A piece of experimental footage, testing: lighting, camera movement and composition, colour schemes and tones.
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
My second idea was the Brackley Industrial estate, however again I wasn't given permission and due to the distance it would have been difficult to have moved all the props and equipment.
So my final Idea was my own home, this was my last idea as it seemed too.. homely. However if Im shooting with just torches lighting the shot, the home wont be so cozy. I will also purchase some fake spiderweb and other haunted house props to make it feel like it has been abandoned.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Filmmakers notable for their use of hand-held cameras
Saturday, 25 September 2010
I will like most horrors aim my film at males.
I want to shoot the clips during the night and only use torch light as lighting. This will make the shoots very dark, which will follow many horror conventions.
I also with to use props such as guns and fake blood to symbosise voilence and death again conforming to the conventions of a horror.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Horror films often involve a complex set of codes and conventions that will give the audience the idea that they are watching a horror film. In most media texts, particularly advertisement posters concerned with films of the genre, many of the codes and conventions displayed within the narrative of the film are portrayed to an effect that will suggest important aspects of the film i.e. lead characters and their alignment (good/evil). This is important in informing the audience of what to expect of the film and give them an idea of the narrative structure or plot, which in itself is very inviting as we want to see why these particular elements and themes
tool of representation for characters, the monster is often enshrouded in darkness and we rarely see its face in most posters.
§A monster or representation of distorted humanity and evil:
The monster is mostly a singular entity and is often pictured in the background if at all as if to linger over his victim(s). The monster often has a trademark tool for killing i.e. a claw, hook or knives that is emphasised in the pictography.
The victims are often displayed in different colours than the text and monster to show innocence or neutrality. The lead character that is often the sole survivor (another regularly used convention of the horror genre)
The best horror trailers ask a question. They set up a premise or a situation, and then leave the viewer wanting to know more. One of the best examples is the original 'Alien' (1979) trailer. The camera splices shots of the film with a long, slow pull back of a large, alien egg. The egg cracks, emitting an eerie glow and the trailer ends with the subscript "In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream." The trailer doesn't really tell us about the characters, doesn't establish much at all. All we know is something horrible is going to come out of that egg, something that makes people screams. We, the audience, want to know what's in that egg.
Another common convention is the "What happened to those kids?" question. Quarantine, Wolf Creek, and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre use this model, but the Blair Witch Project really did it best. The now-infamous trailer began with the subscript "In 1994 three student film makers disappeared in the woods near Burkitsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found." That's it. That's the whole trailer. The audience knows something horrible happened to those kids, but you have to watch the movie to find out what.
Also, horror trailers usually appeal to the visceral on some level. Invariably, you'll see a few action shots of knives plunging, pick axes being thrown, or chainsaws being swung. The trailer promises blood. A tried and true method a Primal entertainment, as old as the Roman stadiums that housed gladiators, there will always be people who are lured in to see the axe split the teenager's head open. Showing the 24 frames prior to the head split is as effective as walking the viewer to the steps of the theatre. The most recent Friday the 13th trailer includes 13 such sizzler shots in a row. Cheap but effective.
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Monday, 20 September 2010
I have chosen the Trailer from the film Quarantine to analyse as this relates very strongly to my basic ideas and the genre and style of shooting. The film is a sci-fi horror and is shot using hand held techniques. The story and plot of the film also related to my ideas as a fire fighting team receive a call to a building to find that a strange form of rabies is spreading and slowly infects the members of the building. I really liked this film as there are lots of jumpy moments and the style of the shots and composition of the shots look very attractive. The lighting also is great, the shots slowly become darker and darker throughout which emphasises the virus spreading. Although there is no filter in the trailer, I have watched the whole film and there are many areas where a blue/green filter is used. I wanted to copy this effect as it makes the shot become colder and slightly creepier. The props are also very good, the Firefighters are the only ones with brightly light outfits which emphasises their importants and role. The location is again perfect, with lots of floors for different sequences. The building itself looks very old and worn down which conforms to the horror style of film.
Cast: Jonathan Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ferran Terraza
Director: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Manu Díez
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
The action continues from [Rec] (2007), with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.
This trailer follows many patterns, such as a group of four in an isolated environment, hunted by 'zombies'. This is a classic story line, however this film reveals how the infection spread and how religion can solve the problem which is not normally the solution. The viewer can immediately establish the genre of the film due to iconography such as the, weapons and swat like characters in the first few shots of the trailer. The guns are especially recognizable as they symbolize danger, violence and protection because of this there is a direct mode of address which again allows the viewer to establish the genre and depicts the target audience, male teenagers. There are also screens of text, which narrate the 'swat' teams purpose. sound is used effectively as there is emphasis on the reloading and checking of the weapons, and the screams of the infected. There is also a very deep buzz like sound which ads to the atmosphere and tone creating an eerie drone, similar to the sound I which to add to my own footage. Each shot lasts for no more that 5 seconds, the first few shots last for 1.5 seconds each and become more rapid through out the trailer as the suspense and action increases.
This trailer is intended primarily for a male teenage audience, as there are many features that would interest this target age and gender group. There are many professional techniques within this trailer, such as the composition and style of shot. The lighting is also very interesting, as the building the team are in is dark however there is a strong source of light from each of the windows, possible symbolizing, a heaven like theme in contrast with the hell like building. The light also adds a strong contrast, and many shadows are built adding to the drama and impact of the footage.
Genres:Horror / Thriller
Sunday, 19 September 2010
A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own.
Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Release Date:7 March 2008 (UK)
Diary of the Dead is an entirely “mediated film. Like The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and Redacted, it is composed entirely of shots that are taken from multiple sources, and edited together.
The mood of Diary of the Dead is somber and continually tense. The cast consist of white college students (together with one older white man, their film professor). As in many of Romero’s films, there is a reversal of conventional gender stereotypes. The women are generally more competent, and more able to hold themselves together emotionally and psychologically, than the white men.
Primary TA - Teenage and adult males.
I chose to analyse this trailer as it relates to my own ideas of story, which involves zombies, and hand held camera techniques. I enjoyed this trailer as it the shots are really well composed, and I noticed some followed techniques like the rule of thirds and the golden ratio which are both designed so the viewer is made to focus on a certain object. The sound also in this trailer was great, the sound effects of the zombies and the base sound layer really dramatises the trailer. I think the lighting is also very good. Almost all of the trailer is shot in average light, which is slightly odd as the conventions of a horror film seem to follow darker lighting. Knowing this I will stick to shooting in complete darkness but only using torch light to light the set.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
The Haunting (1963, UK)The Exorcist (1973)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)Jaws (1975)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dracula (1979)The Shining (1980, UK)
The Fly (1986)The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Final Destination (2000)
The Others (2001)
The Ring (2002)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
This term's meaning shifts -- often from person to person -- so I can really only offer what I think it means. For ME, cutting edge means that the fiction usually refuses archetypal, supernatural aspects -- unless those elements are used so originally they become antithetical to traditional horror. Cutting edge can be hard, soft, quiet, psychological, surreal, eerie, avant pop, post-modern, literary, alternative, have erotic, and sexual aspects, etc. The idea is that it is not exactly the same old thing -- even if the departure is only stylistic rather than purely thematic.
It's, well, extreme. It goes straight to the blood-and-guts and aims for the gross-out without hesitation. (Most GLs tell you to AVOID these things.)
Based on the disturbed human psyche. Obviously psychos on rampages fall into this category, but it is just as often more subtle. Since the reader's perception is sometimes altered by exposure to an insane viewpoint, psychological horror can also deal with ambiguous reality and seem to be supernatural.
Quiet (or Soft) Horror:
Subtle, never visceral or too shocking, with atmosphere and mood providing the miasma of fear rather than graphic description. The opposite of "Extreme."
The rules of the normal world don't apply; ghosts, demons, vampires, werewolves, the occult etc. Within this sub genre is an ever-growing list of sub-sub-genres -- most of which deal with vampires.
Not really sub-generic, it can be used just to mean unreal; strange or bizarre. Or it can be used to tie a style to the surrealist movement in art and literature that attempted to express the subconscious and move beyond accepted conventions of reality by representing the irrational imagery of dreams and bizarre juxtapositions.
Suspense (or Dark Suspense) and Thriller:
No supernatural elements, but a constant sense of threat coming from an outside menace. Add a strong investigative angle and becomes mystery more than horror. Add action and adventure to suspense and you come up with "thriller" -- except you can have "supernatural thrillers."
A term, not a sub-genre, that refers to earthier, more reality-based or supernatural fiction with a tendency to be "in-your-face" with descriptions of the bad stuff -- but not as extreme as Extreme.
Can be used in several ways. "Weird fiction" is sometimes used as a synonym for horror.
Monday, 13 September 2010
Although there are many different genres of film I have chosen to focus on Horror as a wide genre, as this is a personal favorite and I think it is the most realistic due to a small budget. I will narrow the genre of 'horror' down and chose a sub genre for more accuracy.
Horror films go back as far as the onset of films themselves, over a 100 years ago. From our earliest days, we use our vivid imaginations to see ghosts in shadowy shapes, to be emotionally connected to the unknown and to fear things that are improbable. Watching a horror film gives an opening into that scary world, into an outlet for the essence of fear itself, without actually being in danger. Weird as it sounds, there's a very real thrill and fun factor in being scared or watching disturbing, horrific images.
Horror films, when done well and with less reliance on horrifying special effects, can be extremely potent film forms, tapping into our dream states and the horror of the irrational and unknown, and the horror within man himself. (The best horror films only imply or suggest the horror in subtle ways, rather than blatantly displaying it, i.e., Val Lewton's horror films.) In horror films, the irrational forces of chaos or horror invariably need to be defeated, and often these films end with a return to normalcy and victory over the monstrous.
Of necessity, the earliest horror films were Gothic in style - meaning that they were usually set in spooky old mansions, castles, or fog-shrouded, dark and shadowy locales. Their main characters have included "unknown," human, supernatural or grotesque creatures, ranging from vampires, demented madmen, devils, unfriendly ghosts, monsters, mad scientists, "Frankensteins," dualities (good against evil), demons, zombies, evil spirits, arch fiends, Satanic villains, the "possessed," werewolves and freaks to even the unseen, diabolical presence of evil.
All of this text was copied from http://www.filmsite.org/horrorfilms.html
Friday, 10 September 2010
A teaser trailer, or just teaser, is a short trailer used to advertise an upcoming film, television program, video game, or product.
Teasers, unlike typical theatrical trailers, are usually very short in length (between 30–60 seconds) and usually contain little, if any, actual footage from the film. Sometimes, it is merely a truncated version of a theoretical trailer. They are usually released long in advance of the film they advertise. One of the reasons for the name "teaser" is because they are shown usually a long time (one or one and a half years) before the movie comes out, so as to "tease" the audience.
Teasers are also commonly used in advertising.