Jade Craig (0832), Sauzanne Micael (1037), Jessica Oti (1102), Clarissa Thompson (1183) – Main Task and Coursework 2013 – 2014

Final Product by Jade Craig

Pre-Production (Planning and Research)

Pitch Process


Pitch – Who am I? There is a girl called Annabella and for years she has been tortured and bullied in her area so she decides to put a stop to it. Although she realises she isn’t able to get revenge because it just isn’t in her or is it?  Her alter ego seeks to torment and torture everyone who has ever bullied her and made her life hell. Every night she seeks a different person to get revenge on in a twisted way based on how they bullied her. But when she isn’t herself, it affects who she really is and how she comes across to everyone around her. She starts changing and becoming more and more distressed about what’s going on, and everyone starts seeing her as a different person, but to her she is still the same and she cant understand why everyone is starting to become scared of her.

Pitch – Analysis Starts off with a girl holding a candle to here face, the background is all blackout and we can see half her face. Then it switches to a pan over an empty road and then a bunch of girls sitting on a picnic table, its cold and the girl walks past the group of girls. The scene blacks out and we see a knife and various other malicious, blooded weapons on the bed. The girl who is being bullied and laughed out is wearing blooded ripped clothes and looking at her hands questioning what actually happened. The scene ends with her holding newspapers which are announcing the missing/murders of the girls from the picnic bench.


Pitch – The Wondering A group of seven friends go out on their annual camping trip to celebrate Jades birthday. As they settle into the campsite/forest, one of the girls becomes paranoid that something is going wrong. After a while they all feel more welcome and begin drinking. After one of the guys thinks he sees something and suddenly sticks go flying into the camp. They then realize that they are being watched. After going further into the forest that one of them is missing.


Pitch – (Horror) Halloween night and friends are having a social gathering in a house without parental guidance.Underage smoking and drinking takes place in the scene. Group of 5* friends discovered there two friends are planning to prank them, so decide to play along with the joke. However, things turn wrong when real serial killers disguised in Halloween masks find a way into the house. The group see the killers but believe it is their friends, therefore get close to the killers. when they have a knife against there body and slowly cuts through there flesh. The rest of the group laugh and think it is all fake until the killers chase the rest of the friends. They then realize it is not a prank and real life becomes nightmare. Pitch – Analysis In the opening sequence, it starts with the small group of friends (4-6 people) setting up music and smoking in the house/garden, laughing and talking. The scene then flashes to the two friends putting on Halloween masks saying, “we’ll give them the Halloween to remember., and the scare of a life time”. The scene then flashes to the real serial killers. You cannot see their faces, only the hand movements. The two killers are seen putting on leather gloves and sharpening large knives. Described above includes the following: -Where is the film setting? In a house. -Does it set up the narrative? Horror scene is about to take place at a social gathering. -Does it introduce main actors? The two ‘prank’ killers, the real killer, and the group of friends that will be attacked. -Does it introduce any key props or themes? The opening sequence introduces the key prop of the knife (murder weapon) being sharpened by the killer.


Pitch – (Romantic Comedy) These two characters Eric and Romey are the focus of the romantic comedy. Eric Is a very savvy but has far fetched ideas on how to make a girl fancy him. Romey is a stubborn girl who thinks she’ll grow up to marry a boring person, she’s not very interested in love but meeting Eric gets her caught up in this romantic comedy, The comedic features is Eric’s attitude towards Romey, and his use of pick up lines to catch Romey’s attention.


Pitch Analysis A male (Eric) is getting changed in the room he is staying in; he is shirtless as he is applying his deodorant on.  A girl (Romney) accidentally walks in on his shirtless, and apologizes in a embarrassing fashion. Eric becomes interested in Romey at first glance, and stalls her stay in his room by talking to her with the intention to flatter her. When he draws to close to her Romey becomes annoyed and leaves the room quickly. Eric now plans to find out more about her and is last seen putting his shirt on.

Pitch Selection:

As a group we read other and explained our pitches, and came to a realisation that none of our pitches would have been appropriate to carry out because of reasons such as time, location, and capability because of our limited availability as well as cost for particular mise – en – scene. In the end we decided that we would create a new pitch together combining all our pitches together to create an entirely new idea completely. We chose the genre of horror as it was wanted by the majority, the narrative features a group of teens going out together to investigate an old tale someone the met made aware to them. They will be recording their progress as they discover more about this tale which turns out to be a horrific trap which they find hard to escape. Production meeting one – Present: Suzanne & Jessica


  • Suzanne, Jessica and Clarissa decided on the horror genre.
  • Record the pitch process on the 13/12/13.
  • Suzanne will control all equipment and she will inform other group members on this.
  • Suzanne has started this process and is focusing on ‘The Shining’, ‘Jeepers Creepers’, ‘Insidious’ and ‘cabin in the woods’; she will finish the end of this week.
  • Jessica has also started the process and has started looking at ‘A nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ 1989 and ‘Dracula’ 1992.
  • Jessica will inform Jade about this work due.


