Thursday, December 18, 2008

Final Cut

This is our final cut,


Monday, December 15, 2008

Our animatic and rough cut!

And this is our rough cut! With no titles and only basic editing. We are planning to put the titles "hush" after the tape has been ripped off (my) mouth, and also for the music to cut out. it will also, fingers crossed, be a lot longer and a little less crazy with the titles separating some of the busier groups of video.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

My name is JJ! and these are my evaluation notes...

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
- Use conventions of raising questions, fast pace, frequent action, and suspence.
- We develop question's
- Use thriller editing, quick snappy, eerie.

How does your media product represent particular social groups?
- Not much representation, only one character.

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
- need to research what company produced se7en, as influences came from here. that kind of whereabouts.
- Arthur Max. Production Company and New line Cinema produced se7en and possibly they would be the company that would be interested with ours because of the similarity. (but obviously ours would be better)

Who would be the audience for your media product?
- Anyone who likes a slightly eeire, and not right story line. Based maybe again slightly on the film se7en, some kind of mentaly disturbed person killing others off, or something along these lines. Really anyone who is in to a stange thriller. It would make you think, like the storyline in The Ring.
- After looking at the BBC board for ratings i think that our film would be rated 15, for a few reasons: There may be frequent use of strong language which i would expect to be inside, also Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain and or injury. I feel that at some point during the film the antagonist would do some violent acts towards its captures.

How did you attract/address your audience?
- We thought through quickly edited, distorted scenes, and hints of the plot would attract an audience to watch the movie.

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing the product?
- learnt about uses of Final cut, how to change footage, and how to edit effectivly and fast like we had intended to do.
- Also i feel we got a good feel of making our footage our own, by deleting moving and speeding it up to get what we wanted out of it.
- To use speeding up and reversing footage make an impact.

Looking back to your preliminary task, what do you feel that you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
- Learnt a lot, how to use final cut to further extent
- Better nowlage of camera angles, lighting etc
- Better knowlage of how to put footage together for a good effect.
- Also i feel that we're much better at planning an effective sequence and that the camera angles and shots were much better planed and executed.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Our filming went pretty successfully and no complaints from it really. It was only me (JJ) and Sam who were able to do the filming as Tom had difficulties getting there. But when we arrives at my Dad's rehearsal rooms we just cleared on side got a chair and tape, and started filming. Because our set was very minimalistic there was no problems with props fitting in or anything. After we cleared everything out we pretty much got the camera out and started taking shots.
Before this though we agreed to put Sam through some torture, of old kettle water in his hair to give a dirty sweating effect and vapor rub under his eyes to make them appear redder. And of course we had duck tape to put over his mouth and we used several pieces to keep it sticking.

ttfn JJ!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Teacher Feedback

Your blog looks excellent, well done.
Some more examples of influential thrillers and also the specific elements you like would be good.
Also some reflection on how your filming went would also benefit your blog and help with your evaluation questions.
Keep up the good work guys.


Monday, December 8, 2008


I was just thinking about the name of people for set designer and cast etc. As we may need them in our opener! So here they be:
An Impossible Producions work
Cast: Sam Bristow
Producer: Teresa Howard
Main editor: Tomas Turpie
Directed By: James Luckas
Screenplay By: Harry Dorris
Original Music By: Sam Bristow
Cinematographer: Josef James
origional screenplay: Rey Tomas
Costume designer: Sarah bloggs
Production design: Sandra Hamilton
Director of photography: Jason Swift
Screen play: Wilson Morris


Our soundtrack was created on Reason, due to me (Sam) being sick of the same old GarageBand string and piano loops. I wanted to make something similiar to the theme to Seven, a song by Nine inch Nails. they are known for a very industrial sound, very percussion focused, so i decided the drums were the most important part. I also took ideas from Clubbed To Death by Robert D., a very famous tune, known best for its use in Matrix trailers.
Here are some other songs that inspired the theme to Hush.

Clubbed to Death - Rob Dougan

Se7en Opening - Closer - Nine Inch nails

Tales From the Pigs - TBG

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Order of filming

We were just thinking about the dictionary definition that we want to record, and we may have to record it at a different time than the main shots. This way we can blend it in later wit fade ins ect. So we may film this in a different location from the main location.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Shooting location

We have decided that we will use JJ's dad's band practice rooms. The location is simple and can be lit dimly. The walls are soundproofed and are made of carpet which will compliment our dim surroundings. This is what the room will look like but we will take all the equipment out.
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Idea for main prop.

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Our captive will be sitting in a chair much like this, tied with robe, and gagged with a bandana for comfort reasons :)


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I just thought - JJ

Guys i thinky some point of view shots from our captive would be a good idea. After watching the other thrillers that are based on the same board as ours i think we should differenciate from them as much as possible.
So as far as i can remember there were no point of view shots from the captive, so this would help the audience see the suroundings. And because the guys in a bog standard room its not going to give anything away. I thought id just put that here so we can fit it into our animatic somewhere :D


Monday, November 24, 2008

Thriller Ideas

So, so far we have composed a few of ideas between us all, to what should be involved in our thriller opening. We thought we should have somebody sitting in a chair tied, gagged and nearly half naked. He is our protagonist. We will have close up shots of different parts if his body, that is bruised and tied up etc. It will then pan to his head which will arise to the sound of a loud noise, and he starts to panic which is shown by the widening of eyes and tensing of fists etc. We will have close ups on this too. The room is dimly lit, and our antagonist will be lurking around but the audience wont see his face just his body walking around in the shadows. Also the use of a news story and report in the opener could be good also. we have a few ideas for a title these are: Static, Fixed, Deadlocked, and Hush.
an alternate ending to our thriller opening could be a long shot of where the protagonist actually is, in unexpected surroundings. Also having the definition of our title from the dictionary, would be coooool.

JJ, Tom and Sam

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Thriller stuffss - JJ

SO! pretty much guys after watching some of those thriller openings in class theres some stuff i think we should defo avoid... and some other things we could possibly steal, I've attched two videos here just to show you what i think is greeeeet and some stuf that made me cringe (with dislikingness)
For example this "Dead Runner" made me want to run away from the screen, if they had used that same chain shot one more time i would have possibly tore some back hair out. So i think we should definately reframe from showing the same clip more than once. And we should try and keep it all related, because the eyes... hmmm good closeup but not used to the greatest effect me thinks. Also lets try and find an unknown location, filming at a very regognisable area of the school, not a good idea. Now this vidoa i liked very much:

I think that there are a few really good things on this opener that we can nick hehe. The establishing shots are great they really add to the effect of mystery, espesially when the guys walking down the alley way. Maybe we can interprite this diferently in our ideas. And one thing that was awesome, was spinning it off a true story, with the news paper and the news real going across the screen. I think we should definately have a newspaper story behind our opener and maybe flashing between that and the captive. Also we could ha ve the captove watching a tv with the news report of him being missingh on if thats at all possible. or ofcourse we can make this and he can watch it on the computor. Not that hell have muxch choice as hes a captive. But anyways im blabbing on sooo, ive done my H/W now haha!

TTFN!! x