Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The first working tilte film

My Beautiful Laundrett

Made April 1985
Working Title
Thatchers London
Gay ex skinhead in love with a Pakistanani
Low budget
Old
No famouse stars
Not stereotypically british
Working class characters central
No us perception
Stephen Frears
Tim Bevan
Hanif Kahnfiski
£650,000
Oscar Nominated
Bafta Nominated
Evening british standard film award
Special ditintion Award
NBR
NSFC
NYFCC
Danial Day Lewis now a star can sell more
Stephen Fears 34 wins 41 nominations
Noises weird in trails frambuctious juicy richly entertasining
Funnier British comedy dark humour american’s like
Poster,s Trailers, TV
Unusual so selling point
Laundrett
Bubles
Gay love
Frambunctious, Juicly, Entertainiing
DVD, TV not available in 1985
Sleves bad lots of text Daniel day lewises name, homosexuality not shown image polysemic

Film research

ELIZABETH
Costume
Richard atenborough
Eisabeth and picture polysemic
No massive stares
Not much text
Colourfull so typical in this sense
No tag line
Red Haired Protaganist
For film younger woman TV odler careased my man stereotypical
Woman on film in armour
48 teaser posters
Unknown lead Cate Blanchet Unkown Indian Director
Posters tough female character Helen Miron boob tube = male gaze
Teaser close ups soley on Blachett


MBL
Hides homersexual highlights comedy brave race issue
Trailer exaggerated bubling day glo not social rialism

BRIDGET JONES DIARY
Based on book sold different to uk and us
Co produced WT, Studio Cana & Little Bird
Synergy
Subsidiary
A conglomerate form 1 of the big 6 67% owned by universal
Globalisation
Homogenisation = same throughout the world conglomerates can’t cope
Distributed by Miramax Films
$26m budget T is England only $1.5m
$72m takeings cross over appeal
Used virgin atlantic make our butt look big
If miram
Bodyshop 282 stores
Coul receive texts from birdget
BBC ran singletons night
Audio Book
Mug
No artist details Americans owuldn’t know
US reshuffle soundtrack for audience
Either rz on own or between male co leads rz American so important
Ironic sexism ladish touch
UK dvd all about fame
US dvd all about Christmas
Cannot block from youtube
spoofs



auteur theory = the director is the author
Not many female directors
Marketing BJD- tie insost/music videos fanproduced media/ user generated content
Tie Ins- offers and competitionsnromally disributer but WT do it BJD not include $10m spent on setting up tie in campaigns virgin atlantic
OST-official soundtrack cd
Hybrid genre- the rom com is designed to appeal to both men and women
Richard Dyer- we don’t just consume the fictional character but the actor as well

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Camera Work in Merlin

The camerwork is used in many way’s to convey meaining. Firstly we see a high angle point of view shot of the people as we begin with the conflict, shield and sowrd falling on the ground to signify that this is of low status and framing the floor to fill the flame to signify the fear the characters are facing. The close up on the shields signify that it is a competition. The fight is conveyed in a 2 shot and medium shot because that is where the action is the camera changes angle round the fight to signify that it is fast and huffly. The angle is not low angle to signify that this is normal for the times it signifies it is set in. However there is a low angle medium shot on the villain as he comes away from the fight to signify he is feared the framing of flags infront of the frame connotes that we are hiding as if a fly on the wall or he is that fearfull. There is a shot reverse shot of him and the protaganist talking using medium and low angle to signify emotion and fear. The camera zoom out on the medium shot of the protaganist and the f to signify that they are reduced as he is given the armour a non stereotypical manly trait yet the desperser is stereotypical as he is in charge. We then see a lthe camera pan through the special effects to signify these as significance and the entertain the audience by making them prominent within the frame. The protaganist on the bed is flimed in a long shot the camera panning signifies he is the protaganist and gives the production a film like quality. We see a low angle on the old man to signify he is in power but to get there we see a cut of the camera panning speediliy to signify the protaganist must not be doing what he is. The camerawork convey’s the youth as laxy and the elderly as wise and inpower stereotypically. We see a high angle shot on the castle to signify wealth and to draw significance to the expensive parts of the production. We see a shot reverse shot over the shoulder of the conversation between the princsess and the villain the King is framed next to her to signify his power a stereotypical manly trait the rection of the princsess to the villains flirting is also stereotypical however countertypically to use the commutation test she is stood alone signified she is in power by her dress and confrontationoinally talks to the characters. So the audience keep interest we see a cut out medium shot to get the desperser’s reaction to signify this signioficance and a cut out when he is talking to the viallain to signify a conflict of love a stereotypical relationship involving stereotypical men. The two shot of the princsess and the peasant is framed so that one is taller than the other signifying one has more power yet it uses it to signify she is also important in the narrative. We see a high angle in the courtyard again to show the setting and create versamilitude in the extra’s. The store room is also conveyed with the set in the foreground blured to signify something lurking and the eriness. The camera uses close up of his face to signify his fear at the time. As wee see the snake we also zoom in as the character would to convey the characters perspective. We then see a two shot of the villain pointing his sowrd at the protaganaist it is a medium shot to signify he is feels small. The characters walks away from the camera to a long shot to signify again he feels minute in comparison a countertypical manly trait could signify he is homersexual. We resolve this sequence in the way the conflict begun with the close up of shields to further signify the conflict and to signify that it is not resolved despite this new equilibrium

Monday, 30 November 2009

Mise en Scene In Merlin

The mise en scene helps to tell the narrative. Firstly the shields being put up signify that this is set in the past, involves violence and pride in some way a stereotypical manly trait. We see scruffily dressed dirty people next to brightly dressed clean people signifying the binary opposite rich and poor. The man is wearing a crown and is on a throne signifying a king while the woman is stereotypically second to the man on a lower chair signifying a high rank lady. The fighters are dressed in armour, outside and surrounded by a wooden stand signifying this is set in the past. The colours of the tents and rich person’s costumes seem too bright this creates bad versamilitude as it is set in the past where bright dies would never have been available but it signifies that this drama is not supposed to be a record of actual events more a made up universe the preferred reading of the text. We see a large castle and set signifying that this production is big budget. The filming of the villain signifies he’s a villain by the use of hidden camera behind the flags signifying fear from the audiences perspective. The beginning scene is a miserable grey day but light which signifies a tainted reality the use of kitchen sink lighting here also signifies normality despite aspects of the mise en scene being exaggerated. The protagonists house is dirty and uses bland colours signifying poverty and the past, although given the time this is signified in the preferred reading signifies relative wealth. The protaganiost is laid on bed a stereotypical view of youthful men is using the commutation test the old man would have been on bed the audience would signify illness or death. The old man’s hair and robes is unrealistic so creates bad versamilitude but agaian signifies that he is a mysterios character his aged face and hair signify wisdom. Despite his age and poverty he is empowered in the scene juxtaposed next to the peasant stood next to the lady this shows how stereotypically the text portrays views on gender within the same social class. The hut has candles signifying night time and warmth and friendliness so does the castle. While outside the castle the lighting is more blue signifying coldness and spookiness. The special effects and dialoge of “magic” anchor the meaning that this setting is magical. The soldiers outside the castle and peasants create verisimilitude. Stereotypically the producer has decided to have men cuing up for the lady yet ignoring the poorer lady signifies by there dress. The next seen uses dark lighting to connote eriness the snake a signifier of evil.

Editing In Merlin

We see a range of editing techniques to evoke the proffered reading of the text. Firstly we see short takes to signify the scene is an action scene. They use audio bridges of the music and sound effects to connote this is the same scene. The take at them end of the scene where the protagonist is left with the armoury is left long so the audience have time to connote the proffered reading that he dislikes this It also juxtaposes the next scene which in comparison uses lots of action with the special effect of the magical cleaning. There is no audio bridge here because we have changed scene the editing creates bad versamilitude in the way it doesn’t show realistic time though it is chronological it cuts out time from him being at the tournament to him in bed this keeps audience interest. The special effects of the cleaning signify that this is a big budget production. We then ut time once more to him the courtyard then. In the castle we see shot reverse shot to see peoples actions and reactions we see a cut out show of arther to see him looking on a stereotypical male trate of jealousy. There is a match on action of him walking in the store room. Tension is signified by the use of long takes juxtaposed next to the short takes of the fight after. It also exaggerates how counter typical the protagonist is as a male in his non admirable dropping of the armour and how stereotypical the other character is. The fight uses lots of short takes to signify huflled action with audio bridges to relate the sound effects to the scene. We often cut out and cut back into the action using this narrative enigma creates tension and entices the audience into the scene.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Sound In Merlin

Sound is portrayed in many ways in Merlin. We begin with clashes a clasps of the fight this sound effect creates versamilitude. Men fighting is an aspect of the Male Stereotype. The music at this point is tense to signify to the audience that this is a gripping moment. We also hear shouting and cheering a primitive form of communication another aspect of the male audience as they mainly are. The only female in thwe audience is stereotypically dressed revealingly and seems to have little intrest in the fight wich is stereotypical. Next we hear diconcerning music as the men argue to signify tension and apprehension. One is stood infront of the other connoting he is in charge. The women in the castle are surrounded by men signifying male dominance the wealthier dressed woman signified from her eloboratye has a voice compared to the scruffily dressed woman signifying a peasant. They usethis binary opposition to signify the wealth divides therefore the time it was set. The wealthier woman speeks more flirtatiously therefore is more stereotypical than the other this representation signifies why she is confronted with a cue of men her stereotypicalness signifies that she therefore can have more than the counterstereotypical woman. The bells signify old fashioned perhaps in the past a stereotypical view of Britain which signifies this drama is made to sell to a wide audience. The sound effects such as the birds create versamilitude. The room the prtaganist enters is given ery music to signify something isn’t quite right we hear snake sound as wee see the snake the music becomes more ery to signify the snake is the causal of the badness. The shocking clash of the villains sorwd is used to frighten the audience. His clumsiness as he walks out the room rather than fighting back is countertypical. As we see the protaganist on his bed while the work is done round him chirpier more comical music is played to signify a happier moment in the text. The portrayal of the older male hasd long white hair which signifies mysteriosness the dialogue provides exposition that he is wise a stearoetypical view of age in the male gender. While the young male is lazy. As we see the next character heroic music is played to signify what he is about to do will be a stereotypical attitude to men. The fight music is fast to create tension but as we see other shots the music stops and instead we hear the crowds reaction to split up the seen and entise the audience in.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Warp X

· Warp Films a sister company of Warp Records is the parent conglomerate while warp x is the subsidiary
· Madman Entertainment announced "a collaboration" with Warp Films#
· Warp Films was set up in 1999
· Warp X originally started as a branch out of Warp Records about 6-7 years ago in 2001
· My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117,
· Dead Man's Shoes £16,000 Paddy Considine won "Best British Actor" at the 2005 Empire Awards, beating, amongst others, Simon Pegg for Shaun of the Dead and Daniel Craig for Layer Cake
· This Is England Budget £1,500,000 Opening Weekend $18,430 (USA) (1 Screen) shows didn’t get the preferred reading of the film £207,676 (UK)) (62 Screens
· Come To Daddy peaked 36 in the singles chart
· Windowlicker music video Scummy Man Budget £60,000 ,
· "Grow Your Own" Opening Weekend £27,765,
· Donkey Punch Budget $3,000,000, Opening Weekend $4,744 (USA) (2 Screens) £144,953 (UK) 155 Screens) SEK 119,650 (Sweden) (9 Screens) Most of the budget would have gone on the Boat. The actors were most likely unheard of before, so they cost little. Which means the acting may have been sour, etc.unusually large budget ]
· The Taxidermist Budget £22,000
· Hush Budget £1,000,000
· Dog Altogether,
· All Tomorrow's Parties
· All Tomorrow's People
· A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
· Funded by UK Film Council Lottery, Optimum Releasing, Film 4, Screen Yorkshire, EM Media Budgets are usually between £400,000 - £800,000
· UKFC said "The New Cinema Fund is fundamentally about finding, nurturing and bringing on new and emerging talent to British audiences. This years Cannes has selected Andrea Arnold's debut feature film Red Road to be shown In main Competition on the heels of her Oscar®-winning short film Wasp which we supported through our Cinema Extreme shorts programme. Warp X has all the tools in place to continue to deliver unique British film talent
· A low budget film. No big American or Global actors or film crew. No special effects (Although not needed in This is England). The location is local to the company.
· The US film audience are very into British History/Culture. This may be one of the reasons why This Is England is much more successful in America than most British films, because the film is about British Culture. Also, Cultural films (aka Social Diversity Films) aren't huge or made alot in America, due to the Big 6 with their almighty 'Run, Gun and Explosion' (I made that up) films.
· Website includes trailers, job opportunities, information about them
· Warp films website includes playlists, news, events, releases, records, films, events, bleep, explore facebook and myspace page
· Small contains mainly short films and music videos, language is british, websites have to contain information because they’re not widely known.
· Amy Neil, Chris Morris, Aphex Twin, Chris Morris, China Moo, Shane Meadows;Paddy Considine

