My Finished Video



Our finished film opening sequence.

Friday, 31 March 2017

This Blog is Now Closed

Thank you for reading my blog!
I feel like I have gotten better at everything that these media projects asked me to do, and that includes blogging, and I had fun doing a lot of it too.
I hope you enjoyed my blog even though it is closed now.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Evaluation Post 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop, or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Our group's film, 'What Happened to Peter Smith?', is a crime-mystery drama, about the titular teenager who goes missing but is found dead soon after. It follows the ensuing investigation by a weary detective into the five other teenage suspects who were with him when he was last seen, and who each have their own unique relationships with the deceased and each other. We took into account form, genre, narrative structure, and style during the construction process of our film opening.

Form:
An emaze slideshow describing the form of film openings, including ours.
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The opening of 'The Usual Suspects,' excluding the titles, as extra content for the 'Form' webtool above.


Genre:
A Prezi slideshow about the crime and mystery drama genre, the genre of our film.

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Narrative Structure:
A Google Slides slideshow on narrative structure, and how it is relevant to our film.

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Style:
A coggle mindmap that describes the style of our opening, with examples from other films.

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A GIF showing how we created a smooth flow between character transitions.
A GIF demonstrating how we used camera movements to mirror the transitions and conversations between characters.
A GIF of one example of how we used framing for effect.

As you can hopefully see from these presentations of different aspects of the construction of our media product, we have used, developed, and even challenged various forms and conventions of real media products and their construction. This includes creating a film opening with typical and expected features, adhering to the genre's conventions, building a narrative with a tried-and-tested structure, and developing our own style to both fit in with yet stand out from the crowd.

Evaluation Post 2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Representation of different social groups is important in films. You need a mixture of recognisable stereotypes for the audience to identify so as to meet expectations, but you also need to challenge them somewhat to present a more realistic and appealing set of characters. This emaze presentation will describe how our media product represents social groups, by describing how we constructed one representation in detail.

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This is the process we followed for all of the social groups in our film, as well as the philosophy behind our choices. However, it is important to note that the working class is one of the more detailed representations because of the impact it has on the story; namely that the detective also harbours the prejudices that have lead to modern stereotypes about the working class today.

Evaluation Post 3: What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

The institutions chosen for a film are quite important to its creation and spread. You need a willing production company to help make it, especially as an indie, and an equally strong distributor to make sure people see it- again, especially hard as an indie. Some of the choices and reasons thereof regarding institutions for our film are in this Prezi slideshow.


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Our production company and distributor work well together- hopefully this means a quality media product can be created and delivered.

Evaluation Post 4: Who would be the audience for your media product?

The target audience of a media product is something that has to be decided very early on in its conception, and it influences pretty much everything else from there. 'What Happened to Peter Smith?' is no exception. This Google Slides slideshow describes the target audience for our film.



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As you can see, our film has well-thought-out primary and secondary audiences, that will hopefully ensure it makes a splash both in its specific market as well as the mainstream.

Evaluation Post 5: How did you attract/address your audience?

Attracting and addressing the audience is a key part of making a film work- regardless of the level of technical impressiveness, people won't watch a film unless they want to. As the opening of the film is the first thing people see of it, it must be appealing enough to hook them into watching the rest of it. Luckily, there are multiple ways you can make the people you want to see your film, want to see your film. 

Here is a coggle mindmap discussing audience appeal in our film, in terms of theory such as Uses & Gratifications- in fact, the Uses & Gratifications branch of theory on the left is a good place to start, as this theory has helped me explore the different types of gratifications that the audience might get from our film. Our group also completed an audience feedback session- how we carried out the session, why we did it, and what results we got are also part of the mindmap.


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A GIF that shows where we have used identification to draw in the audience- they see Raj doing some ordinary, listening to music, like they might do for fun, but suddenly he is thrust into a police investigation. Thus they can experience the life of someone similar to themselves in an extraordinary situation, which they wouldn't usually get to do.
After reviewing what we had tried to do to address and attract our audience, as well as seeing what real-life members of this target audience thought, we can conclude that we were successful in our aims.

Evaluation Post 6: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

While we worked as a group throughout this project, I personally learnt some things about the technologies we all used to construct our project. My learning curve was unique to me, and it happened with all the hardware and software I came into contact with. I have created a Google Slides slideshow documenting my personal technological learning curve, therefore.


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As you can see there was a clear progression in my knowledge of each area of construction, and I have even thought of things I would have done differently if I had the knowledge I have now back when I started the project.