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.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Opening EG1: This Is England

DVD cover
This Is England (Shane Meadows, 2006)
PRODUCED BY: Warp Films, Film4, UK Film Council, EM Media, Screen Yorkshire, Big Arty Productions, Optimum Releasing.
DISTRIBUTED BY: Optimum Releasing, NetFlix, Canal Film (click here to see the full list).
BUDGET: £1.5m.
BOX OFFICE: $328k (USA), £1.3m (UK).

Roland Rat
1 - The very first scene we see is of Roland Rat, who appeared on the television network TV-am in 1983. Music begins to play. Credits appear in relatively small font, which appears rough and 'dirty'.
2 - We then get medium close up footage of Margaret Thatcher in a digger of some sort, wearing a hat and shouting. This suggests Shane Meadows dislikes her, as it is not a very nice or glamorous representation of her.
3 - We then get more footage of an old fashioned version of space invaders.

(The way in which the shots are set out, there is footage then a credit, then more footage and another credit etc.)
4 - There is a car from a film.
5 - At this point, the scene changes. There is an unsteady tracking shot, suggesting the camera is hand held and possibly driving past in a car. The mise-en-scene selected shows council housing, graffiti, a vintage car and a run down neighborhood.
6 - When the title 'This Is England' appears, the camera shows a tower block, which is very different to what you would expect to see in a Hollywood film. The mise-en-scene is a stereo typical old fashioned Britain, and from this we can tell the film is going to be a social-realist.

Title appearance
7 - The next scene is of a group of skin heads walking up a flight of stairs. These skin heads are a major part of the film, and have a special significance.
8 - From this point, the footage continuously changes. It is all footage that is significant to Britain, such as Princess Diana's and Prince Charles' wedding, which was global news. There is a lot of footage on this event, as it was a special moment for the British nation. There is also a lot of footage on women campaigning for women's rights. The footage is very mixed, with concerts, rememberence days, advancing technologies, racist attacks and riots. After all this, there is a lot of footage on the Faulklands war, as this was a major part of British history, and Britain is well known for it. After this comes more footage of Margaret Thatcher.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles
9 - There is then a fade out into the film.


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