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Production Log – 14th of January

Last night I, once again, charged up all of the equipment and asked my Dad to clear my SD cards. I also messaged Tom to check that he was still okay to come and film. In a panic last night, I checked the equipment bag to find a partially broken sound recorder and thought that it had been me that broke it! Luckily, my teacher already knew about this and so knew that it wasn’t me! I also could not find the audio cable and thought that I hadn’t checked carefully enough when given the equipment that I had everything, however when telling my sister in a panic, she checked and found it in the front pouch! This morning, I checked all of the equipment once again and began to set it up as filming would take place at my house. I then messaged Emelia, who could no longer come and help film, to run through the new storyline. It then dauned on me that we no longer had a mother figure as my mum had to go to Yorkshire last night… I messaged my close friend about it and she offered to come and play the role, I was so relieved! It also then dauned on me that I would have to teach Tom how to use the sound recorder as I would be busy filming with the camera and couldn’t really do both! At around 10am, Rosie and Tom arrived ready to film. This time around, Rosie was wearing a onesie and had her hair in the same style as before. After a quick introduction to Tom on how to work the sound recorder, I collected various toys and teddies from my room and placed them in the spare room so that it would look more like a young girls bedroom! We were now ready to start filming. After a few shots of Rosie in bed, I noticed that the recordings were not saving onto the SD cards. Luckily, my dad had cleared three more and so I could use these. We then filmed the inside part of the film opening, trying my best to stick to rules and theories such as the 180 degree rule. We then checked that the sound was recording before we went any further, luckily it was! Just before we began the filming of the outside scene, my friend Sally arrived. She let me do her hair and makeup and we packed up a bag of equipment, makeup, clothes and dressing gowns! I then asked Rosie if she could wear her Wellington Boots, but she had forgotten them and so I lent her mine… they fit her perfectly! I am happy with this as they are pink and so fit in with the stereotype for a young girl. After this, I grabbed my bike for our last shot and Sally, Tom, Rosie and I began our walk to a field. It was then when Sally told me about an open field that is surrounded by forest in Woodhall Spa. This sounded perfect and so we made our way to this field. After a really long walk, we had finally got to the field and it was perfect! Here, Sally put on her dressing gown and took off her shoes. We then filmed various shots including establishing shots, close ups and long shots. It was then time to do the final shot. This took a few attempts to get right as I couldn’t hack the smooth movement of the wheel. However, in the end I got a shot that I was happy with. We then filmed some sounds such as leaves crunching and birds cawing to add in in post production. On our long walk home, we stopped off in a sweet shop and I bought Rosie some sweets to say thank you for being so patient and confident! I am really grateful of Tom, Rosie and Sally for coming to help as without them I’d have been rather stuck! In our next lesson, Emelia and I will once again try and upload the sound and footage onto a MacBook and begin the editing process. We will have to be quick and efficient with this as we are fairly behind everyone else!

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Pictures taken at the end of a fairly long day of filming… Sally wore 3 coats in order to try and warm up after lying in the icy grass with no shoes, socks or coat! Tom is holding the sound equipment after a day of playing the role of the sound man and Rosie obviously fairly relieved to be finished… and fairly excited to be going to the sweet shop!

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Costume Change…

In our original film opening, Emelia and I made a silly mistake when filming. We had Rosie wearing a dress because we wanted to target the stereotypes; however, our first shot includes Rosie waking up and so it did not make sense for Rosie to be waking up already fully dressed! Because of this, we decided to change what Rosie would be wearing in the film opening. Because the film opening is based in the morning, we thought that it would make most sense for Rosie to wake up in her pyjamas.We also wanted to keep it childish and innocent as this makes the ending to the opening even more shocking. At first, we wanted Rosie to wear pink, fluffy pyjamas in attempt to stick to certain stereotypes. However, we didn’t want our film to seem too cliché and so let Rosie pick her favourite pyjamas as this would make her feel more comfortable which we hoped would come across in her acting! The pyjamas that Rosie chose was in fact a onesie. Although this was not what we had initially expected, we were happy with her choice as the onesie actually made her look younger. It is also very common for young children to wear onesies as pyjamas and so we supported her idea. The onesie is blue with snowflakes all over it. This links directly to our colour scheme and the aimed warmth of the film opening! When coming over to film, Rosie had forgotten her Wellington Boots. Luckily, I have some pink/red ones that actually fit her. The pink boots allow us to include the stereotypes that we were previously going to include with the pyjamas. I am happy with how her outfit fits together…

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In our original film, Rosie’s hair stayed in the two pigtails throughout; this helped the continuity of the opening as her hair remained in one position and so we decided to do this again. Rosie also remembered to bring the two purple ribbons and so I tied these in two bows in her hair. The ribbon highlights her innocence which allows the ending to seem even more shocking! We are happy with the costume and hair for Rosie’s character as it adds naïvety and innocence which clashes with the ending; therefore making the audience feel on edge and uncomfortable.

New Location…

Due to the limited time frame, Emelia and I do not have enough time to organise a fixed new location. Although my friend Hattie, whose house we had initially wanted to film at, offered her house to be the location, she could not do a day that Emelia and I could. Because of this, and the problem that we experienced before where we felt too awkward and so rushed our filming, Emelia and I decided to film at my house. It is fairly open, has many windows and would mean that we are in complete control of what is happening. My house is also a 10-15 minute walk away from Tom and Rosie’s house and has a bus directly from Emelia’s house to mine and so is not difficult to get to. Although my house may not have the country house interior decor that we had originally hoped for, we have a fairly large garden and can easily access a field. I intend to use a spare room in my house as Rosie’s bedroom in the opening as this room looks onto the garden and could easily be decorated with toys and teddies to look like a young girl’s bedroom. Here is a video to show the planned route for Rosie when filming…

Changes That We Are Going To Make…

In order to improve upon our original film, Emelia and I are going to have to make various changes within our filming.

Firstly, we are altering our storyline. We shall now begin with the young girl waking up and then looking outside of her bedroom window into the icy, isolated film. After this, we shall no longer see her playing with her toys but shall see her go straight towards the stairs. She shall then go downstairs and make breakfast in bed for her Mum. After this, she shall go back upstairs holding the breakfast in bed and go into her Mother’s room. However, when entering the room she shall see that her Mum is not longer in bed. Confused, she shall go downstairs looking for her Mother on the way. When she can not find her, she shall go towards the back door and put on her Wellington Boots. After this, she shall go outside in search of her Mum. We shall then cut to the icy and isolated field and show the young girl walking. After this, we shall show the dead body and tilt upwards to reveal the young girl staring down at her dead Mother and then tilt even further to reveal the title of the film… that we have still not decided upon! We have decided to change the storyline because we wanted to cut out the awkwardness of her playing with her toys. We also think that this makes much more sense and highlights her innocence as she makes her Mum breakfast in bed. We are also no longer showing the mysterious man lingering over the young girl. We have made this decision as the footage that we are making is only the two minute opening and so you do not want to give too much away!

The second major difference to our film opening will be the location. Although we have not decided for definite yet, we know that we have to change location as the previous location is no longer available. However, even if it was I doubt that Emelia and I would film there again as it was awkward, dark and pushed us to rush our filming. We need to film in a space that we have complete control over. The space must also be light and open planned. Because of this, it is most probable that we will film at my own house!

We also intend to film the majority of the opening on the professional cameras as this will give off a much better quality. In order to achieve this, I have ordered two new SD Cards and will check that they work before we begin filming. We plan to film all of the opening on the camera, except from the last shot as we can not attach the expensive cameras to the wheel of a bike!

Although Emelia and I have considered various new additions to our storyline and filming technique, we have also planned to keep various aspects the same. For example, Emelia and I plan to use Rosie Scullion as our main character and will include a dead body! Hopefully, Emelia and I can pull off our reshoot and can reach our high expectations…

 

Production Log – 8th of January

Last night I once again charged up all of the equipment. However, instead of me trying to wipe the SD card myself, I asked for some help from my Dad. He managed to free up lots of space and so I felt prepared for filming today. This morning, my mum and I went to collect Emelia from Boston. In the car journey on the way home, Emelia and I discussed what shots we could achieve without our main characters. We then got home, collected the equipment and went on a trek to find scenic fields and skies. After filming lots of footage of birds, fields, frost and isolated barns, Emelia and I felt as though we were wasting our time. Because of this, we decided to practise one of our main shots at the end of our film. To do so, we connected the camera onto the mini dolly and set out a course for the dolly using textbooks in an attempt to reduce wobbling. I then laid down on the ground and Emelia practised the movement.

