Monday, 28 February 2011

Edits of camera shots

Shot/reverse shot - a technique most often used in conversations, when we cut from one person speaking to another and back

Cross cut - when the editing takes us from one situation to another, usually back and forth, to suggest the 2 things are linked

Match cut - When editing occurs on an action thus making the action appear seamless

Jump cut - An edit that is clumsy and takes the audience by surprise

Introduction to Cameras; Parts and Accesories

When using Camera;
- make sure lens cover is closed when not using camera
- make sure you're holding the camera securely (with both hands) when not in use
- check battery life before taking out to film
- Before using the camera make sure you have the right memory cards for your group and your camera.

Ensure you have all the equipment and parts needed for your camera before you start filming. For example;
- Battery Pack
Make sure it's fully charged or you have at least 2 hours battery life before recording.
- Memory Cards

- Tripod

- Camera lights, stand & dimmer (if needed)

Always make sure that you're equipment is packed away safely and securely before moving to another location. Also always make sure that all your equipment is there.

Camera carrier/bag

Tripod carrier/bag

Introduction to Cameras; Skills

Camera Skills:

Using tripod - can be used instead of filming by hand. The tripod can be used to film your shots steadily and panning.
Make sure your shots are accurate - create enough space for the audience to see all they need to understand the situation in the scene and follow the characters movements, if need be
Pre-filming focus - make sure your focus point has letters/patterns which are clear before you begin filming so that you can get guaranteed accuracy in shots.


From this diagram you can see that certain thrillers are suited to different genders. For example, the suspense films lie more to the left, which indicates that females are more likely to go and watch a Suspense thriller in the cinemas than a Sci-Fi thriller, which is shown to be more of a male based film choice.

Analysis of title sequence; Se7en

From all of the opening sequences that I have watched so far, this one has been my favourite. I think the attention to detail is done very well. They have used man close up and extreme close ups to emphasis the psychotic behaviour of the character and to show the audience exactly what they want them to see. The flickering lights and transitions work really well because it gives the film an intriguing sense and makes the audience wonder why the character is doing what they are doing in such poorly lit conditions. The sharo transitions make the audience feel the secretiveness of the characters doings.

The editing is very good, and I hope that my group will be able to edit our film similar to this. We were also inspired by the fact that the whole thing is filmed using close up and extreme close up shots, and we hope to use those shots, not the whole way throughout, but for one of the ending sections.


During my lesson we were shown an advert for Lurpak butter which included some very intricate and detailed editing. The editing and close up shots in this made me watch very closely and made me feel inspired by the theme. These shots caused the audience to pay lots of attention to the different sections of the advert. The music also made the short trailer very interesting as it made it more tense and the viewer would watch as that type of music is used for more thrilling films. My favourite part of this scene is when the fire is coming through the gas pipe and the butter is dropping from the knife at the same time; using match cut.  The trailer, on a whole was very well edited, very well filmed and also very well filmed as it still made the product be seen whilst entertaining the audience, and I hope that my group will be able to produce a piece of work with as much detailed editing and camera work as this.

Demo's of types of shots

ECU - Extreme Close Up:

BCU - Big Close Up 

CU - Close Up 

MS - Medium Shot 

LS - Long Shot 

WS - Wide Shot

Establishing Shot

Low Angle Shot 
Camera positioned low looking up at the subject

High Angle Shot
Camera positioned high looking down at the subject

Tracking Shot
When the camera moves along with the object

Panning Shot
Camera on a fixed point, swivelling left or right

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Font Analysis

Fonts are a very important part of the PDE involved with a Film, Fonts create a Identity in which consumers reconise the movie by, this could be on Posters, Billboards, Trailers, Teasers or on Websites, because of this choosing a font / designing a logo can be very important in the marketing of a film.

Types Of Font

Serif Fonts - Serif fonts are the fonts with details at the end of each 'stroke' for example:

Apple Garmond is a typical example of a serif font (resembling the famous 'Times New Roman', the default font in most word processors) another example is:

Sanford another typical serif font.

Serif fonts can and usually connotate seriousness, or maturity, reality and fact, they are used in Broadsheet newspapers, (as well as tabloids but that is for the beleif and stufy that sans serif fonts can be harder to read) important adverts and in the news. they are also used commonly in Thriller films because of their seriousness, as well as horror films.

