Thursday, 3 March 2011

Filming and Editing

The filming process was relatively straight forward and was completed over four sessions spanning 2 months. The majority of was filmed at Sam (actors) house with the car scene filmed at Linford Bottom. Overall we think that filming went quite smoothly as we paced our filming over multiple sessions in order to take our time with the shots we used. We had a rough script of shots that we wanted to use and the general direction of the film however when we were filming we also experimented with different shots that we thought might work and we could try out in the edit. this gave us some variety when it came to the edit and gave us some back up shots too. The whole sequence was filmed on a Cannon HV30.

This camera has a HD option however we decided not to use it as we only had standard def tapes and HD also takes up a lot of hard drive space for a video that is going to end up on YouTube. The camera worked well enough on standard definition and also helped us to create some of the shots. For example we used the light on the front of the camera for the final shot to give the shot a dark and disturbing feel which I think worked quite well.

Overall I think our filming when quite smoothly as we did not encounter any problems with sound or with the footage we recorded, however we did have to revisit a couple of shots to get correct continuity.

The editing process was quite straight forward however was quite straight forward however quite time consuming as it was very easy to keep tweaking and changing around to make it more polished. To create the edit we used Adobe premiere pro CS5 which was able to cater for everything we wanted to achieve. The editing took place in between filming sessions, this was so we could get a rough idea of what it will look like as we were still creating the film. This helped us get a feel for how the film will look and also gave us some direction. It also helped us to receive our audience feedback as we were able to show roughly edited short sections from the film and gain valuable feedback to help improve and polish the edit.

Our film uses many different effects available on premiere pro that help to follow the conventions of the genre. For example there is quite a lot of blurs in the film as this is to help convey the characters state of mind. The sound in the film also helps to do this as it consists mainly of distorted drones and uneasy sounds that help the audience get in the head of the character. The sounds (apart from the songs) are all obtained from freesound and are layered to create a more polished sound as opposed to a single distorted sound. The sound also helps build up the tension in the film. This is most apparent in the last shot which I think shows his state of mind the best. The use of titles in our edit is particularly important as it highlights the time at which his hallucinations are occurring and also helps represent the story to the audience. The use of black clips in the film also and the flashing light also helps to create a distortion effect that the audience can relate to.

Story boards

These are our storyboards which we have created inline with out shooting script to give a visual representation of the shots we are aiming to use. This will help us when we come to shoot the film.

Similar products and target audience

The films which are similar to our clip are 'pi' and horror films such as 'dawn of the dead'.

The target audience would generaly be 16 year olds plus, and mostly male as there is a hint of violence within the film. The target audience would also consist of people intrested in phycological films such as 'pi' and horror films such as 'dawn of the dead'.



The name for the film is 19:22 which is important as it is the time at which his hallucinations start. The tittle has significance however we have received feedback from people saying that 19:22 looks like the run time and may be misleading. If i were to crete it agin I would probably rename it to avoid confusion.

Purple Productions

We chose to call our production name purple as it is not related to any genre which prevents any “type casting” so to speak as the name is so ambiguous. We chose the colour purple instead of red for example; because as well as providing alliteration, making it roll of the tongue, it’s also a neutral colour not associated with any emotion. ( e.g. red being associated with anger.

Location and costume


For our location we have chosen to set most of the film at the main characters house as this gives the impression of an ordinary guy and the location does not give any false representations of the character. We also think that the home is an isolated spot away from the public which also makes it easier to film as well as helping to represent his isolation. The hallucination location will be filmed at Linford Botton in the forest. This location has great significance as was important for us to choose a location that added to the scary nature of the scene. The isolation and emptiness of the forest also represents the characters feelings throughout the film.


the costume of the main character is quite insignificant as we wanted to portray and average guy to make it easier to relate to. therefore we are just telling our actor to wear some everyday clothes. However the costume for the character in Sam's location needs to be scary and add an uneasy element to the visual effect of the film. The gas mask adds mystery to the character and also creates a negative vibe as well as being scary. We are also going to have our gas mask character wearing a military dark coat. The dark colour of the coat has instant connotations to the audience and will also add to the negative atmosphere of the character.