Jade’s Research

Film Opening Analysis

Evil Dead

Mise – en – Scene

How is made clear by mise-en-scene where the film is set?:

With the use of mise-en-scene we can see that the film is set in a dark forest, the lighting is very bleak, and the use of fog gives the setting a very sinister feel.

How is the time period of the film made clear?:

Through the clothing we can see that the film is set during the modern times.

How are ideas about the main character established?:

From the girl being dressed in rags, her clothes ripped and make-up being naturally smudged.

How are the genre and general mood established?:

The genre and general mood is established through the use of dull lighting we can see that it’s definitely a horror and we get a sinister feeling.


How are sounds used to establish ideas about the general mood of the film?:

The use of soundtrack sets the general mood of the film, and the mood that comes of the soundtrack is horror, revulsion, shock and many other moods along them lines. From the soundtrack we are made aware of the genre of the film straight away.

How is dialogue used to create ideas about key characters?: There is no use of dialogue to create any ideas about the key characters so we are left wondering which I feel worked very well, to create that suspense.

How is dialogue and sound used to create ideas about key locations and characters?

The sound of cracking branches allow us to identify that she is in a forest, and the character is stranded or lost.

Camera Shots

How are the key locations introduced?:

The use of an establishing shot introduces the key location, which is a forest well as far as we know.

The characters introduced?:

Then through the use of a medium shot we are shown the back of the character and she’s walking through the forest – could almost say that the use of an medium shot from the behind gave us the impression that some is behind her.

Saw I

The opening scene starts off with titling showing all the production company’s involved. We then see the title of the film, which is written in blue and seems to be whirling on the black backdrop.    The scenes are generally dark, meaning that we are relying particularly on the sounds that we can hear to piece together what is going on.

Mise – en – Scene

How is made clear by mise-en-scene where the film is set?:

Through the mise-en-scene we can see that the film is set in some sort of operation room, by the use of tiled walls and hospital equipment. With the little lighting the scene provides we see the same character in a wide shot falling out of the bath.

How is the time period of the film made clear?:

We aren’t really made aware of the time period but through the props used we could identify that its in the modern 21st century times.

How are ideas about the main character established?:

Through the lighting we are able to establish who the main characters potentially are. The lighting then turns on and we are immediately drawn into the scene showing a close-up of the guy blocking the light out and another guy chained up.

How are the genre and general mood established?:

The scene then opens with dark lighting but blue colours that stand out in the scene. The use of dark lighting keeps us interested in finding out what is going on. From this the we get a on edge feeling and we can see that the film is clearly an horror.


How are sounds used to establish ideas about the general mood of the film?:

The background music immediately drowns out all the diegetic sounds within this scene. The music is loud and jumpy with gives the audience the feel that this film is going to keep you on edge, at the same time its quiet and high-pitch. Although we can’t see anything we can hear the sound of water, we are then able to identify where the sound is coming from as we see a close-up of someone looking as if they are drowning in the water.

How is dialogue used to create ideas about key characters?:

We are then introduced to another character through the use of dialogue, we aren’t aware of who the characters are.

How is dialogue and sound used to create ideas about key locations and characters?

Through diegetic sound we hear the guy crying out for help, and then character begins grunting and we can hear chains dragging across the floor. Camera Shots

How are the key locations introduced?:

During the opening sequence we are introduced to the key location which Is some sort of emptied out operation room with the use of a wide/establishing shot and include in the shot was a dead guy on the floor.

The characters introduced?:

The main character is introduced with a close-up shot with his hands blocking out the light then the camera moves from a close-up shot to a medium shot of him still blocking out the shot. Then there is again the use of a medium shot to introduce the second main character who is chained to some sort of drainpipe.

How relationships between key characters are established ?:

With the use of camera shots, we can see that the characters do not yet have any type of relation to one another.

The Ring

Mise – en – Scene

How is made clear by mise-en-scene where the film is set?:

Through the use of location we can see that the film is mainly set in a house that looks somewhat isolated and haunted.

How is the time period of the film made clear?:

The girls bedroom we can see the time sets period of the film in the modern times if we can identify that it would be the modern time in 2002.

