Blog 6; Composer

This trimester i failed to be “apart” of any cross disciplinary work. We did have two mixers as a cross disciplinary and did take part of to meet other areas beside from film however even at this early stage of the first meet and greet there was very limited audio people attend and wasn’t interested in sound for film. The second mixer was when audio students was invited to attend a screening of a draft of films and to introduce in order to get composers. At this we did mange to talk to two people interested but one was too busy and second one did take note of emails but later that day decline the offer as it was a too quick to create something together. By not have a composer it did effect the overall film. After the trimester is over i will look into getting one on board so the project can reach its full potential.

Wrap up of Cross disciplinary work.

 

 

 

I did attempt to get an audio stent

POOF! CIU

 

“One spray and Poof away, Homophobia Gone!”

This is an ad campaign showcasing a new spray fragrance which uses scenes to poof away homophobia.  Its a spray where you spray it on homophobia people and their fears go away.

It consists of x4 posters advertising the product with different techniques. This is publishing on WordPress as it is a professional blog which explains the concept.

 

Created By;
Henry Raft- Model
Katelyn Hamilton- DOP
Kayla Bone- Producer, Creator

 

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What brought me here?

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.

ABC- United Brothers

 

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.

Here is the link to the clip;

What Makes A Great Pitch?

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 tmarilyn-horowitzip, 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.

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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.

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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.

References

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/

Art Cinema

*Film Studies*

First of what is art cinema it can be defined as explicitly against the classical narrative mode, especially against the cause-effect linkage of events.(Bordwell, 1981)

In order to see these types of film you must understand where to see them as you wouldn’t really see any of these movies at main cinemas, more likely show in small indie theatres where film festivals are typically held.

One of the films i saw a sniped of is  “Breathless 2”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diNUplP7GZ

In the clip it shows how a women is framed from the back of her head talking. To audience not fully thinking nor understand art cinema would take this as lazy, boring but it was construed like this on purpose for audiences.  David_Bordwell_and_a_chart

One film scholar who excels in the genre of “art Cinema:” is David Bordwell as he used his own distinct conventions. A four ways he incorporates  his own art cinema into his films are; ambiguity, lack of omniscient narrative, depictions of the world drawn from a variety of viewpoints and unsolved endings.(Gierse, 2004)

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A recent film i have discovered was the 1948 film ” The Red Shoes” directed by Michael Powell. This British film is classified as apart of this art films and is reviewed to be one of the best film all time by Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma.

 For example;

“The cinematographer Jack Cardiff wrote about how he manipulated camera speed to make the dancers seem to linger
at the tops of their jumps; the art direction won an Oscar”(Ebert, 2005)

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References

Bordwell, d. (1981). The art cinema as a mode of film practice. Retrieved 24 August 2016, from http://academic.uprm.edu/mleonard/theorydocs/readings/Bordwell.pdf

Ebert, R. (2005). The Red Shoes Movie Review & Film Summary (1948) | Roger Ebert. Rogerebert.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016, from http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-red-shoes-1948

Gierse, M. (2004). le gierse on Bordwell. As.vanderbilt.edu. Retrieved 24 August 2016, from http://as.vanderbilt.edu/koepnick/M_f04/materials/presentations2/legierse_bordwelll.htm