QUESTION 1 In what ways does your media product USE, DEVELOP or CHALLENGE forms and conventions of real media

products?
Our opening sequence uses the forms and conventions of real films made, however it also challenges them. Our film Spotlight on Alison (2009) is based on the themes of teenage romance, love, jealousy and high school life. Some of these themes are visible in the opening sequence, more so than others is high school life as our opening sequence starts off with establishing shots of Barking Abbey school outside the leisure centre, although the non- degetic sound plays over the sound of the students at school the shots are clear enough for the audience to see it is showing high school life. This is similar to (Clueless 1995). The film starts by showing the protagonists life and lifestyle and then as the character arrives to school it shows establishing shots of the school and the students that attend, so it is fair to say that our opening sequences uses some conventions but at the same times also challenges them in the order that we chose to show things i.e. character life then high school life vice versa.

(Spotlight on Alison 2009) also involves two young characters falling in love, therefore for the genre to be acknowledged we had to keep more conventions of teenage romance films in the opening sequence. Using a male jock as one of the main characters that falls in love, is a typical convention that’s used, if we look at a film such as (High School Musical 2006) this is instantly visible within the opening sequence as we are introduced to the character doing his main sport. Costume wise he is dressed in a basketball kit; jersey, shorts and trainers this helps to magnify the character and the type of character he is.

Similarly, in our opening sequence we are introduced to the male protagonist in his element however he is not playing but he is on his way to a session of basketball, costume wise he is wearing a tracksuit and has a duffle bag on his shoulder so that helps to enhance his character, even if the audience cant work out he’s a basketball player straight away his distinctive height gives away some clues. We are also given slight hints that he is quite popular as on his way to the changing room for his session, he is greeted by another male friend with a joyous and friendly handshake. Our female protagonist also follows the conventions of a female character that falls in love in a teenage romance movie, because rather than her being very popular and fuelled by the envy of her friends she is very independent and prefers to do things alone, we are aware of this in our opening sequence straight away as our first shot is of Alison alone after a long session practising her dance routine. This humility is visible in the female protagonists in films such as (A Cinderella Story 2004) and (10 things I hate about you 1999). Both these characters have intriguing characteristics about them and don’t rely on their looks to get them noticed which is similar to our character Alison, however their inner beauty and determination to achieve their goals is what is intriguing for the audience to experience.

Samantha is seen in her work clothes, no glamour involved. Hair tied back and no make up, in the same way Alison is in simple clothing in the opening sequence with no make up necessary.

This is similar to Gabriella in HSM, a humble determined character, not reliant on their looks.

Costume also helps to show the audience the protagonist’s characteristics as Alison is dressed in a simple, plain black costume so she is not trying to draw attention to herself through the clothes that she wears. This corresponds to Gabriella in high school musical she is dressed in casual and comfortable clothing. Narrative wise our storyline is typically conventional for a teenage romance, we felt as this was our first film that we have produced we felt it was best our narrative was conventional because when it came to creating ideas from research it would be a lot easier to gather ideas and thoughts from teenage romance movies to use and develop rather than trying to go in a different direction. So, having said this storyline mainly is about a two young people determined to succeed at their hobbies falling in love, or plot points involve the envy of popular schoolmates trying to jeopardise their love but fail causing the love to grow stronger and in the end the young couple end up together and happy together. This storyline was developed and inspired from such films such as (Mean girls) and once again (High School Musical 1).

