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My continuity task had to involve filming and editing a character crossing a room and sitting down on a chair opposite another character, with whom he/she then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue with. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot reverse and the 180 degree rule.

Filming on Wednesday and Thursday the 11th and 12th January went quite smoothly. We filmed in the Art room in our sixth form and as we had asked the Art department teacher for her permission to use the room, we had no external interruptions. .Through the mise en scene and props we managed to convey the codes and conventions of thriller films. Through technical aspects such as non-diegetic sound, mise en and scene and most importantly through props and costume. We also experimented with a variety of different shots which was difficult as we still had to make sure that we was addressing the brief. It took us a while to film as the actors were getting their lines right all though we did do a casting exercise with the too actors the day before and the script is written if you click the link here:

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Task

Date
4th October

Resources
Storyline and storyboards

Responsibility
Mine

Completd Yes/No Yes

Scripting

1.Research (Finding information, locations Etc) Shooting/Recording

06/11/0909/11/09

Props, Make-up, wardrobe, Aprons, Plimsolls, talcum powder, eyeliner and red ribbons Filming Equipment would be required and storyboards I added more dialogue in order to form a good storyline. We tested a crossover between conventional thriller sounds and more subtle spooky sounds

Both

Yes

11th-12th Novemb er 08 Novemb er

Both

Yes

Editing scripts

Mine Both

Yes

Soundtrack

10th Novemb er

Yes

Shot no. 1

Brief description of shot required

Location

Date/time

Special information

Completed

Low-angle mid-shot of a door opening Door opens medium long shot of character walking past the camera

Photography Room Art room

11th November 4.00pm 11th November 4.10pm 11th November 4.30pm 11th November 4.50pm 11th November 5.10pm 12th November 4.10pm 12th November 4.45 pm

Shot must show Binary opposition Must take 5 different takes

Yes

2

Yes

3

Low-angle tracking of character
Tilt to mid-shot

Art room

Must be a lowangle Tilt must take place whilst she has sat down at the chair Actor must appear frustrated none

Yes

4

Art room

Yes

5

Over-the shoulder shot of character (from child to adult) 180 degree rule to shot reverse of the two characters High angle from the Childs point of view

Art room

Yes

6

Art room

Yes

7

Art room

None

Yes

Shot no. 8

Shot type Low angle of child character Over the shoulder, mother dropping paint brush Midshot of mother discovering the painting Midshot of the vanished child

Location Art room

Date/Time 12 th November 5.00pm 12 th November 5.15pm

Completed Yes

9

Art room

Yes

10

Art room

12th November 5.35pm 12th November 5.45 pm

Yes

11

Art room

Yes

Most thrillers consist of ordinary things happening in extraordinary places. Thriller and suspense films are known to promote intense excitement, suspense, uncertainty . They normally consist of a non-linear complex narrative structure with false clues and resolutions.

The Auteur Theory came about in the 1950·s it suggests that a film director·s films reflects their vision, just an author of a book has a vision that is the same of a director. In this case the director convey their message through camera angles and framing, such techniques reflect an emotion the audience is supposed to feel. Structuralism in films emphasise how films convey meaning through the use of codes and conventions.

The film starts with a mid-shot of the birds the basic black and white mise en scene allows the viewer to concentrate on the non-diegetic music. This creates a uneasy effect and suggests danger which heightens tension for the viewer. The scene continues with the birds flying in a very disorganised fashion. Barthes narrative theory states that a message is encoded by the producer or broadcaster and thus decoded by the consumer. The encoded message of the montage is that montage is being used to transfer the menace from the screen into the mind of the audience. It is part of the code and conventions of the thriller genre to allow the viewer to ponder what exactly is happening and the director is supposed to (through technical aspects). make the viewer feel different emotions. In this case a point-view mid shot is used, through this you feel as though you are experiencing what the protagonist is. If there had been use of the camera cutting between the barbarism of the birds and a character ,the audience would be able to feel as they know that it is someone else that is first hand receiving this fright not them. However because such camera techniques were not used, they feel as though they are the ones being trussed into this menace and so the feelings of tension is heighten to the maximum. The tracking of a female character suggests normality This is typical of Hitchcock.

