Friday, 31 January 2014

Film Sound

Sound wise in films there are 3 different types of sound that films are made up of:

- Music
- Sound affects
- Narrative/Human voice

These are essential ingredients to film

These three aspects must be balanced properly to create the proper emphases for the desired effect. Topics that these relate to are dialogue, sound and music

Background Music

Background music in films we can use as a guide in our film:

Background music is used to:
Add emotion and rhythm to a film. Usually it isn't meant to be noticeable, it often provides a tone or an emotional attitudes towards the story and or the characters depicted. In addition background music often foreshadows a change in mood. For example dissonant music may be used in film to indicate an approaching menace or disaster.
Background music may aid:
Viewer understanding by linking scenes. For example, a particular musical theme associated with an individual character or situation may be repeated at different points in a film in order to remind audiences of a continual set of ideas or motifs.
Film sound is comprised of:
Conversations and innovations. We have come to expect and acceleration of music during car chases or jumping sounds in horror films. It is important to note as well that sound is often brilliantly conceived. The effect of sound are often largely subtle and only processed by out subconscious. Yet it gives us awareness of the film.

Age ratings

For age ranges of film Steve and I have made a podcast to say the age range of our film and why, the BBFC or British Board Film Classification, is a official UK independent business which classifies films. Films are classified as follows:

Age ratings:

Conventions of a Psychological Thriller

This is a helpful link i have found which can guide us through the Mise-ene-scene of a Psychological thriller, as well as the sound used in them. Steve and i will have to work through most of these together and mutually agree on what to do but we can link aspects of this presentation into it all.

(This is not by me but i found it useful)

Filming Rules

To further explain one of my previous posts on the rules of filming our preliminary project below are the definitions of them:

Match of action:

Either an action commenced in shot A is completed in shot B, or an action in shot A is mirrored by an action in shot B, for example when we cut from character A in location A reading a letter to character B in location B reading the same letter.

180 Degree Rule:

A rule that states that a camera should be places somewhere inside the 180 degrees on a particular side of an invidible line of a shot contiang two characted. If the camera crosses the line confusion is caused for the film viewer because it looks like the two people are switching places as you move through the film

Shot reverse shot:

Shot reverse shot is a film technique where one character is shown looking at another character, and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking at each other.

Rules of Thirds:
This is a rule where an object only takes up 6 out of 9 sections of a 9 square grid, this is so a scenery can be set for the shot, this is explained below, the picture on the left focuses too much on the main rock, were as on the picture on the rights more of a scenery is set



Se7en is a psychological thriller that i want to watch for analysis before making the opening sequence to get used to how to film psychological thrills for when we film our opening sequence, this bellow a presentation i have found about an analysis of the Se7en's opening sequence.

(This is not by me but I found it useful)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Preliminary Project

This is mine and Steve's Preliminary project that we filmed
During exporting of the film (which i have done 4 times) the film becomes jumpy at the start which is an issue i cannot figure out how to fix so i have left it the way it is in an effort to spend my time on the other aspects of the opening sequence planning.

This has given me lots more camera skills than i had before and let me know how to enforce rules within the filing of an opening sequence. These rules are:
- Match on action
- 180 degree rule
- Shot reverse shot
- Rule of thirds

This has also given us editing skills that we did not have before which well help us in the final copy of the film


Wednesday, 22 January 2014


Steve and I are having issues trying to find the time to use the green screen again so because the editing process is such a long one we have decided to display our second survey results with graphs to better display the results as a majority is more quantitative information: