Tuesday, 10 March 2009

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? (i.e. of film openings)

1) Location
I chose this shot for location because it is the first shot in the scene, It fades into this shot with the title Long Road Presents riding through it.
This shot is a good setting shot. you instantly know that this is set in the woods and maybe throughout.
This one only shows lighting a little bit. but shows it all the same
This shows at the top the sun beaming down, as i did this in the middle of the day in the light, i didn't need any extra lighting.
There are a number of moving shots throughout my sequence, this one in particular is the first movement in the scene which shows the dead body. which enhances the suspense as it pans upwards to reveal who those feet belong too.
4)Visual Effect
This shot is red. showing the effect of the heartbeat. I added this to hint that the character is still alive, but if you notice the gaps between the beats extend symbolising that this person is dying. the screen also expands, showing the movement of the heart.
5) Typography
I didn't really want a fancy font in mine, so i kept it as one of the normals, I can't actually remember its name, but as i was looking through other films i could clearly see they didn't worry too much and just used a nice EASY TO READ font. Which i was used
This image i personally think captures the movement of the text also.
Because it's supposed to be about a Young Protagonist. I asked my Actor to wear a hoodie and jeans, this is because this look fits with the stereotype of a "Typical" teenager, and that is how i wanted my character to look.
I used the shot I Am Dead for this because it is the title of the film, and shows that it integrates with the rest of the narrative well
I personally really like this shot, mainly because of the branch in the way, focusing beyond the body to see different things, and just to split up the shots so Therese not so much of the same thing within the opening sequence.
The transitions mainly for this sequence is just fades in and out, and are quite hard to capture in a shot, but luckily used this cross effect transitions just to split it up, i think it worked well getting between shots.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Part 2

1) Location2) Lighting
3) Movement

4) Visual Effects
5) Typography
6) Costume
7) Narrative
8) Framing
9) Transitions

Sunday, 8 March 2009

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Even though these two characters are in totally different types of scenes they have similarities

This character is from the film Double Indemnity

The similarities between these two characters are:

  • They both narrate there story's through the film - Narrators

  • They are both looking like they are dying.

  • Alot of mysteries when they first are presented in the film.

Differences are:

  • Eras, This one was set a while ago and is black and white while mine is more present day

  • There clothing is very different

  • where my character is narrating from a mystery place, The character form double indemnity is recoding and you actually see him talking.

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? Who would be the audience for your media product?

This is my voice over for my opening project

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Who Would be the audience for your media product?

What kind of "Genre" do you think this film belongs to?

Who do you think the Target Audience of this film would be?
Murder mystery fans

What is your favourite images from this film
There's only one, extended scene

Friday, 6 March 2009

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

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

For the continuity task i learnt a great deal to help advance my project further

The main one was sticking to the 180 degree rule. In my continiuity Task, the camera stays on the one site throughout the whole scene, even the shot reverse shots are on the same side:
Becuase of this, i made sure that i always filmed on the left of the character, this was to keep the 180 degree rule, and i later found out while filming on the right that my shadow was captured on film.

So due to the continuity task, i would have made alot of errors in my film regarding continuity, i would have had my showdow in the shot - which would of mde the footage unuseable. and the 180 degree rule works also

also thanks to the first continuity task i can not edit footage in order and not make the shots jump, and is good and effective.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Feedback From Jake & Jim

Good Shots, maybe some are a bit to repetitive, cut down a few of the same shots.

Like the effect, but maybe if you play with it a bit more and enhance it that would make it more effective.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Evaluation Questions

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? (i.e. of film openings)

Well my film opening is maybe a lot like some Film noir. where you see the main character in some sort of crisis at the start, maybe shot or dead, where they then go back to tell the story. I didn't copy this exact, because film noir is mainly black and white, and i didn't really want that. so just the main idea is from that grene, One example is Double Indemnity Where the main character has been shot and you assume he is dying, he returns to his office and starts recording his voice about how it lead up to this point.

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

The social group for my film is and older audience maybe teenagers, features a young protagonist who has been hurt and is dying, so this wouldn't be a good film for a younger audience.

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

Maybe an institution that is set apon this particular genre of film, maybe one that distributed some film like Dead Mans Shoes or any of shane meadows films.

Who would be the audience for your media product?

Well as i said in a early question a older audience, maybe age 15 and upwards. this is because you assume there is quite a lot of violence in this film because it starts off with a death. because of this it wouldn't be really suitable for anyone younger.

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

I have learnt a fair amount about opening sequences and how they are constructed to either create mystery, action ect. I have learnt about what makes a good opening sequence and what makes it just look like a trailer.

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

Well our preliminary task had quite alot of continity errors and i didn't realise this. since then i have been more aware of this problem and taken greater care ensouring nothing spoils my filming. even though i had a basic idea of camera angles and shots, i have learnt since then a greater deal, and also in the editing side i have learnt about makign the shots flow, for example when someone is walking, when the shot cuts you need to make it look liek they where continusaly walking, not just starting again like i did sometimes.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Film opening project Final Cut

This is my final cut of my film opening project.


Finally Wrote and recored my dailogue using myself:

This… this is me.

My heart beat is getting fainter

I am dying.

I should of just said no.

I wish I never got into this.

I wonder how long it Is before my body is found.

This is the story.

This is how I died.

Yesterday - 26th of febuary

Yesterday i really started to edit in after effects, i took what feedback i was given and tried to modify my work to match with what people where saying.

Now i only have 3 hours left to complete i really need to get a move on, theres still some effects i want to place in my work, plus i need to do the voice over even if it is just me.

I will have to see how it works out.

Feedback - Titles

  • Work more on motion trails of text
  • Cleverly Placed on the scene
  • perhaps not fluid enough
  • they get slightly wiggly and hard to read

Feedback - Mise - en - scene

  • Mysterious location
  • costume casual
  • builds up some sense of mystery as to where this character is
  • Hood up on the corpse works well to conseal the identity

Feedback - Sound

  • could have slow misterious music and maybe pick up the pace half way through
  • could do with some ambiant noise - and music
  • music will be important tocreate dramatic effect

Feedback - Editing

  • Overall very good, the clips could do with some slight contrast changes (darker perhaps)
  • maybe add old movie effect?
  • good transitions but shots are to long
  • pieces together nice

Feedback - Camerawork

  • Spinning camera was weird
  • lots of close up and pan shots
  • good use of angles
  • Good use of varied shots
  • blend well with titles

Tuesday, 24 February 2009


My picture was of my sitting doing nothing, This was because i had compleated all my filming before half tarm and had acutally started editing it. so i had nothing to do during it. i did think alot about planning stuff, but i didn't write everything down. I should really. I will do that now.

Three Tips For Filming

  • Check footage is ok befoire leaveing the set
  • Do a few takes of the same scene even if the first take looked ok
  • Make sure the camera is actually recording

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

New continuity task HD Camera

We used the High definition cameras to refilm our continuity task this one was with the HD Tapes

We only had one minor problem, we used the wrong setting and it was way to dark, but we worked it out and reshot the film and it was ok.

this one i was one of the actors using the normal tapes

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Location Shots

Here are some shots around college that i might use for my opening sequence.

Risk Assessment number 2


Dropping Camera



Risk Value


Ensure i have a tight grip on the camera


Risk Assessment number 1

Filming in the woods


Branches falling off trees

Person In danger




Risk Value


Make sure he is away from trees


Infomation about filming

When are you filming?
Some time this week, during college times Thursday.

What are you filming?
The whole thing ,dead body, all shots of him

Who else will be there?
Mike Shaw (Actor)
Tara Cox (Continuity Person)

Where are you filming?
In the ground of long road (woods)

New Shot list

  1. Fades in showing a pair of shoes - Close up.
  2. Pans up from shoes, titles like they a re part of the clothing
  3. Cuts to a close up of corpses hand.
  4. Setting shot - Looks around woods
  5. Mid shot looking down on the body, camera spinning slowly, corpse silhouetted.
  6. Cuts to black, titles come on the screen, dialogue starts.
  7. Zooms closer to the corpse, camera still spinning slowly. still silhouetted
  8. Cuts to black, more titles
  9. mid shot behind character
  10. close up of a knife, Main title of film displayed.
  11. Pans down slowly to the handle, More titles
  12. Long shot from other side.
  13. another close up of head
  14. pans to behind his head
  15. close up of a bag by characters feet.
  16. Starts off at close up of head. Starts to move down the body
  17. Pans back down body
  18. Close up of feet, Cuts to black, End of sequence.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

3rd Major Issue

Not having the correct software at home.
Not having final cut on my computer at home, mainly because it is vista, and not mac, so final cut is not compatible, so i can't edit my footage at home

I have after effects at home, but i can't do editing for the main footage, so if i get all my main cutting done in final cut, i can start doing the titles in after effects at home, so i wont need to waste so long in the lessons getting the titles perfect

2nd Major Issue

Not filming enough footage

Making sure i have enough footage, so that when i come to edit, i don't have crappy looking shots

To ensure this will be ok, i will have to do several takes of the same shot, even if i think the first one is ok, i am going to take a few more, also, making sure the camera is actually recording. Not just off.

1st Major Issue

Getting the correct camera angles

I have to make the camera angles, so there is not to much light, and that you can't see the actor (mike)'s face.

So i have to actually follow the storyboard till the end, not give up halfway through and go by memory which i did last time i did some filming, which ended up we didn't really have enough footage, and some shots where too long.

Major Issues

  • Getting The correct Camera angles.
  • Not filming enough footage
  • Not having the correct software i can use at home

Minor Concerns

  • Dropping the expensive camera
  • Baaaad music in garage band
  • Footage not being able to upload

Nuisances for filming

  • Location in college in use
  • Laptop exploding, loosing all the working it
  • Weather problems such as snow

Sunday, 1 February 2009


The costumes will be easy, Because there is only one person in my opening sequence, there will not need to be that much thought for this part.

I want my character to be just in normal clothes, like a typical teenager wearers, this is good because i could just get my actor just to use the clothes he is wearing.

You wont see the costume that much anyway, mainly because hes going be mostly in silhouette.


The only props i really need is a normal school back, and a knife

Getting the bag will be pretty easy, i could just use my schoolbag to get someone Else's, this person is meant to be a teenager, so he wouldn't have a briefcase or anything like that

The only problem with a knife is that i currently can't get hold of one, and i wouldn't bring a real one to long road mainly because i would probs ending up stabbing myself and i would need a risk assessment form, so i wont bring a real one.

I do not have a "Fake" knife, so i need to ask some people in our media class if they have a fake one that i can borrow.

Location Ideas

Because i will no longer be filming inside a building, i will be filming it outside, So this means that i can use the wooded areas surrounding long road, When i go in on Monday, i will try to get pictures for this post.


Long Road Presents
An Blah Films Productions
Mike Shaw
Alex Catch
Owen Bridge
I'm Dead
Tom Log, Tara Cox, James Smith
Casting by Chris Jones
Music by Matt Leonowicz
Film Editors Matt Leonowicz
Production Designer
Designer of Photography
Produced by
Written by Matt Leonowicz
Directed by Matt Leonowicz

I will update when i think of more names :)

Friday, 30 January 2009

Changes from storyboard

Since i have done my storyboard i have been thinking and i am thinking about changing a few things

The first major change is the setting, i don't think it will be as dramatic in a dark room, so i have decided to set it in a forest, so i am going to find a good location in some forest (maybe use one around long road) and use that for my opening sequence
Unfortunately this will mean i cannot use the window shot and i will have to rethink that part of the sequence, but it means i can use setting shots maybe outside the forest to show that he is deep into the woods.

Animatic -

This is my animatic for my film opening sequence. All the shots are hopefully the length i want to hold them for while the titles play.
I didn't put any titles in this animatic, manly because i didn't have time to think of any.
I don't think i will be using the same music, but i will mke sure it fits with the heartboeat unlike this music does.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


  1. Close up of feet for character. - 6 seconds
  2. Pan shot from his feet up his legs, showing titles move down the legs of the character. titles shaped around leg. 8 seconds
  3. Cuts to a close up of the persons hand, still not showing his face Titles. 10 seconds
  4. Cuts to a long shot looking outside a window, looking where the character is. 10 seconds
  5. Zooms out from window and spins across to silhouetted corpse 13 seconds
  6. Cuts to a close up of the knife, blood stained, dipping 14 seconds
  7. Mid shot behind the corpse still silhouetted, Light shining from the window into the character 10 seconds
  8. Zooms into a close up to the back of the corpses head still silhouetted but can just see the faint details. 14 seconds
  9. Birds eye view mid shot looking at the corpse still silhouetted, camera spinning around the body for afew seconds while the titles come on and go. 17 seconds
  10. Dialogue starts while camera goes slightly closer but is still spinning 17 seconds
  11. Close up of blood dripping, cuts to red at the end 19 seconds
Every Shot has titles, thats why they are so long.