How are ideas about the main character established?:

After the location we see next is a girls bedroom, and the characters are dressed in uniform, which gives the idea that these girls are adolescents.

How are the genre and general mood established?:

The lighting is very dark and I assume that this is from the use of low-key lighting, and the mood within the scene is seen as sinister. Furthermore the genre is once again identified as horror.


How are sounds used to establish ideas about the general mood of the film?: The sounds of raindrops and thunder outside makes the scene have some sort of dark mood to it, and we feel scared for the characters because it draws in some type of problem. Also because non-diegetic music starts playing slowly in the background, which again sets a scary, feel to the film.

How is dialogue used to create ideas about key characters?:

Through the dialogue between the key characters we see that these girls are up to do anything, as in they would be seen as ‘rebels’ and we get the idea that these girls are about to cause some sort of trouble or be involved in some sort of trouble. Given that the genre of the film is horror, we identify that the type of trouble they are going to get themselves into wont be small.

Camera Shots

How are the key locations introduced?:

With the use of an establishing shot we see are introduced to a haunted looking house, which we identify as the key location.

The characters introduced?:

Through the use of a wide-shot we are introduced to two of the key characters.

How relationships between key characters are established?:

Also with the camera zooming in we then see that the relationship being established here is again either best friend’s or sisters

Suzanne’s Research

Development of the Horror Genre Development of the horror genre 1 Development of the horror genre 2Development of the horror genre 3     Development of the horror genre 4 Development of the horror genre 5

Conventional Characters/Profile Types


Key Conventions used in the Horror Genre

Title Analysis 

Clarissa’s Research

Clarissa – Film Sequence Analysis

I wanted to analyse the modern approaches to successful horror films by gathering an assumption of key conventions within horror opening sequences, in order to complete my own opening title sequence of the genre.