Warp Films:
1. Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)
2. The Taxidermist (2009) .
3. Four Lions (2009)
4. Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo (2008)
5. Crack Willow (2008)
6. "Fur TV" (2008)
7. The Archivist (2008)
8. Exhibit A (2007)
9. Dog Altogether (2007)
10. Grow Your Own (2007)
11. Dog's Mercury (2006)
12. This Is England (2006)
13. Scummy Man (2006)
14. Rubber Johnny (2005)
15. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
16. My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 (2002)
Warp X:
1. Bunny and the Bull (2009)
2. She, a Chinese (2009)
3. All Tomorrow's Parties (2009)
4. Hush (2009)
5. Donkey Punch (2008)
6. A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (2008)
A low budget film. No big American or Global actors or film crew. No special effects (Although not needed in This is England). The location is local to the company.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Unpicking Semiotics

Mise En Scene
whats in the frame
colours
text
reflections
clothing
emotions
lighting
diversity
dynamicness
spacialism

Sound
Audio Briges
Diagetic or Non Diagetic Music
Off scene sound
Music type

Camera Angles
Type of shot long, close up two, hig/low angle
Tye of movement track, pan, tilt, zoom

Editing
Match on Action
Fade in and out
Flash between scenes
Ryhthem of cuts
Audio Bridges
Music changing per scene

What Makes a Film British

Whats Low Budget for America is High Buidget for Us

Woking Title
Were originally an Indie company started in 1985
Wish You were Here
My Beautiful Laundrett

Subsigery -eg Working Title and wt2 owned by other companies

Conglomirate- eg Universal Companies built up to make one large company

working with 30-50m at most

Ali G
£5m
opening scene 20%
had studio canal and universal possibly not british?
no problem therefore of export
American helicopters and police rap LA out of compton NDLA apeal to american audience
rap=youth
America vs British Saterical
real gang members
american stereotypes
English version then used Drum and Base "Bu Ya" used to appeal

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz is a film produced by Working Title. It is about a well know Police Officer in London who is reassigned to a quiet town called Sandford, he struggles with the crime-free town.Then when a few grisly accdients rock the village, it's not long before he's back in action.British Characteristics:-Less Explosions, special effects.-Comedy is a lot more witty and British 'based'.-Seems to be a lot more dialogue than huge explosions/action that you see in American films.-Pub centre of talk etc.-Not in a big setting, like a city.-Small number of extra's.

Mise en Scene and Editing in Sadaam

The text uses mise en scene to inform the reader through it’s signifiers. Firstly we see a room what signifies a home office because of it’s desk’s lamps and cushioned seats. The colours are warm reds browns and oranges which signifies exoticness, warmth and wealth. As we see the protagonist leaving the building he goes through a glass door again signifying wealth he has an accompanier who is wearing a suit which also signifies power and wealth. The protagonist is military connoted from his badges and green shirt but we can tell he’s Asian by the colour of his skin. It is night time the preferred reading of this is that they are escaping as we can tell from the signifiers they a walking quickly and it is night. The car is black and there are lots of shadows signifying the protagonist has a dark side or evil in some way. The verisimilitude of the reason for escape is anchored with the use of the flashes, smoking derelict car and uneven soil to signify war therefore the audience know something isn’t quite right. This scene is left polysemic as to the outcome of the protagonist to draw the readers attention. We begin the scene within the disequilibrium suggesting an equilibrium cam before it. We are then provided anchorage as to who the protagonist is meant to be by the use of the text. The producer juxtaposes a dark scene with a light scene. The next scene uses a glaring effect to signify heat and peace although signifies the binary opposites of peace and disorder with the use of the tanks, un even ground, rubble and smoke. The tanks, helicopters and smoke signify war and trouble a stereotypical view of the middle east as these signify. We see one shop window but the reflection is so great we can’t see through it which signifies hiding. The flowing costumes suggest a hot country along with the wavy air but the costumes also suggest hiding or hidden agenda’s. We can tell this is a country that uses Arabic writing by the use of it on the phone booth the use of a phone booth instead of a mobile signifies either the preferred reading of poverty or the negotiated reading of a past time period. The use of the golden poster of the protagonist as we saw in the last scene signifies he is the same character in this but in hiding as he’s not dressed the same it also signifies that he was once a ruler and like the text at the bottom of the screen which gives anchorage this provides a signifier for time has passed. As we see him in the phone booth the scene cuts to the lady signifying he is on the phone to her. The text uses the binary opposites male power and female abiding to juxtapose western and eastern power to signify conflict. The woman signifies western culture because of her dress her top is white which connotes innocence and her rings signify wealth. The producer uses the stereotype and present’s the woman with blonde hair and advertising her chest and bum through the camera to signify a primitive society by using our old fashioned views of woman instantly recognizable to the audience. However the countertype of a professional woman signifies this is still the modern day and Sadaam has power. We then see another contrast in scenes from this disrupted landscape to a natural idyllic landscape again signifying time has passed and a sense of lonliness as we see the boy swimming. The boy swimming signifies freedom but his freedom is upressed by the site of the protagonist. He has no possions visable but his clothing and is skinny signifying poverty a stereotypical divided view of the middle east by using the binary opposition of this with a chubbier more well dressed protagonist. The preferred reading therefore gets us to dislike the protagonist yet be compassionate with him by the use of close ups and showings of his relationships his bold black eyebrows signify evil a stereotypical view of middle eastern’s.

