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!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

ALL - Vodcast 4: Re-shoot Summary

Here is our fourth vodcast in which we talk about us finishing the re-shooting today, how Asa and Rob intend to edit it on IMovie next week along with a soundtrack and sound effects and how I am going to complete our distribution ident draft using Livetype

ALL - Company Ident Photos

Here is a couple of ident photos we took whilst we were filming and we plan to do a couple of drafts for the distribution compnay next week

This is a picture I took of Rob and Asa setting up the camera whilst the Mini is ready in the background

This is a picture of the Mini driving past the camera and we hope to edit this with sound effects and "Full Throttle Entertainment" text coming up using Livetype and IMovie

ALL - Behind The Scenes of the Re-shoot

Here is a quick video of behind the scenes of the re-shooting today

ALL - Re-shoot Photos

This is a photo of Asa setting up the camera and me researhing on Blogger before we did any filmimg

This is a photo of Asa filming the scene where the man is looking around the room and getting stabbed by the women

This is a photo of the man at the end of the film where he opens his eyes and sits up to end the opening on a cliffhanger

Saturday, 29 January 2011

ALL - Vodcast 3: Mise En Scene + Target Audience + The Genre

This is the third vodcast in which we discuss the Mise en Scene, Target Audience and The Genre for our film opening. Apologies for the camera angle not being perfect at times and cutting Asa off at certain moments. Click on the link to the BBFC 15 rating guidelines as we said in the video.

ALL - Podcast Number 3: Feedback

This is our third podcast which is about the feedback we have recieved from our footage and company idents and what we have done to make changes to them.

RS - Company Ident Feedback

I uploaded our Ident Draft to Youtube and then onto Facebook to get some feedback on it. After reading the comments we have decided to have a brainstorm of fonts and to try and choose the one that we think works the best. I will then re-upload the draft with the new font and post to Facebook again to see if it gets the same/similar comments or if their opinion has changed. We will also think about making different to the Doctor Who opening so it will make our Ident unique. 

Click on the image below to see feedback on our Ident Draft 

SP - Second Company Ident

Here is the second of our Distribution Company Ident "Rasam Productions". I created this using the Mac computers at school on software called Livetype and then sound was added using Imovie. I added a few sound effects to the Ident to make it a bit more interesting and to fit in with the text moving towards the screen.

SP - First Company Ident

Here is the first draft of our Distribution Company Ident "Rasam Productions". I created this using the Mac computers at school on software called Livetype. However it is only our first draft so it has not got any sound on it yet.

RS - Rough Cut Feedback

Here is evidence of feedback we recieved on the Rough Cut. I uploaded the rough cut to Youtube and then to Facebook for feedback on it. After discussing the feedback we have decided to re-take a few shots, such as making sure the car is still in the drive at the end of the film! (we moved the car after a while and didn't remember to move it back). Re-take the shot when the girl turns around to find her boyfriend because of the lighting not being good enough. Create some coverage by taking a CU of the article in the newspaper therefore the audience know why the man has gone to the house in the first place (we got feedback saying it was unclear why he had gone). And we will consider slowing the footage down slightly because Olivia's (the girl in the film) movements seemed slower than the males in the footage so it seemed a little odd. We would have to consider how much time we have left for the 2:30 limit and come up with a solution.

Click on the picture below to see feedback on our rough cut

ALL - Rough Cut

Here is a rough cut of our coursework idea. We have not added sound effects or the soundtrack yet so it is not quite finished. I have just uploaded the clip to Youtube and then Facebook so we can recieve feedback on it. We have already noticed a few floors to the footage like some of the lighting in some shots is not ideal, the shot/reverse shot is not quite right and a couple of shots are too shakey and they require a tripod instead. We will be re-shooting a few shots later in the week to solve this issue. 

RS - Uploaded Footage

Today we have uploaded all the final coursework footage onto the Mac at school and have begun to edit a rough cut of our film. We have nearly got half way through editing it so we shall expect to see a rough cut finished in the next couple of days. Once we have a rough cut we shall get a full quality version of it and pass it over to our Media Teacher via memory stick and then he will then screen the footage to the rest of the class for feedback on it. I will then make a web quality version of it so I can upload it to my youtube channel and then onto my Facebook profile for further feedback. Once we recieve feedback on the rough cut we shall make any changes necessary to the footage and reflect on the film so far.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

ALL - Behind The Scenes of Filming

Here are some videos Rob recorded whilst I was acting and Asa was filming showing the location and a brief explanation of what we where doing at the time.

This video is filmed in the mans house for the first couple of shots when he is looking for a new car in a newspaper

This video is filmed in the girls front room for the shots when the man is waiting for her to come back downstairs but instead decides to go look for her

This video is filmed in the room that the man thought the girl had gone into and where he looks in some drawers when the girl kills the man

ALL - Filming Completed

We have finished our filming of the "Test Drive" two minute opening for our coursework today and we will begin to edit our footage tomorrow. During next week we will also be brainstorming soundtrack ideas and looking at different sound effects to go with certain scenes in the film.

This is a picture Rob took when we were filming the scenes of the man in his house looking in the newspaper for a new car

This is a picture Rob took whilst Asa (Cinematographer) was filming Sam (Director + Actor) putting his shoes on for one of the scenes in our film

This is a picture Rob took when we were filming the scene when the girl was on her phone to her boyfriend

This is a picture Rob took when we where filming the man walking up the stairs to find the girl

Saturday, 22 January 2011

RS - Filming Tomorrow

Our group will be filming our final coursework idea tomorrow. We will be filming at Robs house (for the first location) in Robs family car (for the second location) and in Robs next door neighbours house (for the remainder of the film). When I am not acting in the film I will be filming Asa, who will be filming our film. This will be to give evidence that he has filmed it. I will also show the location we will be using and giving a little talk about which stage we are at of the filming etc. It can also be used to evidence roles within the group such as the director, cinematographer and producer.

RS - Script Draft

This is the draft of the script for our coursework. Bare in mind it could change due to us doing alot of coverage on the day of the filming (tomorrow) so expect to see an updated version in the days to come

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RS - Soundtrack Ideas

As a group we are currently brainstorming ideas to be used for our soundtrack. We will use GarageBand on the Macs at school to create our soundtrack. We are thinking of having long keyboard notes and we will try and make it similar to Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street because the soundtracks aren't very complex and they both create suspense and make your heart beat change due to the tension.

AN - Final Coursework Call Sheet


SP - Final Coursework Idea

We have mainly only made changes to the end of our opening
A man is looking for a car in a newspaper  
When he finds one he circles the address and details of the people who are selling it
Then rips out the page and travels to the house by car.
Meanwhile a teenage girl home alone and she is talking to her boyfriend on her phone when she hears a knock at the door.
After a brief conversation she invites him in and then goes up stairs to get changed.
The mysterious man follows her upstairs and walks into a room he thought she went in only to find no one there.
He looks around the room and in a chest of drawers
As he opens the draw we see a hooded figure standing behind him 
POV shot of the murderer with the knife and stabbing his victim
The camera cuts to outside when we hear a girl screaming.
It then cuts again inside the house where there is a hand on the girls shoulder and when she turns around it is her boyfriend.
After a conversation they decide to go upstairs to the bedroom
We see a shot of the "dead" man lying on the floor and background noise of the pair running up the stairs
Extreme close up of the "dead" mans eyes opening 
The last shot is the man who was suppose to be dead sitting up when the scrren blacks out

ALL - Final Coursework Storyboard

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

RS - Target Audience

Our aim is to make our film a rating of 15 (BBFC Rating). The reasoning for this is because of the actors ages, sexual references, strong language and bloody violence. However we don't see the man getting stabbed therefore it is not as violent as an 18 rating film. The girl is wearing revealing clothes which backs up the reasoning behind the 15 rating. We expect the majority of the audience to be male, because of the sexual themes in it but also the ammount of gore.

We know that there is an audience available for this genre because we have seen the success of films such as Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978). Scream (Wes Craven, 1996). And Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984). Using these three as examples we know that our film fits into this genre and has a similar audience to these teenagers from around 15-25, both male and female.

ALL - Casting and Creativity


AN - Production Schedule

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SP - Treatment

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RS - Company Idents

We have come up with the name of "Rasam Productions" which is a mixture of all three of our names (Rob, Asa, Sam).  We have also come up with the name "Full Throttle Entertainment" which is our ditribution company ident to go with our prodction ident. We looked on IMDB to make sure it could be used without copyright issues. We thought these were the best of the small number we came up with.

ALL - Updated Sample Footage and Feedback

Click on the picture below to see evidence of feedback on our second sample footage. Rob Shaw posted the sample footage on Facebook so we could get peoples opinions/feedback given to us in a comment below the video. We will use this feedback to improve our film.

ALL - Updated Working Title

After a discussion we have made the decision to change our working title to "Test Drive" the reason for this was because of the changes in our story, and the previous working title therefore would not fit with the title. However this is a working title so it could change in the near future.

ALL - Podcast Number 2: Updated Courswork Idea

Podcast Number Two: 
For the seconds podcast we revealed our updated coursework idea in which we will film at the weekend and edit in the following weeks. We also revelaed what attributes we all brought to the group

A brief synopsis of the opening is a man is looking for a car in a newspaper  When he finds one he circles the address and details of the people who are selling it
Then rips out the page and travels to the house by car.
Meanwhile a teenage girl home alone and she is talking to her boyfriend on her phone when she hears a knock at the door.
After a brief conversation she invites him in and then goes up stairs to get changed.
The mysterious man follows her upstairs and walks into a room he thought she went in only to find no one there.
As he looks around the room a hooded figure creeps up behind him and stabs him.
The camera cuts to outside when we hear a girl screaming.
It then cuts again inside the house where there is a hand on the girls shoulder and when she turns around it is her boyfriend.

    Test Drive Part 1                                                                

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    ALL - Vodcast 2: How Did Our Research

    In this vodcast we discussed all the different ways in which we carried out our research, such as watching and deconstructing up to 20 horror film openings, reading up on the horror genre as a whole using books from class, looking at blogs on the internet from last years students and our media teacher and finally researching female killers on the internet

    ALL - Vodcast 1: Useful Film Techniques

    This is our first vodcast we discussed the films that were most useful for our film opening and talked about the techniques/ideas we got from watching and deconstructing film openings but also the films that showed us what not to do

    RS - Female Killers

    This is some  research I have done on the internet. In horror movies, female killers  are extremely rare but here are three of the best and most diverse  female horror villains...

    Friday the 13th : Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer)
    Scream 2 : Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf)

    Bride Of Chucky : Tiffany

    The RingSamara (Daveigh Chase)

    For more information click on the hyperlink below

    ALL - Updated Coursework Idea and Working Title

    The Boot

    We had to make a couple of changes to our coursework idea such as : 
    • We had to change the location because we were unable to film at  our  first  choice, therefore it is a better option to change the reason  he  is  going to this house. 
    • Previously he was going to apply for a job as a Groundsman but now  he   is trying to find a new car and has found one in the newspaper so  he   goes to the house to have a look. 

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      ALL - Deconstruction Round-Up

      After watching our 20 film openings we have pulled a range of ideas from several different films together, we have put together The Top 5 best ideas we have picked up:

      1. POV shot used from the original Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978): This is the shot when Michael is a child and goes into the house to kill his older sister. We see the knife in the foreground and the girl in the background about to be stabbed by him. We have chosen this because imagination is better than what we can record because of our budget. POV shots also make the film more immersive and draw you in more.

      2. The Narrative Enigma used at the beginning of Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984). This sequence of shots is amazing for us, when Freddy is constructing his glove contraption, we don't see above his shoulders once which is the idea we implemented into our film opening. Using this technique we can conceal the mans identity, this will make the audience think he is the killer when infact he isn't.

      3. The False Scare after the opening of Scream (Wes Craven, 1996) The Jock boyfriend, makes his girlfriend jump by putting his hand on her shoulder, the audience think that it is the killers hand on her shoulder but it is his instead, a useful twist.

      4. The Mise en Scene in the opening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974). This uses it to a good extent, it makes you wonder what has happened to the corpse and also what the flashing in the back ground.

      5. Dutch Angles used in the opening of My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981). The whole aspect of not knowing who the people are, mixed with the narrative enigma of not being able to see their faces makes this opening very successful. 

      RS - Sample Opening: Silent Hill

      Silent Hill (Christophe Gans, 2006)
      Budget : $50 000 000
      US Box Office : $45 000 000
      UK Box Office : £4 000 000
      The film is based on the highly sucessful game franchise

      Starts off with a woman in her pyjamas shouting for Sharon, and makes the audience believe it is her daughter (polysemic)
      Very dark scene, outside the family house
      A man appears behind her on a balcony shouting for Sharon too, we expect him to be her dad
      Woman runs around and finds a teddy bear on the floor and lifts it up to her face to inspect it, we guess it belongs to Sharon, she also shouts for her again and runs off
      They both continue to run and look for her in the woods and surrounding area
      Diagetic sound of crickets and insects in the wood
      The woman runs under a bridge with diagetic sound of cars going past above her
      Cut shot of the cars wheels above and then a CU of the womans face, she realises the danger above and shouts louder, running once again
      Camera pans to a cliffs edge in which the woman runs towards and she looks down to a huge chasm, shouting once again to see if she has fallen
      She finally notices Sharon above her to the side in some kind of trance or possessed. Her eyes are black, it looks as though the devil or some creature is inside her
      Sharon sees something in the chasm and the camera moves down into it showing some weird CG effects and then moves back to Sharon who has now dropped to the floor in pain, screaming
      She screams "Silent hill!"
      The parents finally reach her and hold her in their arms trying to comfort her saying "we are here now" "it will be okay" "you will be fine now" before finally zooming out and "Silent Hill" is on the screen signifying the end of the opening

      RS - Sample Opening: IT

      Stephen Kings It (Tommy Lee Wallace, 1990)
      Budget : Not Available
      Box Office : Not Available

      Begins with an old theater, with the writing all wonky perhaps forshadowing something
      Lightning in the background signifying a storm coming for foreshadowing things to happen
      Clothes on washing line blowing in the wind of the storm coming
      CU of cups/pots full of water and rain pouring into them
      Girl on her tricycle peddling down the road and singing "incy wincy spider" which is ironic because the clown in the film lives in a drain
      Her mother is taking the washing down and brining it inside, she sees her daughter and asks her to hurry because of the storm
      The girl walks towards the front door but sees her doll in the middle of the path up to the door and stops to pick it up
      She looks at it, but then hears laughing from behind the washing line, she stops and looks over to see the clown looking right at her.
      The clown moves in for the kill
      The mother walks out the door to get more washing to find her daughter has gone missing
      The tricycle is just left on the path and she lets out a big scream ending the scene

      RS - Sample Opening: My Blooded Valentine

      My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981)
      Budget : $2 000 000
      Box Office : Not Available
      Remake released in 2009

      First shot is at a dutch angle and the two people in the shot are wearing helmets for narrative enigma so we don't know who they are.
      The two people are both holding picaxes foreshadowing things to come
      Both fully clothed and nothing is exposed
      The next few shots are all using dutch angle
      Non-diagetic sound is used in the soundtrack because you can't see it in the film.
      Diagetic sound is also used when one of the people move the objects in the way of the path, they make a noise replicating the movement. You can also hear the people breathing in their masks
      They both stop next to a wall and one of the two begins to look around and see if anyone is watching them, foreshadowing actions to happen.
      The other person is undressing, revealing a red heart tatoo above her breasts, again foreshadowing blood, death and also romance.
      The person takes off her helmet revealing a typical "scream queen" stereotype underneath, we expect her to be killed because of this, and the fact she is sexually active with only her bra on.
      The other person gets close the woman and then slams his picaxe into the wall behind her, at first it looks as though it is going to hit her. This is just a false scare.
      The woman then starts un dressing the man, reiterating the face that she is sexually active
      We begin to hear a heart beat getting louder and louder as the two people rub each other and feel each other
      The other persons helmet stays on, and theres an ECU of the womans tatoo and his hands shaking next to it, signifying he is going mental because of her and the tatoo
      The other person then rams the woman into the picaxe that had been in the wall behind her, in anger. 

      AN - Sample Opening: Halloween Remake

      Halloween (Rob Zombie, 2007)
      Budget : $15 000 000
      US Box Office : $58 000 000
      Remake of the 1978 classic

      White sans serif font is used for the opening title along with a black background.
      A quote then appears by Dr Loomis which says "The darkest souls are not those which choose to exist within the hell of the abyss, but those which choose to break free from the abyss and move silently among us."
      A child's voice can be heard in the background along with a distorted noise and this could symbolise the death of innocence.
      Close up of young Michael picking up a rat.
      Shot reverse shot used for the arguement between Michael's parents.
      The baby's crying symbolises the pain between the couple.
      Shakey camera used for most of the shots which for our oppositional reading is unnecessary 

      SP - Sample Opening: A Nightmare On Elm Street

      A Nightmare On Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)
      Budget: $1.8 000 000
      US Box Office: $11 000 000
      UK Box Office: Not Available

      Low angle / Close Up of feet and we don't see the mans face so its a use of narrative enigma
      High angle of man putting knives on table but only hands are shown
      The man is wearing a red sweater signifying blood, death and danger
      Close up of a hand picking up gloves
      Close up of man cutting object still with narrative enigma and could be foreshadowing things to happen in the future
      Close up of man hammering knife/glove contraption (the object Freddie wears on his hands)
      Close up of filing down knife contraption
      Close up of man using blow torch on the contraption which signifies he is a skiller craftsman
      Extreme close up of him sliding the glove contraption onto his hands
      Close up of him looking at his hand and weilding the knifes on it. 
      The shots are also very quick and don't last longer than a second or two.
      Non-diagetic sounds which include very long keyboard notes 

      AN - Sample Opening: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
      Budget : $80 000
      US Box Office : $30 000 000

      Time period is anchored with text at the beginning 
      Black and white background signifes evil and good but also there is alot more evil than good. It also signifies the film is going to be serious
      Non-diagetic sound in background but nothing is on the screen just black which is narrative enigma
      Flash of decomposed hand but only on screen for half a second
      Flash of decomposed face
      Flash of decomposed feet
      All the flashes could signifies CSI so something has happened to the bodies and the police want to find out about
      Flash of decomposed head
      The music coincides with the flashes and it adds tension
      Flash of hands again
      Flash of teeth and then decomposed face
      Camera slowly zooms out to reveal a body tied to a tombstone in a graveyard

      Tuesday, 18 January 2011

      AN - Sample Opening: Cry Wolf

      Cry Wolf (Jeff Wadlow, 2005)
      Budget : $1 000 000
      US Box Office : $10000
      UK Box Office : £190 000

      Narrative enigma of the killer as there is a lack of lighting.
      Phone symbolises the time period and it also provides a small ammount of light for the girl
      Point of view shots are used when the killer is chasing the girl during the opening.
      A white flash transition is used in the opening to move onto the next scene.
      A gun shot can be heard during the transition and this signifies what the killer's weapon of choice is.
      High angle panning of a red forest is used to signify the season the film takes place in.
      The wolf in the lying game could hint at a possible killer.
      The killer's face is hidden via a mask so this is narrative enigma.
      Cry Wolf has similarities with The Boy Who Cried Wolf. 


      RS - Sample Opening: Friday The 13th

      Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009)
      Budget : $19 000 000
      US Box Office : $65 000 000
      UK Box Office : £2 000 000
      Remake of the 1980 film

      Second shot anchors the location as there is a sign with "Camp Crystal Lake" written on it
      Woman screaming in pain/fear signifies the hprror genre
      Very dark shots with rain and lightning in the background so you only see things for a very short period 
      Meanwhile the credits pop up every few seconds so the shots are very short and this is typical for the genre
      Jasons mother gets be-headed foreshadowing things to happen later on
      Typical scream queen is weilding a machette and be-heads Mrs Voorhees
      Time period is anchored by text at the bottom of the screen 
      A transition is used to signify the scene changing along with text to acompany it and tell the next time period
      Black and white effects have been used to show its a flashback
      The womans head on the floor anchors the genre of the film and this is the reasoning for why Jason goes on the rampage. It can be foreshadowed when he looks down at his mother or watches her get beheaded.
      The necklace he picks up is a family heirloom which is important later in the film.
      The mother saying "Jason our special boy" can anchor on who the boy is 