Scream – Opening Title Sequence [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ISvJ5RXKA] Scream (1996) was the first Scream horror film from a sequence of six, which consists of a killer disguised by a costume of a white face mask and black cloak (form of mise-en -scene) that takes pleasure through stalking and brutally tormenting their victims. The opening title sequence of Scream is introduced by the films major distribution company Dimension Films, with non-diegetic sound of a heart beat increasing its beat, signifying fear from the character or audience member, thus creating an ambiguity effect. Then followed by this is the title of the film (Scream) which is plain and simple with a black coloured background with the font capital lettered and at first sight, is coloured in white. The title of the film is then edited as it flashes to the colour red, signifying the colour of blood. Alongside this form of title editing, diegetic sound of a women screaming is played at the same time, then followed by the sound of a phone ringing- which is one form of the key prop in the film, as the murderer phones his victims before they realise they are being watched and then killed. This also sets the narrative as the sound of the phone ringing carries on into the first scene. At first glance we can see that the protagonist (Drew Barrymore) is roughly a teenager by the way she is dressed very casual in jeans and jumper as she is in the comfort of her own home as we can see, from the use of a vague wide shot of the room, to a close up of her on the phone (key prop). After a second phone call straight after, a camera shot is reflected of the protagonists garden doors, expressing that it is night as it is dark outside, and a various shot of revealing the character walking away. The use of an outside wide shot straight after exemplifies the location of the scene, which is inside a moderately large house, indicating the home of the victim in America- as she has an American idiolect- and is seen comfortable and casual as she makes popcorn alone and answers the phone. Upon the third call, there is no background noise in the scene of added non-diegetic sound as this helps the audience concentrate on the phone call between the victim and man, who she doesn’t realise quite yet that he is a murderer. However, things suddenly change as an extreme close up vastly zooms-in towards the victims face to express her facial reaction when her mysterious caller claims he can see her. At this point, three low-pitched piano notes are edited in as a form of non-diegetic sound creating a tensed atmosphere and suspicion upon the audience. Extreme close up of the victim locking all the doors and wide shots of her turning on the light to search the garden/pool area, expresses her fear and tension as she discovers she is being watched, along with her movements around the house bas she begins to run around securing the house. When the murderer says the name of her boyfriend ‘Steve’, non-diegetic sound of a loud and sudden bang is edited into the scene and is played every 6 seconds as she slowly makes her way to the window.   Saw I – Opening Title Sequence: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dawk9v9hk_A] Saw I (2004) is the first Saw film – from a sequence of 7- in which consists of people that – the “jigsaw” believes deserves to be treated for the wrong doings in their life – are kidnapped and put into a ‘game’ set up by the Jigsaw in which they fight against others in a race to live. In a turn of events the murderer Jigsaw not only tortures them in a very vivid, gory and slow and painful death, but the killers/murderers are themselves (just like in a paranormal or exorcist horror) which creates a twist on the storyline. The film is introduced with the films independent film distributor Lions Gate Films, alongside the effect of non-diegetic sound of loud thunder to create ambiguity. The opening title sequence is then followed by an American independent production company title ‘Twisted Pictures’ which mainly creates movies of the horror genre. The production names and filmmakers’ names are appeared on screen with a pitch black background with bold font in the colour of blue. The use of dark colours emphasizes on the gloomy and mysterious effect portrayed to the horror theme. There is then diegetic sound of the movement of water, overlapped onto the production and filmmakers names with cutaway shots of water. This creates mystery and suspicion of what is happening for the duration of 38 seconds, before the first scene takes place on screen. The narrative starts of in a very dark room with lighting only bright enough to see dark outlined figures of the characters with diegetic sound of someone choking/almost drowning. This dark effect with the sound of someone drowning already raises tension and suspicion to the audience of what is happening. Furthermore, the lighting panels project slowly in the room – one by one – with a low ground camera shot, angled to the ceiling to build tension to the audience to what will be revealed. As a result of this, a point-of-view shot is used to exemplify what the characters see through their eyes, along with editing of the blurring effect, to create a sense of confusion or nausea from the toxic used when they were kidnapped. A wide shot is used as it flickers between the two protagonists as they slowly lean/walk towards something they appear to find horrific/disturbing as a deep, and steadily increasing non-diegetic ambiguity sound is edited in to raise tension to the audience. The two men are each dressed casual with jeans and t-shirt or a shirt, insinuating they are everyday normal middle/working class men. A sudden and quick change to a close-up followed by a spiralled out zoom to a bird’s eye view camera shot is rapid within the camera movements to portray a dead body resulting in a surprising yet shocking effect on the audience. Extreme close-ups are then portrayed to reveal the pool of blood from a severe head injury, a gun (indicating how he died) which is the form of mise en scene, along with the key prop which is the tape recorder that gives the instructions of the ‘game’. Close up camera shots are then used to see the facial expressions of each of the men after seeing the body, followed by an extreme close-up of their ankles chained, the camera then reveals a 180 degree wide shot of the room to reveal the surroundings of their location and the struggle of one of the protagonists, as he tries to break free from the chains (prop) as he has the realisation that he is the next victim for Jigsaw. Paranormal Activity 4 – Opening Title Sequence [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyMMb116Xao] A more modern approach of a horror genre is the 2012 Paranormal Activity 4 (from a sequence of 5) is centered on a family who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. As a result, they set up hidden cameras around the house as a means of ‘found footage’ in an attempt to document what is haunting them. The film jumps straight into the narrative with a follow on shot – of a small boy running- by the capture of using a handheld camera, with enhanced diegetic sound of the boy becoming out of breathe. The effect of the handheld camera that becomes ‘shaky’ gives the appearance of realism of when someone is running (similar to a point of view shot). The camera is then zoomed out and we are then able to see the character of who was running. The young boys form of mise en scene is a ninja costume which reveals roughly his age bracket of 5-10 years of age. It is then clear to state the location of this film as not only their regional dialect is American, but also due to editing on screen of “Henderson, NV” (which is a city in Nevada) this identifies to the audience where it will take place. The fact that all the characters in this scene are in fancy dress costumes, and the use of pumpkins and “candy” as props indicates to the audience that it is Halloween.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The camera is handheld throughout the opening sequence and majority of the film, creating a point of view shot of the character that is behind the camera. This means that the movement of the camera is not often zoomed, but moved closer to an object/person as would a human being. This is clearly stated when the character with the camera, gets close to the scarecrow. There is a slow and steady handheld movement towards the scarecrow –not zoomed- resulting in an extreme close up of the ‘fake’ scarecrow and candy, resulting in the audience to jump when the scarecrow jumps up. The use of a pan shot of 180 degrees is to explore the new/key location of inside the house, where a vertical movement of the camera reveals contents inside the house of where the horror will take place. This gives the audience as sense of feeling they are present and observing the house for the first time themselves. Lastly, through the attempt of taking a shortcut down an alley way between their neighbours house, it is night time and lighting is very minimal in this scene, creating an ambiguity effect as the two teenagers seem nervous and hesitate for a second to go through. The use of minimal lighting and silence builds tension and suspense upon the audience as they do not know what may suddenly happen. Furthermore, the protagonist (teenage girl) begins to run as the camera then appears to spot a silhouette (form of lighting) of a human standing in the distance, creating fear upon the characters and audience of the mystery person watching. Overall, there is no form of drastic editing or non-diegetic sound included in this opening sequence to develop the conventions of the horror genre.  