Shooting diary

Our main task for today was to complete the first scene of the film where sam runs up to his room a begins his hallucination. All the equipment was charged the night before and ready to go. We arrived at around 11 at Sam's house in Poulner. It was quite straight forward however the battery for our microphone (attached to top of camera) stopped working and therefore there were some scenes which lacked sound. This was not too much of a problem as their was no dialogue in the scene so it will be easy top add sounds after. Next time we film I think we will use the internal mic as sound is not so important for us.

Second Session- 5th Feb

We got another scene of the film done today. We finished the scene after Sam's hallucination which went quite smoothly. We used the internal mic this time so their was no problems with sound. I have transferred the footage across to the computer and is on premiere pro. I have also started to get the footage in rough order so we can see where the film is going and how long the parts we have filmed are going to be in the final film.

Third Session- 19th Feb

Today we filmed the scene down at Linford Bottom when sam is having his hallucination. It went okay however we did have to do lots of takes as Sam had a bit of "trouble" with the car. Apart from that it went well. It was slightly dark footage but the car provided enough light to see whats going on. this footage has also been put onto the computer and added to the sequence

Forth Session- 5th March
We have now filmed the last scene which was very successful. We also played around with a few new shots to experiment with in the edit. Our only slight problem was getting the camera caught in the reflection but wasn't hard to fix. Overall I think that the filming has gone quite smoothly. I think that is mainly down to using the internal mic and not trying to use anything that could let us down.

Research on poster

Firstly we are going top do some further research into movie posters to get a better understanding the codes and conventions typical movie posters. For our poster it is important that we include all the conventions so that it looks professional and is instantly recognisable as a poster.

Requiem for a dream is a very similar genre to what we hope to achieve and therefore it is a good poster to view. I like the two large pictures involved here as it does not give the film away at all. However this poster could be seen as quite cheap as the two pictures are actually screenshots from the film. This does not show too much creativity, however the poster is effective. The poster has all the actors and the directors name on it and most importantly the film title in a large font so that it can be easily read.

I think these two posters are effective as they are minimalistic at to the point. the posters feature the two main characters in the film and it does not give the story away. The different posters are very effective as it gives the variety and people aren't going to be bored of the same poster. They both show the actor/actress' names and the poster on the right also contains the tag line "Everyone wants to be found" which gives the viewer slightly more information relating to the story which leaves the guessing.

I think this poster is effective on many levels. firstly the use of concentric circles around the astronaut relates closely to the title "Moon". The poster keeps the story from the audience well however after watching the film the poster has more relevance. Sam Rockwell's character is very small on the poster, this may be because he feels isolated and alone on the film the same can be said about the black space around the edge.

After looking at these posters and others earlier in the blog, it seems that the most effective posters are those which are quite simple. We have put together an idea for our poster which was made by Tom. However this is not the final design:

Our first attempt at a poster wasn't bad however it did not look professional and received lots of audience feedback about it being to busy which we agree with. we wanted to keep the digital font as this represented the time 19:22 which is highly relevant to our film. After some criticisms we decided to create a new poster taking into account our feedback.

This is what we created:

This poster has improved from the last on as it looks less busy but still has the Digital font. We have also chosen to highlight the title in red to make it stand out. We showed this to our audience and received some further audience feedback saying that the poster was a bit boring and needed something extra. We then decided to have more information at the bottom and the creators and actors names at the top. We also added a chemical formula for Korsakoffs psychosis to make the poster look more interesting. We also decided o take numbers 19:23 and 19:24 out of the poster as they were bigger than the title and took away from it. Like the Lost In Translation poster we also decided to add a tag line to our film to reveal slightly more to the audience.

This is our final poster:

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


For our first ancillary task we are going to produce a magazine review for our film. To do this we have looked at film magazines such as empire and total film and have looked at the conventions that make up these magazines.
This is a magazine review from Empire of the 2010 film Salt. We chose to base our magazine review on this as we feel it is typical of film magazine reviews. We have created a template below to follow so we can follow the same conventions.