Hi, I'm an AS Media student, and this blog contains research into the different aspects of film and media, specializing in the Slasher genre. The research has all been put towards the development of my coursework production 'Camp Ivy', which I co-produced with Poppy and Millie. Our coursework has been influenced by the rural locations and mise-en-scene in Friday the 13th and Eden Lake.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Assessing a Past Coursework Opening

The Second Personality

The stongest feature in this opening is the variety of shot types. At 0:07, the director has very cleverly used a shot of a radio to appear as the music starts playing, as if the music is coming from the radio. This creates the effect that the music is non-diegitic but appears to be diegitic. We thought this was a good way to introduce the music.

The weakest feature of the opening is the unclear transitions making the plot hard to follow and understand. The girl in the opening only makes a very brief appearence making it unclear whether she is a main part of the film.

We don't see any of the criteria being excellent but we would say the variety of shots was fairly good and we would put in the proficient section. We think that the editing for meaning to veiwer might fall into the minimal category, as the order of shots are poor.

1 - From 0:15 to 0:20, there is use of narrative inigma, as we do not see the characters face until 0:21. This is used to create a sense of mystery and suspicion.
2 - At 0:21, there is a low angle, medium shot. The camera reveals the character here, when he looks into the mirror. This shot is a long take, lasting 7 seconds, without any form of movement.
3 - At 0:28, the shot changes to a black and white scene. This suggests the scene is a thought or memory coming from the character looking into the mirror, but we are not entirely sure. The music also changes here, from the rock to romantic.
4- From 0:28 to 0:50 the shots are medium, with no variety of angles.
5 - At 0:51, there is a close up of the boy cutting a sandwich and placing it into a box.
6 - At 1:01, we see the boy putting books into a bag, telling us he is going to school and the sandwich is for his lunch.
7 - At 1:07, the camera goes back to the sandwich as he picks up the box, but the camera stays focused on the area even when he has taken the sandwich. He then goes back for the knife. All these shots are close ups, to show the importance.
8 - We then see the boy putting the knife in his bag with a close up. It would have been good to use a dutch angle here, to signify something is going to happen but there is no angle.
9 - At 1:23, there is use of a panning shot, to show him walking away from the house. At 1:28, there is a subjective point of view shot, looking at his feet walking. The camera is very unsteady here.
10 - At 1:32, we then get another point of view shot, however this is from another character, who we do not know. This builds suspense.
11 - At 1:34 the shot switches, to show someone following the first character.
12 - At 1:37, the first character stops and the camera zooms in to a close up, to show the emotion of his face.

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