Thursday, 27 January 2011

Fonts

Today we've also learnt about Fonts. There are basically two types of font:
Serif font-such as Times and courier. Serif fonts are generally more traditional and often slightly more formal than sans serif fonts Sans serif fonts- such as Ariel and Comic Sans. Sans Serif font are generally more informal, more modern and more friendly.
We did some Font analysis with fonts like Pearl Harbor and Rocky.



Pearl Harbor had small, more traditional, historic font choice. Probably to signify what the film is about.

With Rocky the text is more serious, eye catching, yet simple with a large within letters.

I also looked at other fonts from movies such as Die Hard and Inception

Monday, 24 January 2011

FONT ANALYSIS

We started to look at the fonts for a films image to see what effect it has. We had to pick out two films to compare, the two films i chose 'Finding Nemo' and 'INCEPTION'

Finding Nemo:






The font for this is quiet interesting because the word "Finding" is in capital letters but a smaller font size than the word "NEMO". This suggests the name of the film and who it is about is important.  The line underneith is a wavey type of line which suggests the whole ocean type related film that it is.

























INCEPTION:



The font of this is big bold and red which suggests that this may not be a very "happy" film. this also suggest that its a more serious film and its powerful- the red shows the intensity of the title causing it to stand out.









Looking at both fonts together its clear that 'Finding Nemo' is much more of a friendly film comparing to 'INCEPTION' which is more of a film for a much older audience.




Fonts

As we will be making our own title sequence, we have started thinking about the type of font we will use.
We were informed about the two types of font

  • Serif fonts (such as 'times' and 'courier')
  • Sans Serif fonts (such as 'ariel' and 'comic sans')
in class, we analysed 'rocky' and 'pearl harbour'
As you can see, the font on Rocky and Pearl Harbour is very different from each other. The font of Rocky shows that the setting of the film is most likely to be modern. The font is also simple, big, bold and black. This could be a comparison with the character. Pearl Harbour looks old fashioned and historic. Smaller font than rocky and the font that is used is a serif font. 

Another font from films that i looked at were Lion King and Harry Potter.

I would say that these two films have the same font.

Day 7

In class, we learnt some about the four different structures of thriller openings
These are: A narrative opening with the tittles running throughout, A discrete title sequence, Titles over a blank screen, Followed by the narrative opening and stylized editing

We watched the film 'Se7en' which used the structure of discrete title sequence. There was no narrative however, instead, a combination of music and editing was used to create a chilling atmosphere in the title sequence. The opening uses a lot of extreme close ups in order to show us the intricacies of how the discrete hints of what the film is about relate to the music and the opening credits. We discussed that the close ups to the fingernails, sewing and the books in the opening sequence help with the idea of a  discrete storyline

After that we watched a french film called L'instict de Mort translated to the Killer Instinct. This used classic 1970's cop show conventions with split screens. This is nice linked in with the music and the opening credits and it gives the impression of the time period

Day 7 : Structure of Thriller Opening

In class, we learnt about the four basic structures to a thriller opening. they are

  • Narrative opening with titles running throughout
  • A discrete title sequence
  • Titles over a blank screen, followed by the narrative opening
  • 'Stylized editing'- which is a mixture of the first two.
Se7en
From watching the title sequence of the movie 'se7en', it is clear that it is a discrete title sequence. There is no narrative and there are lots of extreme close ups. by using the extreme close up technique, we (the viewer) only see parts of the main focus (i.e.- part of the newspaper, scissors cutting out photographs ,we see the hands of a person but not the face). This technique makes the viewer fill in all the gaps.
What I liked abut this title sequence is the combination of music and editing (drums, ear-y instruments, sounds that you would find on a keyboard). This helps the viewer determine that it is a psychological chiller. I wouldn't f my group was to make our title sequence based on the structure of a discrete sequence, I would definitely keep the frame of using a lot of the extreme close ups.

