Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Product Review

Strengths And Weaknesses

For me the best part of our opening sequence had to be the either the location or editing. I think this because our location and scenery had everything we needed. Whilst discussing the problems with location we knew members of the public would be the biggest one. However luckily we had no problems with any people in our location. It was also good because our setting was a good woodland and fitted the shots that we exactly wanted. As well as this I thought our editing in our opening sequence was very good. personally I thought it made our opening sequence twice as good as it was. I thought this because certain shots and transitions fitted in really well. The best part I thought was the transition between the stealing of the papers and then the scene of the chase.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


We have had our draft opening sequence shots reviewed and checked and we have concluded that it does not contain enough narrative. Therefore we will now add more narrative to the opening of our sequence and tell how the story all begins. 
We have discussed and raised points on what we could do for it and have decided to have Victor Merryweather just leaving the villains house. This will raise suspicion within the viewers and tell the rest of the opening sequence 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Opening Sequence

Whilst filming our opening sequence we decided to add another prop. The prop we decided to add was a phone. This will be used the victim (Victor Merryweather) and will be a distraction to anything going on around him. Whilst the victim is on the phone, the villain will quickly and quietly creep up on the oblivious victim and chase him. We think this has helped the plot and story because it gives the storyline a different edge and lets the victim be distracted.

Monday, 10 March 2014


On Thursday we had a very successful day filming our opening sequence. We all met on time at the location we agreed on, we were certainly a lot more organised than when we originally agreed to meet. Although we didn't have a confirmed location to film we instantly knew where we wanted to film our opening sequence. We chose quite a rural path to film, however there were many dog walkers around which delayed filming. Luckily it didn't delay us too much and we got all filming done on the day.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Filming Schedule

We arranged to meet on Tuesday the 4th March, however there was a problem with Josh getting to the location and I had to leave early for my football. This meant that we wouldn't of all got to the location until 5pm, which wouldn't of been long enough to film, seeming my football was at 6. We have now arranged to meet early after school on Thursday 6th March to film our opening sequence. We now know we are much better prepared and will now make sure to meet there and then.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Certain Camera Angles

Close Up
For our two characters in our opening sequence we need to make we have many close ups of their faces. We have to do this so the viewer knows the feelings going through their head.

I think these are very important for  our opening sequence because they determine the viewers perspective on our emotions during the opening sequence. A close up of a person emphasises their emotional state, whereas a mid-shot and long-shot is more to give information and to deliver facts. A close exaggerates facial expression and conveys emotion. Therefore the viewer is drawn into the subjects personal space and shares their feelings.

Importance Of Trailer

We are doing our opening sequence to inform the viewer what our film is about. The point of it is to give the viewer a rough idea of what the film is about and entice them into our plot and storyline. This means we will have to include tension and make the film exciting to keep the viewer intrigued and interested, we will do this by using certain camera angles like tracking and close ups and use appropriate music to fit the genre of film it's going to be. All these kind of things are key to making our opening sequence a success. Ultimately the opening sequence decides whether or not the viewer is going to want to watch the film or not so really it's a vital part of production.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Camera Shots

Tracking Shot
During our opening sequence, we are going to make sure we use this camera angle. We are doing this because this camera shot is prefect for our chase scene where we both will be running. We are also going to ensure that we get enough of a shot because our opening sequence will be mainly the chase scene so it's vital to do so.

Close Up
This camera shot will also be used in our opening sequence. We have chosen to use a close up because we want the viewers to see the e,option of the person running and the different feelings that are being experienced during the chase. I think this shot is as key to our opening sequence because they both show a lot of emotion and get the viewer to experience what the 2 actors are experiencing.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Final Filming Location

Sparrows Den Woods

For our opening film sequence we have decided to film in Sparrows Den Woods. We decided on choosing these woods because we agreed that it is easy to access and very local for us all. We also liked  it because it gives us natural and isn't frequently used by the public and dogs. I think this location is good because I know them very well and know some good areas where we can film our opening sequence

Monday, 24 February 2014

Music for Opening Sequence

Whilst looking for music for our opening sequence we spent a lot of time and effort into choosing the right one. Hans Zimmer came up a lot, his music appealed to us a lot because it builds up tension and links to our opening sequence well. The piece we have chosen is from The Dark Knight Rises.