Looking at our opening sequence I still feel that we followed the conventions of teenage romance films as we started off with establishing shots then we introduced the characters these can be compared to the opening sequence of (Titanic 1997), the film is set on a boat and there are various establishing shots of the boat underwater then the credits appear and we are then introduced to characters, however we developed this by making our two main characters the initial focus rather than having other supporting characters in the opening sequence straight away so we had our female and male protagonist in the opening sequence, we did this as we felt that the audience could engage to them and also remember most as they are the first people they see. As we first see Ricardo, our main male character the camera pans and focuses on him for a few seconds this highlights the fact he is an important character as even though he is around people the camera focuses on him alone. This idea can be seen in (Pretty in pink 1986) however rather than the director having panning shots for focus the director uses a close up so the audience know instantly that they are looking at a main character there and then. We have various cutaways between the two protagonists and the use of cutaway shots to emphasise the difference in two lives is especially visible in (Step up 2006)

however rather than them merging together in distance the music being the same in both scenes gives us a clue that these lives are going to combine at some point in the film. We didn’t want to base our opening sequence around step up but this is a compassion that can be made.

The camera constantly cuts between these two shots emphasising the difference in lifestyles through costume, lighting and setting.

When characters are first set eyes on each other we have an action reaction shot that gives a clue to the future relationship that these character will later on develop, this clarifies the genre and theme of our film which is teenage romance. With our music, when I researched music in teen romance films I learnt that the majority of teenage romance films have a rocky/ edgy soundtrack to the opening sequence so rather than a love song with a gentle melody, so, rather than challenging this we followed this convention and it helped put our opening sequence together, I looked at (A walk to remember 2002) and (Chasing Liberty 2004) and listened to the soundtrack.
"Cannonball" Written by Kim Deal Performed by The Breeders Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group/4AD By Arrangement with Warner Special Products "American Girl" Performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Written by Tom Petty Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd Courtesy of Gone Gator Records

At first I didn’t understand why it wouldn’t have a love song for the opening sequence soundtrack but as I did further research I come across films like (The Princess Diaries 2001) then I started to appreciate and understand why the directors may choose these tracks as they bring an young hip edge to the opening sequence that love songs don’t, with all of this in mind we used a indie/ mellow rock song for our opening sequence so all in all our music follows the conventions of teenage romance movies. Due to the location of our film the lighting is very conventional compared to typical romance film, their isn’t any special effect with our lighting and it is very neutral because when shooting outside we filmed in the daytime and shooting on the inside the lights were just normal lights found inside buildings this is very common in films such as (Love don’t cost a thing 2003) The opening sequence starts off outside so there are no special lighting effects, and (Valley girl 1983) once again no special lighting effects just the normal lighting you would see on the inside of a building.

How does your opening sequence represent particular social groups?

QUESTION 2

Our opening sequence represents young teenagers who have hobbies and are committed to succeed in them. We showed this by picking the main protagonists to be a good looking male jock this is similar to films such as (A Cinderella story).

We meet Austin at school; there is a shot with Austin and his nice car in the frame.

The male heartthrob that all the girls are after is a jock and into his sport, he is also the type of guy that all the guys like and want to be around because of their character. The type of clothes he wears are what is seen as cool and laid back, not too overdressed but to a point where its ‘socially’ acceptable. However, unlike other typical jocks Austin is a down to earth character and sees past all the attention and fame, this is noticeable through his facial expression, body language and the way he carries himself, this is seen in the scene where he is greeted by his popular girlfriend rather than using the situation as an ego booster he just brushes it off his shoulder. So it can be said that he has a humble side to him. This is very similar to Ricardo once again Ricardo is a sporty guy who has a lot of friends and gets a lot of attention, but, he has his dreams and aspirations and he wont let the fame side track him from his goal and from being a nice person to be around. Just looking at the way Ricardo walks the audience can instantly tell that he is a laid back kind of guy, and when he is greeted by one of his friends at the entrance of the leisure centre he smiles and his body language is very friendly towards him, when he comes across Alison for the first time the camera tilts from his knees upwards, this type of camera movement is used in films if the director wants to emphasise a level of attractiveness meaning that Ricardo is an attractive guy similar to the character in A Cinderella story. Again at his first encounter with Alison he noticed instantly that she had an interest in him as he took the time to acknowledge her smiling at him however he didn’t freak out or get nervous he was cool and calm about the situation which could indicate that he was used to that kind of reception or he had an interest in her also and at that moment in the film it is not made clear. We chose to use Jesse Chuku as he played basketball in real life. Our main objective for our characters that we chose was for them to step into the lives of the characters we gave them and live as them, and Jesse typically already being a basketball player we felt it would be a lot easier for him to do so, also, I already knew him so there were more chances of him being reliable because of the fact that I knew him. Ricardo has some stereo typical male characteristics which Jesse had and there are characteristics Ricardo had that Jesse didn’t however it was easy for him to adopt because there were more similarities than differences. For example Ricardo has a goal of being a successful basketball player which Jesse also had so I feel as a group we were at an advantage having Jesse play the role of Ricardo. If we were to put Ricardo in a social group he would be the popular guy that everyone would want to be around, the guy that the geeks or less popular people would aspire to be and they type of guy all the girls want for their boyfriends to boost their position in the social hierarchy at school. Alison is very similar to the female protagonist in (Honey 2003) she is a very determined character with a kind heart and spirit, she doesn’t thrive off of attention but she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she feels is right. Other characters try to take advantage of the fact that she is quiet and shy but Alison doesn’t let this happen..

