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Response from Pitch…

Here is the video of our pitch…

Emelia and I tried to keep our pitch as close to the 30-60second time period as we could; however, we found it difficult to fit in the specific details in this time period and so over ran. We are happy with how our pitch went in that the audience could picture our opening clearly in their heads and understood what we were trying to put across; this was clear to us as there were no questions at the end. Also, we were happy with the flow as we had practised a couple of times before and so knew when we had to come in to speak. On the other hand, if Emelia and I were to perform our pitch again we would try doing it without the cue cards and by doing so would be more inclined to look up and make eye contact with the audience; this would help with our nerves.

Although Emelia and I had no questions or points of criticism raised after our pitch, when beginning our intricate planning we had a discussion with our teacher and have altered our storyline slightly….

Rather than beginning with a shot of a young girl in her bedroom, Emelia and I have decided to begin with an establishing shot of the icy, isolated field. We have decided to do this as we belief it creates the mysterious tone that we are aiming for and we have also noticed that in various other thriller films they begin with an isolated shot in order to display that the characters are alone. We also believe that it will add aesthetic to our opening. From here, we shall then cut to a shot showing a girl (around the age of 5)  in her bedroom. We shall still then show her looking out of her bedroom window into the icy field. Once again, we shall keep the next shot the same as we show the young girl playing with her toys. However, instead of the young girl calling for her mum, we have decided to have the phone ring and for the young girl to notice her mothers absence through the phone call. She shall call for her mum when the person on the phone asks to speak to her and the from here we shall show her looking round the house calling for her mum. After this, we shall show the young girl pulling on her wellington boots and opening the backdoor. She shall then begin to walk/skip towards the field. We shall then cut to the same dolly shot in order to reveal the dead and icy foot of her mother. From here, we shall show the motionless body of the mother and tilt up to show the young girl looking down on her mother with a shocked, confused and upset expression on her face. We have decided to stick with the tilt and to tilt further upwards to show a mysterious man towering over the young girl. To finish off our opening sequence, we shall tilt further upwards to show the title in the sky.

We have altered our storyline slightly as we believe that this improved version shall flow better and will help our film to create a mysterious tone. We also believe that our new storyline allows our opening to fit within the thriller genre better as it features more aspects that we have seen in thriller films watched such as Dead Silence.

Codes and Conventions of a Professional Pitch…

Here is the Wikipedia definition of what a pitch should be… “A pitch is a concise verbal (and sometimes visual) presentation of an idea for a film or TV series generally made by a screenwriter or film director to a film producer or studio executive in the hope of attracting development finance to pay for the writing of a screenplay.”

This definition displays what it is that Emelia and I will have to produce. However, we shall not be pitching with the aim of funding but rather with the aim of approval from our teacher. Also, from this pitch we shall receive feedback from our teachers and peers in order to improve our idea.

Firstly, our pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds. This is short and concise and so we shall need to plan carefully and make sure that we include all of our main points as well as keeping it interesting. This sort of pitch can also be referred to as an elevator pitch due to the time limit, it would be just the right amount of time to share in an elevator with someone else!

Firstly, I had to think about our plot and what genre it best fit into. Emelia and I had previously planned for our film to be contained within the thriller genre and so I felt that this background knowledge would be a good place to start off. Next, I decided to highlight which features we would use in order for our film to best fit into this genre. In order to keep the pitch interesting and to keep the audience involved I stated two films that our film would contain aspects of. Emelia came up with the films ‘Babadook’ and ‘Dead Silence’. Next, I had to think about how to present the plot of our film. Due to the short time period I had to think about which aspects of the storyline to mention and whether or not they would sell our opening to be interesting and effective. We thought it be best to focus mainly upon the plot of the opening as this is the part we are making and wanted the feedback upon. We then followed with features of an opening, idents, that we intend to include and finished off by briefly stating the plot of the following movie.

Here is our finished pitch…

Our film will be based on the genre of Thriller. Because of this, we will include features such as a dim, dark and cold colour palette, a tense composed score, many changes in angles of shots and of course the dark storyline to bring discomfort and disturbance to the audience.

Our film will contain aspects of the films Babadook and Dead Silence as we intend to re watch these films as inspiration due to the similarities in storyline between the three.