Mesrine (killer instinct)
Mesrine (a french movie) title sequence, i an example of a narrative film opening sequence. The narrative starts immediately, we are shown the locations, and after 40 seconds. we are introduced to the first character. The title sequence is shown in '2' split screen,( with either two parts of the screen playing, but one of them are moving in a slower pace tan the other) or a '3' spilt screen( with the same bottom screens rolling and the top one is wider showing us another character). The split screen technique was often used in television in the 1970's. Using this technique in the film helped set the genre and context of the film. The use of close-ups, extreme close-ups and mid shots being shot at different angels create a range of perspectives for the viewer. this helps the viewer realise that these two characters that are shown in the title sequence are important and helps the viewer know what type of role they are playing. It also uses the technique of a false plateau (in the car with the dog barking). The non-diegetic stringy music in the background also helps the viewer predict something happening and understand that something suspicious is going on.
 

The structure of Thriller Openings

In this lesson we looked at film openings and learnt that there are three basic structures which are as followed:
- A Narrative opening with the titles running throughout
- A discrete title sequence
-Titles over a blank screen, flowed by the narrative

We then watched a few title sequences;

Se<en
After watching the beginning of Se<en we realised it was a descrete title sequence as well as a 'psychological chiller'. Theres no narrative running throughout but there is a combination of music and editing.in the clip there was fingernail peices, a newspaper, photgraph and a film strip. also on the newpaper shown there are balck pen markings which were there to cover up whatever was written on it. In the clip we see a person cutting off their finger nails for some reason. a reason that we don't the audience dont know. it suggests that they have something to hide which also creates tension in the audience wanting to know what it is that the charcter done. we also see the same person taking pictures of things to perhaps makes some sort of collage. it then has some refernces to the film 'PSYCHO'

Stepfather
This is a narrative opening with the titles running through it. its a narrartive opening because a type of story is being told through out it.

Newspaper Thriller

Today we started to edit our 'newspaper thriller' tasks. To edit them we used final cut pro.
we had to arrange our clips so that they looked appropriate and actually looked like they were meant to fit in with each other without having any gaps. we came to our first error which was that when we were filming we didn't finish off the shot so it meant that the clip after had no chance of fitting in with the previous clip, so we learned that we had to to film 5 seconds before and after each shot giving the right time for both clips to fit in right. to make our work look up to standard we added in some transitions which then gave it a fade in and fade out affect causing there to be more tension. Thats how we made our unfinished Newspaper thriller.

Newspaper Thriller

Today we started to edit our 'newspaper thriller' tasks. To edit them we used final cut pro.
we had to arrange our clips so that they looked appropriate and actually looked like they were meant to fit in with each other without having any gaps. we came to our first error which was that when we were filming we didn't finish off the shot so it meant that the clip after had no chance of fitting in with the previous clip, so we learned that we had to to film 5 seconds before and after each shot giving the right time for both clips to fit in right. to make our work look up to standard we added in some transitions which then gave it a fade in and fade out affect causing there to be more tension.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

First cut- Newspaper thriller

video
Today we edited our Newspaper thriller clips. First we imported our clips into final cut pro. We had a problem with harddrives so there was some slight technical difficulties. We had our first clips to arrange using some input and outputs to decide how long they were going to be. We then realised one major thing. Always record five seconds before and after the shot. One of our clips finished to early. Luckily we thought on our feet and added some transitions.  The we ended up with the clip you see before you.  So overall we learnt how to use; Final Cut Pro, convert into Quicktime,  Use handbrake and import into blogger.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Day3: What makes THE STEPFATHER a thriller film?

I have based my answer on four examples from the movie which I thought were examples of a suspenseful moment.

