
Fry, S. (2008). Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. Top Documentary Films. Retrieved 14 February 2017, from http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/stephen-fry-the-secret-life-of-the-manic-depressive/
Nichols, B. (2010). Introduction to documentary (2nd ed., pp. 3-4). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
The Thin Blue Line. (1988). United States.
a) What was the most difficult part in the creative process and why?
The hardest part in creative process was firstly the change of team mates and having to take charge with the project. Many parts of the process was hard starting of was thinking of an idea based on the topic of blood starting with the letter “U.” After we moved passed that issue another arise when filming as we expected it to be dark from a expected time we had to push the time back and as the lighting plan was with the night we couldn’t beginning setting up.However before this we found it difficult to find actors and once we got one he dropped out as he got sick. So last minute had to scout for actors however moved passed this by having to use friends instead of actors. Last part which i found difficult was two things as the setting was at night we didn’t want to use such bright lights. This resulting in when it came to editing it was too dark and had to raise the brightness, However this resulted in it being graining and not as clear. By not having clear picture it draws away from what is shown on screen as you cant see all the details shot. This was by far the biggest struggle in the project but have now learnt from this mistake. Which is it is easier to darken rather than raise the light i will follow this tip on with me so i don’t repeat my mistakes.
b) What is the relationship between your initial vision and the final production?
First thought for this abc project after receiving the letter “U” was uterus which would of gone down comedy film path but changed as we wanted to do something more dramatic. We changed to the word ” United” and came up by the theme of blood brothers as they are united by there blood. The story started with ideas of a society type thing leading onto a cult but stopped with just being really close mates from a young age and once one was injured the fellow brother cut his hand to be in the same pain as he now blood brother. So the plan for the film was to show cut of two brothers leaving a house and one tripping over and as the other brother leads he turns around to see his brother on the floor and has to face wether he risk getting caught from the cops or save his brother it was suppose to cut to a flash back of two kids and one falling over and the other hurting himself as well so they can both be in pain and shake on there blood. This then cuts to him saving him as he a blood brother and will go back to get him. But as we had kid issues and weren’t able to find anyone to act we had to cut this part out of the film and work with the story. In the end it turned out okay but have changed lots along the way some for good but some not so good.
c) Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your concept (200 words)
This film defiantly has its pros and cons as we had ups and down and the weakness do over weight. Looking into the concept side first. Firstly, the theme of the abc was blood and do agree blood brothers is a bit of stretch from the idea as you don’t exactly see any blood so thats the first issue from the start. Next was the idea of having blood brothers and why and how the two connect. Yes there is a backstory but isn’t exactly displayed strong on screen of the connect until the line ” Never leave a blood brother behind”. There is small positive which show this along the way like the fist pump before going in, the head nod and how close the two are in the shots. After the line its clear as he comes back helps him and and leaves but do believe that it is a strengths in some points but weak in other points. The idea is a good concept if i could of executed with the children and re worked and tweak some parts. The strength of this film was i believe the idea was different than lots of people as it didn’t have physical blood but didn’t turn out to my vision originally planned .
d) Critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the execution of your project (200 words).
Now moving on from the concept to the execution of the project. I believe this is the biggest weakness. First point is lighting as were both new to lighting and as it was outside we were limited to only portable ones. On the screen we didn’t want it to look to forced as it was suppose to be a night scene. As we didn’t hire a swit monitor the little screen didn’t show true quality. This turned into a issue when later we didn’t realize how dark all the footage was and had to raise the brightness causing lot of grain and noise. Without doing this we would of seen basically a black screen. By doing this is distracts and downgrade the quality of the production as one it looks student like and cant see the details. Moving passed this the camera angles could of been more variety with possible steady cam shots and inclusion of more tracking shots if re- done. Last point which i believe could of been executed better is the edit, as i am not as experienced in editing with more practice i believe that it could help the overall film if cut effectively. If re edited i would include security camera colour grade along with the inclusion of timers and dates in the corners etc.
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What makes a successful film?
Some essential things for each pitch are;
Marilyn Horowitz says 3 tricks, first is when telling your story tell your “hook” first. As if you don’t hook an audience in first they wont stay to listen to the rest of the pitch no matter how good it is.
Second tip, Have more than one pitch ready. By having options if a producers doesn’t like your first story you have a back up along with they will commend that you aren’t a “one trick ponies.”
Last tip he explains was be yourself when pitching as if your acting like a crazy car salesmen talking 100 miles per hour they wont be able to follow or see your passion for the story.
After looking into this further i found few other essential things need to be included.
One you need to have a clear target audience for who you are writing for along with how you plan on marketing it such as advertising.This leads me on to my second point of how do you plan on advertising it to make it stand out from the competitions. As so many people will have similar stories but what element do you plan on highlighting to sell it to audiences. Third point is making sure you have a good team in place to get you to your goals, this is because if you have a team who is passionate and dedicated you are more likely yo reach set goals and milestones. Fourth, to ensure your hook is good to draw them in within 10-30 seconds have a good actor, producer or director which would get them on board.
In class when doing pitches for our short film i believe the most successful pitch was ‘Scatter Memories’ by Mauren. I think the reason why her pitch turned out successful is the high quality execution when presenting. Looking further into this to break down why she started off with a clear idea from the beginning with passion to make it. She followed lots of the tips and tricks for instance; when presenting she remanded calm and focused allowing audience members to stay intrigued. Secondly she already had thought into little details such as photos which would be shown in the film, a draft script ready made which if anyone was interested could look into. another element she had was how she was marking it she had rough idea of posters, along with the story being very different from competitor pitching stories as most peoples were modern comedies hers was a era drama piece. As a visual element her powerpoint maintain a good simplistic theme and had photos which makes audience be able to have a clear vision of what she wants to pitch. Her template was mostly a picture on the side and information on the left. Along with when explaining each point of set, props, costuming etc she had detailed moodboards of what she already has or what she plans on buying. Last point is she had a catchy one line pitch ” A young woman discovers her grandmother’s Past.” (Maureen Legara) This is yet another essential element for a good pitch which she had contained within her presentation to get audience to hop on board with her film.
Moving onto my pitch. I pitch a story called Scarbull which is ” When the weak cry’s for help, Alexander protects them.” The story discussed about a girl who got into a coma and has a second chance to live so helps the bullied out as she was scared from her passed. However overall my pitch fell flat. It did have a few positives but the negatives tipped the scale. Diving into the negatives first is the visual element my slide show was pretty basic with picture but nothing original , along with the colour scheme was red and orange cause of blood but however was very visually appearing. Another little issue was my story had a few flaws which needed to be ironed out along with no script pre written. Moving onto more positives i had a good one-line with some story points which would be successful if i re-worked them. elements which i had from the tricks i spoke before was one being myself i believe we spoke calm and focus along with a relative good title and one line to draw audiences in.
Horowitz, M. (2016). 3 Secrets of Pitching Your Screenplay. Movieoutline.com. Retrieved 15 December 2016, from http://www.movieoutline.com/articles/3-secrets-of-pitching-your-screenplay.html
parsons, n. (2016). 7 Keys to a Great Pitch. Script Magazine. Retrieved 15 December 2016, from http://www.scriptmag.com/resources/pitch-festivals/7-keys-to-a-great-pitch
Schultz, B. (2016). The Elevator Pitch Part 1 | ScriptFest. Scriptfest.com. Retrieved 15 December 2016, from http://scriptfest.com/home/elevator-pitch-part-1/