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Determined for this not to happen again, I messaged Tom to ensure that he is free next weekend. Luckily, he and Rosie are both free and are willing to film once more to help us out.

Research Into Fonts

Emelia and I decided to research into what sort of fonts are often used in film production. Here is a short blog post that Emelia wrote about the fonts often seen in horror film openings and why we chose the fonts that we did…

“We decided to research what fonts would be best suited for the opening title sequence of our film. We feel as though this is really important because it can be the reason for a film looking professional or not. For example we wouldn’t want to use Comic Sans as this would just look completely unprofessional.

We started our research by looking at other films title sequences and seeing what type of font they were using. We noticed that a lot of thriller films often use square looking letters that are only slightly noticeably tall and thin. We decided to use a font like this for our credits. We chose to have the credits quite small and in the centre of the screen because it looked much more dramatic and realistic that way.

For the idents we used much bolder fonts because we felt like they could seem more creative than the credits. For Lucent Pictures we just chose a large square looking font because it is similar to what other idents of that genre are like, for example Ghost House and Blumhouse. However for our Orchid House Productions ident we thought that the font could look a bit more eccentric because the ident itself was much more colourful than the rest of the film. So for this one we used a curly font to make it look much more extravagant and I think it matched quite well with the pink glow of the orchid.”

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Rough Cut: Version 1

Although Emelia and I had no audio for our film opening, we did not want to waste our lesson time and so began making a rough cut on Final Cut Pro X. After a couple of lessons, Emelia and I had managed to put together a rough cut version of our film. This version solely included our footage put together in an order. We had not yet trimmed them down, imported our idents, added sound plus much more. The purpose of this was solely to put together our footage in an order that made sense in order to see whether it was good enough or not. A couple of lessons in, Emelia and I showed our rough cut to our teachers and peers in order to receive criticisms to make it better. We received a range of constructive criticisms that pushed us to make our next decision. Here are examples of some points made by our teachers and classmates…

  • The first thing that was noticed was that we had no audio. However, Emelia and I then explained the situation that we were in considering our sound and people understood. It was suggested to us that we make our own sound and fit it into the film opening. For example, we could record footsteps, humming and heavy breathing easily. On the other hand, it would be hard to get the sounds to sync perfectly with our original footage and so we had to think about our options concerning this matter.
  • The next issue noted was to do with our lighting. Although overall we received hugely positive feedback surrounding our lighting, when cutting to the shot of Rosie walking down the stairs, the lighting is significantly darker than the bright lighting in the rest of the film. To solve this issue, Emelia and I could simply not use this shot or could re film it.
  • It was also noticed that when getting up, our main character was already fully dressed! This was a mistake and adds an unprofessional image to our film and so we need to change this!
  • Another problem surrounded the issue of acting. When playing with her toys, Rosie seems to be quite awkward as though she does not know what to do with her toys. Because of this, Emelia and I will need to either not use this shot or think of another action that Rosie could do to pass her time… for example watching the television or colouring in a drawing.
  • Arguably one of the most important criticisms from our first rough cut surrounds the issue of the ‘180 Degree Rule’. When filming in Tom’s Grandma’s home, Emelia and I felt extremely awkward and so rushed our filming. Because of this, we had forgotten to consider theories and rules such as the ‘180 Degree Rule’. Our rough cut displays this particular rule being broken on two occasions. Emelia and I need to change this…!
  • We were then advised to focus on the length of some shots as they disturbed the overall flow of our film. However, Emelia and I had not yet got to the point where we had began to cut down our various shots and so agreed wholly with this statement.

Overall, our teachers and classmates were fairly positive concerning our first rough cut. They gave lots of feedback, both good and bad. Everyone agreed that our storyline made sense , but Emelia and I have lots of changes to consider. We will have to re film various shots in order to get the look that we want and in order to overcome some issues previously pointed out. Unfortunately, Emelia and I did not export our first version of the rough cut and so cannot put it on here…