3 shots from moodboard

9 shots for sequence

Monday, 26 January 2009


This is a animated moodboard for my film opening sequence.

most of these pictures are trying to represent loneliness, showing that the min character is all alone right at the start (when he is dead)

There are a few pictures to do with like the mafia, to show that he has done something in this past that caused his death.

The music is quiet, to show that the opening is not all action packed, but more setting scene for the film.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Moviestorm videos

MovieStorm Movie One

MovieStorm Movie Two

When we first started using moviestorm i didn't really get what we had to do, it was really slow, and nobody was having much luck, but once we figured out how to get all the textures working, and make it speed up alot, i started to get used to the program, and really enjoyed doing it.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

My Invoice

this is my invoice thing for the project

Pitch i have chosen.

The pitch i have chosen it use for my film opening is brief 3 : An independent movie featuring a young protagonist:

Main Idea:
  • starts in a dark room, with a man dead on the floor
  • This then goes back into why he was killed, and what he did.
Maybe the opening sequence is the character narraiting saying somthing like "This is me... my name is..." and talked a little.

Synopsis: - View from main character

I am dead. I knew it was coming but I was not ready, I wish I never got into this business. this is my story.

Working Title:
I am dead.

Essential Elements

Essential Elements for a successful opening sequence for a film:

  • Eye-catching/ intriguing imagery.
  • Name of film near beginning of sequence.
  • Taste of rest of film, make the audience what to watch.
  • Don't Drag it out.
  • Bold and clear titles.
  • Build-up for tension and mystery.
  • Unique Storyline.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Comparative Analysis - Brief 3 Rushmore

RushMore 1998

Rushmore's opening sequence is different to normal sequences. usually at the start of most films there is a massive long list of peoples names, but this one, there are only a few at the start, the main company's who made it, Until it gets to about 5 minutes into the clip, it isn't really titles, but what this max fellow does, or has done, even though the principle or head of the school just said he was the worst student they have ever had.

The start is setting the scene, making you think that he is a maths nerd right at the start, making you believe that he is this clever cocky guy who reads the paper in a maths lesson showing that he can't learn anything from his teacher, then he wakes up to find out that it is all a dream.

Opening Credits -

  • Touchstone Pictures
  • An American Imperial Picture
That is all i could see, there might be more further on in the film but none near the start

Comparative Analysis - Brief 3 -This Is England Industry Analysis

This Is England

Comparative Analysis - Brief 3 This Is England Credits

This Is England - Credits

  • FilmFour and the uk film council Presents
  • in association with EM Media and Screen Yorkshire
  • a Warp Films Production
  • in association with Big Arty Productions
  • a Shane Meadows Film
  • This is England
  • Thomas Turgoose
  • Stephan Granam
  • Jo Hartly
  • Andrew Shim Vickey McClure
  • Joe Gilgur
  • Rosamund Hanson
  • Andrew Ellis, Perry Benson, George Newton
  • Frank Harper, Jack D'Connel, Kriss Dosanjh
  • Kieran Hardcastle, Chanel Cresswell, Danielle Watson
  • Sophie Ellerby, Hannah Walters, Dave Laws

There are more, but it gets to fuzzy to read them if i find a better quality video or find the list on the internet i will finish this.

Comparative Analysis - Brief 3 This Is England

This is England - 2006 - Shane Meadows

This film, This Is England is an independent film written and directed by Shane Meadows, the first scene in the opening sequence is the puppet Roland Rat whom was on tv in the 1980's, this gives you the first impression that this film may be set around that time and in fact this film was meant to be set in 1983. The main opening is pretty simple, it's basically lots of footage from important events that i assume happened around the same time that this film is meant to be set in. This opening sequence does not have alot of fancy editing, this is to fit the style of this film and like most of Shane Meadow's filming, not alot of noticable editing which always makes it seem more dramatic. the sequence lasts 3:26 and has 74 shots in the sequence

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

My Film Logo

Blogger has messed up the positioning of the ident, The green line is meant to be the edge of the screen.