Example 1: -In the first five minute's of the movie, the titles appear and we are introduced to the main character in the bathroom.
Whilst the titles are appearing with the accompanied non-diegetic music, the camera is tracking around the bathroom equipment (shiny scissor , razor and electrical razor and etc); whilst this is happening, the music has stopped. Soon after, an extreme close up of a man wearing glasses looking at himself in the bathroom mirror and the music plays back again with the title of the music appearing at the bottom left had corner of the mirror (and then disappears). Whilst the music is playing the camera focus is on the man washing and shaving, the use of the mirror, sharp shiny objects (mise en scene) and music in the background would make an audience think that something would happen there and then; but that happens is a little cut on his chin.

Example 2:-In the first two and a half minutes with the man making breakfast.
As the man steps down from the stairs he puts on the stereo and it plays the Christmas song, silent night. This automatically creates the 'christmas-y theme (which *denote*happy, joyful and merry times ). As the diegetic music plays heavily, the man enters the kitchen and makes his breakfast. The camera movement is smooth which makes the audience feel calm, until 3.26 when the camera turns 90 degrees anti-clockwise and we see a child laying on the table motionless. The man walks past and continues with his own business. The camera then focus's on the rest of the motionless bodies that are gathered around the Christmas tree and living room floor, then soon back onto the man watching them. Then there is a focus on the knives in the sink (which he was standing over before). Relating this to how this makes the scene suspenseful - at this moment in time, I felt a little uncertain because of what I had just saw (knives with blood in the sink, dead people lying angst a man that seems calm about the situation)

Example 3:- In the basement
The ear-y stringy music playing in the background with Micheal walking down in the dark. This makes the audience feel that he uncovers the real reason to the secret that is hidden within the basement. In this scene, it is the use of sound, and camera movement which contributes to the increasing suspense that builds ups more and more Micheal took a step downstairs.

Example 4:- Visit to Ms Howard
The doorbell rings, Ms Howard (who was entertaining her cats) had walked to answer the door finding nobody there, while she is walking up to the door, the audience thinks that the man will attack her right there, but he doesn't. She finds nobody at the door. With a puzzled face she walks back into her house (as she does this we think that he is behind her and will attack her ... but he doesn't) and a black cat leaps right in front of her and scares her. The reason why i included this scene in my example was because, in this scene there was a lot of false plateau's. This helped the scene become a 'edge-of-the-chair' suspenseful scene because of the dramatic irony (Ms Howard and David are rivals) and the audience know that their first encounter occurs.

Day5 :Title Sequence Analysis

In our group, we analysed a title sequence. The objective of the lesson was to study the content of the openings as well as producing a detailed analysis of the order, placing and timing of the titles themselves. The title sequence we analysed was 'The Stepfather'.

Whilst watching the stepfather, we noticed that the state of production & distribution companies appear first. they were:
  • Screen Gems (which was shown at 22 seconds) appearing in the middle
  • Maverick Films / Imprint entertainment co (entering at 29 seconds) showing in the top left hand corner of the screen
These companies were displayed in (upper case) black handwriting, appearing for a little bit and dissolving afterwards. The most important company that made a huge impact on the film was Screen Gems, it is easy to tell because it was the first one to be shown out of all of them.

Soon afterwards (precisely at 51 seconds) the film title shows in the bottom left hand part of the screen. What I liked the positioning of the title was , it didn't appear in the middle like most other films do with their film titles, but the 'stepfather' film had placed it right next to the man who was actually the man playing the stepfather.

At 59 seconds right through to 1.31 seconds, the names of the actors and actresses are introduced, after 1.31 there is a long pause until 1.58 and the name of Jon Tenney ( who is the main character and is identified with his name next to the character) and at 2.06 minutes more characters emerge on the screen.

Finally there is information that comes at the end of the sequence (production, name of actors/actresses, casting,costume designer, music supervisor, music, editor, production designer, director of photography and executive producers).

