Thursday, December 18, 2008



Sunday, December 14, 2008

Evaluation Questions HomeWork

1.) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Our product several conventions that make up a typical thriller such a mysteries dangers and murder . Furthermore out product shows how someone aims to destroy someone else life. However what makes out product unique and different from most thrillers is that it has a futuristic and digital motif that is slightly similar to sci-fi.

2.) How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Our product shows how some people can be very distant from society and appear weak but they could turn some one's life around.

3.) What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Two possible distributers for are film are Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures. These two companies distributed The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point. Both of these films are similar to our product. The Bourne Ultimatum has a subgenre that is similar to ours and Vantage Point has many similar conventions to our product.

4.) Who would be the audience for your media product?

The target audience ranges from teenagers to people who are about 30 years. In addition people who enjoyed films such as Matrix and The Bourne series are will also be part of our target audience.

5.) How did you attract/address your audience?

To attract our target audiences we choose to have ordinary characters who people can feel as if they have something in common with.

6.) What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?

So far I have learnt how to use the camera. How to do do various kinds of camera shots. Furthermore I learnt how to use many other editing techniques such as fades and transitions and colour correction tools.

7.) Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Our final idea has had numerous changes from the preliminary.


Thriller questions

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? Create suspense by not showing what is happening and fast pasted editing.
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? There is limited social group representation.
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? A torrent sight as because it is an amateur piece of footage so no one will pay for it.
4. Who would be the audience for your media product? The audience would be for people who like computers and watching thrillers.
5. How did you attract/address your audience? We attract our audience by the name as all it gives away is that it will have something to do with computers.
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product? Learnt about final cut and how to use it as well as how to control the video camera.
7. Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? I feel I have learnt the importance of camera angles and type like match on action. As well as this I have learnt more about editing and the importance of it.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Teacher Feedback

Your blog is looking really great, well done.
Make sure you use it as a filming and editing record log. Discuss any challenges or problems you have experienced.
Keep up the great work.


Monday, December 8, 2008


We will be using no non-diagetic sound track as if the viewer is using less senses then they are focusing in more on the visuals and makes it seem more realistic to the viewer. The diagetic sound we have in our intro is- ??? edit post


The mise-en-scene is very typical of a normal home, the idea is to appeal to a mass audience in the opening sequence to keep the viewers attention, given something as simple as a computer can be used to do such sinister things given that close to every modern home has a computer.

A lot of our footage was shot in the dark, other parts weren't, but we will use Final Cut Express to decrease the lighting on other shots to make it look dark, to help maintain the dark and sinister mood the opening sequence is supposed to create.

The antagonist is wearing a hooded top, used for two reasons, one, to conceal his identity and pose an enigma to the audience to keep their attention and also to appeal to a younger audience, although the opening sequence is trying to appeal to a mass audience, the antagonist's use of the hooded top is typical of the younger generation and also states that given most people own and wear hooded tops the antagonist could be anyone.



We will be using a green filter on the video to give it a more professional look like the Matrix series of films.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Title Analysis - Student Thriller 36

In our opening sequence we've used a title made in after effects, it uses movement, colour and dynamicy much like one of the student thrillers we've seen called 36, as above.
Although our title doesn't move as much vertically, the colour we're using and the movement in general is very similar.

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Light rays

This effect we've found in Final Cut, called Light Rays are very close to what we can use in the last shot of the hacker inside the house, to conceal his identity and make him less visible in the environment and keep the audience thinking about what is happening, as it is apparent they wont be able to see themselves.


More editing ideas

The flash effect we were to use to cut between the antagonist entering and leaving the house has had a slight change, we are going to still use the flash, but use it in conjunction with a speed up effect, a blur that lets the audience see where the character is going but not what he is doing from a static position and to still conceal the idea of the hacker.

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Animatic Video

This is our animatic video for our Thriller called Error Code.
The idea is to use parallel editing to switch between two different times in the opening sequence, there will be a fade between the hacker obtaining the information of his next victim on a computer and him approaching the location.

The last part in the sequence, before the title, will be used to give the audience an enigma, a mystery of which the narrative will revolve around.
A flash will be used to cut between when the character enters and leaves the house, to leave what happens in there unknown.

The title of the thriller will then appear, in the same way the two times faded in between each other during the sequence in the same font as was used on the computer, to anchor a motif to the thriller.

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Monday, December 1, 2008


Issues: recording command prompt from a screen needs to be done by a computer to get the quality.
Getting the sound of wind as its not on garage band.
Title of film changed from Submissive to Error Code


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Further ideas - Opening Sequence

No non-diagetic soundtrack, the idea is that the audience see the film as made-up, or fictional when they hear the non-diagetic sound, reminding them that it is just a film, if we were to not include the soundtrack we could create suspense and grip the audience in the thriller a lot easier.
Although, in order to achieve the ability to use other softwares for our evaluation we will use garageband to try to make diagetic sounds, such as the general environment sounds like wind, doors banging perhaps or any other necessary sound for the sequence.

Also, to follow the conventions of Thrillers we could use a flash fast forward or some such kind of edit to leave what happens in the house as an enigma, and potentially as the crime or mystery the narrative is to revolve around.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Homework 2 - Ideas

Using command prompt page, imply the person using the program is some kind of hacker.
This is used to obtain the address of someone else, a victim, as the hacker can go to their home.

The camera can cut between what the character is doing, and when they were using the computer to obtain the address or location.


Sunday, November 23, 2008


So far for our opening sequence I thought we could have a camera zooming in a character's eye then the camera begins to show various body parts then it zooms out to show the whole figure while rotating around him/her


Opening Sequence Analysis:Face Off

In the Opening sequence of face off, tension and suspence are built up from the begining.For example in the first few seconds of the sequence, a father is show enjoying his time with his son, this gives a feeling of equilibrium. This makes the audience curious to find out will go wrong, thus creating tension.

Furthermore the music simultainiously changes to suit the pace of the video. When the video was almost in slowmotion the music was slow paced. However when the camera focused onto the mam with the gun the music instantly increased in pace.

The camera work is also a vital part of the opening. Camera angles are utilized to build up curiousty. Instead of just showing the face of the killer, the camera focuses on several parts of his face moving from one camera angle to the other. This makes the audience want to know more about this charater.

The match on action technique is also applied on every impotant action the actors do. For instace when the gunner pulls the trigger the camera progresses on an angle that can clearly focus on that action.

Overall the wide range of techniques are used to make the opening sequence more thrilling thus sending enigma codes to target audience making them question many thing that are revealed in the opening.


Homework - Convention identification


Video: Face-Off

Score sets atmosphere to the sequence, could reflect characters state of mind, especially as it changes mostly as the camera cuts between shots of either character.

Character flaw, in the opening sequence the character played by John Travolta has his child die in his arms, could be seen as a failure to save his son.

Close ups of facial expression, the character played by Nicholas Cage is getting ready to kill the other character.

Notions of looking, close up of Nicholas Cage, mostly of his eyes, looking down at John Travolta and looking through the scope of his rifle.

An Enigma is created from the beginning, "Why is this character trying to shoot the other?", also, given a convention of many thrillers is what could happen, and not what does, the question "is he going to shoot him?" could be raised briefly, as Nicholas Cage takes his eye off've the scope perhaps deciding not to shoot the other character.

Suspense is made using both camera shots of the shooter, the PoV shot of him looking at the others and down the scope of his rifle along with the non-diagetic soundtrack.


Homework 2

I would like to add a filter so it had a less amatuer look prehaps black and white. Also a POV chase seen avoiding the blurred unprofessional look when the camera goes from left to right.


Thursday, November 20, 2008


Close ups of scared expression
Good guy bad guy
Music adds to atmosphere


Tuesday, October 14, 2008