      Monday, 17 January 2011

      SP - Sample Opening: Saw V

      Saw V (David Hackl, 2008)
      Budget : $11 000 000 
      US Box Office : $56 000 000
      UK Box Office : $6 000 000 

      It is raining heavily and there is non-diegetic sound of thunder in the background
      The opening shot is of a door lit up by a light and the camera slowly starts zooming in on it 
      We see a sign on the door that says trespassers will be prosecuted which signifies someone who has done something wrong is going to be punished in this building
      Extreme long shot of a dark room with someone tied up 
      Mid shot as the camera pans over one side of the persons body and we see he has a series of tatoos on his chest
      Man suddenly awakes and thre is a close up of him to show his emotion of finding himself unable to move.
      Lights come on to add anchorage of the setting 
      High angle of body signifies his lonliness 
      A TV turns on in the corner of the room and a man wearing mask apperas. This is narrative enigma as we never see his face
      He has a very deep, one toned voice which adds tension
      Another light is turned on to discover an axe that will swing above his body
      Close up of clock shows how long he has got until the axe his kill him
      Close up of device that will cut off his hands but freen him from being killed by the  axe
      Quick paced shots as the axe starts swinging above his body 
      Close up of hands being crushed in device
      High angle shot as the axe cuts his body in half 
      Cut away shots as blood hits the walls 
      Final shot is a POV shot of the victim looking at a door and there is an eye looking back at him through the hole

      SP - Sample Opening: Scream

      Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)
      Budget : $15 000 000
      Box Office : $103 000 000
      Scream 2 was made in 1997 and Scream 3 was made in 2000

      First shot is of a blonde women on the phone to mysterious caller 
      Man on other end has a scary voice so she hangs up
      Shot of outside the house and a swing attached to a tree is moving. This signifies that the mysterious man could be outside
      Close up of woman putting popcorn on the cooker when the phone rings again but this time the girl is quite flirty with the man and plays with a kinfe which could foreshadow later events
      Popcorn starts over cooking but the woman is distracted with the phonecall
      Camera tracks woman through her house when man says "I want to know your name ............ because i want to know who im looking at". This is when the music stops and the camera zooms into the girls face showing her emotion
      Music suddenly starts becoming loud and dramatic and we can hear a dog barking outside
      Again she hangs up and she runs back into the kitchen where the popcorn is on fire which signifies danger
      The phone rings again as if he is stalking his victim and this time he is really angry and he starts playing on the girls mind 
      The next shot is of her boyfriend tied up on the porch with blood and bruises on his face
      Intertextual references from Halloween and Friday The 13th as mysterious man plays a game with the girl to save the boyfriends life
      When girl gets the second question wrong the boyfriends insides gets ripped out which signifies the mental state of mind of the killer

      AN - Sample Opening: Babysitter Wanted

      Babysitter Wanted (Jonas Barnes and Micheal Manasseri, 2008) 
      Budget : Not Available 
      Box Office : Not Available

      Music is very slow and childlike at the start which links in to the film name 
      Close up and fuzzy effect of an unknown object which is polysemic 
      Low angle/close up of someones legs wearing black trousers which is narrative enigma as we nevver see his face but also he is the killer
      Unknow object turns out to be a girl tied up
      Close up of a box of tools on a desk which signifies a weapon could be used from that toolbox 
      Extreme close up of the womens face and it shows her eyes which shows emotion because she is crying
      High angle of the desk again but htis time there are a series of knives lined up 
      High angle of the women tied up and the camera slowly pans over her body where we find she is only wearing her underwear but she also has lines drawn all over her which could connote that the killer could be about to disect her body
      Close up of womens face when we see a hammer being lined up on her forehead. This signifies the mental state of the killers mind 
      The music at this point is really loud and intense to create fear in the audience 
      The last shot we see is the hammer in mid air and a sound affect to signify that the girl is dead
      We dont actually see the killing as our immagination is better than anything they could film 
      The musoc stops and the camera goes black 

      ALL - Sample Opening: Hell Night

      Hell Night (Tom DeSimone, 1981) 
      Budget : $2 500 000 
      Box Office : Not Available

      Slow opening with slow takes and no shot variations 
      Scream at begining signifies horror genre  and there will be a girl (scream queen) in the film
      Props include a motorbike, a banner, party items for example hats , balloons and alcohol 
      Diegetic sound with bottles smashing, a trumpet and a motorbike
      Characters are students at a University campus and are spread out over a huge area
      The clothing and hair styles signify the time period the film is set in 
      The colour red connotes the women is sexually available but also danger/blood
      Lots of teenagers are drunk and taking drugs which means they are sinful and should be killed
      Exposition gives us an insight into the characters and there intended archetypes
      Binnary opposites with a geek and an extremely popular person
      Non-diegetic sound with rock music in the background

      Sunday, 16 January 2011

      ALL - Sample Opening: Slashers

      Slashers (Maurice Devereaux, 2001) 
      Budget : $165 000 
      Box Office : Not Available 

      Low budget film 
      In the first eight seconds there is a stabbing 
      The victim is a female because stereotypically they are weaker and more veunerable than men 
      There are alot of intertextual references from the film Psycho 
      The film is presented as a Japanese game show
      There are American references as the main presenter is dressed up as the Statue of Liberty and the dancers are wearing American flag dresses 
      There is so much gore in this film that in parts it is funny because it is so over the top 
      Narrative enigma as we never find out who the villains are because they are all wearing masks 

      ALL - Sample Opening: April Fools Day

      April Fools Day (Fred Walton, 1986) 
      Budget : $5 000 000 
      Box Office : $12 500 000 
      Remade in 2008

      Set in the 80's as it is a home video 
      The tape is worn and the quality isnt very good
      The colours are faint and there are black lines on the screen 
      The location is on a pier which signifies wealth and upper middle class 
      The women are wearing denim and the men are wearing polo shirts which signifies the time period but also they are in an affluent area 
      They are all sexually active signified through exposition 
      There is a blonde girl (scream queen) and stereotypically she would die 
      Transition to girl in basement shows time has passed 
      Mid shot of a jack in a box
      Close up of womens face shows emotion 
      Flashback of when she got it as a present when she was younger 
      Breaks stereotype as no-one dies in the opening scene

      Thursday, 13 January 2011

      AN - Sample Opening: Toolbox Murders

      Toolbox Murders (Dennis Donnelly, 1978)
      Budget : $185 000 
      Box  Office : Not Available 
      Remake in 2004 (Toby Hooper) 
      Banned in UK from 1982 - 2000 

      Uneccessary opening with unknown character driving round with the credits appearing on screen 
      Radio foreshadowing later events
      Small cast in opening scene 
      Genre clearly signified through strange non-diegetic music 
      Sans serif font clashes with horror genre 
      The colour red signifies danger and blood
      Flashback of a car crash 
      Anchorage added through the characters past 
      Fosters car garage connotes time period 
      Narrative enigma as we dont see the characters face 
      Another flashback but this time of a funeral 
      Character rips up flowers which connotes that the character could be on his way to kill someone 
      Triangle signifies mental stateof mind
      He could have been involved in the car crash or been close to the person who died
      Drill symbolises horror 
      Unfitting music could be our oppositional reading 

      RS - Sample Opening: Saw

      Saw (James Wan, 2004) 
      Budget : $12 000 000 
      US Box Office : $55 000 000 
      UK Box Office : £6 600 000 
      Seven Film Franchise 

      Serif font signifies horror 
      No establishing shot just straight into the action 
      Camera slowly tracks in 
      Limited locations in the film 
      Low key actors  and no-one dies in the opening scene
      No teenagers in the film they are all adults
      First character could be either the antagonist or protagonist 
      Narrative enigma with the background voice 
      Non-diegetic sound 
      Characters are very vunerable in the dark 
      There clothing shows how recent the film was made  
      Anchorage added through exposition 
      Both men have American accents 
      Binnary opposites - One character is scruffy/working class but the other is well dressed/upper middle classand is a doctor 
      Props include gun, blood, torn clothes and a voice recorder 
      There is no killer with a knife but just a creepy voice and the characters inflict pain on themselves