INQUEST DRAFTS

First draft:

I am very happy with the footage of our title sequence as we have used a range of shots and angles and it flows very well due to where the shots have been placed during editing. It makes the genre very clear to the audience and keeps them intrigued.

Improvements:

  • The titles themselves aren’t very bold and get lost in the screen so we will change the typography and make them bold in order to stand out. They also don’t last long so the audience can miss the names easily as their main focus will be the footage.
  • The non-diegetic background music itself is very repetitive and is on loop which you can hear when it starts again, however, when we add more sound effects it wont be as obvious and we can also edit it to make it blend more. I do like the background music though as it does create an eerie atmosphere.
  • The production company isn’t yet included and neither is the actual name of the sequence “INQUEST”. We will add these in to make it more professional.

Second draft:

The second draft now includes the production company at the beginning which has the typography which I found and also has the gradual zooming in and quick fade into the black background. This will already draw the audience in as it creates anticipation as to what ‘ICE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS’. We also have the name of the thriller shown at the end of the sequence just after the diegetic sound of the book closing.

We have kept the same background music as it creates an eerie atmosphere and suits the genre. However, we should include more sound effects to stop it sounding repetitive and to make the audience feel more on edge and make them uncomfortable.

We also made the typography bolder and have a longer duration so the audience can read it without rushing and gets them to acknowledge it more than previously when it was thin and had a very shot amount of screen-time.

Third draft:  

The audio is a vital aspect for our title sequence as there is no dialogue and this is what we have mainly improved in this draft.

We have included some more sound effects to make the audience feel uncomfortable and also included whispering stating “don’t look behind you… you’ll die” this will also worry the audience. However, the girl looks behind her and then skips over, suggesting that she is evading her conscience and doesn’t know what is right and wrong. Furthermore, we included a creepy childish laugh when doing the make up which will also make the audience more uncomfortable.

We also made the sound when the production company is on a lot loader which will grab the audience’s attention immediately.

Previously, when receiving audience feedback one person suggested including white-noise so we added it in throughout the ending with the scrap-book which works really well. It could also be interpreted as illustrating the mind of the antagonist… that it just goes blank and focus’ on killing.

Final draft:

Finally, we have added more sound effects and more voice-overs to illustrate the antagonists mental instability as we have whispering overlapping, making it hard to understand what they are saying. It also conveys that the voices are in her head, and could be why she commits different crimes…

Main Task – Updated

We have decided to change our idea and incorporate a mental illness side to the antagonist which we had as a previous idea. We would also like to stick to the scrap-book idea as it will reveal lots of vital aspects to the audience as to what is happening inside the mind of the antagonist and overall make the plot clearer.

It will be about schizophrenia and split personality disorder and we will portray this through having the same actor (Kate Ilsley) playing both a young child and a teenager. In the beginning the child will seem innocent and sweet but her darker intentions will be shown by writing on the mirror such as “you’re dead to me” and the changing of emotions rapidly, e.g. happy to angry. When angry the young girl will not be seen anymore and the teenager will be revealed. This is the point where the true dark intentions are apparent as the scrapbook will be shown with pictures of her dead victim and all her other “targets”.

We will still use special effects make up to make it as real as possible. So I asked my friend to complete the effects and she agreed. She has been doing special effects make up for years now and is doing a course on it at college as it is what she wants to do as a job in the future. This is what she did to me a few months ago and I want this included in our title sequence on the victims:

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Planning documentation

I have re-written the script for ‘Inquest’ and have included stage directions for the actor to follow and dialogue. I also arranged for the special effects artist to make a crime scene and therefore add to the realism. Taryn did the shot list in a lot of detail. Both the script and the shot list will ensure that we know what to film and therefore not waste time. Kate made the storyboard and arranged for times for filming. And Ellie made the mood board.

‘Inquest’ Main Task Script

YOUNG GIRL – BEDROOM

Scene introduced with dramatic eerie music.

CU of body.

ECU of eyes opening.

CU TRACKING SHOT of feet stepping onto the floor and character walking to window.

MS, CU and then LS of pulling blinds.

Walks over to the desk and pulls out chair then sits down.

Over-the-shoulder shot of writing “you’re dead to me” on the mirror in lipstick.

MS of girl doing her make-up and then gets angry and rubs face aggressively.

TEENAGE GIRL – BEDROOM

MS (same shot from previous scene) of girl rubbing her face and moving hands, revealing she’s the same person.

Gets up and walks around, then sits on the floor.

TEENAGE GIRL – SCRAPBOOK

BEV of girl circling words from newspaper articles.

ECU’s of crossing out victims faces.

Canted angle of flicking through pages.

Eye-line shot of knife and writing targets names on pages.

