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My film evaluation for my film studies

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  1. 1. What were the aims of the artefact?
  2. 2. The Brief I will create a film sequence totalling no more than two minutes in duration that is based upon / influenced by aspects of my textual analysis and my planning
  3. 3. My question Discuss the use of stylistic features in Maleficent (2014) and Flood (2007)
  4. 4. When I made my textual analysis I based most of the information on the directors’ personal stylistic techniques they like to use in their productions. My aim was to get an overview of what kind of stylistic techniques Tony Mitchell (Director of Flood) and Robert Stormberg (Director of Maleficent) like to use, by analysing other productions they have made, to be able to understand and analyse the stylistic techniques they use in Maleficent (2014) and Flood (2007). I hoped that the textual analysis would help me get ideas and inspiration to base my two minutes short film on. I did this by finishing off most of my textual analysis before I started the planning for my film to be able to get out as much as I could from the textual analysis. This made it much easier to plan and get some structure in my work without missing any important information for my textual analysis and my film. One aim I had was to use stylistic techniques in my film to make my audience feel like they are a part of my film and not only an audience that watches. That is why I chose two fantasy/action films, because the stylistic features they are using, like visual effects, are often things you can’t really see in real life and that make the audience pay lots of attention when they are watching fantasy/action films.
  5. 5. What codes and conventions identified in the textual analysis were used in the artefact?
  6. 6. In my textual analysis I talked about establishing shots in Maleficent which I also chose to use in my film. E.g I started the first scene by using an establishing shot to show the audience where the film is going to take place, something we can find at the beginning of the Maleficent sequence too. Another thing I picked up from my textual analysis was the use of high key and low key lightning, which they used for instance in the establishing shot of the big castle in Maleficent. In my textual analysis I mentioned that the lighting of the castle might represent both the good and evil sides of the people living inside. In my film I used the high key/low key lightning when we get to see the ghost for the first time. The reason why I chose to place the ghost in the right corner of the room was because the wardrobe created a dark shadow on the wall from where the ghost came from. This shows the dark side of the house like the ghost has been following the person, meanwhile the bright side shows the good side where the innocent person is lying.
  7. 7. In my textual analysis I wrote about Tony Mitchell, the director of Flood, and how he used texts in some scenes of his productions to show either where the scene is located or the date/ time. I talked about how the way of using describing texts in films makes it easier for the film makers to show the audience where the scene is established without any need for them to give hints through out e.g props for them to understand. I took some inspiration from that and included a digital clock at the beginning of the film to show the time. I did it because it might be hard for the audience to understand what time it actually is when I only show the inside of the house, but also because I think it shows the importance of the time in relation to the narrative. Many people would feel a little bit afraid of getting up in the middle of the night and to show them that this film is played during this time will make them relate to what they would feel during that time of night.
  8. 8. How were the planning materials used in the construction of the artefact?
  9. 9. The first thing I did before I started with my textual analysis was to watch both my chosen films and write down the codes and conventions I could find in my chosen sequences. Then I divided my textual analysis into paragraphs before I started writing to know where I would write each part. The main thing I did when I started my textual analysis was to look on YouTube and Imdb to learn more about the director of the films and see if I could find any similarities between their own productions. I preferred to use YouTube because there you could hear them talk themselves and you could confirm that it was their opinion. I compared their productions and started to write about the similarities I could find according to stylistic techniques. I think one of the most important piece of planning for me was the textual analysis because that was my basis for the whole film. Without it I wouldn’t have known where to start. That’s why it was really important to plan my textual analysis carefully, paragraph by paragraph.
  10. 10. Another piece of planning I found useful was the short film research. Analysing other short films within my genre gave me lots of inspiration and made me understand the codes and conventions of my genre and how they used them to scare the audience. Here are some examples of some codes and conventions I could find in one of the short films I analysed, which I also then used for my own film.
  11. 11. It was quite hard for me to plan my film in general because of personal problems outside college which meant that I couldn’t plan where or when I could record my film. The fact that I needed a house to record in made it hard because I moved around a lot during this time so I didn’t have a proper home to film in. I ended up filming at a friend’s house which made it quite hard too because I didn’t have much control over my location as it wasn’t my home. It didn’t affect my product very much but it decreased the creativity. In this post I wrote about what I wanted my final product to look like and I personally think my film lives up to my expectations quite well.
  12. 12. How successful was the artefact in achieving the aims?
  13. 13. I am quite proud of my final product and my textual analysis. I did a lot of research for my textual analysis and manage to link it together with my film. I manage to achieve my aims, for example I made a film where I could make the audience feel like they are a part of the film by using a long tracking POV shot so it looked like the camera was the eyes and the audience was the person walking in the house. I did also use the audience feedback to improve my film.
  14. 14. Something I wish I had when I made my film was more professional equipment for recording the film, to achieve a better quality for the film. This is something that wasn’t really possible though because I don’t know much about film equipment and the time wasn’t really there for me to be able to take time and learn everything from scratch. What I didn’t do was a reshoot. I wish that I made some time for that to change the last scene in the bedroom because I wasn’t really pleased with that one. I don’t like the way I held the camera because it looks quite artificial and not like it’s someone’s eyes looking around. If I did a reshoot I would have been able to make this change and get a more realistic result.

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