Thursday, 29 March 2012

Main Task - Sound

Often in horror film's music is featured to add to the mood that the makers wish to portray , now we are in the editing process we have looked alot into the different types of sound we would like to add to our peice.

At first we had planned to feauture Non Diegetic music during our opening shots of the woodland scenes to create that horror like feel , we have decided to stick to this but the idea in which we wished to use music as diegetic sound to be overlayed in our scenes in the car was scrapped as we didn't feel like the different sounds would slow fluidly and it would not add anything to our peice.

We searched for a long time for suitable music for our opening montage style scenes and in the end decided upon this peice which is an instrumental of a song by Nine Inch Nails entitled "hurt".
This peice of music is not too dramatic to make our filming seem amatuer and instead creates a good mood "spooky" mood which is the main aim we wanted to achieve.

In order to add more sound into our peice we decided upon also adding in non diegetic sound to the scene in which Harry's phone is dropped to once again create that mood of unease.

In terms of diegetic sound we added a  sound effect to add emphasis to the point when Harry creeps up on the girls to scare them , this add's a "jumpy" point to our opening and we are all very happy with it.

Also we decided to film an ending shot in which a hand is shown holding Harry's missing phone at the end of our opening in order to bring it to more of a cliffhanger edge from which the film could continue; we added music to this part as well to carry on that feeling of utter unease and wonder.

Main Task - Editing

We have been constantly editing since the completion of our filming , we have all taken part in the editing process to make sure all our talents are put to use and also that we are all included in the work.
Editing has gone smoothly and we have learnt alot of new techniches in which we never knew before.

We are very near to an end and have fine tuned our peice to come to something we are happy with.

A last minute addition to our peice includes a film four opening we were able to aquire , we decided to add this in to add the independent film edge we were looking for even more so to our peice , as well as this we decided it suited our peice well and backs up the ideas we had for where our finished film would be shown.

We have also now placed titles , this took alot of thought but we feel our final results suit our peice very well , completion of our peice should be very soon.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Film Sypnopsis

Together as a group we set out key points for our sypnopsis of the film in order to work out what would happen in the whole film so we could narrow down what we wanted to include in our opening here are details of the overall plot as well as the opening 2 minutes.

Overall film synopsis:
Three teenagers take a road trip to Brighton for a weekend away, however on the way their car breaks down and they are forced to spend the night in an unknown wooded area. Here they receive text messages from one of the characters phone, that he lost whilst in the wood, but when they try to call for help they do not have signal. As the film progresses each character goes missing with the implication being that they are being murdered by the writer of the text messages. The film ends with just one character left. 

 Specifically the opening two minutes:

We begin our film with establishing shots of a wooded area , from the ofset this creates a spooky atmosphere for us to build on in the opening.Our ending cuts abruptly to the inside of a car to introduce us to the main protagonists of the film; Lizzy , Nina and Harry.

They drive along an isolated road excited for the trip ahead of them and clearly unaware of any possible danger although Harry soon demands they pull over so he can take a "piss".

He is shown to drop his phone without noticing as he heads back to the car as he inturupts the girls deep conversation by scaring them.

As he gets back into the car it becomes apparent the car won't start , at this point the lack of phone is noted by Harry and a text is recieved by both girls from Harry's phone , which considering he has not got his phone seems almost impossible... 

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Main Task Further Filming Progress

We were able to refilm the main chunk of our peice feuturing all the actors in the end , but once again some problems arose with actors. In the end we decided to go with 3 charactors ; Harry , Nina and Lizzy. I feel this is not a bad outcome as they all worked very well together and it was not detrimental to filming in the long run.

In the filming process we changed some camera angles to suit the new character set up , along with this the weather was consistent throughout which is also good.

I feel refilming was definitely the best decision we could have made and now we have begun editing all our peices together.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Main Task - where would our film be featured?

As a group we decided to research into where our film would be suitable to be shown once it is completed. As it is an independent British film we feel it would not be the type of film to be released on a large scale in cinemas and instead worked out it was more likely to be feautured on television.

Our Film is very low budget in comparison with large film companies productions and with reference to our audience we feel channels such as MTV or channel 4/ Film 4 would best suit our finished peice.

Along with this as our film will be rated 15 these channels would be able to show them and would also target our preferred audience.