ECU of shutting book.

Shot List 

Written by DOP Taryn.

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Typography

I was on iMovie, trying to figure out how to use it so I could help Kate (the editor) as much as possible and came across an really nice font that I believe would work really well for our title sequence, and the rest of the group agreed. The colours also work really well for our idea as the white writing is symbolic of innocence and purity, however, the black background portrays the hidden darkness behind the “innocent” child.

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Storyboard

Made by Producer Kate.

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Location

We decided to use Ellie’s room as the location for our title sequence as it is a very stereotypical “girly” room as its pink. It also includes a desk and a mirror which we can use for the make up scene. Furthermore, she has blinds and a window overlooking the driveway so will allow for some really good shots from the driveway looking at the window.

Moodboard

Click or hover over the images to see why we will use these props.

Audience Feedback

Questionnaire 

We used https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/ to make our survey so we can see what the audiences preferences are and what they expect to see in a thriller film as well as what they enjoy. We will use these results to ensure that our title sequence lives up to the expectations of the audience and make it as good as possible.

Results:

Question 1&2 –  The majority of people who answered were female and 22 people were between the ages of 13-16, 15 people between 17-20 and 21 people were 21 and over.

Question 3&4 –  78% of people said that they enjoy thriller films. And the most popular was the action thriller films.

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Question 5 – 60% of people said that it doesn’t matter if the lead is male or female and 20% said they prefer a male lead and the other 20% said they prefer a female lead. From this data it proves that it doesn’t matter if the lead is male or female.

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Question 6 – Music turned out to be the most popular in a title sequence as 48% of people said they prefer just music. However, 40% said they like both music and dialogue in a title sequence. From this I will ensure music is played throughout the sequence as it makes it more effective.

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Question 7 – 43% of people said they would want to see the main character, however, this goes against the codes and conventions of the thriller genre and therefore, I will still hide the main character but show glimpses to leave it a mystery and draw the audience in.

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Question 8 – Intense lighting was the majority response as 45% of people said they prefer intense lighting. If I use intense lighting then I will be able to use shadows and make it more effective, therefore I will use high-key lighting.

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Question 9 – 55% said that mental illness is a good theme for a thriller genre, however I would like to combine this and action for the title sequence.

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Question 10 – 80% said they prefer fast paced title sequences rather than slow-paced sequences. Therefore, I will do this by having jump cuts and short shot durations to make it more dramatic.

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Screening of rough cut

Audience feedback

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When screening the audience mistakes the title of our sequence which is ‘Inquest’ and thought it actually said ‘incest’ and this is a vital error. We will fix this by making the letters more spaced out.

One person suggested that the shots could be shorter and have jump cuts to speed it up and make it more dramatic which I think would be better. In order to do this we will re-film and get more shots so the duration isn’t effected and even longer as the sequence needs to be at least two minutes.

Another person said that the draw at the beginning ‘disrupted the silence’ and most people jumped when screening it. I would like to have white noise or fading in music and cut out the sound of the draw opening entirely.

Someone said that they were a bit confused about what was happening so to make it clearer I will use a picture of the ‘murder weapon’ labelled in the newspaper etc and then have the actor show the exact weapon.

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We need to add in titles to the sequence and I will research what order they go in. Another improvement that the teacher said was to use a tri-pod in every shot so it’s not shaky and looks more professional and this will help us to get up to the next level.

The shots are held too long in places and will be cut and jump cuts will be used to make it fast paced and more dramatic. However, we need to add in more shots to make it 2 minutes long.

We will definitely re-film and get more shots and angles to improve it as well as use a tri-pod in every shot.

Order of Titles

The order of titles is really important and gives people credit for what they have done. A title sequence also gives the audience an insight into what might happen further on in the film and helps establish the setting and tone of the film.

  1. Name of studio distributing the film.
  2. Name of production company responsible for making the film.
  3. A (producers name) Production
  4. A Film By (directors name)
  5. Starring…
  6. Film title
  7. Featured cast members
  8. Casting by
  9. Music, composer or original score
  10. Production designer
  11. Make up

In our title sequence we will use as many of these as possible and use them in order. In our title sequence we want to have our faces up at the same time as the titles so will ensure the pictures are in the right order in the scrap-book.

 

Summary Of Film Reviews & Title Sequences

Film Reviews:

The one main thing that all these films have in common is that they all have plot twists, keeping the audience guessing and on their toes throughout. It also makes them want to see more – drawing them in. Jump scares are also popular in thriller films to keep the audience on edge.

Most of the most popular thriller films are ones that are unique, like ‘Seven’ and ‘Jaws’ and both of these are seen as classics and are iconic films.

