Evaluation . Thomas Smith 4262. Click here to go to the next slide. Click here to come back to this page. Short Film Analysis: Film 1. Film Title: ‘Career Suicide’ Director: N/A Film Length: 1minute 5seconds. What is the film about?.
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Film Title: ‘Career Suicide’
Film Length: 1minute 5seconds
Establishing shot: This allows the location of the film to be easily recognised by the audience.
I found this film on the website ‘Youtube.com’ and no other website. This suggests that the company who created the film is very limited on funds, therefore has to rely on free video sharing distributers.
Once again, the short film is suggested as being quite unknown through the video only being viewed 1995 times.
This could be linked to the film only being distributed and exhibited on Youtube.com and no where else.
A dolly shot slowly tracks the 2 characters. This emphasises their importance to the audience and shows that they are the main actress’s within the film.
Shot reverse shot Editing is used through out this short film to show the various conversations that occur.
This over the shot camera shot allows the conversation scenes to be a lot easier to follow. It also gives the audience the same perspective as each character.
Throughout the film, close ups are used to show the conversation ‘s between the actors. However, close up shots are also used to show the actors facial expressions. This helps to develop the storyline and makes the production feel more believable.
The editing within the film is very obvious. At one point, the screen slowly turns white and then re appears with the characters in a different location.
I believe this is used to emphasise the ‘Heaven’ and ‘Fantasy’ themes which are shown throughout the short film.
Throughout the film, there is an office like tune (Non diegetic sound) that is constantly playing in the background. I believe this is to set the atmosphere of the film, but to also constantly remind the audience that the film is just a slight hit on religion and is only a fantasy. (this is shown through the very corny ‘Jingle’ which can be heard in the song)
Throughout the film, a small collection of ambient sounds can be heard. One of these is the ‘crunching’ of the toast.
I believe that this is emphasised to suggest the main character’s confusion. (added with her facial expression)
Footsteps are also over exaggerated to emphasise the movement of the characters between scenes and locations.
Diegetic sound can be heard throughout the short film. Examples of this are office sounds, other people talking and phone calls.
These are used to reinforce the film’s location and realism to the audience.
The film starts with a tracking shot, which reveals the credits for the production.
This then allows the audience to recognise the actors used and the director that also helped create it.
The tracking shot then reveals a care taker cleaning up the credits from the mirror. This immediately sets the location and time of the film; In toilets and at night.
Two other characters (One is the main character) are introduced through the use of a pan shot. It is also a mid shot to reinforce the location as being in the toilets . Furthermore, it also allows the audience to see the facial expressions of the actors, thus
Close up of the wrist: This is used to draw in the audience’s attention on the cut wrist. The shot is also low down and close to the ground to reinforce the idea that the character is dead and lifeless.
Low angle shot: This is used to suggest to the audience that something is ‘Lurking’ and hiding from the main actress.
This adds to the suspense and tension which therefore amplifies the theme of horror.
There are many close ups throughout the film. In this case, the woman’s arm is the centre of attention. This emphasises the tension of the film as it is combined with diegetic ‘crying’ which is very chilling to hear. (See ‘Sound’ for more details)
Editing: ‘Straight’ editing is used for the majority of the film to keep the flow of film constant and the scene changes unnoticeable to the audience’s eye.
The editing also speeds up at times to create a rhythmic flow to add to the tension and action that is happening on screen.
EXAMPLE: The diegeticsound of the woman hitting her head off the wall is amplified to make the action of the fall even more powerful and seem more fatal/painful to the audience. Therefore, the nature of the action amplifies the horror elements of the short film.
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Publisher: Future Publishing
Formed in 1997
One of the biggest English Speaking film magazines in circulation.
Film’s in the cinema, DVD’s, Blu-Rays, games, CD’s and movie related books.
Quizes, Competitions, Letters, etc.
Target Audience: Young adults+
The invention of lying
Guest Editors have included:
The film review includes information that the reader will be able to associate with, such as other TV shows or films.
This is used to capture the reader’s focus and to influence them to carry on reading.Total Film Layout (Website)
The logo for the magazine film is used to constantly shadow the review to enforce that the review is by people of Total Film
Extra detail is added to basically sums up the main features of the film, such as the names of actors, the director, the genre and the studio that produced it.
The font is larger to easily allow the audience to read what film the review is about. It is written in black to stand out and to also match with the other colour schemes of the page layout: White, red and black.
The ‘related’ section allows the audience
To view other reviews of films and news that is similar to the ‘Scream’ review. Therefore, reaching out to the magazines target audience even further and taking advantage of the website format. This obviously because you can not have hyperlinks in
Rhetorical questions: These are used to get the reader involved with review.
The main actors whom are involved with the film are all mentioned within the review to inform the reader.
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The title of the film is positioned here to allow the reader to see what film review they are reading. It is placed in BOLD text to make it stand out from the other typography on the page. Furthermore, the text is larger to also allow the review’s title to be easily viewed and identified.
Title of the Review section.
This gives the audience more information on what part of the magazine they are currently looking at. Therefore making it easier to read.
The added detail of the film rating allows the audience to discover what age the film is intended for. Therefore, allowing them to quickly distinguish if the film is aimed towards them or not.
The quote is placed here in larger typography to break up the main block text which is the review. Sometimes, it can also be used to hint at what the main review might contain, therefore urging the reader to read the rest of the review.
The colour scheme of red, black and blue is used to correspond with the picture to the right. This allows all of the images and text to blend in with each. It also allows certain titles to stand out even more.
The picture is positioned here to attract the audience’s attention and to also fill dead space. The picture is also used to entice the reader to watch the film. It could also be used to express the films verdict on the film, For example: if they said it was exciting, then to use an exciting picture.
Much like the ‘Verdict’, this table is used to allow the reader to quickly view the films performance throughout it’s different parts. This also acts as a summary of the whole review as well.
Each review has a mini ‘Verdict’ which gives the overall rating of the film and then a very brief summary of the reviewers comments. This is placed at the end of the review to easily sum up the film’s performance for the reader’s own interest. It also lets the reader just view the ‘Verdict’ box, if they are in a rush or do not want to read the full review.
The weapon here is concealed, however the audience can see it. Therefore, this adds the element of mystery and secrets.
The blood on the weapon also hints at the danger and death which will be seen through out the film, therefore alerting the audience to it’s horror element.
The act of symmetry draws the attention of the audience to the house, therefore hinting at the danger within the film. Furthermore the film’s genre is also shown through this as it draws on the theme of abandonment and the constant idea of you being watched.
The added opinion of critics will influence the target audience into seeing the film. This is why the text is bigger than the other text on the poster.
This idea can be used for our production through as we have the same theme of ‘Being watched’ therefore we may consider using symmetry to portray this.
The use of ‘Fog’ or mist reinforces the effect of hidden messages and the ‘Unknown’.
The aspect of the ‘other’ or ‘unknown’ is also backed up through the added image of the words. This also suggests restriction and isolation.
Our group will be using the same concept by using darkness to create mystery.
The white of the typography also contrasts with the red ‘Funny games’. It also matches with the ‘white’ of the background and the t-shirt’s of the actors.
This is informing the audience of the release date. The white once again matches the other use of white within the poster.
The actors name’s are shown in the centre of the poster as it helps ‘lead’ the audience’s eyes to the middle of the page.
The names also inform the audience of who will be in the film. Thus hitting the targeted audience.
The film information is centred in the middle of the poster and also the writing slowly becomes smaller. This is to almost lead the audiences eyes to the house which is the main focal point of the poster.
The typography used is much like the font found on a digital camera. This matches the general theme of the film.
Our group will use similar font to this because of the similar themes between both productions.
Furthermore the ‘white’ contrasts with the black background. Therefore making it stand out more. It also matches the main actress’s clothing, therefore showing that they are linked.
Carrying on, the text is separated from the picture, therefore emphasising the theme of abandonment.
The facial expression of the actress is the main focal point of the picture. The woman’s face is also at the most lit point of the poster. This allows the audience to see the ‘terror’ and ‘panic’.
The light is also projected onto the woman’s face to also show the sweat and dirt which is on her, therefore hinting at the danger which is within the film.
The blood contrasts with the white clothing. This suggests the danger and horror themes which flow through the movie.
The blood is also partly hidden by the darkness. This suggests the theme of the unknown. It also suggests the theme of death.
The subtitle for the film is located just above the main title. The typography matches the rest of the poster, therefore linking them together. Furthermore, the white once again stands out against the black background once again.
The faded ‘Rec’ effect suggests a hint of uncertainty
Like the last poster, the dates have been added to the poster inform the target audience of the release dates. Therefore informing the audience of all the information that they need to know.
The ‘red circle’ which resembles a film recorder is used. This is done to portray the way the film is filmed but to also suggest various genres which it features.
Our group will use a similar effect when making our poster. However, we will edit and change it to make the red light look more piercing and intrusive upon the man actress which will feature in our poster.
The hair of the character is messy and un kept. This suggests that the film contains terror and horror as the main suggests the problems that she has encountered which has lead her to look like this.
The logo of the production company can be seen here.
This allows the audience to associate the production team with other films that they might of done. Therefore, this could persuade the audience to view the film ( Or n some cases avoid it)‘Rec’: English Poster
The image is at the audiences eye level. This technique is used to appear more frightening and invading to the audience.
In addition the eyes of the actor are also hidden, therefore suggesting mystery and hints of evil.
The tagline used is ‘Experience fear’. This is used to draw the audience into watching the film by emphasising the horror theme.
The tagline also suggests that the film is not just a film, but it something that will change you from the ‘experience’ that you will encounter. It also suggests that the film is not just a visual experience.
The black used for the background also contrasts with the white and red used. Therefore making them stand out even more as it makes the title look more sharp to the audiences’ eye.
Like the foreign version of the poster, the darkness conveys the hellish theme which runs through the film.
The title typography and style is the same as the foreign version.
Therefore, for the effects and the suggestions made by the title, please look at the previous slide.
The rest of the cast are listed here. This is here to obviously credit them for there work, but also it could allow the audience to recognise them from other productions. Therefore, like the production logo, it may persuade the audience to see the film.
This is positioned in the centre of the poster as it is the main focal point of it. This is because of the perception which the buildings create when looking at them. Furthermore, the use of ‘Your’ and ‘crime’ suggests the theme of personal invasion and terror. Also the personal pronoun talks to the audience directly which makes them involved with the poster.
This is placed here to interest the audience into seeing the film even more because of the famous actor being emphasised.
Furthermore, the white typography suggests innocence, therefore hinting that he is the main hero within the film.
The font is also bold, therefore expressing the actors importance.
The films location can be easily justified as being in the City.
From this, our group will use a similar shot like this to establish that our location is in the town as well.
Furthermore, the main actor is shown as being alone to maybe emphasise the danger and isolation that he may be have to face during the film.
Therefore, this hints at certain themes and problems which may be featured within the film which will lure the viewer into watching the film.
The weather can bee seen in this poster. This ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ is used to hint at the hidden themes that are showing within the film.
The stormalso hints at the dangers that the characters will face.
It could also help to set the scene or location of the film.
From this, our group will be emphasising darkness and the night time that the film will be set.
This will be to suggest the horror and thriller themes that flow through our short film.
The red text is used to stand out against the rest of the poster. This is because the style of font and colour is not used against any other part of the poster.
This information informs the audience about the director. Therefore, this attracts the audience into watching the film as the director has previously directed other high rated and blockbuster movies.
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An example of an over the shoulder camera shot
Suggests terror and suspense through not being able to see the male’s face.
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Go straight to poster design work. This caused many advantages as the school Mac’s had all of the software that we needed on them. Furthermore, the Mac’s were fast and allowed editing to be far easier than the normal PC’s as they did not have enough RAM to easily edit films. However, because I had not used a Mac before, it took a while for me to get use to it. This included many new keyboard shortcuts and the Mac’s lay out.Film Review:
I added overall details, including the length of the film, the actors names, rating and release date to allow people to quickly find out key information about the film quickly. Thus, it is saving them from reading the whole poster if they do not want to read the main text.
The title is here to obviously inform the reader of the name of the magazine.
I used white ‘Type writer’ font to make the typography stand out against the black background. This also makes it very clear to read. I also created a ‘Review’ title to also inform the audience what section of the magazine they are currently in.
Here I have put a still of the film to allow the audience to see a glimpse of the film. I have placed it here the ‘Paranoia’ Front can be clearly linked to the film. Furthermore, the typography is red to go with the rest of the pages colour scheme and to also contrast with the red. The red also links with the still through the the clothing as also being red.
I placed a quote from the main text here to break up the text. Furthermore, It gives the readers a hint at what is to come in the rest of the review. I used red to once again follow the rest of the colour scheme.
After research, I discovered that most reviews had the name of the reviewer placed somewhere on the review page, and it was normally separated from the rest of the text.
To emphasise that it wasn’t part of the main text, I chose red as the font’s colour. This also goes along with the colour scheme.
I made a ‘Good points’ and ‘Bad points’ verdict area so that people quickly glancing over the magazine or just not wanting to fully read it, could quickly discover the reviewers verdict.
In the main body of the text, I included information such as:The director, the actors names, information about the script, the good points, bad points and own person views on the film. I got what information I should include through research. Also, I used black font so that it is easy to read against the white background and it also goes with the rest of the colour scheme.
After research, I discovered that most magazines have an overall scoring for the film, whether it be out of five stars, or a 100% or just general points. Therefore, to meet general conventions I used basic shapes to make a table and then add a star scoring system. Once again, I used black and red to match the overall colour scheme.
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Back to ‘Products’ page work. This caused many advantages as the school Mac’s had all of the software that we needed on them. Furthermore, the Mac’s were fast and allowed editing to be far easier than the normal PC’s as they did not have enough RAM to easily edit films. However, because I had not used a Mac before, it took a while for me to get use to it. This included many new keyboard shortcuts and the Mac’s lay out.Film ‘Teaser’ Poster
I got this typography off of the website ‘Dafont.com’, therefore it is not a primary source. However, I chose the font as it gave an almost CCTV look, therefore this reinforces the horror genre and the stalker theme.
I used red as it links to the picture, therefore showing that the woman in the picture is an important character.
This is informing the audience on who is the main actress of the upcoming film.
I used this font as it represents a type writer, therefore linking with the horror genre.
I used white as it contrasts with the black background, but also goes with the other font further on down the page.
After research, I found most posters had tag lines. Therefore Iincorporatedthis tagline. I used a question mark to involve the reader and to make them think. Therefore, supporting the genre of psychological horror.
The picture of the woman was initially placed in the centre of the page. However, after moving the picture around a lot, we found that the best place for the picture was slightly to the right. This is because it gives a lot of open black space to the left, therefore hinting at the unknown and suggesting that something is out there watching her. It also emphasises the woman’s abandonment and vulnerability.
No effects were used to enhance the poster. This is because in the big final poster that was made by another member of the group, lots of effects were used. Therefore, to be different I used no effects. Also, because it is only a teaser trailer, not many effects were needed as there is a lot of blank space.
Here is the date that the film will be released. We chose Halloween to attract the target audience and to also support the horror genre because Halloween is well known for monsters and horror stories.
I used the ‘New line cinema’ logo to show that it is being published by them. This also makes it look more professional. I chose the black version of the logo to stand out against the light background.
Because it is only a teaser trailer, I didn’t include much information. Therefore, I left a website for the target audience to visit for more information.
This is still from the unknown kidnapper coming to abduct Chloe. This is a scene the scene that the target audience might find offensive. However, we did not want to make it too offensive else we would miss the target audience.
In this camera shot, the camera angle is low, therefore showing Jess as being taller that Chloe. Therefore, this suggests that Chloe more vulnerable than Jess. Thus, hinting at future events in the film.
In this extreme wide shot, Chloe is show has being on her own with open space either side. This emphasises her abandonment and vulnerability. It also suggests that someone is in the dark watching her. By doing this it is supporting the horror genre and it also plays on the audience’s mind. The location of this shot is also the same as the poster, meaning the audience can make the connection between both products.
This close up shows the dropping of Chloe’s bag. This allows the audience to see what she then picks back up, and what she then leaves. Therefore, as she leaves the keys behind, it suggests bad events later on in the film. Also, the loss of keys represents the loss of privacy and security of the home.
This shot is a body shot of the unknown stalker, however, in the background you can see Chloe. Therefore, this emphisises the feeling of her being watched and followed. It also portrays the unknown man as being predatory. It also shows that Chloe is unknown to her being followed.
This over the shoulder close up shows the stalker crossing off his victims. This was done with a close up shot to allow the audience to read the name of the actress and to see her picture. Therefore, concluding the whole film.
This body show is similar to the above camera shot. However it is used to show the surrounding area the Chloe is part of. This is used to also show how far she has got to walk while alone and all in the dark. Thus, reinforcing the horror genre and horror conventions.
This close up shows the facial expressions of Chloe while she is being kidnapped. This is used to show the distress and helplessness that she is in. It is also used so the audience also feel helpless to help her, even though they feel they must.
This over the shoulder shot reveals the short stories twist and how that the stalker has got CCTV cameras within Chloe’s house. Therefore, making the link between the poster’s font and effects and the film.
It also allows the audience to see two scenes at once.