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Final cut

Below is our final cut for the main task:

We have concluded all our improvements and overall as a group we are all really happy with the outcome and the skills we have learnt throughout the whole process.

Our second draft/ Third target audience feedback

We completed the improvements we were set from our second target audience feedback and our teachers feedback; we showed our teacher. This was just another rough cut so our teacher could give us final improvements before handing in the final cut. Below is our second rough cut of our opening title sequence:

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Teacher Feedback:

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From our feedback above we managed to just get into band 4 which we were all really happy with. However we still had to improve the sound, and the quality of it:

  • Re-record the monologue again without any pauses, more clear and loud
  • Fade the sound out after the production title is shown
  • Make sure the knife screeches are parallel to the knife shot at the end

After doing the small improvements above, our final cut will be complete.

Editing Session

Our final edit for our opening title sequence is due on the 2nd March, so today I decided we needed to get together and start all the improvements that we were given. Me, Serena and Corey sat together and started to make adjustments to the clip. I found this helpful as I’m rubbish at editing so by telling Corey what to do I learnt from him. We still have a lot to complete and I’m determined we will get it done…..

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Copyright

What is Copyright?

The definition given on Google: ‘The exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material’.

Copyright gives the creators of some types of media rights to control how they’re used and distributed. Music, books, video and software’s can be covered by copyright law.

copyright-symbol.pngHow does Copyright apply to me?

For our main task we needed to include either our own music or copyright free/royalty free music. In this case we had to ensure when we we’re finding music on YouTube that we were able to legally use it.

Same applied for our typography of the title and credits. We had to ensure that this was also copyright free. As a group we found a site called DAFONT.com in which gave lists of copyright free texts which we will choose and pick one for our main task.

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Quick film review: John Wick Chapter 2

The other day I went to watch the second film of John Wick in cinema, I got to say it wasn’t better than the first one but I thought the plot was very clever.

The legend- John Wick is forced out of retirement when Santino (Riccardo Scamrcio) comes calling. The visiting assassin wants him to repay a debt by killing an Italian crime lord (Claudia Gerini). Wick politely declines, so Santino blows his house up to make a point. Wick boards a flight to Rome so he can leave the hitman game once and for all.

But when the attempted assassination goes hay-wire, Wick finds himself hunted by international deadly killers, and his only hope for survival might be a shadowy figure known as the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne).

I thought this film poster below was really significant and creative towards the film, as during the end everybody round the world wants to kill him.

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I would rate this a 3.5/5 stars, I expected much more and thought this film was too stereotypical and common. I also found most bits were really gory (which I obviously expected) however the killing scenes dragged on which lost lots of emphasizes to the character.

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Order of Titles

So one of our improvements was to change the order of our titles so I thought this post will benefit me to remember and also learn so we can improve it for our final cut.

Below is the typical credit order in an opening title sequence:

  • Name of the studio that is distributing the film– This is a very large company that invests billions of dollars every year in the production of movies.  They will usually invest in scripts or concepts and then hire producers and production companies to turn them into movies, this then helps them get the films onto TV’s, cinemas etc.

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  • Name of the production company– This is the company that is responsible for making the film, A production company is literally a company which produces entertainment like TV, films etc.  The company will seek investors to fund whatever they are making then they will hire the talent to carry out the work. The typography is normally (Production company.. Presents). For our group we actually made a production company and included that at the very beginning… 

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  • Producers name- The producer is ‘a person responsible for the financial and managerial aspects of making a film’: So in this case Georgia our producer will be put first.

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  • Film title– Lastly comes the film title to give the audience a beginning insight of what they have been waiting for: Our film title actually was put at the end of the opening title sequence already.

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  • Starring ( The list of actors used)- Films do this to draw the audience to watch it, this is why films hire well-known actors. Corey is our only actor in which we will include him here

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  • ‘Casted by’, Music Producer, composer, original score or visual effect– May be listed after the film actors
  • Hair/makeup artist/ Costume designer- The film company may sometimes include this if they massively depended on this, for our opening title sequence we didn’t use make up, only red food colouring for the bloodofkeof
  • Director of Photography- Serena our DOP will be put here
  • Directors name- The director is ‘a person who controls the making of a film and supervises the actors and technical crew’: In this case it will be me (Izzy) which will be displaced after Georgia’s

A film that follows this convention of ordering of titles is:

 

 

 

 

Fixation film poster

Below is the film poster Serena (Our DOP made).. I was really proud when she showed me this and was better than what I envisioned. After discussing with Serena I thought it would be cool to have a film poster along with the actual opening title sequence to give more meaning to our teacher of the title sequence. I loved how she edited this and included all my favourite scenes in one pic!

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Reshooting

We did a reshoot on Thursday 26th January to film in the dark as when we filmed in the day time it lost emphasis and suspense.

This time it was much easier as the mise en scene has already been prepared from last time. Serena had bought her lamp for the footage to be more clear in the dark…

Our second reshoot was very easy and quick due to the equipment all being set up. After looking at the previous footage we had a clear idea of what needed improving. Our group worked really effective and quick in the cold and got it done.

This was so much better on Abode and gave the effect we wanted.

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