Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Mood Board

This is our mood board and is a collection of pictures and words that represent our film and the general theme. Looking at our mood board it is easy to see the genre of our film as the colours are dark and show the horror genre. We have used a mix of horror pictures as well as pictures that reflect the psychological side of our film.

Movie Poster Analysis

This is the french teaser poster for Le Ballon Rouge. The poster uses the ballon which is the focus of te film and incorporates it into the title text which is very effective. The simple colours of the poster are contrated by the red ballon which draws the attention of the viewer to the ballon. This is a teaser poster which means it is not suppose to give away the title of the film and the poster only shows the title of the film and the director. I like this poster as it uses colour to focus attension on the poster and also incorporates the ballon into the text.

This poster is for the film lord of war which is about an arms dealer. The poster is effective in that it incorporates the profile of the main character in bullets. This is clever as it is a subtle indication as to what the film is aboutwithout giving it away. This poster also has little information on it aswel, only displaying the title and the actor (Nicloas Cage) I like this poster as it incorporates the bullets with the picture which is very clever. We could do something similar to this where two images are combined.

This is a poster for the 2010 film devil. this poster is highly effective and makes good use of black space to represent the film. Like the other posters the image of lift buttons are incorporated into the text which makes the poster effective. The poster does not give away any information about the film other than the location of the film which is a lift. The creative black space does not visually show anything, however it does represent the atmosphere of the film.
This is a teaser poster for the film Saw III. It is clear to see from the poster what the films genre is and as it is the 3rd Saw film it does not need to show very much as the audience will already be familiar with the Saw franchise. Again this poster combines images with text by using the scratches on the wall to show the number 3 which is highly effective. Visually the poster shows a dirty wall and a person fingers with blood on them, this clearly shows the genre of the film but does notgive away any information to the story of the film.

Land Of The Dead Analysis

Land Of The Dead Youtube Video
This film is cleverly structured so that it is clear to the audience what is going on a the opening displays many different horror/ zombie conventions. Opening shots are very effective at setting up the story and therefore give the audience a clear idea of the zombie outbreak. The film tells the story at the very start when a voice over explains what has happened and brings the audience up to date with the situation. The black and white footage when the voice over is ocuring suggests to the audience that the events being described and have already occured. This is and effective technique as it makes the audience aware of what is going on when the film returns to present day. The distorted footage of the past is a typical convention of horror films as it makes the audience uncertain. The Dark footage at the start of the film also suggest a horror film. The title ‘Today’ clearly shows a change in time and tells the audience that the film has jumpes to present day. An establishing shot sets up the rest of the scene which then tracks down to show the zombies. This film is not typical of horror films as usually the outbreak occurs during the film whereas in land of the dead the outbreak occurs before the film starts. 

Analysis Of Strangers

Strangers is a short film set in the underground subway system and shows a modern take on the tension between the jewish community and the neo nazi’s. From the mise en scene it is clear from the start that this film is all about different beliefs as theman already seated on the train is reading an arabic newspaper. The man who enters the train is wearing a star of  david necklace which immediatley identifys him of jewish religion and he makes a point to convay this to the arabic man using subtle eye contact. The director builds the suspense between the two characters by using no dialogue only the diegetic sound of the train. he also creates suspense among the the audience by using slow chot changes between the two characters. The dim unatural lighting of the underground further highlights the awkward unatural situation. Two more men enter the train and sit near the arabic and jewish man. The two men have shaves heads, tattoo’s and piercings and convey the message of being aggressive. The director then decides to show a shot of a nazi symbol tattoo which shows the audience that the two men are neo nazi which creates a further tension in the train. There is still no dialogue used to add to the tension and the diagetic sound of the underground creates unatural and awkward sounds. The shot changes are still slow to build the tension further and the director decides to show close up shots of the men making eye contact with each other. The credits then appear and the screen goes black however still continues with the diagetic sound of the scene which leaves the rest to the audiences imagination.

Our Idea

Our Idea for our A2 media project is similar to our film last year in the genre and the conventions that come with it. I feel our film last year was successful however there were things that I would have liked to changed, so hopefully this will be a more polished film. Our film idea is to create a short 5 minute horror film. The film is about a character called Sam who blacks out and has scary hallucinations similar to him being in a horror film. These trips last for 1 hour and happen at the same the same time every day (7:22). This has only recently been happening to Sam and therefore he is very panicked and shaken up by his experience. He is on antiphsycotic drugs which have no effect since he has begun taking them. The film follows Sam on two hallucinations and shows how the experience has changed his everyday life. The end of the film sees Sam out of his mind and terrified as 7:22 draws closer. He takes over his prescription of his drugs and begins to feel even worse and out of control of his body. In an unbearable state he takes his own life just before 7:22.

A2 Media Studies