We decided to start experimenting with different fonts, effects and positions of the text on seriff. We needs our titles to strongly reflect the narrative of the film and creat an eerie and mysterious feel for the audience, they will also need to relate to our psychological crime genre. The main storyline of the clip is the grooming over a chat website, so we’ve linked the transition of the text to this theme. The text types across the screen like you would type on a computer, and even the text is simliar to a type writer, and added a flashing cursor to give ultimate effect.
We have decided on the following elements:
- Size of Font: We have decided to make the name of the person bigger then their title, to make it stand out more, and to make the audience concentrate more on the name of the editer for example, rather then the job.
- Transitions: We’ve chosen the titles to type across the screen, reflecting the nature of the technology used in the thriller.
- Duration on screen : We have decided to slow the typing down, as the characters will be typing around about this pace during the film and have made sure each title is on screen for the same duration, with the production company being seen for slightly longer.
- Font style and colouring: We have chosen a traditional white or black, as this is the automatic colouring for fonts on the computer, and we wish to stick to the computerised theme throughout the film.
- Effects: We’ve chosen to have an effect on the titles to make them slightly blurred, to suggest a sense of confusion relating to the state of mind of the character.
- Positioning on the screen: If the titles play across a black screen they will be centred, although we yet need to decided if the titles are going to play over footage or not.
- Needs to reflect the narrative: The main storyline of the clip is the grooming over a chat website, so we’ve linked the transition of the text to this theme. The text types across the screen like you would type on a computer, we’ve also chose the courier new font also, as it looks like it has been typed on a typewriter, and added a flashing cursor to give the ultimate effect.
We have also decided to leave out director of photography and production manager in our opening titles, this was due to the fact that we are only filming a small part of the opening and didnt feel these were necessarily needed.
Here is a clip of one of the titles we have been practicing on serrif:
We decided to put all the things that could go wrong into a chart and think about how we could avoid these from happening. By having a level of risk we are able to see the things we need to consider before our filming day.
To ensure that everyone is at the right place at the right time and everything runs smoothly we have set out who will be doing which tasks. By dedicating each person to a role will help the filming process go to plan and improve our organisation.
- Acting: Joe Hart & Holly Parsons
Camera Work: Holly Parsons & Alice Sorenson
Editing: Alice Sorenson & Holly Parsons
Soundtrack: Alice Sorenson & Holly Parsons
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Female Actor: We are planning for our teenage actor to be wearing a customised ‘scruffy’ school uniform. This will allow for us to portray her age accurately as a vulnerable and weak school girl but at the same time show her rebellious attitude. She will have her tie short and loose with jewellery, make up and a short skirt to represent the stereotypical school girl image. School uniform will also be necessary as she has just arrived home from school and is arguing with her mum about being chucked out.
Male Actor: Although you are only going to see our actors face and therefore his costume may not have a big impact, we have decided to dress him in an old scruffy shirt to signify his old age and dominance. He will have his sleeves rolled up and an untidy appearance suggesting he has been up waitint for Chantelle to return. It is possible that we may have him wearing a ‘Daddy’ bracelet to help emphasise the relationship between Chantelle and ‘Joe’, although we are going to get some feedback on whether this is needed or not.
We are going to be filming in two different locations. The first setting that will be seen is Chantelle’s bedroom, it will be a bit messy portraying her laid back rebellious attitude and will have various pieces of furniture such as a chest of drawers, bed, TV etc. This will help us to achieve a realistic feel to the clip without it coming across as too setup, however, we also want to avoid the setting looking too much like a home-made video and want to have a professional aspect to it. Our next location will be ‘Joe’s’ room, this will have dark lighting creating a mysterious aspect to the film without only the computer screen for light. It will be a very basic room with little furniture apart from the essentials.
- Credit card – Holly
- Diary & pen – Holly
- Bed – Holly
- Laptop – Holly
- Mug & coaster – Alice
- Pill bottle – Alice
- Holdal bag – Holly
- Pinboard – Alice
- Photoframe – Alice
- Photo – Alice
- Desk – Alice
- Typing on a keyboard
Because a lot of the communication between the characters is between computers, we obviously need a sound effect of someone typing on a computer keyboard. Because we are using a laptop for the character of chantelle we need a bit of a different keyboard sound to the computer “joe” will be using. As joe only replied with short answers i imagine the sound of the typing will be quite slow, as he is making her wait also for his reply. Chantelle’s typing will be quite fast to show her desparation, and maybe also that teenagers have better commication with technology then adults, so her typing skills should be more advanced then his.