Sans Serif Fonts - Sans Serif fonts are fonts without the 'serif' at the end of each stroke, 'sans' coming from french for 'Without' so 'Without Serif Fonts'


Arial is the most well known and reconisable Sans Serif font.

Gill sans is another well reconised and used font.

Sans serif fonts are also used all around the world in many types of media, such as Magazine logos, Adverts, and on television as well as obviously in films and film logos. Sans Serif fonts connotate a less serious nature compared to serif fonts, they also can seem more up to date and more modern or futuristic, they are commonly used in animations, Sci-Fi films, Family Films, and thrillers set in the modern world or based on realism.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

My Inspiration

I would love to make a thriller opening like...
The Taking Of Pelham 123

Its so DRAMATIC, FAST PACE, ENERGETIC and FUN which makes it a perfect!

The fact that its doesn't fit the usual thriller idea of being scary, as it is an action thriller, which makes it even more appealing to me as i know everyone else will me making psychological or supernatural thrillers.

The only problem will be the amount of editing needed will be intense so a lot of practising on Final Cut Pro will be needed.

Monday, 7 February 2011


I love the blured, slow-motion, swish-pans,camera shots in the opening. The editing of the speedness is very effective it also contains lots of close ups, to the sped  up shots which i find very intresting. Right from the opening credits we know that we are in for a fast ride !. i would love to base our thriller opening on this particular one but will be very hard to capture. 
i have also put up the trailer!!!

Lurpak Kitchen Odyssey

I really like this advert as it reminded me of an actual openining of a movie for example at the start it shows a high angle shot of the cartons and bottles which was on top of the fridge look like tower buildings. We then get an extreme close up of the man eye and fingers as he searches for the eggs. the sprinkle of the salt into the egg yolk reminded me of a vocalno, it splashed and looked like it was about to erupt. we then see an extreme close up of the fire as he pulls the omlette into the frying pan which looks like a water fall. The advert's intense build up is reflected as a journey which the man cooking and the audience shares together.

Lurpak Kitchen Odyssey

i was watching TV one day and this advert popped up on my screen. The new Lurpak advert andWOW i was stunned. The amount of edits, close-up and extreme close-up shots used is absolutely AMAZING. It creates a whole new feeling to cooking a basic omelette and really caught my attention instantly.

i would LOVE for my group to be able to create our thriller opening using this much editing to make it even more dramatic ! 

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Evaluation of Prelim - The Exchange

'The Exchange' was filmed in order for us to get our first taste of what its like to put together a short film using different camera shots, music and editing.
Our first prelim film didnt include enough of what was required; certain shots etc, not enough number of shots etc, so we had to start from the beginning and we came up with a completely new idea.

There were a couple of things that could have been improved for example one of our shots could have been tighter.

The change of shot between these two shots could have been more smooth.

If we could do this again our group would have made sure we had enough shots and more over the shoulder, shot reverse shot and match cut shots the first time that we had tried to film the prelim. We also would have been more organised with our planning of our first try.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Prelim Task - The EXCHANGE. Final Cut

After Planning, Filming and Editing, here is our final take of an exchange. Enjoy !


Prelim Task - Editing 'The EXCHANGE'

Using all of the skills we learned previously such as use of Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, and LiveType. we took our footage from the camera into the computer to piece it together taking time collectively to ensure that all our shots match up and run smoothly i.e the match cuts and shot reverse shot.

Some Screenshots.

As you can see in the screenshots one issue we had as a group was getting the levels of sound and the speech later in the short clip at the same level and making everything audiable and clear, but we managed to resolve this using final cut.

Filming the Prelim Exercise - The EXCHANGE.

We filmed 'The EXCHANGE.' on site in our college using a hallway and a classroom.

Prelim Exercise - Storyboard

A second alternate storyboard we came up with for the Prelim Exercise - This one entitled: The EXCHANGE.

Evaluation of the exchange.

This was filmed because we needed to experiment in using different camera angle shots and pickedwhich ones will be using in our thriller opening.
Shot types we used for the prelim were long shot,mid shot,medium close up and an over the shoulder shot. We then added sounds and texts to our video and then edited on the final pro cut.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Funky Fonts

Fonts play a major part to the title sequence of a film and most things in everyday life as different fonts connotate different things. 

Think about it, if you handed in a CV which was written in      

do you think you would get s job ?

so films need to have the right type of font to connote exactly what type of style their film is.

All these fonts come from two different styles:

Serif fonts are generally more traditional and often slightly formal

Sans serif fonts are more informal, modern and friendly