Stop motion Superfight

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is an analysis of “Stop motion Superfight”. It was directed by Corridor Digital and published in 2016.

Firstly, the way the video is made is very clever. I like how the floor acts as a background to make the action seem like they are standing. The fact they have used one place saves a lot of time as they do not have to move to different locations to complete filming. The camera has been fixed to the ceiling, of what looks to be a warehouse, as the floor space is quite large. The of a BEV allows as much filming space as possible and makes the actors look vertical. The prop of a light reinforces the vertical idea. To me, the thing that ruins this is the clutter around the edges. It is not placed to be seen as vertical. The element that saves this is the wooden border so the audience can clearly see where the action is filmed. The fact the wooden outline is remover to give a sense of the character being pushed out of the top, into the sky is very clever. This is also a mind trick as they are falling upwards.

The way it has been edited makes this film really clever. I think a normal length of film would ruin the overall point of the film. Most of the flips and tricks would not be possible laying flat if it was not stop motion. The fact it is filmed on the floor, the multi media use of a paper portal can be hand moved to make it look as if it is moving. This would have taken longer overall to film and edit but it was totally worth it!

I also like the narrative. A man is playing with his dog who is unexpectedly crushed by game solider through a portal. It is a simple narrative but sometimes they are the best as the audience can keep track easily. I also like how relatable this film is. What is happening is not really far off of what a pet owner would do in that situation. I know my dad would fight the person if he were to kill our dog.

Another piece I like about this film is when the solider throws a gravity magnet, which changes the angle of gravity in this horizontal environment. He also uses a block for transportation. The fact this game technology based character has entered a real universe is awesome! I want to include this into my film, but instead of a charter entering a real place, my character would enter an alternate universe. The element I love is the repetitive end. The fact the story loops to then point where fate can not be changed really appeals to me and links to my idea. To be honest I could use flat stop motion to film my VR universe!

Also I only just noticed he is himself! The end of each loop he becomes the game solider! How cool is that! I do love the looping idea but having the characters be one person is new to me. I loved the music too! It is what I pictured for my own piece. As this score is more old-time video game, I may use a toned down version.

Overall, I think this video has a lot of inspiring elements for to. It will help me understand the codes and convention of video game films better.

Film noir

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about film noir.

What is film noir? Google’s definition: “A style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace.”

To me, film noir is a black and white film, focused on cinematography and narrative using heavy contrasts and abstract views of gender.

The success of film noir was created by Nino Frank. In 1946 he coined the term by describing a group of theater productions “nior filming”. Frank and Jean-Pierre (his writing partner) named Hollywood crime dramas to be a new criminal adventure. He said “These dark films, no longer have anything in common with ordinary run of detective movies”. This is why he coined them nior films, his only description was “dark” and noir means black in french. He also called them “crime psychology films”. His term became so perfect even famous authors at the time, Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau, used it to describe their genre.

Early use of the term found in a news paper in 1938 shows the term was in use before Nino coined it. Charles O’Brian found it was really coined by the political right-wing in the 1930’s.

Is film noir a genre?

 

Here are some of the best noir films:

  • Touch of evil – 1958 – After crossing the border of Mexico to the United States of America, a bomb planted in the car of the wealthy businessman which blows up in Los Robles. The Mexican Chief of Narcotics, Miguel Vargas, is spending his honeymoon with his American wife, Susan Vargas, in the border town. He is to testify in the case of the drug dealer Grandi, arrested in Mexico City. The ex-alcoholic American Police Captain, Hank Quinlan, is in charge of the investigation as the murder happened on the American side of the border. However, Mike Vargas participates as observer because he finds out that the Mexican citizen Sanchez is the prime suspect. Meanwhile, Uncle Joe Grandi unsuccessfully presses Susie, trying to convince her husband to drop the case. When Hank plants dynamite in the house of Sanchez in a shoe box that Vargas had seen empty ten minutes before, he confronts Hanks.
  • Laura – 1944 – When the famous advertising executive, Laura Hunt, is found dead in her apartment killed by a shotgun on a Friday night, Detective Lieutenant Mark McPherson is in charge of the investigation. He interviews the prime suspects and friends of Laura: the snob and arrogant journalist Waldo Lydecker who promoted Laura at the beginning of her career and fell in love with her; and her fiancé, the playboy Shelby Carpenter. While investigating Laura’s past through her diary and personal letters, Detective McPherson falls in love with her.
  • The Maltese Falcon – 1941 – Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself wanted by police when his partner is killed whilst following an enemy. The girl who asked him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the ‘Maltese Falcon’, a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind.
  • Murder, my sweet – 1944 – In police custody and facing a possible murder charge, private investigator Philip Marlowe tells them his story. He was hired by Moose Malloy, who’s been in prison for a number years, to find his girl Velma Valento. Soon after, Lindsay Marriott hires him for protection when he’s to meet someone in a secluded area to buy back a lady’s jewelry. It doesn’t go well and the trouble really starts when Marriott is killed. Ann Grayle is next in line claiming that the missing jewelry belonged to her father and her stepmother Helen. The trail leads him to Jules Amthor – Moose works for him – someone well-known to the police who specializes in putting women in precarious situations and then blackmailing them. Helen Grayle appears to have been his latest victim. Not all is as it seems however.
  • Woman in the window – 1944 – Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends become obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the men’s club. Wanley happens to meet the woman while admiring her portrait, and ends up in her apartment for talk and a bit of champagne. Her boyfriend bursts in and misinterprets Wanley’s presence, whereupon a scuffle ensues and the boyfriend gets killed. In order to protect his reputation, the professor agrees to dump the body and help cover up the killing, but becomes increasingly suspect as the police uncover more and more clues and a blackmailer begins leaning on the woman.