We shall begin our film by showing a young girl around the age of 4 in her bedroom. She will look out of her bedroom window and through an over the shoulder shot, the eerie, isolated, cold and icy field that she is looking at will be revealed. The young girl shall then begin to play with her toys and call for her mum. When she receives no response the young girl will stand and go downstairs to look for her mother.

After this, we will cut to a new scene outside. We shall use a wide shot and a pan in order to display the eerie and secluded field. However, towards the end of this pan we will see a limp, grey and motionless foot. We shall then reveal the dead body of the mother and as we do so, a shot of the young girl staring down at her mother in shock, confusion and distress. In the final shot to our opening, we shall see the reaction of the young girl but with a dark, shadow like man towering over her behind her.

We also intend to include idents, the names of producers directors and actors and playing over this a self composed score. The plot to the whole movie is intended to follow this event and learn more about what happened on that winters day.

Now that the pitch is written, I have made Emelia and I cue cards so that we do not stand there saying ‘um’ as this would make our pitch seem unprofessional. From here, Emelia and I need to practise the pitch so that it seems well planned and so that we know who says what etc…


Foundation Portfolio in Media

We have recently been introduced to our task for our coursework. This coursework will count for 50% of our overall AS mark. Our task is to “create the titles and opening of a new fiction film to last a maximum of two minutes”. For this aspect to the course, we will be working in twos. I am working with Emelia Rodgers as we get along, work well together and enjoyed working together at GCSE. In order to earn the highest mark that we can, there is going to be a lot of work put into this task. The planning work put into the task fits into the ‘Pre-Production’ category of the project. In todays lesson we went through the various aspects that we will need to include in our pre production planning. There is a lot to think about including…

Form: Firstly we will need to research the form of film openings in order to understand what the task is exactly asking of us. To complete this, we will research the common conventions in existing film openings. Then, we shall watch a few openings and plot the timeline in order to get a sense of what is expected and how to structure it. For example, how much actual film footage to include, how to relate the beginning to the plot of the entire film and of course the various aspects such as idents needed in every film opening.

Genre: Next, we need to search our options. We will look into the many genres out there and choose our favourite. In order to choose successfully, we need to understand the genre features to each. We will also need to know what an audience expects when watching a certain genre in order to base our film around that in attempt to make it as interesting and realistic as possible.

Idea: Once we have our chosen genre, we will need to think of an idea for our film. In order to plan the opening, we will need to plot an entire film. We will also need to come up with a title for our film in this section of the pre production.

Pitch: When we have chosen our genre and come up with an idea/plot we will need to begin the process of creating a pitch. In order to create a professional script, we will need to research the conventions to a pitch. We shall then write the script to a time limit of 30 seconds. We shall then rehearse our pitch so that it will seem thought out, convincing and professional when sharing it with our class, teachers and camera. From this, we will receive feedback, criticism and advice from others in an attempt to perfect our final idea so that we can then move onto the next step…

Script: The next step in the process is to produce a script for our 2 minute opening. We can not, however, just note down what we would like our characters to say. In order to complete this aspect to the highest standard, we will need to once again research the codes and conventions of a genuine, professional script. Once we have produced our script, we will have a read through and receive progressive feedback in order to get it as perfect as we can.

Storyboards: After writing our scripts, we will move onto creating storyboards. First, we will need to (once again) research the codes and conventions to a professional set of storyboards. We shall then hand draw our own set in as much detail as possible. After this, we will find an alternative way of creating storyboards in order to create an animated version. We shall then show these copies to others in order to receive some constructive feedback.

Branding: In order to complete the task successfully, we will need to create everything shown in the film. This includes the logos and idents of companies shown at the beginning. We will use a software called “Motion” for the first time and attempt to create a set of logos and idents to use in our opening in order to make it seem as realistic as possible.

Practical Preparations: The final stage to our pre production preparations are to make sure we have everything ready for filming. We will have to contact and organise some actors and various locations to film in. We will also need to practise the makeup and hair for the film as well as organising costumes and a filming schedule. On top of this, we will have to make sure that we know how to work the equipment properly and organise using it for filming.

Once we have completed all of the pre production work, we will be ready to film. We have been given the Christmas holidays to film footage for our film so that we can begin editing when we return.