Sunday, 27 February 2011

ALL - Last One Standing rough cut 3

The sound was composed for us by John Cockshaw, we gave him a list of things we wanted and he composed them, we gave him feedback and helped him along the way.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

ALL - Idents

This is the ident for Thornsell Distributions. We created it on livetype, we made the background ourself by flicking food colouring onto a white sheet of paper, this was to get the effect of blood splattering.   We also put background music into it, this is an old horror film type sound and goes really well with the writing. 

Untitled from Jess Thorne on Vimeo.

This is the ident for Untitled Productions. We again created in on livetype, we tried to get a heartbeat effect with the sound and animations, so we got the heartbeat to be in sync with the pulsation of the writing. 

Untitled from Jess Thorne on Vimeo.

Monday, 14 February 2011

ALL - Audience

Our film opening is aimed at teenagers, specifically 15 years of age or above, up to people in their mid 20s. This is because the characters are of a similar age to the audience so they will be able to relate to a night out with friends, messing about which could intensify the horror making it more realistic. If I had to give it a BBFC rating I would give it a 12 because according to  

Horror of moderate or physical threat may be permitted, provided disturbing scenes are not frequent or sustained. Nudity is allowed but in sexual context must be brief and discreet. Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood but occasional gore moments may be permitted if justified by the context.

However after conducting more research on existing film rating of this genre we have made more structured ideas about how our film would continue.  Our film opening is quite tame in comparison to the rest of the film so we have reconsidered our overall rating, not just basing it on the opening we have created. Our overall rating would be 15, some existing films in the slasher genre that are 15 rated as well are:

1. The Exorcist
2. The Shining
3. Polterfeist
4. The Entity
5. Estigma
6. Sixth Sense
7. The Others
8. Carrie
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
10. Psicosis
11. Evil Dead
12. Scream
13. Grudge
14. Hostel
15. The Ring

Our film would include scenes of violence but wouldn't show pain or injury so cannot be counted as an 18 rated movie. Also nudity is permitted, but not too much, which is relating to our opening two minutes and strong language is allowed. Even within our opening the actress blasphemed by saying "oh my God" in the woods scene, again indicating why the our film should be a 15.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

The Last One Standing - Rough Cut 2

GM - Research on low budget film distributors

  • They are an independent film productions-distribution corporation with studio facilities.
  • Created by Herbert J. Yates, a long time investor in film and music properties and founder and president of Consolidated Film Industries.
  • Republic was the result of a union of six smaller Poverty Row studios.
  • It operated from 1934 until 1959 and was relaunched in 1986
  • Best know for its specialisation in westerns, movie serials and B films emphasizing mystery and action.
  • Was responsible for financing a Shakespeare film, Orson Welles’ Macbeth (1948) and several John Ford films during the 1940s and early 1950s
  • Developed the careers and star status of John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers
  • In its early years it was sometimes labelled a ‘poverty row’ company due to its primary products being B movies and serials
  • However Republic often showed more interest in these types of films, therefore provided larger budgets than many of the larger studios were doing, and certainly more than other independents were able to.
  • They produced many ‘hillbilly’ and rural musicals and comdies featuring Bob Burns, the Weaver Brothers and Judy Canova that were popular in various areas of the United States.
  • Republic made most of its films in black and white however it occasionally would produce a higher-budget film such as The Red Pony (1949)
  • During the late 1940s and 1950s, Yates utilized a low-cost Cinecolor type process called Trucolor in many of his films, notably Johnny Guitar (1954)
  • In 1956 Republic came up with their own widescreen film process, Naturama with The Maverick Queen as the first film made in the process
  • Was one of the first Hollywood studios to offer its film library to television
  • In 1951 they agreed with Hollywood Television Service to sell screening rights in its vintage westerns and action thrillers. Many of these films were edited to fit in a one hour television slot
  • It became apparent that Republic was well suited for television series production however the company did not have the finances or vision to do so
  • As the demand and market for B-pictures declined, Republic began to cut back, slowing the production from 40 features a year in the early 1950s to 18 in 1957.

The most celebrated of Republics serials 'The Adventures of Captain Marvel' film serial

Today, CBS Television Studios owns most ancillary rights to Republic’s television output while sharing the copyrights with Republic. The theatrical side is owned outright by Viacom’s Paramount Pictures. The television distribution of the Republic theatrical films is by Trifecta Entertainment & Media (under license from Paramount)

ALL - At the location

Here is the locational footage we filmed to show the different scenes in the opening. They include some of the main shot types and gave us a clearer image of what the overall film would look like.

ALL - Creating fake blood

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

JT - Sounds for Last One Standing

So far we have got rid of all the diegetic sound within the house but kept the woods parts. We are also thinking about non-diegetic sound such as a radio playing.

So to make our idea more clear we are considering having a radio playing instead of music. The radio will be a newsflash saying "1 year today that the girls went into the local woods and tragically only 1 survived, but it is still an ongoing mystery". This helps anchor the date of the film and makes it more understandable for the audience.

JT - Feedback for Last One Standing rough cuts

In our first initial rough cut, we got feedback off two fellow media students Becky Wholley and Hannah Ferreria. We chose them because they are of a similar age of our intended target audience and also their media skills and ideas could help us improve on our opening.

  • They said that the initial idea is good but the idea wasn't clear enough for the woods part because it doesn't have any transactions or effects on (we solved this by putting the wods scenes in black and white and also having transactions , such as a t.v fuzz to signify it's a home movie)
  • Also to make our idea more clear we are considering having a radio playing instead of music, the radio will say something along the lines of "1 year today that the girls went into the local woods and tragically only 1 survived, but it is still an ongoing mystery".
  • They said that the sounds need editing (we over came this by getting rid of all the diegetic sound within the house but keeping the woods parts. We are also thinking about non-diegetic sound such as a radio playing).
  • More distinction of characters so the audience know's who the girl is in the woods
  • But overall it is good, and the shots creating the effect that someone is approaching the house is good

Katie: Not clear that it is a flashback of the girl in the bath and what the flash back is actually supposed to show. The shots that were used through the front door when ellie was walking to the bathroom made it seem as though the bathroom was downstairs, however this was confusing as there is a shot after that shows the light upstairs being turned on. After watching a second rough cut once some editing had been done, I didn't think this anymore.

Ruby: no water in the bath, needs a lot more editing
When me and Jess got further feedback on Last One Standing and the main comment that was coming up was that our final girl Ellie, looks more like a scream queen because she poses infront of the mirror, is bossy in the woods and the shots reveal her good physique (revealing) so therefore seems more like a typical scream queen (although she has brown hair, which we could challenge the stereotypical role of scream queen).

JT - Titles for Last One Standing

Mine and Jess's original ideas are:

  • Red (signify blood) titles appearing on the black parts of the screen, and appear on the bottom of the screen
  • White titles on a black parts of the screen (binary opposites) to show good and evil between the characters

 These are possible fonts for our titles