Monday, 9 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
Our film is fairly conventional in its camera work we use a variety of different shots to display facial expression, costume and locations. We used mise en scene to display different sorts of stereotypes in our film.
Our film is like St Trinians in the way that it uses stereotypes to convey teenage girls its also like our film as these stereotypes are not support to coincide with each other as friends our film does this to contrast with the stereotypes making it comical just like St Trinians. Our film uses elliptical editing in our opening sequence it jumps from when they wake up to when they are getting ready and their journey to college, this is done as to not bore the audience. We found this editing technique was also used in popular teen programme skins in their opening sequence the same sort of concept is developed. Our film break usual editing convetions when we did our still image flashback scene we are yet to find a film of similar genre that has used this technique making our film original.
In this picture you can see that like in this film like our film they have used different stereotypes to show different social groups.
We looked at images from Google of different stereotypes this one being a ‘Gogh’ we tried to adapt the look into our own film by dark colours for clothes, make up and hair.
We looked at other stereotypes such as ‘Chav’ and tried to adapt this look in our film in our own adaptation .
We tried to create an image of a young teenage girl, someone that everyone could relate to; we did this by showing modern clothes and make up
In the opening sequence of our film , we looked at music we could use for no diagetic purposes, to connote the personality of the characters and the genre of film, we had a number of current hits which we wanted to use which would fit with our genre and film brilliantly. However due to copyright issue we had to use an unsigned band, the song fitted the opening sequence really well, but we struggled with the ending so by tweaking the song we made the perfect ending to our film. Metromax; the band name; we chose a track called "Take It On The Chin". We felt that this song not only sounds good and seemed to match up to the pace of the film with certain shots perfectly matching to beat and pace of the shots taken. the rote as, we wanted to create the feel of a real life first two mintue opening to a fun, teenage film.To do this we needed intriguing, fast pace shots with a backing track to compliment this.Metromax, were also a good band to use as they are also from Manchester and have an upbeat, edgy sound to their tracks. This created a good atmosphere for the opening sequence to denote urban, Mancunian youth.
In our film we have used 3 white 17-year-old girls we have tried to portray them as working class- middle class we did this through the use of mise en scene, in the opening sequence of our film we don’t show too much location or setting as we felt it was more important to introduce the protagonists setting up storylines for later on in the film, however we show certain aspects of the house and regional area e.g. the hallway, the bedroom and the surrounding areas of the house. We feel that the way we set up the mise en scene in one of the characters bedrooms displayed a middle- class person for instance in the panning shot we used it shows the full size of the room which we feel is a quite fair size for a teenage girls room. The dark purple of the room could connote the characters gothic elements however purple is a colour that often connotates royalty and wealth therefore we feel this could suggest to the audience that this particular character is middle-class. Although we displayed her middle class qualities through the use of mise en scene of her room we tried to counter act some stereotypes of middle class people by the use of costume. In her costume she was shown to be gothic and shown slightly unsociable breaking stereotypes of middle class people we thought the clothes showed her repressed personality and detachment from her social class, we also tried to show how through the breaking of the stereotypes she had been marginalized from her social class therefore placing herself in other teenage stereotypes such as Goth.
Some negative views of teenage youths are that they abuse alcohol and congregate in local areas near to where they live we decided to conform to this particular stereotype; as we thought it gave our film a comical element. We showed this on the still images flashbacks of the three girls intoxicated on a street corner. We thought this helped gibe the three girls a more working class appeal. However although we do show age in some negative aspects in our film we try and counter act this by displaying positive sides to teenage life we do this at the end when we show the three girls walking into college we think this is a positive representation of aspiring teenage girls.
When researching particular stereotypes that were represented in particular teenage films and programmes we found that ethnicity was often a addressed representation in today post modernistic culture most programmes about ethnicity. A stereotype often associated with white middle class teenage girls is that they drink and abuse drugs a lot more than perhaps Black or Asian and Muslim teenage girls. We decided to also address this particular stereotype in our film as we thought it was an issue in inner city communities.
Overall we thought that representation of gender in current TV programmes such as 90210 and skins we fairly broad and tended to set up and break most stereotypes we tried to take this approach in our film by setting up 3 types of teenage girls and as the plot unroll slowly counteracting these stereotypes giving the characters more depth making them a less archetypial character and making them all real adding to the social realism element of our film and ephathise with and relate to.