Women during this era tended to be represented in the media as sexual objects from a voyeuristic perspective. We see this through the medium- shot which allows us to see her code of dress. It consists of a black suit and black patent high heels, this connotes sophistication and class. Through the change from the scene of the character looking at the birds to this one allows the viewer to forget about the barbarism of the birds, as the juxtaposition is so vast that the evil or disruptive birds trivialised because of the elite construction of the female character. Also the fact that in the previous scene we do not see what she is looking at shows the insignificance of the birds. The camera angle used is a medium shot emphasising her significance.

In this first scene when the female character recognises the screeching of the birds is typical of a Hitchcock thriller. Hitchcock does a various amount of things to evoke tension and suspense. For example point of view editing (or shot reverse) when the female character exchanges dialogue with the shopkeeper character. Through point of view editing you are making the camera subjective or putting ideas into the consumers head. When the camera is focused on the shopkeeper already the viewer can make the assumption that she is a trivial character, her high pitched tone of voice and the fact that she is of old age strengthens the assumption in the viewers mind that she is a trivial character. The shot reverse emphasises this feeling. Overall Hitchcock uses information to create suspense, he does this by opening the film with the montage of the birds this is something that the audience see and the character do not. The barbarism of this birds is something that could potentially harm the characters. By continuing the rest of the scene and having constant reminders of the looming danger builds suspense in the mind of the audience not the characters. This enables the viewer to connect with the characters as the normality continues they become more and more fearful.

The films starts with quick shots. The director seems to be demonstrating random shots into a sequence unknown to the viewer. This creates tension and confusion in the viewer, this is typical of the thriller genre. The director also uses spatial relations, spatial relations is a technique used which requires the viewers to link one shot or scene to another. Spatial relations does not show events as they happen in a real life fashion. The reasons for the director doing this could be to move any typical extraordinary things happening in ordinary situations. This frightens the audience more as well as linking the scenes together it is the confusion that scares them the most. Hitchcock also uses this technique in his methodology of filming but the director of this film creates confusion also more obviously to someone analysing this film. In the opening credits before we see moving images, non-diegetic eerie drums is present creating suspense in the viewer as we are wondering what is happening and how the film will pan out. After we are then introduced to images, allowing us to make inferences. The mise en scene is the dark and grimy setting and introduces us to a less privileged working class setting .The use of low angles also reflect this minority group in American society. We see the character struggling to do something, the director helps us to feel her frustration by showing some kind of rope and then a close up pf her face and then back and forth, until we link the shots together and infer that she·s hanging herself. The use of a close-up conveys strong emotion onto us as we can see this characters eyes and her tears and this thus projects a feeling of distress onto us. The director here is strengthening the connection between us and the character

Then suddenly there is a transition from suspenseful and unsettling music to flute and guitar non-diegetic sound. There is also light strings and choir singing this reflects normality and tranquillity. This in effect creates a sense of contentment within the viewer, they may infer that the narrative will move towards a more balanced structure. The director is using two contrasting elements within the narrative, the audience were already focused on the momentum of the first scene. There then is more opening credits and then a tilt from the sky connotes change and new beginnings. The use of slow motion makes the audience feel as though we are experiencing some kind of dream. The slow motion added with the blurred effect is a demonstration of surrealism. Surrealism is a director or auteur·s attempt to portray the unconscious mind this is typical of the thriller genre.

