Monday, 16 November 2009

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? (i.e. of film openings)

(from left to right)
Frame one shows:
The setting of the film. This candle and the shot which follows it shows the scene of the woodland area which is very dark. A lot of film openings use the technique of showing a close up of a small element in the location and then gives away the whole scene. We decided to use this as it ties in well with the next shot with the pathway with the candles. It also adds to the mystical atmosphere which this film opening revolves around.

Frame Two shows:
The title of the film. Originally in our rough cut the main title had the same font exactly as all of the other titles. This meant that it didn't stand out and also, after looking at some title sequences on the art of the title website, we realised that most title sequences have the title quite earlier on in the sequence. We made the title earlier and I imported the text into Photoshop (as we wanted to use the same font to keep the theme, but also wanted it to change and stand out from the rest). In Photoshop, I simply put the text onto an alpha background and adjusted the blending options such as glow effects and shadows. I also put a light yellow overlay filter onto the text as it looks nice glowing against a black background. Then I exported it as a png. Sophie worked on the rest of the titles and tweaking them so they are safe to show on television as well as looking nice. We chose to use the spelling 'faery' rather than the more well known 'fairy' as it is more a folklore spelling of the word. We realised that some films are based on tradition and this is an aspect of ours.I think it's true to say that this is slightly a creative risk as the audience may be confused as to why it's spelled that way. However, as you can still understand the meaning, I think that it just makes our opening more unique.

Frame 3 shows:
The props we used. As mentioned in the preperation posts, we had originally got many props for our scene. Sadly not all can be seen in the final video or the rough cut as we cut out the dialogue scene. We had tents and a bonfire etc. What we kept however is this lantern. This is a significant prop for the scene, and it's the first thing the audience follows as they can't see the girl very well. The way the girl dramatically drops the lantern and the camera work as it falls I think works well for the plot. As the girl is reacting to what she can see.

Frame 4 shows:
How characters are introduced.

Frame 5 shows:
Special effects

Frame 6 shows:
Camerawork and editing.

Frames 7-9 show:
The genre of the film (fantasy and supernatural), and also parts of the story and so what to expect from the film, hence why they are towards the end of the opening, as they could be leading into any scene which would still be in some way connected to the faeries.

Evaluation: Task Two

I think that our main character is similar to Ofelia in 'Pan's Labyrinth'.
This is because both are the young protagonist in a supernatural film, and are both chasing the mystery and get caught up in it. Though Ofelia is younger, both characters seem to have the same look of awe in the two frames above. The lighting of the frame shines on the character from the right side of the frame as well, where the characters are looking. I think that this works well as a symbolism for a happy ending/ future for the character, though mainly the scenes are in darkness. Mine and Sophie's film represents this character as the main focus as she is the only person in the opening scene. The camera follows her movements and then shows from her view what she sees. This can help the audience to feel the atmosphere and can relate to the character in the film well.

3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Voiceover script
''The first ident, Gold Star productions, is supposed to represent our well known company as one of the best. The name of the company 'Gold star' shows how it is above the others, without literally saying so. The way it's animated to appear on the screen is dramatic so it has a strong impact. It also has formal writing to show it's professional style of film. ''

'' Sundance Productions is a smaller company which focuses on this type of film. It's potential was recently recognised by Gold Star and they co-operated to create this film. This was good for Sundance as extra money was needed for the CGI effects throughout the film.''

We were partly funded by the British film production company 'Working Title'. They were interested in our film as they have already been involved with similar genres- folklore based storylines such as Robin Hood and the fantasy of Mary Norton's 'The Borrowers'.

We chose the main title to appear here because we didn't want our opening sequence to appear like a trailer, but wanted to introduce it along with something else. As it says 'flame faery' the main character is introduced properly and pretty soon afterwards we can see these fairies. The character's titles appear at the same time we see the girl, along with her co-star actor's name. The titles progressed with more of the crew before concluding with the Producer/director type of credits.

We chose this font to use throughout the sequence to contrast with the abstract video. The names of the cast are if a larger different font than the more industrial names of the jobs.

We chose to use the most important roles such as producers and the main actors. This was based around the way most films use their titles, and the generic main titles which appear in the opening sequence of a blockbuster type of film.

4. Who would be the audience for your media product?

Target Audience for Our Movie

How old are they?
17 years old

What gender are they?

What are they called?

How do they dress?
Hippie skirts and tops, tries to be different from anyone else she sees.