Jessica – Film Sequence Analysis


Insidious 2010  


Mise-en-scene The scene opens with an establishing shot of a young girls bedroom, in the dark creating an eerie effect. I believe a wide shot is being used to reveal parts of her bedroom which appears to be of an old fashioned nature. Hanging coats and various objects are littered around the girls room, such as a lava lamp. Soon a horrific face is shown, which is essential in this films horror genre, this face is lit by a candle beneath it.


Camera Shots An establishing shot is used to view the bedroom we are shown in the beginning, then the moves to explore the bedroom, revealing to us another room with a horrific face with a candle lit beneath it, here a close up and soon an extreme close up is used to view this face still all fades to black. Later on shots of animated pictured of possible future settings are displayed as more credits roll on.


Editing  The text is introduced at the very start of the opening sequence, bright bold and red which fades. Then further credits are displayed on an object with the scene, then rotating the shot 180 degrees still it is upright. Later on the title reappears in the same text, this time much more enlarged and with a flashing effect like a flickering switch.


Sound The sounds used is non diegetic sound, creating a rather unsettling affect as the scene goes on. Soon a scratchy, violin element is heard when a horrific face comes onto the screen. The music then fades away, only to return maximized to thrill the audience.


Nightmare on Elm Street – 1984  


Mise-en-scene The mise en scene is mainly metallic and dark, industrial themes to match the clanking and crashing of metal and brass sounds, also dark narrow hallways feature in this clip.


Sound Close up shots of the weapon being created is use, alongside diegetic sounds of the tools clanking against each other. The sound effects are there to create tension for the audience, and this suits the fast pacing of the scene as the actors are always in movement.


Camera Shots The scene opens with a fast paced usage of close up cuts of the villain creating his weapon. Later a close up of a girl is shown, later shown in a zoomed out shot of her in a dark hallway. She is shown running down this hallway for some time, with sounds of puddles being splashed alongside this.


Editing When it is finished the title screen slides onto the screen in distorted red text.


Blood for Dracula – 1974   \


Mise-en-scene Soon the shot zooms out, turning to reveal that the character is behind a wall table in an old fashioned styled room. The table is decorated with bottles and cosmetics.


Sound The mood of the scene is sentimental, the sound of a piano can be heard as non-diegetic sound.


Camera Shots The scene starts and continues with a very focused close up of Udo Kier. Later it zooms out slowly, revealing to the audience the mise-en-scene of the area.


Editing Thin red text flashes onto the screen and what could be seen of the background is blurred. The text is fast paced, leaving the audiences attention on the actor’s face as he grooms himself, adjusting his facial makeup. The editing pace around this character is very slow paced, which suites the sounds being played alongside this, giving the feel that this character is lonesome and a little out of place in the room he is in.


BBFC 15 Presentation

Production meeting two – Present: Jade, Jessica, Clarissa & Suzanne


We as a group discussed the questions we want for our questionnaire for our focus group research material. We came up with 14 questions as a result, our questions are aimed to further understand our target audience and who they might be (age, Job, etc.). The some of our questions are aimed at what type of horror films or themes our audience may like. -Jessica

Primary Research

Questionnaire Questions: 

Questionnaire Graphs + Analysis: 

Cinema audiences (Secondary research): By Jade

  • What types of film have been the most popular over the past three years?

Over the past three years the type of films that have been most popular include; Avatar which is a sci-fi/fantasy film, The Kings Speech which is a drama, Mission Impossible Ghost which is an Action and Adventure film and finally despicable me which is a comedy, animation and family film. There aren’t any films within the horror genres that are located in the top three for the last three years.

  • What age group has made the most visits to the cinema?

The age group that made the most visits to the cinema are 15-24 and followed closely by 35+. This means that films being shown in the cinemas are most likely to appeal to the younger age groups because they are more likely to watch them in cinemas.

  • Whether cinema is more popular among males or females?

Cinema is more popular amongst females.

  • What class background a cinema audience is most likely to belong to?

Cinema audiences are most likely to belong to the ABC1 class background, which means that the viewers are most likely able to afford the prices of cinema tickets.

  • What type of cinema a particular audience member is likely to go to?

Audiences are most likely to go to a cinema that is local to watch a film where as in the past they were more likely to go to the theatre.


