Friday, January 31, 2020

Title Research: Thriller (Get Out)

I decided to focus a bit more on the thriller genre considering I am creating a thriller related opening sequence, so I found another thriller-based film: Get Out. The opening sequence to Get Out had an overall eerie connotation and feeling. About 27 titles were present during the sequence, all appeared through a fade in and disappeared from the scene through a simple fade out. Majority of the opening was a very long-timed shot of forest and woods. To ensure its appeal to the audience a country-folk like score was used in the beginning of the sequence's background, creating a sort of contradicting mood. The score the switches to a song and the forest shot switches to still images of photos that have been taking by the main character, who is revealed to be a photographer soon after. 

Title Research: Horror/Thriller (Silent Hill)

Silent Hill, a horror and thriller-based film, has by far the most intriguing opening I've seen so far. A total of 25 titles were present in the opening sequence. The sequence held a sad, yet terrifying mood. Although I found the song choice to be a bit odd, it didn't stop me be from being interesting in the film, in fact it helped pull me in even more. Images of the characters in the film were the showed alongside titles. The title's font played a role in the sequences appeal. The genre was reinforced through the dark lighting and creatures present in the opening sequence. The editing technique of the opening was amazing as well, although the movie is live action, I thought it was interesting how it had an animated like opening instead.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Title Research: Sci-fi/Fantasy (Code 8)

Code 8 has a quick paced opening sequence. A total of 33 titles were in its opening sequence. It felt as if a very complexed story was being told throughout the sequence. In the background were voiceovers and incidental music, which created an extremely intense and rushed atmosphere. Images of people working, and newspaper headlines and articles were prioritized in the opening sequence. They played a key role in piecing together the sci-fi aspect of the film. Titles would fade in, then suddenly glitch out and disappear. I found that to also play a role in reinforcing the film's genre. Technology was used very much effectively through the use of editing techniques and sounds.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Title Research: Sport/Drama (Creed)

During the opening sequence of Creed, a sports-drama based film, 26 titles were displayed. The film began with what I assumed to be some sort of flashback. In the opening sequence, still images of what was to come in the movie was also used. The still images carried a determined and intense, yet troublesome connotation. The genre throughout the opening sequence was reinforced multiple times through the still images. The still images showed the main character in action in a boxing ring and snippets of his troublesome childhood and love life. Intense score music was used to create its enigma, by creating an intense atmosphere to pull the audience into the film. Fade outs and fade ins were also common throughout the entire opening sequence as well. Together these components brought the opening sequence together. 

Watch the titles

I wanted to expand my knowledge on titles, so I decided to further my research. Another site I decided to use for my titling research is Watch the Titles. This site was helpful in many ways. From the start, everything was clear and simple to understand. I got to view certified published works of other students, which was amazing I might add. I watched a couple more opening sequences of films and they were all helpful. I learned a few new ways to display titles. I also learned that transitions such as fade in/outs were very common.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Art of the title

 Today I began my research on titles. As I searched the web, I stumbled upon this site: Art of the Title. Right from the introduction page, I grew amazed. This site features a ton of movie, TV show, and even documentary openings. It was extremely helpful. I was able to see the creative ways titles were used. There's an option to view the titles of many films, so I watched a couple. A few things I learned from this site would have to be not all titles use the same font. I also learned a few creative  locations for title placements. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Genre research: drama

During the beginning of the school year, I was assigned a genre to research: drama. I worked in a group to deconstruct the elements of the genre. In the presentation above, you're able to see what we'd found. Drama is such a broad and popular genre. We researched the common camera angles, shots, and movement used to differentiate the genre from other genres such as action, romance, horror, and thriller etc. Further into the presentation, we switched our focus to the mis en scene and sounds of drama. We even provided a couple of film examples. Towards the end of the presentation we were able to add in our own personal thoughts on the genre's elements. An element that appealed to me in the genre would have to be the use of sounds. Personally, I love how in drama films, viewers are able to feel a character’s emotion through its soundtrack.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

A pitch or a home run?

  I've managed to narrow down my pitch options. This was a bit difficult, considering my three pitches fit the thriller genre. While deciding on the two I'd stick with, I thought about many factors. Filming was one of my main factors, I also thought about a couple of mis en scene such as make up, costuming, and actors etc.

  The first pitch I decided on was "Tired of the torment she faces from her schoolmates, Grey, a devoted high school outcast decides it's time she takes matters into her hands. Her involvement in the murder of her nine classmates is traced through conflicting memories during a police investigation." While picturing how I'd film this, my thoughts were simple compared to the ones of other pitches. I alone could be the actress in my two-minute opening so, because of my preference of working alone, when it comes to assignments like these, I immediately decided on this pitch. Make up and costuming would too be simple. I would be able to utilize my everyday clothing and not change much about my appearance to fit the main character.

  The second pitch I choose was "A group of teenagers are suspects in a bank robbery, a crime they didn't commit. What will it take to prove their innocent?" Compared to the pitch I didn't select, this seemed to be more in my range. I wouldn't need to use any kind of excessive make up. I could easily use a couple of my schoolmates to play the role of the teenage group. Make up and costuming also wouldn't be too difficult to work on. I believe both of these are both really good for this assignment; they spark interest. The first one especially, which is why I've made my final decision to go along with it.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The final task

 I've participated in the making of a music video, now the time has come. Since the beginning of this journey, I've learned about many new things. From camera angles, to camera movements, sounds, and many more, it's time I put them to use. I loved learning about sounds the most, aside from editing techniques. While watching films and shows, sound was something I didn't directly pay much attention to. When you think about sounds in films, most people would think about how sound helps to create the mood. Although they are not incorrect, sound is much more than that. There are a variety of sounds and each has a different example. For example, 

 Today, I will be starting my final task, which is the making of a two minute, original, opening to a film. I also got to learn about pitching a film. A pitch is a Hollywood term used to describe an idea where a film is encapsulated in just a few words/sentences. The specific type of pitch I will be using is the elevator pitch. The vision used when it comes to elevator pitches is imagining oneself going up a couple of floors in an elevator alongside someone who is very important. You don't have much time to say your movie idea, and so this is where elevator pitches come in. You have 30 seconds to sell your movie idea. What will you say in that short amount of time? I've managed to come up with three elevator pitches. Although I'm still deciding on which one I'll be using for this project, here's what I've come up with thus far.

1) The life of Roman, a young boy who survives a neurological virus outbreak sets out to find a cure and discovers he isn't the only one.

2) Tired of the torment she faces from her schoolmates, Grey, a devoted high school outcast decides it's time she takes matters into her hands. Her involvement in the murder of her nine classmates is traced through conflicting memories during a police investigation.

3) A group of teenagers are suspects in a bank robbery, a crime they didn't commit. What will it take to prove their innocent?