Acting is one of the main aspects in the films in order to make it realistic and serious. This is why many famous actors were used in these movies, like Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks etc. They all successfully completed their roles to what was expected of the director and producer, as well as this, because they’re all popular actors, this also drew in their fan base’s and more people watched the films just because they are in it.

Title Sequences:

I have learnt different camera angles and shots and how they can be used to create tone, mood or feeling. For example, a spinning birds-eye view can cause disorientation and confusion to the audience, and can also suggest psychological imbalance further on in the film, this was used in Shutter Island.

Editing is the life or death in a title sequence, it can be used for jump cuts, flashes, sound effects to keep the audience on edge and un easy, an example is the ‘Seven’ title sequence. Furthermore, if there’s few cuts and zooming, slow motion it can create and entirely different mood, for example ‘Skyfall’.

Mise-en-scene adds to the realism of the entire sequence and can reveal what may happen further on in the film, for example in ‘Skyfall’ there are guns, knifes and general weapons used to illustrate that there will be violence and action.

Sound is so important and can make the audience feel on-edge, happy or scared etc. Fast paced music can make it more dramatic and if there is no music then it builds suspense and tension. Slow paced music however, can create an eerie and creepy mood.

Typography can have a real impact on the sequence, and usually stands out. For example, in ‘Sweeney Todd’ the typography is red and stands out in a dark background, red can also be linked to blood. In my title sequence I’d like to use handwriting as then it will fit in with the scrap-book.

Social Media

Social media is defined as ‘websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking’.

Today, social media takes over people’s lives, from Facebook to Skype – everyone uses it. In fact, 2.1 billion people have a social media account. Mobile phones now make up 72% of internet traffic to social media sites.

Advantages of social media:

  • Staying in contact (staying connected) – Social media like Skype and WhatsApp allow people to stay in contact, whether they are far away or not. They can also share things such as photos and experiences.
  • Helps businesses – businesses can use social media to advertise their products/services and stay contacted with their customers through polls (on twitter or Facebook). As well as this, it can help musician’s etc to promote themselves, for example YouTuber’s have become very popular lately.
  • Information spreads really fast – in emergency’s social media can help spread the word very quickly within a matter of seconds. For example, when there was a natural hazard, people tweeted out to their family and friends to tell them they were ok.
  • It helps catch criminals – some people ‘brag’ about doing illegal things, which they get caught for once posting on social media. For example, there was a 22-year-old driver who posted a Snapchat video of going 155 mph just before losing control and killing five people, including a mother and her two children.

Disadvantages of social media:

  • Cyber bullying – since social media began its made it easier for people to be bullied, especially online as it seems that bullies like to hide behind their computer screens. There have been many cases of bullying and even the victims killing themselves. In fact, about 42% of kids have been bullied.
  • Rumours or unreliable information spread – anything can be shared and spread extremely fast with social media today, even from something trending on twitter to just one person posting.
  • It is addictive – people are using social media so much that it now affects their every day lives. Whether its work or school, it’s very easy to be distracted by social media. In, fact it’s the number one time waster.

Examples of social media:

instagram.pngInstagram was launched in 2010 as a iPhone app. It has become very popular recently and has over 80 million videos and pictures posted every single day and more than 30 billion photos been shared overall. It has more than 400 million active monthly users.

 

 

snapchat-logo-2D9C3E7ADA-seeklogo.com.pngSnapchat was launched in 2011 and is now worth $20 billion. There is now at least 500 million snapchat stories per day and would take 158 years to watch every single one! Sixty percent of people with smart phones are now on snapchat and sixty percent are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.

 

twitter .jpgTwitter was launched in 2006 and had an income of $7 million in 2015. There are a total of 1.3 billion accounts and 310 million monthly active users. However, 500 million people visit the site each month without logging in. Even, 83% of the World’s Leaders are on twitter.

 

 

facebookFacebook was launched in 2004 and has a new worth of $48.9 billion. Since 2012, has spent more than $25 billion buying competitors such as Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Facebook has 1.71 billion active monthly users and six new profiles are made every second. Users spend an average of 20 minutes on the site each day and generate 4 million likes every minute.

 

References:

http://futureofworking.com/10-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-social-networking/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3891200/Snapchat-video-shows-driver-going-115mph-car-moments-losing-control-causing-fatal-crash-killed-five-people-including-mother-two-children.html

https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/04/20/23-stats-and-facts-about-instagram/

http://mediakix.com/2016/01/snapchat-statistics-2016-marketers-need-to-know/#gs.biDBTzA

https://www.brandwatch.com/blog/44-twitter-stats-2016/

https://www.brandwatch.com/blog/47-facebook-statistics-2016/