Where do they live?
In a quiet village, but near to a town with a cinema and plenty of shops.

What do they spend their money on?
Clothes, films, books.. Occasionally some fancy dress outfit or some music.

Where do they watch films?
In the local cinema e.g The Arts Picture house. And DVD's at home. Will only watch particular artistic films which interests them after looking into it.

What kind of music do they like?
Classical music (from the romantic period), alternative music, female vocalists.

Do they buy music?

What do they do in their leisure time?
Write poetry, listen to music and watch films

How much TV do they watch?
They rarely ever watch TV, because they prefer films.

What is their favourite film?
Pan's Labyrinth

Do they play video games?
Very rarely

Where were they born?
In a small local hospital

Do they go to parties?
Not often, will go to poetry gatherings or fancy dress.

Three features about their best friend?
- Wears jeans and t-shirts
- Into rock music
- Watches a lot of TV and won't go outside the house

Do they have any pets- Which?
Flying Squirrel

What is their favourite colour?

I think this sort of person would watch our film as she would relate well to the main character. She also needs some sort of escapism from her own life which is not very accepting of her strange personality- Her friends are into different things as she is for example and seem like strangers to her as she won't fit in.

5. How did you attract/address your audience?

6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

Above is a screen grab of an annotated picture of all the technical equipment we used for our film opening.

We used several different computer programmes and internet sites to help with our opening sequence.
Below are some screen grabs of the different programmes/sites we used.





Final Cut Express



7. Looking back at your preliminary task (the continuity editing task), what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to full product?

I have learnt some new editing techniques since when we did the preliminary task, and also have developed some camerawork and CGI skills in the process of achieving our goal. Also we have learnt how to use the techniques which we learnt during the preliminary task in our film making. I think it's surprising how quickly the three rules we learnt that day has become like a second nature now when they seemed so tough to pull off at the beginning.

I think we mainly used the match-on-action rule in our filming. Here is a screengrab of how we used it in the preliminary task:

This shows the character simply opening the door into the room, but the camera movement should be fluid, and should not seem strange by the audience.

In our film opening, we used the match-on-action filming on this shot of Alison walking:

I think the real film opening match-on-action camera movements seem smooth, as I'd had practice using them by then and making them well seemed more important than in the practice sessions.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Positive moment in our filming!

This is a drawing I did in my notebook about the comprimise we did as we couldn't see Alison walking away from the campfire into the woods. We got her to hold the lantern, and we each took 2 candles in order to create the pathway.

I used an effect on photoshop to make the background black, and the picture bolder and in white. This is because it was shot in the dark.

Though this was spontaneous I feel that this is the best shot we took the whole time.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Classification of our film

For our film, we would give it a classification of 12A. This is because our film will overall, have a very dark tone throughout, such as that in the film Persepolis which is also a 12A. Also there is mild violence in our film.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Ident for Open Evening

We have started to prepare for Open Evening on Wednesday and Thursday Evenings next week. As a part of our display at open evening we will have all the recent projects from the creative and media students on display. Our task was to create ident videos including the word 'Cram' which will go between the main clips. They should be up to 30 seconds long and animated using istopmotion.

Me, Alison, Alex and Sophie all set up a bluescreen in the background and made lego pieces for the letters. We wanted the effect of the sea so we found a lego boat for some people to sit in as a prop. We animated the boat pushing the letters into the frame backwards as it was easier to take letters away than put them into the frame. We set the frame rate as 12 fps in istopmotion and exported into final cut. Then we took away the bluescreen using chroma key and got a video from vimeo to put into our background. We took out the sund from this clip.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Creative Risks

One of the creative risks which me and Sophie took with our film opening was filming in the dark. This had many 'costs' associated with it for example we hadn't really used the cameras before. To fix this problem we invited Kirk to join us from the L3 Diploma in year 13 as he has been using these cameras for over a year and has a lot of experience. Another cost would be that the camera wouldn't pick up people very well. We also thought at first we would have to film in the daytime and use final cut or some other editing program in order to give the effect it was nighttime.

Despite all of this, we still decided that filming in the dark was the best option. For one reason it's the way the film needed the darkness for atmosphere, and for another the fire troupe people need to be as invisible as possible so the faeries look like they are flying on their own. Fire troupe also do not practice in the daylight and so we wouldn't have been able to use that special effect in the same way.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

My opie

For this task we were assigned a task to create an opie in Photoshop based on a picture of ourselves. This was based around the Juno video in case we wanted to create a similar effect.

I first got a picture of myself (I don't normally have dark hair it was a wig) shown below:

I opened this file in Photoshop and added a new layer. Using the curvy pen tool I traced around the basic outline of my face. For each new element of my Opie I added a new layer and a new path. In the end I removed the background and replaced it with an effect I made with a brush and some filters in Photoshop.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Faery greenscreens

Rough Cut for Flame Faery

L3 - GROUP 6 (Sophie & Charna) Film Opening Rough Cut from cmdiploma on Vimeo.

This is mine and Sophie's rough cut for our film opening. We have recently gotten feedback from a teacher (Steve) and a fellow student (Jahmal).

Steve told us to take out the dialogue originally, so we did. I then went out to fire troupe and filmed them at their practice session. In total I got about 30 minutes of footage. We have started to take the clips from there which we want. I think we should have the scene with Ali walking down the path and seeing the faery before the random shots of fire, as this will set the scene in a less abstract way. I'll also add in the faeries and we should make Sophie's music (The happier sounding one at the beginning and end of the rough cut) longer throughout the music.

1. What did people rate as strengths of the work?
Variety of camera angles, the colours, titles and how it keeps the audience's attention.
2. What did people rate as weaknesses?
The music was the main thing people didn't like, it jumped a lot. There should be more camera shots towards the end and they need something to understand the plot.
3. What do you intend to change?
Add faeries into flames, Sophie's music continually no jumping. Get some close-ups. See what the trails effect works out as in Final cut and perhaps add some of the dialogue again.
4. what is still to be done? e.g. titles, sound, visuals
Just the stuff we intend to change.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

I have started to animate the fairy, with a greenscreen background. I decided to start off simply and animate a butterfly, so that I would begin to understand the program Maya (It's very new to me). I decided to make a butterfly as it seems like the Torchwood opening, as the fairies there looked a lot like butterflies, which shows that I don't need to create the most complicated animations. I found a tutorial for making butterflies in Maya and followed it and then added fur at the end. It took me a while to figure out how to change the background colour and make the program render from the caera I had set up instead of from another automatic view.

I seem to have clicked a wrong button in the rendering process as well, as the files exported as image files (which I had intended to do) but I now have to rename each file so the format isn't 'butterfly.###' but is 'butterfly###.jpg' (which I did not intend).

Other than this fault, I think the butterfly has turned out quite well. I may try to make a fairy as well at some point, for a challenge and because It'll look cooler. Though I will finish this as it will make a nice backup. All I have to do now is finish renaming the files, import them into monkeyjam to get a video file, and then convert it to a .mov file for coleridge.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Feedback for Sven/Jahmal

1. What did you rate as strengths of the work?
- The camera work, there's a lot of variety in the shots whilst still making sense. The actors did well and I like how you can't see the face of the bad guy.
- Costume, you've represented your characters well using costume and props.
- Setting, the graffiti in the background works well to show the kid is in danger.
2. What did you rate as weaknesses?
- Put some music in, you don't want the sound of footsteps or anything?
3. What do you think the group should change?
- Some more ambient stuff in the background as he walks would be nice, like a cat or people in the park. It seems a little too empty.
4. what has the other group still got to do? e.g. titles, sound, visuals
- Sound and titles.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Openings similarities

I think there is a lot of similarities between my film opening and Torchwood's film opening for the episode 'Small Worlds'. For a start the film starts with a woods and one person walking through it, they go towards an opening and see fairies. The difference is that the characters are different, what happens after meeting the fairies changes, and the way we will animate the fairies will be different.

The first 30 seconds of this video shows the opening scene for Torchwood: Small Worlds, though the music is not what was used originally-someone edited the film.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Risk assesment for Tuesday 11th Filming

What could go wrong?

1. We will be using fire, So any of the crew, actors or the whole woods could be burnt down.
2. The camera is expensive, but with the tripod it's also heavy and flammable. It could fall on 3. someone it's filming, Never mind breaking the camera, it could really damage someone!
3. One or more cast members could fail to turn up
4. The camera may be low on battery, not have a microphone or not have a memory card.
5 Some stranger might come into the woods and attack us in the night 
6. Someone could hammer themselves whilst setting up the tent 

How will we prevent these?

1. We will have my mum ready with a wet fire blanket just in case the fire gets out of hand.
2. Any camera shots we plan will not be dangerous  helicopter shots. They will be set up, normally below people and far enough from the fire.
3. We have prepared a list of everyone's contact phone numbers. If needed, I was close to home so we could have used my aunt, mum, niece or uncle for backup cast members- All have agreed to be around just in case.
4. Steve has given us the cameras, and we have checked them for everything we need. It has hours of film time and we'll only need up to 15 minutes, It has two charged batteries, a microphone and a memory card. It'll be fine. 
5. The woods are at the back of my house. If needed we can run inside. We also have parental supervision around.
6. During the setting up we will not need to hammer in the pegs. We will just put them in the ground with our feet.

Dialog for Draft film Opening (Will not be used, but was an idea)

Sophie: So what if there is something in these woods? what will we do?

Adam: Listen, that girl just ran away it has nothing to do with these woods.

Kirk: Yeah and, we are here now, so we might as well just enjoy it.

Sophie: Yeah suppose your right.

Sophie: Are you alright over there?

Alison: Huh!? yeah I'm fine.

Sophie: you seemed a bit away with the fairies thats all.

Adam: (LAUGHS) so anyway were running low on firewood any volunteers to go get some.

Sophie: No.

Alison: (SIGHS) I will go and get it.

New plan for film opening

After we started editing our footage, we realised that our idea seemed more suited for a middle of a film than for the opening scene, as there is just a campfire with conversation, and not a (possibly) dramatic start which makes the film obviously starting for the audience.

Originally we decided to have the dialog in there to help set the scene, as the audience would be left wondering why the girl would be walking into the woods following a random path of candles in the first place, so we put in a scene where she was sent into the woods. Right now we are debating whether or not to go and re-shoot most of this scene to feature the girl (Ali) as well as taking the camera out to fire troupe to film the fairies.
A new idea based on what footage we have:
the girl walking along the pathway of candles (as filmed previously) and coming across this fire faery. She asks the flame what it is and she gets a flashback of the birth of the faery. It shows her at a campfire with friends, she puts petals into the flame which makes a spark, which grows into life as she isn't looking- It's been following her since.

Other than this, I plan to animate fairies in either Blender 3d or Autodesk Maya at home, in order to greenscreen them into the flames. As for music, we are going for an eerie effect. We could play and record piano to achieve this, or use random natural sounds such as birds and such.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Filming on Tuesday 11th October

During college time on Tuesday, we did the night time test (see below) to see if we could turn daytime filming into night time. This turned out not to work as sunlight could be seen (though, it may have been different in the woods). However, we didn't need to use it anyway in the end as everyone could stay for an extra hour after the bonfire was started, meaning that we could film after it got dark. Also during college we went to set up the tent, and dropped off the props at my house.

After school, me and Sophie went to get the props for the scene, whilst waiting for Alison to finish her lessons and to go get Kirk. We needed:
- A Tent
- A lantern
- A fire wick
- String
- Kindling wood
- A lighter
- A wet blanket
- Marshmallows
- Newspaper

- Alison bought along a dress too, which she changed into whilst in the woods so that she'd look more fairy-ish to match her character.

We also needed the camera equipment, including the microphone headphones and tripod. Kirk also brought along his digital camera to take pictures as we went along.

The tent, lantern, lighter and the blanket was provided by my dad, and I went to get these before meeting everyone at school in the morning, the kindling wood, newspaper and the string my mum gave to me as we went into the woods (she came with us for safety reasons, ready with the wet blanket in case anything got out of hand). Me and Sophie went to Budgens and got the marshmallows.

Girl: Alison
Character One: Sophie
Character Two: Adam
Character Three: Kirk
Safety Supervisor: Alison Ghiday-Prince
Camera: Charna
Performers: (to be filmed)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Greenscreen Test

For this session, we used a green blanket and a exercise machine to give the effect of Jahmal walking across the screen. We put this into final cut and added the greenscreen filter and added keyframes for the motion.

At the time we were thinking about the Juno effect, and we had a lesson on how to transform images into cartoons using the pen tool in Photoshop. I used this image as a background to make it seem like he's walking in the long road car park.

I think at one point in our film, I might greenscreen something into a flame, like a fairy. This could be done with the green blanket, I could animate a faery, or draw one. I could also have an abstract thing in the middle of the flame in the same way.

Test footage for night time scenes

Me and Sophie realised that to get an effective use of the hulahoop in the scene and make it pass as a fairy, or other supernatural beings, we would have to shoot it in the dark. However, this is a problem as the cast live sightly outside of town, and so can't shoot in the dark due to train times.

