In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
During the beginning of our project, we had to do lots of researching and planning into the codes and conventions of Title Sequences and the genre that we chose our film to be. I felt that the research and planning was very useful because it made me fully understand how a title sequence is expected to look and what it needs to contain. I also looked at the codes and conventions of a title sequence that has the same genre as ours so that I am aware of how it looks and can follow them in a way that will help us with our title sequence.
Title sequences are all about setting up enigma and intriguing the audience in wanting to watch on. I felt we did this well, as one of the main codes and conventions of a title sequence; especially a thriller is to show clear information or aspect regarding a particular mood and tone, which will also show the genre of the film. I felt we did this well especially by the dim lighting used, which showed a very aery atmosphere. Also, the music that we used throughout our title sequence fit perfectly well to the genre of our film; which is a psychopathic thriller, as the music is very distressing and would make the audience feel quite unease. I think we create a lot of suspense and tension through out the title sequence, which is good so that t will intrigue the audience more.
Through out our title sequence we made sure that the camera was angled specifically, so that all it captured was from her neck down. We did this to set up enigma, so that we’d intrigue the audience into wanting to know whom the girl is and why is her face not showing. We also successfully added the main conventions of a title sequence, which are the film titles and details of cast and crew. I enjoyed added the titles into our sequence when editing, as It was something new that I learnt and felt the outcome of the titles were very good. One of the best feature in our title sequence would be the title of the film, as it appears very effectively and the name of the film; ‘Reflection’ doesn’t give to much away yet we made sure we’d add elements that relate to the reflection and the idea of duality.
Being able to add all the codes and conventions that are expected in a title sequence, made ours look much more professional and overall we felt quite pleased with it.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our title sequence is targeted from the age of 15+ as this age range would be most interested in this type of genre as they would enjoy the suspense and energy given from the film. Our title sequence is quite difficult to represent a particular social group as the only character shown through out the title sequence is the young girl, so there isn't any characters that would be in a particular social group. Yet from the location that our title sequence was shot in, the type of scenery shown and from the clothes the young girl is wearing, shows that the characters are a middle classed family, which would relate to a lot of people, especially adults.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
As a group we did a lot of research into different types of film distributors and what type of films they produced. We wanted to find a company that had distributed and produced films in the same genre as our or at least similar. After doing the research, we found that 'Lions Gate' fitted the most with the genre of our film. The reason for this is because Lions Gate has distributed films such as, The American Psycho, Saw and Affliction. As Lions Gate have worked with films that are in the thriller/horror genre, we felt that they would fit perfectly to distribute our film, as our film is a Psychological horror.
Who would be the audience for your media product?
The target audience for our film is ranged at 15+ for both genders. The reason we ranged our film to be targeted to a younger audience is because they would be more interested in this type of genre as they would enjoy the thrill and excitement of the film. Also, we ranged it from 15+ so that we wouldn't have as many restrictions of what can be added into the story of the film as if It was targeted to a younger audience; such as 12 year old's, we would have to be very careful of what is added in so that it is suitable for them, yet because we are targeting our audience to 15 year old's onwards, they would enjoy the excitement of the horror and wouldn't be as effected by it.
How did you attract/address your audience?
To attract/address our audience, we had to make sure that our audience is drawn to wanting to watch the rest of the film and not just the 2 minute title sequence. We did this by, focusing on different, interesting camera shots, soundtracks and transitions that would come across best to our audience. The sound track that used in our title sequence, was a track that we created as a group in Garage Band, and felt that it had a big part in attracting our audience into the film and creating the tension and suspense that we wanted it have. Also, we used different; roughly 2-3 second shots, to appear sharply throughout the title sequence to give a more edgy, aery feel to the sequence, and make the audience feel unease, as the clips consisted of quick shots of the young girl either standing/sitting at the top of the stairs, the camera brushing past her and using just the sound of her laugh. This would intrigue the audience more as it gives off a creepy feel to the film. Also, the sequence being set in a middle classed, normal home, would make the audience relate to it more and the fact we based it on a normal families life; especially the younger viewers would relate more to this, which could make the sequence more scary.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
When doing media from year 10-11, I was used to editing any type of movie making in I movie, which is a basic editing software which is featured on the macs. Yet, from starting this project we were introduced into Final Cut Pro and from the beginning of learning how to use the software, I felt very confused and it took me a long time to get fully aware of things and how to use it properly. But now we have finished all our editing, we can the difference in software's, as from using Final Cut Pro, it looks much more professional and they are many different elements on Final Cut Pro that I have never experimented with before and now I am can fully understand how to use it successfully. As we had to create a title sequence, we got taught how to add the particular titles into the sequence, which was something new that I learnt and now very used to it. I found the editing stage all very interesting, as I learnt things that I never knew how to use and can now use it with confidence.
From looking back at the beginning of the project, when starting with the preliminary task, I feel that we have progressed in a way that we are much better with editing the work we do. Such as with the preliminary task, I felt for it being the first type of filming we did for year 12, that we did a good job at getting the shots that were needed and putting them together came out successful. Yet I feel now we are much more aware of how a good cut is meant to look and to make everything look natural and that it's flowing. Also, I feel that we have learnt to be more organised with the amount of time we have to film and the time we have to edit.I have also learnt that it is very important to have done lots of research into the film project we were doing, as it gives us that bit more of knowledge and understanding of what we are meant to be doing and how everything works. This was mainly to do with the research into genres, codes and conventions of a title sequence, and researching into a range of different title sequence. This helped a lot because from watching all different genre typed sequences, it gave us more insights of what we were interested in the most.
Over all, I felt that we worked very well as a team and reached the expectations that we set and we are all very happy with our finished project.