Welcome to the blog of Rasam Productions and Full Throttle Distributions Sam Pollock (The Director) charting the evolution of the opening to the new feature film "Wrenched" jointly produced with Rob Shaw (The Producer) and Asa Newmarch (The Cinematographer). You'll be able to see the final cut on my YouTube channel as well as various short videos and vodcasts/podcasts right here on this blog! Enjoy and please feel free to comment/add suggestions!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

SP - Hunted Deconstruction

Deconstruction of Hunted Micro Drama                                                            

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

SP - My Debut Film

Deconstruction of the Magical Apple Micro Drama                                                            

SP - Lessons Learned From Our Microdrama


  1. Before you go out and shoot the film, it is very important to have a storyboard and call sheet filled in with detail beforehand.
  2. If there is a lot of speech in your film it might be a good idea to have a script ready so everyone knows what to say at each point in the film.
  3. Check that the camera works properly and you know exactly how to use it before you start filming.
  4. When shooting the film if you have a better idea or think you can improve your film make sure you take lots of coverage so when it comes to editing you can experiment with the extra shots you have taken.
  5. Before shooting a part of the film have a clear image of what you want it to look like so the actors know exactly what to do instead of just making it up on the spot.
  6. When you have finished filming and have done all the editing that was required, you must always watch the film though to check that you have not done anything wrong like deleted a scene etc.
  7. If you have used any sound effects to go over the filming you must make sure that they are in time with the acting.
  8. You must spread the work out evenly so you don't just complete all the editing but also the credits. These sometimes give the first impression to your film so you must make it as good as your filming.
  9. Do not use any swear words!!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

SP - My 5 Fave Films

(Peter Jackson19 December 2001, Budget:$93,000,000) 
US Box Office: $314.8 million 
UK Box Office: £65.3 million 

Why I like it: I like this film because the effects used are amazing and I really enjoyed the storyline throught the trilogy. I still think this is the best film out of the three.

(Edgar Wright, 9 April 2004, Budget:$4,000,000) 
US Box Office: $13.5 million
UK Box Office: £6.5 million 

Why I like it: I like this film because it is funny whilst having action scenes in it. I also think Simon Pegg is a great actor.

(Zack Snyder, 23 March 2007, Budget:$65,000,000) 
US Box Office: $210.5 million
UK Box Office: £14 million 

Why I like it: I like this film because again it is action packed  but it is aslo about a historic event. 

(Todd Phillips, 12 June 2009, Budget:$35,000,000) 
US Box Office: $277.3 million
UK Box Office: £21.6 million 

Why I like it: I like this film because it is exremely funny. I could watch it over and over again.

(Francis Lawrence, 26 December 2007, Budget:$150,000,000) 
US Box Office: $256.4 million
UK Box Office: £25.3 million 

Why I like it: I like this film because it has a really good storyline. I also think Will Smith is a good actor and the special effects make the film intriguing to watch. 

Friday, 8 October 2010

SP - My Coursework Task

Your mission is to carry out the following brief: 
Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule. 
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:
  2. PRODUCTION: 60%
  3. EVALUATION: 20%

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?  
How does your media product represent particular social groups? 
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?  
Who would be the audience for your media product?  
How did you attract/address your audience?  
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?  
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? 

                G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet