script

 

This post is a basic construct of the script i will be using for my film.

The two man are robbing the house, both are becoming quite nervous as the exchange a few lines of dialogue  

T – How much longer?

A – its gonna be ten more minutes (aggravated)

T – I can hear sirens comin’

I constructed the script for this scene for a few reasons, firstly the quick and snappy dialogue reflected the fast pace of the first scene i felt that it reflected the thieves plan get in and out as quickly as possible so in order to show this to the audience i decided to make the dialogue short and to the point. I also constructed it this way to further play on the tension that comes with robbery or any crime, by speeding up the rate of the response from each of the characters combined with the tense and edgy acting i felt that the dialogue successfully created tension.

The detective calls for backup and meets Thunder Eagle

A – we need back up, its a robbery!

E – you called

A – i knew they’d send the best

high five 

E – whats the situation?

A – its a robbery!

E – gimme thirty seconds

high five

This section of dialogue was constructed in order to reflect the control thunder eagle has and the power he holds, and similarly the way he exerts his power. To achieve this is constructed the dialogue in this scene to make thunder eagle appear as a relaxed super cop who doesn’t need a lot of information to act, i feel that this conversation reflected the slick cooperation between the police force and thunder eagle and how organised each of the members are this can be seen in the section after the first high five. Contrasting with the sloppy conversation that occurred between the robbers, i feel that the conversation between the police and thunder eagle was successful at constructing the police and thunder eagle as in control of the situation.

Narrative section – this is the section of the film that explains Thunder Eagles origin,the narrative explains how thunder eagle came to be and will cover a 1/2 of the duration of the film.

“That’s me, my names thunder eagle. Before i was a super cop i was just an ordinary citizen on his way home from work. One day, at the height of a gang war between L.A. ‘s most notorious gangs the crypts kings and the latina crowns, i was attacked whilst taking a stroll under the over pass in Latina territory. Anyway, as part of some initiation test these two thugs had to rob an innocent civilian to prove their worth, (pause)  i suppose it poetic justice ha. As i was on my death bed i was stuck by lightning which shocked my heart in to action, keeping me alive long enough for the medical services to arrive. An old friend from nam heard of what happened and called in a favour, as the technology to save me hadn’t been invented yet i had to wait, so i was put on a trial for cryogenic storage to await the day that technology would finally catch up. 40 years on and i was re-awoken only to find that the world had fallen into a lawless pit. I swore on that day that with my new bionic eye and metal bones that i would clean the streets and rid this world of injustice. Its that day that i became THUNDER EAGLE!”

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Shotlist

This is a list of the shots i will be using in my film it will outline the shot type, rough duration and whats in the scene. Its a rough outline that i can stick to when making my film.

  • establishing shot – man drilling in a dirty room – 4 sec
  • medium shot pan up – shotgun to drilling man – 3 sec
  • close up pan down – man drilling – 3 sec
  • medium shot pan right – man aiming at a door – 4 sec
  • close up shot – man with the gun looking distressed – 4 sec
  • medium shot – the man shouts up to the other – 4 sec
  • medium shot – man upstairs turns around – 3 sec
  • close up – man replies to the others question – 3 sec
  • medium shot – man runs up into frame (dialogue) – 5 sec
  • close up – man grabs shotgun – 2 sec
  • medium tracking shot – the two run down the stairs – 5 sec
  • medium tracking shot – detective walking through gate – 6 sec
  • medium shot – detective goes to the van – 5 sec
  • close up – detective calls for back up – 5 sec
  • medium shot pan right – detective rolls along the van – 6 sec
  • close up – thunder eagle enters (dialogue) – 3 sec
  • close up – detective (dialogue) -3 sec
  • close up – hand slap 4 sec
  • close up – thunder eagle (dialogue) – 3 sec
  • close up – detective (dialogue) – 3 sec
  • close up – thunder eagle (dialogue) 3 sec
  • close up track back – hand slap – 6 sec
  • medium shot – bad guys in the house – 3 sec
  • long shot track backward – thunder eagle walking -4 sec
  • close up – glasses hitting the floor – 2 sec
  • P.O.V shot – thunder eagle aiming his guns – 3 sec
  • close up -hammers go back on the weapons – 2 sec
  • medium shot/freeze frame – thunder eagle aiming his guns – 7 sec
  • medium tracking shot (from behind) – thunder eagle walking – 4 sec
  • medium tracking shot (front) thunder eagle walking into frame – 3 sec
  • long shot – hooded man walking toward thunder eagle – 3 sec
  • close up – thunder eagle turns – 4 sec
  • medium tracking shot – the bike chases thunder eagle – 6 sec
  • long shot (shaky) – thunder eagle is chased – 8 sec
  • close up – thunder eagle is tackled and beaten – 5 sec
  • close up – man on bike dismounts, beats thunder eagle – 5 sec
  • close up – man takes thunder eagles wallet – 5 sec
  • long shot – the thugs run away – 4 sec
  • long shot – thunder eagle get struck by lightning – 6 sec
  • tracking close up – thunder eagles arm in hospital bed – 6 sec
  • close up / pan right – thunder eagles face – 5 sec
  • zoom in – thunder eagles face – 5 sec
  • medium shot/freeze frame – thunder eagle fires his guns – 5 sec

When filming, i may add in a few scenes to make the story more interesting so this shot list will have a designated section below were i will present the added shots in bold explaining there duration, whats happening in them and what type of shot it was.

Creating my Production Company logo

After coming up with the concept for my logo i then set about breaking it into 2 parts the background and the actual logo. For the background i opened up photoshop on a canvas thats dimensions were 200 by 300. I used the fill bucket tool to create a green background (so it could be keyed out on post production) i then added in an image of a grid, a typical feature of 80’s science fiction films. After this i added in a 3D object of a pyramid, to do this i went up to the tool bar and clicked on the ‘add 3D object’ option which added the object to my project i then exported this project to my desktop and opened a new one. The dimensions were the same, and i started by once again creating the green background so that my logo could be once again keyed out in post production. For the logo i selected the Viper Squadron font as i feel it had an 80’s feel about it, after selecting my font i then added a gradient to my text, i changed the colours of the gradient and added an inner and outer glow to the text giving it a brighter glow and making it stand out more from the rest of the frame as it is technically the most important part of it.

After all of the separate parts had been completed i opened final cut pro and added all the separate images to the timeline adding in some other features which included a star filled background, clouds and an old 80’s strip of film of a man in classic clothing saying “Hi Mom”. I composted these together adding the glory effect to the logo and the background using the keyframe option to animate the intensity of the effects, also combining this with a synth solo to produce an 80’s themed production company logo.

In conclusion i found that my production company logo was effective and combined all the typical features of an 80’s style logo with an added futuristic/science fiction twist .

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This is a video of the final cut of my production company logo, enjoy!

Production Company Research

The opening of any film always shows the production companies involved in the film, universal, paramount and MGM are all well known production companies that all share one thing in common, they’re all easily recognisable, from the paramount mountain to the roaring MGM lion. They only go on for about 20 to 30 seconds but that small time slot is enough to establish their  importance in the films production. I will be taking this onboard when i design my production company logo and will be ensuring that its memorable, short and to the point and as always super 80’s!

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For my logo i have decided to go with a more 80’s style, something that truly resembles the 80’s meaning i would have to look into typical 80’s cliches to make it clear to my audience what my theme is. Some of these cliches include…

  • Neon writing 
  • Bold backgrounds
  • Questionable themes 
  • Poor quality and lots of static 
  • Strange synth and other related 80’s instruments 

To ensure that my production company logo looked good i decided to analyse some retro Production company logos from the 80’s, they included Veston Video and USA Home Video both of which are embedded at the end of this post. The first (Veston) opens with a grid and some choppy synth, it then shows some bright lights which carve out the v shape, behind it is another v shape only this one is slightly more transparent than the other, they then come to gather to form the Veston logo. This is an effective logo as its shot and to the point, it has some interesting animations that are easily recognisable as 80’s technology as all though the animation is good, its its not quite avatar standard as technology hadn’t really taken off in the 80’s most films relied on SFX special effects rather than VFX visual effects. The second production company logo was the USA Home Video logo and this was slightly more interesting, it starts with a very boring FBI warning which then transitions into a grid which then has the word USA carved into it by a blue neon light ultimately leaving us with the logo. This production company logo was slightly more interesting than the Veston logo as it had more special effects in it however it was equally as good at establishing itself as an 80’s style logo.

Finally another logo i have found thats related to my theme is the Laser Unicorns logo that is presented at the start of the hit indie film Kung Fury, this logo is especially good at establishing an 80’s theme as it combines the cosmic background with the metallic logo and the swift 80’s sound effects of synth.

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Audience Research – Interview

This was the final step in my audience research the one on one interview. Out of the three i found this style of audience research the most helpful as it gave me a true insight into what the audience of my film would expect to see in a film specific to my genre ( Science Fiction). For this interview i used a member of my peer group Elijah Clements aged 16, following a semi – structured interview i asked questions that i thought were imperative but also allowed for the interviewee to give his thoughts and feed back on the subject. In order to ensure that my interviewee had no influence from anyone else i filmed the interview in the media studies room which is empty most of the time, this also gave my interview and its results more validity. The following are the questions i asked my interviewee and a general idea of the answers he gave, the full answers will be presented in the video.

  1. What makes a good film?
  2. What is your preferred genre?
  3. What would you say is key to a films opening sequence?
  4. What would you expect to see in a science fiction film?
  5. What makes a strong leading character?

The questions i asked turned up some interesting answers that will certainly help me with my production planning, for example question 5 was helpful to me as the response suggested how my protagonist should act in order to create a strong and unbeatable personality.

“they should show some kind of progression through out the film, for example start with a problem they don’t know how to solve and work through it”

I also found question 3 to be another point of interest as this was a question that was tailored specifically to my needs and wasn’t more of a general question like question 1 or 2, it also meant that the answer i received was more insightful and helpful to me.

“I think the opening scene has to introduce the main character / protagonist. They had to show the characteristics of the character and its got to be a relatable person that can either identify with or look up too, for example batman

In conclusion i found this piece of audience research to be the most helpful and insightful as it gave me some truly informative answers which i can now use when planning my production and how all of my separate parts are going to come together for example how my protagonist will be established and so on.

Audience Research – Questionnaire

To further expand my knowledge on what makes a good science fiction/action film according to the public, i decided to release a detailed online survey allowing normal  un-selected people to fill it out giving me good and unbiased answers that i could then take on board and apply to my idea. Below is the layout of my questionnaire, it consists of 4 typed response questions and one selection question, for varieties sake. All the questions i asked where relevant to my topic, i wanted to know what my potential audience thought about science fiction as thats my chosen genre and all the aspects that followed this genre i.e. what would you expect to see? what makes it visually pleasing? etc.

For the first question i received very varied answers as people had different perspectives on what made a good film, most said that the narrative should be easy to follow and relevant to the genre and theme.

The second question gave me a very wide answer base, it ranged from my genre sci-fi to love, adventure, horror etc. this told me that the wider audience enjoy different things allowing me to understand that although i can’t make a film tailored to everyone i can make a film that features small aspects of each of these genres.

The third question turned up some interesting results, the majority said yes to this question meaning my chosen genre was a popular one.

The forth question gave me some interesting information into what makes a film visually pleasing, the main answers were that the film should be good quality, it should flow ell between cuts and if special effects are used they must be well done and seamless.

The fifth question allowed for some interesting answers, many stipulated that a future that differs from ours in one key aspect, a dystopian future would be key to a good story. However some argued that the film should be more realistic and instead of having flying cars it should have normal cars with battery packs on them, many also said that this wouldn’t make for a very interesting film.

In conclusion i have found this questionnaire to be extremely helpful, the answer boxes have provided me with sufficient thoughts and ideas that i can now apply to my idea to make it better.

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Audience research – Focus Group

In order to conduct a focus group i needed people to chat to, and so i gathered some of my friends together and outlined the genre, theme and idea of the opening sequence of my film to the group. In response i asked the focus group for both the good and bad aspects of the idea, and for any constructive criticism or improvements they had.

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This is my focus group, it consisted of 5 people which were Guy Locke, Macaulay Harrison, Toby Woodroffe, Ben Walker and Ben smith (from left to right) age range = 16 – 17

I received both good and bad responses from the group, most of the group said that the idea was good and that the narrative was clear and easily understandable. Some argued that although the narrative was clear, it was too much to squeeze into 2 minutes and could consequently become confusing or rushed. Similalry, the films very special effects heavy which is good at establishing the genre as a futuristic, science fiction, action film making its genre and theme readily available to the audience. However, because the film is so effects heavy it may come off as strange or poorly edited if the effects aren’t excited perfectly, also too much use of special effects can make the filming very confusing once again leading to poor editing.

“If its going to be an action/ sci-fi film then it needs to be easily identifiable as an action film, so all the things you need to see in big hollywood films need to be replicated to the best of your ability”

However the conclusion of the group was that if the film was properly excited, i.e. the filming was good, the editing matched what was going on in the scene and the mood that had been created, the story wasn’t too wild etc. then the opening sequence would be very effective. I also found that the film would have to be (preferably) visually pleasing, lots of 80’s relevant effects should be incorporated like the VHS static on old 80’s films.

Analysis of the mise en scene in the arrival scene in Back to the Future Part II

I will be analysing the mise en scene used arrival clip form Back to the Future part 2, and evaluating its effectiveness at establishing genre and over themes.

The scene opens with a tracking shot of a distressed Marty McFly as he stumbles out of the long dark tunnel and in to the year 2015. This long establishing shot shows all the various differences that have occurred to Hilldale over the past 30 years. It also shows how technology has advanced and has produced a new civilisation in which there are flying cars, flying skateboards and the weather can be measured accurately. With in this shot we see 3 main things, firstly the people. They are all dressed in a relatively 80’s style, with a few slight differences i.e. the clothes are brighter, bolder and more revealing. Secondly the  architecture has changed to become more futuristic, this evident from when a giant white set of writing painted on the road says “NO LANDING” another feature of the futuristic society. And finally the traffic, the traffic has upgraded and has become airborne, this is a typical code/convention of a science fiction film as it shows futuristic technology.
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Following this is an over the shoulder shot as a car comes in to land, at this moment we get a proper view of Marty’s attire, he’s wearing a multi colour hat and a red and grey jacket which has a rubbery texture and interesting slits in the joints.Following this is another sample of how technology has advanced in the past 30 years, as a gigantic 3D charm appears to pop out of the roof of the cinema and attempts to attack our protagonist. This piece of mise en scene is critical as it shows once again like other films i have analysed (Robo-Cop, Blade Runner, Running Man) that advertisement is key in the future, its the corporations way of controlling society. Also the architecture of the building is very futuristic as it employs lots of curves and is a general interesting design, a representation of how the future differs from contemporary society.

In conclusion i found the mise en scene used in this short clip from back to the future to be extremely interesting and very effective, the long establishing shot opens the audience up to an idea of what the future could possibly be like, also other aspects such as thew costume design make the future more interesting and colourful, it also establishes genre and the futuristic theme of the film.

Analysis of the Gas station scene in Robo-Cop 1987

The scene opens with medium shot of a thug dressed in a leather jacket, smoking a cigarette and holding a gun, as he attempts to scare and intimidate a college student. Enter our protagonist Robo-Cop who pulls up in a police vehicle. This scenario shows the survival of the fittest hierarchy in this dystopian future. Folloing this is a low angle shot pointing up at Robo-Cop as he walks toward the thug, the thug backs away as the two exchange a few lines of conversation. Suddenly the thug begins to fire at Robo-Cop causing one of the fuel pumps to become detached and consequently spray fuel everywhere. All the while Robo-Cop is stood motionlessly as he relays the footage on digital recorder implanted into his suit, this high tech piece of equipment ties in with the recurring theme of digital advancements in the near future as high tech machinery has been invented, this is a code/convention of futuristic sic-fi films.

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The scene continues as the thug speeds off on his futuristic and high tech motor bike, prior to this the thug had thrown his cigarette into the fuel causing it to catch alight and destroy the gas station. out of the flames we get a long shot of Robo-Cop emerging from the fiery inferno as he persists to shoot at the bike hitting the engine and the wheel, this leads to a lot of shaky close ups of the thug and the bike as we see the bike spark and begin to fall apart and the thug desperately trying to control the bike. We are then faced with three shots, the first is a close up shot of the bike and the thug going straight into a car head on causing the thug to go straight over the car, the second shot is a close up as the thug hits the floor and rolls out of farm and the final shot is a long shot as the thugs slides along the floor to an immediate stop.

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The scene concludes as Robo-Cop catches up with the bruised and beaten thug to question him, in conclusion i find that this scene is effective as it establishes a range of science fiction codes and conventions whilst also establishing genre and theme but its also effective through its camera angles, framing and use of movements.

 

 

 

Analysis of the mise en scene in Blade Runner 1982

This film is based in the future and must therefore make this apparent to the audience without being to obvious, one way in which this can be achieved is the mise en scene used. This film is especially rich in its use of colourful backdrops and futuristic themes. I will be analysing the mise en scene in the short scene from Blade Runner, aptly named “Retiring Zhora”

The scene opens with a close up of our protagonist stood in the rain as he scans through a busy crowd. He quickly jumps down after locating something, as the camera pans down we get a glimpse of the background, in it are lots of bright neon signs with Chinese writing on them as well as other big corporate brands advertising their logos all over the place, the most obvious is Atari as a huge sign appears in the background a little later on. This is typical of a futuristic, dystopian sci-fi film as in most (robo-cop, running man e.t.c) big companies tend to own/govern/run the world or at least large sections of it so these advertisements are a way of the companies reinforcing their authority. The film also uses the colour blue as the backdrop for most scenes, its a clever way of creating mood, naturally blue is matched with sadness which is a recurring theme throughout the film, this mood is further amplified by the characters and the story in the film, the constant flow of rain which is a direct result of the pollution also contributes to the theme of sadness as our world slowly dies.

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The film continues as we find our protagonist chasing a young women, the women is wearing provocative clothing, black pants and a matching top, over this is a see through water proof coat this costume prop is a typical feature of science fiction films as fashion in the future is supposedly similar to the year the film was made in this case the 80’s, but it differs in one key aspect which in this case is that its see through. Following this is a slow motion scene as the women goes crashing, desperately through pains of glass as she is shot at by our protagonist. The composition of the frame in this scene is very interesting, once again the neon lights have been used as they are reflected onto the glass, they disappear when the women goes crashing through them creating a shattering effect on the sign. This scene constructs a very futuristic theme through its effective use of mise en scene, the careful placement of futuristic props like the neon signs combined with the clothing used for both the protagonist, the woman and the large crowds creates an interesting setting of the dystopian future.

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In conclusion i found that this films effective use of mise en scene constructed a very effective dystopian future that was easily recognisable and relatable to our society but it still possessed that one big difference which made it so futuristic.