Representation of Ethnicity In Sadaam

1. Identify The Name of the Ethnic Group
Arab, Middle Eastern, Asia, Iraqi
NOT coloured or black

2. Binary Oposition/ Commutation Test
Look for binary oposites western, secular, wealth etc
Apply the commutation test how would it be portrayed if it were about Thais

3. Brainstorm the Stereotye
violent terrorist
brutal
poor
religious fantaticism/ fundamentalist
backwords, non scientific/ rational
Paritriachal, misoggynist, women invisible
robes
beards
non cauacasian skin pigmentation

4. Evidence from the Text

Accent-nationality though they all speek english breaking versimilitude
C lothing- head covered robes
Uncovered western on phone and pair not wholely covered in background
Military Uniform- changes from loss of power
Head Scarf- emotionally closed inhuman
Boy naked- poverty
Gender-lack of women on street, sadam tough woman cries the only woman we hear speek
pverty- car wrecks shatered window president using pay phone contrat with Samira's room
Religion- little countertypical
Terrosit- No evidence
Violent- Americans are
CLass- male servant

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Magic Heart

This film was to explore the therories of Todorov and Propp however since this was our second shoot we eventually did three for technical reasons and then took a lesson to save it and import it on the right programme to edit it. We eventually only editied it within 10 minutes hence it's quit rough. We were trying to apply a story that began with an equilibriam a problem and a new equilibriam. Our beggining equalibrium was not well enough establlished but our problem was the hypnotist charming the girl and our new equalibrium was when the hyponitist was dead and the false hero had taken credit for saving the princess but the princess was saved things werent quite the same. As for Propps therory we had the princsess as the girl being hypnotised, the villain was me with the braclett or magic heart, the hero was Dom who took the magic heart the magic object was the mirrorthe dispatcher and doner mary gives and the magic heart the mother was lucy and the false hero was steph who takes the magic object and claims victory to the mother. The mirror could have been made clearer mayby a close up to show it as a magic object. We showed narative enigma by showing the dead body at the end and not resolving the situation making the audience contemplate what the preffered reading might be and enthralling them. We added dialogue and sound to anchor the signifiers to navigate the audience to a preffered reading although text addes might have done this better and music. We had the binary opposites of male and female, powerfull and not powerfull, encompanied and lonely with the repressentation of youth, gender, hetrosexuality and disability in the pricesses in ability to have free will when hypnotised.
video

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Disability In UKTV Drama


All About me
(2004) a comedy starring Jasper Carrot and a charactre with cerebral palsy

The Story of Tracy Beaker finished 2006 childrens drama based on the books by Jacquelyn Wilson and a character with learning disabilities.

Phycoville (2009) a comedy involving a character with learning disabilities and a dwarf.

Doctor Who
a sci fi involves Davross and the leader of the cybermen as wheelchair users.

Casualty
a continuing series involves the character Mr Jordan who through his brain tumor has speech and memory disabilities.

Grange Hill a children’s drama in 2003 it involved a character with asperges syndrome.

Byker Grove a children’s drama where the character played by Dec known by the double Ant and Dec went blind.