This logo is for my production company, i chose the name Blah films mainly because i couldn't think of anything better, and in fact Blah was a good name. In this everything shown in this was made in photoshop, including the text, i used motion on all of my layers, making them bounce off eachother. i used sound effects i found on the internet for free, i used A1 sounds, which is blocked in college.

i made the arrow head spin up, like it is being fired, but that sort of went away when i decided to put a snail sliding down it.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Feedback From Tim - Alex - James - Alie

Thinks guy shouldn't die at start
and needs a twist


"I like the dead man"
Interesting plot


Like American beauty, dies early on, keep to find out what happens
- need a idea about the story, what happens in the film.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Film Opening Ideas - Brief 3

Film Brief 3:

  • About a teenage boy struggling with life in general
  • He has friends, but he is finding his college life tough
  • maybe he has problems at home either with abusive parents
  • or one parent has died
  • or maybe he lives alone parents abandoned him? both died and hes run away from a carer or a home?, and college is the only place he can go where he feels wanted.
  • starts in a dark room, with a man dead on the floor
  • This then goes back into why he was killed, and what he did.
Maybe the opening sequence is the character narraiting saying somthing like "This is me... my name is..." and talked a little.

Film Opening Ideas - Brief 2

Film Brief 2:

  • I currently can't think of a main story for this, all that i can think of is like something spooky, maybe has something to do with a house they are currently living in, or something a member of a family has done to provoke it, but i feel these ideas have been overused before.

Film Opening Ideas - Brief 1

Film Brief 1:

  • Based around two people, both are just normal people.
  • they are ex MI5 agents who where kicked out due to something they did in their past
  • they are now hiding out and are "wanted
  • Still using all equipment from MI5
  • Twist: NOT trying to "get revenge" from Mi5 or the government, they are still trying to protect England - Like private detectives, but they are wanted by the government
  • Superhero based in England - London
  • Some sort of amazing power that makes him unique
  • Or maybe a group of heros? like the fantastic four or X-men
  • Still need to think more for this one.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

AS Film opening analyses

Hurtwoodhouse - Unsound Mind

The thing i like most about this film is the effects used on the people throughout the film, it looks like a negative effects, making the person on the film standout.

Also i really like the way the Cross is moving around the screen, it almost looks like it's floating, which is effective,, because it doesn't destruct you too much from the titles.

I like the way the titles are only when nothing really is going on in the sequence, this is so the text is more readable.

Thoughts on R2-49

The group that i looked at was group R2-49.

the first thing i noticed was that there wasnt very many posts for a group of 4, there was only nine, and because of that there was not a great deal of infomation about what they did,

For example they did an animated storeyboard, and from what i could see, the storyboard was totally different from the final cut, this is ok, but there is nothing on the blog showing what they changed, it just looked like they though, forget the storyboard, lets go out filming!

Also there was not a great deal of research, only one post, the rest is all explaining about what they are doing.

The final cut i thought looked more like a trailer then a opening sequence, because there is way to much going on, this distracts the veiwer, its meant to be setting the scene really, not showing clips from the film!

R2-49 Blog

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Logo's From Last Post

This logo is very simple, just the name MARVEL in white with the red background. This company is so popular they don't need masses on the logo to symbolyse who they are.

The columbia piccutres logo is basicly a lady standing holding a torch, this sort of reminds me of the statue of liberty and maybe implays this company is based in america, maybe new york?

all the animation is, is the camera zooms out from the torch, which can be quite simple to do, just made the image smaller, also the wors COLUMBIA appear, they sort of dissolve in, also the torch light looks like its glowing, im not to sure how this can be made.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Infomation about spiderman opening sequence

Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures Industries,is an American Film production and distribution company.

The last 10 films Columbia pictures have produced
  1. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  2. The House Bunny
  3. Pineapple Express
  4. Step Brothers
  5. Winged Creatures
  6. Hancock
  7. You Don't Mess with the Zohan
  8. Made of Honor
  9. Doraemon: Nobita to midori no kyojinden
  10. 21
I would of posted more, but looking on IMDB they have produced over 4000 films.