Setting, facial expression and body language play a big part in the audience getting to know Alison and Honey within the opening sequences of each film. The first shot of Alison is in a dance studio where she has just finished her session, that fact that she is in a dance studio is significant because it helps to clarify and leave come clues as to why the film is called spotlight on Alison. Also, the fact that she is alone highlights her independence, Alison doesn’t have a problem with doing things alone without people or friends around her where as Ricardo on the other hand doesn’t get to where his going without getting greeted by at least one friend. When Alison first sees Ricardo she smiles at this point her body language is very open towards him showing that she has and interest in him, similarly Honey uses a smile to portray her friendly personality, in the opening sequence she is constantly smiling, this helps the audience understand that she is a friendly and approachable character, and Alison uses a smile to tell Ricardo that she is interested and wants him to approach her. Honey is based in her surrounding, in the night club where she works regularly the establishing shots show people dancing so the setting shows that Honey being a dancer is always around dance which could also be extra motivation for her. Both Alison and Honey are very open in terms of body language they use their smile effectively, in terms of dress sense they dress very casually and in some cases you can tell that they are dancers in the way that they dress. In the terms of camera use in Honey the shots used at first are mainly mid shots this makes the audience mainly focus on the characters face as their isn’t much else in the frame I feel the director chose to do this as it helps highlight the fact that Honey is an attractive character, but further on there is a shot from a birds eye view which shoes more of the setting but still focuses on Honey. The shots used for Alison are used to focus of her hobby for example, the long shot of her stretching and the close up of her picking up the CDs that she has danced to, I feel the range of shots helps the opening sequence be viewed in a much more interesting way, help introduce the character and help to tell the story through the characters eyes. We chose Dhara Syal to be Alison, as when I first met the possible cast Dhara seemed the most enthusiasm about playing a character like Alison so I felt it would be good to

work with someone with enthusiasm to get the best results possible, and it worked in our favour as Dhara wasn’t a dancer it was her enthusiasm for the part that made her character believable, we told her to imagine she was Alison and to put herself in the life of Alison, she interpreted the directors instructions really well so all in all we were happy with the enthusiasm and reliability of both our cast members. If we were to put Alison in a social group or surrounding she would be the quiet girl that no one really notices but eventually her talent gets her noticed and from then everyone will want to know more about who she is.