Production meeting three – Present: Jade, Jessica, Suzanne, Jessica & Clarissa


To be discussed; job roles and progress review. Job roles: Together we decided that assigned roles by asking each other what objectives on the role requirement list we were able to carry out. These were needed to be made before we started filming out opening sequence. As we appointed ourselves we read the requirements of the roles and came to a conclusion that when the time is needed we would combine job roles at points so that we may support each other.

  • Editor – Jade
  • Camera Person – Suzanne
  • Sound Person – Jessica
  • Mise – en – scene – Clarissa

Progress review: Also Jade has completed the task of neatening our webpage by positioning all the pitches together and tidied our separate sections to enhance our presentation. And place summaries applied to each slide shear page of the questionnaire graphs. Jessica will shift the production notes above the section of work it is associated with. -By 08/01/14 -Jessica

Assigned Job roles

Editor: Jade

As editor I will be doing the following;

  • Log and transfer the film footage.
  • Produce a paper edit
  • Make decisions about the titling that will be used.
  • Use Final Cut to edit the film footage following the edit decision list.
  • Add the soundtrack to the film footage
  • Use Motion to produce titling for the film.
  • Post explanations of the edit process on the group’s Blog page.
  • Post the final edit on the group’s Blog page.

Camera Person: Suzanne

As camera person I will have carry out the following task:

  • Make decisions about all of the camera shots that will be used in the opening sequence.
  • Produce all of the storyboards.
  • Present the storyboards to their group.
  • Produce an evaluated anamatic based on the storyboard.
  • Load the storyboards onto the group’s Blog page.
  • Operate the camera for the group’s production shoot.
  • Produce an illustrated explanation of the group’s shoot progress.

Sound Person: Jessica

As sound person I will have carry out the following tasks:

  • Make decisions about all of the sounds that will be used in the opening sequence.
  • Produce the script.
  • Present the script to their group for feedback.
  • Record all of the sound effects to be used in the opening sequence.
  • Create the music track using Garage Band for the opening sequence.
  • Load the sound planning paperwork onto the group’s Blog page.
  • Record all of the sound during the group’s production shoot.
  • Produce an explanation of the sound production progress during the shoot.

Mise – en – scene: Clarissa

As mise-en-scene person I will have to carry out the following tasks:

  • Decide on all of the mise-en-scene aspects to be used in the opening sequence – this will include: costume, props, location, lighting, actors, actors movement, actors make-up
  • Present the mise-en-scene plans to their group for feedback.
  • Produce the shooting script.
  • Post the mise-en-scene paperwork on the group’s Blog page.
  • Arrange and book the actors needed for the shoot.
  • Decide what equipment is needed for the shoot and ensure that it is booked for when it is needed.
  • Ensure that all mise-en-scene material to be used in the opening sequence film shoot is present for the shoot.
  • Produce an explanation of the mise-en-scene process during the shoot.

Production meeting four – Present: Jade, Jessica, Suzanne & Clarissa


Discussed: Filming idea progress.

  • As a full group decision we have all decided on a new narrative and ideas included for the opening sequence filming.
  • As a result of this we have finished the agreement of our key prop, location and characters involved.
  • Since then, we have each started our independent job roles in the progress of our coursework.

– Clarissa Production meeting five – Present: Jade, Jessica, Suzanne, Jessica & Clarissa


Discussed: Key prop and filming

  • Jade and Clarissa are creating the book (Our key prop) which we’ve added into our narrative to add to the theme or horror.
  • Clarissa, Jade Suzanne and Jessica will be going to a cafe to film the first scene of our production.
  • Conflict between the script Jessica has created and the story board Suzanne has created has been resolved, the idea of using a prop camera and our third person camera within the narrative have been included and involved within the written script as instructed by Suzanne.


Job Role Progress


Jade: I’ve finished making the possible titling sequences for the opening sequence, also i have completed the exercise on motion, which consists of identifying the main parts of Motion, and how you use them in order to create a piece that is animated.


Jessica: I have started making decisions about all of the sounds that will be used in the opening sequence. And creating the soundtrack of the opening sequence. Sound Plan of Opening Sequence: Image and video hosting by TinyPic


Jessica: Sound tracks for our opening sequence ideas have been started on Garage Band. Currently the ‘Cafe Scene’ and ‘Title Introduction’ tracks are in progress.


Jade: I’ve added the sound made by Jessica on Garage-band, onto the opening sequence that I made a while ago as a idea of what we could use.

Jessica: I have written a the script.