Risk Assessment

Film Company Production

I also like the Paramount intro because like wise it is very well known. As well as this it is very eye catching and looks professional. I wouldn't choose this because I prefer the 20th Century Fox intro.

Film Company Production

In our opening sequence we are going to include a world renown movie company to make it look more proffesional and classy. This will also make the viewer think that we have been funded by a major company. I would personally choose this opening one because it is big and bold and very well known.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Location Possibilites - Keston

Keston is another good local setting we could choose for our opening sequence, the only bad thing about this location would be that is is frequently used by the public, this wouldn't be good for our opening sequence because we want our setting to have no people around. Out of the three choices of locations I personally think that this is the worst, I think this because it is the most open location and there aren't many secluded areas within the woods.

Location Possibilities - West Wickham

West Wickham
This location is in West Wickham, I think this location would be good because it's local and easy to access, however  this location is not secluded enough for our opening sequence and frequently used by dog walkers and members of the public. I personally like this location because it is extremely local for me and i know a lot of good areas within the woods for filming. For me i would choose this location because i know the area like the back of my hand.

Character Analysis - Victim


Sam Wills - Victim
I will be the victim in our opening sequence, the victim has to act innocent and act like he has done nothing wrong. For our character he will be dressed formally to fit in modern day culture and be well spoken. We want our character to be acknowledged as a supposed nerd. He will wear a chinos with black leather shoes and wear a neat jumper with a shirt underneath.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Murderer Conventions

Murderer Plot

We have decided that our murderer will definitely be male, this fits the conventions of murderers films like The Dark Knight rises and American Pshysco. Males are better murderers because they are represented as stronger and more violent as women.
We also discussed the clothes the murderer will wear dark clothes to fit into their surroundings and look conventionally more powerful

Victim Conventions

 Victim Conventions

 For our victim we have to make sure they're vulnerable towards the viewers, this means we need to use our miss en scene carefully when deciding the props and costumes used. With our victim having neat and smart clothes, he will come across as innocent and vulnerable to the viewers.
When the victim is being hunted we're going to make sure there motions are frantic and contrasting those of the murderer, this would represent their panic in trying to escape. With these actions the murderer will ultimately look a lot more powerful than the victim which fits the conventions well.
With the victims pathway trying to escape being the red herring, this will provide a narrative for the viewers as they will attach themselves, making the death of the victim more thrilling as seemed.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Production Logo Idea

Our Production Logo

For our production logo, we are going to base it on this logo. I like this logo because it is plain and simple but draws the viewers eyes in. Catching peoples eyes is very important because it needs to stay in their head so they'll remember next time they see it. We will call our production company Open-Ended Productions. I like this name because it puts some suspicion into the viewers head.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Character Analysis - Murderer


Josh Hoare - Murderer
In our opening sequence Josh is the mysterious murderer, for this Josh will have to be dressed and act like a murderer. For costume, he will have to wear dark clothes and behave in a certain manor. In the films we've looked at the murderer always seems to be stern and have not much of a personality. The murderer will wear dark clothes to blend in to their surroundings and not be seen. A prime example of this is a black coat and trousers with possibly a hoddie over the top to cover their face, the clothes warn wont fit into the modern day culture, normally un-formal clothing is worn. Their character will have to be mysterious and suspicious to build up suspense for the viewers.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Location Possibilities - Hayes


I personally think Hayes is the best location for our opening sequence because it is local and easy to access for us all, i also think this because it is very secluded and not used by the public that often. I don't really mind using this location because it isn't too far away for me and I kind of know the places, and places we can use in the woods.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Mise-en-Scene for Opening Sequence

- Knife
- Rock
- Phone
- Forrest/Woods

- Innocent man walking in woods = Victor Merryfeild (Sam Wills) 
- Mysterious Murderer = Wayne Walker (Josh Hoare)

- Victor = Black Trousers/Polo Shirt/Jumper
- Wayne = Leather jacket/Hoodie/Jeans/Trainers

- Natural (sun)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Story Board Plan

Here you will see the storyboard plan of our opening sequence, we made this as a template to use when filming. We hope we can stick to this plan and make the opening sequence close enough to this as possible.