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product QUESTION 3 and why?
Our film was produced at school and did not cost any money therefore the chances of it being distributed by a large company are slim however it can be classed as an independent film and a media institution such as Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation ‘a Canadian entertainment company that originated in Vancouver, British Columbia and is now headquartered in Santa Monica, California, USA.[2][3] As of 2007, it is the most commercially successful independent film and television distribution company in North America’ may consider distributing it. http://lionsgate.com/?section=film

Another example would be The Independent Cinema Office, ‘the national organization for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK’. http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/ ‘The ICO occasionally distributes films which are in some way innovative, thoughtprovoking and socially aware and which otherwise wouldn't see formal distribution in UK cinema’. The film distribution process • • • • •

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The main aim for film distributors is to persuade exhibitors to rent or to book films, so the distributor arranges industry screenings for the exhibitor to help them realize they will make money from showing the film. After this has been done the distributor secures a contract explaining the amount of gross from ticket sales that have to be given back to the distributor. The distributor has to make sure that enough film prints are given to service all contracted exhibitors on the contract-based for the day of opening The theater shows the movie for a number of weeks The distributors have to make sure advertising is available on each film

If it is handling an foreign-language film the distributor is responsible for securing dubbing or subtitling for the film

A cheaper method which we could use to get our film out there is the internet, with sites such as www.youtube.com all you need to do is upload your movie then it can be accessed all over the world, you can be at an advantage as you can get instant feedback through the use of comment boxes and you can see how many people are viewing your film by checking the amount of hits that you receive. People can also share your movie by using the embed code and posting it elsewhere e.g. Blogs. Our production company is called PREMIER PRODUCTIONS

Who would be the audience for your media product? The primary target audience

QUESTION 4

Our media product would appeal to the audience between the ages of 13 to 17, mainly females as romance movies are known as chick flicks, and however having a character like Ricardo in our product may help it appeal to a male audience as there is a character they can relate to. In terms of ethnicity our product would appeal to any race. We chose this age group as the as our research was based around teenage romance, these should most likely apply to those that are teenagers and given the fact that we are teenagers it was good for us to base the events in our film on what we would want to watch or see. I feel our target audience would be intrigued and may watch films like (Love and Basketball 2000) and (Step up 2006) as they are based around the similar themes that our film is based on such as student relationships. These films also focus on character hobbies which is what our film focus’s on also, I feel our target audience will enjoy the fact that its more than just a chick flick and it has aspects of characters trying to achieve their goals against all odds which the films (Step up and love and basketball) also do. Given the fact that our protagonists are the same age as the target audience the audience can relate to the characters in the film and they are more likely to enjoy if it they feel they have a connection to a certain character. If I were to develop this further and go into TV programs I would say that our target audience may watch TV programs such as 90210. .

The secondary target audience
Teenage girls between the age of 14 -18 this isn’t a major difference however I chose this as I felt with some chick flicks they appeal to older teenagers of an immature nature to their personality . For example if I compare it to a film like (High School Musical) it can be said that it is mainly for a young audience between 11- 16 however older teenagers

QUESTION 1

have watched the film and enjoyed it because it has appealed to them regardless of the storyline.

How did you attract/address your audience?

QUESTION 5

To attract our target audience I started off by researching teenage romance films and took note of what attracted me to them, what I liked, what stuck out to me and what I remembered, so when it came to creating my opening I used and developed some conventions. Looking at (Chasing Liberty 2004) it is a romance based movie and the opening sequence consists of Liberty choosing an outfit for her date and her date driving to her house, but throughout the opening sequence you get the feeling of them gradually getting closer in distance before they meet. This is very similar to our opening as it consists of two characters gradually getting closer in distance and meeting. We wanted to portray both characters personality yet at the same time leave clues that these characters will eventually get together. So we did this by starting the film with separate shots and cutaways of each character before they came together. This made the audience ask questions like ‘are they going to meet’ & ‘what is going to happen between them’. Before we had them come across each other. To attract the audience you have to have them asking questions to keep them interested. We set our opening sequence in a school many teenage romance films are based in school so this is what our target audience expect, and successful teenage romance films are based in school (High school musical) being one of them. With our soundtrack, with the music research I did beforehand I found out that teenage romance movies have rock soundtracks to them so we incorporated this into ours and made it the type of song that teenagers would listen to. Our fonts we used for our credits stylised in a modernised font that teenagers would like it wasn’t too old fashion and it wasn’t childlike so it fitted our target audience perfectly. Prior to creating this opening sequence I research teenaged romance films and I found out that successful ones have a happy ending and there is not much grief in them, so I had to take this into consideration when writing the story and opening sequence. (A Cinderella Story) has a typical happily ever after ending. We used pans and POV shots so our target audience didn’t get bored of seeing the same old conventional shots. We incorporated themes such as love and high school to attract the audience and these films are found in successful teenage romance films such as (Love don’t cost a thing) we chose these as these are some of the phases our target audience are going through in their life right now so they can relate and empathise with the characters.

I feel we attracted and addressed our target audience well.

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? Shooting, the items used for shooting;
Canon XHAI Vinten Pro Touch Tripod (Black)

QUESTION 6

We only had one day to shoot our opening sequence and for this I was the camera operator therefore I had a really good opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills. I had to set up the camera which consisted of me inserting the battery and tape and rewinding it to the beginning, the camera had to be place on the automatic setting. After I did this I attached the camera to the tripod which I had set up for my height. Using a tripod comes with many benefits, it enables me to use a wide range of shots from various different angles, such as; panning, I was able to pan a shot of Ricardo walking through the leisure centre because I had the tripod during this I learnt that you have to keep the subject you are filming at the right hand side of the frame rather than the middle to capture the whole character effectively. Also, I was able to take shots from high angles, one example is the shot of Ricardo walking to the top of the stairs taken from the top of the stairs, this is a shot that isn’t commonly used and it added more depth to our opening sequence rather than seeing Ricardo walk from one level you see him from different angles and levels. As a group we very fortunate as we didn’t have many problems with lighting, so therefore as the camera operator I could focus more on the shots I had to take rather than where the light was coming from. We knew that we wanted our sound to come from a soundtrack therefore sound was not our main priority however we took the microphone and recorded sound to have as back up just encase we couldn’t find a suitable soundtrack, so, rather than being left with nothing we would always have the option of using the sound we recorded on the day. We used a Sennheiser K6 Microphone, and Edward Obeng was in charge of the sound, and if there were any issues he would inform the director.

Editing, the items used for editing;
Adobe Premiere Pro

Fire wire lead 80 GB Lacie After the shooting process we had to start editing, the programme we used for this was Adobe Premiere Pro. We had to first digitalise the shots we wanted and give them set in and out points then place them in the correct order on the time line, we then had to cut and extend shots where necessary. It sounds very simple but it takes a lot of detail and care for the best results. We found that with our establishing shots we couldn’t just have them jump cutting from shot to shot and we needed to add cross dissolves to make the transition less harsh on the eye. We experimented with different types of dissolves and the cross dissolves worked the best, we also used them to blend the titles at the start of the film and the start of the film together. We also used adobe premier pro to create the titles some titles are at the start of the sequence and some appear during the opening sequence. Using these technologies were all very new to me in September however the workshops, mini tests and the preliminary task helped me to practise and take on problems beforehand, making the filming process a lot more enjoyable. At first editing was not my strong element but using the program after school and during my free lessons helped me work on my skills and sort out problems head on during the editing process.

The various things I have learnt;
I have had the opportunity to use the camera and take different shots from different angles, the thing I found most tricky was keeping shots in the frame whilst changing the angles but as the day went on I got used to handling the camera which made it easier to consider the image in the frame and what angle to record it from, also I had to keep reminding myself to check the spirit level over and over again. I have also learnt that it is better to film too much than not enough so having safety shots are vital, although these can feel long and repetitive it becomes of a huge benefit as when it comes to editing and you forget a shot you have the safety shot for back up which enables continuity. I got to for the first time shoot a POV shot, this was something that I had not done before and the most important thing for me was telling the actress to constantly keep her eyes in the direction of the camera, I had to watch closely throughout to check if it was a good take. I have advanced in the way I shoot shots as I was taken out of my comfort zone when I had to shoot a pan going upwards, I found this little bit tricky because I had never practiced it before and also the handle of the tripod did not move smoothly, so I had to concentrate on moving the handle smoothly and checking if it was a good take. At first it