Little Britain a comedy involving the character pretending to be disabled Lou.

Robin Hood (2006-2007) the recent BBC adaptation didn’t include the blind character like in the film

Bionic Woman ITV drama (2007) A character who has a car accident and is near to death is given prosthetic bionic limbs, special eyesight and the ability to jump from building to building.

Bleak House (2007) a BBC literary drama involved the wheelchair user who used the phrase “shake me up judy!”.

Little Dorrit (2008) BBC Also involved a wheelchair using character.

Eastenders a soap where Ben Mitchell is a hard of hearing 10 year old.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Representation of Gender In the Bunty for Girls and Closer Magazine



This edition of Bunty for Girls back in 1950 was one we reviewed. It represents girls as not normally having things by calling it "bunt for girls" as if it is unusual. The girl on the front and is waering a shor skirt, is pretty, thin, surouned by wildlife blonde, stupid for leaving food for the goat and a victim of this. This is a stereotypical reprensentation therefore it connotes girls should be these qualilties and if there not there abnormal. It is countertypical that the woman is outside but stereotypical that she is surounded by wildlife like in snow white the comic is signifying self beauty attracts natural beauty and happiness. There is an article in the comic where a woman does fight for feminism which is counter typical she therefore tries boxing a stereotypical mans role but when she see's a mouse it is the man that stereotypically saves her. The comic therfore implies that a woman cant do a man's job but the comic fails to show an countersteroetypical man more like the stereotypical woman thefore signifying how seperate the two sexes are. All the women in the comic are doing house work especially in the article "The Four Mary's" this is once again stereotypical while the men have proffesional jobs. The classes also seem to be very set with one woman discrimintating the lower classes but women appear to be of lower social class than men.

In a modern day closer however the pictures are all real, the women are thinner, less natural, more expresive, more dominant, the sotries are more shocking and have deeper materail, there are celebrities which the other doesnt and the text is more gossipy and bitchy. The pictures are real and women are thinner this siginifies girls should be this unaturally thin a stereotypical view of female beuty "get super toned legs" and other such like articles also pressurise this. The girls in it have more of a voice which is counter typical "marry me or else" but they are stereotypically more emotional than physical. The magazine pushes the bounderies more which is a stereotypical teenage ambition but countertypical to the conforms of 1950. This magazine conveys a more 3 dimensional representation of woman where on one hand they're vunerable, anerexic, depressive, weight gaining ugly looking woman showing how signifying stereotypically beuty is very important but countertypically so is hapyness although steotypically it conveys hapiness through losing weight by the diets they provide and makeup the advertise. The message is confusing. The other side to they portrayed is of bitchy, in charge and tumoling relationships of celebrity women this signifies stereotypically that it's ok for a girl to be like this. The men in the magazine are idolised as sexy hunks to be fought for and judged by women this is countertyical as the women are in charge. The wome in the magazine expecially the celebrities apear not to have proffesions and are famous for being famous this is stereotypical as it signifies girls should have nor profsion and be at home but unlike the Bunty it doesnt convey them doing housewrok The magazine is a stereotypical pink.

