Friday, 2 May 2014

Script: Before & After

First Draft

Second Draft (Final Draft)

Skyler:                  Hello Mr. Dwayne, Officer Tenpenny, I hope you've had a
                             lovely flight. Now you're probably wondering why I've led
                             you to the beautiful city of London right? Well it just grew
                             on me, you know when it just grows? Like an addiction,
                             like a drug, like cocaine. Then it got me thinking..

*split screen*

Skyler:                 How could I.. Skyler..
Dwayne:              Alright, Tenpennys here to pick me up now I'll report back
                            in an hour.


Skyler:                 Draw in a man like you?
Tenpenny:           Quick get in, hurry up!

Skyler:                 Oooo (laughs) her son. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a
                            warm welcome to the young Spencer Porter (laughs).

Tenpenny:           Okay okay cut to the chase have you got any updates on this
                            punk Skyler huh?

Dwayne:              Don't worry he won't get away this time. Ahhh sh*t.

*split screen*

Dwayne:             It's Michelle... Michelle?
Skyler:                Now if you want your Michelle to see her sweet sweet Spencer
                           again you'll do what i say. Or i'll put a bullet in Spencer's
                           F**king head!


Dwayne:            Hey, pull over now. It's Skyler. He's sent us another stream.
Skyler:               It's really been playing on my mind, what's more power,
                          dangerous, the gun?

Skyler:               Or the thought? The gun gives the opportunity, but the thought
                          pulls the trigger. If you're thinking about tracking this then
                          you're mistaken Dwayne cos' i filmed this 72 minutes ago
                         (laughs). So once again Dwayne.. you're BEHIND TIME!!!

Company Logo Ideas

Above is a selection of our final ideas for the logo we would use as a company if we were to distribute our product into the industry.

My personal favourite would be number 2.


- Caligraphic Presentation

- Appealing to the eye

- Circular Border -> Draws Audience

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Evaluation: Question 1 - Props


Car Used -> Audi A1 (MK13)

Point -> The reason as to why we decided to use this car is that it is a modern, easily distinguishable car and due to it being an Audi, it will appeal to most audiences today. By having a highly rated car included within our film sequence, it will draw more peoples attention to watching our piece and in result of this, the success of our project will be greater.

Other Props Used - > Watches

Point ->  The reason as to why we decided that our characters would all wear we chose to wear popular branded watches was again to do with the aesthetically pleasing factor of our piece. By wearing popular, high quality watches, it is again going to compliment the overall aesthetics and higher the calibre of the film sequence itself, again resulting in higher viewing demand.


Below are some examples of high quality branding being used in big films...

Bad Boys 2 - Ferrari being used.

Above, some renowned actors wearing designer watches.

A shot taken from the film 'Takers', with the two high quality cars in the rear section of the shot and also the use of a super bike. 

How inspiration was took.. 

Inspiration was taken from examples such as the above, as the films that are usually successful in the media industry will consist of the highest quality props, in order that the audience recognise the film as a 'prestige' standard. Thias is the idea that us, as a group, was going for when deciding to include the Audi A1 and the use of a more presentable look with the suits and watches.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Scene Analysis

Below is a brief overview of the different scenes in our film product.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Component 8: Location Recce

What is Location Recce?

Well, Recce is in-fact a military term that has been borrowed by media production in the United Kingdom. The word 'recce' actually derived from  wars 'reconnaissance'. It refers to pre-filming visit to a location to work out its suitability for shooting, including access to necessary facilities and assessment of any potential lighting or sound issues, and is closely related to location scouting.

Below is one example of how a location can be chosen (Recce Sheet), however there are other ways a director may decide to choose his location. He may send a scout with a camera/video recorder and instruct them to record the environment, so that later on the video can be analysed and the Director will be able to make a decision.

On my left is a Location Recce sheet.

It consists of multiple answer boxes in which the Location Scout will fill out when deciding if the location is suitable.

Component 7: Call Sheet

What is the call sheet? 
The daily call sheet is a film making term for a sheet of paper created by an assistant director. It is then issued and given to each member of the cast and crew of a film production to inform them of where and when they should report for a particular day of filming.

The production schedule is listed by call time. It includes all the times when people are expected to start work on a film set.

Importance of a Call Sheet & how to fill one out. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Component 5: Crew Selection

The Clique

Curtis Django Grant Actor/Director

Dom Grimshaw Actor/Director

       Lydia Hayward Actor/Camera/Co-Director

Crew Selection:

After discussion, we as a group decided to not include other members within the crew team. We came to this conclusion as we thought it would be a better idea to make this film our own. 