Coffee Shop Scene

First Pov Camera- Mid shot on Remy

(Both characters are sitting down on a comfortable sofa, speaking to each other as they wait) Darcy: Smile. Remy: (Looking displeased) Get that thing out of my face. Why’d you bring it? Darcy: We’re recording our trip remember? A little home video sort of thing, something to appreciate in the future. Remy: Yeah yeah, God he’s late. Darcy: You didn’t need to come. We’re only making arrangements, I doubt you would give any useful input. (She continues to toy with her camera, putting it down)

Third Pov Camera

Mid shot on Remy

Remy: Making arrangements are important, so I should be here. Besides I want to see who this Jason is.


Darcy: (Looking at Remy judgementally) I’m not impressed. Remy: No. Not in that way, I just mean for my safety and all. I can’t just go out with a complete stranger. Darcy: Nice excuse. And who cares she’s loaded so you’ll probably be sucking up to her soon enough.


Remy: (Gives Darcy a look) For Godsake Darcy, I just want to know who she is that’s all. Darcy: Yeah, yeah, you’ve probably scared her off already with the messages you sent her, Alex showed them to me the other day. I guess you and me just have to talk about arrangements because she’s is l-a-t-e. (Checking her watch incredulously) Remy: Well, go on then, what do we need to do?


Darcy: Don’t worry too much about it. You just bring whatever you need, not a suitcase. (Remy rolls her eyes) Just a bag or two, Alex has the tent and I’m bringing the food. I’ll probably just text her about arrangements later then. Darcy: Fine, see you later then. Remy: Sure.   Jessica – I have created a new sound plan, after much thought of how to appeal the sound track to a younger audience.  Image and video hosting by TinyPic Editing Process of Garage Band – Jessica Oti   Finished Ost Of Unchained Jessica Oti:


The equipment booking was essential to have in order to keep track of what equipment was needed for different days of filming.



Risk Assessment: A risk assessment was an important part of planning the film opening sequence in order for everything too be organised and insure that no dangers would get in the way of filming or harm actors or members of the group. Risk Assessment 1 Risk Assessment 2 Shooting Script: A shooting script was an important part of planning the film opening sequence in order for everything too be organised and structured. Changes were added to the shooting script as there were problems with filming at Epping Forest and resulted in filming at Primrose Hill. Shooting Script 1 Shooting Script 2


Production meeting five – Present: Jade, Jessica, Suzanne & Clarissa


Discussed: Continuing the the post production

  • As a group, we all discussed the work we have to do and helped each other priorities tasks
  • Jade will continue editing her film and Jessica will add the soundtrack she has created to the opening. Jade will be completing the Edit Decision List by next week or so. Jessica is responding to the comments today and re-visiting the planning work for her role and soundtrack in the next couple of weeks with aims to upload it to the blog.
  • Clarissa is updating the changes to her mise-en-scene plan which will be finished by Friday. In the next couple of weeks, Clarissa will be completing the editing decision list and her version of the final product.
  • Suzanne will be finishing her research today and will be uploading her animatic storyboards, risk assessments, all her research and her edit decision list in the following lessons.

– Suzanne



Construction (Production / Post Production                

Edit Process by Jade Craig

Using Motion


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I started of with a blank canvas – and imported all the video files so that it appeared in the library. The part highlighted is the library were the video files were logged and transferred to.



I’ve added the opening sequence done in motion, and imported it to premiere pro – also added it onto the canvas, rendered it and watched it back to see how it will fit at the beginning of the final product.


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My own final opening titling sequence

Everyone within the group had their own chance to edit their own version of their opening sequence and below is the process of mine.

After all the filming had been completed at both locations; editing therefore took place. To make things easier i created an edit decision list to easily differentiate between the good and bad shots i had taken. An edit decision list made it easier to then just highlight all the shots i could use my making a note of them all.

Upon this decision list plan, i could then follow on to complete my own editing on Final Cut Pro my layering the shots together to create my opening sequence.

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Final Cut Pro has various options for me to edit my scenes. Following this, i used various effects such as transitions, defocus/blur, speed change and various colour effects. Final Cut Pro also allowed me to take the audio that was not needed from each scene and add my own soundtrack.

To complete my own soundtrack i used the Garageband computer software which had hundreds and thousands of music clippings. Each is different by the pitches, notes, rhythms and genre, and then layered together to fit the length of my opening sequence.

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Adding to this I also had to create my own titling for my opening sequence. In some opening sequences, film titles can be a key convention. In order to complete mine I used the Motion Plus software, which I could then add into Final Cut Pro.

