Website Draft

I am very excited to get started making my website, but before doing so I wanted to make a plan of exactly what it will look like on PowerPoint.

When entering the website this is the first screen you will see. The title and tag line big at the front with a light blue background (#B2C4D5) as this is the main colour scheme throughout my film. The title and tagline is in the font ‘Kefa’ as I believe it matches my films aesthetic.

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As you scroll down the actual short film is the first thing you see on the page.                      You can then scroll onto the next page, or alternatively you can select which page you want to look at with the tabs at the top, this makes the website simple to navigate. So, the second page has the synopsis of the film on a pink background (#EABDBD). I wrote a synopsis which doesn’t give too much away but will hopefully intrigue the reader to then want to watch the film, the synopsis will be improved when on the actual website. This page also includes the credits of the film.

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I then want a page, with the same blue from before, to have reviews. Short films would usually get professional reviews from newspapers but I wouldn’t be able to do this, but also my target audience doesn’t read newspapers anyway. I will get members of my target audience to write short reviews to put into this page.

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This page is a gallery, with the same pink, to include all the extra, behind the scenes, videos and photos.

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And lastly, there is a contact page so that people who enjoyed the film can join a mailing list in order to get updates of my future work and about the film.

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Creating this plan has allowed me to feel confident about creating my actual website. It is no longer just an idea in my head, I am glad that I was able to get all my ideas clearly into a power point.

 

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Website Research

For my second ancillary text I am creating a film website, I have done a lot of research so I have an idea of what I want my website to look like. I want to have a simple, scroll down website so that the visitor has all the information that they’re looking for almost instantly, I want it to be easy and clear to navigate.

So, what are my options?

WordPress:

WordPress is what I am using to make this blog and it has proven well so far. However it is rather expensive to run the website as you have to pay monthly so I am unsure wether it would be worth it when there are other website makers which are free of charge.

Wix:

Wix is a website building site which I have used before so I have had experience and it allows you to simply choose a layout which you wish to have for your website. I believe that this is the best website building software to use to create my website.

Film Poster Test

I wanted to create a test version of my film poster so that I was able to get an idea of what the actual thing is going to look like and to consider the placement of text. Below is what my mock poster looks like.

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I found an image online which is similar to what I want to take of my actor. I firstly brought this picture into photoshop and then created a darker rectangle around the image, I want to include this as it shows she’s trapped into her addiction and separate from the world, it also links to the tag line.

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I did this by using the line tool and drawing over the image where I wanted the rectangle, I then turned the opacity down.

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I then added text, I knew I wanted it to be white as this is traditional of the genre of film and I thought this worked really well with the picture, I used the font Lucida Bright for all the text as its simple yet soft, it works well I believe. Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 12.03.45.png

I then positioned all the text where I wanted including title, actor, director and the tagline.

I am really happy with the outcome of this practise I am just hoping the real thing comes out just as well.

Animatic

I wanted to make an animatic so that I had a clear idea of what my final film is going to look like with all the sound added in, it allowed me to edit it as if I was editing with the real footage. It also allowed me to get an idea of how long my short film will be.

Filming Day 2

Filming day 2 was a very long day. I started filming at 9 in the morning and we weren’t finished until about 2pm. The main challenge I came across is that my main actor decided to dye her hair.. This was obviously quite an issue and I didn’t want to have to film the previous scenes again. However I used my choice of narrative to my advantage and decided, this is 5 years in the future, she wouldn’t have the same hair so it actually worked out to my advantage.

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The rest of the day went reasonably well, I’m not sure if the footage is as good as it was in the first day of filming as I wasn’t completely happy with the lighting but I shall see how it looks when editing before I decide wether or not to re-film.

Stranger Things 2

The ever so popular Netflix original ‘Stranger Things’ has come back this year with a second season. ‘Stranger Things’ without a doubt is one of my favourite TV shows so I was apprehensive to see what The Duffer brothers were going to do for the second season.

I was not disappointed. Not only does the story completely live up to the standard I was expecting but the shots and colouring in the show is simply explicit. After studying media I have been able to fully appreciate the work which goes into creating films and TV shows and this show truly blows me away.

As you can see, just from this trailer, the shots are each thought about and I just really like this is all put together. The sounds, actors, transitions, effect and camera work are just all so perfect. It is a big inspiration of mine when thinking about framing and transitions between shots. I think every film maker can learn a lot from watching this.

Filming Day 1

I did my first day of filming on Saturday 23rd October. We went to Gerrards Cross station, somewhere I go regularly so I knew it’d be perfect for filming what I wanted.

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Everything went really well and I managed to get all the footage I wanted in only a couple of hours and I was really happy with how it looked.

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I am now excited to continue filming very soon!

Theorists

There are so many different theorists out there, especially in film. It could be theories about the narrative or the characters etc. My short film very much follows Todorovs theory.

Todorovs suggests that every film follows a simple structure, an equilibrium, a disequilibrium and then ending with a new equilibrium. This theory is present in my idea as my story starts with normal life, modern life as we are living it. The middle is then the time travel sector where the character is scared and confused, it then finishes with the new equilibrium as Hazel is now using social media less and living her life differently.

Todorovs theory is quite simple but also shocking as you begin to realise that all films and TV actually follow this structure. For example lets apply this to the last thing I watched, ‘Stranger Things’.

‘Stranger Things’ starts with normal everyday life, everyones happy.

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The disequilibrium is then the main part of the story when Will goes missing and people start to see this monster, the characters are all scared and panicked.

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New equilibrium is then restored when Will is found, everyone returns back to their normal lives… mostly.

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So, Todorovs theory is impressive and almost always true. As well as a narrative theorist I have also been looking at John Berger who believes that “Men look, women appear”. He believes that women, in all aspects of the media are only used for objectifying. I don’t believe this to be true which is why I am intrigued to look into his theory.

So, he believes that women are used for men to look at and desire, they are objects in the media, this surely cant always be the case. It all started in western art as men are seen to be viewing women and John Berger believes that woman view themselves, they see themselves how they believe men see them as men are the ones doing the viewing. Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 19.14.23.png

When looking at this magazine I see that his theory is correct. The title “soft seduction” suggests that all women just want to seduce men, the way she is sitting entices us to look at her with the intention for men to desire her. This was also just one of the first magazines which I saw, I wasn’t looking to apply his theory it just automatically applies to everything. I

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I think that John Bergers theory applies to a lot of the media, however it also, in some cases, is not intentional. Objectifying women has been happening for so long that its hard to not do it, especially in the media. It comes naturally and we, as a society kmow no difference, it is something we need to work on.

The main character in my short film is a female however in no way is she being objectified, I am not presenting her in a way to please men but simply to tell the story.

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Editing

I was the editor of the group last year and I have a lot of experience editing. However previously I have used iMovie to edit videos and I wanted to get a bit of practise using Adobe Premiere Pro as this software would be more useful when creating my short film as it has more features.

So, to have a go at using it I thought I would film my trip to Berlin so that I could make a short video using Premiere.

I found the software fairly easy to use as I have had little experience using it before but it felt good to improve my skills and I always enjoy being able to capture parts of my life, I will cherish this video.