However, we have decided that we are going to hold auditions to develop a strongly talented casting list.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Component 4: Shooting Script

What is the Shooting Script? 

The shooting script itself is a more elaborate and precise version of the screenplay. It isn't actually composed by the screenwriter, as common sense would predict. The shooting script is written by the Director, alongside his Cinematographer, whilst they discuss and plan their ideas for shots and desires for the movie.


The screenplay shouldn't consist of many directions, as it is an advertisement product.
However, the shooting script is more directional, as it is composed by the Director.

Components of a Shooting Script.
- Broken into Shots.
- Precise Terminology (Cinematography)
...e.g. (Close Up, Dolly-In) 
- Divided into Dates

Another purpose of a Shooting Script is to benefit the whole crew and production teams organisation, giving them a precise idea of what is going to happen and when.

Video below consists of a brief production description.

The purpose of this video is describing the actual process of how a movie is produced/created. It isn't as simple as many people think. Although, as discussed, the process isn't actually as complex as expected.

Component 3: Script

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

** How a Treatment is created.

Above is a video that i have found whilst browsing youtube for some extra knowledge. The video consists of all the information needed to write a screenplay during the process of making a film. It is very easy to follow and clear to understand and will give us some guidance when it comes to writing our screenplay.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Component 2: Treatment


What is Film 'Treatment?

- Film 'treatment' is almost like a preview, it is a piece of prose that is typically the first draft of a screenplay for a motion picture/TV series.  They are usually longer and more detailed than an outline.  

A treatment is more like a short story, however they are told in the present tense as the events occur.

Our films concept, along with the themes and main characters within our project will be made evident to the audience during the treatment. The reason for making a treatment will be in hope that we can gather a larger audience for the final film. 

There are 2 parts to the treatment.

- Original Draft Treatment 

... is created during the writing process, it is long and detailed. Consists of full-scene outlines that have been put together.

- Presentation Treatment 

... is created as presentation, the presentation cards are wrote in order, including only the important story events that make up the scenes.  

... is the full story in its simplest form, consisting of three main points; Concept, Theme & Character. 

Component 1: Pitch


What is the 'Pitch' process ?

- The pitch process within filmmaking is very similar to the idea of a pitch within the sales industry. The pitch will be a concise, constructed verbal or visual presentation, consisting of ideas that a screenwriter/director may have for a film/TV series. 

Who is the 'Pitch' given to ? 

- Will be delivered to a producer or studio executive. In my groups case, this will be delivered to our teachers.

Why is the 'Pitch' being given?

- In hope that the ideas are appealing and result in financial development so that the screenplay can be paid for and written. The reason for our pitch is so that our teachers approve before hand and think that our idea is feasible.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Media Pre-Production Overview

Media Pre-Production
 In filmmaking and video production, pre-production formally begins once a project has been greenlit. At this stage, finalising preparations for production go into effect. Financing will generally be confirmed and many of the key elements such as primary cast members, director and cinematogropher are set. By the end of pre-production, the screenplay is hopefully finalised and satisfactory to all the financiers and other stakeholders.
Some of the things that occur during the pre-production process consist of, the script being broken down into individual scenes storyboards and all the locations, props, cast members, costumes, special effects and visual effects are identified. An extremely detailed schedule is produced and arrangements are made for the necessary elements to be available to the film-makers at the appropriate times.

Sets are also constructed, the crew will be hired, financial arrangements are put into place and a start date for the beginning of photography is set. At some point in pre-production there will be a read through of the script which is usually attended by all cast members with speaking parts, the director, all heads of departments, financiers, producers, and publicists.

In a nutshell, pre-production is the process that takes place just before production begins. The process involves the preparation of all of the elements involved within the chosen media type (film, play, or other performance).

Pre-production is one of the 3 parts of the production phase. It occurs first, before production and then post-production occurs after this.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Preliminary Task

Here is my groups Preliminary Task.

Although this is very short and brief, it beholds many features that we are looking to include within our final piece,therefore having done this specific preliminary task it has enabled us to experiment with different camera shots/angles & different filming techniques. Also, with the addition of a soundtrack it is again reflecting the genre of film we have chosen, Thriller.

Monday, 27 January 2014

The 27th January has arrived, a brick wall has been hit.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Stereotypical Features of A Good Opening

Above, is a presentation that i have found stating the key features that should be found within a good opening sequence. It also has examples of different openings with different shots, giving the reasons as to why they are effective and make a good film opening.

Despite the fact that this presentation has been embedded and taken from somebody else, it gives me and the dons something to relate back to.