Here are some directors who worked with noir film:

  • Anthony Mann – June 30 1906 – April 29 1967. He was an American actor and film director, most notably of noir films and Westerns. His films:
    Border Incident
    Desperate
    Railroaded!
    Raw Deal
    Reign of Terror
    Side Street
    The Furies
    T-Men
  • Fritz Lang – December 5 1890 – August 2 1976. He was an Austrian-German filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. He was dubbed the “Master of Darkness” by the British Film Institute. His films:
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
    Clash by Night
    Fury
    House by the River
    Human Desire
    Ministry of Fear
    Scarlet Street
    Secret Beyond the Door…
    The Big Heat
    The Blue Gardenia
    The Woman in the Window
    While the City Sleeps
    You Only Live Once
  • John Brahm – August 17 1893 – October 13 1982. He was a film and television director. His films:
    The Brasher Doubloon
    Guest in the House
    Hangover Square
    The Locket
    The Lodger
    Rio
  • John Farrow – 10 February 1904 – 27 January 1963. He was an Australian-American film director, producer and screenwriter. In 1957, he won the Academy Award for Best Writing/Best Screenplay for Around the world in 80 days. He was nominated as Best Director for Wake Island. His films:
    Alias Nick Beal
    Calcutta
    His Kind of Woman
    Night Has a Thousand Eyes
    The Big Clock
    The Unholy Wife
    Where Danger Lives
  • Joseph H. Lewis – April 6 1907 – August 30 2000. He was an American B-movie (Low budget) film director. His films:
    A Lady Without Passport
    Cry of the Hunted
    Deadly Is the Female
    Gun Crazy
    My Name Is Julia Ross
    So Dark the Night
    The Big Combo
    The Undercover Man
  • Lewis Allen – 25 December 1905 – 3 May 2000. He was an English director. Allen worked mainly in the United States, working on Broadway and directing 18 feature films between 1944 and 1959. In 1950’s he worked on a number of the most popular shows of the time in the US. His films:
    A Bullet for Joey
    Appointment with Danger
    Chicago Deadline
    Desert Fury
    Illegal
    So Evil My Love
    Suddenly
    The Unseen
  • John Alton – October 5 1901 – June 2 1996. He was an American cinematographer.  Alton won an Academy award, in 1951, for the cinematography of An American in Paris, becoming the first Hungarian-born person to do so in cinematography category. He has worked on over 100 films!

Modern use of noir film:

  • The best example of a modern noir film is ‘Pretty little liars’ episode. Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) is the man in Alison’s journal, a pill-popping Spencer (Troian Bellisario) spirals into a dream-like state where she, her friends and her enemies are transported to a 1940’s crime-solving flick. From the hair, makeup, wardrobe with perfect verisimilitude, with the personality and even social issues, the episode’s writer and director Joseph Dougherty was tasked with making the episode accurate, interesting, beautiful and most importantly for the fans, plot-advancing.

Here are some characteristics of noir films:

  • The main thing to a great noir film is the ability to capture one part of the film an it to produce a stunning image.
  • Neon signs
  • Criminal activity
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Streets covered in rain
  • Guns
  • Male detectives
  • Dark alleys
  • Cigarettes
  • Heavy contrast
  • Lamp posts
  • Femme fatale

Femme Fatale:

  • Femme fatale in french means ‘fatal woman’ so just from the name, we can gather she is a dangerous person.
  • Basically femme fatale is when a woman character uses charms and mysteriousness to gain control of a man. She will often use them for dangerous acts, like to commit murder for her.

Overall, I think noir films were amazing for the 1930’s and 40’s, but I never see why people like to watch that sort of thing. They bore me and I don’t see myself using it for my short film. Bringing them back to life in short episodes is fun and unique, but as a whole they are not for me.

 

Initial ideas

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about my initial ideas for my short film.

