Friday, 6 January 2017


Complete a written evaluation ( 500 words minimum) detailing the production stages of the single camera production, explaining your individual contributions , explaining the creative and technical decisions you made during postproduction , and evaluating the success of the single camera drama against your original expectations and  the film examples you have studied. 

You should also summarise what you expect the audience reaction and emotional responses to your film will be.

This should include details about genre conventions and narrative structures and methods you  used in both filming and editing and your application of technical methods of filmmaking such as use of camera shots, movement  and angles, lighting, sound and mis-en-scene.

You should also include explanation of  how you dealt professionally with any problems or changes in plan in all stages of the production or postproduction stages.

Friday, 11 November 2016

PREPRODUCTION : practical planning

You need to complete final  planning to make sure your filming is professional , effective  and matches industry standards.  Remember , you are demonstrating your knowledge of single camera techniques such as mis-en-scene , use of camera , narrative features and genre.

You  must complete the following :

List of cast , props and costume required  explaining the following elements:

Actors required and  their availability (  specific dates , times )

Equipment, costume  and props  required , and  how they will be sourced.

Location schedule/ risk assessment of each filming location using this template. LINK

Your locations should be specific and detailed e.g room number , which corner of the building, which part of the woods etc.  " College " , " Outside " , or " The woods" are not specific enough.
You should scout and visit these locations and take photographs of them to help your planning of your mis-en-scene and camera framing.

You will also need to download and use this template for a daily shooting schedule  to plan your shots. You will not be able to book a camera without this being completed. Use this template. LINK

During any  gaps in filmmaking, you should be reviewing your footage and planning documents , and keeping  a Production blog diary on blogger , recording your progress and any group meetings , decisions or changes.

Make sure each of you print out , copy all the planning documents and put in your folder as these will be submitted as part of your your next assignment.

Monday, 31 October 2016


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

PLANNING YOUR FILM : Individual film idea

Your film idea  must have  a complete narrative ( main plot, opening and ending) and be between 3 and 10 minutes in length.

A Complete a proposal  for your  film on the blog or on Word . This must have the following information :

Genre(s) :

Draft title :

Brief summary of plot : ( Keep as simple as possible . e.g Who is your main character ?What do they want ? What's stopping him/her ? )

Opening How does your film start ? What is the first scene ? As your film is short, you will need to open your film in  a way which quickly establishes  the genre, setting, situation and characters of your film  :

Ending what is your final scene? Is it an open or closed ending ?

Links and images from any  films , TV programmes etc. that have influenced you in terms of genre, plot or possible  visual style.

B    You  need to complete a  storyboard    showing and explaining a minimum of 12 key shots from throughout your film. These should explain and describe the  camera shots , movement , framing , mis-en-scene and sound of  a range and variety  of shots that cover your entire film. 

Here is a link to a long and detailed breakdown of camera shots, angles , movement and other technical elements to help you with this process.  

Make sure you only use dialogue or text where absolutely is usually much more effctive to show the plot and emotional state of your characters visually.

Friday, 7 October 2016

ASSIGNMENT 22A : Analyse features of single camera sequences

ASSIGNMENT A  :  Analysing the features of single camera productions

You are to individually research and prepare a  report or detailed presentation explaining in detail the main features of single camera productions . You should use a range of examples of either feature films, serials, short films or series , focusing on specific episodes and scenes. 

You should analyse at least three full length or short  films, serials or series in detail analysing all of the categories below.  You should in particular focus on detail and depth in analysing Narrative Techniques and Technical Methods.
Your report must include explanation of the following :

P1 Format     Series/serial/feature film/ short film / single drama

Summarise how you know your examples' format, and explain how your examples use or change  the conventions of their format, such as closed endings , longform narratives etc.

P1 Genre   Crime, comedy, action, horror, scifi, period drama, drama documentary  etc.

Analyse how your examples use or change the conventions of their genre , such as setting, themes, plot, characters, props,  and costume. You can also analyse how your films and programmes mix or refer to other genres.

M1 Narrative Techniques 

How the story is told, and how information is given to the audience about the plot and characters of the film, series or serial. You need to look at the film/series/serial as a whole , as well as finding specific examples ( scenes, episodes etc. ) to support the points you make.

Single strand / multi strand narrative ( one single story based round one or two characters or situations / multiple storylines based round range of different  characters and situations)

Realist style ( realistic in filming style, editing, narrative and mis-en-scene )
 Anti-realist  style ( unrealistic, exaggerated  or deliberately artificial in filming style, editing , narrative and mis-en-scene. May also  include fantastic  elements , lots of nondiegetic sound , nonlinear elements or strange and surreal moments.)

Short form or longform narrative  (  feature films or series = shortform narrative of 30 minutes-2 hours , serial= longform narrative 6-50 hours )
Narrative pace ( amount and pace of events and different plot points )

Linear/nonlinear elements ( nonlinear elements e.g flashbacks , flashforwards, alternative versions of plot etc.)

