A storyboard is a graphic representation of how your video will unfold, shot by shot. It is made up of a number of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene and what’s being said in the script during that shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of your script.
Our group had to hire out the filming equipment from the Media department. We all payed £10 deposit to borrow the camera beforehand and we took the equipment for that week to film.
I also went to the music department and asked the whether we could use one of the music rooms to film our thriller opening and the teacher informed us when the rooms are free which were after school.
For the thriller opening, I had initially thought of couple of idea’s which I will be sharing with you guys. I came up with these by starting off by asking myself ‘What actually scared me?’ I did this in order to try and relate to something that I feel passionately about and therefore would be able to grasp the element and get the best outcome out of it. What I did not however want to do is create cliché thriller that we’ve seen and heard about a thousand times ‘kidnapping scene by a scary man’ NO, I was thinking more like something new, fresh and out of the box. This massively influenced my idea. It’s amusing to some but yes, as you’ve read in a previous post if you remember, I am scared of OLD WOMEN. Something about them just sends chills down my spine. So I told the girls about basing our thriller on something related to an old woman, at first they did not seem too intrigued but as I began to develop the idea they began to throw in a few extra details further improving our thriller idea.
Another idea in which myself and my group were enticed by was influenced by our class teacher handing out a piece of equipment onto the table and us as a group having to come up with a thriller opening idea based around that item. Myself and the girls were given celotape, we immediately thought of a murder that sticks people up against the wall until they suffocate. This idea we thought could have been because of a psychological trauma that murderer faced as a child and there was a deeper meaning behind the celotape itself. But for me at this point, the idea just wasn’t thrilling enough at this point and predictably enough I thought to juice up the thriller story-line, the murder should be old, innocent looking women. Leaving how she taped these people in such a violent manner up against the wall a mystery. I pictured the old woman’s face to remain a mystery and only the back of her ‘innocent’ self always being presented to the audience with that black and white tint would do the trick. It just makes everything seem so much more surreal and dangerous and above all mysterious:
So my idea of the initial thriller opening scene was based around that of SE7EN, having a very suspense filled thriller by using one of Hitcock’s techniques of building suspense through objects. It would be an old woman’s hand at work, ripping celotape and cutting out victim children who she will be after next. I further developed this idea by suggesting the sound affects of an old woman speaking a foreign language and cackles in the background. The thought of that traumatised me and that’s the exact effect I was looking to create through our thriller opening.
Okay so our final idea for the thriller opening was based around an old woman but after discussing our opening plan with our teacher, she explained how a kidnapping scenario is too cliché and nearly all of the groups were choosing kidnap based stories. She told us to change up the story line a little but she liked the idea of the old woman so to keep that element of the story. We came up with an old woman who has been kidnapped at a young age and kept in that room ever since and has become mentally unstable. That woman is stuck on what she last did as that little girl. She violently puts on makeup in front of the mirror and there are flashbacks of when she was being kidnapped and when she was putting on makeup as a young girl.
To film our thriller opening, we had to come up with a suitable location which was also available to use. Our group thought of many locations where we could have filmed which were all located out of school and was difficult to film whilst it was available. We then began to think of places that we could use which were located inside of the school. The only available and most convenient place to film was in an empty music room in the drama department. I chose this location to film the scene’s where the character is left over time after being kidnapped.
Outline of film
Since the day of her birth, a close family friend has been invited each year to her birthday and family occasions. Gradually over the years he has grown a passion for her. However, the family is completely unaware of this and do not know of his mental disorder. Few months after her sixteenth birthday she is abducted from her family home garden, whilst walking home from school. Now she has been missing for over 20 years and is not aware of her location. Throughout the duration of her being gone, the family friend stays close within the investigation and gives full sympathy and support to the family. Making sure to stay out of the suspect queue. For over 20 years the family friend stayed close to her family and still does, hoping one day the abduction of the teenage girl will be at his advantage of being with her forever.
Hey again, in this post I will discussing the importance of film titles and how they add to an effective film opening.
So how can a film title contribute to an effective film opening? Well, it’s simple. How else do we know what we’re about to watch? I mean some film titles have the power to get the audience excited simply through the title. Take the thriller ‘Snakes on a Plane’ for example. Just knowing the title gives away what the film is about and let’s face it, we all want to know how that goes down… The title of a film has power to do this. Other titles however leave the audience in more of suspense by not fully saying what the film is about but rather keeping that suspense. For example the film- ‘There Will Be Blood’ by Paul Thomas Anderson who used this title very effectively by making the audience aware that they will be expecting blood but the better question ‘why?’, ‘who’s blood?’ and for the more eager audiences the list will go on..
