Monday, 17 January 2011

Research into our Film Opening Brief

After long debate over the film briefs, we decided as a group to choose Film Brief 3. An independent movie featuring a young protagonist. Our film should appear to be financed through regional funding.

Structure of our opening.

Overall idea

In our group we decided to come up with the theme of an independent rom-com, with a twist… We plan on creating a short POV dream sequence to portray the protagonist’s fantasy. He then gets awaken by his mother, and this is when the true identity is revealed to the audience that he is a high school geek, fantasising over the ‘it’ girl, and cyber stalking her.

Dream Sequence (George’s house)

·         Setting – Party, house party
·         Camera shots – POV, distorted grainy view to emphasise dream. 
·         Transparent layered shots symbolising the flickering of his memory, as his mum tries to wake him up. Echoed voice “you can’t be late”.
·         Opening starts with a black background, protagonist footsteps towards the dark front door.
·         Door is opened and he is greeted. Loud party music, people approach him and welcome.
·         Turns up stairs where an extra is drunken and pulls him in.
·         At the top of the stairs, Dan will turn right and walk down the corridor to meet the ‘it’ girl. She then approaches him (slow mo.) and pulls him into the bedroom. Pushes onto the bed, leans in. End of scene.  Diegetic sound fades.
·         Distorted image comes into focus as the ‘it’ girl turns into the image of his mother awakening him.

Bedroom Sequence (shot in Dan’s Bedroom)

·         Distorted image comes into focus as the ‘it’ girl turns into the image of his mother awakening him.
·         Silence, only the sound of alarm clock, establishing shots of room (nerdy bedroom camera can linger longer than needs to). He gets up – shows quick nerdy routine.
·         Sits down at computer (turns to POV of him and computer) also close up of hands on keyboard.
·         Credit sequence: profile names credits,  (also world of warcraft account name being credit)
·         Short clip of Leah in New York presented as video upload on dating profile, also show his profile as hot hunk- he leaves comment on her video.

School (Maths corridor)

·         Walks into school, bell goes. Rushing around.
·         Walking through the corridors, everybody blanks him and gives him grief, he is bullied. (By same people who loved him in dream sequence).
·         Sees girl again with back to him, again she turns around as he approaches, this time she ignores him (shot of Girl in party flickers onto screen) title flickers up (computer font).

Ideas for Titles

·         Computerised font.
·         The idea of an online dating rom-com. We had the idea of using online profiles so show the roles. E.g. Director : Leah Beavis, Female, Interested in: Men.
Producer :  Dan Finn , Male, Interested in: Women.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

RESEARCH into Independent Films.

What is an Independent film?

An independent film, or indie film, is a film that is produced mostly outside of a major film studio.In addition to being produced by independent production companies, independent films are often produced and/or distributed by subsidiaries of major studios. In order to be considered independent, less than half of a film's financing should come from a major studio. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films. Generally, the marketing of independent films is characterized by limited release designed to build word-of-mouth or to reach small specialty audiences.

What are the characteristics of an independent film?

  • It doesn't exist a general frame, because there is no rule to determine which movie is independent and which isn't independent.
  • Author's movies, the director plays a preponderant role and it almost always uses its own scripts and takes charge of other aspects like sound and photography allowing him to express creatively and to capture its feelings and restlessness.
  • Thematic, it faces a series of topics that conventional films don't take in consideration such as prostitution, drugs, homosexuality, the family decadence, etc.
  • Financing, the independent film directors consider that, the more relationship with a study, the smaller independence, for this reason, its filming doesn't fall inside the rigid schemes of the big film studies.
  • Aesthetics, it includes different formats and ideas, they use different techniques such as black and white, shiny colours, etc.
  • Beyond these characteristics, an independent film director should possess an own artistic vision that takes him to be free in the creative process.
A few famous independent films :

The Blair witch project

Reservoir Dogs

The Usual Suspects

Monday, 3 January 2011

Fim Opening Briefs.

We have now been given our film briefs for our 2 minute opening scene for oour film. We now have to choose one to focus on and begin our research and brainstorm ideas.

Film Brief 1

A mainstream action film that will appeal to 15-25yr old males
Your film should appear to be based on a "fictional" comic book
(Opening to Dark Knight, Kick Ass, Sin City etc)

Film Brief 2

A supernatural thriller that will appeal to female audiences
Your film should appear to be an international co-production
(Opening to The Others, Gothika, Shelter etc)

Film Brief 3

An independent movie featuring a young protagonist
Your film should appear to be financed through regional funding
(Opening to Fish Tank, This Is England etc)

Film Brief 4

An art house feature to appeal to adult audiences
Your film should appear to be based on an actual event in the last 2 years.
(Opening to Elephant, Milk, Che etc)