My mind map:20170605_181422[1] I have created a mind map (which is quite small, so I will just type it out below :D) of all my first thoughts on short film. Starting the course and choosing short film, I instantly thought of:

  • ‘Up’ – I love the glitchy effect used on the intro film. I like the idea of having the influence of the film at the start, so the audience understand some of the narrative. I may use this idea of having glitching and a narrative element at the start.
  • ‘Piper’ – I love this animated short film. It is about a baby bird who learns to find food for herself. I like the way the story is simplistic but is cute and cleverly animated.
  • ‘Hugo’ – It is about a young boy who finds a robot, from his dead father. He also finds a key, owned by a young girl. They work together to get it working again. I love the mechanics in the film and how technology has been portrayed in a cog robot that is helpful and enjoyable.
  • ‘Earth to echo’ – I like this film because it stares an alien robot that must recreate its ship. Children are on a mission to save it from the FBI. It is very creative but also like ‘ET’. I love the tech elements and I wanted to include some of my own.
  • Video games – As video games are very popular and have come so far, I may use the to influence my idea. I like the glitching and sop animation idea as it looks very video game ish. Maybe my film can use VR and show an alternate land.

My mood board:

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My mood board is portraying what I see in my head for this short film.

  • Colours – I want to break convention of reds and blacks being used for video games and use blues and greys instead. I feel it links my hybrid genre better and my idea overall.
  • Typography – I have chosen 4 different fonts.
    • Basscrw – I like this font because of the blocky shape and interior lines.
    • Minercarftory – I like how clear this font is but it also links to video games.
    • Pixel – I like this font, but if I were to use it I would have to fade the end blocks out, otherwise I feel it looks juvenile.
    • Game over – I this is my favourite font. I love the style and shape.
  • Actors – If I were to produce this film professionally, I would cast:
    • Elle Fanning
    • Ruby Rose
    • Suraj Sharan
    • Rachel McAdams
    • Dev Patel
    • Chloe Grace Moretz
    • Maggie Elizabeth Jones
  • Location – I think I will be filming in:
    • A woodland – It will be in day light and my character will brush the trees.
    • A lido – I like this location because I feel I could include some good shots of the ripples, which I can visualize.
    • A field – It will be in evening as the sun is going down and my character will lay in the daisies.
    • A dark room – The character will in an empty dark room to introduce and end the film.
  • Costume – I think I will be using a white dress and a suit for my cast. I can just image a character wearing them as video game characters.
  • Idea – I want to look into modern video games and VR.
  • Genre – I will be creating a hybrid genre of sci-fi, fantasy and thriller. I like all 3 genres and I will use a mixture of codes and conventions from them all.

My main influence:

  • Ok, I know I have mentioned Jess maybe once or twice before…but she is really my main influence! She is the main reason I have chosen video games because her film was so cool!

 

What brief I have chosen?

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about the brief I have chosen, based on my “The brief” post I think you can tell I will be picking … drum roll please … Short film!!!

I feel I will have the most ideas and creativity with this brief.

The ancillary texts that come with this brief sound quite fun. I will be doing a poster, but whether I will be doing a film review or a website is a tricky choice right now.

The reason why I did not picks the others really depend on my creative level.

Film trailer:

  • This was never an option for me. I feel its wayyyy to difficult and I would have an epic fail at trying to create a half decent trailer.

Advert:

  • Even though I absolutely love adverts, I do not see myself completing one to how I would imagine it. I like the overall idea but processing it would be way to hard. The fact I would have to make a radio page, does not interest me in the slightest.

Music video:

  • To be honest, it was a very close call between this of short film. The reason I did not choose this is because the music would be difficult to source and I don’t have the first clue of how to make a successful music video. Plus, short film sounded 10% more interesting.

Overall, my choice of short is the best as I feel I will be most creatively apt at this task 😀

 

The briefs

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about the briefs that I can choose from for this years course.

Music video – A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music video of 5 minutes and two of the following:

  • Cover (digi pack)
  • Magazine article for the album
  • Website for the band

Student:

This students music video is the best one I have seen. The use of camera and editing is top quality as she clearly had a good camera, a dolly and professional lighting. She has also used a mixture of shot types and angles, gaining more creativity throughout. This mixed with the proper set made filming a high quality piece. MES matched this quality as its clear a lot of planning went into outfits, colours, choreography and editing technique. As the piece is so long, shot can’t be repeated or it would look like they ran out of footage, it would also be boring. This student made sure she didn’t repeat anything, creating a very effect music video. The plus side to doing a music video is once you have sourced the song and had it signed off, then you don’t need to spend time on added audio. This is why this student could create a video full of cool editing effects as she had time to do it seamlessly. Overall, this video sticks to codes and conventions and reminds me of the type of music video Meghan Trainer would produce.