A good title would always be remembered and would relate to the film it is promoting. Thriller titles however have a tendency to give away a little clue to what the film is about. But that does not mean the title should be giving the whole film away like ‘Andy will die’- you already told me the ending, what’s the point of me watching it? ¬_¬
I did a little research on the best and worst thriller titles of 2011. Unfortunately I was unable to find the most recent post on the best and the worst thriller titles. You’ll find 2011’s in the re-blog below. Okay, so I’m going to discuss one of the best thriller titles of 2011 and one of the worst.
Let’s start with one that was said to be one of the best-
‘Tyrannosaur: Awesome. One word with a huge amount of weight, probably the best title of the year except for the obvious problem that it probably confused people into thinking the film was about dinosaurs. But other than that it doesn’t get better than this.’
Although this was said to be one of the best of the year due to the effect of having ‘a huge amount of weight’ in one word, when coming up with a thriller title, it is vital to assure that any misconceptions regarding the film title are avoided. For example, Tyrannosaur is a perfect example of this. When I read this title I automatically assumed that it was about a dinosaur or something related to a dinosaur. But after reading the film description it has nothing to do with dinosaurs. The titles have the power to have the audience make up a judgement on what they think the film would be about based on the title.
Now, let’s move onto one of the worst film title of 2011. – So here’s an example of a film title going terribly wrong
‘This Is Not A Movie’ Yes it is.
It is also fundamental to not get carried away when coming up with a title, in other words… trying to be so unique that it ends up not making any sense or doesn’t even relate to the story-line. It could also effect people’s pre-conceived judgement which would be based upon the title. This title is left empty with no hint of what the audience should be looking forward to.
The title of a film should be effective no doubt but another element which contributes to the effectiveness of distributing the film itself is the design of the title. Here are some examples of film titles that convey their films well based on their design-
From their designs, we are able to interpret what we might expect to see. Every little detail from the font to the colours depicts a helpful clue to what the film may be about.
The title of a film should never be an afterthought. For this reason me and my group will definitely sit and think of an effective name for our thriller piece. Believe it or not the font of the title also plays a key role in how effectively the title is presented as it has the power to reveal or reflect the film itself. Okay, so let’s analyse the ‘you’re next’ title. The font is very graffiti like and looks as though someone has done it with their own hands. Furthermore, the colour of the font is red and immediately the audience are made to think that the title is ‘written’ using the previous victim’s blood. The title itself is recognizably a reflection of a significant element of the film itself. We recognize how the title of the film and the font is shown throughout the film every time one victim is killed. Overall, for me this film title was very effective in illustrating what the film is about but not so much that the story-line was given away.
‘You’re next’ is indeed a thriller and it did have all the element’s which are needed to bring the ‘thrill’ factor to the audience. For example by letting the audience know that they are in for some bloody, gruesome scenes yet at the same time keeping them in suspense as to ‘who’s next’ or ‘why they are next?’. It basically does what all good thriller titles should do- it gives us a clue and a key element to the film yet does this without revealing too much about the film itself.
One of my personal favourite title sequence is the one from ‘SAW’. Firstly the font, the letters are very uneven which indicates abnormality. The colors are also Black, white and red. Black and white are very dull colours and are usually used in horror movies. The contrast of red immediately indicates blood when it is used in this particular font and also due to the fact there is blood dripping down as the title sequence goes on. The orientation of the words also indicate a massive element of the movie showing instability. And finally, The ‘SAW’ title at the end zooms out and becomes less and less blurry with splashes of blood in the contrasting white background has a massive impact on the audience and shows significance to the title already indicating how ‘bloody’ and thrilling this movie is going to be..
The Best Film Titles of 2011
The Tree of Life: Solid, evocative, stately.
Melancholia: Simple and meaningful, but also easy to remember.
Star Watching Dog: I have no idea what this movie is, but I love this as an idea or as an image, or as a plot for a film. It makes me want to find out which of those three it actually is. If I’m lucky it will be all three.
We Need to Talk About Kevin: This has the right kind of loaded evocation to it. It’s great as a long-but-not-too-long title.
Tyrannosaur: Awesome. One word with a huge amount of weight, probably the best title of the year except for the obvious problem that it probably confused people into thinking the film was about dinosaurs. But other than that it doesn’t get better than this.
Your Sister’s Sister: I don’t really know what this means. Is it wordplay?…
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