Marvel Entertainment

Marvel is mainly known for there superhero comics, such as Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic 4, ect
They have made Animated TV series of many of there comics, and real films.
Lasr 10 Films Marvel has Made:
  1. Punisher: War Zone
  2. Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
  3. The Incredible Hulk
  4. Iron Man
  5. Marvel Super Hero Challenge
  6. Doctor Strange
  7. 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  8. Spider-Man 3
  9. Ghost Rider
  10. The Invincible Iron Man

Continuity Task

This is a task to practice continuity for filming

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Film opening Squences i like


I really like this sequence, its maybe a little bit to long and repetitve, but the main parts of it are really good

For example, all of it is CGI there is no real footage of any of the characters. Also i really like the web effect as you zoom thorugh them, if you just switched on after the "spiderman" title part, its Very clear that this is the spiderman film due to all the spider webs around.

Also the titles are flying though a CGI city, which i assume is meant to be new york where spiderman is meant to live, this kinda makes you feel like the camera is spiderman going around the city, and he is shooting the webs.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Practice footage - Final Cut

In today's lesson, we had to create a title sequence using footage and music that we were given, using final cut, i used a few effect's with fade in and fade outs, i didn't use that many transition's because I thought that too many would be to over the top, so i mostly used straight cuts when different parts of the music came. i made most of my titles move, i prefer the ones near the beginning rather then the long one at the end, but i was short on music and i didn't really want to start the song at the beginning again.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Life On Mars - Shot by shot analysis.

The TV drama sequence that we chose to create a Lego movie out of was Life On Mars. The very first shot we get is Sam Tyler (John Simm) Getting hit by a car, this is to match the dialogue “I had an accident” later on in the clip, its basically showing what his accident was, getting hit by a car. The type of shot was a mid shot because you cannot see all of him mainly because the view is through the car window. The character is dressed in a suit, maybe suggesting that he is upper class? Well showing that he is important.

The next shot is of Sam Tyler lying down on the ground, showing him with the car in the background as if he’s just been hit by it, the camera is a mid shot which goes to a close up on his face. The camera on the floor is like trying to go to his level and try to establish what angle he is looking at, he has a distressed look on his face, and to say he is not sure what just happened.

The next show we see is Sam looking into the back of a car wing mirror, this is showing that he still thinks that he is in his present time, maybe he’s checking that he’s ok after getting hit by the car, not realising that he has gone back in time, and is wondering why he is unharmed. After that shot, we see Sam Tyler walking down a street very confused as to where he is, bumping into people, he seems very confused.

The next two shots are of him in the Police Office, this is the same office as where he works in the present day, but instead of all the updated stuff, it looks completely different to what he originally remembers, so when he walks in, he yet again looks confused as to where he is, this is when you first get a good look at what he is wearing. Instead of a smart suit, he is wearing a shirt with a Jacket, a bit more casual showing DI’s in those days where more laid back instead of looking smart to go to work.

The final shot until the main intro is a shot looking up at Sam, and spinning round him, this may be trying to outline that this program is going to be revolved around this character mainly, as the camera spins towards the building, the main titles roll in.

The zoom out on Sam’s eyes show many blocks with basically the same bit of footage being played, with the Words Life on mars in the middle. The first shot of the titles is Sam Tyler wakening up as to say that he doesn’t know where he is. The next shot is pretty simple as it’s a mid shot of him holding his badge.

The next character to be shown is Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) smoking, showing that this character looks like a quite laid back individual, maybe portraying that he is the king pin around there, and is relaxed when working, the next shot is of Gene blocking a punch from Sam, this is there maybe to show his power over Sam, he is Sam’s DCI and big boss around the office and this clip shows his class over Sam.

There is not much to say about Liz White’s Character Annie Cartwright, its just a close up of her head turning. After her shot goes straight in with Ray Carling Played by Dean Andrews holding someone’s head back as to be wrestling them to stop moving, this shows that his character is maybe the muscle of the group, maybe something like Gene Hunts Henchman or bodyguard in a sense.