Professional:

Short film – A 5 minute film or animation or film or both, to include two of the following:

  • A poster
  • A magazine review
  • Website for the film

Student:

Jessica Durand created and starred n her own piece ‘Do you dream of murder?’ I absolutely love this video! The way she has decided to film using a ‘Groundhog day’ technique really interests me. I also love her use of music, the way she has fade it to match MES is top-notch! The typography glitching is used throughout when she is transported using a fire alarm. The way she has used these elements is very clever. My favourite part, to label one, is the flouting writing over the gun at the end, just like a video game! How she did it is beyond me but I will be looking into thing like these. This short film is my inspiration for my own piece. I love the idea of video games and repeatition.

Student:

Joe Candlin’s piece has features that are similar to Jess’ piece. He has also used glitching and repetition. The fact both of these videos have added elements of gaming has really inspired me to made that my main theme.

Finding examples for students who did adverts or film trailers is nearly impossible as they are so few a far between.

Advertising – A package for a new product or service (one 20 second ad and one 60 second ad) to include two of the following:

  • TV programme sponsorship
  • A radio advert
  • A web pop-up

8 years ago:

This advert for Cadbury’s chocolate is one of my favourites as it creates comedy, whilst selling their product using synergy. The way this advert was film uses a range of camera shots and angles to really bring the comedy alive. The product itself is not featured, which breaks codes and conventions of most adverts as they all show there product at some stage thought, not at the end. Cadbury’s adverts can be told from any other as their purple synergy follow throughout and they have the same levels of comedy in each advert.

Now:

This advert for digestive biscuits is more a family directed seller, than a comedy. As puppies are loved by many, it will be inviting to audiences that can relate to this advert, which is a lot. The way we have chosen to create adverts is mostly based on comedy or regular everyday happenings to let the audience feel comfortable but also realise they must buy and try the product, especially the food based ones.

Over the years, codes and conventions of TV adverts haven’t really chanced or been challenged.

Film trailer – A promotion package for a new film, teaser trailer, to include two of the following:

  • A film magazine front cover
  • A poster for the film
  • Website for the film

The 3 films below are all different takes on zombie films.

2004:

This film has a comedy take on a classic zombie film. This makes it less scary and more family friendly…kind off.

2013:

This film has a rom-com take on the normal zombie film. This gives the audience the relate-able feeling of love mixed with the scary zombie theme.

2016:

This film has an odd mix of a classic film “Pride and Prejudice” with a zombie twist. It allows PAP fans (like my mum) to watch something, whilst still understanding it.

The course

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here and today’s post is about the new course for year 13! I am so excited!!!

G324: Section A

  • Advanced portfolio in media:
    • Coursework unit evidenced as a blog
    • Worth 50% or 100 marks
  • Select a brief and produce:
    • A – Media portfolio, main task and ancillary texts
    • B – Presentation of research, planning and evaluation in electronic format
  • Portfolio is worth:
    • Research – 20 marks
    • Construction – 60 marks
    • Evaluation – 20 marks
  • Briefs:
    • Music video – A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music video of 5 minutes and two of the following:
      • Cover (digi pack)
      • Magazine article for the album
      • Website for the band
    • Short film – A 5 minute film or animation or film or both, to include two of the following:
      • A poster
      • A magazine review
      • Website for the film
    • Advertising – A package for a new product or service (one 20 second ad and one 60 second ad) to include two of the following:
      • TV programme sponsorship
      • A radio advert
      • A web pop-up
    •  Film trailer – A promotion package for a new film, teaser trailer, to include two of the following:
      • A film magazine front cover
      • A poster for the film
      • Website for the film

G325: Section B

  • Critical perceptive in media and evaluation of portfolios:
    • 2 hours written paper
    • Worth 50% or 100 marks

 

Everyone grab a mirror…it’s time to reflect!

Hey there Onlooker, CreativeCookie here! Rearing for this new blog and brief! But first, I want to kick this blog off with a reflection on my work last year.

  • I think last year I did not contribute as much as I would have liked. This is because I did not have much time or way to help in the editing process. This year, as I am alone I feel I will be learning it much better.
  • I also think the fact I was in a group really shut me down. I work much better alone as I feel my ideas are portrayed as I would want. This year, as I am able to choose what I want, I can portray my ideas how I wish.
  • Last year I feel our group was not great at time management. I always make schedules and I do have good time management skills. This year, I will be able to stick to deadlines and test what I need.

Our AS video was not as unique or well executed as I would have hoped. I can see it a certain way in my head and it just wasn’t the same. The way we filmed the news reporter, I feel made the piece look off. I also feel the girls did not look dead. This is mostly why this year I am avoiding thriller. One the other hand, I may bring some small codes into a much more family friendly piece. This year, as I am handling everything personally, I will not let anything slip. If I feel it isn’t what I want, I will be editing and changing until I feel I do.

Overall, I am so excited to start a fresh year, with a new blog, my own ideas and creating a product I will be happy with.