² Locations: Main Actor·s house and the street leading out from her house. Characters: ¶Kim·: Joanna Jordan ² As innocent victim and Protagonist ¶Amy·: Victoria Sylver ² As neighbour ¶Unknown Serial killer·: Nathan Jordan - As Antagonist Title: ¶The secret· Genre -Thriller/ mystery Date/ Time of filming: Weekend- Daytime, between 12.30-3.00 in order to reflect the morning mise en scene of the protagonist receiving post, as it usual to receive post in the morning by doing this we our emphasising the normality and leaving the audience unprepared for the change that will occur in the narrative. Evening time before it gets dark to ensure a night time representation in order to emphasise the danger awaiting the protagonist.

Storyline: A young woman walks into the shot of a front door as the doorbell is pressed. She is portraying a bubbly personality and so almost jumps down the stairs, she is on her mobile phone talking to her boyfriend. She also has a dog in her hand that she·s carrying. As she opens the door we she another young girl and as they exchange dialogue shot reverse will be used. The neighbour ¶Amy· says: ¶I think the postman got this delivery wrong, this is for you·. ¶Kim· says ¶thanks love· Then we see in a close up, her hands opening the envelope her neighbour gave to her, the envelope contains newspaper cuttings saying ¶If you tell anyone I will kill you·. The next shot is of a clock; Kim is sleeping and then there is a shot of her dreaming of someone (unknown) stroking her dog. The sound of the radio turning on by itself awakens her. There is then a shot of the window and then a close up of her face looking worried and confused, Kim then realises that her dog escape out of the window. The next scene is of her in the street looking for him calling him; the camera continues to follow her and panning camera movement will be used to reflect point of view, so we feel as though we are her. We then see a midshot of a person with a knife in their hand and then there is a mid shot of the antagonist dragging her life-less body on the floor. Lastly it ends with a shot of a bloodied knife on the ground.

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Task

Date

Resources

Responsibility

Complete d Yes/No Yes

1.Research (Finding information, locations Etc) Scripting Shooting/Recording

24/12/094/02/10

General Make-up and wardrobe, pyjamas. Props: Fan, Knife Storyline and storyboards Filming Equipment would be required and storyboards

Both

19/02/10 17/02/1020/02/1 0

Mine Both

Yes Yes

Soundtrack

19/02/10

Non-diegetic music to be added to production

Mine

Yes

Shot no.

Brief description of shot required

Location

Date/time

Special information

Completed Yes

1

Establishing shot

In house/ Front door

17th Februar y 2010 12.00p m

Actor must be evidently bubbly, whilst talking over a horrific incident with her boyfriend None, just that the scene should not look rehearsed Must remain on the phone to boyfriend Actor must evidently shrug off the threat to her as some sort of joke. Clock displaying the time. It is bedtime and she is now sleeping.

2

Shot reverse shot.

In house/ front door In house/ corridor Corridor/ house

17th February 12.10pm 17th February 12.30pm 17th Februar y 12.40pm 13.30pm 17th Februar y

Yes

3

Close-up of ¶Kim·s· hand and envelope Medium-shot

Yes

4

Yes

5

Close-up

Bedroom/ house

Yes

Shot no.

Brief Description of Shot required Medium shot

Location

Date/time

Special information

6

¶Kim·s· Bedroom

12.15pm

Kim must evidently be sleeping, time of shot must be 15 seconds Distress in actors face must be evident as she calls out for Toby. Kim is walking around confused and the camera angles must imitate her movements through panning. To heighten tension just before she is murdered.

7

Close-up

¶Kim·s· Bedroom

12.30pm

8

Medium shot/ involving camera technique: tilt.

Alleyway

4.20pm

Once she has come down the stairs to look in the mirror. We used this shot in order to The first scene where the Protagonist ¶Kim· is walking demonstrate voyeurism as she is admiring herself in the down the stairs on the mirror so too is the viewer. phone, to go and look in the mirror. The viewer is put into the position of the unknown antagonist

This is where she receives the letter from her neighbour, we wanted to keep the level of normality high so the neighbours character is also bubbly and unsuspecting