Chris Skelton Played by Marshall Lancaster doesn’t really do much in this, you can tell that he doesn’t really have any power, because in both shots featuring him, all he is doing it looking on, as to say he doesn’t really have a say in what goes on in the department.

The next shot is Sam Tyler and Gene hunt, taking a prisoner and you assume to lock him in a cell, this is to show the power these two both have over this man, as he has been caught and is lower down to them, and they are basically doing a victory lap showing him off that he has been caught and they caught him.

After those two shot is a Pan across showing all the characters load guns and such. This is showing that something is going to take place and that they use a lot of weapons like that, the old fashioned way, when all policemen carried guns and shot whenever, showing that this is totally different circumstances then to today.

The next shot is a close up of Sam Tyler in a car, looking slightly worried of the speed that Gene Hunt is driving, this shows that even though Gene is his DCI, Sam doesn’t trust him, and hangs on for dear life as gene drives dangerously.

The Final shot of Sam and Gene punching some other dude, is showing that even though they don’t always get on (as shown by Sam trying to punch him earlier) They are a team, and when one of them are in trouble, they all help to make sure they are all ok, and they work together.

Sunday, 14 December 2008


Lego animations sucessful taglines:

I looked at many different lego animations and these where the tags that came up the most

  • Lego
  • Animation
  • Funny
  • Cool
  • Short Film
Usually the name of the thing that they animated usually appears in the tagline aswell, so we will put Life on Mars" and maybe the names of some of the actors that where origonally in the progam.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Lego - Life On Mars

This video is the title sequence from the TV drama Life on mars, we decided to make a lego version out of this mainly because there are not to many things that are in the shot, it is a nice and simple sequence with clever effects and nice camera shots,

The square effects might be tricky to do, but i think we could recreate something similar in final cut.

The only problem we might have is the lego, we might have to improvise using cardboard for the car or somthing like that, but we will be able to manage hopefuly.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

The Importance of coverage and cut aways

There is a lot of importance in coverage when shooting a scene, the idea of scene coverage is to note down how the scene is forming from a amount of camera shots which include many types of shots including long shots so watch the characters in the certain scene, close up shots to show the characters feelings and over the shoulder shots while the characters speak. it basically means to check through the number of shots to ensure everything is ok and there are no continuity errors.

Cut aways are when they are shooting scenes, then they cut to another location, then after talking about what just happened n the cut away scene, like a flashback or a memory.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Homework Quiz Thing.

1.The website that i would have posted had been shut down dueto copyright infringement so all i could find was this: http://www.petercooper.co.uk/archives/001169.html

2. Blind Boys of Alabama, Tom Waits, the Neville Brothers, DoMaJe have all covered the theme song to the Wire. Steve Earle is going to also cover it, I think thats the link




Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Tv Dramas London Underground

The past few days we have been looking at TV dramas and different types within. There are many different categories such as Crime, Fantasy, Si-fi, soap and many others. On Tuesday 25h of November we started to gather all different TV dramas together to form lists of the different genres of TV drama. We were all assigned one genre to research for homework; my previous post is the list that I had to do.

Once we had all these lists we where given the task to attempt to integrate the different categories into the London underground map, every TV drama for each station, with crossing station having links between each other. We have started to give the different lines a genre which to place TV dramas in. we haven’t got that far we have only started adding a few Programs into the map.

We where all assigned different things to do for this, for example I was first asked to get as many soaps as I could find. Which I did with the help of wikipedia. Many other people where assigned tasks like trying to figure connections between different Programs and genres.

We did have some issues, for example the original lines we did for the genres we had to change because they didn’t link up at all. At the start not many people where motivated, and in the first lesson we didn’t really get anything done, people where trying to take control and it generally didn’t wasn’t working very well. But by the second lesson we where a lot more motivated and everyone was working well and we got a lot more done in the hour then we did in the hour and a half before hand.

Monday, 24 November 2008

Tv Drama - Fantasy List.

  • Lost
  • Merlin
  • Kyle XY
  • Ghost whisperer
  • Heroes
  • Smallville
  • Primeval
  • Bionic Woman
  • Blade
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Knight Rider
  • Medium
  • Supernatural

All Si-Fi TV dramas are also Fantasy Dramas

Clip From Primeval

Saturday, 22 November 2008