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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Evaluation - Question 7

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

Evaluation - Question 6

Looking back at your preliminary task (the continuity editing task) what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to full product?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Evaluation Question 5

Evaluation Question 4

Film Title

We have decided to change the title of the film to 'Stolen' so that it wasn't as cringe as 'The Secret Betrayal'. Also the title 'Stolen' makes more sense to the new narrative that we created because the first title we came up with suggests secrecy and a larger betrayal than someone stealing something - it also suggests that the 2 actors know each other and that they are close friends but from the footage we got this cannot be seen so we decided to change the title to what happened in the our film - this is so it makes more sense to the audience.

Second Alterations

          After our final film was finished we were asked to make a few more alterations to our product to get the best marks that we could get from the footage that we already had on the mac and camera's.
        We were asked to change the lighting settings because in the outside clips there was a problem with what had been done to the lighting, which made the film look dodgy and not very good; the light kept changing from really dark to really bright, whilst everything else in the shot stayed the same.
           I had to change a couple of the fonts because not all the fonts were the same so it didn't look symmetrical and didn't look as good as possible.
           I had to add fades to the first location in the film to the second one so that I had somewhere to place the title of the film so that it was clear the audience and so that it looked more professional than the shot changing randomly from 1 location to another.
          I had to change where the horror music started from when the outside scene started to when the chaser runs out of his back door and the camera shows a close up of his face - this is so that it suggested to the audience that he started to have evil or dark thoughts about the person who stole the thing from him.

Evaluation - Question 3

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Second Filming Location

We had to add a second filming location so that the chase scene in the woods made sense to the audience because before it looked like someone chasing someone, randomly trying to kill them. We added this filming location to add a stronger narrative to the opening sequence.

Evaluation - Question 2

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Evaluation - Question 1

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

Monday, 10 March 2014


          After our initial filming session and compilation of our film we had to make a few alterations to the film so that it would be more entertaining and interesting for the audience.
          The main problem with our film was that we needed to add a narrative to the story because when it was watched the audience said that they didn't understand what was happening because it only showed someone chasing after another person, which is random when you watch it for the first time without an explanation. We decided on having the person being chased break into the chasers home and steal something personal and important to him. Also, this showed an insight into the chasers home life and it explained why he was chasing the other actor.
         We also got told that we had to make the shots darker because the natural lighting was too bright for them to see what was happening because the sun was shinning and reflecting off the camera lens, which made the whole shot a lot brighter.
          I hade to make titles for the film so that it made it look more professional. I decided to make titles explaining who was starring in the film and I made titles about what company produced the film, which made it look more professional.
          Effects had to be added to the sound because it was crackling when the old sound finished and the new sound started so I had to add a fade to the sound so that it faded out and in and didn't crackle. I did this to the text as well so that it didn't just appear and disappear without an effect, which wouldn't look as good or professional.

Attempted Editing

This morning we entered the lesson and gathered the camera from the store room. Then suddenly, to our surprise the camera was out of charge. This meant the previous group to use our camera obviously didn't bother to charge the camera after they had used it. This lead to an inconvenience for use when we tried to copy our shots from the camera to the mac because we have had to waste our valuable lesson of media, charging the camera so that we can copy our shots over.


We are doing are final editing of our opening sequence because we have missed our actual final deadline and we now need to get it finished as soon as possible so that we can have time to edit it further if it needs to be before it is actually sent off to the moderator. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Behind the Scenes

This is a picture taken of the first day of filming when we were getting everything prepared to start filming. This is also where we planned where we were going to go in the woods and in which direction we were going to go and what way we were going to film - this means what way we were going to face, for example; if we were going to face towards the road or if we were going to face towards the woods.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Animated Storyboard

This is a very bad rough animated version of our storyboard. It displays the main points of what is going to occur throughout the opening sequence.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Filming Session 1

This was our first filming session, this is everything that was filmed on the initial filming day. Some of the footage that we recorded wasn't used to keep the overall time of the film lower and it didn't work with the rest of the film. Some of the shots recorded weren't very good because there were things in the shot, which ruined the whole shot so we couldn't use them. Most of the footage taken is very wobbly and isn't very stable, which means it doesn't look as good as it could be. The lighting in the shots is too bright, which meant that a lot of work had to be done so that it didn't look as bright in the final product. There is good link up between the clips, which means that it is fluent and all joins together and doesn't jump to a random location, which is far away from the last past filmed. There were quite a few mistakes which were made, which had to be looked at and got rid of because they couldn't be used in the final product because either the camera wasn't filming the correct thing or the actor said or did the wrong thing.

Filming - Take 1

Yesterday, 4th March 2014, we scheduled to meet at the filming location to start shooting our opening sequence because we were at the point in our project where we were ready to start filming. We planned to meet at 4.30pm at Sparrows Den in West Wickham but there was a problem with me not being able to get to the location at this time because I live an hour away from the filming location and I didn't get home at 4.00pm and changed into my outfit by 4.30 so by that point if I left to go to the filming location, I would've gotten there an hour later whilst everyone else would be waiting for me to arrive. We then planned to get to the location at 5.30pm but then we couldn't contact the director Max Brindley, by the time we had gotten in contact with him it was too late for Sam Wills to turn up because he had to go to football.
So in conclusion, our first attempt to start filming was a massive fail and wasn't planned very well at all. We have planned to meet on Thursday 6th March at Sparrows Den for our second attempt of filming our opening sequence.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


I have got a rubber knife off of a friend. This is so we do not have to spend money on buying one, even though minimal. It looks very realistic, which is good otherwise it will make the opening sequence look a lot worse. The main problem will be transporting the knife to the filming location and back to my house.

Monday, 3 March 2014


Plastic Knife - The Mad Hatter Joke and Fancy Dress Shop

This gives us a rough idea of what the plastic knife will cost us so that we can add it to our budget of the rest of the film.

This will be found in the surrounding location because we do not need to buy a rock to trip up Sam because we will be in a place where there will be various loose rocks on the floor that we will be able to pick up, manoeuvre and place where we want it to be.

This will be an actual phone that we will just use so that it doesn't look as fake as it would with a teenager walking through the woods not looking at his phone. It adds a sense of realism to the opening sequence because the stereotype of teenagers is that they are always on their phones.