Archive | September, 2010

Planning the preliminary task.

30 Sep

During the lesson we all had to go together in our groups of three and discuss and successfully plan a short sequence of someone walking into a room. We all decided on that the subject should be about a young builders apprentice who gets told off by the boss and gets fired.

After the main story was decided on we had to come up with some storyboards which would display what we felt would be right to be displayed on screen. We all came up with different storyboard ideas and in the end combined them together to have the best parts of all of them in one storyboard.

Another task was to decided on the script in which our characters would be saying, we also had to organise actors to take part in our film. We were able to get one person who would take part in our film and one of ourselves in the group would have to take part. The location for the filming was arranged to take place in one of the offices along the corridor.

We concluded the lesson by agreeing on props needed for the film, as it would be set in a building site and the main character was a builders apprentice, we easily decided that we would have to bring in a high visibility jacket along with a helmet. A mini skateboard would also be brought in as well to act as a moving tripod for one sequence.

We all felt that we were well prepared for the activity that would take place the following lesson next week.


Film Poster Analysis- Donnie Darko

23 Sep

The film poster for the film ‘Donnie Darko’ is a poster which I believe easily catches the eye. Without watching the film you would assume the poster is for a horror film, mainly because of the scary rabbit character named “Frank” being the main attraction on the poster.

Franks head on the poster is made up of the main characters of the film which is clever way of including more characters on the poster, rather then making the poster feel a bit crowded.

The colour scheme used on the poster is very traditional to the horror genre by using dark colours and also combined with the font gives it that feel.

The film however is not a horror film, it is more of a sci-fi, drama and a thriller. The main story in the film is about a troubled teenager who is having troubles with himself and is also discovering time travel.

From looking at the poster you could kind of tell that it is a drama by all the characters on the poster and the expressions on their faces, the fact that ‘Frank’ the rabbit is on there to may confuse people, it may even make them want to see the film, to find out more.

Sex and the City Intro

15 Sep

The introduction sequence to the popular TV series ‘Sex and the City’ is roughly around 30 seconds long and consists of the main character ‘Carrie’ walking down a busy street in New York wearing what appears to be a ballerina costume. The fact that she is wearing this weird clothing confuses the audience. Later on in the intro She then gets water splashed on her by a passing bus. ‘Carrie’ stands in the busy New York street not looking embarrassed but of anything happy about the fact that she has been drenched.

I believe that the use of male gaze has been used in the opening sequence, close ups on the main character are used repeatedly through out the intro. When she gets splashed by the bus and is standing in the street, a number of male characters are standing in the street starring at her. She is also acting like she is enjoying this attention she has gotten.

The intro is very fast paced, both the footage and music suits the theme of a fast and busy New York. When the opening credits are displayed on the screen, the shot changes to something other than the main character, for example an iconic building of New York. The fact that the intro feels rushed, fast and lively perhaps is giving the viewers an insight as to what the program will be like.

Media Lesson #3

15 Sep

In my third media lesson we started off by watching a few of our classmates presentations about analysis of action films.

We discussed as a class about typical stereotypes in films often portrayed by the media. For example we would usually expect a ‘superhero’ to be played a man.

The point of the men playing stereotypical roles was proven when we did a small task which was basically draw one of the following; Doctor, Super-Hero, Villain and a Nurse. It was no surprise that the majority of the classes drawings were men and the nurse was drawn as a women.

The media plays a massive part in making us believe these stereotypes that have been displayed on the big and small screen countless times.

Another topic we discussed and written about was the ‘male gaze’ which is basically a technique which the media uses to often attract the male audience by using almost subliminal footage in their advertisement or film. Advertisers often do this on adverts which advertise female products such as make-up.

In the final part of the lesson we had to watch the intro to the TV program  ‘Sex and the City’ and briefly analyse the techniques used through out the sequence.

Media Lesson #2

9 Sep

Today we discussed in groups about the different types of media that we use in our own time. We made some conclusions about which things were most popular. It turned out that using the computer was the most popular with us all and reading magazines was the least popular. Watching TV was also one of the most popular things aswell. We also discussed the target audiences for each activity/ TV program.

We all came to the conclusion that 5 years ago a lot of the things we take for granted nowadays would have been luxuries back then.

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9 Sep

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