Narrative openings ( what information about genre, setting,situation, characters and plot is given)

Open/closed endings ( if your sequence is a closing scene  , examine in detail how much information is given to the audience to end the plot and the characters' individual narratives and what unresolved questions there may be for the audience )

D1 Technical methods used to build scenes and narratives    

Mis-en-scene  ( everything in the scene)
Use of camera shots,  framing , angles and movement
Use of lighting and colour
Use of sound : diegetic music, non-diegetic music, sound effects.
Use of editing: cuts, fades and pace of edits.
Use of script and dialogue :  Information about plot , character  and setting. Amount and level of information, including use of slang and terminology.

You need to analyse in detail your chosen scenes for these technical methods, repeatedly watching it to gain the information you need. The points you make about technical methods should  also add detail about how format, genre and narrative features are created.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The Wire ( crime drama serial)

The Wire  ( 2002-2008)  ( creator : David Simon )

Format :   long  form serial

Genre : Crime drama

Multistrand longform narratives, realist in style.

Series 1 Episode 1 ( Prologue and title sequence)

Introduction to and information about  genre, setting , realist style, themes and language.

Investigation scene : Information and narrative without dialogue, instead using mis-en-scene and camera framing and angles.

Omar's comin'  :   Introduction to character through mis-en-scene, dialogue, mis-en-scene, costume, props and use of camera.

Playing chess :  Use of script and dialogue to discuss themes, plot and character in a symbolic and interesting way. Also use of camera movement and framing , as well as range of close-ups to show characters' responses.

Series 3 Episode 1 prologue :   EVERYTHING  : Use of camera shots,  movement and framing, editing, mis-en-escene , sound , lighting and colour, dialogue and script.

Series 4 Episode 1 prologue :  Use of camera shots and angles, dialogue and mis-en-scene to introduce character.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Usual Suspects ( feature film)

Usual Suspects

Director :  Bryan Singer

Feature film

Crime , action, drama.

A wide range of nonlinear elements, and the main narrative is told in  a series of flashbacks.

The truth and reliability of the narrative is a major theme and feature of the film.

The film opens   mysteriously in a darkly shot scene , clearly after a major action scene has taken place.  The rest of the film will be explaining how our main character got to this point , and hopefully explain the events in this first scene. This will be done  through flashbacks and voiceover told to a police officer by one of the minor characters. When we watch the opening after  seeing the whole film , it makes perfect sense and fits neatly with clues given in the final scenes , such as the mis-en-scene objects of a cigarette lighter, watch and cigarettes.

The ending has a major  and unusual relationship to the rest of the film, as it  undermines the previous narrative and all the audience's expectations and previous knowledge.

Look at the importance of mis-en-scene and small details , and the relationship between these  mis-en-scene details and the whole narrative of the film. The scene uses sound and repeated dialogue , a whole range of camera shots , movements and framing and editing  in order to make  the scene work and give new information to the audience about plot and character. For instance , the camera slowly zooms in on the policeman at the start of the scene to show that we we will be inside his head as he realises  where  Verbal's  story has come from , and zooms out from him at the end to show that he has failed to work it out in time.The ending repeats previous dialogue and visual scenes and gives them a new twist , as well as fitting in neatly with the opening of the film.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel ( 2014)

Format: Feature film

Genre :  Comedy , with dramatic elements.

Nonlinear elements  :  Whole main narrative is flashback told by one of the characters within another  flashback told to the audience.  This flashback is interrupted and paused at various times, particularly when  the narrator ( Zero) refuses to discuss Agatha.

Antirealist in style :Fictional country and setting  ,  individual scenes shot in antirealist style....exaggerated or slow pace for comic effect,  a mixture of realist and antirealist over-formal and repeated dialogue for comic effect , as well as giving information about character and plot.

Mis-en-scene :  Wes Anderson likes highly ordered and symmetrical scenes , with close attention paid to colour. Each scene is often designed like a painting,  with all props, costume and backgrounds designed to fit neatly and carefully into the mis-en-scene. He likes to have main characters at the exact centre of the frame .

Technical methods : Creative and unusual use of camera shot types, angles  framing and movement also  due to genre   comedy) as well as personal style of the director. Often scenes are shot from exaggerated angles or distances  and the framing is unusual and artifical.  Characters or objects enter the frame suddenly , and the camera movement is  also exaggerated and accompanied by sound effects . Dialogue , music and editing is also linked to the director's  unusual version of  the comedy genre . The timing of cuts and fades often matches the rhythm of the dialogue and music its own rhythm and is often used for comic effect. 

                  Lobby boy (camera movement  and framing, especiallly pan and tilt) for comic effect.

The Police are here :  mis-en-scene, framing and use of camera. Notice how the camera does not follow the chase, the lack of music ,  and the fact that Gustave doesn't manage to leave the frame, making his escape seem ridiculous, pointless and comic.

                                                                      Crossed keys :  EVERYTHING.  Mis-en-sene, camera framing and movement, special effects, anti-realist  and repetitive editing, narrative and dialogue, use of sound )

BEHIND THE SCENES :  You can apply this knowledge in your report to Technical methods and how the film achieved its techniques