was difficult but as we practiced takes I got the hang of it and managed to do it successfully. Health and safety is an important aspect to take into consideration as it is not only us filming that we have to be wary of , there are also other people on location, so when it came to factors like loose wires we had to ensure that the sound was on the right hand side of the camera at all times to avoid the tangling of wires or anyone tripping over them, Also I learnt that it is vital to set up ON LOCATION to avoid damaging the camera during transportation and to avoid hurting others on location. The camera and sound kit is portable however it can be very heavy to move constantly therefore taking parts down, moving, and then setting up again in a new location made it a lot easier to carry around. If I could of done anything differently I would have had more confidence in myself when it came to shooting shots and vary the shots I took even more, although some shots we used we very interesting I would of liked to develop them even more by using more different shots from even more different angles. However given the time that we were given and the short time we were given to learn form September to December I do feel I have done a very good job and developed immensely not only through using the equipment that I am in charge of but using it along side other equipment. In terms of editing the fact that we filmed a numerous amount of shots on the gave give us a lot of material to choose from which did benefit us in the end, however problems that we faced were the length of shots, some shots were too long and others too short, this resulting to us going back to red digitising shots to add to our sequence to develop it in terms of continuity and making it more interesting. Personally I feel our titles are very bland we used the standard default still, however if we had more time I would have liked to used the roll or crawl which is very common in teenage movies, this is something I will take on and learn from in future, making titles beforehand is a lot better as it takes off some stress and you can focus more on editing rather than how the titles look.

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have QUESTION 7 learnt in the progression from it to the full product? Preliminary Brief: Film and edit a character opening a door, crossing a room and
sitting down in a chair opposite another character. A couple of lines of dialogue must then exchange between characters & match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180degree rule should be demonstrated. Video Brief: 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 candidates, with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source).

I do feel that have learnt new skills and developed as a media student from doing the preliminary task and the main task.

BRIEF When I first heard the brief for the preliminary task my first thought is that it
was very simple and it didn’t seem like it had much depth to it, but when it came to doing the planning, filming and editing it was more of a challenge than I thought it would initially be, and this was our first time filming. The preliminary task seemed like a fraction of the main task, the main task allowed me to be more creative and needed a lot more research. After reading the brief, the next stage was the PRE-PRODUCTION research & planning. The planning for the preliminary task didn’t consist of looking at other films as the foundation for what we had to do had already been set, we had to focus more on creating a story board, shooting schedule and script. Although while creating these things all I wanted to do was go out and film, I realized that without these we wouldn’t have any organized structure of what we were doing. Creating the story board gave us a visual of what we wanted to achieve, the script helped our characters learn what they wanted to say and the shooting schedule helped us stay on track with what we needed to do and how long we had to do it in, so all in all having all these three aspects beforehand helped us be more organized and finish the task in the time given. during the planning process the challenge for us was not overcoming problems but it was learning how to create these aspects such as writing a shooting schedule as we had never written one before, so we had to get to grips with tasks like this, but we managed it by sharing the workload and helping each other along the way which built our team chemistry and got the tasks done. This planning also trained and prepared me for the opening sequence how ever it required a lot more depth in terms of research. I had to research fairytales from around the world and adapt and modernize this for a story idea for the opening sequence, this however was done before I was put in my group. I also had to create a mood board. Due to the fact my adapted story was about the contrast of love and pain I created a mood board around this. This however was done before we were put into groups. When I was put with Esther and Edward we all had to present our fairytale adapted stories to each other and then choose a genre from this. Given the fact that all our stories were based around romance we decided to go with romance. I had to look into other opening sequences for techniques and ideas and post these on my blog for my group members to see. It was from the research of other films and media products where as a group we decided whether to follow conventions or challenge them.

