7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Looking back at my preliminary task compared to now looking at my completed media product, I believe that I have made clear improvements through out my course. This can be seen from the difference and variety of camera angles that I used in my opening and also the editing, particularly in cutting shots to fit in smoothly with the story line to allow the video to flow smoothly. Due to my preliminary task being one of the first tasks I did, I found that the range of camera angles used were limited this can also be seen as the editing didn’t flow smoothly, as a result the overall filming appeared unprofessional and open to improvement. Also, I didn’t have more than one shot for what I filmed, therefore, if someone made a mistake in one of the shots, I didn’t have a back up clip. Whereas in my final film, I made sure I had a variety of camera angles, for example having a variety of shots with different depth of field. Also, I made sure my editing was smooth by increasing the amount of frames I cut and edited. I filmed many different shots, ensuring that I would have back up if I messed up in one of my shots.

The preliminary task had to feature a storyline that included the 180-degree rule, opening a door and sitting. This was very helpful as it allowed me to begin thinking about ides that could potentially fulfill the criteria. This allowed me to see that all tasks I produced require full planning and ensured that I was focused and secure with what direction I was going in with my filming.

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6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

To construct my media product I have used many different types of equipment and programs, from this I was able to develop many new technology skills, firstly through the different equipment I used. To film my footage I used a canon 700D, to prepare myself for my actual filming I learnt how to adjust the aperture to control how much light was let into my footage. This proved useful in my filming as I adjusted the aperture to create a loss of focus throughout my footage; this meant I was able to focus the camera on my actors and work on my depth of field. I used additional equipment with the cannon 700D, such as a tripod as this this meant that my shots were steady and still.

A key program I also used throughout the construction of my product was Adobe Premier Pro, which I have used throughout to edit shots together. I used the razar tool on this program as at the beginning of my media product I had to cut my shots to show coffee being made repeatable. In my construction I also used after effects to create my ident and my titles, which was very useful as it allowed me to choose a variety of different fonts to suit my film. My ident was placed at the beginning of my film opening, For this I followed a tutorial from video co pilot, which was very helpful as it provided me with step-by-step instructions as to how to construct my ident. I chose and created an ident that I felt was appropriate for the genre of my media product.

I also used online sites such as WordPress and Vimeo. I created my blog on WordPress to store all my coursework, using a Vimeo account to upload my videos and then embed them onto my blog so they could be viewed more easily.

5. How did you attract/address your audience?

To construct my media product I have used many different types of equipment and programs, from this I was able to develop many new technology skills, firstly through the different equipment I used. To film my footage I used a canon 700D, to prepare myself for my actual filming I learnt how to adjust the aperture to control how much light was let into my footage. This proved useful in my filming as I adjusted the aperture to create a loss of focus throughout my footage; this meant I was able to focus the camera on my actors and work on my depth of field. I used additional equipment with the cannon 700D, such as a tripod as this this meant that my shots were steady and still.

A key program I also used throughout the construction of my product was Adobe Premier Pro, which I have used throughout to edit shots together. I used the razar tool on this program as at the beginning of my media product I had to cut my shots to show coffee being made repeatable. In my construction I also used after effects to create my ident and my titles, which was very useful as it allowed me to choose a variety of different fonts to suit my film. My ident was placed at the beginning of my film opening, For this I followed a tutorial from video co pilot, which was very helpful as it provided me with step-by-step instructions as to how to construct my ident. I chose and created an ident that I felt was appropriate for the genre of my media product.

I also used online sites such as WordPress and Vimeo. I created my blog on WordPress to store all my coursework, using a Vimeo account to upload my videos and then embed them onto my blog so they could be viewed more easily.

Q4. Who would be the audience for your media product?

The ages demographic that I focused my film on are young adults/ late teens from the ages 15-25. I think that aiming my film towards this demographic will be most successful as between that age category is the prime age for any consumer of films, especially in the psychological genre. My film will appeal to most genders due to the genre featuring both male and female who play the roles of the protagonist and the antagonist within my film opening, although I do believe on a whole that my media product may appeal more so to females as the results from my target audience survey provided me with. To make my film content interesting to viewers I made a survey using survey monkey to question my target audience who had a previous interest in the similar genre and for those that didn’t, on what they would like to see in an opening; this survey provided me with information about a crime thriller I initially planned on creating, I later change my idea, however much of this survey proved helpful in the creation f my opening.

