Around a week ago we created a Facebook event for our media filming, inviting 16 people at first, however as responses were low we had to re-think our original choices of actors/extras and added more people. We are now expecting around 17-19 people on our day of filming. The group helps us keep track of any drop outs and also send out messages about the scheduling of the day or any changes, and ensures that the majority are informed about this. A schedule for the day has also been created:
Plans for 18th Feb Filming
• Arrive and set up. Dress the room
• Costume, makeup
• Refreshment and spare clothes
• Start to arrive
• Who’s leaving when and hand out scripts
• Rehearsal, warm up, lighting and placing
• Filming and people in spare room
• End filming
• Review footage
• Final filming done
• Night scenes
• No ‘real’ alcohol, although empty bottles and cans are welcome
• Please wear dark clothing (black, grey, navy, burgundy etc.)if you are a background actor.
• This is our coursework so please listen and when filming stay quiet as the camera picks up a lot of noise.
As well as the final main characters:
MAIN GIRL – MOLLY ORFORD
MISSING GIRL – GEORGIA WALSHAM/SOPHIE PIKE
BOYFRIEND – OTTO THRELFALL
GIRLFRIEND – CHLOE PHILLIPS
MAIN CHARCTER BOY 1 – JACK BRISTOW/JACK WILSON
MAIN CHARCTER GIRL 1 – AMBER NEIL
I am happy with these choices as the people are hard working and fit their character profiles, they are also happy to act within the sequence.
Here is a ‘mock’ title sequence we have constructed out of paper. We feel it would be difficult to film the title sequence independently to the film and therefore will film it on our designated filming day. Therefore this is just to show the general idea and placement/order f our sequence. The idea is that a suitcase will be being filled with clothes and as certain clothes appear, a title sequence will appear around it. We tried to choose items on the title that was appearing. The order is chosen by some research which suggested this was the correct order, however as we only need 9 title frames, some titles that may appear in a real movie are not present.
There are a few problems with this mock piece however such as the lack of music over the top, this must be decided soon to ensure we have time to send out copyrights etc. and to cut it to the correct length. Also the title would not appear around the clothes so I need to work out how to edit that by either asking the Media technician or by searching youtube.
This is an example of a title sequence from ‘Lincoln Lawyer’, as we are currently making our mock title sequence. I chose this sequence as the “titles” themselves appear around the pictures, and in our title sequence the titles are going to do just that. The idea is that as our main actress is packing a suitcase the titles will appear around the items. To ensure that it is separate to the rest of our opening sequence we will place a song over the title sequence. With the items linking to the titles, such as ‘Director of music’ appearing as the headphones are placed in the suitcase and even more obviously, ‘Makeup and Costume’ appearing as a makeup bag is placed in the suitcase. We have already made a poster about the title sequence and a mock sequence out of paper that we have filmed and once edited we will upload onto our blogs.
A risk assessment must be conducted to ensure that our film does not harm any of its participants, equipment or ourselves. Since we are doing a party scene, there are a fair few risks that must be considered and worked around. The main one is making sure the filming does not turn into an actual party, we have already taken this into account when choosing our “actors and actresses” by choosing mature people who will respect that this is a serious part of our coursework, even though it will be fun. They have fully informing our participants that unless we can all work together then they will have to leave the filming. We have also prepared a plan for the day of filming, so that no-one will be left doing nothing whilst other filming is going on, therefore reducing the idea that boredom could make people misbehave. We will also have an adult on site in case things get out of hand as we are working with a fair amount of people whilst filming. There will also be no real alcohol, empty bottles and cans have been gathered and if required will be filled with soft drinks to appear as if they are filled. We will also purchase some cups, therefore reducing the amount of glass bottles we will need to have, furthermore sugar glass bottles have already been purchased so that if we decide to have a scene with smashed glass we can use this un-harmful prop. Finally we will be keeping our equipment/lighting on ourselves or in a locked room when not being used, to avoid it getting damaged or taken. As leaving the cameras about could lead to footage being deleted or the equipment itself being damaged by accident. Which could be catastrophic considering we only have one day of filming with all our participants.
Film Distribution in the UK
The course of distribution for a film is vital in ensuring it reaches the estimated market, this means that it must be broadcasted correctly to not lose out on potential sales. When films are first released in the cinema they have been “hyped up” already by adverts, posters and nearer the theatrical release date, TV interviews with the actors or director. Films may generate 30% of their entire box office income within he first three days, this is important for the cinema as it shows the films playability (how it performs) and therefore how long it should be kept for screenings at the cinema. Films that proves popular with audiences may stay in the cinemas for 6-10 weeks. To increase viewings there are several things film broadcasting companies can do, they may release the film on a holiday, especially if it is a sequel or stars a-list actors or they may release the film across a lot of screens around the UK at the same time or to contrast, ‘platformed’ at a single cinema before going into a simultaneous release elsewhere.
Film distributors are independent companies that ‘sell’ the film the cinemas, and all things legal (contracts, approval of foreign films) to practical (delivery of film to cinema, production of film prints) to advertisement (posters, commercials) between the making of the film and the screenings in the cinema. An example of a film distributor is Film4, backed by channel 4, it has its own channel to stream movies onto and Film4 makes films such as Slum Dog Millionaire or Peter Jacksons interpretation of The Lovely Bones.
Recently was our christmas break, now it is the new year however we are ready to get back to working on the project. During December, we completed our initial inspirations and several other small tasks, ongoing was our storyboard. We hope to have this uploaded by the end of next week, as then we can start to build around that. For now we are focusing on locations and gathering people to actually be part of the project. We have decided to gather and share information via a facebook group as it is a convenient way to access the majority of people.
As mentioned on Rebecca’s Blog, (http://bekworth.wordpress.com) we unfortunately have become a group of two. Despite this we are still sticking with our idea, and are confident we can create a great opening sequence.