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Motion has a HUD icon that allows me to add a variety of font and colour to create title pages to my opening sequence. I could also add my own drawn images as background and Google images to add to my production name. Once font and images were added, I could then edit these with various effects such ‘fade-in’ and ‘fad-out’ transitions, as well as many other filters.

When adding these images however, each picture had a white background and i found difficult to remove on motion. Therefore I used PowerPoint editing skills to crop and remove the background.

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Evaluation Plan – Jade

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

I will use a slide share presentation to show the difference and the use of conventions

 2)    How does your media product represent particular social groups?
 I will use prezi to show the process.
3)    What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
I will use slide share to present this question.
4)    Who would be the audience for your media product?
I will use prezi to present my audience
5)    How did you attract/address your audience?
Audio – voice over
6)    What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
I will use premiere pro to create a small video
7)    Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I will use video to show the transition from my preliminary task and my main task.

Evaluation By Jade Craig

Question 1

Question 2 Question 3 http://prezi.com/nrsjizabkv2i/what-kind-of-media-institution-might-distribute-your-media-product-and-why/ Question 4 Who would be the audience for your media product? Question 5 Question 6 Question 7

Evaluation By Jessica Oti

Evaluation Plan – Jessica

1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products. I will use a slide share presentation to show the difference and the use of conventions

 2)    How does your media product represent particular social groups?
 I will use an audio piece.
3)    What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
I will use a video via quick time to show evidence of this.
4)    Who would be the audience for your media product?
I will use a word document to explain this.
5)    How did you attract/address your audience?
A piece of recorded voice.
6)    What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
I will use a prezi presentation
7)    Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I will use a voice piece.
1)In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products.
2)How does your media product represent particular social groups?
3)What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
I recorded this video using QuickTime Player. Here it shows what type of media institutions produce similar film genres as the horror I have created, and presents how many they have of the same type created in the last few years.
4)Who would be the audience for your media product?Image and video hosting by TinyPic
5)How did you attract/address your audience?
6)What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
Link to website – http://prezi.com/pnplvh6akyr9/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
7)Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product.

Evaluation by Clarissa Thompson

Evaluation Plan:

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

Voice Embedded

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

Slide Share with images

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

QuickTime Movie and voice over

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


5. How did you attract/address your audience?

Video embed

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

Slide Share with images

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



1) In what ways does you media product use, form or developed conventions of real media products?  https://soundcloud.com/clarissa1307/media-evaluation-1

2) How does your media product represent particular social groups?


4) Who would be the audience for your media product?


5) How did you attract/address your audience?

6) What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? http://prezi.com/qhto9xim5f8d/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

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


5 Responses to “Jade Craig (0832), Sauzanne Micael (1037), Jessica Oti (1102), Clarissa Thompson (1183) – Main Task and Coursework 2013 – 2014”

  1. It is good to see the level of progress being made and your page is really beginning to take shape. There are however a few changes that need to be made:
    All of your pitches should be together at the top of the page.
    All of the sections need to be better sign posted to make it easier to see where everything is.
    It is an interesting idea to present the questionnaire results as a Slideshare presentation but you need to summarise the information in each slide as well as providing the overall summary; you also do not need to seperately present the questionnaire questions.
    Each graphs for the cinema audience research need to be enlarged and presented with each individual question.
    The production meeting notes should be positioned above the section of work that the meeting plans were meant to deal with.
    Jade you will need to produce the other two opening sequence analysis, your will also need to complete the analysis in the method agreed.
    Jessica you will need to complete one more opening sequence analysis.
    Suzanne and Clarissa you should have completed your opening sequence analysis by now so can you please put them on the blog asap.

  2. So far, all pitches I have been arranged together in a boarded section along with an updated and clearer version of the questionnaire graph on slideshare. Followed by a slideshare for the questionnaire questions that i produced.

    As for the opening sequence analysis – this will be on the blog by Tuesdays lesson (28/01/14)

    – Clarissa

  3. Improvements have been made on the blog. You can see who is present for each production meeting, the chosen pitch has been written up. the job role statements have been changed to first person and the first production meeting has been placed in a appropriate place.

    – Jessica

  4. For the group:
    I like the idea of using colour to aid sign posting however you’ll need to reduce the amount of colour to one and rely on being more consistent with the font sizing.

    You should have the construction section underway given that you’ve film and begun the edit process.

    For each group member:
    You will all have to present the evidence that you have worked through your job role tasks.

  5. The colouring of our head titles have been altered slightly, the red coloured used is only temporary which will be removed later on. Our colour scheme or our titles will remain as Orange and Blue from now on.

    -Jessica Oti

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