Sunday, 16 October 2011

Pitch Presentation of our work

Untitled from Tomas Noad on Vimeo.

Reflection of Work: When performing our pitch, we talked about a number of things, first our story board and the basics of our film, then showed our sample scene as seen earlier. We got some feedback from this, that we will aim to work on, such as making sure that we get the microphone on the camera working to get the full use of the sound, plus the criticisms of not having enough reaction shots, involving the view of our actors face within the scenes, we will take aboard these comments and make our final film better by using these points as an advantage. However, we also had a number of positive comments, saying that they liked a lot of the shots used within the scene, and the general idea of the film, suggesting that even without the dialogue, they could still get an understanding of the film and the meaning behind it. This helped with our planning and basic media skills s we could get further ideas from peers and also share our own ideas with everyone.



The above is what got so that we were able to shoot. These were available when we went to the place that we wanted to shoot at. This meant that we could save money in order to purchase other essential props. I feel that being able to use these props for no cost was very helpful because then it enabled us to use costs for stuff such as costume. This also allowed us to have money for emergence purposes in case something was to go wrong during the course of production.

Prop List

  • Camera (Sony HD)
  • Tripod
  • Lights
  • Costume (Suit Trousers with white shirt plus tie)
  • Pool and Snooker balls
  • Pool and Snooker Cues

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Sample Scene

Reflection of Work: Our sample scene was shown to our class and we got some feedback that you will hopefully see in our pitch. we had great pleasure in making our sample scene, but had some problems on the way that we will have to make sure don't happen in our final film. We didn't have Dialogue or any on screen sounds because we didn't set the camera to the correct setting but we covered that up my using our music from Garage Band to play over the top, giving our scene an up beat tempo, however this is an area we will cover when creating our final film.

Because of the problems that suffered in our sample scene, we are going to focus on these and do many trial runs before we film our final film. This was a big part of our development as we learnt how to use all the equipment.

Contract For Actors

This is a contract that me and lucien devised as a mutual bond between us and our actors so we could have full trust in them and rely on them to be there for us whenever we needed to film. We felt that this was needed as some people we considered could be unreliable and we wanted to have actors that would be there for us.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Garage Band Experiments

Our Garage Band music for sample scene by user4290811

Reflection of Work: During preparation for our short sample scene, we got some time to practise using the software Garage Band, this is a music software that allows us to create and use a lot of music of our choice that fits our film. We found this a great help and experience as we could experiment with lots of ideas to fit our film. Finally creating a piece that we liked and felt suited our film, that we plan to use in both our sample scene and also our final film. We will also aim to come back to Garage Band and use our experience to create more music and sounds for our final film. What made this experience, was the ability to not just create music but also ambient sounds that can be used in our final piece.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Digital 10 shot Story board of our film

Story board for our short film
Reflection of work: This is our first draft of our 10 shot story board, in this we looked at all the possible shots we were thinking of taking for our film, showing the audience the type of shots and conventions we would be using and describing these shots in detail to give readers and full understanding of the film. We got some feedback from this, suggesting that some of our shots didn't show exactly what we were intending too, and we will capitalize on this by making sure that in out final film we will use clearer shots and descriptions to portray our meaning. we also got some positive feedback, saying the shots used were very good, and that they were looking forward to seeing the final film, as they felt we presented our film in a way that would appeal for all.
This piece of work is similar to our Proposal as it holds a lot of the information we will need for our final filming, setting guidelines for what the film should have and shouldn't have in it. But we wont just use this, we will also use the feedback that we got from the class, using their ideas in our film as well as our own.

Team Meeting Before Photoshoot

Me and Lucien met up a couple of days before our first photo shoot, here we decided on a time and place for all of our actors to meet with a prop list list for both us and them.

Me and Lucien:
  • Camera
  • lights
  • Tripod
  • Spare Costumes
  • Pool and Snooker Balls
  • Cue
  • Suit Trousers (Black)
  • Tie (preferably black and skinny)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Planning and evaluating our Digital story Board

This is me and lucien working on our Digital film poster, we would go through our draft, putting posttest notes on the things we felt needed to change and also the things that we felt were good. Also on these posttest notes, we had feed back from other members of the class, having things that we could improve on or do differently in our actual film. I felt that this was a great success as it gave us an in depth understanding of our whole film and what we needed to do step by step, knowing what had to be improved for the real filming and what we would make sure we would do. this was a good part of our planning as it helped us develop our skills for the real filming.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

To Do List

  1. Complete our digital story board ready for filming
  2. get actors together and text them all the details
  3. collect camera and equipment ready to film
  4. Call the destination asking permission to film (pool hall)
  5. Meet and film scenes required
  6. Edit scenes
  7. Receive feedback then edit or re-film of necessary

Mood Board of Inspirations

We created two mood boards during our preparation, we looked at all the things that we thought would inspire us and help us produce some ideas for our final film, first of all looking at images from other films and also images from the time era that we are aiming at. We used these as inspiration to help us make sure we can get our costume and scenery as accurate as possible.

We then looked at film posters as inspiration, looking at films that we felt complimented our genre, and would give us ideas about what our film poster could incorporate. Giving us such ideas of the black and white effects, suggesting the time era that we are aiming for.

10 still image analysis on "The Hustler"

10 still image analysis
Reflection of work: For this task, we were all asked to find a film of our choice, similar to our own ideas of a film and analyse 10 still shots. I used the film 'The Hustler', I chose this film as I felt it complemented my own ideas in what I wanted in my own film. During this task, I looked at specific conventions such as camera angles, setting, characters, lighting and some others, looking at how these films used them and how they used them to signify a meaning in the scene (E.G. Using lighting to suggest an importance of one character). From this we gained the knowledge to go and shoot our own scene a use the conventions to portray a meaning for the audience. This helped in our own development as it gave us ideas for what to do in our film and this is the film that inspired us to chose the genre that we did.

Monday, 10 October 2011


Reflection of Work: With our proposal we did half each. The overall view of our proposal is to give the audience a clear first draft of our film, explaining everything character to setting, style costumes and a rough draft of the story its self. This is an important piece of work as it lets readers grasp the overall idea and meaning of the film. When doing this, I made sure I mentioned everything, making sure that the film was described as thorough as possible, making it easy to understand and also easy for us to understand so we can comeback later on in filming to help us. This piece of work is also very important in a development stages of our project as it will keep us on track and has a list of all the props and other things we will need in our film. we will use this as a guideline in every thing we do throughout the film as it has every piece of information on it from all our planning process and it the final version of a planning film.

Short film narrative notes

Reflection of work: As an extra, I felt that it would be handy to make a quick diagram of the basic narrative structure to use in our film, setting out the titles that we will follow throughout our film, with a short time limit at the bottom, showing where each action should take place. I feel that this was nessasary because it just helped us get a further understanding of our film and what conventions we needed to follow to make our film a success.

Planning for film

Reflection of work: This piece of work is continuing on from our mind map, but here we are breaking down our fully chosen idea and breaking it down into a simple story line, showing the middle, beginning and end (equilibrium, disequilibrium and equilibrium). Branching off to explain the story in brief so in future lessons and planning we can come back and use this as a rough draft to make our film. I felt that doing this diagram was very useful as it let use go wild with our idea, branching off to have ideas of our film, this was also a easy but productive way to do a first plan as it let us sit down and talk about the film and the story as a whole.

Target Audience Profiling

Typical Viewer:


Gender - Male
Age - 14 to 24

Social class - Middle class, they would be educated at least up until A- levels or otherwise further. In their free time they would be interested going out and socialising with others much like them selves.


Music taste: jazz as well as hip hop.

Hobbies: Watching films, listening to music and going on social networking sites.

Our target audience are interested in modern type films however are still open to past production. Other films that they would watch consist things like The Hustler:


Our audience being such a wide range means that we appeal to a lot of people. However, we predict that the bulk of our audience will come from the ages 17-20. Being attracted to hustle type films, our audience will be looking for certain conventional things within the film so this is where research becomes key.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Film Ideas

Reflection of work: In this lesson, we were in our partners making a mind map of film ideas of our own, splitting the sections into genre, characters and other areas to give ourselves a wide range of choice. we started off my choosing an area that interested us such as gambling and then used our mind map to branch off into other sections that link to gambling as ideas for films. I feel that this helped a great deal as it helped break down ideas individually so we could have clear views on films, but also have real examples of films and directors to look at for ideas in those certain areas of our topic.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

First Team Meeting

This was our first team meeting, so during this first meeting, me and Lucien sat down and talked about rough idea about what we would consider doing, and then started brainstorming some of our notes, with sub headings such as Genre, so we could come up with lots of story lines and initial ideas about what our project will be on.