During the title sequence, I had noticed that the director was not included and there was a lot of narrative. In order to convey the narrative, they pause the narative text.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Day 4: Intertextuality (Jade)

Intertextuality is the term that describes the reference to another film.
Part if the famous film' PSYCHO' by Alfred Hitchcock was shown in the class where we got to watch the film and compare it to how other films chose to use certain aspects from it to create their own thriller films. e.g. the same camera angles, instruments for the use of sound, lighting and methods of editing.

After we watched the thriller we then compared

Fatal Attraction In 'Fatal Attraction' the man is seen wondering outside of 'New York apartment'. Some young children walk out into the space and he walks in, he knocks on the door and a lady with blonde hair dressed in white opens it. when she realises who it is she quickly shuts the door and runs away from him. Soon they are both in the bathroom fighting and then they stumble into the kitchen, a close up of her face is shown including the mans hands which shows that he is stranggling her. Soon after she is strangled; she is then seen with a knife attacking the man. He grabs hold of her taking the big shiny kitchen knife and then there is a mid shot of the man holding the knife, as he places the knife on the table, the camera focus's on the knife.
the things that were taken from PSHYCHO are the facet that the woman is blonde, and she happens to be wearing light clothing, the whole fact that theres a knife used. the fact that they were in a bathrrom and he was about to hurt her. A shadow of a man is seen and a close up of the victim  and finally, the sound water is heard.

The Stepfather
The clip that was shown in the stepfather was when the stepfather bombards into the bathroom holding a knife with the woman screaming a piece of mirror. he then aimed for her neck but failed at that attempt, then causing her to have herchance at attacking him in self defence.The areas that were taken from 'PSYCHO' are a man that enters into the bathroom, sombody is stabbed, the woman at first is the victim, thay are once again in a bathroom , the shower curtains are white at the end of it all the camera zooms out as though to show everything that has happened, then leaving it to be a  point of view shot.

Succubus
We also watched a student thriller from youtube called 'Succubus'. This clip had taken a lot of areas from the thriller 'PSYCHO' like a shower scene is used and a big shiny knife with blood. watching this thriller was really good beacuse it was another group of students who had made this and i think that its really good. The actors acted their parts well, especially the girl.

What Lies BeneathIn the clip of 'what lies beneath', a man is seen taking a blonde woman dressed in a white robe, up the stairs and into a white bathroom. He places her into the white tub and runs the water talking to her. As the woman is placed into the bath, the camera pans right over the bath, showing the man and woman and the top of the shower head and soon we see a close up of her face and see that she is paralysed. We also see the water running from the shower head and the man is next to the bath.
the same areas whiche were taken from PSYCHO were that the bathroom is white, the show curtains were white, there was a woman that wasnt dressed and was slightly revealing flesh. the man was again the cause of the victim being in that state.the same type or airy music was playing which also builds up the suspense.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Day 2:Analysing Thriller Clips For Genre

A thriller is a film that uses suspense to create a thrill to the viewer. A thriller has :
  • Everyday setting
  • An idea of 'good' vs 'evil'
  • An Anti-killer
There is a big difference from a 'thriller' film to a 'horror' film. Horror films are movies that strive to bring out the emotions of fear, horror and terror from it's viewers. A horror consists of:
  • themes of death,
  • the supernatural or mental illness character
  • central villain (Monster)
  • GOR
Hybrid Genre - A film that combines two genres together
Sub Genre- A film that falls under the main genre category but has recognisable/distinctive features that allow it to be closed into a sub genre.

Types of thriller sub-genres :-
  • Psychological thriller
  • Romance thriller
  • Political thriller
  • Supernatural thriller
  • Action thriller
  • Acquired thriller
Codes and conventions are the things that we expect to see in a film depending on its genre (mise.en.scene, cinematography, editing, sound, characters, plot lines & themes).

In class, we were given a task to watch a clip to watch ('What Lies Beneath') and analysed the clip to see what is a sub-genre and how would we be able to tell etc.