We decided to have a go at taking footage from the daytime and adding color correction filters in Final Cut. We made the main color blue and slightly lowered the brightness levels. Hopefully this will be more effective in a camping environment. Plus, towards the end of the filming tonight, it should start to get dark (as we will stay until 6.20)

This morning we have already found a location (the woods behind my house. This is effective because I know it'll be possible to set up a bonfire as there isn't any trouble with the public). I will take the cameras out of school on Monday, when Cambridge Fire Troupe practice. I will then get footage of each of them with fire (with permission of course)

Our cast is:
Sophie, as Character 1
Alison, As the girl
Adam, as Character 2
Charna (me) and fire troupe as performers.
Kirk, as Character 3

Monday, 12 October 2009

Filming for tomorrow


Tomorrow we are going out to film, we will meet at Coleridge Community College at Radegund Road (where we take our lessons on Tuesdays anyway) and we'll go out into one of the woods close to there, preferably where able to use my fire hula hoop and set up a campfire without causing any fuss.

Tonight I will go and scout the area of three different woodland areas in Cambridge which we could film in. I'll take pictures and post them here, and then compare them and tell my group tomorrow at Coleridge.

We have each other's contact details (phone numbers, email address etc) and each of us know what props to bring. Tomorrow I will bring my tent, camping materials and possibly my fire hoop- Though I doubt we'll get that far in the filming.

Hopefully we'll et a rouch cut by the end of the day.

Brothers Bloom

This is the finished opening scene for 'Brothers Bloom', directed by Rian Johnson and released in 2008.
In the early staged in the production of this film, an animatic was made by Rian Johnson and Daniele Auber to present the way he would like his scene to work out.

This is the animatic:

As you can see, the film opening follows the animatic very closely, and was very successful in keeping to its initial idea (though at points camera work changes and so on, but these were informed decisions.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

My Final Ident Video

This is my final ident video. I started with creating how the final image would look (see posts below) and then worked backwards at how it all would be animated. In all fairness I did thing about the animation from the beginning though we were supposed to concentrate only on the final image- From when I started to draw the first faery, I knew I would have to get her to wake up then close her eyes again. Whilst drawing the outline I decided that a small wing flapping should be in the motion as well.

To animate this I put all the faeries into one Photoshop file, in their correct order and on top of each other. This helped as I had to use Photobooth on the macs instead of the scanner, so the images wouldn't have been aligned properly otherwise. When everything was in the right position, I exported each layer as a transparent-enabled .png 24 file. Then, after importing them all into Final Cut, I arranged them into the timeline, and then went backwards so that the reverse would work after the first 5 frames. Then using the pen tool I added fades in the video so that the overall effect would appear much smoother.

Finally, to create the sound effects, I wanted the timbre of the music to be normal at first, and then warp into something slightly strange, but not so strangely that the audience feels that the ident is out of place, as they are generally slow and subtle. In order to create this effect, I went into the program Garageband, and used one of the samples I found on there as a starting point. This was from the drums section and was quite fast paced. I think this would be fitting as the beginning of my ident as the 'normal' music, but I wanted it to fade out, and not simply by using the volume fading pen tool in Final Cut, as I think that then the music would be uninteresting. I had heard about a musical device before called 'Flange', which creates a bubbly sound effect on a track. After seeing that this effect was available within Garageband I used it as a fade for my track. Therefore, I feel that I was successful with the original intent I was going for with my production ident.


This is the timeline to go with my last post about the opening scene of Boris 2.
It portrays exactly how and when titles come in, and what each of them say.

Although this is a foreign film, and I couldn't understand exactly the roles each person had in the production of the film. The way they were presented meant I didn't need to particularly. Each crew member was shown in the opening scene along with their names, which is very unusual for a film I think. However, what is typical of a film opening and is shown in this title sequence is the way titles are used. They are for a start presented within the background, and a lot of them appear as waves in their transitions, with ripple effects on them. They also have the names in an interesting, larger and unique font, whereas the more formal text is presented in a more generic font.

I noticed that this sequence is only a minute long, and which made me realise that I don't necessarily need a full 3 minutes or so to convey the story, and it could be in a fairly abstract way ( for example in this film we don't know anything about the scene or the characters yet, we only see a connection to a fish in a tank, and the fish out of water theme). I also noticed that in this scene the titles appear about one at a time, and are held for about three seconds each, with only a second or so transitions between them.


Looking good!

Boris 2 Opening titles

These are the nine keyframes I took from Art of the Title.