3.What kind of media institution would distribute your media product and why?
Facebook is a popular social networking site used by the majority of teenagers therefore we would distribute advertisements onto Facebook as way of spreading word of mouth.
We would use billboard and posters in popular shopping areas in city centre’s for instance Trafford centre and Manchester arndale.
We would try and distribute our trailer onto well known freeview channels; as a way of reaching a much wider audience, we would put it on after popular show that would attract our target audience such as 90210, skins, shameless, misfits and popular reality shows such as keeping up with the kardashians. Another reason we would show this film at this time would be because it would be after the ‘watershed’ therefore we would be able to show a trailer of a more provocative nature further appealing our target audience.
When looking at today’s current distribution and production institution
s we looked at inde
pendent companies like Ealing studios.
Ealing studios are a company that not only makes their own fil ms but also independently distributes them in the UK. They successfully did this on a well-known film ca lled St Trinians; like our film St Trinians represents clichéd stereotypes to represent teenage girls.
We decided that the distribution for our film Ealing studios might be interested as our film is a similar genre, themes and ideas as a representation of teenage life. Therefore it would appeal to a similar target audience which they have already worked with.
In this picture you can see that like in our film they have used different stereotypes to show different social groups. We decided that the distribution for our film Ealing studios might be interested as our film is a similar genre, themes and ideas as a representation of teenage life. Therefore it would appeal to a similar target audience, which they have already worked with.
We thought another good independent film company which might be interested in our film would be working title, as they distribute a wide variety of films globally meaning that our film could be a big box office success.
we tried to appeal to a wide audience, which is why we did 3 different stereotypes so that there is someone for everyone to relate to.We asked a teanage girl of 16 , that we thought was a perfect example of are target audince. We asked her what kind of things she would be looking for in a film about teanage life and how we could make it realatble.
She said ‘ i love a film with abit of romance, I like how the film shows social issues which are easy to relate to like body issues, drunking problem and family issues, it makes the film easy to relate to. I like how the film has comical elements to it, like the flashback it made it more interesting to watch. Overall I really enjoyed the film it did everythin it could to appea to me.
We wanted to address a widest audience as possible so even though our target audience was girls we wanted to appeal to an larger and male audience therefore we used moderately attractive girls to try and a attract a male audience aswell.
We feel that the social realism element of our film should interest a older community to want to watch aswell out of interest and curiosity. It gives an insight into current teenage life portraying different social issues that adults, maybe parents would be curious about.
As are target audience is girls over 15, we would use viral marketing as a way to interact with our target audience so by using social networking sites as a way of advertising we would have links to YouTube off Facebook to the trailer of the film. Each character would have an individual created page which fans could go on and comment on their wall as a character response; pictures of the film would be uploaded as if it was real life helping add to the social ealism element of our film.We would use billboards in the city centres near popular shopping precincts where it is clear that teenagers would go. We would also invest a lot of money into bus advertisement as most teenagers would be travelling by public transport and also as it is a moving vehicle it can reach a number of people.
Another way to interact with our target audience so by using social networking sites as a way of advertising we would have links to YouTube off Facebook to the trailer of the film. Each character would have an individual created page which fans could go on and comment on their wall as a character response; pictures of the film would be uploaded as if it was real life helping add to the social realism element of our film.
We would use billboards in the city centres near popular shopping precincts where it is clear that teenagers would go. We would also invest a lot of money into bus advertisement as most teenagers would be travelling by public transport and also as it is a moving vehicle it can reach a number of people.
In the film we grabbed the attention of the audience by using different editing and camerawork techniques for instance (picture) we used still images as a way of displaying flashbacks, this makes our opening sequence more visually exciting for our younger target audience.
We used a panning shot when entering the room in this shot we used a hand held camera and a hazy effect to make it seem that they are walking in drunk, this makes it have a comical element also makes it easier to relate to.