What Lies Beneath

I could tell that 'What Lies Beneath is a supernatural film because from the clip, there was an element mixed with tension and suspense. The use of camera movement contributed to these elements by zooming in the bath, long shot and the pace of the tracking was very slow, this would make the scene very uncomfortable because viewers would not have been sure in what will happen next.
The ear-ry sound and screaming is what one would expect (codes and conventions) to heard from a scene of a supernatural thriller, this makes the viewer uncomfortable and predict a false plateau.
When the titles appear, there a a sound that builds up which sets up an 'off' tone. This creates an ear-ry uncomfortable effect.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Day 4: Intertextuality (Olivia)


Intertaxtuality is a term to describe the visual referencing between films.

An extract from the famous shower scene in'PSYCHO' by Alfred Hitchcock, was shown in class and I saw how most thriller films 'borrow' from each other. For example,  using the same camera angles, instruments for the use of sound, lighting and methods of editing.

After watching the famous shower scene clip , the class was shown four other clips from other thriller films that have 'borrowed' various aspects from Psycho.


What Lies Beneath
In the clip of 'what lies beneath', a man is seen taking a blonde woman dressed in a white robe, up the stairs and into a white bathroom. He places her into the white tub and runs the water talking to her. As the woman is placed into the bath, the camera pans right over the bath, showing the man and woman and the top of the shower head and soon we see a close up of her face and see that she is paralysed. We also see the water running from the shower head and the man is next to the bath.
The aspects taken form 'PSYCHO' are the colour of the bathroom is white just like the film 'PSYCHO', the shower curtains are white, we see and hear the water from the shower running. a woman is seen wet and barely covered, a non-diegetic set of strings are used and the diegetic sound of water is used.

Fatal Attraction 
In 'Fatal Attraction' and masculine figure is seen wondering outside of 'New York apartment'. A set of young children (could be in the teenage years) walk out into the space and he walks in, he knocks on the door and a woman with blonde hair dressed in white opens it. After she recognises who it is, she shuts it but his had is caught in the door and soon he manages to get into her flat and chases after her screaming. soon the are both in the bathroom fighting and then they enter into the kitchen, a close up of her is shown excluding the mans hands (this shows that she is being strangled), soon after she is strangled; she is then seen with a knife attacking the man. He grabs hold of her taking the big shiny kitchen knife and then there is a mid shot of the man holding the knife, as he places the knife on the table, the camera focus's on the knife.
The aspects of taken from 'PSYCHO' are again a woman with blonde hair wearing a light piece of clothing, a masculine figure bombards on a woman showing who is the 'vunerable character'. A big shiny knife is used to attack. A shadow of a man is seen and a close up of the victim (woman) and finally, the sound water is heard.

The Stepfather
The clip that was shown in the stepfather was when the stepfather bombards into the bathroom holding a knife with the woman screaming a piece of mirror. He aims for her neck and then, he is stabbed by her and falls back into the white bath tub and shower curtain falling as well.
The aspects that were taken from 'PSYCHO' are a man that enters into the bathroom, a woman already in the bathroom, somebody is stabbed, the stabbed falls over the curtain and into the bath (in psycho she falls out of the bath). the shower curtains are white , at the end, the camera backs out. Also there is a point of view shot.

We also watched a student thriller from youtube called 'Succubus'. This clip had taken a lot of aspects from the thriller 'PSYCHO' like a shower scene is used and a big shiny knife with blood. But what I liked about this scene is the roles of gender is switched and instead of using strings in the background, they used drums and it still had a positive effect.

Day1: Analysis of Clips

We have chosen to analyse the clip, "What Lies Beneath." The clip creates suspense with the use of medium close ups so we can see both what the character can see, and the spaces she can't (like the background.) We can tell that something is about to happen, as the steam draws us in to the door and we do  not know what is behind it. As she is walking, we are expecting to see something that she doesn't. The "stab" is introduced to the viewer before her reaction, it scares the audience before it scares the character.