Monday, 28 March 2011

Improving and Editing Film

After recognising our idea and narrative wasnt portrayed well in our filming, we've come to the conclusion that we will put a voice over over the top in order so that our opening will have the same conventions of a rom-com.
Here is our research into film openings which use voice overs to set up the narrative.


Kick-Ass Poster


Submarine Poster


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Poster

These are all genres aimed at the a young audience, portraying stereotypes of teenage social groups. They also set up their films with a voiceover, setting the scene and giving us an idea of the personality which the protagonist holds.

The Inbetweeners

Particular feedback we got from our film, was that the style of filming, and the characters involved seemed to have been inspired from The Inbetweeners. The Bedroom Scene, with our voice over and main protagonist getting ready for school is very similar tothe style of the main protagonist in The Inbetweeners. This shows that our portrayal of our genre, teenage rom-com, has all the conventions and stereotypes it needs to portray this well.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Filming Process

We have begun filming our 2 minute film opening, starting with the first scene, the POV party scene. We tried to do this at an actual party, which turned out to be harder than anticipated. With our main protagonist, Dan, set up with the camera fixed to the hard hat, we began to arrange our extras throughout the scene and attempt to give them cues. As it is a continuous shot, we had no continuity issues, but on the other hand we had trouble getting everything right in one go. This took alot of time and eventually led the party goers to become distracted. Another problem we encountered was the adjustment of the camera. As Dan walked through the scene, his nose would push the pause button, and therefore stopping the filming,leaving us with only a few seconds of film.

Continuity Issues
We then went on to film the morning scene after the dream sequence. Here we came across many continuity issues as we filmed on different days. In order to create the right setting, we had to move Dan's room around and bring objects just as dictionaries, calculators, braces etc. into the scene and place them carefully so they would be in shot and portray a 'geeky' room. However, we filmed these shots during school time, therefore having only a specific amount of time and not finishing off that scene completely. We had to go back the next day, and attempt to leave everything in the exact position, which was successful. We then realised we had been turning the light swicth on and off throughout filming unconciously, changing the lighting within the room. To solve this problem, we took more of the same shots, but with the two different lightings in order to match them up when editing.