Research, Planning and Evaluation of Media Product. By Khyati Patel. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?.
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By Khyati Patel
Camera work : The movie that my group filmed keeps the conventions of a thriller movie, because our movie starts of with a close up rather than an establishing or a medium shot. The first scene of our movie contains a lot of close ups, then we finally have an establishing shot. The shooting does not break the 180 degree rule, this is because we didn’t want our audience confused to which side they were watching the film from.
Mise en scene : Each actor dresses differently because of the character we wished to construct for the audience. The dead girl was dressed in a floral dress, which suggests her feminine personality. She has a missing shoe which will suggests the killer is interested in collecting shoes. On her thigh is a hole and her legs are positions in angle that suggests that she went through some sort of sexual assault. The serial killer is dressed in casual clothes like a checked shirt and black jeans which hang low, a stereotype for black youths. The criminal’s love interest is dressed in baby pink pyjamas which also suggests she is a feminine personality just like his victims.
We attempted to find a middle class kitchen, which shows that the serial killer is a professional middle class worker who leads a normal life. This breaks the conventions of many serial killer as they are portrayed as they live a grimy house, which has the bed in the living room , with hardly any light etc. On the other hand our movie is bright and filled with ambient lighting making our movie more “realistic”. The kitchen was well designed because of the tiled wall which had a blue floral pattern, which shows that he is well paid to have designed tiles, however my group wasn’t so successful in finding a stereotyped kitchen. The criminal’s status is shown as middle class, because he has a dishwasher in his kitchen. He also smokes to repress his raging emotions. However in the ideal world where there would be more time, the kitchen would have more props such as a fridge, a micro wave or a washing machine.
Editing: The editing of the movie is fast at the beginning of the movie because I decided to create a sense of tension as the first scene is a murder scene, the quick editing also influences the audience to raise questions about the murder. However in the sequence in the kitchen is slow and it shows that the killer leads a normal life. Where as in “typical” thriller movie the killer would lead a hard life, where the editing would be rough and wouldn’t fluent. Where as my editing is smooth with only a few jumps which is because I couldn’t find a piece of movie which would fit for the serious tone I am trying to set in that kitchen scene.
Characters: Our main characters are black, or mixed raced which is against the conventions of casting in Hollywood movies, where the casting of white ethnicity is common. They fit their stereotypes. (Read slide number 6)
The location of the murder scene stayed the same during the shooting process, however the position of the dead body and the scene around the dead body changed. This was because Emma and I found a better place to shoot in the same park. If I had been given more time, I would have shot this place in a graveyard because then the atmosphere would look more sinister and give the pagan signs more significance
The pictures were taken from one angle because the group wanted a quick idea of what the shooting process and location would look like. This doesn’t speak for our movie, because the movie’s camera angels varied across the room.
From Left to right: The Establishing shot of the dead body. The titling of the movie(on a black screen between the flashes) The white flash of the camera. Additive editing(which was used to show some time had passed) Over the shoulder shot of two actors talking. A close up on a significant action.