Further on in the research of opening sequence we decided to be more specific and went with teenage romance. From this we were able to write a treatment for our opening sequence and pitch it to the class. The whole pitching experience taught me to be open when receiving feedback and rather than defending what we had done, take on the feedback and be willing to make changes. After making all the changes we were able to put together a storyboard script and picture storyboard. Similarly to the treatment we were presented with feedback, so our main problem was dealing with making more changes so with that we had to share the workload to reach deadline. For example one group member would re draft the script where another would re draft the story board. The more feedback we were given and the more changes we had to make the more this had to be done. At the time it felt very stressful. When we had our finalized treatment, script and storyboard ect, we could then move on to creating the location recces, choosing cast, making a shooting schedule, rehearsals, and the timetable for the day. The location recce helped us highlight potential problems that we may encounter on the day and prepare solutions beforehand. With cast we were limited with the type of people we could use as we were only allowed to choose from the other media class, although we were happy with our cast a problem that did occur was that their was a major height difference between our main protagonists and if we were able to choose from a wider range of cast this would not of happened. However with creating a shooting schedule we were at and advantage as we had done this in the prelim task so we knew what was expected.

PRODUCTION
When came to shooting the prelim task, although the task was much more simple compared to shooting the opening sequence we were put into pairs so the workload was a lot more intense. We had the camera to deal with the sound, continuity sheets and we had to direct the characters in what they had to do which made it very hard to juggle. However, this helped me realize the importance of having a shooting schedule script and storyboard made beforehand as when you know what you are doing when you reach the location it is one less thing to worry about. This also helps the cast before if you know what you are aiming for you can direct them in the best way so your finishing product will be of a higher standard. Having all this in mind when it came to shooting the opening sequence it was a lot easier as their were three of us. One director, in charge of making sure the cast know what they are doing and continuously asking if the sound and camera were ready. They also had the important job of calling action and cut at the right time. Cameraman in charge of camera operations such as checking spirit level and making sure every shot being filmed is framed correctly and sound person who had to listen out for sound interference, so we each had our element to focus on having the picture storyboard kept us on track and were we able to tick off shots as we filmed them. From the progression from my preliminary task to the full product I have learnt in this stage that it is vital to share the workload and that everyone works in sync with on

another to get jobs done in the best way. A safety shot/total shot needs to be taken for the back up and continuity if one shot doesn’t go to plan. Time needs to be used in the best way.

POST-PRODUCTION/EDITING.
The editing for the prelim task was less complex than the editing for the opening sequence. For the prelim we had to do the basics, digitalize shots set in and out pints, put shots on the time line and use razor tools etc. However for the opening sequence we had to consider making titles and we had the task of finding and using a suitable soundtrack. The main problem I had for this was lack of time to edit so to solve this problem I had to stay during free lessons and come after school to reach the deadline.

FEEDBACK & EVALUATION
The preliminary task for me was a taster of what we had to do for the opening sequence it was a good experience for me to practice using equipment and having the opportunity to actually film footage, the mistakes that we made helped me keep these in mind so it would not be repeated when it came to doing the opening sequence. One example of this is not shooting enough shots, because we were in a rush to complete we didn’t shot enough footage therefore editing was a lot more of a challenge than it should have been. But I developed as during the opening sequence I shot more shots than was necessary. For the opening sequence time was a factor to keep in mind at all times however as a group we were good and sharing the workload throughout and getting jobs done. The feedback we received constantly helped us improve our ideas in stages although we did get stressed as we had to constantly redraft work for the blog but we knew it was worth it as each time we received feedback our work improve sufficiently, and we were at and advantage as our target audience was giving us feedback so listening to them was vital for the success of our piece. Overall I do feel our piece is very successful and the music and the titles compliment the piece in the best way possible. If I were to do things differently I would have done more research to get more ideas so that the final product could have been more complex and interesting to watch or maybe incorporate something like a flashback to add more depth to my work. Although I am pleased with the final result I know from the development I have made from September to now I am capable of so much more. The task also showed me how having group chemistry is vital for a good final product.

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