The titles are: {where the colons are, there is a new line, new font and smaller text.

Allesandro: Lo Stagista (6-9 Seconds, wipe in effect)

Ariana: l'assistance alla regia (10-13 Seconds, zooms out and dissolves)

Karin: Le Cosce (15-19 Seconds, ripples with the water in the background)

Itala: La Segretaira Di Edizione (19-22 Seconds, also ripples)

Christina: A Nuova Star (23-25 Seconds, dissolves into water)

Stanis La Rouchelle: Il Divo (26-29 Seconds)

Rene Ferreti: Il Regista + Alfredo: L'Aiuto Regista (29-34 Seconds, camera pans up)

Diego Lopez: Il Delegato Della Reta (35-38 Seconds, quick camera closeup cut)

Duccio: Il Direttore Della Fotografia (38-41 Seconds, dissolve into water again)

Biascica: Il Capo Elettricista (41-44 Seconds, bubbles come up screen and consume text)

Sergio: Il Direttoire Di Produzione (45-48 Seconds)

Lorenzo: La Stagisa Muto (48-50 Seconds)

Boris 2 (Main Title, 50-54 Seconds)

Thursday, 8 October 2009

For this title sequence example, we thought more bout the postitioning of the titles, and how they should fit in smoothly with the background. Again, we simply took imaged from google images, and went with the scenic option of landscapes.

The font we used was Ink God. We decided to make this second storyboard test so that we could test this font we downloaded from the internet, as we are deciding between this and Angelic War at the minute.

The making of my production ident

After deciding to animate a faery, there were many options I had in how exactly I would animate it. I've already done a lot of 3d animation in my spare time, and didn't think that the fairy would work very well as a claymation, that's to be experimented with later with something else.

I decided to draw out the faery in pencil, slightly basing her outline around a postcard I have at home. I then used a black permanent marker to highlight the outlines. Then I used an overhead projector which my brother uses to create his stencils as a light box, and traced the outline onto a new piece of paper ontop of the other, so I could very slightly change it's shape.

I only needed to create 5 frames, as the ident isn't going to be very long, and I could reverse the frames to make it repeat. Once I had the outlines, I used colouring pencil to shade in the faery picture. Once in college again, I used 'Photobooth' on the mac to take pictures of each frame. Then I imported them into photoshop and added an effect to them.

I decided to have an earthy style background, which would be green and brown, in a camoflage style print. I did this through experimenting with the different brushes in photoshop, and I removed the white background of the faery to use the alpha so that the background shows through.

Finally I added the name of my production company 'Sundance' with blending options around it, and 'Productions' right ontop of it as the idea was to fade the Sundance layer into the productions one to make the change subtle.

Ident idea 1

My original idea for my production ident was going to be based around gold feathers. I figured that the elvish translations for the words 'gold'- Lorina and 'feather' - Quesse sounded quite pretty so went with that theme for my ident.

I got an image of a gold quill from google and imported it into photoshop. I then used a swirly golden font with blending options such as inner glow and drop shadow and experimented with these until it looked like ink. The plan was to animate the quill writing the name of the company, whilst smaller feathers seem to rain down (the same image as the quill but transformed with filters to look different and more fluffy).

When I first thought of the idea for my opening scene, however, I decided to change my idea entirely and decided to create an animated fairy to hint at the theme of the film instead.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Title position test (and font)

For this task we got 9 images of clouds from google images, copied them into a storyboard format and used the 'Angelic War' font for the name text. For the other text we used the 'Apple Symbols' font in a smaller size so that the names are highlighted.

Opening sequence Idea

Our ideas for the opening sequence are fusing together both mine and Sophie's supernatural thriller ideas. We have decided that we want to have a girl going missing and she ends up in a woods and encounters a strange light which she follows further into the woods. It leads her to a clearing in the woods.

Sunday, 4 October 2009


really good- you've caught up the other stuff really well!

Friday, 2 October 2009


Mood Board

Credits for Film Opening

1. A Long Road Film presents
2. Gold Star Productions
3. Sundance Productions
4. (Cast) Jerry Richards
5. (Cast) Alice Williams
6. (Cast) Sandra Peters
7. Costume Design by Catherine Taylor
8. Art Direction by Amy Crowe
9. Production Design by Shaun Prince
10. Casting by Harry Barton
11. Film Editing by Zoe Long
12. Cinematography by Jason Hartley
13. Original Music by Mary Black
14. Produced by Lance Green
15. Directed by Edward James
16. Main Title