Young Film Makers Editing For Begginers



I went to editing for beginners hosted by Chris Hazel. Chris was an editor for BBC news who later gave up his job to teach at the festival and be an A level media examiner. Also in the group was Tom and Max from Essex. We used Final Cut Pro to edit a pre filmed piece about Suzie going to work. Firstly we were shown the basic controls: command s is for turning of and on the sound that played as you rewound something or fast forwarded it, to rewind we used the j key the more you pressed it the faster it went and to fast forward we used the l key. The arrow keys help you move frame by frame to accurately get a cut off point. We needed to trim off the excess film where nothing was happening so we used the command I button to mark an in point and the command o button to mark an outs point. We then dragged the frame to the overwrite box and deleted the original this new frame was exactly what we wanted to show. We could have also used the command c keys as a shortcut. Then we realized the nearly cut frames still took ages to interchange between each other so we double clicked on the join between them, then clicked on the frame we wanted to trim and clicked the -5 -1 +5 +1 buttons depending on how many milliseconds we wanted to add. To fade each frame into each other we right clicked on the join and clicked dissolve frames. Then we unlinked the green rings in the top left corner and dragged the sound so it fit for example over two frames showing the same scene. We also dissolved the sound into each other so the sound indoors and outdoors would flow. Chris said not to use too much dissolving as it gets low marks in A level. We used the +5 button on the beginning frame to lengthen it so we could add text. We then added text there was text that constantly was in a fixed position so its easier for the audience but we used text that could be moved to any position we shortened it to only fit the frame before it moved chris said having text on a moving frame also scores poorly. We dissolved the end of the test so it it faded out. We then moved on to a racing film to edit looking at sound. We had noisy car’s racing and a very loud heavy metal track so we pressed the green buttons to the right and moved the lined down to -12 the safe decibel level doing it by numbers rather than by ear so the sound level was always accurate. We then wanted to merge the sound as before but we couldn’t because we were asking it to make its own material to fade from hence why cameramen always leave time before and after filming so this kind of editing can happen. So we had to shorten the picture frame to merge the sound frame that way they both fit. We then had to cut out some of the track to leave space for commentary. So we marked an In point and out point and deleted it. We the as with the pictures dissolved the sound at the edges so it would slowly fade down. That was the end of the session Chris left us with the advice to keep it simple and not to add clich├ęd effects like a scratched film effect examiners don’t like this. I enjoyed the two days but for me it wasn’t worth missing the other lessons for. Most of the stuff we got taught could have been taught in lessons anyway. The screenings especially the music videos, documentaries and animations weren’t relevant but the relevant ones to us were in-between which was annoying and a waste of time but it was fun. The best part was being taught from a range of teachers with different skills and experiences. To make the trip better it would be good if they came in to our school, we saw relevant screenings on the projector and we were told how good they were. I liked the way we filmed in large locations like Bradford so if we could visit places every so often to film it helps us get inspired. It was more relevant to unit 2 than unit one but very helpful and motivating.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Semiotics

signifier & signified
the signifier is the detail while the signified is the term that tells us when the detail has been put to it's meaning

denote & connote
denotation= description of what you see and hear
connotation= the meaning of these factual details

binary opposition
oposites in drama for example rich and poor when they're togother they're described as being juxtoposed

Polysemy/Anchorage
polysemic= many meanings
anchorage= fixed and precise meaning made with text or dialgue

commutation test
always consider what we don't see the choices the producers have rejected

preferred/contested/ opositional reading
texts or polysemic but we mainly consider what the producers want us to follow of course they are open to contest or oppositional readings it is usefull to highlight these if the text is poorly constructed.

narrative enigma
mysterious eliments within a text form this

intertextual reffrence
when one text reffers to another eg red tint = like james bond titles

Shot Types

big close up
close up
medium colse up
medium shot
medium long shot
long shot
very long shot
two shot
over the shoulder shot
off camera interviewee shot
moving subject shot
high angle shot
low angle shot
tilted frame

Doctor Who

Characters: doctor good, shakespear good stereotypical tudor both intelectual therfore stereotypical reflection of intelects, martha good although 2nd to the doctor female and black stereotype as second in controll, witches stereotypically bad. Large contrasts between bad and good help the audience to differentiat and know the story.

Narrative: ends happily, useing shakespear script to cast spells and end the world.

Seting familier backdrops: stereotypical tudor setting dirty, warm, globe theatre, smogy and dark.

Camerawork: extreem close ups witches face, long shots set to show set, mid shots and a two shot when both at window

Dialogue: racsim to martha comments on todays pc, jargon and suggestive single words

Music: chirpy, medieval, low notes when something evil was about to happen, trumpets for triumph and action

Icons that relate to genre: Sci fi golden light warm friendle colourfal, blue cold light somthing bad, make up, cgi effects, jargon, title sequence dramatic with tardis.

versimilitude

how much the universe on screen seems real and beliavable

Purpose of Drama

entertain
educate
inform
reflection / comment on society and values

What you'd expect to find in a Drama

music, set, camera angles, cut scenes, costume, title and credits, effects, characters, stereotypes, countertypese, recurring story lines, time period (costume drama/ heritage drama) sold to US, lightine either realism (kitchen sink) or glossy (american) language dialect 0r lexis

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Drama

Format:
DramaDoc
Docu Drama
Soaps Bones
Series
One offs
Mini-series
Mobisodes
Micro Drama
(Sub) Genre:
Crime:
Cop/Police
Detective
Bones
Health:
Doctor
Hospital
Format/ Genre
Hybrid:
Sci Fi
Teen
Costume Drama
Literary Adapatation