Friday, 17 December 2010

Acts of Repulsion - Coursework Pitch

The idea for the name of my film opening came from researching different slasher film names and mixing them about slightly. My film idea came after watching Hostel and Friday the 13th; it's basically a film opening that combines these two films together. The opening shot is an establishing, medium-high angle long shot of 3 friends having fun drinking & smoking around a small bonfire. There is then a panning shot of them stood talking and still drinking around the fire. They then decide that its getting too late and they're all tired so they retire to their tents. There is then a medium shot of one person closing their eyes and trying to go to sleep, and a light is seen shining outside, a muffled scream is heard and then the shadow of a body being dragged past the tent is seen in torch light. This alarms both the people still in their tents and they call to one another and decide to go out to investigate; they go outside and seen a shadow on the floor by the remaining glowing embers of the fire. They walk slowly towards the object and as they get closer they realise that it's in fact a body; they turn it over to see the face and they realise it's their other friend. There is then a low angle shot looking up at the two friends reaction to finding the body. They decide quickly that they must go get help because there may be a killer around; they stand back up and turn around to see a large hooded figure standing menacingly with a large axe in his hands, which is dripping with blood. They screen goes black as he swings it towards them.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Pre-Lim Task

Preliminary exercise - Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.

Match on action - A match on action, a technique used in film editing, is a cut that connects two different views of the same action at the same moment in the movement. By carefully matching the movement across the two shots, filmmakers make it seem that the motion continues uninterrupted.

Shot/reverse shot - Shot reverse shot is a film technique where one character is shown looking at another character (often off-screen), and then the other character is shown looking back at the first character. Since the characters are shown facing in opposite directions, the viewer assumes that they are looking at each other.

180-degree rule - The 180° rule is a basic guideline in film making that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line.