From costructiong this product, we have learnt how to successfully use final cut pro, at first we found this quite difficult to use, as it was real media software device. It took us a few weeks to get used to how to edit simple things, as we furthered our jourey of making our final product and discovered how we could use dissolves, fades and transitions, to our advantage and making our film look more professional. As you can see from the picture below in question 7 we successfully managed to upload and edit music onto out time tine using volume conrol and the cut button. The development of our learning from our camera skills we feel was not increased due to the fact we used low tech video cameras that made it so anybody could use. However we learnt new skills .
When using the tripod we learned how to do a successful pan steadily making the film look better quality.
Another new technology that we used was Google map we did this to plan our locations and decide where they could be. From when we first started we had to learn how to upload our planning and information on the film to our blog, this was a new experience for all member of our group, we found it quite hard how to upload images and text onto the blog and how to format it correctly, however towards the end we the got the hang of it and learnt something new and that we will take into account.
7. Looking back at the preliminary task, what do you think you have learnt from the progression from it to the full task?
Looking back on when we first started making our preliminary task to when we had finished our final project we can see that as a group we have developed our skills when it comes to final cut pro, at the start we found it hard to understand the difficult technical side to the editing. Although we still found it a challenge we have all learnt how to use final cut pro successfully and managed to use numerous techniques such as transition fades and dissolves.
Sunday, 1 May 2011
When we first started thinking about what sort of genre we wanted to adapt for our opening sequence of our film. We wanted to do something quite original but yet at the same time something that could appeal to a mass audience. We looked a current popular teen programmes for some insight, a lot of the most current ones we social realism genres where the characters help address current issues in society today.
We looked in detail at how the social realism theme and how it was created, we observed mise- en -scene and how it was a productive way of connoting characters personalities, background, religion and class. When creating our opening scene of our film we decided for our chosen genre; teen social realism, it was important to adapt the detailed mise en scene features that we had observed in other teen dramas.
We wanted to make it clear to our audience the characters we were trying to portray. We looked at stereotypes of teenage girls in the media today. We saw that the top main stereotypes ‘the girly chav’, ‘the Goth’ and ‘the repressed best friend’ character. We decided that the best way to express these three individual characters was through costume therefore we researched using Google images the types of outfits these stereotypes would wear.
When adapting the Goth character we dressed her in clothes that we thought connoted her gothic personality.
When creating her daytime outfit, we decided she should have long black hair- black being a dark sinister colour; it’s also a cliché that a Goth would have black hair. She had a long sleeved black top on with rips in it, another classic Goth appearance, she also had black converse; converse being a brand stereotypically used by punk/Goth people.
In the picture to the right we see the night time outfit, in this she wear a black netted/laced dressed another cliché of classic gothic clothing. The two outfits combined help connote her stereotype.
The other stereotype is ‘A chav’. When researching the ‘Chav’ look we saw a lot of revealing clothes and a lot of sparkly items that clashed with one another. Therefore in we chose to use a mini denim skirt with over the knee boots, as we believed that this outfit would seem somewhat tacky in the media today. We used a pink top to connote her girly nature; we used clichés like gold hoop earrings to add a comedic value to our film. We looked at other stereotypes of ‘a chav’ like hairstyles; the tied back bobble look was one that occurred quite frequently in our research.
In her night time we used, the classic over sequined lookto try and express a sense of tackiness to the character; a stereotype of ‘Chav’s’. We also took into consideration the stereotype of clashing colour so we added an orange flower fascinator
When it came to the other character we tried to establish the classic best friend stereotype. We researched this archetype by looking at current teenage films where there is a best friend role we noted that she didn’t wear exuberant costume to take the main attraction away from the main characters in our case the more noticeable people ‘Goth’ and ‘chav’.
In the film she is wearing current fashion however the colour arebasic and not much attention is focused on her outfit. In the picture to the right she wears similar outfits to her day time outfit to demonstrate her repressed and slightly dull personality, contrasting with the other twos bold, over the top and expressive outfits that represent their ppersonality.
We chose to use these classic stereotypes in our film for many reasons, the first being we thought it would appeal to a wide audience as we someone for everyone to relate to. We also thought that as our film developed we could break these stereotypes by showing that although they are clearly different in style and personality they are all still close friends. The other reason we did this is that we thought this added a comical element to our film as something that coincides with a social realism genre. We thought it was quirky as it mocked the Medias prejudgments and generalisations in today society