Chantelle often writes in her diary and so we could have a sound of the pen brushing the page – like the sound of a fountain pen perhaps. We need this to maybe show the depth of her feelings coming out in her writing.
- The message alert sound (of the internet chat)
We need the message alert sound to show that joe has replied on the chat, and it will also be more realistic as many social networking programmes such as MSN and Facebook Chat use this feature. We can also use this to see the reaction of the character when they hear this, as they know the other person has replied.
- Shaking of the pills in the jar
we want it to be obvious to the audience that “joe” is going to drug Chantelle and so we need him to throw a bottle of pills into the overnight bag for the hotel. The pill bottle we are using is tinted and so to make the props seem more real, we need to add a sound to make the audience think that there is something inside of it. If we have a sound of pills shaking it may suggest there are many pills inside the bottle, and give more of a sinister effect, as it is up to the audiences own imagination what they’re going to be used for.
- Zipping of the bag
We could have two different zipping sounds to separate two different locations. For example “joe” and chantelle are both packing a bag, and we could have a different zipping sound for each character, to represent their both going forward with the plan, and the zip of the bag is sort of the confirmation for this.
- Opening of draws
If we have a sound of opening draws in the background, it could suggest chantelle is packing up all her belongings to run away. We could have this sound perhaps when we see her writing ‘goodbye’ in her diary. We could also hear some other sounds, pehaps the shoving of things into a bag, to suggest the reason she is writing goodbye is because she is running away.
- Telephone ringing
We need the telephone ring twice in our opening. We could perhaps have two different ring tones, one for a mobile, and one for a house phone perhaps. The telephone ring we need is the kind when your calling somebody and you can hear the phone ringing them, unline the kind of ringtone you hear when you are being called yourself. This will be needed when “Joe” (Mark) is ringing up to book a hotel, and also when the mum (Julie) is ringing the police to file a missing persons report.
- Jumping on bed
We need the kind of crease in the covers type sound, when Chantelle throws down the laptop onto the bed and lays down on it herself. It should be quite a faint sound, not the kind of springing sound when a child is jumping on the bed.
- Sound of cup on desk
The sound of the cup banging down on the coaster is an essential moment as this is when we see the matching photograph of chantelle and her dad on the desk in the background. we have a coaster on the desk ( which could possible say best dad) so the sound needs to be more of a clink if the coaster is a glass one.
When we have the shot of “joe’s” mouth, smirking we could have a litttle grunt of satisfaction, as he knows his plan is running smoothely, and Chantelle is right where he wants her
- Clicking of mouse
There is a close-up shot of chantelles fingers on the mouse, so we need a clicking sound and also like a grazing sound as a laptop has more of a mouspad which you scroll your fingers over rather then a separate mouse.
Slamming of doorswhilst chantelle is writing goodbye in her diary because she is about to run away, we could have the slamming of the front door to add to all the other sounds leading up to her departure, (such as packing bag, opening draws etc.) The slam of the front door is kind of the last time chantelle is in the house, so it is quite a significant moment.
We got feedback from our teacher on ways we could improve and change our animatic when filming. This helped us to get an understanding of things we need to consider when filming and our stengths and weaknesses:
“The use of close ups that highlight props and emotions is very good. I also like how you establish the importance of the letter by filming it from differnt perspectives. The duration of some shots are too long. Thus, they need trimming and shoots be on the screen for less ammount of time. Also, think about how you can incorprate pans/zooms into your idea.”
We also got feedback from our peers on thier thoughts & opinouns on our ideas:
“I think the use of close up are good because they made the clip more mysterious and helped show the relationship between Joe and the girl. The facial expressions also helped to show how the actors were feeling which was good. Although i think you could make some of the shots quicker so they’re not on the screen for to long as this could make the opening quite boring.”
“I like the use of the voice overs over the different shots, as it creates a mysterious effect, which is a good element to a thriller. The close-up shots are a really good idea, as they show the conection and the emotion between the two characters. I think the storyline will really work if you can make the chats online look real and not staged, which i think will be difficult but achievable. “
In order to gain feedback from other students and people using wordpress we placed a poll on Holly’s blog. We were hoping to achieve an understanding of what other people thought of the quality of our anamatic storyboard this would help us to know if we need to adapt it in anyway. We used a range of answers