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Examples of Well Known Idents…

In order to help us understand what to include when making our idents, Emelia looked into famous examples of idents in the film industry…

“Now that Emilia and I are familiar with the various codes and conventions to a film ident, we are now analysing examples of well known idents. By doing this, Emilia and I are seeing how the codes and conventions have been included. We also believe that we may draw some inspiration from watching various other professional idents…

Universal Studios

This is the ident for Universal. This is one of the most famous idents probably due to its audio and the fact that the company has been around for such a long time. Overall the ident has a simple idea. By using the name Universal they have visualized that into the ident. This is another thing that will help people to remember them. Although it is a simple idea it looks very complex and very aesthetically pleasing.

20th Century Fox

This is the ident for 20th Century Fox and once again this is probably best known for the catchy audio. This ident is also simple and shows the company name in massive letters with spotlights gleaming around it. The colours are striking and so encourage the audience to pay attention. This is something that we could possibly incorporate into our idents.


This is the ident for DreamWorks Animation. DreamWorks Animation makes childrens movies and so the ident is made to appeal to children as it is soft and mellow with pretty images such as clouds and balloons. The words DreamWorks Animation at the end appear in bright different colours which appears childish and so appeals to children and makes them interested in the film they are about to watch.

Ghost House Pictures

Considering that me and Emelia are making a thriller film we thought we should watch the idents of a company that is known for making thriller and horror films. GhostHouse Pictures uses creepy music and quick movements to portray what kind of film the audience are about to be watching. The sudden movement interests the audience and the creepy tone already sets up what the movie is going to be like.

Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse Productions are another company that are known for making horror films. They use similar techniques to Ghost House Productions because they both use creepy music and sudden movements to interest the audience. As well as that, both use dark settings to set the tone for the film This is something that me and Emelia think we will be able to incorporate into our idents.”

Emelia and I plan to use and incorporate the information learnt from researching other well known idents in an attempt to create a set of professional and aesthetic idents. We now feel as though we are ready to begin planning and creating our own idents…

Coloured Storyboards…

Now that Emelia and I had each box on our storyboards planned out, we could begin sketching the storyboards for our film opening. We jumped straight in as we had lots to do. At first, Emelia and I decided to do fairly rough sketches for each box so that we could assess the various shots and movements and easily edit and change them to our desire. After a brief discussion, Emelia and I decided to use colour in our storyboards as we felt that this would help us to picture how the shots would look in real life. However, after little time passed we soon noticed that colour added nothing to our sketches. We had not yet planned the specific mise en scene of our shots and so using colour seemed to be just wasting our valuable time and adding nothing. It was then that we researched deeper into other examples of storyboards. Here is an example of one of Emelia’s coloured sets of rough drawings…

  • Firstly, we came across some storyboards for the ‘Star Wars‘ films, drawn by  Joe Johnston…movie_storyboards_star_wars_1.jpgmovie_storyboards_star_wars_2.jpgmovie_storyboards_star_wars_3.jpg
  • After that, we came across storyboards from the ‘Jurassic Park‘ films, drawn by David Lowery…movie_storyboards_jurassic_park1.jpg
  • Next, we came across the storyboards for ‘Forrest Gump‘, drawn by Chris Bonura…movie_storyboards_forrest_gump.jpg

From finding these various storyboards from famous films that we both know well, Emelia and I noticed that almost all of the examples of a storyboard that we found were in black and white. The remaining storyboards were drawn using either one colour whilst using the various tones to distinguish light and dark, or dull colours such as brown and beige. After finding this, Emelia and I decided to start our storyboards again but to use black and white this time. We also decided to use varying tone in order to display the depths in our drawings.

Research into Conventions of a Script

So that Emelia and I could create a realistic and professional looking script, we looked into the codes and conventions of a script/screenplay. Here is what Emelia found…

In order to have the best possible script we decided to research the codes and conventions of a professional script. We found the website writersstore.com extremely helpful in learning the format of a script because it clearly shows how everything should be later out and what everything means.
However, when we first tried to write a script we didn’t particularly research because we thought that it wouldn’t be as important as some other things that we had to do. This led to a terrible first version of the script that included nothing but dialogue. When we asked people about this the overall feedback was that it was confusing and they didn’t understand what was going in with the story.
After that feedback we decided to try again and make it a bit more complicated. We researched film scripts and looked at a few real life scripts from movies that we had seen and so we decided to try and mimic these as much as possible. These were better and people understood them more but it still didn’t look like we had made a film script. So we decided that version 2 wasn’t as good as it could be so we decided to do further research about exactly how film scripts are made.
We spent a long time looking at different diagrams that showed what scripts should look like but we couldn’t really replicate it. Then we discovered a website called WriterDuet in which we can both be on different computers and collaborate with each other on the script. Not only did this make it easier but WriterDuet also has features that make it much easier to write a professional screenplay and so we decided to use this. Along with the information from writersstore.com we think we successfully researched all the codes and conventions of a script and we are happy with the way our screenplay turned out.

“Codes and Conventions Of A Screenplay:
Dialogue, what the characters say is the main aspect of the script, must be exact

Stage directions, must be short and concise and will tell the actors exactly what their character is doing

Order, the script must start with a title, then an explanation of the scene, then a brief summary of the characters

Enter/Exit, all entrances and exits must be clearly shown

INT/EXT, stand for interior and exterior, they show where the scene is taking place, inside or outside

They are just a few of the main things we learned in our research about the conventions of a script.”