It was also relevant to receive back information from those that don’t commonly watch this type of genre movies as it helped me to develop my media product as it gave me suggestions as to my characters, props and location.

I used social media websites, such as Facebook to advertise my survey to make it more accessible to more people in my target demographic and to further my results by making it more accessible to a larger sample. I then used the website Prezi to analyze my results and this was useful as I was able to visually see the results from my survey and as a result I was able to pull my ideas and concepts together to help develop my early ideas into what I wanted to produce in my media product.

I decided to rate my media product a 15 rating as I felt that this was the most appropriate target audience that would be relevant to my media product. Also, the majority of Psychological thrillers I have seen and researched have been a 15 rating. I surveyed two different teenagers of opposing genders to see their take one the conventions of an excepted opening.

 

3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

During my initial research I looked at film companies and their idents. I did this to establish the different roles of film companies such as production companies and distribution companies. I also thought it would be important to look at the genres of films they made and their budgets. I decided create an ident that would represent a thriller to immediately establish genre. I looked at idents to see how many can vary depending on the genre of the film; the idents appeared bold and easy to read and involved movement, which I thought was good in setting the pace for the film that, followed.

I decided create an ident that would represent a psychological thriller to immediately establish genre. I looked at idents such as Icon and Nordisk Films; these idents were bold and easy to read and involved movement, which I thought was good in setting the pace for the film that, followed. On the whole the idents were quite generic and didn’t give away the genre of the film unlike idents I saw from companies ted Pictures who clearly demonstrate the genre of horror. This is most likely due to the considerably smaller budget for companies like this who will solely produce films of 1 genre whereas other bigger firms can branch out slightly in films they chose to produce.

The company I would choose to distribute my film would be that of a lower budget would be to document my film at film festivals my film and advertise as an independent film as my film would be by a fairly unknown director so may find it hard to get noticed by major companies. An aim would be to cause a fair amount of income at the box office or Netflix to try and get the film out and about.

Q2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Early on during the researching process I was able to clearly see that the general social groups displayed in thriller films were old male adults and younger female characters, this can be seen particularly in the movies lovely bones, split and IT.

In order to evaluate how social media groups are represented in my product I can firstly look at my main female antagonist, who can be compared to other female main characters in similar Thriller films. I cast my friend Sarah to play the role of my young, naive girl character. I chose her because of her youthful appearance and good acting skills, as she was easy to take directions and convincingly portray the part. She is supposed to represent a typical 21st century teenager. I showed this by having technology feature as a part of a teenager’s life (this is seen through the use of the IPhones).

I than analyzed the way in which my male protagonist was presented from these same films. My movie is typical in the sense the gender of the protagonist is male, as it is similar to the films, Split and IT in particular, which is about a man who obsesses over a girl and uses his skills with technology as a way of stalking her. Both men are presented as being dominant, yet not in control of their own behavior. I have shown this uncontrollable nature of my protagonist through the use of close up that highlight the man’s fidgety state/ traits, similar to that of shots used from the movie Split.

Q1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

The conventions of a typical philological thriller usually feature a middle-aged man as the protagonist, thereby it can be seen that my media product uses traditional formats of the psychological thriller film format. In my film opening the protagonist is an old man, whilst the antagonist of my film is the young teenage girl who is blissfully unaware of the man and his strange intentions. I illustrated this in my psychological thriller genre, most specifically through the idea of increasing tension by using short duration shots and a range of camera angles that link in with the music.

In psychological thrillers, characters often battle their own minds: they attempt to determine what is real, who they are, and what life’s purpose is. So the focus is not so much about the location but more on the characters development.The location I picked is Similar to that of the movie ‘The American Psycho’ as the opening features the inside of his apartment as he moves from room to room. However is my antagonist who makes this move around rather than my protagonist.

The props I used with in my film opening were the alarm clock, I used this to create tension through the use of the ticking sound, suggesting ‘time is of the essence’. I also used a mobile phone, in which the protagonist is able to communicate to the antagonist through.