Monday, 11 April 2011

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Friday, 8 April 2011

Evaluation Question 7

This is our evaluation for the question: What have you learnt from looking back at your preliminary task?
Topics of discussion within our evaluation:

- Planning was a major factor in producing a media product

- The importance of taking more than one shot when filming for the editors peace of mind

- Realising that the lack in planning resulted in a sloppy schedule and unproductivity

- Careful scripting is a must when you have dialogue although we didnt have much to say in our final cut

- That its better to leave out filters if they look to cheesy or deminish what they are trying to achieve in the first place

- If planning isnt up to standard, some improvisation would have to be done

- The importance of proper casting

- There aren't enough of us to shoot, direct, produce, edit and star in our product

- What we can do next time

- How its important to keep to the filming rules (match on action)

- The importance of keeping up good continuity whether it be video or audio

- Making sure the video stays the same resolution and size throughout

- An appropriate timeline planning task is crucial to a successful media product

- Not enough time was allocated to editing

- The importance of test screenings

- How editing can completely change how the narrative pans out for the audience

Evaluation Question 6

This is our evaluation for the question: What have you learnt about technologies while working on your product?
Topics of disscusion within our evaluation:

- How well we got on with working with cameras

- How difficult it was to create match on action

- Why big film institutions find it easier than we and other small film institutions to create these effects as they have expendable money s that they can invest in two cameras for instance

- The amount of re-shoots needed to get enough quality footage to use in our final cut

- Explinations of some shots that were effective but not crucial to our product

- How from all of the time spent filming our shots got better with practice

- How even though we had lots of incredible technologies we still couldnt manage to create some shots

- Problems we faced in editing in the form of continuity errors

- How the enviroment created problems for us when filming

- Other technologies we tried and failed to make our audio more polished

- How we created an effective title sequence and where we went wrong at first

- Other media texts that werent so successful in their title sequences

- Post production techniques we tried which lost its effectiveness and made it hard to read

- How we used the title sequence to our advantage

- Problems we faced with using filters

- Where effects from other media texts inspired us

- Drawbacks with technology and its download time

Continue watching our super long technology question evaulation video in part 2:

Continuing on:

- How different editing programs are easier to use than others

- Whether it was better to have a program that was easier to use or one that had a lot more options and effects to use

- Its good to have a backup save to all your work as we found out the hard way

- How you cant always rely on technologies to work in your favour

- That we wanted our product to have its own independant soundtrack

- That unless your a composer it is very hard to layer music on top of each other to make it sound worthy of our product

- Things we did to make our soundtrack sound as proffessional as possible

- Our initial ideas for our soundtrack were scrapped because of the difficulties that would have stood in our way had we tried to complete them

- Other little sound effects that we tried to input but just made our product look unproffessional

- Problems we faced when editing our product and the audio not fitting

- Unplanned successes when dealing with our audio

- Some effects that we tried to achieve but the technology held us back from doing so

- Restrictions our low budget equipment had on our directing and filming

Evaluation Question 5

This is our evaluation for the question: How do we address/attract our audience?
Topics of discussion whithin our evaluation:

- Technologies that allowed our product to be viewed by many and receive feedback and queries

- Audience feedback

- Post production effects put into our product that helped the audience understand the plot better

- How our audience felt about our storyline

- Problems with effects that we used in our product that confused rather than helped explain

- How from our first draft we introduced a third character to help the audience understand that there was actually someone chasing the daughter

- How we introduced filters into our product to represent a difference between the two storylines

- Extra shots that in retrospective we could have shown to ellaborate the the audience that one of the main themes in our product was indeed kidnap

- Fades introduced to indicate ellipsises and to cover up any mistakes in our office scene

- Shots we introduced to show to the audience the father daughter relationship in the office scene

- Shots, audio and other techniques we left out from our final cut because of our feedback


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Evaluation Question 4

This is our evaluation for the question: Which audiences would be the most likely to consume our film?
Topics of discussion within our evaluation:

- The initial age range of audiences that might watch our product

- How the characters in our product would relate to certain audiences

- How our genre and the themes within our product woud relate to different audiences

- Representations of characters in our product that were contemorary from modern day society

- More themes introduced including the struggles of parenthood and how that would relate to audiences

- That our product might receive a large audience due to the existing audiences for crime thrillers

- That our product can easily relate to audiences by being a used and easy concept (kidnap), but still has the complicated plot that crime thriller fans love

- Themes that effect people from media that we have incorporated into our product

- How our product promotes realism but is still interesting

Evaluation Question 3

This is our evaluation of the question: What sort of media institution might distribute our product?
Topics of discussion within our evaluation:

- Whether or not our product would warrant a big media institution's interest

- How we should distribute our product (if we should extend our distribution to American cinemas)

- What we should do with our product should it do well in cinemas

- If the genre of our film would warrant a big institutions interest

- Similar media products that have been produced and distributed by smaller institutions

- The evolution and expansion of our product

- How themes in our product would point us towards warranting a smaller institutions interest

- How our feedback would suggest that we should promote our product to a smaller institution

- What our product would be looking to achieve (popularity or awards)

- The extent that if we were distributed by a smaller institution how many cinemas we could get out product into

- If our product would relate and be successful in American cinemas

- If a clever choice of director would effect our films success

Evaluation Question 2

This is our evaluation of the question: How does our media product represent particular social groups?
Topics of discussion within our evaluation:

- Where the idea for our project title came from

- Themes our main characters express like over-working parents and drink

- How the themes our characters represent relate to people in reality

- How we have shown the relationship between our characters and how that can relate

- Effects we have used to show to the audience how the characters relate to eachother

- How the characters in our product stick fairly closely to sterotypes of characters in most crime thrillers

- Why we didnt spend much time focusing on the representations of our characters

- Taking more time on our characters back stories rather than how she was shown to the audience

- Older techniques we tried to use, but eventually cut from the final cut that would have represented the characters in our product more indepth

- Problems we faced about the representation of our characters from inadequate casting (the father/detective not looking old enough)

- How we tried to represent our kidnapper as a threat to the daughter

- Effects that we used to try and separate our kidnapper from kidnappers from other cime thriller products

- The social classes of our characters